Obituaries

Jeffrey Hawthorne • James Jaggers • Erik "Red" Kilby • Rodney Love • Ellen Fuller • Darrin Johnson • Ron Reeves • Martin Bock • John Rhodes • Marylon Robert

Jeffrey Hawthorne

Staff Sergeant Jeffrey E. Hawthorne, age 34, of Colorado Springs, CO passed away April 22, 2011 from injuries received in an automobile accident. He was a native of the Chumuckla Community, a 1995 graduate of Central High School in Allentown. He served 16 years active duty with the U. S. Army as a Military Policeman. His duty stations included: Fort McLellan, Alabama; Fort Benning, Georgia; Grafenott, Germany; Albania; Kosovo; Brussels, Belgium; Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Korea; Norfolk, Virginia and Fort Carson, Colorado. He had a great love and respect for his God, his Country and his Career. Devotion to his career is evidenced by the vast number of Commendations and Medals he earned. Jeffrey was preceded in death by his brother, Chester Hawthorne. He is survived by: his parents, Joseph Edward and Ruth Barley Hawthorne of Chumuckla; sisters, Cynthia Bloyd of Pensacola, Diane (John) Marceau of Fredrick, MD; nephews, Kevin and Sean Carroll of Fredrick, MD, Joseph Bloyd, Joshua Hawthorne and Tony Pierce all of Pensacola; aunts, Marian Hendrix, Loretta McCrory, Ann Blanton, Cora Abel, and Irene Joyner; uncles, Ralph Barley, Jr. and James Hawthorne; many extended family members as well as his military family. The Hawthorne family wishes to thank the men and women of Fort Carson military base, the Military Police family, for the support given during Jeffrey's Hospitalization and afterwards, especially Sergeants 1st Class Stafford and Graves and Captain Pique. They would also like to thank Cora Abel and Kathy Faust. Visitation for family and friends will be from 6-8:00 p.m., Friday, April 29th at Chumuckla Community Church (formerly, Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist). Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Saturday at the church with U.S. Army Chaplain and Pastor Clive Knight officiating. Burial and full military honors will be in Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery. Trahan Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Back to top


James Jaggers

James K. Jaggers, a long-time resident of Colorado Springs, passed away in the early hours of August 5, 2011, at The Village at Skyline Nursing Home from complications of lung cancer. James was born in Pennsylvania to William and Ann Jaggers, and had a brother, John, and a sister, JoAnn. In late 1962 James graduated from Fresno Community College in Fresno, California with a degree in Drafting. He married Barbara Burns on November 10, 1962, also in Fresno. They had two daughters, Cathy and Sharri. James was a Notary Public for the States of Indiana and West Virginia and retired as a Licensed Land Surveyor in Colorado with licenses in California, Nevada and West Virginia. He was a standing member of the Masons Concorde Lodge 307 of Vienna, Virginia and the Colorado Springs Cuda Club. The family wishes to thank the many people who touched dad's life, especially Linda Lantz, Bob and Alice Solomon, Eric W., and Dick and Carmen McDonald. James is survived by his daughter, Cathy Jaggers and daughter and son in law, Sharri and Byron Youngstown; grandsons, James, Tony and David; siblings, John Jaggers and JoAnn Zitto; and his dog, Boo. He was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife, Barbara. A Memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 10:30 am at the Cappadona Funeral Home Chapel, 1020 E. Fillmore St., Colorado Springs, (719) 520-1817. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local chapter of the Cancer Society of America or to a charity of your choice. Back to top


Erik "Red" Kilby

OCTOBER 27, 1966 - OCTOBER 9, 2011. Erik "Red" Kilby, 44, went to be with the Lord unexpectedly on October 9, 2011. He was preceded in death by his mother, Cherie Farlett. Red is survived by his loving wife of twenty-four years, Linda; stepchildren, Jennifer, Jason (Tonnie) and Jacob Davidson; grandchildren, Lacee and Jason II; father, Ron Kilby; sister, Alana Kilby; half-brother, Will Farlett; nephew, Dylan Kilby; also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and a plethora of friends. Red worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as a locomotive engineer. He enjoyed car and gun shows, traveling and going on cruises. Red was a country music entertainer, frequently singing at Steel Guitar conventions around the country. He served in the Army and the Air Force Reserves, and was a member of the FOE Aerie #145. At Red's request, Cremation will take place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "The Red Kilby" Memorial Fund through Lake Avenue Baptist Church, 1345 Lake Avenue, Pueblo, CO 81004. In honor of "Red," his Final Gig will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Felice's Pizzeria, 1725 W. Pueblo Blvd. Online condolences, www.tgmccarthy.com. Arrangements by T.G. McCarthy Funeral Home. Back to top


