Eugene Hettinger

Eugene Hettinger

Saturday, May 22nd, 1937 - Friday, October 30th, 2020
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Eugene Alex Hettinger, 83, passed away at his home on Friday, October 30, 2020. He went peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Gene was born May 22, 1937 in Eaton, CO to Alexander and Clara Hettinger.

Gene spent his early years on a farm in Eaton, CO and the family moved to Greeley, CO when he was in fifth grade. He graduated from College High School (Univ. High) in 1955 and married the love of his life in 1957. Gene worked many years for Monfort before beginning his firefighting career with the Greeley Fire Department. He retired from GFD as a Lieutenant after 23 years of service. Gene and Carolyn moved to Bellvue, CO in the Poudre Canyon where Gene worked for the Colorado Parks & Wildlife at the fish hatcheries. After seven years of service, he retired once again. Gene and Carolyn returned to Greeley and spent their summers working and living in the Poudre Canyon as campground hosts at Dutch George and The Narrows. After that adventure, Gene and Carolyn moved to Severance, CO to enjoy their retirement, their family, and most of all, their time together.

After Carolyn passed away in 2016, Gene moved to Rigden Farm Senior Living apartments in Fort Collins, CO. Gene loved camping, fishing, puzzles, reading, and his family, but most of all, he loved holding hands and spending time with his “girlfriend” as he sometimes referred to Carolyn. They were an island of strength, love and commitment and are together again at last. A private family service will be held to honor and remember him.

He was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn Hettinger, his brother-in-law William Kahler, his son-in-law Richard Haflett, his parents, his grandparents, aunts and uncles. He is survived by his sister Patricia Kahler, his daughters Julie Sterkel and Kimberly Murphy and her husband Carl Speaker; his sons Mark Hettinger and his wife Suzette Hettinger and Michael Hettinger and his wife Tracy Hettinger, nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren, five nieces and nephews, and thirteen great nieces and nephews.

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Duane McDonald

Posted at 06:57pm
Hettinger family, I am sorry for your loss. I started at GFD in 1981 and Lt. Hettinger was one of the "old salts" and a tad intimidating and scary to a newbie. I found out later that he was a kind and generous man. Im very sorry for your loss and proud to have gotten to serve with your dad.
Duane McDonald
GFD 1981 - 2016

Steve Vigil

Posted at 10:48am
Hettinger Family, Your Dad was my 1st Lieutenant when I started my career with the Greeley Fire Department in 1983. I enjoyed my opportunity to work and learn from him. On the day he retired he told me that he wanted to come to my retirement celebration. I had seen him at another retirement a few years before mine and he told me again about attending mine. On the day of mine he did not make it but he was in my thoughts as I remembered what he had said. My condolences to you all.

Kimberly Murphy Posted at 06:04pm

Thank you for your kind words. Kim (daughter)

Jim and Marsha Harris

Posted at 10:52pm
"Eugene Hettinger" will remain in our hearts forever.
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Kimberly Murphy Posted at 06:05pm

Thank you for this. Kim (Hettinger) Murphy

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