On Wednesday, September 22, 2021, Gary Edwin Arnold passed away peacefully at his home at the age of 74.
Gary was born November 10, 1946 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma to Vivian and Glen Arnold. He served honorably and proudly in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Upon his discharge in 1970, Gary earned a B.A. in Speechwith a minor in Phychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 1976. On completion, Gary enjoyed a successful career in hospitality sales and marketing in San Diego and Denver, while concluding his careeras a substitute teacher in 2007.
Gary had a passion and appreciation for good food, he enjoyed spending time in the kitchen preparing new recipes for good friends and family in anticipation of laughter filled backyard barbeque. In addition, Gary enjoyed spending time outside in the backyard tending to his garden, and later caring for the several plants he held sodear. Gary was an avid music lover, and could be seen in his earlier years cleaning his beloved Harley Davidson motorcyclewhile listening to classic rock and roll iconssuch as the Beatles, AC/DC, Van Morrison and more. He was known for his gregarious personality, always looking for and willing to sharea laugh, and his unwavering support of the Denver Broncos.
Gary was preceded in death by his father, Glen, stepmother Bebe, mother Vivian, andbrother Brock. He is survived by his daughter Sara (Tim), granddaughter Carter, and brother Bruce.
We are sad to announce that on May 2, 2019, at the age of 71, Wanda Austin (Englewood, Colorado), born in Beloit, Wisconsin passed away.
She was loved and cherished by many people including : her parents, Kenneth Donald Austin and Estella Susan Austin (Sahy); her brothers, Rodney "Rod" Craig Austin and Randall "Randy" Duane Austin; her son Devin Nathaniel Austin; and her nieces and nephews, Amy Kristine Austin, Serina Jean Serrano, Brian Duane Austin, Jerry Edwin Austin, Cody James Austin and Kaleb Chance Manning.
its shocking to read about my classmates leaving this life too soon! seems like only yesterday that Jackie and I were laughing hysterically about something! She was so funny! I used to pick her up for classes sometimes and we always had a great time together. I will remember fondly. My condolences to her family.
From Jane Willis Smith on May 29th, 2015
Jackie was such a sweet girl and so much fun to be around. We had a lot of fun talking and laughing in our Home Ec. class. Think it drove Mrs Scarlett crazy! Wish we could have remained friends a lot longer.
Michael R. Black, 70, passed away of natural causes on July 20, 2019. Michael was born on August 22, 1948 to Roy and Virginia Black. Michael earned a master’s degree in business. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was tenacious in his will and drive to enjoy life to the fullest. Michael was respected by all who knew him and loyal to all those whom he respected. The Lord called him home while Mike was doing what he wanted to do, was where he wanted to be in one of God’s most gorgeous settings and was with those, he wanted there with him. Patty and Michael were married in Boulder on May 20, 1989. Michael is survived by his wife, Patty; children, Amy Black Marso and Shanna Gleason; siblings, Dorothy Plumer and Linda Stranahan; and grandchildren, Ty Reilly, Tessa Reilly, Zoe Gleason and Kael Gleason.
Charles W. Bloomquist of Lakewood, Colorado; beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother passed away peacefully in late June, 2019 with his wife by his side.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Susie; son Don, daughter Jana Bramwell and her husband Ryan, grandson Gunnar; as well as his sisters Susan B. Bloomquist and nephew David, Judy Ostenaa and her husband Dean, niece Kelsey; sister-in-law Judith Singleton, niece Marisa and her spouse Megan; as well as many cousins.
I remember Brad fondly, his dad was the minster at our church. And he delivered our Denver Post, so I got to pay for the paper every month when he came to collect. I can admit now, after all these years, that I had a huge crush on him. The world lost a great guy with his passing.
From Jim Schallert on July 1st, 2015
When I think of Brad, the term "gentle giant" comes to mind. He was a soft spoken, values based guy who had incredible athletic ability. We competed for the fullback and placekicker positions in football, but I never thought of him as my opponent.
I still smile when I think of him running those end sweeps from the backfield... his arm swinging to change his momentum to head upfield. His strong faith and upbringing are rare to find these days, and a tribute to his parents. I miss you, my friend.
