O’Leary’s owner Krupp dies of cancer
February 6, 2004
Rowland William Krupp, former owner of O’Leary’s pub and prominent member of the Aspen Elks Lodge, died of cancer on Jan. 24. He was 64.
Remembered as a friendly, outspoken man, Krupp grew up in Chicago and lived for many years in Minnesota. He moved to Aspen in the early 1980s to own and manage O’Leary’s Pub on Hyman Avenue. O’Leary’s was designed by Krupp to be an old-fashioned watering hole for locals.
“He ran a unique bar that was a throwback to old pubs where people could meet and feel at home,” Elks Lodge member Brian O’Neill said. “Everyone who went into the place knew who he was.”
Krupp was active, both as a player and a coach, in the Aspen Softball League. For many years he was the leader of the O’Leary’s team, which had a long-standing rivalry with its neighbor, Little Annie’s.
Krupp was also an active member of the Aspen Elks Lodge. He served a five-year term as a Lodge trustee and for many years organized trips and activities for Lodge members.
Krupp is survived by his daughter, Kelly Krupp-Espinoza, granddaughters Kelsey Espinosa, Haily Clendennen, Shelby Espinosa, and his sister, Jaxy Kole.
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A graveside service will be held at Red Butte Cemetery at 11 am on April 17, followed by a reception at the Aspen Elks Lodge.