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Vernon Eugene Gelroth

November 12, 1928April 6, 2021

Vernon Eugene Gelroth, 92, formerly of Arvada, Colorado, died Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Hubbard Hill Living Wisdom Center in Elkhart, Indiana. Vernon was born November 12, 1928, in Arapahoe County, west of Littleton, Colorado, the second son of Henry & Lydia (Albrandt) Gelroth. He attended grade school in Louviers, Colorado, and graduated from Douglas County High School in Castle Rock with the class of 1946. On October 22, 1949, he was united in marriage to Virginia Carol Lowell, a union that lasted almost 65 years. He worked as a precision tool cutter & grinder for 35 years at Sundstrand Corporation in Denver, retiring in 1991. Other employers included Heckethorne Manufacturing in Littleton, Robinson Brick & Tile in Denver, and the Denver Water Board. Before retiring, Vernon began volunteer work at the Arvada Food Bank, which continued for 30 years, until he moved to Mishawaka, Indiana in 2017. A member, since 1960, of King of Glory Lutheran Church in Arvada, he served in many capacities, including Sunday School Superintendent, Youth Group Leader, and usher. Vernon was preceded in death by his wife in 2014, son James Henry in 1958, and daughter Veona Kay in 2011. Survivors include four children: Joe and Janette (Dooley) Gelroth of Manhattan, Kansas; Carol Green of New Braunfels, Texas; Beth and Jeff Klein of Mishawaka, Indiana; and John and Melody (Bennett) Gelroth of Colorado Springs, 14 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a memorial service for Vernon will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be at Olinger Chapel Hill Memorial Garden, Littleton, Colorado. Memorial contributions are suggested to Alzheimer's Association at


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Vernon Eugene Gelroth

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Caitlin Cline

April 20, 2021

I enjoyed watching Grandpa interact with some of his great-grandkids, including my son. This photo is from February 2019. I remember the first time Grandpa picked up my son. Whew, I wasn't sure if he would have the arm muscles for it, but he did! It was so great to see him smile. The two of them would share snacks whenever we were at the house, particularly graham crackers and saltines.

Caitlin Cline

April 20, 2021

Grandpa came to live with my parents in 2017, a month or two before my wedding. I remember dancing with my grandpa at my wedding and thinking how lucky I was that I got to have him there to dance with me. I'm really glad that we got to have that experience together.

Barb Conklin

April 18, 2021

I will miss Vern l was known to him as one of the Arby's girls along with Lynn Dube, and Marissa Korbe. Got the pleasure and was blessed to have him as a daily customer. He would come to Arby's quite a lot each day. I and the other ladies that I mentioned above, got to see the gold plated rose that he had someone do for his wife. Sure was impressed that he was a loving man, and it appears me that he loved his family too. Thank you Vern, love. Barb Conklin.

Lynn Dube

April 15, 2021

Verne was a costumer of mine at arbys in old Town. Arvada
He would come in for coffee while the company offered it. .
Than he would come in and get his chocolate milk . Two three times a day.
He was invited to one of our Christmas party and received small gifts ie ( cookie s and small treats )
He would talk about his wife with love and concern
We enjoyed his company Dayly
He is well missed on your next journey vern I hope you're seeing all.
♡♡♡ Lynn Dube your arbys family

Scott Harman

April 7, 2021

I was Vern's caregiver for well over a year. He and I would go on outings almost every time I visited him. We viewed Quilt Gardens in the next county east, and we went to museums, antique shops and parks.
One day we visited the local minor league baseball park. We walked everywhere we went.
Vern loved the zoo. We went to the zoo three times during one summer, but his all-time favorite place to go was the South Bend Chocolate Company. We toured the factory many times, and the best part was two pieces of complimentary chocolates.
When we would stay in there was always a puzzle to work on.
On occasion Vern would tell me about his adventures at the dynamite factory and the water board. He told me how they put a pipeline through the side of a mountain to bring the water from the river to the city.
I cherish the time I had with Vern. He was always positive and ready to take on a new adventure.
One adventure has ended, now he has embarked on a new Journey. Love you Vern.