Arthur Eugene Ochsmann
Art Ochsmann, avid skier and lifetime Vail pass holder, passed away at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs on July 13 from complications of pneumonia.
Art was born on Nov. 24, 1936 in Kipfenberg Germany.
He immigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the age of 19.
He met his first wife there and later had three children.
He began a career in professional sales, and later was a Regional Sales Manager covering 5 Midwest states. To
make rounds he learned to fly, became an avid pilot and bought a single engine airplane and later a twin.
He began skiing at Alpine Valley in Wisconsin and later discovered skiing the Vail Valley in 1966. In 1972 he purchased a lifetime pass for Vail Resorts at an auction for $1200. At the time regular lift tickets were less than $10 a day, however Art’s investment paid off many times over during the next 37 years. Flying his own plane, he made regular trips to the Vail Valley to ski with his family and friends. Art enjoyed introducing his friends to Vail by skiing Riva Ridge and Tourist Trap, or if you were really unlucky Ricky’s Ridge in crud.
Art had a passion for entertaining and partying and was an excellent gourmet chef taking tips from his professional friends. In recent years, Art and his wife Robin enjoyed performing Karaoke professionally and at home.
Survivors include his loving wife of 19 years, Robin; his daughters, Lore Bertuch Valencia, Calif., Jennifer Logue, Austin, Texas, step daughters, Krystal Minks, Rifle and Samantha Dowd, Powell, Ohio, son, Richard Ochsmann Reseda, Calif., six grandchildren; sisters, Marie Ordonez of Georgetown and Hannelore Catania, Lake Tahoe, Calif., brother, Frank Ochsmann Nurnberg, Germany and their families.
In memory of Art, a bench honoring his name will be donated to the town of Vail.
Memorial services will be held at the Vail Interfaith Chapel on Saturday August 8 at 11:30 a.m.
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