George Richard Needham

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George Richard Needham

January 28, 1931 - November 15, 2018

George Richard Needham George Richard Needham, long time resident of Palos Verdes, California, died peacefully with his wonderful wife Arlene at his side on November 15, 2018. They were watching his favorite John Wayne movie at the time of his death.
George was born January 28, 1931 in Conneaut, Ohio, the son of Leslie Eugene Doc Needham and Nancy Jean Meyer. He is survived by his wife Arlene Malow Needham, of Chicago, his sister Nancy Devney, married children Mark and Eileen McGrath, Michael and Holly Needham, and Marie and LynDee Mueller, stepchildren Steven and Vicky Halpern, Bruce and Dina Halpern, and Pamela Halpern. George and Arlene have grandchildren Patrick, Kiera, Kevin, and Timothy Needham and Zachary, Atticus, and Shira Halpern. His former wife is Rosemarie Lasko, of Conneaut.
George grew up in Conneaut, Ohio, attended Duke, and graduated from Franklin and Marshall College. He joined the Navy as a lieutenant and sailed on tankers and landing ship transports in the Mediterranean. He worked his entire career for the Brush Beryllium Company, which sent him to Los Angeles in 1961. For over forty years George worked with the aerospace industry on highly technical applications of beryllium. You may have run into him at Reubens or The Proud Bird, which for many years served as the unofficial headquarters for the Los Angeles aerospace industry. George moved the family to Palos Verdes in 1962 and he lived there the rest of his life. There is not a trail in PV that George has not hiked, or a hill that George has not biked.
In the words of Michael Needham, George was a nurturer, a mentor, a provider, an athlete, a competitor, an adventurer, a sports fan, an entertainer, a comic, an intellectual, a success, a great friend to many, a great son, a great brother and uncle, a great stepdad, a great husband, and a great father. George and Arlene spent more than forty years together it was more than a marriage, it was a grand love affair and a deep friendship. Together they brought that same love, support, and happiness to many.
George died from bladder cancer, but he did not suffer in pain from it, or if he did he didnt complain about it. There will be a ceremony for family at Hillside in Culver City, Sunday November 25 at 2 PM. To honor or remember our dad, husband, relative, or friend you might want to tell a joke or make up a great story and tell it to somebody. Feel free to embellish the story, as George always did that. Be sure to laugh, because that was probably his favorite thing to do.
Published on November 23, 2018
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