Mike Voloshin

Mike Voloshin of Craig, died May 22 at Doak Walker Care Center. He was 86.

Voloshin was born Sept. 15, 1917, in Smithdale, Pa., to George and Anna Voloshin.

Voloshin moved with his family to the Craig area when he was 6 or 7 years old. He attended the Valentine Country School on Breeze Basin. After school, Voloshin worked in the coal mines for a time and also was involved in the building of the Cosgriff Hotel. He then entered the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war, Voloshin moved to the Denver area and was a heavy equipment operator working on various projects in the area, including the building of roads to the Eisenhower Tunnel. Voloshin returned to Craig in 1971 or 1972 to assist his brother Chuck in operating the family ranch and has resided here since then. Voloshin loved gambling and horse racing. He attended the Kentucky Derby five times and attended all the other major races at least once. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Union.

Voloshin is survived by his sisters Ann Hebenstreit of Sedalia, Mary Semro of Littleton, Helen McKee of Littleton, Margaret Keith of Littleton, and Betty Arnone of Lakewood; nieces and nephews Gary and Bob Semro, Sharon Fitzgerald, Michelle McKee, Betty Jo Lott, Jim and Charles and Debbie Keity, Linda Nashofer, Patty Damon, Joe Arnone, Melany Guevara, Mike and Mark Voloshin, and Joni Voloshin; and several great nieces and nephews.

Voloshin was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Chuck, Joe, Andy, George, and John.

Services were held May 28 at St. Michael Catholic Church with Father Ernest Bayer as celebrant.

The pianist was Gail Petch and the soloist was Joyce Miller.

Pallbearers were Mark Voloshin, Mike Voloshin, Bob Semro, Gary Semro, Chuck Keith, and Jim Keith.

Honorary pallbearers are Armando Martinez, Leon Fedinec, David Seely, Dutch Williams, and "All Mike's Many Friends".

Interment was at the Voloshin Ranch.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northwest Colorado VNA and Hospice in care of Grant Mortuary.

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