Scholarships, fund established to honor Capt. Jeff Kuss

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Scholarships, fund established to honor Capt. Jeff Kuss

Town prepares for family to bring Blue Angel pilot home for burial

Durangoan Jeff Kuss, a pilot with the Blue Angels, was killed Thursday in a crash in Tennessee.

Flags, ribbons to line motorcade

American flags and blue and yellow ribbons are planned to line the motorcade route in honor of Jeff Kuss.
A group will gather from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the bottom of Greenmount Cemetery Hill to help decorate the motorcade route with blue and yellow ribbons through downtown to the cemetery gate.
Parking may be limited at Greenmount Hill, so attendees are asked to carpool and park near the Ninth Street bridge.
Those planning on attending Saturday’s motorcade procession can also pick up free American flags at the Chamber of Commerce and Durango Olive Oil Company.
There are 100 American flags available at each location. There are also blue and yellow ribbons to decorate the motorcade route, and a limited number of memorial wrist bands and pins available at the Chamber of Commerce.
The motorcade will start at 11 a.m. on 32nd Street and drive along Main Avenue south to College Drive. It will run west on College to Camino del Rio, where it will turn right and proceed to the Ninth Street bridge, where it will turn left and go to Greenmount Cemetery. Residents are encouraged to line the motorcade route.
The Chamber of Commerce is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Santa Rita Park.
The Olive Oil Co., 640 Main Avenue, is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

To donate

There are several ways to support the Kuss family as they bring Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss home this weekend. They would prefer the following options to flowers:
A GoFundMe site has been set up to benefit the family of Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, a Durango native.The fundraiser was set up by Kuss’ sister-in-law, Nicole Perino.By Wednesday afternoon, more than 3,650 donors had contributed almost $298,000 toward the goal of $500,000.To donate, visit International Council of Air Shows has established a fund for the family, according to its website. The organization provides financial assistance to members of the air show community after a death or other catastrophe. Donors may contribute money to the Capt. Jeff Kuss Foundation at separate fund has been created to help the family pay for expenses related to the memorial service in Durango and the public reception Saturday afternoon. Donations to the Jeff Kuss Memorial Fund may be made at the Bank of the San Juans/Division of Glacier Bank, 144 E. Eighth St., Durango, CO 81301.The Jeff Kuss Memorial Scholarship has been founded by the family through the Fort Lewis College Foundation to help veterans get their college degrees. Donations may be made at www. Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation has set up the Captain Jeff “Kooch” Kuss USMC Memorial Scholarship and will accept donations to help the children of fallen Marine or Navy corpsmen pay for post-high school education. Donations may also be made to the foundation’s Heroes Tribute Scholarship Program, which has committed to up to $30,000 for Kuss’ children Calvin and Sloane when they reach college age.

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