Earl McCall was born on April 27, 1932 to Arthur and Alice McCall. He was the third child out of ten. The family lived south of Yuma where he attended country schools. He and his cousin Marge Chandler would ride a horse to school. It was about three miles from her house to the school. He completed eighth grade after that he started working to help support the family, helping his dad. He later went to work for Glade Stansfield who farmed ground southwest of Cope. Glade had been a flying instructor in the Army and had his private license and he taught Earl to fly. They would fly down and work in the fields and then fly back. He planted a row of evergreen trees for Glade and took pride in that every time he went by there he recalled those days and liked seeing the trees.
Earl was drafted into the Army in 1952. He met Loretta Wise and they were married on October 18, 1952 before he left for basic training at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas. He was sent to Tokyo Japan during the Korean War. He was then sent to Okido Japan to guard the Korean border. He was a member of the 77th field Artillery Battalion, during this time he received an award as an excellent gunner. He always said he wanted to go over slowly and come home quickly but that happened in reverse. He was Honorably Discharged in October 1954.
After returning home from the Army, Earl worked for Glade for a while again and then started helping Lincoln and Lilly Wise on their farm, eventually taking over. Their family was blessed with four children, Wesley Scott, Linda Kay, Marvin Earl and Nancy Marie. Earl enjoyed the farming life. Wesley and Marvin helped with the farming and the cattle after they completed high school. There are many fond memories of harvest, the birth of the baby calves in the fall, new chicks in the springtime and all the other good things that comes with life on the farm. Earl and Loretta hosted many family dinners and cookouts and this time with family is a special memory. He and Loretta enjoyed square dancing. That was a special activity many times they were joined by Wesley and Mary. He also enjoyed the community north of town and the fellowship with family and friends.
Earl worked on the committee to help get telephone service established north of Yuma. He served on the soil conservation board for twenty five years. He and Loretta attended many national conventions and enjoyed seeing the country.
He was always happy to help someone if they stopped by with a breakdown of equipment or other problems. He did many projects with some of the neighbors. He and Loretta moved to town in 1986 and after that, he went to work at the Co-op feed mill, he worked there for twelve years until he retired.
He was a kind, gentle and patient man who always had a smile on this face.
Earl was baptized in the Community of Christ Church on April 21, 1985. He enjoyed being a part of the Community of Christ Church family. Earl went to his eternal home on September 18, 2020. Earl will be greatly missed by his wife Loretta of sixty-seven years, daughters, Linda and husband Terry Schmidt and Nancy and Raymond Guinn. Grandchildren Daphne Guinn, Rebecca and Tom Bean, Jennifer Milenski, Bethleen McCall, Amber Schmidt, Ben Schmidt, Katie Guinn and Avery McCall ten great- grandchildren, brothers Leonard, Dale and Gary McCall; sisters, Doris Smith and her husband Eugene and Evelyn Henry along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents Arthur and Alice, parents in law Lincoln and Lilly Wise, sons, Wesley and Marvin, daughter in law Mary McCall, grandson Lincoln Scott Guinn, infant brothers Phillip and Jess McCall sisters, Marilyn McCall and Jeannie Bonn; sister-in-law Judy McCall and brother in law Richard Henry.
The funeral service was held at the First Church of the Nazarene in Yuma, Colorado on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. with Mitch Korf, Diane Jones and Mike Mueller of the Community of Christ Church officiating. Interment followed at the Yuma Cemetery. Baucke Funeral Home directed the service.
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