Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Mary Gonzales Pineda, BHS 1944

Mary Gonzales Pineda, BHS 1944

Mary Gonzales Pineda passed January 2, 2009. She was born and raised in Burbank and married Maxie Pineda in 1945. She worked for the BUSD as a Teacher's Assistant at John Burroughs High School for over 20 years.

Her sister Jo Ann Gonzales and granddaughter, Jackie Pineda, survive Mary. She was preceded in death by her brother Raymond Gonzales who was killed in World War II.

Services were held January 15th at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California. No other details at this time.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Charles Houston Ling II, BHS 1945

Charles Houston Ling II, BHS 1945

Charles Houston Ling II of Yreka passed away at Fairchild Medical Center on Aug. 29, 2007. Charles was born on Nov. 5, 1926, at the Siskiyou County General Hospital in Yreka, Calif. to Charles Houston I and Pearl Janet Ling. Preceding him in death were his parents Charles Houston and Pearl Janet Ling. Chuck married Jeanne Hallmark of Grenada in the old Methodist Church on Oct. 12, 1952. He is survived by his best friend and wife of 55 years, Jean; his daughters Janet and husband Butch Holland, Janine Betts and Brett Kimball; son Charles Houston Ling III; grandchildren Shannon and wife Jennifer Gallagher, Ryan and wife Becka Betts, Rachelle, Keshia, Kalina, and Joseph Betts, and Glenn Ling; great-grandchildren Brody and Sydney Gallagher and Tyler Betts-Carlson.

Chuck attended grammar school and a couple years at Yreka High School, then later moved to Burbank and graduated from Burbank High. He entered the service in the fall of 1944 while earning credits for high school. His mother received his diploma for him. Chuck was a ship store keeper on the USS Fall River 131. His rank was Seaman first class E-3. He served in the Marshall Islands, Operation Crossroads Bikini Atoll 1946, Atomic bomb experiment receiving four metals.

After the service Chuck moved back to Yreka in the summer of 1947 and worked for CDF he was based up at the Hornbrook station. He worked for Safeway and joined the Yreka Fire Department in January of 1951 and retired 50 years later in 2001, he then became a Charter Member of the Elks Lodge, also a Life Member of the Elks Lodge in 1980. He entered the Sons of the American Legion at a young age. He later became Commander of the American Legion Ross Neilon Post 122 and was still serving as Commander. He joined the drum and Bugle Corp. in 1950 playing his Bugle for 50 years.

After working at Safeway he worked at Turner and Sons on Miner Street, and later opened his business Modern Floors with partner Loren Cummins, with 39 years of business. He was a Miner Power president in the 1970s. He was also with the Siskiyou County Arson Task Force Team. He was instrumental in getting the Fire Hall Museum building and fire trucks restored and memorabilia for the museum. Chuck worked hard with others to start the Veterans Section of Evergreen Cemetery. Chuck will be best remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather. He always took the time to attend all of the grandkids sports, 4-H and school activities. He was a wonderful fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed working in his yard.

He was well known for his wonderful smile to everyone he met and no one was ever a stranger. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 5, 2007, at the Methodist Church in Yreka. Graveside service will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

Donations can be made in his memory to the Veterans Section of the Evergreen Cemetery, or to the Charles Ling II Fireman Scholarship Fund.

Siskiyou Daily News (Yreka, CA) - Thursday, September 13, 2007

Monday, May 23, 2016

Charles Edwin "Chuck" Gilkey, BHS 1962

Charles Edwin "Chuck" Gilkey, BHS 1962 
August 4, 1944 — October 16, 2014

Charles Edwin "Chuck" Gilkey was born August 4, 1944, in Oakland, CA, and passed away October 16, 2014, at his home in Bakersfield, CA. A lifelong and sixth-generation Californian, he had a deep love for the state and its beaches, cities, mountains, and lakes. He was a teenage surfer in the 1960s in Southern California, and he delighted throughout his life in 60's surf and car culture. The aroma of a medium-rare steak on an outdoor grill was one of his favorite things.

He developed a deep interest in ancestry and genealogical research in the last years of his life and compiled an extensive archive of research on the line of Gilkeys from which he descended, tracing his family history back through the pioneers of the Monterey Bay area, to Revolutionary -Era soldiers on the East Coast, to Northern Ireland where his ancestors set sail for America, and finally back to Scotland where his family line originated.

When his country needed him, he answered the call, enlisting in the United States Army during the Vietnam war era. He was a paratrooper and Sergeant in the famed 101st Airborne Division, "The Screaming Eagles."

