Rishel Lee Whitham Jr.

November 29, 1944October 15, 2021

Rishel (Rick) Whitham passed away on October 15th, 2021. He was born in Ransom, KS in 1944, and attended Nebraska Wesleyan University. He lived in Fort Collins and the surrounding area for 55 years. He taught elementary school for 7 years and worked at King Soopers for 48. He is survived by Karen, his wife of 57 years, his children Kirk, Kim, and Kendra, his brothers Kelly and Tony, as well as five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. There will be no service held.


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Rishel Lee Whitham Jr.

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patty duden

November 28, 2021

Rish was my boss he was the kindest person you could ever know

Bonnie Volz

October 24, 2021

I was so sorry to hear the sad news about the passing of Rish. I know what an empty spot he will leave. I will surely remember all my years working with him. He was wonderful, caring, thoughtful and the best manager I had the pleasure to work with.

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

Valerie Lewis

October 20, 2021

Rish was the best manager I ever had the pleasure of working with.

Bill Nauroth

October 20, 2021

Rish was my first boss. I was 16 and had just started as a courtesy clerk at the oldest King Soopers in Fort Collins. Rish was a father figure to me who taught me hard work and responsibility. One of the nicest people I had the pleasure of meeting and working for. He will be missed. RIP.

Marla Anderson

October 19, 2021

My dad and Rick were always going brookie fishing. I went with them many times. It was always a bunch of laughter and just a great day. I just enjoyed being with them.

Chum Tran

October 19, 2021

I have many memories of visiting my father Henry while he worked at King Soopers for over 30 years and “Rish” was the reason my
Father loved and respected his job. My father loved making egg rolls for Rish and Karen and we are so very grateful for Rishs’ presence in my fathers life. May they rest in peace together. Many Hugs to Karen and the family. ♥️

Hai Tran

October 18, 2021

Rish, was my father's boss for many, many years. Respect doesn't come easy with my father. But my father had the utmost respected for Rish.
R.I.P Rish and thank you 🙏

Kent Armstrong

October 18, 2021

Rick was married to my cousin, but he was just as much a cousin to me. As we grew older, spending time visiting was a joyful experience. I will remember the meals that we shared as family. I will greatly miss our visits. He will always be known as family and friend. May God bless his soul.

Susan Klemme

October 18, 2021

I remember when Rick moved to Big Springs. I think I had a crush on him. He was liked by everyone and found the love of his life there. I did not know he was battling cancer so was shocked to hear of his passing . Too young.
I send our thoughts and prayers to his family.
Thinking of you,
Bruce and Susan Klemme