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Ralph E. Carr

August 22, 1926 - August 23, 2013 Ralph Edward Carr joined his wife of 64 years and the love of his life, Barbara, in heaven on August 23, 2013. He leaves behind two loving daughters, Connie Berardinelli and Jodene Wilmot, seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Ralph was born in Leon, Kansas. A natural athlete, he distinguished himself during high school in baseball, basketball, football, and track & field. After graduation, WWII interfered with any further plans for athletics and school. In July 1944, not yet 18 yrs. old, Ralph enlisted in the U.S.Navy. He proudly and honorably served his country in the South Pacific theater and received an honorable discharge in November 1946. Ralph and Barbara were married on August 3, 1948, in Hays, Kansas. They made their home in Russell, KS where Ralph owned and operated a gas station. Shortly after the birth of their second child they moved to California, settling in Westchester to raise their family. Ralph was a Hydraulic Engineer with Paul Munroe Hydraulics for 25 years then continued his career self-employed as a hydraulic consultant. During his career he worked on systems for Disneyland, Angel Stadium and Vandenberg AFB, just to name a few. His free time was dedicated to family camping and boating trips. Lake Havasu became the family retreat and many memories were made with their daughters and their families. Ralph and Barbara enjoyed traveling; destinations included Hawaii, New Zealand, Indonesia, Tahiti, Europe, China and Africa. The two spent the last chapter of their 64 years together in Rancho Palos Verdes. Ralph introduced his wife to golf, and it became a shared obsession. As members of the Virginia Country Club they made many friends and spent hours together on the links. Ralph's devotion and care for his wife during her long illness was testimony to a deeply committed and loving person. "GG" is greatly missed by his family, but we are comforted knowing that he was an exceptional man that led a life full of accomplishments. Rest in peace Grandpa, we will always love you and hold you forever in our hearts.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 22, 2013
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