Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Roy W. Van Holm, BHS 1940

Roy W. Van Holm, BHS 1940

Roy W. Van Holm (VSLPSTSIDO, Ind.)

Roy W. Van Holm, 81, of Valparaiso, Ind., formerly of Wedowee and Burbank, Calif., died Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, in Valparaiso.

He was born Dec. 9, 1921, in Oconto, Wis., son of Anton and Agnes Van Holm. He was a graduate of Burbank High School in Burbank, Calif., a World War II Navy veteran, and a retired tool maker. On July 18, 1954, in Las Vegas, he married Lola Donley, who preceded him in death in 2000.

He is survived by a son, Brian Van Holm of Roswell, Ga.; a daughter, Robbin Benacka of Valparaiso; a stepson, Gary Meyers of Burbank, Calif.; a sister, Dolores Tabb of Burbank; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents, wife, and stepdaughter, Karen Barnhart.

Following cremation at Angelcrest Crematory in Valparaiso, private family services will be held.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Kenneth William Howell, BHS 1943

Kenneth William Howell, BHS 1943

From Yavapai County, Arizona, 6 February 2008

Kenneth William Howell, 73, died Monday, May 31, 1999, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center nursing facility, following a long illness. He was born Aug. 16, 1925, in Denver, Colo., to Kenneth Wood Howell and Helen Louise (Hinman) Howell. He had lived in Prescott since 1983.

Mr. Howell was educated in southern California, attending Burbank High School, Occidental College and the University of Southern California in the V12 program during World War II. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and was stationed in both Parris Island, S.C., and Quantico, Va., where he was commissioned in 1946.

He was called back to the Marine Corps to serve in Korea, and remained in the Marine Corps Reserve until 1962, when he left as the captain of an artillery unit. He received his degree in civil engineering and land surveying from the University of Wyoming, in 1949. After operating his own engineering office in Cody, Wyo., he joined the engineering firm of Stearns-Rogers and headed projects in Colorado, Georgia and Arizona.

He was employed by Martin-Marietta in Littleton, Colo., where he was most proud of his work in developing the lunar drill used on the moon landing. He entered a graduate program for a master's degree in anthropology at the University of Denver, after which he taught the summer field school for several years for Southern Methodist University at the Archaeological Research Center at Fort Burgwin in Taos, N.M.

Mr. Howell was a Mason and a member of the National Honorary Engineering Society, Sigma Tau. He was an Eagle Scout, and remained active in scouting most of his life, earning a Silver Beaver, in 1966, in the Denver Area Council. He was a member of the Yavapai Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society and taught several archaeology classes for the state society.

He was a founding member of the Prescott Airport Users Association, and a member of the Copper State Detachment of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was very active in the Smoki Museum, where he was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1992, and subsequently served as board chairman and director of the museum for several years.

Mr. Howell married Helena McIver Bradley in 1969, and they lived in Littleton, Colo. He retired in 1983, and the couple moved to Prescott. Survivors include his wife, Helena; sister, Myra Ford of Glendale; son, Kenneth of Goffstown, N.H.; daughters, Dee Warner of Broomfield, Colo., and Amy Hoover of Thornton, Colo.; stepdaughter, Katie Jones of Prescott; stepson, Craig Bradley of Eagle River, Alaska; five grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, at Hampton Funeral Home, 240 S. Cortez St. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made in Mr. Howell's name to the Smoki Museum, P.O. Box 10224, Prescott, AZ 86304. Hampton Funeral Home helped the family with arrangements.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Betty Steinkolk, BHS Principal

Betty Steinkolk, BHS Principal

March 18, 1928 - June 06, 2009 Valley Center, CA

Memorial Service: 10:00 a.m. June 20, 2009 at St Stephen's Catholic Church, 31020 Cole Grade Rd., Valley Center Interment: , at Beaver Creek, Minnesota Betty had no children. She leaves her husband of 44 years, Richard Steinkolk, one surviving sibling, her brother Donald, in Occoquan, Virginia; and numerous nephews and nieces scattered throughout the United States.

She was officially born Elizabeth Jean Ohs in Owatonna, Minnesota on March 18, 1928, the daughter of Merle and Emma Ohs. She had naturally bright red hair and a temper to match. She was the 4th child of a family with six children. Betty never liked her given name of Elizabeth and renamed herself Betty Jean Ohs.

She was reared in Little Falls Minnesota where she attended the local public schools. She graduated with a degree in teaching from the University of Minnesota in Saint Cloud and taught elementary school in Minnesota for three years before moving to Southern California. She received her Masters degree at Cal State Northridge and also a California reading specialist credential.

