Elizabeth (Betty) Lee Logan of Annapolis died July 16 at John Hopkins Hospital.
Betty was born on September 15, 1922, in Chehalis, Washington, to Maude and Edwin Furbush.
She graduated from Fillmore High School (Class of 1940) and attended University California, Berkeley for several years until the advent of WWII when she left to work in support of the war.
She was a Navy wife who took great pride in meeting any challenge that crossed her path. During her husband's post-Navy career with the U. S. Agency for International Development, she relished being a diplomat's wife and experiencing the adventures of living in foreign countries. She made life-long friends in France, the Philippines, and Indonesia, to name a few.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Wesley Logan, whom she married in 1947 and her grandson, John Wesley Logan, III.
Surviving are her children, Tracey Lee Logan of St. Mary's County, MD, John Wesley Logan, Jr. of Wilton, CT and Michelle Logan Mazanec of Arnold, MD and two grandchildren, Logan and Warren Mazanec, Jr.
A memorial Service was held on July 26 in St. Andrew's Chapel, USNA, Annapolis.
FHS Alumni Obituary courtesy Conway Spitler
Martha Jane Fanning went to the Lord on July 10,2010 in Woodward, Oklahoma with family members at her side. Martha was born to Bert and Claudia Hubbell on April 19,1922 in Parsons, Kansas. She married Jess Fanning on June 5,1939.
Before moving to Woodward 10 years ago, Martha lived in Fillmore for almost 50 years. She attended the Assembly of God Church faithfully. She enjoyed being with her grandchildren and attending to her garden.
Martha is survived by her 5 children, daughters - Glenda (Dewey) Holdeman of Fort Supply, Okla., Donna (Burl) Womack of Woodward, Jessie Dittmer of Woodward, Judy (Dennis) Mackey of Ridgecrest, Cal., and son Mike (Brenda) of Piru, Ca. 13 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jess, her brother Jack Hubbell, her sisters Lola Davis, Cleota Trammel and Wilberta Fletcher. Also by her granddaughter Susan Baxter and great granddaughter Jessie Baxter.
Visitation will be at the Skillon-Carroll Mortuary in Fillmore on Friday July 16,2010 between 10:00am-12:00pm followed by graveside services at 2:00 pm at the Barsdale Cemetary with Brother Guinn officiating.
Following the service everyone is welcomed to join the family at Mike's house, 4311 Center St, Piru, to share their memories of Martha.
February 11, 1993 10:58 p.m. â€“ May 16, 2010 5:19 a.m.
Mother - Amy Enriques, Step Father â€“ Ray Enriques, and Grandmother â€“ Madge Morris.
His hobbies included skateboarding, filming, hanging out skating with friends, making skate videos, and loving on his cat Bella.
A valuable asset taken so suddenly!
Memorial service will be held at Fillmoreâ€™s Two Rivers Skate Park - Saturday May 22nd at 2:00 p.m.
Elisa Jimenez Alcocer of Piru, CA passed away on May 13, 2010 in the Santa Paula Hospital at the age of 84. Elisa was born in Los Angeles, CA to Elena & Augustin Jimenez on October 28, 1925. She is preceded in death by her husband, Joe Gonzalez Alcocer, brothers Ramon Jimenez and Augustin Jimenez, sisters Belia Casarez and Maria Elena Rosales, and grandson Felix Oseguera Jr.
Elisa is survived by her son, Joseph Alcocer and wife Josphine of Piru, CA; daughter, Olivia Magallon and husband Joe Magallon of Fillmore, CA; daughter, Sonia Oseguera and husband Felix Oseguera residing in Orcutt, CA.
She will be missed dearly by her grandchildren; Joseph Alcocer and wife Julia of Ventura, CA; Sunshine Gray and husband Jeremy of Moorpark, CA; Mike Alcocer of Piru; Joe Magallon and wife April of Bakersfield, CA; Crystal Magallon of Fillmore, CA; Johnny Magallon and wife Clarissa of Bakersfield, CA; Nicole Oseguera of Orcutt, CA; Nathan Oseguera of Orcutt, CA; Briana Oseguera of Orcutt, CA.. There are 18 great-grandchildren that have been blessed with a gift of having spent time with their great-grandma Elisa.
