Doyle Porter Likely Sr.
Doyle Porter Likely Sr., 101, passed away May 17, 2008, at the Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado Inpatient Unit in Greeley.He was born Feb. 18, 1907, in Hastings, Neb., to William and Clara Likely. He was a graduate of Julesburg High School, and attended Chillicothe Business College in Missouri.Doyle married Elizabeth (Betty) Drummond June 9, 1928, in Troy, Kan. He was farming near Julesburg in 1930, then served in the U.S. Army in 1943. In 1951, he moved to Kremmling, where he owned and operated Kremmling Motors for more than 20 years. After selling his business, he was a road foreman for Grand County and was the Kremmling Airport manager for many years.The Likely family moved to Greeley after Doyle retired, and in 1979 he went to work for the Boomerang Lateral Ditch Company, and worked as a ditch rider for 13 years until he was 85 years old.Doyle was active in many community services. He held three terms on the Kremmling Town Council, and was a charter member of the Kremmling Kiwanis Club, serving in all official capacities.Doyle was a licensed pilot and a member of Kremmling Flying Inc.Doyle and Elizabeth would have celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary June 9. He was a devoted husband and father, and dearly loved all his grandchildren.Survivors include his wife; children Barbara Dietrich of Portland, Ore., William Likely of Bullhead City, Ariz., Doyle P. Likely Jr. of Glenwood Springs, and Gary Likely of Brush; 14 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by six brothers, two sisters and daughter Marilyn Hammer of Greeley.A graveside service was held May 21 at Fort Logan National Cemetery.Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley CO 80631. Please view online obituary and sign the family guestbook at http://www.allnutt.com.
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