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Obituary: Knight Connie

Connie Knight

May 7, 2020

Connie Knight, a prolific freelance writer who arrived in Vail in 1968, died suddenly of natural causes on May 7 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She placed her Catholic faith, family and friends as a life priority.

After visiting many Colorado locales, Connie, her two young children and their Persian cats landed in Vail. They set up house in an east Vail A-frame for $75.00 a month. The cats failed to keep up with the invasion of mice and chipmunks that regularly invaded the home. An eventual move to the Vorlaufer in the midst of the fledgling ski town proved to be a brilliant investment, as well as the perfect permanent home base.

An avid tennis player, hiker, skier, traveler and a fine arts afficionado, Connie loved hosting frequent parties. Her Vail condo balcony provided the ideal venue for watching fireworks, parades and concerts with friends. Connie was easy to spot in the village with her perfectly coifed auburn hair and she always attracted people into conversation. Picnics on the mountain – both winter and summer – were also a favorite pastime.

Connie’s niece, Momo Weatherby, recalls her aunt as well-groomed and poised, and had an uncanny recall of the people she wrote about. “While sitting in an elegant bar in Vail, Connie’s acquaintances would approach, and her astute recall of details from writing social columns was astounding,” Weatherby said. “The conversations were interesting, fun, lively and witty. “Skiing behind Connie on the mountain was a dream,” Weatherby added. “She bypassed all the lift lines and would shush to another trail until she saw a lift without a queue.”

Connie’s daughter, Lynne Campbell, remembers how much her mother loved to meet new people. “I teased her that she was always interviewing,” Campbell said. “Throughout her life, she met and retained friendships from around the world. “Life is short she’d say. One of her favorite sayings was ‘You can sleep when you’re dead’. Sleep well mom.”

Born in Detroit, Michigan to Thomas Francis and Margaret Kearney Bracken, Connie graduated from Lauderdale High School. She attended Florida State University, Marymount College and an intensive magazine writing course at Stanford University.

For decades, Connie’s stories were printed in Colorado and Florida newspapers and magazines, along with other major metropolitan publications. However, the pinnacle of her career was being published in the New York Times.

Connie served as a managing editor of Vail Magazine, editorial consultant of Vail Valley Magazine, a columnist and as staff writer for the Miami Herald, Ft. Lauderdale News/Sun Sentinel and Tallahassee Democrat. She taught creative writing at Colorado Mountain College and was president of Creative Concepts Public Relations firm. Listed in many Who’s Who, including International, America, the World and the West. Connie was also treasurer of the North American Snowsports Journalists, Ass.

As a volunteer, Connie served on the Town of Vail Licensing Board and Planning and Environmental Commission and was a former member of the Junior League of Ft. Lauderdale, where she served as treasurer and public relations director.

She was predeceased by her parents, son: Jim Knight, sisters: Jeanne Bracken Fitzgerald and Mary Bracken Beil and nephew: Brad Beil. She is survived by daughter: Lynne Knight Campbell of Vail, son Keith Knight of Ft. Lauderdale and granddaughter Taylor Campbell Jernigan (Brandon) of Gig Harbor, Washington, and dozens of nieces and nephews.

A Catholic mass and celebration of Life will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Connie Knight to the Ann Storck Center https://www.annstorckcenter.org/ or humane society of your choice.

