Funeral services for John Edward Puhek, 85, will be held at Saint Jerome Church at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 8, with Monsignor Norman Priebe celebrating the Mass of Christian Burial. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, at the McCormick Mortuary Funeral Home located at 635 S. Prairie Avenue in Inglewood, with a family viewing starting at 5 p.m. Burial will be at the Holy Cross Cemetary, with a reception following at McCormick Mortuary Funeral Home. Puhek died Saturday, April 3, 2010, at Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, California. He was born in Chisholm, Minnesota on June 22, 1924, and was a resident of Westchester, California, since 1962. He also resided in San Diego, from 1950 until he moved to Westchester. He married Lorraine Marie Phelps on June 21, 1947. He was employed as an electrical engineer by Convair, in San Diego, for 12 years. Some of his accomplishments at Convair included the development of the Atlas rocket, and development of the Air Force's F-102 Delta Dagger and F-106 Delta Dart advanced fighter aircraft. He then moved to Westchester where he was employed by Hughes Aircraft as an electrical engineer until he retired in 1989. Some of his many accomplishments at Hughes included numerous activities leading up to our nation's first moon-landing, development of the Navy's F-14 Tomcat and F/A-18 Hornet advanced fighter/attack aircraft, and development of the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). He was a radar systems expert. After retiring from Hughes, he volunteered his time building trails in the San Gabriel Mountains, Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Creek State Park, and Kenneth Hahn State Park. He also volunteered as a Travelers Aid at the Los Angeles International Airport. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, after 62 years of marriage; four sons, John M. (Carolyn) Puhek, Orlando, Florida; James (Linda) Puhek, Fairfax Station, Virginia; Peter (Cyndy) Puhek, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Gary (Merci) Puhek, Fairfax, Virginia; four daughters, Mary (Leonard) Ryan, Lake Forest, California; Teresa Mavromichalis, California City, California; Bernadette Puhek, Roy, Utah; and Eileen (Lee) Misraje, Thousand Oaks, California; one brother, Robert Puhek, Las Vegas, Nevada; 26 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Memorial are preferred to the St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana.

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  1. Hi Grandpa! It’s Dee Dee, I hope you are doing great up there in heaven. I miss you and wish I woulda come to the services, just couldn’t. It breaks my heart knowing you are gone, but you aren’t hurting anymore, so that makes me laugh. I love you. Farewell “Toi-Let!”

  2. Dad, I will miss your smile and your words of wisdom. You will always be in my heart and mind. My kids will always remember you as the wise man on our camping trip sharing your war stories. Who needs History in school my kids had you and mom who lived the history of our nation. I will deeply miss you warm words of encouragement and support. I love you forever. Rest in knowing I said “I love you” on the day you died. We sent you off the way you would have wanted and we will live the way you did on the final day of you life. “What can I do to help you.” I love you your daughter – Bernadette Puhek

  3. Dad, I am very proud to have been there to help you in the last few years of your life. I especially cherished the conversations that we had. Although I am sad that I was not there for your funeral, I am blessed to have been with you on the day you died. Thank you for visiting Sally and talking to her on your way to heaven. Some warm memories…sneaking away and going to get an ice cream cone with you…”Pinkies”…you caring me to the top of Mt Lassen…watching you fix your car and helping me to fix my bike…our trip to Minnesota and you eating tongue (gross)…and darn you ran pretty fast to catch us kids. You will be terribly missing, but thought of often. I love you. Inkspot

  4. I thank my Dad for being a World War II war hero, a father of 8, a flawless provider, and a lover of Jesus Christ. We will see each other again in heaven and that comforts me for eternity.

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