|Birth: ||Oct. 7, 1924|
|Death: ||Sep. 6, 2010|
Los Angeles County
Dwayne Elmer Fritsche
Dwayne Elmer Fritsche, age 86, passed away Monday, September 6, 2010 at his home in La Canada, California.
Dwayne was born October 7, 1924, in Seattle, Washington to Viola and Elmer Fritsche. He was a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps, enlisting on March 15, 1943. Dwayne fought in the Okinawa campaign, one of the fiercest battles of World War II.
After the war he returned to Seattle to complete his studies at the University of Washington, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. While a student, Dwayne won the University of Washington welterweight boxing championship, despite getting knocked out along the way.
When the Korean War started, his USMC infantry reserve battalion was mobilized. Dwayne reported for active duty in January 1951. He rose to Staff Sergeant and was honorably discharged in January 1952.
That year, Dwayne moved to Los Angeles to take a job with Hughes Aircraft Company as an engineer. During his 34 years with Hughes, his primary efforts were the design, development, and manufacturing of Airborne Weapon Control Interceptor Systems and missiles. Or, as Dwayne said, "Top Secret stuff." He retired May 2, 1986, as a Department Manager.
With his first wife, Katherine Alexander, Dwayne had five children. Dwayne married his second wife, Nancy Robertson Liljequist on December 29, 1974. Nancy, who Dwayne loved very much, passed away November 16, 1977.
In July 1978, Dwayne began dating his beloved partner of 32 years. Together they traveled the world and climbed many mountains. They summited Mt Whitney, Mt Rainier and attempted Mt Olympus in 1983.
Dwayne was an avid mountain climber, particularly fond of the High Sierras. He often took his children fishing, hiking and backpacking, instilling in them a love of nature and adventure. Dwayne enjoyed discovering and exploring new roads, especially in his Volkswagon turned reluctant off-road vehicle. He cherished his garden with its perfect dichondra lawn, proudly sharing his home-grown tomatoes, fragrant roses, giant zucchini and chayote squash and his prized Bird of Paradise flowers. Dwayne was infamous for his newspaper clippings, which he'd enthusiastically underline, punctuate with exclamation points, and save for his kids. Dwayne will always be remembered for his pale blue eyes, "favorite breakfast" of bacon & eggs, spirited games of Cribbage, hokey humor and huge grin. He was loved and will be missed.
He was a father and grandfather and the proud "owner" of his beloved dog Bullet II.
TSGT US MARINE CORPS
WORLD WAR II, KOREA
Riverside National Cemetery
Plot: SECTION 58A SITE 1821
Created by: J.A. & D.S.
Record added: Nov 21, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61959825