Marylee M. Lorenz
Marylee Moore Lorenz died April 17, 2001. Born Sept. 19, 1940, in Napa to Chester Gunn Moore and Hazel Blanc Moore, she was 60.
She graduated from Orestimba High School in Newman in 1958 and from UC Davis in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in economics.
She had a long and diverse career with the University of California. Starting in 1964, she worked for a short time in the UCD admissions office and then until 1985 she handled student records in the registrar's office. She then moved to the Santa Cruz campus, first with Merrill College and later with the registrar's office there.
At Davis she took on the administration of academic eligibility for athletes. This led to a lifelong love of college sports, especially basketball and football. At UC Santa Cruz she enjoyed working closely with students at Merrill College. Her position as classroom coordinator for the entire Santa Cruz campus gave her the opportunity to develop many close and lasting friendships with staff and faculty across the campus. She retired from UCSC in 1998.
She enjoyed music and creative arts. She enjoyed playing guitar, singing folk music and researching the history of folk songs. She also practiced the Ukrainian style of egg dying called Pysanky, selling decorated eggs and teaching classes about the art.
She is survived by her husband, Erick W. Lorenz; her daughter and son-in-law, Analisa and Gareth Bevan; her brother, Chester G. Moore Jr. and his wife, Patt Moore; their children, C.G. Moore III and Megan Moore; and her brother, Donald B. Moore and his wife Esther May.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Putah Creek Lodge on the UCD campus. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Cal Aggie Christian Association, 433 Russell Blvd., Davis, CA 95616 or to the Diabetes Research Fund, UCD Medical Center, 2315 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, April 24, 2001.)
Coby Lorenzen Jr.
Coby Lorenzen Jr. of Carmel Valley, died July 7, 2001, at Monterey Convalescent Hospital. He was 95. Born on Nov. 30, 1905, in Oakland, to Coby and Catherine Lorenzen, he was the youngest of five children.
He grew up in Oakland, attending Lafayette Elementary School and Oakland High School, graduating in 1925. He then attended classes at UC Berkeley where he earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1929.
He served in the Army Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant. After completing his training, he was sent to Langley, Va., as a junior mechanical engineer for the national advisory committee for aeronautics (the predecessor of NASA). He was assigned to a team doing cutting-edge atmospheric wind tunnel research and he helped design and build the first vertical wind tunnel in the U.S.
In 1931, he decided he wanted to pursue a master's degree and returned to UC Berkeley. He had to work part-time to help finance his studies, so he obtained a job in the college's mechanical engineering lab, where he earned 75 cents per hour. Using the knowledge and skills gained during his work at Langley, he designed and built a wind tunnel that was used in teaching and research programs at UC Berkeley for many years. Another one of his lab projects was to gather data on the breaking point of test cylinders of concrete. This data then was used in designing structurally sound concrete piers for the Golden Gate Bridge.
It was also at this time that he developed an interest in horology.
He received his master of science degree in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley in 1934 and joined the UC Berkeley civil engineering department as a research assistant. The following year, he took a job as a research engineer for the California Forest and Range Experiment Station, also at Berkeley. His job included conducting summer fieldwork at Mount Shasta where he gathered data on the effects of wind, slope, temperature and humidity on the progression of wildfires. This data then was studied and applied to fire pre-suppression techniques and strategies. Another project he was involved with at Shasta, was the design and use of fire-suppressant foam "bombs" that could be dropped from airplanes.
Shortly after he began his forest service job at Berkeley, he met and became smitten by a secretary at the experiment station named Ina Smith. Ina was a divorcee with two young children, Jackie (age 7) and Rob (age 9). They were married Aug. 7, 1937, in Carson City, Nev.
That same year, he was hired as an associate in agricultural engineering at UC Davis and he was assigned to work on an orchard-heating project being conducted at the UC Riverside Citrus Experiment Station.
In the fall of 1938, he and Ina were anticipating the arrival of a new addition to their family, but he had to depart for Riverside prior to the event. Their son, Don, was born in October and shortly thereafter Ina and her three children boarded the train and headed down to Riverside to be with him. The family returned to Davis in the spring of 1939 and spent the summer in a rental home on University Avenue, but then returned to Riverside in the fall as his research on the orchard-heating project continued.
He and his family came back to Davis for good in the spring of 1940. In 1941, they bought a lot on Oak Avenue and together drew up plans for a home of their own.
Also in 1941, as a result of his earlier flying experiences in the Army Air Force Reserve, he followed through with visions of becoming a pilot and obtained a student pilot's license. He took flying lessons for several months at the University Airport in Davis, and while he enjoyed the experience, he found that he did not have sufficient time to devote to the endeavor.
His participation in the orchard heating project led to the development of systems to measure the microclimates of various fruits. During the 1940s, he and his colleague, Ben Moses, developed a "tunnel dryer" to help farmers dry sacks of harvested grain. In the early to mid-1950s, he and his colleagues, Lloyd Lamouria and Ralph Parks, developed roll-over protection structures for farm equipment that greatly improved tractor operator safety. The American Society of Agricultural Engineers designated this achievement as an "Historic Landmark of Agricultural Engineering" and in 1986 dedicated a bronze plaque to the three men and their work. The plaque was placed on display in UCD's Bainer Hall engineering building and the UCD department of agricultural engineering honored the men with a testimonial dinner in 1988.
He also was involved with the development of several mechanical harvesters at UCD, including an onion harvester and a machine to cut and pit apricots, but he is perhaps best known for his work on the development of the mechanical tomato harvester during the 1950s and 60s.
The tomato harvester was a cooperative effort between the UCD agricultural engineering and vegetable crops departments and it marked the first time a collaborative effort between two UC departments had ever been undertaken. He was responsible for developing a machine that could mechanically harvest tomatoes, while Jack Hanna from vegetable crops was responsible for breeding a tomato that would ripen uniformly and withstand being harvested by machinery. As a result of the success of these interdisciplinary efforts, UC entered into a production agreement with the Blackwelder Manufacturing Company of Rio Vista and in the early 1960s tomato harvesters with the "UC-Blackwelder" logo began appearing in tomato fields.
His engineering skills led to 20 U.S. patents for the university. For his contributions to the development of the tomato harvester, he was awarded the John Scott Medal by the city of Philadelphia in 1976 and the Cyrus Hall McCormick Medal by the American Society of Agricultural Engineers in 1981.
During his tenure as a professor of agricultural engineering at UCD, he taught both lower and upper division courses.
In 1962, he took a sabbatical leave from UC Davis to collaborate with fellow agricultural engineers in Australia and Germany. He went with his wife and youngest son, Ken (then 13) for a combined business and pleasure trip.
He served as chairman of the department of agricultural engineering at UCD from 1963 to 1968, and he spent a significant amount of his time involved with the planning and justification for the new Bainer Hall engineering building. He retired from UCD in November of 1969.
He belonged to several organizations: he joined the American Society of Agricultural Engineers in 1942 and was made an ASAE Fellow in 1967; he was elected to membership in Sigma Xi in 1945; and he was a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and the Commonwealth Club of California. He became a registered professional engineer in mechanical engineering in 1949. For a few years after coming to Davis, he served as a member of the UCD volunteer fire department. He also served as a member of the Davis Planning Commission from 1962 to 1966.
He and his wife both loved the outdoors and made camping, hiking, backpacking and boating a regular part of their summers. Fishing in mountain lakes and streams was always an enjoyable part of family vacations and there were many competitions to see who could catch the biggest or the most fish. In later years, Coby and Ina bought a trailer and spent summer vacations traveling in the Western U.S. and Canada.
After his retirement from UCD, he and Ina moved to Carmel Valley. He kept his engineering skills sharp by acting as a consultant on a variety of interesting projects, as well as improving things around their new home. They also traveled to such places as the Caribbean, Kenya and China. Not long after retiring, he decided to try his hand at painting; first with watercolors, then with oils. He also enjoyed golf.
After Ina became invalid during the last few years of her life, he was her sole caregiver. He also was a patient and caring father who provided immeasurable help to his children whenever they needed assistance with their homework (especially math), and his creativity and skills were valuable assets to draw upon whenever help was needed with a school or scouting project.
He is survived by his two children, Donald Lorenzen and his wife, Nancy, of Saratoga; and Kenneth Lorenzen and his wife, Vivien, of Davis; his two step-children, Robert Z. Smith and his wife, Nancy, of American Canyon; and Jacklyn R. Ottoson and her husband, Alton, of Turlock; four grandchildren, Eric, Matthew, Scott and Ashley Lorenzen; and eight step-grandchildren, Susan, Steven and Janice Ottoson, Lynda, Tommy, Carol and Kevin Smith, and Lisa Hamm; a niece, Gayle Mendoza, also survives him.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Ina, his brothers, Daniel and Lawrence Lorenzen and his sisters, Sara Lorenzen and Corinne Meyer. He was also preceded in death by a niece, Betty J. Lorenzen.
In keeping with the wishes of the family, there will be no services.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," July 10, 2001.)
William R. 'Bill' Lorenzen Jr.
A memorial service will soon be announced for William R. "Bill" Lorenzen Jr., 69, who died Aug. 7, 2001, in San Francisco.
Born Dec. 30, 1931, in Denver, he lived in Benicia and Vallejo for many years. He wrote car reviews and automotive racing reports for several magazines and newspapers, including The Davis Enterprise, for 20 years.
He was a member of Western Automotive Journalists and the Motoring Press Association of Northern California.
He enjoyed traveling, skiing and playing bridge.
Survivors include his wife, Nannette Lorenzen; mother, Dora Lorenzen of Oregon; and sister, Lois Cousineau of Oregon.
Passalaqua Funeral Home of Benicia is in charge of the arrangements. Donations in his memory may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Monday, August 13, 2001.)
