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Obituary: Campbell Barrett Sullivan

Campbell Barrett


May 13, 2001 – February 22, 2021

Campbell Barrett Sullivan 05/13/2001 – 02/22/2021

Campbell Barrett Sullivan, 19, of Eagle, CO, our absolute joy, entered into eternal rest on Monday, February 22nd, 2021 after a 3 ½ year battle with CIC-DUX4 sarcoma. Campbell was born Mother’s Day, May 13th, 2001 to Kevin and Lindsey “Gibby” Sullivan. She is preceded in death by her grandfather, Dr. J. Bradley Gibson of Eagle, CO. Campbell is survived by her siblings Caitlin, Adalie “Addie”, and Finn Sullivan; grandparents, Regis and Joan Sullivan and Arthur and Sally Hagan; godparents and uncle, Peter and aunt, Deirdre Sullivan and uncle James Bradley Gibson; cousins, Daisy, Delilah, Tess, and Cece Sullivan. Campbell is also treasured by many great uncles and aunts, extended cousins, teammates, friends and the Irish dance community.

Campbell is a 2019 graduate of Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy and from 2012 to 2019 raced for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail (SSCV). Campbell had plans to attend the University of Colorado in the fall of 2021 pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Since her own cancer diagnosis, Campbell has worked diligently to raise awareness for childhood cancer and the lack of funding and research it receives. She was an Ambassador for St. Baldricks, CureFest, Truth 365, “Dance, Hope, Cure”, Resilience Gives and Ivory Ella. Always with humor and compassion, she was proud to advocate for all children with cancer. Campbell marched in Washington, D.C. September of 2019 as a member of KidsVCancer and while there, met with congressional representatives. In 2020, not being able to travel to Washington D.C. due to COVID, Campbell was part of a national effort to mobilize local communities to participate in CureFest. She organized and hosted over 200 community members to march in Vail, CO in support of more funding for pediatric cancer research. This past September, Campbell joined a successful national letter drive to have the White House lit up in gold in recognition of Childhood Cancer Month. For her efforts and success, she received a personal letter from the President of the United States. Furthermore, on September 1st, 2020, the American flag was flown over the U.S. Capitol for Campbell in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

During Campbell’s senior year in high school, she created the SkiFast Foundation to help other kids with cancer. Whether you are part of a team or individual sport or pursuing an artistic passion, being able to stay in the game is a key mental health advantage for any child or teen that has been diagnosed with cancer. The SkiFast Foundation has funded every scholarship application they have received in the last two years and will continue to grow to support research and funding for a cure for Ewing-like sarcomas. SkiFast will not stop fighting until there is a cure.

Campbell brought passion and joy into every situation, she loved making her friends laugh, spending time with her siblings and parents, and traveling as much as possible. She was a true light, a light that will shine forever not only through her accomplishments in her short life but through the inspiration and vision she has planted in others. Campbell was a dedicated teammate. When not able to compete anymore due to cancer, she helped coach. Even when her abilities only allowed her to sit in the snow on the side of the hill, she was there to cheer for her teammates and coaches. Campbell was a most beloved and devoted big and little sister, daughter, granddaughter, and parent to her cat Anibus.

Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings – Victor Hugo

Let her light shine through you!

A celebration of life will be held on March 6th at 2 pm at 4 Eagle Ranch in Wolcott, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the SkiFast Foundation (https://skifastfoundation.com). We would like to thank everyone at Children’s Hospital of Colorado and the Shaw Cancer Center of Edwards that cared for and fought for Campbell.

Obituary: Diana Gail Reichardt

Diana Gail


December 25, 2019

The Reichardt family announces with great sadness the loss of their beloved mother Diana Gail Reichardt, age 73, of Vail,CO. Diana passed away December 25,2019 at Denver Health Medical Center In Denver, CO. A private remembrance ceremony will be held for family at a later date. Memorial donations in Diana’s name may be made to The Eagle Valley Humane Society.

