Alfred Nathan Litzenberger, 92, was born in October 1917 in Walnutport, Pa., to Henry and Irene Litzenberger, and passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2010, in Morro Bay.

Alfred Nathan Litzenberger

Alfred Nathan Litzenberger, 92, was born in October 1917 in Walnutport, Pa., to Henry and Irene Litzenberger, and passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2010, in Morro Bay.


Alfred was the youngest of eight children. His father was a medical doctor and died the same year Alfred was born. His older siblings worked to support the family. He attended elementary school in Walnutport and graduated from Slatington High School in Slatington, Pa., in 1935. He then worked as a grocery clerk and truck driver for a bakery.

On Feb. 5, 1942, he married Anna Belle Tomb at her parents' house in Changewater, N.J. In April, 1942, he was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Force and sent to Gardner Field, near Taft, Calif., where he taught radio and instrument navigation to pilots (Link Instructor). In August 1942, Anna
joined him in Taft and they lived at the Southland Hotel and Victory Square before they moved to Taft Heights. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant from the Army in November 1945.

In December 1945 he was hired as a roustabout for the Ohio Oil Company and continued to work for that company (now Marathon Oil) until he retired in 1981 as an Advanced Engineering Technician. He graduated from Taft College in June 1969 with an Associate of Arts degree.

Alfred found the most joy in life spending time with his wife, Anna. They were devoted members of the First United Methodist Church in Taft and enjoyed vacations to the Central Coast area and to New Jersey and Pennsylvania to visit relatives. Anna worked for J. Dykes Johnson M.D. as a
Registered Nurse. She passed away in April 2004.

Alfred spent the last four and a half years living in Morro Bay, where he could be close to his children. He loved working on his computer and ham radio, listening to music, watching movies, dancing, gardening and socializing at Casa de Flores in Morro Bay. He also enjoyed visiting the
Morro Bay Embarcadero to look at boats and shop at the fish market. He was mechanically gifted and could build or fix almost anything.

Alfred's family would like to thank the thoughtful caregivers and staff at Danish Care Center in Atascadero and Casa de Flores in Morro Bay for their part in filling his last years with love and fun.

Alfred is survived by his son, James Litzenberger (Patricia); daughter, Betty King (Noel); grandsons Nic and Riley King; sister, Frances Krum; nephew, Dick Krum (Barbara); niece, Valerie; nephew, Rick; and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins and wonderful friends in Taft and Morro Bay.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 10, 2010, at the First United Methodist Church in Taft, with a reception to follow. Inurnment will be at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation may do so in Alfred's name to the First United Methodist Church, 630 North St., Taft, CA 93268, or Hospice Partners of the Central Coast, 277 South St. Ste. R, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

We will miss and love him forever.