Dwight H. Trucksess, 83, a retired cartographer with the Aeronautical Chart and Information Center, now part of the Defense Mapping Services, died April 11 in Midland, Tex., after a stoke.

A resident of Rossmoor Leisure World, in Silver Spring, he was stricken while he and his wife, the former Helen E. South, were vacationing at the home of a daughter, Janet J. Moore.

Mr. Trucksess and his wife, whom he married in 1929, came to the Washington area in 1935. He started government service with the War Department and was with the Army Map Service and the ACIC until retiring in 1966.

He was born in Brownsburg, Ind. He served with the Army in France and Germany in World War I.

Mr. Trucksess studied voice at the Busch Conservatory of Music in Chicago, from which he graduated. He then appeared as a tenor in such road shows as "The Student Prince," "Castles in the Air," "The Mikado" and "Louis the XIV" until the Depression years brought an end to his stage career.

The trucksess family lived in Herndon from 1945 until several years before his retirement in 1966. He was active in the Herndon Methodist Church, serving as choir director, and was a past president of the Herndon Rotary Club.

After Herndon, Mr. Trucksess and his wife lived in McLean until moving to Rossmoor in 1971.

In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by three other children, R. Lynne Irvine of Alexandria, David D., of Oakton, Va., and Esther C., of Herndon; a brother, Clement of California; a sister, Florence Huddleston of Bloomington, Ind., and nine grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Heart Association.