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McNEAL, Larry Ray Son of Ray Evan McNeal (1917~ 1962) and Dorothy Fay Couch McNeal (1921~1995) was born February 22, 1943, in Moline Rock Island Co., Illinois. Passed away December 4, 2010, in Lancaster, Calif. Graduated from Western H.S., Anaheim, Calif., in 1961. Attended Fullerton Jr. College from 1961 through 1964, studying electronics and began working for North American Aviation, Inc. Autonetics Division, on April 2, 1962, wiring and continuity testing Mardan computers. Transferred to N.A.A.s Space Division in 1965, and worked electronics systems on the Saturn V launch and Apollo moon vehicles. Electronics systems test technician on the Skylab Orbiting Workshop at McDonnell-Douglas in 1971-1972. Larry was Crew Chief of the Space Shuttle electrical systems test team in Palmdale, Calif., from 1976 to 2001. He retired in 2004, from Boeing North American after 42 years with the company. He is survived by son, Garry Ray McNeal, brother, Tarry Ray McNeal, sisters, Judy Fay Burlingham and Valarie Fay McNeal Smith. Larry was a Master Mason with Palmdale Lodge #769, F. & A.M. Palmdale, Calif., 32nd Degree with Scottish Rite, Valley of Pasadena, Calif., and a noble of Al Malaikah Shrine Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., Los Angeles, Calif. A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., with a Funeral Service at 11 a.m., both on Saturday, December 11, 2010, at Chapel of the Valley Mortuary in Palmdale, Calif. You may e-mail your condolences to Chapel of the Valley Mortuary, Palmdale, Directors.

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