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Jonathan A. Schuss

Jonathan Schuss passed away in his sleep at home on October 4, 2016. Jon was a longtime valley resident who first lived in Aspen, then Snowmass, Basalt and finally Carbondale.

Born in Bay Village, Ohio, on February 19, 1958 to Jack Schuss and Betty (Young) Schuss he was a somewhat serious child who was always curious about how things worked and why. He later developed a goofy but very infectious sense of humor complete with a deep belly laugh when he found something funny. The family soon moved to a farm outside of Princeton, New Jersey, where Jon learned to appreciate the outdoors by roaming the fields, orchards and stream that ran through the property.

In 1970, the family moved again to Aspen where he enjoyed skiing, hiking and camping and ultimately finished high school. He lived for a short time in Corvallis, Oregon, where he was enrolled at Oregon State University in Environmental Studies. After moving back to the valley he worked for the town of Snowmass for over twenty-five years. Jon had a strong work ethic and after leaving town service he later drove down valley for FedEx.

Jon loved rock and roll and had a collection of both folk and electric guitars which he loved to play and was also an excellent harmonica player. He enjoyed landscaping his property up past Missouri Heights, riding motorcycles with his buddies and boating up at Ruedi Dam or Lake Powell with his children. He loved animals (he had a gentle pit bull and a yellow retriever) and served for three years on the Colorado Animal Rescue (C.A.R.E.) board, a nonprofit animal shelter serving Glenwood Springs, New Castle and Basalt. Additionally, since its inception in 1998 Jon served as a board member of a program started by his parents to further educational, economic and cultural opportunities to residents of the Roaring Fork valley.

Jon is survived by his sons Evan and Jacob Schuss, his ex-wife and mother of his children Cheryl Hoeke, his sisters Deborah (Schuss) Doolittle and Karen (Schuss) Sawyer, his brother Jeffrey Schuss.


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