October 28, 2010
Longtime resident of Aspen, Russell Anderson passed away Oct. 22, 2010 in Glenwood Springs from heart failure. He was 75.
Russell was born and raised in Chicago, Ill. After graduating from Lane Tech High School, he worked for Zenith Radio but was soon drafted into the Army to serve in Korea for three years. He returned to Zenith and continued his career for about 15 years.
In the 1960s, he discovered his love for singing and skiing and joined the Irving Park YMCA Chorus and Jack and Jill Ski Club. It was his love of the outdoors that led he and David Hoch to come to Aspen on a ski trip. They soon decided to move here in 1970 “just for a summer,” but discovered they had found a permanent home.
Russell worked at various restaurants, was in charge of inventory at Crossroads Drugs, and eventually became a driver for RFTA. He was a cheerful greeter and friendly to all the patrons. He was especially known for his expert historical commentary when he drove the Maroon Bells tour bus.
He was an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church, and volunteered for various organizations in the area, including the Wheeler Opera House and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. He was a familiar face around town, especially at the Aspen Senior Center. He was a roller coaster enthusiast and railroad historian.
He leaves a sister Christina, from San Francisco; various nieces and nephews; and his longtime friend and companion of 44 years, David Hoch.
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A memorial service will be planned at a later date.