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Our Friends Were Special and They Meant So Much to Us...And Oh We'd Love to See Them, Just One More Time You See...All We Have Are The Moments and Memories to Recall

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Peter Armato

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Robin Ashbaugh

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From Tom Duhs on October 11th, 2016
We were good friends.  He lived near me on Ridge Rd.  Our group of guys; Gruber, Fria, Weidlein, Rick Green, all skiied together over spring break. Robin had his jeep, and thoses "shorty" skis.  We also shot our .22's on several occasions.  Once in his basement when he shot the light out.  He had such a great sense of humor and loved to have fun.  
 
From Bill Whaley on October 21st, 2016
A good guy to have as a friend.  We hung out more in Junior High.  Mostly outdoor memories - riding on the Highline trail, skiing, tooling around in the Zebra English Ford, and bird hunting.  The boy loved his guns.  Weidlein and I have a story about a round going off in a dorm room...  Clever guy, wonderful twisted sense of humor, great family.
 
From David Jones on November 21st, 2016
Zebra colored English Ford and explosives.  What could be better.  Robin could always figure out a great way to spend the afternoon. 
 
 
From Steve Chollar on June 21st, 2017
Image My family & Robin's were close in the late '50's and early 60's. My dad was the Littleton YMCA exec. and Robin's father, Varian, was active in the Y and many other Littleton endevours, including the Woodlawn Shopping Center. Robin & I spent a lot of time together in Estes Park, our families camping out in Rocky Mtn. Nat. Prk,  & at his magical house during our Euclid jr. high years. My family moved from Littleton to Iowa of all places in 1963, but I kept in touch with Robin over the years, visited him and his wife at their home in Trinidad, CO in '81. I last saw him here in Minneapolis in 1983 when he was at the U of MN for some potential surgery - his severe diabetes was catching up with him. I moved to Los Angeles and we kept in touch by phone. Robin began slipping away and was in a care facility in his last days. His mother Care write me with the sad news that he'd passed away. I'll never forget him.  He was a scamp, a wise guy and a wonderful friend in those important times when we painfully morphed from dorky kids to into dorky teenagers.
 

Scott Axe

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From Bill Ables on June 16th, 2017
Image RIP My Brother/Sailor Brother!!
 

Wes Baki

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Bill Bennett

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From Tom Duhs on October 11th, 2016
We were on the wrestling team all through Euclid and Arapahoe.  Great guy and an artist at heart.  A sweet soul gone too soon.  
 

Robert Blair

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Jack Bullock

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From Tom Duhs on March 27th, 2017
Jack always seemed to be a tough guy to me. We knew each other from Euclid through Arapahoe.  Never close friends but comfortable with each other a various circumstances.  When he and Jerri got together, I was very happy for both of them.  From what I remember, he smoked from an early age.  Oh well, I guess that got him in the end. Jack was a good guy whom I respected.  We did not hang out but got along just fine. He was a good man.  TD
 

Rob Burley

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From Charlie Weidlein on June 17th, 2017
I remember getting a letter from Burley after he became a lawyer, wanting me to make a well out... it came 40 years to early... I wish he could help me now.  Then I found out he lived over the hill in Buena Vista, Gosh I really missed out.  Miss you Burley.
 

Mark Christman

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Gary Coop

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Janet Deuth

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Steve Dolan

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Tim Duckworth

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From Thomas Duhs on April 1st, 2017
Because our names both started with Du-- we seemed to be next to each other our whole six years from junior high through high school.  He had the locker right next to mine.  We were always comfortable around each other.  He was funny with a quick sense of humor, lots of wise cracks. He was just another "good" guy I was privileged to grow up with.  Sorry you are gone pal.  TD
 

Steve Durden

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Craig Erickson

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Kathy Farrar

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Richard Francoeur

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Rusty Garrison

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Steve Gillard

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Ken Gosselink

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From Gary Paulson on October 16th, 2016
Ken transferred to AHS early in our junior year.  I was asked by Mr. Johannsen to show Ken around as we had a few classes together.  That started a friendship of approximately 50 years.

Ken, his wife Brenda, Diane and I played adult softball togehter for years with the Mullers, O'Malleys and several others.  Later, Ken, John and I coached little league baseball together.  All of our kids were close and we had many great memories.

