Benjamin Millington Kelton, former Vail resident
Vail, CO Colorado
Benjamin Millington Kelton was born in Bennington, Vt., on Dec. 6, 1942, and died peacefully at his home in Steamboat Springs on Nov. 1.
Ben, son of Lorraine (Millington) and Arthur M. Kelton, and brother of Art Kelton, grew up in Peru, Vt. He was the great-grandson of Marshall J. Hapgood of Peru, whose land holdings formed the beginning of the Green Mountain National Forest. He attended the local one-room school in Peru through eighth grade, and then graduated in 1960 from Kimball Union Academy, in Meridan, N.H. College brought him west, and he attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating in 1965 with a degree in government.
Ben moved to Vail in 1966 and worked in the hospitality/restaurant business at both The Clock Tower and Ore House restaurants in Vail Village. He later ran The Club House Restaurant at the Eagle-Vail Golf Club when it opened in 1975.
He worked for Kelton-Garton Real Estate on Bridge Street for several years before moving to Steamboat Springs in 1989.
Ben loved the outdoors; hunting and fishing were passions from his growing up in Vermont. Always accompanied by his dog, his days were happiest when he hunted and fished the surrounding countryside. He enjoyed a lifelong love of gardening.
A memorial service will be held this Saturday in Steamboat Springs in the Botanical Garden at 2 p.m. A gathering for his Vail friends will be held in his memory at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Pepi’s Deck. All who knew Ben are most welcome.
A graveside memorial service and interment will be held next spring at the Peru Village Cemetery.
Ben is survived by his brother, Arthur Jr., and wife Elaine, of Vail, and three step-nieces and their families.
For those who desire, donations may be made in Ben’s memory to:
NW Colorado Visiting Nurses Association
Yampa Valley Funeral Home
PO Box 776090
Steamboat Springs, CO 81477
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