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“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and our staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
~Psalm 23
Castle, Adelma "Del" - Dec 2, 2021

August 21, 1947 – December 2, 2021

SERVICE: Dec. 9th, 2021 11am at Colorado Community Church

Adelma “Del” Castle entered into heaven on December 2, 2021 at the age of 74. She passed away peacefully in her sleep with her daughter, Sharée, at her side. Del was born in Denver, Colorado on August 21, 1947 to Adelmo and Cordie Gonzales; the oldest of 6 children.

She spent her early years living with her grandparents on their farm in the San Luis Valley. It was here that she developed a love for animals. Her grandparents had cows, pigs, chickens, dogs and cats.

Del graduated from Palmer High School in Colorado Springs and attended Blair Business College to earn an Associates Degree in the legal profession. She became a legal secretary for a group of El Paso County attorneys who were doing pro bono work. She continued to work various jobs
throughout the years, but her family was the center of her focus. She attended all school functions, was part of the PTCO, was a Den mother and Scout leader, drove kids to and from practices, made sure the family was at every church service and still had dinner on the table every night. That love for her family continued with her grandkids and great-grandkids. She never came for a visit empty handed, and you could count on her to remember everyone’s birthday.

Del married Edgar Castle in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1969 while Ed was serving a tour of duty in Vietnam. They were happily married for 52 years. They had three
children together, Robert, Anissa and Sharée.

Del enjoyed doing various crafts, scrapbooking, baking, cooking, gardening and any activity with her family. She was raised on the pews of the church and had a deep personal relationship with God. She lived out that
relationship through her many acts of service with
everyone she encountered. She had the biggest heart and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Del was preceded in death by her mother, father and infant brother, Nicky. She is survived by her husband, Edgar; children Robert (Lisa), Anissa Blake (Jason), and Sharée Bryant (Nathan). She is also survived by her sisters, Treeza Leasure, Dianne Clemens and Sarah McCarger and brother, Victor Gonzales; grandchildren, Shavon Garcia, Rebecca Uribe (Julian), Raquel Luechtefeld (Isaac), Sarah Worvie (Edward), Daniel Tellez (Eboni), Jackson Blake, Andrew Blake, Addison Blake, Noah Bryant, Samuel Bryant, Benjamin Bryant; great-grandchildren, Thomas Garcia, Jr., Jade Garcia, Seth Garcia, Aiden Garcia, Ian Garcia, Romeo Uribe, Kalycia Uribe, Enoch Luechtefeld, Ava Hart and Eve Hart.

Del will be laid to rest at Fort Logan National Cemetery in a private ceremony at a later date.

 

Powell, Richard - Jan 2, 2022

 

June 13, 1961 – January 2, 2022

SERVICE held on Jan. 12th, 2022 11am at Colorado Community Church

Richard Dean Powell, 59, died at home on January 2, 2022, at 1:22pm. The cause was cancer.

Born June 13, 1962, in Cass City, Michigan, he was raised in Owendale with his 6 brothers and 1 sister. He graduated from Central Michigan University and moved to Fort Collins, Colorado where he graduated with a Masters in Counseling and Family Studies from Colorado State University.

He pastored at Vineyard Christian Fellowships until he joined the staff at Colorado Community Church in 2011 as the Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Care. His passion in life was serving people.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Terri; his children, John and wife Gabrielle, Daniel & Julia, Shane, Caley & Ian, and Adam; his siblings, Lennie, Sandy, Dan, Morris, Pat, Roger, and Mike, and cousin Carol. He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Esther Powell.

Watch the service here.

 

Waterman, Lance - March 19, 2022

February 25, 1963 – March 19, 2022

Lance Leland Waterman, loving husband and dad, died March 19, 2022 in hospice care.

Lance was born in Los Angeles, California on February 25, 1963 at 12:03am to Bill and Pat Waterman. His family moved across the country with stops in Kansas and Wisconsin and finally settling in North Carolina. He graduated from college in 1987 from Appalachian State with a degree in Computer Science. While attending Appalachian State, he took a skiing class and the rest is history!

In 1994, he married his best friend, Annie Cameron. They moved to Colorado in 1995 and started a beautiful life together. Their sons, Cameron and Parker, were born and raised in Colorado with plenty of visits to the East and West Coast, as well as Australia, to visit family.

Lance and his family enjoyed traveling together – not only to visit family, but to explore new and exciting places. Some of Lance’s fondest memories of traveling were to Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, India and Italy.

