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Bert Sweetser


1918 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Bert Sweetser Obituary
1918 - 2016 Born February 18, 1918 in Ketchikan Alaska, one of four sons of Nelson and Eva Sweetser, Bert passed away recently in Arcadia CA. His parents, brothers (Nelson, Jack and David) and wife Leona predeceased him. He is survived by two nephews (David Sweetser of Fort Collins, Colorado and John Sweetser of Bakersfield, California), his wife's nephew and nieces, and friends and colleagues. A native of California since age four, he attended high school in Lancaster and was a graduate of UC Berkeley in 1941, taking his degree in civil engineering and pledging Kappa Sigma fraternity. During the war, he served in the U.S. Naval Civil Engineering Corps on state-side naval facilities. While stationed at a Naval Ammunition Depot, he became involved in rocket production and was able to develop a machine which significantly improved production methods, including a patent for a bonding procedure. He was employed by William J. Moran Company, Holmes and Narver and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. At JPL he served three years in Canberra, Australian as resident engineer on the construction of the 210 ft antenna for outer-space exploration. Bert married Leona Smith, a legal secretary, in 1958, and they enjoyed many travels over the years. Mr. Sweetser had a quick wit, was generous to charity & family, and loved the world of classical arts. He was an avid golfer and swimmer and always had cats in his life. He will be missed by all who knew him. Scattering of ashes will be planned at a later date.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 8, 2016
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