Obituary Notices and Memorials


LUNDBLAD, Curtis E. A resident of the Antelope Valley for 54 years, passed away peacefully on May 1, 2013, after a brief illness. He was born October 15, 1918, in Duluth, Minnesota. Curtis graduated from Duluths Central High School in 1936, and received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1940. He was a proud veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, and served in the Air Force Reserves until 1978, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. While stationed in Nellingen, Germany after World War II, he met Renata Werler, who captured his heart. They were married February 1948, and lived in Dayton, Ohio while he worked as an Aerospace Engineer at Wright Patterson AFB. In 1959, they, along with several other members of the Fuel and Oil Branch, moved to the Antelope Valley to start the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base. Curtis worked there until 1974, retiring as the Deputy Chief of the Propellant Division. After a very brief time in retirement, he began a second career as an Engineer at Antelope Valley Hospital. He was an active employee until he retired again in 1984, then worked as a contracted employee until 1994, then as a full time volunteer in the same capacity until his final retirement at age 92, in 2011. His specialty was woodworking, and he built many cabinets, shelves, and desks during his career. Curtis always measured five times and cut once, and everything he built fit exactly right and perfectly fulfilled its purpose. He also volunteered for the AVH thrift shop, the New To You, picking up donations every Friday until he was 92 years old. His volunteer service at AVH spanned 37 years and nearly 31,000 hours. He was also an officer and volunteer for the AV Community Concerts Association and the AV Allied Arts Association. Curtis was an avid reader and learner. He studied law as a hobby in the 1970s, and passed the Baby Bar on his first attempt. Curtis was also a certified Professional Engineer and a certified Steam Engineer. He was a loyal (and usually frustrated) Angels baseball fan. Curtis loved music, especially bluegrass and classic country and western. He played the violin, guitar, and harmonica. He enjoyed golf until well into his 80s, and scored two holes-in-one! He could build or fix anything. Curtis had a great sense of humor and was making us laugh up until his final days. He always wanted something to do, and it is a testament to his drive and determination that he was healthy and active, walking a mile a day, reading the newspaper cover to cover, and following politics and current events, until shortly before his death. Anyone who knew Curt will tell you that he was the consummate gentleman: generous, humble, compassionate, honest, hard-working, patriotic, and devoted to his family. We are so fortunate to have had him on this earth for 94 years, and can easily envision the joyous reunion he is now having with his beloved wife, siblings, parents, and numerous friends who passed before him. Curt is predeceased by his wife Renata, his brother Dr. Robert Lundblad, sister June Kephart, and his parents, John and Bess Lundblad. He is survived by his daughters, Robbi (Tony) Villalobos and Kathryn (Cliff) Jenkins, and three grandsons, Connor, Kyle, and Cole Jenkins. He is also survived by three nieces, Mary Kephart, Becka (Chuck) Berry, and Sue Martin-Caskey; three nephews, Dr. John (Debbie) Lundblad, Dr. Jim (Susie) Lundblad, and Dr. Steve (Nancy) Lundblad; an aunt, Bernice Guss; and numerous cousins. He cherished the time he spent with them and his great nephew, Alex Kephart and great niece, Christa (Rory) Robinson and her daughters Elena and Jacqueline. A Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 9, 2013, at Halley Olsen Murphy, Lancaster Chapel. A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, May 10, 2013, at Rancho Vista Golf Club (3905 Club Rancho Drive, Palmdale). Interment will be private, at Joshua Memorial Park in Lancaster.

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