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Obituary: Michael Eugene Schlichtman

Mike Schlichtman
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May 10, 1963 — Oct. 6, 2020

Mike Schlichtman, 57, of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, died Oct. 6, 2020, in a plane crash near Evansville, Indiana. He was an entrepreneur, an avid outdoorsman, an accomplished endurance athlete, a devoted husband to his wife, Lisa, who was his partner in life for 35 years, and an amazing father to his sons, Nick and Ryan, who he loved beyond measure.

Mike was born May 10, 1963, in Springfield, Missouri, the first child of Gene and Judy Schlichtman. He grew up in Cassville, Missouri, and graduated from Cassville High School in 1981. He attended the University of Missouri — Columbia, where he was a proud member of Farm House fraternity and the rugby team. He graduated in 1985 with a degree in ag economics.

He and Lisa were married Aug. 10, 1985, and they spent the first year of their marriage in Columbia, Missouri, while Lisa finished her degree in journalism. 

In 1986, Mike and Lisa moved to Cassville where Mike joined his family’s business, Sunny Acres, and went into partnership with his father. Mike helped grow the hog operation and food waste recycling business until he and his dad sold the business in 1997. 

In 1995, Mike and Lisa had the opportunity to purchase the Cassville Democrat and then the Wheaton Journal. The two owned and operated the newspapers for 10 years with Mike serving as publisher and Lisa as editor, before selling the newspaper to Rust Communications in 2005. They then went on to work for Rust as a co-publishing team, overseeing the Cassville Democrat, the Monett Times and Connection magazine.

In 2006, Mike purchased the original Baywash car wash in Cassville, and then in 2007, built the Baywash II car wash. Both car washes are still operating today under the Schlichtmans’ ownership. 

During their time in Cassville, Mike was very involved with the local soccer organization and coached Nick and Ryan from kindergarten until they joined the high school soccer team. He was a member of the Cassville Rotary Club, serving as club president in 2000. He and Lisa also were involved in serving as youth group leaders at the First Baptist Church in Cassville, where they were members. One of Mike’s greatest joys was helping to plan and host youth ski trips to Colorado

Another passion of Mike’s was flying. He was a licensed pilot and owned five different airplanes during his lifetime, including an antique Porterfield and a kit plane that he built himself. His last plane was a Cirrus that he purchased so he and Lisa could fly all over the country to watch their sons play college soccer. 

Mike and Lisa dreamed of living in Colorado, and in 2013, the call of the mountains and Lisa’s new job as editor of Steamboat Pilot & Today brought them to Steamboat, a community that quickly became home.

Mike always said that if Lisa hadn’t accepted his proposal of marriage he would have become a ski bum in Colorado, and moving to Steamboat, gave him the chance to experience a little bit of that dream. Mike became a seasonal employee at Steamboat Resort, working one season as a liftie and one season as an ambassador until he found his niche as a ski instructor. Mike also developed a love for backcountry skiing and some of his best days were spent exploring the terrain outside of Steamboat or skinning up to Thunderhead, accompanied by good friends and his beloved dog, Pilot.

Life in Colorado agreed with Mike and fueled his desire to challenge himself mentally and physically. He competed in numerous local races, including the Steamboat Pentathlon, the Steamboat Triathlon, the Tour de Steamboat, the Steamboat Stinger and the Steamboat Marathon. 

He also was an Ironman, which earned him the nickname of Iron Mike among the men and women he trained with. He completed full Ironman races in Panama City, Florida, and Boulder, Colorado, and seven 70.3 Ironman races, including a trip to Mont-Blanc, Canada, where he competed in the 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championships.

Not only was Mike an endurance athlete but he was a fearless adventurer, and in 2015, those two pursuits collided when he completed the Tour Divide, a 2,745-mile unsupported mountain bike race along the Continental Divide trail through the Rocky Mountains from Banff, Canada, to Antelope, New Mexico, on the Mexican border. Mike completed the ride in 21 days, averaging 150 miles a day.

In 2017, Mike participated in the inaugural American Trail Race, another unsupported ride from North Carolina’s Outer Banks to the West Coast. Mike finished the 5,100-mile ride in 48 days. This year, COVID-19 interfered with his plans to tackle the Tour Divide for a third time with his close friend John Williams.

In addition to his athletic pursuits, Mike wanted to find a way to give back to the community, so he joined the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs and became a volunteer member of Routt County Search and Rescue.

In the final months of his life, he spent his days outside at a piece of property that he and Lisa purchased in North Routt creating a beautiful place for his family and friends to gather. It was his final gift to those he loved so much.

