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Charles Button "Charlie" Coulbourn Jr.


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Charles Button "Charlie" Coulbourn Jr. Obituary
Charles "Charlie" Button Coulbourn, Jr., longtime resident of Rolling Hills Estates, passed away peacefully on February 14. He is survived by his wife, Sigrid Rossner Coulbourn, his brother Thomas Edgar Coulbourn (wife Mary Carpenter "Carpie"), his daughters Anna Kristina "Tina" Coulbourn Wood and Kathryn Marie Coulbourn Kerr (husband Adam Kerr) and five grandchildren, Charlie and Anna Wood and Paul, Christina and Jonathon Kerr.
Charlie was born on June 13, 1931, in Richmond, Virginia to Charles Button and Pauline Coulbourn. Charlie grew up in Richmond and attended Thomas Jefferson High School. Following family tradition, he attended the Virginia Military Institute graduating with a degree in electrical engineering in May 1952. He proudly embodied the VMI motto: In Pace Decus, In Bello Praesidium (In Peace a Glorious Asset, In War a Tower of Strength). After serving as an officer in the United States Army, he earned a masters degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
A short time later he moved to southern California to work in the aerospace industry. There he met the love of his life, Sigrid Rossner. They were married at Neighborhood Church on August 28, 1961, and settled in Rolling Hills Estates. While working at Aerospace, Charlie received a US Patent relating to waveguide lens antennas. In 1982, he joined Los Angeles Scientific Instrument Company as a vice president and worked there until his retirement.
Charlie had a passion for woodworking and building fine furniture. He enjoyed spending time at the family home in Mammoth, hiking and listening to jazz, always surrounded by friends and family. One of his greatest pleasures were his daily walks along the Palos Verdes coastline with his buddies and his dog, Bailey.
Charlie is remembered by family and friends as having great humor, an ability to see the good in everyone, and a strength of spirit and moral ground. Most of all he is remembered for his constant smile and devotion to his family.

Charlie will be remembered at a service at the Neighborhood Church in Palos Verdes on March 23, at 2pm.
Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Mar. 3, 2018
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