William (Bill) Joe Gaede, 91, of Brighton, Colorado went to be with his Lord on September 26, 2021.
Bill was born on April 18, 1930 in Greeley, Colorado to Alonzo (Oscar) and Geneva (Gleason) Gaede. He was raised in the Greeley area with his sister Judy. In 1947, Bill graduated from College High School in Greeley Colorado, a part of Colorado State College of Education where he developed a love of printing. After graduating Bill worked for the Greeley Tribune until he joined the Navy in 1950. He served as a Radioman during the Korean War and traveled to Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Bill served 6 months in the Marshall Islands aboard the US Estes during Operation Castle (Hydrogen Bomb tests). He personally sent the message to then President Eisenhower that the H bomb had been detonated during the Bravo test shot. Bill also participated in the famous “Passage to Freedom” with Dr. Tom Dooley and helped move refugees to freedom from Vietnam.
Bill finished his time in the Navy, was discharged and returned to Greeley where he started a printing apprenticeship with the Greeley Tribune. Bill met Miriam at the First Baptist Church and were married there on June 12, 1955. After living in Greeley for several years they moved and lived in Livingston, Montana and Denver, Colorado before settling in Brighton in 1969 with their daughter Nancy and their son Alan.
Bill retired from the Denver Public Schools as the Foreman of the print shop in 1992. After retirement he worked part-time with the local mortuary and then with Avis Rental. Bill and Miriam enjoyed many years of traveling the world together, volunteering at church and spending time with family.
Bill is survived by his son, Alan (Sherri) Gaede, of Lakewood, Colorado; granddaughter, Nicole (Andrew) Bowman; grandsons, Shane (Bryanna) Gaede, Matt (Lauren) Linville and Ben (Laura) Linville; great-grandkids Charlie and Ann Linville, Rylee and Jordyn Bowman and nieces and nephew, Robin (Terry) Oldham, Julie McDaniel, Cindy Scott, and Dana Fox. He is preceded in death by his wife Miriam Gaede; his parents, Geneva and Oscar; his sister Judy; daughter, Nancy Linville; and a grandson, Wesley Linville.
Funeral Services honoring William will be Saturday, October 9, 2021, beginning at 11:00 a.m., at Tabor Funeral Home 75 S 13th Ave., in Brighton, Colorado 80601. Interment will take place on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 9:00 a.m., at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 S. Sheridan Blvd., in Denver, Colorado.
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