She initially taught in Redondo Beach, CA for a year, but didn't like the damp coastal climate. She then applied for a teaching job with the Burbank Unified School District. When she was in a group interviewing session she answered the following question "what was the best thing you did last year" with the retort "I taught a non-reader to read". She was hired on the spot. Betty was a teacher, principal and administrator for the next 34 years until she retired.

She substituted after retirement as a temporary acting principal for various schools, including a full year stretch as the principal of Burbank High School. She married her husband Richard in 1965. They resided in Sherman Oaks for the next 34 years before moving to Valley Center. They purchased property in Valley Center in 1976, developed an avocado and orange grove, built their "dream house" and finally moved to VC in 1999.

Alhiser-Comer Mortuary225 South Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025760-745-2162

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Richard "Dick" Garard, BHS 1946

Richard "Dick" Garard, BHS 1946

Richard "Dick" Garard, 82, of Owensboro, Kentucky died Saturday, June 5, 2010, at Owensboro Medical Health System.

He was born January 23, 1928 and raised in Burbank, California, moved to San Diego in 1996 and then moved to Owensboro in June 2007 to be with his daughter and son-in-law at Diamond Lake Resort. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and was Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge #1496 in Burbank, CA.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Jan Garard; two daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Brian Smith of Owensboro and Jill and Malcolm Thomas of Northridge, CA; five grandchildren, Brianne Smith, Amy Smith, Chelsea Thomas, Keith Thomas and Mason Thomas and a sister, Bettie Hummel of Encinitas, CA.

Memorial services will be at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, at Faith Lutheran Church, 2830 Frederica St., Owensboro, KY with a reception to immediately follow in the church hall. James H. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory in Owensboro, KY is in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the American Cancer Society, 1302 Frederica St., Owensboro, KY 42301.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Josephine Robins Bailey, BHS 1925

Josephine Robins Bailey, BHS 1925

Burbank Leader, June 2009

Josephine (Robins) Bailey passed away at home Tuesday, June 30, 2009.

A native Californian, she was born December 13, 1907, in Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles. In 1920, after having lived for a time in Bishop, CA, the family moved to Burbank, and in 1925 she graduated from Burbank High School and began working for the Burbank Public Library. She married Robert L. Bailey, a designer and advertising executive, in 1936. He passed away in 1982. They had one daughter, Carolyn.

Jo's passion for travel, bridge, reading and her family filled her life. She was a member of Chapter U, P.E.O., La Providencia Guild of the Children's Hospital, Zonta, the Burbank Historical Society, Burbank Friends of the Library, and the Burbank Senior Bulldogs. She also was involved in supporting the Burbank Sister City Committee and the Burbank YMCA as well as PTA and Girl Scouts. Many of the Robins/Bailey artifacts reside at the Burbank Historical Society where she was a docent. Last fall she was honored as the Grand Marshall of the Burbank High School Centennial Parade.

Jo (or "Nana" as she was known to many the past 30 years) balanced work, motherhood, family, and community service with grace. She filled her life with interesting activities and wonderful people who kept her vital and happy for over a century. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Grogan; granddaughter Tracey (Martin) Grogan-Collazos and great-grandson Liam; grandson Christopher (Karen Escalante) Grogan; niece Mary (Robert) Taddeo and their daughter Taryn; and other cousins and family. Her siblings, Don and Tom Robins and Carolyn (Robins) Donnet preceded her in death.

A gathering in her honor will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 11 at the Holiday Inn Carousel room, 150 Angelino Ave., Burbank, CA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Burbank Historical Society, Senior Bulldogs, La Providencia Guild of the Children's Hospital or Friends of the Burbank Library.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Mary Catherine Johnson Smith, BHS 1942

Mary Catherine Johnson Smith, BHS 1942

NASHUA - Mary Catherine Smith, 79, of Baldwin Street, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2005, at the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua after a lengthy illness.
Born in Wisconsin on Dec. 17, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Irma (Gessert) Johnson.

She was the wife of Walter J. Smith, whom she married on Aug. 27, 1946, in Reno, Nev. The couple recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary.
Mrs. Smith was a graduate of Burbank High School in Burbank, Calif., with the Class of 1942.
During World War II, Mrs. Smith worked for Warner Bros. Studios in California and was a longtime Nashua Realtor.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Amy F. Smith, who died Jan. 3, 2004, and two sisters, Betty Banner and Ruth Annette Johnson.

Besides her husband, she is survived by five sons and a daughter-in-law, Kevin W. and Debra J. Smith, and Steven Smith, all of Nashua, Brian F. Smith and Matthew P. Smith of Portsmouth, and Daniel J. Smith of Sanford, Maine; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Cathlin L. Smith of Portsmouth, Melissa E. and Nathaniel Hall of Nashua, and Mary E. and Keith Tinker of Hudson; 15 grandchildren; and a niece and two nephews.

