Monday, October 31, 2011

James Frederic "Jimmy" Castro, BHS 1968

James Frederic "Jimmy" Castro, BHS 1968

James "Jimmy" Castro passed away a week ago due to a brain tumor. He had related surgery in September, but after the surgery his health began going downhill, which continued until his passing.

This information comes from Virginia Castro Hamilton, also BHS '68 and cousin of James Castro.

The funeral for James Castro will be:

Wednesday, November 2, 11:30 A.M.
Church of the Recessional
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
1712 S. Glendale Ave.
Glendale, CA 91205


From The City Of Burbank Employee Newsletter

James Castro (Jim) joined the City of Burbank on October 4, 1967, as a Park & Recreation Aide. He was just 18 years old. Jim continued to work for the Park, Recreation and Community Service Department (PRCS) as a Work Trainee II until he went into the military on April 1, 1968.

Jim returned to the City in April, 1973 and worked as a Groundsman in the Comprehensive Employment & Training Act Program for PRCS. A year later, Jim was hired permanently as a Skilled Worker in that same section. On July 1, 1979, Jim made a change and joined Burbank Water & Power (BWP) as a Lineman Helper.

In March, 1981, Jim switched over to the Electrical section of BWP as an Electrician Helper. He continued to work in this area and promoted to Utility Electrician, Electrician, and in June 2000, he promoted to the position of Test Technician.

He had truly found his niche working as a Test Technician and remained in the position until his retirement in July of 2008. He enjoyed working with customers and received many kudos from satisfied Burbank customers. Jim seemed to be most happy when he was making his friends and coworkers smile and laugh. His own smile lit up a room and will be remembered by all!

Jim passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Jim leaves behind his wife, Suzann; daughters Jessica, Jasmine, and Jenny; mother Graciela; brothers Anthony and Michael; son-in-law Brandyn; and grandson Matthew.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

John D. McIrvin, BHS 1940?

John D. McIrvin, BHS 1940?

Dick McIrvin of Eugene, who died Jan. 19, in Palm Springs, Calif., of complications following heart surgery. He was 81.

McIrvin was born March 20, 1922, in Los Angeles to John and Ella Taylor McIrvin. He married his wife, Mary Lou, in Burbank, Calif., on June 18, 1944. He lived in Burbank and North Hollywood, Calif., before settling in Eugene in 1961. He graduated from Burbank High School and attended the Maritime Academy on Catalina Island. in California..

He served in the Merchant Marine during World War II. He worked as a route salesman for Darigold and Arden Farms until his retirement in 1976. He also worked as a commercial fisherman for 20 years and in the rental and property management field. He was a member of the Teamsters Union.

His interests included home repairs and he was known as "Mr. Fix-it." He was an avid outdoorsman and he enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, water skiing, sport of riding on skis along the water's surface while being towed by a motorboat. and gardening. He also enjoyed square dancing and was a member of the Wagon Wheelers Square dance club. He especially enjoyed being on the ocean.

He served as a Boy Scout Leader and was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Eugene and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He will be remembered as a man with a great smile who had a kind word for everyone.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, John Jr., and Glenn, both of Eugene and Jim of Rocklin, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Saturday's Mass will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church in Eugene. Rose Mortuary in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Eilleen Marie Lewis Bowen, BHS 1935?

Eilleen Marie Lewis Bowen, BHS 1935?

Pasadena Star-News (CA) - Tuesday, September 28, 2010

BOWEN-Eilleen Marie Lewis Bowen, 92, formerly of Pasadena, CA, died Thursday September 23, 2010, at Ingleside Assisted Living in Atascadero, CA.

Mrs. Bowen was born in 1917 in Ipswich, South Dakota, and was the only child of Cora Liggett Lewis and Elmer David Lewis. She moved with her family to Burbank, CA in 1925, where she graduated from Burbank High School .

An honors graduate from University of California, Los Angeles, Eilleen became a teacher for more than 25 years in Redlands, Santa Maria, and Pasadena, California. From the late 1950s until 1974, she taught in the Pasadena public school system, and 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 made their home in the Central Coast region for the rest of their lives. Los Osos was her home until moving into assisted living in Atascadero in 2008. Mrs. Bowen 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, volunteering over 7500 hours. 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," receiving the Community and Public Service Volunteer award.

