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Jordan, Robert Joseph
Robert “Bob” Joseph Jordan, 92, Mutual 1, died May 23, 2014.
Bob was born Oct. 25, 1921, in Auburn, N.Y., to Thomas and Theresa Jordan.
As a WWII veteran, Bob proudly served in the U.S. Navy from April 1942 - February 1948. While a quartermaster first class on PT 207, Ron 15, in the Mediterranean, Bob fought against Nazi Germany out of Bizerte, Tunisia. He later served on several LSTs and destroyers in the South Pacific. Bob always referred to the LST as a “large slow target.”
He married Nancy Jordan on Feb. 27, 1960, in Long Beach. They divorced in July 1981.
Mr. Jordan worked for Graybar Electric and PBI in sales and at Rockwell International as a contract negotiator.
He moved to Leisure World in 1981 from Los Alamitos.
He loved playing golf with his best friends and watching Angels baseball and Clippers basketball.
His family always loved his sense of humor.
Bob is survived by his ex-wife, Nancy Jordan; daughters, Jennifer Graham and Juliet Goodman; grandchildren, Alysha, Jesse, Tyler, Cody, Joshua and Rocky; and great-grandchildren, Isaac and Aleeya.
He is interred at All Souls Cemetery, Long Beach, Calif.
Smith, Harold Ralph
Harold Ralph Smith passed away May 12, 2014. He was 91 and a resident of Mutual 17.
Harold was born on Dec. 20, 1922, in the Village of Prior Lake, Minn. His parents were Alfred E. Smith and Ida Borchardt Smith. Harold attended school in Prior Lake and graduated from Shakopee High School in 1940.
He joined the U.S. Navy in January 1943 and served as a carpenter’s mate in the Pacific, during WWII. After an honorable discharge in January 1946, Harold moved to California in 1948 to join his older brother Earl, who was also served in the Navy. It was there he met and married the love of his life; Margaret Armendariz.
After a short stint as a mail carrier for the USPS, Harold worked as an instrument technician at the Union Oil Refinery in Long Beach. He was also an owner/manager of two apartments in Signal Hill.
He retired in 1982 and led a long, happy and active life. He enjoyed golf, exercising, keeping fit and travel. He made many trips to Hawaii to visit his son and family. The high point of his travels was his visit to Israel with Margaret in 1985.
Harold was very much involved in the Leisure World community, where he resided for 27 years, serving a term as building captain for Mutual 17.
He was instrumental in the research, planning and implementation of the Fun and Fitness Club and served as a volunteer instructor.
Harold was always helpful and willing to assist when called on. He put in countless hours volunteering to help with minor repairs and maintenance issues for his neighbors.
Harold attended First Lutheran Church in Long Beach in 1948 and remained there for 66 years. Harold’s love and faith in Jesus Christ was his driving force, and it was evident in his daily life.
He is survived by his wife Margaret Armendariz Smith; his son, Gordon R. Smith; grandsons Wyatt Santoki-Smith, Noah Santoki-Smith, and Andrew Santoki-Gray; granddaughter, Carolina Carreira; great-grandchildren Grayson Carreira and Kayleelyn Carreira; his older brother Earl (Pete) Smith; and many nephews and nieces.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of this exceptional man will be held on Saturday, June 21, at 11 a.m., at First Lutheran Church, 905 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, Calif.
Patricia Ruggiero, Mutual 1, passed away May 27, 2014.
She was born in New York on May, 23, 1930. She graduated from St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf in Bronx, N.Y.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Ruggiero, in 1988.
She is survived by her two sisters, Mary Turecky and Eileen Monahan; and one brother, John Mulligan.
Words cannot describe how much she is missed by her family and friends. She is remembered by all for her kindness, generosity and loving nature.
Services will be held Friday, June 6, at All Souls Mortuary, 4400 Cherry Ave., Long Beach. Viewing is 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Mass follows at 1 p.m.
Bauer, Paul Sherman, Jr.
Paul Sherman Bauer, Jr., Mutual 4, died May 9, 2014, two weeks shy of his 88th birthday.
Paul was born and grew up in Boston, Mass. He graduated from Belmont High School and went to Deerfield Academy, where he graduated and went into the Navy. He graduated with distinction from Stanford University, earning a bachelor’s of science in electrical engineering. At Stanford he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi.
On a summer trip home to Boston, at a yacht club dance in Marblehead, Mass., he met Ann Parker. They were married in 1949 in the Stanford University Chapel.
The couple returned home to Boston, where Paul matriculated at “The B School,” completing his MBA at Harvard in 1952. The same year, twins were born in March. The young family moved to Eastontown, N.J. In 1966, he was transferred to Silver Springs, Md., serving the growing electronics field around the nation’s capital.
In the following years, as the computer world grew, Paul grew with it, providing expertise in sales, management and marketing to companies just beginning to understand that computers and database were essential to the bottom line. Eventually the family moved to California, where Paul began work at what became Northrup Grumman. Even after his retirement from Northrup in 1964, Paul continued consulting on all aspects of business development. Database management, and all things that could be done with computers, remained his fascination.
Ann was the love of his life. He was at her bedside when she passed away at home in 2008. Son Paul moved to California to care for his parents, and he and his sisters now survive their father, along with eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family will have memorial service in Boston, and Ann and Paul will be interred together in the family plot in Lynn, Mass.
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William Zachary 58
Dolores Yamashiro 78
Zilla Samuelson 90
Terry Smith 76
Sylvia Youbi 67
Lynda Jones 75
Cynthia Bell 40
Christopher Hentzen 80
Franklin Aiken Sr 55
Robert Calderwood 69
Andres Hernandez 55
Elia Bull 78
Emilienne Bruce 83
Joseph Daugherty 87
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