Messbarger, Fred V., a 60 year resident of the South Bay, passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2007 in Torrance. Born in Burlington Junction, MO, Fred was 75 when he died. Fred had served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Fred was a member of St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church. He is survived by his loving wife, Vivian Messbarger of Torrance, CA; his 7 children: Daughters, Martha (Jim) Fipps; Thelma (Steve) Wright; Angela (Mike) Midstokke; Son, Mark (Kim) Messbarger; Daughters, Teresa (Jeff) Lewis; Julie Sult; Son, Fred (Fiance: Sara) Messbarger. He was a beloved grandpa and papa to: Jessica, Curtis, Jennifer, Heather, James, Shannon, Mike, Jake, Sarah, and Paige. Sister, Mary Gormley of Scottsdale, AZ. He was preceded in death by his Father, James Messbarger; Mother, Angela House and Sister, Rosalee Williams. Fred was an aerospace mechanical engineer for Rockwell Corporation for over 30 years. He worked on the Apollo & Space Shuttle programs. He enjoyed playing tennis and doing yard work. Fred was an active member in the St. Vincent DePaul Society and the Holy Name Society through his church, St. Catherine Laboure. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Wednesday July 25, 2007 from 4 to 7pm with a Rosary at 7pm. The Service will be held at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Torrance on Thursday July 26 at 10am. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to House of Yahweh.

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  1. To entire the Messbarger Family, I am sorry we missed the memorial. I only found out yesterday, Sun. Aug. 19. My Mother (Ana Cecilia LeBlanc) and I (Marco A. Sandoval) send our condolences to all of you. Fred was a great husband, a great father, and a great friend. As someone who grew up with your family, I will miss Fred’s presence in Church. He always had a smile to share. I know this, Fred has taken his smile and is now sharing it in Heaven. Our family will keep all of you in our prayers while you mourn your loss. Peace and Love, PURA VIDA Marco A. Sandoval 4525 W 166th Street Lawndale, CA 90260 Home (310) 542-0802 Cell (424) 288-0350 Email: Marco A. Sandoval

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