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Teeples, John - Loveland  
John P. Teeples, 69, of Loveland, CO passed away at this home on April 01, 2015. He was born in Shawnee, OK on October 14, 1945 to Charles T. and Mildred (Pruitt) Teeples. Even as a child, John had a deep love of America. After completing high school John proudly joined and served in the U.S. Navy. In 1971 he moved to Loveland and joined the Loveland Police Department. During that time, he served and provided 20 years of distinguished service to the City of Loveland as Patrol Sgt., Detective Bureau Sgt., Crime Prevention Sgt., Hostage Negotiator, Police Chaplin Liaison and Loveland's first Hazardous Device Technician. While serving the L.P.D., John displayed a high degree of leadership, dedication, bravery and law enforcement expertise. He received many honors, including being Loveland's first and only Police Department's "Medal of Honor" recipient. It was John's pride and passion to serve and protect his community. After retiring from the Police Department John started and operated "Grandpa's Pawn and Gun" in Longmont, CO. He was very knowledgeable regarding guns, military items, military history and his expertise was respected by many. John loved to collect military items and above all, he loved to read. He was a long time member of the Elks Lodge, American Legion, NRA and the Colorado Gun Collectors Association. Left to honor John, are his caring and devoted wife, Sharon (Ballinger) Teeples, daughter, DaNae (Garner) Fortin, son, Scott Teeples of California, cherished granddaughter, Kristin Lesesne of South Carolina and his loving sister, Dorothy (Ted) Lueking of California. Also surviving are nephews and nieces, Marty Lueking of California, Scott Ballinger, Doug Depperschmidt, Amy Bonner, Darla Martinez, Carrie Ballinger and their families (all of Loveland), best friend Rel Hoida, his P.D. brothers in blue and his beloved Police Chaplains. (John was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and his daughter, Traci.) John was known for his hearty laugh, big beautiful smile, his patriotism and love of America. He had a heart of gold and he will be greatly missed. A memorial service to honor John will be held at the First Christian Church in Loveland, 2000 North Lincoln Ave, on Friday, May 01 at 2:00 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made through the Viegut Funeral Home in John's name. Go to for condlences.
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Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Apr. 26, 2015
Tilton, Vera - Loveland  
Vera Marie Tilton (93), loving wife, mother, and grandmother was united with her Savior Jesus when her physical body died at home in Loveland, CO on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Her spirit will live forever. Vera was born April 26, 1921, in Mission, South Dakota. She married Harold Tilton on January 19, 1947. They moved to Cheyenne WY in 1962 where she lived until 2005 when she moved to Loveland, Colorado. Vera was a vivacious woman to all who knew her. Her love for her Lord and Savior and His many blessings bestowed upon her gave her the ultimate purpose of life on earth. She is survived by her three daughters, Connie (Ed), Carol (Roger), and Cheri. Five grandchildren, six great-grand children, and one great-great grandchild. She is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, husband Harold, and three infant children. Vera will be missed greatly by her family and friends. Special thanks to Halcyon Hospice for their loving care and support. Services will be held Thursday, April 30 th at 10:30 am at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Loveland, Colorado. Burial will be held later in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Donations may be made to Immanuel Lutheran School, for children to know the love of Jesus, 4650 Sunset, Loveland, CO 80538. Go to
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Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Apr. 29, 2015
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