Burtis Lamar Davis (1917-2015)

Burtis Lamar Davis (1917-2015)

Burtis Lamar Davis, 98, of Fillmore died Thursday, December 31, 2015, following a long illness. Burt was born December 28, 1917, and grew up in Fillmore where he met wife, Phyllis. After graduation, Burt worked with his brother, Gerald (Sadie) Davis at the Seaside Gas Station. He entered the Army and served in Germany during World War II. He was discharged and returned to Fillmore to again work with his brother at the Texaco Station.
Burt was known throughout Southern California as an athletic official in high school and college. He started officiating in 1935 and in 1949 became a charter member of the Channel Coast Officials Association. He was Secretary and Treasurer for 25 years and conducted many officiating clinics throughout Southern California. At one time in his career he was the Number 1 “white hat referee” 8 out of a 10 year period. He refereed 4A football finals in the Los Angeles Coliseum, 4A basketball games, and spring training games between the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders. He was inducted into the Fillmore High School and Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame.
Burt had a big heart with a big smile and a loud voice that could be heard all over town!
Burt was proceeded in death by his parents, Thad and Nellie Davis, his wife, Phyllis, sisters, Jewell Fremlin and Laura Smith Harmonson and brothers, Gerald Davis and Perry Davis.
He is survived by his daughters, Lynne and husband, Joe Cook of Waco, Texas; Valerie and husband, Gene Newland of Fresno, California and Laurie DeAlejandro of Ventura, California, as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The family would like to express their gratitude and appreciation to Lupe Barraza for her loving care of our Dad for over 11 years as well as Teresa Olmos who has been with us over two years.
Special thanks to all the staff of the Assisted Home Hospice Care in Ventura.
A visitation will be held from 3 to 5 pm on Thursday, January 7, at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 600 Central Ave., Fillmore. Services will be held in Fillmore, 10:00am on Friday, January 8th at Faith Community Church, 461 Central Ave. Graveside services with Military Honors will take place at 3:00 pm in Bardsdale Cemetery, Fillmore, with Pastor Mark Rathe of Faith Community Church, officiating both ceremonies.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Assisted Hospice Care in Ventura or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Condolences may be left at
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Bobby William Hill (1943-2015)

Bobby William Hill (1943-2015)

Bobby William Hill, age 72, of Santa Paula passed from this life on Monday, December 28, 2015, at home. He was born January 19, 1943, in Bakersfield, CA, to William (Bill) and Thelma Hill. He was the oldest of five children. He graduated from Fillmore High School in 1961. He attended nights at Ventura College right after High School. He worked for Bermite in Saugus, CA, transferred to Vandenberg in Lompoc, CA, and then had the opportunity to go work in Houston, Texas, at NASA’s space center in the Testing Dept. When returning to the West Coast we went to work in Indio, CA, and areas of California Oil Drilling and later Steam Drilling in Lakeport, CA, before settling back down in Ventura County.
He is preceded in death by two daughters Sheila Marie and Carrie Rene Hill, a brother Donald Eugene Hill, his father William and grandparents, William and Beatrice Hill and Robert and Nellie Hankins.
He is survived by a wife Susan M. Hill, a son Christopher Lee Hill (Rosalie Hill) of Santa Paula, a daughter Lisa Marie Hill of Sacramento, CA. Grandchildren Wesley Coons, of Sacramento, Amber Frinzell of Citrus Heights, CA, Christopher Lee, Aiden Luther and Tristan William of Santa Paula, CA, and Savhanna K. Kozar of Alma, AR. His Mother Thelma Hill of Alma, AR, two brothers Billy W. Hill (Barbara) of Victorville, CA, Larry W. Hill of Clearlake, CA a sister Lois Kozar (John) of Alma, AR, And Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.
Viewing will be held at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary 738 E. Santa Paula Street, Santa Paula, CA Wednesday January 6, 2016 at 10:00am, with a Funeral Service Starting at 11:00am also at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary. Graveside Service at Santa Paula Cemetery 380 Cemetery Road, Santa Paula, CA at noon. Services entrusted to Skillin- Carroll Mortuary 805-525-3391.

