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Christopher James Schumacher

It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that life-long local Christopher James Schumacher, Age 30, passed away June 15th in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a kind, gentle, & loving son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew, & friend to so many. … We find tremendous comfort in knowing that he is at peace after his long struggle with alcoholism.

Chris was proud to be an Aspen Native. He attended Aspen Country Day School, Colorado Rocky Mountain School, and his sense of adventure led him to further studies at the University of Montana and the University of Utah. He was a stand-out athlete who excelled in soccer, freestyle skiing, and multiple other athletic endeavors. An avid outdoorsman, his love of the mountains and nature took him on fabulous adventures in many places, including Chili and Alaska. He was a world traveler and great adventurer. Besides being a black belt and fierce competitor in all sports, Chris was a talented artist in many mediums and creative ceramicist.

He is preceded in death by his grandfather’s John P Sedlak and Dr. Lee R Schumacher, and his Grandmother Jane Barry Schumacher.

Chris is survived by his Mother (Judy Schumacher), his Father (B Lee Schumacher), Siblings: John (Annie), Jennifer (Max), Megan, Molly, and Michael; Grandmother (Dorothy Sedlak), Nieces (Grace & Norah), Nephews (Jack & Bodhi), any many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless friends.

There will be a Celebration of Life to honor his memory at the base of Aspen Highlands on Saturday July 6th at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Aspen Valley Ski Club Freestyle Program or Phoenix Multi-sport (an organization striving to help those suffering from substance abuse through intense physical activity).

Chris was like a shooting star, he shined so brightly and burnt out much too soon. We will all miss him dearly….

Patricia Ann Davis

Patricia Ann Davis, 79, of Austin, Texas, passed away on June 19, 2019 at her summer home in Aspen, Colorado.

Pat was born in Lamb County, Texas, to Otha and Hettie Dent on May 6, 1940. She attended High School in Austin, Texas, and college at Abilene Christian College where she received her Bachelor of Science in biology. She met her husband Don Davis at Abilene and they married on May 27, 1959. Following school she worked as a laboratory researcher working with the first primates to be sent into orbit. She has two children, Dana Bushong and Derek Davis, of Austin, Texas.

She was a lifetime member of the University Avenue Church of Christ and attended Christ Church in Aspen, Colorado during summers. She volunteered with numerous charities and organizations, including Laguna Gloria Art Museum (“Fiesta”), Junior Helping Hand, March of Dimes and the American Cancer Society. She was an avid tennis player, snow skier, world traveler, hiker, and bridge player. She will be forever remembered for her kindness, generosity and love.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Donny Dent, and her sisters Joy Worley, Wanda Sanders, Lou Williamson and Jo McGill.

She is survived by her husband, Don; her children, Dana and Derek; and her grandchildren, Anna Bushong, Davis Bushong, Audrey Davis, Zachary Davis and Ellyce Davis.

Memorials may be given to the Junior Helping Hand Home for Children, 3804 Avenue B, Austin, Texas 78751. (www.helpinghandhome.org)

Susan McEvoy Strong

Susan McEvoy Strong passed peacefully June 12, 2019, at age 60. As she lived every day, Susan squeezed every moment out of life that she could, outliving a terminal cancer diagnosis almost two years prior and continuing her adventures in the mountains of Colorado and Nepal until the very end.

Born at Fort Rucker, Alabama, on September 3, 1958, Susan spent the majority of her childhood in North Easton, Massachusetts. She moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1979 and held a deep fascination and intimate relationship with the mountain communities of Redstone and Marble. In 1993 she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Colorado Boulder.

In 1996, Susan became a tour coordinator, caretaker, historian and docent at the Redstone Castle. Just as the yellow-linen pineapple-stenciled wallpaper in the Castle’s entry hall was a universal sign of welcome and hospitality, Sue welcomed visitors and shared the past of Cleveholm Manor. Our modern day “Lady Bountiful” hosted numerous events at the Castle and was a long-standing member of the Historical Society as well as the Redstone Community Association.

Susan was a talented staff writer and editor for the Crystal Valley Echo and Marble Times and a certified Pilates and Yoga Instructor. She also volunteered for the Dzi Foundation and later Global Dental. After she joined a Ladakh, India, trip in 2006, Susan became a dental assistant and began co-leading yearly trips of volunteer doctors to remote villages around Ladakh, and Pokhara, Nepal. Susan was inspired by these magical places and the bright smiles of all the children she served.

