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                                                     Obituary for LCDR MARK S. AMMONS 
LCDR Mark Sayre Ammons, USN (Ret) died on October 24, 2018 after a bout with cancer. He was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan, graduated JW Sexton High School and attended Michigan State University. Prior to graduation, Mark enlisted in the U.S. Navy and became a Special Operations Technician (Recon Corpsman with the Marines). He served one tour, completed his MSU Bachelor's Degree, and then returned for another tour with the Recon Marines. He was commissioned as a Medical Service Corp officer and served in a multitude of positions within Navy Medicine prior to completing an MBA from the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, he was assigned to Navy Healthcare Contracting for BUMED and then assigned to build Tricare contracts across the United States. Apon retirement, Mark fulfilled positions in numerous health insurance companies, leading IT and Operational groups, as well as working to build one of the first, stand-alone, business process improvement departments within an integrated healthcae delivery system. He spent a few years consulting with healthcare and was the VP of Operations for J3Global, and IT and Operational staffing company.
His passion throughout life was to ensure patients that needed medical treatment could receive it and afford it, using data to improve efficiency and reduce healthcare cost in a number of delivery and payment systems.
Mark had been an avid (not good) golfer, loving the game for its mental and physical challenge. He has built numerous small structures and enjoyed creating stained glass art. Mark was active as a volunteer with Rescue Missions in multiple states and with the national organization in SCORE. He has also worked to support churches which he attended. He is survived by his beloved wife, Kristine Strom Ammons and his sister, Tracie Jan Filipich.

                                         Obituary for Marine DANNY C. SCHAFER 
February 11, 1936 October 15, 2018
Dan, as friends and family knew him, passed peacefully with family and friends surrounding him and the prayer circle praying for his journey to heaven. Dan was born in Reading, PA started first grade in Long Island, NY then moved with his parents to Bernardsville, NJ where he attended public schools until his graduation from Bernardsville High in 1954. He joined the Marines in 1954 and continued service until 1957.
He entered Michigan State University and graduated in 1961 with a degree in Criminal Justice. He started his career with U.S. Customs as a Special Agent and after the first year was assigned to serve in El Paso, Texas. In 1968 he transferred to Laredo, Texas and continued his tour there, with special assignment when called by President Nixon to serve as one of the first Sky Marshals and flew with the airlines to and from Europe returning to Laredo, and continued until transfered to New Orleans with the newly formed DEA Agency, and after four years he transferred to the DEA office in Denver, CO, and served there until his retirement in 1986. In August of 1986, he joined the staff at Pueblo, Community College and taught Criminal Justice Courses until retirement in 2003.
Dan enjoyed his retirement living in Monument, CO for 32 years... he is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sharon "Sam" Schafer, daughter, Wendy Schafer, sons, Dan Schafer, Guy Schafer (Donna), Erik Schafer, grandchildren, Brianna (Brian) Pederson Jackie Schafer, Taylor Schafer, Cara Schafer and Rory Schafer, his two great-grandchildren, Eathen and Colin Pederson, also his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Josephine Schafer, daughter Christi Schafer and in-laws Melvin and Adella Schnese.
Service is Saturday November 3 at 11 A.M. at St. George's Anglican Church, 217 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Reception following service... No Flowers please... contributions may be made to St. George's Anglican Church in memory on Dan Schafer.

                                R.I.P. Marine John Obodzinski Rinne of Northern Colorado Det.

Fort Collins - John Rinne, 84, of Fort Collins, CO and Gilbert, AZ passed away on October 18, 2018 at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado surrounded by his loving family. He fought a tough battle against cancer, but decided he was ready to make his way to heaven. 
John was born August 29, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan to Joseph and Theresa Obodzinski. In 1951 he joined the United State Marine Corps. He met his wife, Ruth (Rudi), who was serving in the Women Marines. They married in January 1960 in Parris Island, South Carolina. He served in Okinawa and Vietnam during his military career. In 1971 he retired from the Marine Corps and settled with his wife and four young children in Fort Collins, Colorado. He was active in the Marine Corp League in Fort Collins, Colorado where he and his wife could be found participating in parades, Toys for Tots, and perpetuating camaraderie, tradition, and the history of the United States Marine Corps.
John Rinne had the ability to contribute to the positive in the lives of those he came in contact with. He was a US Marine and served our country. He was a Deputy Sheriff with Larimer County Sheriff's Office and served his community. He was a mail carrier in Fort Collins, Colorado and served his many friends and neighbors. He loved his family and he lit up every room he walked in. He was truly an amazing man and always knew how to make people laugh. He left people better than he found them with his kind and gentle spirit. Think of him as living in the hearts of those he touched...for nothing loved is ever lost and he was loved so much.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers (Thomas, Eddie, Tony, and Donald). He is survived by his wife of over 58 years; his children Terie Rinne Russell (Jeff), Karl Rinne, Alaina Rinne, and Denia Rinne; his grandchildren Nathan Rinne, Rachel Hammond Williams, Brian Hammond, Madison Rinne and Wyatt Rinne; his bonus grandchildren Chloe Russell and Courtney Steely; his great grandchildren Madilynn Rinne, Blakelee Hammond, and Remington Hammond; along with numerous nieces and nephews; and his sister Helen Nader.
Celebration of Life will be held Monday October 29, 2018 at 2pm at The American Legion 2124 Co Rd 54G, Fort Collins, CO 80524. Memorial donations can be made to Marine Corps League Noco 785.
Published in The Coloradoan from Oct. 24 to Oct. 28, 2018

