Kevin Ray Hahn
June 30, 1959 - March 11, 2012
Kevin Ray Hahn died Sunday, March 11, 2012, while visiting his parents at their home in Craig. He was 52.
Kevin was born at 5:05 p.m. June 30, 1959, in Denver, to Norma Jean (Kaspar) and Louis Henry Hahn. He was the oldest of five siblings.
Kevin’s childhood years were spent in Louviers, where he attended Douglas County elementary and junior high schools.
In 1974, his family moved to Craig, where he found success as a proficient high school wrestler, wrestling his way to the state championship as a freshman. After graduating from Moffat County High School in 1977, he attended welding school in Denver, earning a welding certification.
On Nov. 30, 1989, Kevin married his longtime friend, Jean Riddle, of Craig. On March 6, 1990, he realized the proudest moment of his life with the birth of his only child, daughter Amber.
He served a 17-year career with the Colorado Department of Transportation as a rest area caretaker in Larkspur, where he befriended and helped many travelers. He moved back to Craig in 2005 to pursue a career in the oil fields.
Kevin did not possess a mean bone in his body. He gave much and asked for little. Caring for others was one of his strongest attributes, willing to literally give the shirt off his back to anyone in need.
His gift of giving was evidenced by his decorated blood donor status, having donated more than 9 gallons of blood over the years. Additionally, he contributed his time every Fourth of July and Labor Day, handing out cookies and lemonade as a member of the Old Colorado Springs Lions Club. He also served as president of this Lions Club for one of the approximately eight years he volunteered there.
He was a natural mediator and communicator, able to diffuse conflicts peacefully and talk his way into and out of seemingly hopeless situations. He was quick to smile and tirelessly encouraged others to join him. He had an infectious knack for bringing out the best in people and viewed life through a silver lining, maintaining a positive outlook regardless of circumstance.
Kevin was an avid film buff and especially enjoyed sci-fi films. He was a perennial prankster and sought to bring joy to anyone he encountered.
He had an unequaled love for animals and was the Denver Broncos No. 1 fan. He also enjoyed hobbies as diverse as dumpster diving, and was also a very enthusiastic outdoorsman, with interests ranging from camping, caving and hiking to hunting and fishing.
He was a mentor to many and always lent a helping hand whenever or wherever one was needed. Throughout his life, family remained his highest priority.
As a trusting soul, he was always eager to find the best in people. He remained forever a kid at heart and a true friend to all who knew him. He is greatly missed.
Kevin is survived by his wife, Jean Hahn, of Castle Rock; daughter Amber Chadderdon and her husband Curtis, of Greeley; parents Louis and Norma Hahn, of Craig; siblings Reneta Kawcak and husband Frank, of Craig, Sandy Hahn, of Craig, Joan Halcomb and husband Michael, of Athens, Tenn., and David Hahn and wife Angie, of Craig; 10 nieces and nephews; and a faithful canine companion, Freddy.
Kevin was laid to rest Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Craig Cemetery following services at The Journey at First Baptist Church in Craig, with Pastor Leonard Browning officiating and Rev. Michael Rapp of St. Michael Catholic Church in Craig co-officiating.
Pallbearers were Amber Chadderdon, David Hahn, Richard Hager, John Case, Derek Halcomb and Shaye Halcomb. Honorary pallbearers were Franklin Riddle, Sarena Williams and his many lifelong friends.