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William Joseph Spang

Aspen, CO Colorado

Bill Spang passed away on June 5, 2010 while rafting the Eagle River. He was 48.

Born in Newton, Mass. to David and Gwen Spang, Bill grew up in Sudbury, Mass. and spent childhood summers on Cape Cod. After graduating from Lincoln-Sudbury High School, Bill started his carpentry career and worked his way up to becoming a master carpenter. He eventually started his own construction business in Massachusetts, which he continued after relocating to Colorado.

Bill moved to Aspen in 1994, and it was there that he met his wife Silke, in 1997. He and Silke were married in 2001, and their daughter, Kristen was born in 2002. Bill was a devoted and faithful husband to Silke, who was the love of his life. He was a doting father to Kristen, a caring stepfather to Gregory and Katrina, a loving son, and an awesome brother. He was a great friend to all those who knew him, and his passing leaves a gaping hole in the lives of many. He touched so many hearts and will be sorely missed.

Bill had a great passion for the outdoors. He loved skiing, which he began at a young age competing in the Buddy Werner program in Sudbury, Mass. He spent many years skiing with his family at Sugarloaf, Maine and after moving out West, couldn’t wait to introduce his daughter to the sport. He proved to be a great instructor and was so proud when he recently announced that Kristen could out-ski him.

Bill enjoyed fishing and boating with his family during his annual visits to his parents’ home on Cape Cod. He and Kristen shared activities such as biking, hiking, camping, fishing, catching snakes and lizards, and their monthly “date” at McDonald’s.

Bill also was a good mechanic and loved working on his ’85 Bronco, which he completely rebuilt, not once, but several times, and frequently took out four-wheeling to explore the Aspen area. He shared this love of cars with his stepson Greg and the two of them spent many hours fixing Greg’s truck, as well. A recent rescue mission pulling Greg’s truck out of a pond with the Bronco will be an enduring memory.

Bill and his stepdaughter Katrina enjoyed snowmobiling in the winter, watching sitcoms, teasing each other, and most recently doing crossword puzzles on the computer together.

Bill was a great storyteller and had a wonderful sense of humor. He loved tinkering in his garage and always had a project of some sort going. If you needed his help, it was only a knock on the door or a phone call away. He was a man of honesty and integrity with a strong work ethic. But more than anything, Bill will be remembered as having lived life to the fullest, enjoying every minute of it.

Bill is survived by his wife, Silke; daughter Kristen of Aspen; parents David and Gwen Spang of Truro, Mass.; sisters Deborah Dionne of Provincetown, Mass., Lynda Johnson of Brookline, N.H. and Tracy (John) Wertis of Trumansburg, N.Y.; stepson and stepdaughter Gregory and Katrina Buesch of Aspen; and nieces Christy, Caitlyn, Amanda, Sandra, Gail and Sarah.

There will be a celebration of Bill’s life on June 19 beginning at 4 p.m. at the T-Lazy-Seven Ranch Chuckwagon Grounds, followed by a barbecue potluck dinner.

Guests are asked to bring a side dish or drinks. For any questions, please e-mail Rebecca at rebecca@sopris.net or call Chris at 970-920-9146.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bill Spang Memorial Fund at American National Bank in Aspen, 970-544-3777.


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