Ronald David Kreps

April 6, 1951April 14, 2018

Ronald David Kreps, 67, of Galeton passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, CO. Born April 6, 1951 to David Kreps, Jr. and Lillian (Herbst) Kreps, he was raised on a dairy farm south of Galeton.

Ron graduated from Eaton High School in 1969 and later attended Colorado State University to pursue veterinary studies. His passion for agriculture drew him back to the Galeton area where he began his lifelong career in farming and ranching. On August 29, 1975, he married Janet Patrice Kraning of Wheatridge, CO.

Ron was dedicated to his community, serving as the President of the Lazy D Grazing Association, a member of the Larimer/Weld Ditch Board, a 10+ year 4-H Leader for the Galeton 4-H Club, past fire chief for the Galeton Volunteer Fire Department, and a past member of the Eaton FFA Advisory Board.

Ron was a family man, a farmer, and a friend to all who knew him. His greatest joy was being Papa to seven grandchildren and seeing them carry on his love for agriculture.

Ron is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jan Kreps of Galeton, CO; daughters Kim (Jeremy) Helzer of LaSalle, CO and Julie (Jason) Palmer of Livermore, CO; son, Rick (Tiffany) Kreps of Galeton, CO; seven grandchildren, Lily, Mayzie and Mollie Helzer of LaSalle, CO, Adler and Corban Palmer of Livermore, CO, and Rylen and Tanner Kreps of Galeton, CO; and two sisters, Pat (Tom) Sullivan and Lori (Mark) Cronquist, both of Greeley, CO.

He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Lillian Kreps, and granddaughter, Tylee J. Kreps.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Island Grove Event Center, 501 North 14th Avenue, Greeley. Viewing will be from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018 at Stoddard Funeral Home in Greeley.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ron Kreps Memorial Fund and mailed to P.O. Box 748, Galeton, CO 80622.


  • Visitation Friday, April 20, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, April 21, 2018

Ronald David Kreps

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April 21, 2018

Over college break Ron, Lee Benson, Jerry Dyer, Gary Carsten, Barry Hager (my memory is rusty but I think Barry was there) and I took a trip to Las Vegas and southern California. We went down in Lees's dad's car. We went over into Tijuana and most of us wanted a leather coat. We each wanted something different but those of us that bought a coat were talked into buying the same one by the salesman. Ron bought a piñata for his sister if I remember correctly. So we are driving back home all of us in
the car with that piñata crammed in with us. After we got home Ron said if I had been you guys I would have thrown that thing out the window then he laughed.

Maryann Adams

April 19, 2018

There were five of them, Jerry Dyer, Felix Galindo, Lee Benson, Ron Kreps and my brother, Larry Adams. On prom night, they stopped by the house and you could smell the cologne from about 20 feet away. Loved their cars: Black and red 57 Chevy, Gray Chevy Impala, maybe 66 white chevy, maybe a 66 Ford Fairlane, and a 56 Blue and White Chevy and my favorite, the green & white chevy nova super sport. We were 4-H kids and knew Island Grove Park well. Our paths crossed occasionally over the years and you knew when you saw Ron coming that there were going to be stories. He was always there when you needed him and always a hearty laugh. As the years passed, we began to cross paths with the grandkids and our grands with bucket calves and bunnies fleeing for their lives. He will be missed and remembered often as his stories, his family remind us of his caring ways.

Michael Sullivan

April 18, 2018

I am sorry to hear of the loss of Ron Kreps. He was a great friend in high school. Although I lost track of Ron after graduating, I remember his wit and sense of humor. He was always quick with a chuckle or a comeback and treated everyone with respect. My condolences to his family.

Nancy (Taylor) Halla

April 17, 2018

I first met Ronald David Kreps in Mrs. Stumkey's first grade class at Galeton. We went all the way through school together graduating from Eaton High School in 1969.

A memory of Ron: My mom and sister helped me make May baskets for the kids in my class at Galeton. I knew nothing of this tradition. Our first stop was about a mile down the road from our farm at the home of David and Lillian Kreps. Mom and Janet handed me a basket and instructed me to take it to the door of the Kreps home and give it to Ronnie. I did as instructed, handed the basket to him. He took the basket and turned to return to the house. I turned to return to the car and was shocked when seconds later he came flying out of the house and chased me around our car, even climbed over my mom and sister to kiss me! Who knew? I can't remember if I got kissed, but what an impression it made on me and I was much more cautious when delivering baskets to the rest of my Galeton class mates.

Ron was one of the good guys, one to be admired.

Travis Miller

April 15, 2018

Ron was one of the first people I met in the Galeton area and I soon looked up to him as a good friend and mentor. I worked occasionally for him on the farm during harvest and eventually rented a house from his Dad off of CR 72. After I left the area I would run into Ron over the years and he always had a smile, a full laugh, and we never lacked of things to talk about. I will always think of Ron as an amazing man, farmer, and firefighter and his presence in our community will be missed.