Corwyn "Corky" Ralph Love

October 7, 1933December 1, 2018

Corwyn (Corky) Ralph Love, age 85, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 1, 2018. He was born on October 7, 1933 in Escondido, California to Ralph and Bertha Elizabeth (England) Love. Corky attended Elsinore high school and after graduation went on to enlist in the Navy where he served from 1951–1955.

On December 19, 1953, he married Shirley Setsuko Sano in Honolulu, Hawaii. "I found the one my heart loves." ~ Song of Solomon 3:4. Together, they had 3 daughters and one son. After living in Hawaii for a year, Corky brought his family back to his home state of California. They lived in Elsinore while Corky worked at Murrieta Hot Springs Resort as a waiter. In the early 60’s they moved to Orange County and made their home in the city of Garden Grove where they’ve resided for 55 years.

Corky and Shirley enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was active in his church and served as board member, Bible study teacher, and participated in many church activities. He was a loving, caring, sweet man who always enjoyed telling stories and loved people.

Corky worked in the aerospace industry for 39 years as a Certified Quality Engineer and was a senior member of the American Society of Quality Control (ASQC) where he held positions of Chairman and Secretary within the Aerospace Division. While working and raising his family, Corky, received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from West Coast University in 1979. Corky was also a well-respected Quality Assurance instructor within local Community Colleges. He made lifelong friendships with many colleagues and students.

Corky loved airplanes. As a pilot he enjoyed taking family and friends up into the clouds. Some of his favorite things to do were camping with the entire family, fishing, and the annual Vegas trip with his wife. Other special interests and hobbies included sketching, painting, and carving wood.

Left to honor Corky and remember his love are his beloved wife of 64 years, Shirley Setsuko (Sano) Love, three children, Brenda (Edward) Ruiz, James (Sheila) Love, and Susan Love; eight grandchildren; Danielle Sheets, Bobby (Cassandra) Robles, Natalie (Michael) Carpenter, Sean Ruiz, Nicholas (Kyle) Ruiz, Christopher (Molly) Love, Kimberly (Chad) Crow, and Nicole Love; fourteen great-grandchildren: Mercedes, Isabella, Paisley, Rainne, Ava, Ellasyn, Asher, Elijah, Adelyn, Emiko, Bentley, Colton, Halston, and Kailand; two sisters, Evelyn (Dick) Norris and Lee (Paul) Youngman; and many nieces and nephews. Corky was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Bertha Love, sister Marian Brown, and daughter, Sharon Sheets.

Corky will be remembered as a bright, shining light in the various communities and churches he served. His faith in God, dedication and love of family, and strong moral values remain his legacy to everyone who knew and loved him.

Funeral services and reception will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 12:00 pm at His Place Church, 14061 Chestnut St. Westminster, California 92683. Graveside after the reception to be held at 3:00 pm at Westminster Memorial Park, 14801 Beach Blvd., Westminster, CA. Memorial Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, January 12, 2019

Corwyn "Corky" Ralph Love

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Timm Eubanks

January 11, 2019

I have such fond memories of my Uncle Corky. The camping trips are something I cherish. I learned more from him than he ever knew. Camping and fishing with my Uncle, Aunt Shirley and my cousins was a highlight of my youth. I look back on how special it was for him to take me along and show me how family is important. Thank you Uncle Corky. Love you!

Tom Eubanks

December 10, 2018

Uncle Corky. Even as a child I loved the way that sounded. Like a character in an old-time comedy, the guy everyone loves. So, a memory. When we visited the Rockinghorse house, especially at Christmas, with an avalanche of presents seemingly cascading all around the tree, I remember how calm and kind he was to everyone, in the hubbub of opening presents with all the cousins. I got to see the role model, the strong father figure. Later, when I was a teenager, he revealed to me the strength it takes to be a good man. When my mom and dad were having trouble and I took sides, Uncle Corky showed up at our door. He took me aside and, in a firm, concise few words, set me straight. And then we went swimming in our pool, and he showed me how to hold my breath longer. I don't remember much about why that was an issue, but I remember him taking me to the bottom of the pool, and we held our breath for what seemed like forever.

Richard Peterson

December 9, 2018

My first real encounters with Corky were him being my boss. He took a chance by hiring me for a position for which I had no relevant experience,but he saw a potential in me. He helped me learn and grow in that role, which enabled me to move on in other companies and succeed in my career. In later years, Corky became a friend and served as an example of how a Christian should strive to live. I will always cherish my good memories of Corky and will look forward to seeing him again.

Randy England

December 8, 2018

The following is posted on behalf of Corky's nephew, Randy, eldest son of Lee Youngman.
"I've been thinking of Corky and praying for all the family. I have such wonderful memories at the Rockinghorse house and many talks I had with Uncle Corky over those years.
I always felt happy and safe at that house and that is because Uncle Corky made it that way.
He encouraged me so much when I was a young, stupid adult.
God bless all in Corky's family.
Love, Randy"

Brenda Love-Ruiz

December 6, 2018

One of my favorite memories is the "Toot, Toot, Toot" of the horn each morning as Daddy drove off to work. A simple "I Love You" message that showed me how much he loved our mother and his family. Each generation has the opportunity to influence the next. This love of his was so generously poured out in both small and significant ways. I remember the small most of all.