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William M. "Bill" Lanning

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William M. "Bill" Lanning Obituary
Bill passed away quietly and peacefully, as sunset, with his family by his side on January 13, 2011. Bill was born in Seattle, Washington, then settled in Los Angeles at the age of 9 with his mother, Mina, and his younger brother, John Richard "Dick". Bill graduated from Manual Arts High School and soon after took a job with North American working on the B-25 bombers. He then changed career paths and went to work at Hoffman Radio Corp, where he met his future wife, Dorothy. Bill and Dorothy were married on October 25, 1946 and began their married life together in Westchester where their only child, Mark, was born on November 16, 1947. In January of 1963 Bill and his family moved to San Pedro. Bill dedicated 40 years of his life to working in the aerospace field. In 1953 he returned to Northrop and worked on the intercontinental balistic missile. He also worked on numerous other projects including the Apollo program and the outer space shuttle program at Rockwell. After 20 years he retired from Rockwell and returned to Northrop to work on the MX missile. He retired in 1991. Following Bill's last retirement in the aerospace field he became one of the first volunteers for the LAPD Harbor Division in 1993. He dedicated himself to working with the detectives in numerous assignments. Bill's 15 years with the LAPD became the highlight of his life, superceding the many "firsts" in his aerospace career. Bill is survived by his wife, Dorothy; son, Mark; 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be at Green Hills Mortuary on Thursday, January 20 from 3-8pm. Graveside services will be on Friday at 2pm at Green Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The LAPD Memorial Foundation, 1880 N Academy Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 19, 2011
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