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KOERNER, RALPH JAMES Sept. 19, 1929 to Oct. 27, 2012 Ralph J. Koerner, 83, passed away at his home in Ramona. Ralph was an Electronic Engineer and an inventor who had a broad knowledge in many diverse fields. He was in an officer-training program in the Navy, and became an Ensign after graduating from college. He graduated from U.C.L.A. with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was a quintessential student, over the years taking college classes in astronomy, geology, and glass blowing. His curiosity and sense of adventure lead him to learn sailing, flying, soaring, and scuba diving. He lived life fully and loved every minute of it. While Ralph battled cancer this year, he finished the book he was writing, and left his family a great treasure, in addition to his "love"; a book he wrote about his special life, career, and adventures. His memoirs, "Tell Everybody I Loved 'em", was published before he passed away. Ralph's wife of 62 years, Dorothy, and four children survive him: sons, Steve (Lancette) of Mesa, AZ, Mike (Fran) of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Ken of L.A., and daughter, Sue (Patrick) Long of Corvallis, OR. He was predeceased by son, Bob, but survived by Bob's widow, (Valerie) of Vancouver, WA. His progeny includes ten grandchildren, all with college educations, and four great-grandchildren. His life will be celebrated in a graveside service, November 21, at 1:30 p.m. at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on Point Loma, San Diego, California. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Salvation Army in his name, or a .

Published in U-T San Diego on Nov. 18, 2012
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