WE REMEMBER: At age 12, Mrs. Smith moved with her family to Burbank, Calif., where she lived until 1967, when she moved to Nashua. Mrs. Smith later resided in York, Maine, before moving back to Nashua.

She was an artist and held membership in the Copley Society of Boston, and was a communicant of St. Christopher Church in Nashua. Mrs. Smith was a loving mother to her nine children.

SERVICES: Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Farwell Funeral Home, 18 Lock St., Nashua. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Christopher Church, 62 Manchester St., Nashua, at 11 a.m. on Thursday. Burial will follow in Edgewood Cemetery. All are invited to gather at the church.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ruth Evelyn Barret Scott McPherson, BHS 1941

Ruth Evelyn Scott McPherson, BHS 1941

Ruth Evelyn Scott McPherson, 77, of Ashland, died Sunday (March 3, 2002) at Skylark Assisted Living Center in Ashland. A private service will be held. Interment will be in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 2823, Portland, OR 97208.

She was born Oct. 10, 1924, in Memphis, a daughter of Noel E. and Bertha Barret. Prior to World War II, her family moved to Burbank, Calif., where she graduated from Burbank High School in 1941.

During World War II, she was a lead accountant for McDonnell Douglas. In 1944, she married Dale Scott. They divorced in 1955. On Nov. 19, 1959, in Reno, Nev., she married Bert Arthur McPherson, who preceded her in death. They lived in various communities in Northern California, including Cloverdale, Rohnert Park, Citrus Heights and North Bend.

The McPhersons owned and operated Coos Bay Salvage in Coos Bay. In 1982 and 1983, Mrs. McPherson attended Southwestern Oregon College in Coos Bay. She moved to Ashland in 1998.
She was an accomplished potter, winning blue ribbons at several shows. She enjoyed playing bridge and making crafts.

Survivors include two sons, Geoffrey, Ashland, Jonathan, Richmond, Calif.; a daughter, Patricia Long, Moss Beach, Calif.; two sisters, two brothers; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Michael.

Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home and Crematory, Ashland.

The Mail Tribune, March 2002

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dorothy "Dottie" Sickler Remy Quinlan, BHS 1950

Dorothy "Dottie" Sickler Remy Quinlan, BHS 1950

Dorothy "Dottie" Remy Quinlan, passed away April 1, 2007 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with family by her side. She was born January 10, 1933 in Glendale, California to the late Charles and Valborg Sickler of Burbank, California. She attended school in Burbank, graduating from Burbank High School, then attended Palos Verdes College and Glendale College in Southern California and graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.

Dottie was an elementary school teacher for the City of Los Angeles School District for over 20 years. Upon retirement she and her late husband, Paul moved to Lake Nacimiento, California. In 1999 they relocated in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to be closer to family.

All her life Dottie loved to read, but her greatest love was fishing, first from the lakes and streams in the High Sierras (Aberdeen) and later from her boat at Lake Nacimiento. In later years, she enjoyed playing the poker machines in Las Vegas and honing her skills on her computer. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles, sewing, painting, Notre Dame Football and anything about Ireland.

Dottie is survived by her children, Kevin Remy and wife, Lorrie, Dan Remy and his wife, Tanya, all of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Kathy Silvey and her husband, Scott of Omaha, Nebraska; grandchildren, Brooke Remy, Zack Remy and Max Remy of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Payne Silvey and Hunter Silvey of Omaha, Nebraska, and Kacey Remy of Burbank, California; and sister, Jane Dege of Fort Collins, Colorado. All who knew her loved her and she will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

The Sun Sentinel, Florida, April 21, 2007

Monday, November 22, 2010

Elizabeth Daniel De La Mare, BHS 1934

Elizabeth Daniel De La Mare, BHS 1934

Elizabeth (Betty) De La Mare; Special Effects Expert

October 04, 1990, Los Angeles Times

Elizabeth (Betty) De La Mare, an award-winning special effects expert, has died in Granada Hills. She was 73. Mrs. De La Mare died Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease, said her daughter-in-law, Sharon Bell.

Born Elizabeth Daniel on Nov. 12, 1916, in Fresno, she graduated from Burbank High School. In 1952, she and her husband, Glenn, started De La Mare Engineering Inc., a special effects manufacturing company in San Fernando. For her dedication to the research and development of special effects pyrotechnics, she received a technical achievement award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1984. She was a longtime resident of Sylmar before she moved to a convalescent home in Granada Hills.

