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DeGREY, Richard Paul Born May 16, 1919, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Passed away Dec. 30, 2010, in La Canada-Flintridge, Calif. In 1937, Dick decided to leave Utah for Glendale, California to seek a career in aeronautical engineering. He was hired by Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank in 1938. After rising to lead a group of 22 design engineers at the end of World War II, he became an integral part of the famed Skunk Works group, headed by Kelly Johnson. He was involved with designing aircraft including the P-38 Lightning, T2V, P-3, YF12-A, SR-71 Blackbird and as a Program Manager (SR-71) and other aerospace-related assignments over a successful career with Lockheed spanning 50 years. Special Awards: AIAA Associate Fellow, many years of service and leadership in Kiwanis, La Canada United Methodist Church, La Canada Tournament of Roses Association and La Canada City Government. Hobbies included pottery, painting, photography and music. Survived by his wife Shirley M. DeGrey, children; Barbara Weldon, Richard and Lien DeGrey, Stephen and Dawn DeGrey, grandchildren: Jennifer, Michael and Samuel DeGrey. Funeral service was conducted Friday, Jan. 7. 2011, at Forest Lawn, Glendale, Calif. Memorial Service will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, February 12, 2011, at 1st United Methodist Church, Glendale, Calif., 134 N. Kenwood St, Glendale CA 91206. Reception to follow.

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