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John Brice Sheriff

Obituary of John Sheriff

John Brice Sheriff was born May 25, 1926 in Denver Colorado to Glenn and Adaline Morgan Sheriff. His whole life revolved around operating the Sheriff Ranch which was homesteaded by his great-grandmother and grandfather in 1881.

He attended 12 years of school in Hot Sulphur Springs in the building that now houses the Grand County Museum. John served his country in the Pacific Theater of World War II in the US Nave from 1944 through 1946. His ship was in Tokyo Bay on the day the Japanese signed the surrender, ending the World War II.

Three days later he walked through the rubble of the city which he described as a "flattened landscape". After being discharged, John returned to Colorado and attended Colorado Agricultural College (now CSU) in Fort Collins for two years.

On October 16, 1949 John married Ida Marte in Granby. They had two children, Steven Lee (Chris) of Colombia MO, daughter Sue of Grand Lake and two grand-daughters.

John was a life member of the VFW Post 9374 also American Legion Post 0088, Charter member of the WW II National Museum, a member of Grand County Cattleman's Association and the Grand County Historical Association.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made in his memory to the Grand County Historical Association, PO Box 165, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451.

Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held at the Sheriff Ranch later this summer.

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Many Happy Memories of John and Ida and Sheriff Family Reunions. Wonderful, GREAT COUPLE, GREAT FAMILY HISTORY. Love You Ida!! My Mother was a Sheriff from Keithsburg Il. I was born there. Live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

John Harland Darrah Oct 24 2015 12:00 AM

Steve Grace Jul 15 2015 12:00 AM

ida so sorry to hear of johns death you are in my thoughts ! please let me know when his memorial will be I would like to be there. love kevin

Kevin Turner May 8 2015 12:00 AM

I was deeply saddened to hear of John's passing. I have so many fond memories of time spent on the Sheriff Ranch when I was growing up. It is a blessing to know the he is now resting in the presence of our Lord. Sending thoughts, prayers, and much love to Ida, Steve, and Sue.

Shari Jo Burkhalter May 3 2015 12:00 AM

He will be missed!

Obie And Nancy Lindsey May 2 2015 12:00 AM

Jerry & I we're so saddened by John's passing. We meet John and Ida at Church in Hot Sulfher Springs, when we visted there many times. We both enjoyed some great card games, which we all wanted to be the winner of. Wonderful memories.. We will truly miss this Special Colorado Rancher. Our Sympathy to his family and all those who know him.. Jerry and Joanne Finley of Minnesota

Jerry & Joanne Finley May 2 2015 12:00 AM

Jerry & Joanne Finley May 2 2015 12:00 AM

John's quiet and steady contributions to our community and nation were admirable. He was an excellent role model for us to follow.

Drs. Penny & Bill Hamilton May 1 2015 12:00 AM

This world has lost a very good man. Ida, I am a better person because you and John were a part of my family's life. Hugs and love to you during this difficult time. Sarah

Sarah Baker Apr 30 2015 12:00 AM

John was a beloved friend to Grand County History. His humor and kindness will long stay in our hearts. Here's a photo from the 2012 Taste of History with Ida Sheriff, Barb and George Mitchell, and our dear friend, John Sheriff, may you rest in peace.

Kristi Martens Apr 30 2015 12:00 AM