Miscellaneous Denver County, Colorado Obituaries - 1999

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PAT ABELL, 76, of Denver died Sept. 23. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Family Funeral Care, 2775 S. Broadway, Englewood. Mrs. Abell was born in Kansas on Oct. 22, 1922. She was a waitress. Survivors include daughter Beverly Benedict of Weldona; sisters Ann Martin of Kansas, Monica Adams of California; brothers Andrew and Charles Haller of Fort Lupton, Jacob Haller of Missouri, John and Patrick Haller of Nebraska, Joe Haller of Utah; three grandchildren.

THEODORE L. BERRI, 86, of Denver died Sept. 20. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, at St. James Episcopal Church, 8235 W. 44th Ave. in Wheat Ridge. Mr. Berri was born in Durango on Nov. 6, 1912. He married Patricia Young Berri. He retired from the Public Service Company in Colorado. He was a member of the Colorado Mountain Club, Colorado Trail Foundation, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Public Library and the Colorado History Museum. Survivors include sister Betty Wells of Aurora.

BRADLEY W. BUDGIN, 57, of Denver died Sept. 12. Services were Sept. 24, at Trevino Chapel of Roses. Mr. Budgin was born in Gary, Ind., on July 4, 1942. He was a certified welder. Survivors include brother Brian of Aurora; nephew Ryan Poole of Aurora; niece Lisa Romero of California.

RUTH CAVINS, 83, of Aurora died Sept. 22. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, at Heather Gardens Chapel. Mrs. Cavins was born in Grandview, Ill., on Nov. 9, 1915. She married Don Cavins, 1939. She was an elementary schoolteacher. Survivors include her husband; daughters Janet Brown of Jamaica and Carolyn Weinig of Aurora; son Bill of California; five grandchildren.

JOHN C. CHOMAN, 52, of Thornton died Sept. 21. Services were Sept. 25, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Mr. Choman was born in in Wildfleckem, Germany, on March 1, 1947. He served in the Navy. He was an engineer for 32 years with Rio Grande and Union Pacific railroads. Survivors include son John Jr., daughter Lyriece; mother Josephine; brothers Chet and Steve; sister Mary.

WILLIAM ''BUZZ'' DERSHAM, 90, of Wheat Ridge died Sept. 18 in Arvada. Services were private. Mr. Dersham was born in Fort Morgan on May 11, 1909. He married Theo Dill Dersham, 1931. He was an account supervisor for Kraft Foods Co. Survivors include daughter Veanne Sichier of Arvada; son Bill of Estes Park; six grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren.

LORENE MARGARET GRIPPA, 71, of Thornton died Sept.23. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Elmwood lane Ward, with burial at Highland Cemetery. Mrs. Grippa was born in Merkel, Texas, on Feb. 10, 1928. She married Michael P. Grippa, 1983. She was a cook. She was a member of the White Shrine, Eastern Star. Survivors include sons Dennis Graham of Strasburg, James Graham California, Timothy Graham of Eads; daughters Deborah Vance of Commerce City, Dianne Garneau of Northglenn.

HAROLD NICHOLAS HELGOTH, 88, of Boulder died Sept. 23. Services were Sept. 25, with burial at Mountain View Memorial Park. Mr. Helgoth was born in Olpe, Kan., on April 2, 1911. He was a wheat farmer in Logan, Phillips and Weld counties. He founded and operated East Spruce Auto Parts. He was a pilot and owned two airplanes. He was a member of Boulder Elks Lodge 566. Survivors include wife Catherine; sons Richard, Russ, Doug, James, all of Boulder, Wayne of Colorado Springs, Don of Castle Rock; daughters Opal Symanski of Broomfield, Dee Schreiter and Mary Noonan of Westminster, Linda of Longmont; 21 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

WALTER E. HOBBS, 72, of Denver died Sept. 21. Services were Sept. 24, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Mr. Hobbs was born in Enterprise, La., on April 6, 1927. He married Bonnie Hobbs, 1953. He served in the Army. He was a mechanic. Survivors include his wife; sons Dan of Loveland, Tim and John, both of Lakewood; brother William of Louisiana; sisters Lydia Boyd and Winnie Disatel, both of Louisiana; half-sister Lena Smith of Texas; eight grandchildren.

GEORGE D. JONES JR., 57, of Lakewood died Sept. 21. Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, 1313 Clarkson St. Mr. Jones was born in Hobbs, N.M., on Aug. 4, 1942. He was a physician. He was a member of the Colorado Medical Society, Denver Medical Society and Colorado Society of Anesthesiologists. Survivors include wife Cynthia; daughters Emily, Jamie Ackers; sons George, Andrew; father George Sr.; sister Margaret; a granddaughter.

