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Peter Breitenstein Obituary
Peter Breitenstein

Peter Breitenstein died at his childhood home in Rolling Hills on October 11, 2012 of gastric cancer. Born on February 1, 1947 to George "Kim" and Myrtle "Pixie" Breitenstein, Pete lived in and around Palos Verdes all of his life. He graduated from Chadwick High School and El Camino College. During the Vietnam War, Pete was a forward observer for the Army's 11th Infantry Brigade and was awarded the Purple Heart. He worked at Wilmington Iron Works and the Unocal Refinery in Wilmington before leaving the workforce to become Mr. Mom. A naturally adventurous, knowledgeable, and curious man, he was a pilot, sailor, surfer, cyclist, 4-wheeler, climber, welder, mechanic, master woodsman, gardener, chef, and guitarist. Pete was a gifted craftsman and he could often be found in his garage workshop making furniture, leather goods, candles, and toys for his family. He said that his greatest accomplishments in life were his three sons, whom he loved to take camping and backpacking in the Sierras. An active supporter of his local Boy Scout Troop 783, Pete was immensely proud that all three of his sons attained the rank of Eagle Scout, an achievement none of them could have realized without his profound guidance. His spirit of independence, handiness, and curiosity about every natural and man-made phenomenon lives on with his boys, who affectionately refer to him as "The Dobian". Peter is survived by his wife of 25 years, Susan, and their children, Ryan Kimbrough, Scott, and Steven. A memorial service will be held at the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church (26438 Crenshaw Boulevard, Rolling Hills Estates) on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at noon.
Published in Daily Breeze from Oct. 18 to Oct. 20, 2012
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