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 1943, Wendell was drafted in June, 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 â€śbotanizingâ€ť, 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. Vernâ€™s 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 bachelorâ€™s degree in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University in 1955. Later as a young father, he earned a masterâ€™s 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 Vernâ€™s hobbies of photography, and computers, Spanish, and a monthly family birthday calendar.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimerâ€™s 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.
Benjamin â€śBenâ€ť Joe Meraz died in his home on October 15th, 2016. He was 65 years old.
Ben was born on March 31, 1951, in Chula Vista, CA to Henrietta Zamaripa and Jose Luis Meraz.
He graduated from Ventura College with an associate degree in 1979. He then went on to serve 6 years in the Army participating in the 82nd Airborne.
Ben is survived by his daughter & son-in-law, Vince and Christie Roman; son & daughter-in-law, Ben and Judy Meraz; daughter, Veronica Meraz; grandchildren Alexandra (Joel) Ericson, Victoria and Dustin Roman, Aleena Waldron, Lilyanna, Olivia, and Isaac Meraz, Travis Gonzalez and great grandson, Mason Ericson. Brothers Dan and Dave (Trisha) Meraz; Fred Segura and his mom, Henrietta Zamaripa.
He is preceded in death by his dad, Joe Meraz, and nephew, Dustin Meraz.
Ben was a Moose Lodge member.
Ben will be a remembered for his love of the Los Angeles Dodgers, hot dogs, camping with friends, fishing, John Wayne movies, backpacking up Sespe River with his brothers and friends and the chance to make someone laugh.
A memorial service will take place on Friday, October 21st, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary in Santa Paula, 738 East Santa Paula Street, Santa Paula, California 93060. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ben Merazâ€™s life with a potluck at the Moose Lodge after the service.
Eliceo â€śIzzyâ€ť Yzaguirre, 87, of Santa Paula entered into eternal rest peacefully surrounded by the love of his life, Catalina and his devoted family on October 16, 2016. He was born on Flag Day, June 14, 1929 in Colton, California to Mateo and Maria Yzaguirre. He was the oldest of seven children.
Dad enjoyed his school age years living at â€śLa Campanaâ€ť, Hardison Ranch in Fillmore. He graduated from Fillmore High School (Class of 1950) where he was a member of the Future Farmers of America, the Lettermenâ€™sâ€™ Club, Jamboree, and was elected Home Room Chairman. He played basketball, football, ran track and also played the saxophone. Soon after graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He completed his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He then went to Air Police School at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida. After his training in Florida he was transferred to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, and became a Staff Sergeant in the 1009th Special Weapons Squadron. He was stationed at Hickam Air Force Base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. His Military Police unit was appointed to guard the aircraft assigned to Hickam A.F.B. One of the planes his unit was entrusted with was the famed B-29 â€śEnola Gayâ€ť which was stored at Hickam after the war.
When Dad returned home from his military service he worked as a ranch hand at Hardison Ranch. He then became a reserve Firefighter with the Fillmore Fire Department which led to his career as a Firefighter with the County of Ventura, Station 27 (formerly known as Station 11). There he served as a Ventura County Firefighter for over 33 years. He regaled us with many anecdotes about his days as a Firefighter. One story that particularly comes to mind was the time he was called to the scene of an accident only to realize that the victims were his brother and sister-in-law. He said that it was difficult, but he had to put his emotions aside and carry out his duties as a Firefighter. Our visits to the fire house to drop off Dadâ€™s dinner were always a treat for us kids. We got to interact with the fire trucks, and play on the sand piles used to fill the sand bags. We never got tired of watching him turn on the firetrucks lights. Due to his long work shifts, there were many nights where he was not able to come home, but he always seemed to find a way to get a message out to the Yzaguirre kids via the scanner. After his retirement, he would sit by his scanner and listen to the calls go out to the Firefighters. He was so passionate about his profession that we would often catch him get ready and grab his keys as if he was still on duty.
Dad was an active parishioner at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Santa Paula, it was there that he met the love of his life Catalina, whom he would marry on December 29, 1957. They were married for total of 58 years and together they would form this beautiful family of 11 children, 26 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren
He served the church as an usher, a handyman, and a volunteer wherever needed. He mentored many members of the community and was a very devout member of the Catholic Faith.
In addition to the Church, Dad was a loyal member of the Knights of Columbus, which he joined 1953 while stationed at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California. He was a member of the Chief Solano Council 3585, he rejoined the order in Point Arena, San Salvador Council 12400 and later transferred to the Fillmore Council 8800. In 2016, he received the Patriotic Degree with Assembly 82 San Buenaventura.
As busy as he was, Dad found time to also complete the highest rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. He later became a Scout Master for Troop 315 which was sponsored by Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. His sons and many of his nephews who were part of Troop 315 benefited from Dadâ€™s many skills and talents. He was very generous with his time, and was always willing to share his experiences. Dad also made sure that his daughters and nieces were familiar with basic car care and maintenance. He even taught them how to change a tire knowing how important it was to their safety to be self-sufficient.
Dad was a caring man with strong family values. He was a true all American selfless person who always put others before himself. He served his Country, Community, and Church faithfully, without the need of recognition. We all attribute our work ethic to his strong sense of purpose.