Ken had heart problems most of his adult life.  You would never have known he had health issues because he was always the first to offer his help if you needed.  I don't think he ever complained.  Later in life he got into golf and played about 5 rounds a week at his course in Mesa, Arizona.  The members at his course turned out in mass for a memorial service at the course and his ashes now occupy space in a couple of his favorite sand traps at Sunland Village Golf Course.

Ken is survived by his devoted wife Brenda, his son Ken Jr. and grandchildren, Kayla and Kyle. 

I don't know anyone who met Ken that didn't consider him a good friend.  He is truly missed.
 

Bob Gruenwald

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From Jim Rapp on June 20th, 2017
Bob and I were just acquaitences in high school but we did share one activity that brought us together.

If you remember, on the east side of the cafeteria sat a ping pong table and more often than not, at lunch hour, Bob and I would gravitate there and commence a ping pong battle that would generally last the entire lunch hour. 

Our matches were always competitive and very close with one or two shots determining the outcome of each game.

Bob was more of an offensive player with a crushing forehand that would drive me back from the table sometimes 10-15 feet. I was more of a defensive player just trying to keep the ball in play. Sometimes a crowd of students would gather to watch us play. In reality it was probably only 5 or 6 students but to us it seemed like we were playing center court at Wimbledon. Funny the things you remember.

One thing I'll miss at our reunion is not being able to reminisce with Bob about our epic matches at lunch hour at AHS.

You may be gone Bob but not forgotten.

Your partner in ping pong,

Jim Rapp
 

Lyle Gump

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Ken Hanish

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From John Rollins on February 19th, 2017
Ken died doing what he loved, flying. He was killed in 1977 piloting a plane he had just recently bought.
 

Dan Hardy

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Greg Hatfield

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Tom Hedges

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From John Rollins on February 19th, 2017
Tom died way too young, and not that long after high school. He either volunteered or was drafted into the army and shortly afterward was killed on a loading dock in Okinawa.
 

Gary Hiestand

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From David Pracht on January 11th, 2017
Gary my friend, I hope you are singing with the angels & walking those streets of gold. You were one of the best & I will always remember you. 
David Pracht
 

Vance Huddleston

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Larry Indger

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Joe Kendall

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Russ Koeniger

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Ron Martin

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Steve Mc Cully

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Kay McCleery

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Bill McDaniel

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From Rick Fria on March 18th, 2017
Billy and I played soccer together for four years in HS.  Man that guy could dribble circles.  One game he scored four goals.   As seniors we had Kudret Ostap (exchange sutedent from Turkey)  on our team.  Billy was the one guy that could play close to Kudret's european soccer skill level!  As a freshman at Colorado State I played soccer against Wyoming and found Billy to be their starting center, as a freshman!  I believe he started there all four years.
 
From John Pray on June 16th, 2017
Bill and I were best friends for the 3 years of high school.  We spent many hours together, usually doing sports.  We played on the same soccer team, but more memorable for me was the one on one soccer games we played against each other, shooting at a goal on the side of his house.  Bill introduced me to golf, and wrestling.  He was smaller than I was, but in our hundreds of matches on his living room roog, he always ended up pinning me.  We had plenty of good times together.
Bill went to college in Wyoming, and i moved to Wisconsin, and somehow we lost track of each other.  He went to med school and became a physician in Milwaukee, but inexplicably, I only saw him once briefly after that. 
I owe Bill much for his friendship, which  was the main ingredient in making the social aspect of high school tolerable for me.  I am sorry we lost him at such a young age. 
 

Candi McKinney

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From Bob DeCamp on October 31st, 2016
Image Candi was a beautiful woman, both looks and personality.  She was the mother to our two children, Rob and Kelly.  We married right out of high school and moved to Chicago where I had a job awaiting.  Though we divorced after seven years, we remained very good friends.  Candi eventually remarried and moved with her husband, Steve, to the wilds of Alaska, homesteading with a several hour hike from the nearest small town.  She gave birth in their self-built log cabin to three more children with the help of midwives...no doctors.  For food they hunted, raised goats and chickens and grew various plants.  It was true “pioneer” living.  I always knew she liked camping but didn’t realize to what extent!

Unfortunately, the distance from regular medical attention meant that by the time her cancer was discovered, it was too late for treatment to be successful.  To receive end-of-life medical support not available in the wilderness, Kelly provided hospice care at her home in Columbus, OH until Candi passed away.

