Jim Petrie, 87, of Olney Springs, Colo., passed away November 16, 2018. Survived by his wife, Marlene "Molly" Petrie; sister, Mildred "Midge" Mang of Durango; son, Randy (Yvonne) Petrie of North of Fowler; granddaughter, Michelle (Jake) Seaton of Idaho Springs; grandson, Bret (Kallie) Petrie of Windsor, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Ryder Petrie and River Seaton. Preceded in death by his parents; and ten brothers and sisters.
Jim was born October 14, 1931, to Charles and Mary (Stroh) Petrie. Jim was the youngest of their twelve children. Charles and Mary started the homestead north of Olney Springs in 1914. Jim married Marlene "Molly" Sauer on October 10, 1958. Jim started out working for Phay Paul, driving a truck, farming and ranching. He then started his own farm and ranch. He supplemented that by working ten years as a chemist at the sugar factory in Rocky Ford during the sugar beet campaigns.
Jim enjoyed good horses, good cattle and good dogs, going on wheat harvest and helping neighbors. Jim was very talented. There wasn’t much he couldn’t do. He only completed an eighth-grade education, but he had an amazing mind. He could do math faster than a calculator and remember every phone number ever needed. Jim had a kind heart and was generous to friends, family, and anyone in need. Children, whether family or just visitors, were always given a treat and a pocketful of change. He especially loved spoiling the family pets. About his wife, Molly, Jim recently said, “She was all I ever wanted, and more. She was the best woman to ever walk the face of the Earth, and the best cook.” Even though he was legally blind, Jim took loving care of Molly as she suffered with dementia.
Jim’s granddaughter, Michelle Petrie Seaton, has written and recorded two songs about Jim.
You can listen to the songs here: https://soundcloud.com/chelle-petrie/crybaby-hill-1
There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery and Steward Crematorium. No service scheduled at this time. Jim's ashes to be scattered on the ranch, as per his request.
Memorials may be made to: Veterans of Foreign Wars, your local volunteer fire department, or a church or charity of your choice.
Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com We would love to read your stories and memories of Jim.