Saturday, June 29, 2013

Dr. Henry B. "Bud" Hunt, BHS 1951

Dr. Henry B. "Bud" Hunt, BHS 1951

Dr. Henry B. Hunt, known as "Bud", passed away peacefully, in his home, in Vista, California, on June 19, 2013.

Bud was born on February 15, 1933, to Henry Robert Hunt and Mildred Ferguson Hunt in Burbank, California. He graduated from Burbank High School. He served his country in the Army’s 25th Infantry "Tropic Lightning" Division during the Korean War. After returning to Burbank, he married his high school sweetheart, Wilmadele Baker and raised a family of six children. He attended USC and Loyola and had a successful dental practice in Burbank for 42 years.

Dr. Hunt spent much of his time serving his family and community. He was a member of Kiwanis and Rotary. He served for 12 years on the Burbank Unified School District, and for several years on the Boards of Planning and Parks and Recreation. He coached little league, built and flew model airplanes, raised parrots, raced pigeons, restored antique cars and was an avid fisherman, treating patients and friends to Memorial Day fishing trips on "The Betty-O."

Bud was a member and served faithfully in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as Bishop, High Councilor and Scoutmaster.

His proudest accomplishment was his family. Bud is survived by his wife Wilmadele, his sister Billee Hunt Carr, children Carolee and Ron Whitehead, Marissa and John Munoa, Kevin and Monica Hunt, Colleen and Brian Hervey, Elizabeth and Scott Lowry and David and Leanna Hunt, twenty-four grandchildren, and one great-grandson. His favorite quote was, "No success can compensate for failure in the home." -David O McKay

Services will be held on Friday, June 28 at 12 noon, at the LDS chapel at 1545 S. Melrose Drive, Vista California.

Burbank Leader, June 24, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Laura F. Rate, BHS Former Teacher

Laura F. Rate, BHS Former Teacher

Los Angeles Times, December 4, 1966

Memorial Set for Teacher

A memorial service will be held today in Sepulveda for Laura F. Rate, a teacher at Burbank High School for 21 years before her retirement in 1944.

The Rev. Howard Matson will officiate at the 4 p.m. service at the Valley Unitarian - Universalist Church, 9550 Haskell Ave.

Miss Rate, who died November 15, 1966 following an illness, taught Journalism and English and was active as a member of the American Assn. of University Women, Burbank chapter EO and PEO and the congregation of the Valley Unitarian-Universalist Church.

She leaves a sister, Mrs. William T. Goodwin, and a niece, Mrs. Ellinor Green of Iowa.

Monday, June 24, 2013

James Clyde Dorrell, Jr, BHS 1973

James Clyde Dorrell, Jr, BHS 1973

Burbank Leader, Wednesday, August 20, 1986

James C. Dorrell died August 11, 1986 at a Burbank Hospital at the age of 32. He was born and raised in Burbank and was employed at the Align-Rite Corp..

He is survived by his mother, Wanda Dorrell, grandmother, Imogene Lary of Travers City, Michigan; a brother Jack of Harrison, Idaho.

Memorial services will be held at Luther Memorial Luthern Church on Saturday, August 23, 1986 at 1 p.m.. Interment in Dundee, Michigan. Eckerman-Heisman Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Thomas Kettering, BHS 1956

Thomas Kettering, BHS 1956

Thomas Kettering January 30, 1938 - June 8, 2013

Tom was a Burbank native, moving to San Diego county in 1997, after retiring from a 30 year career with the Walt Disney Company. He slipped away quietly in the comfort of family after a 10 1/2 year battle with cancer. Tom has fought this uphill battle with dignity and courage; we’ve all admired his positive spirit. Tom is known for his zest of life, love for his family and friends, his many hobbies and passions.

He is survived by his wife, Diane, son Keith, daughters Kathy Irwin and Michelle Sequeira, two grandchildren (soon to be three), "brother" and "sister" Jonas and Linda Williams and MANY friends.

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held Thursday, June 13th, 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Oceanside, 2001 El Camino Real, Oceanside, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be made in memory of Tom, to the First Presbyterian Church of Oceanside, or to Vitas Hospice,

The Burbank Leader, June 11, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Merwin William Chew, BHS 1943

Merwin William Chew, BHS 1943

June 07, 2013 Merwin William Chew, born in Burbank 11/4/1925, passed peacefully in his home 4/29/2013 due to a massive stroke at age 87½. He is survived by his children, Cheryl Musacchia, Gary (Ann), Brian (Alvina), and Eric (Shelley) Chew; 11 grandchildren, 2 greatgrandchildren, and 3 siblings, Nolan (Nancy), Roger (Barbara) Chew, and Janie (Don) Boucher.

Merwin was raised in Pasadena and Burbank, graduated from Burbank High, and served in the Navy during WWII. He retired from California County Title Insurance Co. in Santa Ana at the age of 80. Merwin was an active member of Burbank First Presbyterian Church, where he and his wife of 60 yrs, Dorothy, were married. They bought a home in Monterey Park in 1948 when there were green rolling hills and pollywog ponds along Garfield Ave.

Merwin was well known for being friendly, kind and a fun man to be with. He loved deep sea fishing with his sons and brothers, family reunions at Lake Tahoe, movies/musicals, cribbage/poker, building a family cabin at Green Valley Lake, camping, fireworks, the Pasadena Rose Parade, Christmas and traveling abroad with his wife and family. He was very devoted to Dorothy’s care during her battle with Alzheimer’s until her death in 2008.

