Gordon Seneff

Former Durango resident Gordon Seneff died Monday, July 23, 2012, in Aurora. He was 87.

Mr. Seneff was born to John and Emily Seneff on Nov. 14, 1925, in Granite City, Ill.

He grew up in Illinois and joined the Navy in 1943. He was at the Chapel Hill Naval Academy in North Carolina during World War II and served as a damage control officer on the USS Barton during the Korean War. His ship hit a mine and suffered casualties during the war.

In June 1949, he married Lois Hoelscher in Granite City.

After completing his military service, Mr. Seneff continued his work in uniform for 33 years. He worked for the Colorado Game & Fish Department, the U.S. Forest Service and in Yellowstone for the U.S. National Park Service.

A lover of the outdoors, he was an avid hunter, fly fisherman, golfer and skier.

In retirement, he developed a passion for genealogy and bequeaths the family a wealth of information, his family said.

He lived in Durango from 1968 to 1972.

Mr. Seneff was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Seneff.

He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Doerr, of Englewood; sons John Seneff, of Durango, Bill Seneff, of Eaton and David Seneff and Daniel Seneff, both of Pueblo; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.