                                     Obituary for Marine Richard James Keleher
Richard James Keleher passed away at his home on September 29, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 
He was born January 4, 1952 in Clarion, Iowa to James Wayne and Doris Eileen (Hoyt) Keleher.
Richard spent four years of his early life as a proud member of the United Sates Marine Corp. He then married the love of his life, Patricia Mary Lund, and then enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserve where he dedicated fifteen years. Richard also spent one year as a police officer in Colfax, Iowa, then became a federal police officer for the United States Treasury Department.
He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Doris Keleher; and his brother, Robert James Keleher.
Richard is survived by his wife, Patricia Mary Keleher; sons, Jason Wayne (Melody) Keleher and Christopher James (Tiffany) Keleher; daughter, Jaime Lee (Keats) Herseim; brother, Larry Keleher; sister, Donna Freese; grandchildren, Rachael Holz, Joshua Keleher, Jaxon Keleher, Landon Keleher, Jakob Yarbrough; and great-grandson, Oliver Blue Street.
Visitation, 9:00AM, Friday, October 5, 2018, The Springs Funeral Services-North, 6575 Oakwood Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80923.
Funeral Service, 10:00AM, Friday, October 5, 2018 at The Springs Funeral Services-North.
The Springs Funeral Services - North
6575 Oakwood Blvd. 
Colorado Springs, CO 80923
Interment at a later date, Pikes Peak National Cemetery, 10545 Drennan Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80925.


Obituary for Marine Michael Thomas Miller
September 8, 1947 - August 18, 2018
Survived by his wife, Virginia Miller; son, Michael A. (Diane) Miller; daughter, Wendy Ring; grandsons, Andrew and Matthew Ring; sister, Ruth Wolf; and brother, Donald Miller.
Funeral service and burial will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Home, 3825 Airport Road, Colorado Springs, CO. 80910.

Obituary Byron Allen Spencer
June 29, 1977 - August 13, 2018
Byron Allen Spencer passed away on Monday, August 13, 2018. He was born to Myron and Genevia Spencer on June 29, 1977 in Gallup, New Mexico. He was a Diné warrior who was born into Dzi ł t ł'ahnii (Mountain Cove Clan) born for Kinyaa'áanii (Towering House Clan). His maternal grandmother was Dzi ł t ł'ahnii (Mountain Cove Clan) born for T ł'ógi (Zia Weaver Clan), his maternal grandfather was Táchii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People) born for Haltsooi (Meadow People Clan). His paternal grandmother was Kinyaa'áanii (Towering House Clan) born for Naakai dine’é (Mexican Clan), his paternal grandfather was Dzi ł t ł'ahnii (Mountain Cove Clan) born for Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People Clan). 
Byron was a veteran, serving ten years in the United States Navy. He completed two tours in Iraq with 1st Platoon, Company E, 2d battalion, 7th Marines where he treated numerous Iraqi civilians and fellow comrades with compassion throughout operations in the city of Fallujah. He had lived in Washington State, Nevada and recently moved to Colorado Springs as a HVAC technician. 
When he wasn't working he enjoyed watching movies, going bowling, playing video games, working on cars and cheering on his favorite sports teams; LA Dodgers, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners, and the Colorado Avalanche. 
He is preceded in death by his mother, Genevia Spencer; his maternal grandparents, Leo and Marie Willie; and his paternal grandparents, Tom Spencer and Mary Teller. He is survived by his daughters, Vanessa and Alyssa Spencer; two brothers, Gerald and Bill; his sister, Shauna; his father, Myron; and his maternal grandfather, Lem Begay. 
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Perry "Pops" Ramquist
December 22, 1958 – April 12, 2018

29 April 2018
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Swan-Law Funeral Directors
501 N. Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903 

Funeral Service
29 April 2018
2:00 p.m.
Swan-Law Funeral Directors

Obituary for 
James "Jim" Albert Harrison 
October 16, 1933 - April 10, 2018

James Albert Harrison, 84 passed away in his home on April 10th, 2018 in Strasburg, CO due to complications from Leukemia.
James was born on October 16, 1933 in Decatur, IL to his parents, Wayne and Alberta Harrison and raised by his grandparents, Guy and Mabel Harrison. James was married to Margaret Jean Pope on April 10, 1952 in Decatur, IL. In 1950 he began work for the Wabash Railroad in Decatur, IL. James joined the United States Marine Corps in 1953 serving his country until 1955.
In 1963 James and Jean moved to La Junta, CO to work for the Santa Fe rail road. In 1964 they moved to Colorado Springs where he began his 35 year career with the Federal Aviation Administration. On March 15th, 2018 he received acknowledgment of being a certified member of good standing for 50 years to the American Legion Post 39.
James enjoyed the outdoors - fishing, hunting, and golfing. He enjoyed attending all of his children's and grandchildren's sporting events; and when they moved on he continued to enjoy supporting and watching the local teams sporting events.
Mr. Harrison is survived by his two brothers, Dean and Gene Harrison; seven children, Rebecca Strange, Mary Dillon, Cindy Harrison, Jimmy Harrison, Elizabeth Hesting, Skip Harrison, and Daniel Harrison. James has 4 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his grandson Robert Dillon and granddaughter Rachel Strange.
Viewing and memorial services will be held on April 16th, 2018 at Blunt Mortuary, 2229 W. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80904. The viewing will begin at 10:00 am followed by the service at 11:00 am. All are welcome to attend, honor, and celebrate the life of James Albert Harrison.

Obituary for
William Jack Childs

William Jack Childs, 79, passed away on Sunday April 8, 2018. Jack was a resident of Colorado Springs for 45 years, and spent most of those years as a real estate broker.

