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Elmer J. Read Jr.

September 26, 1922September 26, 2020

Elmer John Read, Jr. was born on September 26, 1922 in Hackettstown, New Jersey, the son of Elmer J. Read, Sr. and Mary Lambert Read, and brother to Edward and Katherine. During World War II Elmer heard the call and enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. He served in the Air Force for 21 years. He even had a certificate to teach Aircraft Electronics, and held a small aircraft pilots license. Following his career in the Air Force, Elmer worked at many local Colorado airports including Centennial Airport and Combs Gates Airport to name a few. Early in his life Elmer met Clara M. Holte and they were married. They had children Margaret, Kathleen, Patricia, Walter and E. Fred. Elmer and Clara were married until Clara's passing on September 16, 1997. Elmer had a passion for flying and guns. He was described as a man who had a twinkle in his eye and a sense of humor. He will be deeply missed. In the early morning of September 26, 2020 Elmer passed away in Aurora, Colorado. He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Edward Appleman and Katherine Gray; and his wife, Clara Marion Read. Elmer is fondly remembered by his 5 children, 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and 9 great, great-grandchildren, plus one more due in October. He is also survived by his friends in the Retired Enlisted Association. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 from 3-5PM at Advantage Aurora Chase Chapel in Aurora, Colorado. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 9:30AM at St. Therese Catholic Church in Aurora. Elmer will be laid to rest with his wife, Clara, on Thursday, October 8th at 12PM at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Committal Pavilion A. In lieu of flowers, Elmer requested donations be made to The Salvation Army.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, October 8, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, October 8, 2020


Elmer J. Read Jr.

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peter benoit

October 2, 2020

I met Elmo in 1978 when i was visiting my gunsmith friend Dave. Elmer was a regular customer. I remember a jovial little guy with his signature yellow hat. Mo was always curious and eager to learn all he could about guns. That began a friendship that lasted over 40 years. I enjoyed sitting with him at the Tanner shows, we would talk about all sorts of things. He was one of the kindest ,mellowest people i ever knew. Always smiling and joking. I saw him last Thursday on my weekly visit to wish him Happy Birthday. I will miss him. My condolences to his family. Be comforted knowing he lived a very long and happy life surrounded by family and friends. Go easy Mo, your buddy, Pete

Steve Young

October 1, 2020

The Buckley AFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our sincere condolences and our gratitude for Mr. Read's 21 years of service to our country in the Air Force. If you would like help with any matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance & Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Veterans Affairs (VA), etc. you can contact our office on Buckley AFB at 720-847-6693. The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses/family members with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

Steve Young
Lt Col, USAF, Ret
Director, Buckley AFB RAO

Gregory Noone

September 29, 2020

We were so fortunate to have such a wonderful uncle. He taught me so many things, we had a lot in common and I will miss talking to him. Rest In Peace uncle Elmer. Love Greg and Patty

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