J. Reid Lichtenfels, part-time valley resident, passes away
John Reid Lichtenfels, a business and real estate attorney who was a part-time resident of the valley, died Sunday in his Denver home after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 55.
Lichtenfels was born in Chicago to John and Ann Lichtenfels on June 15, 1948. His childhood was spent in South Bend, Ind. He was the Indiana state diving champion in 1966.
He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1970 and obtained a law degree in 1974 from the University of Denver.
He founded Lichtenfels, Pansing, & Miller, P.C., a small law firm in Cherry Creek, specializing in real estate transactions, construction law, telecommunications law, business transactions and real estate-related litigation.
He volunteered with several youth groups, beginning with his work with the YMCA as a swimming and diving coach. He also worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Denver for over seven years. Through the Denver Bar Association, he volunteered as a tutor and mentor for disadvantaged children at Dora Moore School.
Lichtenfels was an avid golfer, fly fisherman, skier and biker, friends and family members say.
Lichtenfels is survived by his wife, Hannelore; son Evan and his wife, Heather; daughter Kristian Lichtenfels; mother Ann Lichtenfels of Las Cruces, N.M.; his brothers, Jeffery Lichtenfels of South Bend, Ind., and Thomas Lichtenfels of Steamboat Springs; and his sisters, Candice Hartzer of Albuquerque, N.M., and Jennifer Lichtenfels of Las Cruces.
A funeral mass will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 2626 E. 7th Ave. Pkwy., Denver. Memorial contributions may be made to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, 2017 W. 9th Ave., Denver, CO, 80204.