Claus Ortwin-Johannes Altmann , 87, of Louisville, OH, quietly passed away in bed on the night of November 27. Claus was born on July 14, 1934, in the village of Thiemendorf, near Naumberg, Germany, one of four children. Greatly affected by his childhood wartime experiences, Claus was a contemplative and peaceful man.
Traveling widely as a young man, Claus entered the United States in 1955 and quickly became a citizen. He worked for and eventually retired from the New York City Transit Authority. Claus and his first wife, Annalies (neé Heitzelmann), spent much time in Germany, Switzerland, and Florida, until Annalies’ death in 1998. In 1999, Claus married Mary Louise Spehar (neé Thewes) with whom he spent the rest of his life. They traveled extensively in Europe and elsewhere, splitting most of their time between Florida and Ohio.
Claus is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, nine stepchildren, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as a nephew, Frank Altmann, other relatives in Germany, and several Heitzelmann nieces in Switzerland and California. Always a kind and generous man, Claus enthusiastically enjoyed his second, extended family, as they enjoyed him.
Services will be held at a future date.