In Remembrance


 

The Colorado Funeral Directors Association recognizes colleagues and loved ones who have died.

 

JoAnn M. Augustine passed away on October 31, 2020 at the age of 87 in St. Charles, Missouri after a brief illness. Mrs. Augustine is the mother of Laura Zabel, CMSP/CFSP, who retired last year as a funeral director for Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

JoAnn was born on September 6, 1933 to Floyd and Beatrice (Luksik) Gustafson. She went to Estherville schools and graduated from Estherville High School in 1951. It is here that she met her first husband, Allan Tostenson. They were married on September 3, 1951 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. The couple briefly moved to Rapid City, South Dakota but returned to Estherville to be closer to family. Jo and Al raised 4 children. Jo was a stay at home mom until the kids were in school. She then held various jobs in the Estherville area which included the Dr. Boise’s Dental Office, Superior Coop Elevator and Forest Ridge Youth Shelter. After retiring from the Forest Ridge Shelter, she worked part-time at the Edward Jones office in Estherville for a few years.

Jo and Al enjoyed playing golf together, playing cards, especially bridge, and square dancing. They both loved being with their family and being involved in all of their children’s activities. Al passed away on June 5, 1988.

Jo met Bill Augustine on the golf course. They were married on March 27, 1999. They continued to play bridge and travel. The most memorable trip was to Sweden. During the trip, Jo visited the birthplace of her grandparents which was very special to her. Bill passed away on March 21, 2014.

Jo was an active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. She was an avid bridge player and was a member of several different bridge clubs in Estherville.

JoAnn is preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, a sister and brother-in-law Nadine and Don Gudgell and an infant daughter, Mary Patricia Tostenson.

Surviving are her four children – Laura (Steve) Zabel of Casa Grande, Arizona, Cindy (Bill) Wuller of Swansea, Illinois, Chuck (Sue) Tostenson of Estherville, Iowa and Gary (Sherri) Tostenson of Spring Hill, Kansas. Her grandchildren – Tracy (Molly Schock) Tostenson, Amy (Greg) Deim, Beth Tostenson and Carissa (Phil) Melvin. Great grandchildren include Seiver Tostenson, Aiden and Cooper Deim, Kaylee and Bailey Melvin. Step children surviving are Scott Augustine, Michael Augustine, Charles (Staci) Augustine and Vicki (Ozzie) Sotelo. Step-grandchildren -Jeremy Augustine, Amber (Scott) Flanagan, Payton and Nick Augustine, Rachel, Teirnan and Taivin Augustine, Cassie and Baylee Sotelo plus two great grandchildren. Also surviving are a nephew, nieces, and many friends.

Funeral arrangements were made through Henry Olson Funeral Home in Estherville, Iowa. Family suggest that memorials be sent to St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Estherville, Iowa, Respite Angels of Estherville, Iowa or Mt Carmel Senior Living in St. Charles, Missouri.

A private funeral mass was held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Interment was at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Estherville. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

 

Evelyn Bieler Forbes, mother of Daren Forbes with Horan & McConaty, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 25, 2020, in Bountiful, Utah.

She was born January 20, 1934 in Ogden to Paul and Itha Bieler. She married Layne Bennett Forbes on July 2, 1954 in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Layne; her four children and spouses, Kim (Jonna), Randy (Jennifer), Sherri (Dave) Killen, and Daren (Carolyn); 20 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and her sister Jeanette (Curtis) Van Alfen. She is preceded in death by her parents, and sisters, Donna Harris and Virginia Griffin.

Evelyn graduated from Weber Junior College where she served as a student body officer. While attending college, she met the love of her life, Layne. Their relationship was an example to their children and grandchildren of eternal love and devotion that only became sweeter over time.

She had a special bond with her grandchildren, making each one of them feel loved and important. She loved reading to them when they were young and always had time to know each one individually.

Evelyn was a devoted and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving in many ward and stake callings throughout her life. She and Layne served an 18-month CES mission to Harvard Medical School and Boston University. Upon their return home they served together as temple workers for 19 years at the Bountiful LDS Temple.

