July 10, 1923 ~ September 30, 2002
Born in Oklahoma City, his parents moved to Los Angeles when he was an infant. Following graduation from Hollywood High School he enlisted in the Navy and transferred to the Army Air Corp, where he served as a flight instructor at Luke Field, Arizona during WWII. There he met his wife, Jane Catherine Spencer who was an aircraft maintenance inspector. They settled in Manhattan Beach and have resided in the same house they purchased in 1957. He flew air transports in the Korean conflict and later in Viet Nam as an active reservist in the 452nd Air Squadron at March Air Force Base in Riverside. In addition, he had a twenty-year career with the FAA as an Air Carrier Inspector. He retired in 1983. He was an active member of the Order of the Daedalians, the ''Red Barons'' group of aviation enthusiasts and the San Pedro Elks. In addition to his wife, Catherine, his three children survive him; Catherine Wieder, Richard Baird and Virginia Humphries. There are also six grandchildren; Amanda and Sybil Grant; Zachary, Leah and Nathan Baird and Taylor Humphries. Visitation will be Thursday, October 3, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the White and Day Mortuary, 3215 Sepulveda Blvd. Manhattan Beach. Graveside Services will be held Friday, October 4, at 3:15 PM at Riverside National Cemetery, Staging Area #2, with full military honors. A memorial service will be held at the San Pedro Elks Lodge at 11:00am on Saturday October 5. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations can be made to the Order of Daedalians Foundation Scholarship Fund, PO Box 249, Randolph AFB, TX. 78148-0249.
Memorial Service and Reception
Saturday, October 5, 2002
SAN PEDRO ELKS LODGE
1748 Cumbre Drive
San Pedro, CA 90732
Take the 110 Harbor Freeway (South) until reaching the end of the freeway. Make a left on Gaffey Street. Continue about 1.3 miles and make a right on 19th Street. Proceed another 1.3 miles and cross Western Avenue. 19th Street then becomes Morse Drive. Continue on Morse Drive until reaching a T-intersection, where you will make a right on Mantis Ave. Make an immediate left on Cumbre Drive, and a right on Pelican Avenue, which leads into the Elks Lodge parking lot.
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