Obituaries of Sheridan Residents and Business Persons

This page was updated: June 8, 2014.


Adlon, Charles, 66, died June 10, 2002. Charles was a councilman for the city of Sheridan from January 1984 through December 1991. Charles was part of the "Frozen Chosen" Marines that served during the Korean War.

Appelhans, Margaret, longtime resident of Sheridan, passed away late in 2003.

Armstrong, Ted, died July 29, 2011. He married his wife, Mona Hornbuckle of Sheridan, Colorado, and had two sons. He retired from Public Service Company, served as a volunteer fireman, and as Mayor of Sheridan, replacing Mayor Jane Rosenbach in October, 1970 and serving one additional term afterward. He was active in acquiring the City Hall at 4400 S Federal Blvd. He obtained new IBM typewriters for the office staff, modernizing the City's office procedures.

Bell Sr., John E., DOB ? - 12/24/12. He leaves behind his wife if 47 years, Rosalinda Bell; children John Jr. and Consuelo; granddaughters Nicole and Megan; great-granddaughter Mia and great-grandson Christian. He served in the Marine Corps.

Bernal, Bennie E., 81, born December 15, 1929. Died February 9,2011. Ben was a longtime resident of Sheridan. He was a retired machine operator. Bennie was preceded in death by his loving wife, Darlene, and son, Gary. He is survived by two sons, Russell (Kay) and Edward (Eileen), two daughters, Christine (Dale) and Jacqueline (Rick); 19 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren; and one great great granddaughter.

Bomgardner, Letha Pearl, passed away on May 31, 2007. Pearl was active in the Volunteer Fire Department auxiliary and is survived by family.

Boorsma, Ina, passed away May 27, 2007. She is survived by daughter Incke Cadora and son John Olaf Boorsman. Ian her husband operated an assisted living home on W. Mansfield Avenue.

Picture of Maggie BushBush, Magdalene "Maggie", 08/08/1922 - 01/18/2011 Maggie is survived by two brothers, Francis Bush (Betty) in Pueblo and Donald (Dorothy) Bush in Loveland and Sister-in-law's Dorothy Bush in Sheridan, Dorothy Bush in Denver. Proceeded in death by brothers Armond, George, Fred, Chuck and sister Betty. She also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews and great grand nieces and nephews. Maggie worked as a secretary at Advance Neon Sign Company in Denver, Colorado. Maggie's two loves outside family was bowling (over 50 years) and following her Denver sports teams, Broncos, Nuggets, Rockies and Avalanche. Maggie also looked forward to having breakfast in the Colorado Mountains every year to celebrate her birthday. Maggie lived across Kenyon from the Fort Logan School and knew many of the students. She was one of the Sheridan Celebrates "Grand Marshals" of the Parade in recent years. She had many photos of the school and activities, having attended there herself years ago.

Butlter, Lynn, 12/19/1947 - 01/15/2011. See separate article.

Carroll, Terry, 1944 - 11/09/2012. In addition to his wife Jill, he is survived by his two sons, Fredrick and Frank; grandsons, Aidan and Ronin; siblings, Tom (Sharon), Babe O'Dea Anderson (Don), Mike (Colleen), Judy (Larry) Blackford, Dan (Susie), Trisha Miller; and dozens of nieces and nephews.in the Phantoms Organization of the Young American League, which he helped found with Dennis Sullivan and his brother Mike. Terry graduated from Mullen High School and worked in Sheridan's school district from 1967-1975 beginning his career at Petersburg Elementary School as a PE teacher. When Petersburg closed, he took the opportunity to move up to Sheridan High School to teach Math and Social Studies. He was the assistant basketball and football coach for many years and then coached baseball. In 1998 Terry and Jill purchased the Aeroplane Club on West Alameda and then Carroll's Corner Pub on South Federal, which is still in operation today [2013]. In all of Terry's years of teaching and coaching, he touched the lives of many young men, several of whom are in those professions today.