Rose A. Lorenzi
Rose A. Lorenzi passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004, at her daughter's home in Truckee, at the age of 96 years. She was born in Oakland, on March 6, 1908 to Vito Silvester and Philomena Riccetta. She was the sixth of their eight children, Frank, Joe, Al, Mike, Mary, Rose, Theresa and Genevieve. All of them preceded Rose in death, as did Julius Lorenzi, to whom Rose was married on Sept. 23, 1928, in Oakland. They had 35 years together before Julius died on March 15, 1963. Rose worked at Lerners in San Francisco until she retired. A loving mother and a great cook, her life was devoted to her family and her faith. Ten years ago, she moved from Oakland to Winters to be close to her family. She is survived by her son, Paul Lorenzi and his wife, Barbara, of Winters; daughters, Gloria Filipelli and (late) husband, Antonio, of Rolling Meadows, Illinois, Alberta Ruppert and husband, Bill, of Truckee; also by 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Rose is also survived by her nephew, Art Vierra, of Pleasant Hill. A Catholic Requiem Mass was held on Monday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Winters, with Father Chuck and others doing a superb job in memory of Rose. On Tuesday, Nov. 30, Rose was buried next to Julius at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, in Hayward.
(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, December 9, 2004.)
Romeo Losoya, Sr.
Romeo Losoya Sr. died at Stollwood Convalescent Hospital in Woodland, Monday, Dec. 6 at age 95.
Mr. Losoya was born in Durango, Mexico Sept. 4, 1909. He worked as a farm laborer, labor contractor and farmer. He was employed with UC Davis, retiring in 1974.
Survivors include Mr. Losoya's daughter, Dolores Mayes of Davis, his sons, Romeo Losoya Jr. and his wife Joyce, Jack Losoya and his wife Sara and Melton Losoya and his wife Frances all of Woodland; his grandchildren, Ernie Frost, Rene Viergever, Rendi Draper, Rex Mayes, Patti Stalie, Karen Kinser, Eric Losoya, Ronni Cline, Gail Johnson, Melton, Jason, Angela and Marcos Losoya as well as numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Soulier Losoya.
Services: A vigil is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 at McNary's Chapel, 458 College St., Woodland. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 13 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 301 Walnut St., Woodland with interment to follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Woodland. McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Friday, December 10, 2004.)
UC Davis professor emeritus Dale Lott, a sage counselor to his colleagues and an irrepressible travel guide to his friends, died Jan. 26, 2004. He was 70 years old.
Lott's death, from longstanding pulmonary fibrosis only recently diagnosed, was unexpected. Just last September, he led his friends on a canoe trip tracing Lewis and Clark's route on the Upper Missouri River. Most recently, he had been working on plans for a newly forming prairie-based wildlife reserve in western Montana as well as a book about that project.
Although he wrote numerous papers and a scholarly book on animal behavior in his 30 years at UC Davis, he waited until he retired in 1994 to write a nonfiction book for general audiences about bison, his lifelong interest, and the settling of the American West.
Writing "American Bison" was "my gift to myself in retirement," Lott told his wife, Laura. It was published in 2002 by the University of California Press and was well received. "In this rich and enthusiastic narrative, Lott uses exuberant humor and great passion for his subject. ... The scenes he sketches ... bring his story to life," wrote a book reviewer in the Los Angeles Times.
In characteristic fashion, said longtime colleague Peter Moyle, Lott prepared thoroughly for writing the bison book - in this instance, by taking UC Extension courses in nonfiction writing and working with a group of other writers.
"The study of bison behavior was his true love and his true academic calling," said his close friend and colleague Ben Hart. In fact, Lott was born on the National Bison Range. His grandfather was range superintendent and his father worked there. From childhood Lott was immersed in the observation of bison and the history and literature of the pioneers.
Another close friend and colleague, Don Owings, said, "Bison are a theme of not only Dale's professional life but his personal life as well. He drew from talents he had developed in both and wrote a beautiful book."
Lott's decades of studying animal behavior and social organization took him around the world. Besides his bison research, he investigated animal behavior before earthquakes and interactions between nomadic herdsman and their cattle in Kenya, and was one of the first scientists to study the possible impact of tourists on wildlife.
In Rocky Mountain National Park, Lott asked people why they fed the sheep potato chips, even though it was not good for them. "They said that it made them feel like they were better people because the animals trusted them enough to take food from their hands," Hart recalled.
In Nepal, Lott showed that technologically well-equipped tourists - those with cameras with telephoto lenses - were content to watch Asian rhinoceroses from afar. Tourists with simpler cameras pushed their Nepalese guides to take them closer to the rhinos, which sometimes forced the animals to stop grazing and take refuge in the forest.
As he traveled, Lott developed a talent for organizing and leading research trips and vacation adventures. He took colleagues and friends to every continent, including Antarctica. In California he led camping and backpacking trips to Mount Whitney, the Lost Coast, Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley. ("And we walked around the UC Davis Arboretum maybe a thousand times," Owings said.)
For his 60th birthday, Lott planned a 60-mile hike with friends across the Vizcaino Desert in Baja California.
"It was a mystical trip," Owings recalled. "We slept among these great yuccas in the sand dunes and once we woke up - in that dry desert - totally socked in by fog. We saw an endangered subspecies of pronghorn antelope.
"Dale always made things like that happen."
An accomplished pilot, Lott often flew colleagues to research sites. "He was so thorough as a flyer," Moyle recalled. "He seemed to check everything twice. I never knew anyone who was so cautious."
That maturity served the university many times over the years, Moyle said, especially when Lott was the founding chairman of the department of wildlife, fish and conservation biology. He served as chairman for six years, from 1973 to 1979.
"Dale was the godfather of our department and served as a mentor for all of us," said the current department chair, Dirk Van Vuren.
"Though he wasn't that much older, he was the grown-up among all us academic children," Moyle said. "He liked people, liked making sure things worked out. We had some pretty contentious people in the new department but he made sure we got along."
Lott helped found the Animal Behavior Graduate Group at UC Davis, which has become the largest body of faculty working in animal behavior at any campus in the world.
He was a leader in another forum, too: He was one of the earliest advocates for bicycle traffic lanes and paths in Davis, with his first wife, Donna. This remained a strong interest for Dale, and he wrote an opinion article on the topic in September for The Davis Enterprise.
Dale and Donna Lott had one son, Terence, who owns the Newsbeat stores in Davis and Sacramento. Dale Lott met Laura Kim Bell at a course in Sacramento, and they were married in 1990.
"The thing I'll miss most about Dale is having his presence as one of these individuals you thoroughly enjoy talking to," Moyle concluded. "He was wise. Every time you talked to him you learned something."
Dale Lott is survived by his wife, Laura K. Lott, of Davis; a son and daughter-in-law, Terence and Janis Lott of Davis; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Sue Campbell of Spokane, Wash.; an aunt, Maizie Hermann of Spokane; and his former wife, Donna Lott of Davis.
His family and friends will hold a memorial service at a later date.
In honor of Dale Lott's dream of establishing a fully functioning prairie ecosystem on the American Plains that would include the reintroduction of wild bison, his family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Prairie Foundation, P.O. Box 908, Bozeman, MT 59771. For more information, e-mail Dakota@prairiefoundation.org.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, February 3, 2004.)
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Dale Lott (memorial service)
A celebration of life is planned on Tuesday, April 6, for Dale Lott, a UC Davis professor emeritus who died Jan. 26, 2004, at age 70.
The memorial service will take place at 4 p.m. in the Recreation Pool Lodge on the UCD campus.
Lott was founding chairman of the department of wildlife, fish and conservation biology and helped found the Animal Behavior Graduate Group at UC Davis, which has become the largest body of faculty working in animal behavior at any campus in the world.
Lott investigated animal behavior before earthquakes and interactions between nomadic herdsman and their cattle in Kenya, and was one of the first scientists to study the possible impact of tourists on wildlife.
Much of Lott's research focused on bison, his lifelong interest, which led him to write "American Bison," a well-received nonfiction book about bison and the settling of the American West.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, March 30, 2004.)
Marion R. Loupe
Marion R. Loupe died on Feb. 16, 2003, in San Jose. Born on Sept. 19, 1920, in Detroit, she was 82 years old.
She was preceded in death by her husband James Loupe.
She is the mother of Stephen Loupe and his wife Lynda; Richard Loupe and his wife Michelle; the late Michael Loupe and his wife Stephanie. She is the grandmother of Julia, Jennifer, Stephen Jr., Lisa, Paul and Theresa. She is also the grandmother of seven and the sister of Kenneth McIntyre.
Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Friday from the Cathedral of Faith Chapel, 2315 Canoas Garden Ave. in San Jose. Graveside services will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Jude Children's Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, February 20, 2003.)
James Sebree Loveall
Dr. James Sebree Loveall died in Redding Friday May 20, 2005 at age 92.
Dr. Sebree was born Feb. 17, 1913 in San Diego. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1938 with a bachelor's degree in English and later with a master's degree. He recevied (sic) his Ph.D. in English from the University of the Pacific in 1964. He was an English instructor at Shasta College teaching poetry classes. He also taught in Durham, Jackson and Lodi and was a high school coach and published poet Survivors include Dr. Loveall's daughter, Adrienne Doris and her husband Dennis of Fair Oaks; his sons Richard of Woodland and David of Berkeley; his stepdaughter Judith Sinclair of Little River; nine grandchildren including Stacy Heffernan and her husband Preston and Shelley Green and her fiance Brian Rice of Woodland and nine great-grandchildren.
Services: A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. McDonald's Chapel & Redding Cemetery of Redding is assisting the family with arrangements.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Monday, May 23, 2005.)
