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Allen Koeneke

1927 - 2019 Obituary Condolences
Allen Koeneke Obituary
Allen passed peacefully in his home in Carbondale, Colorado on Christmas Eve morning. Born to Rudolph and Lillie Koeneke in Brighton Colorado. Following service in the U.S Navy in 1945-1946, he attended Colorado A&M (now CSU) on the GI Bill. There he met his wife Merilu Gray of Brush Colorado. Allen began his banking career with Farmers State Bank in Brush.In 1969, he organized an ownership group to buy the First National Bank in Rifle Colorado where he served as president and moved his family. He finished his banking career in Aspen,Colorado and retired to his beloved home at Ranch at Roaring Fork. In addition to serving on numerous boards and charities, Allen was President of the Colorado Bankers Association in 1983 and served on the Citizens Advisory Committee for I-70 through Glenwood Canyon. Allen was well respected by his peers and had many friends in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout Colorado. He skied into his early eighties, but above all loved golf. His front doormat read"I Golf, Therefore I Am Not Home"Of Allen's many wonderful characteristics, perhaps the most admirable was the courage, optimism and good humor with which he faced adversities, including the untimely passing of his wife, the oil shale collapse on the western slope and in his final years, Parkinsons disease. Allen is survived by his son Steve (Patricia), of Denver, daughter Ann of Carlsbad, California, son Paul of Carbondale, grandson Jeff of Seattle, sisters in law Carolyn Thornsby of Brush and Cynthia Gray of Fort Collins and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, brother Orville (Blanche), sister Joyce Mcney (John). Allen appreciated the kindness and companionship of his many wonderful neighbors at Ranch at Roaring Fork.
Published in Denver Post on Jan. 13, 2019
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