Obituaries

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

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Kristen Louise Ratcliffe Robley

Departed on August 10, 2017

Resided in Aurora, CO

Kristen was born in Chestnut Hill Hospital to Louise "Clay"ton Ratcliffe (nee Esterhai) and William A. Ratcliffe. Kristen was the older of two sisters.

Kristen graduated from Downingtown High School in 1995. While attending Downingtown High School, Kristen was in the choir, on the swim team, President of the Student Council and served on the Downingtown Area School Board. Following graduation, Kristen attended and graduated from Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, New York in 1999. She received a Bachelor of Art's degree in English Literature, Religion with a minor in film.

Kristen worked for a bank for eighteen months before realizing she wanted to help and work with children in Special Education. She got a position as a teacher's aide in Special Education in the Methacton School District while working towards her Master's degree. She graduated from Penn State University with a Masters in Special Education in 2004 and worked in the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District as a Special Education teacher in Conestoga High School.

In 2005, Kristen moved to Colorado to be with her now husband, Philip. She worked as a Special Education teacher at Arapahoe High School and became Department Chair prior to her diagnosis. Kristen loved her students and nothing was too much trouble given they wanted to learn.

Kristen married Philip Brian Robley on June 27, 2009 at Red Rocks in a small ceremony witnessed by friends and family. Kristen and Phil were not only husband and wife, but also best friends. Nothing pleased them more than spending all their "free" time together. Phil has been a husband, friend and caregiver to Kristen since her original diagnosis and through eight brain surgeries. Together they enjoyed "road trips", hiking, biking, camping and traveling. Kristen enjoyed reading, music, playing with their dogs, movies and the company of her friends.

After Kristen's initial surgery, she was so grateful for the care provided by the doctors, nurses and support employees, she began volunteering at Parker Adventist Hospital in the Critical Care Unit and other areas. Kristen found great joy and several good friends while volunteering at Parker Adventist.

Kristen was loving, a loyal and true friend, had a quick wit and a fabulous sense of humor, would help anyone and adored all her dogs.

Kristen will be missed by her loving husband, Philip B. Robley; her mother, Louise C. E. Ratcliffe; her father, William A. Ratcliffe; her sister, Perry E. Munday (Joshua); her niece, Harper R. Mundy; her aunts and uncle; as well as many cousins. All are comforted that she is no longer suffering from the ravages of her anaplastic astrocytoma.

Remembrances in lieu of flowers should be made to Parker Adventist Hospital or Agape Hospice. As of this time, no services is planned.

Carmen Mary Ruiz

Departed on August 6, 2017

Resided in Westminster, Colorado

Carmen Mary Ruiz, 79, passed away on August 6th, 2017.   She was born on September 28, 1937 in Denver, Colorado to Frances and Joe Mondragon who preceded her in death along with her beloved son Robert.  She is survived by her siblings Nash, John, Annabelle, George, Mabel, Josephine, Rose and Alice; her children Richard, Marie (Bob), Raymond (Lori), Ralph (Lisa), Regina, and Rudy (Julie) who have blessed Carmen with many grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Carmen spent most of her life raising her children and caring for children of family and friends.  She enjoyed having her home filled with laughter and enjoyed cooking for whoever entered.  Carmen loved being in the mountains and especially loved fishing.  One of her favorite fishing spots was Georgetown, Colorado.   

A memorial service for Carmen will be held at Harvest Fellowship located at 11401 E 160th Avenue, Brighton, CO  80602 on Sunday August 20, 2017 from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  

In lieu of flowers please send gifts to: Donor Alliance 720 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite 800-N Denver, CO 80246 or call (303) 329-4747.

 

John Howard Payne, III

Departed on August 5, 2017

Resided in Aurora, CO

John Howard Payne, III of Aurora, Colorado; Husband of Patricia "Pat" Payne; born July 6, 1943 in Dayton, Ohio to John Howard Payne, Jr. and Nell Anderson, passed away on August 5, 2017 in Aurora, Colorado.

Committal Service, Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 10:15 am at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, 3698 South Sheridan Blvd in Denver. Area "C".

In lieu of flowers donations suggested to Alzheimer's Association: Colorado Chapter, 455 Sherman St #500, Denver, CO 80203

Bill Winget

Departed on August 4, 2017

Resided in Aurora, CO

Passed away August 4, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Jan; daughters, Stacey (Andy) and Tiffany (Darin); and grandson, Conor. A Celebration of Life will be held on August 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at History Colorado Center at 1200 North Broadway, Denver, CO 80203.

Joseph (Joe) Dillon Bagan

Departed on August 2, 2017

Resided in Denver, Colorado

 

Joseph (Joe) Dillon Bagan, 77, of Denver, CO passed away on August 2, 2017 at his home surrounded by many family members and friends.

A memorial gathering will be held on September 9, 2017.  Contact Laurie for details if you would like to attend.

Joe was born in Denver to Dillon Bagan and Estelle Rust Bagan on January 24, 1940.  He went to high school at St. Francis de Sales.  He graduated from UNC with a BA in history, and received an MSW from Denver University.  He married Laurel Peterson on May 1, 1975 in Denver. His career in social work spanned 32 years in various child welfare positions.  He retired from Adams County in January 2000.  He authored two published books, “Behind His Eyes” and “Lukas at Auction”. Joe was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army on active duty from 1959 to 1961, and was honorably discharged in 1964.

Joe loved horse racing throughout his life, as an owner, bloodline researcher, and writer for “Owner Breeder” newsletter. Betting on races was one of his great passions. He was an avid Broncos fan, and an original season ticket holder, he was also a Rockies fan. He devoted much time to reading, researching, and discussing books that focused on history, and non-mainstream ideas and theories. He traveled extensively, and especially enjoyed the world’s ancient historical sites. He loved movies, opera, classical music, and playing games with friends and family.  He also loved theater, especially Broadway musicals. Most of all he loved the home, filled with the art, books, rugs, and memorabilia; and yard and gardens put together during the mostly happy 42 years he spent with his wife.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Dillon and Estelle, and his older brother Jim.

Joe is survived by his wife, Laurie Bagan of Denver, daughters Jennifer Bagan-McKenna of Portsmouth, NH and Linda Quitadamo of Uxbridge, MA, four grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren, 2 brothers and 3 sisters, a  large extended family including numerous nieces and nephews, life-long friends, and Cato.

 

Memorials may be given to PetAid Colorado. http://www.petaidcolorado.org/

 

The family of Joe wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Agape Hospice, and all of the family and friends who were so attentive to Joe and Laurie during this past month.