Charles Eugene Lidikay, DVM, passed away on March 11, 2017, in Fillmore, California. The Medical Examinerâs office is still determining whether his death was natural or accidental. Charles was born on February 10, 1972, in Tulare, California, to Bill and Janet Lidikay. He graduated from Bonita High School, CSU Stanislaus, and the University of Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, beginning his practice as a veterinarian in 2002. Charles and his wife Shauna moved to Fillmore and bought Fillmore Animal Hospital in 2005, where he practiced until his death. Charles was passionate about the animals he cared for, building a successful practice with Shauna. In his free time, he enjoyed camping, painting, and music. He was a talented artist, an exceptional drummer, and loved playing the guitar.
Charles is survived by his wife Shauna, and children Sebastian, Gabriel, Peyton, and Scarlet, of Fillmore, California. He is also survived by his parents Bill and Janet, brother Mark, sister Maggi, and many relatives who loved him.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 25, at 4:00 pm, at Faith Community Church, 461 Central Avenue, Fillmore, California. All are welcome to attend. A GoFundMe account has been set up for Shauna and the children at https://www.gofundme.com/shauna-lidikay-and-children-fund.
Rosario âChayitoâ Sanchez went to be with the Lord with loved ones by her side on February 25, 2017. She was born on December 26, 1932 in Arandas Jalisco Mexico. She married Luis on December 21, 1953 and in 1975 they came to live in the U.S with their 2 kids. She was preceded in death by her parents Refugio and Josefina Placencia; her husband Luis and sons Juan, Alfonso, Jorge, Javier, daughters Eva and MariaElena grandson Daniel and sisters Carolina and Socorro. She is survived by her daughters Eva and Alicia Sanchez and grandkids Jesse, Alex, Diana, and many more in Mexico.
Rosario loved praying and doing volunteer work she volunteered for Fillmore Volunteer Services for 9 years. She enjoyed singing and dancing the evening away in her younger years. Her hobbies included listening to music, reading, and playing bingo. The Sanchez and Golson family would like to give a big thank you to Companion Hospice nurse Stina, laison Maria Lopez and social worker Zhina as well as chaplain Kevin and Dr.Chen and all the nurses at SP Hospital who attended Chayito during her time of need. Eva Sanchez would like to give a special thank you to Maria Valdivia and the Golson family for taking good care of her mother. A mass will be celebrated at 10am on Friday, March 24th at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Please bring your favorite dish for a potluck immediately following at church hall. Funeral arrangements made under the direction of Perez Family funeral home Camarillo, Ca.
On March 2, 2017 Jane Marie Johnson rode off into the sunset on her horse 7-up with her loyal dog Tazzy at her side. She was born on March 13th, 1927 in Fillmore, CA to Gladys Dryden and William Dryden. She was married to her husband Vernon âSlimâ Johnson in 1955. She was a prominent member of the community and was respected and loved by all who knew her. She was known for her horse riding and roping in her youth, love for animals, was a patron of the Fillmore CafĂ© for many years, and could frequently be sighted playing a round of golf at the Elkins Ranch Golf Course.
She was preceded in death by her husband Vernon Johnson, and daughter Karen Magana. She is survived by her Son Kelly Johnson and sister Charlene Dryden. She is also survived by her granddaughter Diane Dominguez and husband Angel, grandson Robert Magana and wife Monique. She is also survived by five great grandchildren, Angel Dominguez III, Liliana Dominguez, Nathaniel Dominguez, Sarai Dominguez, and Darla Magana.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday March 18th at 12 pm at 453 Blaine Ave, Fillmore, Ca at 12p. Tri-tip and chicken BBQ will be served and potluck style sides welcome. Please RSVP by Wednesday March 15th to email@example.com.