She also leaves her sister Carolina Perez and husband Gabriel Perez of Westminster, CA and brother Roberto Jimenez and wife Delia of Pomona, CA, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Elisa had been a resident of Piru for over 60 years. Elisa worked for the Piru Citrus Association and for different nurseries and ranches in the area. When her husband passed away in 1967 she stayed at home and dedicated her life to raising her family. Elisa was a good cook and used to make her own cheese and bread at home. She liked the outdoors and enjoyed trips to Lake Piru and to the beach. She had an appreciation for nature and liked gardening and taking walks. Elisa loved shopping and was always ready for an outing to any store. Elisa was happiest when family came to visit and gather in her home.
We will hold close to our hearts the memories that we each have of Elisa. We thank her for her unconditional love and for always making us feel welcomed in her home.
The Rosary Service will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2010, at 7:30p.m. at San Salvador Mission Church in Piru. The Funeral Mass Service will be held on Friday, May 21, 2010, at 9:00a.m. also at San Salvador Mission Church, 4045 E. Center Street, Piru, CA. Burial will take place immediately thereafter at Piru Cemetery. A potluck reception will follow funeral services at the San Salvador Church hall for family and friends.
Bobby Joe Buckman, born January 7, 1957 went home to be in Heaven April 24, 2010. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and two brothers and two sisters who will be there with open arms to great him.
He is survived by his brother Don Buckman and wife Earleen, several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was born and raised in Ventura County.
Although Bobby had a very hard life he was always there when anyone needed him. He will be missed and always loved by all. May he rest in peace.
Memorial services will be Saturday May 8th at 2:00 pm at Heritage Valley Christian Fellowship 241 N. Mill St. in Santa Paula. Pastor Chip Northup officiating. Please come and say goodbye to Bobby.
Richard M. (Toolie) Palmer, age 94, went home to his Lord, Thursday, April 15, 2010.
Toolie was born on April 16, 1915 in Fillmore, Ca. to George and Tulip Palmer. He had one brother, Lawrence, who preceded him in death. While attending U.C. Santa Barbara, he met, fell in love with, and married Katherine Smith, his wife of 72 years.
Toolie loved sports and wanted to be a coach and educator. He attended Ventura College, University of San Francisco, and U.C. Santa Barbara. His first job after college was at the McKinley Home in Van Nuys where Toolie was a counselor and recreation director. Later, he was a physical education instructor, counselor, and coach for 32 years at Fillmore High School where he touched many students' lives. He was inducted into the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.
In retirement, Toolie got interested in Australian Bark Pictures. He has sold and given away many pictures that hang in Fillmore homes as well as homes around the world. Toolie and his wife Katherine traveled extensively and loved learning about new places and people. Slide shows of their travels have been a cherished and entertaining family tradition for many years.
Toolie is survived by his loving wife, Katherine, his son and daughter-in-law, Dick and Lois Palmer of Australia, his daughter, Paula Suttle of Fillmore, his grandchildren; Randy Suttle and his wife Lisa, Matt Suttle and his wife Linda, Kym Suttle Peritore, Justin and husband Ross Temby, great-grandchildren; Brina, Arin, Tate, Lauren, Christian, Thomas, William, Elizabeth, and Madeline.
Toolie will be greatly missed by his family and all the friends and students who were touched by his life. A memorial celebrating his life will be held at Faith Community Church, 355 D Street, Fillmore, Ca. 805-524-5564 on Saturday, May 1, at 11 a.m. When you've learned all you can learn, and taught all you can teach, you graduate. Happy Graduation, Toolie!