She loved playing the piano and enjoyed classical music which could be heard playing throughout the house at any given time. She sang in the South Davis Community Choir for many years and loved performing The Messiah.

Evelyn will be remembered for her Christlike heart. Her genuine interest in others has touched the lives of many and is the hallmark of her life’s work.

A viewing for family and friends will be held Friday, October 30, from 6-8 PM at Russon Mortuary, 295 North Main Street, Bountiful. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 31, 2020, 11:00 AM, at the Bountiful LDS Tabernacle, 55 South Main Street, Bountiful. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place at the Bountiful City Cemetery.

Services will be live streamed on ZOOM at https://zoom.us/j/3033594101.

Family patriarch, community leader, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, William “Bill” Frederic Allnutt, 89 of Greeley, passed away at his home on June 22, 2020.

Bill Allnutt was former owner of Allnutt Funeral Services in northern Colorado.

Bill was born on July 1, 1930 in Greeley to John Wolfenden and Katherine Mae (Samuelson) Allnutt.

Bill grew up in Greeley and explored the surrounding countryside, all of which is now developed. Except for 10 summers on his uncle’s ranch in Yampa and military service, he spent his whole life in Greeley. He graduated from Greeley High School in 1948, where he served as the president of his senior class. He went on to graduate from the University of Colorado in 1952 where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Through work, community service and family, Bill met and remembered many people in life and had sharp recall but had his senior moments towards the end, as most do.

It was in Minneapolis, June 1954 that Bill met his bride to be, Dolores “Dee” McDonald, on a blind date. Six weeks later, he left for his Air Force assignment in Fairbanks, Alaska. Occasional letters and telephone calls kept the two in touch, with Bill returning to Minneapolis in May, two years later, to continue their courtship. On June 23, 1956 they were married in Detroit and moved to Greeley.

 

After serving in the Air Force (1st Lt. 18th Fighter Interceptor Squadron) during the Korean War, Bill joined his father and brother in the family business in 1956 as a Funeral Director. It was his lifelong career. He never fully retired. You would find Bill working services and he was ever present as a mentor and advisor to the staff at the Allnutt Macy Chapel.

 

Bill was an active member of Occidental Lodge #20 AF & AM, Colorado Consistory, Masonic Bodies, El Jebel Shrine, the Greeley Elks, and the Union Colony Pioneer Society. He was past Commander of American Legion Post #18, original board member and Past President of the Greeley Boys Club, trustee and past president of the North Colorado Medical Center Board of Directors and the North Colorado Medical Center Foundation, member of the Greeley Rotary Club, Greeley Chamber of Commerce Board, and was very involved as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. He served one year as president of the National Selected Morticians. Bill was a member of First Congregational Church where he served as a deacon, trustee and on multiple Boards.

 

In the words of the staff, Bill was an amazing leader for all who worked at the Allnutt Funeral Service - Macy Chapel. He was gentle but firm in his advisement and employees learned to do things the “Allnutt Way”. There was never a time when Bill was at the location that we did not learn something about him, his family or the Greeley community. He was an amazing doorman at services and we envision that he will be in Heaven to greet us as our doorman.

 

Bill’s family was most important and treasured in his life. His three children and nine grandchildren have kept him young and current without losing the dignity and respect earned by his many years. He followed sports, from keeping up with the children and grandchildren to the Broncos and Rockies. As an avid outdoorsman, Bill enjoyed fly-fishing, skiing (which he did from the age of 10 until he was 87 years old), and trips to Walden to work cattle with his son Mike.

 

Bill and Dee enjoyed traveling throughout the United States as well as abroad. They also hosted more than twenty foreign exchange high school students from many countries all over the world. They were able to visit many former exchange students in their home countries and many of them returned to Greeley with their families to visit with Bill, Dee and their family.