Eileen Kay Beaty passed peacefully in-home surrounded by family on February 25, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. Eileen came into this world just as spry as she left it. On March 2, 1945, there were no hospital rooms available to her parents Jeanne and Harry Grover, so they were forced to use a storeroom as a makeshift birthing room. She resided in Piru and attended Fillmore High School where she met her future husband, Jim Beaty. They were married in 1966 and celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary this year. Together they had three children, Darren, Dyan and Jeb. Eileen worked at various jobs, including the "bra factory" and Beaty's Grocery before becoming a stay-at-home Mom in the late 70's. She was involved in many organizations: PTA, Job's Daughters, Raiders Football, Flashes boosters, North Fillmore Neighborhood Council, to name a few. Jim and Eileen started the 4th of July Chili Cook off and Car show in 1987. In 2000, Eileen began cooking red chili, salsa and chili verde. She won many awards throughout the years. In 2015, she won the ICS World Championship for Chili Verde. Eileen was very creative and talented in many things including, sewing, crocheting, painting, and gardening. She loved football, especially when her boys or grandson were playing. She was proud of her children and grandchildren and made each feel special. Eileen survived by her husband Jim Beaty, brother Roy Grover (wife Linda), sister, Georgette Aguilar, children, Darren Beaty (wife Suzi), Dyan Beaty (husband Ronnie), Jeb Beaty (wife Stephanie) and six Grandchildren: Jacob Beaty, Nathan Beaty, Jordan Martens (husband Michael), Joshua Beaty, Austin Beaty and Cole Beaty. Eileen was preceded in death by her parents Jeanne and Harry Grover and brother Bill Floyd. Graveside services will be held at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 Sespe Street, Fillmore, CA, on Tuesday, March 7 at 11:00 am.
Janine Rees, 64 years. Loving longtime Fillmore resident passed away suddenly on Tuesday February 14, 2017 at Ventura Medical Center after a short unexpected bout with Cancer. Janine was born in Fresno to Ralph and Patricia Rees. She married in Boston, Massachusetts on June 21, 1980 to Bill Faith her soulmate and husband. She attended local schools and was a lifetime member of the Fillmore Alumni Association. She loved the city she grew up in as much as she loved all who came to know her. She was a graduate of U.C.S.B. and did Masters education at Boston University. For more than 35 years she owned and ran her own business as a yoga teacher and local shop owner.
Janine was the loving eldest daughter to Ralph Paige Rees (deceased) and Patricia (Young) Rees. Survived by her soulmate and husband Bill Faith; her son Luke Faith, and four loving daughters: Hannah, Tara, Nora, and Claire Faith. Grandchildren include Lillian Horn, Sammy Horn, and Victoria Horn. Survived also by her mother Patricia Rees and siblings Wendy, Robin, Jason, and Brady Rees.
An announcement of a memorial celebration for this very loving and special friend of all who knew her will be forthcoming in the Gazette in early Spring as well as a short biography of her journey along with thoughts by some that knew this wonderful friend of Fillmore.
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of James Edgar Horn. Jim was born on April 26, 1941 to Helen (Taylor) Horn and Robert Horn in Cimarron, New Mexico. He passed peacefully on February 14, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.
Jim started his career in 1962 working in âThe Patchâ for 8 years. He worked for Bestwell Service as well as California Production Service. He changed occupations and graduated from the Police Academy in 1970. After graduation Jim worked his first year for the Fillmore Police Department as a Patrolman. He then got hired as a Patrolman with the Santa Paula Police Department. Jim worked his way up the ranks to Detective in the Narcotics Division, then promoting up to Shift Sergeant. He retired from the Santa Paula Police Department on December 1, 1994.
Jim loved his work and enjoyed being a Police Officer. He also loved to go deep sea fishing in Alaska with his buddies. And he enjoyed golfing, and loved spending quality time with his grandchildren playing card games. Jim was a jack of all trades and was able to build anything. He was a great story teller, prankster, mentor and friend.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Lori (Cantrell) Horn, brother Bob Horn (wife Pat), brother Allan Horn (wife Sandy), sister Sharon Villasenor (husband David), brother Steven Horn, children Mike Horn (wife Sally), Heidi Glass (husband John), Derek Gunter, Lance Gunter (wife Kim) and seven grandchildren: Ryan Horn, Eryn Horn, Taylor Gunter, Samantha Gunter, Allison Brewer, Gavin Gunter and Austin Gunter.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Helen Horn and brother David Horn.
