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Andreux J. Argento

The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

AJ passed away suddenly at his home in Highlands Ranch, Colo. While not yet confirmed, hantavirus is suspected. At the time of his death, AJ was 23 and a student in the aviation mechanics program at Redstone College in Broomfield, Colo.

Friends and family of AJ will gather to share memories and fellowship on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 at 4 p.m. at the Old Thompson Barn at River Valley Ranch. (For directions or questions, please call 970-963-5597.)

Friends and family will miss AJ’s charm, sincerity, ready smile, loyalty to his friends, uncommon good judgment and positive nature. He was passionate about cars, dirt bikes, skiing, road trips – all fast.

AJ attended elementary school in Sonoma, Calif. As a child, he loved the ocean and swam with turtles in Hawaii and dolphins in Mexico. After he moved to the Crystal Valley, he attended Carbondale Elementary School, Marble Charter School, Colorado Rocky Mountain School and Bridges High School.

Early in life, AJ demonstrated an extraordinary talent for automobile mechanics. During high school, he was employed by Swedish Auto and Beyond and European Autos of Glenwood Springs. AJ decided to leave school to join the work force. He worked for the Aspen Skiing Co. in the mechanic shop at Buttermilk, where he worked on a wide variety of machines and operated snowcats. In 2009, he joined Eco Performance Automotive as Jason Harvey’s partner. Eco is a full-service automotive shop specializing in conversions to alternative fuels.

Last spring, AJ was very proud to receive his GED, which made it possible for him to attend school to master aviation power plants, avionics and air frame. He was excited about the next phase of his life but nervous about physics. (Shortly before his death, he passed his first physics exam.)

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AJ is survived by his father, Carlos Ronay Jr.; Kio, his loving dog; his tribe of loyal friends; grandfather Carlos Ronay Sr.; grandmother Kathy Ronay of Iola, Kansas; aunts Dale Bowen of Lake Tahoe and Amy Ronay of Aspen, Colo.; uncles Bill and Patrick Bowen of Marin County, Calif., and Tom Ronay of Midpines, Calif.; great aunts and uncles in California and Mexico; and his cousins in California. He was predeceased in 2009 by his mother, Jeffree Lee Bowen Argento of Marin and Sonoma counties, Calif.