Jack Willard Sauder
Jack Willard Sauder, 93, of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge.
Jack was born in Chappell, Nebraska on April 11, 1926 to Michael and Mabel (Holtman) Sauder. The eldest of eight sons, he attended grades one through eight at country school—Sunny Side District #39, Lodgepole.
Between grades eight and nine, he helped the family move to a new home northeast of Chappell. He attended Deuel County High School at Chappell until January 1945 when he was drafted into the United States Army. His basic training was at Camp Hood, Texas.
After training, he was sent overseas to Japan. The war was ending while en route, so he was transferred to a signal corps unit in Manila, Philippines, to serve in the African Western Pacific.
After 21 months, he was discharged and returned home to Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received his B.S. degree in agriculture. He married Sharon Lee Kemper on Oct. 1, 1950. They had four children: Barbara, Nancy, Andrew and James.
He moved to Sedgwick, Colorado, where he farmed for 12 years. He worked for Waddell & Reed for two years, divorced and went back to school at Colorado State University for one year to get a teaching certificate. He married Veva Doughty of Brush, Colorado in 1965. She preceded him in death Jan. 28, 2017.
He taught Vo-Ag (FFA) at Imperial for seven years. He taught vocation auto mechanics at Plattsmouth for 19 years. Jack took great pride in the work that he and his students completed as several of their projects competed at the state level in FFA and auto mechanics.
In March 2001, Jack and Veva moved to Torrington, Wyoming. To commemorate his years of service in the military, the 2010 Wyoming Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., was a great honor for Jack.
He is survived by children Barbara Richter of Kearns, Utah, Nancy (Dave) Aswege of Greeley, Colorado, Andrew (Cindy) Sauder of Arvada, Colorado and James (Michelle) Sauder of Lubbock, Texas; grandchildren Niccole (David) Schoonover of Kearns, Utah, Andrea (Brian) Hoak of New York City, New York, Jerod, Brandon, and Vanessa Sauder of Arvada, Colorado, Rachael Aswege of Platteville, Colorado, Natalie and Nick Sauder of Lavee, Arizona, Jacob and Katie Sauder of Lubbock, Texas; great-grandchildren Matthew and Zachary Schoonover of Kearns, Utah, William, Jordan, Sophia and BJ Hoak of New York City, New York, Denzel Sauder of Arvada, Colorado and Lilly Sauder of Laveen, Arizona; brothers Dick, Roy, Fred and Joe; extended family and many cherished friends.
He was preceded in death by brothers Larry, Bill and Dan.
Memorial services will be Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Julesburg, Colorado, with Rev. Trenton D. Christensen and Rev. Frederick C. Sauder officiating.
Inurnment will be in Julesburg, Colorado, Cemetery later that afternoon.
The family suggests any memorials be directed to the Imperial FFA Chapter, Imperial.