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OAKLEY

Elsie-Maye (Bilyeu) Oakley

Elsie-Maye (Bilyeu) Oakley of Woodland died in Woodland Memorial Hospital following a brief illness Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002, at age 86.

Born May 14, 1916, in San Francisco, Mrs. Oakley was the daughter of George and Martha Bilyeu, she was reared in that city. Following her graduation from San Francisco Teacher's College (now California State University, San Francisco) she was a kindergarten teacher until her marriage to Samuel Heywood Oakley in 1939. The Oakleys considered Berkeley their home for most of their marriage, which was marked by many sojourns to American and international locales as a result of Samuel Oakley's career as an officer in the United States Army. They had two children: Pamela, born in Berkeley and John, born in San Francisco.

According to her family members, "she was a woman of tremendous intellect, with a great interest in human and world affairs." She volunteered as a chauffeur for diplomats during the organizing of the United Nations. She was a recognition expert and published many articles on Old Sheffield Plate silver. She wrote travel articles for the San Francisco Chronicle, and was the author of a number of published greeting cards. She was a lifelong election day poll worker and a charter member of the Sam Ervin Fan Club. During her years in Berkeley she was a deaconess of the First Congregational Church and was "The Voice of First Congo" as the announcer of many Sunday radio broadcasts of that church's services. Later, she was an active communicant at All Soul's Episcopal Church in Berkeley and at the Episcopal Church of Saint Martin in Davis.

Mrs. Oakley is remembered by a host of women who accompanied their husbands to UC Berkeley from foreign countries over many years. She was a volunteer at International House at Cal, where she befriended women and their families, practiced English with them, and helped them navigate these foreign waters. "She was also a fun-loving woman who was fiercely devoted to her husband, children and grandchildren, and to Oakland A's baseball and Cal football," according to her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Pamela Shackelford and husband Don of Anchorage, Alaska and their children Holly and Robert; and son, John Bilyeu Oakley and wife Freddie of Davis and their children Adelie Oakley and Antonia Bilyeu Oakley.

Mrs. Oakley was preceded in death last year by her husband Samuel H. Oakley.

A graveside service will be held when her ashes are interred next to those of her husband at the family plot in Oakland on Nov. 22, 2002, which marks the 63rd anniversary of her marriage.

The family requests memorials be directed to the Employee Benevolent Fund of Woodland Memorial Hospital.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Sunday, October 13, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). A photograph of Mrs. Oakley is included with this obituary. Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

OAKLEY

Samuel H. Oakley

Lt. Col. Samuel Heywood Oakley died July 21, 2001, in Woodland, after fighting Parkinson's disease for more than 20 years. He was 87 years old.

Oakley was born in Berkeley on April 4, 1914. His father was a pilot on San Francisco Bay who later served as captain of the Sacramento Northern's rail ferry at Martinez, on the Oakland-Sacramento line. He was another member of the "Greatest Generation," a son of colonial and California pioneers who fought from Normandy to the Rhine.

On his father's side, Oakley's grandfather sailed to San Francisco in 1849 and operated a stagecoach line from downtown San Francisco to the local resort of Lake Merced. His grandmother traveled to San Francisco by covered wagon. On his mother's side, he was a cousin of two presidents, John Adams and John Quincy Adams. He shared with them direct descent from Henry Adams, who emigrated from England to Braintree, Mass., in 1638.

Henry Adams was the great-great-grandfather of John Adams and the great-great-great-great-great grandfather of Samuel Oakley - who was also the nephew of Charles Dingley Heywood, mayor and postmaster of Berkeley at the time of his birth.

After graduating from Berkeley High School and UC Berkeley, from which he received a bachelor's degree in 1935, Oakley joined the Standard Oil Co. of California. He married Elsie-Maye Bilyeu in 1939.

Although he was exempt from the draft as a married man, then 28 years of age, Oakley enlisted as a private in the Army in June 1942. After basic training he was selected for Officer's Candidate School, and during his 2 1/2 years in the European theater of operations he rose to the rank of first lieutenant in charge of a company in a replacement battalion of the 9th Army.

After a brief return to civilian life, he was selected for a commission in the transportation corps of the regular Army, in which he served from 1947 until his retirement in 1964. As an Army officer he received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1949, writing a thesis on centralized traffic control systems for railroads that established him as an expert in that field.

During his career he served for three years in Japan during the Korean War and for several months on a ship near Beirut during the Lebanon crisis of 1958 in his capacity as the Army's liaison to the commander in chief, Naval Elements Mediterranean. For that position he was based in London, where he was stationed from 1957 through 1959.

He later served as executive officer and deputy chief of staff in the headquarters of the U.S. Army's Terminal Command - Pacific, first at Fort Mason in San Francisco, and later at the Oakland Army Terminal in Oakland.

