Arthur Dwight Foster
Arthur Dwight Foster 1928 — 2018
Arthur Dwight Foster, 90, died at his home surrounded by his family and beloved dog Dec. 18, 2018. He was born Aug. 14, 1928 in Long Branch, N.J. to Franklin Dwight Foster and Helen Gregory Fitch. Arthur attended The Lawrenceville School and later Brown University, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering with Phi Beta Kappa honors. He enlisted in the United States Air Force, and as navigator bombardier with the 452d Bomb Wing, flew 55 combat missions over North Korea in a B-26 tagged “A Haulin’ Ass.” Arthur was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross as well as The Air Medal for his service, accomplishments which he and his family were always most proud. He was honorably discharged at the rank of second lieutenant
Arthur returned home to join his father in the family business, Manifold Supply Company, in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1952. There he met and fell in love with Marilyn Garrett – a stewardess with United Airlines. They married Sept. 22, 1956 and a few years later moved to Garden City, N.Y. with their three young children. After Manifold Supply Company was sold in 1968 the family moved to Colorado, realizing Arthur’s dream of a life in the country with horses and mountains and wide-open spaces. They joined Valley Country Club, introduced the family to alpine skiing, and loved life in the beautiful Colorado outdoors.
Arthur was active in the Lions Club of Denver, where he took on a leadership role as head of the board of Savio House, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the safety and well-being of children and families. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Savio House in 1997. Along with his late second wife, Sandra Town, he became an active supporter and advocate for The American Cancer Society, Diabetes, The American Heart Association, The Colorado Ballet, and various animal welfare organizations.
Arthur was passionate about dogs (golden retrievers and great danes), flying (he had his commercial and acrobatic ratings as a private pilot), golf, the Broncos (as a season ticket holder since 1969), a good martini (Bombay Sapphire), and above all, spending time with his family.
Arthur is survived by his three children, JD (Elizabeth) Foster, Karen Foster and Lynn (David) Eikenberry, eight grandchildren, one great grandchild, and two more on the way.
A military service was held Jan. 3 at Fort Logan Cemetery with full military honors.
Congressman Mike Coffman’s mother died over the holidays.
The memorial service for Dorothy Coffman was held Jan. 10, at 8:30 a.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church, 11373 E. Alameda Avenue in Aurora. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Dorothy’s honor to the Salvation Army in Aurora (aurora.salvationarmy.org) at 802 Quari Court, Aurora, Colo. 80011-6227.
William Brett Vollbracht 1938 —2018
William Brett Vollbracht was born June 26, 1938 in Wichita, Kansas to Beulah Mae and Clarence William Vollbracht and died Dec. 30, 2018.
He attended the University of Kansas, where he was a member of the Delta Chi fraternity and graduated from the University of Colorado in 1960. He founded Land Title Guarantee Company in 1967 and co-founded Alpine Banks in 1973. He was inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame in 2008 and was known for his integrity, generosity and numerous friendships. His enthusiasm and enjoyment of life were apparent to all.
He married Leslie Freehling Vollbracht in 1970 who survives him, along with and is two daughters, Dana Lynn Vollbracht and Alison Vollbracht Winfield, a son-in-law, Kirby Franklin Winfield Jr., two grandchildren, Kirby Franklin Winfield III and Katherine Vollbracht Winfield, a sister-in-law, Carol Ellen Earle, and a cousin Michael Teamey of Kentucky. In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation to the charity of your choice in Bill’s name.
His service will be held Jan. 12, at Trinity United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow at the Denver County Club.
William James Leeper 1935 — 2018
William (Bill) Leeper Sr. died peacefully in Centennial, Dec. 27, 2018 at the age of 83. He was born in El Reno, Okla. April 20, 1935 to Francis Milo Leeper and Ruth Hoffman Leeper who preceded him in death.
