Stan Politano
Stan Politano
It is with great sadness that we report that our classmate, Stan Politano, died in a horrific crash/fire runnaway truck accident on April 25, 2019. Our prayers go out to Cathi Sills Politano (also a classmate) and the family. Please see below for Bower Yousse's tribute to Stan.





 
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Stanley "Stan" Politano

July 13th, 1949 - April 25th, 2019

Stanley Politano was a carrier of Happiness. His grin was contagious. It was always there, lighting up the world around him. To see it once was to see it forever. You would see it when he was a thousand miles away talking to you on the phone. You would see it when you were reading his emails. You would see it when some random thought of him popped into your head. It actually made you feel good when you thought of him.

And funny? Oh good God he was funny! He had the perfect timing that every great comedian possesses. Could make you laugh without saying a word. You knew something special was about to come out of his mouth just by the expression on his face. A raised eyebrow. A sidelong glance. A moment’s hesitation, then bam! He was a master of self-deprecation. In recent years I tried to convince him to retire so that he could pursue a career in stand-up comedy. He was that funny.

He loved the whole concept of gambling and loved billiards so much he became a pool shark. In high school! He’d slip into pool halls around Denver at night and on the weekends and play for quarters, maybe more. It scared me sometimes to think he might hustle the wrong guy one night and get roughed up. We thought up good names for him because when he spoke of the greats he always included their nicknames—Walter “Minnesota Fats” Wanderone Jr, Willie “Mr Pocket Billiards” Mosconi, Willie “The King” Hoppe, Ralph “The Aristocrat” Greenleaf. Stan “The Wheat Ridge Kid” Politano lacked calling card swagger, but it was probably best that he stayed a little under the radar.

I’ll tell you how tough he was. The night was September 17, 1966. Stan’s Wheat Ridge Farmers football team had traveled to Pueblo, Colorado to play the defending state champion Pueblo Central Wildcats. A tough team in a really tough steelworker town on a brooding Saturday night. A gigantic nose guard named Rodney Wallace led the Wildcats. He was 6’5” and weighed about 235 lbs.—way taller and way bigger than Stan. Rodney would go on to play for the Dallas Cowboys team that won Super Bowl VI. Stan’s job that night was straightforward—keep Rodney from killing quarterback Roger Behler in the Farmers’ backfield. Rodney passed away in 2013 so we can’t ask him, but it was probably the first and maybe only time in his entire football life that he spent most of a game on his ass looking up at the stars. Stan was that tough.

Freshman year at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Stan pledged Delta Tau Delta fraternity and had two old friends for roommates, Roger Behler and me. We lived in the Delt House and shared three connected rooms, the middle room of which we named the Spike Jones Lounge. I don’t know why. Stan carried his inlaid mother of pearl pool cue in its velvet-lined carrying case everywhere he went. It looked like a machine gun. Perhaps it won’t surprise you to learn that Stan ended up working as an executive in the gaming industry.

In the coming days so much love for this wonderful man will be shared by many, many of his friends and family members. I know it will be a time of laughter and joyful remembrance but profound sorrow too. We can only hope that through an overflowing outpouring of our great love for Stan we are able to comfort his beautiful and so very heartbroken wife, Cathi. They were high school sweethearts still laughing and loving in their magical marriage. In January we would have celebrated their 50th Anniversary.

Earlier today I spoke with Cathi on the phone. We both cried. Somehow we talked too. She told me the police said Stan died instantly when the semi truck plowed into the slow-moving traffic on I-70 last Thursday, a wreck that involved up to 28 cars and 4 semis and turned into a 2500-degree inferno that took four lives. Stan was driving either the first or second vehicle hit. He was on his way home from work.

It is hard to not think about the accident. We’ve seen photos and news footage of it for days. Cathi told me that Stan always said he didn’t want his passing to be any big deal. Last night, when finally she got into bed, she thought of this and said to him, “Well, I know you didn’t want it to be a big deal, Stan, but you made the national news.”

Knowing Stan as I do, I will tell you what he was doing in the fraction of a second just before one of God’s angels swooped in and pulled him out of harm’s way into the everlasting light of love and peace and safety: he was happily thinking about getting home to Cathi, that’s all. She was always on his mind. And I will forever picture him grinning about it.

Love you, Stanley Politano. Boy do we all love you.

Big Mike Rich sent the photo to me this morning. It was taken two years ago at the 50th Reunion of our state championship football team. That’s Big Mike on the right, and you know who’s grinning.

-- Bower Yousse, April 28, 2019

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From John Duckworth on May 15th, 2019
     When I was informed of Stan's passing, I could not stop thinking about how Stan was the 'glue' that always held our team together.  Captain Politano was a true blessing. Sincere condolences to Cathi, the Politano family, and his world of friends.  I will find comfort in the Vince Gill song "Go Rest High On That Mountain". I remember (?) being told that Rodney Wallace weighed 300 pounds.