PATRICK FRANCIS KELLY, 74, of Thornton died Sept. 1. Services were Sept. 7, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Mr. Kelly was born in Hanna, Wyo., on June 11, 1925. He married Ruth E. Merkt, 1947. He was in the Navy and served in World War II. He was a metallurgist. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans, United Mine Workers, Chemical Workers and United Steelworkers of America. He served 10 years as vice president of the Colorado AFL-CIO. Survivors include son John of Thornton; daughter Sheila Mazone of Denver; brothers John of Texas, Jim of Arvada; sister Connie Robinson of Westminster.

BERNIECE MARIE KING, 77, of Wheat Ridge died Sept. 11 in Denver. Services were Sept. 17 at St. Catherines Church. Mrs. King was born in Ironwood, Mich., on Sept. 4, 1922. She married Archie King. She worked for May D&F Department Store and also was a mailroom supervisor. Survivors include son Ronald of Denver; daughters Patricia Defreece of California and Sharon Kelsey of Conifer; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

RICHARD B. MESTAS, 48, of Lakewood died Aug. 27 in Denver. Services were Sept. 3 in Trinidad. Mr. Mestas was born in Trinidad on Aug. 30, 1940. He married Pricilla Mestas, 1962. Survivors include his wife; daughter Abby Valenzuela of Lakewood; sons Wayne of Highlands Ranch, Michael and Jack, both of Lakewood.

HAROLD E. MICKELSON, 68, of Aurora died Sept. 23. Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 3201 S. Parker Road. Mr. Mickelson was born in St. Edwards, Neb., on Jan. 22, 1931. He married Alice Honka Mickelson, 1976. He served in the Army during the Korean War and Vietnam War. He retired as a helicopter crew chief in the Army. He was a member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Colorado Civil Air Patrol. Survivors include his wife; sons Harold of Aurora, Robert and William, both of Parker; stepson Mark Selden of Aurora; stepdaughter Jacqueline Hudspeth of Wyoming; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

TOMI PENN, 79, of Aurora died Sept. 22. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27, at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 3201 S. Parker Road. Mrs. Penn was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Aug. 26, 1920. She married Willis Roland Penn, 1950. Survivors include daughter Katherine Hotz of Washington; sons Cecil of Arizona, Victor of Aurora; sister Chiyono Kobori of Japan; six grandchildren.

ANN E. RILEY, 90, of Sun City, Ariz., died Sept. 24 in Denver. Mrs. Riley was born in Chappell, Neb., on Dec. 12, 1908. She owned a retail store. Survivors include son Bruce of Morrison; sister Mary Hickman of Greeley; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

DONALD EARL SCHREIBER, 68, of Denver died Sept. 22 in Aurora. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27, at St. Pius Catholic Church, 13760 E. 13th Place. Mr. Schreiber was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on Nov. 22, 1930. He married Elizabeth Grill, 1951. He served in the Air Force as a programmer. Survivors include his wife; daughters Sieglinde Reynolds of California, Connie Awad of Denver, Evelyn Little of Kansas and Diane Lumpkin of Arizona; seven grandchildren; a great-grandchild.

AGNES KATHERINE SCOTT, 75, of Lyons died Sept. 17 in Boulder. Services were Sept. 25 at Lyons Catholic Community Church. Mrs. Scott was born in Lewistown, Mont., on Feb. 7, 1924. She married James Scott, 1951. She was a teacher. Survivors include her husband; sons James of Windsor and John of New York; daughters Deborah and Barbara, both of California; brothers Robert Zappone, Dick Zappone and Jack Zappone, all of Washington; sister Regina Alverson of Pennsylvania; nine grandchildren.

SUSANNA SHANAHAN, 82, of Denver died Sept. 22. Services were Sept. 25, with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Mrs. Shanahan was born in Ness City, Kan., on Oct. 21, 1916. She married John E. Shanahan, 1940. Survivors include sons William of Bennett, James of Littleton; daughters Debra Rowley of Ohio, Diana Wilson of Aurora; 13 grandchildren; 13 grandchildren.

PASQUALE ''PAT'' SPERA, 80, of Denver died Sept. 22 in Wheat Ridge. Services were Sept. 25, with entombment at Crown Hill. Mr. Spera was born in Welby on April 27, 1919. He married Albina Reale, 1946. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He was a farmer. He was a member of Sons of Italy. Survivors include his wife; sister Jenny Dodero; daughter Patye Gibbons; son Michael; four grandchildren; a great-grandchild.

