Albert Charles Bockhahn

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Al Bockhahn, 73, died Saturday, January 19, 2019, at home near Durango (Ignacio), CO, after battling cancer. He passed peacefully, the love of his family by his side, his favorite Leonard Cohen songs playing softly.

Born in Belle Fourche, SD, March 1, 1945, to Gayland George and Verneta Mae (Clark) Bockhahn, Al was raised in rural Montana and Wyoming, learning to love nature at an early age. He spent many years in Stillwater, OK, helping raise his family, caring for his parents, and co-founding a local business. He also spent many years in Colorado Springs, Durango, and Ignacio, CO. Shaped by his upbringing and experiences in the Vietnam War, Als approach to life was strongly individualistic. As headstrong as he was loveable, he had a heart of gold and passion for his beliefs. Spending time outside and listening to music were essential. He loved gardening, planting trees, and, caring for Mother Earth and her inhabitants. He even played NPR for the seemingly perpetual brood of chickens he adored and cared for, long after they stopped laying eggs.

Remaining gracious and fiercely independent to the end, including picking his obituary photo, Al was hesitant to share news of his battle with recurrent, metastatic cancer. Regardless of challenges, he wanted to be remembered as healthy, strong, and vibrant. Determined to make the most of his remaining time, Al relished moments with his children, grandchildren, friends and loved ones. Waking early to see the sunrise with his loving partner Alice, they watched their favorite shows and discussed current events over breakfast. Never missing an opportunity to help others in need, his can-do attitude ensured no obstacles were out of reach. His genuine smile, unique sense of humor, and positive outlook will never be forgotten. Always humble, Al wouldnt believe the number of people who cared for him, nor the reach of his positive influence. We look forward to sharing stories and memories with loved ones at a Celebration of Als Life to be held near Durango, CO. Details TBA.
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