Each of our classmates who are known or thought to be deceased have a page in this Memorial section, including their senior class photo if they were in the 1962 yearbook. If you have a memory, or an experience, with a deceased classmate that you would like to share with others, please click the 'Add a Tribute' link on that person's page. That will help others remember what made that person special in our lives. 

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Pamela Kay (Pam) Boyd (Rodda)

October 18th, 1944 - July 1st, 1997


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Pam Boyd Rodda was listed as deceased in the 40-year reunion directory. Per the Social Security Death Index, Pamela Rodda was born Oct. 18, 1944 and died July 1, 1997 at the age of 52. Her first known location was Colorado. Cancer was the cause of death. No other information has been found.

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Marie Elaine (Elaine) Odor

- - 1977


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Elaine was shown as deceased in the 40-year reunion directory. It's believed she died in 1977. No other information has been found.

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Robin Yetter

October 23rd, 1943 - May 21st, 2008


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Robin W. Yetter, born Oct. 23, 1943, died May 21, 2008 in Denver, Colorado at the age of 64 as a result of a sudden aneurysm.

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From Scott Hightower on November 10th, 2010
Image Robin, shown on the right, served as Senior Class President. Carol Hoffman was Secretary and Rich Ritthaler was Vice President. 
 
From Ron Sollenbarger on January 1st, 2011
Robin was one of my best friends in school.  We had a great relationship that was born because of gymnastics but blossomed into a true friendship.  One of the best people I have known in my life.
 
From Peter Wilcox on July 9th, 2014
Robin and I went from first grade through HS together. Though we were never best of friends. we were always friends. In junior high my neighbor (Don "Punk" Craw) and I climbed a big cottonwood tree at the baseball field at 32nd and Estes and stole a couple of sparrow hawk fledgelings out of a hole in the trunk while the parents dive bombed us, so we could become falconers. Robin's dad knew the falcon trainer at the Air Force Academy and got us information on how to train them. We caged them together, and unfortunately after several months Punk's bird killed mine. The best laid plans...

I also got my first lid of weed from Robin, though this was after high school. Thanks, Robin.

 
 

Linda Austin (Penick)

June 5th, 1944 - March 18th, 2007


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From the "Delta County Independent": Linda Penick 1944-2007 Linda Dorothy Penick of Eckert died Sunday, March 18, 2007, at her home. She was 62. Mrs. Penick was born June 5, 1944, in Denver, to Kenneth and Dorothy (Bailey) Austin. She spent her childhood in Wheat Ridge and graduated from Wheat Ridge High School in 1962. She married Dave Penick on Sept. 3, 1961, in Cedaredge. He survives. Mrs. Penick was a volunteer counselor at the Easter Seals Handicapped Summer Camp from 1950 to 1961. She was a Cub Scout den mother in the 1970s and a surrogate mother to several Australian and Thai foreign exchange students. She lived in the Denver and Wheatridge areas before moving to Delta County in 1981. She enjoyed her granddaughter. She was head cashier for the Gibson’s Store in Delta for many years. She is survived by her husband, Dave Penick of Eckert; two sons, Brian Penick of Lakewood, and Rob Penick of Wagoner, Okla.; a brother, Jim Austin of Westcliffe; and a granddaughter, Katelin Penick of Wagoner, Okla. A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m. at Mesa View Mortuary Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, CO 81416. Sign the memory tribute and view the obituary online at www.mesaview.net. Mesa View Mortuary-Cemetery is handling the arrangements.

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From Sharon (Hizel) Brune on November 10th, 2010
I don't know if anyone will read this at this late date.  Linda was one of my best friends, had a beautiful voice and sang at my wedding.  Was in contact for awhile but then lost touch.

God bless her boys and granddaughter and know that their is a beautiful voice in the choir of angels.
 

William (Bill) Elledge

November 8th, 1944 - September 6th, 1994


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William E. (Bill) Elledge was born Nov. 8, 1944 in Colorado and died Sept. 6, 1994 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado at the age of 49. Cause of death was cancer. 

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From Sarah Chandler on January 12th, 2011
Bill...percussionist par excellence!  Bill and Ron played their amazingly intricate drum duet at several of our talent shows.  They also made music theory much more lively than it would otherwise have been and kept us all on our rhythmic toes.
 

Pamela Kay (Pam) Davis (Lewis)

February 3rd, 1944 - December 27th, 2002


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Pamela K. (Pam) Davis Lewis was born Feb. 3, 1944 and died Dec. 7, 2002 in Denver,Colorado at the age of 58. Cause of death was colon cancer.

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Joan Marie (Joan) Bruggeman (Jeske)

January 24th, 1944 - September 28th, 2007


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Joan M. (Joan) Bruggeman Jeske was born Jan. 24, 1944 and died Sept. 28, 2007 in Arvada, Colorado at the age of 63.

Her husband, Ron Jeske, said he and Joan were happily married for 42 years. She passed away after a one-month fight with cancer. She is survived by her husband, two children and five grandchildren.

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Kenneth G. (Ken) Henry

May 23rd, 1943 - April 24th, 2002


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The Jeffco Schools list of 1962 Wheat Ridge graduates lists Kenneth G. Henry. The Social Security Death Index lists a Kenneth G. Henry, born May 23, 1943 and died April 24, 2002 at the age of 58 in Colorado. No other information has been found.

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Larry Victor (Larry) Ells

September 2nd, 1944 - November 16th, 2008


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Larry Victor Ells died Nov. 16, 2008 in San Marcos, California at the age of 64 due to complications from Alzheimer's Disease. 

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James Paul (Paul) Juchem, DDS

January 5th, 1944 - November 5th, 1977


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"Denver Post" November 10, 1977:

Services were Wednesday at Moore Howard Mortuary for Dr. James Paul Juchem, a dentist. Burial was in Arvada Cemetery.

Juchem, 33, of 700 S. Ogden St., died Saturday at Steamboat Springs from injuries sustained in a traffic accident.

He was born Jan.4, 1944, in Denver. He attended Wheat Ridge High School, Colorado State University, the University of Colorado and Temple University School of Dentistry.

Juchem served as a captain in the Air Force. He was a member of Mile Hi Church of Religious Science, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Zeta Epsilon Pi dental fraternity, Adams County Dental Society and Metropolitan Denver Dental Study Club. 

Survivors include his parents, James and Dorothy Juchem, Toms River N.J; a sister, Mrs. Creta Gerhart, Austin, TX; and his grandmother, Mrs. Jane Juchem, Denver. 

Memorial gifts may be made to the Hunger Project, in care of the EST Foundation, 765 California St., San Francisco, Calif., 94108.

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Karen Elaine Mallander (Biewick)

August 7th, 1944 - January 7th, 2002

 

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The 40-Year Reunion directory shows Karen died January, 2002 from Leukemia. The Social Security Death Index shows a Karen E. Mallander, born Aug. 7, 1944 in Colorado and died January 7, 2002. The Colorado Marriage Records shows she married Case Biewick Dec. 15, 2001.

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Betsy Jean (Betsy) Tinn (Ellis)

June 28th, 1944 - November 9th, 2007


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Betsy J. Ellis was born June 28, 1944 and died Nov. 9, 2007 in Arvada, Colorado at the age of 63. Cause of death was cancer.

Denver Post:  ELLIS, BETSY In loving memory, a service will be held to honor the life of Betsy Ellis at Olinger Moore Howard Funeral Chapel, 4345 W. 46th Avenue, on Saturday, Nov. 17th at 11 A.M. She was predeceased by her father, Andrew A. Tinn, mother, Helen M. Tinn and sister, Judy Sarkin. She is survived by daughters, Shelly Ellis, Jennifer and John Soukup, son Ryder and Jenee and Vaughan Mealey, children Tommy, Meaghan and Christian. A luncheon reception will follow at Denver Marriott West, 1717 Denver West Marriott Blvd, Golden, CO. Online tributes may be posted at mem.com Memorials suggested to Hospice of St. John.

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From Windy Elliott on June 14th, 2012
Betsy was a very good friend to me from the time were  seven joined Brownies, went through girl scouts and throughout high school. We were not always in touch after graduation but got together at reunions. She was better at writing and I miss her. We shared many adventures and truly understood each other.
 

Diana Kribbs (Rose)

December 23rd, 1943 - June 8th, 2008


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Denver Post - June 12, 2008:

Diana, 64, a longtime Northglenn resident, passed away June 8, 2008 at Boulder Manor. Memorial Service 1:00 p.m., June 13, 2008 at Avalon Funeral Home in Lafayette.