Dad is preceded in death by his daughter, father, mother, sister and brother. He is survived and will be dearly missed by his wife, 10 children, 26 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, 3 brothers and one sister.
On behalf of our mother and family we wholeheartedly thank you for the prayers, love and support you have all shared during this time.
Visitation will be held at 5pm on Thursday October 27, 2016 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Santa Paula, CA. followed with the recitation of the rosary at 7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial at will be held at 10am on Friday October 28, 2016 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Santa Paula with Father Charles Lueras C.R.I.C. officiating Interment will follow at Santa Paula Cemetery
For map and directions to ceremony location and to sign the family's online guestbook, share stories, and post pictures please visit our website: www.santapaulafuneralhome.com and click on Eliceo's name located below "Recent Obituaries".
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned and Operated ROBERT REY GARCIA JR. FUNERAL SERVICES, Santa Paula 805.229.7054
John Harm passed away on October 3, 2016, 5 days after he was diagnosed with liver cancer. He was surrounded by family as he went home to be with the Lord. Anyone that had the pleasure of meeting John Harm was truly blessed.
John is now the guardian angel over his wife Barbara, his children; Jodie & RayMel, Russel & Lorraine, Jace & Rebeccah, Tracy & Clark, and Laura; his grandchildren, Travis&Jenny, Amber&Jose, Nicholas&Connie, Justin, Nathaniel, Cassandra&Dan, Matthew, Malorie, Mark, Ashlea&Hector, CJ, and Kristopher; and his great-grandchildren; Ava, Diego, Emma, Micah, Symphony, Josiah, Izaiah, and Dominic. He will also be watching over his siblings; Jim&Jan, Lorinda, and Patty, and all of their children and grandchildren.
John's parents James and Lorinda, his brother Bob, and his best friends Stan & Jan all welcomed John home into Heaven.
John was born on July 30, 1942 to the parents of James E. and Lorinda Harm. He had 3 siblings; Jim, Bob and Lorinda. He was born in North Dakota and moved to Long Beach before starting school. He graduated from Robert A. Millikan High School, class of 1961.
After high school, John served his country in the Army as a firefighter during the Vietnam war. After the military, John found his passion as a firefighter/Paramedic for L.A County where he saved many lives, helped deliver many babies, calmed many during emergencies, found resolutions for those that thought there were no answers, and served others through God's grace with his whole heart. He spent 37 years at station Station 111 in Santa Clarita, CA. John grew very close with his brothers at the station and his crew was later named the â€śGod Squadâ€ť. They had a brotherhood that lasted many years and after most retired, the God Squad and other firefighter friends kept in touch by scheduling monthly poker tournaments.
John met the love of his life Barbara. It didn't take him long to realize that Barbie (as he called her) was his bride to be. There first date was in December and they were married by February. Soon they relocated to Fillmore, Ca where they purchased their home, which would later be named the Harm Farm. It was easy to see, by the way he looked at her, that he loved her very much and he never complained when she always had them dress in matching outfits. He showed his endless love for her everyday. He treated her with chivalry and always opened her doors, held her hand, kissed her hello and see you later, prayed with her and for her, stood by her side during life's best and most difficult times, and eased her pains to the best of his abilities.
John also loved his 5 children, 13 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren whole heartedly. He was their shepherd and protector. He shared beautiful memories over the years of swimming in the pool, playing in the creek, watching countless movies, relaxing in the hammocks, playing cards with his best friends Stan and Jan ,going to literally hundreds of birthday parties, celebrating life achievements such as graduations, promotions, marriages, and being present for the births of all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and so many more special times. He always put his family first and his family could always count on him unconditionally.
When John and Barbara purchased the Harm Farm, they knew it was a fixer-upper. Even though the farm required plenty of hard work and labor over the years, the farm was his place of refuge. He found it therapeutic to work on the land and while doing so, he created an atmosphere full of joy and peace for others that came to visit. John and Barbara welcomed many family, friends, church members, and even strangers to their home over the years. After visiting the Harm Farm you would feel a huge weight lifted off your shoulders, rejuvenated, and ready for life. John was a great listener and had life's wisdom to share.
John had an undeniable strong work ethic and a servants heart, which is why many called on him when they were in need. He was always the first to arrive and he stayed until the job was complete. Somehow, he always had materials that were needed that you didn't think of until he was there. There was never a problem he couldn't fix and never a question he didn't have a response to, yet he always remained so humble.
He was very active in the Fillmore Foursquare Church. He became very close with the pastor and many of the members. The Harm Farm was always open to host activities for the church gatherings. John and Barbara were also on the citizen's patrol. They volunteered for over ten years for the City of Fillmore and enjoyed helping out the community.
John had an appetite for life and a pretty healthy appetite as well. He wasn't a picky eater and he often told the story of how he'd throw things together that he found in the cabinets and create burritos. Everything tasted good in a tortilla to him.
