Family Obituaries


Obituary of Gordon M Pedersen
Born June 29, 1934 in Bellevue Nebraska to John and Dagmar Pedersen. Gordon was raised in Ft. Collins and graduated from FCHS Class of ’52. He attended CSU and finished his degree as a Certified Public Accountant at Denver University. He met Marilyn Croissant of Greeley, in Estes Park where they were working summer jobs and had their first date at the Rock Inn, which they would later own. They were married in June of 1957 and Gordon took a job with Arthur Anderson in Chicago where they had their first child David. They moved back to Denver in 1960 and had their second son Chris in 1961. 1964 brought their daughter Sharon. Gordon began collecting antique and classic cars in 1968 and still has some of the original cars he purchased then. In 1971 he purchased the historic Dunraven Cottage in Estes Park, saving it from destruction by one hour. After a great career as a CPA he moved the family to Boulder and became V.P and Treasurer of Affiliated Bank Shares of Colorado. He also became a Certified Financial Planner. Gordon was an entrepreneur and owned and operated numerous business’s in Estes Park including The Rock Inn, Rocky Mountain Park Tours, Boulder Limousine Service and Estes Park Taxi with his sons. He retired from banking in 1993, the year his only grandchild Christopher (CJ) was born. CJ and Gordon had special relationship that continues today. Gordon and Marilyn were divorced in 1996. Gordon married Lois Smith in 2001 and while the marriage did not last, she is still a part of the family. Gordon was immediately bored with retirement and opened Estes Park Limousines and began a wild career in transportation. Weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, airport shuttles and birthday parties all hours of the day. Eventually he sold the limousines and concentrated on weddings. Gordon was ordained and became a Wedding Officiate performing over 100 wedding services. He was Minister, an excellent wedding Photographer (thanks Marsha) and Chauffeur in his beloved 1939 Rolls Royce. He was a longtime member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. His Christian faith guided his life. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Harold, Stan and Dale and sister Evelyn, his son David and Marilyn. He is survived by son Chris, wife Susan of Loveland and grandson CJ of Norman Oklahoma, Daughter Sharon Bradford of Estes Park and her partner Steve Bianco, his Brother Warren and his Sister Joanne Slizeski of Estes Park and a very large extended family. Gordon had too many hobbies and interests to count in his 85 years and his beloved home reflected that, it was more of a museum. Gordon passed away September 14, 2019 at his home, looking at Lake Estes and Longs Peak surrounded by his family after battling cancer. There will be a private funeral at Estes Valley Memorial Gardens. A happy, casual celebration of his life will be held at his home on 2031 Mall Rd, Saturday Oct 5 from 1 until 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Donations may be made to Mt. Calvary Church or The Estes Park Volunteer Fire Department in his honor, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves Ave. Estes Park 80517, they helped him on numerous occasions!

Obituary for Chuck Schneider
Leo Jay Conklin

Obituary for Leo Jay Conklin

Wellington - Leo Conklin, 72, of Wellington, Colorado, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at home with his family.

He was born September 12, 1946, in Fort Collins, to Bertha (Hansen) and Ernest Conklin. Leo graduated from Cache La Poudre High School in 1964, where he was a state wrestler and prom king. He attended CSU and then joined the Navy, where he was a helicopter crewman on the Apollo 7 recovery team. On December 12,1970, Leo married Cynthia Waldo, after meeting in Old Town, Fort Collins. They moved to Wheat Ridge, Colorado, where Leo worked at Coors as an electrician. In 1978, they moved back to Fort Collins and raised a daughter, Melissa, and two sons, Mark and Matt. Leo and his nephew, Robert Morgan, were co-owners of Lobo Electric for many years. He also worked at NCR and Tolmar as a maintenance electrician. In 1997, Leo and Cynthia moved to a farm in Wellington where they enjoyed growing hay and raising cattle together.

Leo was an avid gardener and reader. He loved hunting, fishing and camping with his family. He also spent a great deal of time with his best friend and brother-in-law, John Waldo, discussing the farm, fixing broken equipment and elk hunting. He often made trips around Wellington to visit his sister, Elaine, and his friends at Bomgaar's, First National Bank, and the Wellington Public Library, handing out Tootsie Rolls to all. He loved his grandchildren dearly and spent many hours working and playing with them on the farm.

