Merl
Railsback, Merl Edward - January 29, 1924 - January 6, 2009 Railsback, Merl Edward, a 50 year resident of Torrance, passed away on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 in Torrance. Born on a farm in rural Norton County, Kansas, Merl was 84 when he died. Merl had served in the Air Force during World War II. Merl was a member of South Bay Christian Church. He attended High School in Joes, Colorado, and came to Los Angeles at age 17 where he worked at Lockheed until he was old enough to enlist in the Army-Air Corp in 1943. He was stationed in Guam and flew over Tokyo on VJ Day. Upon returning to the states he attended Colorado State College of Education (now the University of Northern Colorado) in Greeley, CO, where he earned a BA and MA in Mathematics. He was a math teacher and principal in Kirk, Colorado (1950-1952); Superintendent of Schools in Grover, CO (1952-1956), and Flagler, Co (1956-1958). In 1958 he was hired by Torrance schools to teach Math at North High School and retired from there in 1986. His greatest loves were his family, cars, and attending the LA Auto Show each year. He is survived by devoted wife of 61 years, Roxie Railsback of Torrance, CA, Daughter, Donna Braly of Torrance, CA, Son, Gary Railsback of San Diego, CA, Grandchildren are Lyle Railsback, Portland, OR; Eric Railsback, Los Angeles; Emily Railsback, Hillsboro, KS; Leah Braly, Long Beach; Elisa Braly, Torrance, and three great grandchildren, Jesse, Kian and Wynter. Surviving siblings are Dorothy Coler, Lincoln, NE; Mavis Ohlson, Cambridge, NE; Maxine Brown, Ogallala, NE; Imogene Davison, Ogallala, NE; Kate Brunner, Tucson, AZ; and Loren Railsback, Phoenix, AZ. He was preceded in death by: Father, John Railsback, Mother, Leona Railsback. A gathering of family & friends will be held at South Bay Christian Church, 128 N. Broadway Ave., Redondo Beach, CA. The Memorial Service will be held at 3 pm, Saturday, January 17. A private family burial service was held at Pacific Crest Cemetery, Redondo Beach.

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  1. Thanks to Maggie Browning, Elisa, the Torrance paramedics, Torrance Police, Rice Mortuary. Thanks to the neighbors and friends who have been so sweet! The Railsbacks

  2. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of loss. I am pleased that he died peacefully, even though it is a shock. I understand because my mother passed away peacefully in Church on January 28th, 2007. Our family rejoiced that she did not have to suffer but were still shocked by her death. God bless and comfort you during this time of sorrow. Judy Deale (GFU)

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Railsback family. It is apparent that Merl touched many lives as an husband, father, brother, grandfather and educator. May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord. Blessings to you all. Janine Allen

  4. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. You and your family are in my prayers during this difficult time. blessings, Shary

  5. Wish we could be with you all this week. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone. Love Linda & Ann Marie Nolin

  6. May the peace of God comfort you unceasingly at this time of great grief. My heart and prayers are with you all, as well as my love. With Love, Mary

  7. Roxie, Donna and Gary, May the peace which comes from the memories of Merl and his love shared with each of you help you find comfort now and in the days ahead. In heartfelt sympathy, Marlin and Lou Ann Schrock

  8. My family and my sympathy to the entire Railsback family. Are families have been neighbors for many many years.

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