Maynard Gerkin

Maynard Lee Gerkin

Wednesday, January 1st, 1941 - Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
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Maynard Lee Gerkin
01/01/1941 ~ 04/21/2020

Maynard Lee Gerkin (79) passed away peacefully at home close to Bev, his wife, on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. He was born January 1, 1941 in Fort Lupton, Colorado to Clarence and Marjorie Gerkin.

Maynard grew up in Hudson, CO. He attended Hudson High School where he was an avid baseball player and here he met his wife Beverly “Bevy” Cook. After graduating from high school, he attended CU Boulder for one year, and then entered the U.S. Navy. While on active duty, he and Beverly were married in December 1960 in Brighton, CO after which they moved to Phoenix, AZ. They had their first pet cat “Tammy”, and he served as an Air Traffic Controller at Naval Air Station Phoenix.

Maynard served 2 years on active duty in the U.S. Navy, from 1959-1961, and 2 years in the reserves, completing his service as an Air Traffic Controller Airman (E3) in 1963. His experience as an Air Traffic Controller and his ability to read weather maps in the Navy helped him to get hired on at United Airlines. Through the years, he and his family moved from Hudson to Chicago, Washington DC and then back to Denver. His exceptional work ethic allowed him work his way up from being a ‘weather boy’ to the Director of flight operations. He retired from United Airlines in 2003 after being a loyal employee for 42 years.

Very independent and some (particularly his boys) would say a bit stubborn, Maynard was a good provider with a great sense of humor. He would laugh and tease everyone, but he was exceptionally kind, loving and generous. He was protective of those he loved, particularly his family. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Ducks Unlimited. His passions were his Grandchildren, his dog Mac (short for MacGerkin – a scotty), woodworking, watching the Rockies, fishing and hunting - particularly for geese. He liked to drive out to the field so he could ‘check on the geese.” He always had his thermos filled with cream, sugar and bit of coffee, sometimes he had a tin of butter cookies, and would just enjoy watching and listening to the geese. No doubt he’s checking on the geese now.

Maynard is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Lawrence “Butch”, his Grandson Nathan and his daughter-in-law Jacqueline (Rick’s first wife). He is survived by his wife Beverly Gerkin of Eaton, his children; Rick and his wife Beth Gerkin of Eaton, Jeff and his wife Leslie Gerkin of Minnesota. Surviving Grandchildren are; Marybeth, Audreyanne, Annalyse, Lauren Christi, Stefan, John Morgan, Gabriel, Keri Lynnae, Emily and Natalie.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Colorado’s Chapter of The American Cancer Society , Memorial service at Adamson Life Celebration Home will be Friday, July 10, 2020, 2:00 pm with dessert reception to follow. To leave condolences for Maynard Gerkin’s family, please visit .
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  • Service

    Friday, July 10th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday, July 10th, 2020 2:00pm
    Adamson Celebration Center
    2000 47th Avenue
    Greeley, Colorado 80634
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    Chaplain Allan Williams
  • Reception

    Friday, July 10th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Friday, July 10th, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Adamson Reception Center
    2000 47th Avenue
    GREELEY, CO 80634
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Arjun Ramani

Posted at 02:31pm
Maynard was always such a positive entity to have in the clinic. I truly looked forward to being with him those days and even if only for a moment, I hope he was happier with me, too. I am so sorry for your loss and please don't hesitate to contact me if you ever feel the need to.

With much love,
Arj and the UNCCRI

Eddie Walter

Posted at 10:45am
So sad Bev, sounds like the life together was great and we are so happy for that!! It has been many years apart from being neighbors, but I think about You and your family a lot. Especially Your father because he treated us boys so well. Your horse was the only one that I can remember that I was on, and to this day I don't know if I was thrown off or fell off !!

Your Friends, Eddie and Nancy ( Horst ) Walter

Vermeda Gerkin

Posted at 02:25pm
Remember all the fun card games we played, pitch, (mostly) and of course at Grandma and Grandpa Gerkin's house, spoons. Remember how Maynard and Dad laughed and how mad Grandma was when we bent her spoon.
Those crowded family dinners in the small houses,full of love.
Remember the motor cycle ML bought and then Dad had to have one too.
Sledding on the jeep hood, oh,how our Dad's made life fun.
My love to you all, Vermeda

Richard E. Harkis

Posted at 12:43am
We were sorry to hear of your loss. Maynard was an exceptional person, well liked and respected. Beverly, I've known you all my life and Maynard, most of it. It's hard to see such friends leave us. Know that we are thinking of you and your family, and hoping the best for all of you.
Dick and Connie Harkis
Forsyth, Mt.

American Cancer Fund

Posted at 10:55am
The staff of the American Cancer Fund at is sorry to hear of Maynard’s passing. We have received a memorial donation in his name and our sincere condolences go out to his family.

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