From Dick Puter on May 2nd, 2015
I know Brad has been gone for many years now...too many. My not-so-fond best memory of him was when I was playing outside linebacker on the 10th grade football team in 1964. The 17 Keeper play was called and I was faced with 240-pound Brad, and a couple of offensive linemen leading 220-pound Bill Krape on a sweep. I ran for my life, got kicked off the defense, and went on to make my name in music, not athletics.
My best to his family and many friends. I look forward to reminiscing about him next year, Lord willing!
Oh Brucie B
To Coors, Glutstide and Sothern Comfort
To road trips just because there was a road we hadn't been down
To dates at the drive in and breakfast at the White Spot on Colo Blvd
To woodsies and sunrises on Guienella Pass
To a life too short and a TRUE FRIEND lost
Siempre dear brother
My heart breaks as I read of her passing. She was a great musician in school, who made a difference in so many lives as a woman and a physician.
From Ray Satter on May 17th, 2015
Dr. Janice Clark and I used to play a lot of violin together. Our lives changed forever in the 8th grade when we flawlessly performed the Bach Double Violin Concerto in the Kiwanis Stars for Tomorrow contest, but lost to an accordion player. Unfortunately, she suffered from a debilitating disease for too many years.
As I reflect on my years at AHS and the strongest threads woven through my life, I know that one of them is singing. We enjoyed varied singing experiences at Arapahoe, but among the really vivid memories is a quartet, singing for some community group, animated and warbling away in our powder blue blazers. Good times with a good tenor, Mark Crissey!
From John Kinghorn III on July 4th, 2015
From the time we first met at Euclid through CU-Boulder and beyond, I knew Mark as a true frend and a gentle, caring person.
From Art Handy on May 12th, 2015
Mark was a great friend and I am saddended by his lost. We had lots of fun together in Troubadors and Choir. I saw him a couple of times after graduation when I came back to the states from the Army, I guess that would have been around 1971. I miss him and hope to see him again sometime.
Judy was one of my best friends in High School. My parents went to Europe for 10 days during our Senior year and I stayed with her and her wonderful family. Her Mom was such a wonderful cook and introduced me to the Ruben sandwich. I'd never had anything like it before. It's one of my favorite sandwiches to this day.
For some unknown reason, Judy and I decided to prepare a spaghetti dinner for Mr. and Mrs. Becker at my house during my parent's trip. We made a delicious Lemon Meringue Pie for dessert. Everything was going perfectly until I went to drain the spaghetti into the colander. The whole pot of spaghetti missed the colander and went down the garbage disposal. Mr. Becker heard the shreeks coming from the kitchen and came running only to see me and Judy frantically clawing the spaghetti out of the disposal. We were so embarrassed! To this day, every time I see the Becker's, I'm asked if I've fixed spaghetti lately. We still laugh about it almost 50 years later.
Unfortunately, I lost contact with Judy after high school and was so saddended to hear of her passing many years later. She had a great sense of humor and was a wonderful friend. I miss her.
I had the pleasure of working with Bruce at Lockheed Martin for several months. We had fun recalling fond memories of AHS and getting to know one another. I am saddened to hear of his passing. He was a funny, gentle man.
Joan E. (Gordon) Welch, 69, of Winterset, Iowa, died Sunday, August 13, 2017, at her sister’s residence in Winterset. Graveside services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, August 17, 2017, at the Winterset Cemetery with Pastor Mike Albert officiating.
Joan was born on December 21, 1947, at Denver, Colorado to Zane and Esther (Schmidt) Gordon. She was married on January 16, 1988, to Paul Welch. She has been a resident of Winterset since 1967. Joan was elected Madison County Auditor for seven terms (from 1984 to 2012), was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and spent several years working with the 4-H horse project. For several years, Joan made pies for the county fair 4-H booth as a fundraiser. One year she made over ninety pies. She loved riding and raising horses. Joan’s other love was making quilts. She made them for family members and entered several at the county fair and Covered Bridge Festival quilt shows.
Joan always looked forward to the annual family trip to Teton National Park and Yellow Stone National Park. For several years, Joan and family would take time and make a trip to Lake Osakis, Minnesota for a week of family fun and fishing. Joan would get so excited when she would catch a fish, regardless of the size or species. Family activities were very important to Joan. She enjoyed exploring her family’s genealogy.
