Class Notes | Obituaries
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William Richard Costello Jr. ’65, of Los Gatos, passed away unexpectedly Oct. 27, 2011 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 40 years, Pamela, daughters Alexandra, Mollie O'Connor (Michael), Christine Foxworthy (David) and three beautiful grandchildren Madelyn, Brendan and Elizabeth. He was born to William and Barbara Costello in Larkspur. He was second of four children, Ellen Miller, James Costello and Margaret O'Neill (deceased). Bill grew up in Marin County and attended Marin Catholic High School and Santa Clara University. Beloved husband, father and grandfather. Treasured friend to many and avid golfer. Bill had a 43 year career in commercial real estate.
William Martin Head M.S. '65 passed away Oct. 22, 2010 after an extended illness. He taught thousands of Salinas Valley students during more than 29 years as a junior high and elementary school teacher. Bill, whose family moved to Soledad in 1907 to start a commercial house and restaurant later known as the Head Inn, which he helped operate for 15 years, was born July 9, 1925. He had been a lifelong Soledad resident until moving to Salinas in 1998. Bill graduated from Salinas Union High School, class of 1943 and attended San Jose College until he entered the United States Navy during World War II later that year where he served until 1946. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State College in 1952 and a Masters from Santa Clara University, Class of 1964. Bill taught math for nearly three decades, most of that time at Washington Junior High in Salinas. His Masonic, Eastern Star and Scottish Rite activities in Monterey County spanned 63 years, including holding nearly every official title at lodges in Carmel and King City. He also was the recipient of the Hiram Award, the highest honor bestowed by a Masonic Lodge and the Grand Lodge of California. His civic activities and volunteering included serving on the Election Board for more than 20 years; being a member of the Soledad Elementary School Board, 1987-91 ; serving on the Monterey County Grand Jury; and working for 15 years with the Monterey County Mathletics Contest. Bill was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy. He is survived by his wife, Lila '72; son, Bill Head, of Oakland; and daughter, Ann Head Hilton, of San Francisco.
William L. Jaeger '65 on Jan. 11, 2009. Born and raised in Seattle, he attended SCU on an academic scholarship. He served as student body president and later earned a Juris Doctor from the University of California's Boalt Hall. He worked in the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department for four years and returned to the Bay Area in 1973 to begin his career in private practice. He was elected a member of the American College of Trial lawyers and retired from the practice of law at Townsend, Townsend & Crew in 2006. He is survived by his wife, Julie, and three children.
Vincenzo James Sisto ’65 on March 19, 2010.
Stuart E. Halliday '65, August 16, 2013. He was 70 and a thirty year resident of Evanston. Born in Chicago on June 7, 1943, he graduated from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California. He worked for many years at Northwestern University as a staff assistant. A talented folk and blues musician, Stuart performed on guitar and banjo at the No Exit Cafe when it was located in Evanston, and will be missed by the folk music community. Stuart was a well-educated man of many interests there was never a dull moment when in his company. He will be forever loved and cherished by his son, Ian and grandson, Liam of Norridge, Illinois, and his sisters, Nancy Halliday of Glenview, Illinois, Sue Brooks of Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, and Ann Ellis of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Stephen Dombrink ’65, passed away Dec. 3, 2011. A resident of Oakland, The Honorable Stephen Dombrink passed away surrounded by his loving family, after a valiant 15-year battle with Multiple Myeloma. Steve handled his ordeal with his illness with strength, courage, hopefulness and a sense of humor, making him an inspiration to those around him.
Proud of his Oakland heritage and the century long Dombrink family history in the East Bay, Steve earned his diploma from St. Elizabeth's High School, and greatly enjoyed planning and attending a recent 50th reunion with his classmates. He received his BA degree in 1965 from Santa Clara University and maintained lifelong relationships with a number of the friends he made there. He treasured having spent a memorable year in Rome, an experience that sparked a lifelong love of Europe. After receiving his JD degree from Boalt Hall Law School (UC Berkeley) in 1968, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he served for four years with the Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps. After studies in Paris, he returned to the East Bay, where he joined the Crosby, Heafey law firm and where he met and fell in love with his wife, Debi. Later he became a partner at the firm of Chandler, Bruner and Dombrink.
