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Thomas Peabody

October 23, 1931 — February 25, 2023

Thomas “Tom” Peabody, age 91, of Littleton, Colorado died and went to be with the Lord on February 25, 2023.Tom was born in Fargo, North Dakota on October 23, 1931 and met and married his wife, Barbara Schelly of Wray, Colorado, to whom he was married for 66 years. He is survived by his wife Barbara and their three children, Michael, Steven and Schelly as well as eight grandchildren (Holly, Kayla, Melissa (Mike and wife, Arlene); Matt, Ashley, and Clayton (Steve) and Nikki and Jason (Schelly and husband, Tom Trojan) and five great grandchildren (Avery, Brinley, Zoey, Laney and Cooper).

Tom joined the army during the Korean War and was stationed at both Seoul and Inchon in an Ordinance Company where he functioned as a Supply Officer and Platoon Leader from 1953 to 1955.Tom attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant and served six more years in the Army Reserves until he received his honorable discharge in 1961.

Tom decided to use his GI Bill to further his education so he enrolled at Denver University and a little later at the University of Colorado at Denver wherein he obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1962. Shortly thereafter Tom was employed by the city and county of Denver where he pursued and obtained a Master's Degree in Sanitary Engineering at Washington State University. Upon completion in 1963, Mayor McNichols opened a special job for him where he worked as the City and County of Denver’s only Public Health Engineer in air, water, noise, and radiation pollution until his retirement in 1988. He was widely recognized for his outstanding work in mapping the entire course of the Platte River, successfully cleaning it up and introducing several city council ordinances that were voted upon and enforced as pollution mitigation and control measures.

After retirement Tom was an active member of Bear Creek Evangelical Church where he served as a Trustee. He also served as a Gideon. Tom enjoyed traveling, fishing, hiking, camping, square-dancing and breakfast and dinner clubs with friends and coworkers. He also was an avid fan of the Denver Broncos and Colorado Buffalos and regularly attended many of their games.

There will be a private committal shelter service on Wednesday March 8th at 10am at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado. Please share memories and condolences with Tom’s family by signing the Tribute Wall.

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