August Koenig

august koenig

Gus, as he was known was born in Dortmund, Germany on October 1, 1936, the only child to August and Klara Koenig. Growing up in Dortmund was very difficult, losing many friends and family to the tragedies experienced during World War II. Surviving and outlasting the war, and coping with the loss of his father at age 11, Gus graduated from high school and went on to receive a BS Accounting degree from Dortmund City University.

In October 1957, with a burning desire to make a better life for himself, Gus left Germany on a ship to the United States. With very little money and speaking very little English, he worked in bakeries and other odd jobs not only to survive but to learn to read and write English. In November 1959, Gus joined the Army and went through basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. After serving in the Army & being stationed on several Bases in the U.S. and Europe, Gus was Honorably Discharged from the military in August 1965.

While in the Army, Gus married his wife of 7 years Eleanor with whom he had two children, son Robert Henry born in June 1964, and daughter Elizabeth Ann born in August 1967. After separating from Eleanor in 1968, Gus moved from Chicopee, Massachusetts to Cheyenne, Wyoming & met Jo Ann, who became his second wife. After living in Nebraska for a few months Jo Ann along with her son Gregg and daughter Barbara joined Gus in Cheyenne.

For several months, while living in Cheyenne Gus continued to maintain a job as a Senior Computer Systems Operator for the University of Wyoming in Laramie. In early 1969 after saving enough money, the now foursome moved to Laramie where JoAnn was also able to get a job with the University of Wyoming as a Keypunch Operator. In December 1969 Gus finalized his divorce with Eleanor and on December 26 1970, married the love of his life JoAnn.

In May 1972 after moving to Colorado Gus legally adopted JoAnn's son Gregg Marion and daughter Barbara Jean. Gus and Jo Ann were married for over thirty two years until JoAnn succumbed to Pancreatic Cancer and died in February 2003.

For the past few years and even before Jo Ann's death, Gus suffered from a weak heart with only sixty-seven percent capacity due to a main artery in the heart that did not develop from birth. Gus also suffered two heart attacks and developed emphysema caused by smoking for the majority of his adult life. No matter what Gus ailed from he always made sure that his family had whatever they needed to succeed.

BS Accounting Degree,
Received Following Certifications, Basic Data Processing, Computer Programming, System Design and Analysis, RPG 3 Programming, CL, Relational Data Base for IBM System 38 operations. Certified in IBM Hardware Systems AS400, S/38, S/36, S/34, S/32, S/3-15D, PC-XT, PC-AT, 1401, Univac 9300 & 9200, and RCA 301.
Degrees and Certifications were utilized within the following Industry Fields - Manufacturing, Education, Subscription Maintenance & Fulfillment, State & Local Government, Banking, Trucking, and Hospital.
Member of the DPMA (Data Processing Management Association).
Member of the American Legionnaires'

Listening to Music (Hazel Miller), Watching Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, and working German Crossword Puzzles.

Survived By:
Cousins Manfred, Adeltraut, and other family and friends back home in Dortmund, Germany
Sister in Law Sue and Husband Jim
Son Gregg and Wife Melanie, Son Robert and Wife Tracy, Daughter Barbara, Daughter Elizabeth
Grandchildren - Kaley, Lottia, Patrick, Christopher, Crystal
Great Grandchildren - 3
Other Family - Lydia Kerr, Justin & Glenda & Kelsey Kerr
Friends - Wolfgang and Hannah Nitsche (Genesee Towne Cafe)
Friends and Co Workers from Stevinson Chevrolet

Memorial services will be held at the Bullock Colonial Chapel on Friday, March 12, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. with graveside services following at Fort Logan National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. (Staging area "B") with military honors provided by the United States Army.

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