Kenneth Allen Egbert died Dec. 23, 2017, at Horizons Care Center. He was 78.
He was born Sept. 21, 1939, to Earle and Perle (Davidson) Egbert in Dodge City, Kan. The family moved to Burlington and then to the Limon area where he attended a country school. The family later moved to Delta and he graduated from Delta High School in 1957.
He attended Intermountain Bible College and Mesa College in Grand Junction. After two years of school he returned to Limon with his family. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served two years in Guam before receiving a hardship discharge to return home to assist with the family farm.
On April 10, 1964, he married Barbara Grant. They farmed in the Limon area before feeling the call to enter full-time ministry.
Mr. Egbert was commissioned and licensed in the First Baptist Church in Limon. His first church was in Fruita. He later served in Florence and Monte Vista.
He and his wife took a 10-year leave of absence and moved to Florida and Alabama. They returned to Cedaredge in 1980 and he worked in the auto parts industry. In the mid 1980s Kenneth and Barbara returned to full-time ministry, serving the Olathe Assembly of God and churches in Torrington, Wyo., and Gunnison.
He was ordained in the Assemblies of God in 1995. He served as interim and fill-in pastor in churches across the western U.S. Due to declining health he retired from ministry in 2005.
He enjoyed traveling, camping, vintage cars, spending time with his grandchildren and sharing his passion for the Lord.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Cedaredge; children, Jeff of Omaha, Neb., and Kelly (Richard) Reeder of Montrose; grandchildren, Taylor Reeder of Cody, Wyo., and Kyle Roberts of Montrose; sister, Ramona Watson of Cedaredge; brother, Vic Egbert of Cedaredge; and extended family.
Services were held Jan. 2 at True Life Church in Cedaredge.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Assembly of God Aged Ministers Assistance Fund, 1445 North Booneville Avenue, Springfield, MO 65802.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.