Howard Leroy Layher

June 21, 1940 ~ July 12, 2021 (age 81)


On July 12th, 2021, Howard Leroy Layher passed away.  He was born on June 21, 1940 in Colorado Springs to Charles Ludwig and Helen Marie (Kalhoefer) Layher.  He attended Garfield Grade School, North Junior High, and graduated from Colorado Springs High School (now Palmer High) in 1958.  In June 1964, he graduated from Denver University with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.  He worked for many years at a local television station, KRDO, as a Television Engineer, where he was responsible for video and audio controls and took care of the transmitter. Later, he had a career in real estate.  He married Corene Johnson on October 28, 1972.  Howard’s interest in electronics started with a model electric train when he was 5.  That led to three different train layouts over the years.  Howard obtained his first-class radio license in 1958 at age 18 and began working at KRDO part-time as a camera man.    Howard earned his amateur radio license upgrading to entry class in 1978 when Corene got her amateur license. He was always very creative.  In one of his early designs, he formed his younger brother’s tricycle into an early version of Hot WheelsTM .  His bicycle sported a large steering wheel instead of the usual handlebars.  Later he created “The Chug”, an old ironing board on wheels that was powered by someone on a bicycle pulling it with an attached rope.  There were other small inventions too numerous to mention. Howard was a quiet man of few words.  He was very observant of everyone around him, introspective, kind, and thoughtful.  Howard and Corene also enjoyed camping, hiking, gardening, and music.  He is survived by his wife Corene; his sister, Norma and husband Ed Bixby, of Boulder, Colorado; his brother Charles and wife Paula Layher, of Colorado Springs; his nephew Scott Layher and wife Jennifer and their daughters, Emma & Kate.  In honoring Howard’s wishes, there will not be a service. 

“I praise you because [he was] fearfully and wonderfully made.”  - Psalm 139: 14


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