Longtime Cedaredge resident, Herbert L. Briscoe, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at Horizon Care Center in Eckert. He was 97 years of age.
Graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at the Cedaredge Cemetery in Cedaredge with Pastor Phil Neely officiating and Military Honors conducted by Grand Mesa VFW Post #9221.
Our beloved father was born in Cumberland, Md., on Feb. 9, 1920, to Herbert L. and Ethel A. (Dittman) Briscoe. He was a member of the 1937 graduation class of Sidney High School in Sidney, Ind. It was not long before his life of travel and adventure began. In 1939, he and a friend embarked on a road trip to Mexico where eventually he got stranded and had to stow away on a ship to get back to the States. He enlisted in the National Guard in 1940 and was called to active duty in the US Army in January 1941, being stationed at Camp Shelby, Miss., for the duration of that year. Shortly after WWII started, he was reassigned to the Canal Zone, Panama, where in time he met and married the beautiful Steffi Posner. From there, he was assigned to Miami where he served until the war ended and was discharged from the Army.
From Miami, he and Steffi hitchhiked to Golden, Colo., where they resided until June 1946. Having reenlisted into the US Army, he was assigned to the nation's capitol, Washington DC. From there to Valparaiso, Chile, to La Paz, Bolivia, to Canal Zone, Panama, to Golden, Colo., to Fort Riley, Kan., to St. Nazaire, France to Orlean, France and finally to the Presidio of San Francisco where he retired from the Army after 20 years of service to our nation. Next stop was to the US Virgin Islands.
On St. Croix, he bought a Mr. Softee ice cream truck and established routes all over the island. It did not take long before he became the most popular guy on St. Croix known solely as Mr. Softee. In June 1970, after eight years of island life, destination Cedaredge, where he had bought a ranch in Dry Creek east of the town. As co-owner of Steffi's Fashions and Mesa Liquors on Main Street, he retired in 1980. Colorado's outdoor treasures fulfilled his passion for hunting, fishing and just stomping through the woods. He was an avid reader of non-fiction perpetually taking him places he had been or preparing him for the next journey, here or abroad. Other than living in Texas a couple of years, he was a constant in the Cedaredge/Eckert area.
He is survived by his daughter, Karen (Dwight) Benson and his son, Steven (Bonnie) Briscoe; many grandchildren and a lot of great-grandkids that brought him great pleasure.
His stories of adventure will be missed. De Foe's Robinson Crusoe had nothing on Herbert Lee Briscoe. Dad had a wonderful life.
Memorial contributions are suggested to HopeWest, PO Box 24, Delta, CO 81416, or VFW Post #9221, PO Box 302, Cedaredge, CO 81413.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at www.taylorfuneralservice.com.
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