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HOBBS, William F. Born April 6, 1923, in Little Rock, Ark., to Henry T. and Bessie M. (Jackson) Hobbs. Passed away Sept. 20, 2011, in Lancaster, Calif. Mr. Hobbs attended high school in Downey until joining the Navy at age 17. On December 7, 1941, he found himself at Pearl Harbor. Although he was known as a Pearl Harbor survivor, he preferred to be called a Pearl Harbor veteran. He remained in the Navy until 1945. He fought numerous battles in the Pacific and received 9 battle stars. Mr. Hobbs obtained his pilots license and found the love of his life. He spent his entire adult life working in aircraft. He was a pilot, flight engineer, and production General Foreman for Northrup, McDonald Douglas, Boeing and Rockwell aircraft companies. Mr. Hobbs loved to travel with his wife Delores in his own private planes which he updated periodically over a period of 40 years. His hobby, you guessed it, radio controlled airplanes. As he reflected back on his life recently he said he was proud to have served in World War II and considered himself lucky to be born and spend his life in the United States of America. He will be missed. His family is proud to call him a member of the 'Greatest Generation.' He is survived by sons Richard W. Hobbs and William F. Hobbs Jr., (Janet E. Hobbs), grandchildren Sean C. Hobbs (Alana), Heather Hobbs, Eric M. Hobbs, Kristi E. Hobbs and great-granddaughter Natalie J. Hobbs. Preceded in death by his wife Delores C. (Steele) Hobbs, brother Robert B. Hobbs, and sister-in-law Joy Hobbs. Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary, Lancaster.

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