Ahlberg Funeral Chapel

326 Terry St., Longmont, CO


Earl Lavonn Tilford

July 6, 1931May 16, 2020

Earl Lavonne Tilford passed away peacefully of natural causes on May 16, 2020. He was 88 years old. Earl was born on July 6, 1931 in Hill City, Kansas to Wayne and Ruth (Johnson) Tilford. He married his high school sweetheart Henrietta Wilson on July 1, 1951. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Wichita Falls, TX. Although he worked his entire life as a heavy equipment operator for Golden’s Sand and Gravel, Earl's greatest accomplishment was as a dedicated husband and father. He was a member at First Christian Church, before helping to found Rocky Mountain Christian Church. Recently Earl was attending LifeBridge Christian Church. Earl loved bowling; working in his shop and spending time with his family, especially vacations and family get togethers. He was preceded in death by his wife Henrietta; his parents and his granddaughter Karly Shipkey. Earl is survived by his children Steve Tilford (Lori Taylor), Teresa Shipkey (Carl), Dwight Tilford (Jana) and Michael Tilford (Karen); his grandchildren Tara Musselman, Tannea Musselman, Mariah Shipkey, Kody Shipkey, Craig Tilford(Lauren), Dr. Sean Tilford (Margaret Anne) and Tyler Tilford (Ashleigh); a great granddaughter Lucie Tilford and his brother Robert Tilford (Rachel). A family Graveside service will be held at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery and a Celebration of Life will be announced later. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.


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Donna Hutchinson

May 23, 2020

I was so very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I loved visiting with your dad when he came to the clinic. He was always so upbeat and happy. After not having seen me for I don't know how many years, he still said to me when I first saw him, 'You are one of the Hutchinson girls'. Wow, what a good memory. I will miss seeing him at the clinic. He made my day. Sincere condolences to the family. May wonderful memories comfort you at this time.


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