MONTROSE - Louis T. Twombly, of Montrose, Colo. passed away Sept. 16, 2010 at the Montrose Memorial Hospital at the age of 81. Louis was born Aug. 24, 1929 to Charles A. and Irene E. (Huskey) Twombly in Elkhart, Kan. He spent his childhood in Griggs, Okla. and graduated high school in Plainville, Okla. in 1947. Louis went onto to college at Panhandle State University in Goodwill, Okla., receiving his Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry; then a Master’s of Science in Vocational Agriculture from Oklahoma State University. Louis also received a Master of Science Degree in Animal Genetics from Colorado State University.
In 1951, Louis was drafted by the U.S. Air Force and served as an Aviation Navigator.
In 1955, he moved to Española, N.M. to teach math. While in Española, Louis met the love of his life, Margaret C. Sisneros. Louis and Margaret married on Dec. 27, 1955, to their union they were blessed with three children, Kenneth W. (Doris) Twombly of Olympia, Wash., Anna Twombly-Barrow of Arvada, Colo., and Dina (David) Malone of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Louis and the family previously lived in Jicarilla Apache Reservation, N.M., Fort Collins, Colo., Monte Vista, Colo., as well as a time in Puno, Peru, before settling in Montrose until the time of his death. Louis worked as a registered hereford rancher, a secondary math teacher at Columbine, here in Montrose, as well as a Montrose County livestock specialist.
Louis was very active in the Uncompahgre Valley Educator’s Association as well as the American Hereford Association. Louis was also a member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Montrose for over 45 years.
Louis had many talents, his family was always first priority, spending as much time with him as he could. His pride was his six grandchildren. He beamed when he spoke of them, which he did quite often. Louis had a great love of the outdoors and ranching or cutting hay.
Louis is survived by his beloved wife, Margie, his three children, as well as six cherished grandchildren: Lindsey, Korey, Mindy, Sydney, Michael and Maggie; one sister, Reta (Ed) Bogges of Amarillo, Texas; and sister-in-law, Billie R. Twombly of Amarillo, Texas. Louis is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Irene, as well as two brothers, Art and Lloyd.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010 at the Crippin Funeral Home Chapel. At 5 p.m., Michael Barrow and guests will deliver a eulogy. A Funeral Mass with recognition by The Knights of Columbus, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sep. 20, 2010 at Saint Mary Catholic Church. Rite of Committal will follow the mass with Military Honors at Grand View Cemetery, west of Montrose. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Crippin Funeral Home, 802 E. Main St., Montrose, CO 81401; (970) 249-2121.