Cleo D. Coen, 87, of Aurora, Colorado passed away on February 3, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Cleo was born in Lamar, Colorado on January 15, 1930 to Seth and Helen Coen. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Shirley Felter Coen, his brother Don Coen, and four children, Cecilia Miller (Dennis), Pam Coen, Steve Coen (Sandra) and Melissa Wharry (Justin). He leaves seven grandchildren: Ryan Miller, Seth Coen, Shawn Miller, Nathan Miller, Molly Coen, Gage Wharry and Cord Wharry, and three step-grandchildren: Melissa Olander, Michelle Nobles (Mike) and Megan Olander and one step-grandchild, Estelle Nobles. Cleo grew up in Lamar, Colorado and graduated from Lamar Community College. He was the owner of Coen Construction Co. and specialized in residential excavation in the Lamar area until the 1980’s when he relocated to the South Denver metro area. He retired from the construction industry in 2005. Cleo and his wife were active members of the First Baptist Church of Lamar where he served on the Board of Deacons. They attended Mississippi Avenue Baptist Church in Aurora, Colorado.
Cleo served in the U. S. Army as a sergeant during the Korean War and was stationed in Alaska. On returning to Colorado in 1955 he was married to his wife, Shirley. He was always athletic and pursued running as a hobby. He ran many 5k and 10k charity races throughout his life and won the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon for his age group in 2001. Recently he retired his running shoes and had taken up cycling. In the past, Cleo enjoyed traveling coast to coast with his family, fishing trips in the summer, and hunting in the fall.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Mississippi Avenue Baptist Church in Aurora, Colorado. A reception will follow at the church. A graveside memorial service will be held in Lamar, Colorado, date to be determined.
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