Carter, Dorothy M., 4/24/1934-8/29/1999. See separate article.

Coggins, Kenneth, 4/5/1932-2/26/2013. See separate article.

Corbin, Doris, 11/11/1919 - 06/14/2013. See separate article.

Cruetz, Ernest "Ernie", an outspoken citizen of the hill, passed away in January, 2002. Ernie was a colorul character, who stood up for his rights, and those of his neighbors. Ne was often a visistor at the city council meetings.

Czarnek, Susan Lyn (nee Minter), 53, passed away in 2009 after a short illness. She is survived by husband Mike (a former city council member), three children, sisters Katherine, Julie, Gigi, and Marilyn. Preceding her in death were parents Joe and Shirley Minter, former owners and operators of Monaghan's Tavern.

Daubert, Elmer Lee, passed away June 9, 2011. He had been married to Doris. He served as the custodian at Petersburg School for many years. He also served on the volunteer Fire Department for 20 years. He is survived by his two daughters. He lived on Girton during the flood of 1965.

Deden, John, 49, passed away in 2010. He is survived by his wife Robin, children Bobby and Nadine. He was the grandfather of three and is also survived by four brothers, five sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents Mary Ann and Ollie Deden.

Deden, Oliver, 77, affectionaly called Ollie passed away in 2008. Preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann. Father of Dennis, Michael, Steve, John Deden, Brian Ahrens, Janice Stambuaght, Beverly Meyer, Angela Kern, Deanette Eades, and Barbara Ahrens. He was a gandfather and great great grandfather. Mary Ann worked for the school district as a cook. They were active in the city and in later years you could see them walking through the neighborhood.

Dietz, Bobby, 61, passed away on June 9, 2002. Bobby was a police officer for hte city of Sheridan in the early '60s and worked for Ben Roach, then Chief of Police.

DeNoyer, Edith E., 55, died April 20, 2006. Her husband Michael "Mike", has participated in many committees for the city. Children Jeanne and Michael Jr., graduated from Sheridan Schools, where both excelled as students. Edith Taught in the Sheridan Schools. She was a friend to everyone, loved her gardening and the summer she would be out working in her floppy hat and large gloves. She always had a friendly smile and wave.

Dickinson, Al, 93, passed away in December, 2007. Al and wife, Nellie, twin boys Tom an dJeffery moved to the area in 1940. They lived at 3338-3340 and 3449 S. Clay. Later Patsy, Dick and Bonnie were born. They left the arear fro a few years and returned in 1948. Fourt generations of the Dickinsons lived in the area. Al's father George Dickinson, bought a number number of properties. He and wife Leta Evison, lived in one of the properties. Leter, he and second wife Pearl did. Al built many things around Sheridan. He made everything by hand. He also worked on the city roads. Many people knew him as Uncle Al or Uncle Dick, and in his later years made all of the flag poles along South Clay Street. He was a business owner, construction worker, trucker, and family man. He took many of the neighborhood children with the family of hunding, fishing, boating, and other activies. Dickinson belong the Verle Huffman VFW Post and participated in many of the parades in the city.

Dunn, Chauncey S., 97, died on March 17, 2002. Mr. Dunn owned South Park for Mobile Homes for many years. He was always enthusiastic and emphatic about explaining the difference between a mobile home and a trailer. He was also a broker at Dunn Realty.

Dunn, Chauncey Morgan, born January 6, 1932 and died October 8, 2012. He attended Colorado A & M (CSU) and served as a Marine. His first career was in real estate. After his retirement from Dunn Realty, at 40, he spent a great deal of time hot-air ballooning throughout the United States and abroad. His first marriage to Marie lasted 43 years and ended with her death in 1996. They had two daughters Cheri and Kelly and Chauncey was very close to their husbands, Eric and John. Their three grandchildren and one great-grandchild gave him great joy and are his legacy. His 15-year second marriage to Greta, added a whole new family with her children, Tina Johns (Frank), Karen Scholl, and Steve Jonas (Sue). He enjoyed much love and laughter with her 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Chauncey's sister, Carol Gaudet, niece (Michelle Deardorff), and two nephews (Pete and Bob) also survive him.

