Miscellaneous Denver County, Colorado Obituaries - 1999

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GEORGE M. ANDERSON, 90, of Greeley, formerly of Denver, died April 28. Services were May 3, with burial at Tower of Memories Chapel, Denver. Mr. Anderson was born in Denver on March 18, 1909. He married Mabel M. Schmelzle, 1936. He was a professional and semiprofessional baseball player for 15 years. He worked in the meter reader department at Public Service Co. for more than 30 years. Survivors include son Ronald of Greeley; daughter Linda of Wellington; three grandchildren.

MAGDALENA ''MAUDE'' BARGMAN, 94, of Wheat Ridge died April 26. Services were April 28, with burial at Highland Cemetery. Mrs. Bargman was born in Sterling, Neb., on March 24, 1905. She married August Bargman, 1926. She was a cook. She was a member of Emmaus Lutheran Ladies Aid and Emmaus Quilters. Survivors include sons Eugene of Nebraska, Wilmer of Denver; daughter Lois Watkins of Colorado Springs; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren.

ANNABELL BEASLEY, 81, of Denver died April 22. Services were April 27. Mrs. Beasley was born in Woodbury, N.J., on May 27, 1917. She was a dry cleaner manager. Survivors include daughters Barbara Winslow of Lakewood, Charlotte Parker of Pennsauken; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

GEORGE F. BIEHL, 93, formerly of Colorado, died April 23 in California. Services were April 30, with burial at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Mr. Biehl was born in Owensville, Mo., on Oct. 31, 1905. He married Rose Biehl. He was a technician for Public Service Co. Survivors include daughters Charlotte Adams of California, Carol Coulter of Denver.

ROBERT J. BONFANTE, 54, of Englewood died April 7. Services were April 12, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Mr. Bonfante was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Aug. 21, 1944. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He retired from the Denver Fire Department after 26 years. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9644, Elks Aerie 3241, BPOE Lodge 2122 and American Legion Post 193. Survivors include his sons Todd J. of Denver, Shane R. of Connecticut; mother Margaret Pearce of Denver; sisters Sandra Juul of Manzanola, Delores Jansa of Nebraska.

EDWARD VERNON CAEKAERT, 71, of Lafayette died April 28 in Boulder. Services were April 30. Mr. Caekaert was born in Avery, Idaho, on May 3, 1927. He married Maverine Cagle, 1955. He was a self-employed contractor. Survivors include his wife; sons Brand of Montana, Chino of South Dakota, Thain and Shawn, both of Lafayette; daughters Sandy Jomini of Montana, Alanna Turnbaugh of South Dakota, Tina Garcia of Lafayette, Tayna Stockham of Lochbuie; brothers Charles of Arizona, George of Texas; sister Madeline Stewart of California; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

EDITH RUTH FOWLER, 90, of Denver died March 31. Services were Apri 4, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Mrs. Fowler was born in Rockville on Oct. 31, 1908. She married Ernest Ray Fowler, 1932. She was a seamstress. Survivors include daughter Lovida Day of Wyoming; son Mollie Joe of Nevada; sister Lillian Denny of Hawaii; brother James Andretta of Denver; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

DOROTHY MAGDALENA HAEFFNER, 84, of Denver died April 25 in Englewood. Services were April 28, with burial at Crown Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Haeffner was born in Sterling, Neb., on Jan. 7, 1915. She married Harvey H. Haeffner, 1936. She was a farmer and dairy farmer in Nebraska and Colorado. She was a maintenance worker at a California Marine base. She was a housekeeper in Arvada and Golden. Survivors include sons Harvey of Lakewood, Rodney of Kansas, Arden of Wyoming; daughter Connie Ryder of Ohio; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren.

MILDRED ''TEDDY'' HANLEY, 89, of Denver died April 26. Services were April 30. Mrs. Hanley was born in Belle Plaine, Iowa, on Dec. 30, 1909. She married Jay Hanley, 1961. She was a retired executive secretary. Survivors include daughter Sharon Voss of Iowa; brother Dewey Benishek of Iowa; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

ELEANOR HARVEY, 81, of Denver died April 29. Private services were held. Mrs. Harvey was born in Butte, Mont., on June 23, 1917. She was an office manager for Metz Anesthesiology Group. She was a member of Arno. Survivors include a niece and nephews.

