Long time Fillmore resident, Delbert Gunter passed away Monday September 28, 2009 at the age of 80. Mr. Gunter had just been diagnosed two weeks ago with lung cancer.
He is survived by his wife Phyllis, sons Scott & Stacy of Fillmore, son David of Newalla, OK, daughter Kim of Thousand Oaks, 3 sisters and 2 brothers all of OK.
The family is honoring Mr. Gunter's wishes for no type of service.
Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary 600 N. Central Ave., Fillmore, CA 93015
Beatrice Louise Webb 1926 - 2009 Graveside Services for Beatrice Louise Webb will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 10:00 a.m. at Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Park, 2739 Panama Lane. Reverend Bob Winter will officiate. Bea was born February 22, 1926 in Summers, Arkansas and left to be with the Lord on August 25, 2009. Bea's family moved to Fillmore, California when she was a small child. After attending local schools she married Eugene King in 1941 and had two sons, Ralph and Paul. Sadly, she was widowed at the age of 20. Bea then met and married Jim Webb in 1947 and had another son, Steve. In 1953 the family moved to New Cuyama, California where Jim worked for Richfield and she enjoyed being a housewife. In 1960, the family moved to Bakersfield. After her boys were grown she went to work for JC Penney's and then the Kern County Department of Human Services. Bea retired as a Supervisor from the Department in 1985, after 18 years of service. Nothing was more important to Bea than home and family. She was an excellent seamstress and cook. No one will ever forget her sugar cookies. Her home was beautiful, as was Bea. Her house was always the gathering place for family during the holidays. Bea never had a bad word to say about anyone and was always optimistic. In retirement, she stayed active and was always on the go. She enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, bingo and attending Bible Study. She was also involved in several organizations including the Woman's Club of Bakersfield, the Kern County Retirees Association, Community House and the USS Enterprise CV-6 Association. On August 25, 2009, after a nine year battle with cancer, Bea passed away peacefully in her sleep. She is preceded in death by her parents, Orvil and Marie Engledow; sister, Peggy Schiffel; and husband, Jim. She will be deeply missed by her survivors who include her sister, Helen Conaway; her sons, Ralph King and wife Janet, Paul King, Steve Webb and wife Sarah; 4 grandchildren, Jason King, Randy King, Paul Wayne King, Jennifer Webb; and 4 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Alexis, Julia and Joshua King. The family would like to thank Optimal Hospice and extend a special thank you to Elva Castro with Interim Assisted Living for the exceptional care she gave to our mother in her final days. Visitation was held September 1, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Greenlawn Southwest. Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary
Beloved mother and grandmother passed away peacefully on Sept. 1, 2009, in Torrance, CA. She was born Peggy Joe Blythe, on Aug. 29, 1932, in Coweta, OK. As a young child Peggy moved with her family to Fillmore, Calif and graduated from Fillmore High School in 1951. After High School Peggy joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Ft. Knox, KY until 1954. Peggy was deeply loved by family and friends and will be greatly missed. Peggy is survived by her three children, Robert Button of Las Vegas, NV; Joyce Button of Weehawken, NJ; and Carol Button of San Pedro, Calif; grandchildren Frank, Katie and Alexandria; sisters, Willa Chambers of Moses Lake, WA; Bernice Michael of Fillmore, Calif; and Mary Pervis of Libby, Mt. A memorial service honoring her life is planned for early November.
Long time Fillmore High teacher Donald Skoe passed away September 21st. He taught Biology at Fillmore High School for 32 years.
David Joseph Garcia
Port Hueneme, CA
David Garcia known by many as D.J. Gorilla was 33 years old when he passed away early Sunday morning, September 27, 2009. David was born June 22, 1976 in Santa Paula, California to Pastor Raul and Rachel Garcia and grew up in Fillmore, California. David married Sonia â€śPreciosaâ€ť Garcia on April 10, 2004 in Fillmore, California. They both lived in Port Hueneme, CA.
