Wallace "Bud" Otto Litchke

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  • Name: Wallace "Bud" Otto Litchke
  • Location of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: March 27, 1920
  • Date of Death: August 1, 1993
  • Parents: Otto E. Litchke & Pearl (Waisanen) Litchke
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  • College:
  • Highest Rank: S SGT (Staff Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: April 9, 1942
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: December 18, 1945
  • Place of Discharge: Army Air Force Separation Base, Portland, Oregon
  • Military Awards:
    American Theater Ribbon
    Good Conduct Medal
    1 Service Stripe
    World War II Victory Medal

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Wallace Otto Litchke
    Race: White
    Age: 21
    Birth Date: March 27, 1920
    Birth Place: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: July 1, 1941
    Employer: Great Northern Ry. Co., Grand Rapids, Minnesota
    Occupation: Railway bill clerk
    Weight: 150
    Height: 5-8
    Complexion: Ruddy
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Pearl Litchke, Grand Rapids, Minnesota

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Wallace Litchke married Kathleen Wiswell in 1943 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and the couple lived in Hobbs, New Mexico while Bud was in service. They returned to Grand Rapids, Minnesota following his discharge from service. Bud worked for the Great Northern Railroad, and West Hill Mines, and operated a "Spudnut" donut shop prior to moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico. There he was self-employed as a home building contractor specializing in kitchen and bathroom cabinets. He retired and returned to Grand Rapids in 1991. He was a member of the American Legion Club and the Independent Order of Foresters in Grand Rapids.

    Bud died in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Minnesota (plot I-G-23-27). He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; five sisters, Elaine Skelly, Elizabeth Smith, Carol Bibich, Joyce Newport, and Patricia West; and three brothers, Raymond, Donald and Terry. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto & Pearl Litchke; his sister, Darlene Seaman in 1981; and a brother Gordon Litchke in 1975.

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