Obituary: Karl Hoevelmann

Karl Hoevelmann

October 31, 1930 – February 19, 2021

Karl Hoevelmann passed away on February 19, 2021 at age 90. Karl, always an adventurer, was the only one of his large family to venture out of his village in Germany. He lived in several counties before making America his home. His family and friends will miss his good-natured presence and his excellent sense of humor. A memorial service will be held once it is again possible to do so in person.

Obituary: Tommy Ross

Tommy Ross

September 1, 1927 – February 19, 2021

If you’ve ever cycled up Vail pass or rode the Vail-Leadville-Copper loop, you may have seen him. If you’ve ever skied Ramshorn, you may have seen him. And if you’ve ever put on a pair of speed skates and made a hundred left hand turns at the Dobson Ice Arena, you may have seen him. Fluid and graceful on the ice, usually dressed all in black, he was known to many as the ‘Flying Scot’.

Tommy Ross passed away on Friday Feb 19 at his home in Denver. Survived by his only child, Denise Ross Leigh, and two grandsons, Conor Ross Leigh and Dylan Ross Leigh, Tommy was 93 and died peacefully in his sleep.

Always the figure of fitness, Tommy had been on his stationary bike and Nordic Trac every day until the very end. As many of you may know, Tommy Ross was an awesome athlete. He represented Great Britain as a speedskater in the St Moritz Olympic Games of 1948. He skated in the 1500m and 5000m events. He was also an acquaintance of Pepi Gramshammer, whom he had met while training in Europe.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Tommy immigrated to America with his beloved partner, Rita, in the fifties. They arrived on the Queen Mary and he worked in the tool and dye-making trade, from New York to Chicago, to Los Angeles. His spirit of adventure kept him moving across the country working a variety of jobs in the tool trade. Working at Cobe Laboratories, Tommy built the first prototype for a kidney dialysis machine. And working for Lockheed, Tommy built parts for various spacecraft. One of his famous quotes was ‘I have stuff on the moon’.

Due to Covid, no memorial service is planned at this time. And in lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to our first responders at the Vail Health Hospital. So next time you take a run on Ramshorn or ride up Vail pass, think of the ‘Flying Scot’. He will be with you in spirit.

Obituary: William Hinkle

William Hinkle

February 9, 2021

On Tuesday, February 9, William (Bill) Hinkle loving husband, father and grandfather passed away at age 77. Bill fought a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease and passed peacefully at home in Eagle with family by his side.

Bill was born in 1943 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania to parents Adrian Hinkle and Jeannette (Sparks) Hinkle. He was raised on Neville Island a community of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with many cousins and extended family. Attending Neville High Bill excelled at football and was recruited to play at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa. It was at William Penn that Bill met his love, Corrine (Zimmerman) Hinkle, by the milk machine at the school cafeteria.

Bill went on to become a respected teacher and coach in Grinnell and Dike, Iowa. As a 6th grade teacher and coaching nearly every high school sport, he impacted many students’ and athletes’ young lives. From football, basketball, track, softball and cross country he enjoyed athletics and the teamwork. His athletes admired him and even presented him with a trophy with the inscription “I’ll Run my Buns off for Hinkle!”.

Bill and wife Corrine put down roots and made Dike, Iowa their home. Relatives from back East came to know why Bill would stay in the Midwest after they heard how he fell in love with both wife Corrine and the rural Iowa landscape. It was in Dike that Bill raised 3 children and found joy in parenting and later a doting grandparent to 4 grandchildren.

After a 20 year career in education Bill changed gears and served as a Rural Route Carrier with the Postal Service in Dike, IA. Bill did more than just deliver the mail he delivered packages to the door for those who needed, took time for a patient conversation and gave dog treats to his furry friends along the way.

Bill’s passions in life were religion and family. It was his faith that carried him through tough times and gave comfort in his final days. He also enjoyed traveling and being active. Bill enjoyed exploring the Colorado Rockies with family, fishing in Ontario, Canada with buddies, and exploring the beaches along the east coast. It was a sense of adventure and zest for life that kept Bill planning that next road trip. Cycling also became a passion for Bill and he enjoyed riding RAGBRAI for years with friends and family. He loved the challenging of climbing hills and sniffing out the best pie along the route.

