OTTO W. ROONEY
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.
Published in The Gazette from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2021.