Current Obituaries

Obituaries are listed chronologically by date of death starting with the most recent.

Services information is posted on our website only with approval from the family. If you are seeking information not listed below, please contact us.

Don Robert Taylor

Departed on February 18, 2019

Resided in Denver, CO

Don Robert Taylor (“Donnie”) was born on April 22, 1956 in Fort Morgan, Colorado, to Epsie Berry Brandt and John Robert Taylor.  He grew up in Denver, and attended West High School.  Donnie loved rock and roll, concerts and live music, bowling, and watching his favorite TV programs.  He was head mechanic at Bowl-ero Lanes, and worked as a cook at numerous restaurants throughout Denver.  Don was preceded in death by his father and mother, and is survived by his sister, Elizabeth Brewer (Gary), his brother George Akeman (Eve), and seven nieces and nephews.  Donnie passed into the forgiving arms of Jesus on February 18, 2019.

 Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, March 13 at The Sacred Grace Church, 3220 South Acoma Street. He will be laid to rest at Ft. Logan National Cemetery at 11:00 AM . In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Denver Rescue Mission.  

Funeral guests are asked to bring non-perishable food items, wool socks, or sleeping bags to share with our local homeless community.

Emily Mary Miller

Departed on February 9, 2019

Resided in Denver, CO

Emily Mary Miller passed away on February 9, 2019, at the age of 90 at Denver Hospice in Denver, Colorado.

Emily was born on December 9, 1928, in Denver, Colorado to Emilie and William MacDonald.  She had two brothers, Bill and Joe, and one sister, Dorothy.  All preceded her in death.  She was married to John Daniel Miller in June 1945 in Ft. Lupton, Colorado.  John passed away in 1987.

Emily is survived by her children, John, Jr., Marlene, Wayne, Lori and Debbie; her grandchildren, Brooke, Jason, Michael, Adam, Josh, Merissa, Nathaniel, Jessyca, Kenda, Chayton, and Jody and ten great grandchildren.  Her daughter Deborah Borden passed away in 2009 and her granddaughter, Veronica Leann, passed away in 2000.

Emily obtained her dental assistant certification from Emily Griffith Opportunity School and worked outside the home periodically but her main focus was raising her children and being a homemaker.

She lived in Littleton and Denver all of her life.  Long rides in the mountains, gardening, baking, sewing and crafts were some of Emily’s favorite activities.  She loved children and dogs.

Emily was cremated per her wishes.  There will be a family gathering this summer to celebrate her life.


Sleeping In The Forest

I thought the earth remembered me,

She took me back so tenderly,

arranging her dark skirts,

her pockets full of lichens and seeds.

I slept as never before,

a stone on the riverbed,

nothing between me and the white fire of the stars

but my thoughts,

and they floated light as moths among the branches

of the perfect trees.

All night I heard the small kingdoms breathing around me,

the insects, and the birds who do their work in the darkness.

All night I rose and fell, as if in water,

grappling with a luminous doom.

By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times

into something better.

- Mary Oliver


Emily was loved and will be greatly missed.

Helen E. Montoya

Departed on February 5, 2019

Resided in Castle Rock, CO

Helen E. (Encinias) Montoya was born on April 29, 1936 in Tucumcari New Mexico to the late Jose and Susie Encinias. Helen passed away on February 5, 2019. In Castle Rock, Colorado. Helen worked at many of the restaurants and packaged liquor stores in Tucumcari, as well as being a foster grandparent for the public schools. Helen married Joe Ezekiel Montoya on October 04, 1952 in Tucumcari. They have three children. Joe (Lori), Brenda and Elizabeth (Steven Littell). Helen was preceded in death by her parents and loving husband Joe. Helen is survived by one sister Mary (Richard) Mascorro and two brothers Steve, Albert ( Anne Elizabeth). Three grandchildren Shana her daughter Isabela, Sonja and Johnny (Amy Sena) and two boys. Helen leaves behind numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Helen will always be remembered for her hard work, dedication to her family, her beautiful smile and loving heart. The love that Joe and Helen had for each other will never be matched by anybody else and they instilled that love and compassion into their three children. Helen’s rosary and funeral will be March 9th, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. a meal following the services will be provided at the Knights of Columbus in Tucumcari, New Mexico.

Sean Patrick Keller

Departed on January 9, 2019

Resided in Lakewood, CO

Sean Patrick Keller, 51, of Lakewood, Colorado went through transition from this life on January 9, 2019. Born in Hillsdale, Michigan in August of 1967 to Judy (nee Carpenter) Jones and Richard J. Keller. Sean is preceded in death by both of his parents and his grandfather, Vaughan Keller. Sean is survived by his beloved wife, Valerie. Sean is also survived by his brother, Bill Draper; his sister, Laureen; his uncle, Fred Carpenter; his cousin, Dan Dear; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John and Claudia Lark, Nathan and Gina Hicks, all of Michigan; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Brian and Laurie Westcoat, Todd and Paige Krause, all of Colorado. Sean also has many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews that are too numerous to list.

Sean and Valerie are both graduates of Morenci Michigan High School. As a young man, Sean worked at his grandfather’s excavation and paving company. In 2012 he relocated to Colorado and in 2014 he began working in road construction. On May 21, 2016 Sean and Valerie were married at Golden Gate State Park in Gilpin County, Colorado. Sean loved nature and working in the outdoors. There was not a tree, animal, or mountain that he did not appreciate. He was a voracious reader and enjoyed finishing the New York Times crossword puzzle on Sundays.

Sean is greatly missed by his family, friends, and coworkers.

There will be a Celebration of Life at The Rockland Community Church in Golden, CO at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Foothills Animal Shelter. Donations can be made electronically by visiting

Kathryn Theresa Randles

Departed on October 26, 2018

Resided in Denver, CO

Kathryn Theresa Randles, born December 18, 1934 to parents Florence and Starr Kissinger, passed away on the morning of Friday, October 26, 2018. She is survived by her daughter Susan (Jim) Lucas, son William (Cindy) Randles, son Jim Randles and predeceased by her oldest son Michael Randles and her youngest daughter Theres (Michael) Steiner. She will forever be remembered as a warm maternal presence to her grandchildren, Beth, Patrick, Jesse, Michael, Jolene, Lacey, Fiona, and Paul.  Kathryn also leaves behind her great-grandchildren whose pictures covered the fridge and lined the bureaus. A life filled with ups and downs, Kathryn always had time for others and a story the kept you riveted. A childhood spent in Denver, she traveled across the US and Canada with her husband, Bill, and children. She later spent a few years soaking up the sun in La Paz, Mexico before settling in Seattle to help her youngest daughter raise her grandson Paul. Kay moved back to Denver to be close to her sister Charla after the passing of her daughter, Theres. Kathryn was welcomed into Charla's family and she spent many happy years with Scott, Christie, Glenn, and their grandchildre, Lexi, Spencer, and Jack.

Kathryn's remains will be scattered in the Denver mountains with family present as per her last wishes.

Her gracious smile, big hugs, and rebel spirit will be missed.