 

He is survived by his children Mike (Windi) Allnutt, of Walden, Rick (Susan) Allnutt of Glen Haven, and Kathy Roche of Greeley; sisters Nancy Duran and Marjorie Brunner; nine grandchildren, one great-child (and another on the way); as well as thirteen nieces and nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Dolores “Dee” Allnutt; his parents; brother Jack Allnutt; son-in-law Patrick Roche; sister-in-law Nancy Allnutt; and brother-in-law, Esmiel Duran.

A visitation will be held from 3:00-7:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Allnutt Funeral Service, Macy Chapel, 6521 W. 20th Street, Greeley, CO.

Services will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Friday, June 26, 2020 at Linn Grove Cemetery. A procession to Linn Grove will start at 10:30 A.M. at the new Allnutt Macy Chapel, 6521 W. 20th Street, Greeley, CO. Seating will be limited so you are encouraged to bring your own lawn chair and umbrella. The family would also like to request that attire be “picnic casual”.

Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Hospital or Shriners Children’s Hospital in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 6521 W. 20th Street, Greeley, CO 80634. Please visit www.allnuttgreeley.com to send condolences to the Allnutt Family.

David Otto Schoenfeld, age 83, passed away at Beloit Memorial Hospital June 20, 2020. Dave was the former owner of Schoenfeld Mortuary in Hot Sulphur Spring, Colorado, and a past president of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association.

 

He was born February 27, 1937 in Clinton, the son of Otto & Ethel Schoenfeld. He had been a residence at Willowick Memory Care in Clinton. Dave had battled Alzheimer's for several years. He attended Clinton Schools, graduating from Clinton High in 1955.

 

A graduate of the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science after attending Marquette University in Milwaukee for two years. Working as Funeral Director/Owner in Wisconsin until 1972. Dave moved to Colorado and married Joan Coleman. After living in Denver a short time, they moved to Grand County, in the mountains 120 miles north/west of Denver, buying the Mortuary in Hot Sulphur Spring, for which they operated for 32 years. Dave also worked for Grand County Government, as EMS Director for many years, was elected County Coroner for 30 years and served on the Grand County Hospital Health Advisory Board and director/treasure of the 911 Telephone Authority.

 

He was active with the International Coroners Association, serving as past President & board Member and hosting the annual Convention in 1997. He was past President of the Colorado Coroner's Association, served on the Board of Directors and as a training instructor under the CCA's coroner training program. He was awarded the Funeral Service Mentor Award by the Colorado Funeral Directors Association in 1998. and served as President of the CFDA in 2003.

 

After retirement, Dave & Joan moved from the mountains to Berthoud, Colorado to a small ranch. Dave kept busy with his four antique cars, car shows and club meetings. He and his wife raised and showed Labrador Retriever dogs and boarded horses. He loved his tractor, kept the fields well trimmed on the ranch, for the neighbors and the arena well dragged. Dave and Joan returned to Wisconsin in the summer of 2016.

 

Dave is survived by his wife Joan of 47 years, three daughters and a son from a previous marriage, Peggy Cooper, Ft. Atkinson, WI; Tammy (Tom) Meinel, Jefferson, WI; Jayne (Terry) Pfeifer, Cambridge, WI and John (Lisa) Schoenfeld, Lake Mills, WI, 13 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, his sisters, Pauline Grigg, Munger MI, Lorna Arand, West Bend, WI, Beverly (Doug) Hahn, Castle Rock, CO, and Sally (Jerry) Wellnitz, Janesville, WI.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Ethel Schoenfeld, sister, Judith Potton, brother Alan Schoenfeld, and his brothers-in-law, Charles Arand, Lyle Grigg and Dale Potton.

 

The family would like to Thank Dave's doctor's, the staff at Willowick Memory Care in Clinton, Beloit Hospital, and Beloit Regional Hospice for taking outstanding care of him.

 

Dave's Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Brian Mark Funeral Home, 1000 Inman Parkway, Beloit, Wisconsin 53511. Friends will be received on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in Eastlawn Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials to a charity of your choice would be preferred.

 

Please share a memory or a condolence with the Schoenfeld family: https://www.brianmarkfh.com/obituary/David-Schoenfeld
Kevin Kassner, 80, passed away at home on March 10, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Kevin was a passionate funeral director, serving families in Iowa and Colorado for 50 years. He was a graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science and began serving families in 1966 at Oppold Funeral Home in Waterloo, Iowa.