The Social Security Death Index shows Diana L. Rose was born Dec. 23, 1943 in Colorado and died June 8, 2008 in Denver.

Diana's son said the cause of death was complications from diabetes.

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Roger Clark

August 23rd, 1944 - March 4th, 2011


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Roger passed away on March 4 due to COPD. He had suffered with it for the past few years and he began a serious decline in July, 2010. He was in hospice care at home from Thanksgiving through March.

 

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From Larry Smith on March 13th, 2011
 I lost track of Roger after graduation but fondly remember three years of fishing and duck hunting with him during our years at WRHS.  (Occasionally that took place on public land.)
He always had a great joke or story to tell and helped make high school bearable.

 
From Richard Ritthaler on March 13th, 2011
Roger was a competitor.  We expected great things from him in wrestling.  He was a wonderful sparring partner who never quit until the whistle blew.  I'm sorry to know he is gone.
 

Caryen Faubion (Witt)

September 2nd, 1944 - December 7th, 1999


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According to Caryen's family, she died in December, 1999. Probable cause of death was a heart attack.

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Jim Neighbors

- - June 26th, 2005


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Jim's brother, Mark Bassignani, says Jim died June 26, 2005 in Chico, California. A motorcycle accident in June, 2000 left him a quadriplegic. Jim was a classmate of ours through high school, though did not graduate with us. He did graduate with the Class of '63.

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William Allen (Al) Crutcher Jr.

June 15th, 1944 - May 2nd, 2011


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From the "Sky Hi Daily News" in Grand Lake, CO:

William Allen Crutcher Jr., aka “Alligator Al,” a longtime resident of Grand Lake, passed away on May 2, 2011, in Beaver Dam, Ariz. He is survived by wife Linda; daughters Shawna and Shelly; brothers Dave and Bruce; five grandchildren; as well as great-grandchildren.

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From rich martinez on May 9th, 2012
Allen was the epitome of the quite, deep, kind soul many make reference to, but rarely meet.   Allen showed those of us that shared time with him, the meaning of those words.
 

Ann Beddoes (Armstrong)

July 9th, 1944 - December 1st, 2004


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Ann Beddoes Armstrong passed away Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004 at her home in Fort Collins of pancreatic cancer.

Ann was born
July 9, 1944, in Glendale,Calif., the daughter of Donald Beddoes and Peggy Larsen. Ann grew up in Denver and also spent time as a child in California and Utah. She graduated from Wheat Ridge High School.

Ann attended ColoradoState University and graduated with a degree in horticulture. She met David Armstrong at CSU, and they married soon after graduation. Together, Ann and David lived in Boston, where their son, John, was born, and in Lawrence, Kansas, where their daughter, Laura, was born. The family settled in Boulder in 1971.

Ann created a successful career from her love of plants and nature. When her kids were young, she worked at the CU Greenhouses in Boulder and at Sturtz and Copeland. In 1987, she began working for the City of Boulder Mountain Parks. At the time of her death, Ann was one of two plan ecologists for theCity of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, with a focus on protecting the forests and meadows of Boulder's stunning mountain backdrop.

Ann was an active member of the Colorado Native Plant Society for more than 20 years. She was respected and admired for her knowledge of local flowers, plants and trees, and her willingness to share her passion.

Ann's passion for plants was surpassed only by her love for her family and friends. Ann was thrilled by the births of her granddaughter, Emma, in February 2002 and her grandson, Brody, in October 2003. She was excited to meet her third grandchild, due in April 2005.

Ann is survived by her son, John Armstrong, his wife, Suzanne Nayduch, and their son, Brody, of Fort Collins; her daughter, Laura Armstrong Stone, her husband Ken Stone, and their daughter, Emma, of Fort Collins, her sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Glenn Liane, and their children, Doug and Jenny,
of Littleton; her mother, Peggy Larsen, of Morrison, her stepmother, Georgia Beddoes, of Denver; her former husband, David Armstrong, of Loveland, and his extended family: his parents, John and Elizabeth Armstrong, of Plattsburg, MO; his brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Jan Armstrong, of Maggie Valley, N.C., and their daughter Shannon; his sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and John McMillan, of King City, MO, and their four daughters, Laura, Erin, Sara and Kelly; his sister-in-law, Ann Cowen Armstrong, of Bloomington, IN and her children, Nancy and Michael; and her stepbrothers and their wives, Steve and Elaine Cooper, of Platteville, and David and Sandy Cooper, of Meridian, ID; and her step-sister and her husband, Sue and Wilbert Miller, of Pasco, WA. Ann is also survived by her devoted golden retriever, Lily.

Ann was preceded in death 
by her father, Donald Beddoes; her stepmother, Dorothy; and her brother-in-law, Daniel Armstrong.

Ann leaves behind a large and loving community of family, friends and colleagues who respected her incredible intellect, generosity, compassionate spirit and her
deep commitment to peace and social justice. We will dearly miss our Mum, Grammie, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, colleague and mentor.

Family and friends will celebrate Ann's life at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004, at Foothills Unitarian Church, 1815 Yorktown Ave., in Fort Collins.

The family will establish the Ann B. Armstrong Horticulture Scholarship with the
Horticulture Department at Colorado State University. Donations toward this effort may be sent to John Armstrong, 004 Mantz Place, Fort Collins, CO 80521.

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From Karen Littlepage/Thomas on November 1st, 2010
Annie and I spent most of our Junior and Senior years together laughing and sharing thoughts of life and school.  She was a gentle soul who always wished the best for the people around her.  I know that her families memories will be filled with warmth and smiles.
 

Ron Moewes

March 5th, 1944 - September 16th, 2011


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"Denver Post" - Wednesday, September 21, 2011:

Ronald H., 67, of Lakewood passed away suddenly at home Friday, Sept. 16th. Survived by wife, Patricia, son Brian. Funeral Service Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 at 11:30 with a visitation prior at 10:30 both at Aspen Lakewood Chapel, 1350 Simms St.

Drums, Composer, Vocals, Arranger

He started singing on gigs when he was working with Ellyn Rucker in her piano trio. But he began singing on a regular basis when he started working with Joni Janak, beginning in 1979.

Not only was he sought out as a drummer, but also as a percussionist. Since retiring from teaching in the public school system, he had more time to devote to one of his passions: composing. He wrote both lyrics and music and was superb in each area.

Some of his originals can be heard on his own CD: Ron Moewes and Friends, All This You Gave to Me and on Centerpiece Jazz' Get Outta Here! He is also heard on Joni Janak's Let's Live Again and JMJ Productions' recording, Always. This album featured all Irving Berlin tunes, plus an original Song dedicated to Ralph Sharon. Mr. Sharon was Tony Bennett's accompanist for many years. Mr. Sharon plays piano and Joni Janak sings on this CD. JMJ Productions (Joni Janak, Ron Moewes and Jim Janak (Joni's brother)) produced this album.

He plays on several of KUVO-89.3 FM 24-hour-a-day jazz radio station's Performance Studio CDs that are compilations of musicians used for fund-raising premiums.

Ron has worked with such notables as Carl Fontana, Clark Terry, Marian McPartland, Herb Ellis, Ralph Sharon, James Moody, Zoot Sims, Pete Christlieb, Sonny Stitt, Jon Hendricks, AI Grey, Buddy DeFranco, Doc Severinsen, and Peter Appleyard.  In Colorado, he has worked with Joni Janak, Ed Stephen, Dean Ross, Ellyn Rucker, Rich Chiaraluce, Dale Bruning, The Gordon Dooley Orchestra, Ken Walker, Mark Simon, Eric Gunnison, Jeff Jenkins, Les James, Spike Robinson, and Bud Poindexter.

His performances in the Irish Derry Jazz Festival in 2002 and 2006 were highly acclaimed. From his 2002 appearance, he was inspired to write both the music and lyrics to You're in Derry, a beautifully wistful song that can be heard on Centerpiece Jazz' CD, Get Ouffa Here!

His CDs are available at www.cdbaby.com.

A native of Colorado, drummer Ron Moewes (pronounced Mavis) received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Later, he earned his Master's Degree in Creative Arts from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


With his degree in hand, he began a 31-year career teaching instrumental music in the Jefferson County school system. While he taught during the day, he gigged at night and on the weekends, making himself an indispensable drumming staple in Colorado.


 

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From Alice Graue Smith on September 19th, 2011
I will always remember the afternoons in the auditorium with Ron and Bill on the drums.  They could keep it going for hours and it was very enjoyable.  He was a great talent.
 
