George Kenneth Lemke

Investment broker, 78George Kenneth Lemke, 78, of Walnut Creek, Calif., died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002, in Walnut Creek.

Mr. Lemke was born Feb. 6, 1924, in Astoria, to Beulah Pekkala Shaw and Anthony Lemke. He attended school in Astoria and the University of California, Berkeley.

On April 8, 1948, he married Marian Griggs of Walnut Creek. She survives, residing in Walnut Creek.

During World War II, Mr. Lemke served as a first lieutenant in the Army Air Corps Training Command for fighter pilots. He trained Chinese pilots and portrayed a Japanese pilot in the movie, "God Is My Co-Pilot." In 1957, he moved to Walnut Creek and worked as a bay-area investment broker for more than 45 years. He was a member and past president of the East Bay Street Club, past officer and board member of the Athenian Nile Club, and member of the Oakland and Alameda BPOE lodges, the California Alumni Association and Cal Bear Backers Club. He sang with the Berkeley Californians Barber Shop Chorus, enjoyed opera, was a champion domino and bridge player, and did volunteer and fund-raising work for the American Cancer Society.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Evan Lemke of San Francisco; a daughter, Tia Lemke of New York; two sisters-in-law, Jane Griggs Wilson of Twin Falls, Idaho and La Rae Griggs of Las Vegas, Nev.; and several nieces and nephews.

At Mr. Lemke's request, no service will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1710 Webster St., Oakland, CA 94612, the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720, or U.C. Regents, Cal Bear Backers, University of California, 2223 Fulton St., No. 4424, Berkeley, CA 94720.

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