Bert was born September 5, 1923 on a ranch near the Ute Mountain Indian Reservation agency at Towaoc, Colorado, near Cortez Colorado, and died February 25, 2017 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. His parents were Elbert J. Floyd and Frances Olivia Henry Floyd. Elbert F. was reared at the Southern Ute Indian Reservation near Ignacio, Colorado. He graduated from Ignacio High School, the University of Oregon, and from Strum College of Law, University of Denver. Bert was admitted to practice in Colorado State and United States courts including the United States Supreme Court.
Bert served as a United States Marine in the Solomon Islands during World War II. He also served a year during the Korean War in the Third Infantry Battalion at Camp Pendleton, California. Bert held life memberships in the Disabled American Veterans, First Marine Division Association, Marine Corps League and the Guadalcanal Campaign Association. He was a charter member of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. and of the Marine Corps Heritage Museum Foundation at Quantico, Virginia.
During Bert’s civilian work life he was a sheep herder, forest fire lookout, Lincoln historian and author, Freemason and a Protestant. He was forever mindful of his life with the Southern Ute Indians and the residents of the Ignacio, Colorado community.
Bert and his widow, Marie Campbell Floyd, were married in May, 1945. He is survived by Marie, daughters Sue Ley, Sun City, Arizona and Nancy Wilson, Steamboat Springs, Colorado and son John, also of Steamboat Springs. Bert is survived by his sister Elizabeth Mabie and predeceased by his parents, two brothers Edward and William
Floyd and sister Rose Marie Marsh. He is also survived by many grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.
There has been a cremation. A celebration of life will be held later in July in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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