Gene L. “Geno” Nafziger, 68, of Denver, Colo., formerly of Longmont, died Sept. 22, 2010 at St. Anthony Central Hospital, Denver, Colo., from injuries suffered last week. He was 68.
Gene was born June 18, 1942, on the family farm in Archbold, Ohio, the son of Ora W. and Dorothy (Nofziger) Nafziger.
Gene grew helping his family on their farm. After completing high school he started operating heavy equipment. He eventually acquired his own backhoe, bulldozer and dump truck beginning a business and a life of entrepreneurship.
He left Ohio to move to Colorado in 1969. He went to work for the Golden Companies upon arriving in Longmont, where he operated heavy equipment during the early growth years of his new community.
Later he would operate tower cranes in Denver for a number of large construction companies working on large and sophisticated projects. Going back to his roots he began to search various business opportunities in the area, starting and developing a number of companies including Long RV Sales in Longmont and the I- 25 corridor.
He later operated a Mexican restaurant, pizza shop, a music store and Carniceria market buying and selling these businesses.
Most recently he has worked as a contractor and handyman.
Gene was a longtime member of the Operating Engineers Union #9, a former member of the Longmont Barbershoppers and a full time Broncos fan. His passions included golf, the lake, his grandkids and his extended family at Tommy’s.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his sons Ced (Wendi) Nafziger and Carlin (Lisa) Nafziger of Longmont, Colo., and his five grandchildren, Joshua Nafziger, Ryan Nafziger, Alyssa Uhernik, Jarrett Nafziger and Taylor Nafziger. He is further survived by his brothers, Rollie (Suzette) Nafziger, Archbold, and Billy Nafziger, Hilton Head, S.C.; and his sisters, LouAnn Rupp, Goshen, Ind., Marcine (Marlin) Klopfenstein, Pettisville, Rosi (Merle) Kuhns, Chantilly, Va., Bonnie Abraham, Chicago, Ill., and Jane (Fred) Antonacci, San Francisco, Calif.
A cremation has been entrusted to the Howe Mortuary and Crematory, Longmont, Colo.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at the Howe Mortuary Chapel, with Mr. Bruce Bennett officiating.
Contributions may be made to OUR Center or the Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley.
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