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

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Benedict-Rettey Mortuary in Morro Bay. 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.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Doris Roten Carter, BHS 1943

Doris Roten Carter, BHS 1943

Doris Roten Carter, 83, passed away on February 24th, 2009 after a brief illness with her family by her bedside. Her husband of 56 years, Jim Carter, predeceased her by ten years.

Doris was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, and moved with her family to Los Angeles when she was two years old. Five years later they moved to Burbank where she attended schools. It was at Burbank High School where she met Jim and they were married after graduation. They established their home in Burbank where their three children were born.

Jim and Doris Carter were involved in many business and real estate ventures in Burbank during their lifetimes.

She leaves her children; son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Joan Carter of Burbank, two daughters, Candy Bartholomew of Bozeman, Montana, and Connie Mangas of Belgrade, Montana. She also leaves 5 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, two sisters, Mary Bogard and Roberta Moody and a brother, Allen Roten, and her best friend Paul Briggs. Services are pending.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ignacio Banuelos, BHS Custodian

Ignacio Banuelos, BHS Custodian

Ignacio Banuelos, 67, died Aug. 21, 2001, in a Panorama City hospital.
Mr. Banuelos was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. He is formerly of Burbank. He lived in Sun Valley for 41 years.

Mr. Banuelos was a custodian for Burbank Unified School District and worked at Burbank High School for 10 years.

He is survived by his wife, Ramona Banuelos; daughters Esperanza A. Powell, Susanna A. Sandoval, Teresa Banuelos, Elsa Hall and Tina B. Walling; sons Victor R. Banuelos and Elias R. Banuelos; sister Antonia B. Wheeler; 18 grandchildren; and niece Letisha K. Diaz.

A funeral Mass was Friday at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Sun Valley. Interment was at San Fernando Mission Cemetery. Eckerman-Heisman Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.Burbank Leader, August 25, 2001

Monday, October 24, 2011

Georgia Lindsay Atwood, BHS 1941

Georgia Lindsay Atwood, BHS 1941

Atwood, Georgia Lindsay, passed away on November 8, 2008.

She was born December 7, 1923, in Crosby, Minnesota. In 1926, she settled in Burbank, California with her parents, George and Victoria Lindsay and her sister Virginia.

Georgia attended Burbank schools, graduating from Burbank High School in 1941. She attended Los Angeles City College. While in school, she was a dancer with Fanchon and Marco Studio in Hollywood and was a fashion model for designer Don Loper.

During World War II she served in the WAVES and was assigned to the San Pedro Navy Base. She met her husband, Brad Atwood, in Laguna Beach and they married in 1944. They lived in Burbank where she became a member of Alpha Mu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority and was active with the Burbank Junior Chamber of Commerce wives.

When her family, including three children moved to Laguna Beach in 1963, she joined the Rivera Club and worked in Real Estate. Her interests included golf, painting, home decorating, reading, music, theater and traveling. She and Brad were happily married for 58 years until his death in 2002.

Georgia is survived by her daughter, Gale Atwood, and son-in-law, John Lindgren; son, Todd Atwood, and daughter-in-law, Cathy Atwood, and son Mark Atwood. She leaves nieces Carole Collins, Christine Cross, Barbara Soderling, Pat Barron, Rita Lindsay, and nephews George and Fred Lindsay.

In lieu of flowers, scholarship gifts may be made to the Burbank High School Foundation, 818-558-4700 x57808. Pacific View Mortuary

Friday, October 21, 2011

John Henry Meier, BHS 1947

John Henry Meier, BHS 1947


John Henry Meier, 81, passed away peacefully Sept. 16, 2008, in his home surrounded by his family. John was a Crescent City resident for 30 years until he moved in 2000.

He was born Dec. 7, 1926, in Los Angeles to John and Mildred Stone Meier. While John attended Burbank High School, World War II was in full swing. At age 15 he worked at Lockheed Aircraft. In 1944, his patriotism and love of airplanes influenced his decision to leave high school a year early and join the Navy at age 17.

