Arnold William Thurow Jr., of Greeley, passed away Feb. 17, 2011, at Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado. He was 62.
He was born Dec. 16, 1948, in Denver, the youngest of three children born to Arnold William Thurow Sr. and Marian (Held) Thurow. He was known all of his life as Bill. Shortly after his birth, he joined his sister, Pamela, and brother, John, at the ranch at Steamboat Springs. The family lived there until they moved to the Lake View Angus Farm in Broomfield in 1950.
Bill attended first grade in a two-room country schoolhouse in Broomfield. In 1955, the family moved to the Flying A Angus Ranch in Hayden. He finished elementary school and two years of junior high school in Hayden. The family moved to Denver in May 1961.
Bill always was active in sports, but especially wrestling. He wrestled in junior high school, high school and college. He graduated from Denver East High School in 1966. He attended Northeastern Junior College in Sterling for two years, where he met Zanna Janes, of Sterling. They were married April 12, 1968. Bill and Zanna then moved to Greeley, where he transferred to Colorado State College, now known as the University of Northern Colorado.
In 1970, Bill was employed by the Weld County Sheriff’s Office. He also worked the city of Gilcrest and the city of Evans as a police officer. In 1985, Bill started with the state of Colorado Revenue Division; he worked in the Kremmling, Granby and Hot Sulfur Springs offices, and then transferred to the Greeley office. He finished his time with the state as a CDL compliance position until he retired in 2003. He instructed and trained those who were applying for a CDL license for all of northern Colorado.
Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman, spending many hours with his family and friends hunting and fishing. As a child on the ranch in Hayden, he made sure there always were fishing poles in the vehicle. He spent most of his free time at the family cabin outside of Steamboat Springs, which he built in 1966. Many days were spent swimming and fishing in Morrison Creek. His two daughters learned to fish from their father. Three of his grandchildren had their first fishing lessons from “Bompa” on Morrison Creek fishing for brook trout. His oldest daughter Tammy also learned to hunt from him. He loved to hunt for big game. He also loved to go bird hunting with his favorite hunting dogs, Sarge and Shaddy.
Bill is survived by his wife, Zanna; daughters Tammy Sue Thurow Schneider and her husband, Bill, and Wendy Ann Thurow Cunningham and her husband, Ronnie; grandson Reno Augustus; granddaughters Alexandria Stirgus, Serna Maxine Cunningham and Josephine Janes Cunningham; sister Pamela A. Thurow, of Greeley; brother, John Thurow and his wife, Janet; step-niece Anleit and step-nephew Jarrerd, of Kansas; and many in-laws and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marian Hel Thurow and Arnold William Thurow Sr.; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the “Family of Bill Thurow” for a charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.adamson chapels.com.