Kenneth Lee Wuertz

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Kenneth Lee Wuertz
1935-2013

Following a struggle of several years with Alzheimer's disease, Kenneth Lee Wuertz died April 25, 2013, at Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance with his wife, LaVonne, and close friends, Laurie and Michel Jonqueres, at his side. During his long illness, Ken was able to remain at home until the last four days of his life. He was 78. Ken was born and raised in Los Angeles. He graduated from Washington High School and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. Ken joined AiResearch Manufacturing Company, A Division of the Garrett Corporation right out of college in 1956 and worked there forty years, retiring after it had become Allied Signal (now Honeywell.) It was at AiResearch that he and his wife of forty-nine years met. Ken was a recognized expert on permanent magnet motors and generators, and was project manager of the motor group when he retired. He was especially proud of his work on the lunar rover of the Apollo space flights. Not much would get him up earlier than necessary to go to work, but the televised space launches did. Ken was a fan of many sports, especially USC football which he began attending as a teenager. He played golf for many years and tennis until Alzheimer's made it no longer possible. He was passionate about animals and often said he never met a dog he didn't like. Ken is survived by his wife, LaVonne, and his brother, Roland Wuertz, Jr. and his wife Cay of San Diego; sisters-in-law, Onata Harter of Cypress, CA, Fran Sherwold of Downey, and Helene Forney of Baudette, MN; brother-in-law, LeRoy Forney of St. Joseph, MN, and several nieces and nephews. His passing has left a terrible void in his family. There will be a celebration of his life at his home in Torrance Sunday, May 19, from 1-4 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in his name to the . (alz.org), the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (alzfdn.org), or a pet rescue organization. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze .com/obits
Published in Daily Breeze on May 12, 2013
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