Esther Epling - January 05, 2013
Esther Epling was born on Jan. 9, 1922 in Denver. She was the youngest of two daughters born to Dwane and Frances (Miller) Kelso.
Esther graduated from Fort Collins High School in Fort Collins, Colo. in 1939 and attended Colorado State University after graduation. During college she studied music which included singing, piano, cello, and she even conducted a band.
During her freshman year, Esther met Glen Epling and they were married in 1942 . Esther graduated from Colorado State in 1943 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music education.
She taught music for a year at an elementary school in Ft. Collins because in those days if you were married you couldn’t teach high school.
Glen was drafted into the United States Army during World War II. He served as a meat inspector for the army and Esther travelled many places with Glen, including California, Alaska, and Pennsylvania. After the war was over they moved back to Fort Collins where Glen became the head of the Anatomy Department at CSU.
Esther and Glen enjoyed travelling. They were able to visit many different places including trips to Europe and saw most of the United States.
In 1975 they lived in Shiraz, Iran where Glen taught at a school. They left Iran shortly before the overthrow of the Shah. They moved to a ranch in Montana where they lived for the next 15 years.
Glen died in 1992 and Esther returned to Fort Collins until she moved to Westview Retirement in Grant, Neb. in 2001 to be closer to family.
Esther moved to the Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant in 2011 and had been transferred to the Perkins County Community Hospital on Saturday. She died at the hospital Saturday night, Jan. 5, 2013. She was 90 years old, four days short of her 91st birthday.
Besides her love of music, Esther enjoyed gardening, swimming, reading, and quilting. She was the organist of her church for many years and gave several piano performances at Westview while she lived there.
In addition to her parents and husband, Esther was preceded in death by her sister- Jane Allbrandt; her son-in-law, Les Saikan and her grandson, Jon Epling.
She is survived by one son- Tom and his wife Cyndy Epling of Grant and one daughter- Gina Saikin in Michigan; three granddaughters, Becca, Krissy, and Kerry and five great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Cremation was chosen. A private family scattering of cremains will occur later this spring.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.