Eugene Estey Inloes

Jul 25, 2012 Staff

Eugene Estey Inloes, 77, formerly of Lander, died Thursday, June 28, 2012, in Greeley, Colo.

Gene Inloes was born Nov. 3, 1934, in Lander, to Winifred Estey and Donald H. Inloes.

He graduated from Fremont County Vocational High School and was active in farming and ranching with his father and raised steers as a 4-H project. He entered the University of Wyoming following graduation from high school and received a degree in animal husbandry, supporting himself by working at the University Stock Farm (dairy and beef) and an ROTC scholarship.

Mr. Inloes married Georgia Hambrick on Jan. 1, 1954, while attending the University of Wyoming. They had two children and later divorced. He married Sharon Heiden Patterson on March 17, 1995, in Las Vegas.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959. Afterward, he returned to the University of Wyoming, earning a master's degree in animal breeding.

Mr. Inloes worked as the assistant extension agent in Carbon County in 1961. In 1963, he became the extension agent in Sublette County. He began his career as extension livestock agent in Weld County in 1969 and retired in 1996.

He coached 4-H livestock judging teams for 35 years, retired and returned to coaching again in 2006.

He worked at the National Western Stock Show for 30 years as superintendent in the "yards."

Mr. Inloes was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, the University of Wyoming Alumni Association and the Cowboy Joe Club, Epsilon Sigma Phi, the Colorado County Agents Association and many other organizations.

His family said he loved football, especially college football, and watching the University of Wyoming Cowboys.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughter Terri Inloes and her husband Dean Williams of Palmer Lake, Colo.; son Scott Inloes and his wife Wendi of Greeley, Colo.; four granddaughters, Abbi Inloes-Kelly, Codi-Inloes-Williams, Paige Inloes and Shelbe Inloes; nephew David Inloes of Philadelphia; extended Heiden family, Lorrie, Lois, Jay, Shelli, Brendan, Brittany, Jessica, Rachel and Jailee of Severance, Colo., and Fort Collins, Colo.; and his dog, Maddie the Dachshund.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Pastor Don Inloes.

Memorial contributions can be made to Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1800 21st Ave., Greeley, Colo., or the Weld County 4-H Foundation/Livestock Judging Program.

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