David graduated from Fillmore High School; played high school football, learned the skill of mixing music/DJ for various school functions & activities; working with wood craft design. This led him to his profession as a Car audio & alarm designer/ installer; David worked full time at Scosche in Oxnard, California for many years & developed his own Entertainment Promotion Enterprise- known as â€śG-ENTâ€ť; Gorilla was a full time professional D.J. & loved people.
David is survived by his Wife Sonia Garcia of Port Hueneme, CA; Mother Rachel Garcia or Port Hueneme, CA; 4 nieces A.J. Garcia Morales, Alyssa Garcia, Iliana Garcia Morales, Stephanie Linares, Brother Mark Garcia of Fillmore, CA; Raul Matthew of Orange County, Aunts, Uncles, & Cousins, and D.J. Brothers â€śyou know who you areâ€ť â€“ 805 D.J.s.
David is preceded in death by his father Rev. Raul Morales Garcia of Fillmore, CA.
Assisting the family with funeral arrangements is the family owned and operated by Perez Family Funeral Home, Camarillo, CA. â€śOur family putting your family firstâ€ť.
For any inquiry please contact (805) 484-6365/ www.camarillomortuary.com
Born in Newport, Ok. April 4, 1923 past away September 18, 2009. Mary was married to Art Hutchens on October 27, 1946. They had 3 children, Joyce Nash of Las Vegas, NV, Jimmy Hutchens of Ariel WA, and Roger Hutchens of Mobile, AL. She had 5 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 1 great great grand daughter.
Mary lived in Fillmore for 30 years before moving to Durant, Ok where she passed away after a short illness in the hospital with her family by her side. She was preceded in death by her husband Art Hutchens.
Juanita Capetillo Pina, 91, she was born on November 24, 1917 in Jalpa, Zacatecas, Mexico, but raised in the city of Nochistlan, Zacatecas to Serapio Capetillo and Higinia Esparza.
She moved to Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, when she married the love of her life, Pablo Pina. After living there for a few years they left to find a new life to Tijuana, Baja California. They decided to try their luck in United States and after living for a while in San Francisco came to make Fillmore, CA their new and permanent home.
â€śMamitaâ€ť as she was lovingly known by her family, worked for Olgaâ€™s Fashion development in Fillmore for 17 years before deciding to retire and stay at home with her family after the passing of her husband. She devoted her life and love to her family. She loved to also sing and write songs that she would sing to her family and anyone who would be lucky enough to have contact with her. She loved God with all her heart and would always tell her family her favorite verse, which was Luke 1027 â€śLove the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband Pablo and her infant son Salvador.
She is survived by her two daughters: Dolores Martinez (Carlos) and Maria Guadalupe (Efren).
Seven grandchildren: Bryanna; Lorena (Julver); Mireya (Jacob); Erick; Kyara (Efrain); Bonyta, and stepgrandchild Diana (Victor)
Great Grandchildren: Frankie, Delayna, Alexa, Livia, Zuriel, Xavien, Uziah, Solei, Carlos.
Visitation will be held at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary at 4:00pm to 8:00pm with a rosary at 7:00pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at 9:30AM at St. Francis of Assisi Church with burial to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary 600 N. Central Ave., Fillmore, CA 93015
Edward Paul Simon passed away September 2, 2009, after a lengthy illness at the age of 56. Edward will be deeply missed by his wife of 30 years, Mercedes Simon; his five children, Lindsay Woods (husband, Adam), Erika Simon, Alexandra Simon, Warner Simon and Grace Simon; his grandchildren, Tyler Woods, and Ava Woods; sisters, Vivian Simon and Anita Simonson; and brother, Mark Simon. Edward was preceded in death by his parents, Warner H. Simon and Ruth Simon; and brother, Donald Simon.
