Elmer J. Reece, 96, passed away from natural causes on Monday, September 9, at Denver Hospice. Elmer was born August 5, 1917 on the family farm in Byers, Colorado, to the late John Reece and May H. Reece. He is survived by his wife of 66 yrs., Doris I. Reece, one daughter, Janice Teter married to Barry Teter of Arvada. He has two grandsons, Jason Teter(married to Heidi) of Cumming, GA. and Christopher Teter of Los Angeles, CA. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren, RJ and Tessa Teter, and known fondly by them as Popeye.
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Elmer was a US Navy veteran and survivor of Pearl Harbor. He was a Chief Petty Officer and radio operator on the USS Detroit which was moored in Pearl Harbor on the day of the attack. He was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivor's organization for many years. He was the happiest on a ship and sailed with his wife on over twenty cruises during retirement.
Elmer worked at Coors Brewery for 36 years as a pipefitter and mechanic. He enjoyed 31 years of retirement, was an active member of the Elk's Club, enjoyed reading, dancing, swimming, and traveling. He always had a glimmer in his eyes and was many
times up to some kind of mischief. His attitude about life served
him well and allowed for his long and productive life.
He was laid to rest at Ft. Logan National Cemetery. Contributions
can be made to the Denver Hospice or the Wounded Warrior
Project in his name.
Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Oct. 10 to Nov. 9, 2013