Former helicopter pilot from Kremmling dies
Lenn Kasdorf was born to Ted and Eva Kasdorf who homesteaded up the Gore where they built and ran Shoeshoe Guest Ranch (now Latigo Guest Ranch). He was raised up there and attend school all the way through high school in Kremmiling until he left to go to get his associate’s degree at Junior College in Trinidad.
He then left for the cadet officer’s Naval Program in 1955. He graduated flight school as a Marine Corps pilot, flew jets and then helicopters until 1962. In 1969 Lenn started his own fixed wing company at the Yampa Valley Airport. Later he moved his company, Helicopters Unlimited Inc., to the Stapleton International Airport. In 1972, in conjunction with St. Anthony Hospital in Denver, he started Flight for Life, one of the first flight ambulance programs of its kind in the United States. In 1974 he received the Helicopter Association of America’s Trimble Award for mountain flying.
Helicopters Unlimited Inc. participated in more than 2,000 rescue/medical missions in the Rocky Mountain area. Lenn retired in 1978 after flying with the USA team at the 3rd World Helicopter Championships in Vitebsk, Russia. Later he and his wife Jennie moved to Tallahssee, Fla., to be closer to her family where he resided until his death.
He is survived by his wife; sons Terry and Ty ; daughter Tamy Kasdorf; five grandchildren;two great-grand children and one on the way.
No services are planned. Donations can be made to the Cliffview Assisted Living in Kremmiling.
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