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Claire Byerle Kelbaugh
(April 27, 1918 - August 4, 2012)

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Claire Byerle Kelbaugh Known to his friends as Tay, passed away August 4, 2012 at the age of 94. He was born April 27, 1918 in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, where he lived until 1963, when he moved to Torrance, California. Tay was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Betty Jean Kelbaugh (Austin). He is survived by his present wife Doreen B. Kelbaugh, his son Ronald Kelbaugh, Step-sons Steve Albers and Randy Albers, grandchildren Jennifer Wilson, Christina Belk, Matthew Kelbaugh, Joshua Albers and Nicole Albers and 7 great-grandchildren. Claire served in the United States Air Forced from 1942-1946. He also served in the Air Force Reserves from 1946-1978, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He taught industrial arts in the Torrance Unified School District from 1963 until his retirement. Claire was active in the Torrance Masonic Lodge #259, the Long Beach Scottish Rite, the Almalekah Shrine and the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #360. Claire sang with the Shrine's Chanters group. Visitation will be on Monday, August 13, 2012 from 4-8 p.m. followed by a funeral service on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. noon, both at the A. M. Gamby Funeral Home, Lomita. Burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

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