Laura Nadine Smith, lovingly known as "Honey", Mom, Nana and Nana Montana, went to be with her Lord and Savior. She passed suddenly in San Luis Obispo on Sunday, April 18, 2010. She most recently lived in Templeton, but had another residence in Lindsay California. Born and raised in Fort Scott Kansas, Nadine's family relocated to Orange County California during the Depression. There, at the age of 14, she met her first and only love, Raymond Smith. Just shy of graduating from high school, she and Ray eloped in Arizona. Their marriage and love for each was a legacy. Many friends and family members use their marriage as a model for their own. They would have celebrated their 68th anniversary Saturday, April 24, 2010. Her greatest joy was taking care of her husband and children. She was self-educated, always trying to increase her knowledge and learn new things. Most recently she was learning to use the computer on her new laptop. She was a vorocious reader and could keep up with anybody on any subject. She knew more about politics than most politicians....she always knew her facts. Her greatest gift was the capacity to make anyone entering her home feel loved and welcome. Outside the home, she loved traveling, watching her grandkids' and great-grandkids' sporting events, Like her dad, she loved to tell a joke and had an amazing sense of humor. Billy Graham, Barbara Bush and her mom were among her favorite heroes. Nadine had many life-long friends whom they still loved to visit and travel with. Nadine was preceded in death by her father, Tom, her mother, Katie, and brother, Dale. Her father built their church in Rainbow Valley, California and her brother was a pastor in Escondido, California. She leaves her four children Sharon (John) Ferguson of Fillmore, California; Brent (Linda) Smith of Arroyo Grande; Denise (Steve) Weeks of Templeton, California and Lori (Greg) Nunez of Fillmore, California. She was so very proud of her 11 grandkids, Craig (Laura) Ferguson, Staci (John) Rolff, Robert (Jen) Weeks, Ryan (Tara) Weeks, Ashlee (Garrett) Loughran, Brett Weeks, Danny (April Kozar) Nunez, Lindsay (Dave Behling) Nunez, Brock Nunez, Ian and Kimmy Smith. She also got to meet 15 great grandkids, Christopher, Lauren, Kiley, and Brad Rolff, Collin and Claire Ferguson, Katie, Addison and Ty Weeks, Parker and Hudson Loughran, Ryan, Bryce and Brooke Nunez, and Peyton Behling. She was also known as a second mom to countless others. A memorial service in her honor will take place at her beloved home on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 11:30 am. Please call 805 459-1582; 805 823-3513 or 805 340-6222 for details.
William â€śClydeâ€ť Reames of Fillmore passed away on March 13, 2010 after a brief illness.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Mae, his Mother in law, Margaret Garrett and step-mother Peggy Reames. Anna Maeâ€™s sons Robert (Joan) Vaughn and children Nicole and Eryk and Scott (Adriene) Vaughn and children Vanessa, Brittany, Kyle, Ariel and Tracy.
Sisters: Phyllis, Billie, Barbara, Wanda, Teka and Sharon. Brothers: Raymond and Bill, as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
He is preceded in death by his mother Beverly, His father H.U. â€śBlackieâ€ť Reames and his son John Reames.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, 805/ 524-0744.
Richard Lee Schuck "Dick" born October 19, 1926 in Hazard, Kentucky, passed away at age 83 on March 8, 2010 quietly in his sleep at home in Fillmore, California. Dick struggled with emphysema for 15 years. He masked his pain with a smile and a joke.
Dick was a member of VFW of Santa Paula, he was a lifelong Mason and member of the 82nd Airborne in World War 2.
Dick was an adventurer and a traveler. His work took him to Iran for many years where he lived and worked for Aramco Oil.
For the last 14 years of his life he lived in the El Dorado senior community with his wife of 16 years Marion. On any given day you would see him walking his dog "Hey you" or working on his backyard making a waterfall. He loved to visit with his friends and neighbors. He really loved to brag about his children. Every holiday he would take them around to show them off.
It is difficult to capture Dick's personality in words. Every memory his loved ones have of him is with a big smile on his face and cracking a joke.
His optimistic attitude, his love of life, his great stories and his ability to befriend all those around him made him someone we will never forget.
He is survived by his wife Marion and his five children Henry, Sheva, Debra, Kimberly, Pamela and his grandchildren Shelby, Amanda and Mitchel.
All Dickâ€™s friends are welcome to attend his memorial which will take place on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 11am at the Fillmore Senior Center.
Evelyn Cecelia Hardison Richardson Davis, of Fillmore, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2010.
