Darrel Robert Vanfossen

8 diciembre , 193620 julio , 2021

Darrel Robert Vanfossen, age 84, of Berthoud, Colorado passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Darrel was born December 8, 1936.

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Darrel Robert Vanfossen


Dani Zirk

22 julio , 2021


Later on in his life, he made a decision that altered the dynamics of it, but I would like to think that he was happy and had no regrets.

During the last night of his life, he told us about a dream he had that day. He said he was on his way to an appointment, and they found themselves there two hours early. The person he was with in the dream kept saying it was a waste of time, but he simply said, “If you are waiting with someone you love, is it really a waste?” I can’t help but think how true those words are, especially now.

He started to get tired after, and said he wanted to listen to the Rockies play. I found him a sports channel and we left him sleeping.

The next day, July 20, 2021, he let go and pray that he had no regrets. I know he was reluctant because he said he had so much left to do, but I hope that in the end, he was content.

Happy Trails. I love you, Daddy,

Dani Zirk

22 julio , 2021


In his childhood, Darrel moved from Kansas with his parents, his aunt and uncle to a farm they purchased outside of Fort Lupton, Colorado. After experiencing farming life, he was hooked forever. He loved raising and caring for animals as well as working the land. His parents eventually sold their farm and moved into town, but he stayed behind with his aunt and uncle, and they raised him.

In his adolescent days, he was part of 4-H and the FFA, and Darrel even earned a Scholarship in Agriculture, but he wanted to just get to work farming. There was nothing quite like watching his corn grow or the smell of fresh cut alfalfa… He could sit in his tractor for hours with no complaint and he had amazing patience, both with his work and family. If any of his kids wanted to learn something, he was happy to show us; how to drive, use a tractor, doctoring animals or growing vegetables; whatever it was, he was there.

His greatest loves were his dogs and horses, but he also enjoyed television, old westerns and baseball games, even if he had to catch them on the radio. He loved the view of the Rocky Mountains and being out in the sunshine with the land and his animals.