Lance was a man of great faith and regularly attended and volunteered his time with Colorado Community Church, and was vital in many lives, strengthening their walk with Christ. Lance loved anything to do with the outdoors including camping, hiking, and those never-ending jogs. He enjoyed sharing his love of outdoors with his boys, extended family, and friends.

Lance is survived by his wife, Annie Waterman, of 27 years; two sons, Cameron and Parker Waterman; his daughter-in-law, Leilani Waterman; his sister, Kim Waterman; brothers-in-law, Sam and Donald Cameron; sisters-in-law, Justine and Michelle; nieces, Taylor, Allie and Maddy; and nephews, Tyler, Aaron, Jake and Russell.

Lance died surrounded by his family and loved ones after fighting the good fight with ALS (diagnosed in July 2020).

Lance will be missed, but his memory will live in our hearts and minds forever.

Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Donations, in Lance’s memory, can be made to:
Rocky Mountain ALS Association
Denver Hospice

 

 

Williams, Donald L. - June 22, 2022

April 28, 1933 – June  22, 2022

SERVICE: July 21st 10am at Colorado Community Church

Donald L. Williams Sr., passed away on June 22, 2022 at the age of 89. He was in his home, with family by his side. He said Jesus had told him it was time to come home and he was ready to join Him.

Donald was born out on the farm in a two story home, in Morgan County, Colorado. He was one of 9 children. His mother was a stay at home mom and his father was a farmer. Donald attended school up until the 8th grade, then duty called and he was sent to work. He was called by God to be a “doer”, and that he did. 

Donald met Dorothy Jane Reynolds through family connections. They got married on January 13th, 1957 at The First Christian Church in Fort Morgan. They moved to Englewood, Colorado in 1959.

Donald started his own drywall business in 1961. Donald and Dorothy made a life for themselves in Englewood, Colorado. They had two children, Donald L Williams Jr., and Rebecca Riffel (Williams). Don took his family and traveled to various places, during the children’s early years. 

Don was an active member of Englewood First Assembly of God church and oozed Jesus. He loved to share the Word, no matter where he was at; church, his home or the job site. He loved helping anyone he could. He sponsored multiple children across the world by sending them funds monthly. He believed in not only speaking the word of God, but living it. 

You could also find Don tending to his yard, garden and his rose bushes. He enjoyed bike riding and spending time with his family. All while doing so, he wore the infamous overalls and straw hat. The overalls had to have two pencils, a pen and a knife. He was ready for anything.

Donald devoted his life to Jesus and making sure that his family was happy and prospering. 

Don is survived by his wife, Dorothy J Williams; his son, Donald L Williams Jr., sisters Shirley Cridlebaugh, Dorothy Corder, Rosemary Grosshans, Nancy McDonald and brother Paul Williams. Grand-Children, Cory, Cassie, Greg, Jeff and Cheyanne, and 4 Great-Grand children. 

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Becky Riffel, Brothers Robert, Harry, John.

 

 

 

 

 

Allyn, Ellie - July 24, 2022

August 19, 1942 – July 24, 2022

SERVICE: August 3rd. The service is in the chapel by the north entrance (park on the north side of the building for your convenience). Family and friends are welcome to the viewing at 12 pm with the funeral service starting at 1 pm and an additional gathering afterward with light refreshments. In honor of Ellie’s life, we invite those who would like to wear her favorite color purple. WATCH VIRTUALLY HERE

Eleanor LaCroix Allyn (Ellie), was born August 19, 1942, at Stafford Springs, Connecticut. She went to Hazardville Elementary School, Our Lady of Angels High School and Nursing School at Ducane University.  While in college she responded to JFK’s call for workers and served in the US State Department as a secretary of the Egypt desk and the Middle East desk. She then became a travel agent arranging foreign travel excursions for groups out of Washington DC.  

Ellie married Elwyn Allyn on April 24,1965.  She arranged a beautiful honeymoon trip to Bermuda at the Elbow Beach Surf Club. Ellie and Elwyn moved to Los Angeles, California for Elwyn’s new job at Hughes Aircraft Company after Elwyn completed his Naval Reactors Division service under Admiral Rickover in June 1966. Ellie found a small travel trailer and they modified their Mustang in order to travel across the country visiting several national parks and staying at campgrounds.  They took Route 66 from St Louis to Santa Monica on their way to their new home. Once in California, Ellie found an apartment where they could manage the building in lieu of rent. They lived on Venice Boulevard, five miles from the beach.

Ellie desired to raise children and upon arrival in California she realized her dream was coming true.  In the following three years she had three children, Laurie, Joe, and Debbie. They moved to a rental house in Westchester and graduated to a Winnebago for travel.