SENTA A. HAUERT, 85, of Parker died May 1 in Aurora. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, at Fairmount's Little Ivy Chapel. Mrs. Hauert was born in Sudicha, Ukraine, on Feb. 15, 1914. She was a homemaker. Survivors include daughters Valentine Skidmore and Gisela, both of Parker; sons Erich of Denver, Fred of Washington; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren.

LT. COL. CHARLES ''CHUCK'' HERBEL, 49, of Englewood died April 2. Services were May 3, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Lt. Col. Herbel was born in Liberal, Kan., on Dec. 26, 1949. He married Barbara Jo Warren Herbel, 1977. He served in the Air Force. He was an aeronautical engineer at Buckley Air National Guard Base. He was a member of Hope United Methodist Church, the NRA, the Planetary Society and BMW Club of America. Survivors include his wife; daughters Emily and Katie, both of Englewood; parents Albert and Helen of Oklahoma; brother the Rev. Richard Herbel of Michigan; sister Sheila Blankenship of Oklahoma.

WALTER L. JOHNSTON, 70, formerly of Arvada, Greeley and Phoenix, died April 15 in San Diego. Services were April 19, with burial at Phoenix National Cemetery. Mr. Johnston was born on April 19, 1928. He married Juanita Williams, 1952. He retired from State Farm Insurance after 30 years and then became a consultant. He served in the Navy during the Korean War. He was active in several organizations. Survivors include daughters Terri Barratt of California, Chris Hamman, Patti Holien, Pamela Westerman, all of Arizona; sister June Robb of Arvada; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

GERTRUDE KALLENBACH, 90, of Denver died April 26. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, at Highlands Lutheran Church, West 40th Avenue and Irving Street. Mrs. Kallenbach was born in Wausau, Wis., on June 23, 1908. She married Harry Kallenbach. She was a member of Highlands Lutheran Church. Surviving is sister Dorothy Radant.

LILLIAN ''LYDIA'' LUNG, 89, of Denver died April 28 in Littleton. Services were May 3. Mrs. Lung was born in Denver on March 26, 1910. She married Addison Walter Lung, 1927. She was a luggage inspector for Samsonite. She was a member of Englewood Bible Church Quilting Circle. Survivors include daughters Betty Turner of Littleton, Charlotte Beinke of Englewood; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.

WENDELL FRED MOREY, 86, of Loveland died April 29. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, at Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 Lincoln Ave., Loveland. Mr. Morey was born in Duluth, Minn., on Nov. 12, 1912. He married Dorothy B. Morey, 1960. He served in the Army during World War II. He founded Kelly and Morey Investments Inc. and served as president and general sales manager. He was a consultant for Integrated Resources Equity Corp. He established the Morey Lewis Ranch. He opened a branch of Kelly and Morey Inc. He was a member of El Jebel Temple and Shriner's Palomino Patrol. He donated the Lone Tree School of North Lake Park and was instrumental in the creation of Mariana Butte Golf Course. Survivors include his wife; sons Frederick and Kenneth, both of Loveland; three grandchildren.

CRISENZO ''CHRIS'' PELUSO, 62, of Arvada died April 28. Services were May 3, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Mr. Peluso was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 17, 1936. He married Sarah Barcia, 1960. He was a sergeant in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was a manager in the transportation industry. He was a member of Arvada Elks, American Legion and Knights of Columbus. Survivors include his wife; daughter Elena Peluso-Giles of Arvada; two grandchildren.

CLYATT ORLANDO PHILMAN, 66, of Sheridan died April 11 in Englewood. Services were April 15, with burial at Littleton Cemetery. Mr. Philman was born in Bell, Fla., on Nov. 11, 1932. He married Gail Behrendsen. He served in the Air Force. He was owner of three large heating and air conditioning businesses in Denver. Survivors include his wife; sons Jerry, John, both of Federal Heights, Dave, Tony, Dan, all of Denver, Glenn, James, Joe, all of California, Bill of Aurora; daughter Connie Benallo of Georgia; 22 grandchildren.

