March 16, 1925 ~ June 29, 2009
Marvin L. Luther
3.16.25 - 6.29.09
Marvin Luther, 84, passed away on 29 June, 2009, in Torrance, CA. Born in Gardena, CA, in 1925, he was graduated from Gardena High School before enlisting in the Army Air Corps during World War II. As the youngest commissioned officer in the Air Corps (at age seventeen) he served as navigator on the B-17 bomber Bouncin' Annie 1 and was active in raids leading up to and through D-Day, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross in the process. Upon returning to California after the war he married Winona Wendorff and resumed his education, receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from UCLA.
His career was spent working in the space and defense industry for several aerospace companies in southern California, including JPL, Lockheed, and TRW, from which he retired in 1981. During this time, stints with NATO and as an advisor to US military leaders provided the opportunity for Marvin to spend five years abroad in the Netherlands, France and West Germany with wife and children in tow. It was these experiences that led to a lifelong love of other cultures, and especially of fine food and wine, a passion he and Winona shared. He was also an avid sailor, and had been an active member of King Harbor Yacht Club for the past 35 years, serving as Commodore in 1989.
More than any other accomplishment, Marvin was a loving and proud father and husband. He is survived by three children, Paul, Chris (Larson) and Jeff, four sons/daughters-in-law, nine grandchildren, and three great grandchildren, all of whom will miss him terribly. He was preceded in death by his son, Stephen, in 2001, and by Winona in December of 2008.
Services will be held at King Harbor Yacht Club on Thursday, July 9, 2009, at noon, 280 Yacht Club Way, Redondo Beach, CA, 310-376-2459. Donations may be made to the KHYC Youth Foundation, the Rolling Hills United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or the charity of your choice.
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