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Larry Ray McNeal

  • Birth 22 Feb 1943 Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 4 Dec 2010 Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Santa Ana, Orange County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 62819412

Son of Ray Evan McNeal(1917-1962) & Dorothy Fay Couch McNeal (1921-1995), who are buried at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana, Ca. Born Feb. 22, 1943 in Moline, Rock Island Co., Ill. Attended Hawthorne School, Audubon School and Washington Jr. High in Rock Island, Ill. Belonged to the Y.M.C.A., Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Family moved to California in 1957. Belonged to the Explorer Scouts. Graduated from Western H.S., Anaheim, Ca. 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. He was the Vehicle Crew Chief of the Space Shuttle electrical systems test team in Palmdale, Ca. from 1976 to 2001. He was honored by the astronauts with the "Silver Snoopy" award. Larry retired 6-1-2004 from Boeing North American after 45 years with the company. Larry also worked on the B-1 Bomber project.

Survived by one son Garry Ray McNeal. Siblings are; Tarry Ray McNeal, Valarie Fay McNeal Smith and Judy Burlingham.

He was a Master Mason with Palmdale Lodge #769, F.& A.M. Palmdale, Ca., 32nd degree with Scottish Rite, Valley of Pasadena, Ca. and a noble of Al Malaikah Shrine Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., Los Angeles, Ca. He had been a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now Community of Christ Church) since 1951.



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  • Added: 11 Dec 2010
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Larry Ray McNeal (22 Feb 1943–4 Dec 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62819412, citing Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, Orange County, California, USA ; Maintained by Valarie McNeal-Smith (contributor 46483951) .