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Charles L. Lindahl
(aka Chuck/Charlie/Sonny)

July 19, 1932 to
November 3, 2011

Summary of My Life As I Lived It

I'm writing this to ease the burden on my heirs and perhaps add to areas they are not aware of.

Personal Life
I have been blessed with a close knit family with both sisters, brother and in-laws. My wife Florence, married 56 years, and I have five sons, Ken, Roy, Casey, Don and Carl. All sons live in the Los Angeles area. Also, I have a wonderful group of daughters-in-law, ten grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. How lucky can an old Kansas farm boy be!

My Career
My aerospace career was typical for the time; a four year Air Force tour, schooling on the GI bill and a search for the best job available.
My first job was as a TWA flight engineer on Lockheed Constellations. The security of this job was short lived as the B707's were introduced to The World Airlines in the late 1950's and the Constellations were being retired in the early 1960's.
I then went from the flying job to being a field rep with Republic Aviation on the F-105D program covering USAF's bases in the western USA. This job went well for five years until I was requested to accept a six month assignment in Southeast Asia solo. With five small kids by this time, I again dusted off my resume.
My final stroke of good luck, job-wise, was accepting a position with Garrett/Airesearch in their Los Angeles field service department. This lead to working the next twenty-nine years on new and exciting aerospace projects. I later moved into management positions.
Since my retirement from Garrett (now Honeywell International) eighteen years ago, I've worked as a contractor on home renovations and caring for my rental units. Initially my post-retirement goal was to work nearby my sons in their building trades. This has worked out great. I stayed out of their businesses, but was available to help with jobs outside of their normal skill areas.
In closing I must acknowledge friends from my former 226th Street, Torrance and my current Fawnskin Dr., RPV neighborhoods. Such wonderful people.
I have been blessed to have a great medical staff that have been with me every step through this medical exercise. This includes the cancer care facility in Redondo Beach and the UCLA medical staff in Santa Monica.
I have experienced friendships and blessings beyond my wildest dreams.
A private memorial and interment will be held at Green Hills Memorial Park. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.

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Published in Daily Breeze from Nov. 5 to Nov. 6, 2011
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