Albert M. Myers Jr.
February 22, 2005
Albert M. Myers Jr., a longtime resident of Aspen, died Friday morning at Aspen Valley Hospital. He was 87 and had recently undergone treatment for cancer.
Myers was the last surviving son of Albert M. Myers, founder of the Myers Brothers Department Stores of central Illinois. Myers grew up in Springfield, Ill., where he was a city leader and received the Copley First Citizen Award in 1973.
An Eagle Scout at the age of 13, Myers went on to play football for the University of Illinois, where he graduated in 1939. He spent the next year at the Macy's executive training program in New York City. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Myers and each of his brothers and a cousin volunteered for service in World War II. Myers served as executive officer of a bomber group based in England, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
After the war, Myers excelled in marketing and promoting the family store, and spearheaded its emphasis on innovative merchandising. A past president of the American Retailing Association, he regularly traveled to New York, Europe, Asia and South America on buying trips, and was in the first group of American businessmen to visit the People's Republic of China in 1974.
A man most in his element meeting new people, Myers was an active member of the Aspen community. He came to Aspen in 1948, when it first opened as a ski resort, and returned every year thereafter to ski and hobnob. He moved here permanently in 1982, where he and his wife Shirlee Kay-Myers were wed in 1987.
In Aspen, Myers helped found the ambassadors program for the Aspen Skiing Co. and helped start a Boy Scout camp near Ruedi Reservoir. In his 70s, Myers founded and published "Active Times" magazine for people entering the "second half" of their lives, which appeared in newspapers across the country.
Myers was an accomplished athlete and outdoorsman. He was a longtime member of the YMCA and other sports clubs, where he won many awards, and was a lifetime fitness buff, tennis player, sailor, skier and fly-fisherman. In later years, Myers relished taking up new sports and hobbies, including hot-air ballooning and kayaking. In the 1990s, he received the Distinguished Eagle Award from the Boy Scouts for outstanding career and civic contributions.
Until the last year of his life, Myers was a regular figure on Aspen slopes. Five months following surgery for kidney cancer, he led a group of friends on a sailing trip around Tonga in the South Seas.
Myers was the author of several books, including "Successful Retailing" and "Success Over Sixty." "The White Scarf War, " Myers' fictionalized account of his experiences in World War II, was just finished at the time of his death.
Myers is survived by his wife Shirlee Kay-Myers; three children, Marilyn Silver of Phoenix, Ariz., and Jacob Myers and Albert M. Myers III of Atlanta; three stepchildren, Bradley Kay of Venice, Calif., Nancy Beevers and her husband Robert Beevers of Highland Park, Ill., and Briana Brumer of Miami; and several cousins and grandchildren.
Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 24, 5-8 p.m. at Boardman Smith Funeral Chapel in Springfield. The funeral will be Friday morning at Temple B'rith Sholom in Springfield, followed by a burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery. A memorial service in Aspen is being planned for two to three weeks from now.
Arthur Burbank Langenkamp
February 17, 2005
Arthur Burbank Langenkamp, a longtime Aspen restaurateur, died Sunday in Tulsa, Okla. He was 86.
Once long ago, when Aspen had dirt streets and the Ute City Bank was a bank, Arthur Langenkamp came to town and convinced the Prospector Lodge to hire him as their "social director, " a new concept back in the mid-1950s. Arthur soon graduated to his own restaurant, the eponymous Arthur's on Main Street. The success of the restaurant and Arthur's solid social prominence in Aspen's early '60s went hand in hand for nearly 20 years.
At Arthur's Round Table - located in the center of the restaurant - the locals gathered: the rich and prominent, the ne'er do wells, the movers and shakers, and hungry ski bums. Pitkin County politicians, a diamond mine owner, noted writers, scruffy ranchers and an actual local ex-con ate Arthur's fare and hoped to catch a word with him before leaving.
Arthur could see the Red Onion to its closing hours and then get up to cook his famous waffles and crispy bacon only hours later. A prodigious worker, a man of unending Aspen sociability and charm, he neither skied nor hiked. Born in 1919, raised on an idyllic farm outside Tulsa, one of eight children, Arthur rode his horse to school each day and became an expert trick rider and noted horseman.
Soon after graduating from high school in 1937 and attending Tulsa Business College, Arthur joined the Army. He was awarded the Bronze Star when, as part of the General Staff of the 7th Army, he participated in the planning and follow-up to the invasion of Europe at Normandy. Later, in 1946, he joined the newly created Army Air Force and was assigned to special duty with the State Department. This took him to Japan, Turkey, Egypt and Pakistan.