Don Low, a giant in the field of veterinary medicine, died Nov. 7, 2004. He was 79.
"There have been few people in the profession as bright, caring and influential as Don Low," said California Veterinary Medical Association President Dr. Jon Klingborn. "He made many, many contributions, and it was certainly my privilege to know him for many years - long before I realized what an icon he was."
Born in Cheyenne Wells, Colo., on May 14, 1925, Low completed his veterinary education at Kansas State University in 1947. He served in the army from 1943 to 1944 and was a captain in the U.S. Veterinary Corps at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 1953 to 1955. He spent three years in a mixed-animal practice in Iowa before entering academic medicine at the University of Minnesota. A clinician, then director of veterinary clinics, and then head of the department of veterinary hospitals, Low developed a special interest in renal diseases and physiology during his 20-year tenure at the University of Minnesota. His studies in nephrology produced many of the fundamental concepts that veterinarians still use today.
A pioneer in canine urology, Low is often referred to as the "Father of Veterinary Urology." He helped train many of today's leading veterinary urologists. He served as director of three university veterinary medical teaching hospitals and was a founder of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
In 1971, Low joined the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University, where he served for four years as head of the Department of Clinical Sciences and director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of Veterinary Sciences. His tenure in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis began in 1974. Low came to the UC Davis Veterinary School as director of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, a position he held until 1980. He also served as associate dean for instruction and for 10 years as associate dean for public programs. He wore many hats at the university before his retirement in 1991.
Low dedicated much of his life to promoting the continuing education of veterinarians and veterinary technicians. For more than two decades, he established continuing education seminars that assured practitioners the most effective and up-to-date information on treatment programs for their patients.
"Dr. Low understood the importance of lifelong learning to maintain professional competency," said Dr. Dick Schumacher, former executive director of the CVMA. "His passion for continuing education helped the CVMA and the AVMA develop and deliver extremely high-quality continuing education."
Low was chairman of CVMA Continuing Education Committee for more than 10 years. He organized all continuing education programs and was instrumental in the development and success of the Wild West Veterinary Conference in Reno.
Low's career served as the catalyst toward creating the Don Low/CVMA Practitioner Fellowship program at UC Davis. This fellowship serves as a permanent reminder to the veterinary profession of Low's lifelong passion for the importance of the ongoing education of veterinarians.
"Without doubt, his grasp of companion animal diseases, his unparalleled passion for his work, his intellectual curiosity, and his humor made Dr. Low one of those rare and unforgettable figures we feel most fortunate to have met or been privileged to work with," said Schumacher. "His enthusiasm for improving the plight of companion animals, and his wonderful spirit of his work, served to encourage and continually delight those with whom he came into contact."
Low authored and contributed to many books, including "Small Animal Urology." He published more than 100 articles and lectured at more than 240 conventions and seminars around the world. He was a member of the AVMA Council on Education, a member of the AVMA's Convention Management and Program Committee and co-chair of the Wild West Veterinary Conference Scientific Program Committee.
Low received numerous awards, including the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award from the University of Minnesota in 1968, the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Minnesota in 1989, the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of International Medicine in 1992 and Veterinarian of the Year from the American Animal Hospital Association in 1971. Low received the CVMA's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Low of Winters; children, Ronald Low, Christine Low and Cheryl Wise, all of Minneapolis, Minn., and Raymond Low of Honolulu, Hawaii; and grandchildren Susan Barbour of Fort Collins, Colo., Kathleen Ratcliff, Rainey Ratcliff and Tolmie Ratcliff, all of Seattle, Wash., James Low and David Low of Chicago, Ill., Philip Low of Cleveland, Ohio, and Stephen Low of Minneapolis, Minn.
The family will be holding a private service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Don Low/CVMA Practitioner Fellowship (checks made out to "UC Regents/Don Low Fellowship) and/or Yolo Hospice.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, November 11, 2004.)
Ellen M. Lowery
(Obituary, Woodland Daily Democrat)
Ellen M. Lowery died Saturday, Oct. 9, 1993, in Woodland Memorial Hospital. She was 83 years of age.
Mrs. Lowery was a native of Occidental. She was a resident of Yolo County since 1919 and had made her home in Guinda for the past 65 years. She was a past president and charter member of the M & M Club, a member of Western Yolo Grange and the Guinda Community Church. She served as a 4-H leader for 25 years.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Evan Lowery of Guinda; a daughter, Erlene "Sally" Campos of Woodland; a son, Robert Lowery and his fiance, P.J. Eveling. of Fairfield; a brother Patrick Redmond of Woodland; granchildren Theresa Ensminger of Woodland, Monica Campos of Cambridge, Mass., Michael Campos of Guinda, Jocelyn Campos, Thomas Campos and John Campos, William Lowery, all of Woodland, Paul Lowery of Maxwell, Roxanna Lowery of San Pedro; great-grandchildren, Michele Correa of Fairfield, Brenda Lowery of Woodland, Sonja Lowery of Altaville, Tammy Lowery,Jennifer and Julie Campos, and Evan Ensminger, all of Woodland.
A service will be held Thursday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. at the Woodland Christian Church. Internment will be in the Capay Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at McNary's Chapel.
The family prefers memorials in the form of donations to the Hanna Boys Center, P.O. Box 100, Sonoma, CA 95476, or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are being handled by McNary's Chapel.
(The above obituary was contributed by Louana Harden, <email@example.com>.)
Benjamin Lownsbery, retired professor of plant nematology, died July 14, 2000, at Cottonwood Healthcare in Woodland after a lengthy illness. Born July 28, 1920, in Wilmington, Del., he was 79.
He attended schools in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School, then majored in chemistry at the University of Delaware. During World War II, he worked for the DuPont Chemical Co. at a gunpowder plant in Oklahoma.
After the war, he decided to become a plant pathologist, so he attended Cornell University, from which he received his Ph.D. in 1953. That same year, UC Davis was expanding its research on plant parasitic nematodes and began hiring nematologists. He applied and was hired. He spent the rest of career at UC Davis, retiring in 1983.
He had been a resident of Davis since 1953. He was a member of the Society of Nematologists, the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed outdoor activities like hiking.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin F. Lownsbery and Ivy Thompson-Lownsbery.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Joyce Lownsbery of Davis, and his daughter, Jill Wilson and her husband Robert of Flagstaff, Ariz.
Friends are invited to attend a funeral at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D St. Burial will follow at the Davis Cemetery.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," for the week of July 16, 2000.)
Joyce Westover Lownsbery
Joyce Westover Lownsbery died Nov. 6, 2001 in Davis, at the age of 74. She was born on June 12, 1927 in New York City to Harold and Henrietta Hagemeyer and was the oldest of two children. She grew up in Hempstead, N.Y.
After graduating from high school in Hempstead she went on to Cornell University, where she received her bachelor's degree in entomology and became interested in plant nematology. She went on to pursue a master's degree in entomology, specializing in nematology at UC Berkeley.
She had been a resident of Davis since 1953. She was an avid outdoorswoman and photographer. The high peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains were one of her favorite subjects. She loved sports, playing tennis throughout her life and enjoyed watching and discussing football and baseball. She also loved to grow plants and took great pride in trying out new plants and designing her own garden.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband of 49 years, Benjamin Lownsbery, on July 14, 2000.
She is survived by her daughter Jill Watson and husband Bob of Athol, Idaho and her brother Harold Coram of New York.
A funeral service was held Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Chapel. Burial followed at the Davis Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 95617.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," November 11, 2001.)
Evan Marion Lowrey
Evan Marion Lowrey died March 12, 2003, at the age of 93. Known to family and friends as "Bucket," he was born in Guinda on May 9, 1909, the son of Earl and Ethel Lowrey.
He attended Esparto High School, where he met Ellen Redmond. The couple was married in 1928. They lived in Capay Valley for more than 65 years, until her death in 1993, when he moved to St. John's Retirement Village in Woodland.
He served his community over the years in varied capacities. He was the fire warden for many years and was a trustee for both Guinda Elementary and Esparto High schools. He was a founding member of the Western Yolo Grange, a charter member of the Esparto Lions Club and a 50-year member of the Esparto Chapter of Free and Accepted Masons. He was a trustee for the Guinda Church, which he helped build.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Michael Campos Sr.
He is survived by his children, Erline "Sally" Campos of Woodland and Robert Lowrey and his partner Paula Ebeling of Vacaville. Grandchildren include Theresa Campos-Ensminger and her husband Mike of Woodland; Monica Campos of Boston; Michael Campos and his partner Candy Sagara; Jocelyn Campos Errington and her husband Tim; Tom Campos and his wife Stephanie; John Campos and his wife Sharon; Bill Lowrey and his wife Anne, all of Woodland; and Paul Lowrey and his wife Penny of Maxwell and Roxanne Lowrey of Spokane, Wash.
Great-grandchildren include Evan Ensminger; Jenny and Julie Campos; Kelly and Jake Campos; Michael Thomas Campos; Michelle Correa and her husband Ray; Brenda Whitehead and her husband Chris; Tammy Lowrey; and Sonja Lowrey-Biven and her husband Josh of Elk Grove. Great-great grandchildren are Colby Whitehead and Taylor Robert Lowrey-Biven.
A service celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Woodland Christian Church, followed by burial at Capay Cemetery. Visitation will be held at McNary's Chapel on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.
The family suggests contributions be sent to the Western Yolo Grange Memorial Fund, c/o Jeanne Han, P.O. Box 31, Brooks, CA 95606.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Saturday, March 15, 2003.)
Jan Thomas Lowrey
Jan Thomas Lowrey, executive director of the Cache Creek Conservancy and a fourth-generation resident of Yolo County, died unexpectedly and peacefully at his home in Rumsey on Jan. 21, 2006. He was 57.