From Georgene Tuley Johns on September 23rd, 2011
 I didn't know Ron well in high school (my husband knew him better through music) and we've just returned from the service held in his memory.   It was pleasing to see so many in the 'music community' there to honor him.... a real tribute of respect and honor from those who played with and knew him well ... his contemporaries.   Tunes, Ron composed, were played at the service.   Music speaks and his music tells of a caring and sensitive man.  I regret that I didn't know him better.
 
From Sarah Chandler on September 25th, 2011
I will always remember Ron (and Bill) from music theory class with Mr. Wallace.....talented, fun, funny, creative, and struggling with ear training.    The drum duet they wrote and performed for us was a highlight of WRHS talent shows.

Go in peace Ron.  Your music will keep you alive in our hearts.
 
From Bobbie / Robertine Fletcher / Johnson on April 26th, 2012
Little did I know when my older son, David Johnson, was taking drum lessons at Rockley Music on Colfax that Ron was a classmate.  I do not remember Ron in school at all, but was surprised to find him here.  I wish I had known back when.  Bobbie 
 

Ronald (Ron) Wayne Ferguson

January 7th, 1944 - April 9th, 2012


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All-States Cremation Website
April 15, 2012


"Ron", born in Taylor, NE, son of Wayne and Celia Ferguson (deceased) died April 9, 2012 with his family by his side in Lakewood, CO.

Ron is survived by his father, Wayne and step-mother, Ione Keppler. His wife Cindy Bagby Ferguson, daughter, Tracy Ferguson, son, Kirk Ferguson, son-in-law, Scott O’Connor, daughter-in-law, Edie Lantz Ferguson and four grand-daughters, Hayley, Lindsey, Carley, and Chelsea Ferguson. He is also survived by his brother, Karl, and sister-in-law, Linda Ferguson and their sons, Ben, Andy, Alex, and by his mother-in-law, Frances Bagby and brother-in-law, James Bagby , as well as many extended family members.

Ron graduated from Wheat Ridge High School in 1962, where he excelled at many sports. After graduation, he served our country in the U.S. Navy, where he achieved the rank of Boatswain’s mate 3rdClass and was Honorably Discharged. In 1965, Ron joined Mountain Bell. After 30 years of service and achieving the title of Outside Construction Supervisor, Ron retired.

His retirement came early, as he was diagnosed with a terminal illness and given 6 months to live. Ron lived a full and rich life for 20 plus years after his diagnosis. He and Cindy were able to take two Caribbean cruises, and travel to Hawaii and Las Vegas. He also bought and rebuilt a Classic Corvette.

Ron was most proud of his children’s accomplishments, which included seeing them get married and have families of their own. He deeply loved his four grand-daughters who will miss their “Papa” very much.

We are so fortunate, as Ron has been an example to us all with his strength, courage and love.

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From colleen caubin on April 15th, 2012
 A live well lived and challenges well met, Light and Peace for your journey on Ron. 
 
From Scott Hightower on April 15th, 2012
Ron was a good friend. We played lots of summer baseball and high school football together. We lost touch after high school, but I was glad to reconnect with him over the past few years. I only saw him a few times, but whenever we met he had a smile on his face and a positive outlook on life, despite his struggle with brain cancer and its aftereffects. I will miss him.
 
From Windy Elliott on April 17th, 2012
I met Ron the first day of seventh grade. He sat behind me in homeroom. I considered Ron a good friend all through high school. We shared many laughs and good times. I will miss seeing him at this years reunion. I am so glad he had the opportunity to enjoy the last 20 years. A life well lived. 
 
From Rich Martinez on April 22nd, 2012
Fergie and I were competitive after our first eye contact in grade school at Mountain View.
It started with tether ball---dodge ball-- and any other sports our home rooms would compete in during recess or lunch.
Eventually we became "best buds" and shared many firsts: bicycles--motor scooters--sports--cars--beers--minor delinquency capers--fighting--and ultimately girls (although he always  got first pick,(but who's keeping score)
We became official "blood brothers" with a dull knife and even argued whose blood line would rule--The Scot, or The Mex.
We drifted apart when he joined the Navy  and then found his niche with Ma Bell, while I went to Chicago, then the military, and back to Chicago 
In the late 90,I took a motorcyle trip out west and was fortunate to meet all his family--it was a truly memorable day. 
God bless my 'good bud'
 
 
From Nancy J Seymour McConahay on April 23rd, 2012
 You are a charmer I admire all your strength
with Ron Now it is time for you to take of Cindy
Take Care Nancy

 
From Cindy Ferguson on July 9th, 2012
Ron was looking forward to the up-coming reuion.  Excited about seeing his childhood friends from elementary school though high school.  He was so blessed to have so many of you in his life.
 

Roy Swartwood

September 29th, 1942 - January 13th, 2004


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Roy J. Swartwood, 61, passed away on January 13, 2004 in Denver, Colorado. He was born in Denver on September 29, 1942 to George T. and Edna A. Swartwood. Roy is survived by daughter Stephanie Knight and her husband Ronald Eric Knight, son Richard Roy Swartwood, grandson Steven Eric Knight, sisters Charlotte Biesinger and Ruth Curtis and brother Robert Swartwood. He is preceded in death by his parents George and Edna. Roy was a member of the American Pool Players Association (APA). Visitation was Monday January 19, 2004 from 4-8pm at the Olinger Rose Arbor Chapel, 7495 W. 29th Avenue, in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 20, 2004 at 10am, also at the Olinger Rose Arbor Chapel. Interment was at Olinger Crown Hill Cemetery.

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Kathy Jo (Kathy) Scherf

August 28th, 1944 - June 21st, 1973


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Kathy's sister Cheri Yonkerman reported in June, 2012 that Kathy died suddenly in the middle of the night, probably due to a heart attack. It was such a shock that Kathy's parents never learned the cause of death. Cheri believes it was a heart attack, or stroke. Kathy had not married and did not have any children.

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Carolyn Robbins (Young)

December 24th, 1944 - July 10th, 2010

From Betsy Yamaka Sato: "Carolyn lived in Arvada for a number of years.  I had her younger son in kindergarten so I reconnected with her at that time.  After her boys were older, she began teaching music in Jeffco.  She taught with a friend of mine at Fitzmorris so I kept in touch with her through my friend.  After Carolyn retired she was diagnosed with Pick's Disease.  Carolyn was in a nursing home for about 5 or 6 years in the Arvada area."

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Denver Post July 14, 2010
Carolyn Young, 65, passed away July 10, 2010. Preceded in death by husband Douglas. She is survived by sons Mark Young and wife Anna of Fort Collins, CO, and Neal Young and wife Victoria of San Diego, CA; four grandchildren; and sisters Joan Prichard and Sue Thaut. Memorial Service at 11 A.M. Friday, July 16, 2010, at Arvada Presbyterian Church, 5592 Independence Street, Arvada.

  

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Deborah Evelyn (Debbie) Terry (Haxton)


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Debbie Terry suffered a gunshot wound during her second marriage, resulting in her being confined to a wheelchair. She died from complications of her injury and her inability to care for herself. A search of vital records yields no information.

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From Georgene Tuley (Johns) on February 5th, 2011
Debbie was my best friend through high school.  We kept track as she married, had a son - Teddy- and suffered a gunshot wound during her second marriage.  She was confined to a wheelchair. She and Teddy were cared for by her parents.
Debbie passed from complications of her injury and the inability to care for herself.  She didn't commit suicide.  Her family is gone, I don't know anything about Teddy.    Debbie was a good person and loving friend - always thought of fondly and missed.

 

Janice J. Stahn (Mingus)

1944 - 1969


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Janice was killed in an auto accident in 1969.  No details have been found in public records, but please see the tribute written by Sarah Chandler, a close friend of Janice.

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From Sarah Chandler on January 12th, 2011
Janice loved life, horses, her daughter, her husband and her friends, beyond measure.

Janice died in a single-vehicle automobile accident.  She was taking her infant daughter Vonnie to the Stock Show to show her off to her rodeo friends.  As an adult, Janice had developed epilepsy as a result of scarring from repeated concussions arising from her love of horses and riding.  Janice had a series of automobile accidents related to her epileptic seizures, two of which resulted in tragic deaths.  In spite of being a prohibited driver, Janice continued to drive when she felt the need and couldn't access public transportation.  Janice's tragic history cost the lives of her older brother Allen, my roommate Patsy DeYoung, and ultimately herself and her child.  

My own struggle to cope with these tragedies  led me to learn more about the implications of brain injury.  I had the opportunity in later years to work for a time at the Spalding Rehabilitation Centre  where I learned more about impaired judgement capacity as a potentially deadly silent partner of  even seemingly minor brain injury. 


