Sunday, September 30, 2012

Stephen Edward Durham, BHS 1965

Stephen Edward Durham, BHS 1965

Daily News of Los Angeles (CA) - August 28, 1991

Durham, Stephen

Durham, Stephen, 43, of Burbank, civil engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety. Memorial services will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, Burbank. Private burial. Eckerman- Heisman Funeral Service, Burbank.

Burbank Leader, August 1991

Stephen Durham, 43, died August 22, 1991 in Burbank. Born in Illinois, he lived here for 37 years. Mr. Durham was a licensed civil engineer for the Los Angeles City Department of Building and Safety for 21 years.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Burbank, an Eagle Scout award recipient from Boy Scout Troop No. 4 and a graduate of both Burbank High School and Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo.

Mr. Durham is survived by his wife, Christina Miller-Durham, of Burbank; son, Gregory Durham, of Burbank; daughter Jennifer Durham, of Burbank; brother, Gerald Durham, of Redlands; parents Kenneth and Margaret Durham, of Burbank; grandmother, Mayme Hilsabeck, of Matton, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, August 29, at the First United Methodist Church of Burbank. Burial is private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Burbank First United Methodist Church in Mr. Durham's name.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Susan J. Seay, BHS 1976

Susan J. Seay, BHS 1976

Susan J. Seay Born: Oct 18, 1958 in Los Angeles, California and Died: June 2, 1998 at the age of 39. Mother's maiden name: Wamhoff. Susan's SSDI was issued in CA. She was the daughter of Albert D. and Dolores Seay. She was survived by her parents and brother Steven Daniel Seay. She was interred in the Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura, California. No other details at this time.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Richard Wellman Knight, BHS 1947

Richard Wellman Knight, BHS 1947

Salt Lake Tribune, The (UT) - April 6, 2002

Richard Wellman Knight loving father, grandfather, husband, and friend, passed away in Provo, Utah on April 3, 2002, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Richard was born August 27, 1929 to Clifford and Jewell Wellman Knight in Salt Lake City, Utah. His family moved to Burbank, California where he grew up and graduated from Burbank High School in 1947.

After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a Parachutist, Gliderman, and cryptologist in the 11th Airborne division. He also served as the NCO in charge of the division's code room. Richard served his country honorably from 1947 to 1950 and was a member of the occupational force in Japan After serving in the military, he returned to California where he studied at the University of Southern California. He graduated with a degree in International Relations in 1955 and was admitted to graduate school. He was a former President of the USC International Relations Alumni Association (1962-65). He then held employment in the National Security Agency and the Defense Department where he put his cryptography skills to work.

In 1957, he married Judith Anne Hillery in Sherman Oaks California. Richard and Judith are the proud parents of Douglas Hillery Knight (Sandy, UT) and Kristin Joy Knight (North Hollywood, CA.). In 1975 their marriage was solemnized in the Oakland Temple. They were later divorced.

Richard spent most of his career in the aerospace industry. He worked for McDonnell Douglas, System Development Corporation, and Martin Marietta where he supported many satellite and Space Shuttle missions. He retired in 1992 and moved to Provo, UT.

Richard will always be remembered as a loving, kind and giving grandfather and extremely loyal to his animal friends. He loved to rockhound, especially in the desert where he loved to spend his time. He also enjoyed being a handyman and would work on many projects around the house. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints he served in many callings faithfully as a Sunday school teacher, scout leader, seminary teacher, ward clerk, and as a Stake Missionary.

He is survived by his two children, Douglas (Nancy) Knight, Kristin Knight; four grandchildren, Ryan, Craig, Allison, Katie. He is also survived by his sister, Joy (Donald) Jensen and his brothers, Glenn (Iris) Knight, Stanley (Fay) Knight, James (Beverly) Knight. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Lloyd Knight.

Many thanks to all the doctors, nurses, and staff at the University of Utah Medical Center for the great care they provided. The family especially wants to thank Dr. Richard Frame and his staff for the special help, kind words and advice they provided through this difficult time.

