April 23, 1940 ~ September 12, 2008
Gilje, Ronald I., a 46 year resident of the Los Angeles area, most recently of Redondo Beach, passed away on September 12, 2008, from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was 68 years old. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Judy Golden; son, Tom (Athena) Gilje; stepson, Matthew (Fawn) Liston; sister, Lynn Gilje of Bottineau, North Dakota; brother, John (Debbie) Gilje of Lake Havasu, Arizona; and five grandchildren, Zackory, Abigail, Jacob, Jasmine; and Kacie, who has pre-deceased him.
A 1962 graduate of North Dakota State, he received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Ron worked for many years at TRW in management and on various space programs. His work on the first Viking Mission to Mars, the Apollo LEM Descent Engine and the Tomahawk Program, to name a few, was a great source of pride to him. In retirement his passions turned to golf, restoring his 1957 Chevy BelAir , and spending time at his place in Lake Arrowhead.
A visitation will be held Tuesday evening, September 16, from 4:00PM to 8:00PM. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 17, at 11:00AM. Both will take place at Rice Mortuary, located at: 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503. Interment will follow in Rolette, North Dakota.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinson's Research, Attn: Tribute Gifts, at Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780, in honor of Ronald Gilje.
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