John Bowman Servatius |

John Bowman Servatius

John Bowman Servatius passed away peacefully at his home on November 19, 2016.

John was born on December 7, 1929, the son of Kenneth and Margaret (Bowman) Servatius.

He was raised in New Mexico, California, and Arizona, and later moved to Colorado Springs where he attended Colorado Springs High School. John excelled and was a prominent participant in all curricular and extracurricular activities. He was voted “Best Personality” and the President of his senior class. He was a pole-vaulter on the track team, wrestled, and was the captain of the football team.

John attended Colorado School of Mines on a full-ride track scholarship. He was inducted into the engineering honor society, Theta Tau, was a member of Beta Theta Pi, the M Club, and the Blue Key Club. He participated in the track and wrestling teams and was recognized as the most valuable wrestler.

In 1953, John graduated with a degree in Geophysical Engineering and married Mary Katherine “Kay” Ruehle on April 11, 1953.

John and Kay started their family in East Prairie, Missouri where he was the manager and part owner of Big Oaks Farm of Bogle Farms. To this marriage, one son and three daughters were born.

In 1965, John was commissioned as an Honorary Coronel by the Governor of Missouri and served in that capacity for a number of years.

John and Kay moved their family to Craig in 1973 where John was part owner and manager of Cross Mountain Ranch of Bogle Farms until his retirement in 1992. In retirement, John kept active fly-fishing, tying flies, and swimming where he made many dear friends at the pool. He loved spending time with his family and being an active part of his grandchildren’s activities. John was also an avid Broncos fan.

John is survived by his sister Helen Gray, daughters Laura Servatius, Holly (Jim) Richardson, and Kathy Knez, grandchildren Katie (Adam) Barajas, Megan Knez, Kelly Knez, and Connor Knez, and Billy Richardson.

His wife Mary Katherine “Kay” Servatius, his son John Ray Servatius, and his sisters Virginia Merrion and Kay Cynthia Ringsred precede him in death.

John was a dearly loved, exceptional man and will surely be missed.

Memorial donations may be made to Colorado School of Mines Fund in care of Grant Mortuary. The family requests that you honor his memory by performing acts of kindness as no public memorial services are planned.

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