History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

 Established in 1927, the years have brought many changes to the Colyer Funeral Home, but as a proud member of the International Order of the Golden Rule, the motto has remained: "Service measured not by gold, but by the golden rule." Welcome to COLYER FUNERAL HOME WEB SITE. We hope the information provided here and on the following pages will offer you help and insight into who we are.

Quite possibly, one of the most comforting aspects of the Colyer Funeral Home is that it is privately owned. Our full and part-time staff members are all local people and therefore have a personal desire to care for the families they serve with compassion, honesty, and respect. All staff members make every effort to arrange and personalize each funeral to every family situation as it is called for.


Our Valued Staff

Denise Patterson-Walker

Denise Patterson-Walker, Owner/ Licensed Embalmer/ Funeral Director

Denise has a strong commitment to serving every family with honesty, integrity and sensitivity. She joined the Colyer Funeral Home team in April of 2010 and worked at the funeral home as an apprentice while earning her embalmers license and Associate's Degree from Arapahoe School of Mortuary Science in Colorado. In 2015, she joined forces with her father in running the business and in 2016 her father, Mike, semi-retired and Denise took over the Colyer Funeral Home as Owner/President and Funeral Director of the corporation. Denise has two children, Bailey Jo who is in high school and Zayne Michael who is in middle school.


Stan Jepson

Stan Jepson, Funeral Director & Licensed Embalmer

Stan has been with the Colyer Funeral Home for over 30 years and his dedication to serving families is well-noted. Having grown up in the County, Stan is well-known by the rural community and families find comfort in his presence. His knowledge of the funeral planning procedure puts families at ease during a difficult time. Stan attended the local junior college and worked as an apprentice at the Colyer Funeral Home before enrolling and graduating from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in Texas in 1989. Stan has two grown daughters, Brandi and Becky; a son Chase; a step-daughter Nikki, a step-son Robbie; and eight grandchildren.


Mike Patterson

Mike Patterson, Licensed Embalmer

Mike, who has been with the Colyer Funeral Home for over 40 years; as the owner since 1984; and recently semi-retired in 2016 while his daughter, Denise, joined the family business as the new owner and President . Mike is well-acquainted with Goshen County where he is still involved professionally and personally in the business community and in community service. He has made every effort over the years to make certain that the Colyer Funeral Home services and prices are carefully structured to Goshen County, and his daughter now continues to do the same. Mike will stay on at the funeral home in a semi-retired capacity. Mike and his wife, Eileen, have been married for over 40 years. In addition to their daughter, Denise, they enjoy grandchildren, Bailey and Zayne.


Charm Friedlan

Charm Friedlan, Office Manager

Charm originally sought education in the medical field and earned her CNA from DMACC in Iowa and returned to Wyoming before changing careers in care giving to funeral service when she joined the Colyer Funeral Home family in 1998. She manages everything in the office from bookkeeping, to life insurance, to designing and printing funeral service folders. She also handles each family's situation with sensitivity; giving each family her emotional support and personal care. Having grown up in the County, Charm is well-known personally by many folks, from country to city. She and her husband, John, have been married for over 40 years; they have two grown sons, Jason (Cara), and Jerod ; and they also have two delightful grandchildren, Audrey and Owen.


Darin Yates

Darin Yates, Funerals

Darin is a dedicated part time funeral service assistant. He has been with Colyer Funeral Home family since 2000. Darin is the full time Director at the city Ambulance Service and he is very well known in the county and surrounding areas. He also serves as the Goshen County Coroner.


Mary Pack

Mary Pack, Pre Need Funeral Insurance

Mary Pack, CSA, joined us at Colyer Funeral Home in 2001. As our Advance Planning Director, Mary helps people pre-arrange funeral services for themselves or their families and she will meet with families at the funeral home or private residence at anytime. As a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), Mary is sensitive to the needs of those she helps. She has lived in Torrington since 1989. She has four grown children and 10 grandchildren.