Saturday, July 31, 2010

Eileen Bell Riordan, BHS 1964

Eileen Bell Riordan, BHS 1964 
August 04, 1946 - October 28, 2004

Keota, Iowa Visitation: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. November 01, 2004 at Powell Funeral Home - Keota Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. November 02, 2004 at Holy Trinity Parish-St. Mary Catholic Church.

Interment: November 02, 2004 at St. Mary Cemetery KEOTA

Eileen Riordan, age 58, of Keota, Iowa, died Thursday, October 28, 2004, at the Washington County Hospital in Washington. Eileen was born August 4, 1946 in Petrolia, Ontario, Canada. She graduated from Burbank High School in Burbank, California and attended cosmetology school. Eileen married John Riordan July 20, 1975 in Chatsworth, California. The couple moved to Keota after their marriage.
Eileen loved to bowl and has won several state and national events. She served as a Secretary for the Sigourney Women’s Bowling Association and served on the Board of Directors and other positions for the Washington Women’s Bowling Association. She was an active volunteer for 18 years with the Special Olympics serving in different capacities. Her favorite job was being a bus driver for the school children.
She was a wonderful mother; always there when her children needed her. She enjoyed reading, going for drives with her husband and she loved to dance.
Survivors include her loving husband: John Riordan of Keota; her children: Christie Stuckland of Oxford, Shane Fleming of Keota, Jim Riordan of Ann Arbor, Michigan and Teresa Riordan of Sigourney; her mother: Marie Candlish and husband Dan of Hemet, California; sister: Phyllis Sale of Hemet, California; niece: Marie Brown of Ventura, California; nephew: Jeff McCracken of Moberly, Missouri; lifelong friend: Mary Ouvri of Santa Clarita, California; several other friends and relatives in Canada and California. She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Fannie and Richard Adams; uncles: Alan Adams, Harvey Adams and Dalton McCallum and nephew: Charles Lawrence Beatly.
Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 2, 2004, at Holy Trinity Parish-St. Mary Catholic Church in Keota with Rev. Marty Goetz officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Keota. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday, November 1, 2004, at the Powell Funeral Home in Keota, where there will be a prayer service and rosary at 6:00 p.m.

A general memorial fund has been established. Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Keota is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed at www.powellfuneralhomes.com under obituaries.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Julia Rios Casanova, BHS 1940

Julia Rios Casanova, BHS 1940

Daily News of Los Angeles (CA) - Wednesday, November 7, 2007

CA United States JULIA RIOS CASANOVA It is with great sadness that the family of Julia Rios Casanova announces her passing after a lengthy illness, on Saturday, November 3, 2007 in her Sun Valley home in the company of family and friends. She was 86 years old.

Born in Burbank, California on November 3, 1921 and graduated from Burbank High School in the Summer of 1940 Julia will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 61 years.

Services are being held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 220 East Elk Ave., Glendale. Rosary and Viewing Friday, November 9, 2007, 7:00 p.m.; Funeral Saturday, November 10, 2007, 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers that donations be made to: St. Ann Hospice c/o Shalom Foundation 1612 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, CA 91201. VALLEY FUNERAL HOME Burbank (818) 845-3766

Segovia Andrew Bader, BHS 1970

Segovia Andrew Bader, BHS 1970

Steven Andrew Bader was born May 25, 1952. He grew up on Andover Dr. in Burbank, middle son of Dr. Stan Bader and Ruth Bader. He attended Thomas Jefferson, John Muir, and Burbank High graduating in 1970. He was a professional musician all of his adult life, and after becoming an adult he legally changed his first name to 'Segovia', after the famous Spanish guitarist, Andreas Segovia. He had played professionally with groups all over the world on musical tours for decades.
For many years his home base has been San Rafael, CA. Over the many years he had accumulated a solid 13 years of travelling to 101 different countries in all parts of the world. His last extended trip was a little over one year ago. Many of us have received his "travel logs" from him while he was on his trips over the years. He started out in the second grade and in Cub Scouts in 1959! Segovia Bader passed away June 2, 2010, just one week and two days after his birthday on May 25. He leaves an adult daughter and an adult son, his mother, Ruth, of Burbank, his older brother, Mitch, his younger brother, Kenny, and their families.
Segovia had a melanoma on his leg and had surgery about a year ago to remove it. His doctors thought at that time that "they got it all", but unfortunately that was not the case. Later the melanoma spread to his chest. Ultimately melanoma is what caused his death.

He did not tell many of us who had recently heard from him that he was so ill. Several of you wrote about how shocked you are, since you also had just heard from him in the last week or so. Segovia's family and friends had a huge birthday party for him on his birthday last week. Now so soon after that he is to be cremated and there will be a memorial service for him in the Burbank area, but plans have not been determined yet as to any details.
Steve left a letter for his brother to post on his Facebook page after his passing:
Here is a letter from Segovia to his friends...My name is Mitch Bader and Segovia was my brother. As you may or may not know, Segovia passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 2nd after losing his brave battle with cancer.
He asked that Kenny, our brother, and I send this to his friends after his death. For those of you who knew him well, you may find humor that even in death he's providing you with reading material.
My Dear Friends........... If you are receiving this letter than it looks like I have some very sad news for you. The letter is being sent out by my brother Mitch. That is because I am no longer with you on the earth to do the sending myself. Who would ever have thought that it would happen like this. Attacked by a tiger in Africa, killed by bandits in Central America, falling from a mountain top in Nepal. Ah, there were so many dramatic ways that I could have been taken from you. But alas, the reaper came from within rather than from without.
As many of you know I had a run in with a melanoma on my knee back in March of 2008. Well with some surgery we thought we had eradicated my body of the melanoma. But a follow-up chest x-ray 1 ½ years later showed different. There was something there. Well follow up CT scans, PET CT scans and a brain MRI revealed that I had cancer in my lungs and brain. By the time I found this out it was stage IV Metastatic Melanoma. It was a truly unpleasant prognosis with very slim chances for survival.
As I write this I am not sure if I ever decided to share what was going on with me with the world. I told my family and a few close friends so I had plenty of support. But I just didn’t want to be “that guy” who everyone felt bad about. Who people weren’t sure about what to say to or how to act around. That was never my style. And I was used to holding things inside because often times in my travels there wasn’t really anyone to open up to about things. The truth of the matter was that for the longest time I was totally asymptomatic and even felt great while on the chemotherapy.
I was very positive about the whole thing, as catastrophic as it was to my life, and so long as that was the case I wanted to remain my old positive jolly self in all that I did. I did not want to bring pain and sadness to the party!! I won’t go into the whole long story here about how it all went down because of course I kept a journal (a final Travel Log) throughout the whole experience and if you are receiving this then you are on the list to receive that as well. My brother should be sending it out soon.
One thing that is important for ALL of you to keep in mind is how lucky and blessed I have always been. Few have had a life quite like mine. Sure it was cut shorter than I would have liked but isn’t it about quality more than quantity? Rather than feel bad about it all, please rejoice in knowing that I lived more in my 57 years than most people could live in 10 lifetimes!! No, I wasn’t “ready”” to go but I am certainly in no position to complain.
How many people reach the end of their lives with an empty “Bucket List?! Of course there are a few things that I would like to have stuck around to enjoy like more time with my family and friends. But there are no, “If I’d only had the chance to do this or go there” to put on my list. Maybe I knew that this was all coming so I somehow sensed that I had better get out and do it all while I could? Whatever it was, I managed to have great fortune.
A successful musician, a worldtraveler, a Bohemian, a 48 year old retiree, a father of two incredible children. I always managed to live my life outside of the mainstream. It was something that I set out to do in high school and something that I certainly managed to accomplish.
One more wonderful thing is that I leave the world with no secrets and no unresolved turmoil between myself and any other. There is nothing that I wish that I had had the chance to patch up or say “I am sorry” about. I do want to say here though that my life was incredibly full and rich but that it was all of you who were the gold that sat in the pot at the end of my rainbow life.
One of my dying wishes is that you all rejoice in my life rather than mourn my passing. Thank you. I send my love eternal. Peace……….Segovia
…………I TRAVEL THEREFORE I AM………….
PS......If anyone needs to communicate with my brothers Kenny or Mitch, please use this email address: mitchbader@yahoo.com If you want to communicate with me, just look up at the moon. I plan on spending a lot of time there.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Charles Richard Bond, BHS 1942


Charles Richard Bond, BHS 1942

SEPT 16, 1924 -- MAR 12, 2010


Modesto Bee, The (CA) - Sunday, March 28, 2010


Charles Richard Bond passed away Friday evening 12 March 2010 in his home in Hughson, California after spending the day with friends. Charles Richard 'Dick' Bond was born in the family home in Burbank, California on 16 September 1924 to Henry Bond and Essie Gibson Bond. Charles, the youngest of four children loved travel, boating, and adventure.


He was an engineer who loved to tinker. He built boats and before the war and worked for the phone company. During WW II he joined the Army Air Force, trained as pilot, was a commissioned officer, and a decorated P-47 'Thunderbolt' fighter pilot flying many missions from Britain over France and Germany. Charles was recalled into the U. S. Air Force as a flight instructor during the Korean conflict. He choose a military career and worked for the Air Force Space System Division until his retirement as in 1969. Upon retiring he worked in the aerospace industry.



He attended Burbank High School and studied aeronautical and electrical engineering at Caltech and at Oklahoma State University. In 1949 he married Gloria Gyllberg of Pomona. She bore him two sons, Steven in 1952 and Timothy in 1956. In 1967 he married Barbara Meza in San Jose and adopted her children Barbara, Deirdre, and Peter, as his own. In 1968 Barbara bore him a daughter, Leslie.



His career moved him from southern and northern California, to Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and eventually to Hughson, California in 1980 where he had lived since. For the last 25 years, he was the adopted grandfather of Veronica, Enrique, Israel, Lilliana, Elena, and Ruben, the children of Francisco and Maria Gonzalez of Hughson.



Of him, they knew of no one before who gave so much without ever expecting anything in return. He is remembered for his emphasis on self-reliance. He encouraged all his children to achieve independence and to learn and improve themselves. He pushed all his children to explore questions to arrive at an answers independently, and to make their decisions early, move forward, to deal with the consequences as they arose.



He insisted that "no child will be a quitter'' and counseled that "our sorrows keep us humble''. He nurtured the importance of a meal together as a family to maintain the unity of family. He championed alternative medicine and nutritional therapy as preferable to the established medical industry. He was skeptical of all pharmaceuticals. He remained mentally acute and physically independent until his last day.



And, on his last day, he spent the time visiting friends and family in his home. He smoked his pipe a last time while relaxing in his chair. Then, as though taking a nap, he quietly departed this world.



Charles was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers and sister: Frank, Robert, and Margie, and just last year by his son Timothy living in Kansas. He is survived by all his other children, grand children, and great grandchildren. www.modbee.com/obituaries

Leonard "Lane" Bevers, BHS 1957

Leonard "Lane" Bevers, BHS 1957

Appeared: 2007-10-16 The Olympian

Leonard "Lane" Bevers was born in Hollywood, California on February 22, 1937. He passed away at midnight on October 12, 2007 from a sudden stroke.

Lane graduated Burbank High School in 1957. When he was 18, he married Carolyn Sue Morse. He enlisted in the Air Force where he was stationed in Abilene, Texas where their three daughters, Rhonda, Sonia, and Wendy; were born. After his tour of service, he moved his family to Sun Valley, California where they lived for many years. While there he worked as a mechanic at Adell Machinery, Lockheed, and he also briefly owned a gas station. In 1970, he was hired by Boeing which relocated the family to Edmonds.

After his marriage ended, he moved to Lacey, where he went to work at Fort Lewis as a Civil Service helicopter mechanic. He retired in 1990 and has since enjoyed his many friends and hobbies. An avid animal lover, he took in and cared for wayward birds, as many as 35 at a time, ranging from small exotic birds to McCaw parrots. He owned a Honda Gold Wing motorcycle and recently made a road trip with a friend to Alaska. Another of his favorite hobbies was tinkering on his computer where he met many new friends from all over the country.

In 2000, his good friend Barbara Hickman moved in with him and was his beloved friend and companion for seven years. He also leaves behind his long-time friend, Mary Jones; his long-time friend and recent sweetheart, Donna Buth; his best buddy and "bro", Bruce Bevers; and his eldest daughter, Rhonda Baker and her daughters, Meagan and Melanie. A memorial is planned for Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Funeral Home located at 2501 Pacific Avenue SE in Olympia.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Walter A. Lively, BHS 1939

Walter A. Lively, BHS 1939
Oct. 30, 1920-March 11, 2008

Walter A Lively, 87, of Bandon, died in his sleep on March 11, 2008, at his winter home in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Walter was born Oct. 30,1920. Walter will be remembered by his family and friends as an accomplished and generous man. One of his hobbies was working in his garage and shop. He was inventive and loved to make and fix things, and he could always think of a way to make something work better. Another one of his favorite things was traveling the country in his RV.

He is survived by his sister, Jane Teague; longtime companion, Fredaline Gibson; his sons, Larry and Joseph Lively; his daughter, Linda Dreisbach; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
 
From Bandaon Western World, Thursday, March 27, 2008

Phillip J. (Duffy) Lewis, BHS 1929

Phillip J. (Duffy) Lewis, BHS 1929

Phillip J. (Duffy) Lewis; Longtime Coach

November 05, 1992, Los Angeles Times

Phillip J. (Duffy) Lewis, longtime coach in Burbank and Pasadena, has died at his La Crescenta home. He was 81. Lewis died Monday of heart failure, said his son, James M. Lewis of La Crescenta.

Born in Fort William, Canada, in the province of Ontario, Lewis came to the United States at the age of 12 and graduated from Burbank High School. As a young athletic star, he received an associate in arts degree from Glendale City College and earned a bachelor's degree from Occidental College in 1936. Lewis was head football and track coach at Montebello High School for five years, followed by seven years as head football coach at Burbank High School.

He later coached at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks and Cathedral High School in Los Angeles. In 1955, he established the athletic and physical education programs at the newly opened La Salle High School in Pasadena. There, he coached basketball, baseball and track and in 1975 coached a women's football team called the Pasadena Roses. After his retirement in 1978, he served as a consultant to La Salle High and established a Hall of Fame for its athletes.

In the 1980s, the high school's gymnasium was named after Lewis, and in 1984 he was among 14 prep athletic leaders in the Southland to be named to the first CIF-Southern Section Hall of Fame.

During the 1940s, Lewis served on the city's Parks and Recreation Commission for six years.
In addition to his son James, Lewis is survived by his wife of 54 years, Alice E. Lewis; son Larry A. Lewis of La Crescenta; brother Albert A. Lewis of San Diego; sister Evelyn Almstead of Hemet; three grandsons, and one great-grandson.

A funeral, with burial to follow, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. today at the Church of the Recessional at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 1712 S. Glendale Ave. in Glendale. Kiefer & Eyerick Mortuary in Glendale is handling the arrangements. Donations can be made in Lewis' name to St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Merritt David Burgess, BHS 1968


Merritt David Burgess, BHS 1968

Daily News of Los Angeles (CA) - Tuesday, March 11, 2008
CA United States

MERRITT DAVID BURGESS July 14, 1950 - March 6, 2008

Merritt was born July 14, 1950 in Soap Lake, Washington to James and Peggy Burgess . In 1962, he moved to Burbank where he attended John Muir Jr. High School and Burbank High School. In 1968, he joined the United States Army and was deployed to Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Merritt and Nancy were married in 1973. They had two children, Michelle and James. He retired fro m the United States Postal Service in 2004. In August 2007, he welcomed his "Little Angel", granddaughter Keira, into the world. Merritt loved to play softball, listen to country music, the Dallas Cowboys, and to watch the Angels beat the New York Yankees.

Merritt is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughter, Michelle Stamp (Terry); son, James; granddaughter, Keira Stamp; mother, Peggy and step-father, Robert Brattensborg of Fargo, North Dakota; father-in-law, William Patterson. He was predeceased by his father, James Burgess and sister, Jean Burgess .

He will be missed by many friends and relatives in North Dakota, Alabama, Massachusetts, Virginia and California.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Michael A. Moffitt, BHS 1971

Thousand Oaks

Ventura County Star (CA) - Thursday, October 28, 2004
Author: mmccarty

Michael A. Moffitt, BHS 1971

Michael A. Moffitt, 51, of Thousand Oaks died Monday,Oct. 25, 2004. Michael was born in Visalia on Jan. 24, 1953, to Marshall and Lelah Moffitt. He attended Park Oaks Elementary School, Thousand Oaks, and graduated from Burbank High School , lettering in swimming and water polo. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era and served as a nuclear electrical plant operator aboard the USS Drum, a fast-attack nuclear submarine.

He was a graduate of California Lutheran University and earned a bachelor of science degree in geology and later his teaching credential. He was a product engineer for Semtech Corp. for 21 years and was recently teaching science at Moorpark High School.

Michael is survived by his wife, Karla Lysdal-Moffitt; daughter, Alexandra; a cat, Sadie, who thinks she is a dog; mother, Lelah Moffitt of Thousand Oaks; father and stepmother, Marshall and Anna Moffitt of San Andreas, Calavaras County; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathryn and Jeff Laub of Simi Valley and Virginia and Paul Boyert of Thousand Oaks.

He will also be greatly missed by his in-laws, Jack and Yvonne Lysdal of Thousand Oaks, Peter and Melinda Lysdal of Las Vegas, Nev., Eric Lysdal of Thousand Oaks, Karen Lysdal of Thousand Oaks, Lisa and Keith Handley of Encino, Chris and Sandy Lysdal of Reno, Nev., and Jackie and Justin Gilles of San Diego County.

Michael had numerous nieces and nephews who thought he was the best uncle ever! A public viewing will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Pierce Bros. Griffin Mortuary, 101 Wilbur Road, Thousand Oaks. A memorial service celebrating Michael's life will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1 W. Avenida de Los Arboles, Thousand Oaks.

Memorial donations may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or California Lutheran University Early Childhood Center. Arrangements are under the direction of Pierce Bros. Griffin Mortuary, Thousand Oaks; phone 1-805-495-4641.

Keith Voy Baldwin Sr., BHS 1948

Keith Voy Baldwin Sr., BHS 1948

IN TUNE WITH WHAT MATTERED - PLAYING ORGAN, ENJOYING FAMILY WERE BURBANK MAN'S PASSIONS

Daily News of Los Angeles (CA) - Sunday, March 20, 2005
Author: Holly J. Andres Staff Writer

Keith Voy Baldwin Sr., BHS 1948

Playing an organ was the passion of Keith Baldwin Sr., a longtime Burbank resident who died March 13,2005. He was 75.

``He loved the organ but he was shy about performing. We had to twist his arm at our club meetings to play,'' said the Rev. Phil McKinnley, a friend from the Los Angeles Theater Organ Society. ``He was very musical. He was a wonderful guy and we'll really miss him.'' While most other society members perform traditional music, Baldwin took a delight in playing variations of ``Chopsticks'' - everything from jazz to acid rock - when he played for an audience.

``He was a smart, fun-loving guy. He was warm and friendly and always pushing the theater organ society,'' said son Keith Baldwin Jr. ``His passion was playing the organ but he enjoyed his kids and his granddaughter.'' A perfect day for Baldwin would have been driving to a dozen or so venues to listen to or play theater organs on the society's ``Wurlitzer Weekends,'' his son said.

Keith Voy Baldwin was born Jan. 21, 1930, in Marion, Ohio. He graduated in 1948 from Burbank High School and enlisted in the Air Force. He worked as a military air traffic controller and retired with the rank of major in 1971. Following his retirement Baldwin worked with his parents at Thirst Quencher Liquor in Burbank. The store was sold in 1977 after his father's death.

Baldwin is survived by his children, Keith Voy Baldwin Jr., Krista Vyanne Bowman and Kirby Villiers Baldwin ; and a granddaughter. A funeral service was held Thursday at Valley Funeral Home in Burbank. Baldwin was cremated and his ashes will be scattered.
Donations in his memory may be made to Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, 2219 Bath St., Santa Barbara CA 93105.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Emmett J. Gagnon, BHS 1958

Corona, California

Emmett J. Gagnon, BHS 1958

Emmett J. Gagnon passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 5, 2003 at his home.

Emmett was born January 2, 1941 in New York and had moved to Southern California with his family when he was just a young child. Later as an adult he moved to Simi Valley where he lived and raised his family. He had been a 30-year resident and just recently moved to Corona, California.

Emmett loved his grandkids; they were "hands down" his greatest joy. He enjoyed and was very dedicated to his work and loved to fish and swing his golf clubs. You could say he got his money's worth on the green swinging twice as many times as everyone else.

He is survived by his loving family and friends including his daughters Monique Johnson of Sacramento and Keri Atwood of Simi Valley; son Aaron Gagnon of Portland, Oregon; four granddaughrers Alyssa (8) McKenna (6) Olivia (6) and Macie (3); and four grandsons Ryan (11) Scott (9) Jacob (2) and Joshua (11 months).

Emmett was a wonderful father and grandfather and friend. Everyone will miss his smile and contagious laughter.

A viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a celebration of life service at 1 p.m. Saturday August 9, 2003 at the United Methodist Church in Simi Valley. A committal service will follow at Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth, California.

Assisting the family with funeral arrangements is the Rose Family Funeral Home.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Winifred Skjegstad Bell, BHS 1945

Winifred Skjegstad Bell, BHS 1945

The Los Altos Town Cryer, May 2001

Winifred Bell died May 6. 2001, She was 75. Mrs. Bell graduated from Burbank High and worked at the Lockheed Aircraft Plant during World War II. She moved to Sunnvale in 1958 with the creation of the Lockheed operations in Sunnyvale.

Mrs. Bell is survived by her two children, Raymond and Marjorie Garrod; her sister Connie; and four grandchildren, Melissa, Luke, Sarah and Walter.

David (Dave) Lee Shurman, BHS 1980

David (Dave) Lee Shurman, BHS 1980

Former GCC football staff member dies

August 20, 2005 , Glendale News Press, Charles Rich

Dave Shurman, who recorded game film for the Glendale CommunityCollege football team for 11 years, died Wednesday at his Van Nuys home. He was 43.

Shurman had been suffering from a kidney ailment, family members said. Shurman, who graduated from Burbank High in 1980 before briefly attending Glendale College, filmed most of Glendale College's football contests from 1986 to 1997.

Born Aug. 16, 1962, in Los Angeles, Shurman managed the Burbank High baseball and boys' basketball teams from 1977-80. Shurman earned a spot on the Glendale College football program's staff, videotaping team practices and home and road contests. Under Glendale College football coaches Jim Sartoris and John Cicuto, Shurman's talents helped the coaching staff break down film in a timely fashion. "He was a true warrior who just amazed me," said Cicuto, who has coached the Vaquero program since 1989. "He's a special person in my life, and he overcame so much with a bad kidney and he did so in a valiant way.

"Dave never wanted anybody to feel sorry for him. "He had a tremendous amount of pride in his work for us." Cicuto said Shurman's work proved to be invaluable in allowing the Vaqueros to make the necessary adjustments for upcoming games. "His work was critical for us," Cicuto said. "He'd come in on a Sunday morning and view it, and then he'd ask my opinion on the filming.
"Another time, I was teaching a basketball class at night, and he came in and challenged the basketball players to a free-throw shooting contest. "I was just thinking about him because usually he would call me to get in to the college."

Peter Stone, Shurman's first cousin, said Shurman attended numerous sporting events around Los Angeles. Stone said Shurman attended many Los Angeles Dodgers games and enjoyed visiting Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. "He loved to go to the race track," said Stone, a Burbank resident. "He really loved basketball, and wasn't afraid of anything concerning his health."

Nicole Peterson, Shurman's younger sister, said Shurman was an ideal brother. "He was very witty," said Peterson, who played softball and basketball at Burbank High. "It was about what he could do for people. He went above and beyond the duties of a brother. "He had a lot of health problems and took it in stride, but he couldn't participate in any sports after his health had declined the past few years."

Survivors include his wife, Maribel Shurman of Van Nuys; his father, Clifford Shurman of Roseville; his mother, Barbara Bailey of Valencia; four sisters, Nicole Peterson of Stevenson Ranch, Carolyn Perez of Whittier and Sandy Villagran and Cheryl Owens of Sacramento; one brother, Chris Horn of Redmond, Ore.; four nieces and three nephews.

Peterson said public services for Shurman will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park, 10621 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Doris Griffin - Strother, BHS 1960

Doris Griffin - Strother, BHS 1960

Burbank Leader Newspaper, April 2004

Doris Griffin - Strother, 61, died April 21, 2004, in Leucadia. She was born January 19, 1943, in Burbank and was a longtime Burbank resident. While attending Burbank High School she joined the Burbank Symphony Orchestra. She taught music for 20 years in the Los Angeles and Glendale Unified School Districts.

She is survived by her husband, Meade Strother; and sons, Peter, Steven, Stewart and Kent Strother. Memorial services were held in Leucadia.

Beverly Mae Haws, BHS 1953

Beverly Mae Haws, BHS 1953

Burbank Leader, Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Beverly Mae Haws, born September 6, 1936, passed away November 12, 2009 with her family at her side.

Born in Milwaukee, WI, she was an only child and moved to Burbank in 1951 with her parents. Beverly graduated from Burbank High School in 1953. She was a homemaker who participated in all her children's activities. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and played a very active role in all their lives.

Beverly was a loving wife of 56 years to Glen Haws and loving mother to sons john(Kathy), Jim (Courtney), Bob (Stacey) and daughter Linda (Mark). She was a caring grandmother to her 9 grandchildren, David, Jenny, Brandon, Chris, Cassie, Britni, Becca, Sydney and Josh.

A graveside service is scheduled at 1:00 pm, Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.

NOTE: Her obit does not give her maiden name.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

LaVerne Still, BHS 1931

LaVerne Still, BHS 1931

Los Angeles Times, November 9, 1991

LaVerne (Buzz) Still, a retired electrical contractor who served on the Burbank City Planning Board and other city advisory boards, has died at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 78. A longtime Burbank resident, Still died Tuesday of complications of emphysema, said his wife, Leah Still.

Still was born in Saginaw, Michigan. His family moved to California when he was 4 and settled in Burbank. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1931 and worked as an electrical contractor, wiring many buildings and homes in Burbank. He later opened an electrical appliance store called Still Electric on San Fernando Road in Burbank, which he operated until the early 1970s. He then worked as a salesman at other appliance stores before retiring in the early 1980s.

Still served on the Burbank Park Commission from 1947 to 1951; City Planning Board from 1951 to 1959, and Board of Building and Fire Code Appeals from 1961 to 1969. He was a member of the Burbank Masonic Lodge, Optimist Club, Rotary Club and First Presbyterian Church of Burbank.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, Still is survived by his daughters, Linda Still of Burbank and Laurie Dressler of Alberta, Canada; sister, Evelyn Rossi of Amity, Oregon. and two grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at noon today with funeral service at 1 p.m. at Eckerman-Heisman Funeral Service chapel, 333 East Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank, which is handling the arrangements. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Still's name to the Shrine Crippled Children's Hospital or the Optimist's Boys Home, both in Los Angeles.

Robert Francis Lauble, BHS 1944

Robert Francis Lauble, BHS 1944

The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, California
Saturday, June 13, 2009

Bob Lauble passed away quietly in his sleep Tuesday, June 9, 2009, with his family at his side.
Born in February 1926 in Burbank, California, he graduated from Burbank High School and joined the United States Navy. He served as an electrician on a destroyer in World War II. He attended UCLA and earned his teaching credential. While at UCLA, he met Darla Klopp and they were married in 1953.

For the next 25 years, he raised three sons. Being very much involved with his children, he coached youth football, basket ball and baseball, and served as Cub Master for Burbank's Pack 22. He was awarded a Life Membership for Special Youth Service.

Bob retired in 1989, after teaching health for 30 of his 35 years at Millikan Junior High School in Sherman Oaks, California. When he retired, he moved to Lake Naciniento (near Paso Robles), where he enjoyed boating, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his sister, Barbara Bax and family; sons Brett (Jan) of Crescent City, California, Todd (Leslie) of Mt. Hood, Oregon, and Kent of of Paso Robles; grandchildren Jason, Jennifer, Steve and Hagen; great-grandchild, Jackson.
Chapel of the Roses 466-1161 Altascadero.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Diane Virginia Nelson Lange, BHS 1951

Diane Virginia Nelson Lange, BHS 1951

Diane Virginia Lange, 70, of Pine City, Minnesota, died peacefully at Kanabec Hospital in Mora on Tuesday, July 29, 2003. She was born in Hollywood, CA on May 17, 1933, the daughter of Fred and Ruth Nelson. She grew up in Los Angeles, Glendale and Burbank, CA. graduating from Burbank High School in 1951. She then went on to Bible school in Los Angeles for a year.

Diane met Delbert Lange at St. Matthews Church in 1951, when he was stationed with the Air Force at Cal Airo Tech in Glendale. They were married on June 12, 1953 and set up their home in rural Pine City.

Diane was a faithful and precious wife, always concerned for her family. She put them first. She loved the Lord Jesus Christ, whom she accepted as her personal Savior while at Bible camp. It showed in her raising of six children in a simple home.

Diane and Delbert read the Word of God together daily. She was quiet but friendly, a stalwart supporter and encourager to her pastor husband, children and grandchildren. She was always there to share others problems and help with a smile. Among the simple pleasures Diane enjoyed were reading books, working puzzles, watching game shows with her family and collecting refrigerator magnets. She liked to take care of her cats and enjoyed watching the flowers bloom in her gardens.

Visiting with her children and grandchildren was another favorite pursuit. Few visits ended without at least a game or two of Skip-Bo or tiles. Diane also loved to travel and look through all the pictures and videos she and Delbert accumulated during their many trips through the western states and Canada. She was able to celebrate her and Delbert's 50th wedding anniversary with all of her family at the North Shore in June and travel up to the Yukon this month to see her great granddaughter.

Diane was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Ruth Nelson, and her granddaughter, Becky Kappauf. She is survived by her husband, Delbert, Pine City; her sister, Barbara Toshach, Long Beach, CA: six children, Linda Andrews of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada; Nancy and Scott Nichols, Fredonia, WI; Lisa Kappauf, Hinckley; Steven and Kim Lange, Pine City; Jeanine Macapageal, Coon Rapids; and Larry Lange, Hinckley; 17 grandchildren, Matthew and Elizabeth Freemantle, Darcie Andrews, Reggie Andrews, Nathan, Stacy and Steven Nichols, Michael, James and Alicia Kappauf, Stephanie, Jonathan, Christine, David, Katelyn and Joshua Lange, and Mark and Daniel Macapagel, one great granddaughter, Caroline Freemantle, and many brothers and sisters in Christ.

Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 at the Pine City Evangelical Free Church. Pastor Ken Dalbey officiated. Casketbearers were Mike Kappauf, James Kappauf, Jonathan Lange, Nathan Nichols, Steven Nichols and Scott Nichols.

Burial was at Hustletown Cemetery in rural Pine City.

Robert G. Romanisky, BHS 1966

Robert G. Romanisky, BHS 1966

Burbank Daily Review, October 14, 1970

Ex- Burbank High Student Leader Dies

Funeral services will be held Saturday for Robert Romanisky who died Tuesday at the age of 21 as a result of a traffic accident in Sun Valley. Born in Twin Falls, Idaho, Mr. Romanisky resided in Burbank for the past eight years at 1820 N. Rose.

A 1966 Burbank High School graduate where he was termed an outstanding student. Mr. Romanisky graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara last spring. Currently enrolled at the California Institute of the Arts in Burbank, he was one of 600 chosen for the school among more than 4,000 applicants.

In his senior year at Burbank High he was honored for three years of outstanding contribution to drama at the school. He starred in "My Fair Lady" in his junior year and "Green Grow the Lilacs" during his senior year in addition to parts in the school's other drama productions. Deane Wolfson, drama instructor at Burbank High, called Mr. Romanisky "one of the outstanding students I ever had."

He was head cheerleader at Burbank and was active in the school's student government. He was a member of the marching band in grades 10 and 11 in addition to being active in drama all three years of his senior high school years.

He is survived by his father, Andrew G. Romanisky Sr. of Sherman Oaks; his mother' Mrs. Geraldine Fender and one brother, Andrew G. Romanisky Jr. of Burbank. The family requests that in lieu of flowers persons contribute to the Robert G. Romanisky Memorial Drama Scholarship Fund at Burbank High School.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Eckerman-Heisman Funeral Service Chapel at 333 E. Magnolia.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Chester J. Hubbard, BHS 1949

Chester J. Hubbard, BHS 1949

The Van Nuys News, Friday, January 26, 1968

PLAN RITES FOR FORMER AREA MAN

Funeral services for Chester J. Hubbard, former Burbank resident and manager of Badger Pass Ski area at Yosemite National Park, will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Hills, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills. Mr. Hubbard, 36, died Wednesday at UCLA Medical Center, the victim of leukemia.

He is survived by his wife , Annette, his mother, Mrs. Louise Hubbard of Burbank and a sister, Mrs. Connie Corsini of Northridge.

Mr. Hubbard, who was born in Hollywood, graduated from Burbank High School in 1949 and later attended Los Angeles City College. At Burbank High he participated in many sports, including riflery which he helped initiate at the school. He was the 1948 winner of the Southern California Rifle Championships and later as a ski instructor at Far West Ski Association convention.

Mr. Hubbard was a ski instructor, manager of Camp Curry summer activities, assistant director of a ski school and manager of the Badger Pass at Yosemite.

Milo Vance Burcham - BHS 1952

Milo Vance Burcham - BHS 1952
Milo Vance Burcham, age 75, of Canyon Lake, California passed away on December 28, 2008 in Riverside, California.

He was born in Long Beach, California on December 23, 1933. He is preceded in death by his parents Milo and Marian (Schultz) Burcham.

Milo worked as an Aerospace Engineer for over 35 years. He had many hobbies; skiing (both snow and water), traveling and flying. But his biggest love was for his wife Vi, they were married for 26 years.

He is survived by his sons; Marc Burcham and Eric Burcham; daughter Debbie Peterson; Stepchildren- Kellie Stapleton, Richard McBroom, Laura Grunland; brother Gary Burcham; 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

There will be a memorial service on Thursday, January 8 at 11am at Miller-Jones Mortuary in Sun City, California. Arrangements are being handled by Miller-Jones Mortuary & Crematory-Sun City, 26770 Murrieta Road, Sun City, CA

Monday, July 19, 2010

Melanie Ann Meyer Menter, BHS 1976?

Melanie Ann Meyer Menter, BHS 1976?


Los Angeles Times, October 2, 2004


Melanie Ann Menter, 45, beloved wife of Jerry and mother of Brian and Christopher. Melanie was born in Glendale, California on November 24, 1958 and died September 28, 2004 with many loved ones at her side. Melanie was raised in Burbank and graduated from Burbank High School, Los Angeles Valley College, and Art Center School of Design. A talented artist, Melanie worked as a graphic designer until she began to devote full time to her family.


She leaves her beautiful children, Brian and Christopher, a loving husband, Jerry, her mother and father, Richard and Jacqueline Meyer, her brother Rick (jeanette), sister Nancy Stewart (Robb), brother Ron (Debby), brothers-in-law Larry and Duane and sister-in-law Mary. She also leaves three nieces and three nephews.


While Melanie devoted her life to Jerry, friends, family and the community, her real passion in life was her two sons, Brian and Christopher. She loved them so much. The strength she hasgiven to her family and friends will be the driving force for allof us in the future and willbe her deserved legacy. We'll all miss that great attitude and wonderful smile.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate Melanie's life on Sunday, October 3, 2004 at 1:00 in the chapel of the Eternal Valle Memorial Park. Eternal Valley is located at 23287 N. Sierra Highway in Newhall.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Providence Holy Cross Foundation (oncology education) in memory of Melanie Menter, 15031 Rinaldi, Mission hills, California 91345.

Howard Cecil Johnson, BHS 1961

Howard Cecil Johnson, BHS 1961
August 05, 1943 - June 27, 2010

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Resided In: Cohasset, California

Howard Cecil Johnson was born August 5, 1943 in Los Angeles, CA to Cecil Marion Johnson (deceased) and Wilma Jean Lym-Johnson (Chico). Howard passed away on June 27, 2010 in Cohasset, CA the placed he loved more than any other place on earth.
Howard graduated from Burbank High School in 1961. He joined the U.S. Navy serving from 1961-1965 as a flight engineer.

He married Colette Johnston-Johnson (June 25, 1943 - September 17, 2009) on October 31, 1969. Howard raised three of Colette's children: Kelly Brass (Chico), Michael Hagman (Visalia, Ca), and John Hagman (Chico). Howard and Colette also raised their son Lyle Johnson (Cohasset).

Howard was a Volunteer Firefighter in Butte County in Cohasset for over 20 years retiring as Chief of the Cohasset Volunteer Fire Department. He also served as President of the Cohasset Community Association.

Over his life Howard has worked as a machinist, salesman, and business owner. More recently he owned and operated Johnson Equipment with his son from 1999-current; a fire suppression contractor to the National Forestry Service and Cal-Fire. He sold hardware as an independent sales representative for Higberts from 1985-2002. Higberts sold the business to Howard in 2002. Johnson Industrial Supply and Johnson Equipment continue to operate today being run by his son Lyle and daughter in law Angie.

He was an avid race car fan. He built and raced several cars at the speedways at Bonneville Salt Flats and El Mirage Dry Lake. He was a Lifetime Member of the Bonneville National's 200 Mile per Hour Club and the El Mirage Dry Lake 200 Mile per Hour Club ("Dirty 2 Club"). He set many land speed records. In 1975 while pursuing a land speed record in excess of 300 MPH he experienced an accident resulting in the loss of his dominant arm. For the next 35 years he perfected his use of his non-dominant arm never complaining (except for a couple of times!). He also loved NHRA drag racing.

He is also survived by his grandchildren: Kiera Hagman-Eggett, Sara Freeman, Melanie Freeman, Deanna Johnson, Melisse Hagman, Casey Johnson, Dallin Hagman, Bryce Hagman, and Blaine Hagman.

Service will be held at the Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at the corner of Mariposa and East Avenue in Chico, CA. Funeral begins at 11:00 a.m. Viewing will be from 10:00 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Following the services Howard will be laid to rest at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery at the top of Harvey Road in Cohasset immediately following the services.
Howard loved people and loved his work, family, and his dogs "The Boys" (Rosco, Bear, Tubby, and Weezer). He will be sorely missed by many.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Dan Noble Cook, BHS 1947

Dan Noble Cook, BHS 1947
Monroe, Utah

Dan Noble Cook was born January 2, 1930, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the second child born to Leland Alpheus and Jessie Selina Noble Cook. He married Barbara Anna DeLany on September 5, 1953, in the Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple. He passed away in the loving arms of his Barbara in the early morning of May 16, 2007. He suffered from a rare form of un-treatable cancer for the last two years.

He spent his early years on his father’s ranch in the Lost River Valley of Idaho. He attended his grade school in a one room school with all eight grades together in Leslie, Idaho. In 1945 the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona; then to Burbank, California all because of his father’s failing health. He graduated from Burbank High School in the spring of 1947, and then attended Woodbury University in Los Angeles, California. His schooling was interrupted by the Korean War and he served two years in the 40th Division, 625th field artillery in Japan and Korea.

Following his graduation from college, he went to work for Southern Counties Gas Companies (which eventually became the Southern California Gas Company.) He worked in a number of management positions with the gas company retiring in 1989. He served in a number of church callings including bishop of the Glendora California Ward, high councils in Covina, California and Monroe, Utah. Together with Barbara they moved to Monroe in 1989.

He was a member of the Monroe Lions Club, Sons of the Utah Pioneers, American Legion Post #37 and was currently serving on the Monroe City Planning Commission. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, Monroe, Utah; children; Julianna Cook, Diamond Bar, California; Curtis (Cheryl) Cook, Hesperia, California; Aaron Cook, Monroe, Utah; Dana Cook, Clairmont, California; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; brother, Lynn (Marvene) Cook, Monroe, Utah; sisters, Gayle (Allen) Coryell and Jessie Adams, Monroe, Utah; daughter-in-law, Shari Cook, Central Valley, Utah; and brother-in-law, Russell Cashin, St. George, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Marian Cook and Kay Cashin.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. in the Monroe 2nd Ward LDS Chapel, 140 South Main, Monroe, Utah. Friends may call at the Magleby Mortuary, in Richfield, on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the ward chapel, in Monroe, on Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Burial will be in the Monroe City Cemetery with Military Rites by the Monroe American Legion Post #37.

Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti.

Published in the Deseret News on 5/17/2007.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Kevin Lynn Scheibel, BHS 1955

Posted by East Kern Genealogical SocietyCourtesy of Tehachapi News or Southeastern Kern Weekender

Tehachapi, Kern, CAPublished: May 05-11, 2004

Kevin Lynn Scheibel, BHS 1955Aug. 1,1937 - April 29, 2004
A funeral service for Kevin Lynn Scheibel will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. May 5 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, located at 329 S. Mill St., with Pastor Daniel Alsop presiding. Kevin passed away in Bakersfield on Thursday, April 29.Kevin was born in Grand Island. Neb. to Edward J. H. Scheibel and Evelyn Tockey. He attended schools in Burbank and graduated from Burbank High in 1955.
Kevin entered the United States Navy in 1956, where he served aboard the U.S.S. Helena battleship. He was honorably discharged in 1958.Kevin worked for Menasco in Burbank as a source inspector in the aircraft industry7. After building his home and moving to Tehachapi in 1979, he was employed as a correctional officer at California Correctional Institution for six years.
Kevin was married to Patricia Louise Young at First Lutheran Church in Burbank on Nov. 25,1961. He was a lifelong Lutheran at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Tehachapi and at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Canyon Country serving as elder, choir member, church council and various committees. His hobbies included memorizing the Bible, fishing, drawing and gardening.
Kevin was best known in Tehachapi as the man who rode his bike everywhere, usually a trip to pick up the mail and stop at Jack-in-the-Box to get a burger. Kevin's favorite Bible verse was John 14:6: Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Kevin is survived by his wife, Patricia; sons, Kevin Edward Scheibel and wife Cinthia of Tehachapi, Brent Lewis Scheibel and Theresa of Tehachapi, and daughter, Teresa Louise Santosusso and husband Steve of New Jersey; grandchildren, Kevin Edward Scheibel Jr., Collin Bruce Scheibel, Leiah Michelle Scheibel, Brynn Danielle Scheibel, Johnna Paulina Santosusso and Isabelle Louise Santosusso; sisters, Silver Morris of Jenks, Okla. and Crystal Thompson of Glendale. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward A. Scheibel of Simi Valley.
Funeral services will be handled by Wood Family Funeral Service.

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Debbie Jean Hutchinson Brassard, BHS 1973

Debbie Jean Hutchinson Brassard, BHS 1973

San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Debbie Jean Hutchinson Brassard, 52 , of San Diego passed away July 6, 2007 after a valiant 4 year battle with Wegener's Granulomatosis and Breast Cancer.

Born in Hollywood in 1955 to Sam and Truda Hutchinson. She was their only child and was brought up in a loving Christian home. She attended Burbank High School, LA Valley Community College and graduated from San Diego State University in 1977 with a Bachelors Degree in Art. She met her husband Bob in 1979, fell in love, and was married at Point Loma Presbyterian Church in 1983.

She was a member of Chula Vista Presbyterian Church where she had many friends. She worked side by side with her husband building an Avis Rent A Car business from the ground floor into a thriving success. By far, her most precious accomplishment was her loving daughter Danielle who was born in 1988. She was happiest when she was taking care of her family. She was such a fine cook with an ability to open a kitchen cabinet, take stock with what she had to work with, and produce a gourmet meal. Her other passion was the art of the "garage sale." She had an uncanny ability to pick out the treasure that others had passed up. An Ebay expert, she always wanted to pursue that passion full time.

She leaves behind her husband Bob, her daughter Danielle, her father Sam together with extended family members on the Brassard side, who loved her very much. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11th at Chula Vista Presbyterian Church located at 940 Hilltop Drive in Chula Vista. A viewing will be held Thursday July 12th, from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Feathergill Mortuary, located at 6322 El Cajon Blvd. Burial will follow at noon at Singing Hills Memorial Park located at 2800 Dehesa Rd., El Cajon. "...to a place where prayers are answered and battles are won!"Please sign the guest book at obituaries.uniontrib.com

Friday, July 16, 2010

Ron Freeman Bayless, BHS 1967

Ron Freeman Bayless, BHS 1967

Thursday, February 04, 2010
Obituaries: Ron Freeman Bayless, Nov. 1, 1948— Jan. 28, 2010
Ron Freeman Bayless, 61, formerly of Frazier Park, Calif. died at his home in Joseph, OR.
He was born to Bennie Freeman and Edyth Dennis Bayless in Arcadia, Calif. and grew up and lived in Burbank, attending High School there. He was scouted for pro baseball. He joined the army and served in Germany and Vietnam.
In 1982 he met Bonnie Marler at Universal Studios, where he worked at the time, and they were married August 9, 1987 in San Pedro, Ca on the Buccaneer Queen at a pirate style wedding. The couple moved to Frazier Park, Calif. where they lived until 2004. They retired to Joseph.
Mr. Bayless' work included working as a teamster for Universal Studios as a dispatcher at tours, a captain on movie productions and as a heavy equipment operator until 2002. He also worked for a refrigeration and heating company. He was a member of a duck hunting club in Delano, Calif. known as Machinist and Farmers Duck Club. He was baptized January 23, 2010 at St Mary's Medical Center after suffering from cancer.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie of Joseph; brother, Bernie and his wife Sue; nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held Feb. 2 at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Enterprise. Bollman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Clarence Lyndel Vogt, BHS 1946

Clarence Lyndel Vogt, BHS 1946

Burbank Leader, Weekend, September 23,24, 2006

Clarence Lyndel "Lyn" Vogt a resident of Burbank since 1945, a graduate of both Burbank High School and Glendale College, and a Korean War Veteran, died Wednesday of cancer. A memorial service is scheduled at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale Little Chapel of Flowers on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.

Lyn was an aerpspace engineer and excutive who had designs on many aircraft including the United States Space Shuttle. He is survived by a son, a daughter, and two grandsons.

Howard Charles Graul, BHS 1965

Howard Charles Graul, BHS 1965

SFGate.com, May 11, 2010

Howard C. Graul died of heart failure on February 14, 2010 at the age of 62. He spent his early years in Steubenville, Ohio and Burbank, California and was a long time resident of San Francisco, California. He graduated from Burbank High School and from the University of Wyoming. Howard is survived by a world-wide network of friends. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Richard Allen Huette, BHS 1956

Richard Allen Huette, BHS 1956

Richard Allen Huette, 72, a longtime resident of Olympia, lost his brief battle with cancer on April 20, 2010.

Richard was born on November 1, 1937 in Burbank, CA to Jesse and Mille Huette. Graduating from Burbank Senior High Scool with the class of 1956, Richard spent his life in Burbank until he enlisted in the Army in 1957. In October of 1959, he married Joan Grayson in Olympia, WA. She preceded him in death. In September of 1989 he married Carol Harden, who also preceded him in death.

After his discharge from military service in 1963, Richard spent the next 23 years as a firefighter for the City of Olympia. He retired in 1987 as Lieutenant Huette. On his days off from the fire department, he delivered furniture for Goldberg's Furniture in Olympia. After retirement he worked for 10 years for the State of Washington Archives.

When not working, he enjoyed his love of boating, fishing, and clam digging at the beach.He was a member of the VFW and Eagles Lodge, also the International Association of Firefighters.Dick was a gentleman and a soft-spoken guy who had a lot of friends. He enjoyed traveling and having fun with everyone he was around.

Surviving Dick are his friend Faye Carlson, son Kenneth Huette, daughter Kelly Forsman, 3 grandchildren, Patrick, Robert and Michael Gottbreht, and sister Phyllis Riggs. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James Huette.

A memorial service is planned for Monday, May 10, 2010 at 1:00 PM at the VFW Hall, 2962 Martin Way, Olympia, potluck following.Family suggests donations to your favorite charity.
Published in The Olympian on April 25, 2010

Stanley L . Crawford, BHS 1942

Stanley L . Crawford, BHS 1942

Daily Breeze (Torrance, CA) - Tuesday, March 9, 2004

Stanley L . Crawford, 79, a Southern California resident for 64 years died March 5, 2004 following a courageous battle against cancer.

Crawford was born in Waukegan, IL on July 11, 1924 to Louis and Beryl Crawford . The family moved to Burbank in 1939 and Crawford graduated from Burbank High School in 1942.

Crawford was hired by the Cadillac division of General Motors in 1946 and advanced to the position of District Manager. He worked there for 12 years. Crawford met Joan Turner at Cadillac and the two were married in 1953 at the Village Church of Westwood. Their son, Bradley L . Crawford was born in 1959.

Crawford began a lifelong career in commercial real estate sales and development in 1959. Between 1974 and 2003 he worked as a financial advisor for BKK Corporation. The Crawfords lived in Glendale, Costa Mesa and Torrance before moving to Rolling Hills Estates in 1981.

Crawford is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joan; his son, Brad and daughter-in-law, Debbie; grandchildren, Amanda Jo and Scott Louis Crawford ; and sisters, Eva Rayner of Mission Viejo and Bette Nier of San Jose. His sister, Millie Bell passed away in 1988. A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00pm Thursday, March 11, at McCormick Mortuaries, 1998 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Richard Keith Oros, BHS 1963


Obituaries: Richard Keith Oros, BHS 1963

The Daily Astorian, OR
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Richard Keith Oros, 64, of Gearhart, died Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, in Gearhart. He was born May 16, 1945, in Bangor, North Wales, to Leroy E. and Mary (Price-Jones) Oros. His mother survives, residing in Gearhart. His father preceded him in death in September 1992.
In 1963, he graduated from Burbank (Calif.) High School. He attended Los Angeles Trade Technical College and received a degree in commercial heating and air conditioning in 1968. In September 1964, he married Ann Oros Ghidinelli in Burbank. They later divorced. She survives, residing in Eureka, Calif.
Mr. Oros worked as a commercial fisherman on the West Coast for many years. He was a member of Seaside Calvary Church. In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Laura Chester and Julie and Danny Ruffell of Gearhart; a daughter and son-in-law, Laurie and Charles Elliott of Eureka; two sons, Kirk and Ryan Oros of Eureka; three grandchildren, Bryan, Lyndee and Bryce Elliott of Eureka; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel R. Oros, in September 1991.
A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Seaside Calvary Church.Memorial contributions may be made to Seaside Calvary Church, 851 Avenue A, Seaside, OR 97138. The Neptune Society in Portland is in charge of the arrangements.

Laurie Collatos Mac Kean, BHS 1978

Laurie Collatos Mac Kean, BHS 1978

Daily News of Los Angeles (CA) - Tuesday, January 15, 2008

LAURENE COLLATOS MAC KEAN

Passed away January 8, 2008 in Burbank at age 47. She is survived by her parents, Patricia and John Collatos; two children, Kimberly and Dennis; four grandchildren, and numerous aunts and uncles.

Visitation on Tuesday, January 15, 2008, from 6:00 p.m., at Valley Funeral Home, with Vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be on Wednesday, January 16, 2008, 11:00 a.m., at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Burbank. Interment to follow at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery. VALLEY FUNERAL HOME Burbank (818) 845-3766

Monday, July 12, 2010

Colonel James Henry Brown, BHS 1934

COLONEL JAMES HENRY BROWN, BHS 1934
Burbank Leader

Born September 16, 1917 in Fair Haven, Vermont passed away in his sleep on August 5, 2006.

The son of Ralph Brown and Ada Marshall he lived most of his life in Burbank, California. He attended John Burroughs Junior High School, Cal. Berkley and Stanford Law School and served in the Air Force in WWII and retired as a Colonel.

He was a self employed insurance broker who enjoyed playing golf, telling stories of his experiences as a test pilot and being a lifelong friend to many. He will be remembered for his integrity, intelligence, big heart and warm smile.

He is survived by his wife, Miriam; stepdaughter, Jan and her husband Jerry; and stepsons, Steve and Ron. Loving grandfather to Lauren, Alyx and Jacklyn.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Marylyn Helen Groth Hatch, BHS 1954

Ventura County Star (CA) - Friday, October 31, 2003
Moorpark

Marylyn Helen Groth Hatch, BHS 1954

Marylyn Helen Hatch, 67, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, at her home in Moorpark, after 42 years with increasingly severe symptoms and medication side effects of mixed connective tissue disease.

Marylyn was born on Aug. 27, 1936, in Minneapolis, Minn., the first daughter of Ingvar "Andy" and Helen Groth. In 1948, she moved to Tucson, Ariz., and in 1950, she moved to Burbank, Calif. She graduated from Burbank High School in 1954 and married her husband in 1957.

She became a full-time mother and homemaker, moving to Thousand Oaks from Canoga Park in 1964 with her three oldest children. Three more children made for a busy life of raising her children, volunteering at their schools and fitting in classes in many types of crafts, dancing and needlework that she so enjoyed.

Although a private person, she enjoyed the company of the many people she met in the neighborhood, her classes, Mothers of Twins Club and folk-dancing clubs. In 1986, she moved to Moorpark, where she decorated the home she loved so much and filled it with her beautiful needlework and crafts. She enjoyed reading mystery novels and was able to volunteer at Los Robles Hospital in the late '80s and much of the '90s.

With her symptoms under better control, she and her husband were able to do the traveling that they both loved. She continued her craft class at the Simi Senior Center until 2000 and enjoyed going to lunch with her friends from Spanish class until a year ago.

She will be missed by her husband of 46 years, Larry D. Hatch. He cherished her love, friendship and unfailing support. She is also survived by her two sons, Kirk and Derek Hatch, both of San Diego, Calif.; four daughters, Wendy Johnston and Erin Brown of Simi Valley, Jill Hatch of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Glynis Hatch of Camarillo; two sons-in-law, Robert Johnston and Steve Brown of Simi Valley; three granddaughters, Kelsey and Kailey Johnston and Jordyn Brown; and two grandsons, Cameron Johnston and Derek's son, Kier.

Funeral arrangements are private. Interment will be at Pierce Bros. Valley Oaks in Westlake Village.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Valdene Ruth Vanote, BHS 1948

Valdene Ruth Vanote, BHS 1948

San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Valdene 'Val' Vanote passed away peacefully on September 14, 2007, in the home of her long-time sweetheart, James McCamey. It was her faith in God and positive spirit that allowed her to remain with us until this time.
She was born on March 16, 1930, in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Burbank High School and then married Bert A. Anderson, Jr. They eventually made San Diego their home. Being the wife of the minister of St. Andrew's by the Sea Episcopal Church in Pacific Beach, coupled with raising three sons, kept her quite busy. This was also the start of many life-long friendships.

Valdene continued her education by attending San Diego State and receiving her degree in the mid 1970s. She then started her 20-year career at Kaiser, working as a counselor. Many of her patients benefited from her special gift of being a good listener, and kept in touch even after her retirement. She will be remembered for her compassion, generosity and positive outlook on life. She truly was one in a million and lived life with gusto. She always made you feel unique and special. She will be missed.
Valdene is survived by her sons, Bert Axel Anderson III (Dianna), Michael Van Note Anderson (Tracy) and John Arthur Anderson, all of San Diego; her grandchildren, Autumn, Christian, Lauren, Todd, Alan and Sarah; her sisters Vonnie Van Note of Malibu, and Vanette Van Note of Sweden.

There will be a Memorial Mass at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 29, 2007, at St. Mary Magdalene Church, 1945 Illion Street, San Diego, with a reception to follow. In a private ceremony, her ashes will be scattered at sea. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your favorite charity. Please sign the guest book at obituaries.uniontrib.com

Aaron Alderman, BHS 1985

Aaron Alderman, BHS 1985

CRASH KILLS YOUTH ON EVE OF BIRTHDAY
Los Angeles Times, December 9, 1984
By Allan Jalon, Times Staff Writer

A Burbank High School senior was killed in an accident on a rain-slicked road late Friday night, less than an hour before he was to turn 18. Police said the victim, Aaron Alderman of Burbank, was a passenger in a pickup truck that crashed into a tree and overturned a few blocks from his home.The driver of the truck and another passenger, both classmates of Alderman, were brused but otherwise unhurt.

Police said the youths were traveling south on Glenoaks Boulevard just outside Burbank when their pickup hit the curb of a center divider and hit the tree at 11:20 p.m. They said the victim's parents arrived on the scene shortly after their son died and before an ambulance took the body away through the pouring rain.

"The man was in shock and looking at us and looking at the coroner and at the body," Sgt. Dennis Zine said of the father. "The woman was trying to comfort him. It was the first time in 16 1/2 years as a traffic officer, after hundreds of fatalities, where I' ve seen the parents at the site of the accident like that."

Zine said that there was no indication that the truck was speeding and that no charges have been filed against the driver.

"It was Aaron's 18th birthday today and they were just out," the victim's mother, Janice Alderman, said Saturday. "They were on their way home. They never stayed out late. They all knew we as parents were anxious about them being out."

She said her son's strongest interest was singing; he was a tenor in various groups in Burbank. She said he loved to draw, was good at math and had walked the streets of Burbank in November trying to get out the Republican vote. He was undecided whether to go to college or join the military, she said.

She and her husband, Darrold, remained at the scene until a deputy coroner removed the body.
 

Friday, July 9, 2010

Frederick A. Mehling Jr., BHS 1962

FREDERICK A. MEHLING JR., BHS 1962

FREDERICK A. MEHLING JR. Age 65, passed away at his residence on April 16, 2010, after a 12-month-long aggressive and brave battle with esophageal cancer.
Rick was born on October 22, 1944 in Rock Island, Illinois to Frederick and Marjorie Mehling. He was the eldest of his two siblings, Sally Mehling Becker and Chris Mehling. His family moved to Burbank in 1953 and he resided in Burbank until he married in 1969. Rick began his distinguished career with the Burbank Fire Department on July 5, 1966, where he held every rank from firefighter up to and including Fire Chief. He retired as Fire Chief on June 30, 2005.

Rick was Fireman of the Year in 1983, presented the Protectors of the Public Award in 1987 and held many honors during his career. He was a member of both the California Fire Chief Association and the Los Angeles Area Fire Chief Association. He was also a member of Burbank Firefighters Local 778. His first 'job' when he retired was serving on the Civil Grand Jury from 2001- 2002.

Rick was a board member and volunteer for Firefighter's Quest for Burn Survivors. His job was helping burn survivors obtain the medical supplies, treatments and a variety of services they needed but could not afford. A member of the Air National Guard since he was 17, Rick was called to active duty for the United States Air Force in December, 1968 and was stationed at Lackland AFB in Texas. While home on leave in late February, 1969, Rick and Betty got married, even though they would be separated while Betty stayed in California to complete her education. Rick returned to get her in June after her graduation and they lived in San Antonio until his discharge in Sept. 1970. (By the way, Rick married Betty just six months after they met - then, a student at Valley State College on a Journalism internship at the Valley News and Greensheet (now The Daily News) covering the Fire beat. The rest is a 41-year-old history.)
In 1972, they moved to Calabasas and have lived there since. In 1974 the y became the parents of Michael Benjamin Mehling, who now resides in Irvine with his wife Holly, and sons Tedd (20) and baby Miles, born on Election Day 2008.

In memory of Rick (and in lieu of flowers) contributions may be made to:Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors: 1146 N. Central Ave. #398, Glendale, CA 91202-2506. A Memorial honoring Rick Mehling's life is scheduled for 10:30 AM, Sunday, May 23, 2010 at the Burbank Fire Dept. Training Center at 1845 N. Ontario, Burbank, 91505. Arrangements a re under the direction of Eternal Valley Memorial Park Mortuary Directors (661) 259-0800 http://www.eternalvalleymemorialparkmortuary.com/
Published in Los Angeles Daily News on April 25, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Jean Steiner Moore, BHS 1938

Ventura County Star (CA) - Monday, May 26, 2003
Camarillo

Jean Steiner Moore, BHS 1938

Jean S. Moore left this Earth to be with our Lord on May 21 2003. Born Lois Jean Steiner on Jan. 12 1921 in Selma Calif. Jean grew up in Burbank Calif. She was a third-generation native Californian. Jean graduated from Burbank High School in 1938 where she met her high school sweetheart and future husband James (Jim) Moore Jr. when she was 15 and he was 16. She graduated from the University of Redlands in 1942 and was married on June 15 of that year.

Toward the end of World War II Jean her husband Jim with their first son Steve lived a short time in Sing Tao China where she discovered her love of travel. From 1949 to 1957 Jean and Jim lived in Yuma Ariz. where Jim coached high school football and Jean began raising their young family in earnest which included daughter Martha and youngest son Mark. While in Yuma Jean and Jim established many wonderful lifelong friendships.

In 1957 they moved to Ventura and in 1967 relocated to the Camarillo area. Jean was a physical education teacher for many years at Ventura High School retiring from the Ventura Unified School District in 1981. Of the many physical education subjects she taught field hockey modern dance and swimming were among her favorites. After retirement she took up golf and was an active member at Las Posas Country Club. Jean and Jim enjoyed many wonderful vacations together including favorite trips to Russia Scotland Ireland and Hawaii. She also enjoyed gardening tap-dancing with the Syncopated Seniors and aqua aerobics with many club friends.

Jean fully embraced life and was never afraid to try something new which including roller skating as an adult (broken arm) a helicopter ride to an Alaskan glacier drift boating the Klamath River and white-water rafting on the Trinity River. She was a longtime member of many organizations including P.E.O. La Estrella Dance Club and Forty Leaguers. Jean was a member of Community Presbyterian Church in Ventura and Trinity Presbyterian Church in Camarillo. Jean was always positive quick to smile with a keen wit and sparkling personality.
She instilled in her children honesty hard work love of family and patience. Jean's many friends meant the world to her.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents Lola and Elmer Steiner of Burbank. She is survived by her family including her loving husband of more than 60 years Jim Moore; son and daughter-in-law Steve and Ruth Moore of Oscoda Mich.; daughter and son-in-law Martha and Tony Beckman of Santa Maria; son and daughter-in-law Mark and Susy Moore of Eureka; grandchildren Kathryn and Andy Moore Jim and Ben Beckman and June Moore; step-grandchildren Sarah Albrent and Michelle Beckman; and great-grandchildren Kai Beckman and Lauren Albrent.

Jean resided in Camarillo for the past 36 years. Her family and many wonderful friends will dearly miss her. Special thanks go to the many wonderful health-care professionals who assisted in her care over the past three months. Friends are welcome to visit from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday May 26 at Pierce Bros. Griffin Mortuary 1075 E. Daily Drive Camarillo.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday May 27 at Trinity Presbyterian Church corner of Las Posas Road and Antonio Drive Camarillo. Please join us in honoring Jean at www.mem.com. Thoughts and tributes are welcomed. Arrangements are under the direction of Pierce Bros. Griffin Mortuary 1075 E. Daily Drive Camarillo CA 93010 (805) 482-2711.

Jeri Lynn Hawver-Laricchia, BHS 1979

Jeri Lynn Hawver-Laricchia, BHS 1979
"Forever Young"

Burbank Leader Weekend, August 24-25, 2002

Jeri Lynn Hawver-Laricchia was born February 9, 1961 in Burbank, California and passed away July 31, 2002 in Huntington Beach, California after a lengthy struggle with cancer.
Jeri is survived by her husband Joe, her sons Josh and Joey; her mother Joanne Hawver of Burbank, California; her father Jerry Hawver of Phoenix, Arizona; her sister Joni (Macias) also of Phoenix, Arizona; and her brother Jay of Palmdale, California.

Visitation and Services were held at Heritage Memorial Services and First Christian Church in Huntington Beach, August 12 and 13, 2002 respectively. Burial services concluded with The Release of Doves at Good Shepherd Cemetery in Huntington Beach.

Several hundred relatives, friends and Jerr's extended family - the Southern California Hockey Association members and their families were in attendence at the Celebration of Jerri's life.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Robert Kanthack, BHS 1943


Robert Kanthack, BHS 1943

Robert Kanthack (1925 - 2010)
Ventura, California
Bob passed away peacefully at his home Thursday, May 20, 2010, with his loving family at his side.
He was born Feb. 13, 1925 in Burbank to Harry and Lenelle Kanthack. He moved to Ventura, where he taught music at Mound, Mill and El Rio School Districts, later teaching for the Ventura Unified School District at DeAnza Jr. High and adult piano classes at Ventura College. Bob met his wife, Eleanor, at their church in Burbank. They were married 52 years and have two children, Dennis and Nanci. Bob attended Burbank High School, Pasadena Junior College, Cal Tech where he graduated with Special War Training in communications, and University of Southern California, where he received both his Bachelor's Degree in music and Master's Degree in education.

He was proud to be a member of the USC marching band. He was a deacon at Community Presbyterian Church, an officer and Lt. Governor for the Sunrise Optimist Club, a member of the Poinsettia Amateur Radio Club, La Buena Vida RV Club, Phi Delta Kappa, and was on the Ventura Schools Federal Credit Union Board of Directors. Bob loved playing the piano and listening to classical and big band music. He taught and played all instruments.
He loved working around the house, communicating with people all over the world through his Ham Radio, going to concerts, camping, and most of all, spending time with his family.
Bob is survived by his wife, Eleanor; daughter and son-in-law, Nanci and Keith Kelley; son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Tori Kanthack; grandchildren, Tristan and Tabitha; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Fred Williams; 12 nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and -nephews. He loved his family dearly!
A celebration of Bob's life will be 11 a.m., Friday, June 4, at Community Presbyterian Church, 1555 Poli St., Ventura, with Pastor Wayne Kempton officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home and Crematory, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Condolences may be left at http://www.tedmayrfuneralhome.com/.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Richard Gordon Roberts, BHS 1929


Richard Gordon Roberts, BHS 1929
1911 – 2008

Richard Gordon Roberts, 96, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2008, at his Hollywood Beach home. He was born in Los Angeles on July 22, 1911, to Richard Noah Roberts of Missouri and to Charlotte Barthelemy of Illinois. He fist attended Main Street School and graduated from the eighth grade at 97th Street School after surviving the Spanish Flu of 1918. He began high school at Manual Arts High, a new and progressive public school with its own print shop and bindery. Gordon recalled how one beloved teacher, " Daddy " Maynard, continued to teach into his eighties. Gordon transferred to Fremont High after his father’s death in 1926, and then spent his senior year at Burbank High where he took the lead in Moliere’s " Le Medecin Malgre Lui, " graduating in 1929.
In his early childhood he explored Los Angeles from atop Mount Wilson down into abandoned wells. Gordon knew L.A., when horses still pulled the iceman’s wagons. He remembered how his dad still said, "whoa" whenever he drove his Republic truck into the driveway, sitting on his father’s shoulders to get a good view of the crowd when the paperboy announced, "Extra, Extra, Armistice" or seeing famous dignitaries such as George V. Clemenceau, Mac Arthur and Pershing waving to the throngs of people gathered in what is today called Pershing Square. His 56th Street neighbors included hardworking Swedish, Irish, German Jewish, Mexican, and Austrian immigrants, but also, a Civil War nurse, a Southern Belle who taught Sunday school, and Mrs. Stevens who had a beautiful overgrown tropical garden.
When then dream of college evaporated after graduation, he turned to manual labor hauling soda ash at Holly Products, soldering at Hamilton Medical Supplies, working at the movie studios where he espied stars such as Hedy Lamar and Vivian Leigh or caddying at the Wilshire Country Club where he encountered other hungry young men who carried clubs for wealthy men and women that included Howard Hughes and the Ralph’s grocery brothers. His ambition was now to remember everyone’s story and every detail. The memories became his lucre and war chest. Remembering was for him the honored responsibility of the living and pleasurable pastime. His other great release from the grim years of the depression was sailing to Catalina on his friend Reggie’s boat where he developed his great love of the sea.
In 1940 Gordon joined the L.A. Fire Dept., but his life was made complete on August 1, 1942, when he married Carmel Bonnaud in Hollywood. She was the most enchanting woman he had ever met. He made her a promise to be faithful and devoted to her for his entire life. He kept his promise.
Early in 1943 he was drafted into the army and sent to Fort Devon, Mass., and Carrabelle, Fla., for training where Carmel joined him. In 1944 he shipped out to serve in the Pacific with the Amphibious Boat and Shore Regiment, 4th Brigade in New Guinea, then along the Cagayan River on Mindanao to Luzon – reaching Manila as it lay wasted and burning after. His unit arrived in Osaka, Japan in 1945, and was finally shipped stateside on Christmas Day, 1945.
After the war Gordon was stationed on the Fire Boats of San Pedro, promoted to Captain in 1950, then, in 1953 he moved to the San Fernando Valley with Carmel and his two daughters. As the family prospered, vacations became longer and Gordon shared his love of camping, the trees and American history with his family at spectacular places like Yosemite, Flathead Lake and Acoma. On a trip to the East Coast, Gordon provided an hour-long spontaneous lecture on warfare on a hilltop overlooking Gettysburg.
After his retirement in 1970 he realized his dream of touring Europe with his family for six months. From snow-laden forests of Austria to the sun-drenched gardens of the Alhambra in Spain, Gordon reveled in the sights and treasures of Europe. He enjoyed a quiet retirement with family and friends, helping to form and support the Channel Islands Beach Community, traveling to Hawaii and Japan, reading the Bible, and passing out political billfolds at election time. He was a familiar sight beneath his straw hat on Hollywood Beach talking to all passerby. After Carmen passed in 2004 he kissed her photograph every morning then would look out to sea. One of his last prayers was "Dear Lord, please take care of the United States, " and his last words were "Let’s go, I love being off-shore with you. "
He is survived by his daughters, Christine McKinnon of Port Hueneme, Laura Roberts of Hollywood Beach, and his grandson, Richard McKinnon of Port Hueneme. The family would like to extend its special thanks to Personal Parent caregivers Lidia Felix and Al Gallegos for their help in Gordon’s last weeks.Funeral services were held at Funeraria del Angel Mortuary on July 19, 2008, Rev. Dr. Daniel Green delivered the Pastor’s message. Soloist Mr. George Meade led the gathering of family and friends singing "The Battle Hymn" accompanied by Mr. Paul Hinkle. Burial services followed immediately at Santa Clara Cemetery in Oxnard.