LaVerne Wahlert Obituary, Death- LaVerne James Wahlert, known as “Hoot,” died peacefully at home with his family on September 2, 2023. On December 13, 1938, James and Arlene (Schwab) Wahlert had their second child in Exira, Iowa. After the Wahlerts moved to Hillrose, Colorado, in 1944, he and his brother Ed worked in agriculture.
Hoot worked on Betty & Shorty Leis’ Merino, Colorado farm after graduating from Hillrose High School in 1957. His longtime partner Patricia Columbia was met when “dragging Main” at Fort Morgan with a friend in July 1960. Patricia, nervous, impersonated “Sue Calhoun” to escape her father.
His charm and tenacity won her over, and they fell in love. On June 17, 1961, they promised forever. Hoot joined the Army in Anchorage for three years in February 1961. He and Pat went to Alaska for love. From their union came Rhonda, their adored daughter, born December 9, 1962. Hoot loved his daughter.
Hoot joined Great Western Sugar in Fort Morgan, Colorado, after the military. His dedication got him promotions and transferred his family across states. They returned to Fort Morgan in 1974 and stayed until 2003 when Hoot retired from Great Western Sugar after 41 years. His eyes closed, and he built and repaired beet pilers.
In 1987 and 1992, Hoot’s cherished grandchildren Torrie and Trenton joined him. The kind grandfather will do whatever to make them happy. Mountain fishing, assisting with education (always well), visiting their sports, and teaching kids kindness and character were his hobbies.
Hoot enjoyed fishing and Estes Park pitch 31. He liked drinking and talking to VFW friends after work. At Wahlert family gatherings, he enjoyed making memories and telling stories. His family knew Hoot made the best handmade ice cream, even though Pat mixed it. He lived for Pat, Rhonda, and his grandchildren, helping and singing pleasant songs.
The Wahlerts, including his 62-year-old girlfriend Patricia (Columbia), survive. He leaves his beloved daughter Rhonda (Scott) Westover, granddaughter Torrie (Marc) Martinez, grandson Trenton (Heather) Westover, brother Richard Leroy (Linda) Wahlert, sister Betty Ann (Tom) Wiemann, several sisters and brothers-in-law, and many cherished nieces, nephews, and friends who appreciated their humor and
Kindness, dedication, and a grin defined Hoot Wahlert. He was friendly and exciting, and everyone will miss him. Hillrose’s Place Bar & Grill will celebrate Hoot Wahlert with an open house on September 30 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Celebrate a caring and loving man with stories.