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RV PRO Editor Tony Kindelspire Dies


With heavy hearts, the RV PRO team announces the passing of Managing Editor Tony Kindelspire, who died unexpectedly Tuesday, Oct. 24, in his home state of Colorado.

Tony was the voice of RV PRO. If you’ve heard the podcast he hosted, “In Tow With RV PRO,” you know exactly what we mean. When the mic was on, he commanded the space with confidence and true interest in the stories of those he interviewed. He was an excellent listener, storyteller and confidant to share life’s curiosities with. The publication was lucky to have such an iconic host.

As co-managing editor, I had the opportunity to work closely with Tony – known as T-man or TK by the RVP team – the last couple years. Although I don’t have many funny stories to share (and I know there are many), he taught me a simple truth: life is way more fun when you can fully be yourself.

Whether it was his art, like creations made entirely of beer can labels, poetry, sense of humor or courage in his words, Tony truly did his best to make life more interesting and beautiful. He was heavily involved with his community in Longmont, Colorado, where he previously worked for the local newspaper, was broadcast on multiple radio stations with his larger-than-life voice and helped establish the Left Hand Artist Group. He often invited the RVP team to his art group’s gatherings and encouraged us to bring our own creations, reminding us that “art is whatever you want it to be.”

Tony and daughters
(Left to right): Cassidy, Tony and Shannon Kindelspire

Beyond his hobbies and interests, Tony spoke most proudly of his two daughters, Cassidy and Shannon. He often shared about Shannon’s international travels and his awe for her courage, along with Cassidy’s brains and ongoing success in being accepted into medical school. It was very clear that Tony considered being a dad one of, if not his greatest accomplishment. He is survived by both daughters.

“The news was a shock to us all, and as we try to continue his work producing a robust and informative daily newsletter, and we discuss what the future will hold for the podcast, we are focusing on who Tony was as a person, and the laughter and joy he brought to our days,” said Jennifer King, executive editor.

“We at RV PRO extend our condolences and warmest sympathies to Tony’s daughters and any family and friends who will miss Tony, as we will. We encourage any of our audience who has ever spoken with Tony to reach out to us and share your stories.”

For us here at RV PRO, we are holding Tony’s family and community in our hearts while grieving a very sudden loss ourselves. We hope those in the RV industry he knew, had a good chat with or hosted on In Tow can remember him in good spirits, as we’ll forever do here at RV PRO.

A celebration of life event will be held by the Left Hand Artist Group on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 5-9 p.m. MT. The location is Wibby Brewing – 209 Emery St, Longmont, CO. More details are here.

Jordan Benschop

Jordan Benschop is the managing editor of RV PRO magazine.

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