Roberts, Rodney Ross, a 50 year resident of Redondo Beach, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2007 in Redondo Beach. Born in Kalispell, MT, Rodney was 67 when he died. Rodney had served in the US NAVY from 1958- 1962. Rodney was a member of Oceanside Christian Fellowship Church and worked for 32 years at TRW. He likes to travel in his motorhome and was an avid fan of the LA Lakers. He is survived by Wife, Bonnie Roberts of Redondo Beach, CA, Daughter, Tiffany Benitez of Phoenix, AZ, Son, Steven Smith, Son, Tony Smith of Redondo Beach, CA, Son, Chris Roberts of Redondo Beach, CA and Daughter, Desiree McCann of Everett, WA. Preceded in death by Father, Ross Roberts and Mother, Virginia Roberts. Inurnment will be private. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday May 5th at 1 PM at the Oceanside Christian Fellowship Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Oceanside Christian Fellowship 343 Coral Circle, El Segundo, Ca 90245

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  1. Dear Bonnie & Family, There are no words that can describe the loss of a loved one. Rod was a very special person in many different ways to many different people. He is one of 2 that I have met in my journey on this earth that left a mark that will remain long after they are gone. The emptyness you all feel at present is not foreign to me as I too have lost a spouse and have myself trod in these dark caverns alone. ————- AS A CHILD, A BALL WAS GOOD SO LONG AS IT BOUNCED, AND A KITTEN, SO LONG AS IT LIVED. ANYTHING, IN FACT, YOU HELD IN YOUR HANDS OR PUSHED IN YOUR POCKET WAS A TREASURE, SAVED AGAINST TIME. AGAINST THE DAY IT WOULD DIE OR DEFLATE. NOW, FULL GROWN, I HOLD IN A PLACE MORE HIDDEN THAN HANDS, SUCH THINGS AS YOUR FACE, MOONLIT & MOVING FROM PATH TO BED; YOUR TOSSING HAIR, MY FINGERS LACING YOUR BACK. BUT I KNOW THAT THESE TOO MUST DIE, WITH YOUR GOING; AND I, HELD IN NOBODY’S HANDS; MUST QUIETLY DEFLATE, IN THE DARK. —– This helped me find my way again; Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow; I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain; I am the gentle Autumn’s rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush. I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft star that shines at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there; I did not die.

  2. Bonnie & Family: Very sad to hear about your loss. It’s my loss, as well. 30 years ago Rod took me under his wing and mentored me into the Aerospace field. I owe most of my success to his patient (a bit gruff, but patient…) manner and his never-ending knowledge. Rod will live on within myself and our numerous colleagues. God Bless, Don Davis, TRW

  3. Dear Bonnie and Family: Collectively and individually we share the loss of this precious and significant Human Being. As I have experienced the loss of a loving partner, myself, I will share my ONLY tool that I had at that time to deal with the challenges: LOVE Nothing else was significant, AT ALL and it sure helped me. God be with you in whatever form is best for you. Rod was the best experience that I ever had at TRW. Senior Associate Engineers — are few and far between. It was my honor to work for him and with him on such significant projects and get SO much accomplished for “the good of ourselves, the company and our customers. I, for one, celebrate his life and am honored to have known him. Love from West Virginia, Edwin Winet.

  4. Dear Bonnie & Family, I am sorry for your loss. Remembering Rob makes me smile, he was so beloved @ TRW, a real legend. Always so positive. He made such a contribution personally and professionally. The only one who could design, assemble, and manage creating a spacecraft – and he did! After 25 years in the biz, Rod’s signature is still the only one that I know by heart and can remember.

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