She was born to Elvira and Clifford Hardison, on December 10, 1921, and was raised on the family citrus ranch and Sanitary Dairy, west of Fillmore.
She attended Fillmore schools and graduated from Fillmore High School in 1939. She loved music and she and her sister Betty Jean performed in an accordion band.
Evelyn worked at several of the local citrus packing houses for over 30 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Russell Hardison, sisters Dorothy Nickerson and Betty Jean Burritt and son Clifford. She is survived by daughters Judy Kelley, Nancy Waldthausen, son Dick Richardson and wife, Martha, grandchildren, Robert and wife Sandra Kelley, Ron Kelley, Becky and husband Rick Hunt, Ana and husband Salvadore, Sonya and husband Kevin, Clifford Waldthausen, Amy Berger and husband Robert, and Mike Richardson and wife Heather, and 14 great-grandchildren and her nieces and nephews.
A private graveside service will be held at Bardsdale Cemetery on Wednesday, March 10 at 10 am.
Any memorial donations may be made to the Fillmore Historical Museum.
The family would like to thank the staff of Tracy Villa for their kindness and care during Evelynâ€™s time there.
Teresa Munoz, age 50, passed away on Feb. 6, 2010 in Reno, NV.
Teresa is survived by her parents John and Lydia Munoz. Her children Danielle Murdock, husband Brian and Wesley Smith, wife Katie. Brothers and sisters John Munoz, wife Janie; Martin Munoz, wife Betty; Martha Vargas, husband Herman; Marie Griffin, husband Ken; Kathy Meza, husband Ramon; Peter Munoz, wife Debbie. Grandchildren Ainsley and Tiarah Murdock and Wesley Smith Jr. As well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Teresa was born Sept. 14, 1949 in Ventura, CA. She was a loving daughter, mother, sister, grandmother and friend. She will always be remembered by her ability to enjoy life to its fullest and will continue to be an inspiration those that knew her.
A graveside service to be held Friday, March 5, 2010 at the Bardsdale Cemetary at 10:30 a.m.
Valentine (Big Val) Pillado Sr. age 55 born Jan. 4, 1955, went home with our lord on Saturday Feb. 13th, 2010. Following a brief illness. He was surrounded by his family and friends at the time of his death and died peacefully at home.
Val loved being around his family especially his grand children. He loved camping in Yosemite, fishing at Convict Lake, listening to Oldies music, going to family bar-b-ques, watching Sci-fi channel, football, baseball, basketball. Val was also an avid deer hunter. He enjoyed sitting on the front porch talking to friends and neighbors. Val always had a way to make people laugh. He will be missed by anyone who was fortunate to have met him. Val was a devoted catholic and always prayed the Rosary.
Val was employed by the City of Simi Valley as a Landscape Maintenance worker for 15 years until he suffered a back injury and became disabled.
Val was one of eight children was preceded to death by sisters Viola, Elizabeth, Brother Michael and mother Katy Pillado. He is survived by his loving wife Becky. They had been married 38 years and were High School Sweet hearts; his sons Val Jr, Timmy and daughter Michele; grandchildren, Val Jr II, Aiyanna, Brittany, Ashley, Raeleen, little Timmy II, Dominick. Sisters Blanca Lopez, Rosie Velasquez, Brothers Manuel Jr. & David Pillado, Father Manuel Pillado Sr. and numerous nieces and nephews.
Val will be loved and missed forever.
Rosary will be recited at 7:30pm at San Salvador Church in Piru, Ca. on Thursday, February 18, 2010. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9am at San Salvador Church in Piru on Friday, February 19, 2010. Burial will follow at Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the family owned and operated, Garcia Mortuary, 629 South â€śAâ€ť Street, Oxnard, California. For further information, please call (805) 486-9148.
Fredrick Alan Krone, age 79 of Fillmore, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010.
Fred is survived by his children, Robert , Kathryn and Christine; his sister, Georgette, and granddaughters, Brittany and Hannah.