Merwin was buried beside his wife at Oakdale Cemetery, Glendora on 5/11/13. His family and friends know that Merwin lived a very full life and will also remember his sparkling blue eyes forever.

Donations in his memory are welcomed to Burbank First Presbyterian Church 521 E. Olive Ave, Burbank CA 91501 or Alzheimer’s Assoc. National Capital Area Chapter, 3701 Pender Dr. #400. Fairfax, VA 22030.

Glendale News Press, June 7, 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013

John Leslie Thomas, BHS 1968

John Leslie Thomas, BHS 1968

Burbank Leader, June 7, 2013

John Thomas, 63, of Burbank passed away from cancer on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. John was born January 7, 1950 in Mercer, PA. He moved with his family to Burbank in 1956. He attended Emerson, John Muir and graduated Burbank High School with the Class of 1968. It was at Burbank High School where he met classmate, Sallie Shelton Thomas, they were married in September 1969.

In addition to his wife, Sallie he is survived by sons Kory of Ojai, CA and Toby of San Francisco, CA. He leaves behind his siblings Linda Mays of Greenville, PA, Lee of Stanwood, WA, Raymond of Escondido, CA, Patrick of Sun Valley, Howard of Oak View, CA, Mildred Elliott of Maiden NC and May Pierce of Palo Verde, CA.

John worked at Lockheed for over 38 years and retired in 2007. After retirement, John was able to spend more time doing his favorite activities – fishing & camping across the United States, restoring a 1965 Ford Mustang and lovingly remodeling the family residence in Burbank, CA that he and Sallie purchased in 1975 and have called home for over 38 years. He was a man who could build or repair anything and was always finding unique and perfect solutions to everything he did.

A vocational arts scholarship for a graduating student of Burbank High School will be established in his name. Donations may be made to the Sr. Bulldog Foundation, PO Box 2092, Burbank, CA 91507.

His family and friends will miss John, for his quiet dignity, his talents and his thoughtfulness. A celebration of life will be held, Saturday, June 15, 2013 at the family residence.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Robert Sidney Tinker, Jr., BHS 1951

Robert Sidney Tinker, Jr., BHS 1951

Los Angeles Times, January 25, 1951

"Joint Services Slated for Jeep Crash Victims"

Joint funeral services for two Burbank High School seniors killed in a jeep accident Monday will be conducted Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, members of the youths' families announced yesterday.

Robert Sidney Tinker Jr., 17, of 714 E. Palm Ave., and Larry W. Hughes, 18, of 703 E. Harvard Road, both of Burbank, were found dead Tuesday morning January 22, 1951 beside a demolished jeep on a fire road in the Burbank Hills.

Their companion, Kenneth Lee Harrison, 17, of 925 E. Olive Ave., Burbank, was found unconscious nearby and was still in critical condition yesterday at St. Joseph Hospital with head injuries.

Police reported the boys apparently went riding in the hills Monday night. While attempting to negotiate a narrow fire road they lost control of the jeep and hurtled to a dirt road about 90 feet down a cliff.

The three youths were to graduate with their senior class at the Burbank High School commencement tonight. Principal Gerald Ogborn said the diplomas of the two dead youths will be awarded posthumously during the exercises. Ogborn said that members of the class had voted to cancel the traditional senior candlelight supper scheduled for yesterday in memory of the two youths.

The Tinker boy leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tinker, and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Pagones, of Burbank.

The Hughes boy leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hughes, and two brothers, Lt. C. Lee Healy with the Air Forces in Japan and Robert Hughes of Laguna Beach.

Monday, June 3, 2013

James D. Moody, BHS 1963

James D. Moody, BHS 1963

The Fresno Bee, Thursday, December 14, 1961

Burbank Prep Cager Dies During Game

Van Nuys - A 16 - year old Burbank High School basketball player collapsed and died yesterday shortly after coming off the bench in a game with Notre Dame High School.

Jimmy D. Moody was sitting on the bench cheering his team mates on when he slumped to the floor, according to his coach, Roland J. Peterson.

Peterson said he took the boy from the game when he complained of not feeling well. A medical examination was ordered to determine the cause of death.

Moody was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Moody of Burbank.


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Philip Earl Adams, BHS 1973

Philip Earl Adams, BHS 1973

North County Times (Escondido, CA) - Thursday, May 3, 2001

LA JOLLA -- Philip E. Adams, 46, died Thursday, April 26, 2001, at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla.

Born March 27, 1955, in Burbank, he was a San Diego resident for 16 years. He was a Senior Electrical Designer with Kanrad Engineering for 20 years. He attended Burbank High School and American Business College. He won the 1998 International Illumination Design Award.

Mr. Adams is survived by his wife of 15 years, Lyn J. Adams of San Diego; mother Virginia Adams of San Marcos; son Zachariah Sun Adams of Westminster; daughter Nicole Kimberlyn Adams of San Diego; sisters Ann Ghidinelli of Ferndale and Sue Donaldson of San Marcos.

There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6, 2001 at San Carlos United Methodist Church, San Diego. Pastor Lothair Green will preside. The family suggests donations to Mrs. Lyn Adams, 7724 Volclay Drive, San Diego, CA 92119.

California Funeral Alternatives of Escondido is handling the arrangements.