"O brave new world! That has such people in it!" (Shakespeare The Tempest)
Dieter Peter Nachmann, whose charm and sense of humor marked a kaleidoscopic life with legions of loving friends, died of cancer on Friday, July 22, 2011, in Portland, Ore. He was a bartender, herb salesman, wine distributor, marketing consultant, father, gastronome, punster, and musician.
Born in Traunstein, Germany, on June 9, 1946, Dieter was the only child of Bernhard Nachmann and Paula Rohofsky. The family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in early 1948 and then to Denver Colo., where Dieter attended St. John's grade school and Mullen High School. He enrolled at the University of Colorado's Engineering School in Boulder.
Dieter moved to the Pacific Northwest in the mid-1970s. He was co-operator of a tavern in Trout Lake, Wash., where, according to an eyewitness, "he subjected regular customers to his accordion, and gave them lessons in classical music - and they loved it!" He later worked at the Rams Head at Timberline Lodge, where he was a bartender, wine steward and entertainer.
He frequently played accordion with the late Walter Aeppli. Calling themselves the "Edelweiss Irregulars," they played together for 30 years.
In 1978 he joined a wine distributorship in Portland as a salesman. Dieter went on to form his own company designing labels and marketing plans for small companies. He often spoke of his concept of "property mismanagement," his way of describing his "vast real estate holdings."
He married Sandra Johansen in 1987. Their son Karl was born that same year.
Dieter is survived by his son, Karl, of White Salmon, Wash., an aunt, Kathi Nachmann, and a cousin, Sonja Schmidt, both of Denver.
A celebration of his life is planned at Timberline Lodge on Aug. 28 at 2 p.m.
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