Jack was born April 21, 1938 to Joel Childs and Virginia (Cochran) Childs in Minneapolis, MN. He graduated from Catonsville High School in 1956, and from there joined the Marine Corps. He went to boot camp at Parris Island, SC, and won the distinguished honor of becoming PFC at graduation in January 1957 – an honor designated to only one marine from each platoon. When the Marine Corps decided to end the officer program, Jack was wise enough to look toward other branches of service. The Army offered permanent officer status and a college education, so he left his beloved Marines and joined the Army in Ft. Huachuca, AZ. After completing college, he was sent to Colorado Springs, where he retired as a Major. Jack loved the military and was an outstanding enlisted man and officer, serving in Vietnam, Korea, as well as here at home. He was highly decorated, being awarded the Marine Good Conduct Medal 1st through 3rd Awards; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal w/2 Bronze Service Stars; Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device; Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm; US Navy Unit Citation; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Army Commendation Medal w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster. His last assignment was at NORAD and Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.

Once retired, Jack began his real estate career where he found his second passion in life working in both resale real estate and new home sales. In 2000 he began his own successful company, Childs Properties LLC, retiring in 2015.

Jack loved to vacation with his wife, family and friends. He also loved the Broncos, all sports, his dogs, the beauty of the Colorado mountains, to the beaches and shores he traveled. He felt especially blessed to be in the home he and Jan built together, and the treasured time he got to spend with loving friends, family, and co-workers.

Jack is survived by his loving wife Jan; Earlene Kidd (Jack) mother of their three children; his daughter Viki Childs (Mike Kreseski), son Mike (Bridgette), and daughter Kathy Cremeans (Scott); his brother Bob Childs (Dee); his grandchildren: Nicki Arseniega (Bobby), Amie Lauber (Todd), Danny Childs, and Brian Childs; and four great-grandchildren: Zoe Arseniega, Taylor, Haley, and Emma Lauber. He was preceded in death by his parents Joel and Virginia Childs.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Shrine of Remembrance, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd. in Colorado Springs; Pastor (and nephew) Jared Sonnenberg officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jack's name may be made to the Pikes Peak Humane Society ([email protected]

Obituary for Marine Byron "Biff" Turner

March 14, 1944 - March 12, 2018

Byron "Biff" Turner, 73, died Monday, March 12, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
He was born March 14, 1944 to Vernon Fay and Grethel Irene (Cottingham) Turner in Lucas, Arkansas.
Biff was a longtime Colorado Springs resident and a highly valued machinist for the City of Colorado Springs Utilities for over twenty-six years. He was also a decorated Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran.

Above all, Biff was a devoted Christian who's love for our Lord was known by all. He was loved by many for his generosity, sense of humor, ornery, and caring demeanor.
Biff is survived by his daughter, Jennifer (Jeff) Mollica; brother, Vernon "Ray" (Jeanette) Turner; sister, Vanessa Lynn (Bob) Murphy; and grandson, Dominic Mollica. Biff will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Robert "Bob" Charles Duke
February 2, 1947 - March 8, 2018

Robert "Bob" Charles Duke, age 71, died on March 8, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He fought a courageous battle from a rare brain disease.

He was born on February 2, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan to Marvin and Helen (Copeland) Duke.
Bob worked in sales and was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He loved cars, traveling, his family, and his Lord. Bob is survived by his wife, Janet Duke; son, Lonn Duke; two daughters, Marnie (Mike) DeYoung and Jana (Andrew) Martinez; three grandsons, Brandon Martinez, Parker DeYoung, and Spencer DeYoung; and his granddaughter, Jordan Martinez.
Bob is loved and will be greatly missed.

Charles Homer "Hank" Hankins
OCTOBER 31, 1944 – FEBRUARY 24, 2018

He was the oldest of five Jess, Jerry, Jane and Mary. He was known to most as Hank.
He joined the Marines and served in the Vietnam War. He met Joe Martinez, his soon to be brother-in-law and one of his best friends. When he met Mary Inez, he fell in love and they were married April 2, 1967. He was blessed with 6 children, Sandra, Robert, Dianna, Renee, Sharon, and Charles. He was a devoted father and husband. His family was everything. If one of the kids needed him, he was there no matter what. He spoiled the grandchildren and great-grandchildren and everyone else’s children.

For 28 years, Hank was a fire fighter and loved his work. Hank was pretty easy-going and the guys used to take Hank’s blood pressure (it was always low) just for fun to see if he was alive. It was a big joke at the firehouse because he was always calm, and never got too excited about issues. He loved to tell stories about his fire fighter days. He knew every fire he ever went to, where it was, and what happened there. He knew every baby they delivered and remembered their names.

On Hank’s off time, he drove a truck with his son, Bob and helped get his youngest son, Charles, driving also.

I met Hank in 1994 when I came to town with a dump truck and knew nothing. I was given to Bob to be trained but soon was passed on to Hank, who became my instructor. Hank told me all I needed to know was how to eat Cheetos, drink coffee and talk hunting. I was forever getting lost and I would call Hank, and he always got me back on track. 

When Hank retired from the fire department, he drove a truck, then he retired from driving and bought a fire truck with his brother-in-law, Joe, and the Marine Corps League. They took the fire truck to parades and collected toys for Toys for Tots all over southern Colorado. It was a real good time for Hank. Hank loved to help people. He didn’t know how to say no to anyone. He was the first to volunteer and volunteer the whole family and his son’s trucking company.

He enjoyed helping the Marine Corps League do whatever their project was at the time. He would go to Cripple Creek, Antinito and hang out at the Marine Corps booth talking to people.

​He was Santa every year and at every opportunity. He enlisted his kids – and friends – to attend the festivities with him. This year was no different except he wanted a new Santa hat. We found one online and he was the Cowboy Santa. He made so many people happy.