Feight, Howard, a long time resident of Sheridan, passed away on August 2, 2007. He leaves children Ed, Janet Patterson, and Connie Griffith. He had ten grand children and 12 great grand children, and one great-great grand child, along with numerous nieces and nephews. He touched many lives and will be loved and missed forever.

Garcia, Helen Mestas, born August 26, 1927 and died September 12, 2012. Sheridan Educator, more than 30-year Colorado Springs and Denver resident. Survived by a son, John Garcia; and a daughter, Fae Garcia Bush.

Grien, Keith Dallas passed away on October 23, 2007 at the age of 60. He is survived by son Brad, daughter Rhonda, sisters Valerie Egan, Natalie Dillermuth, and brother Curtis. Keith was the son of Earl Grein, postman, who was great friend of the city, and the brother in-law of former Mayor Jim Egan.

Grein, Mardelle C., mother of Natalie Grein and Valerie Grien Egan (mother in law of former Mayor Jim Egan), passed away in September of 2004.

Halfacre, Harry "Jack", 85, served as a councilman for the city. He and his wife Margaret (Peggy) were active in city afairs. After retiring from the city he mvoed to the western slope.

Halfacre, Gary, 54, passed away in March of 2006. Gary was the son of Harry "Jack" Halfacre and Peggy Halfacre. Jack was a Councilman from Ward 2 for the City for a number of years.

Hall, Frank Morgan, 93, died on March 27, 2010. He was survived by wife Eleanor, sone Frank III, daughter Charlotte, and two grand children. After serving in the Army during WWII Frank began his construction career working for Utah Construction and Mining. In 1949 he joined Craftsman Construction Co. as partner with Duane Lucas and Darwin Farnes. In 1956 he and his partners started Rocky Mountain Prestress in Sheridan. He retired in 1971.

Hall, Lillian, 8/27/1923 - 8/6/2011. Preceded in death by her husband Dorsey and son George (Michelle) Hall. She is survived by sons Thomas (Diane), Robert (Cheryl) and Charles (Vickie), brother Doug (Joyce) Brosius, nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was mom to many more and all will miss her greatly.

Hensley, Esther, passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2007. Many students will recall the delicious food she prepared. She retired from the Sheridan School District and with her husband and moved to Wyoming. She will be missed by her two sons and friends.

Herman, Charles W. 3/2/1916-2/24/2001. See separate article.

Herman, Charlotte passed away in 2010. Charlotte was the wife of Charles Herman. She was active in her church and a great supporter of her husband Charles (who preceded her in death). Charlotte had moved to senior housing to be near her daughter.

Hokenson, Marguerite, passed away November 29, 2001 Marguerite was teh deputy city clerk for many years and then the court clerk before she retired around 1975 and moved to Loveland with her family. Her courtesy and kindness will be remembered by mancy.

John, Earl, 79, passed away in February of 2006. See separate article.

Kanoza, Dolores M. passed away in June 2007. She was the mother of Eddie Kanoza who operates the South Suburban Parks and Recreation Center and works very hard on the Sheridan Celebrates event. Besides Eddie, she leaves son Lawrence (Ellen), Maryanne (Rob), and sister Kathleen Torres.

Kellogg Sr., James (Doug) passed away in March of 2010. He is survived by wife Christine of 57 years, sons James Jr. (Kathy), Dwight, David (Carrie), and daughter Elaine "Bunny" (Kyle), seven grand children and a great grand daughter. Doug was on the Sheridan Sanitation Board for many years.

Kellogg, Christine Kellogg, passed away in January 2012. She was predeceased by her husband James. Both were long time residents of
Sheridan. Both are missed by their children James, Dwight, David, Elaine, seven grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.

Kloppenberg, George, founder of Kloppenberg & Co. on W. Oxford, passed away of cancer in May of 2004.