Funeral services will be held Monday April 8th at 11:00 a.m. at the Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 East 1300 South, Salt Lake City. Friends may call at 10:00 a.m. prior to the services. Interment: Larkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Huntsman Cancer Research Center.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Rodney Keith Welker, BHS 1966?

Rodney Keith Welker, BHS 1966?

Rodney Keith Welker; Police Officer

Los Angeles Times (CA) - November 16, 1991

Rodney Keith Welker, a 21-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department who was stationed in the San Fernando Valley, has died at a Northridge hospital. He was 43. Welker died Thursday of cancer, according to police officials.

Born in Burbank, Welker graduated from Burbank High School and joined the police force in August, 1970. He worked at the North Hollywood Division and most recently was assigned to the Devonshire Division, where he worked in the crime analysis division and was a field training officer coordinator. Police Chief Daryl F. Gates recently gave Welker a 20-year service pin at his hospital bedside.

He is survived by his wife of two years, Gloria Welker; a son, Richard K. Welker, and stepson Aaron Carlton, both of Leona Valley; a daughter, Tammy Ege of Palmdale; his parents, Rex and Alma Welker of Pahrump, Nev.; brothers Rex Welker Jr. of Rosamond and Roy Welker of Santa Cruz, and his grandparents, Harry W. and Ethel R. King of Oceano, Calif.

Visitation is planned from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Murphy Mortuary, 154 E. Ave. I, Lancaster, which is handling the arrangements. A funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 9044 Leona Ave., Leona Valley. Burial will follow at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, Palmdale. Donations can be made in Welker's name to the Los Angeles Police Department Memorial Fund.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Robert "Bob" Santa Cruz, BHS 1976

Robert "Bob" Santa Cruz, BHS 1976

ROBERT "BOB" SANTA CRUZ Born April 19, 1958 in Burbank, California. Died February 19, 2003. He worked as a carpenter/general tradesman for 25 years. Mr. Santa Cruz is survived by two daughters, Amanda and Leonora Santa Cruz; mother, Carmen; brothers, Frank, David and Jim; nieces, Nicole, Brianna, Randi-Lyn, Corey and Renee; and many friends uncles, aunts and cousins.

Viewing will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2003, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, March 5, 2003, 11:00 a.m. All Servi ces at Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary, 11160 Stranwood Ave., Mission Hills. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Diabetes Association in Mr. Santa Cruz's name.

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on March 1, 2003

Monday, September 24, 2012

James R. Woods, BHS 1954

James R. Woods, BHS 1954

Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) - Thursday, August 16, 2012


James R. Woods, 76, a retiree from the gaming industry, of Las Vegas, passed away Aug. 10, 2012. Funeral services will be 10-11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 16, at St. Viator's, 2461 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Chad Arthur Becken, BHS 1993

Chad Arthur Becken, BHS 1993

Chad Arthur Becken, 37, born on September 9, 1974, in Van Nuys, California, passed away June 21, 2012 from colon cancer. He resided in Burbank, California at the time of his passing.

A classmate remembered him as a shy person, but he was a very good friend. He will be missed. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Elaine Evelyn Robertelli Warmuth, BHS 1957

Elaine Evelyn Robertelli Warmuth, BHS 1957

Elaine Evelyn Robertelli Warmuth class of 1957 passed away May 29, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 70 from kidney disase. Elaine was born on April 21, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York to Anthony and Josephine Robertelli..

Elaine was survived by her two natural children Valerie Warmuth Watkins and Richard 'Rick' Warmuth. Valerie graduated in 1979 and Rick in 1976.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Richard “Dick” Isakson, BHS 1954

Richard "Dick" Isakson

(July 28, 1936 - August 23, 2012)

Richard “Dick” Isakson went home to be with his heavenly father on Thursday, August 23, a result of diabetic complications. Dick is survived by his wife Peggy of 55 years and two sons Bruce (Wife Paula)of Winter Park, CO and Rik (Wife Gloria and two grandchildren: Luke and Hollie)of Berthoud, CO and younger brother Duane (Wife Stephanie) of Boulder, CO.

