Funeral services for Junior Curuchet, 82 year old Kaycee resident who passed away Friday at the Johnson County Health Care Center in Buffalo will be held Monday, May 17th at 10:00 a.m. in the Harold Jarrard Park Building in Kaycee with Father Pete Johnson officiating. A Vigil Service will be held and the Rosary recited on Sunday May 16th at 6:00 p.m. from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Visitation will be held at the Harness Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and in the Harold Jarrard Park Building on Monday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Kaycee Cemetery with graveside services to follow the Mass. Donations in Junior’s memory may be made to the Johnson County Predator Board in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com
Santiago Franklin Curuchet Jr. was born on December 18, 1938 in Buffalo to Santiago and Celestina Curuchet. He grew up and went to school in Buffalo and graduated from Johnson County High School with the class of 1957 where he played football and basketball and rodeo. He loved the Johnson County Fair and entered in calf and team roping for years in his teens until his thirties. He was married on August 3, 1957 in Buffalo to Virginia Cash and they made their home in Buffalo. Junior joined the U.S. Army in October of 1957 and served at Ft. Leonard in Missouri. He received an honorable discharge in April of 1958 after serving at Ft. Ord in California. He returned to Buffalo where he worked at various jobs before leasing a ranch between Buffalo and Kaycee for three years. Junior and Ginger then bought a ranch in Natrona County where they raised their family and raised sheep. Junior owned and operated his own trucking company and drove truck in the Fall until 1983 when he sold the trucking business to his son John. They continued to increase their holdings and in 1993 with their family they bought summer pasture in the Big Horns near the Scotch Corrals allowing them to increase their livestock numbers. They retired in 2007 and moved into Kaycee where they continued to live until his death.
He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church; he was a member of the county and State Wool Growers Association; he was a member of the Natrona County Weed and Pest Board for many years; he was a member of the Johnson County Farm Services Board for eight years; Junior loved the sheep business his whole life and even when he couldn’t do it any more he still enjoyed “talking sheep”. He helped all his kids get started and a lot of other people along the way. He was a proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather. In later years he loved to have coffee, laugh and tell stories with his friends and harass his grand kids.
He is survived by his wife Ginger of Kaycee; three sons, John Curuchet and his wife Tracie, Mike Curuchet and his wife Chris and Tye Curuchet all of Kaycee; one daughter Janine Foley and her husband David of Kaycee; fifteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Mary Louise Curutchet, Elynor Leath, Eileen Daley and Anita Curuchet.