VIVIAN ''VICKIE'' IRENE REIBER, 64, of Commerce City died April 29 in Denver. Services were May 3, with burial at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Reiber was born in Red Cloud, Neb., on Oct. 12, 1934. She married William Carl Reiber, 1955. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband; daughter LaLon Burke of Commerce City; sons William "Bill" and Chris, both of Commerce City; mother Deila Gutscher of La Junta; brother Don Gutscher of La Junta; sister Carol Gutscher of La Junta; three grandchildren.

C. DEAN ROBERTS, 74, of Denver died April 30 in Fort Collins. Mr. Roberts was born in Platteville on Sept. 6, 1924. He was a claims adjuster for GMAC and manager of the Colorado Bid Depository. Later he was a real estate agent for Duncan & Duncan. He was a fire controlman in the Navy during World War II. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the American Legion. Survivors include sons Michael of Fort Collins, Robert of Aurora; father Glen of Greeley; brother Larry of Washington; sister Glenna Kurtz of Greeley; three grandchildren.

MARTHA L. VALDEZ, 68, of Lakewood died April 20. Services were April 23, with burial at Highland Cemetery. Mrs. Valdez was born in Chama, N.M., on Sept. 28, 1930. She married Ramon G. Valdez, 1959. She was a nanny. Survivors include her husband; daughter Christine Chavez of Lakewood; brothers Steve, Tito and Dave Torrez, all of New Mexico; sisters Lucy Martinez of Edith, Consuelo Gonzales of New Mexico, Mary Duran of Denver; three grandchildren.

JANICE ELAINE WESTENSEE, 57, of Elizabeth died May 2 in Aurora. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, at Parker Funeral Home, 10325 Parkglenn Way, with burial at Elizabeth Cemetery. Mrs. Westensee was born in Worthington, Minn., on Jan. 10, 1942. She married James Westensee, 1962. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband; son Troy of Elizabeth; brother Marvin of Iowa; sisters Shirley and Phyllis Rossow, both of Minnesota; a grandchild.

EVERETT L. AMBLER, 93, of Meeker died April 30. Services were May 3. Mr. Ambler was born in Wray on Aug. 22, 1905. He married Jennie Oestman, 1933. He was a plasterer and contractor. Survivors include his wife; daughters Lee Saucerman of California, Elaine Ellis of Meeker; sister Vivian Haskins of Arizona; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. 

ELLIS ''CY'' ASHLIMAN, 71, of Denver died Feb. 17. Services were Feb. 22, with burial at Hampden Memorial Gardens. Mr. Ashliman was born in Idalia on March 7, 1927. He married Doris L. Steele, 1947. He was a retired engineer from the Denver Fire Department. Survivors include his wife; son Monty of Hudson; daughter Jeanne Thompson of Littleton; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

BERNARD L. BAILEY, 54, of Elizabeth died April 10 in Franktown. Services were April 14, with entombment at Mount Lindo Mausoleum, Morrison. Mr. Bailey was born in Sargent, Neb., on March 7, 1945. He married George Ann Huffman, 1967. He was a design engineer at Lockheed Martin. He was an elder and member of the choir at Trinity Lutheran Church. Survivors include his wife; sons Jason of New Mexico, Nathan of Elizabeth; daughter Shawna of Elizabeth; parents Gillis and Lela of Littleton; brothers Clifford of Montana, Harlan of Carson City, Terry of South Dakota; sister Lois Mitchell of Littleton.

DARWIN M. BELL, 76, of Denver died April 26. Services were April 30, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Mr. Bell was born in Logan, Utah, on Dec. 3, 1922. He married Hazel Jeanne Sant, 1945. He served in the Army during World War II and was an officer for the Agency for International Development in Tehran, Iran. He was country director for the Peace Corps in Caracas, Venezuela. He was director of the International Labor Organization in Bogota, Colombia, and Geneva. He was deputy assistant secretary for the Department of Labor. Survivors include his wife; sons Bradford of Utah, Christopher of Denver; brothers Dan of Georgia, Ted of Utah; sister Leatrice Holman of Utah; four grandchildren.

