At the age of 28, Staff Sergeant Shane Henry Kimmett, United States Air Force, died August 7, 2002 serving the country he loved as his ill-fated airplane crashed in Puerto Rico.

Shane was born in Boulder, Colorado on February 5, 1974 and lived in his beloved state until enlisting at the age of 20.

During his years of service, Shane was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, and Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Shane loved to fly and firmly believed he had the best job in the world.

He loved the mountains of Colorado, everything about aviation and was an accomplished home brewer.

Shane is survived by his ever loving wife, Emily, currently of Mary Esther, FL; his mother Jeni; father Dan; sisters Megan and Katie; grandparents F. George and Nancy Kimmett; and several nephews and nieces all of Colorado.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 22 at Epiphany Episcopal Church, 100 Colorado Blvd.

Graveside service will be in Fort Logan National Cemetery where his Air Force brethren will fly with him on his final sortie as he makes the "permanent change of station" to Heaven.

Photos of Sergeant Kimmett's funeral can be viewed on the Beaner Banner Web Site.

Obituary written by Shane Kimmett's widow, Emily, and provided here by Larry Tart.