On September 1 Denver Harless, loving husband and father of five children passed away surrounded by his family at the age of 82. Denver was born on April 6, 1938. He attended Mount Pleasant High School where he met the love of his life. He married Mary Moss on May 6, 1959 . They raised four sons, Mark, Greg, Gerry and Kevin, and one daughter, Kelly.
In 1966 Denver opened Jon’s Country Burgers in Lansing, Michigan. He spent 47 years at the restaurant, always a constant presence behind the glass window. He poured his heart and soul into the food and service at the restaurant. He loved working there and provided Lansing with countless donut sundaes and country burgers with a smile. He was an active Boy Scout leader for many years. He loved making memories outdoors with his sons and other kids in the Holt community. He was a longtime member of Holt United Methodist Church. In his retirement he became a member of the Holt Lions Club, still finding time to give back to his community. He treasured the time he spent fishing with family in Canada, and spending winters in Florida with Mary after retirement. He was known for his quiet humor, slow smile, and love for his family.
Denver was preceded in death by his parents and siblings. Denver is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Harless, his five children, Mark (Lisa) Harless, Greg (Kay) Harless, Gerry (Kim) Harless, Kevin (Shawn) Harless, Kelly (Don) Litterini, 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Stoneleigh Residence & Hospice of Lansing for the loving care they provided Denver and the family during his time there.
At this time there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Denver’s name to Stoneleigh Residence & Hospice of Lansing.