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Roger Dean Ayers


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Roger Dean Ayers Obituary
May 24, 1923 - April 11, 2016 Roger Ayers passed away at his home in Palos Verdes Estates a few weeks before his 93rd birthday. He was born in Oklahoma, but moved to California at an early age. After graduation from Bell High School, he attended Whittier College until joining the US Air Force. He was then sent to the University of Montana for officers training. He served as a B-17 pilot based in England with the 303rd, flying 35 missions. Upon discharge, he graduated from USC with an Economics major, but returned for a brief period, then became a Juvenile Probation Officer, working in the probation forestry camps as a counselor, and also in the city. In 1950 he married Carolyn Dee, a teacher, from Santa Monica. In 1951, they bought one-way tickets to Europe and stayed for 3 years, working in Germany and France. Upon return they settled in Manhattan Beach, then Hermosa Beach, and loved the life of good friends and beach volleyball. He joined Pacific Press as a salesman, and later he and fellow employee Robert Pohl, formed Pohl and Ayers Marketing Corp, based in Los Alamitos, CA. The two families enjoyed many years of fun, friendship, golf and tennis in Palm Desert. Before and after the Watts Riots, Roger started and coached basketball teams for elementary and middle school students there, and the family began an evening tutoring program with a local church. He also served on the Los Angeles Grand Jury for a year. The Ayers built a house in Palos Verdes Estates in the sixties, and have been members of the PV Golf club and the PV Tennis Club for many years. Roger was an avid reader of history and current events, and could often be seen with the Times, the Economist, The Wall Street Journal, or a history book. He knew the rules to every game, and never told a lie--except in "Liars Dice." In later years enjoyed his mixed doubles games, the "Boys Tennis" with his sons and nephews, and the family bike rides in Lunada Bay. He is survived by his wife Carolyn (Bunny), daughter Michele, sons Chris and Russell, daughter-in-law Anne, grandson Nicholas, granddaughters Laura and Kelly, grandson-in-law Jacob, and great-granddaughters Adelaide and Penelope. There will be an informal celebration for Roger from 3 o'clock to 5 o'clock on Sunday, April 24th at La Venta Inn. Please call 310-541-9098 if you plan to attend. As a remembrance, please consider a donation to Providence Trinity Care Hospice.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 15 to Apr. 17, 2016
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