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.
Published in The Press-Enterprise on Dec. 3, 2003.