John Wayne Wallace (1935-2020)

John Wayne Wallace (1935-2020)

John Wayne Wallace, a former teacher, left the "schoolroom" on November 4, 2020 in favor of teaching history and the U.S. Constitution eternally in Heaven.
Born November 12, 1935 in an Oklahoma log cabin to Tommy and Raymond Wallace, John spent his young years running wild with his older brother Oscar and his younger sister Barbara. The Wallace family moved to Fillmore, California when John was about 5 years old and several years later he attended Fillmore High School. John was a good athlete but had lost the sight in one eye when he was young so his parents didn’t want him to play sports and being an obedient son he didn’t. Wanting to still be involved in team sports what John did do was be the professional trainer for the Fillmore Flashes Varsity Teams.
John transferred to Chico State University from Cal State Fullerton in 1956/57 where he continued his desire to professionally train athletes. He continued taking classes in athletic training and spent summers being the trainer for a professional baseball team. At Chico State John reconnected with Nancy Moore, whom he had met a couple years earlier on a double date. When John began courting Nancy he changed his major to teaching. After all, he planned on proposing to Nancy and traveling around the country would mean time away from his lovely bride. John and Nancy ultimately married and the two lovebirds moved to Weaverville, California in 1961 where they set up house and John began his career at Weaverville Elementary School. He taught history, social studies, and civics for 35 years.
John loved Weaverville and would often go downtown to check in with various shop owners and discuss current events at the Post Office with friends. John was a leader in the community and would offer valuable nuggets of life wisdom and historical happenings to his students, strangers, friends and, of course, his family. In later years John was a Docent at the Jake Jackson Memorial Museum and delighted in giving tours to tourists and townfolk alike.
John taught generations of students at Weaverville Elementary. He will be remembered and missed for his leadership qualities, wise counsel and his great sense of humor. The latter was evidenced by his yearly display of community spirit directing traffic on Highway 3 in a bunny costume.
John is survived by the love of his life and wife of 62 years, Nancy; his daughter Janine and her husband Thomas; his son Scott and his wife Denise; his grandchildren Bradley and wife Nicole, Brooke, Corrine, and Derek as well as his great-grandchildren Henley and Harper. He is also survived by his brother Oscar, his sister Barbara, countless students and numerous honorary grandchildren.
A private funeral will be held November 13 in Roseville, California with a memorial to follow in Weaverville sometime next year.
Please make any remembrance donations to Weaverville Elementary School c/o Trinity Alps Unified, P.O. Box 1227, Weaverville, California 96093.

Gregory Michael Alcozar Jr. (1983-2020)

Gregory Michael Alcozar Jr. (1983-2020)

In Loving Memory of Gregory Michael Alcozar Jr. It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Gregory Michael Alcozar Jr., born in Santa Paula, Ca. on November 17, 1983 and passed away on October 27, 2020 at the age of 36, in Piru, Ca. after suffering a tragic accident. As a child he resided in Piru, then in Fillmore and L.A. County for a short while. He chose to return to Piru, where he always felt at home. Greg enjoyed biclying, off road motorcycles and skate boarding. Gregy, as he was known, was a long time generation resident and well known in the community of Piru. A small, quaint community nestled in the mountains of Lake Piru. A town that is comprised of multiple generations of families that have been united as one for many years. A town whose residents care for each other. Gregy was known by all as a kind and gentle soul, always humble, respectful, polite and always willing to share a beautiful, happy smile with anyone who crossed his path. Gregy was loved by many and we, his family, would like to thank you all for always being his friend and extended family. Those who knew him well will remember his own words….”Thank you and God Bless.” Gregy will never be forgotten. He is now in the arms of our Lord, Jesus Christ and in the hearts of those who loved him, until we meet again.
Gregy is survived by his mother, brother, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and countless friends.
Vigil, Rosary and Mass will be held on Monday, November 16, at 9:00 A.M. at San Salvador Mission Church, 4045 E. Center Street, Piru. Burial service to follow at Piru Cemetery, 3580 Center Street, Piru, Ca. 93040

Arthur (Art) Morales (1951-2020)

Arthur (Art) Morales (1951-2020)

Arthur (Art) Morales, 69, a long-time resident of Fillmore, CA died unexpectedly on October 22, 2020 with family members at his side. Art, as he was fondly known, was born on July 11, 1951 to Frank and Carolina Morales in Simi Valley, CA. He attended Fillmore elementary schools and graduated from Fillmore High School in 1970. After graduation, Art voluntarily and proudly served his country in the U. S. Army. Upon his return home, he was employed in the local citrus industry for nearly 50 years to include his last 14 years as a Field Coordinator at Saticoy Lemon Association. Art's family activities always involved quality-time with his sons, Marc, Sammy and Jake, in fishing excursions, watching sporting events and various social gatherings. It can be said that Art made a lasting impression on everyone he met with his charm, which was only surpassed by the size of his heart. His energy, mischief, kindness, wit and zest for life are what his family and friends will remember most by those of us left behind. Art will be missed by the many whom we now consider family. We will miss the joy and love that Art brought into our lives. Art is survived by his former wife, Guadalupe; sons, Sammy Morales and Jake Morales; brother, Anthony (Tony) Morales; sister, Mary (Morales) Galvan; brother-in-law, Jesse Galvan and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Art was preceded in death by his father, Frank Morales; his mother, Carolina Morales; and son, Marc Morales. A memorial service will be held at a future date. Information will be announced for all family members and friends.

