Obituary: Charles K. Bixler

Charles K. Bixler passed away Jan. 23. He was born in his parents house in Harrison, Neb., on March 4, 1922. He was the youngest of five children born to Harvey D. Bixler and Delia B. Bixler (Hanson).

He married Phyllis Jean Parsons in 1948. They had three children: Robert H. Bixler (deceased); Bonnie Bixler Szidon, (Kim); and Joe K. Bixler (Erica Suchman); and three grandchildren, Nolan, Scott, and Jackie Bixler.

He was in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He enrolled at the University of Nebraska when the war ended and returned home to Sioux County in Nebraska to run the family ranch when his father passed away.

After Charles and the family moved to Colorado in 1963, Charles was involved in ranching, oil, banking, and — since 1968 — Ranch-Way Feeds. He enjoyed his multitude of business ventures and was always looking to take on new ones. Flying his airplanes was a passion, as was golf and skiing. He loved music and he loved to sing. He loved his home on the country club golf course.

Kenny, as he was best known, was the last surviving of his siblings. He was predeceased by his sisters Lorraine Bixler (McDowell), Joan Bixler (Cunningham), Laverna Bixler (Reardon), and his brother John Bixler.

Charles loved his family and grandchildren. He held our family together. He will be missed.

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