J. Ivanhoe "Ivan" Rosenberg

October 30, 1919August 4, 2013

J. Ivanhoe “Ivan” Rosenberg, 93 years old, of Denver, Colorado passed away August 4, 2013 due to a stroke. He was born in Powell, Wyoming on Oct. 30, 1919 to Judith and Joseph Rosenberg. He moved to Denver in 1924 where he attended West High School. In 1937, Ivan married Shirley Hall, who was to be his beloved wife of 48 years until her death due to breast cancer in 1985. As a young boy, Ivan worked in his father’s business, Barnum Printing and Publishing Company. Upon his father’s death, Ivan became owner of the business that at one point printed and published seven weekly newspapers serving Southwest Denver, most notably the SW Denver Herald Dispatch and LaVoz. Ivan served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Press Association. He was awarded the “Golden Make-Up Rule” award, recognized by editors and publishers throughout Colorado in appreciation of his service in the newspaper industry. He was involved in civic activities, serving as president of the Optimist Club and SW Denver YMCA, among other organizations. He owned Sno-Skat, a snow removal manufacturing business. He founded the Colorado Wildfires Volunteer Association. In 1971, Ivan was elected to the Denver City Council, which he said was his most significant achievement of his career. As a Councilman, he served on the Public Works Committee and was instrumental in the development of Denver’s 16th Street Mall. After active duty in the U.S. Marines Ivan’s interest in auto racing grew to be a lifelong hobby and he became active in the Colorado Automobile Racing Club. Although Ivan did not realize his dream of being a Denver firefighter, he was a strong supporter of the Denver Fire Department. Due to his endless creativity and curiosity Ivan designed and invented several products and held patents for his innovations. He loved people and life and it can truly be said he never met a stranger. He is survived by six children, Margie (Tom) of Denver, Joe (Diane) of Denver, Gary (Janie) of Denver, Illene (Manny) of Bluebell, PA, Donna (Richard, deceased) of Boulder and I.V (Nini) of Boulder. His grandchildren are Eric and Jeffrey Goard, Leslie Bailey, Joey and Bradley Rosenberg, April Buswell, Dana Rosenberg, Kerri-Ann Rosenberg-Hallet, Zach and Josh Rosenberg, Deborah Neff, Laura Hutton, Jeremiah Donati, Heather Archer, Emily Johnson and Eliot Rosenberg. Ivan was dearly loved by fifteen great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his dear friend, Gina Lauver of Denver. A viewing will be held at Crown Hill Mortuary Friday, Aug. 9 from 4-7 p.m. Memorial and Celebration of Life is Sat., Aug 10 at 10:00 a.m., with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, Ivan would wish for memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society (800-227-2345)to benefit breast cancer research.


  • Visitation Friday, August 9, 2013
  • Memorial and Celebration of Life Saturday, August 10, 2013

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Tom and Violet Ellis

September 29, 2013

Our sincerest sympathies to the Rosenberg family at Ivan's passing away.

Ivan was good man, he loved his family and cared very much about southwest Denver. He hired me on at Barnum Publishing and thus I got my start in a life long career in printing.

I do remember Ivan's passion for CARC, and automobile racing.

Kay L Nordberg

September 21, 2013

We are sad to hear about Ivan's passing. We are related to his mother Judith Swenson Rosenberg. Judith was my great grandmother's sister. Sincerely, Kay L Nordberg (from MN)

August 14, 2013

Love you Ivan - miss you already!

~ Denis

Paul Bredenberg

August 11, 2013

My sincerest sympathies to the Rosenberg clan. He was a great pioneer in the racing community and I spent an active evening with him at a CARC banquet. I'm glad I got to know him!

Paul Bredenberg, CARC Historian

William and Mary Solomon

August 10, 2013

Our condolences to all the Rosenberg family. The distance between us prevented us from getting t o know him well, but we did have the pleasure of his company twice, the first time at "Nini' and "I.V's" home on a visit to Colorado during the holidays when we were fortunate to see the video of his life that Emily had made. We had a delightful visit. It was clear then that Mr. Rosenberg was quite special. We are happy to have had the opportunity to meet him. May the memories of him ease the pain of your loss.

Matt Johnson's grandparents

scott perry

August 10, 2013

Ivan was born several months before my Grandfather, who passed away in 1994, and it was a joy having him to share a love of cars and racing with. He was a great example of how to live with concern for all people. I'll never for forget his quickness to get emotional when something touched his heart whether good or bad. His act of having melvin put a handrail in front of Wanda's home for her Mom's visit really showed what a compassionate person he was. It will take a long time to get used to the fact stopping by Archer is not an option any more... LInda and I both miss him a great deal!

Joey Salazar

August 10, 2013

MR.Ivanhoe Rosenberg was a great man and a great neighbor!! I lived with my family on the southside in front of MR.Rosenberg house from the time I was 7 years old till I went to college in 1984. I too attended West High School. I would always go over and have little talks with him and yes he had a good sense of humor! And always had a smile on his face even when he would just wave from his front yard.My parents still live in that same house today.Mr Rosenberg will be greatly missed by me and my family!!

Teresa and Glen Herman

August 9, 2013

Our sympathies to the entire Rosenberg family. He was vital to the end, and was doing what he wanted. You will have many good memories to pull out in future years.

Dawn Goard

August 9, 2013

When I married Jeff 16 years ago all of my grandparents had passed. Grandpa welcomed me into the family under his paternal wing. His presence was "bright" as the sun. His blue eyes sparkled when he smiled and loved discussing a plethora of interesting topics. Grandpa Ivan had quintessential strength that was comforting like a warm blanket on a snowy day. He was wonderful and loved by everyone in his life and we will miss him dearly.

Daniel Foster

August 9, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you! We know that Ivan lived a very full life. He was full of spunk, vigor, and had a wonderful sense of humor. We know he will be missed but he passed on a great legacy! He was a good guy and we enjoyed knowing him. Xoxo