His retirement in 1964 was voluntary. He had been promoted to full colonel, contingent on accepting command of the Army's port at Inchon, Korea. He declined the post for family reasons. For more than five of his 22 years of service he had been separated from his family, and family members were then barred from accompanying military personnel to Korea.

Soon after, he returned to Oakland Army Base to serve as public affairs officer and as a transportation analyst for the Department of Defense. From 1965 until his final retirement in 1976, he authored a widely circulated newsletter on military-related ship movements throughout the Pacific region.

From 1959 until 1991, Oakley lived in his hometown of Berkeley. He and his wife moved to Davis in 1991 and to Woodland in 1995. As his condition deteriorated, he was lovingly cared for by the staff of Cottonwood Healthcare Center in Woodland, and in his final days by Yolo Hospice.

Oakley was an avid hiker, with a special affinity for Yosemite, where he met his wife. During their years in Berkeley they were season ticket holders and devoted fans of the Cal Bears and the Oakland Athletics. He was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, as well as the Sons of the American Revolution, the Society of California Pioneers and the California Historical Society.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elsie-Maye Oakley of Woodland; his daughter, Pamela Shackelford of Anchorage, Alaska; and his son, John Oakley of Davis.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be sent to the National Parkinson Foundation Inc., 1501 N.W. 9th Ave., Miami, FL 33136-1494; or by calling (800) 327-4545 or visiting www.parkinsons.org.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," July 31, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

OBIETA

Felicia G. Obieta

Felicia Golzarri Obieta died Sept. 3, 2002, at the home of her daughter, Jane Estremera. She died peacefully with her family by her side. Born on Nov. 26, 1902, in the Basque province of Viscaya, Spain, she was 99 years old.

She was a homemaker, then a cook, caregiver and foster grandparent. For the past several years she enjoyed her daughter Jane's tranquil garden, often commenting on the beautiful trees, shrubs, flowers, birds and the visiting cats who delighted her. Her Catholic devotions gave her much comfort and peace, especially the rosary.

She is the loving mother of five daughters, Francisca "Suzanne" Fernandez, Louise Arnerich and Elisa Fernandez of Sacramento, and Jane Estremera and Inez DeFazio of Davis; son, Andrew Fernandez and his wife Ana of Carson Valley, Nev.; 24 grandchildren; and 40 great-grandchildren.

Diana Mogolaki, Bui Vatea and Elena Knutti lovingly assisted her daughters with her care.

A funeral and interment took place in Sacramento. Friends are invited to a memorial Mass on Saturday at 8 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Davis. A breakfast reception will be served in the parish hall following the Mass.

Remembrances may be sent to the St. James Building Fund, 200 W. 14th St., or Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 95617.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, October 3, 2002, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

OBREGON

Antelmo Garrido Obregon

Antelmo Garrido Obregon died in Sacramento on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, at age 79.

Born May 25, 1923, in Cuahutepec, Hidalgo, Mexico, Mr. Obregon had been a Yolo County resident for the past 25 years. He worked for various ranchers and farmers.

Survivors include his sons, Raymundo Obregon, Galdino Obregon and Fernando Obregon of Knights Landing, and Alejandro Obregon and wife Edie of Woodland; daughters, Nora Galacia and husband Angel, Magali Garduno of Elk Grove, Tali Solis and husband Guerillmo of Corona, and America Obregon of Laguna; and 14 grandchildren.

The family requests memorials be directed to the charity of donor's choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Kraft Bros. Chapel of Woodland.

Services: Vigil is scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Kraft Bros. Chapel, 175 Second St., Woodland. Mass is scheduled at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at St. Paul's Catholic Church of Knights Landing, with burial to follow at Knights Landing Cemetery.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, January 23, 2003.)

O'BRIEN

Edna Rae O'Brien

Edna Rae O'Brien died in Mesa, Ariz., Saturday, June 22, 2002, at age 95.

Born March 31, 1907, in Chico, Mrs. O'Brien had been a Yolo County resident for about nine years. She grew up in the Roseville area and was a member of the first graduating class of Sacramento City College before she became a 1929 UC Berkeley graduate. She taught women's physical education at Woodland High School for nine years before marrying. She and her husband farmed in the Arbuckle area before they moved to Auburn in 1968 to retire and travel. In 1995, she moved to Mesa, Ariz.

Mrs. O'Brien is survived by her daughter, Susan Abele of Mesa, Ariz.; son, Michael Cochran of Norton, Mass.; grandchildren, Ellen Spann of Scottsdale, Ariz., Morgan Abele of Chandler, Ariz., and Sharon Meekin of Eagan, Minn.; seven great-grandchildren; and one-great-great-granddaughter.

Also surviving is her sister, Margaret O'Brien of Aptos.

Mrs. O'Brien was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie Cochran.

A funeral Mass is scheduled to be said at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Queen of Peace Church in Mesa.

Interment is scheduled to take place at St. mary's Cemetery in Sacramento.

