Kerry D. Gladney

kerry gladney

June 15, 1941 ~ November 18, 2023

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

Celebration of Life:

Kerry D. Gladney, 82, passed away, November 18, 2023. Survived by his wife of 58 years, Karen Gladney; children, Laura Cooke, Lee (Beth) Gladney and Christine Gladney (John Federico); grandchildren, Brandon (Sarah) Cooke, Dr. Tanner (Sable) Karlinger-Gladney, Paige (Yash) Chopra and Hannah Cooke; great-grandson, Sven Cooke; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, including Melissa (Brad) Gillispie. Preceded in death by his parents, James E. and Ruth Katherine Gladney; brother, James Gladney, III; and niece, Karron Mazur. Kerry was born on June 15, 1941, in Pueblo and was a lifetime Pueblo resident. He started to work alongside his father at Pueblo Bearing Service in 1959 and took over the ownership in 1976, when his father passed away. Kerry was also a building developer and created Greenwood Square in 1989 and Pueblo Metro Plaza in 2000. He was an avid promoter of Pueblo, especially the downtown area and was named the “Downtown Dynamo” by the Pueblo Chieftain. Member of the BPO Elks Lodge No. 90; founding member of the Pueblo Downtown Association, spearhead of the Pueblo Parade of Lights; Pueblo Historical Society; and the Beulah Melodrama where he enjoyed acting, especially as the villain. He served on the Board of Directors of Pueblo Bank & Trust for many years. In addition to his business activities, both he and Karen enjoyed traveling and gardening. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 29, 2023, in the Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers or food, consider donations to PAWS for Life. Online condolences at


Funeral Service: November 29, 2023 2:00 pm

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel
1317 N. Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003


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  1. Please accept our late condolences for the passing of Kerry. We understand the grief. Knowing Kerry and the Gladneys enriched our lives. Love & Prayers
    Kimmi and Charnie Porter.

  2. A true leader of Pueblo! So many things especially in downtown Pueblo would not have been without Kerry! I send my condolences to your entire family and his Downtown Association/Historical Society family too.
    Sorry I can’t be there with you today. but you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. CandleImageMy dear Gladney Family, my prayers are with you. I have very fond memories of all of us and Kerry growing up. I know some night we all must of drove him nuts with all girls giggling and screaming when Lee would like to scare us. I do miss those days as i have gotten older. Just know that I LOVE YOU ALL. And appreciate the times we had all together. Rest in Peace

  4. Karen, Lee, Beth and the Gladney family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Kerry’s passing. As a fellow Downtown Association board member with Kerry for many years, I so appreciated his experience, integrity, diplomacy, and sometimes wry humor. He was dedicated to Pueblo, and planned, developed, and volunteered on every project I can think of that we did to promote downtown. It makes me smile to remember his humorous suggestion at many a planning session that we should produce a “spaghetti harvest ball”. Too bad we never did it. He was definitely one of the good guys – he will be missed. My sincere condolences.

  5. Karen, Lee and Gladney family. I am so sorry to hear about Kerry’s passing. He was a great leader and supporter of Pueblo Downtown. His legacy will live on. Hugs to you all!

  6. Karen and family, Kerry will always be in Paulette’s and my memories, I first got to know the Gladney family when Kerry’s dad had me work for him in1968 at his auto parts branch (Pueblo Motive) then went on to Pueblo Bearing Service, his family would get myself and Kerry mixed up occasionally , I worked for him about 12 years, we always enjoyed Kerry and Karen even to the point that my wife and myself would baby sit all the kids, it is with very fond memories that we will remember Kerry and his family .
    R I P my friend.

  7. Karen & Family,
    Kerry and I graduated from Central High School Class of 1959. It is sad to say good by to another classmate. Please know Kerry will be remembered when our class celebrates our 65th Class Reunion August 2024. Kerry’s obituary reflected a life well lived. His accomplishments were numerous and meaningful. Condolences are extended to you and your family. May all of your treasured memories comfort you today and the tomorrows.
    Lucille Paglione-Corsentino

  8. CandleImageIt was a pleasure to have known your dad Lee. When my dad was alive, he would always talk about heading down to your shop and “chewing the fat” with you and your dad about all the goings on in Pueblo…good times….. hold onto those memories. Our fathers live on in us. Liesl and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family.

  9. Karen and family,
    So sorry to hear of Kerry’s passing. He was a strong leader in the downtown affairs.
    My deepest condolences. My Prayers are with the Gladney family.

  10. Dear Karen and family,
    I’m so very sorry to read of Kerry’s passing. From the first time I met him in 1991 to my retirement in 2017, he was the best landlord I could have ever imagined. Such a kind and gentle man, just working for the betterment of his family and Pueblo. He will be sorely missed, but fondly remembered. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
    Anita Jagunich
    (Verle’s Barber Shop)

  11. CandleImageI’m very sorry to hear the passing of Mr Gladney. I will keep my friend Lee and his family in my heart and prayers during this difficult time.

  12. Kenny and I send our deepest condolences to you and Beth in the loss of your father. What a mover and a shaker he was! He will be missed by everyone who had the honor of meeting him. Blessings to you and your family. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers

  13. CandleImageSincerest condolences. May your memories bring you comfort in these difficult times.
    Barb Huber and Mandy chancellor

  14. CandleImageCondolences to Kerry’s family and friends. I used to go to McDonald’s every morning with a group of others. Kerry would join us also. Enjoyed his company.

  15. CandleImageDear Mrs. Gladney, Lee and Laura,
    So sorry to hear of Mr. Gladney’s passing.
    Deepest condolences. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    God Bless!!

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