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George J. Schiltz — Rochester

ROCHESTER — George J. Schiltz, 84, a Rochester native, died April 10, 2008, in Seattle.

He was born July 21, 1923, in Rochester. He grew up in Rochester. His father and grandfather sold the first cars in town. He joined the Navy and served on submarines in the Pacific during World War II. He was in several battles, including Midway Island, and was transferred off the ship Swordfish before its final combat patrol, in which all hands were lost.

In Seattle, Mr. Schiltz was an electrical contractor. He worked on the Seattle Kingdome as well as thousands of homes. He had also done some work on the Alaska Pipeline, from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay. His favorite passion was sailing and he spent some time in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. His last sailboat was a 35-footer named "Escape."

He is survived by a sister, Teresa (Lloyd) Nelson of Eagan, Minn., and his family in Seattle.

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