J. Ivanhoe “Ivan” Rosenberg, 93 years old, of Denver, passed away Aug. 4, 2013 after suffering a stroke.
He was born in Powell, Wyo. on Oct. 30, 1919 to Judith and Joseph Rosenberg. He moved to Denver in 1924 where he attended West High School. In 1937, Rosenberg married Shirley Hall, who was to be his beloved wife of 48 years until her death due to breast cancer in 1985.
As a young boy, Rosenberg worked in his father’s business, Barnum Printing and Publishing Company. Upon his father’s death, Rosenberg became owner of the business that at one point printed and published seven weekly newspapers serving Southwest Denver, most notably the SW Denver Herald Dispatch and La Voz.
Rosenberg served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Press Association. He was awarded the “Golden Make-Up Rule” award, recognized by editors and publishers throughout Colorado in appreciation of his service in the newspaper industry. He was involved in civic activities, serving as president of the Optimist Club and SW Denver YMCA, among other organizations. He owned Sno-Skat, a snow removal manufacturing business. He founded the Colorado Wildfires Volunteer Association. In 1971, Rosenberg was elected to the Denver City Council, which he said was his most significant achievement of his career. As a Councilman, he served on the Public Works Committee and was instrumental in the development of Denver’s 16th Street Mall.
After active duty in the U.S. Marines Rosenberg’s interest in auto racing grew to be a lifelong hobby and he became active in the Colorado Automobile Racing Club. Although Rosenberg did not realize his dream of being a Denver firefighter, he was a strong supporter of the Denver Fire Department. Due to his endless creativity and curiosity Rosenberg designed and invented several products and held patents for his innovations. He loved people and life and it can truly be said he never met a stranger.
He is survived by six children, Margie (Tom) of Denver, Joe (Diane) of Denver, Gary (Janie) of Denver, Illene (Manny) of Bluebell, Pa., Donna (Richard, deceased) of Boulder and I.V. (Nini) of Boulder. Rosenberg was dearly loved by sixteen grandchilren, fifteen great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his dear friend, Gina Lauver of Denver.
A viewing will be held at Crown Hill Mortuary, 7777 W. 29th Ave., Friday, Aug. 9 from 4-7 p.m. Memorial and Celebration of Life is Saturday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m., with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, Rosenberg would wish for memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society (800-227-2345) to benefit breast cancer research.