Edward was born February 27, 1953 in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Early in life, his family moved to California and settled in Canoga Park. Later, while attending Humboldt State University, Edward studied acting and developed a passion for the stage. His acting experience enhanced his ability to tell vivid and animated stories for his friends and family. Edward later began his career in the metal industry while working for his parents at their well-established company, U.S.Welding. In 1991, shortly after moving to Fillmore, he started his own successful business, Simon Metals Company. His passion for the outdoors inspired him to create a line of his own camping equipment, which became his second business venture, Titan Mountain Sports.
As an avid cyclist, he enjoyed exploring the mountains for hours at a time on his bicycle. Edwardâ€™s longest ride began in Fillmore and ended in Reno, NV (even riding as it snowed). He shared his love of nature with his family, taking them hiking and camping at national parks all throughout the West Coast. At home, he would make sure that everyone started the day with a hearty breakfast and their daily horoscope. Family was the most important thing to him, and the lasting memories of his love and enthusiasm for life will be cherished in the hearts of his family.
A celebration of his life will be held at Oakwood Memorial Park, 22601 Lassen St, Chatsworth, Ca., at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2009. Arrangements are under the direction of Crawford Mortuary, (818) 349-9701.
Gloria Henderson, also known as Glo, Nan, and Nanner, died from a sudden illness on August 18th. She was 79 years old.
Gloria, was born in New York City, to Jack and Betty Hodgkins and was the youngest of four children. Gloria married James Vesce in 1949, and moved to California where she raised four children. In 1968, the family moved to Dallas, Texas and it was here that Gloria found her career in the insurance field working for Dick Foster and Associates. In 1979, she remarried and became Gloria Henderson. She retired in 1991 and moved to Fillmore, California. Gloria made many friends along the way in life, but she especially loved being with her family. She also enjoyed reading, old movies and bridge. She was a member of the Fillmore Ebell Club was able to play bridge in her retirement to her hearts content.
Gloria is survived by her four children, Denise Hovivian of North Hills, Nancy Janes of Ventura, California, James Vesce of Charlotte, North Carolina and Thomas Vesce of Boston, Massachusetts; her sisters Betty MacFarlane of Lumberton, Texas, Phyllis Thompson of Bellingham, Washington, brother Jack Hodgkins of Oregon; her 12
grandchildren, two great-grandaughters and numerous nieces and nephews. She was greatly loved and will be sorely missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations made in her name to the American Heart Association.
In Loving Memory of Elmer Edward Steiger, M.D.
Elmer Steiger passed away on August 17, 2009 at the age of 94.
He was born in Greenwood, Wisconsin on December 11, 1915. He attended the University of Wisconsin where he received his Medical Degree. He met his wife to be, Hallie Jane Hall, while he was an intern in Duluth, Minnesota and she was a Registered Nursing student. They married in 1941. They had two children, William Charles and Mary Jane.
Elmer and Hallie established a Medical Practice in Plum City, Wisconsin. He was a General Practitioner with special interests in Obstetrics and Surgery. Dr. Steiger and his wife were both very much loved and respected by the Community where he administered the only hospital for the area.
In 1956 the family moved to Canoga Park, California. There he became an orange Rancher. He also had a Medical Practice in Newhall, California. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hallie, in 1975. His last home was in Fillmore, California where he continued to grow oranges.
His family will miss him very much. Son William Steiger and his wife Dani. Grandchildren Daniel, Charlie, Catee, Lesha and Forrest Steiger of Fillmore, California. Daughter Mary Iwasiuk and her husband GĂ¶sta. Granddaughter Amber McCalister and her husband Michael. Great Granddaughter Hailey McCalister of Santa Paula, California. Sister Elsie Arneson and her husband Ary. Their children Charles, Sally, Jay, and Sarah and their extended families of Spring Valley, Wisconsin.
A memorial service is planned for Sunday, September 6, 2009.
