Kevin Lanning Johannes

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Alternative Cremation
2377 N. Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO

October 18, 1955 January 27, 2019
Kevin Lanning Johannes, 63, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, passed away on January 27, 2019.
Kevin was born in Turtle Lake, North Dakota on October 18, 1955 to Merl & Zona (Sampsel) Johannes. He grew up in Fergus Falls, MN, where he attended Fergus Falls High School. Kevin played for the school's basketball team, where he was co-captain his senior year. He graduated in 1974. For the next 9 years, he worked at several local businesses, including The Viking Cafe, Highway Host, The Big Chief, and Pebble Lake Golf Course, among others. In 1983, he relocated to Colorado, where he stumbled upon a help wanted ad for a new little restaurant in Woodland Park called the Circle H Smokehouse. He started as a cook and manager, and met his wife, Cindy in 1984. They were married on May 31, 1986. After welcoming their son, Garrett, in 1986 and their daughter Kelsey, in 1991, they decided to buy the restaurant in 1994, successfully running it as a family business ever since.
Kevin loved to cook, but when he wasn't at the restaurant, you would find him playing golf with Garrett, fishing, grilling, and watching Food Network, Rockies baseball, college football, or 60 Minutes. His restaurant was one of his biggest accomplishments, and he cared about every employee like family, and became family to countless customers over the years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Merl and Zona, father and mother-in-law Vincent and Viola Canty, sister-in-law Colleen Heard, as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousin Lyle Johannes. He is survived by his amazing wife of 32 years, Cindy, his children Garrett and Kelsey, his siblings and their spouses, Bruce (Sandy) Johannes of Fargo, ND, Linda (Steve) Lill of Bloomington, IN, Penny (Jeff) Kreutter of Brooklyn Center, MN, Brian Johannes of Wadena, MN, Candy (Mark) Hansen of Forman, ND, Scott (Carol) Johannes of Golden Valley, MN, his nieces, Kristin, Tracy, Cally, Emily, and Samara, his nephews, Andrew, Craig, Erik, Lanning, Ben, and Thom, as well as many cousins.
He was an incredibly hard-working, caring, funny man who always took care of his family and he will be greatly missed.
Memorial services will be held from noon to 3pm on Wednesday, February 6th at the Circle H Smokehouse in Woodland Park.

Published in The Gazette on Feb. 4, 2019
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