1931 - May 16, 2010
Joe L. Skufca died May 16, 2010, at his home in Lakewood following a lengthy illness.
He was 78.
Joe L. Skufca was born July 25, 1931, in Canon City, the son of Anton and Alice (Plasick) Skufca. He was raised in Mount Harris and later in Hayden, where he graduated from high school in 1950.
Joe joined the U.S. Navy and, while in the service, he married Ruth Hall on Jan. 7, 1953, in Craig.
Following his discharge from the service, Joe received his electrical training at Coyne Electric School in Chicago. The family lived in Glenwood Springs from 1955 until 1967, then in Hayden from 1967 until 1971, when they moved to Craig.
Joe and Ruth became the parents of two girls and two boys, and Joe worked as an electrician at Thompson Creek, Energy Fuels and Peabody Coal Mines.
He and his wife moved to the Denver area in 2002.
Joe was a member of the United Mine Worker’s Union and enjoyed fishing, hunting, yard work and tending to his garden.
He was well known in Craig for the Christmas decorations at his home on West Ninth Street.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Skufca, of Lakewood; daughters Teresa Smith, of Craig, and Lisa Skufca, of Englewood; son Steven Skufca, of Lakewood; grandchildren Erik Monger, of Craig, Nicole (Brian) Casazza, of Denver, Bonita Amanda Skufca, of Morrison, and Jessica Baldwin-Skufca, of Forest Grove, Ore.; great grandchildren Ryder and Carlee Casazza; sister Alice Roberts, of Panama City, Fla.; brother John (Mary Lou) Skufca, of Arvada; and sister-in-law Elaine Skufca, of Hillsboro, Ore.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Brad and brother Tony.
A funeral service was held May 21, 2010, at St. Michael Catholic Church with Fr. Randy Dollins officiating.
Celeste Sanchez sang “Amazing Grace,” and “On Eagles Wings,” accompanied by Anne Carr.
Pallbearers were Steve Skufca, Brian Casazza, Erik Monger, Dennis McGilton, Ron Spencer and Duane Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers were Don Zulian, John Skufca, Jerry Monger, Joe Arroyo, Jack Kier, Lee Kuchan, Gary Garrett, Jim Dilldine and Jerry Delay, Sr. Interment followed in the Craig Cemetery with military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 and American Legion Post 62.