Gordon
Gordon Eugene Singleton passed away peacefully at his home in Torrance California from Lung Cancer on Sunday, November 15, 2009. Gordon was born in Bucksport, South Carolina on June 10, 1933. As a child Gordon attended Indiantown School and Kingstree School, and was associated with Indiantown Presbyterian Church in Indiantown South Carolina. He then served for 4 years in the US Air Force, as a Staff Sergeant. He married Ruth Eve Fisher of Passaic New Jersey in 1956. After serving in the Air Force Gordon and Ruth moved to Los Angeles, California where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from UCLA and his Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from USC. He worked at Northrop Corporation for 37 years, retiring in 1985. Gordon enjoyed exploring the southwest four-wheeling and camping with his friends and family for many years. He is survived by his daughter Susan Halderman and her husband Mike of Temecula CA, his loyal dog Judy, Susan Sanders of Summerville SC, Barbara & James Bowers of Goose Creek SC, Mary & Barry Brame of Hanahan SC, and his very special grandniece Rebecca Bowers of Columbia SC, special cousins Keith & Carol Snowden, Betty Hicks of Florence SC, Thomas M. Snowden of Albuquerque NM, Dr. Douglas Snowden and family of Sardis SC, Stephen & Janie Snowden of Florence SC, Sarah & Dave Thomas of Florence SC, Billie Ann & LeGrand Owens of Hemmingway SC, and Bob Pendergrass of Palos Verdes Estates CA. He will also be missed by his good friends George & Pat Cayer of Bellflower CA, and his special neighbor and friend Ralph Avakian. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth Eve Singleton, his sister Barbara Aileen Nichols, his father Lasea A. Singleton, his mother Nena Snowden, and his grandparents Samuel John and Margaret Ann Snowden. There will be a service on Tuesday December 1, 2009 at Rice Mortuary in Torrance California at 10:00 in the morning with a reception to follow at the mortuary. On December 2, 2009 both Gordon and his wife Ruth will be interned at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego California. The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to Doberman Pinscher & Little Paws Rescue of Fillmore CA (Dobie Rescue) or to Lung Cancer Foundation of America (LCF America).

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  1. Uncle Gordon was one of the kindest, most generous people I’ve ever known. He was funny, intelligent, and loved to travel. He always sent me postcards when he traveled, and always had some sort of interesting story to tell when he did. My very favorite memory of him was the first time I met him. I walked into my grandma’s (his sister’s) house, and I immediately ran to hug him. He was just that kind of person. I’m really going to miss him. But he did leave a very real treasure with me. Before he passed, he and I discussed his little dog Judy/Peanut. He wanted to be sure that she was cared for, so I told him I’d take care of her and love her. She’s now living with me, and in our short time together, I’m already crazy about her. I hope somehow he knows how much that means to me.

  2. Uncle Gordon was a gentle, intelligent and engaging man. I will miss him very much. He loved his family, his dogs, his friends, and his travels and adventures. I grew up hearing wonderful stories from my mother of her little brother. Gordon was a caring uncle to me, my sisters, and my daughter. He was always interested in what was going on in our lives. His knowledge of math and science influenced Rebecca’s field of study. He always encouraged her to continue her scientific education. I will always be grateful for his love and devotion to my mother, myself and especially my daughter. Uncle Gordon, I love you and will miss you always.

  3. Enjoyed working with Gordon off & on for 20 years at Northrop. We had great fun and adventures on our off-road trips for many years.

  4. Oh I was so sorry when I did a search of my old Landlord, I was looking for him to see if he had any homes for rent. Such a sad surprise when I saw the obituary. I remember him as being very funny, and free spirited. A few times I went to his home in Torrance, Ca to pay the rent and would find his dog Judy in the car with the windows down just sitting in the drive way, when I would ask was he headed out he said not that Judy just liked to sit in the car in case he headed out she did not want to be left behind. I’m so sorry for the loss of this nice man who gave me a chance when I needed it. Love to you in the after life Gordon.

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