Thursday, June 30, 2011

In Memory...

My Grandpa was a kind, sweet, gentle man and he will be missed...

                                              LOUIS RAY KING
                                      7 August 1926 - 20 June 2011

Louis was born and raised in Long Beach, California by his parents, Raymond and
Charlotte King. Louis lost his father in 1932 and survived the Long Beach earthquake of 1933. His grandfather then helped his mother to raise him.

During the early war years, Lou met his future wife, Joye, at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp as the war shifted to the Pacific. He married Joye in 1945 just before shipping out to the Philippines, and after the war ended, he was part of the occupation forces in Japan.

Upon his return to the States, they moved to Cal Poly SLO for his bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1951 he began work at California Electric Power Company in Riverside. Shortly afterwards, Louis earned his Professional Engineering license. In 1963, the family moved to San Diego where he worked for San Diego Gas and Electric advancing up to Systems Planning Engineer until his retirement in 1985. He was a member of Toastmasters, a life member of IEEE, and played tournament bridge.

He spent decades with his wife researching the family tree and combined many trips with research, including a trip to Wales in 1995.
Lou is survived by his wife of nearly 66 years, Joye; his three children Janet Berggren, Dennis, and Larry; four granddaughters; eight great-grandchildren; and his older sister Ellen Huffman in Idaho.

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