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Edward Maurice Vercauteren Bethel Mae Vercauteren Obituary
Vercauteren, Edward Maurice Vercauteren, Bethel Mae POINT LOMA -- Edward passed away on the 28th of May at the age of 91. He was born in Lawrence, Mass on December 30, 1921. His family moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1925, and settled in Daly City. Ed joined the Navy in January of 1940 and trained at the Naval Training Center in San Diego. He was then transferred to bombing squadron six aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise. The ship was returning to Pearl Harbor the morning December 7, 1941, when it was attacked by the Japanese. The U.S.S. Enterprise was attacked by enemy aircraft to four different times while on offensive missions against Japanese forces including battles at Midway and Guadalcanal, where he was injured by shrapnel. He was awarded a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and a Presidential Unit Citation. While on temporary duty in EI Centro, he met and fell in love, and married Bethel Mae Lewis. A marriage that lasted for 69 years. His enlistment expired in 1946 and he and Bethel stayed in San Diego and made Point Loma their home. He joined the Naval Reserve and was the leading chief of an antisubmarine squadron in Los Alamitos for 14 years. Ed worked at North Island as an aircraft metal smith. He was promoted to the position of Production Superintendent in 1962, Then in 1970 he was selected to the staff to the Commanding Officer at North Island as Director of Motor Vehicle and occupational Safety and Health. He was selected chairman of the San Diego Federal Safety Council in 1974. The council was recognized as the number one Federal Council in the country by the Dept of Labor. Ed retired in 1975. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed bird hunting with his sons. He was predeceased by his wife, Bethel, in January of this year. She was born in Eldon, Missouri on December 7,1924. The biggest part of her life was her children. She was a stay at home mom and was ever an inspiration and teacher of values. She enjoyed making a warm and friendly home for her family. They passed peacefully in their Point Loma home. They are survived. by their daughter Linda and son-in-law Harry, sons Neal and Richard and grandchildren Lindsay and Andy Grosskreutz.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune from June 16 to June 22, 2013
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