Luanne Hebner Perez (1937-2020)

Luanne Hebner Perez (1937-2020)

Throughout her life, Luanne Hebner Perez looked for beauty in the world. On September 26th, 2020, she set out on her last big adventure, from the comfort of her home in Fillmore, with family by her side. Despite her dementia, through the love and care of her son Jeffrey and caregivers Bernice Mendez, Lisa Lopez, Nancy Kozar, Kelly Gomez and Liz Moten, she spent her last years where she wanted to be; in the light of the Southern California sun, uplifting those around her with her joyful smile and lightness of spirit.
She was born March 7th, 1937 to Tony and Anne Hebner in Hollywood. Her passion to travel started on family drives every Sunday. Luanne and her younger sister Judith would wake early and place their tiny, three legged stools in the back seat, in anticipation of the sights they would see. Driving from their home in Studio City, they’d roll through the Southern California countryside and city streets, with the sisters singing the entire trip. After graduating from North Hollywood High, Luanne attended UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis where she graduated with a degree in Home Economics and a teaching credential. There she met Bruce Ellison and the two started their married life together in 1960.
She taught for two years before the arrival of their first son Steven Bruce Ellison in 1964 followed by Jeffrey Brian Ellison in 1966 and Theodore Scott Ellison three years later. A transfer took the family to Trenton, Michigan and Luanne saw an opportunity to share the joy of travel with her three boys. Towing a trailer, the family would take summer vacations every year on the back roads of the Midwest and East Coast. Luanne enjoyed quilting and embroidery and began to seriously paint in the 1970's and was thrilled to discover she could do it. With the dissolution of her marriage she looked west for opportunity and found the California of her memory in the lush rows of green and mountains of gold that surrounded Fillmore.
In 1980, she was hired to teach Home Economics at Fillmore Junior High, and through the rest of her life would be recognized around town as "you taught me to cook and sew in Junior High." During this time, she married the second love of her life, John Perez, a card-carrying teamster who happily transitioned to household cook and domestic engineer. In Fillmore, she lived the life she dreamt of; she planted a garden, redesigned her house – always moving toward her vision of beauty. She shared her love of nature and art with her boys and hand-in-hand with John, found her greatest fulfillment on the road. During each school break and vacation, they thrived on trips she envisioned, across America and throughout Europe. Once home, she picked up her brushes and found her sense of composition and color through paintings from her travels and scenes of Fillmore and the Santa Clara River Valley.
Throughout her life she practiced The Golden Rule: treat others as you want to be treated. She was active in organizations that shared her interests: AAUW and PEO - the education, advancement and empowerment of women; Questers and The Embroiderers Guild - the preservation and appreciation of history and craft traditions; she loved to gather with friends in The Sewing Club; and as a lifelong church-goer she was a member of the Bardsdale Methodist Church. Together with other local artists, she started the Artists Guild of Fillmore to encourage interest in original work created by local artists. She is survived by her sister, boys and was known as ‘Gran’ to her grandchildren, Dominique, Thomas, Maximillian and Spencer. A celebration of her life will take place on her birthday, March 7th, 2021 at the Bardsdale Methodist Church.

Bertha Z. Delara (1947-2020)

Bertha Z. Delara (1947-2020)

It is with profound sadness that the family of Bertha Z. Delara announce her passing at the age of 73. She was granted her angel wings on September 25, 2020.
Bertha was born on August 19, 1947 in Encarnación de Diaz, Jalisco, Mexico to Luis and Consuelo Zermeño. She had been a Fillmore resident for 71 years. Bertha was a caring and giving person. While in High School she took a year off of school to care for her sick mother until she passed away.
Bertha was a very successful businesswoman. She started a farm labor contractor business with her husband, Benjamin Delara, and played an integral part in its success.
Family meant everything to her. She was happiest when she was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved celebrations and, as a great cook, would always make sure that no one left hungry.
Bertha is survived by her husband, Benjamin Delara; children, Connie Delara, Robert (Yesenia) Delara, Alice (Victor) Rodriguez and Diana Delara, all of Fillmore; brothers, John (Carmen) Zermeño and Ralph (Juana) Zermeño, both of Fillmore; grandchildren, Vanessa (Anthony) Lomeli, Steven, David and Andrew Rodriguez, Brianna, Diego, Aliyah and Alyssa Delara; and great grandchildren, Leanna, Ethan and Joseph Lomeli. She was preceded in death by her parents, Luis Romo Zermeño and Consuelo Lozano Zermeño; brothers, Gustavo Zermeño, Luis Zermeño and Jose Zermeño.
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, October 10, at San Salvador Mission Church in Piru. The Holy Rosary will be held at 10 a.m. followed by the Funeral Mass, celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Family and Friends, who wish to attend, will be asked to follow all social distancing guidelines for COVID-19. Friends are encouraged to view the Live Facebook video, which will be available on the San Salvador Mission Facebook feed. A private reception will follow for funeral services for the Delara and Zermeño Families.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the entire community of Fillmore and surrounding Ventura County cities for their outpouring support.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Perez Family Funeral Home, 600 Central Avenue Fillmore, CA 93015, (805) 524-0439.