A celebration of his life begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Rumsey Community Center at the Rumsey Indian Rancheria, Road 75A in Brooks.
Born Jan. 9, 1949, in Sacramento, he was the son of former Assemblyman Lloyd Lowrey and Helen Lowrey. He lived in Rumsey most of his life. He attended Rumsey Elementary School, Esparto Elementary School, Esparto High School and UC Davis before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy for five years, and then completed his education at Foothill Community College and UC Berkeley.
He married Kathy Savino in 1976. After he graduated from Berkeley, he and Kathy traveled throughout Europe before returning to settle in Rumsey, where they raised three children, Johanna, Tessa-Rose and Patrick.
He worked on the family farm with Gordon Farms and with Sagara Farms before joining the staff of the Cache Creek Conservancy, becoming executive director in June 1999.
He was a member of Landmark-Buckeye Lodge No. 195 of Free and Accepted Masons, and served as a volunteer and commissioner with the Capay Valley Fire Department, on the Yolo County Planning Commission, as fire commissioner for the Rumsey Rancheria Fire Department and as co-chairman of the board of directors of Capay Valley Vision.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy and their children, Johanna Lowrey of San Diego, Tessa-Rose Lowrey of San Diego and Patrick Lowrey of Rumsey; his brothers, Lloyd Lowrey and his wife Carol of Salinas and Timothy Lowrey and his wife Derryn of Albuquerque, N.M.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in his name may be directed to the Cache Creek Conservancy, 34199 County Road 20, Woodland, CA 95695; Rumsey Improvement Association, P.O. Box 34, Rumsey, CA 95679; or Capay Valley Vision, P.O. Box 799, Esparto, CA 95627.
Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors is assisting the family with arrangements.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Wednesday, January 25, 2006.)
Nicholas Marion Lowery
(Woodland Daily Democrat, September 18, 1905)
N.M. LOWERY DEAD
"Nicholas Marion Lowery of Rumsey (Yolo County) died last Saturday night and will be buried at Madison this afternoon about 3 o'clock. We have been unable to obtain sufficient data from which a sketch of Mr. Lowery's life might be written. We may be able to do so later. Mr. Lowery was a native of Tennessee and about 70 years of age. He had been a resident of western Yolo for many years and lived near Madison before his removal to Rumsey. All who knew Mr. Lowery speak of him in the highest terms."
(The above obituary was submitted by Louana Harden, <firstname.lastname@example.org>.)
Raymond Neal Lowrie
Raymond Neal Lowrie passed away on Nov. 19, 2003 at his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Napa on Jan. 3, 1943, to Loyd and Mildred Robertson Lowrie. He was a self-employed truck driver. He and his family were long-time residents of Winters, with all graduating from Winters High School.
He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; sons, Christopher and his wife, Lea and their children Conner and Emma, of Sacramento; Brian Lowrie and companion, Dawnia Chavez and daughter Michelle Lowrie and son Nicholas Lowrie of Las Cruces; brothers Rodney Lowrie and wife, Sharon and their children Owen, Jennie, Michael and Matthew of Merrill, Oregon and Robert Lowrie and wife, Sylvia of Los Banos; also many nieces and nephews, cousins, and uncle John and aunt Nina Lewis of Rancho Mirage.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Ronald and Randy Lowrie.
A memorial service was held in Chapparral, New Mexico, with Minister Donald Hornsby officiating, also a gathering of family and friends was held in the home of Dennis and Linda Hennagin in Dixon, to celebrate his life. Ray's greatest joy came from time spent with family and friends.
(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, December 11, 2003.)
Ronald L. Lowrie
Graveside services for Ronald Lowrie
Graveside services for Ronald Loyd Lowrie, 46, who died January 28 in Cle Elum, Washington, will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Winters Cemetery.
Born in Monticello, California on December 27, 1941, Mr. Lowrie was raised in the Winters area where he attended elementary school and Winters High School.
After he graduated in 1960, Mr. Lowrie served in the U.S. Air force for two tours of duty from 1960-68.
He then moved to Tacoma, Washington, where he lived and worked until this year. Mr. Lowrie was employed as a truck driver for Veneer Chip Transportation company in Washington State.
He is survived by his wife Julie of Tacoma; two sons, Ronald Lowrie, serving in the Navy and stationed in Florida, and Scott Allan Lowrie of Tacoma; his mother, Mildred Lowrie of Dixon; four brothers, Raymond Lowrie of Winters, Robert Lowrie of Los Banos, Randy Lowrie of Vacaville and Rodney Lowrie of Colfax; an uncle, Dudley Lowrie of Winters; an aunt, Nina Lewis of Rancho Cordova; and several cousins in the Winters, Dixon and Vacaville area.
There will be no visitation at the funeral home prior to the graveside service.
The Davis Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
(Obituary from the “Winters Express,” Thursday, February 4, 1988.)
Joann Zhiyuan Lu
Surrounded by family in her Davis home, Joann Zhiyuan Lu died on Sept. 6, 2005, after battling colon cancer for two years. She was 49.
Born in Qiqihaer, China, on Jan. 30, 1956, she grew up in Beijing and attended college in Shanghai, but relished her 20 years in Davis.
She fought countless uphill battles in both her educational and professional careers. She left her family and school at the age of 14 to volunteer in remote areas of China. Lacking a formal high school education, she persevered and received both a college degree in chemical engineering and a master's degree in economics.
After receiving her master's from UC Davis, she worked as an accountant and economist. For the last eight years, she worked for the California Air Resources Board, and contributed significantly to the research and protection of clean air in California.
Her family says she enjoyed the simple pleasures of life - reading, gardening, home remodeling, healthy cooking and walking her loyal dog, Charm. She was caring and friendly to all she knew, and her radiant smile brought joy to everyone around her both at work and throughout the Davis community.
She always had a soft spot in her heart for animals, and helped sick animals, even when she herself was ill.
She loved her family and gave all her care, wisdom and devotion to them. She wanted the best for her daughter, and encouraged music, academic success, and a rich and fulfilling life. She inspired her to always pursue excellence not only with words, but by example as well. She was a strong person who never complained, wanted little for herself and was always willing to sacrifice herself for her family. She was the rock of the family.
She was preceded in death by her father, Lu Wenting.
She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Yongxin Cai, and her 21-year old daughter, Ann Cai, both of Davis; her mother, Feng Jufang, of China; her sister, Zhimin Lu, and niece Wendy Li, of Davis; and her sister, Lu Zhirong, and brother, Lu Zhiwei, of China.
A private memorial service was held Wednesday at the Davis Funeral Chapel. She and her family were grateful and deeply indebted to her friends and doctors who helped her through her illness, and encourage everyone to have a colonoscopy to screen and prevent colon cancer.
Friends are invited to visit and sign her tribute page at geocities.com/joannlutribute.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, September 9, 2005.)
Jose S. Lua
Jose S. Lua died in his Madison home Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at age 65.
Born Nov. 19, 1936, in Tinguindin, Michoacan, Mexico, he had been a 47-year Yolo County resident.
Mr. Lua is survived by his wife of 31 years, Maria Guadalupe Lua of Madison; daughters, Maria Guadalupe and A. Lua both of Madison, and Josefina A. Lua of Woodland; sons, Carlos A. Lua and Ignacio A. Lua both of Madison; grandchildren, Diego Edel, L. Gonzalez and Christopher Julian Lua, all of Madison; and parents, Ygnacio Lua Quiroz and Amelia Lua Serafin of Winters.
Also surviving is his sister, Maria Arellano and husband Bernardino of Winters; brothers, Jesus Lua and wife Chila of Banning, Jose Luis Lua and wife Suzie of Woodland; and sister-in-law, Graciela Lua of Sonoma.
Mr. Lua was preceded in death by his brother, Carlos Lua.
Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, May 12, at Kraft Bros. Chapel, 175 Second St., Woodland, with a prayer vigil and rosary to follow.
Mass is scheduled at 10 a.m., Monday, May 13, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Woodland, with interment scheduled to take place in Monument Hill Memorial Park.
Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors is assisting the family with arrangements. For further information, call 662-4658 or contact www.legacy.com.
(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Friday, May 10, 2002.)
Glenn William Lucas (1st of 2 obituaries)
Glenn William Lucas passed away June 6, 2005 surrounded by his loving family at the Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento.
He and his wife and best friend, Carlene, have lived in Woodland for 43 years.
Glenn was born in Derry, Penn. June 9, 1932 to Rose Morrison Lucas and Glenn Lucas Sr. He attended Davis High School, graduating in 1950 and began as an entrepreneur during high school by starting up such businesses as a moving company, until he volunteered to serve in the Army in 1952 during the Korean War. He served in Korea from 1952 to 1954. Glenn then attended Sacramento State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1958. He earned his CPA Accreditation while working with the firm of Jim Blackwood CPA in Red Bluff. After obtaining his CPA certificate, he opened his own CPA practice in Woodland in 1962, which became Lucas, Landucci, Richter and Bick. After about 15 successful years in building this CPA firm, he sold the firm to his partners and purchased two manufacturing firms Bardon Bumpers and Marvin Landplane. He successfully led these companies for about 10 years and then returned to the accounting industry in the early 90s and became associated with Ullrich Delevati CPA in the late 90s.
Glenn felt a deep responsibility to his community. He was president of the Woodland Chamber of Commerce, president of the YMCA, a Boy Scout leader and a financial backer in building the downtown Woodland Police Station and the Woodland High School Stadium. He was an original builder of Camp Packer Creek, he instigated the Captain Freeman Marathon from Sacramento to Woodland and he was a leader of backpacking trips for boys and girls in the community for many years.
