Paul Dellinger remembered

1931 – April 10, 2020

Paul E. Dellinger went to be with His Lord at his final home in heaven on Friday, April 10th, 2020. He was 89 years old and lived a truly blessed life. He was born to Burgen and Mildred Dellinger in 1931 in the state of South Dakota. He moved here to Colorado at a young age with his four other brothers. He married his wife Ann in 1955. She still survives him along with two sons; David living in Oregon, and Tom living here in Gilpin County, along with four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

As remembered by son Tom, “Some of my greatest memories with Dad were Jeep trips and fishing with the guys, like Jenny Lake during an early August snow storm. We grew up taking trips on the weekend in a custom made camper on a 1956 Ford pickup. Our many camping and fishing trips are remembered fondly.”

Paul was a carpenter by trade, retired from the Denver Public Schools, then continuing on to his second career of selling real-estate. But his true passion was for the Lord.

He had always desired to share his faith with children of all ages. When his boys were young, he was an active leader in the Christian Service Brigade, which is a multi-state faith based program for boys. He loved our campouts and being in God’s creation, teaching boys about the Lord, how to build a fire, tie a knot, use a compass, and create a safe camp site with no footprint left behind where anyone could tell you had been there. He loved fishing and hiking.

He was truly a man of prayer. Back in the Christian Service Brigade years (1970s), many events were held at Pickle Gulch campground where he and other men prayed that someday a church would be born up here for ministering to kids of all ages. His dream and prayers were answered.

His final years involved the founding and construction of Christ the King Community Church in Gilpin County along with son Tom and other volunteer church members. “A church built for children” were his most used words. He searched for years to find the perfect property and the Lord lead him to a property across from the county fairgrounds. He spent many hours praying on a special large rock where God gave him the building design and layout. That rock is now known as Paul’s Prayer Rock by members of the congregation.

Paul’s big heart left a lasting impression on our Gilpin community, and he will truly be missed by family and friends.

Paul’s memorial will be held later this summer after the Covid-19 lockdown is lifted. If you would like to attend and be informed of the date and time, please contact Tom at and that will be shared with you when known.

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