Richard “Rick” F. Kursevich

Richard “Rick” F. Kursevich was delivered into the arms of the Lord on Feb. 14, 2021, after a brief struggle with cancer.

Rick was born in Annapolis, Md. on Sept. 30, 1945. He grew up on a farm in Maryland and learned to love the outdoors, and once he married his wife, Juanita, in 1967, they moved their young family west, in 1972.

They eventually settled in the mountain community of Bailey where he lived until his death. Rick took full advantage of living in such an adventurous state, honing his fishing skills to include fly fishing (an activity he and Juanita loved to do together), becoming an avid bird, small, and big game hunter, and writing about these experiences for the Fairplay Flume. Rick explored the mountains with his camera as well, taking extraordinary photos of the unique wildflowers, critters, and landscapes that made Colorado his home.

Rick and Juanita did not limit their explorations locally. They spent time in the Florida Keys, took many U.S. road trips, and ventured across the world to the U.K. and Europe, all destinations he thoroughly enjoyed.

Rick had a 30-year career as a carpenter and cabinetmaker, and retired as an Occupational Safety and Health Director, after going to college in his 40s.

Rick and Juanita were active in the Bailey community after their retirement; Rick drove the bus for the Senior Coalition, was instrumental in establishing the Bailey chapter of the Knights of Columbus, where he served as Grand Knight for multiple terms and zealously recruited new members, and both volunteered for various activities at St. Mary of the Rockies Catholic Church.

Rick had a quick wit and was a masterful storyteller, was a voracious reader, he particularly enjoyed historical literature and spy-thriller novels. He loved to feed the birds, and never met a stranger, making all feel welcome.

His family never doubted his fierce love of them, including those who survive him: his devoted wife of 53 years, Juanita; his son, Scott (Lisa) of Brusly, La.; his daughter, Holly, of Westminster, Colo.; and daughter, Nyki, of Osage City, Kan. Rick’s grandchildren include Kristen, Amber and Tyler (Cassidy) of Colorado, and Dylan and McKenna of Kansas. He also has two great-grandsons, Zeke and Kolt, and a soon-to-be great-granddaughter, due in April 2021. In addition, Rick is survived by his brother, Ron (Gia), of Bedford, N.H., and various nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by brother Dennis, of Baltimore, Md.

Private service and Celebration of Life to be announced at a later date. Honorary donations can be made to the American Foundation for the Blind, Mount Evans Home Health Care and Hospice, or the charity closest to your heart.