Kenneth Lyle DeMoss (1971-2020)

Kenneth Lyle DeMoss (1971-2020)

Kenn DeMoss, 48 years old, passed away on September 21, 2020. He was well loved by many who remember him from Vons as one of their favorite clerks. “I’ve known Kenn for years and miss him so much, he was always so friendly and happy.”
Kenn was born in Bakersfield, California to James and Wanda DeMoss on October 8, 1971. He was one of six children, Kathy, Kevin, Karen, Kim, and twin sister Kelly. At a young age Kenn began establishing his reputation as a crazy and adventurous guy. He began terrorizing the neighborhood on his big wheel then moved up to his off-road jeep, playing tricks on other drivers, and taking risks on the open dirt roads. “There was never a dull moment with Uncle Kenn, he would always manage to get into some kind of trouble,” as nephew James remembers.
After working at Del Taco while attending North High in Bakersfield, he started working at Vons. There he met his wonderful wife to be, Andreana, who was attracted to his easy going and friendly attitude. “He was hilarious!” Then on August 30, 1997 they moved to Ventura County, got married, and began a family. Kenn and Andreana have three wonderful children, Maddie (20), Jackie (15), and Kenny (11). He loved his family and shared many adventures and good times with them.
Some of his favorite times were during Fourth of July when it was legal to blow things up. There was always a story to be told around that holiday event. He lit the fire for great barbecues and cooking as well and joined a local barbecue team called Part Time Barbecue. Kenn’s pork ribs earned him a first place at the America’s Finest BBQ State Championship in San Diego.
Celebrations were important to Kenn because he loved having a good time with others. This love extended to the people in the community whom he got to see every day while working as a clerk at Vons in Fillmore since 2001. His love for the community extended to his service as a realtor where he truly enjoyed finding the perfect family home for those in the community. He loved to connect with people and make them feel important and especially make them laugh.
Kenn will truly be missed by so many people whose lives were touched by his kindness. The DeMoss family would like to express their thanks and appreciation for all the love and support the community has shown during this most difficult time of loss.

Joy Cottrell Ashlock

Joy Cottrell Ashlock

Joy Cottrell Ashlock
Age: 69
Complete Address: 414 Oriole PO Box 326 Inyokern, California 93527-0326
Date of Death: September 19, 2020
Cause of Death: Hemorrhage Shock due to Anemia caused by Diverticulitis
Place of Death: Palmdale Regional Hospital Palmdale, California
Resident of: Ridgecrest, California since 1991
Previous residence Lawrenceburg Tennessee 1970-1990
Fillmore, California 1990 -2001
Date of Birth: 10 May 1951 Waynesboro, Tennessee
Occupation: Retired book keeper Retired August 1991
Last Employer: William L. Morris Chevrolet Fillmore, California
1969 graduate of Fillmore High School
Brother Keith Cottrell Fillmore, California
Sister Delphene Edwards Virginia
Sister Shirley Cromwell Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
Sister Maunie Waters Riverside, California
Husband Roy Ashlock, Sr. 414 Oriole PO Box 326 Inyokern, California
Step Daughter Jennifer Ova Cedar City, Utah
Step Son Roy Ashlock Mesa, Arizona
Step Daughter Kristin Powell Sisters, Oregon
Step Son Andrew Ashlock Cambria, California
7 step grand children
4 step great grand children
Service: Memorial 10 Oct 2020 2:00 PM Inyokern Baptist Church Inyokern, CA
Mortuary: Holland & Lyons Ridgecrest, CA
She requested cremation. Final burial Bardsdale Cemetery next to her mother at later date.

Norbert Castel de Oro (1952-2020)

Norbert Castel de Oro (1952-2020)

January 1, 1952 to September 6, 2020
“When we rise again with glorious bodies, in the power of the Lord, these bodies will be white and resplendent as the snow, more brilliant than the sun, more transparent than crystal, and each one will have a special mark of honor and glory, according to the support and endurance of torments and sufferings, willingly and freely borne to the honor of God.” Bl. Jan Van Ruysbroeck
Norbert (Bert) went Home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on a Sunday morning, with his family by his bedside.
Norbert leaves behind his wife of 35 years, Wanda, and three sons: Matthew Furness (Marilyn) of Fillmore, Daniel Furness (Chrissy) of Mammoth Lakes, and Andrew Castel de Oro (Sigourney) of Goodfellow AFB, Texas (US Army). He adored his eight grandchildren: Katrionna, Ryan, Summer Grace, Heather, Jenna, Luke, Jackson Pio, and Miriam. They will always remember and love Grandpa. His family meant everything to him.
He always joked that he was “Born in East LA”, like the Springsteen song, to Norbert and Gloria, both deceased.
Norbert entered the US Air Force as a young man of 20, and proudly served for 16 years, eight active duty, eight Air National Guard. During his military service he was assigned to Norton AFB, San Bernardino, CA, Hamilton AFB, Marin County, CA, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, Elgin AFB, Florida, and 2-years at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. He also was called back to active duty for Operation Desert Storm in 1991, serving two tours in Europe/Kuwait. He Honorably Discharged from service when his health no longer allowed him to continue.
Norbert worked for 11 years with the LAPD as a Police Service Rep / 911 Dispatcher at Parker Center, and various police stations including Newton, Wilshire and Hollywood division. He received many commendations during his time there, including an Operation Desert Storm Employee Recognition Ceremony with Mayor Tom Bradley. He was on-hand for the 1984 Olympics serving on a security advisory panel, and during the Los Angeles riots in 1992. He left the LAPD with a medical discharge after developing carpal and cubital tunnel which required several surgeries.
In 2004 he earned a Certificate of Achievement from the Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management Institute, which he utilized working for the City of Santa Barbara for five years before retiring.
He continued to work as a history teacher at Rio Mesa High School, Oxnard, and substitute teacher in the Fillmore Unified School District, where he was known as “Mr. C”. He also worked as an assistant in Fillmore’s Gateway Program for several years.
Norbert earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Cal Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, and completed one year of law school (VC School of Law) before health issues again interfered. He always had a strong interest in religious civil rights and planned to pursue the field with a law degree. He also worked as a Researcher at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, with his work resulting in Richard E. Neustadt’s book “Presidential Power and the Modern Presidents”. The book is dedicated to him.
Thank you for the many cards, letters and flowers expressing love and friendship for Norbert. Several sentiments stood out…
“If you have wondered about how you have made a difference, think about your family. Think about the kids in this community. Think about your many friends.”
“We were blessed to have him. He was a well-liked, respected, and trusted.”
“For me he was as authentic a human being as a friend could be.”
“He was a wonderful friend to me, and I cherished his friendship. I will miss his presence.”
Thank you to Assisted Home Health & Hospice for the five months of care they provided to Norbert, and especially to nurse Sherry for her excellent care and compassion.
Thank you to Diane for her meals, prayers, rosaries, and presence.
Thank you to Fr. Pasquale for visiting Norbert at the hospital and administering Last Rites, and to Fr. Alex for his care and concern.
A special thank you to son Daniel and Chrissy for all you did for him (and me) at the end. He knew.
Norbert is also survived by (Wanda’s family) brother-in-law Larry and wife Cathy, and their daughters Tracy and Jackie, and their spouses, and children; his sister Janice and brothers Gary, James and Stephen and their spouses, and many aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins.
A service will take place at St. Francis of Assisi, Fillmore in December where Norbert attended daily Mass. Any donations in Norbert’s name can be made to St. Francis of Assisi, Fillmore, or the Gary Sinise Foundation, in support of our returning veterans. He would have liked that.

