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Robert "Bob" Ley

The North Weld Herald of Eaton, Colorado

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Robert "Bob" Ley, 89, of Greeley passed away with his family surrounding him on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. He was born on Aug. 29, 1926, in Ashley, N.D., to Gottlieb and Rose (Christiansen) Ley.

Bob attended Valley View School in Kersey speaking only German.

He met the love of his life, Betty Buderus, when he was 20 years old. They later married on June 20, 1948. In 1954, he started working with Mr. Bucholz leveling land. Four years later, he started his own leveling business, also building lakes and reservoirs. Bob had a successful business, and he worked hard for 40 years, retiring in 1988.

Some of his hobbies were raising Angus cattle, irrigation, gardening, and fixing anything. He loved to play the violin, especially with the Emmitt Horst's polka band. Bob and Betty loved to square dance, polka, and Dutch Hop together. He also was a member of the Greeley-Evans Moose Lodge No. 909 for 61 years holding the office of junior governor.

Bob and Betty celebrated their 67th anniversary this year.

Bob is survived his wife, Betty; sister, Naomi Morgan; nieces and nephews, Margie (Tony) Dowdy, Marilyn (Don) Beckel, Martin (Chris) Ley, Herb (Karen) Ley, Charlene, Linda Warehime, Elmer Ley Jr., Randy (Cindy) Reeve, Sandy (Rick) Rexford, Sue (Bob) Kitchell, Cheryl (Russell) Martin and Rick Williams; sister-in-law, Virginia Williams; great-nieces and great-nephews, Kristyn (Craig) Dechant;Tanya (Ryan) Filsinger, Rhonda Whistance, David (Shelley) Schooling, Troy (April) Dowdy; and great-great-nieces, Jaedyn, McKenna, Brielyn, and Paisley; special friend and neighbor Arlene Clinkinbard and Stacy; and many other great-nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, brothers, Matt, Harold, Herb, Elmer and Marvin Ley; niece, Barb Reeve; and grand-niece, Sharon Dowdy.

A funeral service for Bob was held Oct. 29, 2015, at the Moser Funeral Service Chapel, Evans. Interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Greeley.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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