George FriedrichJuly 17, 1934 ~ November 1, 2017 (age 83)
George Friedrich was born July 17, 1934 in Esslingen Germany. He immigrated to Canada 1952. While in Canada, he worked at a variety of jobs. First a farm worker, then a lumberjack and finally a maintenance man in a bakery. George remained in Canada for nearly three years until he joined his brother-in-law and sister (Charles and Eleonore McAnelly) in Sterling Illinois. Here he worked as a tool and dye maker before deciding to join the Air Force. Following basic training he was sent to machinist tech school at Chanute AFB, Illinois. George married and started a family. He was sent to Travis AFB and soon settled in the Livermore valley where he worked for Lawrence Livermore Lab (1963-1990), and was a reserve Livermore police officer. He was hard working and rejoined the Air National Guard to become MSGT Chief of security for the 129th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group Moffett Field CA. Moving to Manteca, he soon retired from that service in 1988 and from the Lab in 1990 and went on to enjoy his life. George loved the delta. He owned many sail boats. Even took one down to Mexico. He was able to resettle in Pahrump NV. George made many friends in this journey. He loved to visit his family in Manteca several times a year. His stories, his time with family will be greatly missed.
George fought four different cancers. The first diagnosis showing up in 2012 made him realize that family was everything. He fought hard to remain independent, still making his annual trips. He moved back to Manteca with his daughter to take care of him where he soon could no longer fight.
George is preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Theresia Friedrich of Germany (1977), Eldest Son George J Friedrich (1977), Sister Erika Herlicska of Germany (2016), youngest son Jason J Friedrich (2016). He is survived by his daughters: Jocelyne(Kurt) Koenig & Janine(Ron) Van Groningen, grandchildren Justin(Tina)Koenig, Ryan Koenig, Vincent(Carolina) Peralta, Alexsandra Peralta, and one great-grandchild Sadie.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in George’s name can be made to Optimal Hospice Foundation.