February 6, 1925 ~ December 21, 2005
David William 'Bill' Vail, Sr., 80, was born February 6, 1925, in Pueblo, and died December 21, 2005, in Pueblo. Survived by his wife, Virginia Daniels Vail; children, Bill (Kathy) Vail, Jr. Pueblo and Patricia Maltsberger, Gardner, Colo; brothers, Ralph E. Vail and Charles Alden Vail, Pueblo; sister, Ruth (Kenneth) Myers, Midwest City, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Chanda and Rose Maltsberger, Pueblo, Jaya and Ginny Maltsberger, Gardner, Tyler D. Vail, Denver and Tiffany Vail, Newport Beach, Calif.; also survived by former wife and mother of the children, Frances Vail; special friend, Chris Reid; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Flora Bell and Charles E. Vail; brothers, John and James Vail; sisters, Nell Hudson and Lois Hopper. Bill was an alumnus of Pueblo Central High School Class of 1943 and Pueblo Junior College. Bill served in U.S. Navy Armed Guard Unit during WWII. He worked as Jobber and Distributor for Pueblo Star Journal and Chieftain for 43 years, 1948-1991. Bill was a member of Christ Congregational Church, Elks Lodge BPO Elks No. 90, and Eagles Lodge FOE 45. Bill loved family activities, traveling, golfing, skiing, camping, square and ballroom dancing and all music. Bill was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He was blessed with the talent, wit, and energy to make all occasions fun and special for his family and friends. He had an unusually close rapport with his grandchildren and all young people because he was so young at heart himself. Many thanks for the wonderful care Bill received from Sangre de Cristo Hospice staff, especially Charity and Debbie. Also, the special care provided by Heather Castro. Deepest appreciation to Bill's friend, Frank Davied, for his loving care and support. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, at Christ Congregational Church, 1003 Liberty Lane, with Pastor Faye Gallegos officiating. Private inurnment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum in Pueblo. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Bill to Christ Congregational Church or Sangre de Cristo Hospice, c/o Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com.