Beverly Jeanne Mosbarger died at home surrounded by her family on Friday, August 21, 2009, after a brief battle with cancer. Beverly was born on December 27, 1924, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. As a child she moved with her family to Whittier, California and attended schools there, graduating from Whittier High School in 1942. After receiving an A.A. degree from Fullerton Junior College, She went to work as a secretary for the Union Oil Company in Santa Fe Springs. A few years later she accepted a transfer to the company office in Santa Paula. In 1954, she married Don Mosbarger. They made their home in Fillmore and were married for fifty-five years.
Beverly worked for a number of years as an administrative assistant at William L. Morris Chevrolet in Fillmore and later for ten years as the secretary to the principal at Fillmore Junior High School. She was very involved at the Faith Community Church in Fillmore where she severed faithfully on the missions Committee, in leadership of the Mariners Fellowship Group, and in numerous other church ministries. Beverly was also involved in the community and volunteered at Fillmore Convalescent Center. She enjoyed spending time with her circle of friends in Fillmore and Whittier. After retirement, she and Don traveled often; Jazz Festivals were a favorite destination. A priority for Beverly was gathering family together especially at holidays.
Beverly was a wonderful wife and mother who is survived by her husband, Don; daughters, Joy Mosbarger and Jill Irwin; and sister, Jackie Cauffman. She is also survived by eight nieces and nephews and their families. Beverly was preceded in death by her younger brother, Bob Clarkson
A graveside service will be held at Bardsdale Cemetery on Friday, August 28, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.
Donations may be made in Beverlyâ€™s memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or to the Missions Fund at Faith Community Church, 355 D St., Fillmore, Ca 93015. Arrangements under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, 805/ 524-0744.
Beulah L. Brewer,97, of Fillmore, CA, passed away Sunday, Aug 23, 2009. Beulah was born in Madisonville, TN, April 18, 1912. When she was young the family moved to Ventura County where she has been a resident for 85 years. She was a homemaker for 68 year. Besides loving her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren she enjoyed sewing.
Beulah was preceded in death by her husband, William P. Brewer, her parents and 2 brothers and 7 sisters.
Surviving her are daughter, Marla (Larry) DeSha, of Camarillo; son, William (Alicia) Brewer of Sacramento; daughter, Renee (Edward) Evans of Fillmore; Grandchildren, Michael Horn, Heidi Brewer, Deanna Brewer, Adan Brewer, Shelley Boblett, Stacey Mutz, Amy Drummond and Scott Evans; Great grandchildren, Ryan Horn, Eryn Horn, Justin Boblett, Logan Boblett, Emily Hara, Dakota Drummond, Riley Drummond, Kaden Evans, Kylie Evans and Kelsi Evans, Allison Brewer and Suzanne and Diane DeShae, Heather, Casey, and Sarah Mutz and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at Fillmore Convalescent for the loving care they gave to our mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt.
Visitation will be Thurs, Aug. 27, 2009, 5:00 pm â€“ 9:00 pm at the Skillin Carroll Mortuary, Fillmore, CA. Services will be Aug. 28, 2009, 1:00 pm also at the Skillin Carroll Mortuary, Fillmore, CA, with the burial following at the Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 Sespe St., Fillmore, CA
Arrangements are under the Directions of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, 600 Central Ave., Fillmore, CA (805) 524-0744.
On the morning of Sunday, Aug. 16th, Jay took his last breath at home, in the presence of his parents. He was 37. Jay was a Ventura Co. resident for 33 years and resided in Burns Flat, Ok. for 4 years.
He is survived by his two sons, whom he loved dearly, Michael Jay and Wyatt as well as his step-daughter, Kaelyn. He is also survived by his parents, Mike and Phyllis Steel, sister, Pam Hernandez (Adrian) and his nephews who adored fishing with him, Adrian and Isaiah, as well as many uncles, aunts and cousins. Jay leaves behind numerous friends but especially his two best buds, John Edison and Mike Palmateer.
When Jay wasn't working, you could find him hunting, fishing and/or camping. In addition to his hobbies, Jay was most proud of serving on Search and Rescue in Fillmore.