The highlight of Steve's career was his appointment as an Alameda County Superior Court Judge, where he distinguished himself for 20 years on the bench, retiring last year. Colleagues knew him as a dedicated, thoughtful, and caring judge who was fair and evenhanded. Known for his remarkably calm disposition, optimism, quick wit, self-effacing manner, intellectual curiosity and wry sense of humor, Steve was a man of culture. He loved and was completely dedicated to his family, and his greatest joy was spending time with his sons, family and friends. He also enjoyed traveling, reading, listening to a wide variety of music, watching the 49ers, A's and Giants games, and taking walks through his neighborhood and the Big Trees State Park. Steve is survived by his wife of 35 years, Debi Baird Dombrink, his two sons, Michael and Mark Dombrink, his sister Marilyn Salazar, his step-mother, Betty Dombrink, his aunt Norma Anderson, his beloved nieces and nephews, his sister- and brother-in law Beverly ("Sister") and John Zanarini, and his many cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to St. Anthony Foundation in San Francisco or Corpus Christi School in Piedmont. A service celebrating Steve's life will be held on Sat., Dec. 17, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Waterfront Hotel in Oakland.
Robert B. Kavale MBA ’65 entered into rest on May 17, 2012, at the Tracy Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center. He died of pneumonia following a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was born in the Czech Republic on January 11, 1926, to Josef and Ludmila Kavale. Known for his quick wit and good sense of humor, he will be sorely missed by friends and family.
Mr. Kavale, a resident of Manteca for four and one-half years and former resident of Saratoga, worked in Silicon Valley for more than 30 years in the industrial engineering field. A registered professional engineer and recipient of master's degrees from two California universities, including the Santa Clara University, he helped companies to reduce waste, cut costs, and improve productivity. Among other engineering responsibilities, he designed production facilities, wrote design guidelines, and developed processes and standards.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Jean Kavale, two brothers and their spouses, Josef and Libuse Kavale and Karel and Kerstin Kavale, and several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his infant son, David Joseph Kavale.
Ranny Riley ’65, the psychologist best known for her work helping professional women advance their careers into the highest echelons of corporate America, died on August 14 in her home in Belvedere, Calif. She was 68.
Born Frances O'Brien Riley in 1943, in Detroit, Mich., Ranny grew up on the San Francisco Peninsula. She joined the first women's class at the University of Santa Clara. After graduating, Ranny went on to receive her Master's degree in Psychology from Boston College.
She returned home and began to help some of the Bay Area's most iconic companies, including Apple and George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic, develop their leadership teams. She took her PhD from Fielding.
These events coincided with a transition in her professional focus from corporate leadership in general to a more specific focus on issues facing women, both in and beyond their corporate lives. She turned to coaching professional women, from CEOs to those just beginning their careers. As she put it, Ranny helped the new professional woman see herself differently and help her establish her own success in some of America's best companies.
Ranny is survived by her husband Lou Lenzen of Belvedere, by her sister Anne Riley of Burlingame and by her five brothers, Reverend Miles Riley of Half Moon Bay, Dr William Riley of Redwood City, Patrick Riley of San Francisco, Ambassador Thomas Riley of Palo Alto and James Riley of Pasadena and by her eight nieces and nephews, Francie Devlin, Lisa Lenzo, Max Riley, Joanna Weidenmiller, Conor Riley, Ryan Riley, Julia Riley, and Aili Nahas.
Murphy Sabatino '65 on January 8, 2010. Murphy, a farmer and restaurateur, was born December 23, 1943 to Murphy and Josephine Sabatino. He was a lifelong resident of San Jose. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1961 and Santa Clara University in 1965 and paid for his college tuition by selling fireworks during the summer. Murphy began working at the Pink Elephant Market on King Road at the age of 11 and continued helping in various family businesses all his life. Murphy had a passion for starting a business from nothing and had many successful ventures of his own, including a hardware store, a tortilla factory, a delicatessen, and his most well-known business, the Italian Gardens in San Jose. Most recently he acquired a vacant building in Hollister and turned it in to the Cedar House Restaurant, which received many outstanding reviews. However, first and foremost, Murphy was a farmer with a lifelong love for growing cherries. Murphy is survived by Carol, his true love and wife of 42 years, daughter Elizabeth Smith (Michael), son Murphy Sabatino III (Jennifer), grandchildren Samantha, Sophia, and Wade Smith, and Olivia Sabatino, Sister Joanne Moul (Mike), Aunts Lucille Marks, Angie Margo, Santina Maxwell and Mary Parle, nephews Michael and Kevin Moul, Mark, Randy and Scott Bruner, and Sean Collins, nieces Elizabeth Moul and Shannon Tassi, numerous cousins, great nephews and nieces.
