James Alfred “Jim” Agnitsch, 73, died August 23, 2016 at his Long Beach residence. The son of Alfred and Eileen (Genader ) Agnitsch, he was born October 6, 1942 in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. As a youth he moved with his family to California. In 1961 he graduated from Aviation High School in Redondo Beach, where he excelled at his favorite sport, basketball.
In 1964 Jim was inducted into the US Army. He served in Vietnam and was honorably discharged. Returning to his roots in California he resided in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach and later Hawaii until retirement when he moved to Long Beach in 1994. Jim was employed as a cost estimator for Northrup Grumman Aerospace.
During his lifetime Jim enjoyed karate (black belt), life in the Hawaiian Islands, loved fishing, made jewelry, loved to surf, debate and make people laugh. He was blessed with a friendly smile and loved his “family” of two bunny rabbits and two little white dogs. He was a member of the Catholic faith and in years past was active in Long Beach BPOE #1937.
Jim is survived by his domestic partner, Lynda Losson, whom he met in 1992; step-children who loved him dearly—Rick, Christine, Brad, Kelly, Gregor, Jill, Ashley and Mike; brothers Gerry Agnitsch of Long Beach and Mike Agnitsch of North Carolina; grandchildren Hatcher Bose, Gillian Bose, Elizabeth Bose, Amelia Bose, Allison Losson and Kristen Losson; nephews Kirk, Gerry and Wayne Agnitsch and niece Shelly Agnitsch.
Private family services have been held with inurnment at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Memorials may be made in his memory to the South Pacific County Humane Society. His guestbook is available at www.penttilaschapel.com.