 

Jennifer R. Percy (Bright)


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Jennifer was listed as deceased in the 40-year reunion directory. No other information has been found.

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Patricia Diane (Patti) Gist (Alalawi)

April 7th, 1944 - 1977


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The 40-year reunion directory lists Patti as deceased. Cloette Mares Amato-Lee says Patti was born April 7, 1944 in Oklahoma and died in Las Vegas approx. 1977. Cause of death is unknown.  The Social Security Death Index does not show any information for Patti.

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David George (Dave) Podolski

July 18th, 1944 - December 11th, 2005


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David G. Podolski is shown in the Social Security Death Index as born July 18, 1944 and died Dec. 11, 2005 in Fort Collins, Colorado at the age of 61. His former wife Barb Bergen Dierdorff confirmed his death. Dave is not on the official list of 1962 graduates and is shown in the yearbook as 'Padolski'.

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Joseph Edward (Joe) Neddo

October 5th, 1944 - December 5th, 2007


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Joseph Edward (Joe) Neddo was born October 5, 1944 in Colorado and died Dec. 5, 2007 in Sacramento, California at the age of 63. No other information has been found.

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From Sarah Chandler on January 12th, 2011
Joe played a mean clarinet in hight school.  Play on, Joe!
 
From Judy Zelenski on January 30th, 2011
Joe was once a member of the New Christy Minstrels - he was so talented!  I remember dancing with him at one of the events sponsored by the Wheat Ridge Methodist Church.
 

Carter Harrison (Buddy) Bryant

May 29th, 1944 - October 9th, 1986


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Buddy Bryant was shown as deceased in the 40-year reunion directory. The Social Security Death Index shows Carter Harrison Bryant born May 29, 1944 in Los Angeles, California and died Oct. 9, 1986 in San Bernardino, California at the age of 42. Cause of death was apparently a heart attack. 

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From Sarah Chandler on January 12th, 2011
I remember Buddy, in particular, as a maker of movies.  Short and quirky, Buddy's films excited him a lot, and, as I recall, he hoped to become a film maker.  I wonder if he did?
 
From Georgene Tuley (Johns) on February 5th, 2011
"Buddy" Bryant was the best of friends!   I remember gathering at his home with a handful of friends, sharing snacks and (OMG)  3.2% ponies of Coors  - weren't we just hot stuff!!!   We'd listen to basketball games on the radio and every time WRHS scored - there was a conga line in the parking lot.  I remember and really miss the times of, what was then,  youthful innocence - I miss Bluddy.
 
From Karen Littlepage/Thomas on December 13th, 2012
Buddy and I counted a lot of Gold Bond Stamps at the outlet story in Wheatridge.  We ate lunches together and shared hopes for our futures.  He is a person that I have continually thought about since our graduation and have missed.  He was such a good friend at the store as well as school.  I am sorry we didn't keep in touch.
 

Judith L. (Judy) Bradbury (Christensen)

June 3rd, 1944 - August 2nd, 2009


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Judith L. (Judy) Bradbury Christensen was born June 3, 1944 and died Aug. 2, 2009 in Westminster, Colorado at the age of 65. Cause of death was COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).

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From Christy Dowling on February 23rd, 2011
I recently learned of Judy's death.  I have great memories of growing up with her and her family as our neighbor from High Court to 36th av.  I'm younger by 2 years and my sister, Charlyn, and Judy played together between our backyard and the Bradbury's yard.  But we all felt comfortable and welcomed going into the Bradbury house.  I remember Judy also with a good soprano voice.  I wish I had known Judy more in our adult years.  I am very grateful to have known Judy!
 

Karen Ann (Karen) Nordwall (Suhr)

July 15th, 1944 - April 7th, 2001


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From the 40-year reunion directory:

Karen graduated from CSU with a B.A. in English in 1966.  She returned to CSU to continue her studies in English, working on her master's degree while serving as a teaching assistant in the English Department. She planned either to teach in college, or work in publishing. With her masters nearly completed, she had the opportunity to go to Norway to teach English in a small coastal town, but instead married Lyle Suhr, who had just completed his education and received his degree as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Karen and Lyle moved to Arnold, Nebraska in 1968. She taught high school English and Spanish in Broken Bow from 1968 to 1969. The next year, she stayed home and helped Lyle build a veterinary clinic on the north edge of Arnold. She worked as full-time receptionist-bookkeeper-veterinary assistant until their son, Alan, was born in March, 1971. From then on, she worked there part-time. Their daughter, Kristin, was born in June, 1974.

Karen was active in Zion Lutheran Church and served as member and officer of Arnold Chamber of Commerce, Hospital Board and Library Board and a member of the Library Foundation Board. She was active in the Auxiliary to the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Associaton, serving as president and media chairman.

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Kenneth G. (Kenny) Vair

October 20th, 1944 - 1974


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Per the Social Security Death Index, Kenneth Vair was born Oct. 20, 1944 and died in Colorado in Dec. 1974 at the age of 30.  Per his good friend Rich Ritthaler, Kenny took his own life. See the Tribute from Rich.  

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From Richard Ritthaler on March 14th, 2011
Kenny and I were good friends from grade school through high school and beyond.  I often helped him milk cows with his father at their dairy farm at 52nd and Ward Road.  He went into the national guard and I went on to CU, but resumed our friendship when he ended his military duties.  I was best man at his wedding and we sold insurance for American Family together for five years until I received my draft notice and sold my agency. 

Later I became a credit manager for a furniture company and Kenny a loan officer for Household Finance.  He quickly attained the status of Assistant Manager of his office.  He was led to believe he would soon be promoted to manager, but the company instead transferred him to several different markets as an assistant and never promoted him.  He then landed a job as loan officer for a large bank in Greeley.  Within two years he rose within the bank's hierarchy and became Head Cashier ( that is an extremely responsible position within a bank).

I received a phone late one Friday night from Kenny's brother.  He was crying when he told me Kenny had committed suicide.  The bank had fired him and he felt he could not face his family and friends after that.  I had many friends in the banking business and asked around.  I learned the bank president's daughter had just graduated from college and Kenny had been let go, so she could take his position.

Kenny left a wonderful woman in his wife, Donna, and two beautiful daughters.  We have remained good friends over the years.  Donna re-married and she and her husband, Dick, have retired and are living in Mazatlan, Mexico.
 
From Cyndi Barber on October 8th, 2012
 Ken was my father.  

I recently moved to California from Nevada where I lived with my husband of 28 years.  We have three daughters.  Caitlyn is 21 and also lives near our home in California.  She is attending school and aspiring to be a counselor.  Cierra is 15 and a sophomore in high school working her way to becoming a trauma surgeon.  Our daughter Courtney died in a car accident two and a half years ago just before her high school graduation.  She was hoping to be a fashion designer.  I have lost both a father and a daughter.  But my life is much bigger than all I have lost.  After my dad's death my mom worked very hard to teach my sister and I to look forward in life and not backward.  

I am very proud of the life I have and I know my dad would be proud of me too.  I am currently writing a book about how my life went from tragedy to triumph.  Being Ken's daughter is an honor.  I would love it if anyone could send me stories about him. Because I was only nine when my dad died I have very limited memories of him.

Cindy Sue Vair Barber
 

Paul Peterson


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Paul is listed as deceased in the 40-year reunion directory. He is not on the official list of 1962 graduates. The Social Security Death Index has too many Paul Petersons to research. There is no other information available.

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Shirley Shire (Gordon)

January 31st, 1944 - April 4th, 2007


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Shirley Shire Gordon was listed as 'missing' at the time of the 40-year reunion in 2002. Her name is not on the list of 1962 graduates provided by Jeffco Schools and her picture is not in the yearbook. A web search using PeopleFinders turns up a Shirley Jane Gordon in Denver; searching on that name in EmailFinder results in a Shirley Jane Gordon listed as deceased in 2007. A search on that name in Archives.com shows a Shirley J. Gordon, born Jan. 31, 1944 in Colorado and died April 4, 2007 in Aurora, Colorado at the age of 63. No cause of death is shown.    

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Harry Edward (Eddie) Davison

April 3rd, 1944 - November 4th, 2004


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According to the Social Security Death Index, Harry Edward (Eddie) Davison was born April 3, 1944 in Colorado and died November 4, 2004 in Denver. Eddie's brother confirmed his passing and said the cause of death was heart failure.