Kenneth J. Virnig '65 on May 2, 2010. Our dearest, most beloved and admired father, friend, mentor and godfather, Kenneth J. (Ken) Virnig passed away following a brief, but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born July 24, 1943, and lived in Monte Sereno. Ken is survived by one son, Kenneth J. (Chip) Virnig II, of whom he was very proud, in addition to countless friends and loved ones. Born and raised in Cupertino, Ken was the son of John M. Virnig and Anna M. Vlahovich-Virnig. Ken began his life in a modest farmhouse surrounded by beautiful cherry orchards. His love of hunting and fishing came at an early age, spending time with his father and friends hunting extensively near Los Banos. It was from these roots that Ken learned to place a high value on family and friends, honor and integrity. Ken attended St. Francis High School and was a member of the 2nd graduating class. He went on to attend Santa Clara University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. Immediately thereafter, Ken decided to leave his home of twenty years and moved to Chicago, where he earned his MBA from Northwestern University. After completing his formal education, Ken returned home and joined IBM in San Francisco. He spent 11 years in a variety of Sales and Marketing leadership roles ultimately becoming the IBM Palo Alto Branch Manager. During his tenure at IBM, Ken's sales and business acumen and overall dependability were recognized when he was promoted to work under the guidance of one of the top IBM Executives in Atlanta, GA. After two years in that role and well on the "fast track" to executive status at IBM, Ken chose instead to return to his beloved Santa Clara Valley and pick up where he left off in Sales and Branch Office Management. Ken's entrepreneurial spirit eventually took him away from IBM in the late 1970s to pursue other ventures. Ultimately, however, Ken was drawn to the executive search business and in 1989 he co-founded Devine and Virnig, Inc. Recognizing the need for a "new brand" of executive search, Ken transformed Devine and Virnig into a renowned Executive Search Firm, focused on building Silicon Valley's most successful pre-IPO and public companies. Ken was a six time honoree of the "Midas List," Forbes Magazine annual ranking of the Top 100 individuals nationally who have been most instrumental in building successful technology and life sciences companies. Other accolades bestowed upon Ken include Red Herring's "Member of High Tech's Inner Circle", one of nine individuals "Who Can Help a Start-Up Stand Out". Respected, emulated and revered, Ken's impact on Silicon Valley is indelible in the many lives and businesses he helped develop and grow. Ken did so with honor and integrity, epitomizing kindness, intelligence and friendship, whether coaching a candidate on career direction or advising colleagues, clients or board members on hires who would make a difference in their business.Ken's personal life was centered on his fondness of the great outdoors, high performance cars and spending quality time with his son and close friends. He was an accomplished hunter, whether it was a weekend getaway to his ranch or an extended trip to hunt big game in Africa, Ken was at peace in the wilderness and loved his hunting buddies dearly. Ken was a great story teller and lived and loved his outdoor life to the fullest, yet with benevolence and a sense of wonder. Beside his love of animals, Ken always saw the good in people, gave everyone a chance and never believed in "sweating the small stuff", or "mouse nuts" as he called them. A devout Catholic, Ken's faith was his strength and his peace, providing comfort during his battle with cancer and knowledge that in the end, he was going home to Our Heavenly Father. Although his mission and purpose on earth is now complete, his life, love and legacy remain full and vibrant within the hearts and lives of those family, friends, and colleagues he has touched.