Obituary for W.A. Parrish Cox
April 7, 1935 - Jan 29, 2018

W. A. Parrish Cox passed away in Colorado Springs, on January 29, 2018. He was 82. Parrish was born on April 7, 1935 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Hollie Lee and Aaron Cox. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. As a young man he helped his father, raising cattle and running the Atascosa Ranch, in Nacogdoches, TX.
He served in the Vietnam War in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was discharged with full honors as a Major in 1970. Parrish spent the second half of his life as a salesman. He worked in several industries including insurance, flooring, and housing. He pursued each endeavor with success.
Parrish was a brave Marine, a loving and dedicated father, and a patient and calm man. He loved talking with people and made friends easily wherever he went. He was known as Dad, Daddy, Papaw, Pepaw, and even Chappy Jones. Born and raised in Texas with the heart of an American, everyone who met him loved him. He is survived by his loving family, including his wife, Sue Ellen; his four children, Clay, Chris, Hollie, and Lainie; his three stepchildren; his six grandchildren; and great-granddaughter.
Visitation, 12:00PM-1:00PM, followed by Funeral Service at 1:00PM, Tuesday, February 6, 2018, The Springs Funeral Services, 3115 East Platte Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Parrish's memory to, The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (www.hsppr.org)
Larry B. Shipman Obituary
(1944 - 2018)

Larry Brown Shipman,73, passed away Thursday January 4th, 2018 at the New Dawn Memory Care Facility in Colorado Springs after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Larry was born on April 3rd, 1944 to the late Arola and Elvie Shipman and spent the majority of his childhood in Nederland CO and was a long time resident of Colorado Springs. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 43 years, Jean (McDonald) Shipman; younger brother, Clayton Walters; loving children, Lora (Dale) Brown, Kara Shipman, Jaime (Jon) Eyre, Ryan Shipman; precious grandchildren, Karly, Dillon, Ava, Evan and his one eyed dog Mia.

Larry graduated from Nederland High School in 1962, then joined the Marines serving our country courageously for 4 years. He had a long career as a top salesman of computer parts for Arrow Electronics. Towards the end of his working journey, he owned the Jolly Giraffe Toy Store in Colorado Springs before retiring at the age of 48. Wintering in Arizona and spending summers in Colorado he was an avid golfer and happiest on the greens. He loved the beauty and challenge of golfing, accomplishing 3 "hole in one" shots during the course of his golfing career. He also enjoyed vacationing with friends, spending time with family, bowling, hiking with his dogs, reading history, and researching his family ancestry. Larry is now back on the green golf courses beating all with his "hole in one" luck and shaking his head at the terrible Broncos record this year.

Cpl Jim Woods Obituary 
January 11, 1927 - December 24, 2017

James J. Woods (Jim) of Colorado Springs, CO was born on January 11, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY and passed away on December 24, 2017.  Jim is survived by his wife, Polly; two children, Dan Woods (Katie) and Jane Olivier Benson (Dave); two stepchildren, Patrick Neil (Bonnie) and Peggy Steinemann (Chris); ten grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.  He was preceded in death by two grandsons.

Jim enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in December 1944, during his junior year of high school, and served in the Pacific theater in World War II.  He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat on Iwo Jima and honorably discharged in March 1947.  After the war, he built a career in the printing industry working from an entry-level job in 1948 to Vice President and General Manager of the firm’s Los Angeles facility.  In 1960, he was elected to the Board of Directors of this national printing company.  He later served as the President of the Printing Industries of America.

After retiring, Jim spent many hours volunteering in the California Bureau of Prisons as an advisor in their printing department.  Following that, he was a member of the Citizen’s Patrol in Moreno Valley Police Department.  After moving to Colorado, he volunteered in the Colorado Springs Police Department Handicapped Parking Services Unit writing citations.  His last volunteer position was in the Pikes Peak Library system.

Jim valued his years with the All Forces Memorial Honor Detail at Riverside National Cemetery in California.  He then proudly served as the Commandant of the Pikes Peak Detachment of the Marine Corps League after moving to Colorado.

Royce "Bear" G. Beek
January 19, 1948 - December 2 2017

Royce passed away peacefully after a long, brave battle with MDS and COPD. He was predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Shirley Beek, and sisters Laralyn Tiberghien and Jaralyn Beek.

Bear was a decorated Vietnam veteran (USMC). He served in the 5th Marines in such engagements as the battle for Hue City and Hamburger Hill, a long haul trucker for 45 years and a life long biker, serving as president of the St. Paul MN metro area chapter of Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club, and as Sergeant At Arms of ABATE of MN Metro Chapter.
Survived by wife of 35 years, Linda; daughter Heather (James Ohlenburger) and beloved grandson Alexander, of San Antonio, TX; daughter Lannea (Mike Wood), of Hawaii; nieces Tami Parkins and Traci Hamilton, and great-nieces Sydney Parkins and Kaleigh Quintana, all of Colorado.

Obituary for Marine Earll "Nik" Nikkel, Jr.​
October 27, 1938 September 6, 2017

Nik was born October 27, 1938 to Earll and Florence Nikkel in Denver, Colorado, and died September 6, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Nik proudly served in the Marines and graduated from Georgetown University. He is survived by his wife, Linda; daughter, Shelagh; sons, John, Dean, and Matt Petersen; sisters, Florence McGarry and Catherine Orme; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. Nik was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Ann Zepp.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Nik's honor be given to Biden Cancer Initiative, P.O. Box 14440, Washington D.C., 20044, or the Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation. 

Family and friends are invited to attend a reception, 2:00 PM, Friday, October 6, 2017 at the Satellite Hotel, 411 Lakewood Circle, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80910. RSVP at [email protected].

Willard "Buzz" Howe
November 9, 1930 - September 18, 2017

Willard "Buzz" Howe, 86, left this earth to join the Lord on September 18, 2017 with his wife and daughters at his side.
He was born in Frankfort, Indiana to Willard D. Howe and Beulah (Howe) Rickard. He was a devoted husband, father, son, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to many who adored his charm, humor, and quick wit. He will be deeply missed today, tomorrow, and forever.

