johnwilson sr.
John William Wilson, a 64-year resident of the South Bay passed away on Tuesday October 9th, 2018. Born in Perry, Iowa. John was 86 when he died. He was a member of St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Torrance for 57 years. He graduated high school at Sheldon High in Iowa. John served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1955. He had served as a radioman stationed in Alaska. He was married 59 years to Mary Ann Fischer. John attended Northrop University to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Management. He worked at many aerospace companies (Lockheed, Hughes, North American Aviation) before retiring at Rockwell Space Division in Downey as a manager and design engineer for the space shuttle program in 1989. John was very active in the Boy Scouts with continued support for Troop 785. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, South Bay Amateur Radio Club and the Torrance Amateur Radio Association (TARA). John loved to travel, his weekly bible study group, the church Senior Citizen group; woodworking, making models, garden model railways, coin collecting, needlework, operating the ham radio and attending his grandchildren's sport and school events. John is survived by his daughters Kathy (Mike Brinda) and Donna Wilson; sons John Jr. (Myra) and Jim (Cynthia) and his sister Joyce Chudnofsky; step-sister Helen Wells; aunt Elaine Dalton; five grandchildren Mark, Erika, David, Matthew and Emily; great granddaughters Mia, Dakota and Sheaden; great grandsons Luke and a great grandchild due in December.

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  1. Mr Wilson was one of the kindest men I have ever know.
    I am so truly sorry for your family’s loss & you are in my prayers.

  2. Thoughts and prayers are with you thinking of you all.Wish we would have got there to see him last year when we thought about it.

  3. John was “one of a kind” with a heart big enough for everyone and a sense of humber to make them all laugh. I’m a better person for having known him. May his Soul Rest In Peace.

  4. My sincerest condolences to the Wilson family. John Sr. was always very funny and had a good sense of humor. He was a very kind person and was always nice to my family especially my parents and sisters. May he rest in peace.

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