Susan had a quiet wit, a beautiful smile, a legendary snort and an infectious laugh. She loved the music of Bob Dylan and was rarely seen without a Golden Retriever by her side. Friends knew SuMac to be an ice climber, river runner, fan of all things Boston, and an avid hiker and backpacker, trekking each year to Silver Creek in Lead King Basin to photograph the prolific wildflowers. An exceptional skier, Aspen Highlands was the mountain where she skied religiously, dancing on snow.

A strong, wise, courageous, and dedicated mountain woman, Susan will be missed by the friends and family she leaves behind, including her partner Dana Strong, beloved parents Leo and Janice McEvoy, brother John and sister-in-law Aedie McEvoy, nephews and niece Alexander, James, and Leydn McEvoy, her sister and brother-in-law Kathy (McEvoy) and Cameron Law, and nephews Micah and Eli Dawson.

Susan loved Redstone and the community who always made it her home. Donations can be made in her name to the Pema Tsal monastery in Pokhara, Nepal. A celebration of Sue’s life will be held at a later date. Her family thanks you and sends their love. Sue will be missed dearly.

Howard L. Stoner

A beloved member of the Aspen and Snowmass Village community, Howard L. Stoner, age 69 of Port Orange, Florida, passed away Sunday, June the 2nd. Howard was born June 12, 1949 in Springfield, MA to his loving parents Edward and Rose Stoner.

Howard moved to the Roaring Fork Valley around 1976. He left the area 10 years ago due to health issues. He worked at the Pokolodi Lodge and Stay Aspen Snowmass for many years. An active member of the community, he played on a local softball league, worked in theater, a participant and sponsor to many in the local AA community and was a member of the Aspen Elks Lodge. He is remembered for his distinctive laugh.

Howard lived his life to the fullest and was always filled with laughter. He loved people, especially his family and friends. Some of his other loves were motorcycles, track & field, the Red Sox and Patriots. Howard made his own self laugh — “Hello. It’s me, my name is Howard Lee!” He learned that sobriety is something you work at every day and he worked at it for over 30 years! Howard’s legacy will be remembered by those that knew his mission was to help others on their road to recovery.

Howard is survived by aunts, uncles, two brothers, two sisters, his fiancé, nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces, friends and extended family. Howard will be dearly missed by all those that knew and loved him.

Do you know this man? If so you are one of the luckiest people on Earth! Let’s get together and celebrate Howard Stoner.

Where: Crown Mountain Park @ El Jebel

When:Sunday, June 30th 2-6 PM

Bring stories, photos, your motorcycles and finger food for a pot luck. Howard touched so many people in our valley.

John Bales Clark

John Bales Clark passed away peacefully at his ranch in Old Snowmass, Colorado, with his family at his side. John practiced law for many years, holding State Bar licenses in New York, California and Colorado. He owned several Aspen area businesses, served terms as Chairman of the Snowmass Capitol Creek Caucus and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. John was loved by many and admired for his intelligence, wit, humor and honesty. For those who loved him, he was larger than life and will be dearly missed.

John was born in Great Bend, Kansas, August 2, 1936 to Ruth and Dwight Clark. John moved with his parents and older brother, Dwight, to Fort Collins, Colorado in 1945. John’s father opened a bookstore and his mother became involved in local politics, eventually serving as one of the first female representatives in the Colorado State Legislature from 1955-1966.

John attended Fort Collins High School and excelled in both academics and athletics. He was elected Student Body President and played for Fort Collins High School when they won the State Football Championship in 1954.

In 1954, John followed his older brother Dwight to Stanford University, where he also played football and rugby. He became a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and earned a degree in Engineering in 1958. John received an academic scholarship to Stanford Law School. He served as an editor of the Stanford Law Review and earned his law degree in 1961.

In 1961, John joined the firm of Sullivan and Cromwell in New York City and began what would become a successful and expansive international career as an attorney, mediator and arbitrator, specializing in disputes arising from construction projects. John was named one of Southern California’s Super Lawyers and included in the listing of “Best Lawyers in America” in the specialty of construction law. He was described as an “icon of construction litigation” and “a gentleman who wins cases.”

He was most proud of his pro bono work in support of the California Mountain Lion Foundation, the Sierra Club and the EPA’s Clean Water Act.

