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Allnutt Funeral Service – Drake Road Chapel

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

OBITUARY

Garth R. Fahrbach

August 11, 1932January 13, 2020
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Garth Reuben Fahrbach, age 87, was born on August 11, 1932 in Menasha, Wisconsin, the eldest child of Reuben and Margaret Fahrbach. He attended Menasha High School and after graduating joined the U.S. Navy with his best friend Mike Reinhardt. He served during the Korean War as a flight radar specialist on several aircraft carriers and played on the ship’s basketball team against many international teams when in port. He was honorably discharged and attended college on the GI bill at Milwaukee School of Engineering, graduating with an Electrical Engineering Degree. It was during this time that he met his future wife on a blind date. He married Patricia Fischer on November 16, 1957. They moved to New Mexico where he worked at Sandia National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory as a research scientist. They raised three daughters in Albuquerque, where Garth was active in the Republican Party, square dancing, Camp Fire Girls, and was an avid organic gardener. Garth and Pat moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in 2019 to be closer to their daughters. Garth passed away on January 13th, 2020. Garth was a joyful, witty, and playful husband and father. He always had a project going on and his young daughters would follow along and "help". After his own children grew up, young neighborhood kids would come over to the Fahrbach house on Saturday and Sunday just to see what Garth was up to in his garden or his shop. He always had the greenest lawn on the block, so it was usually full of children. He grew tasty organic tomatoes and other vegetables and fruits in his small yard in Albuquerque, and he always had red geraniums and red roses in the summertime. Pat and Garth had several box turtles over the years who became tame and would come up to them when they sat in the shade on their patio, and the grandchildren loved hunting around the yard finding turtles, who all had names. Garth also loved music and dancing, a passion he got from his lively mother Margaret. She would take his hands and twirl him around the room as soon as he got home from school. He and Pat would go to ballroom dances when they were dating, and later joined a Square Dance club in Albuquerque where they made many lifelong friends. Garth loved to listen to music, made countless cassette tapes of his favorite songs, and even learned to play the guitar. He also wrote poetry every year to his wife on her birthday and their anniversary. He was an inquisitive and intelligent man and loved to talk with other people and find out about their lives, and he was endlessly fascinated with his five grandchildren and what they were up to. He liked to share stories of his adventures flying on and off aircraft carriers and his work at Sandia Labs. He was much loved and will be missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patricia; his three daughters Connie McConnell of Lakewood, CO; Beth Williams (Steve) of Fort Collins, CO; Peggy Rohr (Tony) of Boise ID; and five grandchildren: Ben, Lisa, and Jenna Williams; and Garth (Amanda) Rohr, Tim Rohr; and his sister Joyce Klundt of Menasha, WI.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS Friday Jan 24th, Rosary at 5:00 PM followed by a viewing at 6:00 PM, Allnutt Mortuary, 650 West Drake Road, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Saturday Jan 25th, Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM, Holy Family Catholic Church, 326 North Whitcomb in Fort Collins, followed by graveside service at Grandview Cemetery at 12:30. Luncheon reception to follow, 12:30, at Beth’s house, 5301 Highcastle Court in Fort Collins.

Services

  • Recitation of the Rosary Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Visitation Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 25, 2020
  • Graveside Service with Military Honors Saturday, January 25, 2020

Memories

Garth R. Fahrbach

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Robert Fahrbach

January 23, 2020

Garth and I were 1st cousins (my father was Harold, Reuben’s brother). Since Garth was 11 years older than me, I did not have much of an opportunity to get to know Garth. I’m sorry for your loss and I want to send my sincere condolences to Garth’s family. I enjoyed seeing the wonderful Tribute Video capturing his life.
Bob Fahrbach

Patti Rohe Van Zeeland

January 23, 2020

Dearest Aunt Pat and cousins, Connie, Beth and Peggy. So sorry to hear about Uncle Garth’s passing. My memory of him is a good one, he was funny and such a kind man. Prayers for strength during this hard time. Hugs to you all!
Patti Rohe Van Zeeland

Shirley Robertson

January 21, 2020

Dear Pat and family,
Our deepest condolences. It was sad to read of Garth’s passing this morning but our memories of your family are all happy ones. All the times we spent supporting the Republicans together was memorable and fun - if not always successful! You remain in our thoughts as always. We wish you many good and happy times in the future.
-Doug and Shirley Robertson