Arthur retired to Tucson more than 20 years ago. But his Aspen friends never stop remembering his parties, his spontaneous picnics for 30, his tales of his Army days when he served tea to Charles de Gaulle. And we, his family, never stop remembering that Arthur was the one who introduced us Langenkamps to the old-time, wild and wide-open Aspen. There are four generations of us who can thank Arthur for this gift and remember him with love for his generosity of spirit, his undying good cheer and his special loyalty to his friends and family.
Donald Edward Turner Jr.
February 13, 2005
Donald Turner was born in Oakland, Calif., on Feb. 5, 1959, to Donald and Jane Turner. He was an avid outdoorsman and lived his life to the fullest. He died Feb. 10, 2005. Donald had been a resident of Basalt for the past 17 years. He is survived by his parents, Donald E. and Jane R. Turner; sisters Kathy Guess and Jane Votel; brothers-in-law Dan Guess and John Votel; his former wife and love, Nancy Turner; sons Jack Turner and Edward Knolls; daughter Mary Jane Knolls; four nephews, Eric, Ross, and Brennan Votel, and Grant Guess; and two nieces, Emily and Allison Guess; and many dear friends and relatives.
The service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Aspen. There will be no visitation. Farnum-Holt Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Dustin T. Foote
February 11, 2005
Dustin T. Foote died as the result of a rare type of bacterial meningitis. He checked into the Aspen Valley Hospital Monday evening with flu-like symptoms. He slipped into a coma and died early Tuesday morning. He was 22.
Dusty had been working in Snowmass on an internship through Central Washington University since December. He was working at the Brothers' Grill in Snowmass and staying at the Wildwood Lodge. Though he had only been there a short time, he had made a variety of friends from all across the world, and he had fallen in love with Colorado and the Aspen area.
Dusty was born in Ellensburg, Wash., on July 27, 1982. He grew up in the Kittitas Valley, graduated from Ellensburg High School in 2000, and went on to Central Washington University, where he planned to graduate this spring with a degree in recreation and tourism.
Dusty is survived by his mother, Nanci, and his three sisters, Kathleen, Karen and Kristie, their families, and numerous families in Washington that consider Dusty a surrogate son. He was preceded in death by his father, Tom Foote.
Dusty will be missed by everyone who had the good fortune to know him. He touched many lives in a positive way. Dusty had a way of making people feel comfortable around him, no matter how you knew him. His openness, his sense of humor and his innate goodness defined Dusty.
Dusty loved to ski and was very excited about his internship in Colorado. Though he loved to travel, he had never lived away from home and was thrilled by all the friends that he had made from across the world, particularly the South Africans, Australians, and New Zealanders with whom he spent his final days.
Dusty's remains were cremated and his ashes will be spread on the bike trails he and his dad loved to ride together. A celebration of Dusty's life will take place in Ellensburg on Sunday, Feb. 13, in the CWU SUB Theater room on the second floor of the SUB.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Dustin T. Foote Memorial Fund at any U.S. Bank.
Charles David Margolin
February 10, 2005
Charles D. Margolin, 43, of Snowmass Village, passed away on Feb. 7.
Chuck was born in Kansas City, Mo., and moved to Colorado with his wife, Peggy, and two daughters in 1991. His love of Aspen began in the 1960s during family ski vacations to the area. In the 1970s he ski raced in Aspen and always wanted to return to raise his family. After graduating from Cornell University, Chuck worked in the restaurant business in Kansas City. His love of the mountains and Aspen brought him and his young family back to the area.
Chuck will be sadly missed and always remembered by his wife, Peggy, and his two daughters, Caitlin and Macy. Both daughters attend Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont. Services are being held in Kansas City on Thursday at Louis Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Caitlin and Macy Margolin Burke Mountain Scholarship Trust, P.O. Box 78, East Burke, Vt. 05832.
January 28, 2005
Longtime Roaring Fork Valley resident Barbara Buettner, 67, died of cancer on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.
Born in Hollywood, Calif., on Nov. 24, 1937, to Sophie and Harry Estin, she grew up and attended schools in the Hollywood/Los Angeles area.
Barbara, known to most as Barb, loved the outdoors and enjoyed hiking and skiing with the Mountaineers while attending UCLA, where she graduated in 1959.
