1913 - September 9, 2008
Walter James Gregory, known to most as "Jim", died Sept. 9, 2008, in the Hospice Care Center of McKee Medical Center in Loveland.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church, 1005 Stover, in Fort Collins, with the service beginning at 10 a.m. Military honors will be given with interment in Grandview Cemetery immediately after his memorial service at the church.
After interment, friends and family are invited to the Allnutt Reception Center, 650 W. Drake Road, for a reception honoring Jim's life.
Jim was born Dec. 5, 1913, in Marengo, Ohio, to Albert James Gregory and Leah Mae (Smith) Gregory. He was the oldest of eight children.
In the late 1930s, Jim entered the University of Wyoming at Laramie. On June 9, 1941, he received his B.S. degree in animal husbandry, specializing in sheep and wool production. He also was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduation.
Jim served from January 14, 1942, to December 18, 1945, as a U.S. Army infantry officer in the European, African and Middle Eastern theater during World War II. He was wounded in action May 23, 1944. Jim received the Silver Star Medal for Valor, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge and a Distinguished Unit Badge, 3rd Battalion, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment.
In February 1946, Jim joined the Colorado A & M Extension Service and served as Moffat County Agricultural Agent in Craig, until his retirement in 1972. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents in 1960 and a Certificate of Recognition from the Colorado Seed Growers Association in 1971. He was a member of the Zeta Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the honorary Extension Service Fraternity.
In 1976, Jim and his wife, Emma, moved from Craig to Fort Collins. He became active in the Fort Collins Lions Club and in the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and telling stories of his past experiences.
Walter J. Gregory was preceded in death by his wife, Emma; granddaughter, Stacey Henk Chacon; and his grandson, Aaron Henk. He is survived by sister, Ilena; brother, Max; his daughter, Linda, and son-in-law, Stanley Henk; granddaughter, Ashley Henk; great-granddaughter, Natashia Chacon Gaspar; and great-grandsons, Zachary and Isaac Chacon.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Colorado Lions Foundation or to the University of Wyoming Annual Fund, designating the College of Agriculture as recipient, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins 80526.
Please visit www.allnutt.com to view Jim's online obituary, sign the family guestbook and send condolences.