Johann "Hans" Rotter
1935 - 2018
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Johann "Hans" Rotter, longtime South Bay resident, passed away at his home in Rolling Hills on July 1 st at the age of 83. Hans was born June 22, 1935 in Töging, Germany, to Josef and Hedwig Rotter. As a boy, he helped raise chickens, pigs, and goats and enjoyed home-grown berries with his family. At 14, he apprenticed as a baker to help with family expenses, and during his long hours of work dreamed of living in California near the beach. Hans moved from his beloved Bavarian village to Los Angeles in 1955 with only a cardboard suitcase and $50. One of the first things he bought was a German-American dictionary with the goal of speaking English without an accent. Hans proudly served as a corporal in the United States Army and was an avid soccer player, playing professionally for the Los Angeles Kickers, winning the 1958 U.S. Open Cup. Hans was an industrious and dedicated entrepreneur. He and his wife, Teri, were active real estate investors, flipping houses in the 1960s. His love of soccer led him to purchase a large area of land in Torrance and open a soccer field and hot dog stand. Hans said, "I needed a place to play soccer, so I built one." That was the humble beginning of Alpine Village; a place which allowed Hans to share his German heritage and culture with family, friends, and the community. His favorite time of year was Christmas. "Opa," as he was known to his
grandchildren, would bake Christmas cookies and share stories of his childhood. Decorating the Christmas tree always began with the same cardboard suitcase that he carried from Germany, now filled with ornaments and holiday memories. His family and friends will always carry memories of Hans in their hearts. Hans is survived by his wife of 56 years, Teri, three sisters, two daughters and sons-in-law, six grandchildren, and a large extended family.

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Published in Daily Breeze on Jul. 19, 2018.
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September 8, 2018
Sad to hear that Mr. Rotter had left us. I worked for him and Teri back in the late 90s with their bakery business. Good man, I learned from him and will always treasure those years.
Evan Lee
July 19, 2018
Teri and family, my heartfelt condolences to all of you. I will always feel like family with the many years I practically grew up working at Alpine Village, and the caring support you and Hans gave to building Alpine into a wonderful and successful village. I'm sorry to have missed Hans service as I was out of town.
Diane Esarey
July 19, 2018
I dearly love Uncle Hans...and thank God for the blessing of getting to know and love him. I was so taken by his genius... always thinking about new things and better ways of doing old things. The Alpine village is an amazing memorial no one can take away. Auntie Teri... and Hans are two diamonds that will always shine in this life and the next. All my love and prayers cover you♡ Kristin and all of THORN Ministries
Kristin Taylor
July 17, 2018
Teri...So many great memories of Hans, you, and the girls while on Maple Ave...And even greater to read of Hans' accomplishments from the start. My thoughts are with you at this time. Pat
Patrick Brady
July 16, 2018
Dearest Teri and Family. Our deepest symphaties to Hans's death. We are shocked. My youngest daughters husband just met Hans at the dept. of Motor vehicles where Chris and he stood in line to take the test for a drivers license and Chris told Hans that he knew me Ingrid Osborne from PVE who wrote the book "Nelken aus Chicago". I was also a friend of the Schicks (Arthur and Martha and son Jürgen.Oh I would have come to the funeral with my husband Gerald. I always went to see Hans years ago and we told each other the latest jokes. I am the same age as Hans and I also came to America in l955. Love Gerald (Opa) and Omi. 828 Via del Monte PVE CA 9O274
Ingrid osborne
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