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Funeral services for Carol Lee Robinson were held Oct. 20, at the Greenwood Community Church in Greenwood Village. Carol Lee died Oct. 17, 2016 after a five-year struggle with dementia and accompanying diseases.
Carol Lee Peter was born January 11, 1938, in rural Sherman County, Kansas, to Philip Peter and Fern Johnson Peter. She attended a country school through the eighth grade and graduated in 1955 from Sherman Community High School in Goodland, Kan.
She attended business college in Denver before returning to her hometown to serve jointly as secretary of the Goodland Chamber of Commerce and as the community’s Western Union agent.
She and Roy Robinson were married July 31, 1960, in Goodland. In 1961, the couple moved to Lamar. In 1966, the couple purchased the weekly Ute Pass Courier newspaper in Woodland Park. Both their children, son Robert and daughter Michelle, began kindergarten and graduated from high school in Woodland Park.
They were active in newspaper publishing in Cripple Creek, Eagle, Westminster and Fort Morgan, before moving in 1998 to Graham, Texas. They returned to Colorado in 2
014, when her advancing illness required more family care and assistance.
She is survived by her husband, Roy, of Denver; her son, Robert, also of Denver; her daughter, Michelle Koenig, and son-in-law, Mark Koenig, of Centennial; a grandson, Jonathan Kopec, of Centennial; a granddaughter, Nadia Robinson, of Pueblo; her brother, Dean Peter, of Westminster; two sisters, Bonnie Jones of Westminster and Kathy Schupp of Aurora; two aunts and numerous cousins.
Ralph Donald “Don” Johnson passed away, peacefully at home, on Sept. 1, at the age of 88.
He was born, the second child of Raymond and Helen Johnson, on January 19, 1928 in Denver and raised in the West Washington Park neighborhood. Don graduated from Denver’s South High School in 1946 and served in the United States Army from 1946 to 1948, serving primarily in Korea and also briefly in Shanghai, China in 1948. Don rose quickly to the rank of sergeant and served as a military policeman.
Upon return to the U.S. and honorable discharge from the Army, he utilized his GI Bill and attended the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Colorado and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Don received his law degree from the University of Denver in 1953, and was admitted to the Colorado Bar. His law practice consisted largely of water rights and insurance defense. He subsequently joined the family business, Johnson Storage and Moving Co where he served as president and CEO for many years until his retirement in 1995. As the third generation to lead this family enterprise, he was very proud to have been an “over the road furniture moving” van driver. Don was known to his staff as a boss who knew how to do every job in the operation and who asked no one to do what he would not do himself.
He married Margaret “Marney” Hammond in 1950 and they had two sons, Mark and James “Jim”, both still Denver residents. The couple divorced in 1972.
Don was subsequently married to Katherine “Kathy” Piper who preceded him in death in 2001.
In 2005, Don married Arlene Mohler. The couple had a joyous life of travel, social engagement and charitable activities. Their love was an inspiration to all who were fortunate to share time with them. He took great pleasure in spending time with his expanded family which in addition to his two sons, included Scott (Becky), Seth (Annie) and Stan (Katie) Mohler and grandchildren.
Don was an active entrepreneur throughout his life. His ventures included the High Country Inn at Winter Park, cardboard distribution, home building, and commercial real estate development.
He served as a director of Union Bank and Trust, United Van Lines, the Colorado State Engineering Board and the Cherry Hills Zoning Appeals Board. He also served on the Boards of the American Moving and Storage Association and the Colorado Motor Carriers Association.
He was a member of Sertoma, Executive Club of Denver and Garden of the Gods Club. Don gave abundantly to many nonprofits including the Colorado Neurological Institute, Tau Kappa Epsilon Educational Foundation, Cancer League of Colorado, Central City Opera Association, Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Children’s Diabetes Foundation, Denver Ballet, Inside the Orchestra, Bessie’s Hope, Marion Downs Foundation, TAPS and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Because of Don and Arlene’s total commitment to community, they were honored as “Pillars of the Community” by Arapahoe House, “Citizens of the Arts” by Fine Arts Foundation, “Community Champions” by Colorado Neurological Institute, “King and Queen of Hearts” by American Heart Association and “Lord and Lady” by Hospice of St. John.
Don was a skilled downhill skier and outdoorsman. In addition, he loved to spend time at the family ranch west of Colorado Springs.
He is survived by the love of his life, Arlene Mohler Johnson, five sons, 12 grandchildren, four nephews, numerous cousins, his former wife Marney and legions of dear friends. He was especially proud of his Cherry Hills Village home named “The Cedars” where Don and Arlene graciously entertained friends and opened their doors for countless charity events. Don served on the board of Sunset Country Homes.
He will be remembered for his devotion to family and friends, brilliant mind, varied and colorful history, generosity and wit.
A Celebration of Life is planned at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Ave. in Cherry Hills Village on Sunday, October 9 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, any tributes or memorials should be contributed to the charity of one’s choice in Don’s name.
Bill Armstrong – March 16, 1937 – July 5, 2016
Former U.S. Sen. Bill Armstrong, a resident of Cherry Hills Village and president of Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, lost his five-year battle with cancer on July 5, 2016. He was 79.
