Richard "Dick" Kimsey, Jr., 59, of Greeley, died Thursday October 25, 2012, following an accident near La Salle. Rich was born on January 4, 1953 in Greeley to Richard Keith Kimsey, Sr. and Katherine Kay (Jones) Kimsey. He was called "Butch" by his family as a child.
He was reared and educated in Greeley, graduating from Greeley West High School in 1971. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Germany. After four years of service he was honorably discharged and returned to Greeley. He was a member of the National Guard from 1984 – 1994. He attended Aims Community College and earned an associate's degree.
Rich married Tracy Tucker on April 7, 1984 at the First Christian Church in Loveland, where they became members after their marriage. He attended the First Christian Church in Greeley, as a child. They belonged to the Larimer County Foster Parent Association.
Rich loved to play pool on Friday nights with some good friends. He was a devoted husband, father, and foster parent. He and his wife have fostered many young people through the years. He was a commercial driver for most of his life. He loved their animals, which included their Bloodhounds, Barney and Annabelle; their Burmese Mountain Dog, Brutus; their cat, Smokey; their burros, Eeyore and Odie; and their green winged macaw, Johnetta. Above all was his love for his wife and children.
He is survived by his wife, Tracy; four daughters, Ruth Kimsey and Susan Johnson, both of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Beth Kimsey of Denver, and Larissa Gourd of Fort Collins; a son, Guy Kimsey (fiancée Pamela Walters of Denver) of Westminister; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Darlene and Olin Tucker of Loveland; two sisters, Betty Kay (Chuck) Park of Fort Collins and Jackie (Wayne) Dorn of Greeley and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Celebration of Life will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Stoddard Funeral Home. Cremation.
Military Honors will be rendered by Pioneer Post No. 2121, V.F.W.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Longhopes Donkey Shelter in Bennett, Colorado or For-Ever Home Bloodhound Sanctuary in Doyline, Lousiana, both in care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colorado 80634.