Family was the top priority for him, and raising of this three children took center stage. He was an avid backpacker, skier, marathon runner and golfer. He instilled the love of the mountains and wilderness in his family and those close to him. Glenn was a man of respect, integrity, honor and self-sacrifice. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, community member and friend. He made a positive impact in everyone he knew. He will be truly missed.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years Carlene Lucas. His three children, Ralph Lucas of Foresthill, Ruth Ann Lucas of Concord and Wes Lucas and his wife Elisabet of Mountain Lakes, N.J. His grandchildren, Kristen Lucas of Somerset, Casey Lucas of South Lake Tahoe and Sarah and Christina Lucas of Mountain Lakes, N.J. His sisters Jean Timmerman of Santa Rosa, Wilma Philips of Springfield, Mo. and Florence Holmes of Davis and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Lucas Sr., his mothers Rose Morrison Lucas and Mildred Lucas and his brothers Victor Morrison, Robert Lucas and Davis Lucas.
A memorial service to celebrate Glenn's life will be held at the Christian Church at Lincoln Avenue and College Street Friday, June 17 at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow immediately at the same location.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Saturday, June 10, 2005.)
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Glenn William Lucas (2nd of 2 obits.)
Glenn William Lucas died at the Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento Monday, June 6 at age 72.
Mr. Lucas was born in Derry, Penn. June 9, 1932 to Rose Morrison Lucas and Glenn Lucas Sr. He had been a Woodland resident for 43 years. He attended Davis High School, graduating in 1950 and began as an entrepreneur during high school by starting up such businesses as a moving company. During the Korean War he served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954. After the war, he attended Sacramento State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1958. He earned his CPA Accreditation while working with the firm of Jim Blackwood CPA in Red Bluff. After obtaining his CPA certificate, he opened his own CPA practice in Woodland in 1962, which became Lucas, Landucci, Richter and Bick. After about 15 years he sold the firm to his partners and purchased two manufacturing firms Bardon Bumpers and Marvin Landplane and led these companies for about 10 years. He then returned to the accounting industry in the early 90s and became associated with Ullrich Delevati CPA. He was president of the Woodland Chamber of Commerce, president of the YMCA, a Boy Scout leader and a financial backer in building the downtown Woodland Police Station and the Woodland High School Stadium. He was an original builder of Camp Packer Creek, he instigated the Captain Freeman Marathon from Sacramento to Woodland and he was a leader of backpacking trips for boys and girls in the community for many years.
Survivors include Mr. Lucas' wife of 47 years Carlene Lucas; his daughter, Ruth Ann Lucas of Concord; his sons, Ralph Lucas of Foresthill and Wes Lucas and his wife Elisabet of Mountain Lakes, N.J.; his grandchildren, Kristen Lucas of Somerset, Casey Lucas of South Lake Tahoe and Sarah and Christina Lucas of Mountain Lakes, N.J.; his sisters, Jean Timmerman of Santa Rosa, Wilma Philips of Springfield, Mo. and Florence Holmes of Davis and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Lucas Sr.; his mothers, Rose Morrison Lucas and Mildred Lucas and his brothers, Victor Morrison, Robert Lucas and Davis Lucas.
The family requests memorials in Mr. Lucas' name be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Services: A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, June 17 at the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 509 College Street, Woodland with a reception to follow immediately at the same location. McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Saturday, June 11, 2005.)
Mildred Lucas died Jan. 24, 2003, at Woodland Memorial Hospital. Born in Milwood, Pa., on Sept. 6, 1915, to Rose W. and Floyd V. Morrison, she was 87.
She had been a resident of Davis for 35 years and was a homemaker all of her adult life. In addition to raising five children, she was an avid reader, a naturalist and an arts and crafts enthusiast. She was a Boy Scout leader in Davis, an Avon saleswoman and belonged to the Eastern Star in Davis and Boulder Creek. She loved her gardens, the seashore and the mountains.
She is survived by her sister, Jean Timmerman of Santa Rosa; sons, Glenn Lucas and wife Carlene of Woodland and David Lucas of Roseburg, Ore.; and daughters, Wilma and her husband Rick Phillips of Springfield, Mo., Florence Holmes of Davis, Maxine Lucas of Cupertino and Lena Morrison of Vallejo.
She's also survived by her grandchildren, James David Ford and William Frank Ford, Virginia Lin Swayne, Margaret and Ricky Wilson, Wanda Jane and Gene Hart and Edward Eugene Chandler, all of Springfield, Mo.; Ralph Lucas of Sacramento; Wes and Elisabet Lucas of Mountain Lakes, N.J.; Ruthann Lucas of Concord; Dana and Troy Lauritsen and Carrie and Amy Lucas, all of San Jose; Robin Holmes and his wife Jackie of Atlantic, Iowa; Kelly and Ray Esquivel of Davis; and Alissyn Holmes Lenk of Sacramento. Numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Lucas Sr., in 1965; her son, Robert Lucas, in 1985; her brother, Vic Morrison, in 1998; and her great-grandson, Jason Holmes.
She selected cremation and asked for no services. Donations in her memory may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
McNary's Chapel assisted the family with arrangements.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Sunday, February 23, 2003.)
Pauline Lucas died Sept. 27, 2004, at Sutter Davis Hospital. She was 85.
Born May 10, 1919, in Hartford, Ark., she was a resident of Davis for 50 years.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D St. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Pole Line Road Baptist Church, 770 Pole Line Road. Burial will follow the service at the Davis Cemetery.
She was raised in Oklahoma where she attended high school and played basketball. Eventually, the family moved to Richmond and came to Davis in 1954.
She was a charter member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Davis, now known as Pole Line Road Baptist Church. She and her late husband helped build the church. She was very involved in missionary work and vacation Bible school. Her family said she loved the church and was always willing to help in any way.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Alvin H. Lucas, on Oct. 17, 1998.
She is survived by her children, Donald R. Lucas of Copperopolis, Betty J. Wentz of Davis and Alvin Dale Lucas and his wife Anna of Davis.
She is further survived by her grandchildren, Dondra Nickell of Pleasant Hill, Deborah Press of Davis, Gerald Lucas of Davis, Darrell Lucas of Martinez, Dana Andersen of Woodland, Brian Lucas of the Bay Area, Courtney Wentz of Davis and Christy Lucas of Martinez; and seven great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter.
Brothers surviving are Vernon Johnson of Bakersfield, Robert Johnson of West Sacramento, Franklin Johnson of Pryor, Okla.; her surviving sister is Mildred Woodall of Pleasant Hill.
Remembrances may be made in her name to the Pole Line Road Baptist Church.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday October 1, 2004.)
Frank A. Lucero
Frank A. Lucero, born on July 23, 1937, passed away on April 22, 2005 at his home in Winters.
Mr. Lucero was in the United States Air Force for 10 years, until 1964. He moved to Winters in 1960, and after getting out of the Air Force, worked at the Ford Garage in Winters until 1969. He then moved to San Jose and worked for the city of San Jose until his retirement. He returned to Winters in 2004.
He was an avid reader, and always had a book in his hand. A skilled mechanic his whole life, his favorite form of relaxation was working on projects in his garage. Mr. Lucero played the guitar and sang to his children and his grandchildren, who received their love of and talent for music from him. Other interests included skydiving, and making and flying model airplanes. His hobbies and interests were passed down to his children and grandchildren, who will carry them on in his memory.
He is survived by his daughter, Gina Warren and her husband, Lorin, of Winters; sons, Dave Lucero and Rena, of Montana, Frank Lucero and his wife, Rosie, John Lucero, and Eric Lucero and his wife, Laura, all of Winters. He is also survived by his grandchildren Danny, Noelle, Celine, Ryen, Frankie, Kristyn, Johnny, Riki, Geno, Nathanael and Jacob, and his great-grandchildren Jocelyn and Rose Marie. He also had eight brothers and sisters.
Mr. Lucero was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Francis Lucero.
A private memorial service is planned.
(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, May 4, 2005.)
John David Lucero, III
John David Lucero III of Pittsburg died peacefully on June 9, 2002, at Mt. Diablo Hospital in Concord. He was 57.
He was born on Aug. 25, 1944, in Woodland, and grew up in Davis.
He was preceded in death by his father, John T. Lucero, on Oct. 24, 2001, and his brother, Robert Lucero, on Feb. 10, 1997.
He is survived by his wife, Silvana Lucero, of Pittsburg, and children, Melissa Lucero of Los Gatos and Matt Lucero of Pittsburg. He is also survived by his mother, Gloria Lucero, of Davis; brother, Thomas Lucero of Elk Grove; and sisters, Linda Alward of Stockton and Joani Snyder of Winters.
He is also survived by the following brothers- and sisters-in-law: Elaine Lucero, Joe Alward, Robert Snyder, Italo and Liliana Zarich, Ennio and Marianne Zarich, Ernst and Alma Golla, Peter Zarich and John and Maria Antonini. He is further survived by many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, at the Church on the Rock, 3115 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA 94509. Donations may be sent to New Hope Community Church (Building Fund), P.O. Box 2745, Antioch, CA 94531-2745.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, June 14, 2002.)
John T. Lucero
John T. Lucero died Oct. 24, 2001, in Davis. He was 78 years old.
He was born on July 17, 1923, in Placitis Pueblo, near Albuquerque, N.M.
He was attending UC Davis, studying agricultural science, when the Army called him to duty in December 1942. Because of his background in farming and his knowledge of tractors and other equipment, he was assigned to armor rather than an infantry unit.
He received training at Camp Robinson, Ark., Camp Hood, Texas, and Fort Lewis, Wash. Trained to be a tank commander, he was eventually assigned to the 644th Tank Destroyers Battalion. His responsibilities included directing the actions of the driver, assistant driver, gunner, assistant gunner and radio operator. As the commander, he was not only responsible for his own tank, but five others that made up a platoon. The tanks were quite formidable, able to fire a 90mm projectile up to 20 miles.
