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Robert E. Hehn

Rev. Robert Eugene Hehn, was retired priest of the Archdiocese of Denver who served in a variety of parishes in northern Colorado and in the mountain parishes, including St. Vincent, Basalt; St. Mary of the Crown, Carbondale; Snowmass Chapel; St. Mary, Rifle; St. Brendan, Parachute; and Sacred Heart, Silt.

Fr. Hehn was born in Ft. Collins, Colorado, on April 18, 1937, to Harry and Nora (Michaud) Hehn. He attended St. Joseph Catholic School and Wellington High School. He entered St. Thomas Seminary in Denver and was ordained on May 25, 1963. Although he retired on June 13, 2012, he continued to serve the residents of The Gardens at St. Elizabeth in Denver until his death on November 11, 2015. He was laid to rest on November 14, 2015, at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Wheat Ridge.

During his career, Fr. Bob facilitated the building of churches in Basalt, Carbondale and Rifle. Fr. Bob is remembered for his humility and homilies, both of which encouraged his parishioners toward a loving, dependent relationship with God. He vigorously supported his community as both a servant and leader. He truly was a shepherd who smelled of his sheep. Fr. Bob encouraged all to “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord, and each other.”

He is survived by his siblings Sr. Rosella Mary, S.C.L., Patrick Hehn, Tom Hehn, Sr. Ruth Hehn S.C.L. and John Hehn. He was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Nora Hehn, and his brother, Charles Hehn.


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