William Dean Pelham

Born in Denver, Colorado on September 27, 1945

Departed on April 27, 2018 and resided in Broomfield, Colorado

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William Dean "Bill" Pelham

William Dean “Bill” Pelham was born on September 27, 1945 in Denver, Colorado to Helen King Pelham and Walter Pelham.  He was the 5th generation of the Pelham family born in Colorado.  He joined his brother Robert in the family on South Clarkson Street in Denver. Bill graduated from South High School in Denver in 1963. He took college classes in Durango and Greeley, Colorado. Bill married Mary L Hentges on June 15, 1968 in Colorado Springs. They always lived in the Denver metro area and moved to Broomfield in 1979, where they raised their family. Bill and Mary have 5 amazing children: Joy Retherford, Deb Pelham, Becky Toliver, Dan Pelham, and Crystal Pelham. They have 5 grandchildren: Amber, Aidan, Julian, Melinda, and Alec who was waiting for Grandpa in heaven.

Bill spent his career in construction. He built houses, supervised construction sites, and was a building inspector. Bill and Mary shared their family, home and love with about 500 foster children over a 20 year time frame. Bill was a leader and trainer in the Stephen Ministry program at Broomfield United Methodist Church. He had begun assisting other churches to develop that program for their congregations. Bill touched and enriched many lives, and was an amazing husband, father, and very caring person. Bill passed away on April 27, 2018. He is survived by his brother Robert; wife Mary; children Joy, Deb, Becky, Dan and Crystal; and grandchildren Amber, Aidan, Julian, and Melinda.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Mary Rebecca Toliver :

    Love you Dad. I miss you so much.

  2. Roy Toliver :

    I miss you and enjoyed our many times together. I love you Dad.

  3. Janice Bailey :

    Bill will be our Stephen Ministry guandian angel, the best we could ever have.

  4. Will and Meg Lyons :

    Sweet family. May you find peace in your fond memories. Much love to all of you. Uncle Willie and Aunt Meg
    Mary, blessed by your babies and your life with Bill. Our love for you, as well. -Will and Meg

  5. Ann Brandt :

    Bill was very helpful for Stephen Minister trainees and active Ministers as well. I still use his method of filling out our check-in statement. George remembers you helping to bring closure to his CR.

  6. Irma Brand :

    I didn’t know Bill, but I know he was full of love. I know his daughter Becky, and the love that shines in Bill’s eyes also shines in Becky’s eyes. I pray his transition was painless, and that he now rests peacefully in God’s arms.

  7. Cynda Collins Arsenault :

    I was so pleased to have met him. What a kind, gentle, amazing man. He helped raise some wonderful children.

  8. I am a better person because Bill Pelham was in my life, even for a short time. It is because of God’s leading, and Bill’s encouragement and support, that I am a Stephen Minister, which has been the most meaningful thing I’ve ever done. He leaves an amazing legacy and I will never forget all that he taught me, and shared with me, in our “Class of 2015” training class.

  9. I never received the privilege to meet Bill in life, but I have been privileged to watch the love he shared show out through his daughter, Becky. She told me many wonderful stories about him and shares the love he taught her.

  10. Becky, your dad sounds like he was a wonderful giving man. I know it brings you peace knowing that he is with our Father in heaven.

  11. Krista Clouse :

    Bill was a special man, as we all know. We are so blessed to have known him, and me especially serving with him in Stephen Ministries. His presence will be missed. Love to the family, and his many friends.
    The Clouses

  12. Kelly Bride :

    I wish I had known you Bill, what an amazing life you had. Your heart and example will be remembered forever! I am praying for your entire family.

  13. What an amazing and loving man. Bill was a wonderful Stephen Ministry Leader and trainer. I was blessed to have him as my trainer. He will be missed so much and I know heaven has opened up to welcome and love their new angel.

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