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Joseph Tennessen

Joseph James "Joe" Tennessen

Monday, December 19th, 1932 - Monday, February 1st, 2021
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Joseph “Joe” James Tennessen, 88, of Greeley passed away February 1, 2021 at Columbine Commons in Windsor. He was born December 19, 1932 in Ladysmith, Wisconsin to Herman Harold and Theresa Cecelia (Arts) Tennessen where he grew up.

Joe attended Central Technical Institute in Kansas City where he received his First Class Radio License and then attended Garden City Community College.

He married Joan Elizabeth McKee on October 30, 1953 in Garden City, KS.

Joe’s professional career began at KIUL in Garden City before locating to Greeley and KFKA Radio. He later worked for Cable Vision, New Frontier Bank and lastly with Habitat for Humanity.

Joe loved baseball and was also a long-time Denver Bronco ticket holder. He served as the “Voice of Greeley” for many occasions and was behind the microphone at many UNC School of Performing Arts and community fundraising events.
While active in many community functions, Joe was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Greeley Rotary Club and volunteered his time with volunteer opportunities and board participation.

Thankful to have shared his life are his wife, Joan, children; Ann (Mike) Stewart, Don (Mary) Tennessen, Barbara (Steve) Linenberger, Cathy Tennessen, Nancy (John) Dolan, Jean Gerardi and Chuck (Lisa) Tennessen, 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, siblings; Bob Tennessen, Mary Gansen and Julianna Blaylock.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Chuck and Ann Marie.

Joe’s family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, February 4, 2021 at Adamson Life Celebration Home, wearing masks and observing social distancing. A private family Mass will be held at St. Peter Catholic Church. Inurnment at Linn Grove Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to “Habitat for Humanity” in care of Adamson, 2000 47th Ave., Greeley, CO 80634. Friends may leave condolences at AdamsonCares.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 4th, 2021 |
    When
    Thursday, February 4th, 2021
    Location
    Adamson Celebration Center
    Address
    2000 47th Avenue
    Greeley, Colorado 80634
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  • Service

    Friday, February 5th, 2021 |
    When
    Friday, February 5th, 2021
    Location
    St. Peter Catholic Church
    Address
    915 12th Street
    GREELEY, CO 80631
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Robert Waltman

Posted at 06:17pm
Condolences and prayers go to the family of Mr. Joe Tennessen.
Mr. Tennessen was a "beacon of light for the community", that brought so much light to so many individuals.
Always a great example of working together with folks as a great citizen.

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FBU122607@AOL.COM

Posted at 09:10pm
CONDOLENCES TO THE TENNESSEN FAMILY. I FIRST MET JOE ON A SUNDAY MORNING WHILE DOING A DISC JOCKEY/ANNOUNCER SHIFT AT KFKA 1310 GREELEY. AN AL MARTINO 45RPM RECORD WAS PLAYING ON THE LEFT TURNTABLE. HE INTRODUCED HIMSELF AS BEING NEW TO KFKA. MY EMPLOYMENT AT 1310 WAS 1965 TO ABOUT 1980 AT VARIOUS TIMES FULL TIME, PART TIME AND TEMPORARY FILL-IN, JOE WAS VERY EASY AND SOMETIMES TOO EASY TO WORK FOR AS I GOT BY PLAYING SOME RECORDS NOT EXACTLY FITTING THE THEN MIDDLE-OF-THE-ROAD(NOW ADULT CONTEMPORY) FORMAT. HE TOLD US WE DIDN'T HAVE TO READ THE ENTIRE NEWS STORY AS 3 TO 5 LINES GOT THE STORY ACROSS. HE ALWAYS HAD FAITH IN HIS STAFF TO DO THE RIGHT JOB, REFERRED TO KFKA AS THE 'INFORMATION STATION' AND SIGNED TO THE STAFF AS JOE T. WE RECONNECTED WITH JOE WHEN MY LATE WIFE, MAY VOLUNTEERED FOR GREELEY AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY FRED BUNJES AKA 'JIM GRANT' WHILE AT KFKA
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Larry Selzle

Posted at 02:28pm
I worked for Joe at KFKA for much of the 90's. Every Christmas he and Joan hosted the employee Christmas party at their home. I know it was a lot of work to do that every year. It was a wonderful time. The best part was Joan's famous peppermint pie! I also helped Joe every year with the broadcast of the Christmas Midnight Mass from St. Peter's. I feel very fortunate to have known and worked Joe. Thanks Joe! Happy trails.
JC

Jana Caldwell

Posted at 04:18pm
Joe was one of the most positive people I've ever known. He loved life and he loved people. He certainly earned his unofficial title of Mr. Greeley. Whenever good things were happening in Greeley, Joe often had a hand in them. I taught several of his children at Greeley Central. They were great kids supported by a loving family. What a legacy he leaves from a life so well lived. He will be missed.
Jana (Butterfield) Caldwell
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Steve Vigil

Posted at 11:35am
Heartfelt condolences to Joe's family. I always enjoyed seeing Joe and talking with him whenever I would go to the house to do work on the sprinkler system. God bless. Steve and Esther Vigil
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