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.

 F. Javier Carrera

F. Javier Carrera

Departed on April 23, 2017

Resided in Denver, CO

F. Javier "Javi" Carrera

Poet, music lover, learner of life, and occasional goofball. Lover of mountains and ocean, of snowboarding, hiking, fishing, of his family, and of Callie.

Owner of a huge heart and the most beautiful smile.

Beloved son of Francis and Ana, brother of Alex and Paula, brother in law of Mike, uncle of Huey.

You left us way too soon and we already miss you unbearably.

The Sound of Music

I think the time has come

for me to move on

‘cause the future has healed

and there is nothing wrong

I work all week

I really have changed

not to mention what I gained

a new reality’s come

and the sorrow is gone

thought I’d wait forever

but it really didn’t take long

‘cause my wish is here

and my dream is near

just think what’ll happen in another year

that’s about it

‘cause I found what I’m looking for

just to chill with my family, couldn’t ask for any more.

Javier Carrera, Age 14 (Published in the Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans, 2007 edition)

 Gary  Schooler

Gary Schooler

Departed on April 19, 2017

Resided in Centennial, CO

Gary Schooler born in Chicago March 12, 1938, and passed away April 19, 2017.  Loving husband to Orrel, caring, supportive father to Sherri and Randy, proud, loving grandfather to Annika, Andrea, and Amelia.  Gary was employed by a computer company in technical services.  Moved with family to Denver 1978.  Enjoyed reading, crossword  puzzle, and spending time with his granddaughters.

 Alfred Gilbert Duran

Alfred Gilbert Duran

Departed on April 17, 2017

Resided in Lakewood, Colorado

Lakewood  - Alfred Gilbert Duran, Sr. 79 years young, died Monday April 17, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

 

Alfred leaves behind his wife, Sharon Duran, sons Al Duran, Jr. and Aaron Duran, daughter Janice (Duran) Silva, daughters-in-law Mea Duran and Judy Duran, son-in-law Russell Silva, grandchildren: Angeleen Duran, Lexie (Duran) Kerr, Lauren Duran, Anthony Duran, Molly Duran, AJ Duran, and two great-grandchildren: Francesca Kerr and Benjamin Kerr.

 

Alfred was known best as a husband, uncle, dad, cousin and papa. He was born in Tercio, CO, later grew up in Starkville, and soon after moved to Denver. At the age of 24, Alfred wed Carol Porter, who gave him three wonderful children. Carol later died of breast cancer at the age of 26. Fast forward a few years down the road, and Alfred met and wed Sharon Jensen. They were happily married for the past 45 years. Sharon was his champion at his side through his twelve year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

 

Alfred was the biggest sports fan in town. Although, he would never miss the chance to watch a Rockies game or check the highlights of the Nuggets game, the Denver Broncos were his number one team. Some would say the highlight of his super-fan career was road tripping across the country with his sons and nephew Kenny Abeyta to see the Denver Broncos win Super Bowl XXXII.

 

Alfred spent his Friday mornings drinking coffee with Gil Lovato and Tony Rosales to catch up on the weekly gossip. His weekends were spent cheering on his grandchildren at their athletic events and being their number one fan.

 

Rosary service will be held Thursday April 20, 2017 at 7pm, followed by a funeral Mass on Friday April 21, 2017 at 10 am. Both services will be at St. Jude Catholic Church in Lakewood, CO.

 

In the lieu of flowers, please donate to the Parkinson’s Foundation in memory of Alfred Gilbert Duran Here

 Alec William Wallis

Alec William Wallis

Departed on April 17, 2017

Resided in Arvada, CO

"Remembering Alec"

In Memory of Alec William Wallis

"100% passionate about the things he loved" is one of the first comments that came to mind when we began reflecting on just who this man was.  We started to list his hobbies/passions and realized that they were VERY numerous and that all were things that he threw himself into completely--becoming the master of each.