Armstrong, a onetime broadcaster and newspaper owner, was a major figure in the Colorado Republican Party who helped usher in the policies of President Reagan and a new generation of Republican leadership before entering yet another career in Christian education.
Armstrong was credited for bringing attention to the federal deficit during Reagan’s tenure. He was appointed by the president to the National Commission on Social Security Reform.
Armstrong had served as president of CCU since 2006. During his tenure, the school reached records in enrollment while raising ACT scores. He was at the helm of CCU as the American Council of Trustees repeatedly ranked the school in the top 2 percent of colleges nationally.
Armstrong was a long-time Colorado businessman who joined the university after owning and operating more than a dozen companies. He was chairman of Denver-based Oppenheimer Funds.
Born in Fremont, Neb. on March 16, 1937, Armstrong began working in radio after attending Tulane University in New Orleans and the University of Minnesota. He was a lieutenant in the Army National Guard.
At 23, Armstrong was elected to the Colorado State House of Representatives and served 1963-1964. He served in the state Senate (1965-1972), U.S. House of Representatives (1973-1978) and U S. Senate (1979-1990).
He was on the board of Christian Businessmen’s Committee USA and Campus Crusade for Christ.
Bill Armstrong served in the U.S. Senate 1974-1990.
Armstrong is survived by Ellen, his wife of 54 years, his daughter Annie, son Will, daughter-in law Kristy, eight grandchildren, four granddaughters-in-law and Tina, “the world’s greatest dog.”
Funeral service will be held at Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Blvd. in Highlands Ranch on Friday, July 15 at 10:30 a.m. Visitation was scheduled for July 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Shari Williams, president of Leadership Program of the Rockies, says Armstrong changed the trajectory of her life and inspired what was taught in the program as a defender of capitalism who unabashedly celebrated innovation, competition, free markets and entrepreneurship.
Williams said Armstrong “had kindness, reasonableness, intellect, good humor, modesty, conviction, courage, determination, faith and optimism. He spoke with the remarkable voice of the radio announcer he once was, captivating you with every statement. Armstrong was informed by a towering intellect and a passionate conviction.”
In 2013, Armstrong received LPR’s Legacy Award at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman said, “When public officials leave office, they often disappear and are never heard from again, but Sen. Armstrong had a passion for fighting for conservative causes that started from the day when he was first elected to office in 1962 to his final days at Colorado Christian University.”
Sen. Cory Gardner said, “Our nation lost a great public servant whose mark on Colorado and this country embodies the virtues of liberty, faith and family. His booming voice, piercing gaze and love of fellow patriots will never be forgotten. So many people in Colorado were brought to conservative ideas and optimism through Sen. Armstrong. The United States is a better place because of his grace, humility and boundless spirit.”
Don Medsker of Centennial, passed away June 25, 2016. He is preceded in death by his wife Carol (Taylor) Medsker and is survived by his children Dan Medsker of Washington; Ginny (Dave) Marmolejo of Highlands Ranch; Zac (Heidi) Medsker of Silt; and Emily (Art) Lonborg of Centennial; and many loving grandchildren.
Don was born in Englewood, to Hollis and Dorothy Medsker, and became well known in his small town of Englewood as a great basketball player, standing over 6’7” tall, he towered over much of the competition.
After graduating from Englewood High School in 1954, he went onto Iowa State University where he was the center for the Iowa State Cyclones basketball team. A crowning moment in his basketball career came in 1957 when he faced Wilt Chamberlain of the University of Kansas and scored the winning basket in a great rivalry.
After graduating from Iowa State, Don moved back to Colorado and eventually attended the University of Colorado, School of Law. He graduated with Doctor of Law Degree (JD) and went onto have a successful career as an attorney.
He married Carol Taylor in 1967, and they were happily married for 46 years before Carol passed away in 2014. Don will be remembered as a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. Funeral service was July 5 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch. Memorial donations may be made to God’s Grace Community Church P.O. Box 631633, Littleton, CO 80163.
BY JAN WONDRA
Doug Scott, who served as mayor of Cherry Hills Village from 2002 to 2006, died unexpectedly last week and memorial services were held June 14 in Highlands Ranch. Born in Memphis in 1964, he was already a world traveler when he moved to the metro Denver area in 1989.
Scott was a senior vice president with Shea Properties Colorado. He not only served two terms as mayor of Cherry Hills Village, but was on the board of trustees of ColoTrust, and served on the board of directors of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.
He was active in water rights and use issues and served on the Inter Basin Compact Committee, among multiple other board and service positions. A voracious reader with a zest for life, Scott loved to travel, and had a passion for movies. Friends say that he had a golf swing that was so elegant it caused people near him to stop and watch.
He is survived by his wife Janice, daughter Lori (21), son Bennett (15) and brothers Alan and David. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the family will be sent to the charity Water.org in his memory.
Paul Edward Gingery (Skeeter) 79, of Littleton, passed away June 8, 2016.
He was born December 24, 1936 in Kremmling, the son of Edward “Ed” Gingery and Leota “Tillie” (Heeney) Gingery.
