Visitation for Carl M. Teutsch, 61, of Boynton Beach, Florida, will be held on Monday, May 15, 2023, from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Ahlgrim Family Funeral Home, 201 N. Northwest Highway, Palatine. A private Graveside Burial is set for Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at Randhill Cemetery, Palatine, where he will be laid to rest near his mother and brother.
Carl relocated to his favorite state of Florida in 2014 but was born and raised in Palatine, IL. He was a 1981 graduate of Fremd HS and attended Carthage College. Among many High School activities, he played on the varsity tennis team which led him to a life-long love of the sport that he shared with his father and sister. After graduation Carl worked for Zurich Insurance for 19 years before working for Signature Flight Support Services for the next 20 years, until his death. While at Signature he received many accolades for his ability to safely fuel and push planes before they took off.
Carl was an action guy his entire life. He played tennis two to three days a week at the Lighthouse Point (FL) tennis center. He also played in the NAHA Men’s baseball league while he lived in Illinois, and currently played on a softball team in Boynton Beach (FL). He loved to golf when he could find the time. Carl also excelled at indoor activities like pool, ping pong and playing arcade games, his 2 favorites being Archanoid and Space Shuttle which he had in his home. Another of Carl’s favorite activities was fishing -whether in Illinois or Florida, he regularly spent time throwing a line into the water.
Carl’s interests included music, concerts and shows; his favorite groups being Duran Duran, Genesis and Phil Collins, among many others. He loved attending all the local suburban summer fests, not only for the musical groups, but also for the fireworks displays which he critiqued in detail. Like his father, Carl was also a movie buff, having over 1,000 DVDs in his collection. His favorite genres were sci-fi and horror and he was a big fan of all things Star Trek.
Carl was also an animal lover; some of his pets included a ferret, rabbit and hedgehog. He stocked and maintained tropical fish tanks and then developed an interest in Koi, building a beautiful, lighted koi pond, complete with a walking bridge and waterfall in his expansive backyard garden in Palatine. Adult pets included beloved cats, with his pride and joy being Jinxy, a loving and gorgeous Ragdoll.
Chicago sports were a large part of Carl’s life, especially the Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks. He frequently stated how lucky he felt to have been able to witness World Series and Super Bowl victories, but the pure amazement was in winning three Stanley Cups!
Carl was fortunate to find love a second time and together with his endeared RaeLee developed a love of travel that took them all over the US and Caribbean. They shared many adventures and created unforgettable memories. He found joy in being funny and supportive and looked for positivity wherever he could. He fought a valiant battle at the end of his life and made sure to tell us that love is the most important gift of all.
Carl is survived by his beloved partner, RaeLee Ripley; loving sister, Lorii Hampton (Jack Olichwier); his niece, Taryn Hampton; and nephew, Teague Hampton; his former wife, Gina Teutsch; and his cherished cat, Jinxy.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Carl Teutsch and Norma Vignola; brother, Scott Teutsch; grandparents, Carl and Bertha Teutsch and Albert and Elenora Hapke; and numerous aunts and uncles.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be appreciated in Carl’s memory, to Paisley Paws/Golf Rose Animal Services.