Visitation to be held at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 600 Central Ave., Fillmore, CA on Wednesday, February 22 from 4:00 â 8:00pm.
Graveside Service will be held at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 S. Sespe Street, Fillmore, CA on Thursday, February 23 at 11:00am.
Salomon G. Barajas, 101, of Fillmore,
CA passed away on February 4, 2017, born January 8, 1916. He is preceded in death by his wife, Eloisa H. Barajas, they were married 76 years. He is now back with the love of his life - he longed so much to be with her again.
Salomon "Tata" Barajas is survived by his 8 children, Angel (Enedina), Maria Elena, Margarita (Eustolio), Pedro (Graciela), Juana (Remberto), Evaristo (Guillermina), Jose Luis, and Ricardo (Anna). He is also survived by 18 Grandchildren, 27 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Great Grandchild.
We will always have you in our hearts Tata.
Rosary will be held on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Fillmore, CA.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Fillmore, CA.
Burial to follow at Santa Clara Mortuary, 2370 N. "H"
Street, Oxnard, CA 93036.
Charles âJerryâ Morford, 82, of Fillmore, California, passed away on Thursday, February 2nd, with family by his side. He is preceded by Carol âCJâ Morford (d. 1997), wife of 47 years, son, Michial Morford (d. 2016), and wife Roberta Roush-Morford, (d. 2014) wife of 16 years. He was beloved father to Michial (d 2014), Ken, and Skip; step-father to David, Donna, Diana; Father-in-law to Betty, Christine, Tami, and Mike; grandfather and great-grandfather to many and Doxie dad to his beloved Heidi and Ginger. Jerry Morford was a friend to all whom he loved.
Jerry Morford was born in Carnation, Washington, April 25, 1934, to the late Charles O. (Chuck) and Addie (Boyce) Morford. Jerry graduated from Tolt Carnation High School, WA in 1952. He was a local family business man who served Fillmore and surrounding communities for over 30 years. He was also a passionate classic car enthusiast, most recently a proud member of the Fillmore Faders.
Services to be held on March 4, 2017 at Skillen-Carroll Mortuary in Fillmore, California at 11am.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to your favorite charity in his name.
Troy "Hunk" Anthony Eskridge, 48 of New Orleans, La ; Fillmore, CA passed away Tuesday January 17, 2017. Visitation will be held at Skillin-Carrol Mortuary 600 Central Ave Fillmore, Ca 93015 February 1, 2017 1PM-3PM. Troy was born in New Orleans La but relocated to Fillmore due to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He was accompanied by his son Troy Hayes, 25 and daughter Kayla Shepard, 20. One thing Troy loved to do was coach. He was the Assistant Coach for Fillmore High School 2006-2009 Football team and Assistant / Head Coach for the 2008-2010 baseball team. He made sure that every student who came cross his path he left a remark with his words. Giving a helping hand was something he would do just out of the kindness of his heart. On his down time he would spice up some recipes in the kitchen. Even though Troy was a great cook he was an even better father. Please come out and join us for a time of gathering to celebrate his life. A special thanks to everyone for their loving care and support.
