In Loving Memory of Carl H. Fricke Jr. October 16,1917-April 25, 2005 Carl H. Fricke Jr., a 52-year resident of Whittier, died April 25, 2005 in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Mr. Fricke was born October 16, 1917 in Los Angeles, California. He was raised in Altadena, spent summers on Catalina Island, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1939 majoring in Philosophy. He was active in the Notre Dame Athletic Association, both in football and boxing, and served as Senior Class Vice President. He was drafted into the United States Army during World War II, landing in Normandy just 55 days after D-Day. He served in the European Theater of Operations from 1943-1945. Carl met his wife of 61 years, Eleanor Everett Fricke, on Catalina Island in 1941. They married in 1942, and when the war ended, he returned to Southern California where together they raised 3 sons. Mr. Fricke moved to Whittier in 1951 where he was active raising funds for the Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital Foundation and as a member of the Friendly Hills Property Owners Association. He served as President of the Taverner & Fricke Paper Company in Los Angeles, working in the wholesale paper and packaging business in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties for over 5 decades. Mr. Fricke was particularly committed to the Boy Scouts of America. He devoted himself to 40 years of community service to the Scouts. His leadership influenced thousands of boys at the Troop, National Jamboree, and World Scouting Levels. As Scoutmaster of Troop 936, he helped develop 33 Eagle Scouts. All three of his sons are Eagle Scouts. Carl was awarded the Silver Beaver Award in 1968. In 1984 he received ''The Good Scouter Award'', scouting's highest district award for community and youth service from the Los Angeles Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Fricke attended St. Mary's Catholic Church in Whittier. He was an avid hiker and backpacker. Carl especially loved to hike the High Sierras and his beloved Yosemite Valley. He loved to travel, record family genealogy, and work in his orange grove. He continued to return to his grandmother's home on Catalina Island to the end of his life. Carl worked to make the original Catalina Family home a ''living legacy'' for generations to come. Carl is survived by his three sons and their families: Carl Fricke, III (Kathleen Gregg Fricke), Leon Fricke (Mary Egnatuk Fricke) their daughter Haley Fricke and Steven Fricke (Toni Nelson Fricke); In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carl Fricke's name to the Los Angeles Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 2333 Scout Way at Rosemont, Los Angeles, CA 90026 or the Alzheimer's Association, Los Angeles, 5900 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1700, Los Angeles, CA 90036. A Vigil service will be held on Wednesday, May 4th at 7PM at Rice Mortuary in Torrance, 5310 Torrance Blvd. A Funeral Mass for Carl will be held on Thursday, May 5th at 10AM at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Carl H. Fricke Jr. will have his final rest next to his grandparents, his parents, and Eleanor at Avalon Cemetery, Catalina Island at the family gravesite that he worked hard to create.

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  1. My deepest sypmathies are extended to the Fricke family. Taverner & Fricke was a few blocks from the orphanage which raised my father, his brothers and my godfather (Maryknoll Sister Home). They often talked about passing T&F on their way to school downtown. Many moons later, my parents had a business on 4th & Towne, Martha\’s Kitchen, which Carl visited at least twice a week, often with his beloved Eleanor. I worked for my parents and knew and loved Carl very much (and his cold or grilled cheese sandwiches or tuna sandwiches). My husband\’s job with the US Secret Service sent us to Washington, D.C., but Carl continued to keep in touch; once while at a Boy Scouts\’ Convention. He would send his paper products and loved to chat and laugh. I recently called his home and learned that he was living in Palos Verdes. I asked my godfather, who also worked at Martha\’s Kitchen, if he would like to visit Carl, to which he agreed happily. We didn\’t make it because my godfather left us suddenly to join my parents in the big card game in the sky. May God bless your entire family. I am sure Carl Fricke is now a saint, watching over PV, Whittier, Notre Dame U and Catalina, as well as 4th Street in Los Angeles. Sincerely, Tina Uchida Fukunaga

  2. The news of the passing of Carl saddens our family. We extend our deepest sympathy. I had fond memories of working with your father over the years, especially the business and Catalina thanksgiving trips we took with Carl and Eleanor while at T and F. My sons fondly remember your fathers graciousness for taking them on Sierra hiking trips , and his interest in their future careers. We will keep Carl in our prayers. Dick Fixa and family.

  3. Carl served as my Scoutmaster for the Los Angeles Contigent of boys that traveled to the 1969 National Boy Scout Jamboree held in Idaho. I have loving memories of his tough yet fair leadership style as he put up with a rough group of boys travelling by bus from LA to Idaho and back. Thank you Carl for your years of service to the BSA. You will be missed.

  4. We were already saddened about hearing of Eleanor\’s passing. What a great woman and friend she was. Our family really misses her and my mother will always miss sharing their birth days. I was not surprised to find notice of Carl\’s passing. They were such a close couple. My condolences to you, Carlito, Steve and Leon. With much love, Marie (your adopted sister) and the rest of the Snodgrass family

  5. Our prayers and blessings are with the Fricke Family as you move through this transition. We surrender your beloved Carl to God\’s eternal and loving embrace. Our connection with Leon has helped us understand what a beautiful soul and memory of your precious father. With blessings of love, Robert and Nancy Buhl (818) 446-0481

  6. Dear Leon, I knew when I saw the photo in the LA times that it had to be your father. I remember meeting him when we were all at your house in Whittier–he was a very nice man. Please accept my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I don\’t know what happened to Chip or Mike, but I heard from the girls at Christmas. Kelley and John own a winery in Nipomo (Brophy-Clark Winery), Jeri is a school teacher and Pat\’s twins are already in college! My husband is the news director for the ABC affitiate in Santa Barbara and we have a 10 year old son named Cole and a 5 year old daughter named Brooke. Again, my condolences to you and your family, Debra P.S. Every time I see “Guys and Dolls” on T.V. I think of you–you were great at UCSD!

  7. As the daughter of George P. Hacker I am sending condolences in my father\’s name, who is deseased. Taverner and Fricke was an oft mentioned name in my household when I lived in Glendale as a child. My dad was the manager of the Dixie Cup Company and worked closely with your father\’s firm. There was a great business friendship and I\’m sure many shared lunches. Sincerely, Dorothy H. Sundbye

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