Willis F. Daberkow, 86, passed away March 20, 2009. Survived by his wife of 61 years, Marie Daberkow; children, Evelyn Daberkow of Pueblo, Jackie Daberkow of Pueblo West, Randy (Chris) Daberkow of Pueblo and Dan (Audrey) Daberkow of Pueblo West; grandchildren, Ryan Daberkow, Brianna (Aron) VanSickle, Stacey Daberkow and Sarah Daberkow; siblings, Arlene Kander of Wisner, Neb., Melvern (Dora) Daberkow, Norman (Madge) Daberkow and Merlin (Joyce) Daberkow, all of Pueblo; brother- and sisters-in-law, Frank van Bergen of Pueblo, Johanna Hall of Garden City, Kans., Julia (Bill) Yarnell of Pueblo West and Adriane van Bergen of Chicago; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by his parents, William and Hilda Daberkow and brother, Hilmer Daberkow. Willis was born Nov. 15, 1922, in West Point, Neb. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and the Korean War. Willis retired as a supervisor from C.F.&I. He enjoyed the great outdoors, and loved camping and fishing. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Pueblo German Club. Special thank you to Dr. Thomas Gaide and his nurse, Rachel, and Pueblo Extended Care Walking Stick for the care they gave Willis. Viewing from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. The casket will remain closed at the church. Funeral service, 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 701 W. Evans Ave., with Pastor Randy Bolt officiating. Military honors by Pueblo Veterans' Ritual Team and interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Those who desire, may make memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church and School, 701 W. Evans Ave., Pueblo, Colo. 81004. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Dearest Mika, family, & relatives,
    Willis was a soft spoken mentor, story teller of reality to me. I just loved binging around him. His kindness, gentleness, and love, who had this wonderful smile, and laughter that always made you feel everything is just fine. What a comfort to me he always was. One time we were all camping at Camp O’Haver and I went down to another camp to invite these fiends up to our nightly get togethers. When I was walking back to our camp I kept hearing and feeling like some thing was following me. As soon as I spotted Willis putting fishing equipment away; I thought for sure what ever was out there was going to get me. So I started hollering to Willis and running as fast as I could to get to him. Well upon my approach to Willis, I told him something was out there, he just smiled and laughed at me. As to say there’s nothing to be afraid of. Don’t you know the LORD is watching over you always. What a peace came over me just being with him. That’s my Willi!
    But later that night when we were all in bed, there was a mad screaming mountain lion in our camp grounds keeping all awake that night.
    Mika and family, I know this is a very difficult time in your lives. Willis is in the arms of the LORD now totally healed, and perfect. Yes we who are still on this earth; Your hearts still ache to have to let Willis be apart from you for awhile. Hold on to all the wonderful memories he so lovingly gave. Willis is and was truly Gods GIFT to you and all who knew him. One day you will all be reunited with him in Heaven; which is our reward for being Gods child through Jesus Christ; Our Lord and Savior.
    Mika and family, I pray the Lords comfort, blessings, HIS protection and Gods Unconditional love be upon you and in you at this time.

    Our Love, Prayer’s, and Blessings are with you in this time.

    God be with you Always!

    Love, Stacey (Williams-Qualseth) & Tom Qualseth

  2. Marie and family, Our thoughts are with you. It was such a pleasure to share time with Willis and some of your family most recently in 2007 and 2008. Willis had a contagious smile and laugh. He was so proud of his family. My parents (Arnold & Mildred) spoke highly of your family. We know you have many good memories. August & Marlane(Daberkow)Ridinger

  3. Dan, Audrey & Family,
    We were sorry to hear about your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your faith in God will always get you through the tough times. Always trust in the Lord.

  4. Ijust wanted to let you know that when I was a little girl it was you and Mr. Daberkow that always made me feel good about going to church. You are in my prayers. I know your faith will get you through this sad time.

  5. Marie and Family,

    In my visits with your family I have such good memories of Willis. I so enjoyed both the serious conversations and the light-hearted ones where he always had that twinkle in his eye! Thank you so much for sharing him. You know he is celebrating now. I wish you peace during this time.

  6. Randy and Dan,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and trust that our Lord’s comfort and grace will be yours.

  7. My Dad is probably asking your Dad what took him so long!
    What a joyful reunion they are having! Even though our hearts ache as we miss their presence here on earth, may we also rejoice with you, sharing in the sure knowledge that God in his perfect timing will reunite us. May His love comfort and sustain us until that time.
    Gary and Debra Baker

  8. Rest in peace, dear friend. Willis’s loving nature was an inspiration to all of us. He will be sorely missed but we rejoice that he has reached Heaven, his eternal home. Marc and Marcia Johnson

  9. Marie and family – We too, are looking forward to reuniting with Willis beyond this earthly life and in the full light of our God. Today’s “goodbye” makes precious tomorrow’s, “It’s great to be with you again.” We know he’ll always be fun-loving and ever-encouraging! Love from Wes, Norma and family.

  10. Marie and family – It is hard to let our loved ones go – with strong faith we can be at peace and know of everlasting life. We will miss him so much – thank the Lord he was in your life for so long! Love always – Burdette, Duane and family

  11. To the Daberkow family,

    Mr. Daberkow was as good as they get.

    He was always full of life and bestowed great wisdom to me as I was beginning to find my way in life.
    I always enjoyed the times we shared with him and also at some of the German events.

    Everybody has to graduate someday?
    It looks like God has another 1st team MVP on his side.

    Our condolances to the family.

    Mark & Loretta Webster & Family.

  12. Daberkow Family, May your hearts and souls find peace and comfort. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Jim, Amy and Family

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