Obituaries for Oct. 6, 2002
Michael Allen Kane of Steamboat Springs died Sept. 26, 2002. He was 68.
Michael was born Feb. 9, 1934 in Seattle, Wash. He was a graduate of the University of Washington. He served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He was a retired captain for Pan American Airways.
He is survived by his wife, Chantal Kane of Steamboat Springs; his mother, Peggy Kane of Port Angeles, Wash.; a brother, Donald Kane of Hillsboro, Ore.; a daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Mark Parsons of Austin, Texas; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Rebecca Kane of Dillon; and five grandchildren.
A memorial bench in Michael’s honor is planned on the Spring Creek Trail in Steamboat Springs. It will be inscribed with “Gone but not forgotten.”
Former Steamboat Springs resident Ramsay S. Harris of Sun City, Ariz., died Aug. 28, 2002, at the Sun Health Boswell Memorial Hospital. He was 90.
Ramsay was born Nov. 18, 1911, in Albia, Iowa, the son of Anne and Bryon A. Harris, who were the co-founders of the once thriving coal-mining town of Mount Harris.
He spent his childhood in Mount Harris and Denver.
When his father died in 1926, the family moved to Los Angeles, where Ramsay finished his schooling at the Army Navy Academy in Carlsbad and later graduated from Stanford University.
In 1938, he married Ruth Larimer in Las Vegas. Ramsay returned to Rout County in 1942, where he and his wife lived in a home on Fourth and Oak streets in Steamboat Springs and raised three daughters.
He was a member of the Lions Club and a Master Mason. He received a 50-year certificate from the Elk Mountain Lodge No. 118 in Steamboat.
Ramsay operated the Ramsay Coal Co. outside of Hayden and then leased the Texaco station on the corner of Ninth and Lincoln before becoming a teacher. After receiving a master’s degree and a teaching certificate from Western State College in Gunnison, Ramsay taught history and social studies at Steamboat Springs Junior High School.
In 1961, he moved to Phoenix, where he continued to teach for 14 years. In 1971, he moved to Sun City with his wife. During the summer months, they would return to Steamboat to escape the Arizona heat.
Survivors include his two daughters, Susi Crowner of Yampa and Jo Hanson of Glendale, Ariz.; a grandson, Kip Crowner; and three great-grandchildren.
Ramsay was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; daughter Barbara A. Burklow; his parents; and a sister, Margaret Rhodes.
Ramsay was cremated and his ashes were buried in the family plot in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Linda Ann Jespersen, former resident of Steamboat Springs, died Sept. 26, 2002. She was 46.
Linda was born April 12, 1956, in Berkeley, Calif., to Dr. John and Doris (Hoffman) DeNoyer. The family moved to Maryland, where Linda attended school, graduating from high school in Chevy Chase, Md. She then attended Chapman College in California and Mount Vernon College in Washington, D.C.
She married Charles F. Jespersen in March 1981. In 1995, Linda and her family moved to Steamboat Springs, where she worked as a waitress for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and at the Yacht Club restaurant. She moved to Craig in May 2002. Linda enjoyed walking with her dogs, skiing, bicycling, dancing and being with her family.
Linda is survived by her husband, Charles “Chip” Jespersen of Craig; a daughter, Shawna Jespersen of Kremmling; two sons, Shane DeNoyer of Steamboat Springs and Kyle (Mia) Jespersen of Jacksonville, Fla.; two grandchildren, Cassidy Martinez and Emerald Jespersen; her mother, Doris DeNoyer of Kensington, Md.; her father, Dr. John DeNoyer of Herndon, Va.; two sisters, Barbara DeNoyer of Gaithersburg, Md., and Emily DeNoyer of Maryland; and a brother, Perry DeNoyer of Rockville, Md.
A service was held at 2 p.m. Oct. 2, 2002, at the Steamboat Christian Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Linda Jespersen Fund at Wells Fargo Bank.
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