Ottmar Antze |

Ottmar Antze

Ottmar Antze, of Carbondale, Colo., died Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale. He was 92.

Mr. Antze was born March 24, 1909 in Detmold, Germany. After taking training as a tool and die maker, he emigrated to the United States in 1929. He worked at odd jobs and taught himself English, and when economic conditions improved, he returned to his trade and prospered.

A love of theater led him to a brief stint as the lead actor with a traveling stock company, where he met his wife, Helen. They were married in 1939.

The couple made their home in Detroit, where Mr. Antze worked as a superintendent in the tool and die industry.

In 1949, Mr. Antze came to Aspen to attend the Goethe Bicentennial Festival, and fell in love with the Roaring Fork Valley. Over the years, his family spent many summer vacations on Independence Pass.

In 1969, the Antzes moved to Missouri Heights, and Mr. Antze began a second career as an appliance repairman.

After retirement, he indulged his love of literature, poetry, philosophy, classical languages and photography. He also worked in a precision machine shop in his basement.

After his wife died in 1990, he spent the winters in Toronto, where he enrolled in university classes in ancient Greek, classical Latin and early modern philosophy.

In 1997 he moved from his home to Crystal Meadows senior apartments in Carbondale, and in 2000 he moved to Heritage Park Care Center.

He is survived by sons Paul Antze, of Toronto, and Lowell Antze, of Tarrytown, N.Y.

Cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will be held in Toronto.

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