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Robert Jean McLaughlin

Robert Jean McLaughlin, 88, died of natural causes February 23, 2010. Born in Appleton, Wis., he moved to Hawthorne, Calif. at the age of two. He attended Los Angeles City College, UCLA, and took ESMWT courses.

He served in the U.S. Army, 7th Division during WWII in Okinawa and Korea. He wrote about his experiences in a book published in 2002. He was promoted to staff sergeant during the Okinawa battle where he was wounded and awarded a Purple Heart.

He led a Boy Scout troop for five years and was active in the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Torrance, Calif.

He married his college sweetheart, Harriett Koerner, in 1949. They built a house in Torrance and raised six children there. He coached and refereed youth soccer teams for 27 years and played in men’s leagues until 1998.

He enjoyed fishing, camping and painting portraits of children and lakes. He was an engineering designer for Douglas Aircraft Co. at El Segundo, Torrance and Long Beach and for Northrop in Hawthorne until 1986.

After Harriett died in 1987, he married Nancy, a pianist with four children. Nancy died in June, 2006.

He is survived by his beloved Muriel Brackey; sister Marjorie Canter, Fullerton, Calif.; daughter Laurel (Will) Whitmeyer, Vancouver, Canada; son Brian McLaughlin, Farmington, N.M.; son Marvin (Julie) McLaughlin, Seven Valleys, Pa.; daughter Yvonne (Peter) Gomez, San Diego, Calif.; daughter Michele (Dennis) Rader, Sperry, Okla.; daughter Maureen (Andrew) Pilati, Copperopolis, Calif. and 14 grandchildren.

Robert, Bob, Mac, or Dad - he requested cremation and to be “fed to the fish,” so there was no service. Instead, family requests you send your memories, stories of Dad, to his home address and his daughters will put together a booklet; anyone who contributes will receive a copy.


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