Saturday, December 9, 2017

Gina Marie Sanchez, BHS 1991

Gina Sanchez, BHS 1991
December 19, 1972 - August 19, 1989

In the 1990 Burbank High Yearbook there was a memorial page in memory of Gina Sanchez. She was just 16 years old and a sophomore. It read as follows: 

Gina Sanchez, a past student of John Muir and Burbank High School, was a victim of a drunk-driving car accident this past August. There was no chance for good-byes as she died instantly. Since that moment, many people have realized how precious life really is. Gina is missed, loved, and will always be remembered for everything she was. All we can do now is cherish her memories and hold them in our heart.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Rick Alan Nelson, BHS 1968

Rick Alan Nelson, BHS 1968 

(1949 - 2016)

Rick entered into rest July 13, 2016 in Martinez, CA age 66. He is a native of Glendale, CA born November 22, 1949 and a former resident of Madera, CA before moving to Placer County for the last 12 years.

Loving father to Chad E. (Melissa) Nelson, Meghan E. (Bobby) Jovel and Scott T. (Danielle) Nelson. Wonderful grandfather of 9. Also survived by a sister Lynn D. Nelson. Rick is preceded in death by a son Jason Nelson and both parents Robert E. and Shirley (Coffeen) Nelson.

Rick was an auto mechanic for over 40 years and a veteran of the Vietnam War proudly serving in the US Navy. The family invites you to attend a Celebration of His Life on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at Chapel of the Valley 97 Vernon Street Roseville, California 95678.

Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 22, 2016

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Michael P. Melnikoff, BHS 1969

Burbank Daily Review, Tuesday, November 13, 1973

Michael P. Melnikoff, 22, died Sunday November 11, 1973. Born in Los Angeles, he lived in Burbank 21 years. He was a private in the army.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Melnikoff; a brother, Steven of Mojave; a sister, Mrs. Nancy Land of Burbank; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Stanford Wing of Burbank; and his grandmother, Mrs. Polina Melnikoff of Los Angeles.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Hills, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills. Interment will follow.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Barbara Louise Onstott Earle, BHS 1967

Barbara Louise Onstott Earle
January 6, 1949 - October 20, 2017

Barbara Louise Onstott Earle passed away peacefully at home in her sleep on October 20, 2017. She was born on January 6, 1949 in Burbank, California to William Henry & Merle Jones Onstott. She was the second of three daughters. 

She grew up in Burbank and graduated with a teaching degree from Brigham Young University. She taught elementary school in Tooele & Spanish Fork, Utah before traveling to Australia on a teacher exchange program. There she met and married her husband, Rodney Stan Earle on August 14, 1976.

In 1978, Barbara and Rodney moved to Bloomington, Indiana while Rodney attended graduate school. In 1981, they moved to Wilmington, North Carolina and adopted their twin sons, Jonathan William and Jason Stanley. Two years later, Barbara surprised Rodney with the pregnancy of their daughter, Rebecca Lynn. In 1993, Barbara and her family moved to American Fork, Utah. When her children were older, she went back to teaching 6th grade. Another move took the family to Lehi, Utah. After retirement in 2010, she filled her time with family. 

Barbara enjoyed her weekly hot tub gatherings with retired teacher friends. For 20 years, she produced and edited the Jones Family Newsletter. She has served as Young Women Camp Director, Early Morning Seminary Teacher, Ward Historian, Chorister, Primary Teacher and other callings. Barbara took great pleasure in making crafts. She crocheted afghan blankets for each of her grandchildren. 

Barbara loved the outdoors. She was an avid camper and swimmer. She enjoyed tending the pool in the backyard. Summer highlights always included the family camping trip to Palisade State Park. She also enjoyed the early spring trips to San Diego, California. 

She is survived by her husband, Rodney, her children, Jonathan (Cara Dahl), Jason (Olga Sandoval) & Rebecca, and her 6 grandchildren (Ethan, Kesly, Devin, Emily, Bailey & Daniel). 

Funeral service will be held Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM in the Lehi 8th Ward Chapel, 127 East 3200 North. A viewing will be held Saturday morning from 10:00-11:30 AM prior to the service at the church. Interment, Lehi City Cemetery.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

John Leap, BHS 1942

John Leap, BHS 1942

John Leap passed away on October 30, 2015. John went from kindergarten at Emerson grammar school and high school at Burbank High in 1942.

After high school, like most boys he joined the service and went to war on a bomber. According to a good friend John was funny and smart. No other details at this time.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Eric Robert Anderson, BHS 1967

Birth: 31 Dec 1948
Death: 22 Dec 1998
Age: 49
Last Residence: Carson City, NV

"He died in Reno Nevada Vet Hospital. Complication from aids which he got from a blood transfusion at the VA Hospital. This was before they were testing blood for aids."

Bobby grew up in Burbank and went to Miller grade school.

Liz wrote, "He was in the Navy aboard the USS Fox out of San Diego. Bob worked at the Post Office in Burbank for a little under 20 years. Then he moved to Nevada and worked for Snap On Tools. He and I stayed close. He loved my kids and took them places."