Juanita O'Connor '65, beloved mother, grandmother and sister, died May 13, 2011 at age 68. Juanita raised her family and helped run a deli and catering business in Healdsburg for several years. A devout Catholic, she was dedicated to the Church and did work with the Missionaries of Charity in San Francisco. She loved kids and sports, coaching soccer and basketball for many years. She is survived by four children Kevin O'Connor '91, Maureen O'Connor '91, J.D. '94, Patrick O'Connor '92 and Daniel and four grandchildren. A woman of humor and faith, she was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Joseph John Dill MBA '65 died Dec. 4, 2009. in Windsor, Canada. He is mourned by his beloved bride of five years, Monique Hatch. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph John Dill and Margaret Elizabeth (Heckman) Dill of Brooklyn, New York; and his first wife of 54 years, Betty (Fleckenstein); and daughter, Kathryn D. Price. He is survived by his brother Robert E. and wife Greta Dill of New York City, NY; his sister Mary Bloor of Brooklyn, NY; his five children, including Robert J. of Orangevale, CA; Marian J. and husband Mike Stier of Santa Rosa, CA; Michael J. and wife Toni of Henderson, NV; Peggy and husband Don McCoy of Half Moon Bay, CA and Thomas J. of Orangevale, CA. Also surviving him are five grandchildren: Christopher and wife Tamara Stier of Santa Rosa, CA, Denise and husband Armando Alvear of Santa Rosa, CA, Eric and wife Kelly Price of Fair Oaks, CA, Rebecca Price and Erin Price of Fair Oaks, CA as well as six great-grandchildren. Joe was born in Brooklyn, NY and served in the Army Air Force in World War II. He obtained a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Pratt Institute in New York in 1950. After moving to California in 1957 he obtained a MBA in Management from Santa Clara University in 1965. Joe worked for General Electric Co. for almost 30 years. He has always been active in his church including being a member of the Knights of Columbus. Joe had a brilliant mind, a grand sense of humor, greatly enjoyed the outdoors and was deeply loved by his family. He was 85. A Memorial Mass was held in December and he was interred at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Santa Rosa, CA.
Joseph Didone '65 on Feb. 16, 2009. Born Giuseppe Didone and raised in Rome, Italy, he came to California in 1953 with $50 in his pocket. He obtained his citizenship in 1957, the same year he graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in political science. He worked his way up to senior vice president at Guardian Packaging Corporation, which was later acquired by American National Can. For his last three years of service, he ran the company's operation in Vitoria, Spain. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Verna; four children; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
John Davis 'Jack' Williams ’65 was born on Nov. 22, 1928, and died on Jan. 12, 2013. A resident of San Jose, Jack was born in Falls Church, Virginia and grew up in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Bullis Prep in Maryland and moved to San Francisco as a young adult. He received his BSE degree from Santa Clara University and then worked in the capacity at the City of San Jose, Santa Clara County, and the Santa Clara County Water District before setting up his own engineering business. He died quietly at home with his wife at his side. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, his daughters, Sharon Tye and Heather Shepherd, and his four grandchildren, Ryan Tye, Megan Tye, Dalton Shepherd and Zachary Shepherd.
James R. Kline Jr. MBA ’65, a resident of Healdsburg, Calif., age 76, died peacefully at his home on November 17, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Kay; son Dan (Tootie) Kline, daughter Mary (Dan) Echevarria, daughter Colly (Niel) Fischer; and his seven grandchildren, Tori, Peter, Cori, Riley, Bea, Nathan and Tess. Jim was predeceased by his sister Kay White. He is also survived by his nieces, Erin Neuberger & Colleen Wysong; and cousins Donald J. Kline, Sr., Keven Thompson and Colleen Haymaker. Jim was born in Denver, Colo., to his father Ray Kline and mother, Helen (Reifsnyder). While growing up in Joplin, Mo., he was a star athlete and competitor, playing both football and baseball during high school. Jim was an avid alumnus of Kansas University (KU Jayhawks) and during his college years he met Kay. The college sweethearts married on Flag Day, June 14, 1958. Jim & Kay moved westward and worked for Lockheed while completing his MBA at Santa Clara University. Jim eventually retired from Lockheed as CFO of the Lockheed Shuttle Operations Co. (LSOC) in Cape Canaveral, Fla. After retiring from LSOC, he and Kay moved homeward to California, settling in Healdsburg. In Healdsburg, Jim became an active Rotarian and supporter of the local Catholic parish, St. John's. He also enjoyed travelling and visiting their many friends and relatives. Jim's competitive spirit was always engaged, as he always played "by the rules." This carried to all aspects of his life, including golf, bridge, football pools and baseball. Jim gave us many gifts, including integrity, a strong work ethic, unwavering honesty and a keen sense of humor.