Chuck graduated from Burbank High School in 1962, and from California State University, Sacramento, where he earned his degree in Government. He went on to a career in accounting, finance, and administration across many industries, including Corrections, from which he retired in 2007. In 1981, he fulfilled a childhood dream of opening an ice cream parlor with the establishment of "Krunchfunkels," in Delano, CA.

Chuck loved movies, and even more than movies, Chuck loved music. More than any other music, Chuck loved the music of the 60's and 70's, with the Beach Boys remaining his favorite band from the time he first saw them in concert as a teenager, (they were just starting out; he was in the front row and they kept stepping on his feet), to the last days of his life.

He was preceded in death by his wife Theresa Ann "Terri" Gilkey in 1990; his second wife Judith Ann "Judy" Gilkey in August of 2014; his father Carroll Verne Gilkey; and his mother Thelma Mae Gilkey. He was devoted to each of his wives and loved and cared for each of them through long illnesses.

Chuck is survived by his daughter Michelle Gilkey and daughter-in-law Lisa Oman of Santa Cruz, CA. He remained a close and caring member of the extended families of each of his wives, including the Herrera family of Delano, CA, and the Culberson and Acord families of Bakersfield, CA.

Services will be held on Monday, October 27th. A Celebration of Chuck's Life will be held at 9 AM at Delano Mortuary, 707 Browning Rd, Delano, CA. A graveside service will follow at 11 AM at North Kern Cemetery in Delano.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that charitable contributions be made in memory of Charles Gilkey to The Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is dedicated to conserving the oceans he so loved.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Diana Gaddy Klouse, BHS 1955

Diana Gaddy Klouse, BHS 1955

RED HOOK- Diana G. Klose, 77, passed away Dec. 18, 2015, at Northern Dutchess Hospital after a brief illness, while her husband Taylor Klose, of Red Hook, kept vigil at her bedside.
Also at her bedside was a daughter by a previous marriage, Brooke Stevens, and granddaughter, Rowan Willigan, both of Red Hook.

Diana and Taylor were married for 33 years and settled in Dutchess County some 25 years ago, after living in London and Oxford, England, pursuing writing careers.
A woman of great spirit, generosity, compassion, and love of life, Diana had two other surviving children by previous marriages – Marta Hill Gray, of Orange, Va., and Jason Stevens, of Victoria, British Columbia.

Diana was a student of Spanish literature. A 1964 graduate of UCLA, she continued graduate studies in literature at U.C. Irvine (CA) and the Sorbonne in Paris. Diana was an anti-Vietnam war activist. She traveled extensively and lived in Europe, Australia, and the West Coast before marrying Taylor in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1983.

She possessed resilient courage in the face of intractable arthritis that caused her intense pain for many years. She was a breast cancer survivor.

Diana loved travel and the lively arts, spoke and read French and Spanish, and subscribed to – and was much entertained by - Paris Match, the French weekly of news, celebrities, and the arts.

She and Taylor first met and dated briefly in the 1960s at UCLA. Although they parted back then, they never forgot each other. 20 years passed before they met again – with Harvard University playing Cupid by forwarding to Taylor (RHCS '54 / Harvard '58) a letter sent to the Alumni Office by Diana - who hoped to see him once again but had no idea where – or even if – he was living. Their tale of love lost and reclaimed has touched family, friends, and complete strangers from Los Angeles, to Washington, to New York, Moscow and Red Hook.

Diana was predeceased by her parents, Carl and Geraldine Gaddy of Los Angeles.
Diana is survived by brothers, Philip Gaddy, Nahcotta, Wash; and Brian Gaddy, Los Angeles. Other survivors are stepson, Ian Klose, Sunnyvale, Calif; and five grandchildren: Brooke's Rowan, Macklin, and Galen; Jason's Hannah and Zoe.

A celebration of Diana Klose is planned for the spring. Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, N.Y.          

Published in Daily Freeman on Jan. 25, 2016    

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Steven Roy Irey, BHS 1968

Steven Roy Irey
June 6, 1950  - April 21, 2016

Steve, passed away April 21, 2016 surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his brother Robert Allan Irey of Lake Havasu, AZ, niece Heather Cohen of Long Beach and nephew Matt Irey of Anaheim Hills. Steve lived in Chico for over 20 years and during that time he was a wonderful friend to many. He will be greatly missed. A celebration of life will be held June 4th at 1pm. For further information please email sirey0604@gmail.com.     