In early 1944, his unit departed Fort Lewis and began the long journey overseas to Northern Ireland and then England, where they joined in the preparation for the Allied invasion of Europe. He survived the June 6, 1944, D-day invasion landing on Utah Beach, but not long afterwards was wounded while engaging the enemy. He declined evacuation to the rear, fearing that after recovering he would wind up in an infantry unit instead of being reunited with his tanks.
On Dec. 20, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, his tank was hit, killing all crew but himself. Severely wounded, he managed to crawl out and was saved. He spent the next year in and out of various medical facilities. Like other veterans of combat, he experienced his share of trauma, but soon learned the importance of expressing rather than suppressing the disturbing feelings that would occasionally well up and the importance of getting on with the business of living. In April 1946, he was discharged. His decorations included four Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.
After the war, he returned to Davis and his studies at the university. To support his wife Gloria, whom he had married in 1943 prior to going overseas, and their first child, John III, he attended classes during the day and worked nights.
In 1954, he completed the education he had started so many years earlier. He became an employee of UC Davis and worked in the vegetable crop department, where he taught and conducted research. Two of the many projects he worked on included the pear-shaped, crush resistant tomato and a seedless watermelon.
He retired in 1988. He was always very active in the community. He was involved with 4-H and was a Boy Scouts scoutmaster for 18 years, helping two of his boys become Eagle Scouts. He was a Little League coach and at one time was a volunteer firefighter.
In addition to being a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Davis Post 6949, he was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion and the Yolo County Veterans Coalition. While with the coalition, he devoted many hours transporting veterans to and from VA medical appointments.
This support continued up to the illness in December 2000 that left him unable to serve the veterans and communities he loved. In 1999, he was honored as Yolo County Veteran of the Year. He was also a member of the Yolo Sportsmen's Association and Yolo Lodge No. 169 - International Order of Odd Fellow.
He was preceded in death by his son, Robert E. Lucero.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gloria Soulier Lucero, sons John L. Lucero III of Pittsburg and Thomas L. Lucero of Elk Grove, and daughters Linda Alward of Stockton and Joanie Lucero Snyder of Winters. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Monument Hill Memorial Park in Woodland. A reception/potluck will be at the Odd Fellows Hall in Davis following the service. For more information, contact Joanie Lucero Snyder at 795-2557 or John Moyers at 661-7444.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, November 15, 2001.)
Karen Lucht died on Sept. 2, 2005, from complications brought on by lung cancer. A frequent visitor to Davis, she was 68.
She was born Aug. 26, 1937, in Moorcroft, Wyo., to Dorothy (Moore) Saylor and Warren Dale Saylor. Her childhood years were spent in Wyoming, California, Nebraska and South Dakota. She started working full-time at the age of 16 and often supported herself and her three children on the wages and tips of a waitress.
On May 28, 1987, she married Ernie Lucht in Riverton, Wyo. While in Riverton, her lifelong asthma, bronchitis, allergies and years as a steady smoker developed into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
In 1993, she and Ernie moved to Kingman, Ariz., for its dry climate. She was an active community member, volunteering as a high school tobacco prevention speaker for the Mojave County Tobacco Prevention Program, tutoring junior high students through the Laubach Literacy Program, participating in the Senior Center "Chat and Chew" program and volunteering for the Kingman Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.
She was an active volunteer caregiver for the KRMC Hospice program and was a member of the first class of volunteers trained for hospice in 2001. She was also a member of the Kingman Better Breathers Club, Friends of the Kingman Library, the Red Hat Society and a life member of the Eagle's Club Women's Auxiliary.
In her last months she visited many relatives in Wyoming and was visited by many family members at her home in Kingman.
She was preceded in death by both parents, two brothers, and four half-sisters.
She is survived by her husband, Ernie Lucht; and her three children, Don Saylor and his wife Julie of Davis; Jan Lien and her husband Steve of Gillette, Wyo.; and Jackie Stumbaugh and her friend Jerry Stockton of Kingman.
She is also survived by seven grandchildren, David Conner, Mandi Gideon, Lindsey Mondragon, Jeanna Kormos, Amy Wicks, Aaron Saylor and Kate Saylor; seven great-grandchildren; two half-brothers, Dan Saylor and John Nicolen; and three half-sisters, Marna Eitel, Doadie Cramer and Diana Ashley; and by many nieces and nephews.
Her remains have been cremated. Ashes will be interred at the Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton, Wyo., under a joint headstone with her husband Ernie with the inscription, "Sweethearts Forever."
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her name be made to Kingman Regional Medical Center Hospice Program, 1790 Sycamore Ave., Suite 5, Kingman, Ariz., 86409.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, September 6, 2005.)
Val A. Luck
A private memorial service will be held Saturday for Val A. Luck, who died July 18, 2001.
Luck was born Sept. 17, 1917, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Alfred and Hazel Luck. He taught instrumental music and band in the state of Iowa and in Davis for nearly 40 years.
He was a familiar sight at elementary schools from 1967 to 1979, when he gave music lessons out of a gray school bus.
He was educated at Grinnell University and Columbia University, receiving a bachelor's degree in music and a master's degree in art. He also served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a first lieutenant.
He spent countless hours collecting stamps, playing golf, listening to classical music and looking after his cats. He shot holes in one in 1981 and 1984.
He is survived by his loving wife, Rachel Luck of Davis; two children, Valerie Asher of Park City, Utah, and Val Luck II of Davis; three stepchildren, Suzanne Brinsfield of Woodland, Debra Witty-Retima of San Francisco and David Witty of Taichung, Taiwan; four grandchildren, Peter, Marnie, Katharine and Kirstin; and a family of cats that adored him.
A private memorial service will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, August 24, 2001.)
Carol O. Ludden
Carol Oardith Ludden died at home on Nov. 25, 2002. Born on Nov. 1, 1931, in Pasadena, she was 71 years old.
She was described by her family as a wonderful mother and grandmother whose favorite pastime was spending time with all of her children, who live in Davis. She enjoyed tending to roses in her garden. She also enjoyed doing ceramics and crafts.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Richard Alton Ludden, on Aug. 25, 1984.
She is survived by three children, Lynda Donovan, Richard Ludden and Lori Webster; nine grandchildren, Betty Roach; Carol Galli; Timothy Bishop; Del Donovan; Kyle, Scott and Clayton Webster; and Jessica and Sara Ludden; and three great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Timothy and William Bishop.
The family is planning a private service. She will be laid to rest next to her husband and mother.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, December 13, 2002.)
Clarice M. Luhdorff
Clarice was born May 16, 1927 in San Jose and passed away Oct. 20, 2004 at the age of 77 in Tacoma, Wash. following a lengthy illness. She lived in San Jose until the age of 13.
The family then moved to Woodland where she continued her education through high school. She attended the College of Pacific and UC Berkeley. She also trained as an x-ray technician and was employed in that field several years. She then returned to Sacramento State to obtain her Elementary School Teacher's Credential.
Clarice began her teaching career as a civilian with the U.S. Air Force and taught American children on Air Force bases in Okinawa, France and Germany. These overseas assignments allowed her to travel in Europe, the Mediterranean and Asia, including Russia. After four years she returned to the U.S. to continue teaching in the Sacramento School District. She retired in 1992.
She is survived by her brother, Gene of Elk Grove; her sister, Elaine Walters and her husband Ray of Gig Harbor, Wash. She also leaves three nephews, Mark Luhdorff of Elk Grove, Clayton Walters of Carlsbad and Corbin Walters and his wife Victoria of Tacoma, Wash. Additionally, she is survived by two nieces, Karen McCoy and her husband Bill of Maui, Hawaii and Shelley Day of Renton, Wash.
A graveside service will be held at Monument Hill Memorial Park Cemetery, Woodland at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 30. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, October 27, 2004.)
Wilbur Frederick Luick
Wilbur Frederick Luick died on Sept. 13, 2005. Born in Belmond, Iowa, on April 3, 1917, he was 88.
A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church, 1980 Hamilton Ave. in San Jose.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Janice Luick of Davis; his daughter Katie Luick of San Jose; his daughter Barbara Jahn and her husband Tom of Davis; and two grandchildren, Erica and Adam Jahn.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Sunday, September 25, 2005.)
Edwin Arthur Lund
Edwin Arthur Lund died on Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at age 81. Born Oct. 15, 1921, in Coachella, Mr. Lund had been a Yolo County resident for 43 years. He worked with Syaar Construction of Madison and then with Teamsters Local 150, Sacramento. He was employed at Mare Island Naval Shipyards, Vallejo and the Sacramento Army Depot. He served with the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater during World War II and received the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in combat, and also received the Asia-Pacific Campaign Medal.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Isabel H. Lund of Woodland; daughter-in-law, Romelia Keim of Rancho Cordova; and grandchildren, Daniel Fleming and Denise Grundy of Orangevale, and Derek Bishop of Citrus Heights; and great-grandchildren, Jessica and Joshua Fleming of Orangevale and Jaryn Bishop of Citrus Heights. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Beatrice (Thompson) Lund. The family requests memorials be directed to Yolo County Hospice, Davis. Arrangements are under the direction of Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors of Woodland.
Services: There will be a private memorial service by the family. There will also be a private interment.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, June 05, 2003.)
Geraldine I. Lund
Geraldine I. Lund of Winters passed away on March 9, 2003 at Sutter Davis Hospital, following complications from pneumonia.
Born on Aug. 7, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, she was 77 years old. She had one sister, Alice, who was raised by her father, John Whitley, in Los Angeles. Mrs. Lund graduated from UCLA in 1946 and earned her teaching credential in 1948.