RICHARD BEVAN VON WALD, 57, of Englewood died Sept. 19 in Littleton. Services were Sept. 24, at Bethany Lutheran Church. Mr. Wald was born in San Francisco on July 17, 1942. He was an executive vice president, general counsel and secretary for Johns Manville Corp. He was a member of the legal staff of Johns Manville Corp.

ROBERT D. AGGSON, 63, of Berthoud died Sept. 23 in Loveland. Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Mountain View United Methodist Church, 355 Ponca Place, Boulder. Mr. Aggson was born in Brush on Aug. 6, 1936. He married Shirley Dorn, 1959. He served in the Army and attended the University of Colorado. He was an engineer for Stored Energy Systems of Longmont and Technetics of Boulder. He owned Tagco of Boulder. He belonged to the Flatirons Country Club. Survivors include his wife; son Michael and daughter Susan, both of Denver; brother John of Fort Morgan.

RALPH MARSHELL AYERS, 84, of Denver died Sept. 20. Services will be private. Mr. Ayers was born in Omaha on March 15, 1915. He married Lois Ilene Arforo, 1945. He worked in the mercantile business. Survivors include his wife; son Kenneth G. of Lakewood.

MONICA E. BACA, 60, of Lakewood died Sept. 14 in Denver. Services were Sept. 20, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Mrs. Baca was born in Hochberg, Germany, on Nov. 6, 1938. She married Thomas Baca, 1958. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband; daughters Gisela Morgan of Kansas, Margie Beston of Arvada and Nancy Adams of Littleton; son Alexander of Golden; sisters Dora Phillipp, Waltraud Schoming, Maria Kemph and Werner Kohl, all of Germany; seven grandchildren.

RAYMOND W. BECKERT SR., 56, of Hot Sulphur Springs died Sept. 24 in Denver. Services will be private. Mr. Beckert was born in Denver on July 9, 1943. He married Mary E. Olsen, 1996. He was an electrician at Silver Creek Resort. Survivors include his wife; son Raymond W. Jr. of Lakewood; daughters Dixie Leigh of Morrison, Dorinda Lynn Platt of California; mother Doris J. Marcum of Hot Sulphur Springs; brother Willard J. of Arizona; sisters Cynthia L. Howe of La Junta, Ruth Sigmont of Idaho; three grandchildren.

BEVERLY ANN BRIDGE, 68, of Denver died Sept. 21. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at Risen Christ Catholic Church, with burial at Hampden Memorial Gardens, 8600 E. Hampden Ave. Mrs. Bridge was born in Denver on Oct. 8, 1930. She married Charles Bridge, 1951. She retired from the University of Denver after 2O years as a secretary. Survivors include her husband; sons Edward C. of Parker, Thomas M. of Aurora; daughter Kathleen A. Martin of Windsor; five grandchildren.

FRANK G. COLNAR, 82, of Littleton died Sept. 21. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27, at St. Frances Cabrini Church, 6673 W. Chatfield Ave., with burial at Golden Cemetery, U.S. 6 and Ulysses Street. Mr. Colnar was born in Pueblo on Sept. 30, 1916. He married Jean Morris, 1941. He was a budget and finance director for Firestone Tire & Rubber, Continental Airlines and Wells, Rich and Green Advertising. He was a member of the Association of Retired Employees of Continental Airlines. Survivors include his wife; son Gary of Pueblo; daughter Sharon Jones of La Mesa; brother Tony of Denver; sisters Mary Brothers of Pueblo, Ann Kurtz of California; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

SYLVIA M. DINGES, 82, of Denver died Sept. 23. Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, at Berkeley Park Chapel. Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, with entombment at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Mrs. Dinges was born Sylvia M. Dreiling in Victoria, Kan., on May 15, 1917. She married Ambrose J. Dinges, 1938. She was a lock assembler at Samsonite Corp. Survivors include her husband; daughter Joan M. Beeten; one brother; six sisters, all of Denver; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

RONALD FOREHAND, 55, of Longmont died Sept. 23. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Old Mill Park, 237 Pratt St., Longmont. Mr. Forehand was born in California on June 26, 1944. He married Leslie Hays, 1972. He served in the Air Force. He was an AT&T technician. Survivors include his ex-wife; son Ryan of Longmont; daughter Kim of Longmont; mother Faye of Arizona; sisters Georgia Lingeris of Pennsylvania, Wannel of Arizona; a grandchild.

