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Wilbur Nitschke

A celebration of life for Wilbur E. “Shorty” Nitschke of Lodi will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at Casa de Lodi Mobil Home Park, 118 Verdugo Drive, Lodi. Private internment will be conducted in Lodi.

Mr. Nitschke died Friday, Oct. 18. He was 72.

He was born March 1, 1930, in Ashley, N.D., where he was raised and attended school. He moved to Lodi with his family in 1945 and attended Lodi High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Thomasine E. “Tomme” Kappel after his discharge and they lived in Reno from 1956 to 1985.

He worked for Western Electric and later for American Telephone & Telegraph, retiring as an installer in 1985 after 25 years of service. Following his retirement, they moved to Grass Valley, where they lived for 12 years. They moved to Enid, Okla., in 1997 to be near their sons and then returned to Lodi last summer. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and bowling.

He is survived by his wife, Thomasine “Tomme” Nitschke of Lodi; sons Duke Nitschke of Reno, Craig Nitschke of Oxnard and Lance Nitschke of Enid, Okla.; grandchildren Sonja and Joshua Nitschke of Oxnard; Texas, and Ida Hawkins of Los Angeles. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Hugo and Alvin Nitschke.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1212 W. Robinhood Drive, Stockton 94115.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Lodi Funeral Home.

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