Jim Fern

August 25, 1933November 7, 2018

Leroy J. (Jim) Fern was 85 at the time of his death Born in Beulah, Colorado and raised on his parents farm. He worked at various jobs, farm help, cowboy, CF&I iron, auto upholstery in Pueblo. He graduated from Central High School in Pueblo. Military service was with the Army during the Korean war. He was a Specialist Third Class in charge of the motor pool and training for Tanks. Jim met his wife in 1959 and married her in 1960 and they were together for 58 years. In 1966 he joined the Department of Highways. The favorite part of his job was plowing snow. He retired from Highways in 1992. After retirement he did volunteer work at the Colorado History Museum where his wife was employed.

He was a good husband, a great father and one of those guys who could fix almost anything. He was a good neighbor and ready to help anyone who needed a hand.

Jim’s love of fishing took his family on many camping trips along the rivers and streams of Colorado. After retirement he and his wife took many trips to see the U.S., Spain, Hawaii and Mexico. Their 50th anniversary trip was to California on a sleeper train to see the redwood forest in California. That was Jim and Eva’s last trip because he no longer was interested in traveling. The Alzheimer’s was beginning to take it’s slow trip along the road to his death.

His parents were Roy D Fern and Hazel Irene (LaNear) Fern both from Beulah Colorado

He is Survived by his wife Eva Fern ( nee: Lundblade) Children: Steven L. Fern of Denver and Patrick L. and (daughter-in-law) Beth Fern of Golden Grandchildren: Jacob L. Fern of Houston, Texas, Joshua Fern of Denver, Max Fern of Golden and Sarah Fern of Golden Great Grandchild: Savannah Fern of Houston, Texas Sister: Lucille Fern from Neosho, Missouri Nephews and niece of his sister and brother David V. Fern who is now deceased.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, November 15, 2018
  • Graveside Service Thursday, November 15, 2018
  • Reception Thursday, November 15, 2018

Jim Fern

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Lloyd & Helen Collins COLLINS

November 12, 2018

We so remember your visit in September 2007. We had a wonderful visit and Jim just talked and talked sharing many stories, our favorite was when he shared his memories of working on the highway during a snowstorm. Four years later was the last time we seen Jim and again he had a story to tell us, this time about the rabbits. Eva you have been so strong and some how managed to care for Jim thru many years of Alzhelmer's. Take care of yourself and most of all remember the good times.


November 11, 2018

I'll always remember Jim's 'shirtless' enjoyment of the outdoors!!! :-)

Beth Fern

November 11, 2018

My favorite memories of Jim involve him playing Santa. I will also always think about how he could fix literally ANYTHING. His legacy lives on in both Patrick, and Steven, and Joshua, as well. The Fern men know how to use a tool. Thank you Jim.

Effie Fern

November 11, 2018

It's impossible to count the number of times Jim would be interrupted in a story, often just so he could remind the "interrupter" that he was telling it and liked it better his way. How we loved to bait him.

Steven Fern

November 11, 2018

Dad and me use to go fishing at slough pond in Golden Gate Canyon state park . As you can tell from this picture, rain would not stop him. Steve Fern

Eva Fern

November 10, 2018

My sweetheart, my companion of 58 years. He could talk to anybody and everybody.
He loved to tell a story, sometimes he added to the facts to make it a better story, but it was always a good story. He liked to make people smile. He was always there for his family and to help anyone in need. He will be missed.