Rodney Love

Rodney Love passed away suddenly at home on February 6, 2012. He was born in Sharon, PA to the late Darrell William Love and Alice Virginia Frampton Love. Rodney was a resident of Colorado Springs since 1975. He retired from Colorado Springs Utilities with 32 years' service in 2008. Capt. Love served in the Vietnam War as a Special Forces Ranger. He was awarded 2 Purple Hearts and the Silver Star. He is survived by his wife: Sherry (Humphrey), son: Kevin Darrell, daughter: Kimberly Ann and grandson: Colton James; all from Colorado Springs. Stepmother: Ann, brothers: Larry, Steve, Jeff, sisters: Pam Silvis and Cindy Menteer all from Strattanville, PA area. Brother: Greg preceded in death. He is loved by all the Humphrey family. He enjoyed mountain man rendezvous, 1885 US Cavalry reenactments, driving his 1968 purple Charger, riding his horses and being proud of his family. He will truly be missed. A celebration of his life will be held at 3:00p.m. on Friday, February 17, 2012 at Friendship Assembly, 3165 New Center Point. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Back to top


Ellen Fuller

Ellen M. Fuller, 82, passed away June 18, 2013. Ellen was a triplet born at home with her sister, Helen and her brother Allen, on April 25, 1931 in Sherburne, NY to Leslie and Mae (Byrom) Suits. She married Richard Fuller on August 21, 1954 in Syracuse, NY. Ellen was active in the Legion Post in Syracuse and was president of the Women's Auxiliary for several years. Ellen and Dick moved to Green Mountain Falls, CO in 1971 where she worked as a cook in many Ute Pass area restaurants, forging many friendships and where she became known for her biscuits and pies. Following the death of her husband in 1993, she became the owner of Door Check Sales and Service. She loved entertaining friends, playing cards, trips to Cripple Creek and driving her blue 1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee. She was a long time member of the Southern Colorado Mopars Club. She was also a long time member of Church in the Wildwood where she enjoyed singing in the choir. Ellen is survived by her sisters, Doris Black and Helen Tengelsen, daughter, Marcia Day (Kevin) of Bayfield, CO, son Doug Fuller (Dana) of Green Mountain Falls and two grandchildren, Darren and Daniel Fuller. The family would like to send a special thank you to the staff at Emeritus at Bear Creek and the staff of Evercare Hospice for their loving care they gave to Ellen. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 29 at 11:00 a.m. at Church in the Wildwood, 10585 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls. A graveside service will follow at the Woodland Park Cemetery and then a celebration of life from 1-4 at the Crystola Roadhouse. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ellen's name to Church in the Wildwood, PO Box 26, Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819, Evercare Hospice, 5450 Tech Center Dr., Suite 120, Colorado Springs, CO 80919 or your favorite charity. Back to top


Darrin Johnson

Darrin L. Johnson entered heaven Wednesday, June 19th, 2013. Cancer never took away his sense of humor or love for his family and friends. Darrin was born January 20, 1965, in Des Moines, Iowa. He grew up in Pleasantville, Iowa. He moved to Renton, Washington at the age of 15 and attended Lindbergh High School. After graduation he worked in the Asphalt industry and was part of the Navy Reserve for just shy of six years. On February 9, 1985, Darrin married his wife Lori who was the love of his life. He became a father to his wonderful sons Brent in 1987 and David in 1992. They brought Darrin lots of joy and he was very proud of both of them. In January 2002, the family moved to Falcon, Colorado. Darrin had an amazing and loving circle of friends in both Washington and Colorado. Darrin spent many hours building and racing his car, riding his Harley, and restoring antique engines. Darrin is survived by his dedicated and loving wife, Lori Johnson; beloved sons, Brent, and David; loving parents, Dennis and Barbara Johnson, of Renton, Washington; brothers, Kelly Johnson, Brad Coulson; and sisters Sheryl Martin and Natalie Larmore. Celebration of Life Services will be Friday, June 28, at 2:00 p.m. at the Shrine of Remembrance "America the Beautiful" Chapel, 1730 East Fountain Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado. A reception will be held following the Celebration of Life at the Olympian Plaza Reception and Event Center, 975 South Union Boulevard. Darrin was truly a unique and amazing individual and will be missed by all that knew and loved him. Online Condolences: ShrineOfRemembrance.com. Back to top


Ron Reeves

Ron L. Reeves came to grace our lives on November 29, 1946 in Amarillo, TX, and went to be with God's angels on June 30, 2015. He was an only child. Ron followed John Denver's lyrics in "Rocky Mountain High" and moved to Denver in the summer of his 27th year, and Colorado became his new home. Ron was in commercial printing from the age of 14 years, working beside his step-father, who taught him how to live with kindness and treat people with a genuine heart. Upon retiring, he turned his energy to muscle cars, a great passion of his.

Ron knew how to be a good friend and many lasting memories were created with car enthusiasts of all genres. His first love was muscle cars, and he was the trivia king when it came to details about them. He was known by his cool 1964 Plymouth Fury in car circles, and won a number of awards with that Mopar.

Ron was a good listener, and an excellent joke teller; he loved to make people laugh. Ever kind and gentle, he found great joy in helping people, whether he knew them or not. Ron also loved animals. A tiny bird came the last four summers, built her nest and hatched her babies in his garage; he watched over her as if she was his own pet.

