Stuart Laird Nichols

June 28, 1930 - February 18, 2016
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Stu was born in Great Bend, KS. where he grew up with his brother, Phil and parents , Don and Elizabeth. He was taught the love of music at a very young age from his mother and grandmother and proceeded to play trumpet with many big bands over his younger years.

He enlisted in the United States Navy and traveled the world prior to graduating from the University of Minnesota. He married Arlyce Kingsbury and they had four children: Julie, Scott, Beth and Amy.

He worked in sales for Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN. and became a ski patrolman at Afton Alps, MN. and has always been an avid outdoorsman.

Later in his life he moved to Aspen where he fell madly in love with Linda Olsen and they married in 1995. Stu loved reading, jazz, great jokes, animals and football (particularly the Vikings)

He is survived by his wife, Linda, his son, Scott, his daughter, Beth, his daughter Amy and husband, Jorge Romo of Denver, CO., his daughter Beth of St. Paul, MN. Step sons, Daron and Doug French of Snowmass, CO. and Dan French of Greeley, CO.

Stu has ten grandchildren (Mathew, Julia, Alec, Cheyenne, Devon, Annika, Maria, Nate, Zane and Courtney) whom all have brought a huge smile to his eyes and joy to his heart over the years!

Stu is preceded in death by his wife, Arlyce and his daughter, Julie.

He has made many great friends over the years being an active member of the Aspen Elks Lodge #224 and enjoyed working with the Shining Stars and the Disabled Vets when they visit Aspen. He will be buried at the Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, CO. and there will be a celebration of Stu’s life at the Aspen Elks Lodge on March 5 at 5:00 p.m.

We will all miss him dearly!