 

In 1971, Kevin moved from Iowa to the Denver metro area, and worked as a managing Funeral Director at Olinger Mortuary at 29th and Wadsworth from 1971- 1983. He briefly moved his family to Bellevue, Washington, worked at Green Funeral Home and then returned to Colorado after about a year and a half. Upon his return, he was offered a position as a funeral director by John Horan, who had just purchased McConaty Mortuaries, and was searching for funeral directors as passionate about funeral service as himself to build the newly founded Horan & McConaty Funeral Service.

Kevin worked for John Horan for over 22 years before retiring his full time position as a managing Funeral Director. He continued to work for Horan & McConaty Funeral Service part time for another year and a half as a co-director before finally retiring due to health issues in May 2015.

Kevin’s visitation will be held Monday, March 16, 5pm – 8pm at Horan & McConaty Funeral Service, 7577 W. 80th Ave., Arvada. Funeral Service, Tuesday, March 17, 11am at Arvada Covenant Church, 5555 Ward Street, Arvada.

In lieu of flowers, Kevin’s family asks that you consider memorial contributions to Shriner’s Hospital for Children www.shrinershospitalforchildren.org or the Muscular Dystrophy Association www.mda.org

For complete biographical obituary and to share your condolences to Kevin’s family, please visit www.horancares.com

Robert Martin Norton Jr., 67, passed away on February 17, 2020 at his home in Parker, CO surrounded by his family.

 

He was born on August 17, 1952, in Newport, VT, the son of Robert Martin and Beverly Elaine (Hunt) Norton Sr. Growing up in Northern Vermont (Northeast Kingdom) he attended a one room school house in Morgan, VT before graduating from North Country High School in 1971. While he was in school, he was on the ski team, where he competed in ski jumping.

After high school he went to Boston University and New England Institute of Mortuary College in MA. It was during one of his breaks that he met, Meredith Jane Belsky, from Long Island, when she was visiting her brother Bob. They were married on March 10, 1973, in Little Neck, NY. They moved back up to VT where they started a family. After moving back down to NY, Bob went back to school to finish his degree, from SUNY at Farmingdale where he graduated in 1978 with a degree in Mortuary Science.

He had worked many jobs while going to school and raising a family. After he passed the National Funeral Directors Boards and was doing his apprenticeship he got a job part-time for United Airlines at Kennedy Airport working in Ramp Service. He was working at LaGuardia Airport during the Air Controllers strike in 1980, he and his wife started Plainview Funeral Home, Inc. in Plainview, NY. There was no funeral home in that town and he started it up from nothing, It still remains the only funeral home in that town today.

In 1984 he was transferred to CO with United Airlines, where he moved his wife and four children to Parker in 1985. When the family moved to Parker, CO, they noticed there was no funeral home in the town. After many years of planning Bob and Meredith opened Parker Funeral Home, Inc. in 1992. With the help of their sons, son-in-law and daughters, they have become one of the longest family owned businesses in Parker, serving families in Douglas, Elbert, Arapahoe and surrounding counties. Parker Crematory, located at Parker Funeral Home, Inc. is still the only crematory in the county. Together they also opened Elizabeth Funeral Home and Crematory in Elizabeth, CO.

Bob was one of the foundling members of the Parker Rotary Club. He belonged to the National Funeral Directors Association and CANA (Crematory Association of North America. He and Meredith are lifetime members of the Parker Senior Center. Together as a family they donated many hours to Parker Shares which was sponsored by Catholic Charities. He was also a member of the AMFA the teamsters union with the airlines. Bob was an entrepreneur, he holds a patent for a soda system for the airlines (SIPS). He and his wife also own a design company that designs and makes cremation jewelry and biodegradable urns and caskets.

