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Richard L. “Dick” Chisholm died in Missoula, Montana on June 17, 2019 from complications of Alzheimer’s. His last hours were peaceful. He was 87 years old.
Dick spent long periods of his childhood traveling, often alone, from his home in Great Falls, Montana to the Shriners Hospital in Spokane, Washington for charitable leg and foot surgeries and care. He spent long periods of his adult life quietly paying the Shriners’ gift forward.
His career began by driving delivery trucks for Meadow Gold Dairy in Great Falls while attending the College of Great Falls. Following graduation in accounting, Dick continued with Meadow Gold and its corporate parent Beatrice Foods Co. for over 35 years. He managed dairies in Eugene, Missoula and Honolulu and led Beatrice Foods Co. domestic and international agri-products and food divisions from Honolulu, Denver and Chicago, becoming a senior corporate officer of Beatrice Co. He retired to Greenwood Village, Colorado in 1985.
As a too young retiree, Dick served as a liaison for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the U.S.S.R. for dairy production, as a board member and eventually chairman of Craig Hospital in Denver and on numerous non-profit boards. But his formal service is shadowed by his quiet service to individuals: helping former employees in need, caring for a recent widow or widower, sitting bedside as a friend passed, supporting his wife, Marilyn, in her many 4-H activities, mentoring young business leaders in his communities and serving, always, as the foundation for his extended family.
Dick and Marilyn lived their retirement in Greenwood Village and Highlands Ranch, Colorado and returned to Missoula and their Montana roots in June 2016.
Dick is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marilyn Chisholm, daughter Linda (Bill) Lane, sons David (Sally Ann) Chisholm and Dean (Penni) Chisholm, his sister Patricia Price and 13 grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Services have been held in Missoula, Montana.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers that contributions be made in Dick’s memory to the Shriners Hospital for Children- Spokane, 911 W. 5th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99204 and, in honor of his legacy, that you help someone today and tomorrow. Quietly.
Pat Bowlen with daughters Annabel, Beth Bowlen Wallace and Amie Bowlen Klemmer at the 2013 Mizel Institute Gala
CONTRIBUTED BY THE DENVER BRONCOS
It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that the Denver Broncos mourn the loss of Owner Pat Bowlen, who passed away June 13 at age 75 following his courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
The Broncos extend their deepest sympathies to Mr. Bowlen’s wife, Annabel, his children (Amie, Beth, Patrick, Johnny, Brittany, Annabel, Christianna) and his entire family. The organization also offers its sincere condolences to Broncos fans, Mr. Bowlen’s friends and the many individuals around the National Football League who worked with him.
A 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame selection, Mr. Bowlen guided the Broncos during his 35-year ownership with a simple phrase: “I want to be No. 1 in everything.” He was introduced as majority owner of the Broncos on March 23, 1984, and made it clear throughout his ownership that he wanted the organization to be focused on winning and making a difference in the community.
Affectionately referred to as “Mr. B” by many, Pat Bowlen built a culture of winning within the Broncos that resulted in unprecedented sustained success. The Broncos posted as many Super Bowl appearances (7) as losing seasons under Mr. Bowlen, including the club’s back-to-back World Championships following the 1997 and 1998 seasons and its victory in Super Bowl 50 after the 2015 season.
Only one owner in NFL history has presided over more Super Bowl appearances (7) than Pat Bowlen, who made it clear that winning would always be the organization’s top priority.
Inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, Pat Bowlen’s championship mentality included an extraordinary commitment to the community. He felt a strong responsibility for the organization to be invested in the Rocky Mountain Region, once saying, “It’s important to me that this organization lives up to the high reputation and that people connect the Denver Broncos with Colorado.”
As chairman of the board of Denver Broncos Charities, Mr. Bowlen donated more than $35 million to charitable organizations in the Denver area since the inception of that fund in 1993. His status and reputation as an owner were recognized locally in 2013 when he received the Mizel Institute Community Enrichment Award, the region’s most prestigious philanthropic accolade, for his community leadership and commitment to the city of Denver and state of Colorado.
Steven C. Keul, 74, of Denver passed away April 28, 2019. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Sharon;
daughter Amy (Juan) Gimenez; Jeff (Tricia) Keul; grandchildren Sophia and
Raquel Gimenez; Lauren, Amelia and Blake Keul.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are appreciated to Wild Earth Guardians, https://wildearthguardians.org.
BY GARY OAKLEY
Al Bisterfeldt was blind. He was not handsome. He was short tempered, abrasive, impatient, totally politically incorrect, however, he was loved by many.
