Otto W. Rooney
1937 - 2020
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May 20, 1937 December 14, 2020
Otto "Wally" Rooney, 83 of Colorado Springs, CO passed away on Monday, December 14, 2020. He was born on May 20, 1937 in Evanston, IL to William "Bill" Sr. and Eunice (Bayer) Rooney. Otto Rooney married Sandra Mary (Perrine) Serio on October 25, 1986 where he started a new life with step-daughters and grandchildren. She preceded him in death on February 4, 2004.
Thankful to have shared in his life are his step-daughters Cheryl A. Cowan (Serio), Dawn M. (Serio) married to Shawn E. Berhiet and Tina J. (Serio), married to Darrin Riggs, and their families. Grandchildren include Ashley Nicole (Cowan) Ross, Samantha Marie Cowan, Chelsey Paige (Serio) Ackerman, Shana Marie Berhiet and Devin Joseph Riggs. Also preceding him in death is granddaughter, Tawnya Leigh Serio, along with his parents, sisters Marge (Rooney) Volney, Mary Rose Rooney and his brother William "Bill" Rooney, Jr.
Otto was an Honored Military Veteran from 1954-1974, serving in both the U.S. Marines & the U.S. Army. He stayed busy within civilian life with employment at Pikes Peak Community College and the US Postal Service until retirement.
A service and celebration of life will be held at Springs First Church of the Nazarene, in the Stone Chapel at 4120 E. Fountain Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80916 on Friday, January 15, 2021, at 12pm with Military Honors to follow. COVID protocols will be in place, and for health and safety, masks & distancing will be required. Pastor Jerry Scroggins will officiate.
In lieu of flowers or for anyone who would like honor his memory, please donate in his name to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region at 719-473-1741 or the National ASPCA as he was a huge advocate for many organizations.

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Published in The Gazette from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 13, 2021
My dad was amazing man. Took in 3 girls with all the drama and never walked away. He always made sure we were taken care of no matter what the cost. Took us in as though we were his blood. I miss him dearly but I am glad he is no longer in pain. He is back with my mom where he belongs. Rest In Peace Otto. I live you and miss you so much.
Dawn Berhiet
January 11, 2021
Wally you sure will be missed. We enjoyed you coming down for Mardi Gras. My Mom Lillian sure enjoying your visits also. Praying for your family.
Cindy Kelley
January 11, 2021
Dear sweet family of Wally,
Oh how our family loved Wally. our mom Lillian Grace Schoenberg Wooten was probably his biggest fan.
We truly enjoyed all the years Wally came down to Louisiana to share Mardi Gras with us. We won’t be having Mardi Gras this year due to Covid but I’m sure mom and Wally can do the celebrating upstairs!
We are so proud to be related to him and his children and grandchildren. He is in a better place around those who were waiting on him. We are so proud of all his accomplishments in life.❤
Love you Wally. ❤
Robin Green
January 10, 2021
The Buckley AFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our sincere condolences and our gratitude for Mr. Rooney's service to our country in the Marines & Army. If you would like help with any matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance & Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Veterans Affairs (VA), etc. you can contact our office on Buckley AFB at 720-847-6693. The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses/family members with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

Steve Young
Lt Col, USAF, Ret
Director, Buckley AFB RAO
Steve Young
January 9, 2021
On behalf of TREA, the Enlisted Association, I wish to express our heartfelt condolences. May you find strength and comfort in God's loving and ever-faithful arms.
Rev Bob Kwiatkowski
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