Bob always had many irons in the fire and was always working or developing ideas. He will be know for his generosity and kindness he showed to others. Besides being unselfish he always told it how he saw it never holding back on his thoughts. Bob had a soft spot for the underdog, helping out many people that have crossed his path over all these years. His kindness and generosity will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Meredith, of Parker, CO; his children, Christopher (Maria Ferguson) Norton, of Parker, CO, Thomas Norton of Parker, CO, Jennifer (Terry) Maxfield, of Parker, CO and Ali (Mike) Sorrell, of Franklin, OH; his brother, Charlie Norton, Of Morgan, VT, twin sister, Susan (Charles) Leavitt, of Newport, VT, Debi (Brian) Kerr, of Morgan, VT, Johanna Norton, Newport, VT, and sister Judy (Pat) Love, West Palm Beach, FL; grandchildren, Chelsea, Taylor, Hayley, Levi, Sophia, Scott and Emmerson; greatgranchildren, Ayana and Reese; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Martin Norton Sr. and Beverly Elaine Ronk, also his step-father Paul Ronk and niece, Erin Norton.

A viewing and visitation will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 12:00 pm followed by a service at 2:00 pm at Parker Funeral home, Inc., 10325 Parkglenn Way, Parker, CO 80138.

Another service will take place in Vermont in early summer, with burial of cremains at Holland Cemetery, Holland, VT.

Alan G. Findley, 69, beloved husband, father and friend, left this earth peacefully on November 19, 2019 at home with his family. He is the father of Adam Findey, CFD-CET, Allnutt Funeral Service in Loveland, Colorado.

 

Alan was born in Ft. Collins to Dean and Shirley Findley on September 17, 1950. He attended Loveland High School and graduated in 1968. On October 13 of 1972, he married his childhood sweetheart and best friend, Linda Costa. Alan worked as a brick mason, machinist, sheet metal fabricator, back-flow tester, and most recently, a purchaser for Hewlett Packard, at which he was an employee for 33 years. Alan and Linda, were members of First Christian Church, where Alan was a board member as well as a member of the Elks Club of Loveland. He was involved with his children’s activities such as Boy Scouts, and The Johnstown Saddle Club, coached and boxed with the Loveland Boxing Club, and a volunteer at Project Self Sufficiency. Alan had many hobbies and interests, including, lock-smithing, collecting antiques, blacksmithing, music, trivia, arrowhead hunting with The Loveland Archaeology Society where he was also a member and assisted with the annual Stone Age Fair held in Loveland. Alan had special talents for jewelry making, painting and playing accordion and guitar. He especially enjoyed the Saturday morning breakfasts known as “The Liars Club” with his family and friends.

Visitation will take place, Tuesday November 26, 2019 from 4pm to 8pm at Allnutt Funeral Service, Hunter Chapel, in Loveland, Colorado. Family will be receiving guests from 4pm to 5pm. Funeral Services will be held 10am, Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at Allnutt Funeral Service, Hunter Chapel. Entombment will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens.

William Cecil "Bill" Holt, Jr., owner of Holt Family Funeral Homes in Canon City, passed away on July 16, 2019.

 

William Cecil Holt Jr. “Bill”, was born May 22, 1938, in Pueblo, Co. He was the first-born son of William Cecil and Grace Elizabeth Holt. His childhood was spent in Cañon City and Florence, Co. where he took pleasure in being with his grandparents, Cecil and Evelyn Holt, who lived above the Florence Funeral Home. He graduated from Cañon City High School in 1956. After high school, he attended and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, with a Bachelors Degree in Business.

While still undertaking his studies, Bill was united in marriage to Bonnie Dee Lester, daughter of Golden and Violet Lester, on October 12, 1958, in Cañon City Co.— a marriage that lasted 61 years. Bill and Bonnie moved to Dallas, Texas, where Bill attended the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science.

After his graduation Bill and Bonnie returned to Cañon City where Bill joined his father William at Holt Funeral Home, becoming the third generation to enter the business. At age 28, Bill adopted the whole of the family business after the retirement of his father. Together, Bill and Bonnie served diligently the families and the community that they loved.

