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Darrell A. Schermerhorn


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Darrell A. Schermerhorn Obituary
July 28, 1934 - February 10, 2018 Darrell A. Schermerhorn, our beloved father, grandfather, and uncle, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, February 10th, after a long and stoic battle with Parkinson's disease. He was one of three children born to Edwin and Edith Schermerhorn in Riverside, California, in 1934. He learned early on the value of hard work by getting up at the crack of dawn to milk the cows on the family's dairy farm as a child. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a bachelor's degree in Physical Science. After school, he went to work for the Navy in the Bureau of Ordinance, doing testing of weapon systems on board the destroyer USS DeHaven, off San Clemente Island and China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station in the Mojave desert. Later he went to work for the Aerospace Corporation, where he would spend the next 40 years, eventually becoming the Head of the Trajectory Analysis Programming Information Processing Division working under the Consolidated Space Operations Center at Vandenberg AFB in support of the Space Shuttle manned spaceflight efforts, where he received numerous awards and recognitions for his work. He moved to Palos Verdes in 1972 where he raised a family and was an active member in the community, coaching Little League and soccer teams, donating generously to the local schools and library, and was a member of the "Breakfast Club" at Mayer's Bakery for over 30 years. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Nicholas and Tita Schermerhorn, granddaughter Sarah Schermerhorn, and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his sister Virginia Berner, and brother "Bud" Schermerhorn. Funeral services will be held at the historic Old St. Peter's Episcopal Church located at Green Hills Memorial Park this Friday, February 16th at 10:00 A.M. with a celebration of Darrell's life to follow at Palos Verdes Country Club. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be sent to the Parkinson's Foundation at www.parkinson.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2018
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