John married his high school sweetheart, Susanne Vordenberg in 1964 and together they raised six children.

In his later years, John became an avid polo player, playing in both Old Snowmass, Colorado and Palm Desert, California.

John is survived by his wife of 54 years, Susanne Vordenberg Clark, brothers Dwight D. Clark of Palo Alto, California, Mark H. Clark of Paso Robles, California, sons James T. Woolaway of Basalt, Colorado, Michael W. Woolaway of Venice, California, Scott M. Woolaway of Prescott, Arizona, John A. Clark of Woodside, California, Oliver H. Clark of Los Angeles, California, and daughter, Robyn Clark Liotta of Carbondale, Colorado, and seven grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life is planned for July at his ranch in Old Snowmass.

Donations can be made in John’s memory to the Colorado Rocky Mountain School and Home Care and Hospice of the Valley.

Sharon Kahn

Sharon Kahn, a long-time local, died on June 9th at age 77 due to complications related to Alzheimer’s.

Sharon moved to Aspen in 1968, after losing her first husband, Air Force test pilot Kenneth Funk to a plane crash due to a malfunction with his plane. In Aspen, Sharon fell in love with the beauty of the mountains and the free spirited and progressive community of the era, and eventually met her second husband, Martin Kahn, in the singles chair line on Aspen mountain, the mountain which she skied religiously until her mid-seventies. Sharon and Marty raised their only son, Ian, in Aspen.

Sharon was a truly talented interior designer and pioneered the aesthetic which has since become known as Mountain Modern, creating several of Aspen’s iconic examples of this style long before it was in vogue.

Sharon had a wild wit and an infectious laugh, and she loved creating a warm and welcoming environment both of her home and of Aspen in general. She often volunteered her time for Aspen organizations including Challenge Aspen and BOLD, where she particularly enjoyed sharing her love of the mountains with the visually impaired and with children battling cancer. Sharon also enjoyed supporting the Aspen arts community and had strong and lifelong friendships with many of Aspen’s seminal artists.

A true original, and a strong and bright-eyed mountain woman, Sharon will be missed by the friends and family she leaves behind, including her brother Gary and sister in law Lieueen Thomas, her nephews Roger and Greg Thomas and their families who always thought of her as Crazy Aunt Sharon, and most especially her beloved son Ian Cion and daughter in law Gretchen Cion, and as she would often call them, her precious, brilliant, and hysterical grandsons, Skyler and Keenan.

Sharon loved Aspen and for those of you who always made it her home, her family thanks you and sends their love.

The Spirit is Eternal, Nature is Divine, and Love is Universal.

Jerome Edward Hatem

Jerome (Jerry) of Aspen Colorado was born in Columbus, Ohio to the late Thomas and Kathryn L Hatem. In addition to his parents, Jerry is preceded in death by his sister, Kathryn Jean Hatem. Jerry is survived by his daughters Tamsin Pargiter and Tessa Pargiter-Hatem, their mother Jane Pargiter, and his brothers and sisters: John of San Rafael, CA, Barb Hatem-McGee (Kevin McGee) of Oshkosh, WI, Jim (Chris), Rick, and Jeff, all of Columbus, Rob (Mary) of Kansas City, MO, Ron Bona-Hatem (Suzy) of Cincinnati, and Tom (Tracy), Joe, Mike, and Mary, all of Columbus. His aunts, Irene Vernon and Mary Couden, and his uncle, Paul Hutchison, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive him. Jerry cared about his community, family, and friends.

He was a skilled craftsman and talented chef, and also an adventurer who enjoyed skiing, biking, playing rugby, and traveling all over the country to visit family and friends. He especially enjoyed working on the “farm” in Creola, OH, pitching in wherever he saw fit. Jerry loved to live life to the fullest. Family and friends will remember Jerry’s life at a Mountain Top Memorial Service on Aspen Mountain, in Colorado from 1 – 3 PM on Monday, June 17, 2019. A Community reception will follow at Su Casa Restaurant from 3:00 – 6 PM. A memorial service will also be held at a later date in Ohio.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the Gentlemen of Aspen, Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, The Aspen Ski Company, and Mountain Rescue Aspen. In addition, the family would like to give special thanks to Jerry’s friends and extended family for all of their support during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Tamsin and Tessa Fund at Alpine Bank, and to A Way Out, a program for substance use disorders and addictions in Western Colorado. https://awayout.org/donate.

