Paul R. Krekeler
Paul R. Krekeler, 60, of El Segundo, CA, passed away in the early morning of December 10, 2012, at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Paul was born February 7, 1952, in Austin, Texas, to Edward and Marie Krekeler. He was the third of six children. He graduated from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati in 1970. Paul studied aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He graduated in 1975 and traveled across the country to the Los Angeles area to take a job at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, where he held positions of increasing responsibility and lead various aspects of the design of the B-2, YF-23 and F/A-18 aircraft. During the course of his career, Paul continued his education, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Redlands in 1979 and a master's degree in aerospace engineering from Cal Poly Pomona in 1986. After 34 years, Paul retired from Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in 2010. Paul was preceded in death by his parents and survived by his son, Jeff; his daughter, Jamie; his brothers, Edward (of Beaumont, TX), John (of St. Charles, MO) and Peter (of Cincinnati); and his sisters, Karen (Weber) and Kristine (Bartel), both of Cincinnati. Paul's passions in life were riding his Harley, which he said made him feel young and free; playing the guitar and keyboard; and the game of golf, which he played on a regular basis and in which became an accomplished player. But nothing gave him greater joy than his children, whom he said kept him sane. His personal motto was, "If you're not living near the edge, then you're simply taking up way too much space." A celebration of Paul's life will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2012, from noon to 3 p.m., at El Segundo Recreation and Parks' Joslyn Center (located on the south end of Recreation Park off Eucalyptus Street), 339 Sheldon St., El Segundo, CA. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the USO or the
in Paul's memory. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 26, 2012