Newton Eldo Klusmire
Newton Eldo Klusmire, of Rifle, died Thursday, June 30, at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle. He was 82 years old.Newt was born in Palmer Lake, Colo., on Aug. 6, 1922 to Eldo and Gladys Dalton Klusmire. He spent his childhood at Palmer Lake and graduated from Palmer Lake High School. As a young man he enjoyed rodeoing, skiing and playing baseball and softball, and remained an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer and sports fan throughout his life.He joined the military service in 1942, first as a naval pilot. Then he served in the Army Air Corps in World War II, and in the Air Force in the Korean War. Newt moved to Aspen in 1946, worked for the Aspen Skiing Corporation, and helped build the Lift 1A. He then went into the bar and restaurant business, at times owning Newt’s Bar in Aspen, the Frying Pan Inn in Basalt, and the Rifle Supper Club in Rifle. He owned many other businesses in his lifetime, and also worked at numerous bars and restaurants in the valley. Newt is survived by his sons Newton R. (Deb Scherger) Klusmire of Denver, Jon Klusmire of Bishop, Calif., and Patrick Klusmire of Rifle; sister Betty Bishop of Paonia; and five grandchildren: Maeve Sarah, Newton R.P., Seth William, Ansel Francis and Mariah Day Klusmire. During the last 18 years of his life, Marge Kiaskak, of Rifle, was his trusted friend and personal companion. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeannette (Munroe) Klusmire, brother Bob Klusmire and sister Marie.Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Rifle Funeral Home. Rev. Del Whittington of the Open Door Church will officiate. Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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