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Lyle John Stoltenberg

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Lyle Stoltenberg

Lyle John Stoltenberg, Redondo Beach resident of 41 years, passed away peacefully at home on September 19, 2015 at the age of 93.
He was born on March 29, 1922, in Elkhorn, Nebraska, the second of four children, son of George Henry Edward and Lena Emma Stoltenberg.
Growing up on the Stoltenberg farm in Holyrood, Kansas, his interests included basketball, books, and anything with an engine it. He loved classical music, and movies celebrating themes of courage, wonder, wisdom, and humor. He was loved and celebrated by all who knew him for his own courage, wonder, wisdom, and humor.
His experience and expertise in aviation during the years leading up to World War II made him a mechanic's mechanic during the war. He rose from the rank of private to Staff Sergeant within a year of entering the United States Marine Corps, where he led and trained hundreds of fellow marines in critical fighter and bomber maintenance and repairs, and served in Marine Night Fighter "Gray Ghost" Squadron #531. He completed his duty honorably in 1946 and made a new life and a career in aerospace in Southern California.
Over the next four decades, he worked as an engineer for the Saturn rocket, the B-70 bomber, and the Apollo program, at companies including American Airlines, North American, Rockwell, and TRW. He married and lost his first wife, Iris, and had a son, David. Later he met and wed the love of his life, Pauline, to whom he was married by the Reverend John Calhoun at the Manhattan Beach Community Church on March 23, 1974. His son was his best man at the ceremony. Nine years later he would be best man for son David's wedding. Grandchildren and nieces and nephews from Lyle's and Pauline's families grew up together, and over the years, grew together, into an extended family united in their love for both.
Lyle's other family was his church family. He was an active church member at the Manhattan Beach Community Church who touched the lives of three generations of congregation in his roles as head of Shipmates, board member, and choir member.
He is survived by wife, Pauline Stoltenberg; son, David Stoltenberg (Keiko); stepsons, Gene Noble (Tracy) and Mike Noble (Sandy); nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. His passing was preceded by sisters, Eunice and Virginia; by brother, Robert; and by grandson, Jason.
Service Saturday, October 17 at 11am, Manhattan Beach Community Church, 303 S. Peck Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Reception immediately following. Private internment at a later date. Donations may be made to the: Lyle Stoltenberg Memorial Fund Manhattan Beach Community Church, 303 South Peck Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze. com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze from Oct. 7 to Oct. 14, 2015
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