Obituary: William Burton Hellegas

William Burton Hellegas November 15, 1935 ~ May 25, 2020

William Burton Hellegas, 84, of Naples, FL, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 25, 2020. He had been a Naples resident for the last 26 years. He was born November 15, 1935 in Montclair, NJ, the son of Carl Eugene and Florence Delta (nee Finnimore) Hellegas.earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Michigan State University where he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.remarkable career took him and his wife Jean, to seven states and Australia. He began his career with 5 years at Beechnut – Lifesavers before accepting a position with Mars Incorporated. He concluded his 33 years at Mars Incorporated as President of M&M/Mars in Hackettstown, NJ. He and his wife then retired to Naples, FL in 1994.his life William enjoyed keeping active and being involved. He was an avid skier late into his 70’s and continued to visit Vail multiple times per year where he and Jean have had a home for the last 30 years. His other passions were family, travel, fishing, rebuilding MGs, gardening, carpentry, golfing and attending live theater. He was a member of 3 MG Car Clubs, Naples Botanical Garden, Patron Society of the Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek, First United Methodist Church in Naples, FL, and Covenant Presbyterian Chapel in Vail, CO.successful as he was, William will be remembered mostly for his wisdom, integrity, generosity, humility and love of family.Hellegas is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Shelvey Jean (nee Johnson) Hellegas; his three beloved children, Susan Hellegas (Andrew) Voss of Tuscon, AZ, Brad Carl (Teena) Hellegas of Sydney, Australia and Tamlynn Rae (Paul) Einarsson of Las Vegas, NV; and six cherished grandchildren, Amy Voss, Rachel and Preston Einarsson, and Henry, Jack and William Hellegas.private family service will be held Thursday, May 28, 2020 at Fuller Funeral Home, 1625 Pine Ridge Road, Naples. A graveside service will take place in MI.lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Grace Place For Children and Families, Inc. (graceplacenaples.org) or Ronald McDonald Care Mobile of Collier County, (rmhcswfl.org).condolences may be offered at FullerNaples.com

Obituary: Wolf Mueller

Wolf Mueller

Wolf Mueller passed away peacefully at home May 28, 2020 surrounded by his family. He moved to Vail in 1974 helping John Siverly build homes in the Matterhorn neighborhood. He was born in Berlin, Germany and moved to Englewood, Colorado after WWII with his parents when he was 10. He was an avid student of history and loved to teach others. Wolf attended University of Colorado, Boulder and received a master’s in anthropology. At UCLA in Los Angeles while getting his PhD in Anthropology, he helped build a cement sailboat and would eventually sail it with a team from the Pacific to the Caribbean which sealed his love for sailing.

Wolf loved the environment. Conservation and recycling were very important to him. He was involved in Trees for Vail in the 1980’s and believed in developing clean energy and harnessing the power of the sun, wind, and water for electric power. He continued to fight to keep the entirety of Donovan Park as open space.

He met Suszanne Sibley in 1990 and fell in love. They were never apart after the day they met until the day he died.

He is survived by his wife, Suszanne, Abby their dog and Sam the cat. And stepchildren Alex Guthrie, Jessica Guthrie, and Megan Guthrie Casey (Sean Casey, husband). Grandchildren Jane (Alex Guthrie), Aiden, McKayla, Liam, and Declan (Megan and Sean Casey).

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Shaw Cancer Center or other cancer organization.

Obituary: Malcolm “Jack” Howe, Jr.

Malcolm “Jack” Howe, Jr. May 26, 1929 ~ May 24, 2020

Malcolm “Jack” Howe was called home to the Lord on May 24th, 2020, just two days before his 91st birthday. Jack is preceded in death by parents, Malcolm and Olive, sister, Dorothy Skarjune, and daughter, Mary Jennifer. Jack is survived by wife Betty Anne Howe, of Cartersville, GA, sons and daughters, Susan, Big John, Lawrence, Kay, Douglas, Brian, John, Julia, Christopher, Gordon, Holly, and Andrew. He is also survived by many, many grandchildren and great grandchildren (too many to name) and many loving sons and daughters-in-law, nephews and nieces, as well as friends. Raised in Detroit, MI, Jack was a standout in all sports including Hockey, Football, Basketball, Boxing, Racing, and Skiing. Jack also enjoyed hunting and was a true marksman. An avid Detroit Red Wings fan, he enjoyed hockey most of all. He was an outstanding player and even better coach. He loved to teach young children the joy of skating. Jack owned a successful roofing business in Grand Blanc, MI. He taught his children, and any other interested neighborhood kids, the roofing trade and the benefits and rewards of hard work. The lives he touched with his knowledge of the trade are endless. Jack was also an Elder at Faith Lutheran Church in Grand Blanc, where he and his family shared many friendships. In the early 80s, Jack moved to Vail, CO to enjoy semi-retirement with his wife, Betty. When not perfecting his skiing skills, he helped Betty start Gracious Savior Lutheran Church and Vail Christian High School. He also coached the 5 and 6 year old “learn to play hockey” age group, which he loved! The last 30 years of his life were spent in the Atlanta area, as he moved to be closer to family and help run the family roofing business that had been relocated there. Jack and Betty helped form Savior of All Lutheran Church in Cartersville, GA. He left his mark in Cartersville and will be missed by many friends in that community. What was most important to Jack was family. He loved babies and he loved “coaching” his family in business, sports, and living life. He adored his wife, Betty who took care of him until his departure. He loved to laugh, to eat, and to make others feel good about themselves. These are some of his dearest accomplishments. One of Jack’s mantras was “it doesn’t take any longer to do something correctly than incorrectly”. In sports, family, work, faith, friendship, and life he held true to this belief as evidenced by all of those he touched. Selfishly we say good-bye to the best husband, father, grandfather, friend, and mentor. We know that he will leave his mark in Heaven, as well. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a memorial cannot be scheduled. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to a charity of your choice in Jack’s name. Malcolm

