May 24, 1921 ~ December 13, 2008
Koffroth, Willis Adrian (Bill)
To say Dad was an accomplished man would be an understatement of gigantic proportions. He was born in the Kenmore area of Akron, Ohio in 1921. Early in life he knew that he wanted more than the dull lifestyle that the small community of his youth had to offer, so in his teens he ventured west to California. His first arrival to Manhattan Beach was in the late 1930's by way of the historic 'Red Car' system. By 1960 he had taken up permanent residence in the South Bay, where he spent most of the remaining years of his life.
At 45 he went to law school, a feat unheard of by most in the legal profession. He passed the bar at 50, and proceeded to practice law up until the year of his death - 38 years later. This feat begs the question: What did he do before the law? He fought in two wars, where he was one of the liberators of the Nazi concentration camp Dachau during WWII. He also worked in Japan with the Armed Forces Radio during the Korean conflict. Returning from Japan he continued his work on radio throughout the state of Texas and later in Spokane, Washington. Also he survived two marriages, to mention just a few of his accomplishments.
A learned man of letters, fond of collecting books on California history and Western Americana, he also had a passion for our family history, on which he wrote two books regarding the Koffroth genealogy, an autobiography, and was working on his fourth book at the time of his passing.
Survived by his daughter Jean, and his sons Robert and John, as well as seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild (and another one on the way!), he will be greatly missed by all. Let it be known to all that his passing was dignified, peaceful, and in the presence of family.
A memorial service will be held at McCormick Redondo Beach Chapel on Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 11:00 A.M.
Those wishing to honor Bill please consider donating to any of the following organizations:
All South Bay Central Office of Alcoholic's Anonymous
The American Cancer Society
Trinity Care Hospice
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