Norbert Anthes died on Saturday, April 8, 2006. He was 64 years old. Norbert was born in Gross-Gerau, Germany, where he lived until the age of 11. Norberts family moved to the United States in 1952. The family lived and farmed in Tulelake, Calif. Norbert went into the Army in 1963, where he served as a mechanic in Colorado Springs. He discovered Aspen during his leaves from the Army.Norbert moved to Aspen after his discharge in 1965. He was a master mechanic and had taught himself the many facets of the building trades. Norbert co-owned and operated Caps Auto Supply from 1976 to 1995, where he loved to give everyone a helping hand and free advice. He was a member of the Aspen Elks Lodge from 1966 until his death. He had a larger-than-life personality with an enthusiasm for helping family and friends, or anyone in need. He had recently returned from a trip to New Orleans, where he and friends went to assist Katrina victims to rebuild homes.Norbert also had a passion for the outdoors, where he cherished snowmobiling with his sons and friends. He drove snowcats for Powder Tours at the Aspen Skiing Co. for eight years. He was always rallying friends and family to weekend outings to Lake Powell or into the mountain on Jeep trips. Norbert instilled a love of the outdoors in his sons, who follow in his footsteps snowmobiling, hunting, camping and dirt biking. They also inherited the desire to help others. He was a true kid at heart, and he lived every second to the fullest living for the present.Norberts strong devotion to the Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum found him donating hours upon hours of time there with his good friend Stoney Davis. Together they brought down an old stamping mill from Difficult Creek on the backside of Aspen Mountain, which you will now find at the mining museum.Norbert was preceded in death by his parents, Fritz and Louise Anthes, sister Anneliesa Garvin and a nephew, Joey Mauch. He is survived by his two sons, Fritz (fiancee Vanessa Romanus) Anthes and Josh (Heather Marshall) Anthes; brother Fritz (Josey) Anthes; sister Marta (Duane) Schilling; and six nieces and nephews.In lieu of flowers, Norbert would have wanted donations be made to The Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, care of the Aspen Historical Society, 620 W. Bleeker St., Aspen, CO 81611.Services will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, April 14, at the Aspen (Prince of Peace) Chapel, with a celebration of life following at the Aspen Elks Lodge.
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