Bates (Reed), Barbara (Barbara Jane) b. August 6, 1925 d. March 18, 1969 Movie and TV actress of the 1940s and 50s. After winning a local beauty contest, she won a trip to Hollywood where she met Cecil Coen, a publicist for UA whom would later be her first husband. Her second husband was William Reed. After some bit parts and a cover of Yank magazine in 1945, she won some parts in "A" list films, including "The Inspector General," costarring Danny Kaye, with whom she reportedly had a brief affair. Her most memorable role was the shortest in 1950. In "All About Eve,"...[Read More] (Bio by: Greg Smith) Crown Hill Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA Plot: Section 2, Block 69, Lot 144, Unit A GPS coordinates: 39.7549896, -105.0928802 (hddd.dddd)
Biggs, Richard James b. March 18, 1960 d. May 22, 2004 Actor. Born Richard James Biggs in Columbus, Ohio, the only son of an Air Force Colonel and his wife. He grew up in an a active military family, living all over the Midwest. At the age of 13, he was diagnosed with hearing loss, profoundly deaf in one ear and partially deaf in the other. He won a scholarship to the University of Southern California School of Theatre where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts. He made his television debut in 1985 with a bit role in the John Ritter series '...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Crown Hill Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA Plot: Block 39
Bjorkman, Ernest H b. December 18, 1881 d. September 16, 1912 US Navy Peacetime Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Ordinary Seaman in the US Navy. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action on the rocks of Block Island, Rhode Island. His citation reads "On board the USS Leyden, 21 January 1903, Bjorkman displayed heroism at the time of the wreck of that vessel." (Bio by: Don Morfe) Crown Hill Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA Plot: Block 26, Lot 122, Space 9
Carey, Francis X. b. May 4, 1933 d. October 14, 1982 Astronaut. He was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and enlisted in the Air Force where he began technical training at Denver's Lowry Air Force Base. He later transferred to Patrick Air Force Base in Cocoa Beach, FL, for advanced training at the Titan Missile site which provided the foundation of future space programs.
He was the chief test conductor on all Gemini flights, as well as Apollo, Viking and shuttle flights. He received special achievement awards for his contributions. His last...[Read More] Mount Olivet Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA Plot: Section 33, Block 3, Lot 48, Grave 10 GPS coordinates: 39.7787895, -105.1483307 (hddd.dddd)
Chase, Mary b. February 25, 1906 d. October 20, 1981 Playwright, Journalist. She was a pioneering female newspaper reporter, starting with the Denver "Rocky Mountain News" from 1924 to 1931, and later working for United Press International news agency and the International News Service. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1945 for her play "Harvey", a drama about inebriated drinker 'Elwood P. Dowd' and his best friend and constant companion, a six foot tall invisible rabbit named Harvey. Mary Chase would subsequently write the screenplay for...[Read More] (Bio by: GravesScribe) Crown Hill Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA Plot: Block 35, Lot 324 Section 6 GPS coordinates: 39.7558098, -105.8722000 (hddd.dddd)
Cody, Buffalo Bill (William Frederick) b. February 26, 1846 d. January 10, 1917 Western Frontiersman, Entertainer, Indian Wars Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient.. Born in Scott County, Iowa, his family moved to Kansas when he was eight. When his father died in 1857, young Bill rode a mule as a messenger for a freight company. The next year, he dropped out of school, and began making trips west with wagon trains, looking after the livestock and driving a team of horses for the trains. In 1860 to 1861 he rode on the mail route for the short-lived Pony Express Company...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cause of death: Uremic Poisoning Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum, Golden, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA
Coors, Adolph b. February 4, 1847 d. June 5, 1929 Businessman. Beer Magnate who started the Coors Brewing Company. He was born to Joseph and Helena Kuhrs in Barmen in the Rheinland area of Prussia. As was normal for the times, he began an apprenticeship as a teenager in nearby Ruhrort until his family moved to Dortmund, Westphalia, in 1862 and then began a new apprenticeship with a Dortmund brewery. That same year both of his parents died. He completed the apprenticeship then worked as an employee at the Wenker Brewery until 1867. Then began...[Read More] (Bio by: Fred Beisser) Cause of death: Suicide Crown Hill Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA Plot: Block 41, Space 4 GPS coordinates: 39.7594109, -105.8989029 (hddd.dddd)
Corbetta, Jerry b. 1948 d. September 16, 2016 American Musician. Corbetta will best be remembered for being the lead singer of Sugarloaf, which had a smash hit, "Green-Eyed Lady", in 1970. Originally a drummer, he switched to keyboards in his teen years, playing in a couple of bands, one of which became the Moonrakers and cut four singles in the mid-1960s. His next band, Chocolate Hair, got signed to Liberty Records, but before their debut could be released, the label requested the band change their name. They decided to honor their...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Mount Olivet Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA
Gilpin, William b. October 4, 1815 d. January 20, 1894 Colorado Territorial Governor. An 1836 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, he served in the United States Army as a Major during the Mexican War. He was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as the 1st Governor of the Colorado Territory, serving from 1861 to 1862. He later unsuccessfully ran for the office of Colorado Territorial Delegate to the United States Congress. In 1894 he was run over by a horse and carriage while walking the streets of Denver, and...[Read More] (Bio by: Russ Dodge) Cause of death: Carriage Accident Mount Olivet Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA Plot: Section 9, Block 1 GPS coordinates: 39.7832184, -105.1451111 (hddd.dddd)
Hartzell, Roy A b. July 6, 1881 d. November 6, 1961 Professional Baseball Player. He played in the Major Leagues from 1906 to 1916. Hartzell batted left-handed but threw right-handed, and played second base, third base, shortstop, and outfield during his career. Beginning with the St. Louis Browns in April, 1906, he played in 1,290 games with a life-time batting average of .252. He was traded to the New York Highlanders, which then became the New York Yankees. In 1911 he had 91 RBI, a record for the Yankees, and that same year on July 12 he...[Read More] (Bio by: Historical) Golden Cemetery, Golden, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA
Hilliard, Judge. Benjamin Clark b. January 9, 1868 d. August 8, 1951 US Congressman. Elected to represent Colorado's 1st District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1915 to 1919. He was defeated as a Democrat in 1920. Also served as a Member of the Colorado State Legislature, Justice of the Colorado State Supreme Court from 1931 until his death in 1951, and Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court from 1939 to 1941, and 1949 until his death in 1951. (Bio by: K) Crown Hill Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA Plot: Block 33, Lot 78, Space 3
Lamson, Chuck b. March 14, 1939 d. November 23, 2015 Professional Football Player. For five seasons (1962 to 1963 and 1965 to 1967), he played at the defensive back (safety) position in the National Football League with the Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Rams. Born Charles Watt Lamson, he attended Ames High School in Iowa and played collegiate football at Iowa State University, prior to transferring to the University of Wyoming. While with the Cowboys, he was a member of two Conference Title winners (1960 and 1961). Selected by Minnesota...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Evergreen Memorial Park, Evergreen, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA
Lee, Clifford Walker 'Cliff' b. August 4, 1896 d. August 25, 1988 Major League Baseball Player. The outfielder who also played some first base and caught was a .300 hitter during eight seasons in the big leagues, but he's best remembered for being victimized twice in triple plays as a baserunner. He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1919 to 1920), the Philadelphia Phillies (1921 to 1924), the Cincinnati Reds (1924) and the Cleveland Indians (1925 to 1926). He never was quite a regular, even though he hit .308 in 88 games in 1921, .321 in 107 games in 1923...[Read More] (Bio by: Ron Coons) Crown Hill Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA Plot: Block 68, Lot 398, Space B-3.
Machebeuf, Bishop. Joseph Projectus b. August 11, 1812 d. July 10, 1889 Roman Catholic Bishop. Denver's first Catholic Bishop, he was consecrated Bishop of Denver on August 16, 1868. He became known as "the Apostle of Colorado" for his unceasing work for the Catholic Church. Mount Olivet Cemetery, in which he is buried, was part of a 440 acre farm purchased by Bishop Machebeuf and donated by him to the Church. A peak in Colorado near Loveland Pass is named in his honor. (Bio by: Salena Odom) Mount Olivet Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA Plot: Inside Gallagher Memorial Chapel, Section 21, Block 7