In Memory

Verne Bixler

Verne Bixler

Verne Roger Bixler

Verne Roger Bixler, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed into eternal life on Saturday, August 29, 2015. He was born on April 19, 1946 in Longmont, Colorado to Howard and Gayle Bixler. He grew up on a farm south of Longmont and attended Fairview High School. He enlisted in the Air Force and worked as a crew chief in Thailand on F4 Fighters during the Vietnam War. He graduated from CSU with a degree in Animal Science and a minor in Nutrition. 

Verne met Connie Kay Norden in Ft. Collins and they married on June 22, 1974. They recently celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary. Together they moved to Colorado Springs and opened their own feed store, Colorado Agri-Feed, in 1975. 

Verne is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Dale and Gene. He is survived by his wife Connie, daughters Natasha Garver (John) and Amanda, grandsons Corbin and Barrett, sister Lynne, and numerous extended family members.

He was most proud of his daughters and grandsons, they were the pride and joy of his life. Verne will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Verne was a member of the Colorado Feed & Grain Association, the Rocky Mountain Plant Food Association, the National Western Stock Show, the Fed Beef Committee, the Colorado Cattlemen's & Pikes Peak Cattlemen's Associations, the Pikes Peak Range Riders, the Pikes Peak Range Rider Pivots, and Immanuel Lutheran Church. He served on the board of directors for the El Paso County 4-H Foundation, the Soil Conservation Society of America, the Range Riders (President 2008), and the Girl Scouts Wagon Wheel Council. 

Donations can be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, or to the National Western Scholarship Trust, NWSS c/o Morgan Topolnicki, 4655 Humboldt Street, Denver, CO 80216.

Visitation will be on Thursday, September 3rd, 4:00-7:00 pm, Evergreen Funeral Home, 1830 E. Fountain Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80910
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09/01/15 03:29 PM #1    

Dwight Lennon (Lennon)

Will be missed

09/01/15 04:10 PM #2    

Dick Bailey

Verne was a neighbor gorowing up.  We rode the bus together and we became quite close after his brother was killed the car accident. He was a gentle giant of a person and a good influence in this world. He will be greatly missed is this world.  

09/02/15 12:35 PM #3    

David Oldfather

Verne always had a nice smile and a friendly word. He had a good sense of humor, too. I'm sorry I missed him at the reunion and I am sorry for his family.I'm glad I at least got to send him a greting on his birthday.

09/02/15 08:53 PM #4    

Connie Olson (Biggs)

I didn't  know  Verne  personally  but I do send my condolences to his family .  I understand  what it is to be a widow .  God can see you're  through  this season .  


Connie  Biggs  

09/03/15 07:48 AM #5    

Jerry Travers

Verne and Connie have become great friends over the past 20 years. Strong in faith, character and love for his family. I will enjoy his memory for the rest of my life.

09/03/15 07:59 AM #6    

Margie (Larry) Morris (Caswell)

Verne was a gentle giant, except with his athletic opponents.  So glad we all got to see him at the 50th reunion. My comforting hugs to his family.


09/04/15 10:25 AM #7    

Sandra Singer (Lawrence)

I didn't know Verne well but my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.  I know how difficult it is to lose a loved one and I also know that God will see them through.

09/06/15 10:13 AM #8    

Jennifer Tracy (Bailey)

Verne was a good friend in high school. His warm smile, kind words, and zest for life were always a highlight for us at each reunion that he attended, especially at the 50th.  My sincere condolences to Connie and his children.  Jennifer Tracy

09/06/15 05:47 PM #9    

John (Lynn) Turner

Verne Bixler and I were connected by our older brothers. Verne's brother Dale and my brother Richard were good friends at Fairview and spent a lot of time together. The night Dale died in the accident along Baseline Lake, Richard was not with him. Verne and I never talked about it, we just knew. I always admired Verne, a good man. 


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