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Memorial Day ceremony honors vets who made difference on battlefield and off

Jim Stanko and Tony Weiss make some final preparations for the Memorial Day ceremony at the Steamboat Springs Cemetery. The ceremony paid tribute to recently deceased veterans from Steamboat who made a difference both on the battlefield, and off.
Scott Franz

— Angelo Iacavetto had one of the most important jobs of World War II.

Iacovetto, whose dream of being a pilot was thwarted by a childhood eye injury, was destined to manage a post office during the war.

“Mail is very important to a serviceman,” Angelo’s son, Wayne, said last week. “Angelo was very adamant the troops would get their mail and their groceries on time.”



Wayne Iacovetto said his father’s managerial experience would help him achieve several successes in Steamboat Springs.

Angelo would go on to redevelop Dream Island into a modern hotel, reinvigorate the Harbor Hotel and modernize the Glen Eden Ranch in Clark.



He was one of the seven recently deceased veterans who got a special tribute Monday during the Memorial Day ceremony in Steamboat Springs.

“They did heroic deeds,” a speaker at the service proclaimed in front of a crowd of hundreds. “Maybe not ones that made books or front page headlines. But we know they helped where they could, and that makes them heroes.”

Family members of the veterans were at the ceremony to accept American flags.

Like Angelo Iacovetto, the other men honored at the ceremony went on to positively impact their communities.

After he served aboard the USS Hancock as an air intelligence officer during the Vietnam War, Dan Ellison served a long tenure as a Routt County commissioner.

“This was very moving, and he would have been very proud to have been honored in this way,” Ellison’s wife, Kitty, said after the ceremony.

And Lloyd Lockhart, who served in the 3rd Army under General Patton, eventually became president of the Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce, president of the Winter Sports Club and chairman of the 50th Winter Carnival. He also was an active member of the Kiwanis Club, a founding member of the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs and a commander of the American Legion.

The speeches were different this year, and there were some new faces in the crowd.

But as she rode away from the latest Memorial Day ceremony, Maybelle Chotvacs and dozens of others who attended had the same reaction as they have in past years.

“This was impressive,” Chotvacs said. “It always is.”

  • Not pictured: Jay MacFarlane was a Korean War veteran and life member of VFW Post 4264.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10


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