Howard J. Frank '65, an extraordinary husband and father, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 28, 2009, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 16, 1929, the seventh child of 11, to Anton and Caroline Frank in Brookfield. After graduating from Marshfield High School, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard, earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Marquette, a master's degree in systems management from USC, and an MBA from Santa Clara University. Howard enjoyed a successful 35-year career at Lockheed. He was an avid sportsman, built a log cabin in the Sierras and loved hunting with his brother John. Howard is survived by his loving wife, Cecilia; and their children, Elizabeth Frank-Bailey (Michael), Mark, Diane Immer (Jim), Bruce (Mahnoosh), and Charlotte; and his nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Thomas, and his sisters, Betty, Rose and Anne.
Retired Naval Commander and former U.S. diplomat George Thomas Sullivan ’65, M.A. ’66 died peacefully on Sunday, May 26 in Berkeley, Calif. after a long battle with cancer. An alumnus of Santa Clara and Stanford universities, George also had a successful career in Information Security, working for Sun Microsystems and Visa International during his post-Navy years. Born in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 15, 1944 to George and Mary Sullivan, he is survived by his beloved wife of forty-four years, Jolanda, their five daughters, nine grandchildren, and a sister. George left his mark in the East Bay as a hep tenor saxophone player for local swing band "Class Act." He enjoyed sailing his boat with family on the San Francisco Bay and was a devoted parishioner and Eucharistic minister at Saint Mary Magdalen Dominican Parish in Berkeley. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Gary Allen Olson MBA '65, formerly of Minneapolis, passed away peacefully, April 5, 2011 at Avow Hospice in Naples, Fla. Gary, 72, was diagnosed with prostate cancer five years ago and his cancer returned. Gary was born September 9, 1938 in Amery, Wis. Gary graduated from Motely High School, Motley, Minn. 1956. Gary attended Brainerd Jr. College in Brainerd, Minn. and graduated in 1958. Gary graduated from the University of Minnesota (Duluth) in 1960, earned his MBA from the Santa Clara University in 1964. Gary served in the Army National Guard. Gary lived his life to the max and as of January 17, 2011, he was still playing three rounds of golf a week. Gary was a founder of the National Wildlife and Western Art Show. Gary and his wife, Mary sponsored the Art shows at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis for 17 years. Gary was a member of Ducks Unlimited, Ruffed Grouse Society, National Turkey Federation. Gary's love for dogs gave him much pleasure, he became a member of Central Minnesota Retrievers Association and the Hennepin County Retrievers Association. Gary gave many hours volunteering with Fine Line Retrievers and trained dogs for Field Trails. Gary was employed by five major corporations in Sales and Marketing Management positions and started his own company, Recognition Products, Inc. Gary retired in 1995, moved to Gull Lake, Minn. and was involved in building an Executive Office building and a log Twin Homes development on Gull Lake. Gary was a member of Rotary International, in Brainerd and received the Paul Harris Member Award for his efforts. Gary is survived by his loving wife Mary of 32 years; his son, Jeffrey Scott Olson (Donna) of Plymouth, Minn.; daughter, Julianne Vogel (Darin) of Medina, Minn.; stepson, Todd Allen Trout (Marguerite) of Owatonna, Minn. Grandchildren, Angela, Tommy and Jack Olson, Payton, Layne and Will Vogel, Cameron and Cassandra Trout. Gary was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Olson; mother, Sylvia Nelson; and a brother, James. Gary will be missed by friends and family. If there is golf in Heaven, he will find it along with his dogs Shay, Amber, Curry, Shadow, Maverick, Token, and Jack.
David W. Rodoni ’65 was born April 19, 1942, in Oakland, Calif. to Walter and Dolores Rodoni. He died December 12, 2012 at the Windom Hospital. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in math/accounting. He was the fiscal supervisor at the Toro Company in Windom where he was a 33 year employee. David married Barbara Sutherland Johnson May 18, 1971 in Chicago, Ill. He enjoyed playing cards, collecting antiques, watching old movies and spending time with his children. He loved his little poodle Wilbie who was a great comfort to him. He is survived by wife, Barbara; twin daughters, Jennifer (Kari Kustelski) Rodoni, Suzanne (Jason Herberg) Rodoni; step-children, Jerome (Patty) Johnson, Michael (Sandy) Johnson, Brian (Michele) Johnson and Angela (Ed) Johnson; brother, Jim (Michele) Rodoni. Also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Anita Thede '65—Realtor, broker and owner of Northbrae Propeties in North Berkeley—left us unexpectedly on Nov. 27, 2013, after scheduled heart surgery at Stanford Medical Center.