John loved the holidays and all of the memories that were created with his family. He will be missed as the referee for the dice game during Christmas, cutting the turkey for Thanksgiving, lighting the fireworks on the 4th of July, and bringing cut up watermelon and his yummy guacamole to potlucks. Not only will we miss him for the holidays, but we will miss everyday with every breathe we take. He was a loving, joyful, hard-working, humble, respectful, wise, caring, genuine, supportive, family man that loved the Lord with all of his heart and a great example for others to follow. This world will never be the same without him.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, October 22 at 11am at Faith Community Church, 461 Central Avenue, Fillmore, CA. Following the services, lunch will be served and everyone is encouraged to share their memories of John with the family.
Grandpa, I love you more.
Josephine Alcantar, 93, passed away on September 23rd 2016, at her home.
She was preceded by her father Lucio Molina and mother Lucia Molina, her sister Helen Rodriguez and great grandson Justin Torres. She was also preceded by her husband Julio B. Alcantar. They shared over 50 years of marriage.
Josephine was born in Piru California, February 7th, 1923.
She is survived by five children, fourteen grand children, 23 great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter and her sister Margaret Perez and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was a member of the Piru Catholic Church. For many years she worked at the Piru Packing House.
But Josephine was so much more then all of this. She was love, she was family, she was kindness,
she was generosity, she was fun and funny, as evidenced by how she was surrounded by family and friends.
You couldn't enter her home without her immediately following up the hellos with go eat, go eat, and offering you some of her famous papas with some of her even more famous chili. She liked camping and loved road trips and being the co-pilot. She loved birthday trips to Vegas. She especially enjoyed the Dodgers in person and on TV. Family was paramount to her. She raised and baby sat many if not most of her grandchildren while their parents had to work. When any of her adult children or grandchildren was sick Grandma was first on the scene. She would often crochet blankets for her grandchildren despite arthritis. Grandma was a lover of pets including cats, dogs, fish and birds, especially her beloved Chico and Rocky who would cuddle with her. Always ready for adventure, loved to laugh and have fun.
She touched so many life's, and did so in ways that may not always have been fully apprehended at the time, but never the less she did it so very well. She has in fact managed to so confer her special kind of love on all of us to such an extent that we are left feeling robbed as if a thief in the night stole something most precious. We call life a gift â€śthe gift of lifeâ€ť so naturally when death takes a loved one away we feel robbed. Perhaps â€ś a new lease on life â€ś this is better way to regard our loss. Our heavenly Father only leases us our time here on earth before bringing us home to a fuller glory. Even so we feel a profound sense of loss, and aching. Being created in God's image, at our core we do not understand death as anything real, because in the heavenly realms and our redeemed futures there is no death, no sin, not even the the possibilities of such things. Right now that is where our beloved Mom / Grandma / Grandma Grandma/ Great Grandma / Great Great Grandma is. She is in the presence of our Lord Jesus. In these heavenly realms and in this we can and should rejoice. Even with all of this we will no doubt continue to struggle with our grief and this a testament to who Josephine â€śGrandmaâ€ť Alcantar was and continues to be in hearts. We love you Grandma!!!!
The family wishes to thank all of our family and friends for their prayers and condolences.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, October 1st 2016 at 12:00pm with a rosary at 12:30pm followed with a Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00pm at San Salvador Catholic Church in Piru, CA. Interment will follow at Piru Cemetery in Piru, CA.
For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the familyâ€™s online guestbook, share stories and post pictures please visit our website: www.garciamortuaryoxnard.com and click on Josephineâ€™s name located below â€śRecent Obituariesâ€ť.
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
After the funeral the family will be celebrating the life of Josephine Alcantar at a Reception at Piru Catholic Church Patio area.
Emma Jean Hill was born on February 13, 1926 in Lavaca, Arkansas to Ira and Dovie Hobbs. Emma married John Hill in 1942 in Arkansas and moved to Fillmore, California where they built their life together for seventy three years. Emma who answered mostly to her middle name "Jean" passed away Sunday, September 18, 2016. Emma was preceded in death by her husband John and daughter Ruby Jean Boblett and three grand-daughters Misty Hill, Karen Sue Webb, Michelle Bishop and a grandson Robert Boblett. She was also proceeded in death by both her parents Ira and Dovie Hobbs.
Emma Hill worked as a Lead Lady for Bermite Powder Company (an ammunition company) in Saugus, California for thirteen years. She also worked as a cook in Santa Paula and Bakersfield Rest Homes, and she worked as a private care giver before she retired.
Emma is survived by six children: Emma Sue Webb and her husband James of Bardsdale, Mary Pohl and her husband Mark of Fillmore-Bakersfield, William Ray Hill and Lejean Hill of Fillmore, John Wesley Hill, Jr. and Glenda of Charleston, Arkansas, James David Hill and Chyrel Hill of Fillmore, Albert Hill of Fillmore, and Stanley Boblett of Lebanon, Tennessee. Emma had 19 Grand-children, 33 Great-Grandchildren, and 10 Great-Great Grand-children. Emma is also survived by three sisters: Pauline Hale of Ozark, Arkansas, Nola Watson of Lavaca, Arkansas, Louise Valvano of Ozark, Arkansas and Betty Hobbs of Fort Smith, Arkansas. She is also survived by one brother: Buddy Robinson of Arkansas. Emma is also survived by two sister in-laws: Thelma Hill of Alma, Arkansas and Marina Exine Walker of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, and one brother in law Lewis Clayton Hill of Victorville, California and numerous friends and neighbors.