The family requests memorials be directed to The Hospice Family Care Foundation, 1550 S. Alma Road, Suite 102, Mesa, Ariz. 85210; or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Meldrum Mortuary of Mesa is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Sunday, July 07, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

O'BRIEN

Lois Bird O'Brien

Lois Bird O'Brien, a longtime Davis resident, died among family in Greenbrae on June 28, 2003. She was 84.

She was born on Dec. 16, 1918, in Los Angeles to John Williamson Bird and Birdie Gilmore Bird. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Fortuna, where her sister Elinor was born.

After graduating from Fortuna High School at age 16, she attended Humboldt State College and transferred to UC Berkeley, where she earned a bachelor's degree in rhetoric. At Cal, she met C. Bickford O'Brien, a graduate student in history. They married on May 18, 1940, in Berkeley.

In the late 1940s the couple moved to Davis, where they reared three children.

According to her family, she liked to recall when, upon looking for a house in Davis in the early 1950s, she and her husband were advised against buying a house in town by a loan agent, who said Davis had no future. They bought anyway.

Bick O'Brien settled into teaching history at what was then the College of Agriculture at Davis.

She was involved with Davis Parent Nursery School, Girl and Boy scouts and PTA. She was a lifelong member of the League of Women Voters, serving two terms as president in the 1960s. She also served on numerous boards and advisory committees, including nearly 20 years on the Davis Planning Commission. She and her husband were also great supporters of International House, Davis.

In 1960, she was recommended by UCD's first tenured woman faculty member, Celeste Turner Wright, to teach a class on a "temporary emergency basis" in the department of English, dramatic art and speech. She stayed for 24 years, encouraging independent thinking among her students and leading popular rhetoric classes.

In addition to her community work, she was a lifelong member of the Christian Science Church, serving in many capacities locally and nationally.

Looking back on her travels to Europe and Russia with her family, years of teaching at UCD and of fulfilling public service, she often commented on how wonderful it was that a country girl from Fortuna could have had such an amazing life, her family said.

She is survived by her son Edward O'Brien or Davis, daughters Barbara Wagstaff of Berkeley and Margaret Rogers in Greenbrae, and her two grandchildren, Peter and Laurel O'Brien of Davis.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no public memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to International House, 10 College Park, Davis, CA 95616; or the League of Women Voters, P.O. Box 72674, Davis, CA 95616.

Reminiscences may be sent to the family c/o Ed O'Brien, 1501 W. Eighth St., Davis CA 95616, or to obriens4@sbcglobal.net.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Sunday, July 6, 2003.)

O'BRIEN

Robert E. O'Brien

Robert Edward O'Brien, beloved father and grandfather, died of cancer on Nov. 12, 1999, at the Sierra Health Care Convalescent Hospital in Davis. Born on June 28, 1924, in Terra Haute, Ind., to Edward Smythe and Margaret Corridan O'Brien, he was 75.

During World War II he joined the Army Air Corps at the age of 17 and became a B-17 pilot stationed in England. He was shot down once over Nazi-occupied France and was rescued by the French Resistance, which enabled him to make it back to England to fly more missions.

After the war, he spent many months shuttling troops and displaced persons back to France from North Africa, all the while sleeping and eating in trenches in the south of France due to the lack of proper billeting at war's end.

Following World War II, he attended Loyola University and Santa Clara Law School. Although he never practiced law, he used this knowledge during the many years he worked in the transportation industry. He was the first of his family to move to California in the 1950s, where he raised his family.

He will be greatly missed for his generosity of spirit, his selfless giving as an individual and as a true Irishman of great wit, sparkle and faith. One of his favorite sayings was "there is no use in this life for vain thoughts, useless dreads and anxious imaginations,'' a saying family members have taken to heart through the years.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Kevin O'Brien in 1988, and William O'Brien in 1993, and by his brother, Joseph O'Brien, earlier this year.

He is survived by his son, Timothy E. O'Brien of Davis and his wife Fern; and two daughters, Eileen O'Brien of Woodland Hills and Theresa Tillett of Napa. His grandchildren who brought "Poppy'' much happiness and laughter include Katie and Marianna O'Brien of Davis and Annette, Jessica, Mimi and Lonnie Tillett of Napa.

He will be fondly remembered by his nieces, Mimi Lyon of Woodland and her husband Craig, and Peggy Mauerman of Westport, Conn., and her husband Todd; two great-nieces, Thea and Kristin Labadie; and two great-nephews, Robert and Peter Mauerman.

He also was an uncle to Maureen Shepherd, Dennis Marquez, Moira Hummel, Kathy Magnusson and the Sandmann girls.

He departed this life praying that God watch over Mary Jean and his entire family.

