Donald Eugene Ferrie

Donald Eugene Ferrie, 84, of Leadville passed away on April 10 surrounded by family. Ferrie was happily married to his wife Bev for 61 years, with whom he had two sons, Donald “Rusty” and Patrick.

Ferrie grew up in Denver and graduated from North High School. He worked for Safeway for three years before enlisting in the U.S. Army. Ferrie served in the Army as a military police officer for six years where he was stationed in Germany and Colorado. When he left the Army he returned to Safeway where he worked for a total of 38 years. He retired in 1992.

If working and raising a family didn’t keep him busy enough, Ferrie had a passion for volunteering. He started in Golden with the Golden Jaycees and the Golden Kiwanis Clubs.

After moving to Leadville, Ferrie joined the Elks Lodge where he held positions of exalted ruler and secretary for 49 years. At the time of his passing, Ferrie was the oldest living lifetime member of the Leadville Elks Lodge.

Ferrie also held the positions of president and burro racing committee chair for the Leadville Boom Days Committee for 48 years. He helped start burro racing in many other surrounding cities.

For 38 years, Ferrie oversaw the local fireworks display. He was also a member of the Leadville Lions Club for 49 years and the Lake County Chamber of Commerce. He volunteered for Leadville Ski Joring (you likely only know what this is if you are from Leadville) and for the Leadville Trail 100. The trail running race is now known around the world, and Ferrie served as a volunteer from the very beginning.

During the past several years, Ferrie’s passion was playing cards on Tuesday nights with his pals and being able to brag that he won a dollar off them.

Ferrie was preceded in death by his mother Helen Rushton; his father Frank Ferrie; and his sister Francis Brewer.

Ferrie is survived by his wife Bev Ferrie; his sons Rusty Ferrie (Pati) and Patrick Ferrie (Janella); and his two grandsons Anthony and Ethan. Ferrie added a granddaughter by marriage in Kelsi Burke (William) and had two great-grandchildren, Melanee and Max. Ferrie is also survived by his sister-in-law Nancy Sapp and by numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, Ferrie’s family asks that donations be made to the Leadville Elks Lodge for the Leadville Elks Cemetery. Donations can be mailed to Leadville Elks Lodge BPOE #236, PO Box 856, Leadville, CO 80461. Please note “In Honor of Donald Ferrie Cemetery Fund” on the donation.

A service will be held at the Leadville Elks Lodge on Saturday, April 17 at 11 a.m. to celebrate Ferrie’s life.