Emma Jean Hill had an INCREDIBLE PASSION FOR LIFE. She is a member of the Church of God -Chapel of Praise in Santa Paula, California. She fought a good fight to live and she will be dearly missed.
Services for Emma Jean Hill will be Held Friday September 23, 2016 at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 600 North Central Avenue, Fillmore, California, 93015. Visitation will be held from 8:30am-12:30pm with Memorial Service at 11:00am. Burial will follow at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 South Sespe Street, Fillmore, California, 93015. Officiating the Service will be Dr. Emma Sue Webb.
Marjorie Signor (aka Marge), our mom, left this world in the early morning hours of August 12, 2016, escorted by angels (Luke 16:22) to her heavenly home as was promised to her by her Lord and Savior (John 14:2). She departed from her home in Denton, Texas surrounded by her youngest son, Steve; her daughter-in-law, Debbie; her grandson, Justin; and granddaughter, Shelby, whom all had lovingly cared for her and our father after they moved to Texas in 2007.
Born to Reverend Dana and Edna Dimmick on April 21, 1923, in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania, our mom shared her childhood with her two brothers, Howard and Paul, and her sister, Alice. Their love for each other endured and extended to their families throughout their entire lives. Marjorie was a â€śdaddyâ€™s girlâ€ť and followed her father around as much as she could. In her words, â€śI never outgrew Dadâ€™s love.â€ť His duties as a pastor during the great depression in rural areas often involved long days visiting churches and church members in their homes with little monetary recompense in return. And the whole family went along.
Our mom learned to be thankful for what they did receive (Ephesians 5:20) and helped her father and mother cultivate and harvest most of their food from their family garden, which they canned and stored in their cellar for use all year. She was taught to be frugal with all things perishable and to conserve whatever and wherever she could. She learned to sew, darn and knit which served her well all her life. She learned resilience, as she moved to a new home almost every two years because of the requirements of her fatherâ€™s Free Methodist calling.
In the summer of 1941 our mom attended a Methodist camp meeting where she met her future husband, Allan Signor. Since they lived quite a distance from each other, they corresponded primarily by letter with a visit here and there. On September 6, 1942, our mom chose to be baptized (Matthew 3:11) by her father as a profession of her faith at his church in Kingston, New York.
Our mom and dad loved each other from day one and were married by her father on Valentineâ€™s Day, 1943, when Allan came home on leave from the U.S. Navy, which he joined shortly after he graduated from high school due to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
In their first decade together our mom and dad begat three sons: Allan, Gene and Steve, in that order. They reared us in the manner they both had been reared by their parents. These words were etched in plaques that were displayed in our home: â€śA wishbone aint as likely to git ye someplace as a backboneâ€ť and â€śThe early bird catches the worm.â€ť They taught us to arrive early, not late, and do our best in whatever endeavor we chose.
When our father retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years of service and he seemed a little uncertain which new employment path to follow, our mom encouraged (pushed, supported) him in a direction that led him to a U.S. Civil Service job that he enjoyed for 23 years.
Our mom, for most of her married life, was a stay at home mom. She kept a tidy, neat home and always welcomed visitors, friends and relatives. She and our dad made many friends throughout their lives and they continuously corresponded with many of them. Our friends were always welcome at our house and in our teenage years many of our friends would come visit our parents even when we werenâ€™t there.
Our mom had a will of determination and despite her small physique had great physical strength that she exhibited into her 90â€™s. We boys recall many times how our mom moved heavy furniture around in the house all by herself while we â€śhe-menâ€ť were at school or work.
Our mom wrote prose and poetry and painted as well. But, what she really excelled at was record keeping. She kept records of almost everything! We boys have 57 loose-leaf albums of our familyâ€™s lives together: love letters, monthly budgets, pictures, cards, written recollections of their lives, the list goes on and on. These are treasures!
Our mom and dad got really interested in the genealogy of both sides of their families and they traveled all over the country visiting historical sites, libraries, cemeteries, government records offices, churches and anywhere else they could find information that would fill in the gaps. One year, after a lengthy trip around the country they invited us boys and our families over to view their slides of their trip. After looking at numerous slides of headstones, markers and other signs, Allan queried, â€śDo you guys ever take a vacation that involves the living?â€ť We havenâ€™t yet counted the volumes of genealogy records they accumulated. Also treasures!
After our dad went to heaven in January 2008, our mom lived across the street from Steve. As she was now a widow after almost 65 years of marriage, like she did almost every year, she sent out a Christmas letter a couple of years later to all of her friends and relatives in which she expressed how much she missed her husband. This prompted a phone call from John Hallman, who, along with his wife, Judy, had maintained a friendship with our mom and dad for more than 50 years. John told our mom that his wife had also gone to heaven and he was living alone in a house he built in Ohio. They developed a loving, long distance relationship, by phone and letters, which we boys believe helped to give them both added comfort and purpose to continue their lives without their spouses.
Our mom was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers and sister; her daughter-in-law Shelley Signor and many other extended family members.
