Mr. George J. Naff 1923-2017
Mr. Naff is the father of our friends Roger, ’64; Stephanie, ’67; and John, and also hundreds of friends at Hughes Aircraft, Fullerton, including my mom, who worked for Dr. Nicholas Yaru, Group Manager..  

 

George J. Naff was born on June 13, 1923 and died on March 23, 2017 in Oceanside, California.

 

Children, relatives and friends celebrate the life of George Naff who passed away March 23rd, 2017. 

 

Born in Springfield, Illinois, June 13, 1923, he grew up in Detroit, MI. The onset of WWII, he enlisted in the US Navy at age 19, earned his Ace as a fighter pilot in the Pacific. 

 

He met and married Delphine (Eckert) Naff at war's end at Coronado Island. He received his Aeronautical Engineering degree from Wayne State University, then moved wife and son Roger to Los Angeles. They had two more children, Stephanie and John. 

 

His corporate career included heading international business in Europe and the Middle East. George and Delphine relocated to Oceanside when George retired in 1997, where he lived until his passing. 

 

Delphine passed away in 2001. George was active and athletic. He traveled internationally, skied, white-water rafted and exercised and walked regularly. 

 

Family was his priority, his Orthodox religion his guidance in life. George is survived by his three children, Roger (Sandy), Stephanie (Bernd), and John (Leslie, fiancee), and brother, Tom.

 

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Apr. 16, 2017.

 

SEE photos of Mr. Naff’s career as a highly decorated US Navy pilot: 

 

http://www.shspoon.stirsite.com/mr-george-naff-biography.html

 

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I’m sorry for your loss, Roger, Stephanie and John. What a rich and heroic life your dad led. He will always be remembered, and he has a new home in the Wild Blue Yonder now. - Paul Saevig, ’67.