She married Louis Buettner in 1967 and they moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 197l and built a home in Emma. She was a tireless volunteer in the valley and donated many hours to the cross-country skiing program for the Basalt schools, the Aspen Historical Society, the Pitkin County Fair and the Basalt Volunteer Network (providing food boxes for the needy). She was also a driving force behind the Pitkin County 4-H Club.
As an avid student of Western history, particularly Colorado and local history, she was an invaluable asset to the Aspen Historical Society, where she volunteered on a weekly basis for many years. She enjoyed telling endless stories about Aspen and the surrounding area, its early days and colorful characters.
Neighbors will remember her as an election judge for virtually every election in recent history.
She was a member of the Colorado Mountain Club for 34 years, secretary/treasurer of that organization for most of that time, and led many of the Mountain Club hikes.
She was also a very active member in the local women's hiking/skiing group known as the Wednesday Wanderers for 25-plus years, and was a member of the County Extension Homemaker's club in Basalt.
Barb had a deep love for the mountains, the wildflowers (she knew them all by name) and the wildlife. She backpacked and hiked extensively throughout the area, throughout her life. In the winter and spring she would ski (both downhill and cross country). She also loved cooking, sewing, canning, needlepoint, gardening and reading.
Barb is survived by her husband of 38 years and many friends who will miss her dearly. According to her wishes, there was no funeral service.
Louis Buettner requests that there be no cards, letters or flowers sent. Memorial funds have been set up in her name at both the Aspen Historical Society, 620 W. Bleeker St., Aspen, CO 81611, and the 4-H Home Economics Awards Fund, c/o The Garfield County Agent, PO Box 1112, Rifle, CO 81650.
Robert Thomas Nicols
January 28, 2005
Robert T. Nicols died Jan. 15, 2005, at home in Aspen surrounded by his wife and six children. He is survived by his wife, Melody Nicols; children Michael Nicols, Robert Nicols, Susan Endlicher, Jacqueline Allwardt, Jonathan Nicols and Jay Nicols; and grandchildren Amy Nicols, Matthew Nicols, Blake Nicols, Christopher Nicols, Libby Nicols, Tate Allwardt and Keaton Allwardt. Robert is also survived by innumerable dear family and friends in Aspen, Chicago, throughout Michigan, Florida, California and Minnesota.
Robert was an avid polo player and aviator. He enjoyed skiing, boating, automobiles and most recently golf. He was a member of the Maroon Creek Club and lived in Aspen for some 25 years.
Born of immigrants, his father from Greece and his mother from Ireland, Robert lived the American dream. Robert built his fortune from and was solely responsible for revolutionizing the marketing and distribution of wine nationwide, utilizing cutting-edge advertising and promotional techniques that are the universal standards used today. He conceived and built six magnificent homes: Three in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and three homes in Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale. He enjoyed talking to people from all walks of life and was genuinely interested in their well-being.
More than anything, Robert loved his wife, children and grandchildren and deeply cared for his family and friends around the country. He was a truly wonderful man and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
There will be several Masses said across the country honoring Robert, in addition to an open-house celebration of his life on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the main ballroom of the Detroit Athletic Club. Friends and former colleagues who knew and loved Robert and would like to reminisce are encouraged to attend in support of his family. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Roaring Fork Hospice in memory of Robert T. Nicols.
Ida Prouty Truscott
January 27, 2005
Dr. Ida Prouty Truscott, died Dec. 27, 2004, at the home of her son, Dr. Al Truscott, in Gig Harbor, Wash. She was 89 years old.
She and her husband, Harry, built their Wildoak home in 1968 and moved to Snowmass Village in 1976. Dr. Truscott was co-founder of Response, and the now disbanded Aspen Women's Forum.
Ida supported Harry's efforts as a member of the Snowmass Planning Commission, where he worked for responsible development, and as founder of the Aspen Housing Authority, through which he put considerable energy into developing affordable housing for local employees, culminating in the building of several housing projects specifically for that purpose, among them Truscott Place.
Ida was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Oct. 1, 1915. After graduating from the University of Iowa, she worked briefly in Omaha, Neb., where she met Harry. They moved to Boston, where Harry was an engineer for General Electric, and Ida became a member of the first class at Harvard University to produce women graduates, taking her master's degree in psychology.
The couple then moved to Cincinnati, where Ida took her Ph.D. at the University of Cincinnati. She practiced clinical psychology, did research, and taught at the university level, while raising her family. "Retirement" was not a word in her vocabulary, and after the move to Colorado, she continued her work as a clinical psychologist, with an office in Aspen.
