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Obituary for John Frank Yaniger

John Frank Yaniger

John Frank Yaniger, 74, of Lakewood, Colorado, passed away at home on December 13. He was a loving brother, a devoted uncle, a caring friend and a fan of country/western music, boxing, and the Denver Broncos. John was an adept guitar player, and began each day with coffee and a quiet session of strumming.
The son of George Randolph Yaniger and Gertrude Lucy Gesting, John was born on July 24, 1943 in Allentown, Pennsylvania and grew up in a hard-scrabble neighborhood with his brothers, where he learned toughness and grit, qualities that helped him train for the Rocky Mountain Golden Gloves boxing challenge. He went on to win the heavyweight championship, one of his proudest achievements.
John was a 1968 graduate of Kutztown University, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education, majoring in Spanish. After graduation, he taught high school Spanish in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Two years later he and his wife moved to Denver, Colorado where he taught high school Spanish in the Brighton School District. He left his teaching career to work as a translator for Gates Rubber. In recent years, he worked as a real estate agent for ReMax.
John is survived by many loving relatives, including his brother, Christopher Jack Yaniger and wife Marilyn, nephews George Michael Yaniger, Jack George Yaniger, and Luke Robert Yaniger; nieces Mary Yaniger Martin, Sophia Ileana Yaniger, Ava Estella Yaniger, Nicole Martin, and Jamie Martin, and many cousins. John had many friends, cherished his relationships with them, and often spoke warmly of them. He was preceded in death by his brothers George John Yaniger and Douglas Patrick Yaniger. His marriage to Janice Tyrell ended in divorce.
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