SHIRLEY JOY GAILUS, 71, of Arvada died Sept. 15. Services were Sept. 24. Mrs. Gailus was born Shirley Joy Leoni in Denver on April 18, 1928. She married Elbert "Al" Gailus. She was a nutritionist. She was a volunteer for North Jeffco Senior Center. Survivors include son Ron; daughter Regina Jacobsen; brothers Joe Leoni, Don Leoni; sister Nona Rosier, all of Arvada; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

KENNETH L.GLASMANN, 79, of Arvada died Sept. 24. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Light of the World Catholic Parish, 10316 W. Bowles Ave., with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Mr. Glasmann was born in Denver on Nov. 11, 1919. He married Lucille R. Pankoski, 1941. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a machinist instructor for Rockwell International. He was a member of Arvada Elks Lodge 2278, American Legion Post 161, United Steelworkers and St. Joan of Arc Catholic Parish. Survivors include his wife; sons Mike of Lakewood, Tom of Colorado Springs, Jim of Littleton; daughter Mary Haack of Arvada; brother Bob of Northglenn; sisters Evelyn Hepp of Nebraska, Betty Kohler, Mabel Ann Dinges, both of Denver; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild.

CHARLES WILLIAM ''CHARLIE'' GREGG JR., 76, of Boulder died Sept. 23. Services will be at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, at Unitarian-Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave. Mr. Gregg was born in Dayton, Ohio, on April 2, 1923. He married Geraldine "Jerry" Jones, 1955. He served in the Army during World War II. He graduated from Ohio State University and received a master's degree in education from the University of Colorado. He was a retired principal from Paddock Elementary School in Boulder and taught sixth grade at University Hill Elementary School in Boulder. He was a member of Boulder Valley Education Association, Colorado Education Association, National Education Association and Angel Pines Country Club. He volunteered as a set designer for Boulder's Dinner Theater. Survivors include his wife; son Billy of Denver; daughter Lisa Navarre of Nederland; two grandchildren.

BETTY J. HASTINGS, 78, of Denver died Sept. 24 in Thornton. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Fairmount Cemetery. Mrs. Hastings was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Jan. 21, 1921. She married Billy J. Hastings, 1948. She was an accountant for Security Pacific Mortgage. She was a member of Eastern Star and Sweet Adelines, a choral group. Survivors include daughters Celeste of Denver, Carolyn Miller of Thornton; two grandchildren.

HAROLD E. MICKELSON, 68, of Aurora died Sept. 23. Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 3201 S. Parker Road. Mr. Mickelson was born in St. Edwards, Neb., on Jan. 22, 1931. He married Alice Shonka Mickelson, 1976. He served in the Army during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired as a helicopter crew chief in the Army. He was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Colorado Civil Air Patrol. Survivors include his wife; sons Harold of Aurora, Robert and William, both of Parker; stepson Mark Selden of Aurora; stepdaughter Jacqueline Hudspeth of Wyoming; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

CHRISTIAN MUSSELMAN, 83, of Denver died Sept. 24. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 11373 E. Alameda Ave., Aurora. Mr. Musselman was born in Wayland, Iowa, on March 11, 1916. He married Della M. Stucky, 1942. He was a journalist and member of the Denver Press Club. He was a member of the Association of Petroleum Writers. Survivors include his wife; sons Michael D. of Pennsylvania, James L. of Denver; daughter Jody Ross of Aurora; six grandchildren.

ANTHONY A. POCRNICK, 71, of Wheat Ridge died Sept. 23. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 3900 Pierce St., Wheat Ridge, with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Mr. Pocrnick was born in Hibbing, Minn., on May 28, 1928. He married Lillian Yelenick, 1954. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He attended the University of Denver and was one of the original members of the university's hockey team. Survivors include his wife; son James of Thornton, Daniel of Arvada; daughters Jody Smith, Mary Majetich, Joanie Keyes, all of Lakewood, Therese of Wheat Ridge; 11 grandchildren.

RUTH M. SLINKARD, 98, of Wheat Ridge died Sept. 23. Private services will be held. Mrs. Slinkard was born in De Kalb, Ill., on Nov. 19, 1900. She married Clifford Slinkard. She was a sales clerk for J.C. Penney Co. and a hostess for McDonald's on Baseline Road for 21 years. She was a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boulder. Survivors include daughter Ruth S. Terrell of Arvada; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

JAMES L. VEITH, 61, of Denver died Sept. 23 in Morrison. Services will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, at Precious Blood Catholic Church. Mr. Veith was born in Oshkosh, Wis., on May 9, 1938. He married Rita Neary, 1960. He worked with computers. Survivors include sons Danny of Denver, Kevin of Bailey; daughters Lorraine, Pauline Veith-Roe, both of Bailey, Susie Higgins of Morrison; brothers Edward, Don, both of Denver, Kenny of Nevada, Louis of Michigan; sisters Dorothy Adian of Denver, Nancy Drexler, Sally Raddatz, Rosemary Ragstad, all of Wisconsin; 11 grandchildren.


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