After graduating high school in Granby, Skeeter joined the U.S. Army and later worked for Bell Telephone Company for 35 years.
On January 29, 1966, Skeeter married the love of his life Josephine “Jody” Annette Florquist. They had two children, Dane and Derek. The couple were married 39 years until Jody passed in 2006.
Skeeter had a passion for the outdoors and was half owner of S&K outfitters and guide service.
He was a beloved husband and father and was a true friend to anyone who knew him and is survived by his two children Dane and Derek and two grandchildren, Zak and Samantha.
Skeeter is proceeded in death by his wife Jody, his parents Ed and Tillie, his brother Allen and niece Ashley Gingery. A memorial service will be held Thursday, June 16, at the Church of the Eternal Hills in Tabernash at 10:30 a.m. Luncheon to follow in the fellowship hall.
A private burial will take place at a later date arranged by Bullock’s Mortuary.
Will Faust Nicholson Jr. died peacefully at home on May 28. He was born on Feb. 8, 1929 in Colorado Springs to a sports-minded family. At the age of 7, the family moved to Denver where his father, William F. Nicholson Sr., would become mayor and prominent in golf circles.
Starting as a caddie at the Denver Country Club, Will Jr. eventually became president of the U.S. Golf Association, the chairman of the competition committees at the Augusta National Golf Club, served on the Masters rules committee for 17 years, chaired the competition committees for 15 years, and was also a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews in Scotland.
“There’s no individual who’s done more for the game and for the CGA in the last 100 years than Will Nicholson,” Colorado Golf Association Executive Director Ed Mate said. “He’s on the Mount Rushmore of golf in Colorado for sure.”
Nicholson was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame
He was accomplished businessman and banker, a onetime former chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the chairman, CEO and president of Colorado National Bankshares
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley, his daughter Ann Naughton (Tom) of Colorado Springs, his son, Will Faust Nicholson III of Denver, his sister Betty Wheeler of Denver, eight grandchildren, Michael Naughton of Denver, Sarah Naughton Dorweiler (Jimmer) of Edina, Minn., Rob Naughton (Lindsay) of Denver, Katherine Naughton of Avon, Olivia Nicholson of Denver, Elizabeth Nicholson of New York, N.Y., Emily Nicholson of Denver and Marjorie Nicholson of Denver and a great-granddaughter, Audrey Dorweiler.
His parents, Will Faust and Gladys Burns Nicholson and his sister, Gladys Kirk, preceded him in death.
Services were held June 8 at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver with a private family interment in Colorado Springs the following day.
Donations in his memory can be made to The Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver, 2017 W. 9th Ave. Denver, 80204 and/or The Colorado Golf Foundation, 5990 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Suite 102 Greenwood Village 80111.
Albert Roland Gibson, 87, of Roanoke passed away June 5, 2016. He was a man who loved Jesus and had concerns for other people. He has finished this portion of his spiritual life and is now in paradise safe in the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Albert is survived by his wife, Victoria Elizabeth Owen Gibson, his son, Mark Lawrence Gibson, (Denver), his beloved sister, Ann and brother-in-law Douglas Bailey (Roanoke), his brother Thomas Gibson (Norfolk), Victoria’s two sons and families, Todd and Rebecca Weaver, Tedd and Inger Weaver, their children Jesse and Tori, Mark’s two daughters; Tanya and Olga and their children Olivia, Maxwell and Isabella.
Albert was born to Maudie Bell Cable Gibson and George Gose Gibson of Crumpler, West Virginia, on March 6, 1929. Albert was the eighth of 11 children.
He married Jean Elizabeth Lawrence of McComas W.V. on June 4, 1949. The couple resided in McComas, W.V. before moving to Littleton in 1958. They had one son, Mark, born in Littleton.
Albert graduated Northfork High School 1947 before being drafted into the Army in 1951. He served as a member of the Army Signal Corps attached to the 7th Army during the Korean War. Following his honorable military service, he attended Indiana Technology Collage receiving a bachelor of science degree in electronics. Albert joined The Martin Company, Denver Division following graduation where he worked on design of the Titan I Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. Spending most of his working life with this company he saw it change to Martin Marietta and Lockheed Martin. His assignments took him to Cape Canaveral, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and numerous other NASA and Air Force facilities. Albert retired manager of Ground Systems Electrical Checkout and Launch Control for the Peacekeeper ICBM, Small Missile and Titan 4 missile programs.
He continued to live in Foxfield, a town he helped to create, becoming Foxfield’s first mayor until moving to Roanoke in 1999.
Albert was a member of both Arapahoe Road Baptist Church of Littleton, and Bonsack Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia.
Albert was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jean and siblings, Gaines, Avron, Dale, George Jr., Helen, Randolph and Sara Jane.
A funeral for Albert Gibson was held June 8, at Bonsack Baptist Church with Dr. Robert Moore III officiating. Visitation was prior to the service, with interment at Wilson Cemetery in Check, VA. Memorials may be made in Albert’s name at Arapahoe Road and Bonsack Baptist Churches. Condolences may be left for the family at simpsonfuneral.com.
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