Marie Wren (1928-2020)

Marie Wren (1928-2020)

Local author Earle Marie Wren, passionate advocate for Boy Scouts, public schools, Rancho Camulos, and all things Fillmore, passed away on September 12, 2020. Graveside services will be at Bardsdale Cemetery on Monday, September 28, 11 am. Masks will be required, and attendees are asked to follow the six-foot recommendation for social distancing. Due to the pandemic, there will not be a reception following the service. Marie understood that many of her family and friends would not be able to attend due to the unique time in which we find ourselves. Donations may be made, in her honor, to the Fillmore Alumni Scholarship Fund.
After 92 years and a great life, Marie Wren decided she was ready for “the next chapter” and declined treatment for her cancer. Organized until the end, she wanted to spare her family the chore of writing an obituary and so drafted her own. This is a slightly condensed version.
Earle Marie Wren was born to Buren and Jessie Johnston on July 23, 1928 in Coleman County, Texas. In 1938 Marie, her mother, and brother Kenneth moved to her grandparents’ farm in Carter County, Oklahoma. Their three-years on that farm had a great influence on Marie’s life. Not only did she learn to love the out-of-doors, nature and storytelling, but from grades 6-8 she attended a two-room country school where she met her future husband, Gene Wren.
Marie graduated from Ardmore High School in 1945 and attended Phillips University for two years while Gene was in the Army. The two married in 1947 and Fillmore became Marie’s permanent home. She never looked back. She worked for a short time at Ramona Savings and Loan and then part time for Frank Erskine, eventually taking over his small casualty insurance agency and opening her own. She retired in 1995 to devote more time to her community interests.
Marie is survived by her daughters, Kathryn Wren Gavlak (Ray) of Fillmore and Jessica Wren Vincent (Greg) of Ridgecrest, grandsons Andrew (Sara) and Patrick Beekman, and great-granddaughter Sienna Beekman. She was preceded in death by her son Steven and her husband of six decades, Gene Wren.
Marie and Gene were active in the community from the early days of their marriage. When Gene took over as Scoutmaster of Troop 406, the couple gave up square dancing to devote more time to Scouts. Marie was the camp cook during the annual family scouting adventure each summer. While Gene organized the daily activities, Marie organized the food and cooking. Those scouts and their families became part of her large extended family.
Marie served on the Fillmore Unified School Board for eight years and was the first woman on the Board after unification. In addition to Boy Scouts, she volunteered with Girls Scouts, 4-H, PTA, Soroptimist, Lions, and the Historical Museum. She worked with the Business committee of the Chamber of Commerce and always insisted the palm trees on Central Avenue not be cut down. That was the local joke around town—don’t mess with the palm trees or you will hear from Marie Wren. She also served on the board of the Senior Center, helping to add and revitalize services for Fillmore’s senior citizens. Organizing came easily to her and she could work with anyone but was known to stand her ground, particularly at City Council meetings. She was never without an opinion (just ask any of her many friends).
Honors included Fillmore Citizen of the Year and Grand Marshall of the Festival with Gene. One year the Festival provided the backdrop for Marie to sit in a wagon with Gene and share stories of Fillmore’s early days, which she loved. The couple also enjoyed playing Santa and Mrs. Santa, which they did for 25 years.
Marie loved to write in a plain, folksy way. In addition to her voluminous correspondence, she wrote an historical column for the Fillmore Herald and then the Sespe Sun. She recently published a compilation of those columns, Stories to Be Told. Marie’s grandparents were Indian Territory pioneers and she spent several years researching and writing their story, Charley and Mary Rudd (available in the Fillmore library). She built a collection of over 1000 pioneer women biographies and women’s studies from around the world as well as Early California and Indian Territory history, much of which she donated to Ventura College. She was always available to school groups that wanted to learn about women’s suffrage, pioneers or Indians, and local history.
When Marie became associated with the then-new Rancho Camulos Museum, her interest shifted from Indian Territory history to early California history, and she became a member of the first docent group at Camulos. She helped organize the Docent Council for the museum and served as Chairman for 18 months. Her final project for the Rancho Camulos Museum was raising the money for restoration of the del Valle buggy, which was presented to the Museum Board in January 2010. That project was Marie’s “pride and joy.”
Marie was proud to be a farmer’s wife and never quite recovered from the grief that Gene’s death brought her, but she was determined to keep on smiling and doing what she could right up until “the next chapter.”

