Edward Earl "Sonny" Kossar


Edward Earl "Sonny" Kossar died Dec. 28, 2002, at his home in Sunbeam. Colo. He was 72.

Kossar was born Aug. 10, 1930, in Steamboat Springs, Colo., the first child of John and Estella (Rakestraw) Kossar.

The family lived in Davis Garden and Kossar attended schools in Craig. After the death of his mother in 1943, he attended school in Craig after moving from Loyd, Colo., where he lived with his aunt and uncle, Harold and Sarah Rakestraw.

At an early age, Kossar began working and riding on area ranches including the Circle Bar, the Iles Ranch and many others. This is something he was still doing at the time of his death.

Kossar worked for Arrowhead Uranium Company during the uranium development in the Maybell area. Arrowhead later became Trace Elements and Kossar worked there until he went into the service in 1956.

While in Korea, he was introduced to firefighting, a talent he would use later on in other employment.

After returning from Korea, Kossar worked for the Preeces on the Keystone Ranch until 1971. He then began working part time for the Moffat County Road and Bridge Department. Kossar always found time to do the things he enjoyed with his friends -- rodeos, supplying rodeo stock and riding for those who needed


When it could still be done, Kossar and other local cowboys enjoyed the wild horses in the Sand Wash area. He knew the location of all the horse traps.

Kossar worked for Moffat County for more than 18 years. He started in Craig and later moved to Maybell where he worked until the later part of 1996 when he retired.

After retirement Kossar enjoyed his garden and sharing the fruits of his labor with the majority of Maybell. Still enjoying the rodeos, Sonny and his wife, Dottie, would take in all the bull riding they could find. They split their time with summers in Colorado and winter at their home in Wickenburg, Ariz.

Kossar was a life member of the Elks and he and his wife were very active in the Brown's Hole Homemakers Club.

He is survived by his wife, Dottie Petrini, family members and his many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were Jan. 4, 2003, at Grant Mortuary Chapel with Beryl Wright officiating. Soloist was John Allen and selections were "Desperado," "Cattle Call," "Red River Valley" and "Vaya Con Dios."

Honorary pallbearers were all Kossar's many friends.

Services concluded at

the mortuary.

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