August 4, 1926 – March 31, 2018
Herman Mares, 91, of Denver, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Wheat Ridge Manor where he had been rehabilitating after a brief illness.
Herman was born in Fort Collins, Colorado on August 4, 1926 to Paul and Odillia Cordova-Mares. After the death of his father, Herman’s mother moved he and his siblings to Denver. At the age of 17, Herman enlisted in the Army Air Corp. He was a proud World War II veteran and was stationed in the Philippines during the Korean War.
After his return from military service, Herman married Bertha Olguin. To this union, three sons were born; Ronald, David and Leonard. After a few years of marriage, the two divorced. Herman married Julia Montoya on March 15, 1957 in Denver. Eloy and Gerard were born in 1961 and 1963 respectively and their family was complete. Herman retired early from Meadow Gold Dairy due to his deteriorating mobility as a result of rheumatoid arthritis which was diagnosed at age 35. Later in life, Herman enjoyed a job as a pharmacy driver where he delivered prescriptions to housebound patients.
Herman is survived by his four sons: David (Kathy), Leonard (Patricia), Eloy (Karen) and Gerard; 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren; Goddaughter, Christina Grant (Larry); niece/caregiver, Anita Garcia; sisters, Adeline Crespin and Isabelle Padilla; brother, Manuel (Sonny); as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Julia; son, Ronald; grandson, Leonard, Jr.; his parents; sister, Rachel; brothers, Toby, Frank (Poncho) and Raymond.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 pm with Rosary to follow at Olinger Moore Howard Chapel, 4345 W. 46th Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80212. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 10:30 am at Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 4200 Federal Blvd., Denver, Colorado 80211. Interment with honors will occur Friday, April 13, 2018 at 12:30 pm at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area “B”, 3698 S. Sheridan Blvd., Denver, Colorado 80236. Following interment, a reception will be held from 2:00-4:00 pm at The American Legion, 5400 East Yale Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80222.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 2280 South Albion Street Denver, Colorado 80222 or online at https://www.arthritis.org/colorado.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.OlingerMooreHoward.com for the Mares family.
- Larry Montoya , Active Bearer
- Jeff Coriell , Active Bearer
- Larry Grant, Active Bearer
- Kevin Polk , Active Bearer
- Rob Gurule, Active Bearer
- Neal Elkerton, Active Bearer
- Ron Mares, Honorary Bearer
- Angelo Garcia , Honorary Bearer
- Paul Mares, Honorary Bearer
- Jimmy Garcia , Honorary Bearer
- Rick Gutierrez, Honorary Bearer
- Reggie Polk , Honorary Bearer
- Brian Grant , Honorary Bearer
- Brandon Polk , Honorary Bearer
- Erick Grant, Honorary Bearer
- Marquez Polk , Honorary Bearer
- John Padilla, Honorary Bearer
- Steve Coriell , Honorary Bearer
- Darin Russell , Honorary Bearer
- Vince Damian, Honorary Bearer
- Visitation Thursday, April 12, 2018
- Saying of the Holy Rosary Thursday, April 12, 2018
- Mass of Christian Burial Friday, April 13, 2018
- Interment with Honors Friday, April 13, 2018
- Reception Friday, April 13, 2018
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April 7, 2018
To the Light of my life,thank you for sharing your life and love with me. I have been so blessed to be with you for the last 11 years. You have shared your life from beginning to end with me and I am forever grateful for the memories and love we shared.You will always be my HERO!!!Via con Dios mi tio I love you and I am lost without you!
April 6, 2018
I cannot tell you how deeply I loved my Uncle Herman, there are no words to describe. His wit, wisdom, and cheekiness were what I always looked forward to when going to see him. We had our own inside joke, and to this day it still makes me laugh... I can still hear him saying, "you know..." I will definitely be cheering on the Broncos (even when they're playing like a bunch of 'hot dogs')!
One of the last conversations I had with him, he left me with a responsibility that I will not ever forget. I will honor it, as best I can for as long as I can!
Though I will miss him more than I can convey; everything he talked to me about; all of his advice, instructions, and especially his jokes will live with me forever.
My deepest sympathies and condolences to my wonderful cousins, aunts and uncle. Love, prayers and uplifting for you all.