Oscar Litz

Oscar Litz

Oscar Litz

Oscar Litz passed away peacefully on November 25, 2016, at the age of 83 in Mill Creek, Washington.  He was born on June 13, 1933, to Johannes and Elisabetha Litz in Friedenstal, Romania.

 

Oscar was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  Oscar was preceded in death by his wife, Hermine.  He is survived by his two sons, James and John; nine grandchildren (Rebekka, Kathryn, Ashley, Samantha, Timothy, Anneliese, Jennifer, Allison and Tiffany); seven great-grandchildren (Vespacian, Ulysses, Hadrian, Julian, Daisy, Barrett, and Colby); brothers Edwin and Hugo; and sisters Martha and Elvire.

 

Oscar grew up in Northern Germany during a period of war and poverty and

Hermine and Oscar

Hermine and Oscar

immigrated to live with relatives in South Dakota when he was 15.  He joined the U.S. Air Force and was fortunate enough to be stationed back in Germany where he met and married the love of his life, Hermine, and had their first son, James.  While in the Air Force he earned his nursing degree and moved to California, beginning his career at San Joaquin County Hospital as an emergency room nurse.  Their second son, John, was born in 1962.  Oscar later transferred to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Stockton as a surgical nurse, retiring in 1995.  When Hermine passed away in 2013, Oscar moved to Brookdale Senior Living in Mill Creek, Washington, close to James and his family.

 

Oscar had a passion for soccer, enjoyed woodworking and gardening.  He built Oscar - centeryouth soccer programs in Stockton, California, including the first girls’ program.  Oscar enjoyed playing, refereeing, and coaching, including a 3-yr stint coaching the University of the Pacific (UOP) Men’s Team.  A stroke at age 64 ended many of his recreational activities, but he continued to enjoy watching soccer on TV and spending time with family and friends.

 

Oscar will be deeply missed but never forgotten.  A celebration of Oscar’s life will be held at 2pm on December 18, 2016, at Brookdale Senior Living in Mill Creek.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation on Oscar’s behalf to your favorite charity, or Stockton Youth Soccer Association, PO Box 690891, Stockton, CA, 95269.

4 Responses to “Oscar Litz”

  • Annette Lewis Dopkus says:

    Oscar I was hoping to finally meet you in person so that you would know your son was in good hands. I know you will be looking in on us from heaven and I’m very thankful. You can now be with the love of your life again. I love hearing the stories about you two. To Jim and John I know your dad was an amazing man, I can tell because he raised two amazing sons. Your father will always be with you it shows it all that you do. All my love, Annie.

  • john malde says:

    Hermine and Oscar, you raised a couple great kids!

  • Bret Smith says:

    John, Jim, and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your fathers passing.
    Annie & Oscar were the first neighbors to welcome me into the neighborhood when I moved in in 2003. Annie was full of gardening tips and intel on who all the neighbors were and Oscar was full of stories of how the neighborhood used to be. Back when he and some of the other old timers used to have a huge garden behind us where the Condominiums are now. When I had a garden the first few years I was here your parents always loved it when I brought over fresh Zuchini, Tomatos, and Bell Peppers.
    It looks like John and I are going to be the new Old Timers now that their generation is gone.
    Cherish your Memories!
    Always, Bret

  • Jim Litz says:

    Those of you that spent any time with Oscar certainly heard a lot of his life stories. How he grew up in Germany during World War II. How he moved to South Dakota when he was a teenager to live with relatives and work on a farm. How he joined the US Air Force and was lucky enough to be stationed back in Germany where he married the love of his life, my mom. How the Air Force put him through nursing school, leading to a successful career as a surgical nurse in California. How much he enjoyed playing, coaching and watching soccer.

    My dad was also a great teacher. He encouraged my technical curiosity and showed me how things worked. From the chemistry set in our garage, to taking apart and fixing TVs and radios, to helping him build things in his workshop. In hindsight, these teachings certainly encouraged my career in electrical engineering.

    But my favorite and most vivid memories are from the various construction projects he helped me with after my wife and I started our family in Everett. My dad would come to visit for weeks at a time to help me build fences, landscaping, play structures, and even a big play house where our daughters spent lots of time. When we built our house here in Mill Creek, my dad helped me with all of the low voltage wiring and landscaping. He had so much practical knowledge and I’m so happy that he was able to pass it along to me.

    I’m so glad that my family and I had these past three years to spend with my dad here in Mill Creek, and so glad that you all became his best friends and made him feel welcome and loved.

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