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John Pellegren


1925 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
John Pellegren of Castle Pines, Colorado, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2014 after a brief illness. He was born in Raritan, New Jersey to Italian immigrants Anna Costa Pellegrin and Angelo Pellegrin. John graduated from Bound Brook High School in 1942, and received his draft notice the night of his graduation. He saw his first action landing on Omaha beach the morning of June 6th with the 467th under General Patton. After surviving the landing, John was assigned to Intelligence, serving as a Scout throughout the liberation of France and the Battle of the Bulge. As a Scout, John was one of the men who identified that the bridge at Remaggen was still intact. The saving of that bridge enabled the American troops to enter Germany and finally end the war. John was honored and personally attended the most recent, 70th Anniversary this past June 6th, as one of the few remaining survivors of the Omaha Beach landing. He received medals personally from the French leadership in attendance, and was recently notified that he would be receiving the French Legion of Honor Medal, the highest honor given by France, at a ceremony that was to have been held at the WWII Museum in New Orleans this Fall. After the War, John was drawn to the beauty of Colorado, and attended the University of Colorado, where he met Barbara Louise Grove, who would become his wife of 64 years. They married in 1950, and after 5 years with an Engineering firm in Denver, moved his family to Casper, Wyoming, where he started his own Architectural firm. In 1962, John returned to Denver with his family, and started the Architectural firm, "The Pellegren Corporation" which he built into a well-respected specialist in the design of Newspaper plants until his retirement in 1994. After his retirement, John and Barbara built a house on land they had long owned near Daniels Park. They moved to what is now Castle Pines in 2002, to enjoy the wildlife and the view. John is survived by his wife Barbara, his children Jeanne Jackson of Henderson, Nevada, Steve Pellegren of Los Angeles, California, Robert Pellegren of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Nancy Nose of Silver Spring,Maryland, and five grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Linda Costa of Evanston, Illinois, Ursula Hemerda of Hillsborough, New Jersey, Mary Brown of Love Ladies Island, New Jersey, Norma Tolmach of Great Falls, Virginia, and Pat Huhn of Flemington, New Jersey. He is pre-deceased by his daughter Carol in 1961. Services will be held at Drinkwine Mortuary in Littleton, Colorado on August 5th at 10:30 AM with interment and full military honors at Ft. Logan cemetery immediately following the service. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, any donations be made to the World War II Museum in New Orleans, where he was honored as one of the speakers on Opening Day.


Published in Denver Post on Aug. 3, 2014
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