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Donald Richard Gefvert
After suffering from many health problems over the last several years, Donald Richard Gefvert, a long-term resident of Torrance, passed away in Tucson, AZ on February 20. Dick, as he was known to family, had moved to Tucson in May of 2013 to be nearer to his oldest son, Alan, granddaughters and great-grandchildren. Although his time in Tucson was far too short, Dick was well-liked by his new friends, medical providers and the wonderful staff at Atria Campana del Rio Senior Living.
Dick was born to Benjamin and Anna Gefvert on January 27, 1927 in Duluth, MN. He shared many fond memories of growing up in Duluth and according to his older brother Bob, could be quite the prankster. After graduating from the
University of Minnesota
, Duluth, he enlisted in the United States
Air Force and served under the command of General Dwight D. Eisenhower while stationed in Guam. Dick was later stationed at Grenier AFB as a communications officer, and that is where he met a beautiful young woman named Doris Gallant; they were married eight months later in November 1953. Dick took advantage of the GI Bill and went back to school at Michigan Technical University to obtain his degree in Electrical Engineering while Doris continued to work for the phone company. After graduation, Dick began a long career with Hughes Aircraft Company which required frequent travel, so the young couple, along with their two sons Alan (born in 1955) and Steven (born in 1956) moved several times before settling down in Torrance, CA. Daughter Kathy's (born in 1964) arrival eventually prompted the move to Walnut Street where Dick lived for 47 years. He was a good friend and neighbor, and everyone could count on him to remind them that trash pick up was a day later the week of a holiday!
Dick was well thought of by his co-workers at Hughes, and enjoyed playing bridge with them at lunch time or playing golf with the Hughes Twilight League. For many years after retiring from Hughes, Dick and Doris were active members of the HARA (Hughes Aircraft Retirees Association) and also the San Pedro
where they shared many happy times with friends.
It was not easy for Dick to speak of his emotions or express his feelings, and he definitely liked to be right all the time! He was also steady and loyal, and cared about his family and friends. He made an impression on everyone who knew him, and we all have our favorite "Mr. G." story to share; he will be missed by all and never forgotten.
Dick is survived by his sons, Alan and Steven Gefvert; daughter, Kathy Brubaker; son-in-law, Peter Brubaker; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; brother, Bob Gefvert; two nieces and two nephews. Private family services were held in Tucson, AZ in April. Please sign the guestbook at
Published in Daily Breeze on May 11, 2014
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