John H. Koncilja Jr.

john koncilja

March 1, 1938 ~ May 12, 2021

Born in: Pueblo, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

John H. Koncilja, Jr., 83, passed away May 12, 2021. Survived by his children, Carey Lou Koncilja, John H. Koncilja, III, Lois (Ken) Brown, Cathy (John) Martino; longtime companion, Marilyn Snook; brother, Thomas (Maura) Koncilja; sisters, Linda (Guy) Farbo, Debra Sagona; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and his loving cat, Abbie. Preceded in death by his second wife, Janet Marie Koncilja in 1977 and his sister, Donna Giordano. Born to John H. And Lois R. Koncilja on March 1, 1938, in Pueblo and was a lifetime Pueblo resident. John had a distinguished career with the Pueblo Police Department and retired as a Sergeant in November 1997. He attended the 107th Session of the National FBI Academy; the 89th Session of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics Training School. Member of Wesley United Methodist Church; past president and of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates; Silver State Lodge #95, AF&AM; Southern Colorado Consistory; Al Kaly Shrine; BPO Elks No. 90. At his request, cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 1 p.m. Friday, May 28, 2021, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 85 Stanford Ave. Those who desire may make memorials to Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, 4600 Eagleridge Place, Pueblo, CO 81008. Online condolences,



Memorial Service: May 28, 2021 1:00 pm

Wesley United Methodist Church
85 Stanford Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81005


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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in John H. Koncilja 's name.

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region

610 Abbot Lane
Colorado Springs, CO

Memories Timeline


  1. To Carey and family,
    You always talked so lovingly of your dad, he was a great guy. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers for you as you mourn his death.

  2. We are deeply sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Koncilija. He was always great to work for at Colorado State Fair. He trusted & believed in us to do a good job for him. We are blessed to have known him! Our
    prayers are with Miss Marilyn & his family.

  3. John, You were a very special person. Your family, and all of Pueblo are proud to have known you and had you with us! You will definitely be missed by all. We pray for your family to get through this rough time and know you will continue to watch over all of us, as you always did. Prayers for you and all of your family! Love Always, Theresa Bongiovanni(Bongi) and Judy Sikes.

  4. I will never forget the many lessons John taught me as a child and as I grew. He was a model of dedication, honesty, and caring that many of us can only hope to emulate. He was a great colleague to my father and a great friend to me. I am proud to have known him and happy that I shared a breakfast with him the last time I visited Pueblo. I am sorry for your loss, but believe Pueblo and this world are better places for having had John in them.

  5. So sorry to hear about your loss. I worked with John many years ago on the Pueblo PD. He will be missed. Praying for you all.

  6. My association with John was long ago and for a relatively short time. He was a classmate for 4 years at Central High School. It is great to see the previous statements on his death. We were not close as friends but I knew where help was if I needed it. It’s wonderful to see how he opened his life to so many people. The family will miss him deeply.

  7. You were quite a champ. It was great being a class mate & friend. May your journey be blessed & may God’s light shine on you.

  8. I worked at Centennial High School in the 90’s with Marilyn Snook, that is where I got to meet and know John. Such a distinguished man. I’m so sorry for the family’s loss and his stories were great. My favorite was about Elvis Presley!! RIP John and I pray that the Koncilja family is feeling love and prayers for peace and happy memories.
    God Bless,
    Mike and Rhonda Pighetti

  9. He was an interesting teacher at the DA when I was a baby DA. I learned alot from him

  10. My prayers and condolences to John and all of his family and friends at this difficult time.

  11. Sending love, prayers, and condolences to John’s family and friends. My Stepdad, Carl Cameron was a State Trooper and a good friend of John’s. We lost Carl a few years ago. I’m sure they’ve reunited and are reminiscing.
    May John Rest In Peace.

