Carlos L. Lopez beloved father and grandfather passed to heaven on October 3, 2004, at the age of 83. Survived by 3 daughters, Mary Ellen Adams, JoAnn Salkoski and Charlene Fenske, 4 grandchildren, Jeanine, Laura, Todd and Tiffany, and 7 great grandchildren. Also survived by 2 brothers, Ernesto Lopez of Old Mesilla, NM and Max Lopez of Norwalk, CA. Carlos served as a veteran of World War II, Army Airforce. He lived in Torrance for 50 years. His social activities included being a member of American Legion Post 0184 Redondo Beach, for 15 years and The Rockwell Retiree Club. Carlos was employed by North American Aviation/Rockwell where he was a well respected aircraft mechanic for 38 years. He worked on the prototype of the B-1 Bomber and various other aircraft including the space shuttle. He was espcially proud of being part of the space shuttle program. His family is equally proud of him and his achievements. He will live in our hearts forever. Visitation, Friday, October 8, 2004, 4 - 8 PM with Vigil service at 7 PM, both at McCormick Redondo Beach Chapel. Funeral Mass, Saturday, October 9, 2004 at 10:30 AM at St. Lawrence Martyr Church, Redondo Beach with committal at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, CA.

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  1. All of the members at Post 184 were sad to hear of “Chucks” passing. Our picnics and cook outs at the Post were always made more enjoyable when he cooking at the grill. Our prayers & heart felt wishes go out to all who will miss his wonderful smile and charming personality, as we shall. For all the members of Post 184, L. Futrell Past Cdr.

  2. Carlos is my “Papa” and even though I lived 32 years of my life in Northern California I felt a bond with him that I cant explain. My Papa was one of a kind, with dedication for family that I have never seen in anyone else. He thought he was a “bear”, but the reality was he was a “Teddy Bear”. I am going to miss him so much. I hope he knew what he meant to me. His nickname for me growing up was “lo-mo-from coco-mo”, a crazy nickname I will cherish forever.

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