Gerhard Kurt Lenz, who resided in Vail from 1985 until 1990, passed away Sunday, Sept. 29, at age 73, from complications due to leukemia.
Born in East Germany, Gerhard came to the United States at the age of 18, residing in New York City, and was a longtime resident of Vail, where he worked in the restaurant and building industries. He owned and operated his own masonry business, Gerhard’s Masonry, until the first part of September 2013. He moved to Evergreen in 1985.
An avid skier, he also loved the outdoors, playing tennis, hiking, four-wheeling, fishing and hunting. Gerhard was well respected for his expertise in stone, block, brick and stucco work and was responsible a few years ago for work done redesigning the Channel 9 KUSA anchor desk.
Known for his bright blue eyes and dry wit, he will be missed by his family and friends.
Gerhard is survived by his two daughters and their families, Gretchen and Corey Piper (formerly of Evergreen), grandsons Braeden and Camden Piper, Erika (formerly of Evergreen) and Kurt Keller, and grandsons Shane and Troy Keller. He is survived by his family in Germany: sister Inge Schultz, and nieces Claudia, Simone, Angelika and Simone. He is preceded in death by his sister Karen Lenz, and his parents, Gerda and Kurt Lenz.
The celebration of his life will be hosted by his daughters and their families in Parker today.
In honor of the wonderful support and help provided by the St. Christopher House, donations can be made to St. Christopher House, 1780 Lafayette Street, Denver, CO 80218, honoring his life. The family wishes to thank and acknowledge the amazing support of the Parker Adventist Hospital.