Miscellaneous Denver County, Colorado Obituaries - 1999

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FLOYD DOYLE ARNOLD, 83, of Castle Rock died April 19 in Northglenn. Services were April 22. Mr. Arnold was born in Pawnee County, Kan., on May 20, 1915. He married Alvena Behm and later Pauline Swalley. He was a self-employed contractor in the construction industry. He was a pilot. Survivors include sons Joe of Missouri, Patrick of Aurora; daughters Tammie Antonsen of Thornton, Lesa DeLand of Wray, Theresa Bowers of Fort Collins; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

MARY ANN BUTLER, 39, of Westminster died April 18. Services were April 23. Mrs. Butler was born in Denver on Jan. 26, 1960. She married Gordon Alan Butler. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband; stepdaughter Stacy Marie of Westminster; mother Frances Buchanan of Denver; brothers Don and Bill Young, both of Denver; sisters Diana Wadding of Westminster, Sharon Loftin of New Mexico.

BILLIE AVIS CHADWICK, 79, died April 16. Services were April 21, with burial at Fairmount Cemetery. Mrs. Chadwick was born Billie Avis Hoy in Trinidad on Aug. 19, 1919. She married Bud Chadwick, 1964. She worked in the writing and editing field. Survivors include sister Elizabeth; three stepdaughters; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

BRYON E. DAVIS, 75, of Federal Heights died April 19. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 27, at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area A. Mr. Davis was born in Exchange, W. Va., on April 28, 1923. He was a miner. He served as a sergeant in the Air Force during World War II. He was a member of the Masons, Shriners and Blue Lodge. Survivors include sister Alma Schiefer of West Virginia; brother Roy of Ohio.

KRIS ANN DeHERRERA, 19, of Littleton died April 17. Services were April 22. Miss DeHerrera was born in Englewood on Aug. 3, 1979. She was a sales associate. Survivors include her parents R.J. and Donna, both of Littleton; sister Amy of Littleton; grandmothers Betty Wiederspahn, Rosemary Bergin; grandfathers Richard Bergin, Richard DeHerrera.

if0,0-ANTHONY MICHAEL DENI, 87, of Castle Rock died April 22. Mr. Deni was born in Holyoke, Mass., on March 28, 1912. He married Alice B. McDermott. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a retired machinist from American Bosch after 25 years. He was a member of the Castle Rock Senior Center. Survivors include his daughter Holly of Castle Rock; sisters Carolyn of New York, Nann Neil of Massachusetts, brother Joseph of Connecticut.

OSCAR H. DOYLE, JR., 70, of Aurora died April 6. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 6, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 11373 E. Alameda Ave. Mr. Doyle was born in Anderson, S.C. He married Sarah Lollis. He served in the Marine Corps from 1944 to 1946. He was a retired lawyer from the Department of Agriculture. Survivors include his wife; sons Edgar of Virginia, Jack and Cary, both of Aurora; daughter Laura Ann of Aurora; brother Cary of South Carolina; sister Laura Doyle Carpenter of South Carolina.

EUGENE MANN DURBIN, 80, of Lakewood died April 21. Services were April 26. Mr. Durbin was born in Cleveland, N.M., on Dec. 23, 1918. He married Mable Nelson, 1939. He served in the Army during World War II. He was a retired railroad engineer from D. & R .G. Railroad. He was a member of Campfire Squares. Survivors include his wife; sons Arthur of Golden, Clayton of Lakewood; sister Genevia Conaway; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren.

LORRAINE FOX, 37, of Lafayette died April 22 in Boulder. Services were April 26. Mrs. Fox was born in Farnborough, England, on May 9, 1961. She married Russell Fox, 1978. She was employed by Kings Sign for 10 years and later worked for Kaiser Lock and Key. Survivors include her husband; daughters Jeannie and Samantha, both of Lafayette; parents William and Ellen Noble of California; sister Dawn Noble of California. 

ZELMA MAE GESSELL, 85, of Denver died April 18. Services were April 23, with burial at Fairmount Cemetery. Mrs. Gessell was born in St. Joseph, Mo., on Dec. 28, 1913. She married Alan Henry Gessell, 1934. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband; daughter Linda Denver of California; son David of Aurora; three grandchildren.

INEZ GREGORY, 86, of Commerce City died April 20 in Denver. Services were April 26. Mrs. Gregory was born in Bancroft, Neb., on March 22, 1913. She married Oather Bill Gregory, 1931. She was owner and operator of a dry cleaning business. She was a member of the Commerce City Business Women's Organization. Survivors include her husband; sons Donald of Parker, Jim of Littleton; daughter Jeanette Corbin of Littleton, 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. 

