COLORADO SPRINGS. Deacon Kenneth Huard died April 3 at age 75 after contracting the Covid- 19 virus/pneumonia. Burial took place April 14 at Pikes Peak National Cemetery. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date.
Deacon Huard was born in Orlando, Florida on November 28, 1944 to Ernest and Dorothea Huard (nee McNabb). He first enlisted in the United States Army, serving as a medic and spending time in Colorado and Germany during the Cold War. He then transferred and served proudly in the United States Air Force, where he was one of the first candidates to go through training and education for the Physician’s Assistant program. He received his commission in 1976. After his retirement from the military, he continued his P.A. practice with CU Health Sciences, the Colorado Department of Corrections, and other health care organizations.
Deacon Huard was ordained as a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Colorado Springs on May 27, 2006, and served at St. Patrick Parish, St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish and St. Andrew Kim Parish before retiring. He also served as a chaplain for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department and a volunteer fireman.
Deacon Huard touched many lives with his wacky sense of humor (which he was wellknown for), his kindness, his generosity of spirit and his compassion.
He enjoyed reading, golf, fishing and watching sports immensely and with passion, which he passed onto his sons. He spent many days at Eisenhower Golf Course on the United States Air Force Academy. He loved his extended family like his own and learned how to properly eat Mexican food like a champion. He loved candy, ice cream, bourbon, western shows and movies and police shows.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Lorraine. He was the oldest of three and is survived by both siblings, Thomas Huard and Sherrill Stulz. Kenneth is also survived by his four sons: Kenny (Melanie), Steve (Amy), Kevin and Chris (Jennifer). He is survived by his grandchildren, Ashley, Jakeb (Julie), Izak, Ariadne, Sayre (Kelsey), Sophie, Kienan, Grayson, Alice, Franklin and Hazel and great grandchildren, Addison, Harper and soon to be born Palmer.
Donations can be made to Catholic Charities of Central Colorado in Kenneth’s honor at 228 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, 80903. A memorial page will also be located at the website for Shrine of Remembrance.