She married Donald R. Lund, former Winters High School principal, on July 21, 1952. She taught English, P.E., world history and other subjects at various schools throughout southern and northern California, including Winters High School, for many years. She was known for her activism in local, state and national politics.
Mrs. Lund is survived by her daughter, Kathleen S. Lund of Santa Maria, and her granddaughter, Kristal D. Seeden of Santa Maria, as well as one stepdaughter, Linda Wallander, of Chico and family, as well as several neices (sic), nephews and their families.
The family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers. Services for Mrs. Lund are pending.
(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, March 13, 2003.)
Gerald Lund (memorial service)
Memorial service planned
A memorial service for Geraldine Lund who died on March 9, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 22 at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church, located at 205 Russell Street.
The Rev. Frank Anderson will conduct the service, which will be a celebration of Mrs. Lund's life by friends and family. A reception will immediately follow at Wesley Hall.
(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, March 20, 2003.)
Isabel H. Lund
Isabel H. Lund died in Woodland Sunday, June 19 at age 83.
Mrs. Lund was born in Oakland Jan. 20, 1922 to the late Arthur and Alma (Wilkinson) Hight. She had been a Yolo Country resident for 40 years. She received her associate degree from Alameda Community College. She worked for Bank of America as an operations officer from which she retired, then worked at T.G.&Y. in Woodland for almost 20 years.
Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Romelia Keim of Rancho Cordova; her grandchildren, Danny Bishop and Denise Grundy of Orangevale and Derek Bishop of Mokelumne Hill and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Edwin Lund; her son, Donald Bishop and her parents.
The family requests memorials in Mrs. Lund's name be directed to the charity of the donor's choice.
Services: Respecting the wishes of Mrs. Lund, private family services were held. Her cremains will be scattered off the coastline of San Francisco near the Golden Gate Bridge by Kraft Bros. Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors is assisting the family with arrangements.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, June 30, 2005.)
Jean V. Lundgren
Jean V. Lundgren died at her Davis home on Feb. 27, 2006. She was 80 years old.
A memorial service begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, 1701 Russell Blvd. in Davis.
Born to Nels and Agda Palmquist on March 20, 1925, in Melby, Minn., she grew up on a farm and became a church secretary in Minneapolis, where she met her future husband, David Lundgren. David became a Lutheran minister and they lived their lives in the ministry.
She was employed as a secretary for almost 30 years at various companies, such as General Mills and Boeing, as a church secretary in Minneapolis and as a secretary for the city of Fresno. At all of these locations she was deemed an outstanding employee, her family says.
She considered the more significant part of her life her vocation as a wife, mother and grandmother. Her family said kindness and caring characterized her life.
She was an active member of her congregations, serving in the choir, women's groups and teaching Sunday school. Her family said she was greatly beloved by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, the Rev. David Lundgren; and by three sons, Mark of Concord; Steven, his wife Debbie and their children Nick and Tate of Walnut Creek; and Craig, his wife Karen and their children, Katy, Matt and Grace of Davis.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, Yolo Hospice or to the charity of the donor's choice.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, March 3, 2006.)
Wilma Rose Lungstrum
Wilma Rose Lungstrum died May 23, 2006. She was 85.
A celebration of her life will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's United Church of Christ, 432 Cleveland St., Woodland. A reception will be held at the church after the ceremony, followed by a potluck on Regis Drive in Davis.
She was born in a farmhouse near Neodesha, Kan., on Feb. 18, 1921, to James Patrick Ramey, a farmer, and Georgia Addis Ramey, a housewife. She was the youngest child of five, with two sisters, Rena and Ruth, and two brothers, Charles and Wayne.
She attended a one-room school through the fifth grade, and attended school in Neodesha through eighth grade. Her family then moved to Independence, Kan., where she graduated from high school in 1938. She also attended Wichita Business College for a short time.
In 1939 she met and married Albert Lungstrum. They moved to Topeka, Kan., shortly thereafter when he accepted a job with the Santa Fe Railway. Their sons Gary and Dennis were born in Topeka. In 1945 they were transferred to Needles and later to Barstow, where their youngest son Lynn was born. Their next move was to Richmond, where they lived for 17 years.
Wilma Lungstrum was widowed in 1966 and soon after moved to Davis, where she made her home on Regis Drive for 38 years.
She worked as an executive administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 26 years in Albany and Sacramento before retiring in 1981. She remained active in the National Association of Retired Federal Workers until her death.
She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and a supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Association, her favorite charity.
She was preceded in death by her husband Albert and her granddaughter Julie Lungstrum.
She is survived by her three sons, Gary and his wife Mary of Carson City, Nev., Dennis of Republic, Mo., and Lynn and his wife Christine of Vacaville; her grandchildren, Michael of Carthage, Mo., and Scott, Shelly and Stefan of Vacaville; her great-grandchildren, C.J. and Heath of Carthage; her lifelong friend Wilda Hyche; and her loving friends and neighbors.
Those who wish to sign a guest book online may do so at www.davisfuneral.com.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, May 30, 2006.)
Nga Luong: Nga Luong died May 26, 2001, in Davis. Born Dec. 31, 1919, in Saigon, Vietnam, she was 81.
She is survived by her four children, Thanh Luong of Davis, To Luong of Sacramento, Hue Luong of Edmond, Okla., and Hao Luong of Davis; 10 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited for a time of visitation on Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D St. A funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m., led by Pastor Gershom Lee, also at the Davis Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at noon at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," May 30, 2001.)
Verna Lee Luper
Verna Lee Luper died Monday, Oct. 31 at Alderson Convalescent Hospital in Woodland at age 70.
Mrs. Luper was born in Bay City, Texas to James and Opal (Rose) Postell. She was a 20-year employee of the Placer Union High School District, working as a cafeteria manager at the Placer and Colfax high schools.
Survivors include Mrs. Luper's husband of 55 years, Fred Luper of Auburn; her daughters, Donna Luper of Woodland and Brenda Johnson of Lincoln; her son, Fred Patrick Luper of Suisun; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her sister, Opal Croissant of Rumsey; her brothers, Roy Postell of Woodland and James M. Postell of Green River, Wyo.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, James Eldridge Luper.
The family requests memorials in Mrs. Luper's name be directed to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Services: A celebration of Mrs. Luper's live is scheduled for noon on Saturday, Nov. 5 at Alderson Convalescent Hospital, 124 Walnut St., Woodland. Interment will be at Newcastle District Cemetery in Newcastle. Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, November 2, 2005.)
Marten Lutgendorf died in Chico of natural causes on June 17, 2000. Born April 18, 1920, to Otto and Everdina Lutgendorf in the Netherlands, he was 80 years old.
He served 21 years in the Merchant Marines and attained the rank of Master Mariner. He married Helga van Santen and was actively involved with Boy Scouts and Little League when his sons were young. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, golf and handicrafts for his children and he and his wife were editors of a retirement center monthly newsletter.
He is survived by his wife, Helga of Paradise; his two sons, Gary and Marty, both of Fallbrook; two daughters, Eleanor Low of Woodland and Beverly Ladouceur of San Ramon; one brother, Alex L. Lutgendorf of Tucson, Ariz.; and nine grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society, 925 American Way, Paradise, CA 95969.
A private inurnment will be held in Paradise under the direction of Chapel of the Pines.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," for the week of June 18, 2000.)
Geraldine Elaine (Brown) Luth (1st of 2 obituaries)
Born in Woodland June 10, 1920 - God took home a special Angel March 9, 2006. She lived an American Life. There was a lot of love, but not much money, growing up on Depot Street (Woodland). She was a 1939 grad of Woodland High and soon thereafter was so happy to find a good job as a telephone operator. During WWII she found time to volunteer (after work) to look for enemy planes we feared would attack our homeland. She and her only sibling (her brother Bob) bought their parents their home during WWII for $900 (36 monthly $25 payments no interest). She found love - and married Ed Luth - in 1954. Her son was born 9.5 months after the wedding (Steve 1955). They lived several years in Woodland and 1957 took them to Sacramento in search of better work for Ed. God gave them a daughter that year (Susan 1957). Ed wanted Jerry to now be a stay-at-home MOM, and that made her very happy. Life was swell on Bradford Drive - a vibrant newer postwar neighborhood filled with young families. She went back to work when Steve needed braces, and eventually retired with 30 years of service from Pacific Bell. She honestly never had an unkind word for anyone. The couple lived Christian lives and especially loved their church family at St. Paul's Lutheran where they were members well over 40 years. They were blessed, by Susan and the Lord, with grandchildren, Stephanie and Kristin. She is also survived by her lifelong friend and sister-in-law, Mrs. Robert (Phyllis) Brown. Ed went home first in 1998, as Jerry courageously fought a 10-year long battle with Alzheimer's. We are so grateful to her caregivers at Golden Dove Care Home (especially Angela and Sandra) where she lived since 1997. Her celestial homecoming was also preceded by that of her loving parents, Joseph and Bessie Brown; her wonderful brother, Bob; and many members of the Newman and Caldera families. Jerry's was a life well-lived and we, her loved ones, will try to live by her example and trust in the Lord that we will all be together again. Friends and family are invited to visitation Thursday, March 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Nicoletti Funeral Home (5401 Folsom Ave., Sacramento) and to her Christian burial (Friday at 1 p.m.) at St. Paul's Lutheran Church (59th and Broadway, Sacramento). Please consider a donation to The Alzheimer's Association in lieu of flowers at www.alz.org.
Visit the guest book at www.dailydemocrat.com.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, March 16, 2006.)
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Geraldine Elaine (Brown) Luth (2nd of 2 obits.)
Geraldine Elaine (Brown) Luth died at Golden Dove Care Home Thursday, March 9 at age 85.