John Duckworth
WRHS 1967
 

Karen Harris (Walker)

January 20th, 1949 - June 13th, 2017

I am so sorry to hear of Karen's passing.  As a young girl, I knew Karen well.  One time her parents had a sweet Halloween party, I think we were either in fifth or sixth grade.  It really sticks out in my mind!  I remember Karen being a good artist... in elementary school she liked to make all of us bookmarks with pictures of pretty people on them!  All of Karen's accomplishment in life are not a surprise to me at all....she was such an excellent student, and such a nice person!  Blessings to your family.  --Polly Dunn Hofner

With great sadness, we report the passing of another classmate, Karen Walker Harris, on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.  We understand that this was sudden and unexpected. The service for Karen was Saturday June 17. Karen's husband, Jim Harris, really appreciates everyone's warm thoughts, and asks that instead of flowers, donations be made to everyone's favorite charity.  Please see Karen's obituary below.

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Karen Lee Walker Harris, long time Denver area resident, passed away June 13th, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, James Robert Harris; her three daughters Shannon Hammel, Jill Cook, and Emily Harris; and four grandchildren. Karen was a remarkable woman. She was born in Los Alamos, NM to Bob and Janis Walker on January 20, 1949. The family moved to Wheat Ridge in 1953 where Karen grew into the extraordinary woman she would be for the rest of her life. She was valedictorian of the class of 1967 at Wheat Ridge High School and was awarded the Boettcher scholarship, created to keep Colorado's brightest minds in-state for college. She attended CU in Boulder where she earned a BA in Math, cum laude, in 1971, and was admitted to Tau Beta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa, one of the very few people recognized by both the engineering and liberal arts honorary societies. She later completed her Master of Architecture at CU Denver in 1991; attaining Tau Sigma Delta and receiving an award of design excellence in 1990. Karen was a licensed pilot by age 17. She was the first female "line boy" at Jefferson County Airport, and worked as a flight instructor as a teen. The Rocky Mountain News profiled her as the "Wheat Ridge Bird Girl" in 1967 and The Denver Post profiled her in 1972, when she won the Amelia Earhart award from the 99s. She was a pilot through her college years, reporting the metro area rush hour traffic for KHOW radio. She piloted in the 1972 Powder Puff Derby from California to New Jersey. In 1968 she married Jim Harris. Following Jim's graduate school in Illinois and Maryland, the couple raised their 3 daughters in Aurora, CO. Karen's architectural career met the same high standards as her early life. Karen was a long-standing member of the AIA Colorado's Government Affairs Committee and was staunchly committed to better the profession and the built environment. Her love of the profession allowed her to step up time after time on these issues. Karen's involvement in the GAC led her to be appointed by the Governor to the Colorado Architect's Licensing Board where she continued to improve the architectural profession she so dearly loved. At AIA Denver she was long active on both the Urban Design and Housing committees, and she was passionate about how slot housing and accessory dwelling units work within the urban fabric. She was also active in the profession at the national level. She served NAAB as a member and chair of visiting teams reviewing the curriculum at colleges offering degrees in architecture from 2006 through 2010. She was a key member of the NCARB committee that prepared the nationwide licensure examination for Architects from 2006 through her untimely passing. For the national AIA she chaired the Small Projects Forum in 2004, contributed to the 2006 edition of the Handbook of Professional Practice, and served the Continuing Education Development Project. Karen and Jim designed and built their dream house in Denver, completing construction in 2013. The design was featured in various media for the universal design throughout; both aesthetic and accessible no matter a person's age. The house won the Masterworks in Masonry Grand Award from the Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute in 2013, and was featured in The Denver Post, "A House for the Ages," October 31, 2015. Karen's daughters, Shannon, Jill, and Emily remember their mother as a strong and loving guide always ready with the most clever and creative solution to any problem. Throughout their lives Karen instilled her values of family, hard work, and integrity. In the last decade, she's blessed another generation as Grammy K, doing what she described as the best job in the world. She was the most wonderful and devoted grandmother anyone could wish for. She will be missed. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, June 17 at the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. 5400 S. Yosemite Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.

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From Reunion Committee on October 6th, 2017
With great sadness, we report the passing of another classmate, Karen Walker Harris, on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.  We understand that this was sudden and unexpected. The service for Karen was Saturday June 17. Karen's husband, Jim Harris, really appreciates everyone's warm thoughts, and asks that instead of flowers, donations be made to everyone's favorite charity.  Please see Karen's obituary below.
 
