Charles E. Ganse, known locally as ""Hot Tub Charlie,"" died suddenly on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.
Charlie was a longtime resident of Evergreen and was well known and loved by his friends and the community. Charlie moved to Evergreen in 1976 following years of travel around the United States, Europe and Mexico. He began what would become his lifetime career at Bear Tub Company, where he learned his trade. Charlie went independent in 1977 when he started his business with hot tub repairs, years passed, and his business grew to sales and service with the opening of Peak Hot Tub and Spa. He was considered the original ""Dr. Spa.""
Charlie began his never-ending childhood in Morehead City, N.C., and was raised in Lancaster, Pa. Charlie was a person of knowledge, having attended Millersville University in Pennsylvania, studying biology. Always a naturalist, Charlie's love of the outdoors was evident in a lifetime of birdwatching, fly-fishing, stargazing and hiking. Charlie spent countless hours on the ski slopes in Colorado and golfing in Evergreen. He was also an avid Broncos fan, and many a night or afternoon was spent in front of the television with dear friends cheering for their team. Charlie was also known to enjoy a ""full house"" while sharing a beer with his friends. Clearly, Charlie's wit was known by all. He was an exceptional brother and uncle - his thoughtful and playful presence cannot be replaced.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Edward J. Ganse Sr. and Mary E. Ganse. Charlie is survived by his brother and sisters, Edward ""Buddy"" Ganse, husband of Kathy Ganse, Mary C. ""Cathy"" Roth, wife of Harry Roth, and Margaret ""Mooge"" Steele, wife of Michael Steele. Charlie also had five adoring nephews and nieces: Michael Steele, Tyler Steele, Annie Roth, Emily Steele and Eddie Roth.
A celebration of Charlie's life will be held at Foothills Chapel, 1950 Ford St. in Golden, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, beginning with a visitation from 1:30 to 3 p.m.; the memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. A reception will follow at the Stagecoach Sports Grill in Evergreen beginning at 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Charlie's honor to the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA 19529.
Published in Canyon Courier from Oct. 3 to Oct. 10, 2012