Joseph Richard Janosec |

Joseph Richard Janosec

Craig resident Joseph Richard Janosec died July 7, 2003, at The Memorial Hospital. He was 70.

Janosec was born March 13, 2003, in Haxtun, Colo., to Joseph A. and Mary Janosec.

Janosec married Kathy Lanckriet on July 29, 1961, in Julesberg. Janosec served as county commissioner from 1992 to 2000. He was an educator for public schools and a rancher. He attended high school in Sedgwick. He moved to Craig in the fall of 1962. He attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins and received his teaching degree at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. He was a former member of the Craig Cedar Mountain Lions Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and ranching.

Janosec is survived by his wife, Kathy; his son, Moe Janosec, of Pagosa Springs; daughters Jodi (Ron) Wille, of Baggs, Wyo., Jill (Brent) Billinger, of Erie; Janalee (Chris) Adams, of Craig; sisters Mary Jo Van Horn, of Littleton, and Betty Ruby, of Denver; and two grandchildren Morgan and Joseph.

Janosec was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Frank, Jim, and Joseph; and sisters Paulene and Josephine.

A prayer service was held July 11, 2003, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Mass of Christian burial was held July 12, 2003, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with Father Roger Lascelle as celebrant. The organist was Pamela Kinder and the soloist was Celeste Sanchez. Selections were “Be Not Afraid,” “Ave Maria,” “On Eagles Wings,” and “How Great Thou Art.”

Pallbearers were Brent Ballinger, Chris Adams, Ron Wille, Dale Wille, Jim Rook, Bill VanHorn, and Dick Lanckriet.

Honorary pallbearers were Pete Bergmann, Bruce Gregg, Jim Garner, Jim Loughran, Craig Mortensen, Clif Shultz, Mark Olson, Craig Conrad, Shane Winder, Kevin Schott, Deno Avgares, John Jepkema, Bill Spicer, and Joe Tonso.

Military honors were performed by Craig VFW Post.

Interment was at the Craig Cemetery.

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