November 26, 1942 ~ August 26, 2004
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
Born November 26, 1942, in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Benjamin Chapell Getzelman and Nancy Fedou Getzelman passed away Thursday, August 26th 2004 in Palos Verdes, California. John was raised in Algonquin, Illinois and attended the University of Colorado in Boulder where he received his Bachelorâ€™s Degree in International Banking and later his MBA at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. After college he married his beautiful wife, Rita Garvey from Denver, Colorado in 1963. Rita and John lived in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Philippines and Hong Kong and loved to travel the world. John was strongly admired as an international banker and financier for most of his life. John was a member of several board of directors including: the Richstone Foundation, El Camino College Foundation, the House Ear Institute and Operation Hope.
He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.
John is survived by his wife Rita and three children, Jack Anne, and David, grandson Connor, child of Jack and Kirsten. He is also survived by his sister Gwen Sutfin of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Services will be held at St. John fisher Catholic Church at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, September 1, 2004 at 5448 Crest Rd. Rancho Palos Verdes, California, with interment following at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes.
In lieu flowers, contributions may be sent in care of John Getzelman to House Ear Institute;2100 West. Third St. Los Angeles, Ca 90057 or Richstone Foundation, 13634 Cordary Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250