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Elmer Fritjof Pecht
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Birth: May 30, 1922
Death: Jun. 4, 2012

Elmer Fritjof Pecht
May 30, 1922 - June 4, 2012

Elmer Fritjof Pecht, 90, of Austin died Monday the 4th of June, 2012. He was born in Williamson County near Georgetown on May 30, 1922, the oldest child of Fred and Bertha (Peterson) Pecht. Elmer was baptized August 8, 1926 and confirmed June 12, 1938 at Palm Valley Lutheran Church in Round Rock, Texas.

He graduated from Georgetown High School in 1941. He then studied Sheet Metal at Frye Aircraft School in Dallas, Texas for 6 weeks. He was then employed for 16 months by Consolidated Aircraft Corporation in San Diego, California when he assembled and built aircraft wings, drilled holes for rivets, trimmed previously cut metals. He used both pneumatic and hand presses for riveting; installed braces until February 1943. March 12, 1943 he entered into active duty in the Army of the U.S. His military education included ordinance school aircraft armament at Lansing, Michigan and munitions at Salt Lake City, Utah. He served 30 months achieving rank of Sgt and title as Munitions Worker- performing various tasks in connection with the storage and issue of all types of ammunition, including bombs and pyrotechnics used by Army Air Forces. Loaded, unloaded and stored ammunition at ammunition dumps, magazines or ammunition supply points. Loaded and unloaded heavy projectiles and powder charges from trucks and freight cars and transported them by hand, hand trucks or carts. He served 19 months overseas in European Theater of Operations with 8th Air Force as Munitions Worker. After serving 30 months and rising to the rank of Sergeant, he received his honorable Discharge Certificate at Davis- Monthan Field, Tucson, Arizona, October 26, 1945.

On June 1, 1947 Elmer and Viola Lenora Harzke were married by Rev. F. G. Roesener, Pastor of St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Austin. Elmer was an avid fisherman, and even though Viola didn't like fishing, she still supported him in his hobby. He also enjoyed deer hunting and was a photography enthusiast.

Elmer was a member of Hill City Lodge #456 since October 12, 1965, the York Rite and Ben Hur Shrine since April 15, 1967. He and Viola were very active in Shrine activities: parades, parties, circus, Trailblazers Travel Club- serving a term as Wagon Master.

Elmer's love of airplanes carried over as his hobby. He built radio controlled airplanes, jets and helicopters. He was a member of the Austin Radio Control Association AMA Club Charter 877 for over 50 years.

Elmer worked for the U. S. Postal Service as a mail sorter until he got a route as a rural mail carrier from which he retired, November 30, 1979.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Bertha Pecht, his Wife Viola, Sister Dorothy and Brother-in-Law Paul Oman, sister-in- law Jo Ann B. Pecht, and Brother Leslie E. Pecht.

He is survived by his brothers, Lawrence L. Pecht and Norman C. Pecht, sisters-in -law Johnnie A. Pecht and Lila O. Pecht, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Special thanks to the Administration and Staff of Buckner Villa Siesta Home where Elmer was a resident since June of 2010 and the special care during his final hours. The family also extends thanks to S & W Hospital Round Rock, ER, ICU, Doctors, Nurses, Lab and Specialty Technicians for their excellent treatment and care. We appreciate the prayers and concerns of the Palm Valley Church family and visits to the hospital, and Buckner villas of Pastors David Tietz and David P. Koppel. As well as to the staff at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, for their continued support during the passing of Viola and Elmer.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from 4 o'clock until 6 o'clock in the evening, on Thursday, the 7th of June, 2012 at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Blvd. Austin, Texas, 78752. Funeral Services will be held at half past 1 o'clock in the afternoon on Friday, the 8th of June, 2012 at Palm Valley Lutheran Church, 2500 East Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, Texas 78665, with the burial at the Church Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers and customary remembrances, donations may be made to Buckner Villa- Siesta Home, 11110 Tom Adams Drive, Austin, Texas 78753, Ben Hur Shriners, 7811 Rockwood Lane, Austin, Texas 78757, or Palm Valley Lutheran Church, 2500 East Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, Texas 78665.

Condolences may be made at www.cookwaldenfuneralhome. com. [Published in Austin American-Statesman on June 7, 2012.] 
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  Fred Pecht (1892 - 1956)
  Bertha O. Peterson Pecht (1897 - 1978)
  Viola Lenora Harzke Pecht (1920 - 2010)
Palm Valley Lutheran Church Cemetery
Round Rock
Williamson County
Texas, USA
Created by: John Christeson
Record added: Jun 07, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91511321
Elmer Fritjof Pecht
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A World War II veteran who served as a Sergeant in the Army Air Force.
- John Christeson
 Added: Jun. 7, 2012

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