On the morning of December 18, surrounded by loved ones, Tomboy, (Phillip Tom Rangel Jr.), passed away peacefully at the age of 66. He was born on November 5, 1950 in Santa Paula. He was a life long resident of Piru, the town he loved and cherished, always surrounded by his family and pet dogs. He attended Piru School and graduated from Fillmore High School in 1969. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, golfer, and ultimate Dodger Fan. He also enjoyed playing pool, cards, and visiting casinos. He worked as a truck driver for Swift, and as machine technician for Technicolor. Tomboy enjoyed sharing his love of the outdoors with his family and friends, boating on Lake Piru, and camping in Bishop. He was very generous with his time, and was always there when you needed a helping hand. In his later years he often worked with his hands carving gourds, and tinkering. Tomboyâs laughter, generosity, and companionship will be greatly missed by the community of Piru, and his dogs Lady and Chata. We will miss hearing his family stories and reminiscing about childhood. He is survived by his wife and best friend of more than 20 years, Sally Rangel, his step-Â-children Tammy, Rochelle(Lalo), and Fred, his grandchildren; Ignacio, Tatiana, and Leilani. He is also survived by his sister Rose(Rudy), and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Elisa and Phillip Tom Rangel of Piru, and his sister Linda King. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 12:00pm at La Promesa de Jesus, 461 Central Ave. Fillmore, CA. In lieu of donating flowers, donations may be made to the family or Graceful Palms Hospice & Palliative Care Corp. 40015 Sierra Hwy. Palmdale, CA 93550, they helped make his final days comfortable. A special Thank you to the doctors at Providence St. Joseph Hospital, Cardiologist, Dr. Ladenheim, and the Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home.
Itâs with great sadness and a heavy heart to announce the passing of Gabriel B. Sanchez. Gabe was born in Fillmore on March 24, 1930 and passed peacefully in his home on December 6th surrounded by those he loved. He was the last-living sibling of 8. It was his time to go home with the Lord and reunite with his son, Booty and other loved ones.
Sports were his passion. He played football, basketball and baseball and was a proud, 1949 graduate of FHS. Gabe worked as a Foreman for Fillmore Piru Citrus after graduating then in 1950, he married Dora, the love of his life. They celebrated 67 years of marriage this year. Together, they were blessed with 3 children: DiDi, Gabriel II (Booty) and Maxie. God also blessed them with 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Faith and family were most important to him. He was a devoted family man. He was our Chief who guided and protected his tribe. Grandpa Gabe left a legacy like no other.
Visitation: Dec. 18th 5pm-9pm. Rosary 7pm@the Perez Family Funeral Home in Camarillo.
Mass: Dec. 19th 10am@Saint Francis of Assisi in Fillmore with burial to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery.
Stacy Ann Pennington was born on May 7th, 1963. She passed away in her home at the age of 53, on November 27th, 2016 due to a series of health issues. She was born and raised in Piru and graduated from Fillmore High School with the class of â81. She lived in Fillmore a few years after graduation then moved to a couple of different locations in Southern California before settling in Tehachapi CA. Stacy traveled and vacationed, relishing life, people and places.
She was a fun loving, free spirit who had a great time where ever she went.
She will best be remembered for her kind heart, sweet smile, infectious laugh & funny sense of humor.
Stacyâs family, along with her dear friend, cherished the time they got to spend with her on this last Thanksgiving. She was happy & cheerful, enjoying conversation around the table with family. Later that night and into the next day she spent quality time with her long time friend Kathleen Edwards. Stacy shared her enthusiasm in getting back home that weekend to put up her Christmas decorations as she enjoyed the Thanksgiving dinner leftovers and watched the first snow fall of the season in Tehachapi.
Stacy is survived by her father Norris M Pennington and his wife Flo, Sisters Katy Petuoglu & Missy Cervantez, brothers-in-law John Petuoglu & Joe Cervantez Jr, niece Honor Lauren Cervantez and nephews, Dustin Cervantez, Scott Petuoglu & Chad Petuoglu. She is preceded in death by her mother Susie Warring/Pennington, longtime boyfriend Raymond (Chili) Beserra, her Warring and Pennington grandparents along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services for Stacy will not be held at this time but the family would like to suggest honoring her by donating to their favorite charity in her name, Stacy Ann Pennington.
Janet Addison Cox died peacefully on November 22, 2016. She was 93 years old.
To describe her life, family members and her large circle of close friends would certainly say she was a happy and friendly lady with a fine family and that she always enjoyed life to the fullest. Her husband, Donald Cox was always the center of her life.