Buzz graduated from Massillon High School in Massillon, Ohio in 1948. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War, and then went on to be a business owner and salesman. He was a longtime resident of Colorado. He married Ilene (Tofte) in 1961 and they had four children together.
He is survived by his wife; son, Eric; and daughters, Debby (Don) Rohrer, Linda (Eddy) Schmidt, and Lori (Curt) Wilson. He loved his thirteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren with all his heart. He also is survived by his brothers, Jerry and Jim Howe, and Fred Cummings.

Buzz was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Auriela; and his brother, Bob.

Buzz was very active throughout his life in sports. He especially enjoyed golfing, and shared his passion with his children, son-in-laws, and grandkids. He loved the ocean and spent a lot of time fishing and looking out to sea. He enjoyed traveling and had many excursions to Mexico. He was a lifelong member of the Elks and a member of Ascension Lutheran Church. He will always be remembered, not only for his beautiful blue eyes and wonderful smile, but also for his commitment to his family, his intelligence, and his integrity.

Obituary for Marine Frank Dan Roberts

Frank Dan Roberts, a Colorado Native, loving husband, father and grandfather passed away on July 28, 2017 at the age of 97. Frank and his wife Dorothy, who passed away in 2011, had been happily married for 75 years.
Frank was a retired farmer, carpenter, and coalminer. He was a Marine during WWII for which he was presented a Purple Heart. Hobbies included bowling, gardening and watching sports.

He is survived by his 5 children: Norita (Bert) Tatman, Lois (Cecil) Kasdorf, Dewane (Cheryl) Roberts, Bob (Darlene) Roberts and Ricky Roberts; 10 Grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 15 great great grandchildren. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, wife, 4 sisters and 2 great great grandchildren.
We will never forget our years together and all his stories about "When I was a Kid".

Visitation will be held at Memorial Garden Cemetery and Funeral Home at 3825 Airport Road, on Saturday, August 5th, from 1:00-1:30 p.m. with services following at 1:30 p.m.

Obituary for Marine William K. Angus

U.S. Marine Captain William K. Angus (Vietnam POW) is survived by his wife, Mary Fairbank Nettrour, and daughters, Tiffany Kerr Angus and Kathryn Scott Angus. Funeral Service is Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, Colorado Springs, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 252, Sedalia, CO 80135 or MCSF.orgto donate online.
Published in Denver Post on July 16, 2017

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Obituary Marine David Abelardo Espinoza

David Abelardo Espinoza, 81, died on July 9, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

He was born on March 8, 1936 in San Luis, Colorado to Max and Clara (Vigil) Espinoza.

David worked as a business owner and was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
He is survived by his wife, Annabell Espinoza; four sons, David Espinoza, Jr., Ricky Espinoza, Benny Espinoza, and Jake Espinoza; two daughters, Frances (Richard) Archuleta, and Anita Martinez; his mother-in-law, Minnie Trujillo; a granddaughter/daughter, Tania Valdes; his thirteen grandchildren; his fifteen great-grandchildren; a brother, Patricio Gene (Charlotte) Espinoza; a sister, Daisy M. Solis; his sister-in-law, Mary Espinoza; and his nephews, Isaac M. "DoDo" Espinoza and Mark Solis. 

Visitation, 6:00PM-7:00PM, followed by a Rosary at 7:00PM, Monday, July 17, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1830 South Corona Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80905.

Mass of Christian Burial, 11:00AM, Tuesday, July 18, 2017, also at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1830 South Corona Avenue. 

Burial to follow at Evergreen Cemetery, 1005 Hancock Expressway, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

                                              Obituary for Marine Dominick Nathaniel Serna

Dominick Nathaniel Serna, 22, of Falcon, Colorado, died on May 12, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He worked as a security officer.
Dominick was born on June 16, 1994 in Denver, Colorado to William Robert and Diana Mae (Still) Serna. He attended Falcon High School, where he was active in the ROTC program. After graduating in 2012, he joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves.
Active in the 719 Car Club, Falcon Freedom School of Martial Arts, and the Falcon Fire Department Explorers Program, Dominick was a man of many hobbies. He loved cars, music, and dancing, and especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He had a wonderful sense of humor, and was always willing to help someone in need.
He is survived by his parents, Diana and William Serna; his sister, Marissa Serna, and his grandmother, Rosie Serna.
Visitation, 5:00PM-8:00PM, Friday, May 19, 2017 at The Springs Funeral Services, 3115 East Platte Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909.
Funeral Service, 10:00AM, Saturday, May 20, 2017 at First Christian Church, 16 East Platte Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dominick's memory to the USMC or Toys for Tots.

Obituary for Marine Paul Berwick​​

Paul Berwick, 85, born in Lowell, Massachusetts, died in Colorado Springs after a short time in Hospice care. He is survived by his wife Beth Lebsock, sister Phyllis Berwick, sister Kyla Woodruff, daughters Leslie Berwick and Laurie Mason, sons Matthew Berwick, Mike Lebsock, Ron Lebsock, Abhi Parajuli and 11 grandchildren.

He had a BA degree from Northeastern University, MA degree from Westfield State College and had a career as teacher and administrator for 41 years, including Colorado State University in Fort Collins and Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs. His military service in the Marine Corps included service in Korea during the Korean War. 