I had a manufacturing company, Sterling Stainless Tube, that made stainless steel tubing for hypodermic needles. Al was referred to our company by the Colorado Department of Rehabilitation for the Blind to seek employment with the company.
The year was 1962 and it was the beginning of a new direction in medicine since the discovery that reusable needles were responsible for spreading infectious hepatitis and the solution was to not reuse the needle. As a result there was a great demand for tubing since hepatitis was becoming an epidemic. The decision was made to hire Al to work on the production line. In spite of being blind, Al had an amazing mechanical ability. After seeing his capability he was promoted to foreman on the night shift. That was alright with Al, obviously.
Last week when I talked to him on the phone I knew that the end was near. His son Don, was staying with him and helping with the phone and answering the door. I said, “ I will call or come by and check you out Al.” Al said, “ I told you three times that I cannot get to the phone and I cannot get to the door.” He could be abrasive. Al was right however. He did not want patronizing, he just wanted me to be there. It reminds me of scripture. To paraphrase Isaiah, “don’t give me incense, or words, but give me your heart.” Al knew your heart and as a blind man he had that special sensitivity that many blind people have. ‘He had no sight but he had vision.’” That is a quote from the great Helen Keller.
As a foreman he was able to rent a small house next to the company and he came to work faithfully for over 25 years. He was able to very successfully upset employees working on his shift, however he never lost their respect and he was an asset to the company.
I was informed yesterday that Al passed away peacefully. We will miss him. He taught us a lesson about overcoming difficult problems and facing reality with optimism. After knowing Al and his physically troubled life his friends can honestly say that he was a blessing and an inspiration to all who really knew him.
Al died on April 8, 2019. A memorial service was held April 14 at Olinger Chapel.
Born Aug. 31, 1934, in Grainfield, Kansas to Matthew and Julia Hein, Harold Dean Hein was the youngest of six children and was given the nickname of “Tweety.” During his childhood, he played various sports, including basketball and baseball.
At the University of Kansas, Harold was the manager of the track team. Most importantly, while attending KU, Harold met the love of his life, Martha Ivon Olson, and their love story lasted 63 years. They married in 1957 and raised their family of four children in Arvada. After graduation, Harold earned his CPA license and started working for the firm of Arthur Young, becoming partner in 1969.
He also served as an MP in the Army Reserve, shortly after college. His profession allowed him to travel the world and he also enjoyed family vacations every summer. Many weekends and holidays were spent at their family cabin in Breckenridge. While on a cruise to Alaska in 2002, Harold sent an email saying that he had now visited all 50 states. Harold and Martha Ivon explored Europe on multiple river cruises and also experienced memorable trips traveling across Canada by train, visiting many Caribbean islands, as well as the Panama Canal. They passed their love of travel on to their children by generously arranging summer gatherings every two years that included their grandchildren and eventually their great-grandchildren.
After leaving Arthur Young/Ernst and Young in 1990, Harold never retired but continued to help clients, family and friends with their taxes and estate planning. The Rocky Mountain Lions Club Eye Institute was lucky to have Harold as their treasurer for 30 years. The words his family, friends and co-workers would use to describe Harold are respected, kind, generous, dedicated, reliable and quiet but they would also point out that he was always up for anything, from parasailing to beer pong.
Survivors include his wife Martha, four children, nine grandchildren and three great- grandchildren (soon to be five great-grandchildren.) Son Christopher, his wife Sue; their three children: Matthew, his wife Jillian and their baby due soon, Nicholas, his wife Courtney and their two sons Ryland and Jackson, Kristin, her husband Cesar, their son Julius and baby McKinley due soon. Daughter Diane, her partner Jeffrey and her three daughters Kristi, Camille and Michaela. Daughter Jennifer, her husband Ben and their son Joshua. Daughter Andrea, her husband David and their sons Andrew and Brent Sister Sally Dinkel. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Roberta “Birdie” Hein.
Harold died April 19, 2019. He suffered a stroke shortly after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Donations can be made in his honor to the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Kenneth E. Coddington
Kenneth E. Coddington, 78, of Littleton died peacefully March 10, 2019, at Brookdale in Greenwood Village. Born in Hawarden, Iowa Aug. 19, 1940, to Evelyn and Merrill F. Coddington, Ken was raised in Centerville, S.D. where he graduated from high school in 1958. He received his B.A. from Sioux Falls College (University) in 1962, and after teaching sixth grade in Sioux Falls, he attended the University of South Dakota receiving his M.A. in 1965.