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Barbara Newhouser (Dendinger)

September 25th, 1944 - November 17th, 2012

 

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Denver Post: Nov. 29, 2012: Barbara Jean (Newhouser) Dendinger, formerly of Arvada, Colorado, passed away on November 17th, 2012 in Tempe, Az. She was born September 25th, 1944 in Seattle, Washington. She is survived by her Mother Mary Markle; son Alan & Eric; Grandchildren; Jeton, Cole, Rand, Ainsley & Corrine, many friends especially those she served with in the Arvada Jaycees. Barbara will always be remembered as a devoted, loving, caring and conscientious person who gave everything she had to those who needed it. She made our family, in every sense of the word, a FAMILY! In lieu of flowers, please donate to: American Diabetes Association .

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Ronald (Ron) Sollenbarger

April 29th, 1944 - September 25th, 2012

 

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Ronald Lee Sollenbarger, 68, of Cave Junction, Ore., passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at his home. Arrangements by Stephens Family Chapel, 541-476-7900.

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From Ed Wargin on November 12th, 2012
I worked with Ron at the FAA in Longmont, Colorado from 1970 to 1974.  We were on the same crew and car-pooled for a number of years.  Took several fishing trips together.  One notable one to Eleven Mile Reservior in Colorado.  Rained all night, got soaked, cold and never caught a fish.  Great guy and I'm sorry I didn't stay in touch after I left the center in 1974.  Have been meaning to look him up and re-connect but never did.  Very sorry for that now.  Stay in touch with old friends, time passes much too quickly.
Rest in peace my old friend.....
 

Joe Breheny

August 30th, 1944 - March 15th, 2013

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Joe Breheny died March 15, 2013 as a result of a heart attack. Joe's obituary is being written by his sister and son. Funeral services are Friday, March 22, at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area "C".

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Duncan Frederick (Duncan) Harding

March 30th, 1944 - December 23rd, 2002

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Per the Social Security Death Index, Duncan F. Harding was born March 30, 1944 in Colorado and died Dec. 23, 2002 in the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio at the age of 58. He was married. Richard Schreiber, WRHS Class of '61, spoke to Duncan's brother who confirmed his death. Actual cause of death is unknown. 

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From Judy Zelenski on January 30th, 2011
I remember Duncan helping me with Latin translations in the home room period before Latin class.  Once I volunteered to type a term paper for him, which included many observations in French (Duncan knew many, many languages) but it was a a disaster for me as he sat by waiting for me to finish his paper.  A beginning touch-typist doesn't do French very well!  
 
From Peter Wilcox on July 9th, 2014
Duncan was one of my best friends in junior high, and still very good friends in high school. He was the smartest guy I knew - we collected insects together and hung out. In the 8th grade I think he sort of had an epiphany about life, and realized that directing his energy toward doing well in school was not very productive for him (though he still did well.) He was reading a college biology textbook at that time, and had already taught himself algebra several years earlier.

I think he went to college at Baylor, but I lost track of him. In the 1990's somehow my parents found an address for him and I tried contacting him to no avail. After several letters/Xmas cards, his wife called me from Brooklyn NY. She was from Puerto Rico as I remember, and told me it was useless to keep sending cards as several years earlier he'd left for work one morning and she never saw him again, though thout she saw him standing across the street one day. I believe she said they had two sons.

I'd always suspected he'd pulled an Ambrose Bierce to Mexico, and was somewhat disappointed to learn he'd died in Ohio. Life can be strange, yet very mundane. But many good childhood memories of Duncan.
 

Anthony J. (Tony) Politano

December 30th, 1943 - January 26th, 1991

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Tony's wife, Barb Hess Politano, a member of the Wheat Ridge Class of 1961, provided the following information to post on the Class of 1962 website. 

Anthony J. (Tony) Politano was born Dec. 30, 1943 and died Jan. 26, 1991. He was 48 years old.

Tony died as a result of a heart attack, his seventh. He suffered his first heart attack on his 40th birthday.

Tony loved life and was enriched by his family and friends.  He was an excellent golfer and always said he should of played golf in high school, instead of football. 

Tony was a true entrepreneur and accomplished a great deal in his short life span. He owned and operated a wholesale produce business, selling to restaurants and institutions. He owned and operated a restaurant and bar in Golden, plus an Italian restaurant in Arvada. He owned a greyhound racing dog and was an insurance broker.

Tony and Barb were married 28 years. They had three children: one son and two daughters. All of their children graduated from Wheat Ridge High School.

 

 

 

 

 

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From Scott Hightower on November 1st, 2010
Tony's wife, Barb Politano, asked me to tell his classmates that he enjoyed life and would be very appreciative of being included in the Profile/Bio and Memorial pages of the website. 

 
From Chuck Cooke on January 10th, 2011

Many of you know and all of you should know...Tony Politano was a good man. He was a good husband, a good father and grandfather, a good friend. The word "great" - quantitatively speaking - could be used but, it seems to me, "good"- as in quality - is better. He passed on 20 years ago and he is still on hearts and minds. Tony brought a lot of joy wherever he went...always finding humor in everyday stuff that most of us would miss and he always was ready with several new jokes (all squeaky clean, of course) and he delivered them in a way to get a good gut laugh from all. Tony was good at the major things in life but he was good at whatever he attempted...he could have done anything! He was a good businessman...Gwen and I have searched far and wide for Italian food as good as his restaurant served...we haven’t succeeded. He was good at golf - better than most - but he enjoyed the game so much that his joy just made it plain fun to play the game. When I would miss a two-foot putt (which was at least a couple of times a round) we would break out in a chorus together, "You..ou...ou got that Magic Touch! ou..ou!" And then we would laugh (he was good at laughing too)! He knew how to take the sting out of a missed two-foot putt! But as much as Tony loved bringing joy and laughter to wherever he went, there was a serious faithfulness to living life well for him. He had a quiet, solid faith which he demonstrated by the way he loved and cared for his family and friends. Tony Politano was a good man. And we still miss him.

 
From Al Capra on July 11th, 2012
Tony was my best friend. I was his best man at his wedding, we had great times together at the produce market and other places. His favorite actor was "I get no respect" -Rodney Dangerfield. Tony loved to imitate him. Tony was a great practical joker also, giving people nicknames like (Roadrunner) to coach Harry Narcissan. To the best of the best. 

-Al Capra 
 

Dan Donelan

January 3rd, 1944 - November 8th, 1983

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Dan Donelan was shown as deceased in the 40-year reunion directory. The Social Security Death Index lists a Daniel Donelan born Jan. 3, 1944 and died Aug. 1983 in Colorado at the age of 39.
 
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has a cold case file open for a Daniel Jay Donelan.  The file says he was born March 1, 1944. His date of death is shown as Nov. 8, 1983 and the cause of death was a homicide.  Dan's name is not on the official list of 1962 graduates and his picture is not in the yearbook.
 
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Wheat Ridge Police Department. The case number is 83-13452.

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From Peter Wilcox on July 9th, 2014
Dan was a funny guy with lots of chutzpah. I remember him in music class in the 5th grade - I don't remember the music teacher's last name, but I sure as hell remember her first name, when Dan answered her "Yes, Barbara," and got sent to the principal's office.
 
From charles martinez on July 23rd, 2014
I don't have Pete's voacabulary--I used to just say Dan 'had balls'
My last visit with Dan was when he picked me up at the airport  before I left to Chicago for my indefinite stay
We stopped at a bar (or do you call it a tavern?) for some Coor's
With Dan's good looks and charm--two girls came over
There was not much excitement when they saw me--
but,  Dan said we came as a package deal--like it or shove it
We decided to meet at the  base of Lookout mountain--
On the way, Dan got a flat tire--
A good neighbor in a truck stopped and helped us--
Dan gave the guy a tip, but as the guy pulled away, Dan went ballistic
He said he thought he gave the guy $10, but it was a hundred dollar bill--
We raced after the good samaritan and you can guess the outcome:
The guy got away, and when we came back, the two girls also got away
Our last night together was truley memorable--
Dan lost $100, and,
We both missed out on a night with girls who would have  probably
been our future wives
Thanks Pete for rekindling a thought process about a special friend--
By the way, Pete,
How is it you retired from a profession where you:
look at-- talk to--sometimes grope--and then write on a piece of paper
what pills people need--
To me, that doesn't sound too exhausting (Can you tell my jealousy is surfacing?)
Great guitars-
Looks really are deceiving--you have more talent than your flesh reveals

 
 

Julius "Kent" Berbert

1943 - August 6th, 2013

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"Denver Post" Aug. 11, 2013: Berbert, Julius "Kent" 1943-2013
 
70, of Denver, passed away August 6, 2013. Husband of Lynne Goodier; father of Rhonda, Lhea, Kelley, Greg; brother of Jay; grandfather of 8; and one great granddaughter. Memorial, Monday, 12 noon, Olinger Crown Hill, 29th & Wadsworth. Internment to follow. Contributions to Exempla Lutheran Hospice, 3210 Lutheran Parkway, Wheat Ridge 80033.

