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.