Earl Dennis Bley

Thursday, June 27, 2019
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Earl Dennis Bley, age 80, of Loveland, Colorado passed away April 28, 2019 in hospice care at McKee Medical Center.

Earl was born on September 28, 1938 in Great Falls, Montana to mother Mary Alice and father Richard Bley. Much of Earls early years were spent in Portal, North Dakota at the Bley family farm. He attended and graduated from Great Falls High School and Montana State University.

While in high school and college Earl was involved in the ROTC program. Earl enjoyed his years of weight lifting, competing in both high school and college, allowing him the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. He funded his way through college by working summers with his Uncle Earl Wallace for Great Falls Sanitation.

After college Earl went directly to Fort Bliss, Texas to begin his service in the U.S. Army. He spent time at Fort Bliss, Texas and White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. His assignment was with the Nike Hercules Missile as a First Lieutenant.

Earl met Deanna Cooley Bley in December 1962 and they were married June 15, 1963 in Lodge Grass, Montana. They made their home in Denver, Colorado later building their own home in Lakewood where they lived for 40 years. Earl and Deanna then moved to Loveland, Colorado.

The Bleys were blessed to raise four children, Dr. Georganne Bley, Cathy Bley Osborne, Dr. Dennis Bley and Richard Bley.

Earl was employed with Public Service Company for 44 years as an engineer in the Right of Way Department. He enjoyed his children’s sports and music activities, including refereeing soccer and volunteering as a 4-H leader. He was also an avid boater and fisherman.

Earl’s priorities were family, church and work always in that order.

Survivors include his wife Deanna of Loveland, Colorado; children, Georganne Bley (Nancy Stephenson), of Denver, Colorado, Cathy Osborne (Buddy Osborne) of Eaton, Colorado, Dennis Bley (Desiree Bley) of Portland, Oregon, Richard Bley of Chicago, Illinois; five grandchildren, Josh Osborne of Loveland, Colorado, Jessica Osborne-Nichols (Andrew Nichols) of Berthoud, Colorado, Zack Bley, Kaden Bley and Maddy Bley of Portland, Oregon; two great grandchildren, Jeremy Osborne of Berthoud, Colorado, Maura Nichols of Berthoud, Colorado; sister, Luella Vogel of Great Falls, Montana; nephew, Eric Vogel of Helena, Montana; niece, Dana Vogel Krakowski and family of Bel Air, Maryland; goddaughter, Geralyn Warfield of Lincoln, Nebraska; and special family friends, Jim and Betty Wolf.

He was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Mary Alice Bley; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 5, 11a.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church in Lakewood, Colorado. A reception will follow mass in the church hall. Interment is at 2 p.m. at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Earl’s memory can be made to the Loveland Meals on Wheels program, 437 N. Garfield Ave., Loveland, Colorado 80537; House of Neighborly Service, 1511 E. 11th St., Loveland, CO 80537 or a charity of your choice.