Mike leaves behind a family who adored him, including his wife, Lisa; son Nick and his wife, Kera; son Ryan and his longtime love Rachel Mathews; his parents, Gene and Judy Schlichtman; his sisters, Barb Schlichtman and Mary Jane Schreur; brothers-in-law Tim Schreur, Jason Keller, Hughie Neilson and James E. Duby; sister-in-law Kristen Keller; his in-laws, Pat and Hugh Neilson; as well as aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and countless friends, many of whom called him brother.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mike’s memory to Routt County Search and Rescue, P.O. Box 772837, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, or people can donate through the organization’s website at www.routtcountysar.org.

Due to COVID-19, there is no public memorial service planned. Instead, Mike’s family will gather at the North Routt property, which Mike named Chateau McAlpin, for a private celebration of life.

Obituary: Rick Peters

Rick Peters

September 30, 2020

Rick Peters was born October 23, 1953 and died after a brave fight against cancer on September 30, 2020. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He leaves a visual legacy of wonderful art: paintings and murals, drawings, intaglio prints, and interactional adventure houses. His ability to express himself through art, the support of his family, and the skills he gained as an Eagle Scout – self-confidence, leadership, dedication, perseverance, and service, helped him adapt to the effects of severe dyslexia. He proudly volunteered on the North Routt Fire Protection District and was a member of the Routt County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). He enjoyed his time working at Steamboat Lake State Park as a seasonal ranger, and as a manager at Ace Hardware. Rick could create a game, a story, or a silly song in a flash. He was a super fun and creative grandfather. He taught with patience and encouragement. Rick had an uncanny ability to find humor and light in all situations. His laughter came easily but never at the expense of others. His family is planning a gathering early next summer for all who knew and loved Rick to be together and celebrate his life.

Obituary: Ada Mae Harms Boelter

Ada Mae Harms


May 25, 1936 – October 2, 2020

Some people only walk this earth for a short time. Their departure reminds us that angels are watching over us. On October 02, 2020, Ada Mae Boelter rejoined her heavenly family and gained her wings.

Ada Mae Boelter, 84, of Longmont, Colorado, passed away on 02 October 2020. She was born to parents Frank Harms and Emma Harms, on 25 May 1936 in Holyoke, Colorado.

She enjoyed Family, Friends, Church, Crafts, Beading, Gardening, Drawing. Her hands were rarely still.

Though Ada’s health was failing for years, few people knew the extent to which she struggled. Her joy for life and indomitable spirit kept her pushing through.

Her life was a living example of one of her favorite Bible verse, Ephesians 4:32 —“And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”

Ada met Bruce Leroy Boelter in 1957. They were married in 1958 in Steamboat Springs CO. Together they raised 3 children: Lorinda J Townsend, Craig Boelter, Todd Boelter.

Ada is survived by her Sister Wilma Stroh (Walter) Daughter Lorinda Townsend (Ray Townsend), Son Craig Boelter (Debbie Kluge), Son Todd Boelter (Michelle Boelter). Stepson Rusty Layton (Krista Layton) Stepdaughter Jeannie Layton-Miller (Bruce Miller)

Grandchildren Stella Childers, Kristal Goodwin, Brittany Rozman, Toby Kaylor, Stephen Boelter, Jamie Ellis, Matthew Townsend, Jamie Townsend

Great Grandchildren Emma Morrison, Ian Morrison, Noah Boelter, Jasmine Rozman, Carly Goodwin, Nathan Goodwin, Hailey Franco, Antonio Franco

She was preceded in death by her husband Bruce Leroy Boelter and Granddaughter Tiffany Boelter, Stepdaughter Becky Layton

Due to COVID, we will have a virtual Memorial within the next 4 weeks. Next year (2021) in the Fall we will lay Mom & Dad to rest at the Hahns Peak Cemetery. If you want to attend either or both events send Lorinda a note (ljkrgt@msn.com) I will keep you posted

Obituary: Bonnie Jean Petrini-Blackman

Bonnie Jean


December 19, 1973 – October 3, 2020

Oak Creek resident, Bonnie Jean Petrini-Blackman, died on Saturday, October 3, 2020, at her home in Oak Creek. She was 46. Funeral Services were held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, October 9, 2020, at the George Family Ranch in Phippsburg. Burial followed at Oak Creek Cemetery.

Bonnie Jean was born the daughter of Beverly George and Richard Petrini on December 19, 1973 in Kremmling, Colorado. She spent a few years in Texas, but the majority of her life was spent in Colorado. Bonnie graduated from Soroco High School with the class of 1992.

