Lawrence M Walheim Jr - age: 92
(December 31, 1923 to July 23, 2016
Graveside Services will be held with full Military Honors on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Skylawn Memorial Park, Hwy 92 at Skyline Blvd. San Mateo CA.
Lawrence M. Walheim Jr. (Lon) passed away on Saturday, July 23rd at the age of 92 He was born in Woodlawn, Pennsylvania on December 31, 1923 and grew up in Asbury Park NJ., attending Asbury Park High School. Lon joined the Army Air Corp in 1943 and served as a pilot. World War II ended before he was sent into combat. After the war he attended Middlebury College in Vermont and began a life-long love of skiing. He continued his education at University of Washington. In the late 40’s he moved to San Francisco and met his wife-to-be, Avis Bentz. They had 5 children. The family lived in Belmont CA. while Lon worked as a salesman for Winter Brothers Company, an industrial tool manufacturer based in Rochester MI. During that time he served in the California Air National Guard and continued his studies at San Francisco State, including taking classes from future U.S senator, S.I. Hayakawa.
In the 1964, the Walheim family moved to Bloomfield Hills, MI where Lon worked as Sales Manager for Winter Brothers. There his love of antiques flourished and he became particularly interested in repairing antique clock. In 1972, the Waldheim’s moved to San Carlos. CA where Lon eventually founded L.M. Walheim & Associates, which represented a number of large industrial tool and supply manufacturers. After retirement and the death of his wife Avis, Lon moved to Sacramento and focused on his love of collecting and repairing antique clocks. Known as the “Clock Man”, he collected and repaired clocks throughout Northern California. In 2003, Lon moved to Exeter, CA to be closer to his oldest son, Lance. In 2008, he moved to Quail Park Assisted Living and in 2013, on to the Quail Park Memory Center, where he was lovingly cared for by the wonderful staff until his death.
Lon was an adventurous spirit, intellectually curious and loved nothing better than a challenging conversation, especially around the dinner table at the many holiday celebrations spent with family. He loved to travel, visiting China, India and Nepal on his own after Avis died.
Lon’s youngest son Rex is an astronaut, who has flown on 3 Space Shuttle missions and conducted 5 space walks from the International Space Station. Lon witnessed all three launches and cherished the time spent in Florida with over 100 family members and friends who also attended.
Lon is preceded in death by his wife Avis and close companion Redetta Sasson. He is survived by his son Lance, his wife Laura and their daughters, Ashley and Teale (married to Alex); son Mark and his wife Sandy; son Curt and wife Meredith; son Rex, his wife Margie and their two sons, Alex and Jeffrey; his daughter Karen; and Paulina Leedom, his loving companion.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project or Kaweah Hospice.