Anita was born Aug. 10, 1943 in Montclair, N.J. She was predeceased by her parents Amadeo and Mary Ruffalo and her beloved brother, "Arnie" Ruffalo. She is survived by her husband Jim and sons Dylan, Jeremiah and Christian Thede. Anita received a B.A. from Santa Clara University in 1965, earning a Silver Metal for Academic Excellence. She was very proud to have been included in the first class of women to attend this previously all- male university.
After graduation, Anita went on to pursue graduate work at University of California, Berkeley and St. Mary's College studying Criminology and Education. She became a probation officer in Contra Costa County and also worked as Director of the Girl's Unit for Daytime Education. Anita began her career in Real Estate in 1977. She became an owner and co-founder of Northbrae Properties in 1981. She was very active in the Real Estate community serving as President of the Berkeley Board of Realtors in 1992 and 2013. She received many distinguished awards during her career including being named BAR's Realtor of the year in 1994.
As well as her work in Real Estate, Anita had a strong involvement in community service. She was a founding member and President of the Board of the Bay Area Crisis Nursery, Vice President and on the Board of Directors for the Women's Daytime Drop-In Center. She was a member of the Board at St. Mary's and worked tirelessly to help that school grow for over 25 years. She also served on the Board of Trustees for Alta Bates Hospital, was an active member of the Berkeley Rotary Club, Contra Costa County Search and Rescue, Aurora Theatre and was a major contributor of her energy and resources to many other community and charitable projects.
Anita was extremely devoted and generous to family and friends. Her friends became her clients and most of her clients became her friends. She had an innate ability to guide her clients, whether buying or selling, to the right choice. She listened patiently while interjecting her professional knowledge and experience. A love of her Italian heritage led Anita to connect with family still in Italy. She took numerous trips back to explore the country and spend time with relatives. She was able to receive dual citizenship in both the U.S. and Italy. Her seventieth, and last birthday, was spent in Lacedonia with family.
Albert H. Mahrer MBA ’65 of Grand Junction, Colorado passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, July 22, 2012 of natural causes while in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction. He was 85. He was a WWII Veteran.
Immediately following graduation from Lisbon High School he enlisted in the U.S. Army, having served as an SP in the Army’s Special Police Unit in northern Italy where he met and married Brunine Piatti-Mahrer. Upon completion of his tour and honorable discharge, he returned to his home of Lisbon and entered North Dakota State University (NDSU) at Fargo under the GI Bill, and combined with the NDSU ROTC program, graduated with a ME degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He was commissioned as a lieutenant in the USAF and served at Edwards AFB (about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles and home of the Air Force Flight Test Center) until rising to the rank of Captain and later his honorable discharge.
He later earned an MBA degree at Santa Clara University and a PHD in Industrial Management at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). During his civilian career he served as a jet engine expert and consultant for Lockheed, General Electric, United Technologies, and Pratt and Whitney, major providers of jet engines and aerospace products for commercial and military aircraft. Following his career at E-Systems at Greenville (TX) as a proposal manager, he returned to UNC to teach management information systems until his final retirement. He was a member of the VFW Post of Grand Junction, Colorado and of the Knights of Columbus San Jose Council 879 at San Jose, Calif.
He is survived by one brother Lee Mahrer of Phoenix, Ariz; three sisters, Lorraine Holmstrom, Helen Tangen, and Eileen Munkeby, all of Lisbon; six children, Dr. Bobb Mahrer of Greenville, Texas, Bill Mahrer, Austin, Texas, Maria Mahrer-Lollar of Spring, Texas, Jerry Mahrer of Farmersville, Texas, James Mahrer of Palm City, FL and Sheryl Mahrer-Coffey of Grand Junction, CO; and 13 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Marie Mahrer of Lisbon, three sisters, Margaret Hahn, Bernice Osman, and Louise Claus, and his wife, Brunine Mahrer.