Obituary of Kenneth Albert Bollig
Kenneth Albert Bollig (61) passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on the 26th of February in Broomfield, CO. Ken was afflicted with Prader-Willi Syndrome. He battled numerous issues during his lifetime, including abnormal eating behaviors, osteoporosis, COPD, Congestive Heart Failure, Pulmonary HTN, and others. He overcame countless physical and mental trials throughout his extraordinary life. Ken always faced new challenges, met them head-on, and came through the other side prepared for the next one.
Ken was born in Denver, CO, on June 27th, 1961, to Albert P. and Eileen A. (Staab) Bollig, both deceased. He grew up with his four siblings, Thomas (deceased), Rebecca (Kent) Cookson, Richard, and Kelly (Walter) Wharry. Ken was the youngest of the five. He graduated from George Washington HS in Denver in 1979, having been tutored by special needs educators.
After the death of his parents, Ken lived in various group homes and finally settled in a host home in Broomfield, CO, where he lived his final 19 years with the Michael Altergott family. Ken had a “life support” team through North Metro Community Services, who managed his services and rights, and attended a “day program” through Easterseals, where he would go out into the community on visits to various interesting places and also spend time with educational opportunities and arts-and-crafts activities. Ken was known for his unique hand-made Christmas cards, which were presented to his family and closest friends. He also worked several supervised jobs in his lifetime, including detailing cars and his last venture, where he assembled displays and assisted clients at a local gem and mineral shop.
He loved animals, drinking coffee, watching movies, listening to classic rock/oldies, tinkering with appliances, teasing with friends, doing arts and crafts, working in the yard, BBQing on the grill, going on vacations with his brother, and playing/researching on his iPad. He revered good conversation, whether with family, friends, or even strangers at the grocery store or barber shop. He constantly visited with every dog being walked in the neighborhood, and also enjoyed swimming and biking through the years. His curiosity knew no bounds, and he continually sought information about various topics (Ken was a champion question-asker). He and his brother Rick had a special bond, communicating several times daily and spending weekends together at Rick’s home.
He was friends with everyone.
He will be cherished and remembered by his siblings and family, including nephews Christopher (Jennifer), Ian (Melissa), and Cale (Abbey); nieces Pepper and Brooke (Jerry); several great-nieces and -nephews; and host-home providers Michael, Jackie (deceased) and Jordan Altergott.
The family invites you to a life celebration on:
Friday, March 10, 2023 at Rundus Funeral Home, 1998 W. 10th Avenue, Broomfield, CO 80020.
Time: 11:00 AM. Light lunch will follow in the reception area. There will be no funeral procession. Ken will be cremated and his ashes spread in the mountains at his request.