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Delbert "Bud" Eugene Tretter

November 6, 1931 - June 14, 2012

In Loving Memory Bud was born in San Pedro, CA on November 6, 1931. At the age of two he lived aboard his father’s 45ft sailboat. In 1937 his family moved to Lomita, Bud graduated from Narbonne in 1949. Bud was a charter member of Harbor Junior College, where he was one of the first cheerleaders and helped start the fi…read more

In Loving Memory Bud was born in San Pedro, CA on November 6, 1931. At the age of two he lived aboard his father’s 45ft sailboat. In 1937 his family moved to Lomita, Bud graduated from Narbonne in 1949. Bud was a charter member of Harbor Junior College, where he was one of the first cheerleaders and helped start the first fraternity. Bud enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in February 1951. He married his high school sweetheart Arvilla Grosskopf in July of 1951. He went overseas to the Korean War in November of ’51 were he was assigned to the 2143 Air Weather wing, then to the 22nd Crash Rescue Boat Squadron in August of ’52. Bud was discharge in November of 1953. He returned home where he worked at his fathers boat repair yard in Wilmington, Ca until 1962. Bud enjoyed racing sports cars, he was a member of the Harbor Sports Car Club. He went to work for Lou Sims Marine Surveyors where Bud was the youngest surveyor on the west coast at the age of 31. He bought the business in 1967. While Bud was a marine surveyor he was a member of NAMS, ABYC,He was also the director of the Pacific Coast NAMS, where he helped formulate the standards for survey of pleasure craft. His surveying allowed him to travel to many faraway lands. In 1978, Bud sold his business and went back to work for his father at Marina Shipyard in Long Beach, Ca. Bud took up sailboat racing and raced in 4 Transpacific Yacht Races in 79,81,83,85. and won many local races. Bud was a member of Long Beach Yacht Club where he was Commodore in 2000 and was a member of the screen actors guild having played in McHales Navy, Hart to Hart, and Momma’s Family. In his later years, he restored a 85 ft Crash Rescue Boat back to its original condition and donated it to the Pacific Battleship Group which has the U.S.S. Iowa. Bud is survived by his two sons Jerry (Kathi), Kurt, grandson Jason (Kerri), and great-grand children Hadley and Holden. Bud will forever live on in the hearts of family and friends. Services will be held at Gamby’s in Lomita on June 26, 2012 at 11:00 AM.

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