Henry Sauer (Cindy)

Hello to the Roosevelt High School Class of 1963—

This is a re-creation of Henry Sauer’s obituary, with follow-up comments (written by Cindy Sauer):

Henry Sauer, 59, of rural Johnstown passed away August 18, 2005, surrounded by family at his home, after a valiant battle with brain cancer.

Henry Raymond Sauer was born December 10, 1945 to Rachel (Spadi) and John Sauer, Sr. in Greeley, Colorado. He was raised on the family farm northwest of Johnstown and lived there his whole life.

Henry attended Johnstown High School and was in the first graduating class (1963) from Roosevelt High School in Johnstown. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1967 with a major in Animal Production. He married Cindy Stallman of Lakewood, Colorado on December 15, 1967 in Fort Collins.

They raised three children, Christina, Abraham and Alexander.

Henry was a dairyman until 1977, when he focused his efforts on growing high quality crops and feeding cattle. He was a man before his time, a visionary, always looking at the big picture. Many people consulted him on farming, livestock and water issues and he enjoyed sharing his knowledge and experiences with others. He lived by the philosophy that a man’s word was his honor, and was well-known for his hard work and integrity. He was most happy when he was farming and feeding cattle with his sons Abe and Alex.

He was a lifelong member of the 1st Congregational Church, Loveland, Colorado and had served as a Trustee. He served on the Board of the Hillsboro Ditch and was the President of the Home Supply Extension Ditch for many years.

He enjoyed family gatherings, going to all of his children’s academic and athletic events through high school and college, watching parades, attending the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, watching CSU basketball, traveling and sport fishing. His favorite trip was to Alaska.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy; his daughter, Christina of Fort Collins; his son, Abraham and wife Christine and granddaughter Natalya; his son, Alexander and wife Tracy and grandson Alexander Sauer II and granddaughter Chloe; his sister, Geraldine Colette and brother, John Randolph Sauer, both of Canon City, CO; his sister Mary and husband Vern Jesser of Johnstown. He is also survived by two aunts, two uncles, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Comments:

Since Henry’s passing in 2005, he has gained a son-in-law: daughter Christina married Brian Tyree and they now live in Peachtree City, Georgia. Christina is a Pharmacist with Kroger and Brian works for Alpla, an Austrian Manufacturing Company.

Abe & Christine have added two sons to their family, Mason Henry and Merrick Johannes.

Alex & Tracy have added two daughters, Juliette Rachel and Vivien Cynthia.

So there are a total of 7 grandchildren who he would dearly love and enjoy.

Abe’s and Alex’s families live on the farm near Cindy, and continue farming and feeding cattle.

In October, 2005, the Sauer family completed the purchase of a farm near Johnstown, and named it Sauer Phantom 5, in honor of Henry’s high school mascot, and because he had truly become a “phantom”.

When Henry passed away, we compiled a list of “Henryisms”, the beliefs that Henry held that were most memorable to us:

The sun will rise tomorrow

 

Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy

 

Do it right the first time

 

Say what you mean—Do what you say

 

You reap what you sow

 

You don’t HAVE to work, you GET to work.

 

Henry always spoke fondly of his high school years and had many great memories that he shared with his family.

Thanks for inviting me to your reunions—I almost feel like I went to school with you guys!

Cindy Sauer