ELIZABETH HANKLE, 92, of Denver died April 16. Services were April 22, with burial at Crown Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Hankle was born in Longmont on Jan. 6, 1907. She married William Hankle Jr., 1924. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her son Roy W. of Englewood; daughter Betty J. McCartney of Denver; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.

MARVIN E. JOHNSTON, 82, of Denver died April 21. Services were April 24, with burial at Crown Hill Cemetery. Mr. Johnston was born in Concordia, Kan., on Dec. 4, 1916. He married Helen R. Dodson, 1940. He was a warehouseman for Resco Roofing. Survivors include his wife; daughters Patricia M. Stephenson of Denver, Judith A. Musich of Wyoming; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren.

HAZEL W. KAROL, 80, of Arvada died April 20. Services were April 24. Mrs. Karol was born in Tulsa, Okla., on Feb. 18, 1919. She was a homemaker. Survivors include son Mike of Arvada; two granddaughters.

MARY E. KIMMEL, 83, of Boulder died April 9. Burial was at Fairmount Cemetery. Mrs. Kimmel was born in Chicago on March 9, 1916. She married Rudolph Kimmel, 1941. She was a homemaker. She was a member of PEN, Womens PEO Chapter and Writer's Guild. Survivors include son Douglas of Maine; daughter Linda K. Phannenstiel of Longmont; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

RICHARD KEITH LAUGHLIN, 71, of Westminster died April 23. Private services were held. Mr. Laughlin was born in Conde, S.D., on Dec. 26, 1927. He married Carol Ann Connery, 1975. He served in the Army during World War II. He worked at Empire Lakewood Nissan. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 211. Survivors include his wife; sons Steven and Kevin of South Dakota; Michael of South Carolina; Richard and Scott of Aurora; daughters Lori Martinez of Federal Heights, Carrie of Westminster; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

LINDA CARPENTER MADSEN, 56, of Littleton died April 21. Services were April 24. Mrs. Madsen was born in Cedar City, Utah, on March 8, 1943. She married Kirtley O. Madsen, 1963. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Columbine Second Ward. Survivors include her husband; daughters Marni Maxwell, Marlo Ihler, both of Utah; sons Nick and Kent, both of Littleton; parents Bert and Ada Carpenter, both of Utah; brother Ron Carpenter of Arizona, Jerry Carpenter of Utah; four grandchildren.

HAROLD PHILIP OAKS, 55, of Denver died April 20. Services were April 23, with inurnment at Crown Hill Cemetery. Mr. Oaks was born in Denver on March 12, 1944. He retired from the Denver Fire Department. Survivors include son Harold of Arvada; daughter Jacqueline Oaks of Arvada; father Charles Sloan of Thornton; brother Wilbur Bennett of Denver; sisters Fran Hahn and Carol Duran, both of Buena Vista, Leianne Roup of Golden.

VERNARD ''MOE'' EUGENE PYLE, 79, of Kingman, Ariz., formerly of Iliff, died April 19. Mr. Pyle was born in Iliff on Oct. 15, 1919. He was an agriculture and ditch supervisor. He was a member of the Arvada Elks Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survivors include sons Richard of Connecticut, Tom of Tennessee; daughters Eleanor Green of Kentucky, Wilma Korbe of Sterling, Beverly Powell of Denver, Patti Foxhoven of Cheraw; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.

JOHN J. SCHMIDT, 79, of Denver died April 16 in Westminster. Services were April 21, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Mr. Schmidt was born in Grainfield, Kan., on July 14, 1919. He married Martina Sauer, 1946. He was a furniture mover. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survivors include sons Roger, Bryan and William; daughters Carolyn Nieto, Marilyn, Diane Aptt, Johnna Reigenbom; brother Richard; sisters Josephine Wolf, Helen Pfannenstiel; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.

ALTA E. SNELLGROVE, 89, of Denver died April 10. Services were April 15, with burial at Fairmount Cemetery. Mrs. Snellgrove was born in Aztec, N.M., on Dec. 17, 1909. She married Henry P. Snellgrove, 1930. She worked at Wyatt's Cafeteria for 17 years. Survivors include sons Henry Jr. of Denver, James of Aurora; daughter Shirley Metherd of Parker; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.

DIANA LYNN TAXIERA, 47, of Denver died April 13. Services were April 17, with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Mrs. Taxiera was born in Denver on March 20, 1952. She married Frank Taxiera, 1985. She was a customer service representative and manager of printing services at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She was president of IPMA in 1981 and 1982. Survivors include her husband; son Michael of Thornton; stepson Greg of Thornton; parents Shirley and Bill Elliott of Denver; sisters Susan Gonzales of Denver, Maryann Supples of Aurora; brother Rick Elliott of Denver.

