Gerald "Jerry" Rehkow
1938 - 2020
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Rehkow, Gerald "Jerry"
February 5, 1938 - June 22, 2020

Jerry, age 82, was a proud Denver native born at St. Joseph's Hospital to George and Evelyn Herian Rehkow. He graduated South High where he met his future wife, Roma Rath. They celebrated their sixty-third wedding anniversary on June 5th. The first two years of their marriage were spent at Ft. Knox, Kentucky while Jerry served in the U.S. Army and where his son Christopher and daughter Polly were born. After their return to Denver, Jerry joined Ken White Engineers and another son, Matthew was welcomed to the family. In 1966 at a friend's urging, Jerry decided to try selling Residential Real Estate for Perry and Butler. He loved it from the start and never looked back. In 1975 he moved to Fuller and Company to sell Commercial Real Estate. In 1989 Jerry established Rehkow Realty and retired in 2018 to end a successful fifty-two-year career. Jerry enjoyed all sports, whether participating, spectating or discussing with friends. He was an avid (and pretty good) golfer, tennis player and member of a Bowling League for forty years. He also liked nothing more than a spirited political discussion. Every Sunday morning found Jerry in his pew at Augustana Lutheran Church, a very special part of his life. He spent many volunteer hours there over the sixty years he was a member. What memories-Jerry in his tuxedo, ready for Dance Club. He was a beautiful ballroom dancer. All the travels, visiting 119 countries, the last being Cuba in 2016. He always looked forward to his annual drives up Mt. Evans and Trail Ridge Road. Jerry cherished his long-time friends and the new ones he made during the past two years at his home at Brookdale Park Place. Most of all, he loved his family; their phone calls and visits made his day. Thanks for all the love and care, Jerry, it's been a ride! Until we can have a proper send off, please have a Greyhound or a glass of Pinot Grigio in his memory. Jerry was laid to rest at Ft. Logan National Cemetery next to his beloved son, Matthew, who died of Leukemia in 1965. Survivors include his wife Roma, son Christopher of NYC, daughter Polly (David) Wall of England, grandson Phil Klidaras of Denver, granddaughter Caroline Rehkow of NYC and sister Judie (Ray) Morse of Salt Lake City. Donations are gratefully accepted to Augustana Lutheran Foundation; 5000 E. Alameda Ave. Denver, CO 80246, or Metro Caring; 1100 East 18th Ave. Denver, CO 80218. Metro Caring is a food bank where Jerry spent some very rewarding time doing volunteer work.




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Published in Denver Post on Jul. 12, 2020.
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July 13, 2020
I worked with Jerry at Fuller & Company in the 70s and early 80s. I even bowled with Jerry and Roma for several seasons at that time . Just recently, I was listening to a speaker who had a wonderful voice, which made me think of him since he had that beautiful, deep voice. Just a truly kind man with a great sense of humor. It always seemed as if Jerry and Roma had an ideal marriage, as obviously attested to by 63 years together.
Jeanne Mitisek
Coworker
July 12, 2020
My darling Dad, no words can express the loss I'm feeling, I just want to say how proud I have always been to be your daughter. My heart is broken. But I know you're still watching over me, forever. Goodbye for now.
Polly Klidaras
Family
July 12, 2020
I will be forever blessed to know this awesome man and his lovely wife. I have thought of them often throughout the years. We had so much fun in their midst that my then husband and I would deliberately make that happen. What a unique sense of humor this man had. I will be thinking of the Rehkow's at this sorrowful time.
marsha berger
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