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Obituary: Robert “Bob” Kluge

June 1, 1927 – November 24, 2021

A long-time resident of Summit County, CO passed away Nov. 24, 2021. He is survived by his best friend and companion Lee Moosburger of Vail, CO and many more friends and loved ones. Bob’s graveside service is scheduled for 2:00 PM June 1, 2022, Dillon Cemetery, Tenderfoot Trail Rd. followed by a celebration of his life, 3:00 PM at the Windy Point Group Campground Shelter. For full obituary visit www.blakecremationservices.com.

Obituary: JOSEPHINE MARTINEZ

January 31, 1945 – April 3, 2022

Josie moved to the valley in the late 60’s, moving to Redcliff then Gilman, and ending up in Leadville, she worked in the valley for 30+ years, many people knew her as big Josie as my aunt was little Josie, she loved dancing, music, sewing and visiting with family and friends, with her, family would always come first, the best Mother ever, no matter what happens you can always count on a mother to give you love like no other, we lost her April 3rd, she leaves behind her husband Ronnie Lovato, daughter Nadine(Jessie) Lovato, sons Anthony(Lory) and Robert Martinez, numerous nieces and nephews, and 17 grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday May 21st at the Annunciation Church, 609 poplar street, Leadville, co, at 10:00 am , burial to follow, reception at the eagles lodge 812 hemlock street.

Obituary: Sally Ann Miller

July 31, 1959 – May 1, 2022

Sally Ann Miller, at 62 years of age, passed away this past Sunday, May 1, 2022, after a sudden bacterial infection.
Sally met her husband Jim in 1979. Determined that the Vail Valley was to be their home, Sally flew from Denver aboard Rocky Mountain Airways (Scareways, as they were popularly known), and the two were married in December 1981, by Judge Buck Allen in the Vail Post Office. Together, they had two children, Phillip and Forrest, and built an incredible life in Eagle and the Vail Valley.
She is survived by her husband, her two children, her two grandchildren, Levin and Liam, and her brother and sister, Todd and Karen. Sally loved her family. She cherished every moment with us, and we will cherish her memory.
Her’s was a kind and thoughtful soul, a special moment for those of us, lucky enough, to have known her.
A celebration of life service is planned for this July, details to be announced.

Obituary: Robert Lowell Howard

June 24, 1936 – May 3, 2022

Robert (Bob) Howard, much loved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on May 3, 2022. He was 85.
Bob had a great love for God, family, learning, travel, and Bombay Sapphire martinis. He was often greeted in his favorite restaurants with a martini already at his seat (which may be why they were his favorite restaurants). He had an inquisitive intellect and couldn’t understand why he had a hard time finding others to listen to lectures on string theory with him.
Bob was born in Blanchard, Oklahoma. His parents were Ruth and Lowell Howard. He had one brother, James. The family moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma when Bob was 6. Bob graduated from Bartlesville High School in 1954. While in high school he was active in sports and was president of both his junior and senior class. After high school, Bob attended Rice University. He graduated with a BA in 1958 and a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1959.
He then joined Shell Oil Company and worked for it until he retired in 1995. His final position at Shell was Vice President – Domestic Operations Exploration and Production. He was also President of two Shell subsidiary companies: Shell Offshore, Inc. and Shell Western Exploration and Production, Inc. Among other accomplishments, Bob is largely credited with leading Shell into the Deep Water Gulf of Mexico and discovery and development of The Bullwinkle, Mars, and Ursa fields. While in New Orleans, Bob was on the boards of the New Orleans Business Council, the New Orleans Symphony, and the Audubon Nature Institute. After he retired, Bob served on several public company boards of directors and retired from three: Devon Energy, Inc., Southwestern Energy, and McDermott Inc.
Bob married Helen Claunts on September 5, 1959, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. They had dated on and off since they were 16, and in 1958 they realized that they should spend the rest of their lives together. Bob and Helen had three children: Diana Howard (Steve Pully), Debra Ropp (Lewis Ropp), and David Howard (Anna Howard).
One of Bob’s great joys in life was being a grandfather and great-grandfather. He modeled important life skills for his grandchildren such as hard work, critical thinking, and being able to get a wine cork to stand upright after being bounced on a table. One of the talents most admired by his grandchildren was his ability to tightly braid a plastic straw. Though they all tried, no one could do it like Gramps. He and Helen had 10 grandchildren: Lauren Pully (Dylan Graham), Katherine Pully, Meg Worsham (Chris Worsham), John Ropp (Sydney Ropp), Lyssie Ropp, Bo Ropp, Amanda Brumwell (Rushir Patel), Rebecca Howard, Ameila Brumwell and Parker Howard. They have four great-grandchildren: Alyx, Dale, Clark, and Owen.
Bob and Helen joined the Episcopal Church in Metairie, Louisiana in 1964, and their faith was very important to them. They were very active members in the church wherever they lived.
After Bob retired from Shell, he and Helen traveled extensively and enjoyed spending time in New York City and Vail, Colorado.
Bob is preceded in death by Helen, his parents, his brother, and his nephew Michael Howard.
A memorial service will be held at 10 AM on June 24th at the Vail Interfaith Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Boys and Girls Country of Texas at 18806 Roberts Road, Hockley, Texas 77447; The Howard Family Scholarship Fund at Rice University, Office of Development MS-81, PO Box 1892, Houston, Texas 77251; or to the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration at PO Box 1000, Vail, Colorado, 81658.