Leo is survived by his beloved wife, Cynthia, his children Melissa (Joel) of Wellington, Mark, of Fort Collins, Matt (Becca) of Bennett, grandchildren, Josh, Rylee, Ryan, and Wesley, his sisters, Arlene, Myrna, Sharon (George) and Elaine (Gary), and brothers, LaVern (Connie) and Robert (Peggy). He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Leila.

The family would like to thank the many nurses, doctors and staff at UC Health and Colorado Plains Medical Center.

Family, friends, and others whose lives Leo touched are invited to Timberline Church, 2908 S. Timberline Rd., in Fort Collins, at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, May 30, 2019, to celebrate Leo's life. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wellington Public Library or the (for research on dementia-related illnesses). Please visit to send condolences.
Published in The Coloradoan from May 19 to May 26, 2019

Obituary for Tony Juarez


Obituary for Mrs. Shirley Marlene Pedersen
Shirley "Marlene" Pedersen passed away on May 6, at home, surrounded by family, at age 61. She was born on November 1, 1955 in Ogallala, NE; she was the youngest daughter, and one of six kids.

In 1956 her family moved to Fairplay, Colorado, before settling in Fort Collins, CO in 1966. Marlene went to O'Dea Elementary, Lesher and Blevins Junior High, the original Fort Collins High School, and was part of the first ever graduating class of Rocky Mountain High School.

She started working at King Soopers/Kroger in 1974, and became a loyal and beloved employee for the company for 40 years. She married Fort Collins native and fellow classmate Jim Pedersen, in 1975. The couple were married for 41 years and had 3 children together.

Marlene had an amazing outlook on life, loved people, and was strong in her faith. Her hobbies included gardening, camping, boating (especially up at Horsetooth Reservoir) and spending time with her grandchildren. She loved her grandkids.

She was preceded in death by: her father, Calvin W. Schulz.

She is survived by: husband, Jim Pedersen; children, Melanie Tuin (spouse, Andrew Tuin), Laura Pedersen, Derek Pedersen (spouse, Shannon Pedersen); mother, Jean Schulz; siblings, Mary Ann Adams, Nancy von Stein, Connie Woodruff, David Schulz, and Dale Schulz; grandchildren, Violet Tuin and Akela Pedersen.

A memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at River of Life Fellowship Church, 3161 County Road 62E Wellington, CO 80549, with a lunch reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, Marlene requested any donations be sent to Zion Lutheran Church 8322 Second Street P.O. Box 417 Wellington, Colorado 80549.

Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook and leave a personal note to the family at

Glen Charles Harris, aged 64, passed away at his home on Nov. 5, 2012. He was born in Glenwood Springs on Dec. 2, 1947. He was a lifelong Roaring Fork Valley resident and was the third generation of his family to be born in this area.

He is survived by parents Charles and Margaret Harris; wife, Susan (Waldo) Harris; sister, Alvina Stecklein (Bill); sons, Luke (Andrea) Harris, Kaid (Tatjana) Harris, and grandson Louis Oscar Harris. Glen and Susan were married on Aug. 18, 1979 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Glen lived life to the fullest, whether he was traveling around the world or at Lake Powell with his family and friends, or just relaxing at home with a glass of wine. He impacted all who knew him with his easy going manner and kindness. He always seemed to have the answer to nearly any question and was a renaissance man who was skilled in many fields. He designed and built his own house, and was a master at fixing problems — whether they be mechanical or emotional.

Glen Charles Harris

Chloris A. Pedersen
March 29, 1926-October 1, 2011

"Just remember how I loved you all so much and how much I
appreciated all your help and caring. I know God blessed me when he
gave Stan and lour great family. Till we meet again - Mom"

