Former Toponas resident Myron Kelly Klumker went to join our Lord on July 19, 2007.
Kelly was born Dec. 17, 1915, in Arvada to Martin and Ida Rose Fitzgerald Klumker and was the third of five children. He graduated from Arvada High School and went to work for his sister, Helen, and her husband, George, on a ranch at Toponas. He later purchased the ranch from them.
While working there, he met his future bride, Georgia (Perry) Klumker. They were married Dec. 23, 1936, in Arvada before returning to the ranch at Toponas. Upon purchase of another ranch in the same area, they moved and spent 36 years there before selling and relocating to Glenwood, N.M., in 1974. They purchased two ranches in the Alma area, finally retiring in 1987.
Kelly was very active in promoting the agriculture industry and was a strong advocate of water and soil conservation. He was a longtime member of the Farm and Livestock Bureau, and the Klumker family was awarded the prestigious Farm Bureau Family of the Year in 2001. He was a board member and chairman for the Agriculture Stabilization Committee, which oversees soil and water practices. He was a member of the Colorado River Conservation Board and the Northwest Colorado Soil and Water Conservation Board. Kelly was awarded a Certificate of Merit for outstanding accomplishment from the Routt County Conservation District. In this capacity, Kelly worked with various state governors, the Secretary of Agriculture, the BLM, the EPA and National Study Commission on Water Quality. He also belonged to the Cattlemen's Association and various other organizations. He was a member of Knights of Columbus and a communicant of the Santo Nino Parish in Glenwood, N.M. He served as a school board member for many years as well. He always was ready to help his neighbors.
He was involved in local rodeos and enjoyed playing on local baseball and basketball teams. Helping his children and grandchildren with their 4-H projects and attending their school and athletic events were some of his greatest joys.
Kelly is survived by his wife of 70 years, Georgia; six children, Kathleen Schuster, Dick Klumker and his wife, Peggy, Tom Klumker and his wife, Jane, Eileen McKeen and her husband, Jay, Janeen Jump and Tim Klumker and his wife, Phyllis; grandchildren Mike Gisler and his wife, Toni, Kelly King and his wife, Shelley, Shawn King and his wife, Diana, Alisa Estrada and her husband, David, Missy Romero and her husband, Gary, Bill Klumker and his wife, Kris, Eric Klumker and his wife, Liz, Brian Klumker, Paula Aley and her husband, Junior, Pam Shields and her husband, Whalen, Paul McKeen and his wife, Kim, Jayleen Elza and her husband, Aaron, Jerry Jump and his wife, Brandi, Kelly Jo Jump and Arissa Klumker; great-grandchildren Philip, James, Kirstie, Emily King, Jonathan King, Marc and Larisa Estrada, Layne Kellar, Hayley Romero, Lee Klumker, Georgia and Evelyn Klumker, Brionna Klumker, Tyrell Holloway, Koby Aley, Chandler and Breiona Elza, Kian McKeen, Clayton and Jake Jump; great-great-grandchildren Hannah and James King; sister June Rose Rock.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Ida Klumker; brother George Klumker; and sisters Helen Smith and Delphine Lercher.
Burial was at the Alma Cemetery on July 20. A memorial to celebrate his life will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 5 at the Glenwood Community Center. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Glenwood Park in his name. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.