His family would like to thank family and friends who have been so supportive during his illness. According to his wishes, there will be a graveside ceremony Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Davis Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, Attention: ADA Web, P.O. Box 96911, Washington, D.C., 20090-6911.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," during the week of November 14, 1999, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

OCEGUEDA

Madeline June Ocegueda

Madeline June Ocegueda died in Woodland on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003. Born on June 20, 1923 in Turlock, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Enos. She was 79 years old.

Mrs. Ocegueda most recently lived in San Diego but was a longtime Woodland resident. She worked for Yolo County for 26 years before retiring in 1985.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Antonio Ocegueda of San Diego. Also surviving are her children, Terry Heath and wife Dede, Tony Ocegueda and Irene and Jessie Ocegueda, all of San Diego; and daughters, Annett Scott and husband Gary of Fresno, Frances Losoya and husband Melton, Melvin Health and wife Sally, all of Woodland; and daughter, Carol Murphy of Texas. Other survivors include 19 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren as well as brothers, Howard Enos of Sparks, Nev., and Jessie Sanches of Capitola and sisters, Phylis Garcia and Jackie Enos of San Diego, Barbara Sanches of Sylmar and Irma Holquine of Woodland.

Services: Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at McNary's Chapel. A funeral mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Holy Rosary Church with interment to follow at Monument Hill Memorial Park.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Jan. 14, 2003.)

O'DELL-
FREEMAN

Fern O'Dell-Freeman

Fern O'Dell-Freeman died on Aug. 7, 2004 in Grass Valley at age 64.

Mrs. O'Dell-Freeman was born Nov. 22, 1939, in Porter, Okla. and worked as a medical assistant in Woodland for more than 20 years.

Survivors include Mrs. O'Dell-Freeman's husband, James Freeman of Davis, daughters Teresa Goode of Sacramento, Kelly Romero of Grass Valley and Christie O'Dell of Fair Oaks. She is also survived by sons John O'Dell Jr. of Nevada City, Tony O'Dell of Rancho Cordova, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The family requests memorials be directed to The American Cancer Society.

Services: Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. at Reichert Funeral Chapel, 7320 Auburn Blvd., Citrus Heights. Interment will be at Sylvan District Cemetery in Citrus Heights. Reichert's Funeral Services of Citrus Heights is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, August 11, 2004.)

ODONNELL

Father Cornelius O'Donnell

Father Cornelius O'Donnell died Friday, April 26, in Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland. He was 71, having been born April 6, 1931, in Ennis.

A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 10, at Holy Rosary Church.

O'Donnell was pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Woodland from October 1982 to October 1994.

Most Rev. John Scanlan ordained him for the Diocese of Sacramento on June 12, 1955, at All Hallows College in Dublin, Ireland. O'Donnell attended the All Hallows College Seminary.

His other assignments in the diocese included assistant pastor, All Hallows in Sacramento, Oct. 1956-Sept. 1962; pastor, Our Lady of the Snows in Westwood, Sept. 1968-Dec. 1973; pastor Our Lady of Lourdes in Sacramento, Dec. 1973-Oct. 1982; and pastor, St. John's in Dunsmuir and St. Joseph's in McCloud, Nov. 1994-Sept. 1999.

Father O'Donnell retired from active ministry in September 1999 and was appointed Pastor Emeritus of St. John/St. Joseph, Dunsmuir/McCloud. After retirement, he served as Parochial Administrator of St. Anthony Parish, Walnut Grove, before moving to Ireland last year.

O'Donnell is survived by a brother, Simon, and sister-in-law, brother Hugh, and sister-in-law, all of Ireland, and brother Colm, living in Canada.

A funeral mass was held Monday, April 29, at the Cathedral in Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland.

A memorial mass will be held at 6 p.m. today at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Dunsmuir.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Friday, May 03, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

O'DONNELL

Hugh O'Donnell

His wife and children were by his side when Hugh O'Donnell of Dixon died at his home on June 25, 2000, following a long illness. He was 83.

He was born on June 24, 1919, in Kansas City, Mo., to Michael and Lina O'Donnell. He served in World War II as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army at Camp San Luis Obispo.

He eventually settled in San Luis Obispo, married Esther De La Rosa and raised two children, Marina and Terence. He graduated from McGeorge Law School in 1972, and then established a law practice in Winters. He was also a public defender for Yolo County Superior Court.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Peggy, and his wife Esther. He married Mary McIlhone O'Donnell in July 1990, and they lived in Dixon. In 1990, he continued his practice in Woodland; he continued to be a public defender there until his retirement in 1997.

He was an avid golfer and was a member of El Macero Country Club. He was also a founding member of the San Luis Obispo Country Club. He was past president of Rotary International in Winters, and also enjoyed traveling throughout the world.

He is survived by his wife, Marie; daughter, Marina and her husband Joe Cook of Aptos; son, Terence and his wife Terri of Fresno; grandchildren, Noe Cook of Aptos and Erin and Carlos O'Donnell of Fresno; and stepchildren, Patricia Sanders of Novato, Lynn McGrath of Ashland, Ore., and Vincent McGrath of Pittsford, N.Y.