OREN G. ''CHRIS'' CHRISTOPHER, 71, of Longmont died May 2. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 6, at Spirit of Peace Catholic Church, Longmont. Mr. Christopher was born in Alcester, S.D., on June 7, 1927. He married Eleanor Mentock, 1949. He served in the Merchant Marines. He owned Allied Parts Service in Longmont, retiring in 1992. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge and the Senior Dance Committee. Survivors include his wife; son David of Highlands Ranch; daughters Carol Jacobsen of Longmont, Diane Sisneros of Alamosa; brother Newell of Ohio; sister Lela Needham of Denver; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

ANNE CLARK, 55, of Littleton died April 27. Services were May 3, with entombment at Chapel Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Clark was born in Denver on June 23, 1943. She married Richard Clark, 1964. She was a volunteer with Colorado Ballet, the Junior Symphony Guild, Central City Opera, Colorado Uplift and Families First. Survivors include her husband; daughters Julie Spencer of California, Jill Hawley of Massachusetts; son Judson of California; parents Clenn and Eleanor Hill of Denver; sister Glenda Richter of Littleton.

KEY COMBS, 44, of Aurora died April 28. Services were May 4, with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Mrs. Combs was born in Seoul, South Korea, on Oct. 19, 1954. She married Robert K. Combs and was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband; daughters Kyung, Annyong, Aileen; mother Dorothy Mendoza; two sisters; two brothers.

VIOLA R. DAVIS, 59, of Thornton died April 30. Services were May 4, with burial at Elmwood Cemetery. Mrs. Davis was born Viola Ansbach in Lima, Ohio, on Feb. 10, 1940. She married David A. Davis, 1992. She was a self-employed truck driver and had worked for Allied Van Lines for 18 years. She was a driver for Frye Miller, Tropicana and RTD. Survivors include her husband; daughter Kimberly Ferguson of Washington; sons Chris Kidd of Hawaii, Barry Kidd of Washington; stepdaughter Kimberly Killen of Thornton; stepson Scott of Denver; nine grandchildren.

if0,0-ALVIN D. GRUENWALD, 87, died April 30. Burial was at Crown Hill Cemetery. He was an accountant. Survivors include son Ronald of Kansas; two grandchildren.

LT. COL. CHARLES ''CHUCK'' HERBEL, 49, of Englewood died April 28. Services were May 3, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Lt. Col. Herbel was born in Liberal, Kan., on Dec. 26, 1949. He married Barbara Jo Warren Herbel, 1977. He served in the Air Force. He was an aeronautical engineer at Buckley Air National Guard Base. He was a member of Hope United Methodist Church, the National Rifle Association, Planetary Society and BMW Club of America. Survivors include his wife; daughters Emily and Katie, both of Englewood; parents Albert and Helen of Oklahoma; brother the Rev. Richard Herbel of Michigan; sister Sheila Blankenship of Oklahoma.

JESSE EARL HORTON, 95, of Westminster died April 29. Services were May 3, with entombment at Crown Hill Cemetery. Mr. Horton was born in Lebanon, Neb., on April 1, 1904. He married Velma N. Heumphries, 1925. He was manager of the Nebraska State Employment Office, retiring in 1969. He was a teacher, principal and superintendent in Nebraska. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Survivors include nieces and nephews.

LOIS MARIE KIER, 72, of Greeley died May 1. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Kier was born Lois Burke in Atoka, Okla., on Sept. 29, 1926. She married Cecil M. Kier, 1944. Survivors include sons Gary of Fort Lupton, Larry of Littleton; brothers Robert and Bill Burke of Greeley, Lloyd Burke of Longmont; three grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

LILLIAN ''JEAN'' KIMZEY, 80, of Kiowa died April 29. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 7, at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Kiowa. Mrs. Kimzey was born Lillian Jean Shutts in Colorado Springs on Nov. 28, 1918. She married Charles Lee Kimzey, 1939. She was a page at the State Capitol for two years and later worked at the Elbert County Abstract Office. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Elbert County Senior Citizen's Center and the Historical Society. Survivors include daughter Elizabeth Lamb of Littleton; sons Tom of Washington, Dan of Kiowa; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild.

