Denis Unrein: 1944-2005
March 29, 2005
Well-known Meeker resident Denis Unrein, 60, died March 28, 2005, at Pioneers Hospital after a valiant fight with cancer.
Denis was born Nov. 27, 1944, in Chicago, one of 17 children born to Cyril and Mary (Kuhn) Unrein. As a child the family moved to Kansas and later to Berthoud and Mead where Denis attended school, graduating from high school with the Longmont High School Class of 1963.
In 1963, Denis began a career as a lineman and installer for Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph, retiring from Qwest on March 21, 2003.
In October 1965, Denis left the telephone company to serve his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He returned to the Mountain Bell following his discharge in August of 1967.
While working for the telephone company he lived in Boulder where he was a member of the Boulder Rural Fire Department. In June 1980, Denis and his family moved to Meeker.
In February 1981, Denis was preceded in death by his wife Linda.
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On Dec. 27, 1982, at the urging of his two sons, Denis was united in marriage to Anne Vanfossen at the home of his mother in Mead.
Denis was a Life Member of V.F.W. Post No. 5843 in Meeker where he served as post commander for a number of years.
He twice was named All-State Quartermaster and in 2004 was named All American Commander by the national V.F.W. association.
It was a great honor for Denis to coordinate and assist at a great number of military burial services in Meeker throughout the years.
Denis loved to spend time outside camping and fishing.
He will be remembered by many in Meeker for his hearty laugh, broad grin and grand sense of humor.
In addition to his parents and his first wife, Denis is preceded in death by one son, Grant Unrein, one brother, Darrell, and two siblings who died in infancy.
Survivors include his wife, Anne, of the family home, one son, Denis Unrein, II of Las Animas; one step-daughter, Leslie Croley of Mt. Vernon, Wash., four grandchildren, Jessica Warden of Craig, Trenton Croley of Mt. Vernon, Cheri Filloon of Denver, Lindsay Croley of Mt. Vernon; one great-granddaughter, Neveah Filloon; his brothers and sisters, Jeanie (John) Curley of Dorchester, Mass., Ernie (Loree) Unrein of Ft. Lupton, Arlene (Cecil) Bohall of Lakewood, Cy (Linda) Unrein and Ralph Unrein, both of Longmont, Joyce (Warren) Bertrang of Valentine, Nebr., Phyllis Unrein of Arvada, Mel (Cathy) Unrein of Windsor, Joy McDonald of Denver, Mary Kay Unrein of Lakewood, Dave (Yvonne) Unrein of Windsor, Carolyn (Vince) Cummins of Bailey and Tom (Mary) Unrein of Grand Island, Neb.; and his mother-in-law, Opal Switzer, of Medford, Oregon.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Cochran Memorial Chapel in Meeker with interment and full military honors to follow in the Highland Cemetery.
Friends may call until 8 p.m. Thursday or until service time Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Denis Unrein Memorial Fund at First National Bank of the Rockies, the proceeds of which will be divided between the VFW Auxiliary Educational Scholarship and the V.F.W. Cancer Research Fund.
Cochran Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.