James Arwin Beren
James Arwin Beren, 80, of Commerce City, Colo.,, passed away on December 18, 2013 at Denver Hospice at Lowery.
He was born in Denver, Colo., on September 14, 1933.
Jim graduated from Adams City High School.
Jim joined the Navy in 1956 and received his honorable discharge on December 17, 1959. Jim received the Medal of Honor and Good Conduct Medal. Jim was stationed on the USS North Hampton based in Norfolk, Va.
He met Evelyn Kopf through her Uncle, Super Chief John Shatinsky, USN Ret. and they were married on January 23, 1960 in the Bronx, New York.
The couple came back to live in Colorado. They ultimately settled into a house in Commerce City six months into their marriage and Jim lived there until he went into Hospice Care on December 10, 2013.
Jim retired in October 1998 from Safeway Grocers after 45 years of working in the warehouse off of I-70 and Dahlia. He also worked part time jobs to make ends meet mostly for Dr. John and Shirley Norton, Ray Kerr and Jack Grunwald hauling race and show horses thru out Arizona, New Mexico, Nebraska and Colorado.
Jim was an avid NASCAR fan, his favorite drivers were Dale Sr., Bill Elliot and Ernie Irvan. Jim was also a big fan of TV Western shows and Western Movies, especially John Wayne movies. He also enjoyed reading the weekly Fence Post.
After Jim retired he enjoyed taking his Grandkids to school and spending time with them in the mornings in the car and in the pre-school classroom. He was always willing to play with the Grandkids. He even let the girls play beauty shop and he was their ‘client’. He let them be the doctor and give him his insulin shot and his pills. He always kept dollar bills easily available to pay the kids for their ‘work’.
Jim and Evelyn were proud and happy to take the responsibility of providing free day care for their five adorable but rambunctious Grandbabies from 6 weeks old to Pre-School. All five of the Grandkids will have special memories of them and ‘Pa’.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years Evelyn F. Beren (Kopf); his children — Kathleen and Mark Honomichl, Michelle Beren and Robert Biggart, Kevin and Jessica Beren. He had five grandchildren who were the apple of his eye — Morgan and Madison Biggart, Kaitlyn and Kristine Honomichl, and Emily Beren. He is also survived by his brothers John D. Beren and Leonard McKay and sisters Teri and Vivian. He had several nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents John F. Beren and Hazel E. Beren (Hoover) and his step-mother Irene Beren (McKay), his nieces Tiffany Oliver (Beren) and Jan McKay, sister-in-law Shirley A. McKay and his in-laws Michael and Eva Kopf. And several good friends.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on December 26, 2013 at The Assumption of the Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Denver (Welby) with Interment immediately following at Ft. Logan Cemetery with Navel honors. ❖
Robert (Bob) Schott
Robert (Bob) Schott, 77, of Sterling, Colo., passed away December 25, 2013 after a nearly five-month long endurance against pancreatic cancer.
Bob was born to Robert and Amelia Schott on August 4, 1936, in Sterling, Colo.
He attended grade school in both Atwood and Crook and graduated from Sterling high school in 1954. He spent one year at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, and he graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1962 where he had played basketball.
Bob married Judith Lee Smith on September 7, 1958 in Merino, Colo. They made their home in Merino where they raised their family. Bob and Judy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2008 and later that year moved from Merino into Sterling.
Bob was a man of the land. He engaged in farming for over 30 years after which he went to work as manager for the Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District from June 1991 to March 2003.
Papa was a man of great faith whose aim was to treat people fairly. He embraced others in their joys, their struggles and their grief and was often called a “gentle giant.”
As our family gathers together to celebrate Papa’s life, it seems that “family” is precisely how to convey the life and legacy of Mr. Robert Leon Schott. Even though he has passed on, Papa’s kindness, gentleness, humor, and love is manifested in his wife Judy, their five children, and their 14 grandchildren as well as the many other family members and friends who knew him.
Bob is survived by his wife, Judy Schott, his brother, Gordon (Ann) Schott of Denver, Colo., his daughter Lori (Tom) Gill and family of Merino, Colo., and his sons: Bradley (Kelly) Schott and family of Lexington, Neb., Jeffery (Suzy) Schott and family of Eaton, Colo., Avery (Lori) Schott and family of Milaca, Minn., and Tyler (Rita) Schott and Emmett of Colorado Springs, Colo.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, Robert and Amelia Schott, his brother, Edmund Schott, and his sisters: Betty Karg, Shirley Miller, and Carol Sinkey.
Services were held December 28, 2013, at First Christian Church.
Memorials may be made to Colorado Special Olympics. ❖
Raymond Bassett Hansen
Raymond Bassett Hansen , 91, passed away December 17, 2013.
He was born and raised and worked on a farm in Bricelyn, Minn.
Raymond served in the Army for 26 years, during WWII he was in the 12t armored Div 92 Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadren [Mechanized] in Europe where at what came to be the ending of the war they were stripped of any insignias and where known as the mystery Div. so the Germans couldn’t track them. They where under the command of Gen. G. Patton and they sweeped through Europe and took many towns freed many prisoners and took Nazi prisoners in the thousands. After the war he served as a Constabulary, and recruiter in Denver. Then went to the Korean war and after Korea served at many posts in the US, was stationed near Stuttgart Germany for about five years, Ft. Huachuca, Ariz., Okinawa and Ft Lewis, Wash, in the HHD 1st Sig Gp Stratcom.
He retired in 1969 moved to Colorado and worked for the USPS and started farming again “haying” and cutting lawns at big apartment complexes. He continued haying until 2007. He also volunteered at the stock show for almost 20 years, also long time member of the Lions club. He was a Mason since the early 1960s he was a 32nd deg., also a member of the Shriners, and VFW. Eyesight and health issues and strokes slowed him down from 2008 on.
He is survived by one daughter, two sons, three grandchildren, great grandchildren, three sisters and one brother.
He was preceded in death by his wife Bonnie and one brother.
Services were held on December 30,2013 at Advantage Aurora Chase Funeral home. Burial at Ft Logan National Cemetery. ❖