We already miss you so much, bub but we know you are no longer hurting and you're having a great time in Heaven! Jason loved the Lord and in his final days said, "I keep seeing Jesus and He's telling me to come home." You're home now bub, so have a great time and we'll see you soon! We love you!
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 19th at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary in Fillmore from 6 to 8pm. The funeral will be held on Thursday, Aug. 20th, at 10:30 am at West Coast Fellowship, 406 Acacia Rd., Santa Paula.
Gregory Gene McConnell died Aug. 2 in Grass Valley after a long illness. He was 60.
He was born Dec. 13, 1948 in Ventura to Frank (Mac) McConnell and Kathryn McConnell Mowrey.
He graduated from Fillmore High School. He served in the Army in the 529th Military Police Company, a coveted assignment within the military police corp. As a member of the USAREUR Honor Guard he participated in Change of Command ceremony of General A.H. Goodpaster and General L.L. Lymnitzer at Supreme Headquarter Allied Powers in Europe. Also, in ceremonies of review by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and others. He worked in Europe for a number of years during which time he became a founding member of the Spirit Motorcycle Club started in 1976 by American Soldiers in Germany and still active. In recent years he worked for Grass Valley Veterinary Hospital. He was a gentle giant who loved animals and the people who worked there. His hobbies were fishing and motorcycle riding. He will be missed by all who loved him.
He is survived by his mother, Kathryn McConnell Mowrey of Grass Valley, brother, Rodney F. McConnell and his wife, Marjorie of Nevada City, sister Susan McConnell Moreno and her husband Al of Big Oak Valley, nephews and niece.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frank (Mac) McConnell and stepfather James R. Mowrey.
Greg will be buried with his father in Bardsdale, CA. There will be no graveside services. A private memorial is being planned at a later date.
Arrangements are under direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary & Crematory in Grass Valley.
Josie Tapia Escalante
November 11, 1919 â€“ June 22, 2009. A loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. A caring sister and a loyal friend. A woman of great faith and perseverance. Josie could find humor in every situation. With her infectious laughter and playful personality she won the hearts of many. She will be greatly missed. Until we meet again.
The lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shell I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
Claudia McElroy 82, formerly of Fillmore passed away on July 5th in Bakersfield where she lived for the past 35 years.
Claudia had 9 children, 28 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and 6 great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years Troy McElroy, sons: Royce, Richard, Leonard, daughter Jeanette and grandson Julian.
She is survived by sons Harlon (wife) Kathy McElroy of Oregon, Donald (wife) Robin McElroy of Colorado, Daughter Jeaniece (Husband) Frank Manasco of Porterville and Laurencine Rogers of Bakersfield.
Services were held at Greenlawn in Bakersfield July 10, 2009.
Kenneth Kern Glenn of Fillmore, peacefully passed away into heaven on Sunday, July 05, 2009 after a brief illness. He was 93 years young!
Ken or Kenny known to his family and friends, was born in El Paso, Texas on March 25, 1916 to William and Iva Glenn. He moved with his family to Quincy, Illinois for 2 years. When he was 6 years old, they moved to Glendale, California. He graduated from Glendale High School in 1934. He received a degree in subtropical horticulture from U.C.L.A. in 1939. One of his first jobs after college was at the soils lab at Rancho Sespe. He then worked in the San Joaquin valley at a vineyard, working in a soils lab. It was in Delano, where he met Dorothy Root, and on December 22, 1943, they were married. He and Dorothy had 60 wonderful years together. Ken and Dorothy moved back to Rancho Sespe in 1947, where he worked as a Field Superintendent and Assistant Manager, working his way up to Executive Vice-President by the time he retired in 1978.
