Joseph Grahe Vega

Joseph Vega Picture 1Joseph Grahe Vega, age 11, passed away March 16, 2014, in Zimmerman, Minnesota. He was born August 29, 2002, in Murray, Utah, to Rosario “Chio” Vega and Jennie Marie Curren. He was the protective big brother of his sister, Emilie Vega.
Remembering Joseph is to remember his smile. His smile shined clear through to his beautiful dark eyes. Joseph approached his interests with unrelenting passion. He wanted to be a pirate for Halloween, so he was a pirate for Halloween for 8 years and each year, looking forward to improving on his costume. American Indian history fascinated him. That interest drove him to become a talented craftsman, making his own bow and arrow and stitching leather moccasins for himself, his sister and his cousins. He was an avid collector of nature, rocks, antler sheds and arrowheads-discovering the only arrowhead to have been found on the Ranch last summer. He was a novice cook of fry bread and a member of the Zimmerman Middle School Archery Club. His creativity extended to writing and art, both, for which he showed immense talent. He was recently chosen student of the year. As a pre-schooler, his admiration for his dad led him to baseball. He pitched in the Taylorsville Babe Ruth little league for 3 years on the Giants and Mariner teams. Joseph was always game for fishing and a hunting expedition. Above all else, Joseph found extreme joy in spending summers in Aladdin, Wyoming, with his cousins and learning to ranch with his uncle, LeRoy. Joy and pride radiated from his face and voice as he related stories of experiences, responsibilities and newly learned skills.
Joseph is survived by an enormous amount of heart-broken friends and family, Dad, Chio; Mom, Jennie; sister, Emilie; grandma, Antonette Curren; uncles, James (Kendy) Curren, LeRoy (Theresa) Curren, Michael Vega, James (Roxanne) Ramirez and Hector Ramos; aunts, Jessie (Juan) Castillo, Rose (Jaime) Gomez, Carmen (Eloy) Ramos, Helen (Timothy) Martin, Sara Flores, Rosalinda (Richard) Gomez and aunt Ree Ree; cousins, Shaylee, Kaden, Natalie and Isabelle Curren; extended family members, Eli (Sam) Edwards, Linette (Brad) Nelson, papa and nana Koch, Granpa Skunk and Gramma Nita; his best friend, Jesse Bowers and his family.
He was preceded in death by his grandpa, Joseph Curren; grandparents, Mary and Miguel Vega and tia-Sal Ramos and an uncle, Bobby Vega.
Funeral services were Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Kline Funeral Chapel in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Interment will follow at Pine Slope Cemetery in Belle Fourche.
A memorial has been established in Joseph’s name at Wells Fargo Bank.
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