ORANGEVALE, Calif. — Brian Jerome “BJ” Hitzemann, 63, a long-time resident of Orangevale, Calif., passed away on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at his home with his partner in life, Cynthia Wheat, by his side.
He was born on Oct. 24, 1948, to Rose and Russell Hitzemann in Reed City. He also was mothered by Darlene Hitzemann. BJ graduated from Reed City High School and went on to join the U.S. Army shortly after, where he proudly served two tours in Vietnam. After his honorable discharge from the service, he married Mary Lou Wetherall, and together they had two sons.