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Judy Heberlein (Coet)

November 21st, 1943 - June 23rd, 2013

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Judith Katherine Coet (Judy) was born to Jacob and Carmella (Millie) Heberlein on November 21, 1943, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where Jake was stationed in the Army. Millie and Judy returned to family in Denver, Colorado, while Jake served overseas during WWII. Judy lived in Colorado most of her life, well rooted in the Italian-American community of Northwest Denver and beyond.

She attended Wheat Ridge High School and took several college courses in preparation for her lifelong career as a medical secretary. On the job, Judy provided friendly and compassionate service to patients of all ages. Judy retired early, in her 40s, to care for her mother and mother-in-law until their deaths.

Throughout her life, Judy volunteered for many organizations and charities, including the Lady Elks, Italian Club in Louisville, League of Women Voters, and Alzheimer’s Association – where she led a caregiver support group for many years.

Holding steadfast beliefs (political, religious, and otherwise), Judy became a bit famous for calls and letters to politicians and her penchant for writing letters to the editor of Denver-area newspapers.

Judy valued friendships, loyalty, and laughter. Quick with a kind word or a little joke, she maintained many relationships throughout her life, with family, childhood friends, coworkers, neighbors, fellow volunteers, and others. Judy had a keen ability to remember details about everyone’s lives and worries. Judy’s friends recall her enthusiasm and empathy in good times and bad. As health concerns mounted, Judy also earned the affection of nurses and doctors. In her final days, many healthcare professionals made a point to visit and to say goodbye.

Because flying made her nervous, Judy traveled by car around Colorado and the American west to visit family and friends.

Judy became an early and active member of the Church of the Beloved in Northglenn, Colorado. This ecumenical Catholic community provided a home for her faith and many important friendships. In 2010, when Judy first moved from her longtime home in Northglenn, church friends regularly sent cards and visited so that she felt connected, despite the inability to attend church events anymore.

Judy weathered her illness and its growing limitations with grace. Always expressing her love and appreciation to family in whatever way she could, even if that meant a squeeze of your hand on the days she could not talk.

Judy’s final words four days before birth into eternal life – “I love you too.”

Preceded in death by her husband of more than 20 years Robert Coet, Judy is survived by sister and brother-in-law Mary Ann and Michael Cieszlak; son and daughter-in-law Mark and Pamela Gantenbein; daughter and son-in-law Teresa and Dean Carlson; daughter and son-in-law Roxanne and Tom Hawn; grandchildren – Brandie Fernandez, Cortney Ortega, and Rachel Carlson; great grandchildren – Celeste Gantenbein, Paris Fernandez, Antonio Fernandez, and Elliana Ortega.

Funeral services and burial will be held at Mount Olivet (12801 West 44th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033) Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. A reception at a nearby restaurant will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to:
CurePSP
30 East Padonia Road, Suite 201
Timonium, MD 21093
800-457-4777 *

 

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Michael (Mike) Meyer

May 24th, 1944 - October 15th, 2013

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Obituary for Michael Meyer

Michael P. Meyer, 69 of Grand Junction, Colorado died Tuesday, October 15, 2013 in Riverside, California after a courageous fight against both cancer and a debilitating stroke. He is survived by his daughter, Anne-Michelle (Meyer) Ellis, Son-in-Law, David Ellis, two granddaughters Addison and Parker all of Perris, California, Sister Linda Lee (Meyer) Kempf, Brother-in-Law Dr. Kenneth Kempf (both of La Crosse, Wisconsin), two nieces, Kendra (Kempf) Bringe and Katrina (Kempf) Bringe, and Cousins Diane (Reed) Terito, Janice (Reed) Smith and Karen (Reed) Talcott. Lt. Col. Meyer served 22 years in the United States Army, served in Vietnam and was loved by so many. He enjoyed golfing, made a mean Caesar Salad and will truly be missed. Graveside services will be held November 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society.   

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William (Bill) Petersen

August 17th, 1944 - July 1st, 2014

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"Denver Post" - July 5, 2014: William Giertz Petersen, known to friends and family as Bill, peacefully passed away July 1st, 2014 in Wheat Ridge, CO at the age of 69. Born August 17, 1944 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Edna and Giertz Petersen, Bill was raised in Wheat Ridge, Colorado and was the oldest of four siblings. Bill was a lifelong music fan and consummate story teller. He worked for the Parks and Recreation Department of Denver for over 30 years coaching and mentoring youth. Bill was a dedicated father, husband, brother, uncle, coach, mentor and friend. He is preceded in death by his parents and younger brother Roger Petersen. He is survived by his children William Petersen Jr. and Jackie Auvigne, sister Kristine Petersen-Hunzinger, brother David Petersen, former wife Linda Petersen, current wife Vicky, his two grandchildren Ryan and Carter Auvigne, and a loving extended family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Denver Police Athletic League in his name. A memorial will be held at Wheat Ridge Presbyterian, Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. 9180 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO.
 

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From Charles Losasso on July 5th, 2014
I first met Bill playing summer baseball at age 9 or 10.  A great teammate and guy!
 

Daniel Clark (Dan) Bowen

March 4th, 1944 - February 26th, 2008

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The Social Security Death Index lists a Daniel Clark Bowen born March 4, 1944 and died Feb. 26, 2008 in Kansas at the age of 63. It's not certain this is our classmate Dan Bowen and no other information has been found.

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Gene Ann Linkins (Latenser)

July 26th, 1944 - July 18th, 2014

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69 of Sun City West, Arizona.

Gene Ann Latenser was born in Kansas City, Missouri July 26, 1944, the only child of Jim and Kay Linkins. Her father started his career as an accountant and later became a salesman for the GAF Company. His job required several relocations during his career.

Gene Ann’s early childhood was spent in Burbank, California where she attended Villa Cabrini where her mother taught. Her mother had a background in business education and taught Gene Ann to type at a very early age. She typed so fast that later in high school her teacher asked her to leave the beginning typing class because she was upsetting the other students. Her father was promoted to a position in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The family left Burbank in 1955 one week before the opening of Disneyland.

In Albuquerque, at the age of 15 Gene Ann was selected as one of 16 children to be part of a Dance Troupe that toured Europe in the summer of 1959. She remembered performing on the rooftop of a building in Harlem, New York before boarding a ship the next day for Europe. Each child had to earn $600 for the trip and Gene Ann earned her money by teaching ballroom dancing at the Arthur Murray studio. Her dance partner was Sissy King’s brother for those of you who remember the Lawrence Welk show. Three days after arriving home from that trip, her father was transferred to Denver where Gene Ann lived up until moving to Arizona four years ago.

Gene Ann studied Fasion Design at the University of Northern Colorado and later Colorado State University. Her first job however, was in the field of finance. She worked for a brokerage in downtown Denver. Her first year there, she was elected president of the Denver Women’s Bond Club. Later she worked in Human Resources for the famous Denver Dry Department Store. She remembered the store being closed to the public for several hours one day while Brooke Shields and her mother shopped.

In the years that followed, Gene Ann worked as an executive secretary for several companies in the mining business. One of her proudest accomplishments was outfitting a mining operation in Liberia, Africa. Some of her closest friends don’t realize that Gene Ann was vice president of a mining company for several years. She met her husband Frank at Hazen Research in Golden, Colorado where she was secretary to the president.

Gene Ann loved to travel with her husband taking cruises all over the world. In the last five years, she enjoyed many trips to different parts of Colorado and Arizona in the couple’s RV. Early in life, Gene Ann desperately wanted to have children, but was unable to. She did however acquire several miniature schnauzers after retiring and she referred to them as her kids. Gene Ann was a devout Catholic. She was also an accomplished artist and decorated her home with oil paintings. In addition, she was a gourmet cook. After retiring, she volunteered her time for years at Lutheran Hospital and Our Lady of Fatima parish office in Lakewood, Colorado. More recently she volunteered time at Benevilla and PORA close to her home in Sun City West, Arizona.

Gene Ann had an infectious laugh and a wonderful sense of humor. She leaves behind a devastated husband, many mourning friends and two schnauzers. Her life counted for a lot.

Gene Ann was preceded in death be her parents, James and Kathryn Linkins, and she will be laid to rest next to them at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Rocky Mountain Chapter
720 S. Colorado Blvd. Suite 500-S
Denver, CO 80246
(720) 440-8620

~Rosary~
Sunday, July 27,2014
7:00 PM
Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary Chapel
12801 West 44th Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

~Memorial Mass~
Monday, July 28, 2014
11:30 AM
Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary Chapel
12801 West 44th Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
 

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From Frank Latenser on August 17th, 2014
Gene Ann was the love of my life and my very best friend.  I will miss her for the rest of my life.