Edmond “Eddie/Ed” Albert Hollis (1948-2020)

Edmond “Eddie/Ed” Albert Hollis (1948-2020)

Born May 13, 1948 in Bakersfield, Ca.
Died September 5, 2020 in Santa Barbara, Ca.
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Edmond Albert Hollis announce his passing. Eddie was a Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, and friend.
Eddie grew up in Santa Paula, Ca. and attended both Santa Paula High School and California High School (Whittier, Ca.). Eddie graduated from California High School in 1966 and went on to attend and receive his Associate’s Degree from Ventura Community College. Eddie also attended California Polytechnic State University and many other technical and trade schools.
Eddie was drafted into the U.S. Army and served from 1968-1969. Eddie proudly served his country while in the Army and was a Vietnam Veteran. He was also involved in volunteering and helping his fellow Veterans over the years.
Eddie worked as an Electrician for Texaco Oil Company for many years, in the Santa Paula / Fillmore area and he lived in Fillmore, Ca. He also worked for Torch Oil Company in Bakersfield, Ca. before retiring and making Bakersfield his home.
Eddie was a participant in the Alcoholics Anonymous Program and achieved 34 years of sobriety. He also mentored and assisted other participants as a sponsor, to help them through the difficulties associated with maintaining their sobriety.
Eddie traveled across the United States and overseas, he enjoyed seeing the world and making new friends. Ed lived his life to the fullest and never missed an opportunity to talk to and meet new people.
Eddie was always working on projects around his home and workshop that kept him busy. He had an extensive collection of all types of machinery, vehicles, tools, and antique collectables. Eddie could design and build just about anything, he was a very talented welder and craftsman. He restored antique cars, built trailers, and was always thinking of the next project.
Eddie was preceded in death by his loving Mother, Juanita Hollis Boyd Lewis, Grandparents Laura and John Weatherford, Aunt Alice Bryer, Uncle and Aunt Leo and Gladys Weatherford.
Eddie is survived by his sons Kyle Hollis (Brandy), and Denman “Denny” Hollis (Angela), and stepdaughter Andrea Doures.
Sister, Shirley Hendren (Ron), Brother, Joe Hollis (Becky), Sister, Carolyn Ross (Jimmie).
Grandchildren: Jackson, Sammy, Presley, Cooper, Rowdy, Harlie, Ella, Emma, and Erin.
Eddie is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Eddie loved spending time with his family, especially sons Denny and Kyle.
The family would like to thank the Veterans Administration for helping to move Eddie to Santa Barbara, so he could be closer to his family. Thank you to Hoffman’s Hospice of Bakersfield and Roze Room Hospice of Ventura, for their loving care of Ed.
Ed will be interned in the National Cemetery in Bakersfield Ca. A private military ceremony to be held.

Raymond R. Cuevas (1932-2020)

Raymond R. Cuevas (1932-2020)

Raymond Cuevas was born and raised in Los Angeles, but spent the last 21 years of his life in Fillmore, California.
Earning a scholarship from the Chouinard Art Institute and using the G.I. Bill as a veteran of the Korean War, he continued his studies at Otis Art Institute. After graduating, Cuevas worked as a commercial artist and award-winning graphic designer for more than 25 years.
In 1985, he began painting the unique landscapes of the Los Angeles and San Gabriel areas. In 1999, after moving to Ventura County, he focused on the remaining rural landscapes of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
The American artist, Mario Armond Zamparelli, described Cuevas’s achievement: “It takes one solitary eye to be sensitive to the upheaval in our communities. Raymond Cuevas has reached out and captured some of the tranquil beauty still tremulously evident in our fragile countryside. Witnessing his painting evokes [this] sense of beauty.”
Raymond Cuevas painted landscapes, cityscapes and figurative paintings. His work has been shown and auctioned at Bonhams and Butterfield, as well as John Moran Auctioneers. He was also an Artist Member of the California Art Club.
He loved nature and all animals, especially his little dogs and cats. He shared a life-long love of playing tennis with his wife, but his heart was with art, classical music, and jazz.
Ray is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judy, and his sisters, Peggy Stein and Patsy Ortiz. Due to the corona virus restrictions, a memorial will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to Big Life, African Wildlife Foundation, or World Wildlife Fund.

Kenneth H. James (1924-2020)

Kenneth H. James (1924-2020)

Ken passed away peacefully at his home, with his daughter Karen present, on his 75th wedding anniversary. Ken’s beautiful wife, Jenna, passed away February, 14 of 2016.

Ken loved life, and his loving, generous, hard-working and caring spirit will be missed by his family and many friends. He is survived by his children, Karen, Roger and David, his brother Vernon, 6 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Ken’s life is tentatively planned on his birthday in April 2021 at his commercial property.

Through the years Ken made friends quickly wherever he was. Everyone who met him knew he had nonstop energy, loved to make “deals,” always had a project or two going on and was a tough and compassionate negotiator. He was a friend, father-figure and mentor to many, always ready to lend a helping hand, and sharing his blunt and wise point of view.

Ken was born on April 18th 1924 in Santa Paula, California to Lillian and Howard James. Ken served in the 2nd world war 1942-1945, with the Army Air Core as a flight instructor for B-17’s.

Ken married his childhood sweet heart Jenna Cox, while serving with the Army Air Core in Mississippi. In 1959, the family moved to Goleta, CA. Ken would become well-known in his community as establishing several construction businesses, including El Sol Plastering, Casa Plastering, Casa Insulation, and Santa Barbara Insulation.

Ken supposedly “retired” at 63. At this point in his life he went on a mission to take on the world, leasing buildings all over town, opening the “Upstairs Art Gallery and building the Casa Esperanza Building. He was captain of Santa Barbara’s Golf Club Men’s Team Play. He became an avid gardener, always creating magnificent gardens around his home. He became a Pilates student, and videos of him circulated around the world on Instagram, gaining over five hundred followers.