I’ll never forget the fun she and I had, together with Candi’s many friends at Euclid and Arapahoe, though I went to South High in Denver.  Candi may be gone, but she’ll remain a part of my life forever, especially because I see her in Rob and Kelly, whenever we’re together.  I hope you too will fondly remember Candi for the fun, caring and special person she was.
 
 
From Bob DeCamp on November 1st, 2016
Image Another photo of Candi, her husband Steve and their children Adam, Luke & Julie & our son Rob.  This was taken about 22 years ago at their homestead while Rob was visiting.
 
From Tom Duhs on November 1st, 2016
When we were all in about ninth grade there was a group of us who went to Wolhurst swimming in the summer.  Candi came once in awhile wearing a two piece swimsuit.  Man did she look great.  We were friends.  My good buddy Bob DeCamp and she married and moved to Chicago.  I visited them there once and we had a blast out in the big city. She was so beautiful. I was sad when she and Bob split up.   
 

Mike Meinen

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Pat Murphy

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Peggy Navis

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From Rick Fria on March 18th, 2017
I knew Peggy seems forever.  We had many fun times hanging in Littleton at their Highline Canal home.  Many of you may remember the tragic murder of her daughter, Jacine.  As you can imagine she was affected at such a deep level and never really fully recovered. 
 
From Rick Fria on March 18th, 2017
Somehow the rest of my original post got omitted from the memorials site.  Here it is:

I was saying that now she is having a joyous reunion with Jacine and I'm glad for that!    R-I-P, Peggy.
 

Christine Norrish

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From Thomas Duhs on November 1st, 2016
Chris was in my sixth grade class.  I remember she was one of the girls who knew how to ski and went up to ski areas on the bus in Jr. High.  I thought she was cool.  A little out there but I always liked her from afar.    
 

Larry Nyberg

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Larry Orem

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Scott Painton

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From David Jones on November 21st, 2016
I know most of you remember Scott as a swimmer.  He was also on the cross country team.  Scott was on the C team but lead the team in entertainment.  We referred to Scott as the stork, as a result of his unusual style.  You could always count on Scott to kick it in at the end to the cries of " Stork it Scott, Stork it". We has a great time on that team and took 7th in the state with no returning lettermen on the team.  One afternoon, Scott, Mike Sondals, and Allen Butcher(all swimmers) cut practice and "borrowed " a truck load of old tires.  As we ran up county line road the guys rolled them down the hill at us.  Many colorful episodes occurred on this team. 
 

Danny Porter

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Marsha Puryear

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John Reichel

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From Chris Anderson on May 6th, 2017
Sorry to learn of John's passing. We were good friends during high school and for a few years after. We shared many a good time together until I went off to college in the fall of '68. I lost touch with him after that. If anyone has any further info regarding John and wouldn't mind sharing it, please email me.  Thanks.

















 
 

Barbara Roy

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Linton Royston

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Mark Schaffnit

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Pete Schuster

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From Thomas Duhs on April 1st, 2017
I was the last guy from our class to see Pete alive. He called me just after he got out of the hospital for a heart attack. He was at the rehabilitation center here in Colorado Springs. Twice within one week I went to vist him. He died within one week of our last visit.  We sat and talked for an hour about our classmates, family, and life.  He said he felt remarkably good, "as good as I felt in high school" he said a few times.  This euphoric feeling is what the medical community calls "the surge" that sometimes comes before the end.  Pete had a feeling he may be "checking out" as he called it. He told the nurses we went to high school together.  Just as I was about to depart, I said a little prayer with him to ask God's blessing on this good man. Six days later he passed away.  Now at the bi-monthly lunches we all tell Pete Schuster stories.  When we visited he told several about us. Pete thought seeing all his classmates from Arapahoe was the highlight of his life.  He loved it. He loved seeing everybody again. So now with the passing of Pete we have identified 61 of our classmates who have passed away in the last 50 years.  Rest in peace old buddy, we sure got a great start in life.  TD
 
From Bill Ables on June 16th, 2017
  • Pete Schuster was a "Friend" to me. Freshman year was hard for me for various Personal reasons. But Pete would go out of his way to include me in activities at School or away from School. We lost touch after AHS. Then we met up again at the NCO Club in Taipei where I was stationed. The place is packed because it was a Friday Night. Out of the Blue I here someone calling my Name and it's Pete Schuster. We partyed all Weekend, and then he was gone back to Saigon, and we lost touch. In 2014 when I had moved back to Denver, I opened up 
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  • Peter Schuster. I didn't recognize Pete after all those years. He and Jan were living in Myrtle Beach, SC. We talked on the Phone for 4 hours. I had been unaware of the Old Warriors Luncheon until Pete invited me to attend. Like our
  • Friend Tom Duhs, I was fortunate enough to have Pete reach out to me, too. It is a real Honor to call our Dearly Departed Special Friend, Peter Schuster! 
  • RIP My Brother!!
 

