Rolland Douglas Kenitzer (1930 - 2018)

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    - David Koenitzer
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Rolland Douglas (Koenitzer Jr.) Kenitzer, age 87, died June 11, 2018, in his home in Sequim. Rolland was born to Rolland and Stella Koenitzer, in 1930, in West Allis, Wisconsin. During his childhood he discovered a love of boating after his father completed a 25-foot cabin cruiser that they sailed on Lake Ontario, the Welland Canal and Lakes Erie, Huron and Michigan.

Rolland graduated from Oberlin High School in Ohio, and attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He graduated, in 1952, with a BS in Physics and a minor in Mathematics. He was drafted during the Korean War and served two years at Camp (now Fort), Detrick in Frederick, Maryland. After getting out of the Army, Rolland continued his education at UC Berkeley in Physics. After two years, he took an engineering job at Raytheon, in Santa Barbara, where he met and married his wife, Diane Samuelson. They were married November 1, 1958.

In 1962, Rolland took a job with Lockheed Missiles and Space at the tracking station they operated on Oahu, Hawaii. He moved his wife and young family there where they lived and enjoyed island life for three years. In 1965, they moved to Cupertino, California, where Rolland continued to work for Lockheed in a variety of positions until he retired in 1990. He also became very involved in the Cupertino Planning Commission and City Council plus continued learning by taking computer programming classes at De Anza College.

Upon retirement, it was time to leave the fast pace of Silicon Valley. Rolland became interested in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. In 1992, he was sworn in and was an active member until his passing. Rolland also volunteered for over ten years at the Sequim Museum and Arts Center and enjoyed the Sequim Computer Club. Additionally, he loved raising irises, rhododendrons, was an avid reader and accomplished photographer. He never lost his love of learning.

Rolland is survived by his beloved wife, Diane (Samuelson) Kenitzer; son, David (Alice) Koenitzer of Vacaville, California; daughter, Laura (Greg) Weilert of Sisters, Oregon and grandchildren, Candiss, Heather, Erik, Dylan, and Valerie. He will be missed by his family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24, 2018
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