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TRUEIT SCHWERDTFEGER

TRUEIT SCHWERDTFEGER Trueit LeRoy Schwerdtfeger, 90, a retired engineer, of Las Vegas, passed away late afternoon July 6, 2013, due to respiratory failure. He was born Nov. 5, 1922, in Evansville, Ind., and was a resident of Las Vegas since 1963. The "Ironman of Hotel Engineering," he loved every aspect of his job at the Sands Hotel from 1963-1993, and his proudest accomplishment was an incredible perfect attendance record. He had seen and met a few of the great celebrities of yesteryear which included members of the Rat Pack, Elvis, the Beatles, but his favorite was Red Skelton, who he knew quite well. Trueit would often reminisce about their younger days in southern Indiana, where he worked as a foreman at Edgewood Dairy for six years. Trueit eventually became the director of facilities which he would tell as his proudest accomplishment and worked until he was 70. Trueit went into engineering during World War II, where he operated heavy equipment for eight months in the Pacific Theater while with the 1296 Engineers Combat Battalion. He drove bulldozers and other such allied equipment for purposes of road and building construction and performed minor maintenance on bodies and engines as well as servicing and lubricating the machines. He received four decorations. Trueit married Erma Jean Tite in 1947, and they were inseparable for 65 years. Trueit was an "out of the box" thinker his entire life. With tools, he was an absolute genius, whether building his own house in Evansville to making a "noise maker" so he could sleep in the daytime. Trueit will be remembered as the man he could fix or make anything. He was preceded in death by his wife, of 65 years, Erma Jean; and son, Trueit Jr. of North Las Vegas. He is survived by his son, Temme of Las Vegas; two granddaughters, Tina Schwerdtfeger-Torres and Julie Schwerdtfeger of Las Vegas; grandson, Shawn Schwerdtfeger of Las Vegas; and several great-grandchildren. Viewing will be 3-5:30 p.m. Monday, July 15, at Palm Mortuary, 1600 S. Jones Blvd. Graveside services will be noon-12:40 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City.
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