Ken then began his career as an elementary school principal in Mitchell, S.D. While in Mitchell he met his bride-to-be Barbara Anderson, a student at Dakota Wesleyan University. Following her graduation, they married June 15, 1968, in Spearfish, S.D. In 1970 they moved from Mitchell to Iowa City, Iowa where Ken earned his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in 1972. Just before Ken’s graduation their son Matthew was born.
Littleton soon became their home and Ken began his 28 years as an elementary principal in four of Littleton’s schools starting at Mark Hopkins Elementary. During this time son Steven was born. He next had the honor of opening Lois Lenski Elementary. He later moved to Lewis Ames Elementary, and served his last 10 years at Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary, retiring in 2000. Ken thoroughly enjoyed working with his teachers, students, their parents and his principal colleagues.
Ken loved his family, church and community. Traveling in the U.S. and other countries, photography, video editing, woodworking and gardening became his hobbies. Despite being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in May 2000, Ken remained active and optimistic. As a member of Littleton United Methodist Church he sang in the chancel choir and served on many committees. With church friends he traveled to El Salvador and Mexico on Habitat for Humanity missions. Ken enjoyed making friends here and in Australia as a member of the Bega/Littleton Sister City organization. He served youth with the Breakfast Optimist Club of Littleton, and he sang with the Littleton Chorale (Voices West.) Ken cheered for the Broncos and the Rockies. For six years he served as a “row 10” usher for the Rockies working 10 rows from the field and next to the visitor’s dugout. In 2016, Littleton’s Western Welcome Week board honored Ken by naming him a grand marshal representing educators from the past. Throughout the years following Ken’s retirement, he and Barbara became active members of the Highlands Ranch Parkinson’s disease support group.
Ken is survived by his wife Barbara, sons Matthew (Michele) Sonoma, Calif.; Steven Littleton; granddaughter Ella Sonoma, Calif.; brother William, Stuart Fla.; sister-in-law Lorraine Burd (Fran) Derry, Pa.; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Littleton United Methodist Church Saturday, April 6, at 10 a.m.
Memorial contributions in Ken’s name may be made to the Parkinson Association of the Rockies, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, or the Littleton United Methodist Church music department.
Lee E. Schlessman died March 6, 2019.
He was born Nov. 29, 1926, in Denver, the son of Florence and Gerald Schlessman. He grew up in Denver and attended Denver Public schools, graduating from East High School in 1944. After two years in the Navy Air Corps, he entered Colorado College in Colorado Springs and graduated in 1950 with a B.A. in business administration.
While attending CC he joined the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Lee married Dolores Lanning in 1951, and they had three children: Sandra Garnett, Cheryl Bennett and Gary Schlessman. Lee and Dolores have seven grandchildren: Aaron, Colin and Benjamin Garnett, Lauren Watel, Eric Bennett, Jennifer Bonicelli and Margaret Emmerich. They are also blessed to have eight great-grandchildren.
Lee was president and chairman of the board of the Schlessman Family Foundation from 1956 until his death. He was also president and chairman of the board of Greeley Gas Company until the family-owned business merged with Atmos Energy in Dallas, Texas in 1992. He served on the board of Atmos Energy Corporation for several years.
Lee has been very active in YMCA work. He was chosen Layman of the Year in 1983 and was inducted into the YMCA Hall of Fame in 1984. He was also a member of the board of the YMCA of the Rockies and was very active in Masonry achieving his 33rd Degree and Grand Cross. Lee was the Potentate of El Jebel Shrine Temple in 1970 and the treasurer of the Scottish Rite Foundation until his death. He served on many other boards during his lifetime, was chairman of the board of AAA for years and is still shown as chairman emeritus in their monthly publication.
Lee joined the Denver Lions Club in 1955 and was a life member. As an active member serving on the club board of directors, trustee for the Denver Lions Foundation, he received Key Member Award and Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. The Schlessman Family Foundation actively supported the Denver Lions Foundation, and its service programs.
When he was younger, he loved skiing, golfing, tennis, fishing and wouldn’t miss a Bronco game. His favorite shirt was a Bronco sweatshirt, vintage 1975. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, boss and friend.
Cheryl preceded her father in death in 2011. Lee’s sister, Susan Duncan and her son Michael Fredericks, also survive him. Services will be held Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 1370 Grant St., Denver, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donate to your favorite charity, such as the Denver Lions Foundation.
A memorial service for Bernie Ciazza, former Arapahoe County Treasurer, will be held Friday, March 22 at 4 p.m. at the Unity Spiritual Center, 3021 S. University Blvd, Denver. There will be a reception at the center following the service.
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