J. Ivanhoe "Ivan" Rosenberg, 93 years old, of Denver, Colorado passed away August 4, 2013 due to a stroke. He was born in Powell, Wyoming on Oct. 30, 1919 to Judith and Joseph Rosenberg. He moved to Denver in 1924 where he attended West High School. In 1937, Ivan married Shirley Hall, who was to be his beloved wife of 48 years until her death due to breast cancer in 1985. As a young boy, Ivan worked in his father's business, Barnum Printing and Publishing Company. Upon his father's death, Ivan became owner of the business that at one point printed and published seven weekly newspapers serving Southwest Denver, most notably the SW Denver Herald Dispatch and LaVoz. Ivan served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Press Association. He was awarded the "Golden Make-Up Rule" award, recognized by editors and publishers throughout Colorado in appreciation of his service in the newspaper industry. He was involved in civic activities, serving as president of the Optimist Club and SW Denver YMCA, among other organizations. He owned Sno-Skat, a snow removal manufacturing business. He founded the Colorado Wildfires Volunteer Association. In 1971, Ivan was elected to the Denver City Council, which he said was his most significant achievement of his career. As a Councilman, he served on the Public Works Committee and was instrumental in the development of Denver's 16th Street Mall. After active duty in the U.S. Marines Ivan's interest in auto racing grew to be a lifelong hobby and he became active in the Colorado Automobile Racing Club. Although Ivan did not realize his dream of being a Denver firefighter, he was a strong supporter of the Denver Fire Department. Due to his endless creativity and curiosity Ivan designed and invented several products and held patents for his innovations. He loved people and life and it can truly be said he never met a stranger. He is survived by six children, Margie (Tom) of Denver, Joe (Diane) of Denver, Gary (Janie) of Denver, Illene (Manny) of Bluebell, PA, Donna (Richard, deceased) of Boulder and I.V (Nini) of Boulder. His grandchildren are Eric and Jeffrey Goard, Leslie Bailey, Joey and Bradley Rosenberg, April Buswell, Dana Rosenberg, Kerri-Ann Rosenberg-Hallet, Zach and Josh Rosenberg, Deborah Neff, Laura Hutton, Jeremiah Donati, Heather Archer, Emily Johnson and Eliot Rosenberg. Ivan was dearly loved by fifteen great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his dear friend, Gina Lauver of Denver. A viewing will be held at Crown Hill Mortuary Friday, Aug. 9 from 4-7 p.m. Memorial and Celebration of Life is Sat., Aug 10 at 10:00 a.m., with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, Ivan would wish for memorial donations be made to the
(800-227-2345)to benefit breast cancer research.