Obituary: Ivan Ernest Dumph

Ivan Ernest Dumph November 3, 1943 ~ May 17, 2020

Ivan Ernest Dumph NV – Ivan Ernest Dumph, 76, died on May 17, 2020 in a hospital in St. George, Utah. He was born on November 3, 1943 in Gilman, Colorado to Ivan Lon and Joy Marfitano Dump. He married Susan Fossett in Cincinnati, Ohio on March 13, 1990. was raised in Red Cliff, Colorado until the age of 15, when the family moved to Grand Junction, Colorado, where he played football in high school.. proudly served in the US Army with the 82nd Airborne in North Carolina. eventually moved to Basalt, Colorado to work as a cable repairman for Mountain Bell. While there he enjoyed skiing, jeeping, and hiking in the high country and wilderness areas. he and Susan resided on the inland waterway in northern Florida, where Ivan retired from a long career with the phone company, and took to boating like a fish to water. That hobby continued when they moved to the Gulf of Mexico at Fairhope, Alabama. In 2016 they relocated to Mesquite, Nevada. was preceded in death his sister, Elizabeth Mae (Betty) Elsberry. He is survived by his wife, Susan, two brothers, Edward and Leonard, his three sons, Ivan, Eric,and Robert, and by several nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. s favorite place in the world was Red Cliff, Colorado, and during his life he visited the town frequently and was very knowledgeable in its history. His final resting place will be in the Glenwood Cemetery in Red Cliff at a later date. may be shared at mcmillanmortuary.com

Obituary: Raymond Hess

Raymond John Hess III, 20, of Eagle County, Colorado since 2002, passed away on May 18, 2020 in Edwards. He was born March 23, 2000 in Monroeville, Pennsylvania to Raymond John Hess, Jr. and Amy Schifano. Raymond attended and graduated from Red Canyon and Battle Mountain High School and was a line cook at Terra Bistro. He enjoyed cooking, baking, gaming and he loved animals. Raymond is survived by his father and mother; brother Micheal Schifano; sister Brooke Schifano; grandfather Raymond John Hess, Sr.; grandmother Charlotte Mae Hess; aunts Dinell Olson and Gretchen Hess and cousins Tesha and Chase Olson. A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00p.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at the Kent Funeral Home, 305 McGregor Drive, Gypsum, Colorado 81637. Masks and social distancing along with a maximum of 10 people gathered together will be required due to COVID-19. All other services will be private, including burial at Minturn Cemetery. Flowers will be accepted at the funeral home. Personal cards can be sent to Raymond Hess, PO Box 9617, Avon, Colorado 81620. Please visit www.kentfuneralhomes.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for his family.