Dolores P. Rivera (Lola) (1938-2015)

Dolores P. Rivera (Lola) (1938-2015)

Fillmore. CA
Lola passed on December 8, after a 2015 lengthy illness. She was born at her parent’s home in Piru, CA in 1938. She started working at the Fillmore-Piru Citrus at the age of 16 and worked there for 39 years. In between that time she married Joe Rivera and they had four children Jo Ann, Joe, Jeanette, & Michael and resided in Fillmore.
When she was younger she use to sing on the radio with her brother Raymond Ponce and they were always playing and singing at every family gathering along with their sister Jennie Medina. What she was most famous for in Fillmore was her Taco Fridays. All were welcome to come to her home and enjoy some tacos and fun times. She would literally make hundreds of tacos for one night these tacos were so wonderful some would say they were in taco heaven.
She was preceded in death by her husband Joe and her brother Raymond. She is survived by her children, sister Jennie Medina brother Chuy Ponce. Lola had five grandchildren and one great grandchild.
We are grateful for all the loving memories she left us all. She was the best mom any of us could ask for, wonder sister, awesome aunt and loving friend. She will be greatly missed. Services will be held January 8th, 2016 at 10:00am at Bardsdale Cemetery 1698 S. Sespe Street, Fillmore, CA. Services entrusted to Skillin-Carroll Mortuary (805) 524-0744.

Martinano Curiel (1922-2015)

Martinano Curiel (1922-2015)

Martinano Curiel, our beloved father, grandfather, brother, and uncle passed away quietly on December 14, 2015 at the age of 93. Our Father in Heaven decided it was time to reunite him with his wife Cora, daughter Josie, son Bill, sisters Fabiana & Carmen, brother Chon, mother Monica, and Father Feliciano.
As a very young man, Martin came to Fillmore as a Bracero and found a home at “Pinas” on Clay Street. There he met Cora who he eventually married and had a beautiful family with. He later moved to the house in Fillmore known as the “La Bamba House.”
God blessed Martin with a caring and humble heart. If he knew of a young man arriving from Mexico in search of a better life, he would open his door and offer them shelter and food. He would tell us the story when he first arrived to Fillmore of a man who found him sleeping in a cement drain pipe who helped him with food and shelter at 14 years old. He was taught that lesson at a young age to help people in need. Martin also encouraged the boys to go to school, learn English and graduate. He was a firm believer in education for all especially for women. With Martin’s support all his daughters received an education. He truly believed and often said, “No woman is guaranteed a man to support her, so get your degree.”
What made us most proud of Dad was his strong support and his believe in the fight for civil injustice in Fillmore for Farmworker Union Rights. He was a pioneer of the citrus strikes in Ventura County at which Cesar Chavez organized at his home. Along with his activism Martin sponsored over 100 farmworkers to receive their immigration papers, during the Immigration Reform & Control Act of the 1980’s.
Our dad was a proud farmer and teacher. He started growing crops in the 1960’s through 2000’s. Being the first farmer to have a roadside vegetable stand off the highway. Many would see him in Fillmore driving his tractor on the 126 between Fillmore and Piru. Martin would share his farming knowledge to all who would listen and willing to learn, especially with his grandson Isaac. We all share fond memories at the ranch with Grandpa Martin.
Martin was a true story teller, where each story always ended with a lesson to be learned.
Dad was well loved in his community.
We love Grandpa Martin.
“My tio was a great man who opened so many doors for all of us.” Rocio Curiel Benevides
“Gracias tio por todo, lo que enseno a trabajar. Por usted estoy aqui.” Mateo Curiel
“You will always be loved and missed by the countless people whose lives you touched.” Matiniano Francisco Curiel (Tino)
Martin is survived by his three daughters, Hortencia, Monica, and Martha (Ruben), three sons, Frank (Ailsa), John (Patty), and Freddy. His two brothers, Ramon (Elvira) and Mateo Curiel. Martin leaves behind several grand and great grandchildren: Monica, (Vince), Vince Jr., Alina, Mateo; Tino, Payton, Tino Jr., Catalina; Laura, Esther, Isaac (Lydia), Jazmyn, & Roman. Cookie (Orlando) & Noah. Lea (Randy) & Anthony. Danny (Stacy) & Matthew & Steven. David & Serena & David Jr. Ramona (Arturo) & Turi, Tonio, & Alex. Bill Jr (Berta), Becca, Amanda, & Jordyn. Casey & Shawn.
Visitation will be held at Skillin-Carroll Chapel on Sunday, December 20, 2015, from 4:00-8:00pm. With Rosary at 7:00 pm. Located at 600 N. Central Avenue, Fillmore, Ca. 93015. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 10:00am at 1048 Ventura Street in Fillmore, with burial to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery 1698 S. Sespe Street in Fillmore.

