Vail Daily obituary: Kenneth Bertroch, 1949-2015 |

Vail Daily obituary: Kenneth Bertroch, 1949-2015

Kenneth Bertroch, 65, of Gypsum, passed away Saturday after a lengthy battle with cancer. Kenneth was born Dec. 22, 1949, to Purley and Betty Bertroch in Glenwood Springs. He grew up in Gypsum and lived there his entire life.

He graduated from Eagle Valley High School in 1968. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army and fought in the Vietnam War. After his service, he worked with his family in construction.

He enjoyed spending most of his time outdoors, hiking in search of arrowheads and crystals. He spent winters snowmobiling the Flat Tops with family and friends. He and Debbie could be found up there almost every weekend, and on many weekdays, and they took trips throughout the state and surrounding states to snowmobile. Summers were usually spent dirt biking and spending time with family and harassing nieces and nephews who all had a nickname he had given them. They all have very fond memories of their Uncle Kenneth.

He is survived by his significant other, Debbie Kline; mother, Betty Bertroch; brother, Gary Bertroch; sisters Mary (Jon) Ezequelle, Myrna (John) Murray, Eileen (Mike) Elliott, June Nestor and Sue Duncan (David Frazier); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Purley Bertroch; brother-in-law Jim Nestor; nephew Tyler Murray; and niece Renee Duncan.

Services will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Gypsum Town Hall, with burial following at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

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