Francis Eugene Letterhos

Born in Denver, CO on September 27, 1929

Departed on February 21, 2019 and resided in Denver, CO

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Francis Eugene “Gene” Letterhos, was born September 27, 1929, in Denver and passed away February 21, 2019 in hospice care in Denver.  He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of fifty-one years, Lola, who died in 2006.

Gene served in the Navy during the Korean conflict aboard the U.S.S. Carrier Essex (CV-9).  On returning home, he eventually settled in Orchard Mesa in Grand Junction, CO, where he farmed a peach orchard.  Soon after, he began his long career with the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1989 from the Grand Junction Post Office after 32 years.

Following his retirement he lived an active life, flying his airplane, becoming a Master Gardner and volunteering for the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, (NARFE).  He also volunteered at St. Joseph Catholic Church in the fund-raising campaign to build the new church.

Gene and his son, Steve, moved to Denver in 2016 to be closer to his family.  He is survived by his sons, Steve Letterhos, Mike Letterhos (Patty), Ben Letterhos (Kathleen), and Andy Letterhos (Kathy); son-in-law, John Faulk; and grandsons, Lee, Colin, Jim (Ellie), and Zachary.  His daughter, Rebecca, and grandson, Travis, died in 1989.  He is also survived by his sisters, Judy Friedman of Aurora, CO and Bertha Wilson of Las Vegas, NV; and numerous nieces and nephews and their children.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 2626 East 7th Avenue Parkway in Denver on Monday, March 4th at 10:00.

Graveside services will be held in Grand Junction at Orchard Mesa Cemetery, St. Anthony Section, 2620 Legacy Way on Tuesday, March 5th at 11:00.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to The Denver Hospice, https://thedenverhospice.org/giving

or Flight For Life Colorado, https://www.centura.org/our-network/flight-for-life/

Guestbook Entries

  1. Joe and Karen Barcus :

    Dear friend, neighbor and co-worker will be greatly missed.

  2. Wes and Arletta :

    Our prayers are with Andy and Kathy at this time. May God be with you through this time.

  3. Arletta Paddock :

    Andy, Kathy and family. Our hearts and prayers are with you at the loss of your dad. May you find peace in the days to come. We love you.
    Arletta and Wesley.

  4. Tribute to a friend, a mentor, a boss, and one of the best human beings that I have ever known. As the Director of Customer Service in the Grand Junction Post Office, Gene took the time to teach me what customer service was really about. He taught me how to use the Postal manuals, handbooks, and gave me the opportunity to fail. When I did fail, he used it as a learning experience and we moved on to the next challenge. His mentoring allowed me to acquire skills to become the Postmaster of Palisade CO. Years later, I told him that I was considering running for National President of the National Association of Postmasters and received nothing but encouragement from Gene, even though no one from an office as small as Palisade had ever achieved such a high post. Not only did Gene call his old Postmaster friends asking them to support me, he flew me to several states in his airplane, during my nation wide campaign. I went from managing seven employees, to representing every Postmaster in the country, and I owe it to the values I learned working for Gene! He was one of a kind and will to remembered.

  5. Lynn Gardner :

    We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to Gene’s family. We really enjoyed knowing Gene, and thought highly of him, and his principles. We’ve lost touch through the years, but thought of him often. So sorry Steve and the rest of the family. Thinking of you.

    Lynn and Dolly Gardner

  6. Mike Griffith :

    I’m a better individual for having known and spent time with Gene, Dave, and Ben. I’m proud to call your family my friends.

  7. Donald E. Williams :

    I worked with Mr.Letterhos at the US Post Office in Grand Junction, Co.. I always remember him as a fine gentleman. So sorry he is gone.

  8. Thoughts and prayers to the Letterhos family. My dad and I both knew Gene from the US Post office in Grand Jct. CO. RIP Gene.

  9. My deepest condolences to the friends and family of Gene. May your treasured memories bring you joy, and may ‘the God of all comfort’ give you strength, along with a measure of peace for your grieving hearts at this most difficult time.
    2 Corinthians 1:3

  10. Judy Friedman :

    I will miss you little brother. Make room for me in Heaven. Peace to our family.

  11. Tim Friedman :

    Uncle Gene is a vibrant personality who lives on in his family with dedication and joy. His spirit has blessed us throughout his life and remains a hallmark for us to aspire to. That we could demonstrate this love daily is a worthy goal.

  12. Bertha Wilson :

    Gene you always looked out for me and protected me I will miss you. God Bless You

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