By her faith in God she will move on to life everlasting and now be with her loving husband, Don. This alone gives us, her family and friends, a feeling of peace.
Her family was among the original settlers in Fillmore. Her grandfather B.F. Deardorff arrived in Fillmore in 1892. Her mother, Stella Deardorff married R. A Fremlin in 1907. Janet was the youngest of five children, and was born in Fillmore on November 7, 1923. Her brothers and sisters were Vera Fremlin, Guy Fremlin, Lois Fremlin Moore, and Ray Fremlin. After graduating from Fillmore High School , she attended University of Southern California, then Whittier College.
In 1943 Janet and Donald Cox married, and moved with the US Navy to Key West, Florida. After World War II, they returned to Fillmore, where they raised two boys: Bob and Gary. Janet was an active and capable mother who had no problem keeping up with the family every summer on weeks long pack trips to the High Sierra back country. Optimistic and independent, she accomplished most everything she set her mind to. Among her favorite past times were the game of golf, gardening and traveling. Throughout mid-life she won many golf tournaments, traveled extensively throughout the UK and the US, and enjoyed tending to her cherished roses and colorful yard. She loved attending the Methodist Church and socializing with its members. As she became older, her church friends were so helpful in assisting her in getting to and from church every Sunday. When Janet was no longer able to live alone, she transitioned to assisted living at Wood Glen Hall in Santa Barbara where she reunited with her best friend Sally Noel. Her final home was back in Ventura at Treacy Villa where she was treated with love and respect from all the wonderful staff.
She is survived by her oldest son Bob and his wife Diana and their two sons, Charlie and Stuart as well as her younger son Gary, his wife Crystal and their three children Summer, John and Seth. She always enjoyed watching the endless energy of her ten great grand children.
Graveside services to celebrate Janetâs life will be held at Bardsdale Cemetery on December 16, 2pm.
Dolores Consuelo Vega Maynard age 75 passed away peacefully on December 10, 2016 while visiting in Bakersfield, CA. after struggling with many illnesses which lead to her passing. Dolores was born in her home in Piru, CA. on April 9, 1941 She was the daughter to Benjamin Vega and Angelina Alcozar.
Dolores loved spending most of her time with her family and praying in church. In 1957 Dolores married the love of her life Travis Wolford Maynard and lived in Fillmore, CA, where they raised six of there children. Dolores worked at Bermint and dedicated most of her life raising her children and grandchildren.
Dolores was a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and was a Legion of Mary member and also taught Catichism classes to kids making their Conformation. Dolores was very devoted to our Blessed Virgin Mary and our Father God. Dolores taught us to be true to our faith.
The family that prays together stays together. Dolores is survived by her six children Vicky Gonzalez (John) Cathy Myers (Tom) Roberta Espinoza (Jose) Teresa Ramirez (Jorge) Steve Maynard (Pitsie) Mary Sandoval (Jose) she also leaves behind 27 grandchildren 56 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. whiched she loved so much. she is also survived by her 5 siblings Eddie Vega, Lupe Ramirez, Jessie Olivarez, Tony Vega and Becky Pillado.
On December 10, 2016 she was joined in Heaven with husband Travis Maynard and her three grandson's Michael Rodriguez, Jorge Ramirez and Lonnie Gabriel along side them her Beautiful sister Connie Alvarez who she missed dearly and her parents.
A rosary will be on held on Tuesday, December 20 ,2016 at 7:00pm at St. Francis of the Assisi Catholic Church 1045 W. Ventura Street in Fillmore, A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 11:00am. at St. Francis of the Assisi Catholic Church. Committal and Interment will follow at Bardsdale Cemetery.
For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the familyâs online guestbook, share stories and post pictures please visit our website: www.santapaulafuneralhome.com and click on Dolores's name located below âRecent Obituariesâ
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned and Operated ROBERT REY GARCIA JR FUNERAL SERVICES, Santa Paula, CA 93060. 805.229.7054
Charles Dennis âDennyâ Allred, 69, of Fillmore, CA, passed away surrounded by his adoring family on Thursday, November 17,, 2016, after a series of health challenges.
Denny was born in Santa Paula, CA on March 25, 1947. He graduated from Fillmore High School in 1965, followed by AA and Bachelor of Science degrees in Engineering Management. Denny was drafted during the Vietnam War while attending college and the Army utilized his drafting skills in Fort Lewis, Washington. He spent his entire career of 42 years working for the Department of Defense at Port Hueneme.
Denny never met a stranger. He was a gifted storyteller and loved his family dearly. He loved God and his Fillmore Church of Christ family, where he faithfully led songs for nearly 40 years.
Denny is survived by his wife, Jeanie; son, Chad Allred and his wife Kelly of Colorado; daughter, Alissa and her husband Chris Thompson of Fillmore, CA; grandchildren, Dennis Allred, Brooke McKeever, Ruby and Bridger Thompson. He is also survived by brother, James Allred and his wife Audrey of Springville, CA; cousin, Robert Allen Linville and Olivia of Ventura, CA, Jeff Linville and Family of Texas; nephew, Blake Allred and his wife Melissa, nephew, Christopher Allred, and great-niece Savina Allred, all of Fillmore, CA.
Denny was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Treva Allred, and niece, Whitney Allred of Fillmore, CA.
A celebration of Denny's life will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2:00P.M., at the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, in Ventura, with Andy Wall, of Conejo Valley Church of Christ, will be officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to TedMayrFuneralHome.com
Feb 12,1934-Nov 14,2016
JW (Scottie), 82, Beloved Father, Grandfather, and Uncle passed away after a brief illness.
JW served in the Navy, was an avid sports fan, loved cooking, and keeping his yard in immaculate condition. He spent most of his time with his brother, LD Scott. They loved going to Chumash and to Edgewater Casino in Laughlin, NV. The âBrothersâ were inseparable. JW was a longtime resident of Fillmore CA. and was born in Arkansas.
JW is survived by his daughter, Shelley Ragatz of Fillmore CA., Grandchildren, Chad Gray of Henderson NV, and Amanda Ragatz of Camarillo CA., Great Grandchildren, Kayden Gray and Aubrey Lopez as well many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by parents James and Essie Scott, Brothers, LD and Alvin, Sisters, Kathryn Sue, Mildred, and Vera Mae.
There will be no services honoring his wishes.
Gay Louise Lewis Newman was born on September 1, 1945, to Luceal Harriet McGregor Lewis and Leland William Lewis, at Santa Paula Memorial Hospital. She passed away peacefully, on November 3, 2016. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, November 10th, at the Bardsdale United Methodist Church in Fillmore. There will be a viewing held, for friends and family, beforehand at the Church. After the services, she will then be laid to rest at Bardsdale Cemetery, beside her beloved parents Leland and Luceal.
The second of two children, Gay graduated from Fillmore High School in the class of 1964, where she played clarinet in the band. She attended Ventura College, earning a degree in bookkeeping. Afterwards, she worked in civil service at Port Hueneme Naval Base until she married. She later moved to Owosso, Michigan, and had two children â Mark Leland and Kristy Anne.
Gay and her family returned to Santa Paula in 1992, where she was employed by the Sears Roebuck Corporation, working in customer service. Afterwards, Gay went on to work as a Client Benefits Specialist for the Ventura County Human Services Agency. She later retired from the County, after 20 years of dedicated and caring service to the public. Upon her retirement, Gay devoted herself to spending time with family and friends, volunteering for activities with the Church and in the local community.
Gay is preceded in death by her parents Leland and Luceal Lewis. She is survived by her brother Gilbert Lewis from Sheridan, MT, her son, Mark from Santa Paula, and her daughter, Kristy from Santa Clarita. She is also survived by 7 grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations please be made to either the Bardsdale United Methodist Church, 1498 Bardsdale Avenue, Fillmore, California 93105, or, the Fillmore High School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 385, Fillmore, California 93015.