She is survived by her son, George Jackman of Granada Hills; stepsons William and Doug De La Mare of Duvall, Wash.; brothers Ken Daniel of Torrance, Jim Daniel of Moses Lake, Wash., and John Daniel of Asheville, N.C.; a grandson and a great-granddaughter. Her husband died in 1979.

Visitation is planned from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Mortuary, 10621 Victory Blvd. in North Hollywood, which is handling the arrangements. A funeral is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Friday at Pierce Brothers Valhalla Mortuary, with burial to follow at Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood.

Donations to Alzheimer's disease research can be made in Mrs. De La Mare's name to The Regents of the University of California, UCLA Center for the Health Sciences, 10833 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles 90027-1724.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Norman C. Rogers, BHS 1939

Norman C. Rogers, BHS 1939

Nov. 6, 1920 - Nov. 7, 2001

Norman C. "Bucky" Rogers, 81, was born in Calgary, Canada to Herbert P. Rogers and Vivian Rogers. Mr. Rogers served in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1946 and was on the U.S.S. Hornet when it sank. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1939 and married Betty Gridley on June 22, 1946 in Burbank. He was a school bus driver and custodian for the Paradise Unified School District for 30 years until he retired in 1983.
He enjoyed oil painting, stained glass, fishing, and gardening, loved music and played the violin at a young age. He also played the clarinet in the high school band, and marched at the Rose Bowl several times. He also played the piano and organ.
His wife, Betty A. Rogers of Paradise; son, Mike Rogers and grandson, Matt Rogers, of Paradise, survive him.
No services are planned. Donations may be made to Feather River Hospital Hospice. Paradise Chapel of the Pines is making arrangements.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Scott Wayne Carlson, BHS 1967

Scott Wayne Carlson, BHS 1967

Scott Wayne Carlson July 11, 1949 - July 18, 2009 Scott Wayne Carlson was born to William and Lorraine Carlson on July 11, 1949 in Las Vegas, New Mexico. The family, including Scott's older brother, Steve, and younger brother, Brent, moved to Grand Junction, Colorado in 1953. The family owned and worked a small farm and ranch. During these early years in Colorado, Scott delighted in the outdoors and was often found hunting, fishing, or hiking.

In 1963 economic necessity required a move to Burbank, California and Scott became very involved in his church, developing a lifelong passion and commitment to serve his Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. After graduating from Burbank High School, Scott joined the Marine Corps and proudly served his country. He was a three tour decorated Vietnam Veteran achieving the rank of Corporal. The Purple Heart was among the honors that Scott received.

Scott was eventually placed on full Veteran's disability due to a number of life impairing ailments that included chronic debilitating headaches and sinus issues related to Agent Orange exposure and shrapnel that remained lodged in his brain following a close proximity grenade explosion. Despite Scott's difficulties, his heart's desire was to serve the Lord and following military service he began to pursue becoming a missionary bush pilot to bring the gospel to people groups living in hard to reach areas of the earth.

He became further disabled from a second story fall when the floor gave way on a decaying church building he was helping to tear down and then rebuild with others from his missionary organization. Following hip replacement surgery, Scott's plan to become a missionary bush pilot was dashed. However, he continued with his desire to serve God and pursued nursing and Bible degrees in college. Scott also returned to live in his beloved Colorado.

Scott had many and varied interests. He also continued as an avid outdoorsman throughout his life when health permitted. Known as a man of deep and abiding faith, Scott was a regular member of Calvary Chapel Grand Junction and hosted a weekly men's Bible study in his home. He was a generous donor in the name of the Lord to missionaries in far off lands and those in need at home. Scott went to be with the Lord on July 18, 2009 at age 60.

He is survived by his brothers, Brent and Steve, who reside in California and Minnesota respectively, as well as a host of extended family members. Scott will be greatly missed by all who had the honor and privilege of knowing this quiet and gentle servant of Christ.

Published Jul 31, 2009, Colorado Home Times, Boulder, Colorado.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Roland C. Nivette, BHS 1977

Roland C. Nivette, BHS 1977


MAY 10, 1959 - JUNE 19, 2010 Survived by son, Nicholas; daughter, Amy; grandson, Troy; mother, Lillian; sister, Lori (Jim) Fox; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on July 1, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Margaret A. Cranston Stoutenburg, BHS 1961

Margaret A. Cranston Stoutenburg, BHS 1961

Margaret A. Stoutenburg, 65, passed away on July 10, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. She is survived by her husband, Tom, two children, Cindy Hinrichs and Casey Stoutenburg, four grandchildren, sister, Dale Truskett, and their families.

A memorial service to Celebrate Her Life will be held on Sunday, 3:00 at Crown Hill Chapel of Peace, 29th and Wadsworth. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to The Americian Cancer Society or the Denver Dumb Friends League.

