John Edward Stechert
August 24, 1950 – April 24, 2021
John Edward Stechert was born on August 24, 1950 and passed away on April 24, 2021 and is under the care of Allnutt Funeral Service – Drake Road Chapel.
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John Edward Stechert
May 3, 2021
I have many memories of John. We were nearly inseparable and best buddies in our youth. He was the first person to befriend me when our family moved to the mountain and we bonded almost immediately. John ended up being an extraordinary carpenter and craftsman and that passion was evident in him when even at ten years of age. I assisted him in many projects from rustic cabin building, building rafts, making skateboards, and whenever I would catch a critter he would make cages for them. He always had a plan that he was quick to execute. I am fortunate to own a china cabinet, chair and turned bowls he made for me that I cherish.
We spent our summers roaming the woods, hiking, camping and critter collecting. Living on the mountain had limited opportunities that cities offer so when we both got our first ten speed bicycles our horizons expanded. We would think nothing of bicycling miles for a soda all the way downhill to the closest town of Golden and we would pedal nonstop all the way back, uphill all the way. We pedaled to the top of Mt Evans and back in a day. At fifteen we pedaled to Aspen and back camping every night after ascending a six mountain passes that traversed the Continental Divide. I usually followed his lead and pace; keeping up with his bigger, more muscular frame was a challenge for my skinny legs but in doing so I discovered a great endurance which I carry today. He was always a better skier, our winters were full of cross country treks and downhill thrills.
Some of my first jobs were with John from hand digging foundations to building rock walls as well as partners in cutting, splitting, and stacking of firewood.
We moved on to other pursuits and paths later in life but always kept in touch. It is with heavy heart I acknowledge his passing, a friendship of over sixty years.
I offer my condolences to his wife Judy and his brothers Bob and Tim as well as their families. John will be missed.