Jacob R. Kochevar, 83, went to be with the Lord on June 28, 2008. Survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Donna Kochevar; daughter, Pam (Sylvain) Hayoun; grandchildren, Scott, Jessica, David and Daniel; sister, Dottie; one brother and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Jake was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Donna Marie; parents; two brothers; and five sisters. Jacob was born to Jacob and Carolina Kochevar on Sept. 8, 1924, in Crested Butte, Colo. He served with the U. S. Navy in the South Pacific, during WWII, from 1943 to 1945, and also earned his pilot's license. He retired as a foreman from the C.F. & I. He also built and restored many homes in Pueblo. Jake was a man of strong family values, an infallible work ethic, extremely artistic and creative. He and his wife loved dancing and were world travelers; having visited over 60 countries and all seven continents. Jake was still deeply attached to his roots in Crested Butte. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Parish. As per his request, there will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial Mass, 10 a.m. Thursday, July 3, 2008, at Holy Family Church, 2827 Lakeview Ave., with Msgr. Marvin Kapushion as celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Queen Of All Saints Catholic Church Memorial Fund, in Crested Butte, through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Interment in Crested Butte will be at a later date. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. Dear Mrs. Kochevar & Pam:
    I am very sorry to hear of Mr. Kochevar’s passing and I send you my deepest sympathy for your loss. Just the other day, my husband and I saw a vintage Karman Ghia VW and I commented that “Mr. Kochevar sure knew how to keep Pam’s car in good shape.” My husband laughed when I told him the many colors of the rainbow Mr. Kochevar had painted it over the years while Pam I were in high school and how hard he worked to keep that car running so we could get to school and all our many functions. I know Mr.Kochevar will be deeply missed but I hope you will find comfort knowing the he will long live in the many hearts of those who crossed his path. Susan Brooks-Corral.

  2. Dear Donna and Pam, and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Jake passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    God Bless you.

    Jan

  3. Dear Aunt Donna, Pam and rest of family,
    We are truly saddened by the news. Our prayers are with you. I truly believe we have one more saint/soul in heaven that will intercede for us with the Lord when it’s our time.

    All our love, John, LeAnn, Abbie, Brittany, Kristan and John IV

  4. Dearest Aunt Donna,Pamela and Family,
    It is with great saddness we remember a remarkable man and Uncle. He will be greatly missed. He was so loved and respected.
    Love you,
    Fred, Carolyn and Family

  5. Dearest Donna, Pamela and Family,

    Uncle Jake was the most loved,respected and admired of all the Uncles. He was truly a great husband, father and Uncle that will never be forgotten.
    We love you.

    Rudy,Peggy,Sino, Raina, John and Mark

  6. Dear Donna, Pam, And Family. We were so sorry to hear about Uncle Jake. I say Uncle, Jake and I were much closer. For years we were like loving brothers. You are all in our prayers. We love you, Lois and Sonnyboy

  7. Dear Donna,

    Jake and I grew up as cousins in Crested Butte. He was fun loving and great to be around. I will remember him in my thoughts and prayers.

    Mary Utley

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