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Charles "Red" Mochan


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Charles "Red" Mochan Obituary
Charles "Red" Mochan
February 11, 1932 –
December 27, 2017

Charles Joseph Mochan, known to everyone as Red, of Torrance passed away peacefully on Friday December 29, 2017. Red was 85 years old and had been married for 60 years to (Elvira) Mae Mochan until her passing in 2014.

Red was the youngest child of Patrick and Mary Mochan, Scottish and Irish immigrants who had settled in Michigan. He was born on February 11, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Berkeley, Michigan.

Red joined the Navy in December 1950. As a Machinist Mate, he served 3 ½ years of sea duty on the cruiser USS Toledo (CA 133), including two combat deployments to Korean waters during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in October 1954 as a MM3.

While stationed on the Toledo, Red met and married Mae Lindenberg of Torrance. After his discharge, the couple remained in the South Bay area, raised three children and lived a great life spanning over 60 years. Red worked in the refinery, auto repair, steel, and dairy industries before becoming a partner in H.A.M. Distributing, a wholesale diary distributorship.

Red was active in Little League Baseball, from being a parent volunteer in Freeway Little League to District Administrator of District 27. He had a strong faith and was active in Saint Margaret Mary Church, being involved with Christian Services, the Holy Name Society, and serving as a Eucharistic Minister.

He was predeceased by his loving wife, Mae; parents, and siblings John Mochan, Margaret Zeitz, and Agnes Kelly, and his oldest grandson, Ryan Mochan of Parker, Colorado. He is survived by his son, Michael (Jackie) Mochan of Parker, Colorado; daughter, Cheryl Shea of Lomita; and daughter; Cynthia (Ted) Morris of Blythe, and three grandchildren, Christopher Mochan of Parker, Colorado; Blair Morris of Lake Havasu City, Arizona and USAF Captain Patrick (Van) Morris currently stationed at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma, two "adopted" step grandchildren, Jeff (Nicole) Shea of Wildomar, and Stephanie Shea of Oregon, and two "adopted" great grandchildren, Leighton and Blake, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be at A. M. Gamby Mortuary, 25001 Narbonne Avenue, Lomita, on Monday, January 8th starting at 5:00 pm and a Vigil at 7:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic Parish, 25511 Eshelman Avenue, Lomita, on Tuesday, January 9th, at 10:00 am, followed by interment at Green Hills Memorial Park, 25701 Western Avenue, Rancho Palos Verdes. A reception will be held following interment. Please sign the guestbook, www.dailybreeze.com/obits
Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 9, 2018
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