Published in the Denver Post, July 12, 2008

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Carol Jane Smallenburg, BHS Teacher

Carol Jane Smallenburg would have been 95 years old on Christmas Day. This evening (Tuesday, November 16th, 2010) she quietly passed away in her chair around 7:30 PM. We will not dwell on the loss of life, but rather upon the greatness of hers. Mrs. Smallenburg, known affectionately to many as "Mama Doc", received a doctorate in education after graduating from high school at 16 and earning her BA from Stanford University. This would be quite an achievement at any age, let alone for a woman in the 1930's. When she was born in 1915 women were not even allowed to vote yet! Mrs. Smallenburg retired in the early 1980's as a professor from Cal State Los Angeles and Head of the Social Sciences Dept.

I'll bet most people don't know that one of Mrs. Smallenburg first teaching positions was at Burbank High School in the late 1930's, which made her the oldest living BHS teacher. Mr. LiPera was one of her students! She once told me that she loved coming out of the building after school and looking out over the entire San Fernando Valley, which consisted mostly of farmland and orchards.

In addition to the thousands of students Mrs. Smallenburg inspired over the years, she was also a loving and devoted wife and mother. All four of her children (Harry - BHS 60, John - BHS 63, Carol Benson - BHS 65, and Bob - BHS 72) graduated from college and became teachers. Tonight, as we gathered at the old homestead located at the very end of Alameda in Burbank, we added up all of the people she paid for or assisted financially to complete their college degrees. In addition to her four children and four grandchildren, we counted at least four other people, for a total of no less than 12. She also created and annually funded several scholarships, including one at Burbank High, so her legacy will continue in years to come.

Arrangements are pending; however, cards for Harry, John, Carol or Bob may be sent to the family home at 840 South Sunset Canyon, Burbank, CA 91501. If you want to reach one of them personally, please email Trudie at tjhentze@aol.com and she will make sure they receive your message.

Rest in peace our darling friend. We will miss your brilliant mind and incredible sense of humor, but treasure the memories forever.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Eilleen Marie Lewis Bowen, BHS 1925

Eilleen Marie Lewis Bowen, BHS 1925

Eilleen Marie Lewis Bowen, 92, formerly of Los Osos, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at Ingleside Assisted Living in Atascadero. She was born in 1917 in Ipswich, S.D., the only child of Cora Liggett Lewis and Elmer David Lewis. She moved with her family to Burbank, Calif., in 1925, where she graduated from Burbank High School. An honors graduate from UCLA, Eilleen was a teacher for more than 25 years in Redlands, Santa Maria and Pasadena, Calif.

From the late 1950s until 1974, she taught in the Pasadena public school system. She was a member of Pi Lambda Theta and Delta Kappa Gamma. She also was an active member of the California Teachers Association and the National Education Association. Following her retirement in 1974, she and her husband, Charles Gordon Bowen, spent the rest of their lives on the Central Coast. Los Osos was her home until she moved into an assisted living facility in Atascadero in 2008.

Eilleen was a member of the first group of docents at the Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History, where she later served as President of the Docent Council and as Chairman of the Natural History Association. She volunteered over 7500 hours and the Learning Center at the museum was named in her honor. She organized the museum library and served as the docent librarian for over 25 years. Additionally, she was one of the founding members of the Friends of the Estuary at Morro Bay, and was a member of the Morro Coast Audubon Society. In 1997, she was honored by Cuesta College as a "Woman of Distinction," and received the Community and Public Service Volunteer award.

Surviving are her two sons, J. Thomas Bowen (Sandra) of Lafayette, Calif., and Gordon Lewis Bowen (Linda) of Staunton, Va.; four granddaughters Rebecca Bowen Jamil of Fremont, Calif., Jennifer Bowen Wieland of Shawnee, Kan., Susanne Eilleen Bowen of Lafayette, Calif., and Lisa Bowen Heymann of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; and five great-grandchildren Maya Sandra Jamil, Benjamin Bowen Wieland, Margaret Rose Wieland, Zachary Cyrus Wieland, and Noah Bowen Heymann. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Charles, in 1996.

A family memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History, State Park Road, Morro Bay, CA 93442. Benedict-Rettey 772-7382 Morro BayPublished in San Luis Obispo Tribune on September 26, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

James Lester Murphy, BHS 1945

James Lester Murphy, BHS 1945

May 21, 1927-Nov. 1, 2010 Benicia Resident Jim was the son of Lester and Harriet Murphy. He grew up in Burbank, CA and graduated from Burbank High School where he was student body president and star football player.