From Polly Dunn on July 22nd, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of Karen's passing.  As a young girl, I knew Karen well.  One time her parents had a sweet Halloween party, I think we were either in fifth or sixth grade.  It really sticks out in my mind!  I remember Karen being a good artist... in elementary school she liked to make all of us bookmarks with pictures of pretty people on them!  All of Karen's accomplishment in life are not a surprise to me at all....she was such an excellent student, and such a nice person!  Blessings to your family.
 

Daniel Carpenter

August 5th, 1949 - April 3rd, 2017

I spent 3rd, 4th and 5th grade at Mountain View Elementary School (which is no longer an elementary school and hasn’t been for decades) with Dan Carpenter (as did many of our classmates such as Charlie Brown, Corky Johnson, Tom Hart and others).  Many others from that school ended up at Jefferson HS. --  Mark Loye
 

I was thinking about Danny recently now that the reunion is looming - I had a major crush on him in Junior High and he was my "boyfriend" for a period time - the kind of boyfriend where you were too scared to even talk to each other!  Thanks for sharing all of this. -- Carol Eckland March
 

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After a courageous battle with cancer, Daniel Clay Carpenter died on April 3, 2017 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado at the age of 67. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 45 years, AnneMarie, daughters Lisa Carpenter and Sara Carpenter (Nicholas Davis), and granddog Beast.

A devoted husband and father, Dan's world revolved around Lisa and Sara from the time they were infants and into their adulthood. He was proud of their accomplishments in life, but prouder still of the intelligent and loving young women they became. In them, Dan will continue to be with us.

Dan was born on August 5, 1949 in Denver, Colorado, to William and Blanche Carpenter, who predeceased him. Dan was also predeceased by older brother William Carpenter, Jr. He is survived by younger brother Steven Carpenter (Patti). He leaves behind numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, their children, and many longtime friends.

Dan's greatest joy in life was his family and friends. Every year, he and AnneMarie hosted a Christmas open house that was attended by dozens of family and friends and often ended in a rousing evening of the dice game "Left, Right, Center," which Dan won for the first and only time in 2014. Dan was also known for his legendary Fourth of July parties, which involved an annual trip to Wyoming to obtain the best fireworks available to individual enthusiasts, and lasted until the local police caught on to the festivities.

A proud University of Colorado at Denver alumnus, Dan enjoyed a long and successful career as an accountant, retiring several years ago as Chief Financial Officer of Capitol Life Insurance Company. He spent his adult life in Arvada, Colorado, which he affectionately referred to as "God's Country." He took great pride in maintaining his lawn and tending to his rose bushes and other flowers.

Dan was a lifelong golfer with a standing golf game every Sunday with Heebie and friends, rain or shine (or wind or snow or freezing temperatures). One story goes that Dan and Heebie were the only two golfers left on Willis Case Golf Course after it had begun to snow. Someone from the clubhouse was sent out to bring them in so the course could close and employees could go home. Dan was a member of the North Denver Golf Club and served as its treasurer for many years. After his diagnosis in October 2015, Dan kept up his golf game and continued his treasurer responsibilities for as long as he was physically able.

As a dedicated Buff Club Member and diehard fan of the University of Colorado Mighty Golden Buffaloes football team, Dan was a season ticket holder from 1972 to 2015. Prior to his diagnosis, he missed only three home games during this time. His devotion to CU inspired his daughters and several nieces and nephews to attend the college.

Dan loved dogs (especially Springer Spaniels) and was particularly fond of two dogs he had over his lifetime; Spook, when he was younger, and Rufus, as an adult.

Dan's life was celebrated in a Funeral Mass on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Spirit of Christ Catholic Community Church, 7400 West 80th Avenue, in Arvada, Colorado 80003. In accordance with Dan's wishes, he was cremated and his ashes will be interred at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in a private family ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Arvada Food Bank. This obituary is courtesy of Horan&McConaty  http://www.horancares.com/obituary.
 
 

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Susan Guthrie (Wilcox)

April 17th, 1949 - September 20th, 2016

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Susan Jean Guthrie, 67, of Sedalia, CO, went to be with her Lord on September 20, 2016 at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center after a year-long battle with Leukemia.

She was born on April 17, 1949 in Denver, Colorado, daughter of Ray E. and Mary (Marks) Wilcox.

She spent her childhood in Wheat Ridge, CO, graduating from Wheat Ridge High School in 1967. After attending Colorado State University from 1967 to 1969, she married Charles Harrison in 1969 and lived in Washington State and Lakewood, CO where they raised their daughter, Jennifer.

She returned to college and earned her M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning at U.C. Denver. She also earned a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the University of Denver in 2002. Susan worked as a contractor to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Her duties included GIS tasks on the GeoMAC project.

She enjoyed being active; favorite activities at different times of her life included softball, skiing, hiking, camping and ice skating.