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Apr. 26, 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Elmer Scott Bymaster, BHS 1943

Elmer Scott Bymaster, BHS 1943 

Mr. Elmer Scott Bymaster, 90, of Burbank, died peacefully Tuesday evening, February 23, 2016. He was born in Burbank, California, on August 15, 1925 but his parents, and extended family were rooted in Oklahoma.

Elmer grew up in Burbank in a house built by his father on Cypress Avenue. He attended Edison, Emerson, and Luther Burbank for elementary schools; John Muir Junior High and finally Burbank High School.

After High School he went into the Army/Air Corp. He was stationed at Buckley Field and LaHunta in Colorado. He also went to Kayman gunnery school in Arizona as well as Texas Tech where he became a flight officer and graduated from bombing school. He received orders to go to the South Pacific, via Carrie Nebraska bombing base for the new B-29 bomber, however he never got to the Pacific as the war ended. Elmer was in the service from 1943-1945.

He married the love of his Life, Margaret "Margie" Lee Odell on June 28, 1947. The service was at St. Jude's Episcopal Church. Elmer was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was one of Burbank's most prominent roofers, "Bymaster Roofing" for over forty years. A business that was his father's before him. The property he was raised on as a child, became his roofing yard and an infamous place where he held the very popular semi-annual garage sales. People would be lined up to attend before the crack of dawn. He loved his people, but he loved his antiques almost as much.

He is survived by daughter, Betsy Tidwell of Scottsdale Arizona., daughter Jill O'Dea-Parker, husband Tony Parker, grandson Marty and Lane O'Dea, and Tony Jr. Parker of San Diego, California, and daughter April Saylor, husband Bob Saylor and granddaughters Brittany and Hannah of Santa Clarita, California. Elmer is also survived by his two sisters, Margaret Wyrick and Beulah Armendariz.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on March 3rd at 4:00 p.m. at the first Presbyterian Church of Burbank at 521 East Olive Avenue, Burbank, 91501. Elmer will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills in a private family ceremony.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Nancy Elizabeth Newbro Ryan, BHS 1966

Nancy Elizabeth Newbro Ryan, BHS 1966

Burbank Daily Review, Friday, February 3, 1984

Nancy Elizabeth Ryan, 35, died Wednesday, February 1, 1984 at a local hospital. A 1966 graduate of Burbank High School, she had lived in Burbank all her life. She is survived by her husband, John, daughters, Deborah Brownlee and Katherine Ryan, a brother, Thomas S. Newbro and her parents Bill Newbro and Edna Moore.

Mrs. Ryan was a 15-year employee of the Pacfic Telephone Company and was a member of the Burbank Vikings and the Death Valley 49ers.

Visitation hours are from 2 to 5pm and from 6:30 to 8pm today at the Valley Funeral Home. Services will be at 3pm Saturday in the Old North hurch, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Carol Ann Olson Williams, BHS 1960

Carol Ann Olson Williams, BHS 1960

Thousand Oaks, CA

Carol Ann (Olson) Williams was born in Glendale, California on October 9, 1942 and left us on April 16, 2016 after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Curtis and Evelyn Olson of Goleta, California.

Carol was graduated with honors from Burbank High School in Burbank in 1960 and earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from California Lutheran University. She was employed for many years by the City of Thousand Oaks and retired in 2004 after a distinguished career in the City Manager's Office. After retirement, she volunteered in her community in many ways including writing grant requests for various charitable organizations, and regularly visited hospitalized patients with her beloved therapy dog Mollie.

A devout Christian and lifelong Methodist, Carol was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks. Being a lover of sacred music, she always enjoyed singing in the church choir. Her most recent act of service to her church was co-chairing the church council.

A memorial service for Carol will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 11:00 a.m., at the United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks, 1000 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA. The Reverend Steven F. Peralta will officiate.

Carol leaves behind many friends and relatives who dearly loved this great lady.
Religious Service Information
United Methodist Church
1000 E Janss Rd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Published in Ventura County Star on May 8, 2016
Received this email notifying me of her death. I corrected the high school in the obit.

