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Harva Lou (Wyman) Buchanan

1942-2001

Harva Lou (Wyman) Buchanan, 59, died at her home Tuesday, May l5, 2001, in Lakewood.

She was born March 21, 1942, in Hayden the first-born daughter of Harvey and Veda L. Wyman. She grew up on the family's William's Fork Ranch in Routt County and in Craig.

Buchanan was graduated from Moffat County High School in 1960. She attended Barnes Business College for one year following her high school graduation. In 1988, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Metro State College.

On Nov. 4, 1961, she married Conrad "Buck" Buchanan. They enjoyed 40 years of companionship, sharing their common interests and hobbies. In the last five years, they have traveled across the United States, camping and visiting friends and relatives.

She was employed for 25 years by the U.S. Forest Service as a public information specialist. During this time, she was also a fire information officer for seven years. She was flown into several states to assist in forest fire operations.

Buchanan had a great love for the outdoors. This love was reflected in her many interests. She became a Master Gardener, was an avid bird watcher and enjoyed identifying various plants and insects. She expressed her artistic side through pottery and photography. Her sense of adventure and travel led her to Africa, Fiji, South America, Hawaii and several other states. She enjoyed whitewater rafting and kayaking and was a member of High Country Rafters. Her love of horses inspired her to take English horseback riding lessons. She mastered the art of meditation and relaxation through Yoga.

Buchanan touched those who entered her life with her loving spirit. Her devotion and commitment to family was expressed in her extensive genealogy work, and through her instrumental role in orchestrating family reunions and gatherings. She was always available to help others and kept in touch with everyone she knew, family and friends.

She had a profound interest in learning and giving her gift of knowledge to others. She was currently providing English lessons to Ethiopian students. She took Spanish lessons and had a love for the Spanish language. Her thirst for knowledge often led her to exhaustive research on a plethora of subjects.

She is survived by her husband; mother; sister, Betty Ann (Wyman) Unruh, Monument; and brother, Steven K. Wyman of St Simons Island, Ga.

She is also survived by three nieces, three nephews and three grand nephews.

Buchanan was preceded in death by her father, and an infant sister, Mary Linn.

A memorial service will be conducted at the Pagoda Cemetery June 17th, 2001. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to: Harva Lou Buchanan Memorial Fund c/o Credit Union of the Rockies, PO Box 926 Golden, Co 80401 . This fund will be used to contribute to a horse ranch to aid in the rehabilitation of troubled girls.

Antoinette "Toni" Kasper

1906-2001

Antoinette Kasper, 95, of Glendale, Ariz., formerly of Oak Creek, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at Phoenix Baptist Hospital.

On Jan. 5, 1906, in Austria, she was born the daughter of Joseph and Josephine Svigel. They came to the U.S. when Antoinette was a young child and lived in Kansas and Rockvale. On Dec. 29, 1927, in Canon City, she married Eugene Kasper. They moved to Oak Creek shortly after their marriage. They moved to Arizona two years ago to be near her daughter, Marie. Kasper worked as a clerk for grocery stores in the Oak Creek area and also cleaned and was a cook. She was a member of St. Martin of Tours Church in Oak Creek, the Ladies Aid Society, and Eastern Star. She was active in the community volunteering at the Library and being an election judge during the elections. As her children were growing up, she also participated in PTA and supported their activities. She enjoyed skiing and playing softball. She was probably best known for climbing out of her window onto the porch to shovel the snow off of the porch roof.

Kasper is survived by her daughter, Marie (Jim) Anderson of Glendale, Ariz.; son, George (Arlene) Kasper of Crescent City, Calif.; sister, Ann Farenzena of Denver; grandchildren, Kathleen, Michael, Rolf, Rhonda, Paul and Antonia. She is also survived by nine-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Mary, Frances and Josephine and brothers, Joe and Rudy and her husband.

Services were held Sunday, May 20, 2001 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours Church in Oak Creek, officiated by George Schroeder. Burial was at the Oak Creek Cemetery.

Henry Gustaf Kracht

1931-2001

Henry Gustaf Kracht of Palisade, formerly of Meeker, died Friday, May 18, 2001, at his home. He was 70.

On April 12, 1931, in Meeker, he was born the son of Gustaf Kracht and Aretta Eighmy. He spent his childhood in Meeker and was graduated from Meeker High School. He was in the U.S Navy during the Korean Conflict. He had previously lived in Parachute and several areas throughout the West.

On March 17, 1954, in Denver he married Betty O. Tucker. He was a rancher, a miner and a member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed playing pool, fishing, hunting, fly-tying and, in his younger years, chasing wild horses and rodeo.

Kracht is survived by his wife; mother; sons, Kim Daniel (Carrie) Kracht of Palisade Kevin (Kathy) Kracht of Mack, Travis Kracht of Phoenix, Ariz., and Hank (Kamron) Kracht of Parachute; daughter, Marci (Jeff) Cary of Reno, Nev.; brother, Fred Findlay of Meeker; sisters, Mary Sifers of Montrose, Dorothy Archer of Indian Hills and Betty Cott of Rangely; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and step-mother, Gus and Leona Kracht and step-father, Charles Findlay

A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at 11:30 a.m. at the Meeker Town Park officiated by Rev. Harvey Friesen.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Grand Valley and Palliative Care, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506.

Manuel Sanchez

1933 - 2001

Manuel Sanchez of Craig, died Monday, May 14, 2001, at The Memorial Hospital. He was 67.

On July 11, 1933, in Mt. Harris, he was born the son of Sacramento and Maria (Martinez) Morales. He grew up in Mt. Harris and attended school and graduated from Hayden High School. In 1956, he married Carmen Herrera. To this union were born two children, Steve and Sandra.

They were later divorced. Sanchez married Ruth Lavick on July 27, 1971, in Elko, Nev. To this union was born a daughter, Kimberly. Sanchez and his wife also raised their grandson, Christopher. Sanchez worked for 25 years as a grocery clerk at Bills Market/City Market and retired after 10 years at Tri-State as a warehouseman. Following his retirement, he worked as caretaker at Sherman Youth Camp. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping. Sanchez was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and a former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Sanchez is survived by his wife; children, Steven (Linda) Clark, Kimberly (Chris) Rothermund, Stacey (Shawn) Gregg; brothers, Pete (Grace) Morales and Herman (Billie) Sanchez; grandchildren, Chris, Amber, Austin, Lilly, Britney, Drew and Rodney and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Daniel M. Sanchez and Joe (Pauline) Morello.

Prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2001. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2001. at St. Michael's Catholic Church with celebrant Fr. Roger Lascelle.

Pallbearers were Steve Sanchez, Pat Herrera, Mike Sanchez, Chris Sanchez, Mike Lavick, Pete Morales, Norman Lopez and Chris Rothermund.

Honorary pallbearers were Herman Sanchez, Mike Salazar Sr., Wendel Mitchell, Joe Lavick, Dan Snow, Ray Perez, Tony Santisteven and Fred Santisteven.

Burial was at the Craig Cemetery.

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