Robert Cyril “Corkey” Heid passed away in his home Thursday, June 10, 2010.
Corkey was dubbed a “corker” when his grandfather first laid eyes on him. Corkey was born in Steamboat Springs to Ruby Claire Ralston Heid and Charles Robert “Bob” Heid on Sept. 26, 1935. Corkey was a fourth-generation native of Steamboat Springs and was known by many people in many ways.
He began his skiing and jumping career at a young age and quickly became one of the top jumpers in the United States — qualifying for the 1956 Olympics in Cortina, Italy. Corkey jumped so well that at one point he actually over-jumped the outrun in Alta, Utah, just before the Olympics, breaking his back and ending his jumping career.
Corkey served in the Army as a construction engineer and in the Cold Weather Command. After the Army, he spent three years as the mountain manager of Breckenridge Ski Area and came back home to Steamboat Springs as the director of Ski Patrol for more than a decade. Corkey was regarded as a strong leader and ran a close-knit group of patrollers. His many afternoon meetings at the Tugboat are legendary.
Corkey retired into a life of hunting, fishing, shooting and playing with Spot (his beloved dog) and assumed his new role as the “mayor” of Hill Street. He was a longtime member of the Routt County Rifle Club, becoming one of the best trap and skeet shooters in the region. Corkey’s favorite pastime was having a long afternoon chat with his neighbors, family and friends. Corkey is survived by his brother Ray Heid, a daughter, Kathleen, and many more relatives and friends.
Please join us for a celebration of his life from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Tugboat Grill & Pub.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made toward the North Routt Community Charter School in Clark for the future of Corkey’s four grandnieces and grandnephews through the Yampa Valley Funeral Home at 970-879-1494, PO Box 776090, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.