Our dear Angelus Oaks resident, Wendell R Young, age 91 and a half (he would want you to know), passed away here at home late Thursday, Oct 13, 2016. He lived in Angelus Oaks for 25 years. After Pneumonia last December, he struggled with Congestive Heart Failure. Despite the many challenges, he never lost his humor and his goal was always to make someone laugh. He was a social guy, positive, a punster, and simply loved his friends. One could not forget that big smile when he greeted one.
Wendell was born January 23rd, 1925 in Santa Paula, CA, the son of Clarence R and Elsie (Haase) Young. He grew up in Bardsdale, a rural unincorporated community in Ventura County with the closest town being Fillmore off #126. The citrus of Sunkist Growers in Bardsdale is sold throughout the country and around the world. Though growing up on an orange farm, his father, Clarence, worked for the Bank of Italy in Fillmore which became the Bank of America. Clarence Young was Manager for this bank for over 40 years.
After graduating from Fillmore High School in 1942, Wendell was drafted in June 1943, at 18 years, into the Army Air Corps, Fort Ord, CA. He was honorably discharged in November with a Certified Disability Discharge (CDD) from Scarlet Fever while at Kearns Army Air Base, Utah. With a GI Bill of Right, he attended Fresno State College from 1944-1946, and graduated from UC Berkeley in 1948 with a B.S. degree in Plant Pathology. After working as a Plant Pathologist for San Bernardino County Dept. of Agriculture for 36 years (1949-1985), he retired and self-employed, consulting as a licensed Pest Control Advisor, primarily dealing with plant disease, both ornamental horticulture and commercial agriculture. He kept a hand in identifying nematode species for growers in Imperial Valley and Central California until 2012.
His hobbies were âbotanizingâ, especially with nature plants, trees and shrubs. He traveled throughout the United States, Europe and South America. The Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu greatly affected him. And on an emotional trip, he traveled to Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands where his High School best friend, Arnold Harrison, from Bardsdale was killed in WWII.
Skiing, sailing, singing with the choir at the Congregational Church in Highland, hiking and backpacking in the Sierras of California and San Bernardino Mountains were fond memories. He loved instructing hikers in botanical and zoological aspects of the environment. He played tennis, and when his eyes failed around 2005, he picked up digital photography with local plants and animals and later local birds. He made his own picture frames and enjoyed woodworking in his garage/shop. His love of Classical Music started early with musicians in his family, and always had KUSC on the radio in the background. The LA Sunday crossword puzzle took over a day of the week and he gradually went to Sudoku.
In 1985, Wendell met his wife Therese Voelker in Santa Paula, CA. where she was working at a Soil and Nematode business. They moved to Angelus Oaks in 1991 and continued their business together until 2012, identifying nematode species for the Farmers in California. After 20 years of partnership, they married officially on May 23rd. 2005.
Wendell leaves his wife, Therese, and son Jeff (Kim), son Barry (Janean), Daughter-in-Law Chere, wife of son Scott, Stepdaughters Cindy and Jane (Rick Lazar), along with 7 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren. His sister, Garland (Ferrell), will be 94 in November 2016, and lives in Salinas. Preceding his death, Wendell lost his son Scott, to Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin Disease in 2015 at the age of 58. His wife, Pat, mother of his sons, and wife, Joyce, mother of his stepdaughters have also passed.
Vernon E. Arnold, 86, of Fillmore, California, died peacefully following a long illness on October 15, 2016, attended to by family members and loved ones.