Jim joined the Army and became drill sergeant at Fort Sill, OK and played football for the team at Camp Lee, VA. After serving in the Army, Jim worked on the ski patrol and as a beach life guard in southern California.

He joined the U.S. Forest Service working on and supervising hot shot crews. After returning to school, Jim obtained a B.S. and M.S. in Forestry from Utah State University, then a Ph.D. in Forest Economics from University of Michigan. Jim spent over 50 years working in the field of forest fire sciences. He was known as the pioneer of helicopter use in forest fire control, and has been referred to as the "Father of Helitack."

He spent years working for the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho, California, Washington, and Washington D.C. He began the country's first graduate university program in forest fire science implemented at the University of Washington. He trained fire fighters around the world, including Peace Corps members in Chile, and fire management specialists in Spain and Australia.

In Washington D.C., Jim served as the Deputy Assistant Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, and later as a fire science researcher associated with the U.C. Berkeley Fire Research Station.

After retirement, Jim started his own fire management consulting firm, Fire Science Systems, and together with his family, traveled to Africa, China, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South America.

Jim married "the love of his life," Elizabeth Wilson Murphy, on August 18, 1955, in Glendale, California, and they were later sealed in the Los Angeles temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Together they had four children, Maureen Murphy Stanton, Eileen Murphy Allred, Sean Murphy, and Colleen Murphy Gosser. Jim was also the proud grandfather of 13 grandchildren. Jim was preceeded in death by his friend and sister, Virginia Murphy Schwartzrock.

Jim was a family man, and he shared his life and love with all of his family. He was deeply intelligent, clever and funny, genuine and kind. We will miss him, but we know we will see him again.

Services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13, 12:30 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Benicia, 1125 Southampton Road. In lieu of flowers, the family invites contributions to be made to the National Museum of Forest Service History, Box 2772, Missoula, MT, 59806.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Gerald "Gene" Unger, BHS 1956

Gerald "Gene" Unger, BHS 1956

Gerald died Dec. 22, 2002 in Victorville, California. He was born in Burbank on October 13, 1938.

He has 6 children---12 grandchildren. Went to Emerson Elem, John Muir Junior High, Burbank High. He died from a ruptured brain anuerism.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

DeForrest Orval "Dick" Young, BHS 1963

DeForrest Orval "Dick" Young, BHS 1963

DeForrest Orval Young, 64, of Littleton, passed away Saturday afternoon, February 20, 2010. Dick was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease due to diabetes a year ago. He died at home in Littleton, Colorado.
He was born in Glendale, California on February 16, 1946 and grew up in Burbank, California. Dick graduated from Brigham Young University in 1971 and from the University of Southern California School of Law in 1974. Dick married Kim Kathleen Murphy on September 10, 1970 in the LDS Mesa, Arizona Temple. They have lived in Colorado off and on since 1978.
Dick recently retired after practicing law for 35 years.

He was preceded in death by his son, Collin Forrest Young, and his father, Orval Harold Young. He is survived by wife Kim Kathleen Young of Littleton, CO; mother Lola Young of Fairfield, CA; brother Anthony Garnett (Vicki) Young of Fairfield, CA; daughter Meagan (Mark) Gueller of Centennial CO; son Sean Patrick (Shelley) Young of Kaysville UT; son Matthew Orval (Leslie) Young of Castle Rock, CO; son Jeffrey Charles (Jennifer) Young of Denver, CO; daughter Kathryn (Hunter) Jackson of Littleton, CO and 12 grandchildren; Maxwell DeForrest, Mason Clarence, Mallory Kathleen, Marshall James, Thomas Orval, Zachary Brent, Ethan James, Sean Alexander, Lindsay Kate, Keelia Kim, William Patrick, and Benjamin Matthew .
The funeral will be held Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the LDS Church at 910 W. Ridge Road, Littleton CO 80120. A viewing will precede the funeral from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Humanitarian Fund at http://providentliving.org/content/display/0,11666,6944-1-3685-1,00.html
Here is a link to his memorial website by his family:

Friday, November 12, 2010

Earl C. Joslen, BHS 1938

Earl C. Joslen, BHS 1938

Earl C. Joslen; Retired Lockheed Manager

September 5, 1996, Los Angeles Times

Earl C. Joslen, a retired product support manager for Lockheed Corp., died Friday at his home in Ventura. He was 76.

Joslen was born April 6, 1920, in Redlands. He attended schools in Burbank from kindergarten through high school, graduating from Burbank High in 1938. He attended Glendale College, where he earned an associate of arts degree.

He worked as a riveter for Lockheed during the early part of World War II and then served with the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific.

Before the war, Joslen married Eileen Leona Hale of Glendale, whom he later divorced, and they had a son, David E. Joslen, who lives in Santa Clarita.

