DENVER (CBS4) – Investigators are working to learn what caused a small plane to crash in Colorado, killing a reverend.

The plane was headed to Salida when it went down shortly after take-off Thursday in Alamosa. Rev. Steve Dreher of Salida was the only person on board and died in the crash.

Dreher left the First Lutheran Church in Salida a few years ago to concentrate on missionary work. He was well liked and known for his unique sermons involving his unicycle and puppets.

“We have to believe that this was Steve’s time to come home,” congregation president Robert Thorgesen said. “Most of the people of our organization that I’ve spoken with are stunned; just it’s something you don’t expect.”

plane crash map Salida Church Mourns Loss Of Reverend In Plane Crash

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Dreher was an experienced pilot and logged a number of hours flying in treacherous weather.

The church will hold normal Sunday services.

Dreher left behind a wife and a daughter.

  1. Jane Nyman says:

    Here’s a fantastic idea whose time has come!

    Christmas 2011 — Birth of a New Tradition

    As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high

    gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods —

    merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor.

    This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine

    concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift-giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

    It’s time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in

    a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?

    Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates

    from your local American hair salon or barber?

    Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some

    health improvement.

    Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American-owned

    detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a

    book of gift certificates.

    Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down

    the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift

    receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or

    driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

    There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half-dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn’t about big National chains — this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

    How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

    Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a

    local cleaning lady for a day.

    My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

    OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

    Plan your holiday outings at local, owner-operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theater?

    Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands. College kids would enjoy a gift certificate to local movie theatres while they are on their break or a gift cert ificate to a local eatery works for them too.

    Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand foreign-made lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or delivery person and babysitter a nice BIG tip.

    You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets and seeing our hard-earned wa ges go outside the country. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine.

    THIS is the new American Christmas tradition. Enjoy family get-togethers, church services, caroling, as in past Christmases but put more emphasis on the REASON FOR THE SEASON and less on material gifts.

    Forward this to everyon e on your mailing list — post it to discussion

    groups — throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section in

    your city — send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations,

    and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other,

    and isn’t that what Christmas is about, plus remember Jesus.

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