Richard M. Horth was born in Brighton on June 6, 1931 to Merwyn Horth and Helen L. (Jung) Horth. He graduated from Brighton High School in 1949. He married his childhood sweetheart Melba Bredehoft on September 2, 1956, and they lived on the family wheat farm in east Brighton, where they lived until then. they moved to Brighton in 2008.
He is survived by his son Craig Horth; two daughters, Carol (Doug) Groves, Brighton and Karen (Brent) Biggs, Vail; six grandchildren, Jodi, Sarah, Shelby, Katelyn, Brian, Eric; and seven great-grandchildren, Dylan, Drew, Jacob, Adelyn, Elizabeth, Karrisa and Averlee.
He is predeceased by his wife Melba; Brother Ronald; and his father when he was five. His mother, now deceased, remarried to John Timmerman, also deceased.
A life member of the Lutheran Church in Zion, Richard was baptized on July 26, 1931 and confirmed on March 25, 1945. He was a usher for many years and a member of the parish education board for many years.
Richard served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War where he trained in Virginia Beach, Virginia, then participated in Operation Blue Jay in Thule Bay, Greenland, and then was dispatched to Pusan, Virginia. Korea. He was nominated for the Meritorious Service Commendation Ribbon for his work in the G3 Division of 2nd Logistics Command.
After returning to the United States, he operated the family farm with his brother in partnership and received several awards for their pioneering conservation work efforts, including the Goodyear Farmer of the Year award. They have also worked with CSU in the development of new varieties of wheat.
He has volunteered his time in community service by serving on the Board of Directors of the Farm Bureau, the Adams County Co-op Credit Union and the local Colorado Wheat Growers Association. He also served on the Adams Area Fire Protection Board of Directors and, as Chairman, began with the Board of Directors the process of funding the new Fire Hall development in Great Rock.
Richard fondly remembered the many family retreats to the family cabin in Red Feather Lakes and all the fish caught, and later with his wife and children for many years. Along with Melba, they belonged to the Square Hoppers Square Dance Club, Colorado Flying Farmers Club and Colorado Excel Campers Club where they enjoyed many “Flyins” and “Campouts”! Together, they have enjoyed traveling to many destinations in the United States in their private plane, in their Fifth Wheel RV and United Airlines where their daughter Carol is employed. They also became world travelers and traveled to Costa Rica, New Zealand, Australia, Germany and Austria. They also went on several cruises. They particularly enjoyed the Big Island, Hawaii and Kauai where they shared the time. During the winter, they “snowbirded” in Apache Junction, Arizona for almost 30 years, where they had many friends and enjoyed square dancing. Soon after, Melba’s sister Joyce and Ed Harshbarger came to the same park to share the sun.
Richard learned to live life to the fullest and loved the Lord, his farming and his family, reuniting with his family during the holidays, and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up. He was a great role model for them!
Memorial services in Richard’s honor will take place on Saturday, November 13, 2021, starting at 11:00 a.m., at Zion Lutheran Church, Brighton, CO. In memory of Richard, contributions can be made to: Zion Lutheran Church, 1400 Skeel Street, Brighton, CO80601.
Tabor Funeral Home, Brighton, CO is making arrangements.
Posted by Colorado Community Media on November 10, 2021.