Aimee Huber was the world’s most successful treasure hunter. Her treasure was joy, and she found it every day. Aimee was the third of four children born to Tony and Elaine Huber. From her early days on Crystal Road, Aimee’s lust for life was palpable. She found joy in sports, both as a spectator and participant, although her greatest joy was sharing it with friends and family, especially her dad. Aimee brought her energy to teams but never lost her compassion. While playing softball, her big heart led her to rescue an abandoned kitten who had come into her line of play in left field. She named the kitten after the ball field and brought him into her home. That was her style-caretaker and friend for life. Aimee’s wanderlust took her from Middletown to California to Cincinnati, where she lived over the past 25 years. While she loved traveling with family and friends, Aimee found a unique blend of both peace and excitement simply being at home. She loved entertaining in the backyard of her Strader home but also was the first to volunteer for any community event, including the annual East End Garden Party. Aimee brought this same energy from early days at Habits Café and more recently to the walls of Woodford Academy.
Aimee believed that every object, every animal, and every person had value. One of her favorite pastimes was restoring any old or rusty item. She could resurrect anything with a can of spray paint, super glue, and duct tape. If there was a thrift store within 30 minutes, she was there, rifling through bins in search of Converse, hats, concert T’s, or the biggest prize, jeans, especially bibs! We know how much Aimee loved her outfit changes! Her treasure cove of restored chairs, gliders, and unique yard adornments centered around a fire fostered multiple late-night conversations and laughter.
Not only was Aimee skilled at finding treasure in the most unique places, she was selfless in sharing it with others. Whether it was leaving notes in people’s offices, delivering homemade gifts in a brown paper bag marked with her trademark star, or bringing wildflowers to brighten someone’s day, Aimee knew that a treasure shared with others was more valuable than one kept to herself. This may explain her love of music, as it allowed her joy, talents, and energy to touch her fellow bandmates and her enthralled audience. Aimee never formally learned music. Rather, she became an exceptional drummer simply by listening to and learning from others, from Big Breasted Bully to Poke/Filthy to Judge and Jury. Aimee loved to share music with others. Even with young children, her ingenuity shined. She would tie together dried spaghetti as beginner drumsticks for the kids in her life.
Several years ago, Aimee had her first neck surgery. Not even a neck brace could stop her from picking up her sticks and jamming the night away. The rhythm of the drums, the sound of the music, and the smile and applause from the crowds was much more powerful than a pain in the neck. She would not be deterred. Aimee illuminated the world both literally in her love of flashlights (and frequent gifts to others) and figuratively as a guiding star, a beacon of light that shines beautifully in the sky, bright and effervescent. We will forever be thankful to Aimee for shining her bright light into our world. Even though she is gone, we know she is jamming in Rock and Roll Heaven filling the sky with stars and our hearts with her joyous treasure.
Aimee is survived by her partner and friend, Chelle Leisgang; her parents, Tony and Elaine; and siblings, Chris, Angie (Mike), and Brian. She is aunt to Amanda (Craig), Samantha, Brian, and Justin and a great-aunt to Elena, Colt, Austin, and Aubri.
Aimee was preceded in death by her friend/sister-in-law, Teresa; her grandmother, Opal, Bud and Elaine Leisgang; and her four four-legged children, Levi, Kayla, Buddy, and Junie. She will also be remembered by countless friends from Ohio and beyond.
Aimee always loved a good party surrounded by friends and family. In honor of her, please join us in celebrating the life of this amazing person. Please, wear whatever makes you happy, Aimee always did. Her viewing is on Sunday, 10/3 from 12-2 at Clepper-Kelsch followed by a Celebration of Life reception at the 20th Century Theatre, with food, drinks, laughter, and, of course, good music.