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William Gaulke

William H. Gaulke William H. Gaulke 80, of Visalia, California, passed away of natural causes on Monday October 22, 2012 at 12:43 a.m. at Kaweah Delta Hospital. Born on a farm in Lone Rock, Wisconsin on March 7th, 1932, William is the eldest son of Harold F. Gaulke and Ruth Leek. Three brothers and one sister; Jim Gaulke, Richard Gaulke, John Blynn and Marion Gaulke all deceased. William's life spanned from a 600 plus acre farm in the hills of Wisconsin, to the occupation of Japan after World War II as a soldier, the Korean War as a Marine, also serving a tour in the Navy later working on various occupations in the aviation field. These range from a rocket electronics technician for the first design and arduous testing of the F-1 rocket engines for Apollo 11 that sent men to the moon, to jet fighters such as the F4 phantom and the F111 swing-wing, military transports such as the C-130 Hercules and the KC-135 Stratotanker, first prototype Apache helicopter, to Lead Electrician and subject matter expert on the Boeing 747 and 767 aircraft. After traveling all over the world William retired from Boeing Company in 1995 out of Everett, Washington William is survived by his wife of 35 years, Corinne Helena Gaulke and his two sons, Anthony Wayne Marsh (Inger Marsh) and Christopher Harper Marsh (Barbara Marsh) and four grandchildren. Services will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Saturday, October 27th 2012 at 10 a.m. Visitation will be held Friday, October 26, 2012 at Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel from 6-8 p.m. Rosary starts at 6 p.m. Condolences may be e-mailed to info@salseranddillard.com


Published in Visalia Times-Delta on Oct. 25, 2012
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