Kiefer Mendenhall

1940 — 2015

Born in Indianapolis, he graduated from Wabash College and Indiana University McKinney School of Law. He left a banking career in 1971 when he and his family moved to Aspen. Once described by the New York Times as “one of Aspen’s lovable eccentrics”, he owned the Wax & Wicks gift shop for 20 years and created Aspen Mulling Spices. An Aspen Music Festival devotee, he was the first store owner to invite student musicians and faculty to perform on the mall. He is survived by his wife Mary, children Allyson (Eliot) and Preston (Zhenya), grandchildren Asher, Fedya, Clare and Nikita, and sister Judy (Wendell) Shiffler. According to his wishes, no services are planned.