He is also survived by eight step-grandchildren and his sister, Nancy Murphy of Washington.

A celebration of his life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Dixon Community Church, 955 E. A St., Dixon.

The family would like to express gratitude to the staff of Yolo Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 95617.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, June 28, 2002, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

OESTE

Ethel W.H. Oeste

Ethel Wildah Heidrick Oeste died Feb. 4, 2001, in Boise, Idaho, where she was visiting her daughter. Born April 9, 1914, to Andrew A. and Wildah De Harrison Heidrick in Artois, she was 86.

She moved with her family to Woodland when she was still a young girl. As the oldest daughter in the family, she was always very helpful to her mother. She woke up at 4:30 in the morning to pick blackberries while the day was still cool. Later in the day she would help her mother cook and prepare blackberry dumplings for dinner. Often she stayed home from school to help her mother with household chores and to help care for her younger brother and sister.

As a young woman, she worked for several years at Timothy's Bakery on Main Street in Woodland. On March 20, 1938, she married Laverne Adolph Oeste in Reno, Nev. The couple had two daughters, Sharon and Sharlene Oeste. In 1946 the family built a home in Davis, where they lived until 1972 when their home was dismantled to make room for a freeway.

She prided herself on her homemaking skills, having canned hundreds of jars of fruit annually. She also loved propagating irises and chrysanthemums. Her flowers and flower arrangements were admired and appreciated by family and friends.

In addition to being a devoted wife and loving mother, she taught food preservation and food preparation for the Plainfield 4-H Club. After moving to Woodland in 1972, she was a member of the Town and Country Club for many years.

She took pleasure in surrounding herself with a lovely home and a beautiful yard. Her dozens of rose bushes were a thing of beauty for all traveling up and down Gibson Road. After her husband died in 1987, she enjoyed visiting with children and friends, traveling and following issues related to agriculture.

She is survived by her daughters, Sharlene Stahl of Boise, Idaho, and Sharon Anderson of Chico; six grandchildren, Fred Stahl of Sunnyvale, Shana Stahl Richter of Boise, Jeff Stahl of Palm Desert, Lory Anderson Winklemann of Crescent City, Bill Anderson of Chico and Kelly Anderson Hambrink of Chico; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Fred and Emmett Heidrick of Woodland; and a sister, Vera Gorman of Yolo.

She was preceded in death by her parents in 1954, her husband in 1987, her brother Joe Heidrick, and her sister Louise Farnham.

She will be greatly missed by many. Graveside services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Davis Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Chapel.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Wednesday, February 7, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

O'FARRELL

James E.R. O'Farrell

Surveyor O'Farrell Dead

J.E.R. O'Farrell died at his residence in Woodland at 3 o'clock yesterday morning from an attack of pneumonia. The funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Mr. O'Farrell was well known throughout the county, and his genial presence will be missed by one and all. May he rest in peace.

(Obituary from the “Winters Express,” Saturday, November 15, 1890, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the “Winters Express,” 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

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THE LAST SAD RITES

The Funeral of the Late J.E.R. O'Farrell Sunday Afternoon

Woodland Mail

The Catholic Church was crowded to its utmost capacity Sunday afternoon, with the mourning friends of the late James E.R. O’Farrell, who died, so suddenly Friday morning. Long before the hour appointed for the funeral service, the thoroughfares surrounding the church were lined with vehicles loaded with those who could not find standing room in the church, and who had gathered to pay their last outward token of respect to the memory of the deceased.

At 2:30 o’clock, the remains arrived at the church, escorted by the Young Men's Institute. As the hearse appeared all hats were removed and the crowd reverently bowed their heads as the cortege passed. At the church the regular Catholic burial ceremonies were held; Father Walsh briefly reviewed the life of the deceased and spoke feeling words of sympathy for the grief stricken relatives. Father Walsh spoke highly of the deceased,

and was very eulogistic in referring to the generous-hearted disposition of the late surveyor.

The remains were then placed in the hearse by Messrs. John Lee, C.L. Browning, J.H. Brown, David Wyckoff, Sheriff Weaver and John H. Wright, acting as pall bearers. The remains were escorted by Y.M.I. No. 15 of this city, and of which order the deceased was a prominent member. A large delegation of the Sacramento Institute No.'s 11 and 27 also acted as escorts, and a long line of buggies and carriages. The remains were interred in the Catholic Cemetery with appropriate ceremonies, after which the grave was covered with many beautiful floral pieces from the friends of the deceased. The funeral was largely attended by people from every section of the county, and neighboring cities, and the attendance attested the high esteem the people had for the late James E.R. O'Farrell. Peace to his ashes.

(Obituary from the “Winters Express,” Saturday, November 22, 1890, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the “Winters Express,” 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

OGASAWARA

Frank X. Ogasawara

Frank X. Ogasawara, UC Davis professor emeritus of avian and animal sciences, died on June 8, 2002, in Davis. He was 88.