His legacy continues to grow through fourth and fifth generation children and grandchildren. His children, grandchildren, and multiple gracious employees continue to care for families at: Florence Mortuary in Florence, Farnum-Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs, Rifle Funeral Home in Rifle, Evergreen and Blunt Funeral Homes in Colorado Springs, Boies-Ortega Funeral Home in Walsenburg, and Funeral and Cremation Care in Pueblo West.

Bill and Bonnie enjoyed many things in life together: golf, skiing, travelling, dancing, dinner clubs, and stays at the Gunnison campground with friends and family. They were active members at the First Baptist Church and Cañon Community Baptist Church. Bill was also an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed golf tournaments and hunting trips with his son Trey and many friends.

Bill was deputy coroner for Fremont County for forty years, serving under Dr. Henry Grabow and Dr. Dorothy Twellman. He had a commercial pilots license where he flew an Air Charter service transporting for funeral homes, the Colorado Department of Corrections, and even some celebrities. Bill was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, Aircraft Owner Pilot’s Association, and the Palm Springs World War Two Air Museum. He was also a lifetime member of the Elks and a member of the National Guard. Bill especially loved his coffee group and the Rotary Club and all of his friends there. .

Bill is survived by his wife Bonnie of Cañon City, daughter Beth Madone of Cañon City, son Trey Holt of Glenwood Springs, grandchildren Brooke (Caleb) Petersen of Florence, Blake Madone of Colorado Springs, Jared Holt of Cañon City, Jacob Holt of Byers, Brother David D. (Linda) Holt of Cañon City, sister in-law Lu McKee of Cañon City, and numerous treasured nieces and nephews. .

He was preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law Rod Madone, brother-in law Bill McKee, and brother and sister-in-law Bennie and Donna Roberts..

A visitation will be held Thursday, July 18, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Holt Family Funeral Home. Funeral service is Friday, July 19, at 11:00 am at Cañon Community Baptist Church, 1111 Monroe, Cañon City. Entombment: Mountain Vale Cemetery. A luncheon reception will follow at the Abbey Events Complex.

Harry G Stevenson, Lakewood, passed away on June 10, 2019. He was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania on March 15, 1941. He knew the Funeral Industry and especially the Denver Funeral and Cemetery History like no one else.

 

Harry was fourteen years of age when his father died in 1955, because his mother was ill, he went to live with the Meehan family in the Meehan Funeral Home in 1956 where he learned many aspects of the Funeral Industry. After a couple of years in the Navy and completing his Naval Reserve Duties, he moved to Denver, Colorado in 1962, with his earthly possessions in a cardboard box and $26.00 in cash. He immediately found full time employment at The Haley Ambulance, Denver, Colorado and was able to work part time at Noonan Mortuary, where he later went full time. He married Mary Ann (Schmidt) Stevenson in 1965. He also started college at Metropolitan State University in 1966 and graduated in 1972. He became a Licensed Mortuary Science Practitioner.

In 1974, he pioneered the Brown Runyan Stevenson Mortuary, Lakewood Colorado. In 1979 to 1989, he served as a Deputy Coroner with Jefferson County Colorado. In 1981 Harry purchased the Capitol Mortuaries of Denver. Also, during that year, Harry installed the first "on site" Crematory at The Runyan-Stevenson Mortuary. His business grew to almost 3,000 cases volume, yearly, during that time. He merged Runyan-Stevenson Capitol Mortuary and Denver Crematory with Newcomer Mortuaries in 1988. Ten years later, Runyan-Stevenson Capitol merged with Olinger Mortuary. Olinger Mortuaries (Dignity Memorial) currently operate eleven Funeral Homes and six cemeteries in the Denver Metropolitan area. He knew the Funeral Industry and especially the Denver Funeral and Cemetery History like no one else.

At the time of his death, Harry remained an employee of The Olinger Mortuaries. He cherished his 63 years plus with 56 of those years in the Denver area. He never charged a family when they lost a child. He also provided funerals, at no cost, for clergyman, nuns and priests. During his career he was most proud of the Lifetime Achievement award given to him in 2015 by SCI (Dignity Memorial Funeral Homes) Today, this award is known as the Harry and Mary Ann Stevenson Lifetime Achievement Award and is awarded every year to a very deserving employee of the Funeral Home. In 2017 he was so proud to be the recipient of the St. Jude award from his parish church, St. Jude Catholic Church, Lakewood, Colorado.

