We are saddened to announce that Scott E. Schifer, 60, passed away on July 11, 2019 while surrounded by his family. He had waged a valiant battle against lung cancer, to which he finally succumbed after almost three years. Scott was born and lived in the Los Angeles area all his life. He grew up traveling the U. S. and developed a love of trains. Not long after graduating high school, he started working as technician at Hughes Aircraft (now known as Raytheon) while working his way through school to earn his E.E. degree. He was proud of his work and his hard work earned him a lot of respect in the company. He retired after 35 years and had been lead engineer on many classified projects. His hobbies included trains, RC Planes, riding his motorcycle, and playing his guitars. He was a long time member of the Belmont Shore Model Railroad Club where he could share his love of trains with others. He was also a Ham Radio operator and part of the Torrance Amateur Radio Association (TARA). Scott finally met the love of his life, Ann, in 2003 and they were married in 2009. Scott leaves behind his father Arden Schifer, wife Ann Palik, brother Marc Schifer, sister Peri Hoke and her husband Kyle Hoke, Art Palik (brother-in-law), Ted and Jennifer (Burdick) Palik (brother and sister-in-law), and Susan Y. Palik (mother-in-law) as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother, Amy Schifer (2008). He will be greatly missed by family, friends, and the clubs/groups he belonged to.

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  1. I’m glad he met the love of his life before he left this planet. They were good for, and to each other.
    Scott was our (me, my husband and our son) docent during our tour of the USS Iowa and he was quite an erudite!
    I’m sorry again Ann…. Hang in there…


  3. Scott: First born.
    Scott was our first born and experiment number one. He was delivered minus any instructions on how to develop the structure. With parental stumbling here and there, he progressed into a self sufficient man. His obit describes most of his life. During our summers at a KOA camp ground he was hired to be a grunt. He guided R Vs to their parking sites, scrubbed potties, and was a general handy man for work the owner’s did not wish to do. He lived in a tent while the rest of the family camped at the lake on weekends or Amy, Marc and Peri traveled around Kansas during the day. His famous tease was cooking spaghetti in a pan over a Bernzomatic soldering torch. This is where he developed his self reliance.
    Scott dug his way though his adult life getting an education as described in his obit, developing his hobbies, participating in community service with his amateur radio license during city emergency drills, and traffic control for city events of Culver City and Torannce. During his later years he brought a great daughter-law / sister-law (Ann) into our lives. However, he earned his brightest stars aiding his mother, Amy, during her later years battling cancer until her death. My lasting memory of Scott came about as an utterance. One weekend I was camping with my R V club in the Mojove Desert. Scott attended on Saturday and came with his remote controlled model planes. As he was flying one I asked if I could try that? He handed me the controller and I immediately crashed it into the ground. The utterance “ Thanks Dad”! I can still hear it! Our first experiment was a grand success. Dad =8>)))))))))))))))

  4. Scott’s life was lived as one big adventure. We enjoyed so much hearing his stories of going on trains, planes & on his motorbike to various places. He loved seeing America and volunteered in helping to keep history alive with many different organizations. What a great nephew & cousin he was and he is very much missed already.

  5. I only knew Scott for a few years but we shared many items in common. We knew people and programs from Hughes and Raytheon, and we shared interests in model aviation. At the model flying field at Sepulveda Basin, Scott gave me his time as my “wingman” as I gained flying experience with a large, heavy, high-powered and complicated model aircraft, and I quickly learned that he provided steady and trustworthy assistance during the flying of this and other planes. I will always treasure the times we were able to spend together.
    Peter Young, Col., USAF (Ret.)

  6. My childhood was filled with Scott’s amazing talents, his love for his hobbies, friendship and life. The last time I saw him was at my mother’s funeral, I was happy that he was doing well and in remission at the time. He looked great and it was a joy to see him after so much time had passed. While we have lost someone special to us, Heaven has gained someone amazing. R.I.P. Scott, you will be missed!

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