Vail Valley vet volunteered often |

Vail Valley vet volunteered often

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyKurt Brosig with his grandkids: Cooper, Sawyer and Quinn Riddell-Brosig

VAIL, Colorado “-When Kurt Brosig walked into a room in Colorado’s Vail Valley, his contagious smile could lift everyone’s spirits.

The 70-year-old Edwards man lived in the Vail Valley for more than 30 years and made a name for himself here. He died Tuesday morning in a motorcycle accident in Tucson, Ariz., during a trip with friends through the American Southwest. Funeral and memorial arrangement haven’t been made yet.

“He was just a beautiful, beautiful guy,” said John Perkins, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10721 in Minturn, where Brosig was also a member. “We’re going to miss him.”

Brosig, an Army veteran, was a mason and a great craftsman, said Buddy Sims, a friend and fellow member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10721. He was the locals’ “go-to guy” for any type of masonry problem. Sims said he imagines just about everyone in the valley has run into Brosig at one time or another.

He was a selfless man, spending countless hours volunteering his time, whether it was to build the Freedom Park Memorial for veterans in Edwards or to drive volunteers, skiers and guests to and from the World Cups and Ski Classics.

Bill Douglas III, who coordinated the Vail Valley Foundation volunteers who drove guests around for local ski events, said Brosig has been volunteering since at least the 1989 World Championships. He was always there when they needed somebody, he said.

When the Veterans of Foreign Wars would ask members to volunteer for just about anything, Brosig was always one of the first to step up, Sims said.

“He was always there for us,” Sims said.

He especially loved going to local schools and meeting children. His smile grew whenever he saw the kids’ smiling faces, Sims said.

“He was just a super fellow,” Sims said. “I never saw him a day in his life when he didn’t have a smile on his face.”

His smile represented the way he lived his life, Sims said. He looked at everything as an opportunity, and his willingness to volunteer and always lend a helping hand kept him young. Sims said he didn’t even realize Brosig was 70.

He was strong, energetic and in excellent shape, Perkins said. He was also an avid skier ” when he wasn’t working or volunteering, he’d likely be on the mountain. Perkins met Brosig in the mid-1970s and both men have always been big skiers, but they never skied together.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars members planned a group ski day earlier this season, and Perkins said he and Brosig were looking forward to it more than anyone. Weather caused the trip to get postponed, and Perkins had hoped he’d eventually ski with his friend before the season ended.

“Now he’s gone and I’m never going to get to ski with him,” Perkins said.

Brosig is survived by two daughters, Dana and Tara, and their mother, Marian, his ex-wife.

Brosig’s energy and spirit will live on in the valley and within the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10721, Perkins said. He was always upbeat and had a positive attitude about everything ” something those who knew him will always miss.

“The man just had a totally beautiful spirit about him.”

Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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