Frank IMWINKELRIED

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Born August 16, 1915 in San Francisco. Passed away March 15, 2014 in Petaluma. Aged 98 years. Frank was born to John and Josephine Imwinkelried, Swiss immigrants from Canton Valais. He was proud of his Swiss heritage and that his name meant "where the mountains come together". He attended public schools in San Francisco, including Adult School. He had a relentless hunger for knowledge and truth, and he constantly read books on subjects of philosophy and religion. In particular, he loved the works of Robert G. Ingersoll and was a professed Humanist. He served in the 36th Amphibious Combat Engineers during World War II. They were the first to arrive on landing invasions. While landing troops on the shore at Anzio, his ship took two torpedoes and later sank. He was among the eight engineers in the last raft that left the sinking ship. They used their helmets to paddle miles to shore. That was only one of eight landings he participated in. It is said that the German soldiers called his Combat Engineers battalion the "little seahorses" because they were an amphibious cavalry. After the war, he founded Alpine Press in San Francisco and served the printing needs of the Bay Area for decades. He was preceded in death by his brothers, John and Leo, and his sister, Josephine Beutler of San Rafael. He is survived by his loving nieces Betty Waters and Elaine Stevick and his loving nephew, Edward Imwinkelried of Davis. He also has three great-nieces and two great-nephews. Funeral will be private at Frank's request. Santa Rosa Mortuary Eggen & Lance Chapel, 707-545-3747.
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Santa Rosa Mortuary Eggen & Lance Chapel
1540 Mendocino Ave Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 545-3747
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Mar. 23 to Mar. 24, 2014
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