Allnutt Funeral Service – Drake Road Chapel

650 W. Drake Rd., Ft. Collins, CO


Eldon Lyle Reutter

December 27, 1922July 27, 2020

Eldon Reutter, 97, died Monday, July 27, 2020, at Columbine West in Fort Collins.

Eldon, the son of Harry and Mary Reutter, was born Dec. 27, 1922, in Crab Orchard, Neb. Eldon attended a country school near Crab Orchard through the first grade, when the family moved to a farm four miles north of Sterling. He attended a country school near Sterling through the eighth grade. Eldon graduated from Sterling High School in 1940. He attended Peru State Teachers College from 1940 to February 1943. While at Peru State, Eldon was a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps Reserves. He was called to active duty in February 1943 and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from February 1943 through February 1946. He was assigned to the U.S. Air Corps Division in Florida. Prior to that deployment, that division was stationed in California under the command of Gen. George Patton. Following his honorable discharge, Eldon returned to Peru State Teachers College. He graduated from Peru State in May 1947.

He got a job teaching junior high and high school math and science classes at Syracuse, Neb., where he was also the head coach for football, basketball, and track/baseball.

He next worked as a junior high and high school math and science teacher at Shelby, Iowa, where he met his future wife, Princetta Blakely, who was also a teacher for the school system. Eldon was head coach for the six-man football team and also head coach for the six-on-six girls basketball team at Shelby High School.

Eldon married Princetta Blakely at the Methodist Church in Harlan, Iowa, on June 17, 1951. That fall, they moved to Manson, Iowa, where Eldon worked as a classroom teacher and served as the high school principal for four years. Their two oldest children, Harold and Diane, were born when Eldon and Princetta lived in that community.

He was the high school principal at Pisgah, Iowa, where his youngest son, Don, was born. Eldon was superintendent at Monroe, Iowa, for six years. During his educational career in Iowa, Eldon earned his master’s degree from Colorado College of Education in Greeley, Colo., by attending summer school sessions. While serving as superintendent at Monroe, Eldon earned his specialist’s degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Eldon became the superintendent at Haxtun, Colo. During his tenure, school district voters approved a bond issue for a new high school gymnasium. Eldon served as superintendent at Haxtun for 20 years until his retirement, when he and Princetta moved to Fort Collins. They lived in a single-family home where they enjoyed tending rose bushes. They later moved to a patio home in the Peach Tree area. They eventually moved to The Winslow and then to New Mercer Commons.

Eldon was a member of the Kiwanis Club in Monroe, a member of the Lions Club in Haxtun, and a charter member of the Golden Gate Kiwanis Club in Fort Collins. He was a founding member of the Mended Hearts Club in Fort Collins. He was an usher at First United Methodist Church in Fort Collins and served on several church committees.

Eldon and Princetta enjoyed attending CSU football games. They also enjoyed attending performances at the Lincoln Center. For many years, they had a close group of friends who got together regularly to play cards, attend movies, go bowling, and dine out.

Eldon and Princetta took several trips during retirement. They traveled twice to Europe, visiting Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and St. Petersburg, Russia, on one trip, and touring Germany, France, and the Netherlands on another trip. Other travels included going to Hawaii and touring Alaska via cruise ship, train, and bus. Eldon and Princetta traveled to Ecuador, which included going to the Galapagos Islands.

Survivors include his wife, Princetta; son and daughter-in-law Harold and Verna Reutter, daughter Diane Bell, and son and daughter-in-law Don and Connie Reutter; four grandchildren, Colin Reutter and his spouse Catherine, Michelle (Reutter) Coplen and her spouse Derek, Kyle Bell and his spouse Jensyn, and Erin Bell and her boyfriend Tyler Weihe; and two great-grandchildren, Zoey Bell and Lucas Coplen.

Memorial Donations are requested to First United Methodist Church, Fort Collins or American Diabetes Association in care of Allnutt Drake Chapel, 650 W Drake Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526.


  • Memorial Service

    Monday, August 3, 2020


Eldon Lyle Reutter

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Randie and Cindi Bell

August 4, 2020

Life is so beautiful when you can know people like Eldon and Princetta. Thank you for enriching our journey. Our condolences and gratitude for being a part of our life. Our love.

Mary Collins

August 3, 2020

To Princetta, Harold, Diane, Don and your extended families: Mark and I are sad to learn of Eldon's death. Our memories of Haxtun days are so fond and Mark very much enjoyed working with Eldon as principal of Haxtun High School. But more than co-workers, we were family friends during our five years there. Blessings to each of you and and please feel our prayers as we ask God to bring you comfort and peace.
Mark and Mary Collins

Beverly Wilson Beard

August 3, 2020

I always remember “Mr. Reutter” as a soft spoken and gentle man. He was our superintendent but more so he was our next door neighbor for many years. If we watched carefully from our utility room window or back door starting about 6 am on a snowy day in NE Colorado, we would see him appear at his front door looking at the snow accumulation and we knew he was considering whether or not to call a “snow day.” We often teased that we were going take buckets of snow across the street and pile them at his door on those days! Our love and prayers to Princetta and all the family. We are so sorry for your loss.

Sharon Jeffryes

August 3, 2020

My husband and I taught under Eldon at Haxtun for many years. Eldon was a kind and conscientious educator and person. My condolences to Princetta and all family members. Love and blessings to you all, Sharon.

Marcia Smeester

August 2, 2020

I met Eldon and Princetta at Pulse Health Club where we attended the Fab 50’s group, going to classes and socializing together. Eldon was always very warm and friendly and had a smile on his face. He was liked by all.

Marcia Smeester

Gregg Bell

August 2, 2020

Eldon was my father-in-law. He was a good man. He learned to fly a small plane in Army ROTC in Nebraska during WW2. He climbed Longs Peak by the cable route in Rocky Mtn. Natl. Park one summer working at Bear Lake. He was a well-respected educator for many years.

Pat Anderson

August 2, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to to the Reutter family. We remember your family well from the time you spent in Haxtun. Our boys were in the school system at that time so there were many opportunities to cross paths.
We pray you will find comfort and peace in our loving Lord and in knowing that many share with you in sorrow. Eldon's was a life well lived and blessed with many years.

Dean and Pat Anderson
Severance, CO

Rod and Mary Anderson

August 1, 2020

Princetta and Family,
We are sorry for the passing of our great friend Eldon.We have wonderful memories of our travels with Eldon and Princetta, working with Eldon in Kiwanis and First United Church. Also, for our many visits while at New Mercer.
Our prayers are with all the family..

Lovingly, Rod and Mary


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