Richard Anthony Kitsch, 82, of Grover Beach, Calif. and formerly of Webster, N.D., passed away Saturday, January 26, 2013 in Bakersfield, Calif. where he had been a resident for the past two years.

Richard Anthony Kitsch, 82, of Grover Beach, Calif. and formerly of Webster, N.D., passed away Saturday, January 26,  2013 in Bakersfield, Calif. where he had been a resident for the past two years.

A memorial Mass was held on Friday, February 1 at St. Francis Church in Bakersfield.

Richard served his country in the Coast Guard from 1949 to 1952. He had a career in electronics and retired from the County of Kern in 1984 as a Senior Traffic Signal Technician.

As a retiree, Richard ran a small popcorn business for over 20 years at the Nipomo Swap Meet. His greatest love was being a father and volunteering his time, especially at the Oceano/Five Cities Elks Lodge 2504  where he served as Exalted Ruler 1994-1995. He had been involved in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts with all three of his sons.

Richard is survived by his daughter, Ellen Ramirez (Al); sons, Sam Kitsch (Dawn) Karl Kitsch (Deborah) and Andy Kitsch (Kim); brother, Donovan Kitsch; eight grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 19 great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Cecilia; parents, Leonard and Ellen Kitsch;  stepk-mother, Lucy Kitsch; sister, Delores Nipp.

The family would like to thank Dr. William F. Baker, Jr. and staff; Hoffman Hospice staff; and Glenwood Gardens Assisted Living and Dementia Care Staff whom lovingly cared for Richard as he lived with Alzheimer’s disease over the past two years.