Kunkel, Clifton O. longtime resident of Rose Gardens subdivision, passed away in April of 2004.

Leal, Estevan Orlando G. 08/13/1930 - 05/07/2012. See separate article.

Lynch, C. Richard "Dick", passed away on Friday, September 13, 2002, of heart failure. Dick spent the last months of his life in a nursing home. He served as councilman for the city of Sheridan from January 1978 through October 1980. Dick operated a tire store on Belleview at the Platte River on the southeast side. The building was washed away during the flood of 1965. Dick was born in 1929 and spent his youth in the city of Sheridan and was helpful with anecdtes and palce histories from those years. He was interview for the Sheridan Celebrates program book Family Ties II 1995.

Lindstrom, June E, 05/26/1925 - 02/18/2011. See separate article.

Picture of James F. MartinMartin, James F., Sheridan High School Principal in the Seventies and Eighties

Passed away on July 3, 2011. Born June 15, 1926, age 85, nephew, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was a long time teacher, coach, athletic director and principal at Sheridan High School. He was the principal in the seventies and eighties. He owned and trained thoroughbred horses at Centennial and Arapahoe Parks. He is survived by his uncle, Charles Martin; son, James (Cheryl) Martin; daughter, Toni Martin; step daughters, Margaret (Dave) Westfall, Bryn (David) Stewart; stepson Andy (Tia) Williams and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara.

Matzke, Rose Marie, 06/13/1929 - 10/17/2012. Rose Marie, 83, a Denver native, passed away on Wednesday, October 17. She is survived by her children Dan (Rosemary) Matzke, Sue (Gary) Frantz, Rebekah Matzke, Paul (Sandy) Matzke, Elizabeth Kelley, one brother Stanley (Penny) Powell; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

McCoy, Earl, 08/08/1924 - 05/31/2007. See separate article.

McCoy, Wanda, December 8, 1922, she passed away on February 10,2011. Preceded in death by husband, Earl, and son, Eric. Survived by son, Anthony, and grandson, Anthony. She was retired from her life's work as a social worker for the Mental Health Services of the State of Colorado.

Miller, Delona, 3/6/1949 - 6/30/2012, Delona and her mother Barbara Banes Mitoff were very active in the City history. They did a number of interviews on tape, of persons who have now passed away. These tapes will provide information that will be very valuable to the history of the City. Delona’s husband Danny was a Volunteer Fire Fighter and so she was also active in the Women’s Auxiliary.

Morgan, Dorothy Lee, passed away on May 25, 2007. She was married to Ceon Morgan, and is survived by son C. J. Morgan and family. Dorothy taught at a number of schools when she came to Denver and taught at Sheridan High School for 16 years. Many students will remember as their teacher both in English and typing.

Murphy, Rev. William P., Pastor of Holy Name Church, passed away of cancer in April of 2004.

Nelson-West, Shirley, of Strasburg went to her rest in January of 2007. She is survived be her husband Check West, of Sheridan and children by a previous marriage. Shirley and Check were married in the Sheridan City Hall, one of the first weddings held there. She was a lovely bridge descending the staircase to greet her husband to be and guests. They lived for a time in Sheridan at Chuck's house. But she missed her friends and family so they moved to her house in Strasburg. Chuck is a member of the Historical Society and a City Council member.

Price, Gary, passed away in 2008. Gary was the Principal at Fort Logan Elementary School and died suddenly at his home of a hear attack. Price had planned to retire at the end of the school year. He was a popular educator and missed by his peers.

Reffel, Larry E., 61, passed away at home, May 25, 2011. He was born on March 24,1950, in Denver. He graduated from Sheridan High School in 1968 and went to the Marine Corp from 1968-72. Larry repaired typewriters and owned his own business, Colorado Business Machines. He loved watching sports and spending time with his family. He is survived by his twin sons, Lee and Lyle; granddaughter, Anna; daughter-in-law, Leah; his sisters, Vicki, Terry, and Pam; and a host of other family and friends.

