Richard D Carkeek “Dick” passed away on August 23, 2023. He was born March 20, 1934, in Adrian Michigan. The son of Garnet and Arvilla (Clouser) Carkeek. After two summers of searching the west for a place to settle his family he moved to Wheat Ridge in 1964. Dick’s life was long, full of adventures, productivity and love. He passed away peacefully and full of grace just blocks from his home of over 40 years in Wheat Ridge, CO. Dick was predeceased by his wife, of over 50 years, Kay Rogers Carkeek. Also preceded in death by his treasured in laws: Charles “Chuck” Ritter and Julie Carkeek.
A loving and supportive Dad for all his years. Dick is survived by his son Matthew R. Carkeek and daughters Dawn Ahr and Brooke Ritter (Lindsay Perry). He is also survived by six grandchildren who loved to go on road trips with him, lead “dangerous missions” and learn from his many talents and interests: Jonathan and Timothy Ahr. Kelsey (Carlos Fernandez), Zane and Bailey Carkeek. Melanee Ritter.
Mourning his loss is an extended family led by his brother-in-law and long-time friend Lynn Rogers (Jan Rogers). There are many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews who will miss him, his home, egg hunts, storytelling and being loved. The love he had for his family and friends, that were like family, lives on.
Dick taught elementary school for Denver Public Schools for 25 years. Influencing young lives with learning, drama programs, strong leadership and a sense of humor. He continued to “work” with youth through Denver Public Schools, Jefferson County Public Schools and his church until just a few years ago.
To stay busy Dick opened a booth(s) at Stage Stop in Wheat Ridge in the mid-90s. He loved the adventure of collecting and selling. He loved maps, history and stories. A perfect combination for many, many road trips that included “treasure hunts” in small towns throughout the United States.
Services will be held at Applewood Valley United Methodist Church, Golden CO on Saturday, September 2 at 2 p.m. All are invited to the service and reception (at the church) immediately following.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to Collier House, Lutheran Hospital. Other donations are welcome to be made to his church: Applewood Valley United Methodist Church.