Sidney “Smokey” Milzer, a respected CPA for over 60 years, passed away January 27, 2018, in Denver. He was 95. Rabbis Rick and Susan Rheins and Cantor Sheila Nesis officiated at the Jan. 30 service at Temple Sinai’s Abrahams Family Chapel. Interment followed at Rose Hill Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements.
“Sid believed in the importance of developing and maintaining close and loyal client relationships,” the family said. “He loved his clients and they in turn loved him.
“He was a sweet and gentle man who will be profoundly missed. Sylvia and Smokey were a devoted couple and will be lovers and friends forever.”
Mr. Milzer was born Dec. 10, 1922, on Denver’s West Side.
He attended Fairview Elementary, Lake Junior and West High School, where he played varsity baseball and was named to the All-Star team his senior year.
After earning his CPA degree at DU, Mr. Milzer played semi-pro ball until he enlisted in the US Army in July, 1943.
He served in the Aleutian Islands until January, 1945; Italy until August, 1945; and received the Bronze Star for his military valor.
Mr. Milzer married Sylvia Sampson Milzer on June 16, 1946. They lived with Sylvia’s mother Sarah Sampson on Julian St. until they found their own apartment. In 1958, the couple moved into their own home on Glencoe, where they lived for 58 years.
They later moved to Rosemark at Mayfair Park.
Mrs. Milzer passed away March 4, 2017.
As a CPA, Mr. Milzer partnered with various professionals, including Sam Nakazono, Joe Sigman, Larry Gelfond, Don Pangborn, Bob Hochstadt and Wesley Stark.
The firm eventually evolved into Crowe Horwath, which named a conference room after Mr. Milzer.
Mr. Milzer bowled for many years with the B’nai B’rith Bowling League and maintained an average in the 180s. He loved playing golf, especially with his buddies at Green Gables Country Club, where he and Sylvia belonged for 37 years.
He also attended many local sporting events with his children.
Mr. Milzer is survived by his children Karen (Alan) Stein and Ron (Bonnie) Milzer; grandchildren Kim (Jordan) Laycob, Tammy (Ryan) Seeb, Lisa (Russell) Thomas and Robyn (Meir) Winkelstein; and great-grandchildren Tanner and Connor Laycob, Samantha and Jack Thomas, and Gabriel Winkelstein.
Mr. Milzer was predeceased by his son Dr. Gary Milzer on Oct. 8, 2016.
Contributions may be made to National Jewish Hospital, The Denver Hospice or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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