September 15, 1940 ~ April 16, 2019

Born in: Kokomo, Indiana
Resided in: Parker, Colorado

Richard, 78, of Parker, Colorado passed April 16, 2019.

Richard was born on September 15, 1940 in Kokomo, Indiana to Robert and Emma Aerne, one of six children.  As a teenager, he worked on the farm and this formed his work ethics that carried him through his successful career.  His family and he moved to Denver, CO, in 1960, where he attended school and met his wife.  He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1960 and soon married his wife Patti.  Richard and Patti had three children Steven, Catherine, and Christine.

Richard started his professional career at Frederic Printing, where he started as a delivery driver.  Soon moved into the plant as a printing plate maker and in a continuing line of progression on to the printing preparation room.  It was not long until he was the foreman of both the Preparation and Printing operations.  He had a long career of 25 years with Frederic Printing.  Richard finished his professional career with Warneke Paper Box Company as the plant manager where he retired in 2007 at the age of 67.

Richard stayed very active throughout his life in the outdoors.  No matter what the sport was Richard was always 100% committed at being the best he could possibly be at each activity.  Early on, he was focused on skiing and golf then fly fishing, mountain biking and motorcycling.  It was not till later in life did he find another passion which was dog training.  Richard prided himself in his ability in reaching ‘Master’ level with his dog Zipper.

Survived by his wife, Patricia “Patti” Marie Aerne; children, Steven (Toni) Aerne, Catherine (Mark) Petras, Christine (Hoss) Johnson; grandchildren, William Wishar, Nicholas Aerne, Madalyn Aerne, Brittany Petras, Courtney Petras, Kyle Petras, Dahlton Johnson, and Dylan Johnson; great grandchildren, Sophia Acevado, Bentlee Wishar, Kaylee Wishar; and siblings, Pat Aerne, Marianne Wieser, Janis McGinnis, Michael Aerne and Jim Aerne and their families.

We will all miss Richard and remember his kindness, positive attitude and always looking for the brighter side of every situation. Until we meet again…….

A service honoring Richard will be Saturday, April 20, 2019, 10 AM, Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 11150 E. Dartmouth Ave., Aurora, Colorado 80014.

Please share your memories of Richard and condolences with his family by signing the guestbook below.


Memorial Service: April 20, 2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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

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  1. Our Deepest Condolences to all the Aerne’s for there loss.
    As my Brother-in-law I couldn’t of had picked a better person for my sister, Dick will live on in the memories of all who knew him as a person of great standing. He will indeed be missed as a Husband, Father, Grand-Father, close friend, and Brother-in -law.

  2. Patti I was so sorry to here about Dick, after so may years together you will have a lot of memories to help you thru this difficult time.
    Jim and his siblings I know how hard it is losing a brother your memories of growing up together dose help with the void in your life
    It was a joy working with Dick he was always so helpful with your needs and a fun guy to work with. It was always a good day when he would stop by the plant with his dog the say hey to everyone.
    To the hole family my condolences and thoughts are with you.
    Rest in peace my friend and don’t get in to much trouble with Steve up their.

  3. So sad to hear about Dick. Please know you are in our hearts and prayers. May God give you Peace during this difficult time. Know we love you. ????????

  4. God has a very special soul in his Kingdom today. The most honest and honorable man I have ever met.. Never a bad word about anyone, or any situation came from his mouth. Everyone who came to know Dick, liked him.. Everyone.. I will miss throwing birds and training black dogs with Mr. Arne.. Rest in peace my friend..

  5. Sincerest condolences to Patti and the family! What a loss for all of us. We will miss Dick’s smiling face on our training days. He was absolutely one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. Dick and Zipper will still be out running the fields with us.

  6. I am so sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. I will miss seeing him at Chatfield. He was always there with a compliment for my dogs on training days, too. Dick was a very nice man and will be missed.

  7. They threw away the mold the day Dick was born. You’re not going to find a nicer guy in the world. Dick and I were friends for ten to twelve years. We ALWAYS had a good time together. We shared many hunt test venues together and always had a good time regardless of how our dogs performed. He was one of the most generous human beings I ever met. I will miss you my friend, I never got to do enough for you. I’ll always think of you as my Brother.

  8. I did not know Richard. I knew is brother Mike and worked with him at DWF. I am sending this to Mike saying I am sorry at your brother’s passing.
    Mike, I am sorry we have lost touch through the years…

  9. Our deepest sympathy for your loss. He was such a kind man. You are blessed to have such a wonderful soul. Our family will cherish the moments we shared with Dick and family. We will continue to keep you all and all who loved Dick in our prayers. May Our Heavenly Father’s Light Eternal Shine upon him forever.


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