Swan-Law Funeral Directors

501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO


James G. Rooney

August 1, 1947January 15, 2020
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Colonel James G. Rooney, of Colorado Springs passed away peacefully at the age of 72.

Famed for his good looks, razor sharp wit and athletic prowess, Jim dominated the sports scene at Ludlow High in Massachusetts. Selected to the inaugural class of Ludlow Sports Hall of Fame his high scoring record in basketball remained until the advent of the three pointer. As class president his senior year, he led Ludlow to league championships in football, basketball and baseball. Jim and his siblings were raised on the foundations of Catholic faith, education, and the sacrifice of the Irish newspaper men and mill workers that preceded them.

He met and married the most beautiful girl he ever saw, Madelyn Patton, while at the University of Connecticut. This was their 48th year of marriage.

Colonel ‘Doc’ Rooney became the first Director of Sports Medicine at the Air Force Academy. His love of athletics paired with his Doctorate in Sports Medicine from the University of Kentucky (GO CATS!) made him a beloved member of the department.

His 30 year Air Force career included tours at Chanute, Carswell, and Wiesbaden. His loyalty and dedication to his work and friends was an example to all. Jim was selected as the Air Force Physical Therapist of the Year while at Wright-Patterson AFB.

Doctor Rooney enjoyed his time at Shaw AFB where he honed his golf game. He was never above the hole on his approach shot.

Colonel Rooney’s mischievous twinkle was imparted to his children, grandchildren and grand nieces and nephews. The “Jimmy Gene” continues to delight and confound his descendants.

Always in prime physical and mental condition, the shock of his sudden passing has left a void that will be filled by the numerous stories and memories as well as the knowledge that his strong Catholic faith has led him into the arms of Jesus Christ.

He is preceded in death by his parents Grattan Henry and Mary (Casey) Rooney. He is survived by his wife Lyn, sons Jim and Emmet, daughters Kelly Benchoff and Casey Mancl, his brother Tim and sisters Mary Ellen Moreau and Sheila Zagula.

His 9 grandchildren were the delight of his life.

A rosary service will be held at 6:30 at St. Francis of Assisi church on Woodmen Road on Tuesday, January 21st. The Requiem Mass will be held at 10am on Wednesday, January 22nd followed by a reception, and burial with full military honors at Pike’s Peak National Cemetery.

Donations can be made to Pikes Peak Citizens for Life, 707 N. Nevada Ave. #R Colorado Springs, CO 90903. Phone number: (719) 630-1999


  • Rosary Service Tuesday, January 21, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, January 22, 2020
  • Committal Service Wednesday, January 22, 2020


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John Mandico

January 21, 2020

Hello Lyn - I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was a fine man. I will miss his smile and talking with him after mass. He was always so kind and friendly towards me... always interested in how I was doing.
I did not know until I read the well-written obituary that Jim was such an exceptional athlete. But then, that was Jim - he rarely talked about himself. A humble, kind-hearted man who will be sorely missed.
If there is anything Ann or I can do for you in the days and weeks ahead, please don't hesitate to ask. We are not far away.
God bless,

Denise Grimmett

January 21, 2020

Dear Lyn, Emmet and Family,

Our sympathies to you and the entire family for the loss of your beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather. A life well lived!

Doug and Denise Grimmett

Bill Rohlman

January 20, 2020

Dear Lyn and Family,

Our deepest condolences for Jim's sudden passing. Jim was a remarkable man and most enjoyable to be with. He lived a life of faith and was inspirational!

I suspect he and Diane have already had a smile and a chuckle while discussing being called Home unexpectedly. Diane passed away January 2019 from pancreatic cancer.

Sarah and our granddaughter, Charlie Jean, also send their sympathy and prayers.

May Jim Rest in Peace and the Heavenly Father encompass all of you with love and compassion.

In Christ,

Bill, Sarah and Charlie Jean

Betsy Marino

January 20, 2020

The Rooney family was a beloved family in Ludlow . I had the privilege to know all of them. Rest In Peace, Jim and sympathy to his beloved family.

Carmin Moutinho

January 19, 2020

Deepest sympathy’s to the Rooney family.
The Town of Ludlow mourns a special man

Joy Vostatek

January 18, 2020

Jim, you are missed. I will miss seeing your smiling face at Lyn’s morning Classes. You were always a joy too sit next too and share in our small group discussions. You were always so gracious and generous in giving us Lyn, her time, her gifts of knowledge of church teaching. I will miss seeing you sit in the same place every Sunday at Mass. May you Rest In Peace, God love you.

Joy Vostatek

Kathleen Lockwood

January 17, 2020

Jim’s sudden passing reminds us how fragile life can be and how important it is to embrace every day with passion as Jimmy did throughout his life. I’m certain it’s our grandfather Casey’s indomitable spirit that sparked the gleam in Jimmy’s eyes. I was honored to have Jim serve as a groomsman at our wedding. Although we lost contact over the years as we both moved to various locations across the country, I hold warm memories of lively family dinners with my cousins. Who could have guessed how many different paths our lives would take? God is good and has blessed us all with many blessings. I’m sure he has already welcomed Jim home with open arms.

Marilyn Witbrodt

January 17, 2020

Dear Lyn, Jimmy, Kelly, Casey & Emmet,
It is with a heavy heart that I leave this message. I have no words to describe how sorry I am for your loss. Jim was a bigger than life personality that I will always remember. Our time together in Rome N.Y brings back fond memories of all the good times we had. Babysitting Jimmy when Kelly was born, going to the Officers Club for lobster dinners & to hear the Skylarks sing! So much laughter, fun & memories. I will have you all in my prayers as you go through the months to come. May Jim Rest In Peace.
Marilyn McKee Witbrodt

Bill & Barbara Picard

January 17, 2020

Dear Lyn & Family,

We are so sorry to learn about Jim. He was a great man & we will always have fond memories the good times we had together with you & Jim. Take care & know that you are in our thoughts & prayers. Love, Barbara & Bill