Jun 25, 1934 - Aug 5, 2014
Lulu Champ was born June 25, 1934, in Copenhagen, Denmark, to Mr. & Mrs. Karl Wilhelm Droscher & Metty Marie Dorthea Jensen-Droscher. She was always such a special person, full of life, with many talents and interests. As a young girl, Lulu loved sports, especially playing softball and riding show horses. After graduating high school, Lulu attended the Royal Danish Horse Riding Academy. After completing that, she enrolled in voice training in hopes of becoming a professional singer. She always loved big band music and artists from 40’s and 50’s, like Glenn Miller. She also loved jazz and attended many shows throughout her life, like Gloria Lynne, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Dave Brubeck. Even recently, Lulu’s grandson Cameron would be downloading big band and jazz music with her while she was lying there in her hospital bed.
Lulu and I met on June 25, 1965, in Copenhagen, Denmark, on her birthday. We were married April 12, 1967, in Bremerhaven, Germany.
In 1969-70, Lulu became interested in bowling. I was serving in Vietnam at the time. Lulu got our two sons interested in bowling. They bowled every Saturday morning at the McClellan Air Force Bowling Center. She taught them very well! At the age of 10, Andy our eldest son, rolled a 270 scratch. For years while we were stationed in Europe, Lulu would travel all over England, Germany, and France bowling in high level tournaments. Her average was in the high 190’s.
Lulu was an outstanding organizer. She loved children and often volunteered to be den mother for Webelos, Cubs Scouts and Boys Scouts. Also, during baseball season, she volunteered to be the official scorekeeper for the tee ball and minor leagues at Rhein Main Air Base in Germany.
In the summer of 1972, while we were stationed at Frankfurt, we moved from the base to American off-base housing located right in the middle of the local German community in Langen. There were social issues involving German and American children, families, and the local playground there. Lulu got involved, starting with one German family, and organized weekly communication between German and American families, and the local school board, until the issues were resolved. Shortly after that, an annual festival and fun parade for our housing base and the local community were started. The children’s relationships improved greatly, and they got to know each other much better. Five years after Lulu reached out to that first German family, in August, 1977, over 1,000 German and American children and adults gathered for the annual festival and community picnic for fun, games, and fellowship!
We retired from the United States Air Force in 1980, and moved back to North Highlands. Lulu got involved in Little League baseball, and again volunteered to be official scorekeeper for many games. She stayed involved through big league and traveling team, and we watched our younger son Jeffrey make it all the way to the professional league.
In 1998, Lulu began to have heart problems and had four heart attacks that year. She stayed strong and continued to support her family, children and grandchildren. Lulu has a wonderful spirit. Preceding her in death are her mother and father, and her sister Getra. Lulu leaves behind her husband of 47 years Mackray Champ, daughter Charlotte Henningsen-Green, two sons Andrew and Jeffrey Champ, four grandsons, five granddaughters, eight great-granddaughters, and a host of relatives.
Thank you, Lulu, for a legacy of love that you left all of us to fulfill — as a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. God Bless.
by Mackray Champ