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Obituary for Carl E. Trettin

Carl E. Trettin of Wyomissing, PA died on January 2nd, 2024. He was a veteran and retired intelligence officer, international businessman, and trust banker, born April 16, 1930 in Reedsburg WI, and a 1951 graduate in political science from the University of Wisconsin. He joined the U.S. Army in 1951 and served in the Korean War, then joined the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served as an intelligence officer for a number of years with assignments in the Far East, Europe, Central and South America and Washington, D.C.; in 1967, he joined Berkshire International Inc., in Wyomissing PA where he was Vice President - International, working as the company’s representative with subsidiary knitting mills and licensees in Europe, Africa, the Far East and Latin America. After Berkshire’s closure in the mid-70’s, Trettin joined Gilbert Associates, Inc. where he served as Commercial Manager of Commonwealth International, Inc., the overseas company of GAI. In this capacity, he travelled extensively in the Middle East, Europe and Latin America, last serving as Regional Manager-Middle East-Africa, based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. After returning to his Wyomissing home in1985, he was employed as a broker by Prudential Securities, and then joined the Trust Department of the Bank of Pennsylvania where he retired as Vice President in 1997.

Trettin was active in community affairs. He served two terms as Council Member of Atonement Lutheran Church, Wyomissing of which he had been a member since 1967. A former Director of the Reading Rotary Club, he had first joined Rotary International in 1965 while living in Cordoba, Argentina. A former President of the World Affairs Council of Reading and Berks County, he served several terms on the Council's Board of Directors. He was a regular host on the Berks County T V program - Bridging the Generation Gap, and was a mentor in the YES Mentor Program at Northwest Elementary School, Reading PA. He also served two terms as Republican Committeeman from the 128th District, and in 1999 was elected to Wyomissing Borough Council, serving a four-year term. An avid shooter, he belonged to the Cacoosing Gun Club, Berks Pistol Club, and the Mohnton Fish and Game Association.

Trettin is survived by three sons, Carl C. Trettin in Mount Pleasant, SC; Todd D. Trettin, Salt Lake City, UT and Ben T. Trettin, Wyomissing, PA., as well as four grandsons, one great grandson, a niece in Portland, OR, and a niece and nephew in the Washington D.C. area.