Jack

January 20, 1923 ~ January 6, 2003

Born in: Santa Ana, CA,
Resided in: Redondo Beach,, CA

Jack William Kitchen
Born in Santa Ana, Ca. on January 20, 1923, Jack went to be with the Lord on January 6, 2003, and to join his wife of 48 years, Johnnie Louise Kitchen. After serving in the Merchant Marines, he owned his own television repair business on Artesia Blvd. in Redondo Beach. He then went to work for the Palos Verdes School District, where he retired after 23 years. A strong supporter of Redondo Beach City Council, he also proudly served on the Redondo Beach Historical Commission where he co-authored the book, ”Old Redondo”. He enjoyed working on the Preservation Committee for old homes in Redondo Beach. He served as a volunteer Fireman for Angeles Oaks Fire Department and was also a Redondo Beach Police Volunteer. Known as ”Papa” to his family, he will be dearly missed. Jack is survived by his sister, Ruth Brock of Showlow, AZ; sons Jack David Kitchen of Redondo Beach, James Warren Kitchen (Marie) of Torrance, Mark Harlan Kitchen (Lisa Louise) of Los Angeles and daughter Karen Louise Jisonna (Louis) of Dominguez Hills. He is also survived by grandchildren Eric Sterling Uvaney (Patty), Michael Shawn Uvaney, Matthew James Kitchen, Jonathon James Kitchen, Kerry Joseph Kitchen and Laurrel Rose Kitchen, as well as great grand-daughter Emily Morgan Uvaney and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in his memory be made to your favorite charity. Visitation will be held tonight, Thursday, January 9, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at White and Day Colonial Mortuary, 901 Torrance Blvd. in Redondo Beach. Funeral Services will be Friday, January 10, at 1:00 PM in the Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow with procession to Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach.

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  1. Hello, I\’m a reporter for the Beach Reporter and we are interested in writing a story about Jack. Unfortunately I never had a chance to meet him, but I have heard from other people at the Beach Reporter that he was very involved in the community. If someone from Jack\’s family or close family friend would like to chat with me about him, that would be great. Thank you for your time and I\’m sorry for your loss. — Dawnya Pring (310) 372-0388 ext. 241

  2. Papa was a kind and gentle man. His love for his children, grandchildren and great grand daughter was always his main focus. He loved the Lord and shared His love with us in so many ways. My fondest memories were when we were together at the cabin, taking a cruise on the USS Mt. Vernon, visiting him at the Historical Museum on weekends when he was docent there, on a bus trip to Laughlin, eating at Ruby\’s at the beach with Papa, Emily and her Gampa Lou, playing in his backyard for a cookout, and a life time of fun things he shared with me. I\’ll always carry his love for me in my heart. Until we meet again Papa, your daughter, Karen

  3. I was blessed growing up with a family that was very close, both in spirit and location. I spent the better part of 20 years just a few houses away from Papa and he was always a loving grandfather with a gift for laughter and listening. I will miss the long talks we had about our family heritage and all that Papa still had to teach to me. I inherit today a gift far greater than I could have imagined, as Papa will always serve as the guiding example of all I wish to be as a father, husband, and member of the community. God Bless you, Papa, as you blessed your family. I will miss you.

  4. Please keep in touch with me. I am sorry that we came together under such sad conditions but I am glad we found each other. I have many memories of being at your mom & dad\’s house when I was young. Take care and keep in touch.

  5. It was an honor to know and work with Jack, he always had a joke and a smile. I know you can all rejoice in the fact that he is with Jesus. His many years of service to the City of Redondo Beach, never went unnoticed. The City of Redondo Beach has lost a great Citizen. What a great man, I will miss him. Brad Parton

  6. DEAR DAD, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. THANKS FOR BEING BEST MAN IN OUR WEDDING AND “LOVING” YOUR FIRST GRAND-DAUGHTER.TELL MOM I LOVE HER… AND I LOVE YOU, SHIPMATE. WE WILL BE LINKED AGAIN SOON,THOUGH THE CHAIN HAS BEEN BROKEN. YOU ARE A TREASURE AND A “TOP GUN” FATHER… YOUR SON MARK KITCHEN

  7. we wish the family to know we feel their loss…..what a wonderful family he has…what a wonderful guy he was…..