Obituary: Sally Ann Miller

July 31, 1959 – May 1, 2022

Sally Ann Miller, at 62 years of age, passed away this past Sunday, May 1, 2022, after a sudden bacterial infection.
Sally met her husband Jim in 1979. Determined that the Vail Valley was to be their home, Sally flew from Denver aboard Rocky Mountain Airways (Scareways, as they were popularly known), and the two were married in December 1981, by Judge Buck Allen in the Vail Post Office. Together, they had two children, Phillip and Forrest, and built an incredible life in Eagle and the Vail Valley.
She is survived by her husband, her two children, her two grandchildren, Levin and Liam, and her brother and sister, Todd and Karen. Sally loved her family. She cherished every moment with us, and we will cherish her memory.
Her’s was a kind and thoughtful soul, a special moment for those of us, lucky enough, to have known her.
A celebration of life service is planned for this July, details to be announced.

Obituary: Kenneth S Lewis

October 5, 1932 – May 1, 2022

Kenneth S Lewis, 89-years young, of Edwards, Colorado died on May 1, 2022, after suffering a heart attack in Denver. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he received Baccalaureate and Juris Doctor degrees from Northwestern University, where he met his wife, Rita. Ken was a champion of workers’ rights during his legal career in Chicago.
Ken and Rita raised their children in Highland Park, Illinois. After retirement in 2011, Arrowhead became their full-time home. They were active community members, skiing, biking, and having fun.
After Rita died just three short years ago, Ken embraces life and dived into new activities—fishing, Shakespeare, hiking—making new friends along the way.
Ken’s home was a beacon for friends and strangers who were treated to sourdough starter, fresh herbs, espresso, wine, doggie treats, or just a chat. And chats could turn into improvised meals. Conversations were full of laughter, thoughtful debate and caring. Ken was a role model for friends and family alike. He will be sorely missed.
Ken is survived by three children and their spouses: Adam Lewis and Merrilee Stanley; Bret and Suzanne Lewis; and Beth Lewis and Mark Sonneborn; his grandchildren Scott, Nina, Isabelle, and Oliver; his sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Earle Lambert; and his many friends.
A celebration of Ken’s life is planned for the summer. Should you wish to express your condolences please address them to Beth Lewis, 787 Kimball Rd, Highland Park Il 60035. If you wish to honor Ken with a donation, please consider these charitable organizations: B’nai Vail Rabbi’s fund (https://bnaivail.org/); The Cycle Effect (https://thecycleeffect.org/donate/); or Crisis in Ukraine: Donate Now (https://help.rescue.org/donate/ukraine-acq?ms=gd_ppc_fy22_ukraine_mmus_feb&initialms=gd_ppc_fy22_ukraine_mmus_feb&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0oir__bG9wIVQBH5AB0lYQkWEAEYASAAEgKzW_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds)

Obituary: Justino Arana

April 14, 1969 – April 25, 2022

Justino Arana an outdoors, humble man, and life-long resident of Eagle County died unexpectedly on April 25, 2022 at the age of 53.
Justino is survived by his wife; Michelle, Children: Erica, Fabian & his partner Katie, Gabriela & her partner Wilbert, His grandkids; Acxel, Haylie, Anayeli, Biatrice, Jonathan, Jazlyne, and Junior. His Siblings; Antonio, Martin, Lupe, Fidel & wife Sonia, Teresa & her husband Miguel, Ramiro & his wife Yolanda, Marcos & his wife Armida. Justino was born on April 14th 1969 in Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua. At 16 years old, he came to the United States were he met his Wife at 21 years old and began his new life. He was an employee at Alpine Vending for nearly 30 years. He was a mentor to many of those that he worked with, and was very passionate about his job!
Justino was an amazing father/husband/grandfather/brother, who loved being around his family. His grandchildren were his ray of light that brought him so much joy. Justino loved being outdoors in the sun, fishing, cooking carnitas in the sunset, having carne asadas, watering his grass, and most of all, making jokes. He had a joke for any occasion. Justino was a very humble man, always willing to give you the last dollar he had if you needed it. He always worked hard to provide for his family so that his family did not have to go without. Justino will be dearly missed, but forever in our hearts.

