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PELZER, William Sr

William (Bill) Pelzer, Sr passed away in his Whittier home after a long illness on November 7, 2017. His loving wife of 71 years, Lina Duddy Pelzer was at his side. Bill is survived by his loving daughter Carol, sons Bill, Jay and Gary, as well as nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Bill was born in New York City on October 11, 1923 to Harold and Grace Lehing Pelzer. After graduating from Pratt Institute in New York at age 19, with a degree in mechanical engineering, Bill was commissioned in the US Navy and served his country in the Pacific and China. Upon discharge, he began working as an engineer at North American Aviation. His jobs took him from New York to Ohio and finally California. Bill retired from Boeing in 1982.

Bill spent his retirement years traveling, golfing and working in his yard. A member of the Greatest Generation, he will be missed by all, but especially his family.
Published in Whittier Daily News on Nov. 26, 2017
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