Achee, Emile Walton Our husband, father, and Opa was called to Heaven on Nov 11, 2008 and will be dearly missed by all of his family and friends. The world will be a little less full without his big personality and even bigger heart to fill it. Emile was born on January 4th, 1927 in Great Neck, New York. He would excel both academically and in sports during his early years, and after attending Yale University for one year he was able to earn an appointment to the US Naval Academy. Being a Midshipman was his life long dream, and he never forgot his Navy roots no matter where his life led him. It was during his time at the Academy he would meet his life long love, Joan, and they would marry June 5th, 1949 shortly after Emile graduated and was commissioned as a naval officer. Emile and Joan would share almost 60 years together, and their love produced a family of six children. Family would be another major theme during Emile's life. He loved being surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and was always organizing one family gathering after another throughout his life. After graduation and completing amphibious training, Emile would serve with distinction in the Korean Conflict, and after later serving as an engineering officer in the submarine fleet, he finally left active duty in 1955. Although no longer on active duty, he would continue to serve in the naval reserves were he later attained the rank of Captain. Following active duty, Emile started his second career going into engineering and marketing assignments for companies such as Autonetics, Rockwell International, and finally Magnavox. He would experience much success during his career, where he would go on to hold senior executive positions, and even spend four years in England and Germany running international subsidiaries. Emile would finally retire in 1992, and not being one to ever slow down he kicked off a "third act", and filled his remaining years traveling around the world competing in Masters Swimming events, traveling with his grandkids, and even returning to Cal State Fullerton University to study French with fellow students who were forty to fifty years younger. Emile truly loved living life to the fullest and he never stopped looking for the next adventure. He was always willing to give completely to any family member or friend in need, and leaves a great legacy of those he touched during his time here on earth. He will live on in the hearts of his family and of all the friends he made during his life. We will miss his hugs, calming presence and the unconditional outpouring of love that helped to guide us through the storms of life. We love you. Emile is survived by his wife, Joan; sons and daughters, Durand, Robert, Suzanne, Denise, Jon, and James; fifteen grandchildren, and five great- grandchildren. Emile's memorial service will be held at Riverside National Cemetery, with Military Honors on Monday, December 8th, 2008 at 2:15 p.m., Staging Area #4.
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Published in Orange County Register on November 21, 2008