Ken was a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church, Fillmore Bible Church and most recently, Faith Community Church in Fillmore. He was a member of the Gideons International Ventura Camp. There were several organizations that Ken took an active role in for the community of Fillmore including: Fifty + year member of the Fillmore/Santa Paula Masonic Lodge #291 (recipient of the Hiram Award, 1991); Fifty + year member of the Fillmore Chapter of Eastern Star #361; Fifty + year member of the Scottish Rite; Al Malaikah Shriners; Past President of the Fillmore Elementary School Board; member of the board of the Associate Insectory; Past President of the Ventura County Farm Bureau; member of the Toastmasters Club; Volunteer for Food Share for 20 years; member of the Fillmore Citizens Patrol. He was nominated for Citizen of the Year in Fillmore in 1991.
Ken was a very devoted Christian man, and always had a positive attitude with a zest for life. He was always willing to help if asked by a friend or a stranger. He enjoyed being with his family, gardening, camping, traveling, bee keeping, raising decollate snails and most recently providing a Farmerâ€™s Market for the residents at The Palms assisted living facility in Ventura where he resided. Ken will truly be missed by all who knew him. On Fatherâ€™s Day, June 21, 2009, Ken told his children that they were his legacy, we have always been so very proud of our Dad.
Ken was preceded in death by an infant son, Gordon Wilbur Glenn in 1944, and his wife, Dorothy Glenn in 2004.
Ken is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Eleanore and Mark Hanson, of Gardnerville, NV, son and daughter-in-law, Bailey and Sherrie Glenn of Fillmore, CA, grandsons, Brian Hanson of Costa Mesa, CA, Mike Hanson of Santa Paula, CA and Matthew Glenn of Virginia Beach, VA. Step-grandchildren, Kelly Aguilera, Matthew Van Why and Amy Lynch, all of Fillmore and six step-great grandchildren.
Here in itâ€™s beauty, characters were molded,
Like buds as they open,
Pour thoughts were unfolded.
Letâ€™s pause for a moment, and in silent prayer,
Be most grateful to God, for this garden so rare.
Hold fast to this thought,
That where ever you roam,
With love and affection,
We will welcome you home.
Written by Kenâ€™s father,
William Holt Glenn
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the TLC Home Hospice, Gideon International or the Abiding Memorial Fund of the Faith Community Church.
A celebration of life for Ken will be held on Friday, July 17, 2009 at 12:00p.m. at the Faith Community Church, 461 Central Ave., Fillmore, CA.
Charles Eugene Harris answered the ultimate call to worship and went home to be with His Lord and Savior on July 1, 2009. Charlie was born on February 14, 1958 in Phoenix, AZ and was a long-time resident of Ventura County. Foremost a disciple of Christ, he was thus a man of purpose, devoted to his family and to his church, where he was an associate pastor for nearly twenty years. A faithful man, he gave liberally of his time and energy in instructing people in the Word of God and in helping his friends with computers and all things technical.
Charlie was also known for his love of soccer, heart of worship, family trips in California, and invariable straight-faced teasing with a chuckle at the end. He was well-loved by the Lord, his family, and his friends; his "most favorite" verse was Romans 8:38-39 â€” "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Charlie will be greatly missed by all who knew him, most significantly his wife, Karen, and two daughters, Michelle and Erin. He is also survived by his mother, Eve Stone, and siblings: Trevor Harris and family, Brenda Segal and family, and Lisa Harris. A celebration service will be held Sunday, July 19 at 4 p.m. at the Fillmore Foursquare Church, 324 Sespe Ave. Bright, cheerful attire is requested. In lieu of flowers, gifts to the family can be bestowed through the Fillmore Foursquare Church.
Joan Kennedy McKeown born Jan 4th in Ontario Canada, residing in Fillmore passed away Tuesday June 30th at 7:26p.m. in Santa Paula Hospital surrounded by all three of her children. She passed after a brief battle with cancer.
She is survived by son Stephen McKeown of Fillmore California, Jennifer McKeown of Floyd Co. Virginia, and Shawna (McKeown) Sturm of Wausau Wisconsin, 20 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.