Ron shared his life with wife, Mona, for 22 years, and is survived by his step-children, Todd Grow and Alyssa Grow, grandchildren, Elliott Martin, Hannah Grow and Audrey Grow.

Donations may be made to the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region at 610 Abbot Lane, Colorado Springs, CO 80905.

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Martin Bock

Martin R. Bock. Born Sept. 22, 1942. Died Nov. 30, 2015. Owner of International Business Forms, longtime Colorado Springs resident. Survived by his wife, Karin; a daughter, Brook Cruz; and 1 grandchild. SEND FLOWERS Back to top


John Rhodes

1950-2021. Master Sergeant John "Jack" William Rhodes II, Unites States Army, Retired, passed away in his home on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. John was born on November 30, 1950 in Cleveland, Ohio, moving in his teenage years to his maternal ancestors' home state, Louisiana, where he graduated from J.S. Clark High School in Opelousas on May 28, 1969. While studying at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, he received a draft letter, stepping away from his schooling to begin his dedicated service to the U.S. Army in December 1970.

As a devoted patriot, MSG John W. Rhodes served during and following the Vietnam War in Ft. Polk, LA; Ft. Monmouth, NJ; Utapao Royal AFB, Thailand; Ft. Dix, New Jersey; Daegu, South Korea; Ft. Gordon, GA; Worms, Germany; Sinop, Turkey; and Peterson AFB, CO, where he was honorably discharged in April 1992. After working as a satellite communications engineer and signals instructor in the military, John received an Associates in Science from the University of the State of New York in 1991 and a Bachelor of Science in Logistics Systems Management from Colorado Technical University in 1996. He went on to work as a government support contractor and engineer for Allied Signal, Honeywell, Harris, and STI-TEC.

John was a charismatic, humorous, and natural teacher, always happy to impart knowledge and offer his leadership skills to benefit others. He spent many years donating service to the Boy Scouts of America and the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony in support of his children, also volunteering in his later years as a history tour guide at Dragonman's Military Museum.

As an inherently innovative and inventive individual, John's talents were manifest in his craftsmanship and skills as a builder and mechanic. He loved working on his prized '69 Plymouth Roadrunner and was a long-time, enthusiastic member of the Southern Colorado Mopars car club. He built up and landscaped his homes, always known to meticulously nurture the greenest lawn on the block. He enjoyed photography, science fiction, Marvel comics, illustration, Motown oldies, martial arts (earning his black belt), classic cars, road trips, and traveling the world. John never hesitated to eat dessert first (baked Alaska, anyone?), enjoyed grilling, made the best pot roast, and especially loved homemade, generations-old, family recipe gumbo and lemon merengue pie.

John was an extremely proud husband and father. He is survived by his wife, Maria Isabel Rhodes (Montano); sister, Toni Elaine Rhodes; children (from a previous marriage), Jack William Rhodes III and wife Susana Elisa Rhodes (Avalos), Janet Lee Rhodes, Elizabeth Marie Lambson (Rhodes) and husband Samuel Charles Lambson; grandchildren, Lily Rhodes and Lewis, Felix, Boaz, Dale, and Ted Lambson; and cat Charlie. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack William Rhodes Sr., and mother, Toni DeCoux Rhodes.

A full-honors military funeral service was held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at the Pikes Peak National Cemetery where John was laid to rest. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in support of United States military service members, veterans, and families through hopeforthewarriors.org. Back to top


Marylon Robert

February 4, 1949 - August 11, 2023. Marylon Robert, 74, was born in Stockton, CA. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She spent her life caring for others and serving her community. Her service to her Church touched many lives. She is survived by her husband Ron of 45 years, sons Kristoff and Kevin, grandchildren Kohen, Kyle and Brianna and sisters Linda and Sandra. She will be missed.

Marylon loved sports. She never missed a NASCAR race or watching her beloved Broncos play. She also loved watching the Rockies with her son.

Marylon also loved cooking and baking. Upon any special occasion, cookies would pour out of the kitchen by the dozens -- she was even known as the "Cookie Monster".

Marylon was very active at Village Seven Presbyterian Church. She helped with food preparation and procuring entertainment for the widow's ministry, Naomi Fellowship. She loved to decorate for the women's Bible Studies she attended. Being an avid fan of weddings, she served as the church's Wedding Coordinator for many years. She assisted the church staff with decorating the sanctuaries with seasonal flowers for services and special events. For many years, Marylon also sang in the choir, managed Deck the Halls, and worked at Vacation Bible School.

Marylon loved being with her friends. She was a member of Red Hat having monthly get togethers with the ladies that she always looked forward to. She attended a weekly craft group where ladies got together to catch up and work on projects.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony and Service will be held September 8th, 2023 at 2 pm. This service will be held at Village Seven Presbyterian Church, 4040 S. Nonchalant Circle, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the "Life Network", 3700 Galley Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909 Back to top