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Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson, 96 passed away March 21 at his home surrounded by his family. Born in 1919 in Minneapolis, he was the son of Olive and Richard Wilson. After graduating from University of Minnesota with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering he was hired by Douglas Aircraft and moved to California where he met and married Helen. He worked at Douglas for 36 years and was involved in developing the Saturn V rocket used in the Apollo program. Richard was an adventurous outdoorsman who loved to scuba dive, spearfish, swim, run, and backpack. He owned and maintained a Bonanza which he flew to numerous locations in Baja California, and mountains and forests throughout the western states. Richard was multitalented and built furniture, his own wetsuit, electronics and gadgets. He designed a bracket to repair a rudder problem with Beechcraft planes and became well known for his invention. Richard had great integrity and was a hardworking provider. He and Helen raised their family in Palos Verdes where they lived for almost 40 years. He loved to have fun and was quite the comedian and jokester. Richard is survived by his sisters, Shirley and Mary Wilson; children, Janet Lohrman, and Lisa, Linda and Glenn Wilson; grandchildren and Helen Wilson. He was a great man and we will miss him dearly. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Apr. 17, 2016
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