Fred was a loving father, brother, grandfather and friend.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to: Santa Clara Valley Wellness Foundation, P.O. Box 348, Santa Paula, CA 93061. Indicate on memo line: In honor of Fredrick A. Krone to Santa Paula Hospital.
The first mayor of Carpinteria and retired U.S. Army colonel, Allan R. Coates, Jr., died Feb. 9, 2010 in San Diego County after a long battle with Parkinsonâ€™s disease. He was 79. A former teacher, high school counselor, coach and city manager, Coates was a dedicated public servant in Carpinteria and Fillmore.
Allan was born in Oakland and raised in Porterville. He moved to Santa Barbara to attend UCSB and enlisted with Santa Barbaraâ€™s 981st Field Artillery Battalion in the 40th Infantry Division of the California Army National Guard. He was called to active duty in the Korean War from 1950 â€“ 52. Coates continued his military service with the National Guard and U.S. Army reserve for 41 years, attaining the rank of colonel. He retired from the service in 1991 and later became quartermaster of the VFW post in Fillmore.
Coates held a political science degree from UCSB and masterâ€™s in education from USC. He was a teacher and coach in the Fillmore High School District in 1960-61, moving to the Carpinteria Unified School District in 1962. While teaching government and coaching basketball, Coates became involved in the movement to incorporate Carpinteria. In 1965, he was elected to the first city council and was appointed mayor. He remained on the council for seven years and was named Carpinteria Man of the Year in 1967.
Following a yearlong tour of active duty at the Armyâ€™s Command and General Staff College in Kansas, Coates became city manager of Carpinteria. He held that position for 18 years before moving to Fillmore to become assistant city manager and finance director. He retired from full-time city service in 1996, receiving numerous commendations for his work, including a resolution from the California Legislature.
Survivors include his daughter, Rebecca Coates Nee, and granddaughter, Nikki, of San Diego; sisters and brothers-in-law Barbara and Dan Lublin of Visalia and Nadine and Francis Muller of Nicasio; a niece and numerous nephews and cousins.
A graveside service is planned for 11 a.m., Feb. 19 at Carpinteria Cemetery, followed by a reception. Donations in Allanâ€™s memory may be made to the National Parkinsonâ€™s Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Carpinteria, or a local hospice.
A memorial Web site with a guest book has been created at http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/allancoates.
Eva H. Noel completed her journey on earth moving to her heavenly home on January 27, 2010. Eva Kate Hoffmann was born February 22, 1912 in Los Angeles, CA. She was the youngest of her siblings consisting of 2 brothers and 1 sister.
After completing High School, Eva's course through life led her to join the Army WAAC in 1942 where she served honorably until her discharge in 1943. It was at that time she moved to Fillmore. On August 16, 1946 she married Orpheus Isaiah Noel in Fillmore. To that union three children were born - Nancy, Wesley and Lowell. She selflessly devoted and dedicated her life to her family.
She is survived by her daughter Nancy L. Noel of Fillmore, CA, sons Wesley O. Noel ofBozeman, MT and Lowell V. Noel of Denver, CO. Mom has now joined all her family that predeceased her - including her mother who gave her life in child birth with Eva.
The family wishes to express our deepest gratitude to those who provided untold assistance to Mom in her last days: Dr. Bundy and staff, attending physicians and health care professionals of Santa Paula Hospital, volunteers and public servants of the community of Fillmore, the Bob Thompson family and most of all to Marietta and Larry Spencer for the years of faithful care, compassion and unending love for Eva.
A family memorial service will be held at the Bardsdale Cemetery on Tuesday February 2, 2010.
Jay Carnine of Kingman died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, in Las Vegas of a massive brain bleed. His wife, Gay, daughters, granddaughters and son-in-law were with him.
Jay was born Jan. 27, 1940, and raised in Ventura, Calif. It was there that his love of street rods was born. That love grew throughout his life and he had many rods come and go until about 1986, when he started building his dream care, a 1932 Ford roadster. He drove that car anywhere and everywhere loving every minute. We had many good times in it and made many new and wonderful friends along the way.
He retired at age 55, after 35 years with Southern California Edison. We kept in touch with many good friends we made during those years. He was a kind, loving, compassionate, intelligent man. He reveled in sharing his vast knowledge with anyone who asked.