Her husband,
Frank Latenser
 

Gary L Fuschino

December 18th, 1943 - October 28th, 2014

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Gary L Fuschino, 70, of Wheat Ridge.

Beloved Gary, was husband to OFelia, father to Ann Marie, and brother to Cheryl Richards ( Gary Richards). Gary loved his three dogs, "his boys," Moe, Mack, and Otto. He loved riding his motorcycle with his friends from the Italian club. He was very proud of what he's accomplished and always wanted the best for himself and for others he was very close to. He is very proud of his family! He will always be with us, in our hearts and will be missed dearly. We love him very much!


Visitation, Sunday 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Funeral Mass, Monday, 2:00 p.m. at Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary Chapel, 12801 W. 44th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Entombment Mount Olivet Cemetery.

                                      

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From rich martinez on November 2nd, 2014

From the photo, it appears Gary matured into Danny Devito's double--
Being a Harley rider myself, I am  trying to imagine how
 his short legs straddled any type of motorcycle.
(maybe the 'Lowrider' was designed especially for him)
Everyone who met Gary will always remember the 
voice, laugh and personality of a "one of a kind" classmate.
 
 

Lawrence "Larry" Schreiber

March 26th, 1944 - April 10th, 2015

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Lawrence Charles Schreiber, age 71, passed away Friday, April 10, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona, after a battle with cancer. Larry was born on March 26, 1944 in Laramie, Wyoming to Harold and Ruth Schreiber.

He grew up with his brother Richard in Wheat Ridge, Colorado where he also graduated from Wheat Ridge High School in 1962. After high school, Larry attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs for 1 year. He then attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he met his beautiful wife Tomie Loy Call. In 1964 Larry was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Larry and Tomie were married in Afton, Wyoming on June 4, 1965. They were then sealed in the Idaho Falls, ID Temple on June 8, 1965. Larry received a BA degree from BYU in Animal Science. He then continued his education with a fellowship from Oregon State University for upper graduate work. Larry lived with his family in Clatskanie, Oregon where he worked for Maverik Country Stores. He later moved to Afton, Wyoming where he continued to work for Maverik Country Stores for over 20 years. Larry, with his family, owned the Royal Resort (Alpen Haus) in Alpine, Wyoming. Later in life, Larry and his wife moved to Saratoga Springs, Utah, where he served in his church and community for the last 10 years.

Larry was a leader in the scouting program, he was a scout master and received the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America. He helped over 50 young men receive their Eagle Scout Award. Larry loved the outdoors and was an avid fly fisherman. As a member of Trout Unlimited he planned and organized the Trout Unlimited Fishing day in Star Valley, Wyoming for several years. Larry loved to hunt, hike, and explore the mountains of Wyoming and Utah, he also loved boating and water skiing. Family and travel was his passion, he vacationed in many parts of United States and Mexico. He enjoyed family history and loved researching his genealogy. Larry was brave and faced challenges in his life with a positive attitude. He had an optimistic outlook on life. He was a strong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

“As long as you've got passion, faith and are willing to work hard, you can do anything you want in this life.” Lawrence Charles Schreiber Loving Husband & Father

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Richard "Rich" Ritthaler

May 31st, 1944 - May 29th, 2015

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Ronald C. Bishop

September 27th, 1943 - January 21st, 2009

Name: Vonnie Carpenter
Comments: I noticed you were looking for Ronald C. Bishop. Ron was my brother and passed away in January, 2009.

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Obituary provided by Vonnie Carpenter:

Ronald Bishop, 65, passed away on January 21, 2009 at San Antonio Hospital in Upland. He was born on September 27, 1943 in Little Rock, Arkansas and lived in Rancho Cucamonga for the past 29 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam, he retired from the military after serving 27 years combined with the Navy, Air Force and the California Air National Guard. His hobbies were old cars, collectibles and fifties rock n roll.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Denise, his sister, Vonnie Carpenter, Washington, Mike and Tina Tillman, nephews, Mark and James, Norm and Lori Tillman, nephews David and Robert, Linda Maeda and Gary Lee Maxwell and faithful pal Blazer.

Services will be held at 11am on January 26, 2009 at Upland Chapel 525 West 18th Street, Upland. Graveside services will be at 12:30pm on January 28, 2009 at Riverside National Cemetery, staging area 3.

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Charles Emery Nielsen

November 11th, 1943 - December 22nd, 2015

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Charles Emery Nielsen, 72, passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2015, at Peabody Health and Rehab in Peabody, KS. Born November 11, 1943, at Wichita, KS, the son of Emery Howard and Ella Wallingford (Baker) Nielsen, he was a rancher. Charles was a long time resident of Comanche County, KS, living in the Wilmore, KS area for many years. He received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, OK. He attended the First Christian Church in Coldwater, KS.

He is survived by numerous cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and numerous aunts and uncles.

Services are pending and will be announced at a later time.

Memorials are suggested to Peabody Health and Rehab or South Wind Hospice or Donor’s Choice in care of Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, P.O. Box 417, Coldwater, KS 67029.

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Ronald "Ron" Ruterbories

March 24th, 1944 - October 3rd, 2015

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Ronald R. Ruterbories, 71 of Denver, Colorado passed away on October 3, 2015.

He was born in Wichita Kansas on March 24, 1944. Ron graduated from Wheat Ridge High School and received his Bachelors of Mathematics' Degree from the University of Colorado.

He was married to Xiaolin Sun Ruterbories on September 24,2002. Ron worked for Johns Manville, Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Royal Crest Dairy. He was a member of St. Francis De Sales Catholic Parish and had a passion for the outdoors. He enjoyed Hiking, Biking, Swimming and Mountain Climbing. He was an accomplished clarinetist and loved to draw and work puzzles.

He is survived by his wife Xiaolin Ruterbories, sons Kenneth, Michael and Gregory Ruterbories and his Grandchildren. His mother Marge Ruterbories preceded him in death. He leaves behind his Father James Lyle Ruterbories and three brothers, Leland, Jerry and LeRoy and two sisters MarlaJean and Ginger and many Nieces and Nephews.

A Rosary will be said at 6:00 p.m. Friday October 9, 2015 at Advantage Runyan Stevenson Chapel.

Service and Mass will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday October 10, 2015 at St. Francis De Sale Catholic Church.

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Frank Klepetko

January 19th, 1945 - April 30th, 2016

Bill Stovall provided the following tribute May 3, 2016: Frank Klepetko passed away April 30, 2016 from congestive heart failure.  I knew him since I was 10 years old.  He was my best friend during grade school and high school.  He certainly qualified as my oldest friend. 

He was always extremely smart, very clever and humorous.  He could look at a situation and always find something unique and funny in it.  After graduating from Princeton and the University of Chicago, he worked as an investment banker.  Most of his effort was for the large Wall Street firms but he did some independent contracting. 

Within the last ten years he had two massive strokes.  The first was not treated quickly.  They significantly reduced his mental capacity.   He was able to function independently and get in a zinger occasionally but the old fire was gone. 

For the last 3 years he lived very quietly in a Connecticut assisted living facility.  He has a son and a daughter.  They are in their mid-20s. 

He was a lifelong, card carrying, rabid Republican.  Recently he was very distraught over Donald Trump and the state of the Republican Party.  As a final act of defiance, he changed his political registration to Democrat and voted for Bernie Sanders in the recent Connecticut primaries. 

I was in regular contact with him over the last couple of years.  He was a dear friend and a pleasure to know.  I will miss him greatly.
 

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"New York Times" Sept. 5, 2016:

FRANK A. KLEPETKO
January 19, 1945 - April 30, 2016

Frank A. Klepetko, lover of life and avid traveler, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Born in 1945, Frank graduated from Wheat Ridge (Colorado) High School, received his BA from Princeton University, followed by and MBA from University of Chicago. Yet it was investment banking that proved to be his passion throughout a 30-year career.

Frank will always be remembered for his incredible sense of humor, his loyalty and generosity to friends, as well as his devotion to his children, attending each of their sporting events during their youth. Throughout his 71 years, Frank truly believed that life should be lived to the fullest, and he did.

Frank is survived by his son, Ross W. Klepetko of New York City, and daughter, Margo L. Klepetko, of Chicago, as well as his brother, Lawrence Klepetko, of Sarasota, FL.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held in July for family and friends. Donations can be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Ogdensburg, NY.

