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William “Harvey” Southard

  • Birth 13 Oct 1916 Sharon, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • Death 29 Aug 2007 Greeley, Weld County, Colorado, USA
  • Burial Greeley, Weld County, Colorado, USA
  • Plot Block 27 Lot 18 Space 009B
  • Memorial ID 28377450

William H. Southard

Tribute: Mr. Southard was born in Sharon, Conn. and before he was a year old, he was adopted by Charles E. Southard and Angelina Sutphen-Kuhl Southard, and moved with them in Greeley. He lived in Greeley throughout his life attending public schools and then to the University of Colorado.

Mr. Southard graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1938, earned his juris doctorate from Harvard University Law School in 1941, and was admitted to the Colorado Bar Association. He returned to Greeley to partner with his father, "The Judge," Charles E. Southard, at Southard and Southard Law Offices, practicing for decades. Throughout the years, Mr. Southard became a prominent attorney for water rights and estate law, and was recognized nationally as a legal expert on oil and gas leasing, and related estate matters, in the western United States.

He served as a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II, where met his wife, an Army nurse, Capt. Cornelia ("Connie") C. Caldwell. Following the war, on Aug. 4, 1946, they married. She died on Jan. 24, 2006 in Greeley.

During the war, he presided over the legal investigation and trial of the high-profile escape of a high-ranking German U-Boat submarine captain and his crew from the Papago Park prisoner-of-war camp outside of Phoenix, Ariz.

He traveled widely with his wife Connie, visiting 152 countries. In the fall of 1979, they traveled 9,300 miles around the world by train.

An avid sportsman, he wrestled in college and supported football at C.U. Most notably, Mr. Southard was an expert fly fisherman. He particularly enjoyed trout fishing with his friends on the North Platte and Laramie rivers. He would personally hand-tie his own special fish lures.

Mr. Southard was particularly known for his sharp wit and lively sense of humor.

Mr. Southard introduced innovative farming techniques on the numerous family farms near Greeley, experimenting with growing such novel crops as mint and mushrooms and popcorn.

Mr. Southard was an ardent supporter of education and of the arts. He supported major academic and cultural programs at UNC, at the University of Colorado, and at Harvard.

He loved playing piano, which he learned from his mother.

Mr. Southard was active in Rotary International and the Elks Club, (B.P.O.E.), a former trustee of the State Colleges of Colorado and UNC, and a proud member of the VFW, the American Legion and the Last Patrol here in Greeley. He was proud to be a veteran. Mr. Southard served on the city of Greeley Civil Service Commission, was public administrator, and was elected in 1958 as one of 25 members to establish the Greeley Home Rule Charter. He was one of the incorporators of the Foundations at Colorado State College in Greeley and Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Mr. Southard died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday morning, Aug. 29, at the Bridge Assisted Living center of Greeley. Alert to the end, he went to his office up to the week that he died.

Survivors: his daughter, Ann Southard Beard of San Diego, Calif.; a son, Charles E. Southard II and his wife Patty of Provo, Utah; four grandchildren: Jeffery L. Beard of Los Angeles, Calif., Kristy (Southard) Morris of Eagle Mountain, Utah, Matthew Jory Southard and James Michael Southard of Provo; and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister-in-law, Frances Stone of Columbia, S.C.; nephews David S. Gillespie of Kinderhook, N.Y. and Florida, Charles Harry St. John of Red Oaks, Iowa, and Philip Stone of South Carolina; and a cousin, Jerry Wise of South Padre Island, Texas.

Preceded in death by: He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Connie, parents Charles and Angie Southard, his sister and brother-in-law, Mary Elizabeth Gillespie and Alejandro M. Gillespie of Greeley, his sister Edith Kuhl St. John of La Jolla, California, and nephews Robert M.Gillespie and John Stone.

Services: A celebratory memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, at the Allnutt-Macy Chapel, 702 13th St.. Allnutt-Macy is in charge of cremation.

Inurnment: Private family inurnment at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Notes: Instead of flowers, donations may be made to: "The William H. Southard Memorial Fund," care of Allnutt, 702 13th St., Greeley, 80631.


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  • Created by: dirk bailey
  • Added: 19 Jul 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28377450
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William “Harvey” Southard (13 Oct 1916–29 Aug 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28377450, citing Linn Grove Cemetery, Greeley, Weld County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by dirk bailey (contributor 46969067) .