Ellwood Waters

Ellwood Waters

Wednesday, January 1st, 1930 Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

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Obituary for Ellwood Keith Waters

Ellwood Waters was born on January 1, 1930 in Joplin, MO to Louis and Mary Waters. His family moved to California (Los Angeles County)when he was 12. Ellwood served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1951-1953. He began his career with Hughes Aircraft In 1953, where he worked on numerous programs including the F14 radar system. He retired as an Electrical/Aeronautical Engineer in 1989. After retirement he worked as a general handyman for 30 years, with up to 50 clients. He could do almost anything and everything. Woody enjoyed USC Football games and tailgating, fishing, snorkeling, family, traveling - especially to Hawaii, among many other hobbies.

Woody is survived by his constant companion of 32 years, Mary Spinner, his daughter Christine (Christopher) Soderlund, son Donald (Jackie) Waters, grandchildren Gene (Crystal) Waters, Jade and Tristen Waters, Nick and Nate Soderlund, and great granddaughter Izabella Waters. He was the oldest of 7 children, and was presided in death by 5 of his siblings and is survived by his brother Clete Waters.

Woody was a kind, loving and funny person! He was well known for his numerous funny “stories”. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

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    Los Angeles National Cemetery
    950 S Sepulveda Blvd.
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Stacy Waters Dale

Dear Christine, Donald, Mary, and Family, I hope you find comfort in the happy memories you have of Uncle Ellwood. This is such a difficult time and I'm sorry that I can't pay proper respect (because of Covid) to such a great person. My dad, Max, always looked up to his big brother, and he would always tell me how kind and smart Uncle Ellwood was. Over the years we got to know him during annual visits on the 4th of July and we always had such a fun-filled family gathering. He especially enjoyed our pool fights which could be quite rowdy. He was always smiling and I know it meant a lot to my dad that he came to visit. Two of the pictures I posted were from the last 4th of July he spent with us before my dad died-- in fact, they were the last photos of my dad. They are two of my favorite pictures and I wanted to share them with you. All my love, Stacy
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