Rinnander, Dorothy Mae of Rose Gardens passed away in January of 2009. She is survived by sons Kelly, Kevin, and Keith (their spouses), grand children Kasey, Kara, Kane, Kody, and three great grand children.

Rowland, John E., 89. was born December 24,1921, in St. Francis, Minnesota. He died March 17, 2011, in Denver, CO. His parents were William A. Rowland and Mary Mambourg. He is survived by a sister, Helen (lesse) Proctor of Los Angeles, CA; three children: Carol Rowland of Grand Junction, Colorado; Roger (former Mayor of Sheridan) and Tim Rowland of Denver; and a niece, Kristi Rowland of Denver. He is preceded in death by his brother, Alfred J. Rowland. John loved trains and rode them a lot in the 1940s and 1960s. He traveled the rails through the Moffat tunnel several times. John served on the Sheridan city council in the early 1960's.

Sample, Norman E., founder of Colorado Auto Parts and a longtime businessman in Sheridan (father of former Police Chief Ray Sample), was buried on September 15, 2004.

Samuelson, Carole, of Rose Gardens passed away in 2009. She is survived be her husband and two daughters.

Saunders, Lorraine, Longtime resident of Sheridan. Her son Richard and grand child attended Sheridan Schools. She was 91 when she was laid to rest on March
17, 2011.

Saunders, Richard, passed away in 2006. The son of Lorraine Saunders a long time resident. Richard attended Sheridan Schools. He was preceded in death by his father Richard Saunders, Sr.,

Sharshel, Clara V. passed away August 24, 2010. She was the wife of Donald Sharshel. She is survived by children, grand children, and great grand children.

Sharshel, Donald L. "Doc", 83, long time resident of Sheridan passed away in August of 2006. Survived by his wife Clara, sons Donald Jr., Roger, and Dwayne, plus many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Shephard, John Sylvester, 10/22/1935 - 07/20/2013. John “Shep” Shepard is survived by his children Jaydee Shepard, Janiece Shepard, Glenn Shepard, John M. Shepard (Annette), Don Shepard (Lisa), and Mike Shepard (Margie). He has several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Shep was a long time resident of Sheridan, Colorado. He also served as a U.S. Marine. He had a passion for collecting and loved helping people in need. Hs house was a gathering place for all. But there was a catch...if you knocked at the front door, you didn’t belong and your knock would go unnoticed. But if you came to the back porch, you knew you belonged and were always welcome, no matter the time of day or night. He is loved by so many, and will forever be a legacy in those hearts. His stories, especially the Goat Story will go down in the history book of his life.

Smith, Don P., former City Attorney, passed away in June, 2002. Smith served the state in it's efforts to expand Colorado's highway system and was elected as a state trial judge in 1964, serving in the 18th Judicial District, which includes Arapahoe County. He was a Mason and participated in the cornerstone placement ceremony of the new Sheridan Municipal Center in 1987.

Spaar, Jack, a master electrician, organized a number of the retired master electricians to work on the Field Officers Quarters at Fort Logan that is being restored by the Friends of Historic Fort Logan at 3742 W. Princeton Ave. A master plan was developed by an electrical engineer and the entire building was rewired according to the plan. All materials were donated through the efforts of Mr. Spaar.

Spees, Sarah D., long time supporter of Sheridan Celebrates. Her generosity included allowing the committee to use her vacant lot across from the Sheridan Municipal Building for parting during the activities over the years.

Stanfield, Edna, 85, preceded in death by spouse John Stanfield (long time Chief of the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department), and sone Robert. She was the mother of Wesley, Gordon, Doug, and Stewart. Edna was invluved withe Auxiliary of the Volunteer Fire Department. Her husband John supervised the buidling of the firehouse at Umatilla and Hamilton Place, and restored it after the 1965 Platte River flood.