Over the years he was active in many service clubs including the Serra club, The Knights of Columbus, Foothills Rotary Club, Kiwanis and was an active member of St. Jude Catholic Church, Lakewood Colorado. He also served as President of the Colorado Funeral Directors, and mentored many aspiring Funeral Directors. He cherished his many friendships in the Funeral Industry and valued all of his many friends. He loved to share his many stories with everyone. His greatest treasure was his family and his Scottie dog, Lucy. Harry and his sister, Carole had a very close and special relationship and we all love her so much. He was always interested in his nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews and looked forward to spending time with them. He had a great relationship with his sister- in laws and brother-in-law, especially Joe Chism.

Harry is survived by his Wife, Mary Ann, his daughter, Janna Cescaline (Ron Cescaline), his son Christopher Stevenson (Natalie Stevenson) and his grand-children; Julie Weston (Devin Weston), Jeff Watson, Isak Stevenson and Austin Stevenson, a great grand-child, Camden Weston. He is also survived by his sister, Carol DeSantis, Michigan and a brother, Bill Stevenson, New Castle, Pennsylvania. Harry was preceded in death by his Parents, Margaret and William Stevenson, his beloved aunt Thora Williams, and his sisters Ilona Holtzapple and Sally Anderson.

Harry was chosen by Service Corporation International in 2006, to conduct the funeral of the President Gerald Ford. It was a great honor to be asked to perform this service.

Everett W. Moon passed away on May 9, 2019. He was born August 8, 1948 in Denver, Colorado, and resided in Aurora. He was employed as a funeral director with Horan & McConaty.

 

Visitation: May 16, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Horan & McConaty - SE Denver/Aurora 11150 E. Dartmouth Ave. Aurora, CO 80014 Funeral Service: May 17, 2019 11:00 am New Hope Baptist Church 3701 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO 80205 303-322-5200

Graveside Service: May 17, 2019 1:30 pm Fairmount Cemetery 430 S Quebec Street Denver, CO 80247

Hal D. Tumbleson of Colorado Springs passed away on April 20, 2019 after a long battle with Frontotemporal Degeneration and ALS

 

Hal was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on July 6, 1957 to Monta Ray, Sr. and Alberta E. Tumbleson. The family moved to Bethany, Oklahoma in 1963 and lived there until 1972, when they moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hal graduated from Coronado High School in 1975 and in August of that same year he married Cindy Brown. He then went to Mortuary School at The University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma where he received his Associate degree in Mortuary Science. He served his funeral director apprenticeship at Hahn-Cook-Street & Draper Funeral Home in Oklahoma City and received his Oklahoma Funeral Director and Embalmer’s license in 1978. He received his Colorado License in 1981 and his Texas License in 1983. Hal’s funeral experience includes ten years of progressive management with Service Corporation International (SCI). His service with SCI included Swan-Law Funeral Home and Chapel of Memories in Colorado Springs and Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home in Houston, Texas. As General Manager, Hal managed and coordinated the construction of the first funeral home and cemetery combination which was Resthaven Mortuary and Cemetery in Oklahoma City. He was a Colorado Certified Funeral Director.

In addition to funeral and cemetery experience, Hal has eight years' experience in the Mortgage and Finance Industry. He served as Assistant Vice-President for Intermountain Mortgage Company in charge of loan servicing, acquisitions and secondary marketing, as well as development of third-party broker relations and marketing. Hal also owned several independent mortgage companies as well as being one of the state’s largest independent newspaper dealers of the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post and the Colorado Springs Gazette.

In 2007, Hal founded The Springs Funeral Services along with his father and mother-in-law, Arlen and Terri-Flores Brown, and with business partner, Paul Wood. The philosophy was simple, one family at a time, fair price and the best customer service. Today it is the single largest volume funeral home in Colorado Springs and one of the single largest in the state of Colorado. Hal was active in the day to day operations until the disease slowed him down, but he tried to come in most days to help out where he could.

