TRESSEL, WILSON The world lost a most loving husband and father on Feb 7, 2004. WILSON TRESSEL passed away after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). A retired Aerospace engineer and accomplished musician, he left his grieving family to soar in the heavens with the many satellites and melodies he helped send to the skies. Born in Chicago on Feb 3, 1927 to Walter and Mary Tressel, he entered the University of Illinois at age 18 only to be drafted and serve honorably in WWII (82nd Airborne). He then returned to college where he met his wife, Yvonne, through their mutual interests in music and science. They married in 1950 and moved to California where they spent 54 loving years together. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; son, David (Mary); daughters Patricia, Lorraine Curry (Sam), Barbara (John Navagh); and seven wonderful grandchildren: David Jr., Christopher, Bryan, Mary Jr., Kathryn, Katelyn, and Taylor, as well as brother George and sister Mary Gray. We all miss you, Wil! Memorial Services will be held Sunday, February 15, at 3:00 PM at White and Day's Colonial Mortuary, 901 Torrance Blvd. in Redondo Beach. Donations in memory of WILSON TRESSEL may be made in lieu of flowers to The ALS Association, 27001 Agoura Rd., Suite 150, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301.

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  1. A truly remarkable gentleman. It was a pleasure to be associated with Wil through many years and signigant accomplishmentat the Aerospace Corp. My thoughts and condolences are with his family in their time of loss.

  2. Wil Tressel was one of the first supervisors I had at Aerospace, he was also one of my favorite. I was sorry to hear of his passing.

  3. Wil was a very special cousin who was kind, generous and will be missed. My mother, Helen Silvia King, was a sort of part time “nanny” for Wil and his siblings during the 1930s. His thoughtfulness and concern made her last years much richer. My family and I are greatful for that.

  4. Wil’s wife, Yvonne, was my father’s cousin so I am related by marriage. I remember playing with Patricia, David, Lorraine and Barbara in their backyard in Westchester before they moved to Torrance. Although I hadn’t seen Wil after he was diagnosed with ALS, I remember him as being a loving and devoted husband and father. God bless Patricia, David and Barbara. Lorraine and Yvonne are in heaven with Wil.

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