Dr. Truscott moved to Southern California in 1998, following Harry's death, both for the warmth and to be near her daughter.
The Truscotts were known for their dawn "Balloon Breakfasts, " during which friends were treated to eggs Benedict while watching the hot air balloons land in the fields above the Rodeo grounds, now Horse Ranch. Ida will be remembered by Wildoak neighbors walking with her dogs down Oak Ridge Road, often wearing a red beret. Those who knew her will be pleased to hear that she was her funny, feisty, smart and gracious self until the last moment.
Ida is survived by her son Al, daughter-in-law Cheryl Hanna, grandchildren Cody, Shaine, and Annie Truscott, all of Gig Harbor, Wash., and daughter Leigh and son-in-law Craig Weatherwax, of Cardiff, Calif., and many, many friends, all of whom will miss her dearly.
Donations in honor of Ida's memory may be made to Response, P.O. Box 1340, Aspen, CO 81612, and The Ida Prouty Truscott Scholarship for the Higher Education of Women in Science and the Arts, Abraham Lincoln High School, c/o Ginger Morgan, 1205 Bonham St., Council Bluffs, IA 51503.
A memorial service is being planned for the first week of March at the Snowmass Chapel. Please check local papers for details.
January 24, 2005
Maryann Schmitt-Byars died Jan. 20 at the age of 43.
She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Joan and Jim Bain; daughter Amanda; sisters Joann and Gigi; husband Lyn Byars and stepdaughter Emily Byars.
Her passing has left an empty space in the lives of dozens of grieving family members and hundreds of heartbroken friends around the world.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Christ Community Church, 20351 Highway 82 in Basalt.
Friends are encouraged, in lieu of flowers, to contribute to Maryann's Fund at Alpine Bank in El Jebel or via Christ Community Church.
Sherman M. Mandt
January 17, 2005
Sherman M. Mandt died at his home in Perham, Minn., on Dec. 26. He was 81.
Born April 27, 1923, in McIntosh, Minn., Sherman was the son of Albert Mandt Sr. and Emma (Thoveson) Mandt. He graduated from McIntosh High School in 1942.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 until his honorable discharge in 1946. His tour included the European theater and the Battle of the Bulge.
On Sept. 12, 1948, Sherman married Alta Svalen in McIntosh, Minn. They lived in Fargo, N.D., where Sherman continued his education at North Dakota Agricultural College and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1951. From 1967 until retirement in 1980, he served with the University of Minnesota Extension Office as Coordinator of Concerted Services and Supervisor of the Small Farmer Aides project.
A life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, Sherman served as commander of the legion for a term. He was an active member of both, always on one committee or another. Sherman was a member of the Military Color Guard up until the time he was diagnosed with cancer. He was a member of the Perham Lions for 22 years and received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award in 1996. He was an Associate Member of the Perham Chamber of Commerce for many years, helping to promote Perham businesses along with the Mandt Tree Farm.
Sherman enjoyed the outdoors very much and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was fortunate enough to enjoy many hunting and fishing trips, the last one for ducks and geese in North Dakota in October 2004. He will be sorely missed by family, relatives and friends.
Surviving Sherman is his wife, Alta, of Perham, Minn.; son David (Sue) of East Gull Lake, Minn.; daughters Nadine (Brian) Knudson of Aneta, N.D., Julie and friend Stuart Lusk of Aspen and Carol (Patrick) Richter of Anoka, Minn.; grandchildren Travis, Isaac, Roni Jean and Jesse Richter, all of Anoka, Minn., Alexis, Ainslee and Abigail Knudson, all of Aneta, N.D., Jeff Gustafson of Cold Spring, Minn., Nicole Gustafson of St. Joseph, Minn., Chris Gustafson of Becker, Minn., Sophia Mandt and Kyle Lusk of Aspen; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Iris (Lyle) Eisert, of Crookston, Minn.; brothers Ervin and Albert (Ruth) of McIntosh, Minn., and Arvin "Swede" of Dent, Minn.
Preceding Sherman in death were his parents and one sister, Mavis Koehler.
It is the family's wish that memorials be sent, in lieu of flowers, to the Perham Area Community Center, the Calvary Lutheran Church or to the Friends of the History Museum for the Veteran's Museum in Perham.
Funeral services were held Dec. 30 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Perham, Minn., with interment in the Perham Village Cemetery.