Bill was a lifetime Mason, joining the Honor Lodge No. 646 in Dike, Iowa in 1967 he served the Lodge as Worshipful Master, Secretary and Tyler. He was also a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner with the El Kahir Shrine Temple in Iowa.

Bill will be remembered for his smile, laugh, kindness and encouragement for others. His curious and playful spirit was infectious. It is through our fond memories of Bill, our friend, family, husband, father, grandfather and mentor, that we will be comforted in his absence.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by wife, Corrine, his three children, Nathan, Nadine and Jordan, and grandchildren, Ashton, Jaxson, Ava and Reese.

A Celebration of Life memorial service to be held on Zoom and details to be announced in the coming weeks. Memorial donations to make a difference in the world of Parkinson’s Disease can be made at: https://www.pedalingforparkinsons.org/donate

Cards may be sent to the Hinkle family at PO Box 6646, Eagle, CO 81631.

Obituary: Henry Cruger “Hank” VanSchaack III

Henry Cruger “

Hank” VanSchaack III

May 4, 1939 – February 14, 2021

Henry Cruger (Hank) VanSchaack III, age 81, passed away peacefully on Sunday February 14, 2021 with friends and family by his side. Hank was born to Henry Cruger VanSchaack, Jr and Mary Louise Kountze in Denver on May 4, 1939. Hank had a gentle kindness that shined through his beautiful smile and bright eyes. He attended Morey Middle School, Phillips Academy-Andover and the University of Pennsylvania before settling in Denver. Hank was the last family member to work for the privately held VanSchaack & Co prior to its sale in 1979. He then went on to become Managing Partner at VanSchaack Holdings, LTD. Hank was a member of BOMA, a past President of the Colorado Arlberg Club and a retired team member at Vail Mountain Rescue. Hank loved the outdoors and the Colorado mountains, was an avid hunter, fisherman and balloonist. Until recently, he could be found cruising the slopes of Beaver Creek Resort. Hank and his wife Kate enjoyed traveling to France and Italy and shared time between homes in the city and mountains. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Timothy B. Knowles and his daughter Diana. Hank leaves behind his wife of 27 years, Kate Lucht, son Henry Cruger IV, daughter Leonora, 4 grandchildren, siblings Diana Cashen and David V.S. Knowles, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and countless friends. According to his wishes, no services will be held, but contributions can be made in Hank’s name to Food Bank of the Rockies, www.foodbankrockies.com or Vail Mountain Rescue, www.vailmountainrescue.com

Obituary: Elizabeth Himmes



February 13, 2021

Elizabeth Himmes passed away peacefully on Feb. 13th from complications of Alzheimer’s disease; she was surrounded by her family.

Born in London in November 1944 she never truly lost her English accent and was a Brit through and through. She had a dry British sense of humour and quick wit, loving puns and limericks. Being the rebellious one of the family she made her way to the States in 1965 and never looked back. She came to Vail in 1969 and spent the next 51 years indulging her love of the outdoors with everything Eagle County has to offer. She was an avid skier, hiker, biker and backpacker. She also loved traveling, including long driving trips across both the US and Europe.

Early in her Vail days she met Jim Himmes, a young Vail Ski patrolman. After a 10-year courtship they married and together raised two wonderful daughters, Catherine and Annalise. As a mother, Elizabeth was always there for her kids, willing to be silly with them often causing groans of embarrassment. She attended many, many sporting events, including acting as a chaperone for a high school dance competition in Florida.

Her careers included Vail Associates Food Service and East West Partners but her most important career was being a Mom. In later life she and Jim never missed proper afternoon tea at 4pm.

She is preceded in death by her parents Nora and Martin, and her sister Margaret. Surviving family members include sisters, Jane Turtle (Jeremy) and Susan Clark, nieces Kate and Hannah and nephew William.

A Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of her life will be held in the future when people can gather as a community.

Donations can be made in her honor to:

Alzheimer’s Association Tribute: Elizabeth Himmes


Eagle County Animal Shelter


Obituary: Adam Lewis Palmer, Sept. 18, 1971-Feb. 1, 2021

Adam Lewis Palmer

Adam Lewis Palmer, devoted community servant, husband, father and longtime local of Eagle, Colorado, died unexpectedly on February 1, 2021 at the age of 49. Adam and two friends were caught in a deadly avalanche near Silverton, Colorado, while on a backcountry ski trip.

Adam is survived by his father Wayne Palmer, brother Darrell Palmer, wife Kalie Palmer; daughters Montana and Savanna, dog Benny and cats Pua and HeiHei. He is predeceased by his mother Cheryl Lewis Palmer.

Adam was born on September 18, 1971, in Lynnwood, Washington. He grew up in Port Orchard, Washington, and lived in Anacortes, Washington and Puyallup, Washington, graduating from Puyallup High School. In college at the University of Washington, he joined the Psi Upsilon fraternity, becoming social chair and forming strong bonds with a special group of guys who remain extremely close to this day. He graduated in 1994 with a degree in Ocean and Fisheries Sciences.

After college, Adam travelled with best friend and fraternity brother Jason Torrie to Central America, driving from California to Costa Rica over four months. In the spring of 1997, while working in Hood River, Oregon, Adam met Kalie Kerr, an athletic girl from Salem, Oregon, and graduate of the University of Oregon. After a summer of wind-surfing, they moved to Vail, Colorado, together in 1997 and started living the skier’s life, working for Vail Associates. Living and camping out of their truck for six months, Kalie and Adam saved enough money to buy a small home in Eagle, and soon after began their professional careers with Eagle County Government (Adam) and Habitat for Humanity (Kalie). Adam and Kalie were married in 2000 and in 2005 and 2008 they welcomed their beautiful girls Montana and Savanna into their lives.

Adam Lewis Palmer is survived by his wife Kalie Palmer; daughters Montana and Savanna; dog Benny; and cats Pua and HeiHei.

In his professional life, Adam worked at Eagle County Government for 17 years as a Planner and most recently as the Director of Sustainable Communities, leading the economic mitigation and recovery team in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Adam was a servant of his community, participating in many boards, including Eco Trails, the Town of Eagle, Holy Cross Energy, and the Hardscrabble Trails Coalition, where he influenced countless community members towards positive behavior change and action with a unique blend of sustainability, community collaboration, and localism.

In his personal life, Adam was a talented musician, scary fast mountain biker, SUP surfer, and avid skier who enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. As a musician, he played with several local bands, of diverse genres, playing guitar, piano/keys, harmonica and singing lead and back up vocals. He enjoyed playing for friends and family at their weddings. His athletic pursuits also included high school football and wrestling. Adam excelled at mountain biking, eventually competing in 24 hour solo races and participating in Race Across America, riding bikes across the country with three other teammates for team Vail – Go Fast, going from San Diego, California, to Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 5 days, 10 hours and 26 minutes.

Adam was a devoted, fun and loving family man. He shared his music, humor and sense of adventure with his wife and girls, yet was equally happy snuggling up on the couch for family movie night. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

A celebration of life for the Vail Valley community will be held in the spring, and a ceremony for family and friends near Adam’s hometown Anacortes, Washington, will take place mid-summer. The family is extremely grateful for the continued love and support. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to a charity in Adam’s honor.

Obituary: Martha McMakin

Martha McMakin

January 18, 1927 – January 10, 2021

Martha D. McMakin, resident of Lakewood, Colorado, died on January 10, 2021 in Lakewood at age 93 in the company of her family. She had received a diagnosis of hip and lung cancer just one month prior to her death. She was the wife of William W. (Mac) McMakin for 73 years.

