Gary Struwe

Gary Struwe

Thursday, February 11th, 1943 Monday, May 11th, 2020

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Gary Struwe, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Or sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Gary Struwe.

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question / comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Gary's Tribute Fund's Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

Gary's Tribute Fund's Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.


Obituary for Gary Dave Struwe

May 11, 2020

Gary Dave Struwe was born on February 11, 1943 in Los Angeles and passed away at his home in Wheat Ridge on May 11. His father was in the army and he thinks this is why he was born in LA. He spent his childhood on Cleveland Place in downtown Denver. To his family and close friends, he was always known as “Duffy”. He had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh.

He received his nickname from an uncle in California. He went to visit him after he graduated from high school because the uncle gave him a car for graduation His uncle had lost his son at a young age. His name was Duffy and the uncle gave this nickname to Gary. Our Duffy felt that it was a great honor to be given named after his cousin.

Duffy was an adventurous and restless spirit and during much of his life moved from place to place, among the far-flung places he worked was Guam and Alaska. He always came back to his roots in Denver before going off to new adventures.

Duffy and Betty have known each other since 1992, have been together since 2001 and were married early this year. With her it was love at first sight. When they first met, he kept her laughing and she admired his talent and achievements. She will always miss him.

The most profound experience in his life was a year-long adventure with friend Nick Couzin. They traveled from Europe all the way to Nepal, sleeping in tents and sleeping bags along the way. They were young, without much money, and did the tour on motorcycles! They met many interesting people on that long journey. Duffy often reflected that it was the people, not the destination that made the trip “magical” to him. When they returned to the states, broke and thin, they stayed with relatives in California to make enough money to get back to Denver. When he and Nick were together, they always relayed stories of their adventure with interesting and funny events about the highlights and hardships of traveling rough.

Duffy was a life-long learner, always looking for something new to achieve. He attended CU both in Boulder and the Auraria Campus. He lived in Wyoming and studied history. He educated himself in the trades, going to truck-driving school, welding, and mechanics before settling on a career as a master electrician, retiring from his employment at the State of Colorado.

Duffy was a talented craftsman, he could do anything he set his mind to. He repaired his own cars, fixed anything that was broken. He loved the creative aspect of life. He restored a 1971 Pantera automobile to pristine condition and also lovingly restored a 1960 BMW motorcycle to its original beauty. He was a master woodworker and built incredibly beautiful furniture for his living room. He was a gifted, determined and talented spirit.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Mahaffey. He was preceded in death by his sister Janice Jarvis and is survived by sister Carol Cordova. He is also survived by Lisa and Walter Schnittke, his long-time neighbors who he loved so dearly and in his heart, he considered to be his adopted children, and his lifelong friends that are like brothers to him: Nick Couzin, Larry Shotwell, and Kei Osuga.

This is to acknowledge the important role that Lisa and Walter Schnittke paid in Duffy’s life. Lisa and Walter are Duffy’s neighbors and they always called him “Otto.” Over time, he grew to love them and adopted them into his heart as if they were his own children. He loved their artistic abilities and positive attitudes toward life. He always had fun being around them and loved their dog Grommet just as much. They led him to Jesus by inviting him to their Bible study class and he enjoyed the lessons and friendship of this group so very much.

Read Less

Sign Up for Notifications

Receive notifications about information and event scheduling for Gary

Service Details

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each

Subscribe to Updates

We encourage you to share any memorable photos or stories about Gary. All tributes placed on and purchased through this memorial website will remain on in perpetuity for generations.

Tribute Wall

Private Condolence
Would you like to attach a photo or video to your condolence?

No video recorded.

kay keizo osuga has honored the life of Gary Dave Struwe by planting a memorial tree.
Planted in the area of greatest need

Amy Herrick

Jim and I got to know Dave through several years of Bible Study. We thoroughly enjoyed his wonderful sense of humor and his questions into spiritual matters. I am so grateful that we got to know Betty as well during this time. And I am elated that they married and got to enjoy each other's lives daily. They were both so good for each other. Dave we look forward to truly living with you on the other side.
Jim and Amy Herrick
Comment | Posted at 04:20pm via Condolence

Ken Fleck

I’m lucky to have known Dave for 20 plus years as a good friend and neighbor. He’s hard to top for helpful and knowledgeable, and with a fun attitude too. I’ll remember Dave gratefully for all the help he gave me on all sorts of projects and repairs that I couldn’t have done without him, and I’ll be reminded of him a lot, in things like turning on the lights in garage and a hundred other things that he was part of. I know we will all miss him. Thanks again Dave, very nice knowing you.
Comment | Posted at 01:28pm via Condolence


Dave Struwe was a helluva a man! I throughly enjoyed knowing him and his dry sense of humor! Half of the I thought he was yelling at me, and anyone who knows him knows exactly what I'm talking about... ha. Anyways, a truly good human being who will be missed by all, sorry mom.
Comment | Posted at 10:48am via Condolence

Diane Aguirre

My husband Dan worked with Dave in the electrical department at the State Capitol, and their friendship continued. We are at a loss with his passing. Working on electrical and mechanical projects together, sharing conversation, enjoying Dave's sense of humor, seeking the answers to life's most profound philosophical questions, all of this time with Dave will be greatly missed.
Comment | Posted at 10:40am via Condolence

kay keizo osuga

Always a brother
Tree Image

Memorial Tree Planted

kay keizo osuga planted a memorial tree for Gary Struwe
Comment | Posted at 09:44pm via Memorial Tree

Why light a candle?

This is why you should light a candle..

Share by: