|This page is dedicated to our departed Comrades that made our Post a very special place. They will be missed but never forgotten.|
Born: December 27, 1924 in Los Angeles, California
Passed: May 24, 2009 in Durham, North Carolina
Jim Weber was a native of Los Angeles, CA before moving with his parents, older brother and younger sister to Manhattan Beach on Columbus Day of 1936 where he began attending Center Street School. In 1942, Jim was chosen to attend Boys State while attending Redondo Union High School prior to his graduation in 1943.
He then enlisted in the U.S. Army in World War II. He participated in the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France and two weeks later was wounded and taken Prisoner of War. He received the following medals for military service: Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Prisoner of War, European Campaign, WWII Victory, and Army Good Conduct.
He was a member of American Legion Post #184, Redondo Beach, for over 65 years serving as Adjutant in 1951 and Post Commander in 1953. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Redondo Beach, where he married Mary Ann McGee of Hermosa Beach in 1948. After 27 years of marriage Mary Ann preceded him in death in 1976. Jim, along with his father F.C. and brother Bob, operated Manhattan Bakery beginning in 1936 and Weber Bros. Bakery in Manhattan Beach from 1946 to 1954. Jim and Mary Ann built a home in Manhattan Beach in 1949 and became very active in American Martyrs Catholic Church, Manhattan Beach. He joined Queen of Martyrs Council #4567 of the Knights of Columbus in Manhattan Beach in 1954. He has served as Grand Knight, District Deputy, Faithful Navigator and is an Honorary Life Member of the Fourth Degree of this Catholic men's organization. Following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1945, Jim earned his Bachelor's Degree in BusinessAdministration from Woodbury Business College and completed Masters courses at USC. In 1955 Jim began working for the cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and El Segundo in various positions beginning as a Payroll Clerk for the Manhattan Beach Finance Department and City Services Officer for the City of Hermosa Beach. He ultimately rose to the level of Finance Director and Assistant City Manager in Hermosa Beach and Director of Finance for the City of El Segundo.
He retired in 1980, but continued for over 17 years to provide consulting services for numerous cities in Southern California such as Lomita, Santa Paula, Rolling Hills Estates, Lynwood, Palos Verdes Estates, Chino, and Carlsbad as Interim Finance Director. He also established the Finance Department for the cities of Malibu and Yucca Valley upon their incorporation. Jim was an active member and president of numerous other organizations such as the Toastmaster's Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Rotary Club, and California Society of Municipal Finance Officers. He also was very proud of the part he played in helping to organize the Centinela-South Bay Credit Union, which had its beginnings in a small office in the garage of his residence. Jim served onthe credit union's Board of Directors for many years and was instrumental in the building of its present, two-story location on Artesia Blvd., in Redondo Beach.
In 1977, Jim married Beatrice Butters of Hermosa Beach. They built a home in Joshua Tree in 1989 and in 2001, to be closer to his daughter and son, Jim and Bea moved to Croasdaile Village, a retirement community, in Durham, NC. Mr. Weber is predeceased by his parents, Francis C. and Donna R. (Habermann) Weber; his first wife, Mary Ann (McGee) Weber; and one brother, Robert J. Weber. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Beatrice of Durham, NC; one daughter, Mary Frances Serraino and her husband, Michael of Roanoke Rapids, NC; one son, James F. Weber, Jr. and his wife, Sharon Green of Pittsburgh, PA. Also surviving are one sister, Mary Ellen Etherington of Valencia, CA; one sister-in-law, Barbara Weber of Chula Vista, CA; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Carmen McGee of Torrance, CA; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; as well as special cousins in Ohio.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 7:30pm on Friday, June 5, at American Martyrs Catholic Church, Manhattan Beach. Private graveside services will be on Saturday, June 6, at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City CA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim's memory may be made to Duke HomeCare & Hospice,4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704, or to your favorite charity.
Kenneth "Peachy" Powelson
December 9, 1926 - May 2, 2009
April 9th, 1922 - March 15th, 2009
Mildred joined our Post in 1973. Since that fortunate day she has worked as tireless advocate for Post 184 & The American Legion. Conventions, Area & District meetings always found Mildred in the ranks representing Post 184. Mildred left a definate mark at the Post and her dedication and often sage input cannot be replaced.
