|Birth: ||Oct. 29, 1905|
|Death: ||Dec. 15, 1977|
Greeley Tribune, Greeley, Col., Dec. 15, 1977:
HARVEY WITWER JR.
"Harvey E. Witwer Jr., 72, 1808 15th Ave., well-known long-time Greeley resident died at his home Thursday, Dec. 15, after an illness of five months. Prior to his retirement he had been in partnership with his brother, Stow Witwer, on the SLW ranch 10 miles east of Greeley. He was born on the same ranch Oct. 29, 1905, to Harvey and Bertha Stow Witwer, and attended the SLW ranch one-room school through the fifth grade, after which he attended Greeley schools.
At Greeley High School, from which he graduated in 1924, he was all-conference quarterback on the 1923 football team and a member of Greeley's only Rocky Mountain Championship Basketball team in 1924.
Witwer attended the University of Nebraska two and one-half years and the University of Arizona for one year. He left college to "see the world" as a merchant seaman working on five different ships, finally achieving his dream and circled the globe on a six month's jaunt in 1928-9.
He then worked four years as a promotion salesman for Western Lithograph Co. at Los Angeles, Calif. In 1933 he returned to Colorado and went into partnership with his brother, Stow, in a new cattle company, Witwer Herefords. During the 1920s and 1930s they operated a dude ranch. He served as secretary of the Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch association from 1937 to 1942. This phase of the ranch was discontinued in 1943. In 1960 he sold his interest in the ranch to his brother and retired to the present family home in Greeley
Following retirement, Witwer helped establish the Boys Club in Greeley and was a founding director. He was a member and former chairman of the Unitarian Fellowship of Greeley. He and his wife, the former Marian Louise Giddings of Battle Creek, Mich., whom he married in 1936, and who is presently an associate professor of English at the University of Northern Colorado, have enjoyed a great deal of foreign travel.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. William (Julie) Shade of Greeley and Mrs. Wayne (Linda) Bennett of Sausalito, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Mary Frances McLeish of San Clemente, Calif.; a brother, Stow Witwer, the SLW ranch, two granddaughters, Ellen and Martha Slade, both of Greeley, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, in the Mary Allnutt Drawing Room. Cremation.
Friends may make contributions to the Harvey Witwer Memorial Fund at the First National Bank, to be used as a living memorial in the Houston Gardens."
Harvey E. Witwer (1872 - 1942)
Bertha Stow Witwer (1875 - 1948)
Marian Giddings Witwer (1913 - 1998)
Stow Lathrop Witwer (1902 - 1991)*
Harvey E. Witwer (1905 - 1977)
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes scattered on the SLW Ranch east of Greeley, Colorado.
Created by: Denise Witwer Lahr
Record added: Sep 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76006414