Obituary: Mitch Brasington

Mitch Brasington September 22, 1946 ~ May 22, 2020

Life can read like a book and my father’s life certainly played out in two definitive chapters. Mitch was born into a small, working class family in rural South Carolina where a legendary drive and work ethic took baby steps at the age of 9 working on a milk truck. The first of his family to attend and graduate college, he launched a 25-year career in the textile industry that spanned from sales to eventual entrepreneurship and helped shape some of the more notable fashion trends of the late 80’s. I can recall him saying about his competitors, “They may be smarter, but no one will work harder”, which was often exemplified by 20-hour work days and sleeping in the office at the factory for weeks at a time. This work life was balanced by an equally important family life with his wife and two children. Times were different in the 70’s and 80’s. Men were expected to focus on their career and this often demanded him to travel. My father was what you might call a “tough dad”, and he drove us to be the best we could at everything we took on. It was very typical for him to be on the road all week, fly home for my football game Friday, meet a client for 18 holes on Saturday, host a church BBQ Saturday night, then teach the adult class at church on Sunday. There were very few idle moments. This first chapter of life came to an abrupt end when he became a widower at the age of 42 at the hands of a drunk driver. Within a few years the business was sold off, the kids went off to college and he met Peggy and moved to Colorado. They did not leave each other’s side for 28 years and this chapter is where I think he found peace and a new perspective. Suddenly I found myself meeting strangers telling me how kind and how much they loved my father. Don’t get me wrong, I always knew people that admired him as I grew up, but now I met people everywhere that really loved him. They loved roping with him (did I mention he became a cowboy in this chapter?), they loved playing golf with him, they loved visiting with him on the ranch or attending church with him. This chapter was physically taxing though as he contracted Parkinson’s in his early 50’s which would eventually be the cause of his death at the age of 73. Peggy took on the role of care giver with a commitment I frankly could not comprehend and he was happy. He loved the Lord, he loved his family and he loved his friends. If you met my father, I know you remember him, and he probably is putting a smile on your face right now. I am smiling now thinking of his restored, heavenly body entering the gates of Heaven where he is hearing those words I long to hear…”Well done, good and faithful servant”. His ultimate legacy of faith is carried on in his wife, children and 6 grandchildren. There will be a graveside service on Thursday, May 28th in Fullerton, Ca. at Loma Vista Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers please take your family to In-N-Out if you are on the west coast and have a double-double animal style in his name. He would prefer that! Mitch is survived by his wife Peggy, son Chad and his wife Stacia Brasington and their 3 children Kylan, Colby and Tenley and daughter Courtney and her husband Thom Lyon and their 3 children Connor, Corban and Cooper.

Obituary: Carol Newby

Carol Ann Newby April 18, 1948 – May 12, 2020

Carol Ann Newby died May 12th at home in Gypsum after a long illness. She was 72. Carol Ann was born to Art and Helen (Gates) Davenport on April 18, 1948, at Hopkins Hospital in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. She is fondly remembered as a caring member of the Eagle Valley community who never knew a stranger, only a friend she had not met.

A celebrated participant of the EVHS Band & Choir, editor of the Devil Advocate, and Student Body Manager, she graduated from Eagle Valley High School in May 1966. Her years were decorated with awards, service in clubs, and crowned Homecoming Queen in her senior year.

Carol Ann is fondly remembered for her musical talents. She began playing piano at eight years old under the tutelage of Jean Price and Margaret Collett and continued to play for her remaining years. She loved bringing joy through music in a variety of settings including birthdays, weddings, and community center events. As a long time member of First Baptist Church of Gypsum, she served her Savior and the church through 30 years of service in music and children’s ministries.

Carol Ann served as a member of Gypsum Fire District Auxiliary for decades. Her family had long served the Eagle Valley community as firefighters as well as in the Auxiliary. As such, it was no surprise that the commitment to the valley had been passed on and she joined the ranks of the Auxiliary just after high school. The fire department experienced volumes of volunteers as each was guaranteed a home cooked meal from the Auxiliary for their service. Carol Ann is remembered for her welcoming spirit and organized meal operation and all the more for continued commitment to the people of Eagle Valley.

