Kenneth Marion Musgrave, Sr. was born Oct. 6, 1923, in Adena and grew up on a farm southeast of Fort Morgan. He attended first through eighth grades at the small Adena school and completed his high school education in Fort Morgan.
Stories that have been told through the years prove Kenneth was always ready and willing to liven any situation with a practical joke or humor.
After high school, Kenneth joined the Army in December 1942 and was honorably discharged in November 1945. He was always proud of his service to his country and carried a strong sense of patriotism throughout his entire life. He was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
During his Army career he married Jean Elizabeth Mason on May 22, 1943. The couple shared their lives for 49 years before she died in August 1992.
After his discharge from the Army, Kenneth and Jean farmed in northeastern Colorado for many years, raising six children: Kirby, Marva, William, Susan, Kenneth Jr. and Robin. In 1967, he moved his family to the Western Slope and began working for the Colorado Department of Highways until he retired in 1988 with more than 21 years of service.
He was a strong family man, maintaining strong ties with his many brothers and sisters, always ready for a visit with his children and grandchildren. His greatest delight of late was to hold his great-grandchildren.
After retirement, he moved to Craig and worked part-time for the Department of Highways, maintaining the rest area between Hayden and Craig, until a stroke in 1999 forced him to slow down.
In the fall of 2003, he moved to Eads to live with his youngest daughter, Robin.
One of Kenny's many interests included hunting. Each year, he would go to "hunting camp" on the White River near Buford with his brothers, nephews and sons to hunt.
One year, his brother, Jim, was not able to go up on the hill to hunt so he was staying with Kenny. Jim and Kenny decided to go out and do some road hunting.
After driving around for a couple of hours and not having any luck, Kenny suddenly stopped, bailed out of the vehicle and started studying the ground. He motioned for Jim to get out and come have a look.
Kenny said "Jim, I can't make out these tracks." Jim looked around and said, "What tracks?"
Kenny said "These tracks right here, I can't make out if they are for a Chevy or a Ford!"
Kenneth also was an avid bingo player. As an Odd Fellows member, he called the bingo for the lodge for many years. Very seldom did he miss any of the three nights of weekly bingo in Craig. And if anyone was visiting, he insisted you go along.
Beware, though, if you didn't pay attention, because he was not only watching his many cards, he was also keeping an eagle eye on other players' cards.
Of 14 children, Kenneth is survived by three brothers, Frank, of Fort Morgan, Lloyd, of Hoyt, and Wilbur Roper, of Citrus, Calif.; and a sister, Dorothy, of Manassas, Va. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, daughter Susan and son Kirby.
Surviving family includes daughter Marva, of Pooler, Ga.; sons William, of Eads, and Kenneth Jr., of Denver; daughter Robin, of Eads, 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Kenneth will always be remembered for that mischievous look in his eye that always gave away that he had something up his sleeve.
Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 31, 2007, at the Brown Funeral Home Chapel in Eads with Pastor Richard Zabriskie officiating.
Musical selections were "The Old Rugged Cross" and "In The Sweet By & By," sung by Pat Zabriskie, Cheryl Wyatt and Kathy Shade, accompanied by Jimmy Brown on the piano. Graveside committal services were Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, at the Craig Cemetery in Craig, CO.
The Samuel Havenga VFW Post No. 4265 provided complete military honors. Serving as casketbearers were Oscar Ridgeway, Ronnie Ridgeway, Tony Sanchez, Lee Richardson, Trace Musgrave, Chris Sanchez, Joe Musgrave, Tommy Vernetti, Scot Sanchez, Wes Musgrave, Seth Musgrave, Cole Musgrave and Dale Musgrave.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Samuel Havenga VFW Post No. 4265 in Craig or the Weisbrod Auxiliary in Eads. Friends and family may offer online condolences and sign the guest book at www.brownfuneraldirectors.com.