Obituary: John (Jack) A. Kier
June 15, 1923 — July 27, 2018
Our beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather was born in Canon City, Colorado, and passed away in Piggott, Arkansas. He entered heaven after 95 years of service to his family, friends, country, and his beloved state of Colorado.
Jack grew up on King Mountain, in Toponas, on his father’s homestead, where he learned the value of hard work. During the school year, he lived with relatives in Canon City. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army to serve his country in the Pacific arena of World War II. After he came home and caught the eye of Margaret Ella Welty, they married and had four children: Wayne (Kathy), Don (Robin), Jacque (David), and Tim (Janet). Their beautiful ranch on the mountain above Yampa proved too hard to sustain a family, so he worked in the timber industry, then was hired by the state highway department plowing snow. This eventually worked into a full-time position with jobs in Walden, Pueblo, Lamar, and Denver. He finished his career in Craig as superintendent of maintenance.
After 55 years of marriage, Margaret passed away, and he married Marge Norman, a longtime family friend. They had happy years together traveling and enjoying each other’s family. Marge’s passing was difficult, and afterward, Jack found a friend in Irene Wilson, whom he met at church. The wedding bells sounded a third time, and since both were 86 years old, a long courtship was forestalled. They had eight years together until her death in January 2018.
Dad was grateful for the support and relationships with all his stepchildren and families; Karen (Dave) Knez, Adair(Melissa) Norman, Sandra (Ivan) Carns, Yvonne (Stephen) Willems, and Butch (Jani) Wilson.
After a fall and health concerns, Jack moved to Piggott, Arkansas, to live with his daughter, Jacque, and son-in-law David. There, he enjoyed the last days of his life, surrounded by children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 1 at Calvary Bible Church, 629 27 1/2 Road in Grand Junction
A reception and graveside service will follow the funeral.