He was born in San Diego on Nov. 10, 1913, and his secondary schooling was in Battle Mountain, Nev. He graduated from Lander County High School in June 1939.

He received a bachelor of science degree in 1949 and his doctor of philosophy in 1957 at UC Davis. He was appointed assistant professor at UC Davis in 1957 and subsequently advanced to associate and then to full professor.

He was senior author or co-author of 83 publications, served as major professor for four Ph.D. recipients and nine master's of science recipients, sponsored many F.A.O. fellows, and was an outstanding undergraduate adviser for more than 500 students.

He shared his expertise with counterparts in foreign nations through various overseas assignments: Nagoya University, Japan (1966, 1967, 1970); Edinburgh University, Scotland (1970, 1971, 1977); southern Brazil (1980); and Guangzho, China (1988).

He served as chairman of a U.S. Department of Agriculture-sponsored national turkey research study committee (1978, 1979) and as general chairman of the 71st Poultry Science Association's annual meeting, which took place in Davis in 1982.

He was awarded the National Turkey Federation's Outstanding Research Award in 1966 for pioneering studies in avian artificial insemination and the Poultry Science Association's Ralston Purina Outstanding Teacher Award in 1976.

In 1982, he was one of five distinguished North American poultry scientists who were granted the highest honor of Fellow of the Poultry Science Association for his outstanding research and teaching contributions for the previous 25 years to the American and international poultry industries.

He was made an honorary member of the Japan Zootechnical Society in 1991.

He was a selfless volunteer in both his professional and personal life. Many campus and community organizations owe their current vigor to his efforts.

These groups include, but are not limited to, the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi, the Davis chapter of AARP and the Catholic Community at the Davis Newman Center.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Kay Ogasawara; two daughters, Pam Ogasawara and her husband Mike Corson of Urbana, Md., and Patty Sunui; son, Paul Ogasawara and his wife Christie Guth of Sebastopol; and five grandchildren, Mark and Katie Sunui and Greg, Tommy and Hannah Ogasawara.

Recitation of the Rosary and visitation will begin at 7:15 p.m. Friday at McNary's Chapel, 458 College St., Woodland.

A funeral mass will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. James Catholic Church, 200 W. 14th St., Davis. A potluck reception will follow, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Kratzer, Ogasawara, Vohra Scholarship Fund. Checks made payable to UC Regents may be sent to the Animal Science Department, One Shields Ave., UC Davis, Davis, CA 95616.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, June 13, 2002.)

OGILVIE

Melvina “Mel” Ogilvie

Melvina “Mel” Ogilvie died March 28, 2006, at Woodland Memorial Hospital. A Yolo County resident for the past 51 years, she was 83.

Friends are invited to a celebration of her life from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Willow Oak Community Center, 17535 County Road 97 in Woodland.

Born June 19, 1922, to H. Clifford and Minnie (Cartmill) Holden in McAllister, Okla., she attended area schools through high school. She moved to Woodland in 1955, and was employed by the Woodland Joint Unified School District for more than 30 years until her retirement. She previously owned and operated Smitty's Drive-In of Woodland.

She was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Jimmy Cano.

She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Roberts and her husband Jimmy, and Nancy Younger; a son, Billy Ritchie and his wife Sheila; grandchildren Sherri Roberts, Paula Schimada, Netty Ehrke, Jamie Younger and Will Ritchie; and great-granddaughter Sydni Schimada, all of Woodland.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in her name to the Elderly Nutrition Program of Yolo County, which provides Meals on Wheels.

Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, April 4, 2006.)

OGRAM

Scott F. Ogram

Scott F. Ogram died in his Meridian home Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, at age 65.

Born Oct. 25, 1938, in Santa Barbara, Mr. Ogram retired from Halliburton Services after working for 34 years in the oil industry. He worked for Century 21 Select in Yuba City as real estate agent. He was a member of Toastmasters in Yuba City and PIRU Petroleum Club.

Survivors include her wife of 25 years, Shelah Ogram of Meridian; daughters, Brenda Ogram of Redding, Mary Ann Powell of Palmdale and Donna Jo Williams of Oklahoma; sons, David Ogram of Redding, and Dan Ogram of Anderson; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brothers, Brian Ogram of Texas and Robin Ogram of New Mexico.

The family requests memorials be directed to American Heart Association. Arrangements are under the direction of Holycross of Yuba City.

Services: A memorial service is scheduled at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, at First United Methodist Church, Yuba City.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, December 25, 2003.)

OJIMA

Masakazu Ojima

Masakazu Ojima died at his Woodland residence Nov. 28, 1999 at the age of 77. He was born in Stockton on Jan. 1, 1922, to the late Toyoki and Ushio Ojima.

Ojima was a resident of Yolo County for 61 years. He was a lifetime farmer in the area and retired in 1987.