Martha was born on January 18, 1927, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania to Francis H. and Elizabeth Goodhue Diament and happily raised in Wayne, Pennsylvania. She completed secretarial school in Washington, D.C. and briefly worked in Philadelphia. Later, she volunteered in the library in Greenlawn, New York and was a volunteer at Doylestown Hospital for over 30 years in Pennsylvania.

Mac and Martha were married on April 23, 1947, at Radnor Friends Meeting in Pennsylvania. Initially, they lived in Amsterdam, Holland, then subsequently in Greenlawn, New York, Mill Valley, California, and Doylestown, Pennsylvania, before moving to Eagle, Colorado in 2006. They moved to Lakewood, Colorado, in 2020.

Just about everything interested Martha; from camping to knitting, and gardening to travel. She treasured people above all and relished their individual stories and shared experiences. Her friendships, new and old, and the evolving sagas of her family fed her and gave her great joy. She was endeared as a host. Despite questionable penmanship, she kept in touch with friends from afar with thoughtful cards and letters.

A friendship with Martha was genuine, fun, and lifelong. Her penchant for jokes and pranks left everyone with a favorite story or two. She was sentimental and that too was part of her life.

To her family, she is the glue that holds them together. The strength of her living example speaks volumes of steadfast values and a joyous embracing of life. She believed in an inner light and while she took some of it with her, she left much behind for all of us. She will be greatly missed, but we smile.

Martha is survived by her husband of 73 years, Mac McMakin; daughter Beth McMakin, and grandchildren Trent and Blair Ruder; son Doug McMakin and granddaughters Lindsay, Laura, and Carly, great-granddaughter Madison; and son Paul McMakin and his wife Sherry.

An in-person memorial celebration will be held when it is safe to travel and gather in a manner that she would have happily approved.

A memorial website for sharing memories, thoughts, and photos is available at https:// www.mykeeper.com/profile/marthamcmakin.

Memorial contributions may be made to: George Washington’s Mount Vernon, P.O. Box 110, Mount Vernon VA 22121, or Habitat for Humanity.

Obituary: Clinton D Mehl

Clinton D Mehl

September 13, 1928 – February 6, 2021

Clinton Dale Mehl of Eagle, Colorado died peacefully on February 6, in the presence of his family following complications from a stroke at CU Medical Center in Aurora, CO. He was known to say, “It’s a beautiful day on Brush Creek” and considered the outdoors “our cathedral of nature.” He marveled in the continual renewal and beauty of the plants and animals as we go through the cycle of life.

In 1969 Clint purchased five acres on Brush Creek Road south of Eagle where he built his home and pond. There, he and his wife Esther (with their well-loved cats and a flock of wild turkeys) entertained family and friends with snow tubing, horseback rides, fishing afternoons, and card-game evenings. For years he provided deer, elk, and pheasant for the dinner table.

Clint first hit the ski slopes when a lift ticket at Vail cost $9. During the summer months he was a golfer and scored not one but two holes-in-one at Pinehurst in Denver, CO. and at Imperial in Brea, CA.

Always giving to the community, Clint was a polling official in Eagle, worked ski races at Beaver Creek on the Talon Crew, was a popular greeter at the annual rummage sale in Minturn, served on the Colorado Conservation District, and so forth and so on as Clint would say.

Born in a farm house near Detroit, Kansas to Fredrick Mehl and Sadie Bistline Mehl, Clint served as a radar instructor in the Army Air Corps, then received electrical engineering and business degrees from Kansas State University. He had a rewarding 30-year career as a “hands-on” engineer with General Electric.

Clinton was predeceased by all five of his siblings and one daughter, Joy Ellen Karasik. He is survived by his wife Esther McIlroy Mehl, their six children and spouses, a bevy of grandchildren, and a horde of great-grandchildren. He taught them to always be honest, do what is right, and do your best.

Remembrance contributions can be made to Clint’s favorite charity, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation (tunnel2towers.org).

A celebration-of-life event is planned for 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 29th at “the cabin”, 9001 Brush Creek Road, Eagle, CO.