  12. Condolences and sympathy to all the family on your loss; John Koncilja Jr. Was very kind to me in 1995-97 when I was a Record Technician working nights, When I had to wheel the warrant tub to the main building before my shift ended at 12:30 am, through the dark walkway, he was the only one who held the heavy door open so I could get the tub up over the high door jam; I never forgot this. I went on to work and retire from CMHIP but Mr. Koncilja’s kindness was so appreciated; I felt like he would have been the only one to know where to find me if I disappeared in the walkway! Rest In Peace John.

    • Thank-you for or your condolences and for sharing your story with us. Your story is now a memory for our family.

  13. We worked for and with JK and love him dearly We have many memories of times together, including a special one at our home for dinner with our children. The State Fair, transporting prisoners undercover, a party with the “crew”…JK was always there to crack jokes or entertain and to assure the job was done correctly …We will miss him very deeply!!! A true legend and mentor!!!

    Deep Sympathies specifically to John, Carey, Cathi and Marilyn; and to the rest of the family

  14. I am so blessed to have John in my life while growing up and to have as a friend. John was always there for our family during the good times and bad times. John and my father went through so much together. John and I had so many conversations while I was growing up. Half the time He understood me better than my Dad. 🙂
    Thank you John, you will be missed!

  15. I’m sorry for your loss to Johnny and the girls. I’ve know John for most of my life. He was a part of our family for many years. My mom (Marilyn) misses him terribly. Prayers to all the family.

  16. Praying for peace for his family during this time! John was a very kind man til the very end! Im glad I got to know him more in my older years, though the circumstances were never the best! I know he’s in heaven watching over his family! May God bless you all as you mourn the loss of your father, partner, friend and family member!

  17. We’re so sorry to hear about the loss of your father Aunt Lois and family. Please know you’re all in our thoughts and prayers. Having lost our own father 4 months ago I know the pain seems unbearable.

  18. Met John years ago when I was a guard at CF&I. Later worked for him when he supervised State Fair security. What a great guy. Always enjoyed listening to his stories. So sorry for your loss. R.I.P. John, prayers for the family 🙏

  19. So sorry for your loss. My husband Wilburn, Colorado State Patrol, worked with John many years on different cases. They had a great relationship. RIP John.

      • Shana, thank you for your thoughtfulness and prayers for myself and family. We greatly appreciate your condolence. Love you all and for ever.

  20. I knew John professionally from his work on the F. B. I. organized crime task force. When I transferred to Pueblo we continued to work together and became good friends. He was a dedicated and talented investigator, a man of integrity and honor. My sincere condolences to his family and to Marilyn.

  21. Thank you for always being a fair man. It was great to last see you at 3D and to smoke a cigar with you & listen to your stories. Rest In Peace Mr. Koncilja 🚔

  22. I worked with JK in the security office at the State Fair for two years. He was a great roll model in law enforcement.

  23. Our deepest condolences to John III and family. I met John as I started my career with the Police Dept. John was the legend I had always heard of. He was one to offer guidance and encouragement to a young “rookie”. In the years to come he continued with his insight and a strong friendship developed. He was always there in the good times and trying times. After retiring he was with the “Coffee Club” and he provided many a story. May John rest in peace as he leaves the earthly bounds. There will never be another John K. I will miss him greatly.

  24. Condolences to the family. JK was a special boss. He and Cecil are probably smoking cigars and having a great time in heaven.
    I’ll miss you.
    Your Administrative Aide (jk’s title for me)

  25. I always greeted John each morning, as his caregiver, with “Good morning, Mr John”!! We always had our morning chat about the weekend and what errands or appointments were on the day’s agenda. I always made it a point to make sure we went out and about every day, even if it was for a few short hours. The stories he shared with me will forever be close to my heart!!! I will miss “Ms Abbie” as we became best buddies (I am not a cat person) but she warmed her way to my heart!!!!

    Thank you Mr. John, for sharing a part of your life with me!! My love and prayers to the family and loss of an amazing man!!!!

  26. I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad, John. Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  27. We send our deepest condolences to John III, Marilyn, and all of John’s family. John was a dear friend and we mourn his passing. John was a legend in law enforcement and his dedication to the profession is profound. May God’s Spirit comfort those who are grieving, and may John now Rest In Peace.

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