Susan was married to John D Guthrie at Creekside Bible Church on May 21, 2005. She moved to Sedalia, CO, where she spent her remaining years serving her Lord by serving others. Serving generally involved serving food through local organizations such as Open Door Ministries, Denver Ignite, His Hands, Creekside Bible Church and the Douglas County Task Force. She also traveled to seven different countries in this ten-year period as God's hands and feet.

Susan’s surviving family includes her husband, John D Guthrie, her mother, Mary Wilcox, three siblings, Peter, Steve and Anne Wilcox, her daughter, Jennifer Brown, granddaughter, Karina Brown, three step-children and five step-grandchildren.

Susan is preceded in death by her father, Ray E. Wilcox, her first husband, Charles Harrison, father of her daughter and by her granddaughter Carlie Brown.

A memorial service in her honor will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016, 2:00 pm at Creekside Bible Church, Castle Rock, CO.
 

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James M. McClaran

December 22nd, 1948 - July 31st, 2016

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James M. McClaran, 67, passed away July 31, 2016. Survived by his wife of 43 years, Betty McClaran; children, Heather (David) DiSalvo of Pueblo and Ryan (Stacie) McClaran of Las Vegas, Nev.; three grandchildren, Riley DiSalvo, Sophia DiSalvo and Shane McClaran; sister, Dorothy Withrow of Lakewood; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Bernice McClaran; sister, Mary Goad; and niece, Connie Archuleta. Jim was born Dec. 22, 1948, in Denver. He retired in 2010, after many years in hospitality services. Jim loved music and sports, especially the Denver Broncos.  Memorials may be made to the Denver Dumb Friends League through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St, Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com

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Ralph Sanders

July 25th, 1949 - March 18th, 2015

Ralph died March 18, 2015 from complications of diabetes. He was a wounded Vietnam Veteran who proudly served his country in the US Army, 11th Armored Calvary Division, known as the Blackhorse Regiment. His first job in Colorado was running the Tilt-O-Whirl at Lakeside Amusement Park. He went on to work at B&F Tire in Wheat Ridge for 47 years. Ralph never complained and accepted everything in his life with grace and dignity.

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Ralph Edwin Sanders, 65, unexpectedly soared up to heaven to be with our parents at 8:35 am on March 18, 2015 from complications of diabetes. Ralph was born on July 25, 1949 in Shelbyville, Illinois, the oldest of four children of Howard and Clara Sanders of Stewardson, Illinois. He was a wounded Vietnam Veteran who proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, 11th Armored Calvary Division - the Blackhorse Regiment. He was drafted into service on September 5, 1969 and served in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Germany. He left service on September 4, 1975.

He leaves his sister and brother-in-law Leona and David Paul of Arvada, Colorado; his brother and sister-in-law, Howard and Beth Sanders of Dallas, Georgia; his sister and brother-in-law Wanda and Michael Cardinale of Arvada, Colorado. He also leaves behind his children Heather (and Rich) Spencer of Billings, Montana; Sarah Sanders of Evergreen, Colorado; and Matthew Sanders of Arvada, Colorado. Ralph had three grandchildren, Travis and Sydney Spencer, and Gabriel Sanders.

Ralph’s early years saw him baling hay and working on the chicken farm. His first job in Colorado was running the Tilt-O-Whirl at Lakeside Amusement park. He then went on to work over 47 years at B&F Tire in Wheatridge, Colorado. There he gained many loyal friends. He loved to fish, investigate state history, go camping, walk his beloved dog Roxy, and spend time with family and friends. His childhood nickname was Kate given to him by his Aunt Anna. He was a friend to everyone and gave his time to anyone that needed a helping hand. Ralph never complained and accepted everything in his life with grace and dignity.

Services were held on March 31, 2015 at Newcomer Mortuary, 905 S. Sheridan Blvd., Lakewood, Colorado. Burial was at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.  In lieu of flowers donations may be given to the Wounded Warrior Project in Ralph’s honor. http://www.newcomerdenver.com/obituary/101599

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Nancy Beers (Ginn)

August 1st, 1949 - November 4th, 2014

Tribute: I remember Nancy in 9th grade at Manning Jr. walking around with her paperback, South Pacific.  I couldn't imagine anyone reading such a big book, especially with such tiny print.  She would always ask me about my friend, Gordon Glade, who had moved away to St. Louis. 
At WheatRidge, we took a ski trip to Loveland with both of our little brothers in the back seat of my '64 corvair.  She told me she was going to have a bad sunburn the next day (Monday) at school and, by gosh, she did have the most horrible one I have ever seen.
Nancy was just a plain fun person--at the WRHS reunions, with her husband, we would  laugh and laugh, doubling over.  I miss you, Nancy, very much.
--John McIlvennan

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  August 1, 1949 – November 4, 2014

Nancy Anne Beers was born August 1, 1949 in Des Moines, Iowa to parents Dale and Georgiana Ginn.