Jay wrote and published two great books, Pinkie and California Hot Rodder. He mentored many people on the Web site that he was a member of. He shared dozens of great stories, talked with so many friends there about rods and freely gave of his awesome intelligence.
Jay leaves behind his beloved wife, Gay; their daughters, Cheri (Pat) of Las Vegas and Deb of Kingman; his sister, Shari (Phil) of Texas; his brother, Louie (Marci) of Ojai, Calif.; grandchildren, Cory (Tika) of Tennessee, Kristie (Wil) of Georgia (who have Kyla Ann, two years old, the most beautiful, funny and wonderful great-granddaughter!); and Melissa Carnine of Kingman. Jay also has two great-grandsons on the way, one in November and one in February. He is also survived by three nephews and one niece and their children.
He was predeceased by his parents, Chet and Clytie, paternal and maternal grandparents, three uncles and one aunt.
No services planned at this time. Godspeed Jay! You are now driving your roadster on heaven's endless highways.
April 12, 1930 â€“ January 1, 2010
John Chapman Morris, â€śChappy,â€ť of Fillmore passed away from cancer on January 1, 2010 at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara at the age of 79. He was surrounded by his immediate family.
Chappy was born in Fillmore, California on April 12, 1930 to parents William L. Morris and Verna Bertine Hansen. He was the youngest of three with an older brother, William L. Morris, Jr. and a sister, Virginia. He attended Fillmore Elementary School and graduated from Fillmore High School in 1948. From there he did a stint at the University of Southern California (USC), where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and remained until he was drafted to the Army in 1954. He later returned to USC where he majored in business and liberal arts. After college he made the decision to make his permanent home in Fillmore, joined the family automobile business, William L. Morris Chevrolet, and has resided there ever since.
In 1958, Chappy married Geraldine Doud, â€śJeri,â€ť of Oxnard, California. They were married for almost 50 years. He was a true entrepreneur and diversified from the automobile business to farming, real estate and, in 1973, started Fillmore Area Transit Corporation. It quickly grew from hauling 1,300 passengers per month to 22,000. He loved his community and was an active member and former president of Rotary, Jr. and Sr. Chamber of Commerce, Fillmore High School Alumnae and the May Festival. Chappy was also an active member of Rancheros Vistadores, Campo Adolfo, and Rancheros Adolfo, a Ventura County menâ€™s horseback riding club. He enjoyed riding with his father, father-in-law, brothers-in-law, sons, sons-in-law, and numerous relatives.
Giving back to the community was very important to Chappy, and he generously supported many local groups and charities including St. Augustine Academy, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Adopt-A-Family, Feed the Children,
St. Francis of Assisi, and San Salvador Mission, to name a few.
He is survived by his four children: Laurie Morris Smith of San Clemente, John Chapman Morris, Jr. of Ventura, Tina Morris Thomson of Pasadena and William L. Morris, III of Fillmore; sons in law David B. Smith and John E. Thomson; daughters in law Lori Morris and Shelly Morris. He is preceded in death by his wife, Jeri.
â€śPappyâ€ť as he was known by his grandchildren Chasen, Brennan and Lauren Smith, Sydney and Maggie Morris, Katie and Charlie Thomson and Hunter, Grant and Griffin Morris will forever be remembered as the family patriarch. They will especially cherish the special times they spent with their grandpa picking avocados and watercress on the family ranch, riding horses, family trips to the Alisal Guest Ranch and his special recipe for homemade beef jerky. He also leaves behind his beloved and loyal Australian Shepherd, LeRoy.
The Rosary will take place at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fillmore on Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 7:00 pm. A service celebrating Chappyâ€™s life will be held on Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:00 am at Santa Clara Catholic Church, 323 South E. Street in Oxnard.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers charitable donations be made to St. Augustine Academy, reference
J. Chapman Morris Scholarship Fund/Foundation, 130 South Wells Road, Ventura, CA 93004 (805) 672-0411.
Beloved Herb Baehr of Fillmore peacefully passed from this life into the next on Wed December 23, 2009 at home. He was 92 years old. He was a resident of Ventura county for 60 years, moving here from Chicago, Illinois.
Herb, a retired teacher, was a devoted Lyons Club member. He enjoyed playing tennis, bingo and card games. He loved to sing and dance and was a Chicago radio singer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Edna Martine Baehr from Kansas and Jacob Peter Baehr of Germany. Brothers: Paul and Karl, Sister Ruth and former wife Vivian Baehr.
He is survived by his spouse Jean, son John, daughter Melody, grandson Jacob, brother Rufus and sister in law Elsa. Stepdaughters Jan and Michelle and four grandchildren.
Memorial donations can be sent to the Alzheimerâ€™s Association, or to the Faith Community Church in Fillmore.
A memorial service will be held from 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, Janurary 7, 2010 at Faith Community Church on Central Ave., Fillmore, CA. Arrangements under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, 805/ 524-0744.
Robert Wesley Nichols, former Fillmore City Manager who was known to many as â€śMr. Fillmore,â€ť passed away November 24, 2009 at the age of 88. Mr. Nichols was a third generation Fillmore native. He was an unforgettable personality to all who knew him, and was known for his proud spirit, dedication to Country, and his love of life and Fillmore.
Born in Fillmore on October 19, 1921, Nichols was a lifelong resident of the City. He attended Fillmore schools, graduating from Fillmore Union High School in 1940, where he excelled in football and other sports.
After two years of college, Nichols served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1952, holding positions with the Naval Air Corps as Navigator and Aviation Chief. Shortly after enlisting in the Navy, he married Juanita Mauck, his high school sweetheart. They were married for over 60 years and had three daughters, all of whom were raised in Fillmore, attended Fillmore schools, and married local men with families in Fillmore and Ventura. Mr. and Mrs. Nichols were both active in community affairs throughout their lives, and were longtime members of the Fillmore Methodist Church.
Immediately after leaving the Navy, Mr. Nichols returned to Fillmore and engaged in ranching, managing citrus properties in Bardsdale. In 1955 he began service with the City of Fillmore, where he was Superintendent of Public Works from 1959 to 1968 and City Manager from 1968 to October of 1981.
During his tenure as City Manager, Nichols presided over a period of unprecedented growth, as the Cityâ€™s population grew from 6,000 to 10,000. He was instrumental in the acquisition of the land for Sespe Park, upgrading of the Cityâ€™s water systems, directing preparations for the Fillmore Industrial Park, and creation of the Fillmore Community Redevelopment Agency. In 1969, he was a principal actor in recovery and reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of one of the worst rainstorms and floods in Fillmore history, during which all roads and highways to the City were washed out and Fillmore was completely isolated for several days. Mr. Nichols was also active in regional organizations representing Ventura County and its cities, and served as Chairman of the Managersâ€™ Group of the Ventura County Association of Governments.
During their retirement years, Wesley and Juanita Nichols lived in Fillmore, traveled the United States, and spent time with their daughters and their families. Juanita Nichols passed away in 2005. In his last years, Mr. Nichols enjoyed drives around Fillmore and Ventura County, identifying familiar places and public works, and observing annual City events such as the July 4th fireworks celebrations.
Mr. Nichols is survived by his three daughters, Constance Main of La Canada, Diana Cox of Westlake Village, and Sally Joller of Los Osos, California; 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore on December 10, 2009.
Gil Kohler passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2009. Gil was 97 years old. Gil suffered a heart attack on Monday and was taken to Community Memorial Hospital where he fought hard until his passing, Wednesday at 8:15. He leaves his lovely wife Rosella Kohler behind.
A religious service will be held on Monday, December 7, 2009 at 2PM at Skillin Carroll Mortuary in Santa Paula, 738 E. Santa Paula St., Santa Paula, Ca. 93015, 805-525-3391. Gil's 97 year old body was donated to science and was taken by a university shortly after his death. They are very interested in studying his longevity and health.
In place of flowers Gil and his family have requested donation be made in his name to Wayfarer Chapel Lutheran Church, 461 3rd. St., Fillmore CA. 93015