Ronald Dean Meadows (1945-2015)

Ronald Dean Meadows 70, of Fillmore, California, passed away on December 3rd in Ventura, after a lengthy illness.
Ronald, "Ron" Dean Meadows was born an only child to Emmett and Alma Frazier Meadows on May, 21st 1945 in Ventura, California. Ron was married to Linda May Aulich on November, 14th of 1969.
Ron retired from the County of Ventura.
Ron served his country from 1964-1968 in the United States Army.
Ron was known for his work ethic and his involvement in his church in his younger days. He was a Commander of the "Royal Rangers" at the Fillmore Assembly of God Church with an emphasis on God, Faith, and teamwork. Many boys attended many outings with Meadows and other commanders from surrounding areas.
He was always outdoors, and truly loved fishing with his many lifelong friends. He wanted to make our public spaces beautiful, for all to enjoy. He pioneered local recycling before it was actually recycling in the late seventies, while working for the County of Ventura.
By far, the most enjoyment Ron got was building and restoring old cars and trucks in his idle time.
Ron is survived by wife Linda, sons Daniel Meadows and John Meadows of Fillmore, brother in laws, Larry Aulich (Eva) and Bill Aulich (Carol) several nieces and nephews
Services will be private.

William (Bill) Shiells Kimble (1926-2015)

William (Bill) Shiells Kimble (1926-2015)

William (Bill) Shiells Kimble (1926-2015)
October 22, 1926 - November 23, 2015
William (Bill) Kimble passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on November 23, 2015 while boarding a local bus in Montecito, California. He had been active and fit and was running errands while helpers at Casa Dorinda were cleaning his apartment. Bill had been a resident at Casa Dorinda for 20 years and was beloved by all residents and staff who knew him. Always a gentle man, he took the time to befriend and take a personal interest in everyone he encountered. One staff member recounted that he loved to be called “Guillermo.” “ He was not just a resident,” he said, “He was my friend.”
Bill was born in Oxnard and raised in Wilmington, California. He was drafted into the army and served in Japan after the armistice. Thereafter, he lived in Los Angeles where he worked at Barker Brothers, a high-end furniture store. It was here that he developed a keen sense of taste in interior design. His many homes were impeccably curated and elegant set pieces that could have been photographed for Architectural Digest.
Around 1950, Bill moved to San Francisco, where he worked at the California Historical Society. His interest in history extended to his own family’s history and he often included visits to distant relatives in his extensive travels. Bill was an avid traveler throughout his life. He circled the globe three times. Among his many adventures was a trip on the Trans Siberia/Mongolian Railway, many luxury cruises, including one on the QE2 for its inaugural crossing of the Atlantic, and a flight on the supersonic jet Concorde from Washington DC to London in a mere 3.5 hours! Bill hiked many National Park trails, the mountain peaks of Europe, and the Milford Track in New Zealand. He often spent holidays relaxing in Hawaii.
While in San Francisco, Bill began his lifelong exploration of life’s deeper meaning. He was not a member of any religious faith, but explored life through lectures and extensive reading. He often wrote quotes and thoughts on napkins, used envelopes and scraps of paper. One said, “God asleep is man. Man awake is God.”
In the early 1970’s, Bill moved to Fillmore, CA to be closer to his mother, Helen Shiells Kimble during her later years of life. He left San Francisco’s foggy weather and embraced southern California’s sunny climate by creating a grand garden filled with succulents and bougainvillea. Ever adaptable, he began to incorporate art and objects from old California and Mexico into his collection. After his mother passed away, he moved to a one-room apartment at Casa Dorinda in Montecito overlooking the San Gabriel Mountains.
Bill was a bon vivant, a man of impeccable taste and a world traveler. He lived his life well and fully and on his own terms. We will miss his generosity of spirit, the twinkle in his eyes and his large fits of laughter. He was preceded in death by his father, Orva Lewis Kimble; his mother Helen Shiells Kimble; and his sister, Virginia Kimble Headley. He is survived by his brother, Donald Kimble; his sister-in-law, Mary Anne Kimble; his nieces, Martha Richardson and Kiyomi Kimble; his nephews, Scott, Loren and Christopher Kimble; and many cousins, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Bill was laid to rest at Goleta Cemetery along with other members of the Shiells Family on November 30, 2015. May God be with him on his greatest journey.

