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Wilbert G Lidtke (Bill) returned to his heavenly father on August 17, 2014. He was 91. He passed away peacefully in his Downey home of 60 years looking forward to being reunited with his dear wife, Dorothea.
Bill was born in Detroit, MI. Soon after graduating from Roosevelt High School his country called him to serve in the Pacific theater during WWII where he earned the Purple Heart. After discharge he attained a B. S. in Chemical Engineering from Lawrence Institute of Technology.
While studying he married the love of his life, Dorothea Witte. In 1950 his company afforded him the opportunity to move his family to Los Angeles to work in the fledgling field of electroplating. During his 38 years of employment he shared his expertise throughout the western U. S., teaching and troubleshooting.
His faith in his Lord guided his life and governed his relationships. He served in many leadership roles over fifty-five years at Messiah Lutheran Church.
As often as he could, he loved to trout fish while camping in California’s Sierra Nevada.
He is survived by his children William Lidtke (Shirley) and Kathy Wright, his 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held Thusday, August 28, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Downey. Remembrances can be made to The City of Hope at www.cityofhope.org/giving
Published: Aug. 21, 2014 – Volume 13 – Issue 19