After the war, Earl Joslen resumed working for Lockheed and later attended Cal State Los Angeles, where he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. He did graduate work in psychology at USC and obtained a general secondary teaching credential to teach high school.
But David Joslen said his father's job with Lockheed came before either teaching or practicing psychology.

Joslen became an inspector supervisor for Lockheed and later a product support manager, a position that took him around the world. He led and managed teams in Colombia; Charleston, S.C.; Newburgh, N.Y.; and Dayton, Ohio. He lived in Tehran, Iran, and Ottawa, Canada, for many years.

Joslen, who enjoyed boating and motorcycling, retired from Lockheed in 1983. He was a licensed pilot and had flown all over the world. Joslen and his daughter by another marriage, Jillian Kate Joslen, 12, of Santa Paula, were sponsors to eight children in South America. He had been president of several clubs, including the Stewart Air Force Base flying club in Newburgh.

In addition to Hale and his two children, Joslen is survived by two other former wives, Francoise Papparoze and April Bassile.

Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home in Ventura. Graveside services are planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills. Memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Control Society in Los Angeles.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Betty Ann Watkins Florka, BHS 1959

Betty Ann Florka

Long-time Burbank resident Betty Ann Florka, passed away with her family by her side on October 27, 2010. Born on March 22, 1941 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, she graduated from Burbank High School in 1959 and was a teacher at Horace Mann Children's Center for 15 years.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Ralph Florka, three daughters, a son and seven grandchildren.

A gathering to honor her memory on Sunday, November 14, 2010, 11:00 am - 2:00pm, will be held at home of Jayna and Ed Mejia, 638 North Reese Place, Burbank. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Horce Mann Children's Center in Betty Florka's name.

Published in the Burbank Leader, Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Edward T. Swartz, BHS 1936/7

Edward T. Swartz, BHS 1936/7

Service for Edward T. Swartz, 83, will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Loon Lake Congregational Church. Inurnment will be at Greenwood Memorial Terrace. Lauer Funeral Home in Deer Park is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Swartz, who was born in Muskegon, Mich., died Monday. He had been a resident of Loon Lake since the early 1980s.

He graduated from Burbank High School in Burbank, Calif.

Mr. Swartz worked at Northrup Aircraft in El Segundo, Calif., and then with Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank as a jig and fixture builder in the tool division. He retired in the early 1980s.
His first wife, Jane Craddock, died earlier. His second wife, Josephine Swartz, died in 1993.

Survivors include two brothers, Paul Swartz of Colfax, Wash., and Delbert Swartz of Carlsbad, Calif.; and a sister, Grace Teter of Banning, Calif.
Published in the Spokesman Review, Washington

Monday, November 8, 2010

Marie "Mimi" Solivan Kelly, BHS 1941

Marie "Mimi" Solivan Kelly, BHS 1941

The Beaverton Valley Times, Oregon, December 10, 2009

Marie (Mimi) Kelly, whose maiden name was Solivan, died November 30, 2009 in Tigard at the age of 86.

Born in Philadelphia April 16, 1923 to Milton Richard and Alice (Mogaral) Solivan, she was primarily raised in Burbank, California, where she graduated from Burbank High School in 1941.
On November 29, 1974, she met Donald Kelly in Portland and married him in Moscow, Idaho, where they lived for six years.

She was fortunate to see many parts of the world, including Africa, Spain and Malta, where they lived before settling back in Oregon in 1992. In her spare time, she loved reading, crossword puzzles, music, traveling and animals.

Survivors include her husband Donald of Tigard; five children; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The date of a gathering of family and friends to celebrate Marie Kelly's life will be announced at a later date.

Memorial donations in her name may be sent to the Oregon Humane Society. Arrangements are in the care of Alternative Burial and Cremation.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

William Norman Tebbe, BHS 1957

William Norman Tebbe, BHS 1957

December 18, 1939 - April 5, 2005

Bill Tebbe, a lifetime resident of Burbank, passed away on April 5, 2005. He was 65. Bill retired in December of 1999 after over 40 years of service to the Saunders/R.S. Hughes Company as Vice President. He ran track at Burbank High School and Glendale College where he still holds a record.

Bill's life-long love of classic cars culminated following his retirement with his complete restoration of a 1933 Ford pick-up truck.

Bill is survived by his wife of 42 years, Irene; their children, William Tebbe and his wife Julie, Wendy Mullins and her husband Dennis, and Bob Tebbe. Also surviving are his five granddaughters, Valerie, Jessica and Melissa Mullins, and Morgan and Mary Tebbe; his father of 94 years, L. William Tebbe; mother-in-law, Ruth Hummer; and his sister Margaret Haase.