Obituary: Alexander Scott Fritzler


On Friday, April 22, Alexander Scott Fritzler, adored son and brother, passed away unexpectedly in Fort Collins, Colorado. Alex was born in Vail, Colorado, on July 15, 2000, to Gail and Scott Fritzler and was raised in Eagle, Colorado. The eldest of three kids, he was an amazing brother to his beautiful sisters, Karlie and Sage Fritzler, also of Eagle. The girls looked up to their older brother and adored his wild spirit.

Alex attended Eagle Valley High School where he was active in sports, playing Lacrosse for Eagle Valley High School and Hockey for Battle Mountain High School. Most recently, he attended Colorado State University but it was evident his true passion was his love of skiing. Alex was on skis by the age of 3 and loved to show his family and friends videos of him “sending it” as he would say. He also had a great love of the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, and enjoying music at one of his many outdoor shows at Red Rocks.

Alex was a one-of-a-kind spirit. He loved to make people laugh, always the center of attention and loved pulling crazy stunts. Many of which led to hospital visits and war wounds he would wear with pride. Those close to Alex, especially his sisters and friends, knew he always had their back and would be there to do anything for them.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude for the outpouring of love and support provided by this community, friends and family. It is apparent how much love there is for Alex and how deeply he will be missed by so many.

Alex is survived by his mother, Gail Fritzler, father and stepmother, Scott and Kim Fritzler, sisters, Karlie and Sage Fritzler, stepsister and stepbrother, Kaya & Garret Bradley, and grandmother, Laurie Fritzler of Yuma, Arizona. He also leaves behind a family of aunts, uncles, cousins and cherished friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle on Thursday, May 19 at 5 p.m. Ones that are so full of life are the ones that are hurting the most. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to SpeakUp ReachOut in honor of Alex at ColoradoGives.org/suro-alexfritzler.

Obituary: Dale Swenson

October 3, 1966 – April 10, 2022

Dale Swenson of Gypsum, CO died on the 10th of April 2022.
He was born October 3rd, 1966 in Minnesota and grew up in Minnesota. He found his way to Colorado as a young man and spent most of his life here.
Dale worked in the Eagle Valley as an automobile mechanic for almost 20 years. He was a loving Dad and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He enjoyed anything about cars and built a substantial base in his trade which he passes on to his children. He enjoyed going to Church and sports of all kinds. He loved to travel turning his car in whichever direction it chose and following it’s lead.
He leaves behind his two children and his wife.
Please join us as we remember Dale at his service at the First Baptist Church of Gypsum Sunday the 24th of April. The Church is located at 900 Second Street, Gypsum, CO 81637.

Obituary: Ross Easterling

February 28, 1957 – April 2, 2022

When Ross Easterling walked into the room, suddenly everything was brighter. He had a magnetic personality that drew people from all over the world into his life. Through his extensive travel and adventures, he connected with a variety of people. He had the gift of empathy. This gift allowed him to become a generous and philanthropic person. He derived tremendous joy and a sense of purpose from his devotion and generosity to others.
Ross attended Las Cruces High School and then graduated from New Mexico Military Institute where he played polo like his father, Ross Sr. He went on to receive a Masters Degree in Geography that led him into the work of planning in cities in Colorado. He also was an experienced landman. His knowledge of the oil fields of New Mexico and Texas was vast. After working as a city planner, Ross made the decision that forever changed his life. He joined The Peace Corp and joked that he was the oldest member! In Honduras, he brought clean water to a small, mountain village and fell in love with that community. He dedicated the remaining years of his life to help that community thrive and to help other impoverished children in Latin America.
Ross was born February 28, 1956 in Albuquerque and died on April 2, 2022 in New Braunfels, Texas. He is predeceased by his father, Ross Easterling, Sr. and his mother, Cornelia Platt. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Samuell Easterling, their daughters Belkis Garcia and Erin Edblom, and his sister Elizabeth Easterling Rectenwald.
To honor Ross and his commitment to helping children in Ecuador, his most recent and passionate cause, please consider a donation to Helping Kids in Ecuador (HKIE). This organization focuses on providing help, hope and healing to impoverished children in that country. Thank you!
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