OBITUARY

Glen F. Stuke

January 6, 1950July 18, 2021

Glen was an only child who grew up in a small town in Missouri on a farm with lots of animals around, fostering his lifelong love of all animals. He came to Denver to begin his police career in July 1972 at the Lakewood Police Department, the youngest recruit in the Academy class. He was a dedicated policeman: involved on multiple committees creating change for the better, and a unique team of investigators called BRAND in 1979. In 1985 Glen received the Director’s Commendation: another agent, Glen and some citizens lifted a vehicle off an 8-month pregnant woman at an accident scene. He had a big heart for both people and animals, and was involved in lots of volunteer work through the police force: giving hours of time and support to events like the Special Olympics, and the Colorado Special Olympics Torch Run, and the KYGO Christmas Crusade for Children. Glen retired in 1997, after serving 25 years in the Lakewood Police Department. After retirement, Glen continued with several ventures. He worked for several years as an SMM Investigator for Jefferson County. His boss recalled that he had great rapport with other Countys’ Investigators, assisting whenever needed. She mentioned that when he walked in a room he would make everyone smile. He would stop in any office when he was near just to say hi and check on everyone. Glen became a contract Investigator and did background investigations for the Department of Defense and other governmental agencies until just recently. From early childhood and throughout his life Glen loved fishing and water. Glen and his wife of 27 years, Nancy, had a houseboat on Lake Powell with friends and a cabin on Lake McConaughey. One of Glen’s fellow police officers often fished with Glen. On one of the trips to Lake Powell, Glen pointed out that the red balls on the power lines over I-70 may have been manufactured in a plant near the small town where he grew up. He recalled that the plant motto was “our balls may save your life”. Everyone laughed but his fishing friend questioned whether that was really their motto. The next time Glen visited Missouri he brought back a phone book advertisement for the company...sure enough, that was their motto! He always had a good joke on hand to keep people smiling. He made many deep sea fishing trips and loved to visit his sister-in-law, Sally and her husband, Joe in Alaska to fish. Another of his many hobbies included fine automobiles which he maintained and collected over the years, including: a DeTomaso Pantera, a 308 GTB Ferrari, and a fine red Porsche 911 SC Targa. Glen kept them all in perfect shape, and truly appreciated these vehicles. He also decided that getting his pilot's license was interesting and a wonderful challenge to be undertaken! He owned a plane with a few comrades and enjoyed it tremendously. Glen loved living in Lakewood in his unique Frank Lloyd Wright designed home in Green Mountain Estates with many wonderful neighbors. One of his greatest memories is a celebration that began in the mid 90’s. It was about 8 pm on a Christmas evening when the Stukes and Voegelis received a phone call from neighbors, Neldon and Alitze, inviting them to come over to enjoy desserts. It was spur-of-the moment and by that hour everyone was in pajamas and settling in for a “long Winter’s nap”. But, Neldon and Alitze insisted that they all come over-pajamas and robes were just fine. It was a spectacular time, celebrating the spirit and message of Christmas together and became an annual tradition for many years to come. Glen had a big place in his heart for all living creatures. He and Nancy truly loved and appreciated their 4 dogs and a cat...even a squirrel (that you can see on Glen’s shoulder in one of the pictures). In recent years, Glen created a bird sanctuary complete with 2 heated birdbaths, multiple bird and squirrel feeders, birdhouses and many places for bunnies to hide and play. Glen was a great cook. Whether it was barbecuing on the grill or preparing some new feast, he enjoyed it. During COVID 19, Maggie and Glen had the good fortune to hang out together and took turns preparing meals at their homes. Glen Stuke was a true “gentleman”. He was always courteous and always took time to listen, offer his thoughts and ideas on subjects, and was always willing to share, advise or help with a project or a challenge - even on a moment's notice. He shared his time and talents unselfishly and did so with joy. His enthusiasm for doing various projects with attention to detail was inspirational. Glen had the patience to think about things and figure out the answer to many challenges and problems, and was able to make things work. He had a wonderful smile, and a great sense of humor- everyone that met Glen, remembers his sense of humor. Friends and family will alway remember that he was a joy to be around.

Services

29 July

Celebration of Life

9:30 am

Olinger Crown Hill

Pavilion of Reflection

7777 West 29th Ave
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Memories

Glen F. Stuke

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Angie Butts Gillespie

July 27, 2021

There isn't a time in my life that I don't remember knowing about you. My dad (Chris Butts)' best friend. I remember how smitten I was with Nancy the first time I met you both, I think I was 7. You had come home for a visit... my grandma might have been more excited than my dad to see you. Dad unexpectedly passed away on July 8; You were the second person we called when he went to the hospital. His funeral was on the 18th. There's no doubt he was waiting for you.

Dennis Gray

July 26, 2021

Glen was a classmate, at California class of 68'. He will be missed

Bob Asahl

July 26, 2021

Glen and I were school mates/friends from kindergarten to High School senior graduation.. I think we held the record for the most rulers whack over our knuckles by the Sister’s of Annunciation School.. We did have many fun times thru all those years.. Soooo much fun thru High School. Fun, Fun guy.. We’ll all miss Glen from the class of ‘68.. 🥲🙏

Paula Nichols

July 23, 2021

I was sad to hear of Glen Stuke passing he was a long time friend of my parents & worked with my dad for the Lakewood police department for many years
Glen always made jokes to make me laugh when I was growing up and helped me out when my parents had to be out of state for my Dad
He was definitely someone my Dad had a good friendship with even after they retired
Rest in Peace Glen
I bet my dad & you are catching all kinds of fish together now
Thank you for everything u did for me and my family when times were tough

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY