John “Sonny” DeLeon, former circulation manager for The Denver Post
John “Sonny” DeLeon, who worked in the circulation department of The Denver Post for 37 years, died June 6, 2017, at age 79. He was born Aug. 15, 1937, to John L. and Lucy DeLeon. He was the oldest of four boys and grew up in the blue-collar neighborhood that is now the Auraria Higher Education Campus in downtown Denver. He attended Denver Catholic schools and graduated from Cathedral High School and Regis College.
DeLeon worked in the circulation department of The Denver Post for 37 years, retiring in 1999 as a district manager. He supervised hundreds of newspaper carriers over the years, and drove Denver’s streets in the early morning hours, dropping off bundles of newspapers throughout the city.
In 1984 he married Frances Tanksley Krizman and helped her raise her six children. He was a favorite uncle and grandfather, and held onto his optimism throughout years of kidney disease and treatments.
He was also a serious Denver Broncos fan, buying into a block of South Stands season ticket seats at the original Mile High Stadium with a group of friends. They later moved to 50-yard-line seats in the East Stands, and also traveled to two Super Bowls to watch their team.
DeLeon is survived by his wife; his youngest brother, Rodney (Cindy) DeLeon; a sister-in-law, Joanne DeLeon; stepchildren Steve (Karen), Teresa, Ken (Debbie), Mark (Stacey) and Andrew (Chris) Krizman; eight grandchildren; four nephews; a grandnephew and four grandnieces. He was preceded in death by two younger brothers, James and Anthony; and a stepdaughter, Tami Krizman. A rosary took place June 15, 2017, at Horan & McConaty, Arvada, followed by a funeral mass on June 16, 2017, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Westminster.
Leon Bartell “Bart” Nyberg, former Denver Post writer, Denver Media Credit Union president
Leon Bartell “Bart” Nyberg, 75, died May 9, 2017, at Someren Glen Retirement Community in Centennial, Colo., following a battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He was born on May 17, 1941, to Doris Nyberg. He grew up in Polk, Neb., and graduated from the University of Nebraska, after which he worked as a writer for several years for The Denver Post before becoming president of the Denver Media Credit Union. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy Reserve.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Janet; a daughter, Cami; a son, Gregg (Gina); and three grandchildren. A memorial service took place May 16 at Someren Glen.