Carol Ann Olson (married name Carol Williams) class of 1960 who passed away in Thousand Oaks recently.  Some of the info in the paper (Ventura County Star) was wrong  and so I contacted her church.  I was told that her husband had died some years ago and no other relatives.  Her illness left her unable to speak, etc.  I think a neighbor wrote the obit.  It is basically right as far as I know, except for the mention that she graduated from Burroughs with honors.  Not so.  I was a friend throughout elementary school (Monterey Ave), junior high (Luther Burbank) and Burbank High School where she was in Secretarial Science for all three years. I was with her the night we graduated from Burbank High!  I am hoping you can add this to your blog.  Although we were good friends in school, we did not communicate for many years.  But I do feel an obligation to get the facts correct.  thank you, Marcia Mudgett

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Belinda Billingham Lister, BHS 1959

Belinda Lister passed away Sunday morning March 6, 2016 at St. Joseph's Hospital following a massive heart attack Monday night (February 31st).

She was a long-time teacher with Burbank United School District. Belinda began her service in 1973 at Edison Elementary School where she was a classroom teacher until June 1988. In 1988 she became a Reading/Math Resource Teacher serving Edison and McKinley elementary schools. In September 1991 she became a teacher on Special Assignment with the Los Angeles County Office of Education where she worked until her retirement in 2002.

She was a member of the Delta Kappa Society International of Women Educators for 30 years and held many positions within their Beta Epsilon chapter and on the Area IX board. She has been a part of CalRTA (retired teachers - Division 11) and most recently served as treasurer, and also recently became a Division Director. Her loss will be felt by many in the community.

She is survived by her husband, Don Lister, BHS 1956; a son, Glenn, and his wife, Sonja, and two grandsons; daughter, Lucy, and a grandson. The family is making arrangements, which will follow. In the meantime cards can be sent to Belinda's husband, Don Lister, 2918 Joaquin Drive, Burbank, California 91504.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Thomas W. Lockett, BHS 1941

Thomas W. Lockett, BHS 1940

Thomas a Burbank, California native was born on August 4, 1923 to Ruby and Thomas Lockett and passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at his home of 48 years at Fox Island, Washington.

Tom made life long friends at Burbank High and played doubles with Eddie McGee on the varsity tennis team. He was also an Eagle Scout.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps after briefly working for Lockheed Aircraft. While training in Seattle he met Elizabeth Ann Barta. Their wartime wedding  was followed by 71 years of marriage, two daughters, three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

After his military service on Saipan, the young couple moved to Burbank where Tom began a successful sales career at Air Parts, then co-founded Pacific Sky Supply. In 1961 the family moved to Washington, where he became president of an export firm, then founded a hardware supply company.

Tom had many interests and actively contributed to his community. Most of all , he enjoyed people; he was sincerely interested in what they had to say and related equally well across all generations and walks of life. He began each day with his bible, and ended it in prayer.

His memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday Nov. 29 at The Fox Island Chapel at Echo Bay. Please consider the Tacoma Rescue Mission which he faithfully supported for many years in lieu of flowers.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Richard Michael Oksas, BHS 1964

Richard Michael Oksas, BHS 1964

Richard Michael Oksas passed away January 2, 2009 in Monterey, California. Nearly 300 attended his memorial service. He leaves his wife, Carole and his three children. No other details at this time.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Roy Monninger, BHS 1940

Roy Monninger, BHS 1940

Roy Monninger passed away on February 16, 2009. Roy was a World War II Army veteran, a USC graduate, and a long-time elementary school teacher in the Downey, California school system. 

His wife, Jane; sons Jim and John, brother Don, and their families survive him. Roy was very much a product of his years at Burbank High School and his connections with the many friends he had there. He enjoyed the Senior Bulldog News over the years.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Michael Ray Hearne, BHS 1966

Michael Ray Hearne, BHS 1966
August 11, 1948 ~ September 25, 2015 (age 67)      

HEARNE, Michael Ray born August 11, 1948 in Carrier Mills, Illinois to Norma and Jack Hearne. Passed away September 25, 2015 in Palmdale, California.

Michael is survived by his sisters Marsha and Robbie and his daughters, Michelle Rene Hearne, Jacqualynn Leilani Hearne and Angelique Keomailani Nichol. Grandchildren, Dylan Hernandez, Mackenzie Hernandez, Bradley Marsh, Felicity Hearne, Katerina Nichol, Toby Nichol, Corbin Nichol, Siera Hearne and Danica Mosquera. 

Michael grew up in California and attended Burbank High School. In the Navy he received several medals, awards and commendations. He enjoyed motorcycle riding and was a member of the Iron Order. Michael will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 9:00 am Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at The Chapel of the Valley Mortuary, 1755 East Ave R in Palmdale, California. To be  followed by a funeral service at 2:00 pm Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at the Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd, March Air Reserve Base, CA 92518. Chapel of the Valley Mortuary, Palmdale Directors.