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Jesse Hamilton “Mickey” McConnell, 97, passed away Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, at the Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale.

Jesse was born Sept. 10, 1911, in Hardington, Neb., to Ernest Hamilton and Betty (Archer) McConnell.

He married Betty Anderson on Sept. 11, 1938, in Humboldt, Iowa.

Jesse worked for the Murray Iron Works Co. in Burlington, Iowa, for 35 years. He started as a blueprint boy and retired in 1966 as chief engineer. Jesse and Betty moved to Cameron, Mo., to manage a Best Western motel for five years. Then on to Boulder in 1971 where Jesse worked for Binks Research for eight years. They finally moved to Parachute in 1989, where they lived for nearly 20 years. Jesse and Betty moved to the Mesa Vista Assisted Living facility in 2001 where they lived until November 2007 when Betty passed away. Jesse then moved to the Heritage Park Care Center.

Jesse was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

He is survived by his son Mac (Faye) McConnell of Oro Valley, Ariz.

Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of life will be conducted at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Mesa Vista Assisted Living Activity Fund, 72 Sipprelle Drive, Parachute, CO 81635.

Jack Fischer, 66, of Carbondale lost his courageous and well-fought battle with cancer on Sunday, Sept. 14, surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Jack was born April 6, 1942, to Harry and Lucille “Tyke” (Phillips) Fischer.

Jack was a great storyteller, an avid hunter, a fisherman and an outstanding helicopter pilot.

His family was the highlight of his life. He was a wonderful son, compassionate brother, loving husband, a hero of a father, and a very proud grandpa.

Jack graduated from Glenwood Springs High School in 1960. He went to Mesa State College for a year but followed his real passion and became a pilot.

He married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Mortensen, on Aug. 22, 1964.

He then worked as a pilot in Grand Junction for Monarch Aviation until he joined the Army. He served his country as a warrant officer in the 1st Air Cavalry from 1966-70 as a Huey Gunship helicopter pilot. He received 33 air medals including the Bronze Star for valor and the Distinguished Flying Cross for flight actions in combat on Dec. 6, 1967, the day he learned of his son Steve’s birth.

He worked for the Aspen Skiing Co. for 17 years as a snowcat operator on Aspen Mountain and manicured the rough at Aspen Glen for 10 years.

Jack is survived by his wife, Bonnie, sons Steve and Van, daughter Joo Hee Rose, his mother, Lucille “Tyke,” brothers Roger and Ron, and sister Judy Cooper. He has six grandchildren: Keagan, William, Matthew, Hayden, Tenshi and Tianshi, and Van’s first child due in May 2009.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Church of Carbondale. Rifle Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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