He played Pebble Beach & Spyglass with son David when he was 90, visited his son Roger and daughter-in-law Denise in Brazil at 93, and visited his daughter Karen in Mexico.

Ken shared his experienced wisdom of 96 years with those around him. One of our favorites is when asked “what could you have done more of” he said “Love, Love, Love.” He also told us to “listen to each other!”

Ken will be missed by all who knew this special man.

Ken leaves his brother Vernon (Annabeth) James, and nephew Stanley, daughter Karen Wight, son Roger (Denise) James, son David (Linda) James, grandchildren Jemal (Gina) James, Felicia (Terry) Hanna, Arlin (Stephanie) James, Jana (Michael) Atherton, Matthew Hall and Diane Price, great grandchildren Blayke Harrison, Jaxon James, Sora Hanna and Rowan Hanna, Hunter Victoria James and Noa James and Lucio De La Santos.

Douglas Richard Elkins (1938-2020)

Douglas Richard Elkins (1938-2020)

Douglas Richard Elkins, 81, (1938 to 2020), of Ojai passed away peacefully at home with family by his side. Born and raised in Fillmore he was the 4th generation in his family. Son of Richard (Dick) Elkins and Edith (Warring) Elkins.

He attended school in Fillmore and continued his education at Colorado State University. Upon completion of his college degree he returned to Fillmore, married Kathleen (Kitty) Moore and they raised their children Rick and Ann who also graduated from Fillmore.

His career was in construction, most recently working for Benner and Carpenter Surveying and Union Engineering Company. He worked for Union Engineering Company 1981 – 2013 prior to retirement. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 12.

He also was involved with the operations of Dick Elkins Trucking with his Dad.

Doug is survived by his wife, Becky (Ford) Elkins. Daughter, Ann (Elkins) Leslie. Brother, Ed Elkins. Sister, Neila(Elkins) Beam. Step son, Nathan Larramendy (Nick). Step daughter, Tonya Peralta (John). Grandchildren, Lacie Leslie (Todd), Evan Leslie, Ethan Peralta, Owen Peralta. Great grandchildren, Tyler and Ryan.

Predeceased by son Richard (Rick) Elkins and parents Dick and Edith Elkins.

His passions were spending time with family and friends. Including deep sea fishing in Sitka Alaska with his dad, brother, sons-in-law, grandson, and friends. Spending time at the family beach cabin. Boating on the Colorado River. BBQ dinners with all the stories included.

He was a member of Fillmore Club, and Piru Sportsman Gun Club.

Don’t forget his pair of Golden Retrievers, FRED and GINGER who accompanied him everywhere including their daily trip to the donut shop.

Arrangements have been made by the Neptune Society. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Mary Lou Blythe Purves (1937-2020)

Mary Lou Blythe Purves (1937-2020)

Mary Lou Blythe Purves passed away peacefully on August 5, 2020 in Grants Pass, OR, where she was living with her daughter and son in law, Lori and Dino.
She was born March 25,1937 to Barney and Inda Blythe in Fillmore, CA. She graduated from Fillmore High School in 1955. She worked at the packing house until she married Jim Purves on September 9, 1960. They moved to Lancaster and raised their two children, Lori and Michael. Then moved again to Ridgecrest where Jim worked on the base. They moved to Bullhead City for a time and enjoyed the fun and games there.
As Jim was a hunter, he then wanted to move to Montana and Mary agreed, if he would build her a log cabin in the woods. So off they went to Libby, Montana and lived in a trailer while the "cabin" was being built. It turned out to be some cabin!! 4 bedroom, 2 bath, big living room and kitchen, a carport and a basement. It was beautiful and they loved it. They could sit in the kitchen or living room and look out at the deer feeding in the meadow. Michael came to live with them there and in the meantime Lori had moved to Grants Pass, OR.
Jim passed away in November 2006. Later Mary was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin's lymphoma and she began chemo. Lori and Michael would take her to Libby for her treatments and while they were together they had a lot of laughs. Mary's treatments got rid of her cancer and she remained in good health. Michael passed away July 2016. The family gathered and after Michaels services we all helped Mary pack her home and Lori moved Mary and her dog and cat to Grants Pass.
Mary leaves behind her daughter Lori (Dino), her brother in law, Dick ( Barbara) Purves and many nieces and nephews.
There will be no funeral services.

Peggy Lou Ilhareguy (1937-2020)

Peggy Lou Ilhareguy (1937-2020)

Peggy Lou Ilhareguy passed peacefully on August 2, 2020 at the age of 83. She was born on June 10, 1937 to Theodore and Celina Thayer in Fillmore, CA. She married her sweetheart, Ed Ilhareguy and graduated from Fillmore High School, fulfilling her promise to Ed. They were blessed with two children, Hank and Jan, and spent the next twenty years raising their family in the Fillmore community, hunting, fishing and enjoying family and friends.
The mountain air called and off they went to Colorado. They ran a lodge in Grand Mesa, then moved to Douglas Pass and started Buckridge Hunting, Ed the guide and Peg the cook. Peg was a great cook. Her cinnamon rolls and homemade bread were the best ever. Peg loved to cook, craft and shop and visit with friends and family. She had a great love for her dogs, from Tinkerbell and Taco to Killer and Kacey, her dogs held a special place in hear heart. They spent many happy years together in Colorado.
After Ed's passing Peg returned to Fillmore where she spread her laughter and smiles to all she met. Peg spent her last years at Victoria Care Center, where she could be found roaming the halls in her wheelchair and sharing her smile with all.
Peg was preceded in death by her daughter Jan and her husband Ed. She is survived by her son Hank (Linda) Ilhareguy, grandkids Lora, Shantel, Dustin, Hank, John, Samantha and Casey, eight great grandchildren, Sisters Dixie(Dan) Carpenter and Delores Swearengin and many nieces, nephews and friends all around the world.
A special thanks to all the caregivers and staff at Victoria Care Center for their loving kindness and care they gave to Peggy Lou.
No funeral services will be held.

