James Lincoln Viele, 1946-2009, of Vail
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado –James Lincoln Viele, of Vail, Colorado and Lakeside, Mont., died from an aortic aneurysm on Sunday. He was 63 years old. James was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Kathleen Mae Viele, and is survived by his three children, David Viele, Jennifer Mahon and Emily Manly, and their respective spouses, Rachel Viele, Michael Mahon and Justin Manly. James also leaves behind his brother, John Viele, his sister, Jean Churchill, his close friend Vickie Leigh and his loyal Labrador retrievers, Max and Jack.
James was born in Morrisville, Vt., to John and Barbara Viele. He attended People’s Academy High School in Morrisville and earned his civil engineering degree at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., where he was an accomplished student, All-American soccer player and national collegiate ski champion.
Jim moved to Vail in 1969 for what was meant to be a one-year sabbatical from his job at International Paper Company in upstate New York. He fell in love with the Rocky Mountains and “persuaded” his then-girlfriend, Kathleen, to make the move west. Jim and Kathleen were married on Sept. 29, 1972, and spent the next 35 years building a family, a successful construction business and a wonderful partnership that few couples have the pleasure of knowing.
While Jim was known to many in the valley as a talented businessman, what defined him most was his family, friends, dogs and love of the outdoors. His favorite activity was sitting around the family dinner table, chatting and telling stories. Whether it be tales of his silly fraternity antics or his recollection of his most treasured moments with Kathleen, Jim always had a story to tell and a laugh, or two, to share.
He was an exceptional husband, father and friend and will be deeply missed by all those that were lucky enough to know him. It is truly hard to express just how exceptional of a person Jim Viele was. We love you, Dad. Please give Mom a big hug for us.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Vail Valley Medical Center or the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.
Services will be announced later.
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