Former Delta resident Riley Jaschke died from a massive heart attack April 20, 2013, while swimming in the ocean off a beach in Hawaii. He was 78.
Mr. Jaschke was born in Beeville, Texas, Oct. 6, 1934, to William and Lois Jaschke. He graduated from high school as valedictorian in 1951. He attended Cal Tech and graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He joined the Army Security Corps and attended the Army language school where he became fluent in Russian.
After his military discharge he married Kathy Vaughn in Houston. He worked for Lockheed Aircraft Company and was transferred to Houston to participate in the planning and building of the lunar expedition.
After his wife Kathy died, he moved to Delta to live with his parents.
He began translating Russian for the U.S. government, industries and universities forming a translation corps where he worked until 1995. He enjoyed spending time with his friends, John and Barbara Burritt.
After moving from Delta, he moved to Boston, Mass., Aspen, Virginia, and in 1978, Hawaii. He married Juli Walters in Hawaii. They traveled to Greece, Turkey, India and all of Europe.
Mr. Jaschke is survived by his wife, Julie Walters; his son, Damon Jaschke, wife Columbia and two stepdaughters, all of Hillsburg, Ore.; sister, Wilma Groda and husband Bertie of Delta; a nephew, Bert Groda and wife Debi, and niece, Theresa Groda and husband Don Ozard of Petrolia, Calif.; seven grandnieces; four great-grandnieces and nephews; and a special cousin, Patricia Jaschke Green of Houston, Texas.blog comments powered by Disqus