He was born on July 28, 1936 in Moline, Illinois to Florence and Wilford Isakson, born in Henry County, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents: Klas & Gertie Isakson of Hjalmseryd and Sodra Vi parishes (Sweden) and Matilda & Mauritz Johnson of Kolingared parish (Sweden). Dick was proud of his Swedish heritage, traced to 1659.

He attended schools in Orion, Illinois and graduated from Burbank High School in California. He excelled on the Burbank basketball team and enjoyed playing trumpet with their orchestra. He attended Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois.

Dick began his career in passenger service for United Air Lines at Chicago Midway airport, before being drafted into the Army, serving at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. Dick and Peg then moved to Boulder, where he worked for Boulder travel agency and then became a real estate agent/broker, working to develop Lake Valley Golf and Boulder Country Club areas. He finished his career back in the airline industry with Continental Airlines at Stapleton and Denver International airports. Dick retired in 1999 and settled into life enjoying golf, reading, wife & family, playing cards with groups of great friends.

Dick also adopted a wonderful cat that he named Tooti who became a very special friend to him. Dick was a member of the Oregon-California Trails Association, National Park Foundation, Northern Colorado Traditional Jazz Society, an inaugural member of the Colorado Rockies, the CU Buff Club, King of Glory Lutheran Bible study, and a founding member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Boulder.

For those who knew Dick, he was a serious sports fan, with season tickets to the Colorado Rockies, Denver Nuggets, CU Basketball and CU Football games. Dick was a founding member of the CU Basketball Tip-off Club. CU basketball seats will be memorialized in Dick’s name. Dick was also an avid golfer. He collected golf tees, balls, pencils, hats and polo shirts. In his stronger days he included his friends in his love of golf, setting up time to play with his many friends that shared in his passion for the sport. Dick was a collector of many things, from cowboy boots, cowboy hats to walking sticks, western artwork, Indian blankets and hundreds of books. He had a great appreciation and love for the Native American Indian culture and history. His heart went out to the people of the Native American Indians and he supported many of their causes, often visiting the Reservations when his wife had work with the schools in the area.

Dick would be honored by any donations in his name to Front Range Equine Rescue, Box 307, Larkspur, CO 80118 or to the University of Colorado Buff Club, Men’s Basketball Excellence Fund, 369 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309 Dick will be remembered in so many different ways by each of the people whose life he touched, a great husband, brother, father, father-in-law and jokester friend to all who knew him.

Funeral service 10:30am, Wednesday August 29, 2012 at King of Glory Lutheran Church. Visitation 4-7:00pm, Tuesday at Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home. Interment Ryssby Swedish Church, 9000 N. 63rd Street, Longmont.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Richard Donald Blevins, BHS 1941

Richard Donald Blevins, BHS 1941

Burbank Leader, November 22, 1989

Richard Donald Blevins, 66, died November 20, 1989 in Sepulveda. Born in Bakersfied, he lived in Burbank all his life. He played football at Burbank High School, Oceanside Junior College and the Univserity of Southern California. Blevins served in the Army Air Corps, and was a gunner in the attack on Iwo Jima. He is a recipient of two Distinguished Flying Crosses and one Air Medal.

Mr. Blevins is survived by his wife, Annabel; daughter, KaryBlevins; sisters, Willa Blevins and JoAnn Bedigan. Rosary and Mass will be held at 11 am Friday in the chapel of the Sepulveda Veterans Hosipital, 16111 Plummer Street. Burial is at the Riverside Military Cemetery.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Carl William Bailey, BHS 1983

Carl William Bailey, BHS 1983

Burbank Leader, January 18, 1983

Carl William Bailey, 17, died January 13, 1983 in a Glendale hospital. He was born in Burbank and lived here all his life. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Bailey; brother, Michael; two grandmothers and one grandfather. He was a senior at Burbank High School.
Rosary was 7:30 pm Sunday at the Valley Funeral Home. Mass was 10 am, Monday at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Interment was at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.

