Life Story for
January,1926 - December, 2017
John Laputz lived a full life in his 91 years, before passing on December 20. He was born in Bridgeport, CT to Sophie and Isadore, Russian immigrants, their fourth son, and later a daughter, Nina, was born. John and Nina were very close growing up. She also passed earlier this year.
At 18, John joined the Navy, serving in WWII from 1944-46. He served on multiple cargo ships as a cook, primarily stationed in the Philippines. Following his honorable discharge he attended UCONN, taking advantage of the GI Bill.
After earning the first college degree in his immediate family, he began his career in aerospace engineering. His work included participation on some of the Apollo space projects, and brought him to Texas where he met Ruben, a Texas native, who became his wife. They had three children together after moving to California.
Following his 20 year career in aerospace, John had a more brief career in commercial real estate while living in Playa Del Rey, following his divorce. He then spent another 20 years in retirement in San Diego where he enjoyed hikes in the nearby hills and participated in his neighborhood senior softball league, travelling once with the league to major U.S. ballparks. John was a long time Angels baseball fan, and later a Padres fan. He also took multiple trips to Europe with neighborhood friends. John enjoyed a weekly social gathering to play cards at a friend’s home, whose Italian cooking he raved about. Another neighbor and dear friend Henri, helped him in later years with medical appointments and shopping.
In his late 80’s, John’s children moved him to Brea in Orange County for living assistance, close to his youngest daughter, Carol. He lived there for four years, especially enjoying the social gatherings, musical entertainment on special occasions, and more frequent visits with his children and grandchildren. Caretakers and other residents often told John’s family how much he made them laugh.
He has lived in the West Los Angeles CalVet home for the last year and a half for memory care, where he passed. John is survived by his three children, John, Susan, and Carol; grandchildren Katrina, Cedric, Brian, Trevor, and Jeff; and his great-grandchildren Cameron, Lillie, Madeline, Jameson, and Catalina.
John was raised as a member of the Russian Orthodox church, but was not an active member as an adult.
Military service and burial will be held January 10, 2018 at 10:00 am at
Miramar National Cemetery
5795 Nobel Drive
San Diego, CA 92122