CELEBRATION of LIFE
Was Held Sunday, November 1, 2020 1 to 6 pm (with social distancing, masks and designated time slots) After a difficult battle with Multiple Myeloma, we lost our beloved father, grandfather, partner and friend . . . with his loving family by his side. We loved him dearly and miss him deeply. Family and friendship meant EVERYTHING to Hanspi. His passions, energy and generosity will never be forgotten. He was a go-getter, a successful, motivated man who made a difference in the lives of many.
Hanspeter was an Upper Lieutenant in the Cavalry in Switzerland and loved horses! He was in the Riding Club in Switzerland
for 10 years and then played Polo via Riding Club in Denver years later.
Hanspeter married Susanne Handschin in 1968 and they immigrated by boat to the USA. They drove cross-country from New York to Colorado with a VW Bug and then a '65 Mustang convertible. They met, while dancing and skiing in Gstaad, Switzerland, and wanted to move to a location with amazing ski mountains. Colorado was it! It started as a two-year honeymoon, but Hanspi and
Susanne loved Colorado so much that they wanted to call it their forever home.
He and Susanne had two children, Sibylle (Sienna and Logan) and Daniel (Beaux and Trey). Together, they continued their Swiss
traditions including baking a typical Swiss bread called Zopf, lighting real candles on a real Christmas tree that lit up the room, celebrating the first of August (Swiss Independence Day) with lots of festivities, and speaking Swiss-German in the home. Together, they built their first house in the heart of Greenwood Village and were married for 20 years.
During this time, Hanspeter and Susanne were founding members of the SAFS – Swiss American Friendship Society. He was the president of this special social club twice and made lifelong friendships as a result of his involvement over the years. They participated in many events, hosted many parties and offered his mountain home and home in Castle Rock, where everyone could gather and enjoy their time together.
Hanspeter was a Design Engineer by day and studied to obtain his MBA by night. He was always an entrepreneur at heart. While working at an engineering firm, he started a side business called European Supplies. He sold Swiss Clips or frameless frames, in
partnership with Jim Segeslski in California who later purchased the business. In the meantime, Hanspeter started a unique business at the age of 40, with nothing but a few contacts and the help of Elmar Fend, whom he considered his best friend until
the end. He imported cable and strain relief connectors from Germany and distributed them around the USA, Mexico and Canada.
These businesses, Sealcon and Hi Tech Controls, still exist 40 years later and were grown from a basement operation to very successful firms. Daniel started working in the family business directly after college and is now leading them into the future.
Hanspeter developed these businesses from the ground up with heart and soul, and he has created a positive workplace for many
Hanspeter was also on the Breckenridge, A-Basin and Loveland Volunteer Ski Patrol teams for 35 years . . . as a result of his passion for skiing. Susanne was at his side every step of the way and we skied as a family every weekend, whether we had blizzard conditions or sunshine. He enjoyed using his altimeter to count his runs and altitude, and he often ate just a Swiss
chocolate on the lift for lunch. He was truly a ski machine!
In his second phase of life, Hanspeter met Kathryn Barrington. They were married for 25 years and shared a love of the Arts and
Golden Retrievers. They always adopted a pair of Goldens together from the Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies, so they each had a buddy. Today, we have Hanspeter's sweet and loving Zoey and Riley with us, as a wonderful memory and to carry the love forward. They also built many homes together which was a testament to their patience, creativity and ability to work together!
During their marriage, Hanspeter generously sponsored Thanya Doungjan in Thailand from a very young age into adulthood, and he ensured she was able to study, become successful and learn English. She visited and lived with Hanspeter and Kathy for six months, and even learned to ski! She is forever grateful for his contributions in her life and considers him family.
Hanspi was also very involved with the Rotary Club, whereby he donated time, energy and money, participated in special events, hosted large parties, discussed business ideas and built special friendships. These amazing friends were here, during his difficult cancer battle and offered love, support and even cooked for Hanspeter and his partner Margrith.
Margrith Hofmann is an angel and has been such a loving, caring support for Hanspi, emotionally, mentally and physically, from the wonderful beginning to the challenges at the end. Sibylle and Daniel with Myrna were also at their dad's side 24/7 the last two months and helped with everything from doctor appointments to cooking to personal and emotional support. He was very loved and we hope he felt this warmth in his heart and soul, with everyone who has been involved in his life and cared.
As he passed away, the clouds parted and a ray of light shined down upon Hanspeter's face. He is now with the angels, radiating his positive energy into our hearts and lives.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, we'd greatly appreciate a donation for Multiple Myeloma, in honor of Hanspeter Spühler – https://give.myeloma.org/site/Don
Or . . . Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies, in honor of Hanspeter Spühler –https://www.coloradogives.org/index.php