Joan is survived by her husband, Paul Welch of Winterset; children, Wendy Ory of Winterset, Matt Ory of Winterset, and Patricia (Eric) Marshall of Winterset; sister, Jean Thompson of Winterset; brothers, Dean (Judy) Gordon of Aurora, Colorado, Bruce Gordon of Littleton, Colorado, and Zane Arthur Gordon of Littleton, Colorado; grandchildren, Karadie Ory, Bailee Ory, Gaile (Joe) Funaro, and Ryan Welch, and great grandchildren, Adyson, Camden, and Ruby Funaro.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Zane and Esther (Schmidt) Gordon.
Edward "Ed" R. Greb, 71, of Coeur d’ Alene passed away May 21, 2019 at The Lodge in Coeur d’ Alene. Ed was born December 21, 1947 in Pasco, Washington to Arthur Ray Greb, Sr. and Marie E. (Leavell) Greb.
In 1954, the family moved to Littleton, CO. He lived there until his graduation from Arapahoe High School 1966. The following year Ed joined the United States Air Force, retiring as a sergeant. He was an aircraft maintenance technician.
Ed is survived by his brother, Arthur Ray Greb Jr. (Sue) of Grand Junction, CO and sister, Jackie Greb of Clifton, CO; two nieces, Michelle Greb Katzer (Rich) of Highlands Ranch, CO and Melynda Greb of Clifton, CO; two great nephews, Kyle Katzer (Karli) and Skyler Koenig; and a great niece, Kaleigh Katzer.
The Greb family would like to extend their sincere thanks to The Lodge staff for their loving care for Ed; also to extend sincere thanks to Auburn Crest Hospice Team for providing support and care for Ed. The family would like to sincerely thank two special ladies in Ed’s life and care. They are true loving angels -- Shelley and Laura. Ed’s journey and ours would have been so difficult without them.
A graveside service will be held at 2:30 PM on Friday, May 31, 2019 at Coeur d’Alene Memorial Gardens, 7315 N. Government Way, Coeur d’ Alene, ID 83815.
Mr. Dennis Ejnert Henderson, age 73, passed away on the evening of April 27th, surrounded by his family. Dennis was born in Atlantic City, Iowa to Ross and Corline Henderson on November 22, 1948. Dennis moved to Colorado with his family in 1950 where they established themselves in Littleton. Dennis graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1966 and continued his education on a baseball scholarship at Western State University. While in Gunnison you never found him far from the ski slopes in Crested Butte. On July 20, 1968 he married the love of his life, Nancy. After deciding to leave Western he joined the Army where in 1972, his Vietnam orders were rescinded and he was discharged to complete his education at Colorado State University. Dennis’ professional career included building homes with his father for Henderson Construction and later went on to work for Koelbel and Company.
Dennis loved hunting, fishing, skiing, but most of all loved his wife, family, and friends. You would not find him far from his grandchildren’s sporting events, family dinners, happy hours, coffee with his sister, Starbucks or working in his yard.
Dennis is survived by his mother, Corline; sister, Christy (Keith) Conrardy; daughters, Cory Kraft, Heather (Todd) Roser, Katie (Jarad) Switzer; grandchildren, Lara, Zachary Dennis, Cade, Harper, Jaxson, Jace, and Kyler Dennis.
Dennis will be missed but after a good fight we find comfort in knowing that he is reunited with our mom and his family that has gone before him.
I remember Big Ron as always having a smile on his face. My most vivid memory was the 11th grade football practice where soft spoken Ron, having had his fill of running windsprints for some minor transgression, flipped his coach the bird and walked off the field. Ron, you'll never know how many of us wished we had that courage. Rest in peace, my friend.
Eddie was a good friend, as was his sister. We attended church together, as well as school. Eddie, and my then boyfriend, Wes, hung out all the time. His passing leaves me sad. Wes also has passed on. Life is so short, but we did not realize it in our youth. May they be with each other on the other side. God bless and comfort his family.