Burbank Leader, January 19, 1983
FREAK GRIFFITH PARK accident leaves friends grieving.

What stands out in Carl Bailey’s senior class picture are the eyes and the mouth. That’s the way Carl’s family and friends and teachers remember him. “He was well-liked and popular in school, but not from being a top shot daredevil or from having a lot of girlfriends or from being a football hero.” Said Pippi Ramsay, Carl’s aunt.“I don’t know anyone who ever said an unkind word about Carl. He was really full of love.”

The 17-year-old died Thursday when his jeep overturned in Griffith Park. He and about 40 classmates had gathered at Crystal Springs Road and Zoo Drive to celebrate the start of a three-day weekend. Police say it was a freak accident. Carl was only driving about 8-10 miles when he started to turn, hit a patch of wet grass and rolled the car. He died instantly of a blow to the head. His passengers – two girls and a boy, all local high school students – walked away from the accident.

“The police told us there were no drugs, no drinking.” Ramsey said. “They went to the park because there is no place in Burbank for kids. These were good kids, the clean-cut kids who have cried out to the teachers, “There is no place for us to go- no movies, nothing.”

About 500 people, including 300 of his friends attended the funeral, one of the largest ever held in the city. A procession of 100 cars passed by the Burbank High School before Carl was interred Sunday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

His teachers say Carl was a good student who wanted to do something- he didn’t know what yet- in the medical field. He planned to attend college. Carls’s high school weight-lifting teacher, Frank Kallem remembers his student as “a real bright kid. He was just brilliant, that’s all.” “He was well-liked by the kids, he was real inquisitive and worked real hard.”

But he was self-conscious about his slight frame and wanted to build muscles so he could join the football team. “Carl had a weight-training set in his garage and he was a member of the YMCA. He went to the Y every day to work out, even after he had the weight-lifting class here.” Kallem said. He was a small kid, but he had a well-developed body. It was strong and healthy.

His classmates are still mourning Carl, Kallem said. “They’re taking it hard,” he said. “Young kids just don’t think that can happen to them. They think they are immortal. When one dies it’s just a shock to them, they just can’t fathom death. “His close friends still are broken up about it today. They are still tearful and quiet.” “He was interested in other people, genuinely interested. Kids can pretty easily spot who is sincere and who isn’t.”

Kallem had known Carl since he was about 8 years-old. The youth was Kallem’s assistant in an aquatics class. “He always willing to help you out. All the teachers liked him.” He said.

Todd Hershey took some of the same classes as Carl in the 11th grade and they became close because they shared the same interests in sports, cars, music and art. “He was the kind of person you would like immediately,” he said. “He was outgoing and friendly, always there for a friend.”

Though Carl never got big enough to play football, he excelled in individual sports. He surfed, bowled, hiked, golfed and skied, his friend said. But until a year ago he remained self-conscious, Hershey said. “He was shy with girls until recently,” his aunt agreed “He just started dating.”

He had just got his own phone. He paid his brother a nickel to answer the phone when he wasn’t there and his mother got him a special book to take messages. His younger brother, Michael looked up to him like an idol.

“He didn’t have one enemy in school. Everyone liked him,” said Teri Ramsey, Carl’s 18-year-old cousin. “Unless you really knew him, he was shy. But he had a sense of humor. He was having so much fun his senior year. He told me how he was starting to get popular with his jeep and about all the girlfriends he has.
This year he was especially conscious about his looks, especially his hair. If it was not brushed right he would take a shower and do it again. Carl played piano and loved new wave music, Ramsey said.

He started a silkscreen business in junior high school and charted the stock market as a hobby. He worked part-time as a driver at his father’s Burbank business, West Coast Propeller Co.

Carl is survived by his father, Keith Bailey, his mother, Teresa, and brother, Michael.

Burbank High School is accepting contributions in Carl’s memory for a scholarship fund. Anyone who wishes to contribute may contact Dr. Art Golden at the school.