He served his country assigned to P.T. Boat Base 17 in Samar, Philippines. In 1946 he became a veteran at age 19 as Yeoman third class. After returning home from the war, John graduated from Burbank High, class of 1947.

John loved to play softball. While attending Glendale Junior College, John was invited to play on the LDS church softball team at the Glendale West Ward. As a result of good friends and influences, John was impressed enough to attend Brigham Young University, where he was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. John graduated from BYU in 1952 with a degree in education.

He started his teaching career in Utah but soon moved back to California to teach sixth grade at Fremont Elementary. John married Idora Marie Bickel on Feb. 21, 1957, in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. They had six children. John loved his work as a teacher. He was deeply committed to making school a fun place for children to learn.

In 1970, John and his family moved to a small farm in Crescent City, where he taught fourth grade at Joe Hamilton School. He loved the cool, clean air, salmon fishing and the beautiful redwoods. As hobbies, John enjoyed radio-controlled model airplanes, building and flying his ultra-light aircraft and communicating with his "old buddies" around the country on his ham radio.

As a member of the LDS church, John held the office of High Priest and served as a member of the Elders Quorum Presidency, High Priest Group leadership, Bishopric and Scout leader. He helped 8 scouts earn Eagle status.

In the summer of 2000, John and his wife moved to Salt Lake City. His greatest joy became seeing his grandchildren excel in school. "Be kind to your teachers" was his frequent advice.

John is survived by his wife of 51 years, Idora, his four children: Ken (Cecilia), Colleen (David) Evans, Rob (Laura), and Joan (Chris) Hansen; 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his parents and two children, Markus and William, "the twins."Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Grand View Ward, 5017 W. Grand View Peak Drive in Riverton, where friends may call an hour prior. Interment will be in Herriman Cemetery.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Harrison Chandler Lewis, BHS 1941

Harrison Chandler Lewis, BHS 1941

Lewis, Harrison Chandler

July 19, 1923 - April 18, 2011

Harry Lewis passed away in his home in Mission Viejo on April 18, 2011. He is survived by his loving family: wife Erna, son John, daughter Melinda, granddaughter Libby, nieces Linda and Laurie Anne, nephew J.D., and their families.

A graduate of Burbank high school, Harry was an avid Yankees fan, golfer, and tennis player. After a long career with American Airlines, he retired to continue enjoying swing dancing, Big Band music, and writing poetry.

A memorial service was held on April 28. Donations may be made in Harry's memory to the American Diabetes Association .

Published in the Los Angeles Times on April 29, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Judith Diane Rosen Hopper, BHS 1967


Judith Diane Hopper died March 12, 2009 in Palmdale, California at 59.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry; daughter, Jodi (Raymond) Diaz; sons, Jeff (Kimberly) and Jason (Jingle); three grandchildren; sister, Teri (Bruce) Bulock; and brother, Robert (Linda) Rosen.

Mount Sinai

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Donald Keith Rudloff, BHS 1945

Donald Keith Rudloff, BHS 1945

Donald Keith Rudloff was the son of Fay Beatrice Duncan (1905-1946) and Edward Charles Rudloff (1901-1975). Don graduated from Burbank High School in 1945.

Don was a great athlete. In the early 1940's, Technicolor Pictures, in Burbank, hired him as a watchman, so that he could play softball for the Technicolor team. In the late 1940's, he wanted to become a policeman for the Burbank Police Department, but was refused because he did not meet the minimum height requirements.

Don was briefly married and when his wife gave him an ultimatum of either her or playing golf, he selected golf. After moving to Hawaii, he frequently came to Saint George, Utah to participate in the World Senior Games. He lived with Elizabeth 'Liz' E. Kauka for many of his later years in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Don died at the Hospice Hawaii Kailua Home, Kailua, Honolulu County, Hawaii of pancreatic cancer.


Honolulu Star Bulletin, Honolulu, Hawaii, February 22, 2008

Donald Keith Rudloff, 81, of Honolulu died in Hospice Kailua Home. He was born in California. He is survived by sister Delores Smith. Services: 9 a.m. Saturday at Kaiona Beach Park in Waimanalo. Scattering of ashes to follow.