Chloris Ardith Pedersen, 85, passed away peacefully on October 1 at
Turnberry Place in Fort Collins. Chloris was born on March 29, 1926, in
Des Moines, Iowa, to Emma and Ed Cherry. She met her husband,
Stanley Pedersen, in 1942 ona streetcar in Des Moines. They married
on June 17, 1944, at the Puget Sound Navy Yard Chapel in Bremerton,
Wash. Chloris and Stan left Des Moines in 1952 and moved to Fort
Collins, where they raised their family of 5 children. She was a stay-at-
home mom until 1965 when she went to work for American Security
Life Insurance Company. She and Stan retired in 1983 and moved into
their beautiful new home in Estes Park built by their sons, Greg and
Jim. They returned to Fort Collins in 2005 to be closer to their children
and grandchildren. Chloris and Stan celebrated their 65th wedding
anniversary in June of 2009.
Chloris is survived by 5 children and their spouses, Larry and Shirley
Pedersen, Donna and Dave Koehler, Greg and Kathy Pedersen, Jim and
Marlene Pedersen, and Kris and Bob Devore; 12 grandchildren; 5 great
grandchildren and two on the way; and a sister, Marcella Jeffries, of
Houston, Texas.
Chloris was active in the Columbine CSU Extension Club for 59 years.
She was very active in her church and involved in Fossil Creek
Community Club, her children's schools, 4-H, Cub Scouts and Boy
Scouts. One of her favorite hobbies was baking and decorating wedding
cakes with her sister-in-law Maxine Pedersen. Chloris made beautiful
wedding cakes for all 5 of her children. She also enjoyed crocheting,
ceramics and other crafts. Camping with her family was a favorite
pastime. Her faith was strong throughout her life and didn't falter even
in her last hours.
Our family would like to extend a special thanks to the Turnberry and
Hospice staff for their special love and care of our mother.
Serving in the Lord's House Today
Worship Leader & Preacher: Rev. Tim Runtsch, Senior Pastor
Readers: Jeff Pedersen & Mark Gabbert
Remembering Chloris: Mark Gabbert
Vocals: Melanie Tuin, Granddaughter of Chloris
Piano: Beth Helmers
Sound & Projection: Denny Tripcony
Reception: Redeemer's Funeral Team


Alexis Rain Whitton
May 4, 2010
Below is the text from the funeral service May 11 at Olinger's

Dear Alexis,

We love you so much. you are so powerful you have already taught us so many things. And we love how you have helped out our family in just a short while. Amazing.

Make no mistake, we wish you hadn't left us. Whatever the reason you had to go, this is hard for us to accept. Daddy says whoever took you has a fight coming. Someone has some explaining to do. But you saved your dad. He's convinced of it. Thank you for being so strong.

Mommy wants to hold you, rock you, and feed you. She wants to hug you and kiss you some more. Mommy wants to play with you. She will continue to give you her love, and sing you songs everyday.

We want the sleepless nights. We want to feel your heartbeat. We want to hear you cry. We want to hear you laugh. you are so smart, so feisty, and so beautiful. We are so proud to be your parents.

We believe in you. you are real and were alive. We held you and kissed you, and we understand you. You understand us. We know that you're our guardian angel. Our sweet Alexis Rain.

Keep looking out for us, as we we will be looking out for you. You are everywhere we Iook. Be seeing you, sweetheart.

Mom and Dad
(an open letter to Alexis Rain from parents Debbie and Chris Whitton)

Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them.
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
- Matthew 19:13-14


Memorial for Stan Pedersen 10/25/2009

Stanley Christian Pedersen, age 87, from Fort Collins passed away peacefully on October 25 at his home with his wife holding his hand and his family all around.

Stan was born on October 18, 1922, in Omaha, Nebraska, and spent his early years at their homestead in South Dakota. The family relocated to a farm in Hamlin, Iowa, where he graduated from high school. He joined the Navy during World War II and served in the South Pacific. He served on three ships, and commissioned and raised the flag on the U.S.S. Oxford.

Stan met his wife, Chloris Cherry, in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1942, and they married on June 17, 1944, in the Naval Chapel in Bremerton, Washington. Stan and Chloris left Des Moines in 1952 and moved to Fort Collins. Stan owned and worked with Pedersen Brothers Construction with his brothers, Harold, Warren, and Bill until 1983, when he and Chloris moved into their retirement home in Estes Park built by their sons, Greg and Jim. They returned to live in Fort Collins in 2005 to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Stan is survived by his wife, Chloris; five children and their spouses, Larry and Shirley Pedersen, Donna and Dave Koehler, Greg and Kathy Pedersen, Jim and Marlene Pedersen, and Kris and Bob Devore; 12 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren and two buns in the oven. Surviving brothers and sister are Warren and Gordon Pedersen and JoAnne Slizeski of Estes Park. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dagmar and John Pedersen, his brother, Harold, his sister, Evelyn Waldo, and an infant brother, Dale.

Stan loved fishing, hunting, and his home in Estes Park. His favorite past time was camping with his family and sitting around the campfire telling stories. He will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his zest for life, and his love of family.