Mrs. Luth was born in Woodland June 10, 1920 to Joseph and Bessie Brown. She was a 1939 grad of Woodland High and soon thereafter worked as a telephone operator. During World War II she found time to volunteer after work to look for enemy planes. After having two children, she was a stay-at-home mother. Later, she worked for Pacific Bell and eventually retired after 30 years of service. She was a member for more than 40 years of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Sacramento.
Survivors include Mrs. Luth's daughter, Susan; her son, Steve; her grandchildren, Stephanie and Kristin; and her sister-in-law, Phyllis Brown. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Ed Luth; her parents, Joseph and Bessie Brown; and her brother, Bob.
The family requests memorials in Mrs. Luth's name be directed to Alzheimer's Association, 530 Bercut Drive, Suite A, Sacramento, 95814 or www.alz.org.
Services: A funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. today, Friday, March 17 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 59th and Broadway, Sacramento. Nicoletti Culijis and Herberger Funeral Home of Sacramento is assisting the family with arrangements.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Friday, March 17, 2006.)
Maude Luyet died Sept. 26, 2001, at Alderson's Convalescent Hospital in Woodland after a short illness. Born in Shiloh, Ark., on June 6, 1914, she was 87 years old.
She had lived in Woodland since 1947, and worked as a bus driver for Yolo County schools for more than 20 years before retiring in 1976.
She had lived the past five years at The Californian Retirement Residence in Woodland. She attended daily the Yolo County Adult Day Health Center in Woodland until her illness. She enjoyed listening to music, daily readings, crafts, playing bingo and interacting with her friends.
She was an active member of the Woodland Church of Christ, where she attended services for the past four years.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Joseph Luyet, who died in 1996.
She is survived by her daughter, Donna Jennelle of Fairfield; son, Ron Luyet of Foster City; granddaughter, Tammy Day of Vacaville; and great-granddaughter, Ashley Day of Vacaville. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at McNary's Funeral Home, 458 College Ave. in Woodland. A graveside service will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Monument Hill Memorial Park, conducted by the Rev. John Wilkerson.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Yolo County Adult Day Health Center, 20 N. Cottonwood St., Woodland, CA 95695.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, September 28, 2001.)
Ethel May Lyberger
Ethel May Lyberger died peacefully at home on Feb. 4, 2006. A resident of Davis for 41 years and of St. John’s Retirement Village in Woodland for the last two years, she was 92 years old.
Burial and a memorial service will be in Davis; arrangements are pending.
Born in Spokane, Wash., on Sept. 11, 1913, she was the oldest of four daughters born to Ben Cummings and Lillie Rebecca Reed Cummings. She spent her childhood living in and around Kendrick, Idaho. She graduated from Kendrick High School in 1931 and moved back to Spokane with her family, where she became reacquainted with her future husband of 50 years, James “Jim” Lyberger, who had been born three doors down on the same street.
They were married in October 1941 and while Jim was serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II, Ethel worked as a beautician in Spokane. After the war, Jim attended Faragut College in Idaho, then he re-entered the Army and served in Japan during the Korean War.
During this period of her life, Ethel began moving on an almost yearly basis, following her husband around the globe, including stops in Richland, Wash.; Redbank, N.J.; Baltimore, Md.; Spokane; and Orleans, France; ending up in Davis.
In May 1962, Jim was stationed at a U.S. Army Signal Corps site on County Road 31 at the current site of D-Q University. In 1964, after Jim retired from the Army, the couple decided not to return to Spokane and Ethel became very active in the Davis community.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Davis, on the board of the Davis Senior Center, and a longtime member of Soroptimist International of Davis. An avid quilter, Ethel was a member of several quilting clubs, and she won many awards for her quilts, often having them displayed at the California State Fair.
She will be remembered for her warm hospitality and kindness to all, for being a great cook and hairdresser, and for her interest in and knowledge of the world around her. She knew the name of every bird, every flower and every tree.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Jim; her sisters, Phyllis Dennler and Burneda Cummings; her niece, Linda Grossen; and her nephew, John Dennler.
She is survived by children, Karen Lyberger and her partner Peter Albin of El Cerrito, Dale Lyberger and his wife Lynda of Davis; her sister, Jewell Dennler and her husband Tom of Juliaetta, Idaho; her granddaughter, Amy Kurtz of Davis; her grandson, Ben Lyberger and his wife Cayce Wallace of Davis; and four great-grandchildren, Emma and Samantha Kurtz, and Alex and Shealyn Wallace, all of Davis.
She is also survived by her nephew and nieces, Mark Dennler and his wife Polly of Juliaetta, Idaho, Arlene Laird and her husband Dale of Clarkston, Wash., Janice Lohman and her husband Gary of Lewiston, Idaho, and Carla Dennler of Genesee; and many grand- and great-nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. John’s Retirement Village or to the Heifer Project.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Sunday, February 12, 2006.)
Frieda Lynch died in her home in The Californian, Woodland Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at age 86.
Born Oct. 9, 1915, in Enid, Okla., Mrs. Lynch was the daughter of the late Henry and Margret Keihn. She was a Yolo County resident since 1937. She and her first husband were dairy farmers in Winters for 13 years from 1948 to 1961 and then farmed alfalfa until 1968 when he passed away. She sold Avon for a few years from 1968 to 1972. She was married to Mr. Cliff Leach for two years. They lived in Woodland for a short time and then made their home in San Diego. She moved back to Woodland and in 1982 married Mr. Nathaniel W. Lynch. She was a former member of the Cow Bells in Winters and was a member of Eastern Star in Woodland. According to her family members, "she was an avid gardener and loved to play cards. She played in bridge groups and also played Pinocle.
Mrs. Lynch was survived by her husband of 20 years, Nathaniel Wiltse Lynch of Woodland. He passed away within one hour of her at the Cottonwood Healthcare Facility in Woodland; son, Don Penner and wife Janet of Quincy; daughter-in-law, Elise Penner of Woodland; grandchildren, Tim Penner of Woodland, Tom Penner of Colorado, Toby Penner of Eagle Point, Ore. and Stephanie DeBo of Woodland; brother, Walter Kiehn of Sacramento as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her sons, Floyd Penner in 1952 and Kenneth D. Penner in 2001; husbands, Edwin Penner in 1968 and Cliff Leach in 1976; brothers, Ruben, Helmuth, and Herb Kiehn.
Respecting the wishes of Mrs. Lynch no services are scheduled.
McNary's Chapel of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.
(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Wednesday, March 13, 2002.)
Nathaniel Wiltse Lynch
Nathaniel Wiltse Lynch died Tuesday, March 5, 2002, in Cottonwood Healthcare Center, Woodland less than one hour after his wife of 20 years, Frieda Lynch at The Californian, Woodland. Mr. Lynch was 97 years of age.
Born Aug. 11, 1904, in Floyd County, Iowa, Mr. Lynch was the son of the late Walter and Nettie Lynch. He moved to Woodland in 1971 after retiring. He was a machinist for 54 years and worked for Western Gear in Southern California. After he retired he worked for Heidrick Farms and was instrumental in restoring the farm equipment that is featured at the Heidrick Ag Museum in Woodland. In 1999, he was honored at a recognition dinner given in honor of those who helped make the dream of this museum come true. A plaque in his name was placed at the museum.
Mr. Lynch is survived by his son, Ronald Lynch and wife Mary of Calistoga; stepson, Don Penner and wife Janet of Quincy; grandchildren, Jecque A. Collins of San Leandro, Devon Rice of Calistoga, Ronna Williams of Stockton and Stephanie DeBo of Woodland. Also surviving him are three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his stepson, Kenneth D. Penner in 2001.
Respecting the wishes of Mr. Lynch no services are scheduled.
McNary's Chapel of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.
(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Wednesday, March 13, 2002.)
Mark Allen Lyon
Mark Allen Lyon died in Woodland Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at age 46.
Born Dec. 17, 1957 in Oklahoma City, Okla., Mr. Lyon had been a Yolo County resident for four months. He worked in electronic communications for Delta Wireless. He loved his job and California; most of all, however, he loved his family.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Jane Lyon; sons, Joshua and Nicholas Lyon, all of Woodland; sister, Debbie and her husband Mike Hayes of Angleton, Texas; brother, Rex Lyon of Oklahoma City, Okla. He was preceded in death by his parents James and Elizabeth (Shive) Lyon.
The family requests memorials be directed to Well Fargo Bank, College Trust Fund for Joshua and Nicholas Lyon, 444 Court St., Woodland. Arrangements are under the direction of Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors of Woodland.
Services: A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13 at Kraft Bros. Chapel, 175 Second St., Woodland.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Sunday, January 11, 2004.)
Willis Carl "Billy" Lyster, Sr.
Willis "Billy" Carl Lyster Sr. of Stockton died in Angels Camp Thursday, Sept. 1 at age 46.
Mr. Lyster was born May 21, 1959 in Richmond. He had been a Yolo County resident for three years. He worked as a cook for various restaurants and facilities.
Survivors include Mr. Lyster's son, Willis Lyster Jr. of Ontario, Ore.; his sister, Paula Gallagher of Nevada; his brothers, Michael Lyster of Woodland and David Lyster of Oklahoma; his stepbrother, Donny Swin of California; his nieces, Michelle Lyster of Woodland, Angelina Robles of Idaho, Colleen Lyster and Tami Lyster of Oklahoma; his nephew, Jory Moscon of Tennessee; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Cline Lyster; his father, Willis C. Lyster; his sister, Cindy Fields; and his stepmother, Ruby Ditzler.
Services: Respecting the wishes of Mr. Lyster, private family services are scheduled. Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors is assisting the family with arrangements.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Sunday, September 11, 2005.)