Obituary photo of Richard Bleser, Denver-Colorado
In Loving Memory of

Richard Eugene Bleser

1929 - 2017
Obituary photo of Richard Bleser, Denver-Colorado
In Loving Memory of

Richard Eugene Bleser

1929 - 2017

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RICHRD EUGENE BLESER

Richard Eugene Bleser of Foxfield, Colorado passed away May 14th 2017, having battled recent illness from the last year, living to the age of 87.

He was born in Springfield, Illinois on December 27th of 1929 to Joseph and Emma Bleser. Richard attended HS in the Los Angeles area and married Bethena Barrick on August 14th of 1956, celebrating 60 years together last year. They lived in Riverside, California before moving to Colorado in the mid-1960's.

Richard spent time in high school working with house builders to learn their trades. He became proficient in many building trades by working with electricians, brick layers, carpenters, framers, plumbers, dry wallers, painters, roofers and many others to learn the construction business inside and out. He and his brother Joseph built their parents home and each of their homes in the Woodcrest subdivision of Riverside.

Upon moving to Colorado to help establish the firm, Premier Waterproofing, Inc. and build their offices in the mid-1960's, he also spent time building the family home in Foxfield. From the installation of the well, digging of the foundation and subsequent raising of the structure, he was supervising all facets of the home. Over time he installed over 700 trees on the lot to create a garden on the plains of the east metro area.

While building the house, he supervised numerous waterproofing and concrete projects for the company. Among those projects was replacing the terrazzo of the Air Force Academy parade grounds and above the cadet quarters. His efforts also included waterproofing the Academy Chapel and creating a cable hung platform to swing from spire to spire without damaging the structure.

Later he spent time traveling to Pakistan to waterproof a major dam on the Indus River that protected the cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. In those travels he took time to stop in and view monuments to human engineering such as the Parthenon in Athens, Great Pyramid in Egypt and the Eiffel Tower of Paris. When he returned to the states he reinforced the waterproofing on the Dworshak Dam in Idaho, and Republic Plaza Building of downtown Denver. No project was too difficult to tackle.

His love of mechanical engineering came from his father Joseph who designed and built an engine for use in aviation. The Bleser-Motor was a Dyna Cam based design. The family plane was a Hadley-Page biplane flown by Joseph in the 1920's and 30's. Richard said one of his greatest thrills came from riding the Concorde across the Atlantic Ocean and thus experiencing riding simplest and most advanced aircraft.

Richard is survived by his wife Beth, son Alan and his wife Robin and a granddaughter Alison, whom he adored. His sister Jeanette is the only remaining sibling, living in California. He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Emma, brother Joseph and sister Elinor.

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RICHRD EUGENE BLESER

Richard Eugene Bleser of Foxfield, Colorado passed away May 14th 2017, having battled recent illness from the last year, living to the age of 87.

He was born in Springfield, Illinois on December 27th of 1929 to Joseph and Emma Bleser. Richard attended HS in the Los Angeles area and married Bethena Barrick on August 14th of 1956, celebrating 60 years together last year. They lived in Riverside, California before moving to Colorado in the mid-1960's.

Richard spent time in high school working with house builders to learn their trades. He became proficient in many building trades by working with electricians, brick layers, carpenters, framers, plumbers, dry wallers, painters, roofers and many others to learn the construction business inside and out. He and his brother Joseph built their parents home and each of their homes in the Woodcrest subdivision of Riverside.

Upon moving to Colorado to help establish the firm, Premier Waterproofing, Inc. and build their offices in the mid-1960's, he also spent time building the family home in Foxfield. From the installation of the well, digging of the foundation and subsequent raising of the structure, he was supervising all facets of the home. Over time he installed over 700 trees on the lot to create a garden on the plains of the east metro area.

While building the house, he supervised numerous waterproofing and concrete projects for the company. Among those projects was replacing the terrazzo of the Air Force Academy parade grounds and above the cadet quarters. His efforts also included waterproofing the Academy Chapel and creating a cable hung platform to swing from spire to spire without damaging the structure.

Later he spent time traveling to Pakistan to waterproof a major dam on the Indus River that protected the cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. In those travels he took time to stop in and view monuments to human engineering such as the Parthenon in Athens, Great Pyramid in Egypt and the Eiffel Tower of Paris. When he returned to the states he reinforced the waterproofing on the Dworshak Dam in Idaho, and Republic Plaza Building of downtown Denver. No project was too difficult to tackle.

His love of mechanical engineering came from his father Joseph who designed and built an engine for use in aviation. The Bleser-Motor was a Dyna Cam based design. The family plane was a Hadley-Page biplane flown by Joseph in the 1920's and 30's. Richard said one of his greatest thrills came from riding the Concorde across the Atlantic Ocean and thus experiencing riding simplest and most advanced aircraft.

Richard is survived by his wife Beth, son Alan and his wife Robin and a granddaughter Alison, whom he adored. His sister Jeanette is the only remaining sibling, living in California. He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Emma, brother Joseph and sister Elinor.

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