From Cindy Lepzinski on August 10th, 2015
Eddie was a kind, generous man who left this earth too soon. We met at church and became friends in about 9th grade. My husband, Tom, and I had a lot of fun times with Eddie and his family in the early 70's. He served in Vietnam, and as many of our generation, he was forever altered by the experience. Rest in peace, my friend.
From Rick Quirolo on May 21st, 2015
Always remember Aspen.....
From Ray Satter on May 17th, 2015
Just recently Fred Seaburg and I remembered a terrifying 70 MPH ride in Eddie's car, driven by Eddie, down Ridge Road from Broadway to my house. Fred and I were both convinced we would die horrible deaths. Eddie also "pranked" those faculty members who parked their cars in the west side parking lot after students were told they couldn't park in the east side lot, allegedly reserved for faculty only. Eddie removed the valve stems from all four tires of every faculty member who had parked in the wrong lot.
D'Alene G. Seymour, 67, passed away on February 10, 2016 after a long illness. Although she was taken much too young from this world, we know she is at peace with the Lord and holding hands with her mother and father. She was a long time resident of Albuquerque and tirelessly gave of herself over the decades as a school nurse for APS. She was recognized as National School Nurse of the Year in 2000. She served as a past president of the Albuquerque Women's Club and the Cosmopolitan Club and aided in many of their philanthropic pursuits. She is survived by her two children and seven grandchildren.
Lynne was one of my best friends. A wonderful person, just the best. I hope she was able you fulfill all her dreams. I am so sad knowing she is gone but also know she is in a wonderful place now. Much love to her and her family. MJ
T.K. ...you were truly special to me. Wish we could have worked it out. Sadly we separated our ways-- you to further your accompishments and me to a long career world-wide in the military thru my thick and thin times -- I always wondered what could have been ! God Bless y9u and Grant you eteranl Peace!
A steadfast friend through happy times & sad times, I was always learning about her and from her! With a big smile, big laugh, big hug, and big heart I was blessed to always have her as my friend, as my "sister"! Gone way too soon... miss her everyday!
On Fri, Oct 19, 2018, Bill suddenly, but peacefully, passed away after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born Mar 15, 1948 in Denver and a lifelong resident of the Littleton area. Attended Arapahoe High School, Western State College and University of Northern Colorado. Was an Army Vietnam Veteran. Taught American History at Heritage High School for 33 years. Served as Head Girls Track Coach for 30 years, Head Boys Golf Coach for 6 years and as assistant coach for both football and basketball. Was an avid hiker, biker and true lover of everything outdoors.
Bill is survived by wife Kathy, daughter Kristine Kamilatos (Sam), sons Jack (Tia) and Nick (Katie), sister Marie Egbert-Price (Jim) and Josette, three grandsons (Tyson, Maddox, Aiden) and many wonderful family and friends including his oldest and best friend, Jim Fleenor.
Marsha always appeared to be reserved and shy, but once I got to be friends with her, I discovered that she had a wicked sense of humor. We often would disturb class with our raucous laughter about one thing or another. Sad that she is gone, and sad, too, that many of us don't keep in touch with these wonderful folks who bring back so many warm memories, even almost 50 yrs later.
Can't believe this! He was always a friendly guy but we were never close friends. But I remember him pole vaulting during p.e. one day at Euclid (7th grade) and breaking one of his front teeth in half. We were all so upset and worried for him.
From Dick Puter on May 2nd, 2015
Very saddened to hear of the passing of Al as well as many of my other former classmates, both small and great.
I remember Al most of all from band and his very good clarinet playing. He was always friendly to me, which appreciated. I was always 3rd chair, but I have never forgotten Al's unique way of wetting his reeds prior to playing. Sounds stupid, I know, but it is a memory I've had for nearly 50 years.
I remember that Kathy was killed in a car accident in Boulder many years ago, if my memory serves me. I was shocked and saddened. Our gang used to go swimming at Celebrity, go bowling, to movies, and usually ended in 'giggling all night's slumber parties.
Virginia and I met on the bus that first year Arapahoe students were at Issac Newton. We became fast friends over of all things Elvis Presley. She loved Drama and was a great Mrs Malaprop in summer theater.
She was a great friend, and a wonderful mother to her three children. Before I moved to Belize I went through all my Arapahoe mementos and gave many to her family. Since them we have become FB friends and it helps to see the people her children have become.
