Newton Eldo Klusmire |

Newton Eldo Klusmire

Newton Eldo Klusmire, age 82, of Rifle, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2005, at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle.

Newt was born in the town of Palmer Lake 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 rodeo, skiing, 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 served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II, and in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War.

He moved to Aspen in 1946, worked for the Aspen Skiing Co. and helped build the No. 1 Lift. He went into the bar and restaurant business, owning Newt’s Bar in Aspen, the Frying Pan Inn in Basalt, and the Rifle Supper Club. 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. Tuesday at the Rifle Funeral Home. The Rev. Del Whittington of the Open Door Church will officiate.

Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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