Roy Lee Albershardt
August 6, 1935
August 23, 2014
Roy Lee Albershardt was born on August 6, 1935 in Haxton, Colorado to Roy and Margret Albershardt.
With his fiery red hair, Roy was known to many of his friends as “Red”; however, to family, he was Roy
Lee, Dad and Papa.
cousins Jack, Charlie and Joyce were often the centerpiece of tales. In his teens Roy’s family moved to
Englewood where he graduated from Englewood High School and then from Western State College in
After graduation, Roy served three years in the United States Army and spent about half of his service
on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean, Johnson Island. Roy monitored foreign communications and
shared stories of playtime in the Pacific as well. On one occasion, Roy and a couple of friends were
water skiing. He was at the helm, driving the boat and he spotted a pod of Dolphins and thought it
would funny to play a little joke on the gentleman on water skis. He shut off the engine and yelled
“Sharks!” Many years later, he still got a good laugh telling that story!
Just before completing his service he met his wife to be, Donna. They were later married and told
stories about fabulous nights of good times and dancing at Elitch Gardens. About four years later,
Donna and Roy started a family and had two kids; Tom and Zoe.
Roy worked at Coors Brewing Company of over twenty years. Roy gave back to the community through
coaching baseball and working as a volunteer fireman for the City of Arvada. Roy and Donna made
some great friends at the famed, Station 3. There were tales of wild parties and training days turning
into water fights. We’re not talking about squirt guns; we’re talking fire hoses and deck guns.
Roy loved and enjoyed being around family. Roy has four grandsons: Tommy, Kyle, Collin and Michael.
Tommy and his wife Leann have two beautiful children; Payton and Ashlynn. Roy was especially excited
that his great grandson inherited his red hair and that his granddaughter Ashlynn was born on his
Roy had a great sense of humor and was always kind to all. Even at the hospital, as sick as he was, he
was still making jokes. Roy never complained and always treated people right. We will all miss:
o walking up to front door and seeing him seated at his spot on the coach
o his great sense of humor
o his love of family, friends and country
o his red hair and warm smile
Roy…Dad… Papa… Red…you will be missed.