George R. Hoskovec

George R. Hoskovec,
61, of Golden, suffered a
fatal river accident near
his campsite in Glenwood
Canyon near No Name,
Colorado.
Since he was camping
alone, it is not certain if
he dove into the river and
struck a boulder headfirst,
or was swept into a rock
while swimming. Cause
of death listed as "drowning",
exact date uncertain;
his body was recovered
near Rifle.
George was an alumnus
of GHS, class of 1973. He
attended college in Texas,
then California, in Bible
and Art studies.
His workaday life included
being a Colorado
miner, ranch hand in
California, long-haul West
Coast truck driver, and
construction/painter. His
truest passion, however,
was mountain life: hiking,
camping, skiing and
biking.
A Christian of deep
faith, this gentle spirit was
known for his generosity,
compassion, Scripture
knowledge, and apologetics.
If you were bereft of a
shirt, off came his; if you
were in need of a buck,
out came his wallet; if you
lacked comforting, out
came his shoulder. For
him, it was not about job,
career, possessions, or
lofty titles…it was about
people and caring.
Sadly, ironically, his
dream of rafting Clear
Creek to the South Platte,
and beyond, clear to
the Mississippi, for the
humanitarian cause of
working against the sex/
slave trade of youngsters,
is not to be realized.
He took a trial run part
way in 2012, and was currently
procuring support
for the 2015 attempt.
Surviving him are mother
Ethel Hoskovec, Golden;
son Steven Harris, Aurora;
brothers Doug and Steve
Hoskovec, Golden; sister
and brother-in-law Rita
and Doug McKay, Bailey;
nephews and nieces Jason
McKay, Amber McKay,
and Sarah Hoskovec;
also cousins, uncles,
aunts, grandnephews and
grandnieces, friends.
His dad, Jim Hoskovec ,
preceded him in death in
2012 at which time George
spoke eloquently (and
sometimes comically) of
his Dad, bringing tears
and laughter at another's
funeral.
Service Saturday, July
19th, 2pm at the 1st Baptist
Church, Washington
Ave. and 19th, Golden.

Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from July 24 to Aug. 23, 2014