In retirement, Paul was a docent at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and active in CMZ Auxiliary. He was a member of Gateway Presbyterian church. Memorial Services will be Saturday, May 6, 10:30 am at Gateway Presbyterian church, 731 Castle Road. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Gateway Presbyterian church, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Auxiliary or Pikes Peak Hospice

                                               Obituary for Marine Charles C. "Chuck" Brown​

Former El Paso County Commissioner and Colorado Springs City Councilman Charles C. "Chuck" Brown passed away peacefully in the early morning of Friday, April 21, 2017 surrounded by family. He was 89 years old. Brown, a 64 year resident of Colorado Springs, was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 27, 1927 - the eleventh of 17 children born to Grace and Tandy Brown. He attended Central High School in Cheyenne, and shortly after graduation enlisted in the US Marine Corps and shipped off to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, North Carolina. Following a proud tradition of Marine Corps service among his brothers, Chuck served in the Pacific during the final days of World War II and then in China as Mao's forces moved across the country during the Communist Revolution.

Brown was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps with rank of Staff Sergeant in 1949 and returned to the US to pursue his studies at Colorado State University (then known as Colorado A&M). There, he met and married Barbara Brookhart of Colorado Springs. Brown graduated in 1954 with a BS in Civil Engineering. The young couple returned to Colorado Springs after graduation, where he joined his father-in-law's rapidly growing family business. During his 25 years at Brookhart Building Centers, he led the company as it grew from one to six locations around the state, employing over 250 people.

After leaving Brookhart Building Centers in 1983, Brown started and owned his own retail lumber and hardware business, the Calhan Lumber Company, in Calhan, Colorado and then spent nearly a decade in the commercial real estate business as a Vice President at First American Land Title and at the Hadjis Corporation.

Brown was a distinguished public servant, selflessly giving back to the community he so loved. He served 4 years as a member of the Colorado Springs City Council, and 14 years as an El Paso County Commissioner, where he was Chairman for 4 years and Vice-Chairman for two. Chuck was particularly interested in transportation issues during his tenure, and was a pioneering member of the first Rural Transportation Authority, a member of the Transportation Steering Committee of the National Association of Counties, as consultant to the Colorado State Transportation Commission. He was a founding director of the Broadmoor World Arena, and served on that organization's board of directors for more than 20 years. He also served for many years on the City Planning Commission, the City Park and Recreation Board, the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Commission, and was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Memorial Hospital. He also served as board member, chairman or president of the Pikes Peak YMCA, Colorado Springs Junior Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Clean Air Campaign Board, Goodwill Industries, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Boy Scout Council, Campfire Girls Council, the 4-H Foundation and Junior Achievement. A life-long Rotarian, Chuck was a charter member of the East Side Rotary Club and also a member of the Downtown Rotary Club. In 1980, Chuck Brown was named Business Person of the Year by the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, and in 2006 received the coveted Silver Spur Award, awarded annually by the Pikes Peak Range Riders, for distinguished service to the community. In 2011, El Paso County dedicated its new infrastructure complex on the east side of Colorado Springs to him, naming it the Charles C. "Chuck" Brown Transportation and Environmental Complex. 
Chuck was particularly proud of his part in helping to promote and preserve the western heritage of Colorado Springs. He made his first ride with the Pikes Peak Range Riders (co-founded by his father-in-law Kenneth Brookhart) in 1952 and became a member in 1953, where he served two terms on the organization's Board of Directors, and as Secretary, Ride Director and President. He was a member of the Pikes Peak Range Riders for 64 years - and made 50 rides - more than any other Range Rider past or present. Brown also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and was Chairman of the rodeo's Ramrod Committee in 1959.

He dedicated years of service to the Episcopal Church, serving on the Vestry and as Warden of St George's Anglican Church, on the Vestry and as Senior Warden of Grace Episcopal Church, and on the founding committee and Vestry of the Church of the Holy Spirit in eastern Colorado Springs. 

Chuck and Barbara Brown had three children, Ken (born 1952), Cindy (born 1954) and Ron (born 1957). Barbara died tragically at a young age, and Chuck remarried Lavena Lester, of Chickasha, Oklahoma, in 1963. They celebrated 54 years together this past February. Chuck and Lavena Brown had one daughter, Natalie (born 1969). In addition to his wife and four children and their spouses, he is survived by eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and by three of his original sixteen siblings.

Funeral services will be held at St George's Anglican Church, 217 E. Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in Chuck's honor be made to the Pikes Peak Range Rider Foundation (www.atlatigo.com) or to St George's Anglican Church (www.stgac.org).

Obituary for MMarine C. G. "Bud" Stearns

Passed away at his home on Sunday the 16th of April 2017
Bud was born on Oct. 23, 1928 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He graduated from high school, and then joined the Marine Corps serving in Korea and retired as a Sergeant. He drove race cars and worked in a service station.

Bud with his family moved to Colorado Springs in 1967. Bud was a very active in bowling. He was a member of the state and city association and was inducted into the bowling hall of fame.

Bud coached the youth bowlers for over 30 years at tempo and peak bowl. He was a life member of the VFW 4051 and life member of the Marine Corps League.

Bud is survived by his wife of 59 years Virginia, two sons Noot and Joe (Wanda) a brother Montie, 6 grandkids and 7 great grandkids.

Bud was preceded in passing by two sons Mike and Bob, and two grandsons Brett and Shane. 

At this time the family will not be having services, contributions may be made to the Pikes Peak Hospice in Bud's memory

                                                                     Obituary for Marine Kenneth E. Baird

Kenneth E. Baird (94) of Pueblo, CO. Loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Born July 16, 1922 in Pueblo to Otto and Mabel Baird. Passed from this life on March 27, 2017 in Pueblo.

Longtime resident of both Pueblo and Colorado Springs. Preceded in death by his first wife of 49 years Margaret (Michalek) Baird and his second wife Marjorie (Allen) Baird, his parents, and his sister Phyllis (Baird) Luiz. 