Eric was a beautiful human being and a special friend. I remember the fun we had on our church work trips and at MAD (music art drama) camp and so many other good times. Eric was a deep thinker who loved life and who made others feel loved. Just thinking about our times in the HS singing group we called the Crissey minstrels-- with Mark Crissey. He's gone, too. Oh my. I miss you, Eric. And my love to your family.
From Art Handy on May 12th, 2015
Eric was a godly man and a good friend. I was greatly saddended when I learned of his death. Hit by a car while riding his bicycle, what a waste! We had good times in choir, troubadors, and the plays we preformed together. Although in his later years he was a little too liberal in his views for me we still enjoyed some lively debates over the years. I know I will see him again some day.
From Larry Porter on April 24th, 2015
Eric was a fine man who loved the Lord and other people. His life is a testimony to the grace of the Lord, which he extended to me and to many, many others.
Paul R. Shearer, 74, of Monument, CO, went to be with the Lord on January 23rd, 2022, at home surrounded by family. He was born in Denver, the son of the late Beverly and Donald Jim Shearer. He was the youngest of two siblings. On May 19th, 1967, he married Marie L. Scantland, who survives him. He graduated from Littleton High School in 1966 and married Marie on May 19th, 1967, in Littleton. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a radio operator in Vietnam for 13 months and was honorably discharged from the service after four years. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Lea and Chad Thornwall, his son, Justin Shearer, grandchildren, Alexis, Gabrial, and Mason Thornwall; Austin Shearer and his beloved dog, Rosey. He was cremated, and donations can be sent to Vietnam Veterans of America at https://vva.org/
My mother fought a long hard battle with breast cancer. First diagnosed in 1998 she fought hard and became a survivor . In 2008 she was dx again with breast cancer. This time it was stage IV triple negative that had metastasized to her pancreas. On February 11th 2010, After a 15 month battle she passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family. Shortly after 4 years later my father Ronald also joined her. They are now both at peace and together again. From what I have heard stories about my mother had a pretty adventourus life. I would love to hear stories if anyone wants to contact me. Shorty0216@aol.com.
Susan May Large (Thomas) passed away on February 11th 2010 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Ronald N. Large and mother to Joseph Large and Robyn Large-Dailey. Grandmother to Liam McGettigan. She fought a long hard battle with breast cancer.
Susan was always so sweet and friendly. Always had time for her friends. She was reserved though, and gave an aura of being more mature than her age. I'm so sad to hear of the struggles she and her family went through for so long. But she has a glorious life now!
Sandy (and her family) gave me the most amazing gift when they allowed me to share their family and home for a large part of my junior year. She and I had such fun and though she tried to entice me to study just a wee bit more, I think we brought a good balance to our high school years. I will forever be indebted to her, her sweet parents, especially her mom, Regina, for accepting me and being a safe port in the storm..... I think of you often with gratitude and love. Sandy, you were very tolerant of my unstudy habits!
Our friendship began in our senior year, and Pat was the best friend a person could ever have. She was always the most loyal, caring and crazy lil woman I have ever known. The last time I saw her and she was so sick and near the end we were still laughing about all our wonderful times together. We had talked so much in previous years about the BIG 50 REUNION. She looked at me that last time and said "I am not going to make it to this one, but I will be there in spirit". I can't thank you all enought for showing up for her little mini-reunion. It meant the world to her and she talked about what a wonderful gift it was to see and talk with all of you. It is so hard to believe she is gone. It still hurts so bad, but I know I will see her again for an even bigger reunion. I love you and miss you so so much, my dearest friend.
From Jane Willis Smith on May 29th, 2015
Pat was a neighbor and good friend our senior year. She always had a way of saying something to make me feel good about myself. I, like Deven, got to have a long phone conversation with Pat there at the end of her life (thanks to Sheri Ebert for letting me know about Pat's situation). Pat was so strong in her faith that she was the one giving me strength in that conversation. I'm so thankful I had that opportunity to hear her voice one last time. Her words and witness will be with me forever.