He is survived by his three children, Mitchel Ojima of Woodland, Dennis Ojima of Fort Collins, Colo., and Marlene Johnson of Woodland; and his six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mizuye Ojima, who died Jan. 19, 1994.

Church services will be held at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento Hongwangi Betsuin, 2401 Riverside Blvd. in Sacramento, at 2 p.m. Friday. A burial service will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Monument Hill Memorial Park in Woodland.

McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," for the week of Nov. 28, 1999, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

OKANE

Linda S. O'Kane

Linda Sue O'Kane died Dec. 26, 2000, in her Davis home. She was 52.

Born Aug. 29, 1948, in Modesto, O'Kane received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Evergreen State College in Washington and her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Sacramento State.

O'Kane grew up in Central California and moved to Davis about 10 years ago. She had worked as a school nurse at Greengate School in Yolo County.

She was preceded in death by her father, Albury Zech. She is survived by her husband of eight years, John O'Kane of Davis; her mother, Mayola Zech of Antioch; and her two brothers, Michael Zech of Las Vegas and Patrick Zech of Reno.

A graveside service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the Grace Valley Christian Center, 27173 County Road 98 in Davis. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Chapel.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, December 29, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

O'KEEFE

James Michael O'Keefe

James Michael O'Keefe died in Davis on Jan. 28, 2005. He was 51.

A graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road.

Born Aug. 31, 1953, in Butte, Mont., he lived in Yolo County for 44 years. He worked as a salesman for Dunn Edwards Paint Co. for 18 years.

He is survived by his parents, James and Sarah O'Keefe of Davis; his sisters, Colleen Perry and Sarah O'Keefe; and his brothers, John O'Keefe and his wife Victoria of Rio Linda, and Paul O'Keefe and his wife Kirsten of Pleasanton.

He is further survived by his nephews, Christopher and David.

The family requests that donations be made to Yolo Hospice. The family wishes to thank the staff of Sierra Health Care Convalescent Hospital for their excellent care.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, February 1, 2005.)

OLAGUE-
RAMOS

Maria Jacinta Olague-Ramos

Maria Jacinta Olague-Ramos died on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002 in her home at the age of 38.

Ms. Ramos was born in Mexico on Sept. 11, 1963, to Tiodoro Olague Hernandes and Juana Ramos (Flores).

Ms. Ramos was a homemaker for the past 22 years.

She is survived by her husband Francisco Coronado; son, Francisco Coronado Jr.; daughters, Josefina Olague, Estherlina Coronado and Niomi Coronado; her mother, Juana Vidales and father Tiodoro Olague Hernandes of Navarit, Mexico. She is also survived by her brothers, Jose and Panfilo Olague, Pedro Vidales; sisters, Antionia and Concha Olague and Maria Morales. Other survivors include 13 nephews, 14 nieces and her two grandchildren, Analisa and Alissandra Leal.

Friends are welcome for visitation to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 28.

The vigil will be at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, in the Kraft Bros. Funeral Chapel, 175 Second St. in Woodland.

The mass of Christian burial will be Friday, March 1, at 10:30 a.m. in the Holy Rosary Catholic Church at 308 Walnut St. in Woodland. Burial to follow at the Woodland Cemetery.

Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors is assisting the family with arrangements. Inquiries may be made by calling 530-662-4658 or by contacting www.Legacy.com.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Saturday, March 02, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

OLDHAM

Jackson L. Oldham

Jackson L. Oldham, co-owner of The Graduate restaurant in Davis, died last week at the age of 54.

Oldham was born Oct. 30, 1946, in Kansas. He moved to Davis about 30 years ago, and to Sacramento in 1989.

Oldham was active in the Davis community for many years. His entire career was spent as a restaurateur, managing Graduate restaurants throughout California and Arizona.

He was an avid collector of exotic cars, Harley Davidsons and boats. He loved travel, fishing, water sports and was an extraordinary cook.

He was a native of Hays, Kan., and attended Kemper Military School in Boonesville, Mo. He graduated from Hays High School in 1964 and served in the U.S. Army for two tours of duty in Vietnam. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in criminology from Fresno State University in 1973.

He is survived by two sisters: Cheyenne Jean Oldham, formerly of Davis; and Karen Joan Williamson of Manhattan, Kan.; brother-in-law, Monty Williamson of Manhattan, Kan.; nephews Bret, Sean and Darin Williamson of Manhattan, Kan. Oldham is also survived by his girlfriend, Roberta Cash.

A memorial service will be Wednesday at the Davis Community Church. A reception will follow from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Graduate on Russell Boulevard.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Jackson L. Oldham Scholarship Fund of Davis, or to the Oldham Family Scholarship Fund of Berea College.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Monday, April 16, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

OLEJNIK

Michael P. Olejnik

Michael "Mike" P. Olejnik died Aug. 17, 2001, at his Rohnert Park home following a brief illness. He was 60 years old.

