March 22, 1922 ~ August 27, 2011
Manhattan Beach, CA
Lockney, Robert Edward, a 40 year resident of Manhattan Beach, passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2011. Born in Stockton, California, his family moved to Greenville, California where his father edited and published the Indian Valley Record newspaper. He graduated from San Jose State College as a music major and during World War II served in the army band as a clarinet player. Upon discharge from the Army he enrolled for graduate work at USC and while there played in the USC marching band. This led to his becoming an ardent USC football fan. In 1956 he married his wife, Joan. Robert, a long-time L.A County employee, served as a Deputy District Director in the Department of Public Social Services. After retiring, he entered a playwriting contest sponsored by the Uprising Theatre in Long Beach. He won the contest and his one act play "The Application" was produced in 1987. Another play, "Southern Discomfort", was produced in 1997 in Fremantle, Australia. Robert is survived by his wife and their son, Robert A. Lockney. Known for his unique sense of humor, Robert will be missed by family and friends.