Bill graduated from El Reno High School, received his bachelor’s of arts degree in political science and his master’s of arts degree in international relations from the University of Oklahoma. While on the OU Campus, Bill was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and was involved with ROTC.
In February 1957, Bill married Gloria Botts. Following college, Bill was commissioned as an officer in the Air Force and spent eight years flying six different aircraft on five different bases. Bill was hired in 1966 by Continental Airlines to fly the DC-9 from Denver. Following a 28 year airline career, Bill retired at age 60. He had served as a management pilot for half of those years including six years as the chief pilot of Continental’s Los Angeles base.
Retirement provided Bill the opportunity to focus on his grandchildren, great grandchildren, genealogy, travel and giving back to his community. Bill was a member of Rotary International where he held many positions including president of the Littleton Rotary Club and later he became the district governor of Colorado Rotary District 5450. Bill’s interest in history led to his involvement with several organizations. He was president of Friends of the Littleton Library and Historical Museum, board member of The Friends of Historic Fort Logan, a volunteer with the United Airlines (Continental) Historical Foundation, and a member of The Denver Posse of Westerners.
Bill is survived by his wife Gloria and five children; Bill Leeper II (Susan); Jeff Leeper (Erin); Laura Adams (Richard); Denise Barnwell (Tom); and Scott Leeper (Stephanie); 10 grandchildren; Bryan Leeper (Kelly); Alyssa Drumwright (Scott); Kyle Leeper; Kevin Leeper (Taylor); Greg Leeper; Eric Barnwell; Rachael Barnwell; James Leeper; Preston Leeper; Ayesha Leeper; and his great-grandchildren Ashley, Jackson and Ryder Leeper; and Sullivan Drumwright. Bill is also survived by his two sisters; Ardyth Guth (Calvin); and Connie Muncy; and nephews Steven Guth (La Neta); David Muncy (Crystal); and niece Susan Muncy Hildebrandt. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by Leslie Common Leeper (daughter-in-law), Rick Farah (son-in-law), James Guth (nephew) and Paul Muncy (brother-in-law).
A memorial service is planned at 2 p.m. Jan. 11, at South Suburban Christian Church, 7275 South Broadway in Littleton. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Bill to Littleton Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 143 Littleton Colo. 80160, The Friends of the Littleton Library and Museum, 6028 S. Gallup Street Littleton Colo. 80120-2073, Parkinson Association of the Rockies, 1325 S. Colorado Blvd #204B Denver, Colo. 80222
Charles David Williams 1942 — 2018
Charles David Williams
Charles David Williams died Dec. 26, 2018 due to complications related to a brain tumor.
Dave was born and grew up in North Carolina. At age 18, he enlisted in the Air Force and served stateside. After his military stint, he graduated from California Baptist University in Riverside, California He moved to his beloved city of Aurora in 1976. His career path included being a small-business owner and a real estate professional. His true passion, however, was community service.
He served on the Aurora City Council for 12 years from Ward 6 including a term as mayor pro tem. He was appointed and served on the Aurora Civil Service Commission and was chairperson for many years.
Dave was a member of the Aurora Rotary Club for over 30 years and was chair of the club foundation at the time of his death. He also was a member of the Aurora Economic Development Council and Eagle Bend Community Church.
Dave loved the Colorado outdoors, cowboy movies, the Rockies and his beloved family. His final act of service was to be an organ and tissue donor.
Dave is survived by his wife Mary, son Ryan, daughter-in-law Shelly, grandchildren Carter and Adyson, siblings Richard, Steve, Mike, Lynn and Doug, the Henry family, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Art and Mary Jane Williams.
Services will be held Jan. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at Horan McConaty Chapel, 11150 E. Dartmouth Ave. in Aurora, with a reception to follow. A private interment will be held at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Eagle Bend Community Church, 22561 E. Long Dr. Aurora, Colo. 80016 or the Red-Tailed Hawk Park Project (aurorarotary.com/page/red-tailed-hawk-park-project).
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