Survived by his 3 children, Kathy (Jim) Walton of Fairplay, CO, Ken (Sharon) Baird of Louisville, CO and Tom (Donna) Baird of Colorado Springs. Also survived by 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Ken attended Pueblo Centennial High School, was a three sport athlete, involved in many student activities and graduated in 1941. He then joined the Marine Corps in 1942. He served in the South Pacific during WWII and at Camp Pendleton during the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action during WWII. After returning home from WWII, he attended the University of Colorado and held several different jobs before beginning a career in banking. He started his career at the Minnequa Bank of Pueblo, moved to the First National Bank of Pueblo before joining the First National Bank of Colorado Springs, where he held the position of Senior Vice President of Operations. He finished his career as President of The Bank of Manitou, retiring from that position in 1986.

Services will be held on Saturday April 29th at 10:30 am at Christ The King Catholic Church in Pueblo, with inurnment at Roselawn Cemetery and reception following. Share condolences at georgemccarthyfuneralhome.com
Published in The Gazette on Apr. 23, 2017 ​


Obituary for Marine Paul R. Pack​

It is with deep and heavy sadness that we announce the death of Paul R. Pack. He passed away peacefully on April 11, 2017 in his favorite chair, in his favorite pajamas (100% cotton flannel, snaps-no-buttons, with a must have pocket). Paul was adored by his family, friends, community and church fellowship group. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Glenna Pack, and their three children Deanna Killgore, Cheryl Pack and Greg Pack. 

Paul was born in Greencastle, Indiana in 1936 and studied at Indiana University. We suspect this is where his obsession with college basketball began. Go Hoosiers! He was very proud that he was still able to fit into his letterman's jacket (earned managing not playing) in his late 70s. He was a man of many interests and talents who started off in the Marines with dreams of being a flyer. He later searched for downed planes in the Civil Air Patrol, raced his original 1964 Mustang in the Rocky Mountain Sports Car Club, moderated the Colorado Springs Balloon Classic for 25 years, served as the President of the Southern Chapter of the Draft Horse Association, belonged to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Association, worked at Texas Instruments as a machinist, and also broadcasted the unpredictable Springs' weather at KKTV. In his later years, he worked for RTD in Denver where he considered it an honor to drive the Broncos shuttle bus where he could watch the game from a special section (he couldn't believe they paid him to do that). He loved his Denver Broncos to the dismay of his Colt's loving family back in Indiana. 

Paul and Glenna knew that God had brought them together and blessed them with a loving marriage that would endure a lifetime. Paul was a devoted father, grandfather and great grandfather. He would go to great lengths to attend any event that his family members were involved in, be it sports, music, or a good BBQ. He loved to immortalize every moment on film, in stills or moving pictures, and sometimes both; he was never found without a camera. He will be truly missed by all that knew and loved him, rest in Peace Paul R. Pack.


Obituary for John D. Martin

John D. Martin died unexpectedly Friday, March 10, 2017, in Texas. Born October 8, 1923, John grew up in Indiana and Ohio. He met Dorothy O'Connor when both were Marines stationed in California in 1945. They married three weeks. In between serving in the Marines and then the Army, John received a Bachelor degree in Industrial Arts from Ball State University. In the Army he was part of the All Army Rifle Team. He won many state championships around the country in the Big Bore Rifle Competitions. After serving his country with pride and dedication for 26 years, he and William Tope founded Martin and Tope Real Estate Company in Westcliffe, Colorado, in the early 70's. 

He and his beloved wife Dorothy made Westcliffe their permanent home in 1983. John's love for the Wet Mountain Valley is reflected in his involvement with the community: he was part of the first group of merchants to reinvigorate the Chamber of Commerce in Westcliffe; he sat on the board of the Round Mountain Water and Sanitation District of Westcliffe and Silver Cliff for several years; he served on the Custer County Planning Commission for a number of years. He was an active member and staunch supporter of the NRA, a member of the Free Masons, Lodge 38, in Westcliffe, and a member of the American Legion, Post 170, in Westcliffe.

He is preceded in death by his wife Dorothy of 41 years of marriage, and his brother William E. Martin of Franklin, Indiana. 

He is survived by his four children-Dr. Mary E. Martin, Gary D. Martin and wife Jacque, Patricia Martin Kuehn and husband John, and Paula Martin Morrow. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. His current wife Yvonne resides in Wharton, Texas.
A Memorial Service will be held April 8 at 1 PM in Lange Hall, Westcliffe, Colorado. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Legion Post 170, PO Box 424, , Westcliffe CO 81252


Obituary for Marine Bert Cole
Bertrand H. Cole Sr. passed on Jan. 31, 2017. Bert is survived by wife, Kathleen, and seven children.  Bert served in the United States Marine Corps and, was a member of the MCL Pikes Peak Detachment 29. Bert was also a member of the local band Double Exposure. Contact CUMC at (719) 597-6642 for more details. 

Celebration of life Service 
18 February 1200

Central United Methodist Church
4373 Galley Rd. (Galley and Emory - next to TREA)

Marine Michael Robert Burns
Born May 6, 1948.Died Feb. 5, 2017. 
Michael Robert Burns was a lifetime veteran of Colorado.  He went home to be with his Lord on February 5, 2017 with his family by his side.  He served in the United States Marine Corp and proudly fought for his country in the Vietnam War.  He was a doting husband, father of 2 and grandfather of 4.  Mike believed that you should always help those who could not help themselves.  He portrayed that on a daily basis with everyone he encountered.  He was passionate about sports and was all-star football, basketball and baseball player growing up and helped shape others by coaching them.  More then anything he loved and lived for his family-always giving everything of himself and loving them with all his heart.  He will be greatly missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing him.
Family:  Deborah Burns-Wife,  Michael & Staci Burns-Son & Wife,  Deena & Braeger- Daughter,  Gregory Braeger - Son in Law,  Judy & Mike Near-Sister & Husband,  Charles & Patricia Burns-Brother & Wife,  Taylore Braeger- Granddaughter,  Andrew “AJ” Braeger- Grandson,  Payton Burns- Granddaughter,  Skylar Burns-Granddaughter.  Pet: Oreo-Dog.