A favorite memory is of Alec taking a swim in his 400 gallon salt water fish tank before he nurtured it into a beautiful focal point in his home.  Home was important to Alec and he took great pride in re-habing space and making it beautiful and deeply personal to fit his family.  He had a green thumb that was reflected in his garden--yielding flowers for the yard and lots of vegetables for canning and cooking.  He was a master at the grill--preparing everything from Thanksgiving turkeys to the best ribs!  He had a refined palate, often taking all day to create the perfect 'sauce' for a single meal.  It is rare to find really good homemade Indian curry but you could frequently smell and eat it in his home.  The spicier the better on most counts and one could often find him putting pepper on his pepper.  He appreciated fine whiskey and cigars as well.

There was often a book in Alec's hands (usually sci-fi) and he was full of all kinds of information--the greatest of the news junkies.  You'd better be prepared if you were going to engage him in a debate!

Alec has been a life long software engineer and owned a business that sold 4-wheeling equipment.  It was a great blessing because it mixed his job with one of his great passions, exploring the outdoors.  4-wheeling on the trails and stopping to camp, hike, and fish with friends was always one of his favorite things to do.

Being an avid photographer and video editor made for a house and Facebook full of awesome images that highlight great adventures. His most recent, taken with his high tech drone.  Alec had a great eye and often captured the important and unique moments of life.  This memorial is just one snapshot of his life--a life that was full.  There is a void left by Alec's death but each of us is richer for having known him.

He is survived by his mother, Yvonne Verge; Two sisters, Kim Harris (Clyde) and Lisa Palmer; a wife, Kathy Krenning and his daughter, Victoria (Tori) Wallis.  He was preceded in death by his son, Greg Wallis.

To remember Alec's life--feel free to join us at a time of "Remembering Alec".  We will be gathering at Bear Creek Lake Park on Tuesday, April 25th at 11 a.m. at the Mountain View Pavilion.  It will be a time of sharing 'Alec Stories' and sampling foods he loved.  If you are able to join us, please feel free to have a memory ready to share.  If you can not join us or don't think you are ready to share out loud, please send stories to Erica Roth (his sister-in-law) at revsroth@gmail.com.  Please dress casually and be prepared for the wind!

Bear Creek Lake Park is located at:

13410 Morrison Rd, Denver, CO 80227

There is usually an entry fee, but just let them know you are there for Alec's Memorial and you will get an entry pass.  Once you have entered the park, take the North Road until you reach the Mountain View Pavilion on your right.  The Pavilion is near the end of the North Road.

In lieu of gifts or flowers, we will be donating to Colorado Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs (coa4wdci.clubexpress.com) in memory of Alec.  Please make donations for us to pass on through the paypal account of Alec's daughter --Victoria Wallis with her associated e-mail address of : vwallis93@gmail.com. You can contact Tori at this e-mail with any questions.

Thomas John Walther

Departed on April 16, 2017

Resided in Parker, CO

CMSgt. Thomas J. Walther, COANG(RET) 68, of Parker, CO passed away on April 16, 2017 at The Denver Hospice.

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and the Colorado Air National Guard, serving 38 years including the Vietnam War and in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Tom loved to fish and holds the record for catching the largest brown trout at the Aurora Reservoir. He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and the proud owner of one share of the Packers stock. He found the most happiness spending his weekends cheering for his grandchildren at their athletic events and being their #1 fan.

He was a devoted husband to his wife of almost 50 years, Susan Walther, a caring and supportive father to daughters Amy Walther-Kim of Longmont, Co and Holly Walther(Jegwe Dancan), Kampala, Uganda, and a loving grandfather to Caleb, Maddie, and Eli Kim and Shekinah Jegwe Walther.

Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on April 28, 2017 at the Chapel at Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Blvd., Highlands Ranch , CO. A military service will follow at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

His family requests that donations be made to The Denver Hospice, giving@care4denver.org, instead of flowers.

The memory of a good person is a blessing.

Proverbs 10:7