Stensvaag, John Phillip January 2, 1941 - October 23, 2004 John was born in Marshalltown, Iowa on January 2nd, 1941 to Bernhard and Ruth Stensvaag. They moved to Hawthorne, California in 1951, where he would attend school and meet his wife, Suzie, who he married in 1961. John's family also includes his mother Ruth, his daughter, Carie and her husband Joseph, and John's three grandchildren, Carli, Jake and Maddy. John ended his career as a Lead Systems Technician at American Airlines when he was laid off this year. When Carie was young and joined her first softball team, John, wanting to watch over her, became the assistant coach on her team. Over the years, and even after Carie stopped playing, he continued to enjoy coaching championship winning softball teams with his friends at Del Aire Park. Later he continued to enjoy watching the ball games and other activities of his grandchildren as well. He was always in the stands or in the aisles cheering them on at every event. John and Suzie enjoyed many summers' water skiing at the river with their friends, camping during the spring and fall, and spending time at a cabin in the snow during winter. They also loved playing cards with family and friends. John was an avid reader, reading two newspapers cover-to-cover every day, plus one or two spy or science fiction novels per week. John's latest passion was politics, but you had to be careful if you got him started! Services will be held Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 11:00 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawthorne, CA.

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  1. I remember John singing “its a beautiful morning” on the PA at the hanger. He was a good friend and could be counted on when you needed something.

  2. John was a special man. He was tough as a coach, but it was all worth it in the performances of the players that he coached. I learned a great deal from him ,and even though there were times that I know I got his blood pressure up by swinging at “high balls” he always had a smile in the end. John will be missed by all the people that he touched, and I am definately one of those people.

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