Nancy was the middle child of five siblings – an older brother and sister, RD and Jan; as well as a younger brother and sister, Bill and Linda. Nancy loved to reminisce about their family vacations and the games they all would play together as a family. Summer meant mini-golf, catching frogs, and hopping from rock-to-rock in a creek. Time in the winter was spent ice skating and sledding near their childhood home.

The family moved to the Denver area in 1958 and Nancy graduated from Wheat Ridge High School in 1967. She attended Colorado State University, where she joined the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. At a social event for Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, she met the love of her life, Ted Beers. Nancy and Ted were married June 5th, 1971 and enjoyed a 43 year marriage. They loved to travel and explore, visiting Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and places around Colorado and the West. Nancy and Ted had many friends, and are often remembered for their New Year’s Eve parties. They always made sure people felt welcome, whether it was an old friend or someone new.

From a young age, Nancy was a creative and skilled crafter. She was active in 4-H and won numerous ribbons for both her cooking and sewing endeavors. Nancy would sew clothes for her and her sister’s dolls – and they enjoyed changing their dolls clothes to match the seasons and holidays. When her sister Linda got a much-coveted Cabbage Patch doll, Nancy promptly made a few outfits for her – even including a Broncos cheerleading outfit.

One of the things most people will tell you about Nancy is what a terrific seamstress she was. From making doll dresses as a child to creating wedding and bridesmaid dresses as a young woman, Nancy was a very talented tailor and added her special touch to many handmade gifts. Some of the creations she was known for include: embroidered kitchen towels for brides-to-be, handmade quilts, elaborate Christmas stockings, a back-pack for their dog Fritz, and a beautiful ski suit she once made for a customer.

In 1982, Nancy’s only child Matthew was born. Nancy was a fantastic mother – she doted on her son and fostered a warm and happy home that any child would be delighted to grow up in. Matt’s favorite memories of his mom include her showing him how to do things with her hands – whether it was tending to her garden, baking some treats, or sewing Matt a new costume. Christmastime was an absolute delight in the household. Nancy decorated the house extensively with artwork and her elaborate winter village. She baked holiday cookies and sweets, sewed many of her famous gingerbread men, created unique handmade gifts – and of course, shared all of it generously with their family and friends.

Nancy had a sharp mind. She enjoyed reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, dominoes, and was very organized. Nancy was active in Junior League for many years and was president of the Fort Collins chapter in 1998-1999. She was a devoted volunteer and even spent time in the library at Matt’s elementary school. She wasn’t afraid of hard work or getting her hands dirty.

Nancy spent a lot of time the last several years at her and Ted’s cabin in the Poudre Canyon. She always said it was a place she felt spiritual – it was her “church” and where she felt most at peace. All those that knew Nancy, all who were touched by her life and generosity, hope that she has found peace once more.

Nancy is survived by her son, Matthew (Ashlea) Beers; grandchildren Anna and Nicholas; sisters Jan (Gene) Burns and Linda (Lee) Farrell; brother Bill (Ginger); two nieces and four nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Dale and Georgiana; her brother, RD Ginn; and her beloved husband of 43 years, Ted Beers, who died two months earlier on September 5, 2014.

 

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From John McIlvennan on November 7th, 2015
I remember Nancy in 9th grade at Manning Jr. walking around with her paperback, South Pacific.  I couldn't imagine anyone reading such a big book, especially with such tiny print.  She would always ask me about my friend, Gordon Glade, who had moved away to St. Louis. 
At WheatRidge, we took a ski trip to Loveland with both of our little brothers in the back seat of my '64 corvair.  She told me she was going to have a bad sunburn the next day (Monday) at school and, by gosh, she did have the most horrible one I have ever seen.. 
Nancy was just a plain fun person--at the WRHS reunions, with her husband, we would  laugh and laugh, doubling over.  I miss you, Nancy, very much.
--John
 

Stan Frizzell

October 5th, 1949 - May 3rd, 2014

We have learned that Stan Frizzell died Saturday, May 3, 2014. Several Boy Scout buddies were able to attend Stan's Celebration of Life.

