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Denver Arnold Dover

January 9, 1933 ~ May 3, 2018 (age 85)

Denver Arnold Dover, passed away peacefully at age 85 on May 3, 2018 in Chicopee, Massachusetts. He was born on January 9, 1933 in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, to the late Henry C. and Lonnie Lucille (Roberts) Dover. Denver leaves behind his beloved wife of 63 years, Geraldine Mary (Kreuter) Dover. He left Georgia at a young age and was raised and educated in Greenville, South Carolina. Dee or D.A. as he was commonly known, joined the U.S. Air Force in 1951and was trained as an Intelligence/Communications Specialist. He served for the next 20 years during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and retired in 1971 as a Staff Sergeant. Denver held one of the highest critical security clearances while working in various assignments throughout the world in places such as: Greenland, Westover AFB where he met and married Geraldine in 1954, Guam, New Hampshire, England, Arizona, Turkey, Germany, and finishing up back at Westover AFB. He attended Holyoke Community College studying Business Administration while working for several years as a Communications Mgr. at the former F. W. Sickles and Jerrold Electronics. He then worked as a Consultant until his retirement. Denver was a very generous person who sincerely loved his family and was always there for his children. He enjoyed all sports and was good at whatever one he played but was an exceptional billiards and basketball player. He had a very genuine love of music and was never happier than listening to songs from his vast collection. He also enjoyed taking his children and later grandchildren on road trips down south to ensure they were familiar with their roots from that side of the family. Denver further loved going to the beach especially Misquamicut and Myrtle Beach where family reunions took place over the years. He leaves his son, David A. Dover from Holyoke, MA and his dear friend Susan Ashe; daughters, Debra A. Boyle and partner Henry Czerniak from Holyoke, MA, Joan M. Decker and partner Kelly Dickinson from Middletown, NY, Carol A. Carruth and her husband Rob of Tucson, AZ; a brother, Byron Dover and wife Connie; sisters, Jacqueline Cooke, Verlyn Capps, LaLane Welborn and husband Curtis all from the Greenville, SC area; Grandchildren, Daniel and Brian Boyle, Ashley Grebledinger, Brittany, Joshua and Janessa Decker, Haley and Madison Dover; and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister, Vivian Riddle and husband Vernon; brother-in-law Robert Capps; and son-in-law Daniel Boyle. Friends and family are welcome to attend the visitation on Thursday, May 10 from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. at Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton St., Holyoke, Massachusetts, followed by burial with military honors at 10:00 a.m. in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main Street, Agawam, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 59 Bobala Rd, Holyoke, MA 01040.


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