Brian J. Koenecke, 54

Brian J. Koenecke, age 54, of Chama, NM, formerly of Delano, stepped away from the pain of his cancer at Presbyterian Hospital in Espanola, NM Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.

Funeral services will take place Saturday, March 21 at 2 p.m. at Delano United Methodist Church, 3310 County Line Road SE in Delano, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

Brian was born Aug. 14, 1960.

He was a skilled woodworker, and he loved to work. Nothing made him happier than a creative project and working with friends.

With a grant from the state of New Mexico, he and his co-workers were able to restore the Cumbres-Toltec Scenic Railroad passenger car to its original opulence, to be enjoyed by many tourists for years to come. Brian’s handiwork can be seen throughout the community of Chama.

Brian loved the simple life: good food, good friends, fishing, and hiking. He especially enjoyed the annual hunt at the cabin with his dad, brothers, and nephews.

He was known for his wit, genuine heart, and love of life.

Brian is survived by his parents, Burton and Virginia Koenecke; brothers Brad (Kathy) Koenecke and Greg (Lisa) Koenecke; nieces Nicole (Eric) Forbes, Laura (Mason) Milliken, Kari (Zach) Fisher, Anna Koenecke, and Kayla Koenecke; nephews Mitch Koenecke and Joel Koenecke; aunts Lila Koenecke and Arline Reihs; and special cousins.

Brian has many friends in the Chama community who are an important part of his extended family. Their continued support helped ease the distress of his cancer diagnosis.

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