John T. O’Leary II

John T. O’Leary II passed away peacefully on February 15 in Henderson surrounded by family. O’Leary was born in Leadville on June 13, 1933. He was the fourth child out of 13 born to John T. O’Leary and Emma Olga Schlaepfer.

O’Leary graduated from Leadville High School in 1952. He attended Leadville schools with Ellen Walters and they married July 11, 1954 in Leadville. Their union welcomed three children — Dawn, John Theodore III (Jack) and Scott —from 1955-1960.

O’Leary graduated from Adams State College in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree. He was a sports announcer on “The Voice” for Eagle Valley High School from 1971-1973, and football and basketball for Alameda High School from 1977-1991. Other high schools that O’Leary announced at through the years include Arvada West High School, Mullen High School, Coronado High School from 1994-2000, and Ralston Valley High School.

O’Leary’s most beloved occupation was being a nanny to his great-grandchildren, “The Associates,” Hazen and Emersen, for 11 years.

O’Leary was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; his son, Jack; his brothers, Edward, Mark, Don and Kenneth O’Leary; and his sisters Doris and Adeline.

O’Leary is survived by his daughter Dawn (Ronald) Petty of Colorado Springs; his son Scott (Judith Scheurwater) O’Leary of Thousand Oaks, California; his grandchildren Christina (Joshua) Mendoza of Henderson, Kimberly (Daniel) Ward of Rifle, Jennifer Petty of Colorado Springs, Jessica O’Leary of Aurora, and Kaitlyn O’Leary of Denver; and his eight great-grandchildren Hazen, Baillee, Emersen, Jetta, Avery, Miah, Molly and Annalise.

O’Leary is also survived by his brothers Emmett O’Leary of Pueblo West, Albert (Kelli) O’Leary of Alamosa, Alfred O’Leary of Phoenix,  Arizona, Rick (Donna) O’Leary of Garland, Texas, and Charlie (Jannece) O’Leary of Leadville; and his sister Mary O’Leary (Chuck) DalPiaz of Cedaredge. O’Leary also has numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

O’Leary’s life will be celebrated later this summer with more information to follow. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Heart Association at or the Crohns and Colitis Foundation at