James Leroy Geerdes
October 29, 1933 – September 11, 2020
James Leroy Geerdes (Jimmie), 86 of Kiowa Colorado, passed away on September 11, 2020 in Aurora Colorado.
Jim was born October 29, 1933 in Woodward, Oklahoma to James S. Geerdes and Viola Marie Aldrich. He was one of six children. His siblings are Joan Marie Maggi, Robert Eugene Geerdes, Barbara Carol Gable, Donna Kay Isaacson, and Sandy Jane Robinson.
He was a Corporal in the United Stares Army and honorably discharged on August 20, 1961 and was an elected official and served on the Kiowa School Board for 6 years.
On November 30, 1957 he married Betty Jean Stewart, the love of his life in Denver CO. Their children and Paul Geerdes and wife Roxy, James L. Geerdes and wife Renee, Debra Wright and husband Greg. In 1964 the family moved to Kiowa, CO and began their lives on the farm. There they ranched cattle, farmed hay and wheat, and nurtured a coop full of chickens. Years later those chickens were terrorized by their seven grandchildren: Mathew Geerdes, Autumn Giefter, Stephanie Winters, Stacie Garrison, Jamie Bennett, Amber Felmlee and James Felmlee.
Jim and Betty were on several bowling leagues and they never missed a night. They loved to hunt and fish together. He travelled all over with Betty, Debra, and his beloved friend Peggy Reed. One of his favorite places to go was Alaska, where he visited and fished with his old Army buddy Marvin Olson. Jim and Betty had a long and loving marriage, but on November 21, 2002 the Lord called Betty home. Jim continued his passion for bowling and fishing. He is survived by 10 great grandsons, Wyatt, Leevi, Warner, Anderson, Waylon, Harrison, Oliver, Kolbe, Jack Griffin, and one great granddaughter Eliza, who was laid to rest. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
He spent his last few years with his loving family and in the care of his daughter Debra and her husband Greg, granddaughter Amber, grandson James and sister-in-law Carol Stewart.
A viewing will be help at Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson Chapel in Castle Rock, CO on September 16th from 11am to 2pm. A graveside service will be held September 17th at 10am at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Castle Rock.
Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson 407 Jerry St. Castle Rock, CO
Cedar Hill Cemetery 880 E. Wolfensberger Rd. Castle Rock, CO
Flowers can be sent to Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson. Please feel free to leave a comment for the family or share a memory about Jim.
It is the children's intention to have a celebration of Dad's life next year at the farm.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Thursday, September 17, 2020
James Leroy Geerdes
Della Schmidt (Yates)
September 14, 2020
I really enjoyed Jimmy, as a child I thought he was so wonderful and loved going to church and seeing and being around you and all of your family. I enjoyed the picnics on the property and Pot lucks in the Mountains. I enjoyed listening to the stories you and Betty would tell. I will look forward to our reunion in Heaven. God bless you and all your family. Love Della