She is survived by her son, Allan Jr. (wife Patricia and their daughter Jessica Siedenburg (husband Michael and their three sons, Zachary, Noah and Caleb) his stepdaughter Maryanne Olson and her children Samantha and Zackery Olson; son Gene and his daughter Kerie Naugle (husband Greg and their children Aaron and Rachel); his daughter Kimberley; his stepson Justin Socia; his stepdaughter Kaylen Rodriguez (husband Bobby and their daughters Haku and Bella); son Steve (wife Debbie and their children Justin and Shelby).
According to our momâ€™s wishes, her ashes will be placed next to her husbandâ€™s ashes in a columbarium niche at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery at a time in the near future.
In Loving Memory
Elisa G. Gonzalez, 77 passed away on September 5, 2016 in Salinas, CA. Elisa was born in Tepatitlan, Jalisco on January 31, 1939. She is survived by her husband Urbano and children Silvia Lucero, Leticia Gonzalez-Ponce, Rosalba Viera, Ricardo Gonzalez and Lucila Gonzalez and was predeceased by her son Joel Gonzalez who passed away in 1979.
Mass services were held in Fillmore, CA at St. Francis of Assisi Church on September 14, 2016 and followed by burial at Bardsdale Cemetery since the family had lived in the Piru-Fillmore area for 39 years. All of the children are Fillmore High School graduates. Arrangements were under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, Fillmore, CA.
Ralph Rees, our beloved father, husband, brother, grandpa and friend has gone home to be with Jesus. He passed away at midnight on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at home, after a long struggle with cancer, with his family by his side. He is survived by his loving wife of sixty six years, Patricia (Young) Rees, his sister Roberta (Rees) Gragg, his children Janine (Bill Faith) Rees, Wendy Rees, Robin Rees, Jason (Bethann Buddenbaum) Rees, and Brady (Ina Rosales) Rees, his grandchildren Luke, Hannah, Nathan, Tara, Nora, Claire, Emma and Fiona, and five great grandchildren.
Ralph was born on Feb. 17, 1926 in Taft, CA to Helen (Allison) Rees and Ralph Winfield Rees. He is preceded in death by his sisters Joy (Rees) Hanrihan and Geraldine (Rees) Schwocho.
Ralph spend his boyhood in Oildale and Bakersfield, CA, where his early interests included carpentry, Boy Scouting, hiking and fishing in the Sierras with his father and friends, and playing the saxophone. He continued to pursue these interests throughout his life.
Ralph served in the US Navy towards the end of the WWII conflict. He later went on to earn a teaching degree from Cal State Santa Barbara under the GI Bill. After marrying his college sweetheart, Patricia Lucille Young in 1950, he started teaching in Mendota, CA. In 1953 he moved to Fillmore Union High School where he taught Industrial Arts until 1989. Ralph also earned a Masterâ€™s Degree in Industrial Arts Education. For the rest of his life Mr. Rees received compliments from many former students, grateful for the part he played in their lives.
After retirement Ralph became a local â€śhandy guyâ€ť. He was most proud of a project restoring a historic carriage for Rancho Camulos Museum in Piru, CA, where he volunteered until shortly before he died.
Of primary importance in Ralphâ€™s life was his relationship with God, which began when he joined the Boy Scouts at the age of 12. He was born again on January 8, 1976, and remained committed to his faith.
His family will always be grateful for teaching them that they can do anything and to keep learning. He daily demonstrated his devotion to his wife, his love for his God and family, and his Boy Scout sense of decency.
Visitation to be held at Skillen-Carroll Mortuary, 600 Central Ave., Fillmore, CA on Thursday, September 8 from 3:00 to 9:00 pm.
Funeral Service will be at Heritage Valley Bible Church, 461 Central Ave., Fillmore, CA on Friday, September 9 from 10:00 to 11:30 am.
Graveside Service will be held immediately following at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 S Sespe Street, Fillmore, CA.
Reception to follow at Heritage Valley Bible Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ralphâ€™s name to New Tribes Mission or Fillmore Alumni Association.
Also see www.skillencarrollfuneralhome.com for more memorial information.
Patricia Ann Olsen, 66 year old Ketchum resident, passed away Saturday, September 3, 2016. Pat was born in Santa Paula, CA on September 25, 1949 to Dow Ed and Velma (Hunt) Mackey. On March 7, 1981 she was united in marriage to Larry Olsen. Pat enjoyed crafting, gardening, spending time with family and friends, and was an active member of Grace Point Methodist Church in Ketchum.
Survivors include her husband Larry of the home, daughters Kacie Miller and husband Brady of Fredericksburg, VA, Krystal Flowers of Fredericksburg, VA, and son Kelly Flowers of Washington, one brother Michael Mackey of Bakersfield, CA, one sister Kathleen Fredline of Santa Paula, CA, and one granddaughter Jadynn Miller of Fredericksburg, VA. She is preceded in death by her parents.
Celebration of Life services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Grace Point United Methodist Church. Services are under the direction of Luginbuel Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.honoringmeories.com
Our beloved mother, grandmother and sister Erma Herrera Vargas , passed away peacefully at home on August 24th 2016 at the age of 66 after a 3 year courageous battle with breast cancer.