Besides Liz, Bob was survived by son, Eric, daughters, Heather and Mary Lee as well as his mother who lives in Carson City, NV and sister, Linda Anderson Wilson, BHS '65.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Wayne H. Wyatt, BHS 1968

Wayne H. Wyatt, BHS 1968
June 10, 1949 - December 4, 2013        

Born in Los Angeles, CA
Resided in Arvada, CO

Wayne H. Wyatt, 64 of Arvada, Colorado, passed away on December 4, 2013, of a massive heart attack. 

Wayne was born on June 10, 1949, in Los Angeles, California, to Rufus and Marion Wyatt. He had an older brother, Warren. He grew up in Burbank, California. When he was 16 years old, he professed to serve God. He was a smoke jumper right after high school then started working at Forest Lawn in California then at the City of Burbank Parks Department. 

He met Joyce Morrison when she was working in Burbank. Wayne and Joyce married on August 8, 1970, in Bayfield, Colorado. One year later, they welcomed their first daughter, Glenda, to the family. They lived in California about a year after she was born then moved to Bayfield, Colorado, for a short time where Wayne worked for La Plata County and operated road graders and plow trucks. They then moved to the Denver area and stayed briefly with dear friends Bill and Rene Hartman before moving to Aurora and holding various jobs. There, they had a premature baby girl named Mirenda who passed away shortly after birth on July 16, 1973. On Glenda's 2nd birthday (August 29, 1973), Wayne started working at the City of Arvada Parks Department. He worked at the City for 40+ years.

In November, 1973, they moved to Arvada to their current home. Their daughter, Tonya, was born in 1975 and son, Stan, was born in 1979. He served as a father figure for many kids over the years. In 2003, Wayne earned his favorite title of being a Papa to Brooklin and happily welcomed grandson Traybin in 2011.

Wayne enjoyed hunting and camping and spending time with his family and did side sprinkler jobs most of his life. He served as President of the Arvada Cemetery for a while and was a board member on several ditches over the years. He really enjoyed working with the Horse Protection League. Wayne even played Santa Claus a few years with a little persuasion for the City of Arvada and helped deliver gifts to needy children for Lighting up the Holidays. He always loved kids.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus and Marion Wyatt, and his daughter Mirenda. He is survived by his wife Joyce, his daughter Glenda and her husband Darrell McCord, his daughter Tonya, and his son Stan and his wife Jenni and their children Brooklin and Traybin. He is also survived by his older brother Warren, his wife Sue as well as many brother- and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Monday, December 9, 2013, from 6PM-8PM at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 7577 West 80th Avenue, Arvada. His Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM, also at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel. Interment to follow at Arvada Cemetery at 2:30 PM, 5581 Independence Street, Arvada, Colorado. Reception to follow Interment back at Horan & McConaty.

Please share your memories of Wayne and condolences with his family by signing the guestbook below.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Richard James Aschenberg, Jr., BHS 1959

Richard J. Aschenberg was born November 11,1940. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1959.

He was a proud Vietnam veteran where he attained the rank of SP5 with the United States Army. On June 15, 1968 he married Judith Elaine Kay (BHS 1960) in Ventura County, California. He was a member of the Republican Party. Somewhere along the way he and Judith moved to Aurora, Arapahoe County, Colorado where he passed away.

Richard passed away on December 26, 2016 with memorial services held Saturday January 7, 2017. He was 76 years old. Richard was buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Duane Sorensen, BHS 1971

From his daughter who created a GoFundMe page for her father.

As many of you may already know, we have suffered a huge loss last week. My father, Duane Sorensen, a beloved son, father, brother, husband, and so much more, passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017 of a heart attack. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. As many of you know, my father was a good man with a great sense of humor. Even as our opinions differed as I got older, I truly loved and appreciated his strong opinions, his art for conversation, and his constant fatherly need to teach me things about life.

As some of you may know, my father passed away in Northern California, so I’ve created this GoFundMe page to help me bring him home to Burbank and have a memorial so that his friends and family can be together to grieve and celebrate his life. Memorial service information will be posted soon.

Any help you can give is appreciated so much, and even if you are unable to make a donation, please know that providing support and love for my father and family is appreciated as well.

Note: Duane attended Thomas Jefferson Grade School, John Muir Junior High and graduated from Burbank High School with the Class of 1971.

UPATE: I just wanted to post the memorial information for my father Duane Sorensen. Services will be from 5pm - 6pm Friday October 20th@ Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in Burbank. Please forward to anyone you think may be interested in attending. Thank you.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Floyd Max Lewis, BHS 1945

Floyd Max Lewis, BHS 1945

Floyd Max Lewis (Bud) was born July 23, 1927 in Gulf Port, Mississippi to Floyd McKinley Lewis and Nellie Ruth Goodman Lewis. Their family moved to California in 1932 where he attended schools in Burbank.

Floyd received his JD degree from UCLA. He was a partner of Parker, Milliken, Clark & O'Hara for over 30 years and practiced law more than 55 years. He proudly served in the US Navy.1945-1946. 

 He is survived by his wife Mary Wilson Lewis and was the beloved father of Christine Ruth Herzog, Bruce James Lewis, Patricia Lynn Lewis Lazenby and Mark Kevin Lewis; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He passed away peacefully on August 21, 2013 after a brief illness. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice. Services will be private.     

Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25, 2013