September 16, 1946 ~ February 5, 2019

Born in: Alton, IL
Resided in: Parker, CO

Karen “Kay” Heck, loving wife, mother and grandmother, died at her home on February 5, 2019.  Born on September 16, 1946 in Alton, Illinois she lived in many places, Kansas, Germany, Hawaii, Maryland and Colorado, while accompanying her husband throughout their journey in the U.S. Air Force. 

Kay worked at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center until her retirement from Federal Civil Service in 1999.  She was among the last 30 people at Fitzsimons before its final closure. Kay was known for her infectious laugh, sense of humor and kind and compassionate spirit. She enjoyed quilting and traveling with her husband, including 43 cruises!

Survivors include her husband Jerry, Parker, CO, sons Christopher “Todd,” Falcon, CO and Michael Ryan (Deb), Greeley, CO and four wonderful grandchildren, Charlie, Kayla, Paige and Chase.  Kay was preceded in death by her parents John and Betty Sesock and sister Sharon Norbury.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Horan-McConaty Funeral Home, 11150 E. Dartmouth Avenue (at Parker Road), Aurora, CO.  Interment will be at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 4400 W. Kenyon Avenue, Denver, CO.   Relatives and friends are welcome at their home following the interment.

In lieu of flowers, please make a gift to support cancer research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Please send your gift in memory of Kay Heck to: University of Colorado Foundation, PO Box 17126, Denver CO 80217. On the memo line of the check, please note Kay’s name and make checks payable to the CU Foundation. Gifts may also be made online at or any charity of your choice.


Memorial Service: February 20, 2019 11:00 am

Horan & McConaty - SE Denver/Aurora
11150 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014

Room: Chapel

Graveside Service: February 20, 2019 1:00 pm

Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 South Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO 80236

(303) 761-0117

Room: Staging Area A

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  1. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with all of you as you try and adjust to life without your beautiful, strong wife, mother and grandmother. She loved all of you to the moon and back and let you know that every day. I miss Kay, but would never want her to suffer one minute longer than she had too.

  2. Having Kay as one of my 1st cousins was a treat in the best sense. Her love of life was always evident whenever our families got together every year in Dolores, CO orTroy/Collinsville, IL – You are missed and your memory will go with me forever . . .

  3. Todd, prayers for you and your family at this time of great loss. My mom was in hospice for a year but it was still a shock when she passed. May all your great memories of her bring you comfort.

  4. Dear Jerry, and all the family, … When we moved here to Parker in 2006, it was hard to move from our former home in California. When we pulled up in our driveway, immediately we were welcomed by Kay and Jerry, our new next-door neighbors!! The beginning of a nice friendship. They invited us to their home, especially during the summer, for wine on the deck. Kay was such a supportive friend. You couldn’t have more fun than shopping and lunch with Kay. My best memories are of her warmth, her welcoming heart, and her great laugh! She was very loved, indeed. I know she will be greatly missed and … dearly remembered!!

  5. Dear Jerry, Todd and Michael,
    Kay and I were best friends since our first year in High School. She was the funny out going popular girl who befriended me. We had great times and some really fantastic times at the Lake of the Ozarks when we were 16 and then we went to Ft. Lauderdale when we turned 18. We stayed at Bates motel on the way to Florida. We managed to escape and still have a great time. We got married had our boys and continued to be the best of friends. She was and will always be my very best friend. Kay was an amazing person. She was witty, funny and always positive in even the worst of times. She was the sister I always wanted. She always talked about you guys, she loved you all so much as she did her grandchildren, Charley, Kayla, Page and Chase. I know you all will miss her as I will but we will keep her in our hearts forever.

  6. Our thoughts and love are with you. Through our 50+ years of friendship we have enjoyed you all. Kay was a sister to me and you are all family. She was the bravest, sweet, funny, kindest person , never a bad word about anyone. We had lots of laughs, fun. She loved her family and so proud of them all. She will be greatly missed and in our hearts forever.

  7. In high school, Kay and I was in the same home room for four years. She & Jerry were high school sweethearts. Kay had a very good heart. She loved everyone, and everyone loved Kay. Through the years I lost track of Kay, but through fb, we connected once again. I’m so very thankful that we were able to talk once in awhile. The class of 1964 lost a very loyal Kahok! My thoughts and prayers go out to her entire family. Kay will certainly be missed…

  8. Dear Jerry family and friends, we have lost a great friend, she will be missed. She was a great friend, full of laughter, adventure, and
    Love. There never was a dull moment when Kay was around. She will be in my heart forever.

  9. My deepest condolences to the friends and family of Kay. May your treasured memories bring you joy, and may ‘the God of all comfort’ give you strength, along with a measure of peace for your grieving hearts at this most difficult time.
    2 Corinthians 1:3

  10. Kay has been such a joy to know and have as a friend. I’m sorry I cannot be there in person but I am in spirit. The Lord is always close to the broken hearted. Lean on him for your strength. Miss and Love you Kay!


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