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Obituary (CO): Lee George Rallis '53

Posted on 04/15/2018

LEE GEORGE RALLIS

Born December 19, 1930, Lee peacefully entered the gates of heaven on April 5, 2018. Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to George and Georgia Rallis (né e Sakellaris), he was one of nine children. He is preceded in death by his parents; his beloved son, Chris Gustav Rallis; his brothers Dean, Chris, and Nestor. Also waiting for him are his sisters Dena, Mary, Rea, and Helen. He is survived by his son, George Lee Rallis; his daughters, Georgia Kay Rallis-Reno and Tina Moulton (Harold); his treasured grandchildren, Austin Lee Rallis (Rozzy Finn), Dena C. Henry (Steven), Ali D. Rallis (John Shaffer), Shawna D. Hand (Richard), Harrison R. Reno (Katerina), Alexander Moulton, and Zachary Moulton; his sister, Angie Speliopoulos; and his love, friend, and fiancée, Mickey U. Colvin. He also leaves behind his cherished great grandchildren, Lee, Skye, Lola, Guinnevere, Maximus, Leonidas, Christopher, Joshua, and Roscoe as well as countless nieces, nephews, and godchildren. Lee proudly graduated from the Naval Academy in 1953. He then toured post-war Europe and the Middle East with the Air Force as a First Lieutenant. Upon completing his tour of duty, he moved to Denver to raise a family and pursue his love of the law obtaining his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver in 1962. Upon passing the bar, he faithfully served and worked tirelessly for 55 years to uphold the Law and Constitution for the City of Denver. Always extremely proud of his Greek heritage, he devoted much of his life to the Greek Orthodox Church and was honored in 1999 with the Archon Cross by his holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for his outstanding service as a distinguished leader of the Orthodox Christian Community. To advance the growth and culture of the Greek Community, he joined the order of AHEPA (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association). As a devoted member, he was honored to serve in the two highest positions: Chapter President and Supreme Chairman. He was also elevated to the 32 nd degree within the order of Freemasonry. Lee will eternally be remembered in our hearts for his love of family, compassion, generous spirit, beautiful laugh, humor, loyalty, stories, and always making sure that Santa made personal visits to the delight and joy of the young and old alike. Lee leaves this world a better place for effortlessly giving of himself to so many and he will be greatly missed by all. May peace be with him until we meet again. Trisagion at the Assumption of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Metropolis Cathedral - 4610 E. Alameda Ave, Denver, CO, Monday, April 23, 2018 - 12 noon. Celebration of life to follow at 1:00pm. Makaria (lunch) will start at 2:00pm. A private graveside service at Fairmount Cemetery will take place the following day.

Published in www.denverpost.com on Apr. 15, 2018