Obituary for Darrell Lindsey
Darrell Lindsey, late of Florence, Colorado passed away on November 27, 2017 at the age of 82. Darrell was born in Florence Colorado on August 12, 1935 to Oden and Mary (Reilly) Lindsey. Mary passed when he was seven months old. His grandparents James and Barbara Lindsey moved him to their house as his father, Oden, was a Mountain Bell employee and was on the road most of the time. Oden married Lorraine Versman in the 1950’s. Darrell spent many summers with them as Oden traveled.
Darrell graduated from Florence High School in 1953 with honors from the National Thespian Society and the National Honor Society. While in high school he participated in football and basketball. His love for the School System and FHS lead him to become the voice of the Huskies for 40 years, at football and basketball games. It was an honor he enjoyed.
As a “little shaver” he developed a liking for stream fishing. Each Sunday Bill Draper and Norman Howells would take him up to middle creek, south of Wetmore to fish. He was 10 years old at the time and would always come home with his limit, which at that time was 20 fish. He continued his love for stream fishing until his health prohibited it.
In 1953 Darrell enlisted in the Colorado Army National Guard. He stayed in the National Guard until 1966, serving his country for 13 years. About that same time he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service. He worked as a carrier and clerk for 17 years and as Postmaster for 18 years. While Postmaster he wrote a Training Manual for new postmasters and office changes. He also traveled throughout Southern half of Colorado to train new postmasters and help in trouble shooting at different offices.
Darrell became a member of the Florence Pioneer Day Association and served many years including 12 years as President. One position he served in was the director of the Pioneer Day Melodrama. There he met his wife, Nancy (Singleterry) Lindsey. The Melodrama was Dirty Work at the Crossroads and Darrell played Adam Oakhart, the Hero and Nancy was Nelly Lovelace, the heroine. They married in May of 1965 and resided in Florence until his death.
Darrell and Chopper Price thought the town needed a museum so they started a campaign to buy a building to house such a facility. They raised enough money with this campaign to purchase the building where the Florence Pioneer Museum still resides.
Darrell served his community in countless ways. He was elected and served on the Florence Fire Protection District Board for 40 years as a Director/secretary. He was proud that he was able to write the grant to purchase the old city hall for the Florence Fire Protection District. He was Chairman of the Community Relations Board of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. While in that position, he was awarded the United States Attorney General Award for Meritorious Public Service for his part in helping to bring the Federal Prison Complex to Florence Colorado. He went to Washington D.C. to accept the award from the Acting Attorney General. Darrell served as Executive Director of the local Florence Chamber of Commerce for 15 years after he retired from the Postal Service. He was a member of the Red Brick Players for several years. He was a member of the Fremont County Economic Development Board, the Fremont County Pueblo Community College, Fremont County Crime Stoppers, Fremont County 911 Board and the Gold Belt Tour. He was a life time member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1225 reaching the 4th Degree Knight honor. He was also a lifetime member of the Florence Elks #611, serving many years as their secretary.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his parents and his step mother. He is survived by his wife and children, Jennifer (Jim) Tareco of New Jersey, Elaine (Jim) Geiser of Maryland, Jeff (Tricia) Lindsey and Steve (Kristi) Lindsey both of Colorado, grandchildren Josh Peterson, Jake and Emily Geiser, Ivy, Molly, Zach Travis and Annie Lindsey, J.J., Jesse, Julia and Jillian Tareco and one great granddaughter Lavender Lindsey.
Recitation of the Rosary, 9:15 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017, St. Benedicts Catholic Church in Florence. Interment will follow at Union Highland Cemetery, where many of his good friends also reside. A reception will be held following the interment at St Benedicts Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Florence Pioneer Museum, PO Box 131, Florence, CO 81226. Arrangements are under the care of Holt Family Florence Historic Funeral Home.