John Patrick McIlwee of Colorado Springs passed away Dec. 11, 2017, at Brookdale Greenwood Village.
He is survived by his sister, Mary Esther Field; daughters Staci (Wayne) Brezinka, Colleen Mize and Kelly McIlwee; his grandchildren Abigail Brezinka, Zachary Brezinka, Delaine Mize, Andrew Brezinka and Brody Mize; nephews Tom, Mike and Patrick Field; his best friend of more than 40 years, Jerry (Cindy) Adamek.
He was born Jan. 16, 1937, in Gunnison to Rosellen Tomkins and John McIlwee II. John was a proud and loving father, grandfather, uncle, friend and community servant. After graduating from Gunnison High School, he went on to receive a degree at Western State Colorado University. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958-1960, where he was stationed in Long Beach, CA. He served on the U.S.S. Mansfield as a dispersing clerk. He enjoyed his time out to sea in the South Pacific Ocean for six months.
John left a legacy of dignity and hope with the many lives he touched in Colorado Springs. His passion was serving troubled and displaced youth during his 33 years in varying positions at The Division of Youth Services. He was the Executive Director for Urban Peak Colorado Springs from Jan. 2001-Jan. 2011. In his retirement, he served as a consultant to Children’s Hope Chest helping boys aging out of the foster care system. He took great pride in serving on many boards, including his role as president for the Colorado Juvenile Council.
John loved watching as well as playing sports like basketball, tennis, golf, softball and participating in Ride the Rockies, even in his sixties. He was a die hard Broncos fan, holding season tickets for over 40 years.
The family will be hosting a celebration of life service in January, exact date, time and location are yet to be determined. A memorial fund is set up in his name with Urban Peak Colorado Springs.