Richard Vossler, longtime Vail resident, died Monday |

Richard Vossler, longtime Vail resident, died Monday

Jean Tally

DENVER – Longtime Vail resident Richard Joseph Vossler Sr., died Monday at Presbyterian-St.Lukes’ Hospital in Denver after a brief illness. He was 74. Born to Clara and Carl Vossler in Wapakoneta, Ohio on Jan. 26, 1931, Vossler was a graduate of St. Jospeh’s High School and received a Congressional appointment to the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., where he received a bachelors of science degree in engineering in 1954.After graduating from West Point, Vossler opted for duty in the U. S. Air Force and served as an aircraft commander flying C-97s in the Pacific. He retired as an active Air Force officer in 1963 and worked on research and development in the materials lab at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. He earned a masters degree in nuclear engineering at the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio and was a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University from 1968 to 1969.Vossler retired from the U. S. Air Force Civil Service in 1976 and was a business consultant until his full retirement in 1993. Part-time residents since 1976, he and his wife Magda moved to Vail full time in 1994.An outdoor enthusiast, Vossler enjoyed skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing and camping. He also was an avid reader and pursued lay studies in theology and related topics.At the time he became ill with pneumonia two weeks ago, Vossler was treasurer of the Vail Religious Foundation, a member of the Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps and an active volunteer in numerous civic projects in the Vail Valley. He also was a member of the Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church.”Dick Vossler was a man of extraordinary integrity who quietly and persistently gave of himself in service to the Vail Chapel and community,” said Pastor Carl Walker, president of the Vail Religious Foundation. “He served as treasurer and much more for the Vail Religious Foundation for many years. He is deeply missed and will be most difficult to replace.”Vossler is survived by his wife, Magda; his son, Richard Vossler Jr., wife Connie and their children Allison, Nick, Kirsten and Lauren, who live in Edwards; his daughter, Karen, husband Jim Dishong and their children Delane, Kailyn, and Joe, who live in Indianapolis, Ind.; his daughter Marika, husband Dean Jones and their children Amelia, Scott and Meredith, who live in Des Moines, Iowa; and a sister, Mary Berg, of Wapakoneta, Ohio. ==========================================Memorial serviceA memorial service for Richard Vossler will be held at the Vail Chapel at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, with the Rev. Carl Walker, pastor of the Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, officiating. Following the services, the Vail Valley Medical Center Volunteer Corps and church members will host lunch in the lower level meeting of the Ministry Center next door to the Chapel.The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Endowment Fund of the Vail Religious Foundation, 19 Vail Road, Vail, CO, 81657. Vail, Colorado

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