Earl Claude Barnard Sr. has come to live with us at Caring House. We are honored.
Earl was born in Danielson, Connecticut, the third son of Wendell Arthur Barnard and Florence Elizabeth Whitehead. The family subsequently moved to Manhattan Beach, CA, where he attended Redondo Beach High School.
Earl’s education was interrupted when he joined the Navy in 1943. He saw action in nine major battles on the USS Ormsby (a troop transport) in the Pacific Theater.
Earl’s brother introduced him to Alice Carmen Delgado Almaraz (his brother’s wife’s niece). A two-year courtship followed and Earl proposed to Alice at Marineland of the Pacific. Earl and Alice have raised two sons, Earl Jr. and Frank, and have four grandchildren. As a family they’ve lived in Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Hawthorne.
After the military, Earl was employed by North American Aviation, working on various aircraft including P-51 Mustangs and B-1 bombers. North American Aviation became Rockwell International – where Earl was involved with the Apollo missions, Minuteman nuclear missiles, the international space station and all of the space shuttles. He took part in the Apollo 11 moon shot working on the propulsion system. His name is placed on the moon along with others who worked on the mission.
After 50 years in aerospace Earl retired and has enjoyed his gambling trips to Las Vegas, Laughlin and Morongo. He also enjoys gardening, woodworking and building bird feeders.
He is known as “Dr. Earl” and enjoys doing handyman work for his family and friends. He’s always there for anyone who asks. To his boys he is just “Dad.”
We are glad that Earl is with us at Caring House. We look forward to caring for this accomplished and welcoming man.
Earl died on July 15, 2018. Honor him. Remember him.