Mildred was a dual member as her enthusiam and energy served the 184 Womans Auxillary. Both our organizations will be the lesser due to her passing.
Services will be Wednesday @ 11:00 a.m. at the Green Hills Chapel. A Celebration Of Life will follow at the Post.
January 11, 1944 - January 21, 2008
Bill was Finance Office and Canteen Manager from 1997 to 2002. He along with Cdr. Craig Edman were credited with rescuing Post 184 from financial disaster. Their decisions and fudicary competence assured the viability of the Post as a continuing assest to all veterans in the South Bay.
Bill's Marine Corp. personality and Draconian measures got the job done and his contributions to the Post cannot be overstated.
He was the right man at the right time.
July 11, 1927 - November 27, 2008Jack had just transfered to Post 184 in July-08. Althought his membership in our Post was too brief Jack won many friends with his infectious smile and sage recollections of life. He will be missed.
Please join faimily and friends at 4:30 on Saturday 12/6/08 to raise a glass and remember his life.
Samuel "Sammy" Best
1927 - 2008
Sam Best was born on August 23, 1927 in Glasgow, Scotland. He and his family moved to the United States in 1968 and he resided in Redondo Beach until his passing on Thursday, September 18, 2008. Sam is survived by his brother Bill in Scotland and will be dearly missed by his wife of 58 years, Josephine, his children, Gerard, Charlotte, Jim, and Chris, and his seven grandchildren. A Rosary and viewing will be held on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 from 6:00 P.M. until 10:00 P.M. at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd. in Torrance. A Mass will be held in his honor on Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 320 Massey St., Hermosa Beach. There will be a reception immediately following the Mass at the American Legion in Redondo Beach.
Gail Duane Anderson
1930 - 2008
Anderson, Gail Duane was born on June 10, 1930 in Manlius, IL. Gail grew up with four older brothers in New Bedford, IL. As a young man, he skipped many days of high school during WWII to drive cattle trucks from the country into the Chicago stockyards, aiding the war effort. After graduating high school, he continued his efforts to support his country and joined the US Army, where he spent two tours in Korea with a MASH unit. Before finishing in Korea, Gail married Charlene Gallentine in 1950. Their first son, Gail, was born in 1951. After returning home from Korea in late 1951, they decided to move the family to Taft, CA. While working in the oil fields, he attended Taft Jr. College and excelled at track & field throwing the discus. The family moved to Los Angeles where second son, Mark, was born in 1955. Gail drove gas trucks at night while attending classes at UCLA; he graduated in 1957 with a degree in political science. After graduation in 1959, he moved the family to West Covina, CA. During the 60's, worked for Los Angeles County, sold insurance and then moved on to be a mortgage loan consultant at Home Savings & Loan. In 1975 Gail moved to Torrance, CA where he resided to and after retirement. In life, Gail loved his family, enjoyed golf, traveling and was always a true UCLA Bruin supporter.
Gail is survived by his son Gail and wife Kathy; son Mark and wife Leslie; grandchildren Shonna, Scott and Katie; brother William and long-time companion Nancy Kelly.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2008 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm with a luncheon being served at 1:00 pm. The service will take place at Recreation Park Golf Club, 5001 Deukmejian Drive, Long Beach CA 90804 (562) 494-4333.
Pearl Harbor Survivor "Mickey O" has transferred to Post Everlasting.
Joyce M. Willey
Passed away on September 6, 2008 at the age of 66. she was born in Portland, Oregon on November 28, 1941. She moved to Southern California in 1962. She was a resident of Torrance for 46 years. She worked at Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo as a Project Engineer for 35 years. She leaves behind her husband, Dean, two daughters, Tammy & Sheri, their spouses, Ryan and Eric, and four grandchildren, Sean, Kyle, Laura and baby Logan, step sons, Dale, Mike, and Laura and their spouses and children.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at First Lutheran Church and School located at 2900 West Carson Street, Torrance at 11:00 a.m. in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her memory to the American Lung Association or to the First Lutheran Church of Torrance.
Oct - 1948
All the members at the Post were saddened to learn of the passing of one of our long time WW2 members Chuck Luttrell, affectionately known as "Fish".
