Thomas L. Lorbeer
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LORBEER, THOMAS L. passed away on Nov. 29, 2003. He was 83. He was a life long resident of Riverside. He graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School in 1938, & was active in organizing class of "38" reunions. He was a Captain in the United States Air Force & a veteran of World War II & the Korean War. He was a former member of the 20-30 Club, Optimist International, & the Order of Daedalians; a fraternity for military aviators. He was active on the Military Affairs committee of the Riverside Chamber of Commerce & on the Board of Directors of the March Field Air Museum. Tom worked in sales. He owned Riverside Speciality Company & Promotional Sales Products for many years. He went on to work as an independent salesman for Geiger Brothers West, in specialty advertising. He retired in 2000. He bravely coped with the challenges of Parkinson's disease for over 20 years. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth Kennett Lorbeer, in 1997. He leaves four children: Lorraine King, resident of B.C., Janice Lorbeer, resident of Colorado, Thomas Lorbeer III, resident of Washington, & James Lorbeer of Riverside: five grandchildren & four great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the March Field Air Museum Building Fund or the Parkinson's Foundation. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 5th at Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary located at 7944 Magnolia Ave. in Riverside.

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Published in The Press-Enterprise on Dec. 3, 2003.
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December 4, 2003
Please accept my sincere sympathies> I am very sad to hear of his death. I remember the last time we visited and talked, since we served in the same squadron of the 319th Bomb Group, and flew the Pacific together to Okinawa. Sadly, our friends of so many years are slowly leaving us and many of them are leaving too quickly. I trust that the time he spent in life will be rememberd for all the good things he did and the cheerful man he was.
Charles Wolf
December 4, 2003
We will miss him so very much. A true friend and exceptionally great person. There are not many in this World with the wonderful qualities Tom possessed. I will always remember our days together in the Service; the time spent with Frances and I at the 319th unions,especially the days with Lorraine and Tom at Savannah; and the truly
special day and night at Tom's beach home.

Our sincere condolences to you.
Gene Ryan
December 3, 2003
My father taught me to respect other people values and to live life with dignity. I loved the times we shared both good and bad. He will be missed very much. He was and still is my mentor in life. "Dad, now you are back together with Mom. I Love you".
Your Son, -Tommy-
Thomas L Lorbeer III
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