Richard Walter Roper
April 8, 1940 – March 11, 2020
Richard Walter Roper joined his lifetime love, Charlotte, on March 10, 2020 when he passed suddenly in Fort Collins, CO. The two were separated by body and spirit for a very short time. The family grieves dearly but knows this was meant to be. We remember a lifetime of love, family, friends and amazing experiences and take comfort in knowing these will continue on their next journey together.
Richard “Dick” Roper was born in Hudson, CO to Walter Roper & Maggie Wyscaver. He attended college in Greeley until called to the Navy, reporting to the USS Coral Sea 1959-61. Upon return he married his Hudson sweetheart in 1962, starting their family in Johnstown, CO. Richard was an active member of the Johnstown and Greeley communities, participating on the Town Board, the Greeley Stampede Committee and then The Old Buckers, Greeley Rotary, and various Ready Mixed Concrete and Homebuilders associations both local and national. He made a lifetime out of selling concrete, not cement, and if you knew him, he would make sure you knew the difference. He immensely enjoyed hunting, fishing and entertaining friends and family.
He will be missed by his daughters and their families. Leslie, Boyd, Edward & Sydney Mekelburg and Audrey, Marty, Zach & Easton Miller.
He was a big man, who is leaving a huge hole in our lives. A gentle giant and a grizzly bear all-in-one. In lieu of an in-person celebration or service, we ask that you pause for a moment, reflect and toast Richard. The family would love to read a story or a remark to help us all with closure. Condolences for the family can be placed at www.allnuttgreeley.com
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Richard Walter Roper
March 22, 2020
I have thought about Richard (and Charlotte) a lot in recent days. About how we first met and lived next door to them for about 25 years beginning in 1971 , I think. Nyla and I became good friends with the Ropers and visited a lot even if it was just over the fence. We shared stories, lives, meals, drinks and gardening among other things. Richard was a great person to know because he knew many, many people and how to do many things to help us. We were young and maybe a little inexperienced at life. Charlotte and Rich were a little older and more experienced. The 4 or us shared a fresh baked loaf of bread w/butter and beer one time on our way to a green house by Platteville to buy garden plants. I went to New Orleans on "business" once and brought back a large batch of freshly shucked oysters in a airplane container filled with ice. Charlotte gave us a couple different "cooked to perfection" batches of her best oyster fixins'. Talk about excellent eating! She was one of the best chefs you could imagine. Richard was great at steaks on the grill. He would test their doneness by poking his finger in the middle of the steak and then, of course, he would lick his finger off. In my garage, in the fall, I was practicing my home made elk bugle. Richard apparently heard me and proceeded to light and throw an M80 right by the open back door to my garage. Talk about dirtying my pants. He couldn't quit laughing. So we sat on my patio and had a beer to toast the upcoming season. Just a few of the many, many memories. We will greatly miss Richard and Charlotte - as many others do! Deepest sympathies and condolences to the family from Nyla and Duane.
March 21, 2020
My favorite story on Dick was when I was first on the Stampede Committee (1985 or so) there was a get together at his house. Having two young daughters at the time he took it upon himself to tell me how to keep young men in line when they fist came by to pickup a daughter. Show them your gun collection! He promised he worked quite well.
Dr Tony Fink
March 19, 2020
I most appreciated Dick’s love for the Greeley Stampede and his willingness to share his experience and suggestions for its continued success. Black boots black pants white shirt black hat. Larger than life. He will be missed.
A fellow old bucker .......
March 19, 2020
Hi Leslie, Audrey and Families,
Sally and I are so sorry for your lose. Very sad.
Dick was the best. We enjoyed your folks so much while on the committee together. We had great times and they were wonderful friends.
I do have a story about Dick that we have cherished for many years.
Sally and I were out with friends at a restaurant. Dick and Charlotte were there eating with other people. I saw Dick go into the bathroom a head of me. He didn't see me. When I went into the bathroom, Dick was at the urinal. I went into the stall right next to the urinal which had a partition between the urinal and stall. Dick never saw me. I stood on the toilet and reached over the partition and tapped Dick on the heat and said in my deepest voice, "move over big fella". Dick ducked and jumped. We both knew if someone was big enough to tap him on top the head, he had to be a "giant". After we quit laughing, Dick said he was going to get even with me.
Dick was such a wonderful person and a blessing to all who knew him. May you and your families be Blessed during this most sad time in your lives.
Cliff and Sally Clift
March 19, 2020
My deepest condolences to all of the family of Richard and Charlotte. Richard helped me in countless ways with his knowledge and experience in the concrete industry throughout my career in the concrete business. And yes, he knew the difference between concrete and cement and was willing to share that (LOL). I relied on him a lot and he was instrumental in my success in the business. Then when I went on the Stampede Committee he was a wealth of knowledge there as well. My wife Deb and I will always treasure our friendship and memories with them both. Blessings, Lynn and Deb Casseday
Jerry and Marilyn Osborn
March 17, 2020
We are sad to receive notice that Richard has passed away.
We are thankful for the many memories from childhood family gatherings, thru all the years at Hudson Elementary and High School and to this present time with both Charlotte and Richard.
We especially remember roller skating together on the only level sidewalk in front of Roper's house in Hudson, Sunday afternoon goose hunting, double dating, high school proms,
weddings, family and class reunions.
Our prayers and love are with all of your family, Marilyn and