Oliver "Darrel" Loper
Oliver “Darrel” Loper passed away peacefully at home April 11, 2017. He was born June 2, 1953 to Oliver H. and Joyce A. (Mann) Loper in Canon City, Colorado. He was a lifelong resident of Canon City, graduating from Canon City High School in 1971. In 1970, he married his high school sweetheart, Kathryn P. (Magee) and together they enjoyed 46½ years of marriage. They had two children, Darrel Lee and Collette.
He began his work life with Oliver H. Loper and Sons Concrete and in high school he worked at Mink Lumberyard. He worked at DFC ceramics and helped build the water treatment plant in Canon City. Darrel worked for the Colorado Department of Corrections for 30 years. He served in many capacities, at many levels, in many facilities, including several “Gang Boss” jobs; rebuilding the Dublin house in Colorado Springs and moving large boulders to build roads in Buena Vista. Following his retirement, Darrel drove a school bus for RE-2 schools and Echo Canyon Rafting.
Darrel was a man of many names – husband, Dad, Papa, Old Man, Lunk, Broken Horn, OD. He was an awesome painter, scrimshaw and wood carver, wood builder and finisher. He had so many talents and always had a wicked sense of humor. He most loved spending time with family, friends and his grandchildren; he always had time to teach and do many things with them. Taking his grandchildren to Mountain Man Rendezvous brought him so much joy!
Oliver will be deeply missed and is survived by his loving wife, Kathryn; his children; daughters-in-law, Stacy Lopez and Aimee Fuller; adopted children, Rod and Toni Smedley. His grandchildren were the biggest blessing of his life, Frankie (Ryan) Ingle, Jessica (Zackary) Ohtonen, Amber Smedley, Nicole Loper, Nathan Smedley, Brisa Fuller; two mothers-in-law, Dorothy Bieker and Beverly Magee; brothers-in-law, Roderick (Mary Martha) Magee, Michael (Lisa) Magee, Jeffrey (Jeremy) Magee, Joseph (Dawnee) Magee; many nieces, nephews, a great niece and great nephew; brother, Daniel F. Loper; dear cousins, Sandy Johnson, Vanessa (Melvin) Porter and many others.
He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Roderick R. Magee, who passed April 5, 2017. He also sadly missed his buddies, Clayton “Bigfoot” Donley, Dan “Hawk” Booher, and Randy Henderson.