Mike Hastings (1943-2015)

Mike was born on September 25, 1943 in Fillmore, Ca. Mike passed away November 25, 2015 in Santa Paula, Ca. He was surrounded by family and passed away peacefully after saying his goodbyes.
Mike began his career in the citrus industry in 1963 after graduating from Fillmore High School in 1962. Mike married his high school sweet heart Terri Myers in 1964 and spent 51 great years together.
Along with his citrus management Mike started a gun smith business. He always gave credit to his lifelong friend and teacher Malcom Jackson for teaching him all he knew about repairing or building a beautiful gun.
Mike had a passion for the outdoors. He loved hunting and fishing with his friends and family. He hunted and fished all around the Ventura County, the Sierras and Utah.
Mike was all about family and friends. All the years of living on the ranch, there was a steady flow of friends and family of all ages because there was always an open door and a good time to be had.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents Charlie and Nita Hastings, and his daughter DeAnna. Mike is survived by his wife Terri, his son Derrik his wife Michelle, grandchildren Charlie, Jordyn and Griffin Hastings. Joslyn Spieler, Falisha Lemon. Sister Nancy Bowlin, nephew Chip (Sandy) Bowlin and nieces Corrie and Casey Bowlin.
No services will be held as was his request. He asked that all his family and many friends remember all the great times and stories with no sadness only happiness.
Mike’s last words to Terri were “It’s been a great party babe!”
Mike has requested that in lieu of flowers please make a donation to The Wounded Warriors Foundation.
To sign the family's online guestbook, share memories and post pictures please visit our website:
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Services, Santa Paula. 805.229.7054.

Marcos Rios Olivares (1942-2015)

Marcos Rios Olivares (1942-2015)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather, Marcos Rios Olivares aka Papa or Nito. On Nov. 29th, 2015, at the age of 73, Our Lord decided it was time to relieve him of his suffering and bring him Home to Everlasting Life. Marcos was a lifelong resident of Fillmore, California. He was born on Nov. 11, 1942 in Fillmore to Marcos and Isabel Olivares. He was a boy scout for several years where he learned many of his skills. He then attended Fillmore High School where he played football, baseball and trumpet, and graduated in 1961. In 1962 at the tender age of 19, he married the love of his life, Jessie Vega. Marcos worked at the Fillmore (MOD) Packing House, Fortin Plastics, PPG and eventually retired as a toolmaker from Northrop Grumman, in Pico Rivera, California, where he took pride in being part of the development of the B2-Bomber. After he retired, he was determined to stay busy and continued working at various jobs including Fillmore High School as night maintenance for several years. One of Marcos’ biggest accomplishments was being a father to his six children. Although he was a very hard worker, his weekends were dedicated to relaxing and spending quality time with his large extended family. His favorite thing to do was to be barbequing his famous ribs and tri-tip in his patio. Marcos had a great love for the outdoors and spent many summers camping and going to theme parks with his family. He also enjoyed going to the mountains and deer hunting with friends. He not only took pride in his family, but in his home. Marcos was a natural when it came to craftsmanship and creativity. He enjoyed doing projects around the house and eventually designed the beautiful addition in their home where he spent the last remaining years of his life. Marcos also enjoyed spending time in his yard caring for his plants and relaxing in his garage with the garage door open ready to welcome friends and family while he watched football games and the cooking channel.
In his final years Marcos became very close to God and would pray the rosary daily with his wife, whom he loved so deeply. Although we will miss him dearly, we are at peace knowing that he is no longer suffering and we look forward to one day being at his side again in Heaven. Marcos was preceded in death by his parents Marcos and Isabel Olivares and is survived by his sister Becky Martinez, his beautiful wife of 53 years Jessie, his children Marc (Maria), Benjie, Tricia (Alex Estrada), Catherine (Doni Mays), Bernadette (Bill Sablan) and Lisa (Armando Magallanes) and by his grandchildren, Debani, Breanna, Miguel, Joseph, Bella, Jimmy, Nathan, Danae, Kiana, Gregory, Lexi, Gracie and Mia.
A recitation of the rosary will be held Sunday December 6, 2015 at 7:30pm at St. Francis Of Assisi Catholic Church, 1048 West Ventura Street, Fillmore CA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am Monday December 7, 2015 at St. Francis Of Assisi Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Bardsdale Cemetery.
For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the family's online guestbook, share memories and post pictures please visit our website:
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Services, Santa Paula. 805.229.7054.

Gabriel Casas (1956-2015)

Gabriel Casas (1956-2015)

