William Funk
1933 - 2019
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Funk, William
09/17/1933 - 06/19/2019

William "Bill" Lewis Funk Jr., a former Corporate Philanthropist, known for the William Funk Award for Building Stronger Communities, died on June 19. He was 85.
Born in El Reno, Oklahoma on September 17, 1933. Bill had many professional and personal accomplishments in his life. Bill received his Law Degree from the University of Oklahoma. He was an Army Captain and he ran for House of Representatives in Colorado; Vice-President of Public Affairs for United Bank of Denver; Executive Director of Bonfils Stanton Foundation; Chairman of Denver Lutheran High School Board of Directors; and President of St. John's Lutheran Church. Bill and his wife Natalie founded the Rocky Mountain Stroke Chapter.
Bill had a wonderful 53-year marriage to his wife Natalie. He enjoyed taking his family on many vacations and spending time together. He was a gentle soul who made everyone around feel important.
Bill Funk is survived by his wife Natalie; Melanie, their daughter and Stephen, their son; grandchildren Morgan, Evan, Emily and Andrew; John Funk, his brother, John's wife Marsha and their sons Jack and William.
Services will be held Thursday June 27th at 2:00 pm at Bethany Lutheran Church.

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Published in Denver Post on Jun. 23, 2019.
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July 1, 2019
Bill was a classmate and neighbor of mine.
He always was a rather quiet and thoughtful guy and very intelligent but humble.
He was a good listener and made us all feel special when he was talking with any one of us.
He was always positive and never had any criticism for anyone.
We all loved Bill and he was a friend to all.

Sincere Sympathy,
Ernestine Ownby Limestall
June 30, 2019
I remember Bill fondly from my collegiate days when we both participated in Republican politics in a moderate group called Republican Associates. As I recall, Bill met Natalie through political activities. Politics was a different world then. I continued to see Bill from time to time as our careers continued. He was always a reasoned man, well spoken and considerate. The world is a little less kind with the loss of Bill. I'm sorry I was unable to attend the services.
Michael Masseuy
June 29, 2019
Sorry Natalie. I lost My beautiful Anita on June 28. God gave me 60 wonderful years..Iam si grateful.

Hugh Van Voorst
201 Center
Union hill, Il
June 27, 2019
Thus is Seth Bradley and I worked at United Bank of Denver when Bill was there and remember him fondly and that he always remembered me and had a kind word as well as accomplishing much in the community with Don Sherling.Sorry to hear of his passing, condolences to family.
Seth Bradley
June 24, 2019
Bill was a kind, considerate and humble man who treated everyone with respect and greeted them with a smile. I met him in 1989 when I was the ED at Girls Incorporated and Bill was instrumental in introducing the organization to a person who became a significant donor of Girls Incorporated. Our paths crossed multiple times over the ensuing 30 years and I was always happy to see Bill and his favorite companion and wife, Natalie. He will be remembered with great fondness by so many of us, including me. I am so glad to have known him.
Christine Soto
June 23, 2019
Worked with Bill on many civic matters. He was consistently the voice of reason. He was one of three considered the creators of the Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer award of the Denver Foundation. Our greater community could use more like him. Rest in peace, good friend.
Bill Himmelmann
June 23, 2019
Such wonderful memories from years ago! I had a big sign for him on the top of my car and it got stuck trying to go into one of the downtown parking garages.We had such respect for Bill. My best to you, Natalie, Luanne Hazelrigg
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