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Kevin Neuhalfen

Kevin Neuhalfen

Monday, July 21st, 1958 Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

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Obituary for Kevin Kirk Neuhalfen

KEVIN KIRK NEUHALFEN, 61, Lakewood, Colorado
After many years of fearlessly battling a multitude of health issues, Kevin passed away peacefully at St. Anthony’s hospital in Lakewood, CO on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
Kevin was born July 21, 1958 at Porter Hospital in Denver, CO. He is survived by his parents Norman and Jeanette Neuhalfen of Keenesburg, CO and siblings Larie Bratcher (Terry) of Las Vegas, NV; Michelle Greenwald (Greg) of Westminster, CO; Teri Spinuzzi (Bill) of Broomfield, CO; Doug Neuhalfen of Arvada, CO; Jon Neuhalfen of Johnstown, CO; Dennis Neuhalfen (Kris) of Loveland, CO; Mike Neuhalfen of Limon, CO; and Jeff Neuhalfen (Ronnie) of Denver, CO. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Kevin will also be sadly missed by the incredible caregivers, medical staff, administrative staff and Sunada Learning Center (day programming) staff at the Wheat Ridge Regional Center (WRRC) who became family to him. After living in various locations to accommodate his disabilities he was welcomed into WRRC. He lived in the Center’s group homes for many years and has been cared for with such love and compassion. He was proud of the title “Super Shredder” he was given for his diligent shredding of paper/newspapers at Sunada. Even given his declining health and abilities over the years he cheerfully looked forward to going to the day programming and seeing the staff, donning his headphones with CD player and listening to music while shredding.
Kevin grew up in Arvada and his early school years were spent at Fletcher Miller in Lakewood, CO and Margaret Walters in Arvada, CO. Over the years Kevin participated in swimming and wheelchair events sponsored by Special Olympics. He was an avid bowler at the original Arvada Lanes.
His requests in life were simple…….a Big Gulp soda, music CD’s, movies and an occasional Big Mac or Taco Bell Burrito. So many people knew the love from this beautiful soul for a lot of years. He lived far beyond what the doctor said he would, based on his body size of 7 ‘ 2” along with his special needs.
That giant redhead, so well known throughout Denver and Arvada for so many years, has touched more hearts than we can even count. So many people knew Kevin. A lot of times people knew our family because of Kevin. And he sure came in handy when the neighbor kids were picking on his siblings and all we needed to do was just bring him along to show some family strength and height.
Back in the 70’s or 80’s, if you were ever at the North Jeffco swimming pool, located at Ralston and Garrison in Arvada, you likely crossed paths with Kevin and watched him do the cannonball or jackknife off the high dive, just to splash the lifeguard. I’m sure you laughed with us.
If you ever had his hand on your head messing up your hair, you know the love we feel...if you ever had your name screamed out over and over and over again until you answered you know exactly the loss in our hearts…..if you ever were asked to race up and down the street in front of our house against him you know our love.
So we know where Kevin is right now. Although he may be gone from us in this world, he is no longer in pain... as he was wheelchair-bound for so many years here at the end. He now has his wings and those big tall legs again and no doubt he is setting his hand on all the angels heads messing up their hair, asking them to race up and down the streets of heaven. For the rest of our lives on this earth we have our big tall loving son/brother looking out for each and every one of us. We Love you and will miss you deeply. Fly with the angels buddy, that wheelchair is no longer your prison.
We will celebrate Kevin’s life on Friday, September 6, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church (969 Ulysses St, Golden, CO) beginning with a Rosary at 9:30am followed by Mass from 10:00am to 11:00am. A reception will follow Mass at the Church. After the reception, at approximately 1:15pm, a vehicle procession from the Church to Fort Logan National Cemetery (3698 S. Sheridan Blvd. Denver, CO) will take place arriving at staging area 'B' for a 2:30pm burial ceremony. Kevin’s parents will eventually join him in his resting place since his Dad is a Veteran of the Korean War.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Wheat Ridge Regional Center, Fletcher Miller School, Margaret Walters Day Program, Special Olympics or an organization of your choice working with children and adults with special needs.
A special thanks to the amazing staff at Aspen Mortuary in Arvada, CO.

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  • Rosary Service

    Friday, September 6th, 2019 | 9:30am
    St. Joseph's Catholic Church
    969 Ulysses Street
    Golden, CO
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    Friday, September 6th, 2019
    9:30am
  • Service

    Friday, September 6th, 2019 | 10:00am
    St. Joseph Catholic Church
    969 Ulysses Street
    Golden, CO
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    Friday, September 6th, 2019
    10:00am
  • Interment

    Friday, September 6th, 2019 | 2:30pm
    Fort Logan National Cemetery
    3698 S. Sheridan Blvd.
    Denver, Colorado
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    Friday, September 6th, 2019
    2:30pm

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Roland Williams

Our hearts go out to you and your family on the passing of Kevin, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Kevin was like a big brother to all of us kids in the neighborhood.
The Williams/Brentwood St.
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Carin Hansen

Michelle,
We are so sorry to learn of this. Our hearts grieve with you. We will make every effort to be at the service to support you and Greg.
Chris and Carin Hansen
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Jennifer Protzman

Kevin,
You touched the hearts of so many, including us relatives far away. As a child growing up, I looked so forward to you making the summer trips to Missouri with your family. I felt well protected by you and was proud of my 7’2 cousin. I will never forget being at our small town swimming pool and you disappearing. To walk home and tell our parents we lost you was the last thing the rest of us kids wanted to do. Your dad made a missing persons report on you. Thankfully, you showed back up safe at the pool after having decided to “go cruising” with a friend of my brother in his yellow Camaro convertible because you thought it was a cool car! I was so happy that my husband and daughter got to meet you a few years ago when we made the trip out there. I had aged, yet your face lit up and you remembered my name. It was your birthday. You had aged too, your red hair had turned gray and you were now in a wheel chair. We picked up talking just as we had years before. You seemed happy there at your group home and it was evident all the employees there loved you. We stayed for your party. That day I added your birthday in my phone calendar so I could be sure to be thinking of you on every birthday thereafter and will continue to do so. I am glad you are no longer suffering and have a perfect heavenly body. It makes my heart full of joy to know I will have you and our other relatives waiting to greet me as I enter into Heaven. Goodbye for now, until we meet again my sweet cousin.

Love,
Jennifer & family
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