From Deven Lewis on May 19th, 2015
Some classmates had the bittersweet opportunity to see Pat in her last days on this earth; I didn’t have that chance, but did have a lengthy phone conversation with her. She was laughing and rejoicing, even in those last days, and sharing her steadfast faith. I got to know Pat when we were JV cheerleaders, and in my mind she is still that precious little blonde bundle of energy, but her words to me nearly 50 years later will be with me into eternity. We’ll be together again in God’s cheering section one day, Pat, although I’m betting you’ll be Captain!
James J. Wasinger, 48, of Denver, died October 26, 1996. Services were held October 29 at All Souls Catholic Church in Englewood. Mr. Wasinger was born in Hays, Kansas on July 13, 1948. He married Joyce Montes in 1996. He was a pipefitter and member of Local 208. He was a member of Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church and active in community service. Survivors include his wife; parents Agnes and Anthony; brothers Richard of California; Robert and Joseph, both of Aurora; sisters Susan Brace of Littleton, Helen Dukes of Texas and Louise McDonald of Estes Park.
Im sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was a character and a funny guy. He built the best '57 Chevy I ever saw. We lived close together and decided to hide in the garage one day, let the school bus go by, then go skiing. We had a great time but got busted when one of the local TV stations did a segment on "mid-week" skiers. My Dad saw it, we were busted!
My family moved to Littleton the beginning of my sophmore year and being with new classmates, it was a difficult transition. Barbara and I had several classes together, became friends and then started dating. Barbara will always be special in my heart!
She introduced me to Jose Fellicano before he was famous, Fever Tree "oh San Francisco girls with there San Francisco ways, good writers and poetry.
We laughed and danced at La Piche, The Exodus and The Galaxy
There were midnight swims, the moon our only companion
We lost touch
She joined the Peace Corps and went to Sierra Leon and I played rugby and traveled
Jo would enjoy these verses by Rumi
What a day today.
There are two suns rising!
What a day,
Not like any other day
The light is shining in your heart
The wheel of life has stopped
Oh you who can see into your own heart,
What a day,
This is your day.
Deven (Winders) Lewis, 71 went to be with our Lord Friday, May 22, 2020 at
5:57AM, after a 15-month long battle with cancer. Her passing was peaceful and in the arms of “the love of her life”.
Deven was born in Lynwood, California. At a very early age the family moved to the greater Denver CO area. She graduated High School in Littleton, Co. She went on to receive her degree at the University of Colorado. Deven was involved in the oil business in Denver, writing and publishing an oil directory for the firm she worked with.
Deven moved back to her home state of California in 1987, met and married Darryl in 1988. Shortly thereafter Deven joined a large law firm in Whittier, California and spent the next 23 years there.
She never gave up her love of writing, she was an avid Ancestry buff and became
the point person for several national groups. She thoroughly enjoyed the thrill of the hunt, solving many mysteries during her career, both in law and as an archivist at her favorite museum in Silver Reef, Utah. She was an incredible reader, devouring two, sometimes three/four books a week. She loved the outdoors and was thrilled with our move to Southern Utah in the fall of 2014.
Deven had a way of making every-one she met a friend. She was beautiful outside and on the inside. She made a science of making people feel comfortable and happy in her presence.
Deven was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Carmen Winders, she was an only child. She is survived by her husband Darryl, in Leeds, Utah, her stepson and daughter in law, Sean and Darcie Lewis, in New York state. She is also survived by two wonderful grand-daughters, Michaela and Leigh Ann Lewis, who are also in New York state.
She is survived by a number of very special cousins, Art Winders, Darlene Dary, Jerry Winders, Pam Zoller, Scott Clayton, and Sue Rowe. She has wonderful nieces and nephews as well, all of whom she loved deeply and was extremely proud of.
Deven will be cremated and her ashes will be blended with those of both her parents and will be spread in a very special place in Leeds, Utah.
It is with great sorrow we have lost our big sister to PPA. Survived by her husband of 49 years Howard, son Jason, daughter Amy Poli (PY) and brothers Dan (Carolyn), Bob (Diana), Mike (Julie), and Ted (Katrina). Born August 17, 1948 to Ned and Martha Wolfe (deceased) in Denver, CO. Graduates from Arapahoe H.S. (1966) and CSU, after which she moved to San Francisco where she met Howard and raised her family all while working as a systems analyst.