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Corky D Jilek

May 17, 1946 — February 20, 2024

Corky D Jilek (born: Darlene Delores Dinkla), 77, passed away at her home in Montrose, CO on January 20, 2024. She was born on May 17, 1946, in San Antonio, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her mother: Thelma Dinkla, father: Karel Gerrit Dinkla, sister: Donna Dreibodt, and son: Eric Blake Alexander.

Corky was very eccentric, a lover of adventure, helpful, kind and honest to a fault. She loved animals, good jokes, and making people laugh. She was an AKC Certified dog trainer and was eager to share her wealth of knowledge to any pet owner that would listen. There was never a dull moment when Corky was around…dancing in the car on road trips, exploring cemeteries, discovering new ways to get jobs done, challenging overbearing authority and laughing until you couldn’t breathe was never out of the ordinary.

She is survived by her daughter: Trisha Jo Denham, Sister(s): Jeanne Parsley (Eddie), Nicki Dinkla, Krisi Dinkla (Terry Meadows), Wendy Doherty (George), Brother: Danny Dinkla (Ceci), several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. And an abundance of cherished friends who became family.

Crippin Funeral Home is assisting her family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

Second Chance Humane Society

Colorado Horse Rescue Network


A Celebration of Life service will be held later this Spring.


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