Mr. Jaschke was born Oct. 6, 1934, in Beeville to William and Lois Jaschke. He graduated from high school as valedictorian in 1951. He also attended Cal Tech and graduated from Rice University in Houston. He joined the Army Security Corps and attended the Army language school where he became fluent in Russian.
After his military discharge, he married Kathy Vaughn in Houston. He worked for Lockheed Aircraft Company and transferred to Houston to participate in the planning and building of the lunar expedition.
He was a Russian translator for the U.S. government, industries and universities, forming a translation corps where he worked until 1995.
He lived in Boston, Mass.; Aspen; Virginia; and in 1978, Hawaii. He married Julie Walters in Hawaii, and they traveled to Greece, Turkey, India and all of Europe.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathy.
Survivors include his wife, Julie Walters; a son, Damon (Columbia) Jaschke, and two stepdaughters, all of Hillsburg, Ore.; a sister, Wilma (Bertie) Groda of Delta; a nephew, Bert Groda; and a niece, Theresa Groda Ozard; seven grandnieces; four great-grandnieces and nephews; a cousin, Patricia Jaschke Green; and several other cousins.