Carl Koerner, a 57-year resident of Torrance, CA passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2009. Carl was born April 29, 1926, in El Segundo, CA. Carl Graduated from El Segundo High School in 1943. At the age of 18 he joined the military in August 1944 and fought in the European theater. After his discharge, he began a 40-year career as a welder in the aerospace division at Garrett-Airesearch. He was a dedicated employee, and received numerous awards throughout his career, but was very modest about his achievements. Carl was married for 59 years to a wonderful wife, Marilyn. A devoted family man, he was very active in his children's endeavors, including sports, school and family activities. His passions included ping-pong, playing cards and listening to country western music. Carl is preceded in death by his father Charles, Mother Doris, and wife Marilyn. He is survived by his daughter Carol (Les) Yasutake of Kauai HI; sons Ron (Laura) Koerner of Torrance CA, Ken (Kathy) Koerner of Buena Park, CA, Mike (Patti) Koerner of Tustin CA; brother David Koerner of Hawthorne CA; sister Marie Milner of El Segundo CA; ten grandchildren, Yumi, Lachelle, Sean, Matt, Jenna, Kobi, Brian, Emilee, Karli, and Lisa A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday December 12, 2009 from 2:00PM-5:00PM at Rice Mortuary in Torrance, CA. Memorial services will begin at 2:00 with a reception to follow at the Mortuary.

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  1. Dear Koerner family, sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. We have many fond memories of him and want to express our sympathy to the family after having just lost your mom and now your dad. At least he and your mom will be together again. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Lynn & family and Nancy Scheffler

  2. To Carol, Ron, Ken and Mike and families: Mike, Luke and I send our love and prayers to you all during this most difficult time. We were so sorry to hear of your Dads passing. He truly was a wonderful man and I will forever have him and your Mom etched in my memories forever! I know that he is where he wants to be and that is in heavan where he has his youth and health back and he is with your Mom again. I trust that someday we will all reunite there again. Please stay close to each other and give each other the gifts your parents instilled into you in keeping the family together forever! All our love- Chris, Mike and Luke Zeller

  3. I had an experience with Carl that must have been an indicator of what his parenting style was like. He spent about an hour of his time when the family was back in Nebraska trying to teach me how to swing a golf club. I’m afraid I was a hopeless student, but I still appreciate the time he took to try to add to my sports skills. We send our best to the family. Carl, like Marilyn, will be missed by us all. Dinah Dasenbrock(and Bob)Kerksieck

  4. Ron, Ken, Carol and Mike: I have many fond memories of times spent with Carl and Marilyn. Just one would be our first vacation as kids when we visited your family and made three trips to Marineland in one week. That trip was also the first time I had ever seen anybody who could play ping pong like Carl. We always looked forward to visits with your mom and dad, whether in California or Nebraska and will miss them greatly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you and your families.

  5. Marie So sorry to hear about the passing away of your brother Carl. I did not know that he worked at the same place I did for so many years. It was 23 years for me before I got laid off. It seems he had a very good life. You can be proud of him. I’m wondering if Lee, (Skip) Koerner is related to you. Sorry I can’t attend the service on Sat. Dec. 12th. If you want to call me sometime, my number is 322-2113. Helen

  6. Carl was the kind of man that most people would like to be. Upon meeting Carl for the first time, he made you feel like he had known you forever. His contagious smile and inquisitive nature made him one of a kind. Playing ping pong was a necessity when you visited Carl. I remember the first time I visited, he taught me how to play. His patience was enduring as I learned the game. My memories of ping pong are so endearing, that a goal I have as I get older is to have a place for a ping pong table, and those who visit me must also learn to play. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the family. It has been a rough year for you. Carl’s love for Marilyn was so intense that he must not have been able to live his life on this earth without her. May God’s blessing be with you all. At this most blessed time of year, remember to count your blessings instead of sheep. May God’s love hold you and sustain you in the coming days. Blessings, Rob, Jolene, Kaleb and Jonah Scheffler

  7. Carl was great the little time we new him. He was Joonee’s best friend his last 6 months. We still think of him all the time. He will always be in our hearts. We always hear him still in our home and say hi Carl is that you….Our friend Carl..

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