Erma was born on October 20th, 1949 in Santa Paula, California, to Manuel and Ruth Vargas. Erma lived in Fillmore her entire life and graduated Fillmore High School. She worked at Fillmore Citrus and soon married, after marriage, she opened an in-home daycare for many years, she also cooked and cleaned for the belated Father Luke Zimmer and the Seminarians here in town, she was also a care giver for 30 years until she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.
Erma was a devout Catholic and her passion was praying the rosary and her special love were the Divine Mercy prayers. She loved Eucharistic adoration, confession, and Mass. Erma brightened the room when she walked in. Her laugh was contagious and was always very positive. A lot of people came to follow Jesus through her kindness and instruction. She was an outstanding cook, one year she devoted every Friday of lent to make pots of soup for all to enjoy in the parish hall after the Stations of the Cross. She helped any parish group that needed her and was an active member of the Guadalupanas and Rosary Makers.
Erma was also a devoted mother and grandmother; she enjoyed spending time with her family, daughter Rosanna (Arnold) MuĂ±oz and their children Bryan, Jocelyn, Matthew, and Mia, also her daughter Monique Cervantes and her children Tatyana, Hector, Natalie, Lailah, and Kayluhb. She enjoyed taking her grandchildren on Fridays to pray the Divine Mercy whenever possible and teaching them how to become closer to god. She also enjoyed cooking and baking with her grandchildren especially during the holidays. She loved attending her grandchildrenâ€™s games whether itâ€™d be soccer or softball and was always on the sidelines cheering them on. Erma is survived by her two daughters Rosanna (Arnold )MuĂ±oz and Monique Cervantes, nine grandchildren, brothers Edward, Manuel, and Arthur Vargas, and numerous nephews, nieces, aunts, cousins, and godchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents Manuel and Ruth Vargas.
The family would like to thank the oncology department staff at VCMC, Doctor Rosenberg and Doctor Larks for taking such a wonderful care of our mother, and Esther Taylor of the Jatamansi Center. And great big thank you to Ventura Convalescent and especially to their physical therapy department. Thank you to the hospice from Assisted Home Care. We would also like to thank all the wonderful volunteers that helped with the care of our mother throughout her last days at home and to her wonderful friends and compadres; you have been her support system for the past three years. May God bless you for being so good to our mother.
Family and friends we invite you to celebrate our mothers life at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 673 W. Ventura St. Fillmore, CA on Friday September 2nd 2016. Rosary will be recited at 10:30am followed by a memorial mass at 11:00am. Burial will follow at Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore, CA.
Martha Jane Brozik, age 70, of Wilmington, OH, formerly of Fillmore, CA, died Thursday, August 11, 2016 in Wilmington, OH.
She was born September 17, 1945 in Santa Paula, CA, daughter of the late Clinton Burchard Edwards and Willie Pearl Martin Edwards.
She attended the Wilmington Church of Christ.
Surviving are daughter, Melanie (Harley) Palmateer of Wilmington, OH, son, David (Cyndi) Brozik of Bakersfield, CA, six grandchildren, Amanda (Patrick) Willison of New Vienna, Sarah Palmateer of Grand Rapids, MI, Cory Brozik, Hayley Brozik both of Bakersfield, CA, Courtney Palmateer, Brittany Palmateer both of Wilmington, one Great-Grandson, Sheamus Willison; brother, Larry (Janice) Edwards of Santa Ynez, CA, sister-in-law, Rebecca Edwards of Winston, OR.
In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by a brother, Jim Edwards and an infant son, Clinton Thomas Brozik.
Memorial Services will be held at a later date.
Fisher-Edgington Funeral Home, Wilmington, Ohio is serving the family.
Contributions in Martha's memory may be made to the donors' favorite charity. To sign the online guest book, go to edgingtonfuneralhomes.com
Lois Marie Beem 77, Buellton, CA went to be with the Lord August 4, 2016. She was born February 3, 1939, in Livingston, Texas, the daughter of late Nancy Velvie and Don Knutson. Lois worked at Savon Drug Store in Ventura California for 12 years. She volunteered at the American Legion, Buellton Senior Center, Elks Lodge Visalia CA and attended church at Church at the Crossroads in Buellton, CA.
Mrs. Beem is survived by her daughter Karen Davidson of Ivanhoe CA; daughter and son-in-law, Katherine Krska and John Krska of Santa Ynez, CA.; son Michael Beem of Cameron Park CA; grandchildren, Billy Davidson and wife, Kelli Davidson of Stockton Mo; Bobby Davidson and wife, Sandra Davidson of Ivanhoe CA; Bradley Davidson, Ivanhoe CA; Anna Estramadura and husband, Leo Estramadura of Lancaster CA; Erin Krska of Santa Ynez CA; Sara Krska of Santa Ynez CA.; brother, David Knutson and wife Lori Knutson, of Bakersfield CA; brother, Steve Knutson and wife Peggy Knutson, of Hamlin Texas. She also had 10 great grandchildren, Shyan, Kaley, Stephanie, Danielle, Dylan, Harley, Haley, Hayden, Elizabeth, and Cameron. Mrs. Beem was preceded in death by her husband, Donald E. Beem. Parents, Nancy Velvie and Don Knutson, Sister Helen Lister, and Brother Robin Knutson.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Church at the Crossroads, 236 La Lata Drive, Buellton, CA 93427 on Saturday August 13, 2016 at 11:00 am. There will be a viewing at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 600 North Central Ave, Fillmore CA Sunday August 14, 2016 4-8 pm. Memorial will take place at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 600 North Central Ave, Fillmore CA Monday August 15, 2016 at 11:00 am. Graveside service immediately following at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 S Sespe Ave, Fillmore CA.
