Fred Lustig
1928 - 2014
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Fred Lustig

August 12, 2014

Fred Lustig died August 12, 2014 in Reno/Spanish Springs, Nevada. He was born in 1928 in the city of Geisa, located in what later became East Germany. When he was nine years old, he left Germany for San Francisco. The spirit of San Francisco fueled his passion for learning, creating and achieving. He was a scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, collector, model railroad enthusiast, beloved husband and father of three.

In 1950, he married Anita Joan Broune. Together they travelled the world, built a business and raised a family. They founded Scientific Instrument Company, Inc. in Silicon Valley.

He served as the National President of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America (MBCA). For many years, he and Anita planned and hosted EuroRally, which gave MBCA members a 10-day driving and sight­ seeing tour of Germany. Fred and Anita also enjoyed driving their 1898 Benz Velo and the 1901 Benz Ideal in the London-Brighton Veteran Car Run, which is the world's longest running motoring event.

After raising their children, Fred and Anita made their home in the Reno, NV area, where he lived until the time of his death. He is survived by Anita Lustig, his wife of 64 years and children Martin (Sally) Lustig of La., Don (Rhonda) Lustig of Ala, and Elizabeth (Michael) Beer of Cal. and their families.

The family suggests Guide Dogs for the Blind for any memorial contributions. Friends may contact the family through the online guest book.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News on Oct. 12, 2014.
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October 5, 2020
I only knew Fred long-distance, as an outstanding craftsman in camera repair. I continue to use a Super Graphic 4x5 that he overhauled and made "like new" for me. He "knew his stuff," told it "the way it was," and gave his best to every repair job. His legacy is excellence and encouragement. I still miss knowing he is "out there" to help me if needed.
Stan Blevins
November 10, 2014
Anita - Ruth and I have fond memories of the great times you and Fred provided on the Euro Rally's. We have frequently talked about those great times. Fred was certainly fist class in every way.
Jim and Ruth Blakeslee
Jim Blakeslee
October 20, 2014

We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Fred will always be in our thoughts.

We have pictures of you both in our hallway image frame that Mom set up a long time ago so we walk by the images of you and Fred daily.

We have been trying to phone you, reno, without any luck.

If there is anything you need please let us know.

Kraus Haus in always lovely Saratoga
Richard K
October 20, 2014
Like many others, I only knew Fred through letters and by telephone. He was a gracious and very interesting man. He refurbished two Graphic cameras and answered many questions for me. I always enjoyed my conversations with him. He will be very missed. My condolences to his dear wife and family.
October 19, 2014
Yesterday my sister,Louise, read me the sad news about Fred passing on. I'm sorry to hear about your loss. You and Fred had 64 happy and adventurous years together, which is a blessing.

I"m sorry we lost touch. I still remember how you and Fred met at Camp Marwadel at the Boys' Club Camp where Bob was a lifeguard. You sprained your ankle and Fred carried you around- how sweet that was!

My best to you. I hope you find some comfort as the days go by.
-Anita Schlocker Broune Levitch
Anita Levitch
October 17, 2014
Fred was easy to talk to and eager to share knowledge with those willing to learn.

He'll be missed even by those of us that never met him, but had the pleasure to speak with him or read what he shared online.

His contributions to the Graflex owners of the world touched all of us. And for that we thank him, and offer our condolences to his wife and family.
chase canadé
October 14, 2014
Anita and family.
We were sorry to read of Fred's passing. Our thoughts are with you. Vivian and Charles Kettering
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