Roy Lee Albershardt

August 6, 1935
Passed Away:
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.

Roy Lee Albershardt1Roy shared many stories growing up in the Poudre Canyon area and was very close to his family. Roy’s

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

Gunnison, Colorado.

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.


3 Responses to Roy Lee Albershardt

  1. Mitchell Rogers says:

    Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

  2. Jack & Rose says:

    We’ll always remember our times together, Sharing memories, taking the kids to Elitch’s every summer, family gatherings, pinochle games, poker parties, ball games, holiday dinners, etc, etc,etc,. Our love and deepest sympathy.

  3. Gemma Dunn says:

    Best wishes- thinking of you and your family.

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