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Obituaries — June 2018

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Del Carnes, former entertainment editor for The Denver Post


Del Carnes, who spent 10 years (1960-1970) as the entertainment editor of The Denver Post, died April 16, 2018, of liver cancer. He was born Jan. 4, 1931, in Wichita, Kan., to Lucille and Merle Carnes.

He sold his first national freelance article when he was 19 while working as a reporter for the Wichita Beacon. His piece, “I almost forgot I killed her,” was the cover story for Official Detective Magazine and was dramatized for National Radio on NBC. In 1954, he became the youngest person ever to win the Pell Mell Big Story Award for distinguished service to his community in journalism.

The following year, Carnes moved to Colorado to work for The Denver Post. He met Barbara Pitts, a nurse at Denver General Hospital, while working on a story about emergency rooms. They married a year later and had a son, Philip, in 1960 – when he also became entertainment editor at the newspaper. The couple had a second son, Gary, three years later. Carnes covered radio, television, movies and theater, traveling the country and even Europe.

In 1964, he also began writing television scripts, including many for “Combat” and “Death Valley Days,” in which he also acted. In 1970, Carnes retired from The Post and worked in real estate investments and retail stores, including “Mrs. Mayp’s Cake and Food Decorating” in Denver for more than 30 years.

Lorraine Hogan, 20-year employee for former Rocky Mountain News


Lorraine Hogan, who was employed for more than 20 years at the former Rocky Mountain News, died recently. She was born in a boxcar in Hudson, Colo., where she grew up alongside older brother Tom and younger sister Carol June.

She was married to her husband, Ronnie, for 63 years. She enjoyed playing bridge, traveling the state, the Colorado Rockies and owls. She is survived by her two children, Heather O’Connell and Pete Hogan.

Darrel Adam King, employee of The Denver Post for 32 years


Darrel Adam King – who was employed by The Denver Post for 32 years, and Fay Myers Motorcycles for 25 years – died recently. He was born May 8, 1933, in Kiowa, Colo., to Adam L. and Evelyn (Dahl) King. He graduated from Ramah High School in 1951 and Colorado A&M (CSU) in 1955 with a degree in agriculture.

He married Charlene York in 1957 and the couple had three children: Julie, Susan and Bradly. They divorced in 1977; in 1990 he married Virginia (Ginny) Strelow. The couple resided in Parker, Colo. King was known for his sense of humor, jokes, bowling, riding motorcycles, and playing guitar, piano and mandolin.

King is survived by his wife, Ginny; daughters Julie (John) Martin, of Masury, Ohio, and Susan (Byron) Entz, of Parker; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; stepsons Brian Strelow, of Aurora, Colo., and Mark (Lori) Strelow, of Littleton, Colo.; and three step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Bradly, and his parents.

Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, former contributor to High Country News

Elizabeth “Libby” Tieken Kirkpatrick, 71, of Denver, died May 24, 2018, at home. She was born in Chicago, Ill., the youngest daughter of Betty and Ted Tieken. Growing up in Chicago and Libertyville, Ill., she attended the Latin School, Miss Porter’s School and Bradford College.

She was active in her community, contributing to or working with many organizations, including Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver and Greenhouse Scholars, and starting the Furry Scurry dog walk for Denver Dumb Friends League. She also supported Compassion & Choices, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Metro Caring, Colorado Children’s Chorale and Colorado Ceasefire.

She enjoyed working as well on her ranch in Toponas, Colo., having grown up as a 4H girl. She ran a successful cattle ranch for 44 years and worked for land preservation in northwestern Colorado. Interested in the important issues in the American West, she was a reader and contributor to the newspaper High Country News in Paonia, Colo.

She was married to Alexander (Sandy) Kirkpatrick in 1967 and divorced in 2000. She is survived by sons David (Mary Jane), Taylor (Molly) and Tim (Cho), and grandchildren Mary Elizabeth, Sarah and Henry. She was preceded in death by her older sister Nancy, and older brother Teddy.

Robert Vallero, district advisor for The Denver Post for 25 years

Robert Joseph Vallero, Sr., died April 23, 2018. He was born Oct.19, 1929, to John and Antoinette Vallero. He married Toby Sherley on May 1, 1954. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After working for many years in the grocery industry, he was a district advisor for The Denver Post for 25 years until retirement, during which he worked as an usher at Colorado Rockies games.

He is survived by sons Robert Jr. (Lila-Anne), Steven (Michelle), Thomas (Liz), Michael and Peter (Angela); daughter Angi (Jay) Johnson; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Toby, in 2013; his son, Jeffrey; grandchild Teagan; great-grandchild Trenton; and his brother Frank.

Reported by Contributing Editor Cheryl Ghrist. Send your obituary information to her at