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William Lewis Boren 8/2/1927 - 9/13/2014
William Lewis Boren (Bill) was born in St. Charles, Iowa to Fred and Gwendolyn Boren. At the age of 14, the family moved to Southern California. Bill graduated from Venice High School in 1945. After high school, he became friends with Jerry Keldrauk, a fellow member of The Screwdrivers, a hot-rodding car club, and inventors of the screwdriver cocktail. Surprisingly, he didn't meet his future wife, Ella Keldrauk, through Jerry, (both her brother and his friend), but through a fellow member of The Screwdrivers. Bill joined the army after high school and spent his military service in post-war Japan, returning to finish his bachelor's degree at USC, graduating with an engineering degree in 1953. And in 1953 he and Ella got married and Bill became an honorary son and brother in the large Estonian-American Keldrauk clan. He spent his career in the aerospace field, working at North American Aviation. Along the way, Bill and Ella were blessed with three children: Robert Grove (Laura), Lewis Archer (deceased), and Karen Sue (Larry). The greatest tragedy in his life was when his son Lewis was killed in 1981, but the greatest joy came from his four grandsons - Tom (Nicole), Aaron (Jennifer), Jeffrey and Peter, and one great-granddaughter Elliot Marie Boren, born in 2012 to Aaron and Jennie. The family moved to Torrance in the early 1960's and this was Bill's home for the rest of his life. Bill was a man of many passions; he could tinker with the best of them and he loved gadgets. He was an early hot rodder and member of The Screwdrivers Car Club. He also loved model airplanes and was a member of the Soaring Union of Los Angeles (SULA). Bill also loved a good party and over the years, he and Ella have hosted many of the best ones. Their house was known as party central as it had both a swimming pool and a pool table. Everybody has a story to tell about a party that Bill hosted or attended. His love of family and friends and good times, his quiet demeanor but wicked funny wit and sly observations of life, his stubborn insistence on doing it himself, were all parts of Bill's character and personality. He and Ella were married 61 wonderful and fun years and everybody who knew Bill well can tell a funny story about him. Come celebrate his life with his family - Bill's memorial will be at Green Hills Memorial Park on September 19, 2014 at one p.m. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits

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Published in Daily Breeze from Sept. 17 to Sept. 19, 2014
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