Donald C. Thackeray, a resident of Gardena, passed away at the age of 91 on Thursday, June 5, 2014 in Torrance. Born in Canton, South Dakota, the family drove their Ford Model A to Los Angeles in 1933. He graduated from Fremont H.S. in 1940 and began his aerospace career in '41, retiring from Northrup in 1988. He was inducted into the Navy in 1944 and served in Adak, AK for two years. In 1952, Donald met his beloved, "the prettiest girl in the ballroom," and they married at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Gardena, in 1954. He was an avid bowler, garage saler, and stamp collector. Donald is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marguerite Thackeray; children Michael Thackeray (Karen); Karen Miller (Rick); and Patricia Frazier; and grandchildren Cole, Christopher, Laurel, Brian, Casey and Daniel. He was preceded in death by parents, Bill and Tillie Thackeray and brother Duane. The Vigil service will be held at Lighthouse Memorial and Reception in Gardena, on Tuesday June 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm with reception and remembrance following. The Mass will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Church on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 10:00 am with a reception to follow at Lighthouse Memorials.

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