Emeritus of Statistics
Elmer E. Remmenga, 78, of Fort Collins, unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday,
Jan. 11, 2005, at his home in Weld County.
Elmer Edwin Remmenga was born Jan. 9, 1927, in Douglas, Neb., the son of
John and Marie (Lenhard) Remmenga. He grew up in Nebraska and received his
undergraduate degree in agriculture at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
He received both his master's degree and Ph.D. from Purdue University. He
married Shirley Vallier on June 14, 1953, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. They
moved from Lafayette, Ind., to Fort Collins in August 1955.
Dr. Remmenga served with the Marine Corps during World War II. He was a
professor of statistics and taught at Colorado State University for 46
years, retiring in May 2001. He was an expert in his field, was widely
sought as a statistical consultant and served on numerous graduate
committees each year.
Dr. Remmenga was a member of Community of Christ
church. His primary area of interest was his family. His other interests -
traveling, working outdoors, hunting, fishing, reading and working crossword
puzzles - were secondary. He was an avid student of American Indian history
and had an outstanding knowledge of the geography and history of Colorado.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Remmenga, of Fort Collins; his children,
Debra Friesz and her husband, Mike, of Elkhorn, Neb., Barbra Remmenga, of
Montrose, Kurt Remmenga and his wife, Danise, of Lamoni, Iowa, Greg Remmenga
and his wife, Shari, of Grand Junction, and Marta Remmenga and her husband,
Jon Ytell, of Las Cruces, N.M. Also surviving are his 11 grandchildren; one
great-grandchild; and two sisters, Marjorie Graham, of Omaha, Neb., and
Dorothy Rikki and her husband, Mark, of Greeley. He was preceded in death by