Claus Huser died May 19 at Valley View Hospital from lung cancer. He was born in Germany on Dec. 16, 1931, and was lucky enough to be too young for World War II, but he still suffered from its effects.
After schooling and apprenticeship, Claus worked in Munich for some time and then migrated to Canada and married Airi Nieminen of Finland. They later moved to the United States.
Claus worked for the Pillsbury Co. in Minneapolis, exporting and importing feed. When that division closed, he contacted Klaus Obermeyer of Aspen, an old acquaintance and friend from his hometown in Germany, and started working in Sport Obermeyer’s accounting department.
Claus became a U.S. citizen in 1972 and was very proud of his citizenship.
In 1973 he married Gail Weber and soon after started his own landscaping company. He also worked winters as a lift operator for the Aspen Skiing Co. at Snowmass for more than 20 years.
In 1989, Claus was partially paralyzed in a severe auto accident. He tried retirement after the accident but soon realized this wasn’t in his nature. He became a greeter at Wal-Mart in Glenwood Springs. He enjoyed seeing all the people come and go, and Wal-Mart was very good to him.
Claus is survived by his wife, Gail; daughter Cathy Mann of Aspen; son Rich Huser of Chicago; granddaughters Jessica Mann, Nicole Huser and Amy Huser; and many family members in Europe.
A memorial will take place Wednesday, May 31, at Farnum-Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs. The time will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Roaring Fork Hospice, PO Box 1970, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.
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