Following high school, Bonnie furthered her education at Southwest Texas Junior College and Texas A & I where she studied law. While attending school she met Jay Blackman. The couple married on December 27, 1997 and to this union a beautiful daughter was born. The marriage ended in divorce, but the couple remained friends for their daughter.

Bonnie worked for Winter Garden Coop for several years. It was a job she truly loved and missed when she had to leave. One of her other greatest passions was working on ranches. In her spare time, Bonnie loved to spend time outdoors, especially around water. She was an avid reader and enjoyed drinking coffee. Above all, she was a devoted mother and loving daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She will be deeply missed by those who had the privilege to love and know her.

Bonnie is survived by her daughter, Bailey Blackman of Sabinal, TX; her mother, Beverly George of Phippsburg; and two brothers, Bridger (Janelle) Petrini of Raton, NM and Ben (Kristle) Petrini of Colorado Springs, CO. Bonnie is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins who loved her dearly.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents.

Obituary: Ramona Kirby

Ramona Kirby

August 19, 1928 – October 6, 2020

Ramona Kirby, 92, born and who resided her entire

life in Toponas, Colorado, passed away peacefully on

Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Ramona had been a resident of Casey’s Pond since 2016. A celebration of her

life will be held at a later date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Horizons Specialized Services in care of Yampa Valley Funeral Home of Steamboat, P.O. Box 776090, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, 80477

Obituary: Jacob McPherson



April 28, 1989 – September 4, 2020

Jacob Jesse McPherson, 31, passed away on September 4, 2020 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Jake was born April 28, 1989 in Steamboat Springs to Joseph McPherson and Julianne McPherson (Moody).

He is survived by his mother; Julie Moody of Cheyenne, Wyoming, sister; Jessica Moody, her husband Nima Azarbehi, two nieces, and one nephew of Arizona, uncle; David McPherson of Colorado, uncle; Tom McPherson, aunt; Sue Glaven, aunt; Pat Muirhead of Pennsylvania.

He was preceded in death by his father Joseph McPherson.

Memorial to be held at 2:00 pm on October 17, 2020 at the home of friends Joseph and Beverly Campbell in Cheyenne, Wyoming. If you would like to attend, please call 307-421-1737.

In honor of Jakes memory, donations can be made to Routt County Humane Society, PO Box 772080, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487. We will miss you Wu.

Obituary: Ramona Kirby

Ramona Kirby

August 19, 1928 – October 6, 2020

Ramona Kirby, 92, born and who resided her entire life in Toponas, Colorado, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Ramona had been a resident of Casey’s Pond since 2016. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Horizons Specialized Services in care of Yampa Valley Funeral Home of Steamboat, P.O. Box 776090, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, 80477

Obituary: Bonnie Jean Blackman

Bonnie Jean


December 19, 1973 – October 3, 2020

Bonnie Blackman, of Oak Creek, died Saturday, October 3, 2020 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, October 9, 2020 at The George Family Ranch, located at 25680 County Road 15 in Phippsburg. Interment will follow in the Oak Creek Cemetery.

Obituary: Buddy King

Buddy King

June 28, 1948 – October 3, 2020

Buddy King, 72, long time resident of Steamboat Springs passed away October 3, 2020. No services will be held at this time. Yampa Valley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangments.

Obituary: Anabeth (Betty) Neish

Anabeth (Betty)


September 18, 1918 – September 18, 2020

Betty Neish passed away peacefully on September 18, 2020 at the age of 102 years. She was born in Steamboat Springs, Colorado September 18, 1918 in the Willet Hospital on 7th Street, later known as the ‘band room’. She grew up in Steamboat, graduated Valedictorian from SSHS and went on to receive Economic and Finance degrees from DU. She married her high school sweetheart, Bill Neish, in 1942.

Growing up in Steamboat Springs she enjoyed her summers camping, fishing and horseback riding on Buffalo Pass. While raising her three children in Steamboat she organized the Northwest Colorado Horse Show, was a stalwart presence during Winter Carnival and volunteered teaching at MYF. With an impeccable wit and great intellectual curiosity, she had many interests including philosophy, nutrition, finance, and competitive bridge. She also enjoyed knitting, baking and sharing produce from her bountiful garden. A life well lived!

Predeceased by her husband of 78 years Betty is survived by three children; Ed Neish, Lenore Grace, and Sanse Berry and their spouses; four grandchildren, four great grandsons and numerous relatives.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

Her family would like to thank Ed and Ursula Neish, as well as Peggy Aiton, for their dedication and sacrifice while caring for Betty.