Robert L. ‘Bob’ Deutsch
On Christmas morning, Bob passed away peacefully, joining his wife Renee. He was 87.
Bob was born in Chicago in 1930, and after college in California he returned to Chicago, where he was very successful in the furniture sales business. Meeting Renee in Chicago, they fell in love, and married in Rome, Italy. He and his wife Renee found their home in Aspen at around age 50 where, together with their daughter Teri, they established a successful business, the Charcuterie & Cheese Market, at the base of the gondola.
Bob and Renee loved Aspen, its people, the mountains, lifestyle, friends and especially his family and skiing. Bob started skiing in Aspen as a very young man and was finally able to make it his home in 1984. He was a ski instructor at Buttermilk Mountain for many years and was also a proud member of the Aspen Rotary Club.
He especially loved helicopter skiing in Canada, where he survived not only a helicopter crash and avalanche, but also another avalanche and burial. That didn’t deter him as he continued to helicopter ski until around age 70. He accumulated millions of vertical feet, earning his pins, jackets, etc. from CMH as well as several other Heli-ski companies. This was a passion he shared with his children and many friends.
Bob and Renée loved their family, entertaining, and being entertained. They enjoyed fine food and drink and he was always interested in another person’s story. He would often be found talking to the chef at a restaurant, a stranger on the street, and making friends immediately with someone he didn’t know. He found the good in people, young and old, rich and poor, of all colors and persuasions.
He remembered fondly hiking to Crested Butte with a group of his woman friends from Aspen. He enjoyed cycling. Bob survived long enough to finally see his beloved Chicago Cubs win the World Series!
Finally, his nine lives were exhausted, and he was ready to go.
He was preceded in death by his wife Renee’ 5 years ago and shortly thereafter had to leave his other home in Scottsdale, Arizona. Yet he told us that it was blessing as it afforded him some quality years in Chicago with his daughter Julie can Overbeek, her husband Hans and their daughter Madeleine. He is also survived by daughter Teri Christensen, her husband Joe, and Lori Spence, her husband Dr. Kim Spence, and his wonderful grandchildren, Madeleine van Overbeek, Samantha Christensen, Tanner and Tyler Spence.
Bob truly was a wonderful man; he lived life fully and was a beloved husband, father, father-in- law, Poppy (grandpa) and a true friend to many. He will be truly missed, but his legacy will live on.
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