Kenneth Lee Tiffany 1938-2018
Kenneth Lee Tiffany was born January 30, 1938, at Longmont, Colorado, to John Bentley Tiffany and Phyllis (Hoffman) Tiffany. He was the youngest child, joining an older sister, Phyllis Ann, and brother, David.
Ken’s father farmed southwest of Longmont, but the family moved to what is now Commerce City, in Adams County, Colorado to help John’s widowed mother. From 1940 to 1955, John worked for the government at Farmers Home Administration until his first love of farming/ranching won. During this time Ken’s siblings attended school in Adams County while Mrs. Tiffany taught elementary school there. Ken started school in 1944, which he enjoyed because of his friends and knowing many teachers. Ken also helped with the family’s large “Victory Garden.”
A great joy to Ken was staying at the Grandparent Hoffman’s mountain cabin in the area now known as Conifer. He developed a love for the mountains that was with him forever.
Ken enjoyed family/neighborhood events of a simpler time, such as Halloween parties in the hayloft of a wonderful, big old barn, taffy pulls, listening to Batman, the Lone Ranger, and Superman. The County Fair was a place of wonder and excitement. Until Mom Tiffany passed in 1978, the family always enjoyed big holiday dinners together.
Ken and the family moved to Limon in January, 1950, after Grandma Tiffany passed. He enjoyed school, chorus, working on the school paper and annual staff, which he edited his senior year. He was a proud representative to Boys State.
Graduating in 1956 from Limon High School, Ken (Tiff) moved to Greeley to attend Colorado State College of Education to become a math teacher. He also enjoyed square dance club, Acacia Fraternity, and being on the All-Greek Council as treasurer.
Wanting a change, Ken went to work on the family ranch near Rush, Co. He also joined the Masonic Lodge and Order of Eastern Star, where he felt privileged to serve as Master of the Lodge and Patron of the OES Chapter. He often returned there for meetings.
Ken took over fully running the ranch in January, 1962, when his father was killed in a farm accident. He felt the need to use his math knowledge, so he leased – then sold- the ranch, worked as a bookkeeper at the Pikes Peak Coop at Calhan, Colorado, for three years, and then at the Farmers State Bank of Calhan for two years. These experiences enhanced his desire to finish his degree, so he returned to CSC and graduated in the summer of 1971 with a B.A. Degree in Business Education, with emphasis in accounting.
Ken worked for Mr. Gary Schofield auditing agriculture businesses, and then worked for Equity Coop in Stratton, Colorado. September, 1973, saw Ken become the office manager of M & M Coop in Yuma, Colorado. He enjoyed the business, cohorts, and customers until his retirement in 1996. During his years of work, Ken became interested in family geneology, and tirelessly worked on his family heritage.
Ken (Tiff) passed away at Meadow View of Greeley on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.
Preceding Ken in death were his parents, John and Phyllis Tiffany, his sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Bob Ziegler, and great-nephew Gregory Van Sickle.
Surviving him are his brother Dave and sister-in-law Dona Tiffany. Nieces: Beverley Van Sickle, Vianne Tiffany and Janice Tiffany. Nephews: Gary Ziegler, Barton and John Tiffany. Also surviving are special friends, Jerry and Dorothy Benner and their children, Shey Overbeck and Craig Benner, who have been like family.
Greeley services: Saturday, September 8, 2018, 1:00 p.m., Adamson Mortuary
Yuma services: Sunday, September 9, 2018, 1:00 p.m., Yuma Senior Center
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer Association in care
of Adamson Mortuary, 2000 47th Avenue, Greeley, Colorado 80634.