Charles Cumby Jr.

April 12, 1930 ~ October 3, 2020 (age 90)


y Charles Cumby, Jr. passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2020, and was interred in the Inglewood Park Cemetery Sunset Mission Mausoleum. He was born on April 12, 1930, in Danville, Illinois, the first of two children born to Charles and Ivanna Cumby. After graduating from Danville High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois (1952) and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California (1965). In June 1952, he joined the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in Burbank, California, and was employed there until his retirement in 1989. Charles participated in the strategic development of the Lockheed YC-130, S3A, L1011, YF-22, and other aircraft, working in design, flight sciences, and engineering management. In 1984, he became Engineering Program Manager – Commercial and was the Deputy Director of Research, Test and Engineering – Advanced Tactical Fighter Program (YF-22) when he retired. His work on military-related programs kept him out of active duty service in the Korean War. Charles married Dorothy Arlene Vickers in February 1953, and they lived an idyllic life until her passing on September 27, 2009. His parents and brother-in-law, Lewis Garrison, also preceded him in death. He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Theresa Garrison, of Bloomington, Illinois, his beloved companion, Mrs. LuJuana Hunter of Windsor Hills, California, his sister-in-law, Mrs. Caryl V. Taylor, nephews Todd Garrison and Robert B. Taylor, III, nieces Robin and Chrystal Taylor and other cousins and friends. Charles traveled extensively with family and friends, particularly after retiring, taking tours, and cruises to all of the continents except Antarctica and visiting more than 55 countries. He immensely enjoyed golf and was a member of the Marston Washington Golf Club. His other hobbies and avocations were photography, reading, gardening, and studying the vagaries of the stock and bond markets. Following his wishes, a funeral or memorial service was not held.

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