Jeff Sinclair

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Mike Sondles

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John Speranza

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Janet Thorpe

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From Jan Tharp on March 31st, 2017
Because our names were so similar we were thrown together a lot. We shared lockers for two years and had many classes together. Jan had a great sense of humor and was quick and bright in her comebacks  she was also a loyal friend.  I'll always remember what fun we had in Home Ec. We never could figure out how or why we were the only team that baked cookies wrong!!
 
 
From Bill Ables on June 16th, 2017
My Friend Janet (Jan) hope you RIP!
 

Gerard Unrein

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From Robert Wiley on December 12th, 2016
Jerry was energetic and a good swimmer.  He was a good friend.
 

Bob Van Arsdalen

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From Tom Duhs on February 19th, 2017
Whenever I flew home to Denver, I'd stop in the bar where Bobby worked. Especially when he worked at Stapleton. After DIA became the airport one of the bartenders told me Bobby had passed. A sad way to find out an old buddy has passed away.  
 

Janice Walter

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Tim Wendelkin

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From Bill Whaley on October 21st, 2016
A good friend and band mate, Tim loved music and had a great voice.  A great sense of humor and an absolutely infectious laugh.  Tim was a free spirit who danced to his own drummer.  We got in some trouble together!
 
From Jon Shaffer on October 30th, 2016
Link to Tim Wendelkin memoriam  https://sway.com/wBajYoIXXFvuF1Si
 
From Tom Duhs on December 31st, 2016
We knew each other from 7th grade on.  He had a good way of looking at life which I thought was very pragmatic.  Tim had a great sense of humor with comments that came out unexpectedly and usually caused me to laugh out loud.  He was a good guy, a friend, dependable and reliable.  
 
From Rick Fria on March 18th, 2017
Tim and I gor jobs after the 1965 flood cleaning mud out of the crawlspaces of the fancy Columbine homes.  After a hard day of crawing on knees in wet sticky river mud under thoses houses, filling 5 gallon buckets with muck, and hauiling them to the floor opening, we were unrecognizable with mud cover!!  We would climb out, walk to the street and they would hose us with firehoses!!
BUT, we were paid $25 cash per day and were happy campers.  I blew my money. One day at Tim's houes he showed me his bankrole stash of cash he'd saved that summer.  Man was I impressed!
 

Jon Wilkes

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From Bill Whaley on October 21st, 2016
Jon may have been the most intelligent person I ever met.  A deep thinker, troubled and gifted.  I remember Mrs. Scott's morning Latin IV class - Jon would fall asleep behind his book, and when called on, after a brief moment to wake and put on his glasses, would rattle off a word perfect translation of The Aneid without looking at his notes.  This world was either too much or not enough.
 
From Rick Fria on March 18th, 2017
Jon and I met in (Mrs. Cramer?) Latin class.  He was good at it!  Such a smart guy. We got to be great ffriends.
 
From John Rollins on March 19th, 2017
The Latin teacher was Mrs Scott.
 
From David Jones on April 16th, 2017
We had some great times with Jon. Rusty Law, Don O'Neill , Jon, and myself went skiing for Christmas break. Jon was never dull. I lost touch with him in college and never saw him after high school.  As Bill stated Jon was one really smart guy. I have no idea when he studied.
 

Robert Worrell

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From Tom Duhs on October 11th, 2016
We grew up in school going to both Euclid and Arapahoe.  After we graduated the next fall when we came back to school for homecoming, Bobby wore his Marine Corps uniform.  I remember seeing him in the school library.  I was shocked.   He went to bootcamp immedialtely after graduation in June.   September of 1967 at homecoming he was a Marine.  In March of 1968 he was killed in Viet Nam during the Tet offensive.  As far as I know, he was the first person in our class who died at such an early age.