Through her friendships at the YMCA and the LeLecche League she heard that Hughes Aircraft Company was recruiting people to move to the Denver office and helped Elwyn secure a position at the Denver location. They packed up their Winnebago and drove across the western states to their new house in Englewood, Colorado. 
While Ellie raised her children she also enrolled at Denver University to study Arts and Psychology and graduated in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree. She then started to take classes in counseling. She discovered she was pregnant with her fourth child, Rebecca, and became an at-home mom.  When her children started school she worked at a financial advisory group, an insurance agency, and a precise weights and measures company as an office manager. 

Once her last child was in high school, she enrolled in Birthwise Midwifery School in Bridgton, Maine. She completed her certificate in midwifery. She apprenticed with Freida Miller in Ohio serving the Amish community with home birth and loved the people she served. She enjoyed the culture of the Amish people and participated in their community when she could.

Ellie returned to Colorado and worked with various midwives giving prenatal care and assisting in home births. She discovered her calling and participated in several short term mission trips to give prenatal care, counseling and educating girls and women on sex education, home birthing, and women care. 

Ellie started her mission work in Mexico. She and Elwyn drove to San Diego and then Ellie drove to Tijuana, Mexico having several adventures and working with churches down there to help the poor. She was flown to Baja, Mexico to assist at the hospital in town with birthing. 

Ellie then ventured further out and visited a children’s home in the Philippines to set up a relationship between her church and the mission.  She served with the midwife in town to assist in women’s care and brought Elwyn along to assist with setting up photos digitally to document the history of the children’s home over the years.
 
Ellie went on several mission trips to El Salvador to a children’s home to participate in activities and teach. She traveled to Juarez, Mexico to the church to assist the poor and teach the kids in a VBS program as others built a house for the community. 

Uganda had a special place in her heart.  Ellie traveled there a few times with her church, Colorado Community Church, to assist girls and women with prenatal care. On one trip to Uganda she assisted with a camping trip to Lake Victoria for the children. 

Once Elle and Elwyn were retired they made a mission trip to Cape Town, South Africa with their church. They worked with an organization that had a large network that supported a wide range of services including medical assistance to a large community in Cape Town in cooperation with the government there.  

Ellie’s last mission trip was to Liberia with the Slangon Family. Ellie and Elwyn participated in a large medical group that traveled to places and provided medical services and proper medications.  Ellie used her midwifery and counseling skills to serve at those functions. 

On top of midwifery services and her mission work, Ellie was a mentor mom at the church’s MOPS groups, a volunteer assistant to Pastor Richard Powell, and a prayer warrior for her church.

Ellie and Elwyn always used Ellie’s skills to create once in a lifetime trips.  As a family they would travel across the country with their children to visit relatives and see the sites. While the children were still at home she would plan trips to the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park at least once a year. These trips became a family tradition across the generations. Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park, donuts at the Donut Haus, mini-golf championships and horseback riding were some of the families favorite activities. 

They visited their daughter’s family in Sitka, Alaska traveling through Yellowstone on their way, and went on an Alaskan Gaither Cruise. In retirement they visited France where they toured the countryside and were able to see the beaches of Normandy and the museums portraying the horrors of World War II. They traveled to England to visit the countryside where Elwyn’s ancestors lived. They also traveled to Orlean, Quebec, Canada which is an island in the middle of the St, Lawrence River to find more information on Ellie’s genealogy.
 
Ellie was preceded in death by her father Fedalis Joseph LaCroix, her mother Rita Edith Carignan, and her Step Mother, Olive Butler.  Her survivors include her husband, Elwyn George Allyn, her sister Pauline J. LaCroix, her children, Laurie Allyn (John Hilf), Joe Allyn (Delynn Allyn), Deborah Cameron (Mark Cameron) Rebecca Allyn (Euell Thomas), her grandchildren, Lindsay Schultz (Alex Schultz), Brandilyn Turner (Matt Turner), Abigail Allyn, Zachary Allyn, Gwendalyn Cameron, Nathanael Cameron, Anthony Allyn, Zora Thomas, Blaise Thomas and her great grandchildren, Kirra Turner, Atlas Turner, Isaiah Schultz, Ezekiel Schultz, and Cameron Turner 

In lieu of flowers we invite those to contribute to Ellie’s favorite missions.  

Mexico Medical Missions

Restoration Outreach Programs

Eleos Project

Youth for Christ -Uganda

YMCA of the Rockies – plan a family trip in remembrance of Ellie Allyn