Hal had a passion for Corvettes and enjoyed driving and racing whenever he could. He was a member of the Colorado Springs Corvette Club since 2003, where he held several board positions. He was a member of the National Council of Corvette Clubs and was the National Business Manager for several years as well.

Hal was preceded in death by his father, Monta Tumbleson; father-in-law, Arlen J. Brown; and two brothers-in-law, Doug Brown and Thomas Deaton. Hal is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Cindy Tumbleson; daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Chris Nordby, Castle Rock, Colorado; mother, Alberta Tumbleson, Bethany, Oklahoma; sister, Helen (Lonnie) Brown, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; brother, Monty (Carol) Tumbleson, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; sister, Regena Deaton, Bethany, Oklahoma; sister, Jan (Kevin) Bodgan, Hydro, Oklahoma; mother-in-law, Dorothy Brown, Colorado Springs, Colorado; sister-in-law, Becky (Ron) Brown-Helget, Melrose, Minnesota; brother-in-law, Tim Brown, Colorado Springs, Colorado; sister-in-law, Jenifer (Wes) Parr, Colorado Springs, Colorado; sister-in-law, Samantha (Chris Parrinello) Shafer, Miami, Florida; sister-in-law, Shelby (Alex) Calleja, Colorado Springs, Colorado; brother-in-law, Jared Shafer, Colorado Springs, Colorado; numerous nieces and nephews; and business partners, Terri Flores-Brown and Paul Wood.

Visitation, 4:00PM-8:00PM, Friday, April 26, 2019, The Springs Funeral Services, 3115 East Platte Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909. Funeral Service, 11:00AM, Saturday, April 27, 2019, Iglesia Nueva Vida, (formerly Circle Drive Baptist), 801 North Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909.

Interment, Evergreen Cemetery, 1005 Hancock Expressway, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903.

Rhett Allan Buckley, age 61, of Littleton, Colorado passed away on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Sky Ridge Medical Center.

 

Rhett was born on June 19, 1957 in Lincoln, Nebraska to James and Lois (McTaggart) Buckley. The family moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in 1964. He graduated from Poudre High School in 1975. He married Ronna Kulm in 1978.

Rhett graduated from Cypress College in Southern California with a degree in Mortuary Science. Rhett and Ronna moved to the Denver area where he worked in the funeral industry up until his untimely death.

He was preceded in death by his father, James and sister Brenda Eveland. Survivors include his mother, Lois Pegel, his wife, Ronna; 2 sons, Benjamin and Bryce; his granddaughter, Trinity; 2 brothers, Bruce and Kevin and many stepsisters, brothers and many loving nieces and nephews.

 

A memorial service to celebrate Rhett’s life will be held 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the LifeSource Adventist Fellowship, 6200 W. Hampden Blvd. in Denver.

 

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until time of service at the church on Saturday. Private family interment will be at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Denver.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to American Cancer Society.

Kevin Day, cherished son, brother, uncle and unforgettable friend, passed away on April 29, 2019.

 

He was born on January 19, 1975 and was the son of Jim and Linda Day. Kevin grew up in Henderson, just north of Denver, graduating from Brighton High School, where he was a skilled wrestler.

He attended Colorado Mountain College, eventually graduating from Metropolitan State University with a degree in Criminology.

Described as a deeply sensitive and exceptionally kind soul, Kevin was a gifted artist, graphics designer and photographer, as well as a talented piano player. He had a wicked sense of humor (often displayed in his creative Halloween costumes). He taught his younger cousins to whistle and do back flips on the trampoline, and they spent hours together laughing so hard their heads would hurt.

He will be deeply missed by his family, many friends and co-workers, who describe him as one of the nicest people they knew. He worked for Horan and McConaty for many years, where co-workers describe him as one of the most helpful employees at the business, who seemed to know instinctively how to comfort people and provide the best help at the right moments.