ROBERT R. VELAZQUEZ, 69, of Englewood died April 21. Private services were held. Mr. Velazquez was born in Hudson on June 16, 1929. He married Nancy Long, 1980. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He worked as a machinist for Iron Works. Survivors include sons Vincent of California, Ezekiel of Florida, Phillip and John, both of Denver; daughter Roberta of Denver.

MARY CAROLINE ABLE, 58, of Denver died April 23. Services were April 27, with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Mrs. Able was born in Denver on Oct. 1, 1940. She married Thomas J. Able, 1962. She was an art teacher at St. Mary's Academy from 1984 to 1994. Survivors include her husband; daughters Bridget Shanley of Illinois, Mary of Golden; sons Brian of Parker, Kevin of Denver; two grandchildren.

ELIZABETH ''BETSY'' GRIFFITH ALLEN, 76, of Lakewood died April 20. Services were April 24. Mrs. Allen was born in Wichita, Kan., on Sept. 12, 1922. She married William Bruce Allen, 1948. She was a geologist with the Bureau of Land Management. Survivors include her husband; daughter Deborah Allen Barton of South Dakota; son Chapel of Peru; four grandchildren.

LELA VIOLA BASKIN, 87, of Westminster died April 22. Services were April 26, with burial at Tower Grove Cemetery in Murphysboro, Ill. Mrs. Baskin was born in Leakesville, Miss., on March 28, 1937. She married Jack Edward Baskin, 1937. Survivors include daughter Mary Lee Moneypenny of Westminster; sons Hugh of Oregon, Joseph of Texas; brother Talley Colley of Wheat Ridge; sister Mae Lankford of Denver; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

DEAN A. BONGER, 41, of Wheat Ridge died April 12. Services were April 16, with burial at Golden Cemetery. Mr. Bonger was born in Denver on April 5, 1958. He was a machinist. Survivors include father Wayne; brother John; sisters Beverly Collyer, Cheri Martin; nieces and nephews.

MICHAEL RAY GALLANT, 52, of Denver died April 16. Services were April 26, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Mr. Gallant was born in Denver on Nov. 24, 1946. He served in the Marines during the Vietnam War. Survivors include mother Toni Heckel; father Jack Pedersen; sisters Pamela Pedersen and Stephanie Abadi.

CHRISTINE MARY GARGAN, 81, of Aurora died April 22. Services were April 27. Mrs. Gargan was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Jan. 30, 1918. She married Thomas J. Gargan, 1939. She was a loan officer for Metropolitan Life Insurance. She was a volunteer teacher at the Del Mar Senior Center. Survivors include sons Thomas of New York, Joseph of Aurora; daughters Kathleen Mako of Parker, Maureen Kreuscher, Theresa, both of Aurora; sister Loretta Hardy of North Carolina; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

LILA MAE GILBERT, 87, of Lakewood died April 19. Services were April 23, with burial at Golden Cemetery. Mrs. Gilbert was born in Kansas on Feb. 11, 1912. She married Carl Gilbert. She was a teacher. Survivors include son Al; daughter Connie Blazich, both of Lakewood; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

GEORGE SPENCER GREEN, 80, of Denver died April 20. Mr. Green was born in La Junta on March 26, 1919. He married Corene Iola Render, 1939. He served in the Army during World War II. He was a retired government architect. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Moccasin Creek County Club and Elks. He was a Boy Scout leader. Survivors include brother Arthur of La Junta; daughters Michelle Yateman Jones of New Jersey, Jorge-Ayn Green Riley of Denver; son Richard of New Jersey; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

ROLL W. ''DUTCH'' HALING, 70, of Lakewood died April 22. Services were April 26. Mr. Haling was born in Kansas City, Kan., on Jan. 5, 1929. He married Reva Simmons, 1960. He served in the Navy. He was a retired mortician. He was a former Moose. Survivors include his wife; sons Dennis of Nebraska, Robert of Lakewood; daughter Barbara Ziolkewski of California; four grandchildren.

JANIS L. HENDERSON, 79, of Craig died April 18. Services were April 26. Mrs. Henderson was born Janis L. Gordon in Trinidad on June 25, 1919. She married Ralph Henderson, 1936. She was a hairdresser and homemaker. Survivors include daughter Jean Reeves of Elizabeth; son Richard of Craig; sister Mary Parsons of Aurora; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-great-grandchildren.

MURIELLE LaROCHE, 56, of Westminster died April 13. Mrs. LaRoche was born in Montreal, Canada, on June 18, 1942. She was a homemaker. Survivors include husband Jacques of Westminster; daughters Marjolaine of Canada, Dominique Walker of Arvada; son Danielle of Canada; brother Roger Grandguillot of Canada; two grandchildren.

