Larry Nighswonger April 26, 1937 – Sept. 6, 2018


April 26, 1937 – Sept. 6, 2018

TORRINGTON – Funeral services for Larry Nighswonger, 81, will be 2 p.m. today (Wednesday, Sept. 12) 2018, at the First Congregational Church with the Rev. Matt Gordon officiating. Burial with military honors by the Wyoming Army National Guard will follow in the Valley View Cemetery. 

Visitation wasTuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Colyer Funeral Home. The casket will be closed at the service. Arrangements are by the Colyer Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to www.colyerfuneralhome.com. 

Larry died at home on Sept. 6, 2018. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the First Congregational Church or the Denver Children’s Hospital.

Larry was born April 26, 1937, near Harrisburg, Neb., the third child of four born to Harvey and Ada (Rathman) Nighswonger. He began his education at Gabe Rock School. At a young age the family moved to the LaGrange area, where he graduated from LaGrange High School in 1955. He attended Parks School of Electronics in Denver, Colo., then moved to Morrill, Neb., where he worked as a radio/television technician. He served in the US Army Infantry and then in the Wyoming National Guard. 

His life really began in 1960 when he met and married his lifelong sweetheart, Sharon Morgheim, of Huntley. To this union, three children were born. They began their life together in Ogallala, Neb., where they owned and operated a TV and appliance store. After selling their business in Ogallala they lived in Morrill for a short time, and then moved to Goshen County, where they began farming in 1971. They purchased a farm southwest of Yoder and farmed and ranched there. 

In 1992 they sold the farm and moved to Torrington, where Larry worked for a short time for the Conservation District and then as a field electronic service representative for Capital Business Systems. He obtained his real estate license in 1997 and was active in real estate sales since that time, being associated with Newman Realty. He retired in 2015.

Larry’s life revolved around his family. He was happiest when he was surrounded by family members and enjoyed watching his grandchildren in their various activities. He was a long-time member of the First Congregational Church in Torrington.

Larry is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Sharon; daughters Lisa (Jake) Ochsner of Lingle, and Stephanie (Max) Bernhardt of Loveland, Colo.; a son Michael (Michelle) Nighswonger of Casper; a brother Leonard (Bobbie) Nighswonger of Loveland; a sister Donna (Robert) Hadley of Cheyenne; nine grandchildren; four great-grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Thomas; two sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; two nephews; and one niece.

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