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LITE, John Carl
LITE, John Carl born March 20, 1937 in Portland, Oregon died July 4, 2016 in Rosamond, Calif. after a four year battle with Alzheimer's. John was married to Margarite Drpic Lite for 47 years. They were blessed with two sons and a daughter: John G. Lite (Denise), Dennise-Lite Reinfried (Martin) and Chief Petty Officer George A. Lite, USN (Jozanna); three grandchildren Hunter T. Lite, Toby J. Lite and Maximus R. Reinfried. He leaves many relatives and friends as well. John joined the U.S. Navy in June of 1955 and served at sea for twelve years until November, 1967 when he was honorably discharged. He served aboard USS Kidd (DD-661), USS Parson (DD-949), USS Tracer (AGR 15) and USS Canberra (CAGĂ‚2), earning several awards and commendations. A decorated Cold War and Viet Nam veteran, he continued on in the U.S. Naval Reserve and was appointed to the rank of Chief Boiler Technician. In his civilian life John worked for nearly four decades in in the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration field as a stationary and Chief Engineer, mostly in Los Angeles, Calif., as well as several locations in Alaska while employed by RCA Engineering & Maintenance Co. on a contract with the U.S. Air Force in support of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). He later worked as A.C. Instructor for Litton Data Command Systems and was deployed to work in the Middle East from 1985 to 1991 when he was hired by Saudi Arabian Ministry of Defense & Aviation to head up the maintenance division of the airport in Jeddah. Upon returning to the U.S. in December 1994, John became a resident of Rosamond, Calif., and resumed his engineering career. He and his wife bought Rosamond Florist and co-owned the floral shop until it closed in May 2008 prior to their retirement. John loved playing his accordion and baseball, and was a lifelong fan of his beloved Dodgers since their days in Brooklyn. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and in his later years a great karaoke singer, channeling his favorite crooner, Frank Sinatra. Indeed, John lived by his favorite Sinatra song "My Way". All and all being said, John did it his way! May God's Peace be with him. In his memory, Margarite would very much appreciate a donation to the "Lite Vocational Scholarship Fund" in care of the Rosamond Rotary Foundation, PO Box 24, Rosamond, Calif. 93560. per John wishes. Memorial service was held at St. Marys of the Desert Saturday July, 30.

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