Ronald Wesley Rouse

Ronald Wesley Rouse of Carbondale, CO., passed away peacefully on January 10, 2019, surrounded by loving family. Ron was born on January 21, 1948, in Los Angeles, CA., the middle child of David and Barbara Rouse. Ron spent his youth participating in sports and working at his father’s gas station. He earned a basketball scholarship to the University of California Santa Barbara, and when he graduated in 1970, he held the school record for most games played. He graduated from UCLA law school in 1973 and began a 38 year law career with Luce Forward in San Diego. He was often tapped for leadership roles in the community and served in volunteer capacities with several organizations, including the San Diego YMCA and the Carlsbad CA. Chamber of Commerce.

Ron and his wife, Jan Wyandt, moved to Carbondale in 2011 and quickly established close friendships with those who shared their love of the community. Ron spent leisure hours golfing, skiing, hiking, attending concerts, hosting parties and serving as tour guide for visiting family and friends. One of Ron’s great passions was fly fishing local rivers and beyond. To no one’s surprise, Ron was very involved as both a director and president of the River Valley Ranch Master Association, selflessly donating his time and talents to the community.

Ron is survived by his wife Jan, his daughters Jennifer Leahy(Todd) of Charlotte, NC and Wendy Rohin(Brandon Miller) of Boise, ID; stepchildren Leslie Townsend(Jeff) of Highlands Ranch, CO., Erin Shoupp(Doug) of Southlake, TX., Paul Wyandt(Shelby) of San Diego, CA., sisters Robin Rouse of Aliso Viejo, CA. and Cynthia Martin(Robert) of Gardnerville, NV., thirteen grandchildren, a niece and a nephew and their families, other extended family members…..and his loyal golden retriever, Travis.

A celebration of Ron’s life will be held Monday, June 17, 2019, at 3 p.m. at the the Old Thompson Barn, 333 River Valley Ranch Drive in Carbondale.

The family requests memorials honoring Ron be made to the San Diego YMCA Overnight Camps, attention to the Ronald Rouse Memorial Fund, providing camp scholarships for deserving children. Mailing address is:

YMCA Camp Surf

560 Silver Strand Boulevard

Imperial Beach, CA. 91932

Vera Vay Johnson

Mother, you are eternally loved and the shining star in our hearts forever. We will all meet again among quaking aspens.

Vera taught school for 44 years in Llano and Burnet, Texas, and in Aspen and Rifle, Colorado. Vera is survived by son John Shipp and grandchildren Becky Strong, Tina Deere, Fasha and Timbra Goss, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Vera was preceded in death by parents Affie and John Gabbart, brother Madison, son Byron Shipp, daughters Byra Vay Strong and Janie Haskins, and grandaughter Peggy Jean. Vera is buried in Bluffton Cemetery, Bluffton, Texas.

Peter Selucky

Peter Selucky, 69, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. He was born on January 17, 1950 in Brno, Czechoslovakia to Eva and Milan Selucky. Growing up under the influence of the Soviet Bloc, Peter decided to leave Czech at the age of 18. He moved to Toronto, Canada and resided there for several years, studying photography. In the ’70s, Peter moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in pursuit of the best skiing. He worked for Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol, as well as ski retail shops, such as Stefan Kaelin Ski & Golf and Snowmass Sports. In 1988, he married Katherine Methfessel. They had son Jamie, in 1989, and daughter Kira, in 1993. Peter began working for Aspen Ski Company as a ski instructor in the early ’90s. Concurrently, he was sole proprietor of Selucky Construction. Peter most enjoyed teaching others to ski.

Along with skiing, Peter had many passions in his life. Most recently, he was learning and practicing his love for photography. He enjoyed capturing everything, especially nature, people, and real estate. Peter also loved windsurfing and his annual trip to South Padre Island, Texas. In 2007, he purchased his sailboat and joined the Aspen Yacht Club at Ruedi Reservoir. Peter was an avid sailor. He always said that his dream was to “sail on his boat from island to island.”

Peter had many defining qualities. For anyone that knew him well, he was stubborn and sarcastic. No one enjoyed his jokes more than himself. He was kind-hearted and always wanted to help people in any way that he could. Peter was ambitious and lived his life to the fullest.

Peter will live on through Jamie, Kira, his friends, and his sister Jana, who resides in Austria.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.