Walter “Jim” Whitcomb, a long-time resident of Hillside, Colorado, passed away at his home on August 19, 2020 at the age of 77 after being diagnosed with Stage four bladder cancer in November 2019.
Jim was born in Mooreland, Oklahoma on October 9, 1942 to Bessie Lockhart and Walter Whitcomb. After high school in 1963, he began working for Rainbow Ranch before joining the Navy, on a Patrol Squadron, in 1964. He served four years of active duty and completed his service with two years in the Naval Reserves. He returned to work for Rainbow Ranch in 1968.
On August 5, 1969 he married Myrtle Berry and in June 1971, he welcomed his one and only son, Wade, into the world. The Ranch sold in 1991, at which time Jim began working for David and Cynthia Huber. Ultimately, they became best friends more so than employee/owner after Jim’s 30 years of dedicated service.
Jim was a devoted father, husband, friend, and avid Team Roper. He traveled all over Colorado and neighboring states competing in local, regional, and national Team Roping events. He claimed many top prizes, including a couple horse trailers, many saddles, and prize money. He also found joy in Cripple Creek, playing the slots and the occasional poker game later in life. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Whitcomb; son, Wade Whitcomb; two grandchildren, Victoria and Adam Whitcomb; sister, Peggy Tuzicka; brother, Rob Roscoe and his aunt, Vada Trice.
A memorial service will be held in his honor at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 10, 2020, at the Willow Vale Grange Hall, 59424 State Highway 69, Hillside, Colorado.
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