Vern was preceded in death by his parents, Elton and Esther (Schmid) Arnold, and brothers (in order of passing) Dale, Earle, Donald, Roy, and Merle. Roy, and Merle.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Mary Joanne (Paul) Arnold; sons Matthew, Christopher, and Frederick Arnold; daughters-in-law Susan, Noreen, and Stephanie Arnold; grandchildren Noah (and his wife Chrissy), Ethan, Joseph, Brian, Jackson, and Justin; great-grandchildren Aubrey and Brody; sister Mae Curie; sisters-in-law Luella Arnold, Lois Arnold, and Luisella Bovio Arnold; and numerous cherished nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Vern was born in Akron, Ohio on January 28, 1930, and shortly thereafter his family moved to Orrville, Ohio. Vernâs legacy of compassion, empathy and strength of character was forged from early in his youth by the loss of his father, life in depression-era small town America, and then seeing all of five of his older brothers leave home to serve in World War II, including brother Dale who did not return. During his youth in Orrville, Vern loved the outdoors and sports, as he became an Eagle Scout, and played football, baseball and ran track in high school.
Vern was always a tinkerer with radios and other gadgets, and graduated with a bachelorâs degree in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University in 1955. Later as a young father, he earned a masterâs in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California in 1967. Vern served in the U.S. Army for two years concluding in 1957, and after various jobs in different parts of the country, he began a long career as an engineer with the Lockheed Aircraft company in 1960. Vern and Joanne were married in 1963 and lived in Granada Hills, California until 1972, when they moved to Fillmore, California with their three boys. During the 1970s he spent many Saturdays as the volunteer lead for newspaper recycling drives, which raised money for various charities, and in the early 1980s his coaching of youth soccer for his sons led to him to join an adult soccer league as a player himself, with soccer remaining a passion thereafter. After retirement forom Lockheed in 1990, Vern did occasional consulting work, traveled overseas and around the country, taking long driving trips, and otherwise with Joanne spent cherished years in the role of grandparents, complimented by Vernâs hobbies of photography, and computers, Spanish, and a monthly family birthday calendar.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimerâs Association, website alz.org.
A visitation and viewing will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 4pm to 8pm at the Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 600 Central Avenue in Fillmore. On Friday Oct. 21, at St. Francis of Assisi Church at 1048 W. Ventura St, in Fillmore, a Rosary recitation will begin at 9am, followed by a funeral mass at 9:30am. Burial will follow at Bardsdale Cemetery.
Nicolas Perez Robles passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at the age of 90. He was born on September 9, 1926, on Rancho Sespe to Gregorio and Marina Robles, who originally came from Zacatecas, Mexico, in 1919. Nicolas was the youngest of their four surviving children. His parents returned to Mexico with Nicolas during his younger years and lived on his uncle's cattle ranch, where Nicolas worked as a butcher. Upon his return to the United States, he lived and worked in various positions on Rancho Sespe, including truck driver, field foreman, and laboratory technician, up until its sale in 1979. He married Esther Ramirez in 1949 and had three children, Hortencia, Nick Jr., and Dolores Suzanne. After the Ranch sale, he and his wife built a home in Fillmore. He worked for PPG Industries in Valencia, and subsequently for the Fillmore-Piru Citrus Association until his retirement in 1991. He is survived by his daughter Hortencia Parker and husband Jefferey Parker, his son Nick Jr and wife Joyce, and his youngest daughter Dolores Suzanne Butler and husband Russell. His grandchildren include Tracilyn Robles Arteaga (deceased), Bryan Parker and wife Tara, Jessica Parker Reed, Amanda Parker and husband Josh Pillado, Jennifer Robles Polonco and husband Marcus, Samuel Butler and wife Sarah, Veronica Robles, and David Nicolas Robles and wife Kacey. He is also survived by his 12 great-grandchildren: Austin, Bailey, and Parker Reed, Janessa and Cinese Polonco, Kai Arteaga, Colby Stafford, Jordan and Bryan Pillado, Madison and Isaac Butler, and Reese Robles.
A viewing will be held on Friday, October 21, 2016, from 5 to 8 pm at the Skillin Carroll Funeral Home, located at 600 Central Avenue in Fillmore, CA 93015. The Rosary will be held at 7 pm. A mass will be heard at 11 am on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at St. Sebastian's Catholic Church at 235 N Ninth Street in Santa Paula, with internment immediately to following at the Santa Paula Cemetery.