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Harry Hoisington JR
Harry H. Hoisington Jr (also know as Colorado Slim) was born on August 5th, 1936 in Anamosa Iowa. His parents were Dora and Harry Hoisington SR of Olin Iowa. He graduated from Olin High School in 1954. He is survived by his sister Karen of East Forks MN and a brother, Kevin of Larimore ND along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He worked at the Windy Gap Wildlife Reserve near Granby CO for many years. He loved the parades and throwing candy to the little ones from his 1907 old music car pictured here. He loved living here and the people in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Donations may be made in his memory to the family. Send donations to: Kevin Hoisington, 1739 37th Street NE, Larimore, ND 58251.
Private services are planned at a later date. View Colorado Slims webpage for more photos, or to send a condolence to the family at www.grandcountymortuary.com
Thank you to everyone that knew him and loved him. Karen and Kevin
I met Slim about 4 years ago at the Windy gap Watchable Wildlife Area west of Granby. I came to know Slim over the next several years and realized the enthusiasm and dedication that he had for the wildlife at Windy Gap. Slim was an extremely hard worker and made Windy Gap his for the 17 years he was there. He will be truly missed. I will miss the conversations and storys he told me of his life and his adventures. Thanks to Slim for your passion you had at Windy Gap and for the Wildlife that you enjoyed. Granby and Windy Gap will not be the same without you. Scott Murdoch on behalf of Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Scott Murdoch Sep 20 2013 12:00 AM
It's hard for me to believe that Uncle Bud, "colorado Slim" is gone from this world. He was an incredibly generous, creative, kind, and interesting fella, one who lived his life the way he chose, rather than how others thought he should. I didn't know Uncle Bud much while growing up, it seemed he was always off having adventures. I once heard his mother, my Grandma Olin, say that he was a tumbleweed, and I remember that because at that time in my young life, I struggled to understand what that meant. When we visited Olin, Iowa as children, I remember Uncle Bud always having the old cars for parades, as well as an antique-looking jukebox. He also made records as a young man, a few of the little 45's, which I still have. He loved music, though I did not know he loved big band music until I read that on one of the tributes posted here. I wish I had known that, we could have listened to big band music, which I love as well, together! I tell my son Matt who also plays guitar, harmonica, and sings, that he got his musical talents from Uncle Bud, as did my brother Mark, a singer and member of the band Ransum. Bud, like the rest of his family, enjoyed the simple life and didn't require much in the way of material things to be happy. His mom and everyone since her loved to hit rummage sales and find treasures. Appreciating nature also runs in the family, from collecting wild flower seeds to appreciating the sighting of a hawk, eagle, or turtle. He surely found his slice of heaven on earth out in Colorado and loved his outdoor job. Uncle Bud's friends were a tremendous help to my mother, Karen, Bud's sister, and brother Kevin. I am so grateful for their warm welcome of Mom and Kevin, as well as all their help with his apartment and belongings. It is obvious from the stories Mom and Kevin brought back and the online tributes how much my uncle wasloved and appreciated. I so enjoyed hearing the stories about BigFoot, UFO, and even mermaid sightings - another topic of interest that I inherited from my uncle. Thank you all, people of Grandby, for being such dear people in Uncle Bud's life, and in his passing. I hope one day to meet and thank each one of you in person. Bless you, and keep the colorful, patriotic, adventuresome spirit of Colorado Slim in your hearts and prayers. He was a small town guy with a BIG heart and dreams, and I just know he's brought some laughter and many stories to those he joined in heaven.
michelle kozel Sep 19 2013 12:00 AM
Having known Slim for many years, he adopted the Windy Gap Wildlife Viewing Area as his own. Slim was very helpful in establishing Windy Gap and took on the roll of caretaker after is was built. Slim was more than a caretaker. He would always come up with ways to improve the area and especially enhance the visitor experience. After the area was left in shambles by some vandalism, it wasn't two hours that Slim was back at work reclaiming his special place. Myself and all those who enjoy Windy Gap are grateful to Slim. (CDOW retired).
Jerry Claassen Sep 19 2013 12:00 AM
Slim was the driving cog in the machiene of Windy Gap Watchable Wildlife Area. What a lot of joy he provided- We will miss him. The State of Colorado
Mike W. Crosby Sep 18 2013 12:00 AM
"Slim" will be missed in Granby. He was such a patriotic man. Daily coffee chatter at Chuckwagon will not be the same.
Dale & Val Lind Sep 12 2013 12:00 AM
We are so sorry to hear about Colo Slim. We have known him for many years.We enjoyed visiting with him from to time. He was a pleasant and ejoyable person to be around. He will be missed very much. Granby an especially the parades will not be the same. You were very fortunate to have a broher like Slim our thoughts and payers are with you.
Melvin & Geneva Conn Sep 11 2013 12:00 AM
We are so sad to hear of Slim's passing. He was a great addition to Granby and will be missed by many. We were so fortunate to get to help him with the parades in the past few years. It was our pleasure and was so much fun. Miss you Slim! -Sue and VJ Valente
Susan Valente Sep 11 2013 12:00 AM
I always enjoyed our visits and catching up when I was in the area. Rest in peace...
Carol Keen Sep 11 2013 12:00 AM
Slim was always like an older brother to me. I've known him since my first winter in Granby 1983-84 when he used to nap in back of a red Chevy pick up at the Blue Spruce Motel when visiting Ray-who lived in next room to me. Over the years Slim was always available to help fix a car, give me advice, a ride somewhere, shelter in between jobs and to share a story. The locomotive float he made from a car chassis was the greatest creation he ever made. He loved doing the parades with a 1901 Olds in Granby and Grand Lake as well as the Anamosa Pumpkin Festival I accompanied him in 2003. I helped him at the Windy Gap rest area where we raked, picked up litter, and viewed birds together. I went to Olin Iowa three times to stop over on my trips across country from Colorado, other Western states East and back. In 2004 I drove him to Iowa from Granby in two days. He was a thoughtful, patriotic and wise man with a magnetic personality; liked big band music and old movies, nature, antiques and yard sales. I can't believe he's gone, but he would always keep a bible open along with his heart. He was a character.
Chris Daley Sep 9 2013 12:00 AM