Merton 'Jeff' Jefferies

Friday, November 5, 2010

Oct. 29, 1923--Oct. 30, 2010

FORT COLLINS, Colorado -- Jeff Jefferies, 87, passed away on Saturday (Oct. 30, 2010). He had resided in Fort Collins, Colorado since 2006 to be closer to his family.

Jeff was born on Oct. 29, 1923, to Walter "Brooks" and Margaret "Maggie" Jefferies. He was raised on the family farm in the Hillrose, Colorado area, attended and graduated from Roosevelt School prior to attending Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado.

In service of his country, Jeff entered the U.S. Army Air Corp in 1942 where he served as an aircraft instrument and pilot instructor in the European and African theatre of operations.

Following his discharge from the service in 1946, Jeff enrolled and graduated from the San Francisco School of Mortuary Science. He worked in that industry until returning to Hillrose in 1951, where he farmed and worked in residential construction until 1973, when he became a nursing home administrator.

After managing nursing homes for several years in Brush and Denver, Colorado, he operated a floor and tile store in Fort Morgan, Colorado until moving to Wray, Colorado and returned to carpentry.

From Wray, Jeff moved to McCook, Nebraska and lived there until his move to Fort Collins. He was a life member of the Fort Morgan BPOE and American Legion.

Jeff married Norma Phillips in 1949, and was remarried to Pat Malavasic in 1977.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father; sister, Margaret Helen; and oldest son, Phillip.

He is survived by son, Dick and wife, Linda; granddaughter, Lindsay Shipton and husband, Bob; grandson, Will Jefferies; and great-grandson Lennon Shipton; all are of Fort Collins.

Jeff had a great love of family and friends, life and music. He will be greatly missed yet fondly remembered not only because of his devotion to his friends, but also because he was simply fun to be around and with. For those that knew him well there may not be any more Saturday night dances, camping trips or days at the lake, but memories of past ones and so many more will remain with us forever.

A celebration of his life is Tuesday, 11 a.m., at Brush United Methodist Church, 1701 Edmunds St, Brush, CO 80723.

Contributions in his name can be made to the church