Michael Kenton Dolle
Michael Dolle, a longtime Aspen local, died unexpectedly during the night of Aug. 28. The cause of his death is yet to be determined, and his family is shocked and grieved by his sudden passing.
Mike was the son of Don Dolle, stepson of Norma Dolle (owner of the Snow Queen Lodge in Aspen), and stepbrother to her sons Gordon, Larry and David Ledingham. Mike was also a proud father to his 8-year-old daughter, Hanna, who lives in Ohio. He is survived by his mother, Marlene, and his sisters, Donna and Debbie, who live in Ohio, and his longtime girlfriend Laura, in Aspen.On Sept. 11, Mike’s family held a memorial service in Delaware, Ohio, in celebration of his life. David Ledingham spoke there about his life in Aspen. “Mikie was great friend, with a big heart and a generous soul,” he said. “He was always giving toys and new pets to my son Aidan and sending boxes of them back to his daughter in Ohio. He was always there for his friends and family, and always looked for the silver lining. We are devastated by his loss.”
Mike came to Aspen in the early ’80s for a visit and stayed for more than 20 years. He worked for City Market and Clark’s Market, and for several years he was a welcome sight to Aspen locals slinging food from the Popcorn Wagon with a grin. He volunteered at The Thrift Shop regularly. He loved to ski, fish and ride motorcycles. He also loved animals and always rode his moped with his cockatiel, Joanie, clinging to his shoulder.A memorial gathering will take place at noon Sunday, Sept. 17 at the Maroon Bells Amphitheater. (Meet at Highlands at 11:30 a.m. to carpool or take the Maroon Lake Shuttle.)
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for the education of his daughter: Hanna Dolle, c/o Donna Ivanoff, 7538 Placid Ave., Worthington, OH 43085.”He will be dearly missed by many friends and family whose lives he touched …”
The festive season is upon us with lots of holiday events and activities on the calendar and a cheerful atmosphere with snowy slopes and twinkling lights all around town.