Arthur Ponce (1956-2020)

Arthur Ponce (1956-2020)

It is with great sadness that the family of Arthur Ponce announce his sudden passing on August 4, 2020. He passed away at the age of 64 years old in Piru, California. Born on June 12, 1956, in Santa Paula to Guadalupe and Jessie Ponce, Arthur was known for his infectious smile, easy-going demeanor, and way around the kitchen. A graduate of Fillmore High in 1974, Arthur (or Artie to those closest to him) spent many years working within the food industry. For the last 10 years, Arthur worked within Santa Paula High School’s food service department. It was one of his great pleasures serving those students. He loved kids. As an uncle, he enjoyed watching cartoons with his niece, Rebecca, spending time shooting hoops with his nephew, Brandon, and drawing for his niece, Julianna. Every Christmas Eve, he looked forward to playing Chinasos with his nephews, after spending an entire day spreading masa for tamales with his family. Never one to shy away from conversation, Arthur had many friends. Whether it be spending time watching his Dodgers or Lakers, or making the drive up to the June Lake Loop to do some fishing, Arthur always had his friends by his side. Arthur will be remembered for his joy of life. For the love he shared with those around him. Arthur is survived by his siblings Suzanne Duran (husband Steve), Esperanza Chavez (husband William), and Lisa Walker (husband Ron); his nieces and nephews Rebecca Barnick, Raymond Duran, Anthony Chavez, Vincent Chavez, Frank Chavez, John Chavez, Julianna Walker, and Brandon Walker. He was preceded in death by his parents. A celebration of Artie’s life will occur when COVID-19 allows. At this time, a private ceremony will be held. This obituary will be available at the Perez Family funeral home website. The family encourages all to use the interactive online tributes to post memories and respects to Artie there.

Paul Ortiz Casas Jr. (1939-2020)

Paul Ortiz Casas Jr. (1939-2020)

On Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020, Paul Ortiz Casas Jr. passed away peacefully surrounded by his devoted wife, Connie Casas, and his immediate family.
Paul was born in Fillmore, CA on October 22, 1939 to Paul Casas Sr. and Antonia Ortiz Casas. He, along with six siblings, grew up on Sespe Ranch with a world of adventure at his doorstep. He took pride in telling stories at the table of how he learned to swim by being thrown into the riverbed at age four. His swimming skills later earned him the title of “Kingfish” among his family and followed him into his adult life. He landed his first job at eight years old, hunting gophers on the ranch. His first paycheck was 11 dollars and he proudly bought his father, Paul Casas Sr., a pair of boots.
Paul and Connie wed on April 20, 1963 in Santa Paula. Paul was then drafted into the US Army on their wedding day. His service took him to Texas and Germany. Once he returned home, Paul worked at Elkins Ranch Golf Course building “the back nine” and began his career then with Kenneth Hunter Jr.
He moved Connie and their two boys, Paul and Christopher, to Santa Barbara to build Sandpiper Golf Course in 1971. They had their daughter, Melissa, soon after. After the completion of Sandpiper, Paul continued his education and received an Associate’s Degree from Santa Barbara City College in horticulture.
Paul was very involved with his family, coaching his children and serving as a board member at the Goleta Boy’s Club. He also served as Dad’s Club President at Bishop Diego Garcia High School, which all of his children attended. Many memorable afternoons and evenings were spent coaching, calling BINGO, and fundraising.
He was devoted to his passion of building golf courses for 42 years. In addition to Sandpiper Golf Course, Paul built La Purisima, San Geronimo, and Hunter Ranch.
Paul and Connie retired in 2006 and immediately started their traveling adventures at sea to Fiji, then returned to their second home at Lake Nacimiento, CA. Paul enjoyed hosting dinner parties, barbecues in the summer, daily Rumikub games with Connie, playing pool, tending to his gardens and swimming and teaching his grandchildren valuable lessons and life skills.
Paul was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Paul and Connie experienced true love for each other for 58 years. Paul would say his greatest accomplishment was his family. He is survived by his wife, Connie; three children: Paul III (Lisa), Christopher and Melissa; his grandchildren: Danika and Justin Casas, Luke and Maxine Borders, and Kai and Diego Casas. He has three surviving siblings: Irene Deskins, Gloria Castaneda and Joanne De La Torre.
The family is eager to celebrate Paul’s life once we are able to.

Roberta (Berta) Maynard Espinoza (1961-2020)

Roberta (Berta) Maynard Espinoza (1961-2020)