  8. DAD… I wanted to say you were “THE WORLD BEST DAD” the world lost a great person and father…thanks for showing me the ropes of life you made it seem so easy to accomplish any thing… And you did it all without failure… thanks for making me laugh ,smile and instowing that in my boys Matt And Jonathon… Thanks for a non selfish life you made that look so simple I see why you were loved so much by so many people… Give Mom a kiss for me tell her I miss her alot….Happy Birthday DAD…. Love Jimbo your PS I got your message tonight on my walk thanks…..

  9. One of the first homes I remember living in was with uncle Jack. With our parents splitting up, Jack and Louise took my sister and I in as family. I remember the love in the home and the kindness both gave to my sister and I. Too much time has passed since I have seen anyone from my father\’s side of the family. You are all in my thoughts and my prayers. Just tonight I found out about Jack\’s passing. My love to the family.

  10. Papa was a kind and gentle man. His love for his children, grandchildren and great grand daughter was always his main focus. He loved the Lord and shared His love with us in so many ways. My fondest memories were when we were together at the cabin, taking a cruise on the USS Mt. Vernon, visiting him at the Historical Museum on weekends when he was docent there, on a bus trip to Laughlin, eating at Ruby\’s at the beach with Papa, Emily and her Gampa Lou, playing in his backyard for a cookout, and a life time of fun things he shared with me. I\’ll always carry his love for me in my heart. Until we meet again Papa, your daughter, Karen

  11. My sincere -&- profound sympathy to the entire Kitchen family for the loss of Jack. To those I know personally, Jimmy, Marie, Matthew, Mark, Karen, Eric -&-Michael ~ I know how much you loved your “Papa” for as long as I have known you. I hope you can find some peace in knowing that there are holes in the floor of Heaven & he is looking down on all of you, while holding your Mom\’s hand. Their love was strong as yours is now -&- I hope you find comfort in knowing he went home to be with your Mom. God Bless all of you. Sue

  12. Our condolences to the many family members and dear friends of Jack. Although we never had the priveledge of meeting him, we were able to hear many wonderful stories through both Jim and Marie. From those many stories it is evident that he will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Papa always had an open house and was generious to everyone. He was an incredible man that tought me a lot about family values and care for others. He use to love going to the beach on Thursdays to the farmers market and pickup so many baskets of strawberries, then call family members and say”I don\’t know how it happened but I have lots of extra strawberries, why don\’t you come by and pick up some!” He will be missed greatly by everyone!

  14. Papa, You will always be in my thoughts and heart.A grandfather who tought me love,understandment,forgivnes,happyness,and laughter. You where a light that always steered me into the right directin.A man that tought me what a man wants to become. a joker,historian,familyman,a man of honor. So papa thanks for all the great times and all the great memories.And remember papa dont forget to tell jesus about the easter bunny and the anastesiologist. i love you Papa……

  15. Papa was a good man and a jokester thats what i remember. He always came to our house with a big ol\’ smile and United Airlines hat . He loved el pollo loco and i will miss him alot. Im glad he\’s in a better place,I hope he gives a hug to my beloved Grandma Kitchen and my Uncle Phil for me. i miss you papa. love… jonathon kitchen

  16. I considered “Papa” as a dear friend, one who always had a humorous story or funny joke to share. He always had time for family and friends and would go out of his way to help you with what ever you needed. He was a bright spot in my life and I am a richer person for having known him for the last 10 years and for being able to call him a friend. I worked with his daughter Karen at Hughes Aircraft Co. and my heart and prayers goes out to her and the rest of the family. Papa is now resting with God and watching over his family from heaven. May God bless us all, and hear our prayers.

  17. Please accept my sympathy for your loss. I served on the City of Redondo Beach Preservation Commission with Jack. He was clearly devoted to his family and to the community. He will be missed.

  18. Our thoughts and prayers ae with you at this difficult time. The pain would not be so great; if the love had not been so strong.

  19. We are sorry for your loss. He will live on in our thoughts and memories. Our prayers are with you and your family.

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