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Lou Ertle, 1940-2018
Lou was the husband of Trudy Hale Ertle, Charlie Hale’s sister. You may also remember Lou from St.Mary’s. He was one of the finest Southern California athletes of his time.



April 10, 1940 - July 20, 2018


Louis (Lou) George Ertle, 78, passed away Friday, July 20, 2018 at his home. 


Lou was born April 10, 1940 in Jersey City, NJ. He grew up in Fullerton, CA, attended St. Mary's Elementary School and graduated from Mater Dei High School in 1958, where he lettered in Baseball, Basketball and Football. 


Lou was inducted into the Mater Dei Hall of Fame. Lou's love for baseball was evident when he signed with the Dodgers organization shortly after High School. He played professional baseball for 8 years. During that time, he started a family with his wife Trudy Darlene Hale. 


Focusing on raising his family, he transitioned to a career in the insurance industry where he worked for Prudential for more than 30 years. 


Lou is survived by his wife of 56 years, Trudy; daughters, Paryse, Desiree and Sabryn; sons, Deron, Brandon and Gehrig; grandchildren, Austin, Chanel, Ashlynn, Braedon, Peyton and Kennedy; great grandson Lucas; brothers, Don (deceased) and James; sisters Lynn and Carol; and numerous nieces and nephews. 


Funeral services will be held at 10AM on Friday, July 27, 2018 at St Mary's Catholic Church in Fullerton, CA, with a viewing prior. 


A reception will immediately follow. 


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mater Dei Lettermen's Club Athletic Scholarship Fund. Mail donations to: Attention: Kathleen Kelly-Lettermen's Club Athletic Fund, Matter Dei High School, 1202 W. Edinger Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92707. 


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Published in Whittier Daily News on July 24, 2018


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Paul Saevig, ’67. on September 12, 2018 at 5:55 PM said:

Trudy and Charlie, I met Lou only once, the day Charlie and Marisa were married, and afterwards at the restaurant. Lou went out of his way to be warm and friendly to me, and I could see what a high caliber gentleman he was.

Trudy, your husband was one of the best. I’m sorry for your loss.

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