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Herman Joseph Fuetsch A native San Franciscan, born July 6, 1918 died unexpectedly on September 29, 2010 with his family by his side. The youngest of four children born to Austrian immigrants, Herman (affectionately known as Hemmy by family and friends) attended Presidio Junior High and Polytechnic High School where he developed a lifelong love of basketball. During WWII while in the Army Air Corps, stationed at Selfridge Field, Michigan, Hemmy continued playing basketball. Following the war, he became the first player from the San Francisco Bay Area to sign a professional basketball contract. He played for the Baltimore Bullets, a Basketball Association of America championship team, from 1946 through 1948. The Basketball Association of America is now known as the National Basketball Association (NBA). Hemmy settled in Marin County where he resided for over 50 years. He leaves behind three sons, Martin, John and Kenneth from a prior marriage to the former Gayle Campbell, as well as three beloved grandchildren from that union, Alaina, Serra and Anthony. Hemmy had a quiet, yet friendly demeanor and a great sense of humor. He made many friends throughout his lifetime including business associates at F. Meiswinkel and W. R. Ford and most recently, residents of Deer Park and classmates at Senior Access. Married for the past thirty years to his "sweetheart" Betty Sperry Fuetsch, Hemmy was a friend and mentor to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. An exceptionally kind and loving man, Hemmy will be missed by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held on October 22, 2010 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church, 114 King Street, Larkspur. Hemmy's ashes will be scattered at sea during a private family gathering. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Senior Access, 70 Skyview Terrace, San Rafael, CA 94903 or made online @ www.senioraccess.org.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 14, 2010
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