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.

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  1. I worked for Bill. My dad, Art Lubich, did the Sunday Star Journal/Chieftain route for him for years and years. When I was 16, my friend, Mike White, and I took over the job.

    Can you possibly think of a cooler job for two teenagers than to be turned loose on Pueblo in the pre-dawn hours with a full tank of gas and a bag full of quarters?

    I now am the editor and co-owner of The Johnstown Breeze, a weekly newspaper in northern Colorado. I think my love for the business started with Bill and that job. We would pick up our second truckload of papers at the Star Journal plant at around 5 or 6 a.m. I used to love the “vibe” of the newspaper — the mailroom and the newsroom — “after the storm” of production so to speak. I still get the same feeling when I’m here in the office late at night after we have finished deadline.

    Bill was a good guy. He was a longtime friend of our family. I was genuinely saddened to hear about his passing.

    My condolences to the family.

    Matt Lubich

  2. Dear Family,
    I called all the James Huggins family after talking to Billy, and all express their love for Uncle Bill. He was indeed unique. Donnie, Jimmmy, Betty, Richard and myself remember such wonderful times in Pueblo, and specifically with Uncle Bill and his family. Our prayers are with you.
    Ronnie Huggins

  3. Virginia,
    we just wanted to say hello again, and we wish we could be there to give you hugs and extra squeezes. We love you, Lora and Pat.

  4. God Bless you cousin. Please say hello to your cousins Mary Frances (my Mother) and Rosalie (my aunt) when you get to Heaven. They both loved you very much!! You were a breath of sunshine everywhere you went. You will be greatly missed.

  5. Bill was such a pleasant, happy person, & always considerate, we will miss him. Bill is in our prayers.

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