Peter Hans Koelsch, alumnus of Santa Barbara, died at the age of 83 on January 10, 2022, following a long illness. Peter was born on July 15, 1938 in Siegen, Germany. After attending engineering school and working for an engineering company, Peter emigrated to the United States in 1959 and began working in Springfield, Illinois for an affiliated engineering company. His search for a new life in America was cut short when he was drafted into the United States Army in 1961. While deployed to Fairbanks, Alaska, he met and married Monique, becoming the father of Monique’s sons , Steven and Paul. Together they would add their daughter Véronique to the family.
Peter fell in love with Santa Barbara during a family road trip on the coast and decided to make it his home. One of the accomplishments Peter is most proud of is earning his private pilot license and later his instructor rating. His skill allowed him to earn a living as a flight instructor. Always looking for greater accomplishments, Peter studied to become a real estate appraiser and later started his own appraisal company, Real Estate Appraisers and Consultants of Santa Barbara in 1975. During his career, he earned his general contractor and has developed, built and managed several condominium projects in Santa Barbara. Pierre retired in 2000.
Tennis was Peter’s passion. He made many lifelong friends playing regularly at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club, in various tennis leagues, as well as with his many friends in the “Mafia” of Montecito. Later in life, Peter spent many enjoyable hours playing golf.
Peter was happily ever after and will be greatly missed by his family and the many friends he made throughout his incredible life. Peter is survived by his life partner of 20 years, Pamela, his children, Steven and Véronique and his son-in-law Danny, his stepson Richard, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He also leaves to mourn a brother, a sister and a brother-in-law, as well as numerous nieces and nephews in Germany and Austria.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.