JAMES DALE McMILLAN JR., 46, of Denver died April 30. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, at the American Legion Post No. 161. Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 8, at Crown Hill Cemetery. Mr. McMillian was born in Alamosa on April 14, 1953. He was a broker. He was a member of American Legion Wilmore-Richter Post No. 161. Survivors include wife Kathy of Denver; daughter Mickey Palmore of Brighton; sisters Shelly, Rita Rugg, both of Lakewood, Cheryl Palmquist of Mississippi, Mollie of Arvada, Meg Palmquist of Westminster; brothers Michael and Kelly of Arvada, Hawk Palmquist of Westminster, Rick Palmquist of Mississippi, Greg Palmquist of Washington.

JULIAN E. MONTANO, 79, of Denver died March 9. Services were March 15. Mr. Montano was born in San Luis on Sept. 16, 1919. He married Ann Amador Montano, 1977. He served in the Army and was assigned to the Headquarters Company, 158th Infantry. He served in New Guinea and the Philippines. He received numerous decorations and citations including the Phillippines Liberation Ribbon with a Bronze Star and Asiatic Pacific Service Medal. He was a retired RTD mechanic. Survivors include his wife; sons Lloyd and Mike, both of Denver; daughter Helen Erickson of Arvada; brothers Frank of Pueblo, Reuben of Trinidad; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

MARIE PICKELL, 90, of Englewood died April 22. Services were April 27 with burial at Littleton Cemetery. Mrs. Pickell was born in Brush on Aug. 11, 1908. She married Phillip Edwin Pickell, 1930. She was a retired domestic worker. Survivors include daughters Phyllis Houser of Denver, Beth Johnson of Bailey, Viola Wagner of Evergreen, Barbara Hoage of Palmer Lake; son Phil of Littleton; brother Arnold Grenemyer of Brighton; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren.

JESUS ''JESSIE'' REYNA, 43, of Denver died April 29. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, at Highland Baptist Church, 9185 Tuica Court, Westminster. Mr. Reyna was born in Juarez, Mexico, on Oct. 22, 1955. He married Alice Sandoval. He was a welder for a manufacturing company. Survivors include his wife; mother Josefina of Denver; brothers Victor of Aurora, Jose, Hugo, Ralph, all of Denver; sisters Blanca Adkins of Westminster, Josefina Suceda of Aurora.

ELMER LYNN RITTHALER SR., 88, of Denver died May 1. Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, with inurnment at Ridge Cemetery in Fremont, Neb. Mr. Ritthaler was born in Fremont, Neb., on Oct. 23, 1910. He married Velma Hester Stuck. He was a custodian with Jefferson County Schools District R-1. Survivors include sons Elmer Jr. of Washington, Richard of Littleton; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.

CHARLES MICHAEL SIMONSEN, 54, formerly of Castle Rock, died April 29. Graveside services will be May 20 in Florida. Mr. Simonsen was born in Shelton, Wash., on Oct. 7, 1944. He married Leslie Anne Bloomfield, 1979. He served in the Navy. He was a pilot for several airlines, including 14 years at United Airlines. Survivors include his wife; son Carl; daughter Caroline; mother Mrs. Carl D. Simonsen of Florida; sister Sunny Pflug of Georgia.

JOSEPHINE A. STROTHER, 81, formerly of Castle Rock, died April 29. Services will be May 8 in Iowa. Mrs. Strother was born Josephine French in Maxwell, Iowa, on July 6, 1917. She married James Louis Strother, 1940. She was a receptionist for Dr. F.J. Neglia for 20 years. Survivors include sons James of California, Ken and Steve of Castle Rock, Sid of Washington; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

JANICE ELAINE WESTENSEE, 57, of Aurora died May 2. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, at Parker Funeral Home, 10325 Parkglenn Way, Parker, with burial at Elizabeth Cemetery. Mrs. Westensee was born in Worthington, Minn., on Jan. 10, 1942. She married James Westensee, 1962. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband; son Troy of Elizabeth; brother Marvin Wulf of Iowa; sisters Shirley and Phyllis Rossow of Minnesota; a grandchild.


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