Obituary: Edward Rizzi |

Obituary: Edward Rizzi

Edward L. “Lou” Rizzi died Tuesday, March 12. No services will be held.

Mr. Rizzi was born Dec. 6, 1923, in Sunderland, England. He was raised in Coventry, England, and was drafted into the Royal Army Corps in 1943. He was decorated for his service in France, Germany and the Atlantic Theater, including the Battle of Britain. He was stationed in Luneburg, Germany, in 1944 when he met Ilse Koenig. They were married May 17, 1947, in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany.

He and his family immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1950, where he was an aircraft sheet-metal worker. They moved to Burbank in 1956, where he became a project planner for Lockheed. He retired in 1987 and moved to Grass Valley.

During his retirement he enjoyed working part time restoring old aircraft in a hangar near the Nevada County Airport. He was a member of the Gold Country German American Club for 15 years. He enjoyed dancing with the club and painting.

Mr. Rizzi is survived by his daughters Olive Blankenship of Grass Valley, Marguerita Henry of Portland, Ore., and Diana Kreps of Landcaster; grandchildren Jennifer and David Wilson of Groton, Conn., Christy Lael of Portland, Ore., and Heather, Ashley and Michael Johnson, all of Lancaster; and great-grandchildren Brittany Wilson, Brianna Wilson, Brandon Wilson, Jessica Johnson, Jordan Johnson, Courtney Lael and Chandler Lael. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1997; and sister, Peggy Davies, in 2001.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinsons Foundation.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels.

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