Earl Don Aldrich
1938 - 2020
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9/11/1938 - 1/8/2020
Earl was born on September 11, 1938 in Toledo, Ohio to Carl and Hazel (Allison) Aldrich. He was the youngest of four children. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, brothers Carl and Chuck, and sister Norma.
He attended Franklin Elementary School and Waite High School in Toledo. After graduation in 1956 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was sent to Parris Island for boot camp. During his time in the Corps, he was assigned to Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, El Toro Marine Air Station in California and Iwakuni, Japan. While in the U.S.M.C. he was assigned to the Military Police Marine Brig. He received an Honorable Discharge at Great Lakes Naval Training Center.
After several visits to Colorado to see his brother, Chuck, Earl made the move to Colorado Springs in 1966. He worked as a bartender at Hoff's Hut until some police friends urged him to join the police force. He became a member of Colorado Springs Police Department {CSPD} in 1967 and served as a Patrol Officer for 5 years and 20 years as a Detective where he worked in homicide, robbery and the last 14 years as a Fugitive Detective. Upon retirement from the CSPD he became an investigator for the El Paso County D.A.'s Office for 14 years. He loved his role in law enforcement and was passionate about his role in protecting the citizens of Colorado Springs.
Earl was a member of the Masonic Organization since 1978, He became a 32' degree Mason when he joined the Scottish Rite Consistory. In 1981 he joined Al Kaly Shrine. He served many positions in the Shrine and was Potentate in 1998.
Earl has two daughters, Tracy Jones (Marshall G.) of Longview, Tx and Allison Aldrich of Sarasota, FL. His grandchildren are Captain Marshall J. Jones, USMC (Cona) of Longview, Tx, Cody Jones (Kamryn) of Henderson Tx, Michelle Ray (Jerrod) of Hallsville, Tx. and Amani Aldrich of Sarasota, FL. He has three great-granddaughters, Anna Lynn Jones, Paislee Ray, and Collier Jones.
He was married to Sheila Downing on December 27, 1996 and they enjoyed and loved each other for 23 years. He was her hero and bigger than life "cop". When he was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease they both knew their lives would be changed forever but God walked with them through this and now Earl is on patrol in heaven guarding the gates.
Earl accepted Jesus as his savior and is forever rejoicing in Heaven with his Lord.
Military honors will be given on Friday, January 17 at 3:00pm at Pikes Peak Veterans Cemetery. Public invited. A memorial service will be held at Church On the Ranch, 3685 Jeannine Dr. on January 18th at 11:00 am with a reception to follow at the Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 33rd & W. Pikes Peak, 80917.
Special thank you to all of the fabulous care givers at Brookdale Broadmoor for their kindness and tender love for him during the last year of his life. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Association would be appreciated.

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Published in The Gazette from Jan. 12 to Jan. 15, 2020.
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January 16, 2020
I am blessed to have known Earl and my life is better for it. We are here for you, Sheila and will keep you in our prayers. Please let us know if we can offer any assistance.
Tammy Burch
January 16, 2020
A Life Enjoyed
Sheila Aldrich
January 15, 2020
Your smile, laugh, fun-loving teasing, and bear hugs will be missed. We loved sharing holidays with you through out the years. You loved to celebrate! You married my sister-in-law, Sheila, after my dear brother passed and you became part of our family. I know you and my brother Bob are hanging out together, laughing and having great times once again. We will miss you forever.
Karon Burch
January 14, 2020
I worked indirectly with Mr. Aldrich when I worked at EPSO. It was always a pleasure talking to him. I feel honored to have shared some stories with him. Rest In Peace, Sir. You will not be forgotten.
Limda Martin
January 13, 2020
Aunt Shiela, Cousin Tracy, and Allison, uncle Earl was a big part in my life and an inspiration of many good things. He always gave good advice, though distance in miles has always been there, we have always been a close family at heart, love you all, Tim Aldrich
Tim Aldrich
January 13, 2020
Earl's kind face remains forever in our image. You retired quietly, the same way you live in the world of good and righteous.
My condolences to you Aunt Shiela. You and your family are in my prayers.
I will forever love you,
Jennifer Burch
January 13, 2020
Blessings to the Aldrich families as you remember and celebrate your hero. We are grateful for Earl's part in our lives. Larry and Brenda Bishop
Larry and Brenda Bishop
January 12, 2020
Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss, my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Casey Parker
January 12, 2020
On behalf of TREA, the Enlisted Association, I wish to express our heartfelt condolences. Having accepted Jesus Earl knew where he was headed and now enjoys being with the Father in heaven. May God's loving arms surround those left grieving to give strength and comfort.
Rev Bob Kwiatkowski
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