Gabriel Casas, beloved son, brother, father, uncle and grandfather passed away peacefully on November 23, 2015 at Community Memorial Hospital after a long illness. He passed away peacefully and was surrounded by his family and love ones. Gabriel was born on May 17, 1956 in Santa Paula, California.
Gabriel was raised in Rancho Sespe and Fillmore. Gabriel, as most boys did, enjoyed the many adventures of being from a small town. He enjoyed telling his stories of the mischief he, his brother and friends would get into in the small community they lived in. He attended Fillmore High School and enjoyed sports. He played football and enjoyed playing basketball. He enjoyed shooting hoops with his friends and his two sons. He appreciated a challenging game of Chess.
Gabriel later enlisted in the National Guard for 4 years. Gabriel was employed by the DMV State of California for over 30 years where he retired. Gabriel had a great sense of humor, always wanting to tell a story with a punch line that would have everyone laughing.
We love you dearly and will miss you every day for the rest of our lives. Until we meet again.
He is preceded in death by his father, Francisco C. Casas. He is survived by his mother, Dominga C. Casas; sister Maria Pippins (Phillip); brother Victor Casas (Amalia); sons Gabriel H. Casas and Adrian H. Casas (Crystal); grandchildren, Juanito Casas; Adrian Esteban Casas Jr. ; Apollo Brandon Casas and Roslyn Hope Casas.
A Rosary will be recited at 7:30pm on Friday, December 4, 2015 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fillmore, CA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish. Interment to follow at Santa Clara Cemetery in Oxnard.
To sign the family’s on line guestbook, share stories, and post pictures please visit our website: and click on Gabriel’s name located below "Obituaries."
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of GARCIA MORTUARY, 629 South A Street, Oxnard. For further information, please call (805) 486-9148.

Rene Campos Reyes (Cepillin) (1953-2015)

Rene Campos Reyes (Cepillin) (1953-2015)

Rene Campos Reyes (Cepillin) was born in Choix Sinaloa, Mexico. on May 12, 1953. Died November 17, 2015 of complications due to his illness. Rene at the age of 17 years old immigrated to Fillmore, California. where he began working in construction. In 1981 his daughter Elaine Marie Campos was born.
Rene was preceded in death by his his parents Ramon Campos and Jesus Reyes. Survived by loving partner Martha Espinoza of Fillmore, daughter Elaine Marie Campos, sister Manuela Campos, son-n-law Cecilio Gurrola Jimenez, nephews Jesus Alfredo Campos, Ivan Campos and David Campos. And a loving circle of friends.
Throughout his life Rene loved to travel, loved to play soccer, enjoyed music and fishing. For those who knew Rene, he was a hard worker and a kind hearted man. His family and closed friends meant a lot, he would do the most to make sure they were taken care of.
We will also be asking for any donations to cover any expenses. Thank you and God Bless.
A recitation of the rosary will be held Tuesday December 1, 2015 at 7:45pm at St. Francis Of Assisi Catholic Church, 1048 West Ventura Street, Fillmore CA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am Wednesday December 2, 2015 at St. Francis Of Assisi Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Bardsdale Cemetery.
For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the family's online guestbook, share memories and post pictures please visit our website:
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Services, Santa Paula. 805.229.7054.

Elvira Carrillo (1933-2015)

Elvira Carrillo, 82, returned to her heavenly Father on November 6, 2015 after a struggle with a heart condition. Elvira’s devotion to her family and her faith in God guided her through her journey to a peaceful rest.
Elvira was born in Zacatecas Mexico on October 23, 1933. She left Mexico as a young girl to make a better life in the United States. She lived and worked in the Oakland, CA area for several years, often visiting family in Fillmore. It was during one of those visits that she met her future husband, Pete Carrillo.
Elivra and Pete were married on June 18, 1961 in Fillmore where they remained and raised four children on the family ranch. Elvira was a devoted mother and a homemaker throughout their 54 years of marriage. She enjoyed tending to her plants, baking, preparing family meals. Elvira was a long-time supporter of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital to which she donated annually.
Elvira is survived by her husband, Pete; son Marco; daughters Kathy Saavedra (Rodney) and Josie Carrillo; son-in-law Manuel Ruvalcaba; grandchildren Corrina, Erica, Daniel, Alexis, Nicholas and Sophia; great-grandchildren Anthony, Nathaniel, Gene Jr and Amelia; sisters, Elisa Alamillo and Estela Barrios, brother Juan David Cabral and many beloved nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her mother, Angela Rojas and her daughter, Bernadette Ruvalcaba.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Elvira Carrillo Memorial Fund benefiting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Visit

Clarence John Lemons Sr. (1942-2015)

Clarence John Lemons Sr. (1942-2015)