A celebration of life event has been planned for Sunday, May 22, 2005. For more information please email the Tebbe family at: t r o g a n b i l l @s b c g l o b a l.n e t.

Bill was a long-time supporter of USC Athletics. He founded the Verdugo Trogan Club and was president for many years, and was also an active member of the South Bay Trogan Club until his passing. With this in mind, the family requests donations, in lieu of flowers, be made payable to the USC Tract & Field Program c/o Ron Orr, Heritage Hall, Los Angeles, California 90089-0602. Please be sure to note that the donation is made in the name of Bill Tebbe.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Robert Lee Radcliffe, BHS 1951

Robert Lee Radcliffe, BHS 1951


Robert Lee Radcliffe, 69, died Jan. 16, 2003, in Campo. Born March 8, 1933, in Pomona, he grew up in Burbank and graduated from Burbank High School. He worked as a businessman and a movie-set painter.

Mr. Radcliffe is survived by his daughters, Donna Spears and Karen Cumming; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service is at 1 p.m. March 21 at the National Cemetery in Westwood.
The North County Cremation service of San Marcos is in charge of direction.
Burbank Leader, February 22, 2003

Friday, November 5, 2010

Claudia "Coco" Chammas, BHS 2000

Claudia "Coco" Chammas, BHS 2000

October 11, 2006, Burbank Leader

Woman killed when car hits light post

A 24-year-old Burbank woman was killed Sunday evening when she crashed her car into a light post on the corner of Western Avenue and Lake Street just after 9 p.m., Glendale Police Officer John Balian said.

Claudia Chammas was headed south on Western approaching Lake when she swerved to avoid a car waiting at a red light at the intersection and hit the post, Balian said.

Chammas died on impact when her 2006 Toyota Corolla hit the post at nearly 60 mph, he said. "The speed limit on that street is 35," Balian said. "If she would have hit at 35, she would have lived." No other vehicles were involved and no passengers were in the vehicle.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Randie Miller, BHS 1966

Randie Miller, BHS 1966

Just received word that Randie Miller, Burbank High Class of 1966 just passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer. No other details at this time.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Mark Stagg, BHS 1964

Mark Stagg, BHS 1964

Burbank Daily Review, Monday, February 26, 1968


A 22-Year -Old Van Nuys man was killed in a collision between his motorcyle and a car in Van Nuys Saturday afternoon February 24, 1968. He was Mark Stagg, son of Dr. Mark Stagg of Sun Valley and Audrey Stagg of Burbank. Dr. Stagg maintains his pratice in Burbank.

Van Nuys police said the accident occurred at Sherman Way and Sherman Circle about 4:30. The man was pronounced dead at Valley Receiving Hospital. The accident is under investigation, police said.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Lawrence C. Tramonto, BHS 1971

Lawrence C. Tramonto, BHS 1971

Burbank Daily Review, Saturday, September 9, 1972

Lawrence Tramonto Dies at 19.

Lawrence C. Tramonto, 19, a popular graduate of Burbank High School, died from Hodgkin's Disease Wednesday, September 6, 1972.

He was born in Glendale and lived all his life with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Cataldo Tromonto, 719 Groten, Burbank. He was a business adminstration student at Pierce College, Woodland Hills, and was active in the teen group at St. Francis Xavier's Church, Burbank.

Besides his parents he is survived by one aunt, seven uncles and his grandmother, Anna Cantacessi. Rosary was recited Friday night at St. Francis Xavier and Mass was celebrated this morning at the same church.

Interment will be at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery with funeral direction by Godeau and Martinoni.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Cecil B. Short, BHS 1925

Cecil B. Short, BHS 1925

Cecil B. Short; Retired Machinist

August 09, 1990, Los Angeles Times

Cecil B. Short, a longtime resident of Southern California, has died in Granada Hills. He was 84.
Short, a resident of Castaic, died Aug. 2 of cancer, said his niece, Dorothy Riegel.
He was born in Somerville, Tenn., and came to Burbank as a child. He graduated from Burbank High School in the early 1920s.

He worked as a machinist for Bendix Corp. from the mid-1940s to the early 1970s. He will be remembered for his excellent cabinetmaking, an early profession of his that later turned into a hobby, Riegel said.

Short was also a member of the Burbank Elks Lodge and Church of the Open Bible in Tujunga.

He is survived by a son, John Roger Short of Sunland; one granddaughter; and one grandson.
Visitation is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by a funeral at 2 p.m., both at Eckerman-Heisman Funeral Service, 333 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, which is handling the arrangements.

Burial will be private. Donations can be made in Short's name to the American Cancer Society.