Longtime Denver family business owner Ed Routzon is inspired by Mercy

Amy Bryer Brumley

Denverites have been walking all over Ed Routzon’s family name for more than half a century, but he doesn’t mind.

Routzon’s family business is Guy’s Floor Service and it provides all kinds of residential and commercial flooring and interior remodeling services. Guy’s was started by Ed’s father in the barracks of Lowry Air Force base and today the family’s fourth generation is still providing quality flooring to Colorado customers.

“My dad started as a roof painter at Lowry and Fitzsimmons’s bases until one day the procurement officer asked him if he could finish floors too,” Ed said. “My dad, having a young family to feed at home, said ‘sure, I can.’”

Guy Routzon started finishing hardwood floors in the barracks, but then expanded to finish floors in houses with the help of Colorado business hall of fame home builder Frank Burns. Guy’s Floor Service steadily grew, and Ed and his brother bought out their dad in 1972.

Now as Ed has his eyes set on his own retirement, his focus is also on his family’s legacy. The Routzon family started its own family foundation in 2004 with the concentration on carrying out the Catholic corporal works of mercy, such as feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless. 

Ed’s wife Cindy and daughter Sarah Landry run the family foundation with a mission rooted in addressing the physical needs of others through Catholic ministries like Samaritan House, the largest Catholic homeless shelter in Colorado, and the Capuchin food truck that distributes food on Denver’s streets to the homeless. 

The Routzon Family Foundation concentrates on carrying out the Catholic corporal works of mercy, such as feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless. (Photo provided)

Meeting the needs through works of mercy are so important to Ed and the Routzon family that they also started two donor-advised funds with The Catholic Foundation to further their ability to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless. The family’s gifts also include Catholic education assistance and school supply programs.

“With our donor-directed funds, we get to guide how money gets distributed and being a Catholic, I prefer to work through a Catholic organization like The Catholic Foundation,” Ed said.

The donor-advised funds through the Catholic Foundation are useful tools for someone who is moved to the act of charity but may not yet know precisely where to make a donation. The Catholic Foundation provides knowledgeable staff to partner with Catholics who want to make inspired giving in a morally responsible way.

“Our inspiration for our giving really comes from the corporal works of mercy and The Catholic Foundation has been an easy conduit for that mission,” Ed said. 

Learn more about legacy planning with The Catholic Foundation by visiting thecatholicfoundation.com or calling 303-468-9885

COMING UP: From rare books to online resources, archdiocesan library has long history of service to students

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National Library Week, observed this year from April 4 to April 10, is the perfect occasion to highlight the essential role of libraries and library staff in strengthening our communities – and our very own Cardinal Stafford Library at the Archdiocese of Denver is no exception.  

Since 1932, the library has served as a religious, intellectual, and cultural resource for seminarians and students at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver.

As the library of the seminary, we are always responsible for the four dimensions of the priestly formation of our seminarians. The library is charged with being responsible to all the divisions of the Seminary: the Lay Division (Catholic Biblical School and Catholic Catechetical School), the Permanent Deacon Formation Division, and the Priestly Formation Division, said Stephen Sweeney, Library Director. 

In addition to being one of the main resources to the seminary, the Cardinal Stafford Library serves the needs of other educational programs in the Archdiocese of Denver, including the St. Francis School for Deacons, the Biblical School, the Catechetical School and the Augustine Institute. While the library is currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was previously open to anyone, giving people access to more than 150,000 books, audios, and videos. 

The Cardinal Stafford Library was named after Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, Apostolic Penitentiary at the Vatican and former Archbishop of Denver from 1986 to 1996. He was a dedicated advocate of the library and of Catholic education.

In 1932, the library was established by two seminarians, Maurice Helmann and Barry Wogan. While they were not the first seminarians to conceive the idea of establishing a library, they are considered the founders for undertaking its organization.  

Since its founding, the library has grown and compiled a fine collection of resources on Catholic theology, Church history, biblical studies, liturgy, canon law, religious art, philosophy, and literature. Special collections include over 500 rare books dating back to the early 16th century and many periodicals dating back to the 1800s. The oldest publication in the library is a book on excommunication published in 1510. The Cardinal Stafford Library is also home to various relics and holds bills personally written by some of those saints.  

Over the past few years, the library has undergone a process of beautification through various renovations that include improvements in lighting, flooring, and even furniture restoration. During these difficult times, libraries are doing their best to adapt to our changing world by expanding their digital resources to reach those who don’t have access to them from home. 

The Cardinal Stafford Library provides a community space; we subscribe to about 200 print journals and have access to literally thousands more through online resources available on campus computers, Sweeney added. “I have been the Library Director for almost 11 years. I absolutely love my work, especially participating in the intellectual formation of the faithful from all of the dioceses we serve”.  

For more information on the Cardinal Stafford Library, visit: sjvdenver.edu/library 

Featured photo by Andrew Wright