John Arie Humting

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John A. Humting (84) Passed away October 29, 2008. Born in Detroit, MI on Dec. 18, 1923, his family later relocated to So. Calif. He graduated from Leuzinger High School and then joined the Army. He became a Flight Engineer and top turret gunner on a B17 where he flew 35 missions during World War II. Upon leaving the service he was employed by TWA where he worked as a mechanic and Maintenance Supervisor. He retired after 38 years and upon retirement proceeded to use his wood working skills to make many toys, rocking horses, and gifts for his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Gail, 4 children, 3 step-children, numerous grandchildren, his brother Ray, sister Rena, and many extended family members who loved him very much. So we bid a sad farewell to yet another member of "The Greatest Generation." A viewing will be held Sunday Nov. 2nd at Rice Mortuary 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503 (310)-792-7599 between the hours of 11:00 and 3 PM. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 3rd at St. Cross Episcopal Church at 1818 Monterey Blvd., Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 (310) 376-8989 at 10:30. A receoption will follow and a burial service will follow that at Green Hills Cemetery for those who would like to attend. In lieu of flowers we request that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

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  1. Gail, our prayers are with you. We will miss John too. He was such a great guy. Gave us some of our greatest memories.

  2. Gail, we, too, will miss John. He was such a pleasant person and we enjoyed his company. Our prayers are with you.

  3. To the Family and Love Ones of John Humting, you have my deepest sympathy and love. John will be missed. We lost another good guy and friend. God Bless.

  4. I hope all the fun and happy memories that you have shared with John will help to heal your broken heart. Love and Prayers – Mary Lou Arras

  5. Enjoyed working for John at TWA. He wished me well when I transferred to another department. My condolences to the family, Ed Duenes…

  6. We are glad we got to know you. Your stories will life with us for ever. Richard, Maralee, Tyler & Sean

  7. Our sincerest sympathy to the Humting family. We were neighbors in Hawthorne in the 1950’s. Please extend our best wishes to Rick, Kris, Patty and Sally as well as Johnny’s other family members. He is still remembered fondly in the old neighborhood. The Sapp Family.

  8. We will deeply miss John, a wonderful, charming, humorous and kind gentleman. We lived in the same apartment building back in the late 70’s and grew to love John as a brother and dear friend. We had many fun exploits over the years at the “Sea Far,” times we’ll treasure forever and will never forget. Lucky for us, we were able to travel with him on two occasions, to Washington, DC, and with Gail, too, to Vancouver, BC. These were such fun trips and Ken and I will never forget how much fun we had. John so loved his family and especially Gail. May God keep all of you in His palm. Rest in peace, sweet John. Ken and I will always love you. Your friends forever, Ken and Amanda Robertson

  9. Gail, you know how we loved John and will miss him very much. We have so many good memories and will always smile when we think of him. If you ever get a chill for no reason, it will probably be John telling someone to quit daudling. We will keep all of you in our prayers. God Bless

  10. Gail, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. John was a true Hero. Our lives have been blessed by having known him.

  11. Gail, I was shocked and terribly saddened to hear of John’s passing. In our years together working at TWA, and as neighbors in the old “Sea Far Apartments” in El Segundo, he was always one of the “good guys”, ready and willing to help out when needed. Like the old TWA we all worked for, he was a “class act”. Gary

  12. John is always going to be a special part of my life. Through a few air shows, a few family events and vacations, and listening to his WWII experiences he easily became one of the more special people ever in my life. I’ll never forget him. He will always be a great man in my book and I will always remember him as interesting, caring, funny, and light hearted. I will remember how we both enjoyed thunderstorms and aviation. I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to tell him all this…but I think he knew. I wish I could have been there in uniform for the funeral; he earned my respect. The airplane that he hand crafted for me will always be very personally significant item for me, if for no other reason than that it was a gift from John. It will forever remind of one of the greatest men from the greatest generations. I€™m lucky to have known him at all. My condolences go out to Gail and to both their Families and loved ones. I€™m reminded of a poem we had to memorize at the Academy: High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, Jr. Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds…and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of…wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air. Up, up, the long, delirious burning blue I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace Where never lark, nor even eagle flew. And while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space… …put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

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