     A man known by so many names. Brother, husband, dad, papa and friend. Stan led a life of true philanthropy giving all he could to so many people. He helped friends in need of an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on and solutions for almost any problem. Stan adopted more children than he could ever keep count of. A free spirit since birth,  Stan tested and beat fate more times than any other man has done.
     Born to Polly and Joe on a warm October day in 1949. He was named after the legendary Stan Musial and in time would build his own legend. He was a high spirited and somewhat mischievous child and teenager; his actions have filled many with memories, laughs and stories. He was the middle child, an awkward place for the only boy! He loved his sisters, Paula and Kathy, very much and they were daily parts of his life; he loved talking to each of them about any and everything. The years and distance never hindered their sibling bond. As an adult Stan started a new chapter in life as a father, and what a wonderful father he was. He loved all of his children dearly.
     He was a gentle giant with an iron will and everyone that met him loved him. His passions ran deep. He loved his old cars, his Broncos, and his doggies --- but his family always came first. He was a walking encyclopedia. His memory of childhood events and his knowledge of history, sports, and general trivia were amazing. His heart was as big as his hugs and his sense of humor was always there (we will all remember the twinkle in his eyes). He loved us all and we will miss him immensely.

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Carole Ann Turre (Goodman)

July 22nd, 1948 - February 7th, 2014

65, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2014 in Lakewood, Colorado. Born on July 22, 1948 in Wichita, Kansas to Francis and Mildred Goodman. Carole is survived by her husband of 43 years, Michael "Mike" J. Turre, daughter Jennifer (Cory) Cyr, son Brett Turre, father Francis Goodman, mother Mildred Goodman, brothers Frank Goodman and Warren Goodman, grand-daughters Erica and Kristen King.

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65, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2014 in Lakewood, Colorado. Born on July 22, 1948 in Wichita, Kansas to Francis and Mildred Goodman. Carole is survived by her husband of 43 years, Michael "Mike" J. Turre, daughter Jennifer (Cory) Cyr, son Brett Turre, father Francis Goodman, mother Mildred Goodman, brothers Frank Goodman and Warren Goodman, grand-daughters Erica and Kristen King.

Memorial contributions may be made in Carole's name to the Alzheimer's Association, Colorado Chapter, 455 Sherman St. #500, Denver, CO 80203, 303-813-1669.
 
 

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Rick Eskildson

December 30th, 1948 - July 27th, 2013

Rick was one of a handful of close friends of mine from Jr. High into College.  Rick was always the smartest and best student of our 'rat pack'.  Post high school Rick spent 2 years at Mesa State then went on to graduate with honors from CSU in Marketing.   Rick was an incredible athlete.   At Wheat Ridge Junior High there was a 9th grade county wide athletic contest of which, to several of our friends recollection, Rick won.  Rick excelled at hockey, and at WRHS was a varsity golfer, and as a Senior was district champion in wrestling at 154 lbs.   Rick then went on to wrestle varsity at Mesa State College in Grand Junction.   As often develops, our lives went different directions, and I never saw Rick again.  He had long term health problems and died in a nursing home in Denver.  Life is indeed short, and I miss the Rick I knew.    -- Kent Ingram

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Rick Sewell

June 20th, 1949 - December 30th, 2011

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January 09, 2012
Rick was one of the first friends i made when my family moved to applewood. i remember him fondly as my friend, a leader in school, and his strong voice when he was making a speech or playing a part in a play. I am saddened to learn of his death.
Cher Mitton (Kalahar)

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Rick Sewell (1949 - 2011) Rick left this earth at the young age of 62. He was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on June 20, 1949. He had a difficult start to his life by contracting polio when he was 3 years old. He wasn't a victim of the disease; he was a survivor. He graduated from Wheat Ridge High School in 1967 and attended the University of Colorado. He spent most of his life in Lakewood/Denver and later in Arizona with his mother until she passed away. He moved to Fort Collins in 2007 to be closer to family. During his life, he was known to his friends and family to be a great political debater, thespian and vocalist. He had such a love for reading, philosophy and politics. The Democrats have lost a truly dedicated and faithful follower! His curiosity about the world only made him read more as he tried to understand himself and the world around him. A few years ago, we bought him a three-wheeled bike and it was like he was given his legs back. He would ride to the library, the store and also City Park many times during the week. He truly loved his bike and loved the independence and freedom that it gave him. Rick is survived by his sisters, Judy Beitler (Cass) and Mary Sewell Homan (John), nieces Becky (Jim), Theresa, Mandy and nephew Michael . He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Pat and Bob Sewell and his brother Jim. A special thank you to all who helped Rick in his last years. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Meals on Wheels, Bike Fort Collins or the Poudre River Friends of the Library. A private family service was planned.