Carol Ann also lived in Ava, Missouri and her community spirit and devotion to family shone bright! She enjoyed being the home room mom at her daughter’s school. She loved being a mother and actively supported her daughter attending games and concerts. Colorado beckoned her and she returned to her roots.

Carol Ann served Eagle as a County Combined Courts Bailiff beginning September 18, 1997. She added a few hours per week as a part-time Court Judicial Assistant on July 1, 1999 and continued in both these roles until her untimely passing. She was a great asset for the Eagle courts, a consummate professional and an expert bailiff for the 5th Judicial District. If needed she would travel to work as a bailiff at any of the court locations beyond Eagle which included the Summit, Lake & Clear Creek Combined Courts. Carol Ann was frequently called upon to train new bailiff hires for the district. She was presented with a special contract employee recognition award for her bailiff services in 2004, 2007 and 2012.

In addition to her career, Carol Ann served the community through volunteering at Golden Eagle Senior Center where she greeted the residents with a contagious smile and bubbly disposition. She always enjoyed hearing the residents’ stories, doing puzzles, serving meals and taking them on a variety of day and overnight trips. Her passion to live each day to the fullest was obvious to all those she served.

Carol Ann served the community through active involvement in Gideons International visiting medical centers and distributing scripture. She intentionally invested in people.

Most importantly, Carol Ann is remembered and celebrated for her love of family. She is survived by her husband, Bob Newby; brother Ron (Cherri) Davenport; daughters Danelle (Robert) Stueckroth, Brenda (Brent) Smith, Melondee (Lou) Carrozza, Bobbie (Todd) Kuhns; nephews Luke (Annie) Davenport, Levi (Diana) Davenport and Lincoln Davenport. She is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many close friends. A memorial fund has been established with First Baptist Church of Gypsum, Attn: Carol Ann Newby Memorial, P.O. Box 815, Gypsum, CO 81637. Carol Ann loved children and the funds will be used to support children’s ministry. Memorial services will be delayed until Summer 2020. To be updated on the memorial services, please email CarolAnnMemorial@gmail.com.

In loving memory of Carol Ann, “Bye for now.”

Obituary: Cleaburn (Clebe) T. Gordon

Cleaburn (Clebe) T. Gordon April 6, 1982 ~ May 11, 2020

Clebe was born April 6, 1982 to Cleaburn J. and Suzanne Gordon in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Clebe was raised in Gypsum and later resided in Eagle. He was passionate about his job as Assistant Superintendent at Gypsum Creek Golf Course and was a member of the Golf Course Association of America. He took pride in his work and it showed, never doing anything half-hearted. He enjoyed all animals and growing up was quite successful with 4-H projects. Clebe loved the outdoors and the outdoors loved him. He felt most at peace when he was out golfing, hiking, camping, fishing, gardening, or tracking an elk. His life was not always easy, but he was determined man and fought through adversities to get to where he was. He will be remembered for his great smile, laugh and loving with his whole heart. is survived by his daughter Brandi Gordon, loving fiance Lynne Moore, mother Suzanne Gordon, cousins Glenn Arens, Brian Arens, Robert Scanlan, aunts Mary D’Ambrosia and Linda Arens. He was preceded in death by his father, Cleaburn J. Gordon. Clebe was also loved by members of his fiance’s family, his many friends and will be missed. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Obituary: Justin Little

Justin Kane Little November 2, 1969 – May 14,2020

At age 50, Justin passed away peacefully on May 14, 2020, at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City. He was born November 2, 1969 in Okarche, Oklahoma and moved to Colorado at a young age making it his permanent home. Justin is survived by his mother Beverly Leck, his father James Little, older sister Tamera, younger brothers Jerry and David, wife Anna, and his son Izak in addition to many other relatives and friends he treated as family. He was a local entrepreneur, tradesman, and a loving father. Justin lived life to the fullest through skiing, snowboarding, biking, camping, rafting, diving, and traveling. His love of music and live events garnered him many good friends. For those who knew Justin’s boundless generosity and gigantic heart, there will be a memorial to reminisce, celebrate and grieve his loss at a more socially appropriate time. Memorial details will be shared at a later date.