Our dad passed away peacefully at home on June 12 with his family by his side. He was 93 years old, and we were so blessed to have him as long as we did.
Dad was hard-working and kept a close eye on his pennies. But, he was very giving with his acts of kindness for others. We believe that is why so many people called him, “Grandpa Harry.”
He was born in Scotland, South Dakota, to Bozanna and John Kuchta. He lived in South Dakota with his parents and four siblings, where they farmed. When he graduated from high school he went to work at the State Hospital. There he met his future wife of 49 years, Carmelita. They moved to California when he joined the Navy and had five children. His first job was working for Frank Corda as a dairyman in Gonzales. In the early ‘50s he bought the ranch in Arroyo Seco and started his own dairy with the help of his family. He had the dairy until the mid-‘60s when the boys went into the service. He then sold the dairy and started hauling for Corn Nuts. He grew row crops and hay which he never quit doing. He also helped his kids plant their vineyard in 1997 and later opened Sycamore Cellars Tasting Room. Visitors would often see him driving around in his red “fart cart.” He loved visiting with those who stopped by.
Harry loved his family unconditionally and was always around to give his advice. He enjoyed recycling and looked forward to his monthly trips to town to turn in his cans and buy an ice cream with the earnings.
Harry leaves behind his son, Dennis (Joan); daughters, Barbara (Robbie) Madsen and Kathy Tavernetti; six grandkids, seven great grandkids and his brother, Lloyd.
Harry is preceded in death by his wife, Carmelita; sons, David and Steven; his parents; sister, Dorothy; brothers, Paul and Lewis; son-in-law, Marvin Tavernetti.
A Celebration of Dad’s life will be held, 1 p.m., Friday, June 28, 2013, at the Kuchta Ranch.
Those wishing to may make donations to the American Heart Association or charity of your choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Eddington Funeral Services, 333 East San Antonio Drive, King City, 831-385-5400, www.EFS-Cares.com.