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TCL > May 2013 Issue > In Memoriam

May 2013       Vol. 42, No. 5       Page  107
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In Memoriam

Robert H. Asher
March 15, 2013, age 87

James W. Buchanan
April 30, 1929–November 23, 2012

William Buchtel Collister
March 3, 1923 – February 11, 2013

Suzanne Harvey Lynch
June 30, 1934–April 4, 2013

Robert H. McWilliams, Jr.
April 27, 1916 – April 10, 2013

Niles D. Puckett
August 11, 1980–March 16, 2013

Sarah L. Rector
September 24, 1982–March 16, 2013

Willard B. Rogers, Jr.
January 19, 1935–March 17, 2013



Willard Benjamin Rogers, Jr.

Willard Benjamin Rogers, Jr. passed away on March 17, 2013. He is survived by his wife Mary, his son Jonathan, and his daughters Michelle Hancock and Hilary Young. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, Virginia Usher, Ashley Hancock, Ty Young, and Lael Rogers-Rea.

Will earned his Bachelor of Arts and Science from Washburn University and his JD from the University of Kansas, where he met Mary. Will and Mary would have celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on September 7.

He practiced law for fifty years. He was an assistant attorney general for the State of Colorado. Will had his private practice for twenty years, and he spent his last years before retirement as a public defender for the City of Aurora. He had a passion for the law, zeal, and compassion for his clients.

A true Renaissance man, he was husband, father, and friend, a self-made architect, general contractor, scholar, genealogist, computer wizard, musician, and cook. He read Latin and spoke German, French, and Spanish. He was a proud member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Will enjoyed travel, jazz, polka, and comedy. His sense of humor was unique and infectious. He had an unreserved love for life and for his family. We will miss him dearly.

—Submitted by Gregory Hopkins


Richard R. Helmick


Richard R. Helmick, 85 of Hilo, Hawaii, formerly of Denver, died on Thursday, October 11, 2012. He was born in Minatare, Nebraska and was an attorney and Certified Public Accountant. He was a graduate of the University of Colorado and University of Colorado Law School, and practiced law in Denver with the firm of Helmick, Conover & Burkhardt from the 1950s until 1988, when he retired to Kona, Hawaii. He also served as General Counsel to Merchants Mortgage and Trust Corporation. He was a Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserves, having served on active duty during both World War II and the Korean War.

Dick is survived by his wife Ilah Helmick of Colorado Springs; daughters Barbara (James) DeJarnette of Colorado Springs, Elsa (Stephen) Wolff of Morrison, and Sarah (David Staley) Charles of Kealakekua, Hawaii; and sons Peter (Sandra) Helmick of Kamuela, Hawaii and Eric (Terry) Helmick of Idaho Springs. He also is survived by fourteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions in Dick Helmick’s honor may be made to the University of Colorado Foundation. Donate online through, or send a check to CU Foundation, Attn: Processing, 4740 Walnut St., Boulder, CO 80301. Checks must be made payable to the CU Foundation, with a note in the memo line indicating that the gift is being made in Dick’s honor.

—Submitted by Jerry Conover

The In Memoriam section lists the name, date of birth where available, and date of death of deceased attorneys, JDs, judges, and legal professionals. Reader-submitted tributes of deceased attorneys and legal professionals, including those listed at the top of the In Memoriam section, are welcomed. Tributes should provide information about the deceased’s legal career. Photographs are encouraged. Tributes will be published as space is available and as the publication schedule allows. Send tributes and notices about recently deceased attorneys to Tracy Rackauskas at

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