Leslie Earle Vrieze, formerly of area
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 4:01 AM
Leslie Earle Vrieze, formerly of the area, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.
Les was born in Racine, Minn., on Aug. 22, 1931, the second child of nine born to Earle and Lucille Vrieze. He graduated from Wykoff High School in 1949 as valedictorian. He entered the Air Force and was sent to serve as a radar operator for B29's in the Korean War. When they were pulled out of the war because of heavy losses, he spent two years in northern Japan watching radar screens, where he could see Russia on the horizon.
After the war Les married Ruth Oeltjen of Spring Valley, Minn. He obtained his degree in electrical engineering and became the father of Shelley, Tom and Jeff. He was hired by General Dynamics in California and moved there with his family. While doing work at Vandenberg in 1962, he invested in some land in Nipomo, California. He eventually got his teaching credential and taught math and science at Ontario High School. Upon retiring, he was able to join his daughter Shelley and her family in Nipomo. There he was a substitute teacher for Santa Maria High School District for many years.
He was a member of New Life Community Church in Pismo Beach and was a past commander of the Nipomo VFW Post. He was chosen as veteran of the year and was proud to receive his citation from Rep. Katcho Achadjian.
He was the best husband, dad and grampa ever. Most of all, he was a disciple of the Lord Jesus.
Les is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Ruth, his three children and their families: Shelly Burks (Ron) of Nipomo, Tom Vrieze (Sheryl) of Johns Creek, Ga., and Jeff Vrieze (Eileen) of Upland, Cal. He also is survived by his seven grandchildren: Matthew Burks, Ryan Burks, Kara Knight, Brett, Amy, Allison and Spencer Vrieze and five great-grandchildren: Kayden, Daelin, Brayden and Cosette Burks and Riley Knight. He is also survived by brothers, Bill, Loren, and Nevin and sisters, Carol, Mary and Donna.
Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 15, at New Life Community Church in Pismo Beach with private interment at Arroyo Grande Cemetery afterward.
Arrangements were by Marshall-Spoo Funeral Home in Grover Beach. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Dignity Health Hospice.