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Harvey "Corky" Douglas Tomky

November 10, 1933 ~ October 2, 2022 (age 88)

Obituary

Harvey “Corky” Tomky, passed away on 10/02/2022.

Corky was born to Herman F. Tomky and Mary S. Tomky at their farm southeast of Brush on November 10, 1933.

Corky lived most of his life as a resident of Morgan County, leaving only to serve in Special Services in the United States Army during the Korean War 1953 – 1955.

Corky graduated from Brush High School in 1951. While in high school he was very active in 4H and FFA. He was elected president of Colorado FFA in 1952.

After Corky returned from the service, he purchased his first farm in the Weldon Valley in 1957 where he continued to live until 2020 when he and his wife, Connie, moved to Windsor. Versatility was his middle name as he successfully operated many facets of farming including a hog farrowing and finishing operation as well as raising sugar beets, corn, alfalfa, and beans. He had to change occupations in 1977 after developing a chemical systemic poisoning and had to give up hands-on farming.

He never met an obstacle he could not overcome. He started studying for and passed the Colorado Real Estate courses specializing in farm and ranch real estate. He then passed the Colorado General Appraisal test to become a certified Farm and Ranch Appraiser in 1980. He then went into business for himself until retirement in 1993.

Although he lived in the Weldon Valley, he became very active in Fort Morgan business associations. He was active in the Chamber of Commerce, serving as President in 1983. He was very active in the Morgan County Board of Realtors, serving as President in 1982. He served on the Morgan County Adjustment Board for 24 years.

Corky was known for his gregarious personality, never knew a stranger, and loved buying and selling real estate owning many properties over the years. He developed and brought into the City of Fort Morgan his alfalfa farm now known as the Tomky, Brenda Joy, Shawnee I and II sub-divisions in southwest Fort Morgan.

Corky married the one true love of his life in 1969 when he married his wife, Connie. They were married for 53 years.

One of Corky’s favorite things to do was travel. He traveled with his mother in 1989 when they went on a month-long bus tour of Europe, highlighted by a trip to Poland where his mother visited a church in Warsaw to look for family records. The one remarkable thing about this trip for Corky was the fact that two short weeks after he and his mom visited the Berlin Wall, it was taken down.

Corky and Connie continued to travel extensively. They were on every continent except Africa and Antarctica. Their two favorite places were South Island, New Zealand and Costa Rica. They were on a boat tour of the Volga River in Russia when the Twin Towers were destroyed on 9/11.

Corky was a life member of both the VFW and the Fort Morgan Elks Lodge.

Corky had many passions and interests in life. He loved to golf, fish, and play cards. He especially enjoyed being a driver for the Toyota dealerships, shuttling cars and trucks wherever needed.

Everywhere Corky traveled, he engaged people in conversation getting to know them and what they did for a living and what things were like where they came from.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Connie of Windsor and two sons, Michael (Kareena) of Mead and Trace (Sabrina) of Weldona, his sister, Bemmalou Bollig of Montrose, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Corky was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Darwin F. Tomky.

At his request, there will be no services. Cremation under the direction of McCoy Family Funeral Home.

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