ELMER LEE MANNING, 75, of Denver died Jan. 17. Services were Jan. 22. Mr. Manning was born in Grand Junction on Dec. 17, 1923. He married Mary Harris, 1947. He served in the Army during World War II. He was a sales representative for National Chemsearch. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Survivors include his wife; sons David and Andrew, both of Denver; four brothers; three grandsons.

DR. CLINTON ERROL MEYER, 88, of Arvada died April 15. Services were April 19, with entombment at Crown Hill Cemetery. Dr. Meyer was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 25, 1910. He married Louise Hazel Cooper, 1932. He was chiropractor for 45 years in north Denver. Survivors include his wife; son Richard of California; daughter Patricia Ann Gooch of New Mexico; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.

HAROLD L. ''TONY'' MUENCH, 88, of Wheat Ridge died April 18. Services were April 23, with entombment at Mount Lindo Memorial Park. Mr. Muench was born in Denver on Dec. 31, 1910. He married Enid L. Fischer, 1960. He was a chemical engineer and metallurgist. Survivors include his wife; brother Robert of Arizona; sister Elizabeth Imm of Wisconsin.

THE REV. PAUL H.A. NOREN, 98, of Fullerton, Calif., formerly of Denver, died April 17. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 E. Alameda Ave., Glendale. Rev. Noren was born in St. Paul, Minn., on July 10, 1910. He was senior pastor at Mount Olivet Church. He led two Billy Graham Crusades in 1965 and 1973. He was president of the Denver Area Council of Churches. He was chairman of the Governors Committee on Respect for the Law and was chaplain of the Colorado Senate. Survivors include wife Janice; daughters Andrea Rogers, Karen Talle, Mary Ellen Turrill; stepsons Craig and Brian Llewellyn; stepdaughter Karen Berkus; seven grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

ROLLAND HENDERSON OSBORNE, 82, of Arvada died April 21. Services were April 24, with entombment at Good Shepherd Mausoleum. Mr. Osborne was born in Kearney, Neb., on Nov. 9, 1916. He was a special agent for the Secret Service from 1943 to 1969. After retirement, he was a corporate security director for Gates Rubber Co. for 13 years. He then became a forensic document examiner. He was a member of Southwestern Association of Forensic Document Examiners, International Association of Chiefs of Police, American Society for Industrial Security, Juvenile Justice Commission, Employ Ex, Association of Retired Secret Service Agents, Rocky Mountain Annual Conference of United Methodist Church Council on Urban Ministries, United Ministries in Higher Education and the Senior Resource Center Club of Wheat Ridge. Survivors include sister Iola Waugh of Nebraska; sons Ron of Iowa, Rod of Illinois; daughters Linda Biery of Oregon, Tamra Lack of Golden; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

BILLY VERNON PEAKE, 72, of Keenesburg died April 22 in Denver. Services were April 27, with burial at Elmwood Cemetery. Mr. Peake was born in Drumright, Okla., on Sept. 19, 1926. He married Beverly D. Quimby, 1962. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a truck driver for Gambles. He also worked for Valley Feed & Seed in Wiggins. He worked part-time for Williams Trucking in Easton. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1771 and American Legion Post. No. 0180. Survivors include his wife; sons Billy Jr. of Hudson, Gregory of Keenesburg; sister Melba McKinney of Missouri.

HELEN M. RANDALL, 89, of Lakewood died April 23. Services were April 27. Mrs. Randall was born in Weehawken, N.J., on Jan. 13, 1910. She married Horace E. Randall and was a homemaker. She was president of Wheat Ridge Parent Teacher Association from 1944 to 1945. She was a volunteer at Lutheran Hospital for many years. Survivors include sons Paul of Lakewood, Dean of Littleton; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.

DOROTHY LEE WARCHESIK, 75, of Denver died April 21. Services were April 24, with burial at Crown Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Warchesik was born in Winnsboro, Texas, on May 14, 1923. She married Stash R. Warchesik, 1942. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband; sons Jack K. of Lakewood, Star Edward of Littleton; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

FRANCIS L. ''BUD'' WEISER, 97, of Denver died April 21. Services were April 27, with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Mr. Weiser was born in Ellsworth, Wis., on Dec. 8, 1901. He married Hilda M. Wilson, 1938. He was the co-owner of Kumpf Motor Car Co. He was a member of Colorado Mountain Club, Silverado Club, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Art Museum and Colorado Historical Society. Survivors include son Tom; daughter Frances Hopp; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

JEANETTE GILBERTA LIDMAN ZWIGART, 82, of Aurora died April 14. Services were April 19, with burial at Fairmount Cemetery. Mrs. Zwigart was born in Chicago on Sept. 25, 1916. She married William Zwigart. She worked for Western Electric. She was a member of the Swedish Club of Denver, Pioneers of America and W.E. Clowns. Survivors include son William; brothers Arthur, Howard and Roger Lidman; a grandchild.


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