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John Velasquez

John I Velasquez

Tuesday, February 4th, 1930 - Wednesday, August 19th, 2020
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John I. Velasquez, 90, of Greeley passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at The Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, CO. He was born February 4, 1930 in Mosquero, New Mexico to Benito and Aurelia (Romero) Velasquez.

John enlisted in the US Army and served from 1948-1952. He was extremely proud of his military service.

John and Dorothy (Gonzales) were married on July 4, 1953 in Denver, CO.

In the early 1960’s, he and his best friend of 57 years (Bob Foster) built surf boards in San Clemente, CA. Upon returning to Colorado they drove an ice cream truck selling cold treats and beverages for several years. He also owned and operated Ken’s Upholstery in Arvada, CO for numerous years.

John was a proud member of American Legion Post 5421 in Commerce City, CO and Post 70 in Johnstown CO. He was also an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus since 4/22/1976 and earned his 4th Degree on 3/12/1978. He was a past Grand Knight, a current 3rd degree member of the Immaculate Conception Council 5237 in Lafayette, CO and a 4th Degree member of John XXII Assembly #1642 in Commerce City. John was a member of Immaculate Catholic church in Lafayette, CO and a member of Saint John the Baptist Church in Johnstown, CO.

John loved his family very much and would take his four daughters camping to Yellowstone and many mountain locations in Colorado. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed playing his guitar and singing at gatherings. John was an admirer of classic cars and was very proud of his 1964 Pontiac Booneville. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies. John was the type of person who could walk into a room of strangers and come out making several friends.

He is survived by his four daughters, Elaine (Don) Sandoval of Las Vegas, NV, Emma Velasquez of Denver, CO, Daisy (Larry) Sanchez of Greeley, CO and Debra Brostrom of Highlands Ranch, CO; siblings Sequiel Velasquez of NE, Junior (Mary) Velasquez of AZ, Leo (Deborah Cena) Velasquez of NM, Rosella (Dan) Valencia of CO, Mary (Ed) Chavez of CO and Susie (Martin) Velasquez/Spann of CO; seven grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Joe, Felix, Abby and Frank.

A Rosary and reception will be held from 2:00 PM to 5:00PM on September 3, 2020 at Adamson Life Celebration Home in Greeley, CO. Burial services to be held at Fort Logan National Cemetery on Friday September 4, 2020 at 2:15PM. Family and friends are invited to attend both the Rosary/reception and burial services. Due to COVID restrictions, masks and social distancing are to be observed.

Family and friends may leave condolences at www.adamsoncares.com
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Ken Birgen

Posted at 10:27pm
My condolences to John's family. I met John at Immaculate Conception Church in Lafayette and spoke to him often at daily mass. I will treasure his warm smile and friendly manner.

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BEN, PEGGY, CHRIS AND KIMBERLY CORDOVA

Posted at 07:52pm
Our warmest condolences, With loving memories of John Velasquez. We will miss you Brother.
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Christopher Brostrom

Posted at 06:22pm
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SUSIE VELASQUEZ

Posted at 03:24pm
This is a sad time for our family, Johnny's children, grandchildren, brothers & sisters, and many friends. Johnny was a very loving soul, laughing all the time. He was deeply religious and I will forever remember how he adopted an abandoned roadside altar near his home. With love and care, he restored and maintained it for travelers to stop and pray. Johnny loved praying the Rosary and left rosaries in the altar for anyone to take. He served his country in the Korean War. He loved listening to Cancion Mexicana Sunday mornings. As I listen to our favorite radio program, I will think of him and especially as I listen to his favorite music. His life is a beautiful memory. We all miss him. Johnny will remain in our hearts forever.
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Susie Velasquez & Martin Spann

Posted at 01:50pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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