Lanham, Johnnie Ray, a 52-year resident of Torrance, CA passed away on Friday February 13, 2009 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance. He was born on August 18, 1936 in Sperry, Oklahoma. John proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1958 to 1962. After leaving the Air Force, John's pride and passion remained in the aviation industry. He first worked for Zep Aero in El Segundo, CA before quickly moving to Tym's Inc. in Inglewood, CA. He became an integral part of this company, and he developed a reputation in his industry as one of the most talented and knowledgeable resources for the repair of aircraft oxygen equipment and fire extinguishing systems. John never retired from his position as General Manager, giving 45 years of dedicated service to the family-owned and operated company. When John relaxed, he loved to hunt deer in Western Colorado, fish for salmon in Alaska and British Columbia, and fish for trout in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. He was also an avid golfer, awarded many trophies while playing with a group from Continental Airlines and others in his industry. Never married and without children, John became an important part of the Tyminski family, spending countless hours in support and dedication to three generations who benefited immensely from his gracious generosity. He is sorely missed by his brother, Joe Lanham of Owasso, OK; dearest friends Brian and Cheryl Tyminski of Torrance, CA; Marcia Baker of Lomita, CA; Jessica Oestreich of Lakewood, CA; the entire Tyminski family; and countless friends and acquaintances. He is preceded in death by his beloved mother Irene Lanham, and father Joseph Lanham. A graveside memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday February 21, 2009 at Roosevelt Memorial Cemetery in Gardena, CA. A reception will follow at 3:00 PM.

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with John’s family and friends. After corresponding with John off and on over a 14 year period via phone I finally had the wonderful opportunity to meet him recently during a fishing trip in San Diego last August and then again during a visit (him and Brian) to Evergreen in Arizona. What a awesome man! I could tell he had a special place in his heart for Brian.

  2. Big John was a very close friend & fellow aircraft mechanic who was at the top of his trade. He will be missed greatly.

  3. It was an honor to have known John for the past 14 years.Summers wont be same knowing John wont be coming up for a visit. He truly was a special and kind man.His insights and sense of humor were refreshing. John wherever you are I am confident you are fighting that 50lb. Tyee you always dreamed of. Rest In Peace my friend. You will surely be missed.

  4. John, In the nine short years we worked together you became a very important part of my life.I will miss you REDNECK. Marty…..

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