Clarence John Lemons Sr., 73 of Ardmore, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at his home in Ardmore. He was born on August 2, 1942 in Fillmore, California to the late Hobert Lemons and Ruth Wheeler Lemons. Clarence was raised in Russett and Pettijohn Springs area. Clarence graduated from the Russett High School before going to Murry State College in Tishomingo. He also attended the Eastfield Community College and El Centro College in Dallas. Texas and received a Bachelor Degree. He served in the United State Air Force from 1960 to 1963. Clarence married Sonya Diane Waggoner on June 5, 1960 in Madill and she preceded him in death on May 31, 2010. Clarence worked for the United States Postal Service and retired after 37 years. He was a member of the Full Gospel Holiness Church in Mannsville and he enjoyed painting and collecting stamps, coins and all kinds of basketball, baseball and football cards.
He is survived by: Children:
John Lemons, Mannsville, Oklahoma
David Lemons, Austin, Texas
Steven Lemons, Ravia, Oklahoma
Samantha Pirek, Mannsville, Oklahoma
11 Grandchildren
3 Great Grandchildren
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, wife, 1 son; Hobert Tip Lemons and 1 grandson; Daniel William Lemons.
Visitation will be Monday, November 9, 2015 at Watts Funeral Home, Madill, Oklahoma from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. Services will be Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the Mannsville Cemetery, Mannsville, Oklahoma.
Services will be under the direction of Watts Funeral Home, Madill, Oklahoma. Condolences may be sent to

Josephine Lorenz (1923-2015)

Josephine Lorenz (1923-2015)

Josephine Lorenz passes Thursday, October 22, 2015.
She is survived by her daughters, Darlene Lorenz of Fillmore, and Ruth LoCurto, son-in-law John LoCurto, grandchildren Mark Wilk of Placentia, Thomas Christopher Styron LoCurto, Jon and Samantha LoCurto and their daughter Gianna Marie LoCurto of San Jose, and Veronica LoCurto of Sacramento, CA.
Born March 24, 1923, in Pagosa Springs, CO, to Edward Harris and Maria Pascualita Gallegos, fourth born of seven children. She had four brothers, Ernest, Jimmy, Ruben and Gilbert Harris, all deceased, and has two sisters, JoAnn Jackson and Dee Harris, both living in New Mexico with many descendants. Josephine Lorenz also has three living first cousins, Alice Contreras and her son Deacon Don Contreras of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Peggy Vautier, Ray Montoya, Maxine Lattin and her husband Dewey Lattin.

Abundio R. Gabriel (1953-2015)

Abundio R. Gabriel (1953-2015)

Jan 12, 1953 – Oct 19, 2015
As a new day was beginning at 12:17am, surrounded by his loved ones our beloved father, husband and friend peacefully passed away at the Community Memorial Hospital. Born in Zacatecas, Mexico to parents, Jose and Andrea. He is survived by his loving and caring wife Maria, of 45 years. They met in Tijuana 1968, fell in love and married on Nov. 28, 1970, immigrated to the United States and started their life and family in Fillmore. A Fillmore High School graduate in 1985. He worked for Robinson and Lamey, Ameron Pole Products, Smoggies Smog Shop, and Main St. Smog. Enjoyed, watching documentaries, reading his Readers Digest, listening to a variety of music (especially The Beatles), camping in Yosemite and spending time with his family. Abundio was extremely loving and proud of his children. Daughter, Gisela and husband Anthony Gutierrez, Son, Billy, wife Lupe Gabriel, and Daughter, Diana Gabriel. Five loving grandchildren: Lil. Billy, Ariana, Julieta, Gabriel and Olivia. His father Jose Gabriel, Brothers, Tony and David Gabriel, preceded him in death. A special thank you to all the doctors and nursing staff of Community Memorial Hospital for going above and beyond in loving, caring and supporting our father. Visitations will be Thursday, October. 29, 2015 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. At Skillin-Carroll Mortuary 738 Santa Paula Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060. Funeral mass is Friday, October. 30, 2015 at 10:00 am. St. Francis of Assisi Church 1048 Ventura Street, Fillmore, CA 93015. Burial is Friday, October. 30, 2015 at 11:00 am. Bardsdale Cemetery 1698 S. Sespe Street, Fillmore, CA 93015.

Phillip Marion Stehly (1957-2015)

Phillip Marion Stehly (1957-2015)

Phillip Marion Stehly, 58, died October 17 in Valle de Banderas, Nayarit, Mexico.
Phil was born June 4, 1957 in Orange, Ca. and moved with the family to a ranch in Fillmore in 1962. Phil graduated from Fillmore High in 1975.
While at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, he double majored in English and Spanish. Phil moved to Valle de Banderas, Mexico in 1995 and had a small farm there.
He is preceded in death by his father, James Stehly. He is survived by his mother, Mary, and brothers and sisters: Fr. Jim Stehly of St Jude the Apostle, Westlake, Vincent (Patty) Stehly, Marie (Edgar) Alviz, Damian (Rosa) Stehly, Regina (Lupe) Nunez, William (Jeanne) Stehly, and Margaret (Chris) Arentz, all of Fillmore; Anne (Andy) Sobel of Santa Paula, Aileen (Jeff) Collitti of Bakersfield, CA, and Catherine (Stephen) Jackson of Windsor, CA; and his 17 nieces and nephews.
Rest in peace. Our good Lord was waiting with open arms for Phil...and Dad right behind Him!
Funeral Mass will be Friday at 2 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Fillmore, reception in the Hall following. All are welcome.
If you would like to make a donation in the memory of Phil, please consider 'Alcoholics Anonymous, attention: Maria, at Trinity Church, PO Box 306., Fillmore, CA 93016.

