Arthur Papenfus

Arthur Papenfus

Saturday, June 21st, 1930 Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020

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Obituary for Arthur Charles Papenfus Jr.

The family of Arthur
C. Papenfus Jr. is
saddened to report
his passing on July 22,
2020. Art celebrated his 90th birthday Father’s Day June 21st earlier this year. Art, also known as “Mr P” or “Happy Pappy” to multiple generations of Golden High students, was born in 1930 in Milwaukee, WI to Arthur C. Papenfus and Estelle Ciehanowicz. He attended Bayview High School in Milwaukee, WI and received
a B.S. in biology from the University of Milwaukee.

Following graduation, Art trained with the 10th Mountain Division and served with the Counter Intelligence Corps stationed in Gratz, Austria. After being honorably discharged, he returned to the United States and worked for the US Forest Service in Northern Idaho to help pay for a Master’s degree from the University of Northern
Colorado in Greeley, CO.

In 1956, Art returned to Milwaukee and married Esther Naujock, his wife of 64 years. Art and Esther moved to Colorado and eventually settled in Golden where Art taught biology at Golden High School for more than 30 years. During his tenure at Golden High, he helped coach the football program, track teams, led many key club
camping trips, and dreamt up adventures in Colorado and beyond. A lover of nature, teacher to many, and friend to all, Art is survived by his wife; Esther, children; Kurt (Joanne) Papenfus, Janet (David) Brull, and Erich Papenfus, and four grandchildren, Andrew and Stephan Papenfus and Gabe and Amelia Brull.

A private graveside
service will be held on Tues. July 28, 2020, at the Golden Cemetery. As soon as the COVID-19 crisis is over we will have a celebration of Mr. P’s life and we will let you all know. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Golden Kiwanis Club Foundation: Art Papenfus Scholarship Fund at PO Box 562, Golden, CO 80402.

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    Golden Cemetery
    755 Ulysses Street
    Golden, Colorado
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    Golden Cemetery
    755 Ulysses Street
    Golden, CO
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Hugh Miller

Art was a truly outstanding gentleman who was passionate and enthusiastic about life, including his family and helping others. He will be greatly missed!
Comment | Posted at 06:59pm via Condolence

Annette Reynolds

I'm glad for the opportunity to get to know Art through Kiwanis. While I didn't know him for very long, he always displayed a genuine interest in me and my family. He was kind and caring, always with a great story to tell of his past exploits. Art brought compassion, wit and a long-time commitment to our club. He was a lovely man, cherished by all and will be sorely missed.
Comment | Posted at 12:19pm via Condolence

Cynthia Bauman

Herr Papenfus, we, the GoldenKiwanis, promise to have a celebration of your life and plant trees in your memory every year.
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Cynthia Bauman

Dear Esther and family, Richard and I will miss Art's wonderful stories of his adventures. He was a gentle man and a scholar. We are so sorry for your loss. Love to you. Cynthia & Rich Bauman
Comment | Posted at 11:09am via Condolence

Sam Bauman

Art was a dear sweet man, who it was a privilege to have known. I had only known him a short time, but his kindness and generosity was inspirational.
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