His sense of humor and engaging personality was always a welcomed addition when he would stop by the Canteen and visit with his fellow Legionnaires.
A wake was held in his home on Saint Patrick's Day and was well attended by friends & Comrades who wore 'the green'.
After retiring as a machinist in the local aerospace industry Earl joined the American Legion South Bay Post 184 on March 24th, 1992.
Immediately after his initiation Earl started to mark his mark with a decade long commitment to insure the public face of our Post was immaculate. His almost daily trips to Post 184 allowed him to greet visiting Comrades and make countless friends from around the nation.
Earl never wavered from his self-assigned gardening duties until his recent decline in health. He served on the Post 184 Executive Committee for six years. His input during these years helped insure the financial health & stability of Post 184.
Earl's warm personality and sense of humor will be missed. His dedication to the Legion and Post 184 cannot be replace.
In accordance to his wishes, a Toast to Earl was held in the Post Canteen on January 15th.
Craig was a Vietnam veteran and served in the Army as a PFC from June 1961 to October 1965. He was a retired firefighter for the City Of Vernon, CA.
Craig joined Post 184 on May 1 st , 1993. He served as Commander in 1997, 1998 & 1999. He and his Officers were instrumental in crafting policies & procedures to insure the financial health & stability of Post 184.
Since his duties as Commander Craig has been an active member in Post 184. His expertise in Legion policies and procedure has been a valuable asset to the Post.
Craig's charming personality and friendship will be missed. His dedication to the Legion and Post 184 cannot be replace.
There will be a Celebration of Craig's Life this Friday,
August 10th, at the Post. His family has asked
people to dress in SF 49ers or UCLA colors or apparel in honor
of my Craig's favorite teams that he loved and lived to watch. Click
Here to View Images of Event
January 6th, 1938 - August 5th, 2007
February 2, 1923 – August 7, 2005
away peacefully October
25, 2004 in his hometown
of 50 years, Torrance,
CA. Fred was born March
15, 1921 in Brookport,
IL. He was raised in Louisville,
KY and was a stand out
athlete in football, baseball
Fred served in the Navy during WWII. His service included Naval operations during the D-Day of Invasion of Normandy and later in the Invasion of North Africa.
Fred has been a resident of West Torrance since 1954. He was a career fireman employed by North American-Rockwell at their LAX facility. He retired from there in 1987.
Fred is survived by his wife of 58 years, Charlotte Moseley; sisters, Margaret Key and Josephine Everidge; sons, Fred Jr. (Cathy), David (Nadine) and Gregory (Deidre); grandchildren, Rachel White (Lance), Justin, Courtney, Sean and Gabrielle.Services will be held Friday, October 29, 2004 at 10:00am at St. James Church, Redondo Beach, CA. A wake will be held immediately following the service at the American Legion, 412 S. Camino Real, Redondo Beach, CA.
October 30, 1920 - October 03, 2004
Carlos L. Lopez beloved father and grandfather passed to heaven on October 3, 2004, at the age of 83. Survived by 3 daughters, Mary Ellen Adams, JoAnn Salkoski and Charlene Fenske, 4 grandchildren, Jeanine, Laura, Todd and Tiffany, and 7 great grandchildren. Also survived by 2 brothers, Ernesto Lopez of Old Mesilla, NM and Max Lopez of Norwalk, CA.
Carlos served as a veteran of World War II, Army Airforce. He lived in Torrance for 50 years. His social activities included being a member of American Legion Post 184 Redondo Beach, for 15 years and The Rockwell Retiree Club.
was employed by North
where he was a well
mechanic for 38 years.
He worked on the prototype
of the B-1 Bomber
and various other
the space shuttle.
He was espcially proud
of being part of the
space shuttle program.
His family is equally
proud of him and his
achievements. He will
live in our hearts
BEARD, DON H. a 57 year resident of Redondo Beach , passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2003 in Hermosa Beach. He was born in Holyoak, CO on Jan. 24, 1920. Don served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in WW II and was employed by Metlox Pottery for over 20 years and became plant manager. Don retired as Senior Vice President of H.F. Coors China Co. and is a distinguished life member of American Ceramic Society.