Current Obituaries

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Rhone G. Hamilton

Departed on June 11, 2018

Resided in Denver, CO

Life Reflections of Rhone G. Hamilton

Rhone Gazelle Hamilton was born to Ronald Hamilton and Brenda McCoy on March 15, 1971. Rhone was raised in Kansas City, Missouri, graduating from Raytown High school in 1989 where he excelled in football, track, and choir. After graduation, Rhone attended Missouri Southern University in Joplin, Missouri majoring in communications technology. It was at MSU that he began to develop a passion for broadcasting and the technology that made it come alive to its various audiences. This is where Rhone’s journey began.

Rhone chose a hands-on approach to learn his “dream” profession. Starting in Los Angeles as a production assistant, he worked with various artists creating music videos in the early 90’s. This experience kicked-off his network of friends and professional associations and provided the initial insight into his creativity, passion and excellence. Rhone had a plan.

Upon returning to Kansas City in 1992, Rhone expanded his talents to television broadcasting as a master control operator and studio manager for KSMO and WDAF. It was in Kansas City, at the infamous Levee Jazz Club, that he met the love of his life, and future wife, Penny Lee. Together they accepted Christ as their Savior at Allen Chapel AME Church Kansas City, Kansas in 1995. In 1999, they were married on the shore of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Oahu surrounded by close friends and family. Penny and Rhone moved to Denver, Colorado in 1995 to pursue their unique careers. Rhone had his eye set on breaking into television sports production. He started at KUSA-Channel 9 in 1995 and moved to AT&T Sports Net in 2001 (formerly FSN, ROOT Sports). With a special gift for building relationships and a drive for learning, Rhone moved towards his vision.

Rhone has worked in the television and sports production industry for over two (2) decades; most notably as a camera operator and technical director. He enjoyed traveling to various stadiums and other venues hosting Thursday Night Football, the NBA All-Star Game, the Canadian Grey Cup and the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Some of his favorite clients include the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Denver Nuggets, the Colorado Rockies, and most recently, the Vegas Golden Knights.

One of his favorite “Rhone-isms” was “a man with a plan always has a chance” and he lived out that principle in everything he did. Rhone loved his family, his profession, and all the people he worked with.  He lived his life with integrity and excellence and treated those he met with respect and dignity. He was known for “his hugs and big smile”. Rhone is gone from our sight today but his legacy will live forever in the things he loved the most—his family and his friends.

On June 11th at the University of Colorado Hospital, Rhone left to pursue his eternal purpose with the Lord.

Rhone is survived by his wife, Penny Lee Hamilton, his son, Roman Lee “Buddy” Hamilton, his parents, Ronald and Eileen Hamilton (Overland Park, Kansas), his mother, Brenda Fox (Roanoke, Virginia), his sister, London Lyman (Roanoke, Virginia) and a host of family and friends. He will also be missed by his faithful 160-pound Bullmastiff, Oscar Lee Hamilton.

A Celebration of Rhone’s Life and reception will be held on Monday, July 16th from 6pm to 8pm at Regis Jesuit High School in the Steele Center, Z-Theatre, 6400 South Lewiston Way, Aurora, Colorado, 80016. (Map of the Regis Jesuit High School Campus is attached to this journal entry.)

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in the name of Rhone Hamilton to the Rocky Mountain Stroke Center at 5666 South Bannock Street, Littleton, Colorado 80120 or


Esther N. Morse

Departed on June 5, 2018

Resided in Denver, CO

Esther N Morse,92 of Denver, Colorado was called home to her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 ,  at Brookdale, Lowry.

Esther was born to Paul and Osa Newhouse on December 23, 1925 in Guide Rock, Nebraska. She lived most of her life in Colorado until she retired from the Denver Federal Center. Retirement took her cross country many times with her husband Bill in their RV, finally settling in Mesa, Arizona to enjoy many active and fun filled years.

Esther was the light of her family. Always loving, adventurous and  nourishing with a little bit of sass. She was passionate about life, loving camping, fishing, water skiing, traveling and dancing with her lifetime partner, Bill. She loved people, but most of all she loved being surrounded by her husband, her daughters, son-in-laws, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Esther is survived by the love of her life, husband of 72 years, William E Morse. She was the beloved mother of Sandra Stanley(Charles-deceased), Cynthia Gablehouse (Randall), Grandmother of Korin Owens(Marni Wahlquist), Kimberly Moore(Brian), Nicholas Owens(Joni Gascoigne), and Sean Gablehouse (Katie).

Great Grandmother of Theia, Grayson, Brianne, Riley and Tommy.

Esther will be prayerfully remembered at Ft. Logan National Cemetery on Wednesday, June 13, at 9:00am. Please arrive at staging area A no later than 8:45am.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Brookdale Hospice, 5600 Quebec St. Ste 375C, Greenwood Village,CO 80111

Joan Elizabeth Kauffman

Departed on June 2, 2018

Resided in Englewood, Colorado

Joan Elizabeth Kauffman (Haberman), age 67, of Englewood, Colorado passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018. She was born on August 19, 1950 in Denver, the daughter of Elizabeth (Held) and Walter Haberman.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Alison, sister, Susan Schunk (Dennis), numerous cousins and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am, Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Washington Park in Picnic Area 3B until 2 pm. Enter the park at the Franklin St./Kentucky Ave. entrance.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Joan’s name to the National Kidney Foundation or Family Tree.