David C. Gurrola (1927-2015)

David C. Gurrola (1927-2015)

David C. Gurrola was born in Merced, California on June 6, 1927. He was a lifelong resident of Ventura County and passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2015.
As a young man he grew up farming and working in the county for local ranchers Pop Johnson and Leroy Goodenough.
It was during this time that he met his sweetheart Esther Alcocer from Piru and they were married on October 14, 1950.
Shortly after his marriage and while working for Leroy Goodenough he was offered a job at Mountain View School in Fillmore in the Maintenance Department. After working for the school for a few years he served our country during the Korean War and was stationed in Alaska. After returning from military service he came back to work for the school eventually having a successful 36 year career as Supervisor of Facilities, Grounds and Transportation for the Fillmore Unified School District.
He had a lifetime love for working outdoors which led him to having his own citrus orchards in Santa Paula and Piru, and also a successful landscaping business which included landscaping numerous residential, industrial and commercial properties. He was also the landscape architect for Sheills Park in Fillmore.
He and his wife Esther were very active in the local Catholic Church St. Francis of Assisi in Fillmore and the churches service clubs. His service continued into the community. He was instrumental in the foundation of the Fillmore Athletic Boosters and Fillmore Youth Football. He also served on the Fillmore Planning Commission. While working for the Fillmore Unified School District he was instrumental in creating a strong cooperative working relationship between the City of Fillmore and the Fillmore Unified School District.
David and his wife Esther had 3 children Tim Gurrola (wife Amy) Keith Gurrola(wife Sandy) and Nancy Vargas(husband Carlos) 10 grandchildren, 21 great- grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.
David enjoyed frequent trips to Las Vegas with friends and family as well as spending time with his children and grandchildren camping and attending their sporting events and school activities.
After the passing of his beloved Esther in 1977 David met Virginia Marquez Montañez and was married for 17 years. Her family from a previous marriage includes her children Steven, Denise, Joey, Danny and 3 grandchildren.
David spent the remaining 19 years of his life living and working on his citrus ranch in Piru, tending to his many animals that brought him so much happiness, attending the grandchildren’s games and school activities.
In lieu of flowers the family is asking to please make donations to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, in the name of David C. Gurrola.
A Rosary will be recited at 7:45pm, Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1048 West Ventura Street, Fillmore, CA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am, Wednesday, November 4, 2015 also at Saint Francis Of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Jim Stehly officiating. Committal and Interment will follow at Bardsdale Cemetery.
For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the family’s online guestbook, share stories and post pictures please visit our website: and click on David'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, CA 805.229.7054

Florence Schor (1922-2015)

Florence Schor (1922-2015)

Florence Schor was born on March 11, 1922 in New York where she grew up. She was one of four siblings (Alexander, David and Irwin ) and the only girl. She moved to Van Nuys in southern California and finally to Fillmore in Ventura County where she lived for most of her adult life.
She combined her passion for natural health and common sense and opened a health food store in the San Fernando Valley. When She moved to Fillmore, she opened a health food store in Santa Paula and served that community until she retired.
She loved Fillmore. But she loved her dogs even more. Her last dog, Sunny, was her full time companion until he died in the late 2000’s. Because of failing health, Florence moved to Fillmore Convalescent Center (now Greenfield Care) in 2010. She always said she wanted to live until she was 93 and she did! She died of complications due to old age and Parkinson’s on September 26, 2015. Until the onset of the disease, she rarely took medicine. She is survived by her niece, Joan Johnson, her nephew, Robert Schor her sister-in-law, Nora Schor, and her great nephews, Adam Doberne-Schor and Ben Schor.

