Published: Thursday, August 16th, 2012
Lorin “Bud” Robert Catchpole was born on a farm near Eckley, Colo., Jan. 25, 1922, to Charley and Emma (Metzger) Catchpole. He was the youngest of five children and went to high school at Fort Morgan and Fort Collins, Colo.
He went into the Colorado National Guard and transferred into federal service after Pearl Harbor. Bud served in WWII in the Philippines and New Guinea and was on Northern Luzon toward the end of the conflict in the Pacific Theater.
After the service, he was discharged from the Army and enrolled at the agriculture college in Fort Collins.
In May of 1946, he married Cleo Marion Thoen at the American Lutheran Church in Fort Collins. Lorin transferred to the University of Wyoming and completed his degree in animal husbandry with a certificate to teach vocational agriculture.
The family moved to Buffalo, S.D., where Lorin taught vocational agriculture. He began his teaching career in Custer, S.D. They moved to Lemmon, S.D., where Lorin taught until he retired in 1987.
During his teaching career, he received multiple awards from the Future Farmers of America from national, state and local chapters. He was a member of the South Dakota Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association and is a member of the Hall of Fame.
In 1988, Lorin and Cleo went to Papua New Guinea and both taught at Siassi High School under the sponsorship of the Lutheran Church.
During their years together, Bud and Cleo loved to travel. They traveled to many countries, including Korea, Costa Rica, Belize, Europe, Australia and Turkey. Lorin included his professional life in his travel by writing papers on agricultural industries of Korea and Costa Rica.
Lorin died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at Five Counties Nursing Home in Lemmon. He was 90.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; one brother; and his youngest daughter, Cecelia “Charley.”
Surviving family members include his wife, Cleo of Lemmon; daughters, Pauline (Jeff) Mortenson of Murrell’s Inlet, S.C., and their three children, Anna Froiland, Erika Thompson, and Amanda Mortenson; Margaret (Terry) Alexander of Denver, Colo., and their children, Breanna Alexander and Keith Alexander, Meda (Roger) Warbis of Upton, Wyo., and their children, Robert Warbis and Joe Warbis; and son-in-law, Steve Feierabend, (Cecelia “Charley”) Denver, Colo., and their children, Emma, William, Lauren, and Sonja; son, Robert (Sharon) Catchpole of Wheatland, Wyo., and their children, Jennifer Weber, Charles Catchpole and Marcus Catchpole; and one sister, Margaret Pitman of Denver.
In lieu of flowers memorials to scholarships from Calvary Lutheran Church or the FFA are requested.
Services were Aug. 8 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Lemmon with Pastor Bob Edwards officiating. Burial was Aug. 9 at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis near Sturgis, S.D.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.funeralhomesofcaring.com.
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