Celebration of life service will be held at Cappadona Funeral Chapel,11 a.m. Feb. 10.
Death Notice for Marine Michael D. Ordonez​​​​

Born Feb. 1, 1951.
Died Oct. 25, 2016.

Disabled/served in the U.S. Marines, longtime Colorado Springs resident. Survived by his wife, Gloria; two sons, Domingo Ordonez and J.D. Hillman; three daughters, Patrice Lindley, Paulette Buchanan and Pamela Langford; three sisters, Lupe Schwab, Theresa Vargas and Maxine Lynn; and seven grandchildren. Celebration of life service, 2 p.m. Jan. 29, Private residence, call family for details. The Springs Funeral Services.

Chaplain's note: The family wishes to keep the service private, so the Detachment Bereavment Team will not be attending. 

Obituary for Marine Earnest Luther Smith, Jr. 

After a protracted battle with cancer, Earnest Luther Smith, Jr. passed away on January 22, 2017 in Colorado Springs, CO at the age of 68. He served his country and community as a veteran in the United States Marine Corps, and was a driven professional as a proud Colorado Springs Firefighter . 
Earnest was born January 8, 1949 in Enid, Oklahoma to Earnest and Clara Bell Smith and was married to the love of his life Gwendolyn Smith on April 17, 1973 in Colorado Springs, where they raised their two children. 
Fishing and woodwork were just some of the things he enjoyed doing, as well as traveling. Earnest loved to laugh and enjoy family and friends. He remained dedicated to his work and had a determined drive to fight the illness, remaining brave and iron-willed even throughout his final months. 
Earnest is predeceased in death by his parents and siblings. Earnest is survived by his wife Gwendolyn, his son Robert Smith, his daughter Nannette Phillips, as well as his nephew, Wilbur Pitts (Kathy), four nieces, Clarica Armstead (Lerry), Yvetta Holmes (Belden), Beverly Boyd, and Yolanda Horsley; a cousin Josephine Bass; six grandchildren, ten great grandchildren along with a host of other family and friends. Earnest will be greatly missed by all. 
A visitation will be held on Sunday, January 29 from 2 PM - 5 PM at Angelus Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 30 at 1:00 PM at Angelus Chapel, 1104 South Circle Drive. The burial will take place Tuesday, January 31 at 1:15 PM at Ft. Logan National Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.angelusfuneraldirectors.com

James Wiese Sr.

Editor note: Below is an updated obituary for a life member of the Marine Corps League. Jim was a member of the Pikes Peak Detachment and served as Senior Vice Commandant in 2006.

James Jerome Wiese Sr. went home to his maker this past Sunday, January 8th, 2017.  
He was born September 9th, 1927, to Jack Wiese and Florence (Formann). Graduated from High School, Drummond, Wisconsin. Enlisting in the Marines in 1950, he retired in 1980 as CWO-4 with Duty Stations in California, Massachusetts, Virginia, Japan, Vietnam, Hawaii, and North Carolina. Active with many Civic, Veteran and Masonic Organizations including; Founding Commander - VFW Post 9133, CMDR -DAV Chapter 16 N.C., Past President - Onslow County, N.C. Veterans Organization, Life Member Masonic Lodge - Semper Fidelis, #680, Pres. National Sojourners Ch. 329, member - Commander Heroes of 76, Marine Corps League (life), The Devil Dogs and a Senior Vice Commandant of the Pikes Peak Detachment of the Marine Corps League.
Preceded in death by wife, Judith (Lee), from Clinton, Massachusetts, 1952-2001. Relocating to Colorado Springs in 2002, he met and Married Anna (Vaughn). 
Survived by wife, Anna; sister, Jacqueline Hooker; children, Brad (and Elaine), Jim Jr. (and Alejandra), and Joni Cooperrider; step-daughter, Elisabeth (Karl) Reul; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, January 16th at First Lutheran Church.
​First Lutheran Church
1515 N Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Carl William Davis 
December 29, 1925 – January 18, 2017 

“Bill” passed away in the early morning hours of January 18. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, his dedication, love, patience and wit will be sorely missed. 
Born in O’Fallon, IL, he was raised in Chicago. In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where he fought in the Pacific theatre until his honorable discharge in 1945. Following his service, Bill returned to Chicago and married Leah Van Sandt in 1948. They moved to Decatur, IL where he attended Millikin University, earning a Bachelors Degree in accounting in 1951. 
Following a career in public accounting, he became a real estate developer and apartment and condominium builder in the suburbs of Chicago. In 1987 Bill and Leah moved from Illinois to Colorado Springs, where he became a custom homebuilder. 
Bill loved family, good food, travel, philosophy, science, humor, movies, Maui, and the Chicago Blackhawks and Cubs. He also loved to write. Fifty years after the end of World War II, he wrote his memoir “No Man Is An Island” about his service in the Marines. This teenager was indelibly and forever affected by his experience at war. 
Bill is survived by his wife of 68 years, Leah, sons Jim (Michele), Mark (Marilyn), Barry (Sheree), Bob (Barb), Jack (Gloria), grandchildren Danielle, Zachary, Adam, Casey, Ashley, Tyler, Kailyn, Derek, James, Rachel, Samantha, Alex, Andi, great grandchildren Taylor, Reid, Brodie, Maddyn, Trevor, Bennett, and Rory. 

Service Monday, January 23rd, 2017, 11:00am
Fairview Cemetery, 1000 South 26th Street, Colorado Springs, CO