October 16, 1917 ~ April 25, 2005
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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