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Obituary: Richard Paul Gatterdam II

Richard Paul Gatterdam II (Rick) was born in San Francisco, California at Children’s Hospital on April 2, 1947 to Richard Paul Gatterdam and Alice Moffitt Gatterdam.

His family has owned property at Lake Tahoe since 1882. His great-grandfather Edward G. Schmiedell purchased lakefront property just north of Ward Creek in 1907 and was instrumental in founding Secret Harbor Camp on the east Shore in 1921. Schmiedell Lake in the Desolation Wilderness is named after him.

Rick’s father was an Ace fighter pilot in World War ll. Rick grew up in Marin County and attended Redwood High School, graduating in 1965. He spent almost every summer at Secret Harbor at Lake Tahoe since 1947. He served three years in the Army from 1966-1969 and was stationed in Germany.

In 1969 he moved to Tahoe City, originally living at the Tahoe City trailer park and later in Olympic Valley. He married Olympic Skier Sandra Poulsen and had two sons, Ted and Ricky Gatterdam. Rick worked in excavation and snow removal for many years. Rick was a clean and sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous in Tahoe and Reno for over 26 years, and he spent much of his life serving his Savior Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his two sons Ted and Ricky, grandson Finn Gatterdam of San Jose, and sister Tinka Gatterdam of Truckee. He passed away in Reno, Nevada on November 30, 2013. Services to be held at a later date.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Dec 12, 2013 11:35AM Published Dec 11, 2013 11:04AM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.