More ways to honor Durango native Capt. Jeff Kuss have been created as family and friends begin to process his death.
Kuss, 32, died June 2 when his plane crashed shortly after takeoff during a Blue Angels practice session for an airshow in Tennessee.
Two scholarships have been founded in his name:
The Jeff Kuss Memorial Scholarship has been founded by the family through the Fort Lewis College Foundation. Kuss graduated from FLC in 2006, and the scholarship will be used to help veterans get their degrees.“We would like to create something permanent to remember Jeff,” said Kuss’ uncle John Byrd, “and help those men and women who have, like Jeff, given precious years serving their country.”
“There is a great need for scholarships for veterans,” said Sandy Jameson, scholarship manager for the foundation. “I just checked with the records office, and about 150 students are registered as veterans. The registrar explained that most likely there are more out there that don’t register but need the assistance.”
The Captain Jeff “Kooch” Kuss USMC Memorial Scholarship has been established by the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. In addition to the scholarship, which will benefit the children of fallen Marines or Navy corpsmen, the foundation has pledged up to $30,000 in post-high school scholarship funding to Kuss’ children, Calvin and Sloane, once they reach college age. That funding will be made available through its Heroes Tribute Scholarship Program.The foundation, founded in 1954, has provided more than 35,000 scholarships valued at almost $100,000,000 to eligible students.
H H H In other news, as the town prepares for Kuss to be brought home by his family for services Saturday, it’s also gearing up for 300 Marines to arrive.
Steamworks Brewing Co. announced it will be closed after lunch service Saturday to accommodate a private memorial gathering for military personnel and family and friends.
“Capt. Kuss is a fallen hero and a native son,” said Kris Oyler, Steamworks co-founder. “Typically, we would not completely close the restaurant and inconvenience our patrons who often make Steamworks a destination, particularly on a weekend, but we felt it important to support those who serve and sacrifice much for the country.”