Beverly A. Black

Departed on May 30, 2018

Resided in Brighton, Colorado

Beverly A. Black

1927 - 2018

Beverly A. Black was born to Roy Lee and Billye Irene Wilson, February 11, 1927. She passed of natural causes on May 30, 2018 at Avamere Brighton Care Center.

Beverly was born in Sioux City, Iowa. The family moved to St. Joseph, Missouri for work. During high school she met the love of her life, Melvin John Black. Melvin enlisted in the US Marine Corp July 1, 1943. They were married one month after his discharge, March 15, 1946 in St. Joseph. Together they raised four children: Lucinda (Cindy) Irene; Dennis Wilson; Melva Anne and John Roy.

In 1961 they moved to Springfield, Missouri. Beverly was mostly a loving wife and mom, but also worked as a realtor for several years and then at J. C. Penney’s for thirteen years in the jewelry and cosmetic departments. She was a natural born salesperson and loved making people happy. She was a member of Kingsway United Methodist Church and Schweitzer United Methodist Church for many years and cherished the friends, who became like family. They loved to play bridge, entertain and travel. She and Melvin retired to Mesa, Arizona where they were eventually joined by Melvin’s brothers Marvin and Paul, and their wives.

Beverly moved to Colorado in 1991 and resided with her daughter Melva’s family in Littleton. In 2001 they moved to Brighton, Colorado. She continued to travel the world and play bridge with new and old friends. She was a member of Brighton United Methodist Church.

The term “spitfire” was used to describe Beverly by most who knew her. She collected pretty things (and wore most of them). She could play a mean game of bridge, pinochle and gin rummy. If you were her friend, you were a friend for life. She wore hats to church, drove a shiny, red, convertible, loved to cook and perpetuated “cocktails at 5:00” each night. She taught her grandson, Jared, to play golf in return for him teaching her about football and the Broncos. She was happiest when surrounded by family, and loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren to distraction. She was an avid reader and tried to make sense out of a world that was making less and less sense every day. She was rarely at a loss for words and wasn’t afraid to speak them. She had a deep respect for family and love for Christ. Not always comfortable as a public speaker, but when she testified to the Lord her message was clear: God loves a happy giver. So give and give more; love and love more.

Beverly is preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Bill, daughter Cindy and son John.

She is survived by her sister Glenda Kay, son Dennis, daughter Melva, eight grandchildren, Todd , Michael, Mark, Jessica, Jared, Amanda, Nicholas and Katie and eight great grandchildren.

Memorial service will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday, June 12, at Brighton United Methodist Church. The family requests donations in lieu of flowers. Beverly Black Memorial Fund contributions may be left at the church or mailed to 14405 N. Maywood Ct., Brighton, CO 80603. An internment service will be held in August at Springfield National Cemetery.

Carla Beth Rodeman

Departed on May 30, 2018

Resided in Denver, CO

Carla Beth Rodeman was born December 14, 1940 at the Baker Hospital in La Crosse, KS and died May 30, 2018 at the age of 77 in Denver, CO. She passed peacefully surrounded by her family.  She is survived by her sister Reva, brother Kyle, eldest daughter Michelle, youngest daughter Nancy, and grand daughter Kyleigh.

Carla was born to Katharen and Charles Rodeman and grew up in McCracken, KS enjoying many adventures with her older sister, younger brother, and many friends.  Always very social, her mother noted that she started talking late, but when she did begin to talk, it was not in single words but complete sentences, and she didn't stop.  Carla was also musically inclined and participated in marching and performing bands, singing ensembles, choirs and glee clubs.  She participated in scholarly competitions and graduated from Fort Hays State University with a degree in Speech Therapy in 1963.

Carla met Leonard Purer in college and they married in Mannheim, Germany in 1963 where Leonard was stationed in the Army.  While living in Leoti, KS Carla became a mother to daughter Michelle in October of 1966, and after moving to Littleton, CO she had her daughter Nancy in November of 1970.  Carla became a grand mother to Kyleigh in July of 1994.  She loved being a mother and grandmother and she 'adopted' many international students who lived with her while studying in Colorado.  In 1988 she continued her education by earning a Masters Degree in Communications from the University of Denver while working full time at the university in the Driscoll Center.

Carla was an avid gardener, talented seamstress, and had many other hobbies and talents.  She was warm, generous and outgoing and made friends everywhere she worked and lived.  She was loved by many, just as she loved and cared for many, and she will be greatly missed.

Services will be held Wednesday, June 6 at 1:00PM at the Horan & McConaty chapel located at 1091 S. Colorado Boulevard, Denver CO 80246.  Following the services at approximately 2:30PM, all are welcome to join us for the interment of mom's urn at The Cremation Gardens at Rocky Mountain Memorial Park located at 11148 E. Dartmouth Avenue, Aurora CO 80014.   In lieu of flowers, donations are greatly appreciate and can be made in Carla's name to or