Community recalls Kitzmiller as a leader in public service

Published: Jul. 11, 2022 at 5:04 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 11, 2022 at 8:24 PM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - The community of Montpelier is remembering Rep. Warren Kitzmiller who died over the weekend.

Kitzmiller was appointed to the House in 2001 following the death of his wife, Rep. Karen Kitzmiller.

Warren Kitzmiller served on Montpelier’s planning commission, City Council and numerous boards and organizations.

At the Statehouse, Kitzmiller served on the Commerce and Government Operations Committees.

He also founded Onion River Sports on Langdon Street with the late Jack Nash, of Stowe.

Former Montpelier mayor and state Rep. Mary Hooper says Kitzmiller leaves behind a legacy of public service that Vermonters can learn from.

“Serve your community, be part of your community to step up and serve and they’ll support you in return,” Hooper said.

Kitzmiller was a big advocate for clean water and preserving Berlin Pond.

He also organized an annual coat drive in honor of his late wife.

In a statement, Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, said Kitzmiller leaves a distinguished legacy: “Warren was always kind, respectful and a good representative for his community – both in and outside of the Legislature. Whether through his legislative work or at Onion River Sports, which he founded and owned for decades, he made a difference for central Vermont and leaves a distinguished legacy.

There’s no word yet on how Kitzmiller died.

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