Karl Herman Knorr
Karl Herman Knorr was born in Denver on Jan. 21,1913. He passed away in Fort Collins on Nov. 1, 2007 at the age of 94. Karl was the third son of German immigrant father, William (Billy) Knorr, and Breckenridge born, Corinne Guyselman. With older brothers, Ted and George, Karl grew up on the ranch at Otter Creek & the Blue River, which his grandfather Guyselman had homesteaded. He grew up hunting, fishing, trapping, and learning how to run a horse & cattle ranch in the rugged mountain valleys of Summit County. Karl attended Lakeside School, Breckenridge High School, and graduated from Fort Collins High School. The summer after graduation, Karl along with brothers George and Ted purchased a local ranch, and with a helping hand from their dad, started ranching. With the onset of World War II, Karl went to Montana to join the U.S. Air Force. The government had realized the need to keep beef production going and sent him home to the ranch to serve his country from there. When the Bureau of Reclamation built Green Mountain Reservoir, Karl and his family had to move the ranch up the hill from the fertile valley floor. They bought a neighbors place and moved over the winter, moving all of the buildings including the big log barn and the main log ranch house. On June 13, 1948 Karl married Lakeside School teacher, Jean Hood. They honeymooned in Yellowstone and Jackson Hole and returned to make their home on the ranch. Daughter Karen was born in 1950, they moved into the home that Karl & Jean built in the spring of 1952 and daughter Helen arrived in 1953. As the years passed, the Knorr Ranch grew and all the family members worked at raising commercial Herefords, hay and horses. Karl had learned to ride almost before he walked and was never more at home than when he was in the saddle. His lifes work was his contentment and he always said, If I had it to do over again, Id do the same things. Karl served both the local and larger community in many capacities as a member (and often also as an officer) of Blue Valley Electric Association, Blue Valley Telephone Company, West Grand School Board, Kremmling Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, National Cattlemens Association, Colorado Cattlemens Association, Blue Valley Sportsmans Club, Safari Club International, Blue River Water Board, Colorado River Water Board, Lower Blue Valley Planning Commission, National Rifle Association, Civil Air Patrol and as a Middle Park 4-H Club leader. Over the years, he often played drums with other local musicians to provide music for dances throughout Grand and Summit counties. In 1990, Karl was honored as one of the Pioneers of the Year Karls hobbies included hunting, fishing and photography, which led him and Jean to take several Alaskan and African safaris, camping, picnicking, hiking, backpacking, ski jumping, when he was young, and skiing, which he continued until age 80. Karl is survived by his wife Jean of 59 years, daughters Karen & husband Efton Foster of Fort Collins, Colorado and Helen Keim of Silverthorne, Colorado; 6 grandchildren and two step grandchildren; Dodie Lang & April (Jesse) Myers all of Fort Collins, Ace (Rachel) Keim of Anchorage, Alaska, Karl Keim of Fairbanks, Alaska, Anna (Richard) Mayhew of Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Jediah (Crystal) Foster of Loveland, Mike Foster of Thornton, Sabrina (Jared) Anderson of Colorado Springs; 14 great grandchildren Naomi, Karina, Caleb, Charity, Benjamin, Johanna, Ian, Austin, Chloe, Savanna, Venessa, Devin, Blaine, and Trey. Several nephews and nieces also survive him with their families and many countless friends. Karl will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Karl may be made to Kremmling Memorial Hospital, P.O. Box 399. Kremmling, CO 80459. Memorial services will be held at West Grand High School Auditorium in Kremmling on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007 at 11 a.m. With Pastor Kevin McGinley of Ft Collins Southgate Church officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Knorr, Gordon Knorr, Ace Keim, Karl Keim, Jediah Foster, Grady Culbreath, George Culbreath, George Read, and Bill Read. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Foran-Schoenfeld Mortuary, 204 Byers Ave Hot Sulphur Springs.
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