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Roberta (Berta) Maynard Espinoza
Our loving and devoted mother, wife, sister and friend to all lives she touched.
She left us peacefully at a young age of 59 after several months of being ill.
Born January 28th 1961 to Dolores and Travis Maynard.
Roberta grew up in Fillmore and attended Fillmore schools, she was active playing basketball, softball and cheerleading as a young teenager.
She had various jobs through her life but the one the loved was care giving; she cared for grandma Angie, uncle Val, her father and her mother. She had a very caring heart and just loved giving her love to all.
Roberta relocated to Bakersfield 5 years ago to be closer to her children.
She loved to spend time with her family going to casinos with her husband, brother and sisters. She loved yard sales, going to movies with her children and grandchildren, and attending mass. Roberta was survived by her husband José Espinoza, children Tanya Rodriguez, Arthur (wife Breanna), Corina Garcia (husband José) Sabrina Martinez (husband Mike) Priscilla Rodriquez, and Joshua. Grandchildren: Eddie, Joseph, Nicholas, Gerardo, Michael, Robert, Anthony, Elijah, Ella, Bella, Eric, Nathan and Daniel. Brother Steve Maynard (wife Cathy),
Sisters Vicky Gonzalez (husband John), Kathy Myers (husband Tom), her twin Teresa Ramirez (husband Jorge), Mary Sandoval (husband Joe) and numerous nieces and nephews.
Roberta is preceded in death by her infant son Michael Rodriguez, her mother Dolores and Father Travis, nephews Lonnie Gabriel and Jorge (Pelon Ramirez).
We would like to give thanks for the overwhelming love and support during this difficult time.
Rosary will be at Basham Funeral Home (3312 Niles St Bakersfield CA, 93306) at 7pm on Thursday July 9th 2020 with a viewing from 5pm-8pm. Mass will be St. Francis of Assisi Church (900 H st, Bakersfield CA, 93304) on Friday July 10th, 2020 at 10 am with burial following at Greenlawn cemetery (2739 Panama Ln, Bakersfield CA, 93313) unlimited as long as there is social distancing.
Also due to situation we will not be able to provide a reception.

Helen Marie Lidamore (1932-2020)

Helen Marie Lidamore (1932-2020)

Helen Marie Lidamore, of Fillmore California passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 4th, 2020 blessed with 88 years of precious life. After months of failing health, she died serenely at home with her beloved family by her side.
Helen was born on March 28th, 1932 into Theycol and Harold Dorman. As a child she was raised in the small farming community of Bardsdale California. Helen graduated from Fillmore High School in 1950and after one year of Jr. College she began a career at PGE as a Telephone Operator. She was blessed with a daughter Malinda K. Pavlovich from her 1stmarriage and then went on to meet the love of her life Charles E. Lidamore and was blessed with a second Child Phyllis Sparks. Charles E. Lidamore went on to Adopt Malinda as his own. They raised their family in the small agricultural town of Bardsdale where they were members of the Fillmore Piru Citrus Association.
Ms. Lidamore was a strong Matriarch, devoted community member with old fashioned values; Helen was an active member of the Bardsdale United Methodist Church. She took pride working as a Secretary for the Church for over 35 years. Helen was a founding member of the Church Bell choir where she enjoyed and work diligently to give a great performance. She was always thrilled to have her family members come and support her through her annual Christmas Bells performance. She also served alongside the Fillmore Police Department as an active member of the Citizens on Patrol in the 90’s together with her late husband Charles E. Lidamore.
Helen loved to camp by the beach, was an active member of 1000 trails, and enjoyed spending time at her cabin in Frazier Park. She also loved to watch the Dodgers and Lakers play on TV.
Helen Lidamore is preceded in death by Parents, Harold Eugene Dorman, and Theycol Dorman; loving husband Charles E. Lidamore; and son-in-law Robert Sparks.
Mrs. Lidamore is survived by her devoted children, Malinda K. Pavlovich of Fillmore CA, and Phyllis Sparks of Newbury Park CA. She also leaves behind 8 grandchildren Rebecca Tafoya, Katrina Tafoya, Kimberly Tafoya, and Anthony Tafoya of Fillmore CA; Nichole Tafoya of Bakersfield CA; Sandra Gutierrez of Thousand Oaks CA, and Jaymee Whitlock of Newbury Park CA. She also leaves behind 24 Great grandchildren, and her caring dog Lucky, 2 cats and 3 birds. Helen loved to work in her garden on her orange tree ranch and putter around the yard. So, we as a family leave this poem for our Dear Grandmee…
God looked around his garden and found an empty space
Then he looked down upon this earth and saw your tired face
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest
God’s garden must be beautiful
He only takes the best

Alejandra B. Huerta (1937-2020)

Alejandra B. Huerta (1937-2020)

Alejandra B. Huerta passed away peacefully at home on July 1, 2020 surrounded by her family. Alejandra was born on July 17, 1937 in Purisima, Guanajuato Mexico to Ramon Becerra and Genoveva Alba. Alejandra was a resident of Ventura County for 56 years.
Alejandra married Paulino Huerta in 1959. They were married for 60 years. Together they raised their three children Beatriz, George, and Ramon. She worked at the Olga Co. in Santa Paula and Fillmore as a garment inspector for 15 years.
Alejandra enjoyed cooking for her family, especially making her family's favorite delicious rice. She also enjoyed shopping and her early morning walks with her husband Paulino and friends. She looked forward to trips to Mexico, going to Chumash Casino and to Las Vegas. Most of all Alejandra loved spending time with her family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, hosting and attending family gatherings.
Alejandra will be greatly missed by her family and many friends who knew her as a compassionate and loving person who never turned anyone away and kept her door open to anyone who needed help.
Alejandra is preceded in death by her parents Ramon and Genoveva, her sister Soledad and brother Cosme and is survived by her siblings Antonio Becerra, Felipe (Angeles) Becerra, Frank (Gloria) Becerra, Antonia (Francisco) Perez and Guadalupe Gamino. She is also survived by her husband of 60 years Paulino Huerta, daughter Beatriz (Ray) Acosta, sons George (Liz) Huerta and Ramon (Shelley) Huerta; grandchildren Nicole, Brianna (Chuy), Arianna, Patricia, Jah-Leesa (Mike), Cheyenne, Sierra, Bailey, Tanner, and ten great grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by her family, numerous relatives and friends.
We would like to thank Mission Hospice for their attentive care of our beloved mother/grandmother. A viewing will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 8:00 am at Perez Family Funeral Home in Fillmore. Followed by a Rosary and Funeral Mass at Saint Francis of Assisi Church. Internment to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery.