Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Neal E. Bowers, BHS 1943

Neal E. Bowers, BHS 1943

The Post Newpaper, 2008

Neal E. Bowers, 83, of Lodi, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at his home. He was born Nov. 26, 1925, in Lodi, to John and Dorothy (Talley) Bowers. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1943, Ashland College and Case Western Reserve Law School.On Aug. 9, 1947, he married Betty Jane Fetzer.

He passed the Bar in 1954 and started his law practice with Kenneth Still in Lodi. He also owned Burbank Hardware until the early 1960s. He was a member of the Lodi First Congregational Church and the Lodi American Legion Post. He was a WWII U.S. Marine Corp. veteran, having served in the Pacific Theater.

He was an avid gardener and fisherman, pickerel being his favorite, and had made many trips to his cabin retreat in Hastings, Ontario, Canada. He was well-versed and talented in a number of sports, which included being named a Wayne County All Star in basketball. He participated in several independent league softball, basketball and baseball teams and was a loyal fan of the Cleveland Indians. He enjoyed golfing in evening leagues and the Monday morning Lodi Seniors League at Knollbrook G.C.

Surviving are his two daughters, Susan Birch of Wadsworth and Michele Traeger of Medina, Texas; three grandchildren, Jessica and Jennifer Birch and Sean Traeger; two great-grandchildren, Mikayla and Jarelle; and brother, Wilbur Bowers of Creston. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jane, in 1999.

A funeral service was held Thursday, Dec. 18 at Lodi First Congregational Church, 114 Church St., Lodi, with the Rev. David Dake and the Rev. Robert Holmes officiating. Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lodi. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the church.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Carol M. Bull Laitinen, BHS 1950

Carol M. Bull Laitinen, BHS 1950

Carol M. Laitinen, 77, of La Crosse passed away Saturday, June 12, 2010, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. Carol was born March 17, 1933, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada to Clair and Grace Bull, American and Canadian citizens, respectively.

Carol’s father served as a Canadian Air Force officer in WWII. During Carol’s first 13 years, the family moved frequently, from Thunder Bay to Montreal to Winnipeg and then to Vancouver, when the war ended. Carol’s family then moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1946. Carol graduated from Burbank High School in 1950, and she ultimately joined Atomics International in 1960, the same day as her future husband, Mal Laitinen. While waiting for six months to obtain security clearance from the Atomic Energy Commission, Mal and Carol started dating, and in 1962, they married.

Through Carol’s loving guidance and unselfish desire to have her husband fulfill a lifelong passion, the couple moved to Houghton, Michigan in 1963, where Mal became a teacher at Michigan Technological University. Carol and Mal lived in Houghton for seven years by Lake Superior, the Great Lake which reminded Carol of her childhood days in Thunder Bay. In 1970, they moved to La Crosse, Wis., where Mal was hired and continues to serve as a teacher at the Trane Company.

Carol always loved animals, and she passed that love on to her sons, Steve and Jim, and to her husband. She lovingly cared for all dogs and cats that crossed her path, whether to feed them, find them a home, or to make them a part of her family.

Carol’s passion from her early years on was classical music, with Mozart being one of her favorites. In the late 1950’s, she performed as an operatic soprano in Los Angeles. Carol’s avorite opera singer was Maria Callas. Carol never lost her deep appreciation for classical music, and during the last 35 years of her life, she enthusiastically played classical guitar. Carol’s sons gained tremendously from her love of music and the arts.

Carol was an adult convert to the Catholic Church. Through her calm and resilient faith, her husband also converted to Catholicism, and the couple ultimately renewed their marriage vows in the Catholic Church. Carol’s strong belief in Christ served her unwaveringly, through both personal triumph and tragedy over the years. Although Carol struggled with certain issues in the Church, she remained true and faithful to Christ, and devoutly used the Rosary in her prayers.

Carol lived life completely, without reservation. She lived to serve and provide joy to others, her husband, her sons, her friends, a person in need, and the many animals she saved and cared for. Carol will be sorely missed.

Carol is survived by her loving husband, Maldon; two sons, Stephen Laitinen of Minneapolis, and James (Kirsten) Laitinen of St. Paul; a grandson, Bodhi; sister-in-law, Ronnelle Laitinen; and a niece, Rebecca (Richard) Dunn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister-in-law, Dorla Bernu; two brothers-in-law, Manley Laitinen and Mervel Bernu; and a son, Christopher.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, at Dickinson Family Funeral Home and Crematory, 1425 Jackson St., La Crosse. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 1 p.m. until time of service.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Michael Lee Wimmer, BHS 1961

Michael Lee Wimmer, BHS 1961

Antelope Valley Press, Thursday, July 17, 2008

WIMMER, Michael Lee, was born on June 1, 1943, to Roy and Joan Wimmer. He died on July 13, 2008.

Mike grew up in Burbank, Calif., until he entered the Air Force in 1961, to get training as a firefighter. His career as a firefighter with Burbank Airport through Lockheed Martin continued until his retirement in 1986. He then furthered his career as a Fire Safety Specialist with NASA Dryden. He settled in Antelope Valley in 1971, and eventually moved to Tehachapi.
Mike loved to travel and he was an avid gardener, creating a home oasis. Family made him very happy and it grew every year. He loved to barbeque, make up various food and cocktail concoctions to entertain the kids.

Mike is survived by his wife, Shawn, sister, Diane DeHart, daughter Kerstin Wimmer and her 3 sons. He is also survived by 2 step-children and their families and he will be missed beyond words by all of them.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 19, 2008, at Bear Valley Community Church in Tehachapi. Donations can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Anita H. Cole Hinkle, BHS 1938

Anita H. Cole Hinkle, BHS 1938

Las Vegas Sun, Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Anita H. Hinkle, 91, died July 28, 2009 at a local hospital.

The 16-year Boulder City resident was born March 7, 1918, in Los Angeles. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her sons Steven Hinkle and Scott Hinkle and daughter-in-law Regina Hinkle, all of Henderson; sister Mary Jane Strickland of Burbank, California; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Palm Mortuary handled the arrangements.

Richard Tibbetts Frankian, BHS 1947

Richard Tibbetts Frankian, BHS 1947

Richard T. Frankian, Innovative Engineer Who Helped Build Several Communities, Dies at 81

FRANKIAN, RICHARD TIBBETTS - April 17, 1929 - May 22, 2010

Long time Burbank resident Richard T. "Dick" Frankian, beloved husband, father and grandfather and an innovative geotechnical engineer who helped build several local communities, died of a heart ailment near his vacation home in Port Alberni, British Columbia. He was 81.

Most of the residents of Southern California and the Bay Area likely live in a development, drive over bridges or work in a setting that had Mr. Frankian's engineering touch related to it. A world-class leader in the area of slope stability, he was the primary geotechnical consultant for three of the largest development projects in the history of Los Angeles county: Albertson Ranch/Calabasas, Valencia/Santa Clarita and Newhall Ranch. Before that, he had conducted research on projects in several other communities including San Pedro, Glendale, Pasadena, Catalina Island and Portugese Bend in Rolling Hills.

Having top secret clearance, he was responsible for identifying the soil characteristics for the Atlas Missile sites in the United States, making presentations directly to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was also a geotechnical consultant to the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission, and had worked for the State of California Division of Bridges.Mr. Frankian's early career was spent with the firms of Dames & Moore, the Bechtel Co. and the Parsons Co., all worldwide leaders in the engineering field. He then founded his own firm, R.T. Frankian & Associates, in 1963, which has served clients in 38 states and six countries.

Mr. Frankian was a co-founder of the Sigma Phi Delta Engineering Fraternity at both UCLA and UC Berkeley, and a founding member of the Soil and Foundation Engineers Association (SAFEA), now called California Geotechnical Engineering Association (CalGeo). He was also a member of the Technical Advisory Committee responsible for developing the inaugural California Geotechnical Engineering registration exam. He was lecturer at UCLA for ten years in the fields of soil mechanics and engineering until handing that off to another member of his firm.

Mr. Frankian was the only child of Sooren and Eunice Tibbetts Frankian and is preceded in death by his beloved Joeann, his wife of 35 years who died in 1985. He is survived by Rosemary, his wife of 17 years; his children, Mary L. and Greg Chambers of Roseville, California; Virginia S. Frankian of Vancouver, BC; Nancy J. and Mark Pierce of Burbank, California; Dorothy J. and Gabe Margve of Burbank, California; Mark R. and Nanette Frankian of Saugus, California; and James A. and Suzy Frankian of Burbank; his grandchildren Timothy and Elizabeth Chambers, Mathew and Steven Pierce, Nicholas and Angelique Margve, Micayla, Karis Gwen and Abigail Frankian, and Jacqueline, Clayton, Hope and J. William Frankian. His step-children Thomas and Janet Wineland; Robert and Kim Wineland; Jennifer Wineland Shelton; and J'Amy and Russel Babb; and step-grandchildren Brad Wineland, Kate Wonser, Molly, Hanna, and Emma Wineland, Lyndsey Rickabaugh, Leah Paul, Lanette Shelton; and Thomas, James, Em'Lee and Robert Babb; and step- great-grandchildren Carter and Cannon Rickabaugh and Alison Wineland.

His friends, clients, colleagues and work associates will miss his tremendous intellect, friendly smile, excellent sense of humor as well as the care and attention that he was always willing to give to those he worked and shared time with. Dick was a generous and kind boss that made his employees feel like they were part of the family.His family is blessed with an abundance of memories of times spent sharing holidays, playing numerous games of cribbage, hearts and Parcheesi. As well as an unlimited number of hours fishing and swimming in the lakes and streams surrounding the family cabin located near Huntington Lake, California.

The time spent with his grandchildren and step-grandchildren at his vacation home in Port Alberni, British Columbia, a.k.a. "CAMP GRAMP", are among the most cherished and will be the times most missed. Mr. Frankian was a man of deep faith and conviction. He encouraged his friends and family to put their trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior just as he had done.

After his retirement Mr. Frankian enjoyed fellowshipping with other believers from his church community in Port Alberni or at the First Presbyterian Church of Burbank where he and his family have been long time members.

A service of celebration will be held on Sunday, June 6th at the First Presbyterian Church of Burbank, 521 East Olive Ave in Burbank at 3:00 PM with a reception immediately following in the church's Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers donations can be mailed c/o R. T. Frankian & Associates, 1329 Scott Rd, Burbank 91504. Please indicate donations for the R. T. Frankian Memorial Scholarship fund on the memo line.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Judy Minges Case, BHS 1971

Judy Minges Case, BHS 1971

Burbank Leader, April 2002

Judy Minges Case, 49, died April 8, 2002, in Snellville, Georgia.

Ms. Case was born Oct. 28, 1952, in Glendale. She lived in Burbank, California for more than 30 years. She was a housewife.
Ms. Case is survived by her husband, Randy; sons, R. J. and Mark; brothers, Bill, Bob and Doug; and sister, Phyllis.No funeral services were held. The family requests memorial donations be made to Embracing Hospice Care, 2160 Fountain Drive, Snellville, GA 30078.

Robert Stuart Whitford, BHS 1957

Robert Stuart Whitford, BHS 1957

Burbank Leader, Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Robert Stuart Whitford, 60, died September 14, 2000 in Palmdale. Mr. Whitford was born in Los Angeles and lived in Burbank for 53 years. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1957, where he was a member of the football team. He attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He retired from Lockheed where he worked for 37 years.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Whitford; mother Hazel A. Whitford; daughters, Shelly Suda and Carrie; son, Robert; grandchildren, Christopher, Ryan, Brandon and Amber; sisters, Linda Haynes, Gayle Cottriel and Cherri Googe, all of Burbank; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church of Burbank.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Kristine Ann Meade Reger, BHS 1970

Kristine Ann Meade Reger, BHS 1970

The Reno Gazette-Journal , 7/13/2006

Kristine Ann Reger passed on at her home in Yerington on June 28. She was 54.

She was born in Ankare, Turkey, the daughter of Robert and Gloria Meade on April 30, 1952. She married Arthur Frank Reger in Burbank, CA on December 9, 1972. They lived in Chester, CA and moved to Yerington six years ago. She worked as a bookkeeper for Lilliput Motor Co. She was a life member of Soroptimist International of Chester.

She is survived by her husband of Yerington; sons, Bryan (Tina) Reger of Yerington, Jeremy (Char) Fowler of Minot, ND; her sisters, Sandy Cable of Genoa and Carol Rickard of Hopewell, NJ; brothers, Robert Meade of Moses Lake, WA and Tony Rickard of Virginia Beach, VA; nephews, Jeremy (Alena) Cable of Fernley and Christopher Rickard of Virginia Beach; niece, Sarah Wirth of Seattle, WA; her grandchildren, Madison, Ashley and Katelynn Reger, all of Yerington and Kaleb Fowler of Minot, and Chelsea Bristor of Reno.

A memorial service was held July 6 at the Freitas Rupracht Funeral Home, 25 Hwy. 208, Yerington. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Ronald McDonald House, 323 Maine St., Reno, NV, 89502.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Ella Miller Touhey, BHS 1942

Ella Miller Touhey, BHS 1942

San Gabriel Valley Tribune (West Covina, CA) - Tuesday, September 11, 2007
TOUHEY-Ella Miller Touhey, born January 3, 1925 in Panama City, Panama. She passed away on September 5, 2007 in West Covina, CA at the age of 82. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Ella is preceded in death by her husband John A. Touhey and daughter-in-law Nancy and is survived by her 4 sons, David, Patrick (Kathy), John (Jennifer), and Michael (Debbie). She also has 7 grandchildren, Cherise, Nicole, Danielle, Michelle, Ryanne, Morgan, and Brandon as well as 2 great grandchildren, Kayla and Ashlynn.

Ella was born in Panama City, Panama and immigrated to the United States as a child eventually settling in California. She was a graduate of Burbank High School class of 1942. She began her career with the Corps of Engineers working 14 years as a clerk. Ella then left federal service to become a mother as well as to serve as an administrative assistant in her husband's newspaper business, "The Touhey Report".

Upon the death of her husband John, she returned to federal service as a U.S. Postal Worker from which she retired. Ella and her sons also owned and managed Rockview Dairy in West Covina for 31 years. Ella will be missed by all who knew her.

Funeral services directed by Rose Hills will take place September 12 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society "Breast C ancer Awareness Fund" in memory of Ella M. Touhey 339 E. Rowland Avenue, Covina, CA 91723.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

John Kevin Holst, BHS 1969

John Kevin Holst, BHS 1969

Los Angeles Times, January 22, 1983
John K. Holst, survived by mother Ida V. Holst, father Rudolph; two brothers Robert G. and Thomas A. Holst.
Visitation Sunday, 5-9 p.m. Pierce Brothers Valhalla Mortuary, 10621 Victory Blvd. North Hollywood. Graveside Services Monday, 1 p.m. Valhalla Memorial Park. Pierce Brothers Valhalla directors.

Rita Diane Rebbe Oden, BHS 1960

Rita Diane Rebbe Oden, BHS 1960
Sept. 27, 1942 — Jan. 9, 2007

Rita Diane Oden, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend, was peacefully lifted up and released from her recent medical struggles and welcomed to God's eternal loving home Tuesday.

Rita leaves behind many loved ones, whose lives are forever changed through her examples of strength, Christ-like love and easy-going spirit. With mounting cancer trials later in life, Rita showed strength in the knowledge of her increasing illness and faced diversity with courage and optimism.

Rita was the second of five children born to Henry and Margaret Rebbe in Rock Springs, Wyo., where her father was employed as superintendent of schools. Her family later moved to Southern California in the early 1950s, where she graduated from Burbank High School in 1960. She attended the University of Southern California, majoring in microbiology. She met her soul mate, Clifford L. Oden, there and later married him on Sept. 12, 1964.

While moving from Southern California to New York during Cliff's employment, they raised three beautiful children together: Craig, Eric and Kimberli. The family was relocated to Brea, Calif., in 1970 when ARCO relocated their corporate headquarters to Los Angeles. From 1970 to 1989, both Rita and Cliff volunteered their time and energies to many community organizations and youth programs that their children participated in. The two were instrumental in the development and operation of the Brea Booster and Community Foundations, while spearheading the planning, development and eventual construction of the new modern, technologically advanced Brea High School.

When Rita's husband, Cliff, retired from Atlantic Richfield Company in 1985 due to health problems, they searched over the next four years for the perfect retirement home and community, eventually settling in Foster in 1989. Finding their dream home along side Foster Lake (Cliff thinks he's a fisherman), Rita and Cliff formed new friendships and became involved in many local community activities and economic development programs.

In 1990, they teamed up with Marge Gail and other community organizers in developing the Sweet Home Economic Development Group and the initial Oregon Jamboree, which today continues to benefit from their contributions.

Rita's talents were many, include cooking, card making, calligraphy, needlework, scrap booking and playing the electric piano. In addition to her God-given abilities to touch the lives of all she met, Rita's greatest accomplishments, memories and fondest moments came as a wife, mother and grandmother when preparing large festive meals on holidays and special occasions for the entire family and friends.

She lovingly devoted her life to the relationship she shared with her husband, Cliff, working side-by-side in accomplishing their shared interests and visions.Rita's presence in this life will be greatly missed. Her smile, charisma and simple ability to bring joy and meaning to all those around her will continue to flourish in the lives that she has touched and shall serve as an example of her everyday belief that our true life's prodding and highest calling along its path is to truly love one another.

Rita is survived by her loving husband, Clifford Lorance Oden; sons Craig Lorance Oden and Eric Douglas Oden; daughter Kimberli Jo (Oden) Schmidt; stepdaughter Michele Reichardt Robelen; adoring grandchildren Victoria and Katelyn Schmidt, and Danielle, Dominique and Desire Oden; sisters Bette Tillett and Lana Fredericks; brother Randall Rebbe; nieces and nephews Daniel and Dale Marks, Ted and Tim Oden, Debbie Tracy, Shannon Tillett, Cory Tillett and Erin Fredericks.

A private celebration of Rita's life will be at noon Saturday at her and Cliff's residence.Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements

Albany Democrat Herald January 12, 2007

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Karyl Arthur Napper, BHS 1941

Karyl Arthur Napper, BHS 1941

Long Beach Press-Telegram (CA)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Karyl Arthur Napper 1924-2009 Karyl Arthur Napper , age 84, passed away on March 24, 2009. During the last few years of his life Karyl was afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. He was born on April 14, 1924 in Los Angeles and was a resident of Long Beach since 1950.

He was a junior high school teacher/counselor and high school counselor for 38 years for the Long Beach Unified School District from 1951-1989. He loved being a teacher/counselor and helping his students.

Karyl also proudly served his country as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII. He then dedicated 25 more years to the Air Force Reserves and attained the rank of Lt. Colonel. In his spare time, beyond family activities, he enjoyed woodworking, gardening and traveling.

He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, of 58 years; and their children, Cindi, Gary (Kim), Jeff (Judy), and Brian (Tricia); Karyl is also survived by his 14 wonderful grandchildren; and his brother, Lowell.

Services will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2009 at Cornerstone Church, 1000 Studebaker Road, Long Beach, CA 90815 at 1:00 p.m. (562) 296-6490.

Robert Nelson Alexander, BHS 1966

Robert Nelson Alexander, BHS 1966

Burbank Review, October 16, 1970


Robert Nelson Alexander, a Burbank High School graduate who had been making his home in Pasadena, died Wednesday as a result of a motorcycle accident.

The mishap occurred just one day after a classmate at Burbank High, Robert Romanisky, was killed in a traffic accident. The two had been cheerleaders together and had both graduated in 1966. "He was a popular kid," a family spokesman said. "He was always on the go with friends around him and around the house."

Mr. Alexander was born in Burbank and had resided here until moving to Pasadena about a year ago. He was working as an apprentice operations officer at Security Pacfic National Bank in Pasadena.

He graduated from Muir Junior High and Burbank High and had studied at Valley College, San Fernando Valley State College, Chapman College's World Campus Afloat, Pasadena City College and Woodbury College. At the time of his death he was taking financial courses at Pasadena City College.

He is survived by his father, Theodore of 1841 N. Niagara; his mother, Mrs. Courtney Shreve of Seattle; one brother, Ted of Burbank; two sisters, Mrs. Stephanie Stephens of Los Alto and Meredith of Burbank.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10: 30 a.m. at the Eckerman-Heisman funeral Service Chapel, 333 E. Magnolia. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hill. Dr. Frederick Schilling of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Glendale will officiate.

Friday, August 20, 2010

John Edward Schmidt, BHS 1958

John Edward Schmidt, BHS 1958

Loving husband, father, uncle, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather died Tuesday June 22nd 2010 at the age of 70 years old.

John Schmidt was born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1939 and moved to California in 1949. John attended Burbank high school and at the age of 14 met Marlene Goldwater, and it was love at first sight. John and Marlene were married June 7th 1958 and celebrated their 52nd anniversary this year with the same enduring love as that first day they met.

John was a general contractor and owned Schmidt Electrical Contractors for over 35 years. He always had a smile on his face and touched everyone he met. He left a lasting impression on his family and friends, and he will be missed more than anyone can imagine.

Services will be held at Groman Eden Mortuary located at 11500 Sepulveda Blvd Mission Hills, California 91340 on Sunday June 27th at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers the Schmidt family would like you to donate to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Visit www.pancan.org for more information.

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on June 25, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Marilyn A. Roth Ritchie, BHS 1949

Marilyn A. Roth Ritchie, BHS 1949

Palm Mortuaries, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 1, 2008
Marilyn A. Ritchie, 77, of Las Vegas, passed away Friday, March 28, 2008.

She was born March 27, 1931, in Oak Park, Illinois. She resided in Maywood, Illinois with her brother William Roth; and her parents William and Minalee Roth, until they moved to Burbank, California in 1948.
A graduate of Burbank High School in 1949, Marilyn met and married Bud Ritchie in 1950. Marilyn and Bud moved to Las Vegas in 1970. She resided in Las Vegas for over 35 years.
Marilyn is survived by her three children, Sandi, Michael and Mindy; her five grandchildren, Ritchie, Mike, January, Andrea and Amanda; her nine great Grandchildren, Meghan, Madison, Mason, Melodie, Marilyn, Hailey, Jacob, Mia and Allie, all of Las Vegas.
Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m. Friday, April 4, with graveside services immediately following, both at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Janet Brown, BHS 1940

Janet Brown, BHS 1940

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Newberg resident, Janet Brown, 87, died on August 23, 2009.

Janet was born on August 8, 1922 in Centralia, Washington, to Ethel and Sidney Brown. She was raised in Burbank and Glendale, California, and attended high school in Burbank. She was a member of the Sixth Ferrying group in Long Beach, CA, and was a stewardess for United Airlines.

In 1953, Janet married Gary Lehman, and she began working as a passenger agent for United Airlines. Janet later worked as a Real Estate Agent in Newport Beach for 20 years. A few of Janet’s interests in life include writing, painting, watching the TV series MASH, and spending time with her family and her dog, Letty. She was a member of Clipped Wings, United Airlines Stewardess Alumnae and Flight Attendants Inc.

Janet is survived by her daughter, Sydney Lehman Steen and husband, Charles, of Newberg; brother, Keith Brown and wife, Dorothy, of Bend; many cousins, nieces and nephews, grandson, Forrest, and her dog, Letty. She is preceded in death by her son, Andrew Hill Lehman (2007); former husband, Gary Lehman (1997); and borther, Marbury Brown (1997).

A memorial service is pending, and will be held in Southern California. Arrangements by Crown Memorial Center, Tualatin, Oregon.

Paul S. Whitton, BHS 1959

Paul S. Whitton, BHS 1959

From Burbank Daily Review, Wednesday, August 26, 1964

Paul S. Whitton Dead at 23

Paul S. Whitton, 23, died Tuesday. He lived at 235-B, East Valencia Avenue, with his widow, Beverly Ann Whitton. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond (Eugenia) Whitton, also lived in Burbank.

Mr. Whitton was born in Indiana and had lived here for 13 years. He attended local schools and was a graduate of Burbank High School with the Class of 1959 and had been employed by the American Hospital Supply Corporation before becoming ill with cancer.

He is also survived by his sisters, Mrs. Dora Jean Hance and Mary M. Whitton, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. B.E. Knipp and Mrs. Ella Drapp.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m., Friday, at the Church of the Hills, Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Art Tritano, BHS 1963

Art Tritano, BHS 1963

Art Tritano, 64, passed away peacefully, with his wife and daughters by his side, on July 5, 2010 after a year and a half battle with cancer.

Art was born in Rochester, NY, but as a child relocated with his family to Burbank, California. He was a graduate of Burbank High School, class of 1963.

Art retired in 2004 as a Programmer/Analyst with the Department of Defense. He was a member of the NRA , a master woodworker and a lifelong Notre Dame football fan.

He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Virginia Tritano, daughters Catherine Tritano-Bryant (Craig) and Stephanie Tritano and 3 grandchildren: Marek, Anson and Riar Bryant, and sister Patricia Tritano.

A celebration of Art's life was held at Fairmount Mortuary Chapel today, July 12, 2010 at 10:00 am.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Marvin Paul Bennett, BHS 1944

Marvin Paul Bennett, BHS 1944

Marvin Paul Bennett was born in Silvis, IL, Feb. 4, 1926; he went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 4, 2008, at his home in Red Bluff.

As a young boy, he moved with his family to Los Angeles. After graduating from high school in Burbank, he joined the United States Navy and served in World War II for four years and later two years in the Korean War. After his discharge from the service, Marvin moved to Red Bluff and began his 42-year career with Pacific Gas & Electric Company. He started in the accounting department and retired as a New Business Representative in Anderson.

In 1952, Marvin married Jeannine Hatfield and in 1964, they moved their family to Anderson where he started a new job position with P.G.& E. They lived in Anderson until 2007, and then moved back to Red Bluff to be closer to family. Through the years, Marvin was very active in the Anderson city government, serving for many years on the City Council which included 14 years as Mayor of Anderson. He also served on the Anderson Fire Board for 33 years and the Anderson Mosquito Abatement District for 20 years. He also served on LAFCO and was active in many local service organizations.

Marvin is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jeannine of Red Bluff; son, Orin and Clare Bennett, Orangevale; daughter, Pamela and Mike Lindsay, Corning; grandchildren, Todd and Amy Bennett, Copenhagen, Denmark; Stacy Bennett, Sacramento; Alicia and Darren Naiman, Fair Oaks; great-grandchildren, Parker and Nicholas Naiman, Fair Oaks; brother, Jim and Geri Bennett, Redding.

Private services are planned for a later date, with burial at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery, Igo. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Marvin's name be made to the Anderson Fire Department.

Published in the Daily News on 11/6/2008

Wendy Garcia, BHS 2001

Wendy Garcia, BHS 2001

Rosamond man faces murder charges

The Bakersfield Californian Friday, Dec 26 2008

A Rosamond man is facing hearings in January on a charge that he murdered his live-in girlfriend in October.

Rigoberto Gonzalez, 28, has pleaded not guilty to the charge stemming from the Oct. 7, 2008 stabbing death of 26-year-old Wendy Garcia. Gonzalez was also stabbed in the Oct. 5 incident and was treated at Kern Medical Center, the sheriff’s department reported.

Garcia was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital where she was officially pronounced dead on Oct. 7, the coroner’s office reported. But she was kept on life support until Oct. 27, the coroner staff said.

Gonzalez was arraigned on Dec. 18 in Bakersfield. Further hearings are set Jan. 29 and 30.

Oct. 7: Wendy Garcia, 26, was pronounced brain dead in Antelope Valley Hospital following a knife fight with her live-in boyfriend, Rigoberto Gonzalez, 28, in Rosamond on Oct. 5. She was kept on life support until Oct. 27, but under the law the date of her death was Oct. 7. Gonzalez was also stabbed and was treated at Kern Medical Center, but he has been charged with murder and is awaiting further court hearings in January.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Linda Frigerio Scott, BHS 1969

Linda Frigerio Scott, BHS 1969

Received word of the following from Gary Marca '69...
It is with my deepest sympathy to the Scott and Frigerio family that I pass on the bad news of our long time friend Linda's passing this morning (August 15, 2010). She has been fighting a long and courageous battle with cancer. She now is at peace. Love to all Gary.

No other details.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Virginia Lee Rosc Cottle, BHS 1935

Virginia Lee Rosc Cottle, BHS 1935

Burbank Leader, March 2004

Virginia Lee Rosc Cottle, 86, died March 22, 2004, in Burbank.She was born Sept. 12, 1917, in Iowa, and was a Burbank resident for 73 years.

She is survived by a daughter, Marilyn Saylor; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the chapel at Eckerman-Heisman Funeral Services, 333 E. Magnolia Blvd.

James W. Gerschler, BHS 1952?

James W. Gerschler, BHS 1952?

Jim Gerschler, 75, of Ashland, Ore., passed away July 12, 2010, at home with his wife and family by his side.

Jim was born September 3, 1934, in Burbank, Calif., to James MacMunn Gerschler and Nina Wyatt. After graduating from Burbank High School, he worked numerous jobs before being conscripted into the Army, where he was stationed in Puerto Rico specializing in communications.

Jim worked for Pacific Bell Telephone for 41 years and was a dedicated employee until his retirement in 1996. Jim loved riding motorcycles and met the love of his life, Helen, through her father who was also an avid rider. They were married December 4, 1959. Jim moved his family from Southern Calif. to Ashland, Ore., in early 1970; he was a visionary, recognizing that Ashland was a great place to raise a family.

Jim was known for his wonderful smile and was quick to strike up a conversation with anyone whenever he would walk about town. He was often described as a very nice man. Jim assisted with Boy Scouts and Y Indian Guides, and enjoyed geology, history, wildlife and spending time outdoors. He loved to take his kids out camping, hiking, and fishing in the family's 1959 Chevy pickup truck. Family meant everything to Jim. In his later years, he liked to take road trips where he would visit historical places and talk to the locals.

Jim is survived by his wife of 50 years, Helen; children; Denise (Ron) Sutphin, of Sams Valley, Ore., Chris (Paula) Gerschler, of Medford, Ore., Kenneth (Linda E.) Gerschler, of Noraville, Australia., Jeffrey (Linda W.) Gerschler, of Ashland, Ore., and Wendy (Robert) Kramer, of Portland, Ore.; nine grandchildren, Jared, Kaitlyn, Alexa, Austin, Josh, Isabella, Emma, Riley, and Grayson; and by his brother, Bruce M. Gerschler, of Arleta, Calif.

A service will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home in Ashland, Ore.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Steven Paul Alkire, BHS 1972

Steven Paul Alkire, BHS 1972

Steven Paul Alkire was born January 9, 1954 in Riverside, California and passed away November 23, 2003 in Los Angeles, California following a two year battle with liver cancer.

Steve attended elementary schools in Glendale and was a 1972 graduate of Burbank High School. He was employed 30 years in the cable industry. Steven will be remembered as a perfectionish who could repair everything. He had a great sense of humor and a constant thirst for knowledge. He was always interested and always interesting. He could be generous to a fault and helped many family members and friends, often giving them their first real jobs.

Steven was a loving husband and father and will be desperately missed by his wife Jode, daughter Jennifer and son Zachary. He is also survived by sisters, Mary Hogan of Portland, Oregon; Susan Fighera of La Crescenta, California; Sandra Pelletier of Hood River, Orgon; Sharon Trecker of Greenville, California; Shirley Strazdins of Lee Vining, California; brother Scott Alkire of Barnard, Missouri; brother-in-law Lynn Fairbanks of Glendale, California; mother and father-in-law Jim and Norma Boyle of Yucca Valley, California; and long-time friend Donna Gibbons of Burbank, California.

He was predeceased by his brother Robert Alkire; his sister Charlene Drown; and his parents Raymond and Mary Alkire. Numerous nieces and nephews will never forget Uncle Steve.

Services were held November 29, 2003 in Yucca Valley. Interment will be at a later date at San Fernanso Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, California.

Bonnie Sue Rosenstein, BHS 1967

Bonnie Sue Rosenstein, BHS 1967

Fresno Bee, The (CA)
February 19, 1987

Sue Rosenstein , a news reporter for Channel 24, died Wednesday morning after a long battle with cancer. She was 37. A memorial service that Ms. Rosenstein wrote is planned at noon Saturday in the Cross Church.

Ms. Rosenstein was a native of Los Angeles. She was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in English. Her first job in journalism was as public affairs director at a TV station in Wichita, Kan. In 1979 she moved to Channel 24 as a reporter.

She was the host of "Women's Day," a program about news of interest to women, for two years and made frequent appearances on the station's other public affairs discussion programs. Ms. Rosenstein was a general assignment reporter most of her years at Channel 24. Recently, she had specialized in coverage of health and education issues, especially those related to cancer and cancer victims. She also produced a number of special news series for "Newscenter" broadcasts about such subjects as rent control, tenants rights and vitamins.

Ms. Rosenstein was active in the community helping cancer victims and families of people with cancer. She shared her knowledge of journalism with students at Fresno State University, where she had lectured. She had to leave the station for several months during her first bout with cancer. As the disease progressed, she became unable to work again last summer and did not return to the air before her death.

Just a few weeks ago, Ms. Rosenstein wrote a note to Channel 24 news assignment editor Bill Murphy in which she said, "I never realized until now what a gift it is to work for a living."

Ms. Rosenstein is survived by her father, Jerome of Burbank, and her brother, Barry of Thousand Oaks. Lisle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The family asks that any remembrance be sent to Hospice of Fresno.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Pietro "Pete" DeSantis, BHS 1946

Pietro "Pete" DeSantis, BHS 1946

Lassen County Times, CA 2009

Pietro "Pete" DeSantis, 80, passed on January 30, 2009, at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer. Pete was born June of 1928 in Burbank, California, and was the oldest of three children. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1946.

Pete continued working until joining the United States Army Air Force in 1950 and proudly served his country for 21 years. During his service, through both Korea and Vietnam conflicts, he accrued more than 10, 000 hours of flight time in the service of his country.

During Pete's 37 years in Susanville, he acquired gunsmithing and welding certification from Lassen Community College and has always been supportive of the gunsmithing program, even after completing his certificate. He was a board member for the Richmond School District for nine years and assisted with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation committee for ten years.

Pete was well known for always being willing to assist others in the community and at Lassen College.

While stationed at Travis Air Force Base, Pete met, fell in love with and married his wife of 50 years, Nancy Gill DeSantis. After retiring in 1971, he moved his family to Susanville where he and Nancy raised four sons, Tello(Norma) resides in San Francisco, Pietri II (Margaret) resides in Susanville, Paul resides in Nome, Alaska, and Timothy (Margaret) resides in Graton, California. He is also survived by seven grandchildren he was very proud of; Aryn, Whitney, Pietro III, Benjamin, Corey Kenneth, and Mathieu.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents, Romero and Eva DeSantis, and brothers, Romero Jr. and Robert DeSantis.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 14, at the Susanville Church of the Nazarene on Spring Ridge Drive. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to University Health Systems, Chemotherapy Department, Suite 302, East Second Street, Reno, Nevada, 89502, toward purchase of an IV pump.

Please make checks payable to the U.N.R. Foundation with memo to Pratice Plan North Gift Fund in memory of Pietro DeSantis.

As this is a celebration of Pete's life and 50 years of marriage to Nancy, the family respectfully asks black clothing be avoided.

Steven Walt Ruffing, BHS 1981

Steven Walt Ruffing, BHS 1981

Ventura County Star, January 2003

Steven Walt Ruffing, 39, of Ojai, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2003 at his residence. He was born June 7, 1963 in Hollywood, Calif., and had been a resident of Ojai for 10 years.

Mr. Ruffing worked in the motion picture industry as a Local 80 grip and an artist. His interests included writing, fishing, motorcycle riding, making furniture and photography. He is survived by his parents, John and Anne Ruffing of San Clemente; brother Mike Ruffing of Burbank; and sister Christine Ruffing of Sherman Oaks.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Lyla Eugenia Smith McAuliffe, BHS 1935

Lyla Eugenia Smith McAuliffe, BHS 1935

Eugene Register Guard, Eugene, Oregon, October 25, 1997

Leaburg - Lyla Eugenia McAuliffe of Leaburg died October 17, 1997 at age 79. Her family did not disclose the cause of death.

She was born November 27, 1917 in Seville, California, to Wilbur and Adella Rockenfield Smith. She graduated from Burbank High School, Burbank, California in 1935. On May 11, 1942, she married John McAuliffe in Burbank, California. He died November 24, 1995.

McAuliffe was an area resident since 1964. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Burbank and the McKenzie River Extension Group. She enjoyed sewing and traveling in the United States and British Columbia.

No services will be held. Buell Chapel in Springfield is in charge of the cremation.

Robert LeRoy Barnhart, BHS 1954

Robert LeRoy Barnhart, BHS 1954

Burbank Leader, June 2004

Robert LeRoy Barnhart, 68, died June 2, 2004, in Canyon Country. He was born September 24, 1935, in Sioux City, Iowa, and was a Burbank resident for more than 30 years.He graduated from Burbank High School and was a member of the Road Kings Car Club.

He is survived by his daughters; Trudee Tatum and Tracy Ellingwood; son, Steve; brother, Kenneth; and seven grandchildren. Services are private.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Rowland (Red) A. Price, BHS 1931

Rowland (Red) A. Price, BHS 1931

Orange County Register, Thursday, Febuary 8, 2007

Rowland A. Price, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died February 5, 2007 at the age of 93 at home on Balboa Island in Newport Beach. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen; son, Dennis (Kathy); daughter, Judy (Tom); five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Rowland was born in east Liverpool, Ohio on July 9, 1913. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army and participating in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a 65 year resident of Burbank, California and a 1931 graduate of Burbank High School. He was a small business owner, stockbroker, and tennis instructor. He retired in Fallbrook, California, and then moved to Newport Beach.

Services will be held at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach on Thursday, February 8, 2007 at 2:00. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Rowland's name to Companion Hospice, 2041 W. Orangewood Ave, Orange, CA 92868, or your favorite charity.

Gary Eugene Smestad, BHS 1964

Gary Eugene Smestad, BHS 1964

Gary passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on Sunday, August 8, 2010.
Gary was married to Karen Shield Smestad, also a BHS '64 graduate. He was a wonderful Dad, Grandfather, Brother and Uncle...as well as a good friend to so many...
Gary was a Marine and proud of it. He was always present at every Memorial Day and Veterans' Day Ceremony at Mc Cambridge Park.
He was a member of the Burbank Elks and would frequently drop in to say "hi" to all of us who were attending the Senior Bulldog Luncheons at the Elks.
Gary was also proud to be a Burbank High Graduate and was a loyal Bulldog...He and Karen were always part of our BHS Class of '64 Reunion Committee Team. We will truly miss seeing that great smile of his, as he pulled up in his red Corvette...and we will miss those big "bear hugs" he always had for everyone.

There will be a "Celebration of Life" for Gary this coming Sunday, August 15th, at the Burbank Elks Lodge located at 2232 N. Hollywood Way, at 12 Noon. If you would like to send your condolences to Karen and her family, here is the mailing address:

Karen Smestad and Family
23650 Real Court
Valencia, CA 91355

Monday, August 9, 2010

Thomas Wilson Richer, BHS 1965

Thomas Wilson Richer, BHS 1965

Burbank Leader, January 2005

Thomas Wilson Richer died Jan. 12, 2005. He was 57.

Richer was born in Glendale and raised in Burbank. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1965 and had many positions at the Burbank YMCA before becoming director of boys' programs.

He enjoyed reading as well as car mechanics and home improvement projects.Richer was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Margaret Richer.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Richer; son, Nicholas Richer; daughter, Amanda Richer; sisters, Susan Kaun and Josephine Andrean.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Mary Jean Anderson Powell, BHS 1943

Burbank Leader, April 25, 2001

Mary Jean Anderson Powell, BHS 1943

Jean Powell, 76, died April 19, 2001, at her home in Bear Valley Springs. Ms. Powell, born Mary Jean Anderson on Dec. 9, 1924, in Salina, Kan., moved to Burbank in 1941. She attended Burbank High School and graduated in the class of 1943.

After graduation, she was employed as a painter at Walt Disney Studios. In 1947, she married Edwin H. Powell Jr. Ms. Powell was an active member of Little White Chapel in Burbank from 1951 to 1974, where she was the church organist for 10 years. She also taught piano at her Burbank home. In 1974, she moved to Glendale and became active in the Glendale Newcomers Club, especially in golf and bridge. In 1990, after her husband retired, they made their home in Bear Valley Springs, a mountain community west of Tehachapi.

Ms. Powell is survived by her husband, Edwin; daughter Linda Powell Rofer; son Bruce Powell; and four grandchildren. The family has planned a private memorial service. Ms. Powell will be cremated and her ashes scattered at sea. In lieu of flowers,
Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Darin August Esper, BHS 1978

Darin August Esper, BHS 1978

Former Leader sports writer dies

December 01, 2001, Molly Shore, Burbank Leader

BURBANK -- Darin August Esper, a former sports writer for the Burbank Leader and Los Angeles Times, died Nov. 25, 2001, at his family's Burbank home. He was 40.

Esper is remembered by his colleagues as a well-rounded sports writer who could cover anything from high school sports to professional auto racing. "When it came to local sports knowledge, there was nobody that knew more than Darin Esper," said Jeff Tully, the Leader's sports editor. "Along with the sports knowledge, he was always a very nice person."

In his reporting for the Times, Esper covered the Long Beach Grand Prix and the California 500 in Fontana. "Motor sports was his passion," said Mike Kupper, the Times' senior assistant sports editor, who sometimes went on assignments with Esper. "Darin was a very hard worker. Nothing got between him and what he wanted to get done," Kupper said.

Born Jan. 18, 1961, in Santa Monica, Esper was a lifelong resident of Burbank. Although he didn't participate in sports in high school, choosing instead to play the French horn in the school band, he was an avid sports fan. "Since he was a Burbank graduate and came from a sports family, his knowledge was invaluable when he worked for me at the paper," Tully said.

It was Esper's brother Damin who preceded Tully as the paper's sports editor. Esper's dad, Dwain, is a sports writer and announcer. "All of us in this family are not athletic, but we admire sports," Dwain Esper said.

Esper is survived by his parents, Dwain and Diane Esper, and his brothers Damin and Dilan.
No funeral service is planned.

Kenneth William Carlyle (Ken) Cleghorn, BHS 1950

Kenneth William Carlyle (Ken) Cleghorn, BHS 1950

Crescenta Valley Weekley, May 23rd, 2010
Kenneth William Carlyle (Ken) Cleghorn, a La Crescenta resident for 60 years, passed away at Verdugo Hills Hospital on April 21, 2010.
Ken was born at home in Burbank on Jan. 27, 1931. He served his country in the United States Air Force, worked making tile at Gladding McBean/Interpace Corp. on Los Feliz in Los Angeles. He was employed for over 35 years in the trucking industry working for Western Gillette, Delta Lines and Yellow Freight Systems. He was a teamster with Local 63, Past Master Councilor of Burbank DeMolay 1948, member of Tujunga Lodge No. 592 F.&A.M., Past Royal Patron, Golden Crown Court No. 2 and Order of the Amaranth.
Ken is survived by his wife of 58 years Maxine; sons Dean and Kenard (Carol), daughter Cynthia (Mark Seigel), sister Elizabeth Hines of Kentucky, brothers Paul Moates of Tennessee and Charles Moates of Kentucky, aunt Mary Frances Bardsley (Glendale), uncles Louis Bardsley (Oregon) and Cecil Cleghorn (Vallejo), cousins Isabelle Mitchell (Napa) and Norman Mitchell (Glendale) and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 29 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 3561 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta. Memorial donations to benefit the Covina Masonic Home for Children may be sent to Grand Lodge F.&A.M., 1111 California St., San Francisco, CA 94108 in memory of Kenneth W. Cleghorn.

Friday, August 6, 2010

John L. Hamner, BHS 1937

John L. Hamner, BHS 1937

Burbank Leader, February 2005

John L. Hamner passed away peacefully on February 11, 2005 with his family in attendance. He was 85. John is the son of former Burbank Municipal Court Judge, Leonard Hamner and grew up in Burbank when much of the countryside around his Cedar Street home was covered with grapevines. He graduated from Burbank High School as a two-term Student Body President and went to UCLA. John leaves rwo adult sons, a daughter and five grandchildren.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Randy Wesley Durham, BHS 1968

Randy Wesley Durham, 61, died at his home with loved ones by his side, on July 11, 2010. Randy was born March 23, 1949, in Glendale, Calif., and graduated in 1968 from Burbank High School, Calif.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1973 to 1976. While stationed in Berlin, Germany, Randy met and fell in love with Carla Royer, whom he married in 1977. The couple and Randy's daughter, Terry, lived near Carla's hometown of Kuna, Idaho, until moving in 1979 to Portland, Ore., where Randy worked for Crown Zellerbach/Port Townsend bag plant for 18 years.

During that time they had two sons, Ryan and Scott. Randy enjoyed coaching and watching his kids play sports. In 1997, the family returned to Idaho to live near family and friends. Idaho was the ideal home for Randy's love for camping with Carla's large family and fishing beautiful streams. A recent highlight for Randy was the addition of his two grandchildren.

Randy is survived by his wife of 33 years, Carla Durham, Boise, ID; daughter Terry Olweiler, Breckenridge, CO.; son Ryan Durham, Boise, ID; and son Scott Durham, Garden Grove, CA; and his beloved dog Buddy.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 16, at 11:00 a.m., at Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, Boise. Viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. A committal service will be held at 1 p.m., at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.

Richard Sewing, BHS 1948

Richard Sewing, BHS 1948

February 28, 2009 The Spectrum.com

CEDAR CITY - Richard Sewing passed away February 23, 2009 as the result of an automobile accident. He was born December 14, 1929 in Bell, California. He lived in southern California, graduated from Burbank High School and worked for Shell Oil for 20 years.
Richard and his wife, June moved to Utah in 1975 where they operated a farm in Newcastle for over 20 years. Upon retiring from farming they moved to Cedar City. Richard became involved with National Mustang Association, a wild horse advocacy group. He managed their ranch sanctuary in Barclay, Nevada and was their Operations Manager.

As a result of his work with the horses, he had a close association with many Bureau of Land Management people. He was currently in his second term as member of the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board.

He leaves his wife, June, of 54 years, of Cedar City; two sons, Rick (Robin) of Fort Lupton, Colorado; and Jerry of Arroyo Grande, California; six grandchildren, Christopher (Tammy), Rick (Victoria), Tiffany (Frank), Jennifer (Adam), Heather and Jenny, as well as four and one half great grandchildren.

Richard was a long time member of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod and served as Elder and President.

Services will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 410 E. 1925 N. (Wedgewood Lane), Cedar City on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Valley View Health Care Foundation.Arrangements entrusted to Swindlehurst Funeral Home. Please send condolences to www.swindle hurstfuneralhome.com.

Richard Alan Rutan, BHS 1964

Richard Alan Rutan, BHS 1964
Homer, Alaska

March 24, 1946-March 29, 2009

Richard Alan Rutan (Rick), 63, a long time resident of Anchor Point, died at his home on March 29, 2009 of lung cancer.

Richard was born on March 24, 1946, in Shreveport, Louisiana, graduated from high school in Burbank, CA and was in the U. S. Navy twelve years; until honorably discharged in Bremerton, Wash., in 1981. He then followed his dream of moving to Alaska.

Rick was well known in the Homer business community as owner and operator of R&R Refrigeration. He is also well known for his love of adventure and travel. He will be greatly missed by his family and the many friends who loved him.
Richard is preceded in death by his son Glenn Rutan, and father Robert Wilton Rutan.
He is survived by his son Robert William Rutan, mother Evonne Rutan, sisters: Judith Marriott, Robin Rutan, Marcia Rutan, Laurel Tulipano and brother Donald Rutan. Richard also has 4 grandchildren.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Virginia Fay Lindsay Collins, BHS 1938

Virginia Fay Lindsay Collins, BHS 1938

Los Angeles Times, November 22, 1990

Virginia Fay Lindsay Collins; Volunteer

Virginia Fay Lindsay Collins, a 65-year resident of Burbank and community volunteer, has died in Glendale. She was 70.Mrs. Collins died Nov. 15 of cancer, said her daughter, Carole Collins.

Born Virginia Fay Lindsay on Nov. 17, 1919, in Crosby, Minn., she moved to Burbank in 1925 and graduated from Burbank High School. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Burbank, Order of Eastern Star Bethel No. 97 of Burbank, International Order of Jobs Daughters No. 352 and San Fernando Valley chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. In addition, she was a Moses Group volunteer, a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America and active in the PTA.

She is survived by her daughters, Carole Collins of Burbank and Christine Collins-Cross of Glendale; foster son, Dana Wynns of Rohnert Park, Calif.; two sisters and one granddaughter. Her husband, Leroy E. Collins, died in 1981.

A memorial service is planned at 10 a.m. Saturday at Eckerman-Heisman Funeral Service Chapel, 333 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, which is handling the arrangements.
Donations can be made in Mrs. Collins' name to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children in Los Angeles or to the American Cancer Society.

George H. Trabilcy, BHS 1954

George H. Trabilcy, BHS 1954

Burbank Leader, April 10, 2010

George H. Trabilcy, a long time resident of Burbank, passed away and entered God's Kingdom on March 26, 2010 with his children by his side.

