Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Frederick W. "Rip" Uihlein Jr. left us too soon on the morning of Feb. 18, 2007, in Naples, Fla., where he was surrounded by his loving family. He was 60.
Rip was born April 3, 1946, in Milwaukee, Wis. He attended Milwaukee Country Day School and Cardigan Mountain School in Vermont. He graduated from Colorado Academy in Golden.
He was a rancher and the owner of Red Rock Stables in Grand Junction. He enjoyed the great outdoors, spending time on his ranch with his beloved horses and cats.
An outstanding athlete, Rip had many hobbies including skiing, golf, scuba diving and riding. However, his true passion was team penning competitions. He loved to travel and made many lifelong friends along the way.
Rip always was known for his kindness and love of animals. He had a generous, caring heart and would do anything for you. He always will be remembered for his love of life and living it to the fullest. Our dad, brother, uncle and friend, Rip will be sorely missed.
Rip was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Fox Uihlein, and father, Frederick W. Uihlein of Milwaukee, Wis., and Naples, Fla.
He is survived by his beloved and devoted sister, Di and her husband, Mark Koestner, of Naples, Fla.; six children, Lisa and her husband, Dil Schmitz, Kelly Uihlein, Alison and her husband, Phil Dunkley, Shaughn and her husband, David Attal, Beth Renne and Chad Uihlein; six grandchildren; his niece, Melissa and her husband, Scott Kent; and two nephews, Eric and his wife, Nicole Frauen, and Reid Frauen.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in Rip's name to the American Cancer Society.
"Every life path is different, with time as the only remedy for the loss."