Mary Ortega Rangel died peacefully on August 5, 2016 at her home in Sylmar, CA. She was 96 years old. Mary was the oldest of 12 children. She was born and raised in Piru, CA and remained close with her siblings and extended family throughout the years.
At a young age, Mary began working for the Piru Citrus Association as a packer and grader where she worked for over 50 years. During that time, she met and married Lupe Rangel (also of Piru) and had three children. After retiring, she cared for dozens of nieces, nephews, and grandchildren who all adored her.
Mary will be remembered for her lively spirit, witty one-liners and her tremendous hospitality. Her door was always open to family and friends. At home there was always a pot of coffee, a home cooked meal, an ice cold Coors, and friendly conversation. She will be missed dearly. Mary was a member of San Salvador Mission Church and the Sacred Heart Society.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 75 years, Lupe; both of her sons, Jimmy and Eddie Rangel; her parents Ignacio and Amanda Ortega, and six of her siblings; Lupita Ortega, Esperanza Ortega, Jennie Ruiz, Ramona Golson, Joe (Wero) Ortega, and Victor Ortega.
She is survived by her daughter, Sylvia Orona (husband Raymond) of Sylmar, daughter-in-law Lucy Rangel of Fillmore, siblings Consuelo Ruiz of Piru, Henry Ortega of Yerrington, NV, Delfina Ortega of Piru, Catherine Cervantez of Piru, and Angel Ortega of Fillmore, 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 4 great- great grandchildren, and dozens of extended family.
A memorial mass was held at San Salvador Church on Wednesday August 10th followed by burial at Bardsdale Cemetery.
Leland â€śLeeâ€ť Southwick passed away July 19th after a brief illness, just two months shy of his 92nd birthday. Leland was the devoted husband of Veda for 68 years before her passing in 2014. Lee was born September 17, 1924, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to James and Leona Southwick, the parents of seven sons. The family moved to Ventura in the 1920s and then moved to Fillmore in 1934, where Lee graduated from Fillmore High School in 1942. He married Veda Vest on March 21, 1946, and together they raised 3 children.
After high school Lee was employed as a flooring installer for Ballard Furniture Store, and later accepted a job as roustabout for Texaco in the South Mountain oil fields near Santa Paula. He continued to work for Texaco for the next 33 years, moving up the ranks until he was Field Production Supervisor.
Leland and Veda believed in being a part of the community. Lee began years of working with youth in the community as an assistant Little League coach, then as a head coach. He followed that by holding office as Little League Secretary, Treasurer and President. He also spent many years as a member of the Fillmore Booster Club and attended many Fillmore High School sporting events.
After retiring in 1987, Leland and Veda enjoyed many excursions in their motorhome, making three trips from coast to coast. They developed a passion for travel, visiting relatives and sightseeing in every state.
Leland also had many hobbies on the side, such as woodcarving, fishing, and was a very talented craftsman. He built the majority of the home where he and Veda lived for 50 years.
Leland was a kind, gentle man, who was known as â€śthe nicest guyâ€ť to everyone who knew him. He will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be missed by his daughter Diane Arundell and son-in-law, Jim, his daughter Barbara Thorn, his son Gary Southwick and daughter-in-law, Susan, and grandchildren Jamie Arundell Latshaw, Julie Arundell Grimstad, Robbie Burdsal, Marty Burdsal, Ryan Thorn and Stephanie Southwick Smith, along with 11 great grandchildren.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate Lelandâ€™s life on Tuesday, July 26th, at 11:00 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located at 1017 First Street in Fillmore. A private family service will follow at Bardsdale Cemetery.
For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the familyâ€™s online guestbook, share stories and post pictures please visit our website: www.santapaulafuneralhome.com and click on Lelandâ€™s name located below â€śRecent Obituariesâ€ť.
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned and Operated ROBERT REY GARCIA JR FUNERAL SERVICES, Santa Paula, CA
Reverend Beverly Ann [Washechek] Feltman,82, of Canyon Country,CA, went to be with her Lord on June 18, 2016 at 6:15 pm in Henry Mayo Memorial Hospital due to one heart attack and two strokes.
Memorial service will be held at The First Assembly of God Church, 1501 7th Street [at Harding] San Fernando, CA 91340 on July 30, 2016 at 11 am, lunch following at the church with Pastor Philip R. Bigler of The First Assembly of God Church officiating.
