BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) -- Family, friends and admirers of millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett gathered Thursday to remember him as an energetic, upbeat and generous man.
Fossett, who lived part-time in this resort town, was declared dead in February, five months after his small plane disappeared over the Nevada desert.
About 200 people attended the memorial service. Fossett's wife, Peggy, sat in the front row with other family members.
John Kugler, a balloonist who flew with Fossett and became a close friend, said the 63-year-old self-made business tycoon was known for his kindness, humility and generosity, as well as his daredevil spirit.
"His sense of adventure will continue to inspire and fuel our dreams," Kugler said.
Balloonist Tim Cole said Fossett "always had this twinkle in his eye when he shared his thoughts of his next adventure."
Kathy Brendza, a former executive director of Fossett's Youth Foundation, a local nonprofit, said Fossett wanted to help kids.
"I will always be grateful for the kindness and generosity Steve Fossett showed this community," she said.