Beverly Jean (Choate) Van Why (7/17/39-12/17/15)/ Wendell Duane Van Why (10/12/40-6/3/16) |

Beverly Jean (Choate) Van Why (7/17/39-12/17/15)/ Wendell Duane Van Why (10/12/40-6/3/16)

Duane and Bev were true lovers of Jesus, and emulated God’s love to everyone that crossed their paths. Because of their kindness and compassion, they made a huge impact on so many people. Duane didn’t know a stranger. He had a wonderful sense of humor, and his passion for life and adventurous spirit were infectious. Bev had a heart the size of Texas. Her kind and gentle spirit, and the fact that she was a true prayer warrior, is what she will be most remembered for. Duane was born in Greeley and grew up on a farm in Carr, CO. His family moved to Fort Collins, and he graduated from CSU with a business degree and also completed the Air Force ROTC program there. Beverly was born in Denver, and her family later moved to Evergreen. She also graduated from CSU with a degree in occupational therapy. Bev lived in the Van Why’s basement apartment while in college and that is where their beautiful story began.

After they married, they moved to Arizona and were stationed at Luke AFB. They adopted Jeff in 1966. After Duane was honorably discharged because of an injury, they moved back to Denver. In 1967, they moved to Glenwood Springs and lived there until 1988. They would tell you this was one of the best decisions they ever made. They adopted Wendy (Sikes) in 1969. Glenwood was always “home”. They were forever grateful for the way the entire community surrounded them after the loss of their son Jeff in 1976. Even after moving to the Denver area in 1988, and for all the years after, their hearts truly belonged to Glenwood Springs. After many adventures and moves in the Denver area, they relocated to Indianapolis in October of 2012, needing to be close to their daughter and her family because of Duane’s health issues. Duane was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011, and Bev was diagnosed with frontal lobe dementia in September 2013. Wendy and her family lovingly cared for them from 2012 until their passing. The family waited to have their celebration of life so they could honor them together…fitting for the loving couple who would’ve celebrated their 55th anniversary in May and were so devoted to each other and truly inseparable. Because of God’s grace, they are now in Heaven… now holding in their arms the son they have so dearly missed for 40 years. That is what gives the family joy and comfort.

They leave behind many close friends, loving siblings and family members. They have four grandchildren who they loved fiercely; who were more precious to them than words can describe. They were the absolute best grandparents…always involved in their grandchildren’s lives as supporters, spectators, teachers, mentors, and truly as friends. They said one of the best blessings in life is being a “Grandpa and Nana”. Please join the family in celebrating the lives of Duane and Beverly on Saturday, June 25th, 2:30pm at Mountain View Church; 2195 CR 154, Glenwood Springs, 81601. A graveside service with military honors will follow.

Please also join us for a celebration picnic in the NW corner of Strawberry (Sayre) park from 4-8pm where we will share food, fun and fond memories of Duane and Beverly. Our hearts go out to everyone who has known and loved the Van Why’s. We ask that you cherish the memories, share the stories of their ministry and impact in your lives, and continue their legacy of sharing God’s love with others. Thanks and God Bless!

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