Reverend Beverly was born in Chamberlain, South Dakota to Ed and Margaret Washechek on March 19, 1934. Beverly went to high school at Chamberlain High School S.D. and graduated in 1952. Reverend Beverly played piano from age 4 [where she practiced on the kitchen windowsill] until May 20, 2016. Reverend Beverly was licensed with Assembly of God International Fellowship [Reverend Ted Lanes] San Diego, CA and also Miracle Ministries Christian Center, Canyon Country, CA. Reverend Beverly was at her height of glory when ministering in word and music to the shut in's.
Reverend Beverly and Reverend Duane Feltman [husband of 63 years] had a full-time ministry spanning 25 years to nursing and convalescent homes throughout the San Fernando Valley, Arizona, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota, Wyoming, Washington and Oregon. Her last piano and ministry service was at Stoney Point Healthcare Center, Chatsworth, CA on May 20, 2016.
Reverend Beverly was always at the piano along with Pastor's wife Vernita at the organ on Sunday mornings at the church. Reverend Beverly began her day at 4:30AM praying, reading and preparing her sermons. Reverend Beverly received many dreams and personal revelations from the Lord. In her final days in the hospital in clear English she continually expressed her love for Jesus and gave God the glory astounding the Doctors. Some of her favorite verses were Psalms 23:1-6, Psalms 102:16, Colossians 3:1-4, Isaiah 61:10,11, Deuteronomy 6:5.
Reverend Beverly was appointed Inspector for 28 consecutive local and municipal consolidated elections for the county of Los Angeles, CA and the city of Santa Clarita, CA.
Reverend Beverly is survived by her husband, Reverend Duane Feltman, her daughter Reverend Susan Waldrop, Granddaughter Priscilla Soltero, Grandson Adam Waldrop, two Great Grandchildren Angelina and Sol Soltero, all of Canyon Country, CA., her brother Charles and Char Washechek and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father and mother, Ed and Margaret Washechek, brothers Dean and Don Washechek, and sister Mary.
Memorial donations may be made online at Miracle Ministries at www.miracleministrieschristiancenter.com or regular mail to Miracle Ministries, attention 'Beverly', P.O. Box 1842, Canyon Country, CA 91386.
Calvin Deeter, a longtime resident of Fillmore for almost eighty years, passed away peacefully at his home on June 24, 2016.
Calvin was born in Woodward, Oklahoma on October 9, 1929. In 1933, his parents moved Calvin, his twin brother Alvin, and his older brother Bill to Van Nuys, and eventually settled in Fillmore in 1938, and started raising turkeys. The iconic Deeter Turkeys was widely known throughout Ventura County and enjoyed by generations throughout the holidays.
Following graduation from Fillmore High School in 1947, Calvin worked on the turkey farm before joining the National Guard in 1948. When the Korean War began, the 40th Infantry Division was among the first to be mobilized into combat. Before leaving for South Korea, he married his high school sweetheart, Lavonne Whiteley on February 3, 1951, while home on a weekend pass.
In 1951, Calvin was serving as a crew chief for his unit when a bomb exploded and he was hit several times from shrapnel. Calvin was honored with a Purple Heart.
The young couple settled on the turkey ranch and in 1954, welcomed their first daughter, Debbie. Seven years later, another daughter, Julie blessed the couple and their family was complete.
Calvin eventually took over the turkey ranch raising roughly 20,000 turkeys annually with the help of many family members and local residents. In the mid 70s, Calvin began another career, a contracting business before retiring in 1990.
Throughout the years, Calvin was dedicated to the community where he generously donated his time. He was also devoted to his church, Fillmore Presbyterian (Fillmore Bible Church) where he taught Sunday School for many years. Later Calvin and Lavonne became members of The Presbyterian Church in Santa Paula where Calvin was an active and a devoted member.
Calvin had many hobbies including bridge, hiking, fishing, and camping. However, his biggest passion was boating. Many wonderful years were spent water-skiing and house boating with family and friends at Lake Millerton, Lake Shasta, Lake Havasu and, their favorite, Bullards Bar a special lake where Calvin and his family enjoyed their annual vacation.
Calvin is proceeded in death by his parents, wife Lavonne, daughter Debra (Patterson), twin brother Alvin, older brother Bill, half sister Bernice and great-grandson Matthew Johnson. He is survived by daughter Julie Hackney, son-in-law Brian Patterson, granddaughters Charity (Patterson) Chapman (Jason), Rebecca (Patterson) Johnson (Daniel), grandsons Caleb Hackney and Ethan Hackney, six great-grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 9th at 11:00 am at Faith Community Church in Fillmore.
Donations can be made to the Fillmore High School Alumni Association and The American Cancer Society.
John James Toy, born October 10, 1949 passed peacefully at his favorite place â€“ a small ranch in Fillmore, surrounded by people who loved him on June 12, 2016. John moved to Fillmore 20 years ago and was an expert all-around handyman. He helped many residents of the El Dorado mobile home park and was a wonderful friend to all. Everyone enjoyed his smiling face. He will truly be missed.
He is survived by his long-time companion, Kathleen Brisby, with whom he lived. He is also survived by his brother Art Toy, niece Carissa, son John Toy, grandchildren Kimberly, Nick, David, Katie and great-grandchildren Nicholas, John and Haley.
At his request there will be no service; he only asked to be remembered with smiles. Be at peace, dear friend.