Werner “Vern” Doellstedt

Werner “Vern” Doellstedt

Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 4 May 2016 (aged 85)
Point Richmond, Contra Costa County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 162450726 · View Source
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Werner "Vern" Doellstedt
May 8, 1930 - May 4, 2016
Point Richmond
Werner 'Vern' Eugene Doellstedt, 85, passed away on May 4, 2016, at his home in Point Richmond, California. He was a faithful and loving husband to Audrey Jeanne Doellstedt for 62 years. Vern was the family and business patriarch. He was a meat industry legend with many innovative, dynamic and ground breaking accomplishments from changing the way meat was sold to being one of the first to venture into aquaculture on a mass scale at the Hawaiian Fish Farms in Kona, Hawaii.
He was born on May 8, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois, to Werner Edwin and Josephine Doellstedt. He graduated from Griffith High School in Indiana. Vern worked in the family meat shops alongside his father and Uncle Carl who were both master butchers from Germany. His jobs included butchering 300 chickens, grinding 200 lbs. of ground beef, and cutting countless steaks a day.
He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1948 and proudly served as a Marine Sergeant in the Korean War. He was recognized for his sharp shooting skills. Vern was very patriotic, flying the American and Marine Corps flags daily. After his military service, he attended San Francisco State University, where he studied international business.
Vern and Jeanne co-founded Richmond Wholesale Meat Company in 1959, growing the company to be a leading West Coast manufacturer/distributor of meat and seafood. Together they developed an export business that focused on serving the Pacific Islands, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Vern embodied the company motto, "To serve you is our pleasure." Vern instilled his love and fascination of life into all of his children.
Vern loved art, music, traveling (favorites were England and Carmel), gardening, and fine dining. He also enjoyed singing and playing the violin and harmonica.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, children Jon, Richard (Tammy), Peggy, Carl (Mary), Dan and two grandchildren: Andrina Luce and David Doellstedt, and his sister, Ginny Fisher. He is also survived by a large extended family. In addition, his close friend and business partner of over 55 years, Paul Guess, and long-time family friend Michelle D. Healy. Vern had a strong Christian faith and lives on in heaven.
If desired, memorial gifts may be made to the Bay Area Rescue Mission (www.bayarearescue.org) to honor the charity close to Vern's heart.

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Published in Contra Costa Times on May 10, 2016


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  • Created by: Bob Spalding
  • Added: 10 May 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 162450726
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Werner “Vern” Doellstedt (8 May 1930–4 May 2016), Find A Grave Memorial no. 162450726, ; Maintained by Bob Spalding (contributor 47756429) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.