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Chuck Janata

- - July 4th, 2011

CHARLES D. JANATA Chuck, 61, passed away July 4, 2011. Funeral mass, Friday, August 12, 10am at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 20th and Miller, Lakewood. Memorial service at Ft. Logan National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Legion Baseball, 7465 E. 1st Ave., Suite D, Denver, CO 80230. Published in Denver Post on August 7, 2011

 

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CHARLES D. JANATA Chuck, 61, passed away July 4, 2011. Funeral mass, Friday, August 12, 10am at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 20th and Miller, Lakewood. Memorial service at Ft. Logan National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Legion Baseball, 7465 E. 1st Ave., Suite D, Denver, CO 80230. Published in Denver Post on August 7, 2011

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Peggy Huston (Eaker)

August 16th, 1949 - October 2nd, 2010

I remember Peggy from our early years at Wilmore Davis Elementary.  We were in Bluebirds together and had so many fun times doing all the activities with bluebirds and later camp fire girls.   She was my neighbor and friend and always a kind person.  -- Ann Michener

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August 16, 1949 - October 2, 2010 Peggy Diane Eaker Huston died suddenly on Oct. 2, 2010. She is survived by her children Melissa, Priscilla and Casey, grandchildren Jordan and Kylie, father Theodore Eaker, sister Phyllis (Steve) and brothers Kenneth (Deb), Roy, Thomas (Sue), Robert (Betty), along with numerous nieces and nephews. Peggy Diane Eaker was born in Denver, Colorado on August 16, 1949. She was raised along with several brothers and a sister in a Christian home and taught the values of family, hard work and service. Peggy embraced those values her entire life. Peggy loved being with family and extended family, including numerous grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, most all of whom lived in the Denver/WheatRidge area. Peg loved them all and was loved dearly by all of them. She embraced the gift of humor and carried it with her throughout her life. After high school, she attended Metropolitan State College and received a degree in both Mathematics and Education. However, Peggy put her knowledge, ambition and love of people to work in a different direction, food service! She ran a successful catering business, got married, and had three beautiful children. But that did not slow her down in her career endeavors! It was not long before Peggy began transitioning to real estate and property management. At the time she started, the market was considered to be down significantly. Others were getting out of the business, but Peggy reasoned that since she was new in it, the only way was up – and away she went!!! She loved helping people as they moved through life. Peggy became and remained a trusted presence in the Thornton and North Metro communities. Success was due in large part because she cared more about getting a very good fit for her clients, rather than her own profit. People respected that, and many would call her years later when they were ready to move again! Peggy also served on several Home Owners Associations and Boards of Directors in the area as well. One of Peggy's favorite "hobbies" was thinking of meaningful and yet cleaver ways to communicate and advertise with the community. Often, her family was involved in distributing these "gifts" to the community! And, Peg was always the one to bring something fun to family holidays or get-togethers, drawing everyone in to participate in a fun, unusual activity. She could ignite sparks of fun and joy wherever she went. Peggy was dedicated to her children, Melissa, Priscilla and Casey. She took an active role in being a grandmother to Jordan and Kylie. Ted will miss his "Lawrence Welk buddy". Peggy gave freely and lovingly, never wanting anything in return. Peggy was a selfless woman of great integrity and humility who positively impacted those around her. Her gentleness and sense of humor endeared her to all she met. When she left us, she created a void that can never be filled. Our hearts ache with her absence, but we are grateful that she is not suffering, thankful that she is resting in peace.

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From Ann Morrison Michener on November 19th, 2015
I remember Peggy from our early years at Wilmore Davis Elementary.  We were in Bluebirds together and had so many fun times doing all the activities with bluebirds and later camp fire girls.   She was my neighbor and friend and always a kind person.  
 
 

Sam Hobson

August 8th, 1949 - February 15th, 2010

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Samuel H. Hobson Jr., 60, of Swansea, IL, born Monday, August 8, 1949, in Denver, Colorado, died Monday, February 15, 2010 at Jefferson Barracks Medical Center in St Louis, MO.


Mr. Hobson Jr. worked as a Mechanic for Bi-State Bus Company in St. Louis, MO. He was a member of First Assembly of God in Belleville, IL, Christ is the Answer Missionary Group and U.S. Navy Vietnam War veteran.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Vision for Asia c/o First Assembly of God.

Interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

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Jerry Yelverton

- - January 22nd, 2008

     I knew Jerry from our WRHS Track Team.  Jerry was a star sprinter and key varsity standout of all WRHS sprint relay teams for sophomore, junior, and senior years. In any measure this rather thinly structured athlete was packed with everything one could ask in qualities.  He was humble, exceedingly fast, competitive to the max, willing to run everything asked by Coach Cooper, and a total team player. 
     Indeed Jerry Yelverton was a large reason the track team won conference all three years, and as seniors the team winning all but one highly contested regular meet (Colorado Relays had us winning yet the Manual coach 'wrongly' convinced the meet judges a WRHS team member was pacing one of our finishing 3,200 yard relay runners).  Manual you see was the powerhouse team we always cherished to compete against, and our WRHS team beat Manual every time in indivdual dual meets.   Manual pulled an upset victory in state that 1967 year largely due to WRHS team injuries.
     Looking back, Jerry was as good a teammate as one could ever ask for.   His relay team participative records stood for years afterwards. I am so sad Jerry is no longer with us.  It reminds me yet again how life and every day is special. For sure Jerry was a one of a kind guy and one whom helped define WRHS. --  Kent Ingram


