Professor 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
his parents.



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