Dyrck Dewitt

ANCHORAGE

Dyrck Dewitt, 73

Longtime Anchorage resident Dyrck Dewitt, 73, died Aug. 16, 2005, in Anchorage.

A celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Denny's restaurant, 2900 Denali St.

Born June 15, 1932, in

Dewitt Michigan, he served in the U.S. Navy and trained in electrical engineering. A longtime resident, he owned and operated his own janitorial business for the past 12 years. Before that, he was an electrical field engineer for ITT Corp., where he worked here and abroad, including remote Barter Island, Greenland, Iceland, Denmark and Vietnam.

Friends wrote: "Dyrck kept himself informed on current events, news, stocks, industrial developments and cutting-edge technology and still managed to `get a chuckle' from reading the funnies in the Daily News, which he often shared with

his many friends at Denny's restaurant. ... He had a terrific sense of humor, a quick wit and a remarkable memory for facts and figures."

One of his closest friends said, "He was the smartest man I ever knew."

His companion, Louise, said, "He was a very special friend, and we treasured our times together."

Mr. Dewitt is survived by his sister and nephew in North Carolina and close companion Louise Graham of Anchorage.

Condolences may be sent c/o Louise Graham, PO. Box 113083, Anchorage 99511.