Svigel Jr., Joseph, 76, passed away March 1, 2002. The Svigel family came to the Petersburg area many years ago. They had a service statin near the Petersburg Hotel (at the intersection of Old Hampden and Santa Fe Drive). Repairing tires and automobiles, the family moved further south on Santa Fe Drive, opening an auto parts facility. Svigel was a student of the Petersburg and kept many scrapbooks filled with newspaper articles and photographs of the different classes at the schoo and the history of Petersburg itself. He was always helpful with historical items.

Tafoya, Barbarita C. passed away in November of 2008. Barbarita worked at Sheridan schools for many years. She is survived be her husband and former Councilmember Jose Tafoya, children Joseph, John, and Chrissy, and eight grand children.

Tatarka, William "Bill" passed away in March of 2010. Bill was the owner and manager of A-B&C in Sheridan. He was printer and well known for is trademark highlighter-ink pen combo. His happy smile will be missed by many. Bill was preceded in death by his wife Mary. He is survived by children Joseph, Martin, Agnes, and step children Kathleen, Daniel, and Melanie.

Tibijas, Emily M. passed away in 2006. She was the mother of Danette Trujillo of Sheridan. Danette served the city in both city offices and the Police Department.

Todd, Jerrold W. passed away in 2009. He is survived by sons Jerrold and Aaron, grand children Christopher, Amy, Ales, Joshua, Bryson, Karissa, and Kurtis. Jerrold served on City Council during the 1970s.

Trujillo, Danette, 01/13/1945 - 04/11/2013. She is survived by her husband, Ron Trujillo; their children and spouses Rhonda Poelma, Brian and Doris Trujillo, and Angie & Mike Lopez. She leaves behind grandchildren Debbie, Matthew, Elizabeth, Kyle, Melanie, Sean and Savanna; great-granddaughter Angelina. She is preceded by her parents, John Tibljas and Emily Necas Tibljas from Raton, New Mexico. She married the love of her life, Ron Trujillo in 1963. She worked as an Executive assistant for 20 years, enjoyed gardening, watching her grandchildren grow, and cheering on the Colorado Rockies. Danette was a long time employee of the City of Sheridan. She first worked in the City Clerk’s office and then transferred to the Police Department. She left the City to work for a City Attorney.

Vigil, Juanita, 05/16/1922 - 03/07/2013. Long time Sheridan resident and former member of the Sheridan Historical Society.

Waite, Anna L. passed away in 2007. She came to the Sheridan area as a child. Her father had a grocery store on W. Mansfield Avenue. She married a soldier from Fort Logan and knew much of the history of the area. She was glad to share her knowledge with both the Friends of Historical Fort Logan and the Sheridan Historical Society. She is survived by a daughter Dolores, her husband Jim, son Richard (Esther), nine grand children , 26 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grand children.

Waldow, Elmer, 77, passed away in 2008. Elmer was raised in Sheridan. After retirement he moved back into the city to be near his mother. He was active in city government and was a city councilman. He told many great stories about things that occurred when he was a young man living here. He is survived by his children, grand children, and great grand children.

Webb, Bob G. 10/2/1921 - 3/26/2003. See separate article.

Windholz, Jim, 65, passed away on New Year's Day of heart attack, which in California to attend the funeral of his sister. Jim was a vital part of the Sheridan city government, advising the Holme Rule committee and later as City Attorney. His unexpected death was a shock and surprise to all.

Woodlee, Merle Donald, passed away on July 12, 2011, in Englewood, Colorado. A longtime Sheridan resident, Merle is survived by his wife, Corliss, eight children; sixteen grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and one brother. He was always a willing volunteer for the City of Sheridan, answering phones after the Bear Creek flood in 1967. His children all attended Sheridan Schools.

Zuniga, Daisy Dulcina, 80, passed away in 2010. She was a long time resident on South Alcott Street where she raised children Joe, Manuel, and Marie. She is survived by husband Salvador, sister Josie, twelve grand children, 13 great grand children, and numerous nieces and nephews.


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