Max Lee Barrow (1934-2015)

Max Lee Barrow (1934-2015)

Fillmore, CA
Max Lee Barrow, age 81, a life time resident of Fillmore passed away on October 13, 2015. He was born on May 29, 1934 in Santa Paula, CA to Eugene and Eula Barrow. He worked for Shell Oil Company for 35 years in the oil production. His joy was the love for his wife, his pug Peaches, watching hummingbirds and the LA Dodgers.
Max is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years Beverly, daughter Diane Tello, grand-daughters Katie and Andrea Tello, parents Eugene and Eula Barrow.
He is survived by his son Keith Barrow, daughter Melinda Barrow, son-in-law Andy Ehrhart, 4 grandchildren Molly Neely, Sarah Wells, Nicole Zarate and Arron Tello, 1 great grandson Joshua Wells.
Graveside will be held on Saturday November 14, 2015 at 10:00am at Bardsdale Cemetery 1698 S. Sespe St., Fillmore, CA. Officiant Fr. Bob Hammond
Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary 600 N. Central Av., Fillmore, CA (805)524-0744

Robert E. Agler (1924-2015)

Robert E. Agler (1924-2015)

Former Fillmore resident, Robert E. Agler, passed away peacefully in Portland, Oregon on August 10, 2015. He was 90 years of age. Bob was born November 13, 1924 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Lucille and Charles Agler. After serving in the Navy during WW II in the Pacific Theater, Bob moved to Fillmore to work with his parents at the Agler Café on Central Avenue. There he met Anna Mae MacDonald, whom he soon married. They were married for 56 years before her unexpected passing in 2003. Bob spent most of his career working for Superior Tank and Construction in Fillmore and Ventura, which later became Rheem Manufacturing and then TriCo Industries. He started as the Yard Supervisor and later became the Branch Manager. He was a long-time member and deacon of the First Brethren Church in Fillmore. He was an avid outdoors person, preferring to spend his free time fishing in the Sierras, Idaho, or Montana. Upon retirement, Bob and Anna Mae moved to northern Arizona and traveled extensively. Bob eventually moved closer to his children and settled in Portland, Oregon. He is survived by his daughter, Bev Agler, Juneau, Alaska; his son, Bruce Agler, Portland, Oregon; his nieces, Anne Mercer of Ojai and Carolyn Porter of Ventura; and his sister-in-law Barbara Agler, Ventura. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother Jack, of Santa Paula. A graveside service will be held Friday, 13 November 2015 at 1 pm at Bardsdale Cemetery.

Kathryn Elaine Hunter (1945-2015)

Kathryn Elaine Hunter (1945-2015)

Kathryn Elaine Hunter of Assaria, Kansas passed away on October 2, 2015 at the age of 70. Elaine, as she was known, was the daughter of Avon and Henrietta Selleck. She had four sisters, Maxine, Lois Marie, Lavonn, and Shirley. Elaine grew up in a small farmhouse with her family in Assaria and maintained close ties to the town and its people throughout her life. She graduated from Assaria High School, where she was a cheerleader and accomplished trumpet player.
After high school, Elaine married and started a family. She was an amazing, dedicated, loving mother to her children, George and Christine, and was the solid foundation for her family. As a result of her Kansas farm upbringing, her home was always warm and nurturing. Her strong old-fashioned Swedish heritage and Lutheran-based principles became the cornerstones in her childrens' lives and their resulting successes.
After living abroad and then settling in Fillmore, California for twenty years, where her two children were raised, Elaine returned to her roots in Assaria. She lovingly restored her grandparent’s home, often with her own labor and resourcefulness, until her health intervened.
Throughout her life, Elaine remained committed to learning and education. After raising a family, she returned to school and earned her bachelor's degree in education from Bethany College, where she graduated with highest honors. She taught elementary school for several years and was loved by her students.
Elaine was very involved in her community and church in Assaria. She helped to organize numerous school reunions, volunteered as a librarian at her church, and provided care and companionship to many of her neighbors in need. Her friends and family all admired Elaine for her sweet nature and kind spirit.
Survivors include daughter, Christine Bickel and husband, Kyle of San Anselmo, California; son, George Hunter and wife, Carolyn of Ontario, California; four sisters, Maxine Bilotti of Key Port, New Jersey, Lois Barber of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Lavonn Nelson and husband, Eldon of Assaria, Kansas, Shirley Herrick and husband, Gerold of Grand Junction, Iowa, grandchildren, Elizabeth Hunter of Castaic, California, Alexander Harris of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nathaniel Harris of San Anselmo, California; and great grandchildren, Christiana Heredia and Alana Heredia.
Visitation will be held Sunday, October 4th, 2015 from 1:00 - 8:00PM at Carlson - Geisendorf Funeral Home, with family present from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held at Assaria Lutheran Church in Assaria at 2:30 PM on Monday, October 5th, 2015 with Pastor Laura Smith officiating. Internment will follow at Assaria Lutheran Cemetery.
Elaine will be greatly missed by her close friends, her loving family, and the many people whose lives she touched.
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