Born March 7, 1937 in Costa Rica, moved to Burbank at the age of 15, and graduated from Burbank High School in 1954. George by trade was a Machinist and served in the United States Army. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather.

Preceded in death by his wife Olivia Trabilcy in 2009, he is survived by his three children, Derek Trabilcy, Michele Lauglin and Laurie Krattiger; his five grandchildren, Grant Lauglin, Danelle Krattiger, Emiley Trabilcy, Matthew Krattiger and Lane Trabilcy; and lastly his beloved brothers and sister, Jim Trabilcy, Joseph De Prist and Jane Marcus.

George loved the Lord and was a kind man, and will remain in our hearts forever.
A memorial service will take place at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Magnolia Park United Methodist Church, 2828 W. Magnolia Blvd, Burbank. 818 846-2866.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Donald R. Irwin, BHS 1946

Donald R. Irwin, BHS 1946

Donald Irwin, 82, led California Office of Emergency Services
Published Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, Sacramento Bee
Donald R. Irwin, a former head of the state Office of Emergency Services, died Feb. 8 of a stroke. He was 82.
Mr. Irwin spent more than a quarter-century at OES helping Californians recover from floods, fires, earthquakes and riots. He started in 1965 in the communications division, where a 24-hour, statewide system sent out air raid alerts during the Cold War era and provided a central hub for agencies responding to disasters.
He climbed the ranks to regional coordinator and chief deputy director before Gov. George Deukmejian appointed him director in 1990. He projected calm during emergencies to help keep employee morale high and fought budget cutters for resources to respond to communities in need of help, former colleagues said.
"No matter how tense the situation was, Don didn't get rattled," retired OES worker Jim Black said. "When people were in trouble and needed somebody to run to, Don was the guy everyone ran to."
A strong electronics background served Mr. Irwin in diverse jobs before he joined OES. He graduated from Don Martin Radio School in Los Angeles as a broadcast engineer and worked for the Kern County communications center and civil defense agency.

In 1955, he switched to radio as an evening program host at KPMC in Bakersfield. He was proud that the station's 50,000-watt signal reached Oregon, Washington state and Canada.
"He had a sweater that a Canadian listener knitted and sent to him," said his son, Michael.
He joined KHIQ in Sacramento in 1960 as radio stations began introducing automation. He worked for two years as an Aerojet testing engineer before losing his job in a layoff and joining OES.

Donald Robert Irwin was born in Los Angeles and reared in Burbank. He was the last of seven children born to Oklahoma farmers who had packed their family into two Model T Fords and moved to California in 1923.
He worked in the ground crew for American Airlines cargo service during high school and served in the Army Air Corps. He was married to the former Betty Louise Hocking, who died in 2009.
Mr. Irwin was active in the community as a past master of the Free and Accepted Masons of California and a member of Union Kit Carson Lodge No. 58 and Bicentennial Daylight Lodge No. 830. He enjoyed spending time with his wife at their Lake Tahoe cabin and traveling on cruises to Alaska and Hawaii.
But he was never unavailable during a disaster. "Even in his retirement years, he always carried a (police and fire) scanner with him," his son said.

Thomas Stoutenburg, BHS 1961

Thomas Stoutenburg, BHS 1961

Denver Post, August 6/7, 2009

Thomas Stoutenburg, 65, passed away July 31, 2009. He is survived by his children Cindy Hinrichs and Casey Stoutenburg; four grandchildren; sister Jean Thorton; brother Philip Stoutenburg and their families.

A Memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2 p.m. at the Olinger Crown Hill Chapel, 29th and Wadsworth. In lieuof flowers, memorial contributions to the Americian Cancer Society or Denver Dumb Friends League.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Richard F. Scmidt, BHS 1955

Richard F. Scmidt, BHS 1955

Burbank Leader, Wednesday September 20, 2000

Richard F. Scmidt, 63, died September 13, 2000. Mr. Scmidt was born in Hollywood. He was a Burbank resident for 37 years before moving to Glendale, where he lived for 25 years. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1955. He was a member of the Burbank Foursquare Church for 62 years. He worked as the finance minister for the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. for 22 years.

He is survived by his wife, Mary of Glendale, mother Cathlyn of Burbank; sister, Marie Stott of Burbank; and brother Henry Scmidt. Funeral Services were held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California.

William George Dinsmoor, BHS 1941

William George Dinsmoor, BHS 1941

Chico Enterprise-Record (Chico, CA) - Saturday, November 10, 2007
WILLIAM G. DINSMOOR Brigham City, Utah.

William George Dinsmoor, 84, passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at his home in Brigham City, Utah of natural causes. He was born on August 4, 1923 in Burbank, California, a son of Louis M. Dinsmoor and Katherine Grand Dinsmoor. His father passed away and Katherine married Joe Parizek who raised William as his son.

William graduated from Burbank High School and went to electronic school in Hollywood, Calif. He joined the US Army Air Corp and went to school for signal training in Fort Gordon in New Jersey. He served in World War II in the Pacific Theatre, and was at Pearl Harbor on December 7.

He married Raeola Hyde on April 4, 1949 in Baldwin Park, Calif. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. William worked and retired from California Pacific Utility Company as a manager for the telephone center. William enjoyed electronics, gardening and farming.

Surviving are his wife of Brigham City; five children, Bruce, Jeanette, Kathryn, Camille and Joseph Dinsmoor; 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; one brother, Richard Dinsmoor. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 16, 2007 at 12:00 Noon at Utah Veterans Memorial Chapel, 17111 South Camp Williams Road, Bluffdale, Utah. You may send condolences to the family at www.gilliesfuneralchapel.com and also to WilliamDinsmoor.memoryof.info for condolences and remembrances for the family. Funeral Arrangements by Gillies Funeral Chapel, Brigham City, Utah, 435-723-5236

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Joseph Dana Beyea, BHS 1959

Joseph Dana Beyea, BHS 1959

Educator, Activist, Laborer, Artisan, Writer, Loving Husband, Father, Brother and Uncle.

Long time resident of Oakland and Berkley.

Born July 30, 1941 in Burbank, California, son of Frank Beyea and Marguerite Park Beyea. Graduated from Burbank High School in 1959.
Died in Litchfield Park, Arizona October 6, 2006 of multiple myeloma.

Joe is survived by his wife Gabriela and nephews Michael and Sam. A memorial honoring Joe was celebrated by his family in Sun City, Arizona on October 10, 2006. Donations in Joe's name can be made to KPFA radio station in Berkley.

Francis Engle Allen, BHS 1924?

Francis Engle Allen, BHS 1924?

Burbank Leader, January 2005

Francis Engle Allen died Jan. 18, 2005. He was 98.

Mr. Allen was born June 18, 1906 and lived in Burbank for 90 years.

Allen is survived by his daughter, Norma Pienzi; grandchildren Brad Olsen and Pamela Nigh; great grandchildren Tawny and Cheryl Olsen, Christi, Jennifer and Kevin Nigh.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, 700 N. Glenoaks Ave.

Interment is private. Memorial contributions can be made to City of Hope, 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, CA., 91010 or the American Diabetes Assn., 3460 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA., 90010.