     Thanks, Kent Ingram, for providing such a wonderful tribute to our teammate "Yelverton."  Jerry and I were always one half of many successful mile relay teams.  Indeed, I am the runner that Jerry "cheered on" at the CU Relays.  Never ran 880 yards before that meet, or after, but I will never forget it. Coach Cooper said I could do it, and when I saw Jerry I knew I could.
-- John Duckworth, Collierville, TN
 

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From John Duckworth on May 17th, 2017
Thank You ! to Kent Ingram who provided such a wonderful tribute to our teammate "Yelverton."  Jerry and I were always one half of many successful mile relay teams.  Indeed, I am the runner that Jerry "cheered on" at the CU Relays.  Never ran 880 yards before that meet, or after, but I will never forget it. Coach Cooper said I could do it, and when I saw Jerry I knew I could.

John Duckworth
Collierville, TN

 
 

Charles Zoril

October 10th, 1949 - May 4th, 2006

Chuck was born October 10, 1949 in Fort Collins, CO to Joseph and Anne Zoril. He was an only child. He attended K-12 in Jefferson County. After graduating from Wheat Ridge High School, he attended the University of Colorado where he obtained both his Bachelors in aerospace engineering and Masters of Science in bio-medical engineering. He served as Captain in the United States Army, working on various military defense projects. Later, he was employed by Cobe Laboratories as a bio-medical engineer and by Ball Aerospace. He retired in 2001.

In his spare time, he committed himself to his wife of 26 years, Betsey LeSuer and his two children Brian (24) and Michelle (21). He was an active participant of the Lookout Mountain Fire Department for 26 years, and served as Fire Chief for more than 10 years. He was an avid outdoorsman, and when not working, could be found hunting, fishing, river rafting, or camping in the wilderness that he so dealy loved. He shared his love for life with all he encountered. Chuck passed into rest unexpectedly on May 4, 2006 at 4:17a.m. He died peacefully at home from heart failure, with his family at his side. He is survived by his parents, wife, and children, all of Lookout Mountain. He will be sorely missed.

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Michael Bell

- - January 20th, 2006

My Dad Mike passed away on 1-20-2006. He had struggled with diabetes since 1976 and had a kidney transplant in 1999. My Mom Beverly (Boyce) and Dad had two daughters, me Kelli in 1969 and Kerri in 1973. They raised us in Arvada CO and we are all still in the area.

My Dad loved life and his grandkids were the center. He was so proud of us and all we accomplished. He is dearly missed and always will be.

He loved playing golf and watching any sport he could.

Dad was partial owner of "Utility Factfinders" from 1981 until 1999. It was a company that audited large company's utility bills. He was working at Arvada West High School as a Special-Needs teacher at the time of his death.

He always talked about playing football at Wheat Ridge High School and all the friends he had. It was a great time in his life and he cherished many of you.

 

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Freddie Steinmark

January 27th, 1949 - June 6th, 1971

 

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I loved Freddie the moment I first saw him at Manning in 9th grade and every moment since. No tribute could ever come close to explaining what he meant to those who loved him and were loved by him.  -- Linda Wheeler

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I remember Freddie and Linda in Psych class, '67. He was always sharp and friendly. He always wore a small neckchain with a cross for his Catholic convictions. I recently saw the movie of his college days. It was fun to learn of his success. We were all kids.      -- Richard Sander
 

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From Richard Sander on March 1st, 2017
I remember Freddie and Linda in Psych class, '67. He was always sharp and friendly. He always wore a small neckchain with a cross for his Catholic convictions. I recently saw the movie of his college days. It was fun to learn of his success. We were all kids.
 

Tim Solem

- - August 27th, 1970

Tim Solem was another one of my circle of friends at WRHS.  Tim always had a bubbly since of humor, and in high school was a good student that did stints in football and wrestling.   Post high school Tim attended Univ of Northern Colorado in Education. Tim and I then reconvened in summers. One summer he introduced me to the famous 'Library' in Greeley.  Go figure.   Tim was the one with an infectious laugh, and in his garage was always into weight lifting.

One story is in back of his house was a shallow lake where a few of us one winter on the way home thought we would take a short cut across the ice, and half way across we started breaking through the ice.  The end result was we all simply got wet, only up to our waists, and stomped our way back thru the breakable ice back to his house, albeit on very very cold legs. Tim was to be a Junior in college when one summer he met an untimely fate commuting back from work on the EIsenhower Tunnel.  Life we learned, can change in a second.   

--Kent Ingram

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