1945 - 2016
FRANK A KLEPETKO
JANUARY 19, 1945-APRIL 30, 2016


Frank A. Klepetko, lover of life and avid traveler, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Born in 1945, Frank graduated from Wheat Ridge (Colorado) High School, received his BA from Princeton University, followed by an MBA from University of Chicago. Yet it was investment banking that proved to be his passion throughout a 30-year career.

Frank will always be remembered for his incredible sense of humor, his loyalty and generosity to friends, as well as his devotion to his children, attending each of their sporting events duing their youth. Throughout his 71 years, Frank truly believed that life should always be lived to the fullest, and he did.

Frank is survived by his son, Ross W. Klepetko of New York City, and daughter, Margot L. Klepetko of Chicago, as well as his brother, Lawrence Klepetko of Sarasota, Fl.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held in July for family and friends. Donations can be made to or the Boys & Girls Club of Ogdensburg, NY. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=179949266#sthash.2K3u655F.dpuf
1945 - 2016
FRANK A KLEPETKO
JANUARY 19, 1945-APRIL 30, 2016


Frank A. Klepetko, lover of life and avid traveler, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Born in 1945, Frank graduated from Wheat Ridge (Colorado) High School, received his BA from Princeton University, followed by an MBA from University of Chicago. Yet it was investment banking that proved to be his passion throughout a 30-year career.

Frank will always be remembered for his incredible sense of humor, his loyalty and generosity to friends, as well as his devotion to his children, attending each of their sporting events duing their youth. Throughout his 71 years, Frank truly believed that life should always be lived to the fullest, and he did.

Frank is survived by his son, Ross W. Klepetko of New York City, and daughter, Margot L. Klepetko of Chicago, as well as his brother, Lawrence Klepetko of Sarasota, Fl.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held in July for family and friends. Donations can be made to or the Boys & Girls Club of Ogdensburg, NY. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=179949266#sthash.2K3u655F.dpuf
1945 - 2016
FRANK A KLEPETKO
JANUARY 19, 1945-APRIL 30, 2016


Frank A. Klepetko, lover of life and avid traveler, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Born in 1945, Frank graduated from Wheat Ridge (Colorado) High School, received his BA from Princeton University, followed by an MBA from University of Chicago. Yet it was investment banking that proved to be his passion throughout a 30-year career.

Frank will always be remembered for his incredible sense of humor, his loyalty and generosity to friends, as well as his devotion to his children, attending each of their sporting events duing their youth. Throughout his 71 years, Frank truly believed that life should always be lived to the fullest, and he did.

Frank is survived by his son, Ross W. Klepetko of New York City, and daughter, Margot L. Klepetko of Chicago, as well as his brother, Lawrence Klepetko of Sarasota, Fl.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held in July for family and friends. Donations can be made to or the Boys & Girls Club of Ogdensburg, NY. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=179949266#sthash.2K3u655F.dpuf
1945 - 2016
FRANK A KLEPETKO
JANUARY 19, 1945-APRIL 30, 2016


Frank A. Klepetko, lover of life and avid traveler, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Born in 1945, Frank graduated from Wheat Ridge (Colorado) High School, received his BA from Princeton University, followed by an MBA from University of Chicago. Yet it was investment banking that proved to be his passion throughout a 30-year career.

Frank will always be remembered for his incredible sense of humor, his loyalty and generosity to friends, as well as his devotion to his children, attending each of their sporting events duing their youth. Throughout his 71 years, Frank truly believed that life should always be lived to the fullest, and he did.

Frank is survived by his son, Ross W. Klepetko of New York City, and daughter, Margot L. Klepetko of Chicago, as well as his brother, Lawrence Klepetko of Sarasota, Fl.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held in July for family and friends. Donations can be made to or the Boys & Girls Club of Ogdensburg, NY. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=179949266#sthash.2K3u655F.dpuf
1945 - 2016
FRANK A KLEPETKO
JANUARY 19, 1945-APRIL 30, 2016


Frank A. Klepetko, lover of life and avid traveler, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Born in 1945, Frank graduated from Wheat Ridge (Colorado) High School, received his BA from Princeton University, followed by an MBA from University of Chicago. Yet it was investment banking that proved to be his passion throughout a 30-year career.

Frank will always be remembered for his incredible sense of humor, his loyalty and generosity to friends, as well as his devotion to his children, attending each of their sporting events duing their youth. Throughout his 71 years, Frank truly believed that life should always be lived to the fullest, and he did.

Frank is survived by his son, Ross W. Klepetko of New York City, and daughter, Margot L. Klepetko of Chicago, as well as his brother, Lawrence Klepetko of Sarasota, Fl.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held in July for family and friends. Donations can be made to or the Boys & Girls Club of Ogdensburg, NY. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=179949266#sthash.2K3u655F.dpuf
1945 - 2016
FRANK A KLEPETKO
JANUARY 19, 1945-APRIL 30, 2016


Frank A. Klepetko, lover of life and avid traveler, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Born in 1945, Frank graduated from Wheat Ridge (Colorado) High School, received his BA from Princeton University, followed by an MBA from University of Chicago. Yet it was investment banking that proved to be his passion throughout a 30-year career.

Frank will always be remembered for his incredible sense of humor, his loyalty and generosity to friends, as well as his devotion to his children, attending each of their sporting events duing their youth. Throughout his 71 years, Frank truly believed that life should always be lived to the fullest, and he did.

Frank is survived by his son, Ross W. Klepetko of New York City, and daughter, Margot L. Klepetko of Chicago, as well as his brother, Lawrence Klepetko of Sarasota, Fl.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held in July for family and friends. Donations can be made to or the Boys & Girls Club of Ogdensburg, NY. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=179949266#sthash.2K3u655F.dpuf
1945 - 2016
FRANK A KLEPETKO
JANUARY 19, 1945-APRIL 30, 2016


Frank A. Klepetko, lover of life and avid traveler, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Born in 1945, Frank graduated from Wheat Ridge (Colorado) High School, received his BA from Princeton University, followed by an MBA from University of Chicago. Yet it was investment banking that proved to be his passion throughout a 30-year career.

Frank will always be remembered for his incredible sense of humor, his loyalty and generosity to friends, as well as his devotion to his children, attending each of their sporting events duing their youth. Throughout his 71 years, Frank truly believed that life should always be lived to the fullest, and he did.

Frank is survived by his son, Ross W. Klepetko of New York City, and daughter, Margot L. Klepetko of Chicago, as well as his brother, Lawrence Klepetko of Sarasota, Fl.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held in July for family and friends. Donations can be made to or the Boys & Girls Club of Ogdensburg, NY. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=179949266#sthash.2K3u655F.dpuf
1945 - 2016
FRANK A KLEPETKO
JANUARY 19, 1945-APRIL 30, 2016


Frank A. Klepetko, lover of life and avid traveler, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Born in 1945, Frank graduated from Wheat Ridge (Colorado) High School, received his BA from Princeton University, followed by an MBA from University of Chicago. Yet it was investment banking that proved to be his passion throughout a 30-year career.

Frank will always be remembered for his incredible sense of humor, his loyalty and generosity to friends, as well as his devotion to his children, attending each of their sporting events duing their youth. Throughout his 71 years, Frank truly believed that life should always be lived to the fullest, and he did.

Frank is survived by his son, Ross W. Klepetko of New York City, and daughter, Margot L. Klepetko of Chicago, as well as his brother, Lawrence Klepetko of Sarasota, Fl.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held in July for family and friends. Donations can be made to or the Boys & Girls Club of Ogdensburg, NY. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=179949266#sthash.2K3u655F.dpuf

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James Andrew Gilbert

May 7th, 1944 - October 19th, 2010

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Received word in January 2016 that James (Jim) Gilbert died October 19, 2010 in Arizona. There was no obituary and the cause of death was not given.

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James "Jim" Rocco Garramone

December 2nd, 1943 - October 21st, 2016

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There was no obituary.

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Robertine (Bobbie) Fletcher (Johnson)

July 30th, 1944 - October 21st, 2014

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Regina Lavrinc Miller reported March 30, 2017 that Bobbie Fletcher Johnson died in October, 2014 from complications of heart disease. No obituary has been found.

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From Regina Lavrinc Miller on April 1st, 2017
I did not see Bobbie much after high school. When I was in sixth grade we moved into Prospect Valley and I started school, there, on Valentine's Day. The teacher sat me next to Bobbie so that she could help me. She was so kind to me, which meant alot to me, making us life long friends, even if we didn't actually see each other often. This good-hearted friend will be missed by many.