Stan was a member of St. John's Lutheran in Fort Collins and Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Estes Park.

A memorial service was held Monday, November 2, at 11:00 a.m. at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 950 South St. Vrain Avenue, Estes Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Zion Lutheran Church in Wellington or Pathways Hospice c/o Allnutt, 650 West Drake Road, Fort Collins.

Allnutt Funeral Services - Condolences, Sign Guest Book

Greg Pedersen made a DVD tribute to Stan for the funeral service. This can be purchased by sending a check for $10 to Greg.

Memorial for Byron Engskow 2/18/2009

Engskow, John Byron, 76, born in Omaha, NE on May 10, 1932, went to be with the Lord on February 18, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Graduated from Iowa State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering. Served in the Navy during the 1950’s. Former owner of Latite Roofing from 1959 to 1997. Survived by his devoted wife, Joan Engskow; father of four fun, loving children, John Engskow, James Engskow (Cheryl), Stephen Engskow (Denise) and Catherine Engskow Paredes (Cesar); two children from his marriage, Judith Davis & Lori Watts (Cub); eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Byron traveled extensively for both pleasure and was instrumental in community projects on overseas mission trips. His generous spirit and sense of humor are remembered to be unparalleled. He will be greatly missed by his family and countless friends. A celebration of his life will be held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 140 SE 28 Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL. (954-941-4843) on Friday, February 27th at 12:00 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Little Roses Ministries in Honduras PO Box 464, Somerset VA 22972

Memorial for Robert Slizeski 10/08/2008

Born in Casper, WY on Jan. 27, 1926
Departed on Oct. 8, 2008 and resided in Estes Park, CO.

Estes Park resident Robert Slizeski died at his home on Wednesday, October 8, 2008. He was 82 years old. Robert Stanley Slizeski was born January 27, 1926 in Casper, WY. His parents were Stanley and Mabel (Nelson) Slizeski.

Bob's distinguished 26 year military career began as he graduated with honors from the U.S. Military Academy West Point, NY in 1949. Commissioned in the Air Force as an officer and pilot, his assignments were wide ranging in location and specialties. They included tours at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs as a Math Professor; a Spy Satellite Officer at NORAD; head of the Thai Border Security Guards in Bangkok, Thailand; Satellite Director at the Los Angeles Space Station; service in Vietnam as a cargo pilot and base commander. He also received a Masters of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Cal Tech University. He finished his military career as a Professor of Aerospace Science and Commander of the AFROTC unit at the University of Wyoming (Colonel, USAF).

After receiving his teaching degree, he taught Math and Aerospace Science at Estes Park High School from 1977-1987. He was Director of Crossroads Ministry in Estes Park from 1987-1990 and was a volunteer in the Ambassadors and Friendship Force organizations. He was an active parishioner in Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church.

Bob married Rose JoAnne Pedersen in 1955 and is the father to 5 children: Bob Slizeski and wife Kim of Park City, UT; Kim Leli and husband Jim of Green Valley, CA; Kay Edwards and husband Justin of Estacada, OR; Carol Dimas and husband Steve of Dallas, TX; Richard Slizeski of Forest Hills, NY. He has 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Stanley and Mabel Slizeski of Casper, WY and his sister Marion Losh of Seattle, WA.

Bob loved to travel to all places, foreign and domestic and enjoyed the outdoors, hiking and fly fishing. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor, quick wit, kindness and compassion.

Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Crossroads Ministry in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517.

Allnutt Funeral Services-Guest Book/Condolences <click here

The following family members have passed away, but I don't have obituaries and/or dates for some of them.
Engskov, Ben - Dagmar's brother - died May 1981
------Engskov, Ninna - Ben's wife - died 11 SEP 2006
Engskov, Gunnar Dagmar's brother - died 21 JAN 1999
Pedersen, David Son of Gordon Pedersen (passed away in 2002)
Pedersen, Harold
------Pedersen, Maxine Harold's wife
Pedersen, John (Johannas)- died 15 FEB 1976
------Pedersen, Dagmar - was 107 years old - died 11 FEB 1999
------Pedersen, Dale Howard son of John & Dagmar - died at birth
Waldo, Evelyn Wife of Bill Waldo - died 3 DEC 2003
------Waldo, Mark son of Evelyn and Bill died as an infant


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