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May 19, 1944 - September 28, 2015 John Funtsch, 71, died September 28th at Hollenbeck Palms in Boyle Heights where he was in long term care due to early onset dementia. John was born in Brooklyn NY, the beloved firstborn of Andy and Vera Funtsch. He spent his teenage years in Torrance, California, where he played many sports and became an Eagle Scout. He went on to earn a Business degree at UCLA and eventually established a successful insurance practice in his adopted hometown of Manhattan Beach where he lived happily for over 30 years. John was unique because of his engaging personality and the infectious enjoyment he derived from being with family and friends. He enjoyed all sports but none more than beach volleyball, skiing and golf. No matter the sport or activity John made it look effortless. He served several terms as President of the South Bay Ski Club and ran annual ski camps at Mammoth Mountain for many years. He was also a founding partner of Volleyball Ventures which sponsored countless beach tournaments over a span of decades. Throughout his life he maintained a large circle of friends, both old and new. Everyone loved John for his kind spirit and legendary generosity. John was never known to do an unkind deed or utter a mean-spirited remark. He always appreciated the best in people and was seen as a tactful mediator, a compassionate leader, and a loyal trusted friend. He met his wife Carol Ushijima while playing beach volleyball. They married in 1988 and lived together in Manhattan Beach where they made lifelong friends while traveling extensively and enjoying many varied activities. They were forever thankful for all the wonderful years they shared. John is survived by his wife Carol, his mother, Vera Funtsch and sister, Sue-Gail Benvenuta. While sad he is gone, they feel fortunate to have had such a wonderful husband, son and brother. John's simple formula for happiness: 1. Enjoy life; 2. Be kind to others; and, 3. Take naps at every given opportunity. Thank you John, we will love and miss you always!
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 1 to Oct. 4, 2015
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