January 21, 1945 ~ December 2, 2019

Born in: Rifle, Colorado
Resided in: Denver, Colorado

On Monday, December 2nd 2019, Joseph Samuel “Sam” Zertuche, loving husband and father of five children, passed away at age of 74. Sam was born on January 21,1945 in Rifle, Colorado to Richard and Margaret Zertuche. He graduated from West High School in Denver, Colorado in 1964, and was a Tractor Tandem Operator for the City and County of Denver from 1965 to 2005. On June 26, 1965, he married the love of his life Juanita Patricia Ortiz. They raised four daughters and one son. Sam had many talents and hobbies. He enjoyed playing billiards, hunting, camping, fishing, tying his own flies, cabinetry. He was also an avid music lover and a great guitar player and a collector of many guitars. He was once in a band called the Continental Coasters. He was admired not only by friends and family, but also by all who he encountered through his everyday life. He graced many with his presence and left a great impact. He was known for his quick wit, his beautiful and infectious smile, his kind and compassionate spirit and those beautiful bright blue eyes. Sam was preceded in death by his father, Richard and his mother, Margaret. Siblings: Gilbert, David, Jim and Merlinda. He is survived by his wife, Juanita and his five children: Yolanda (Andres), Valerie (Baddredine), Desiree (Amos), Sammy and Stephanie (Ciano), and 16 grandchildren: Rick, Andres, Leticia, Mark, Nicholas, Frederick, Krystal, Rayann, Anjelica, Anna, Eduardo, Amos, Aaliyah, Serenitee, Amira and Caleb. He is also survived by two sisters, Ruby Carreon and Priscilla Gallegos, one brother, Bob Zertuche and several nieces and nephews. A rosary and viewing will be held at 6:00 pm, Tuesday, December 10, 2019. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Both to be held at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 2190 S. Sheridan Blvd., Denver, Colorado. He will be laid to rest at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Golden, Colorado.

Services

Recitation of the Rosary : December 10, 2019 6:00 pm

Notre Dame Catholic Church
2190 S. Sheridan Blvd
Denver, CO 80219


Funeral Mass: December 11, 2019 10:00 am

Notre Dame Catholic Church
2190 S. Sheridan Blvd
Denver, CO 80219


Burial: December 11, 2019 12:30 pm

Mount Olivet Cemetery
12801 W. 44th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033


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  1. Oh my Grandpa theres so much on my mind and in my heart that i wish I had more time to tell you, it hurts me dearly and hard to believe that you left. If I couldve taken away your illness I would have, this all feels like a bad dream. I remember you said to me once no one likes you thats why no one comes to visit you, that was never true. And i know you realized how much everyone cared and loves you when you woke and seen everyone in the hospital. Im sorry I didnt say much that day I was just so hurt to see you in that position I didnt know what to say. Your too much of a great person too ever forget even to my cousins you were always everyones favorite uncle Sam always full of jokes I’ll never forget the day I came to the house in the Mercedes Michael and I had just bought, the way you jumped out of your seat and walked over to the window to take a peak, you said to me how nice the car was and that we got a good deal, I said I had just found out mercedes takes a different special kind of coolant, you said to me, “Oh ya, there so unique they can run off of Vegetable oil.” I said “really?” Looking over at my uncle Sam hes laughing with his finger shaking hus finger and his head “No”. To be honest I feel for it at first and probably wouldve tried it if it if I never looked at my uncle Sam. You always knew how to bring a smile and laughter to everyones face. No matter who you were always the best. I’ll forever hold you in my memeories for thats all we have left of you. Until we meet again Grandpa. Love you always.
    -your Grandson

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you all on such a heavy loss may you all find comfort in his love life and legacy, rest in paradise, God bless you

  3. You were great man Sam, you will be missed by many, i have the upmost respect for you. You welcomed me into your family and for that i will forever be appreciative and grateful. Rest easy sir.

  4. So sorry for your loss. Every day I think about Uncle Sam and how much I miss him. Hugs, kisses and lots of love to the family.

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