A native of Richmond, Olejnik lived in Rohnert Park since 1993. He graduated from Harry Ellis High School in Richmond in 1953 and served in the U.S. Army, with a portion of his duty in Germany. He was a computer consultant for SAP. He also worked as a materials manager for Spectrum Naturals, Black and Decker, and Whitey Research in Emeryville, which eventually transferred him to Solon, Ohio, where he lived for 10 years.

He enjoyed traveling, camping and reading.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Helyn of Rohnert Park, daughter Laura and her husband Richard Bolyard of Solon; son Steve Olejnik and his wife Christie of Valencia; mother Elizabeth Olejnik of Davis; sisters Christine Davis of Davis and Lisa Bruce of Vallejo; and grandchildren Michael and Nicholas Bolyard of Solon.

Vigil Services were held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Passalacqua Funeral Chapel, Benicia. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Dominic's Church, Benicia. Burial was in All Souls Cemetery, Vallejo. Arrangements were under the direction of Passalacqua Funeral Chapel.

Contributions are preferred to the American Heart Association.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, August 23, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

OLIVEIRA

Florence F. Oliveira

Florence F. Oliveira died May 15, 2000, after a brief illness. She was 92.

She had lived in Davis since 1991, having moved from Kailua, Oahu. She was married to Frank Oliveira for 62 years until his death in 1987.

She was devoted to her family and enjoyed gardening, sewing and cooking, but she was especially happy when she could help her family and friends. She was a very kind and gentle person who was deeply loved and will be sadly missed.

She is survived by her son, Francis Oliveira of Volcano, Hawaii, and his wife Leitani; daughter Jean Bowen of Davis and her husband Adrian Bowen; and five grandchildren, Bruce Oliveira of Honolulu, his wife Jeannie and their children, Sean, Liko and C'era; Teresa Bowen MacArthur of Davis, her husband Robert and their children, Meghan and Bo; Haunani Oliveira of Honolulu and her children Trixee, Taylor and Natasha and her husband Cary of Vallejo; Leslie Zais of Davis, her husband Craig and their children, Scott and Todd; and Brian Oliveira of Los Angeles, his wife Celeste, and their children Brittany and Bronson.

A funeral will be held at a later date in Honolulu at the Valley of the Temples Cemetery.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Yolo Hospice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Chapel.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," the week of May 21, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

OLMO

Helen F.M. Olmo

Helen Frances Miller Olmo, a longtime Davis resident, died of natural causes May 17, 2000. Born in Fresno on Dec. 31, 1918, she was 81.

She and her family moved to Davis in 1919 when her father, John D. Miller Jr. accepted a teaching position in the department of agricultural engineering at UC Davis. Her mother, Frances Marie Flack Miller, was a Nebraska school teacher who endowed her daughter with compassion and charity for the needy.

She advanced in the Davis school system from kindergarten to high school, graduating in the class of 1937, a group notable for its fellowships and reunions.

Growing up in the home alongside the university, she enrolled in home economics and clothing design courses. In later years, when queried how she got her Ph.D., she replied, ``The easy way. I married mine.''

On Sept. 20, 1939, she married Harold Paul Olmo, a young instructor who was hired to teach viticulture at UC Davis under the guidance of Professor A.J. Winkler.

She was instrumental in providing hospitality to many students and academics from foreign countries. Opportunities to visit many grape-growing countries of the world resulted from extended visits that kept life and vistas enjoyable for her family and friends.

Her most enjoyable hobby in latter days had been family genealogy, assisting interested friends and serving as voluntary help in libraries and at the Davis Senior Center.

As a convert to Catholicism, she was active in the women's organization of the St. James Parish Hall and its refurbishing from an old military barracks.

She is survived by her husband, Harold Paul Olmo, professor emeritus of viticulture in the department of viticulture and enology at UC Davis; two brothers, John Dow Miller of Sunnyvale and Charles Richard Miller of Woodland; three children, Paul Stephen Olmo, Jeanne-Marie Olmo and Daniel Martin Olmo; six grandchildren; and four great-granddaughters.

A memorial mass will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 200 W. 14th St. in Davis, followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.

Memorial donations can be directed to Yolo Hospice or to the donor's favorite charity.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," the week of May 14, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

OLSON

Helen E. Olson

Helen Elizabeth "Libby" Olson died in Davis on June 16, 2001, at the age of 90. She and her husband, Paul, moved to their home on Iliff Street in Pacific Palisades in 1941, and lived there until moving to Covell Gardens in Davis in December 1996.

She was active teaching Sunday school and volunteering with service organizations at the Palisades Community Methodist Church. She was a past president of the Children's Recreation Service, a member of PEO, and was active for many years in the Children's Home Society.

She will be remembered for her sparkling energy, her concern for others, and her positive "can-do" approach to life. She was a natural leader and organizer, and an enthusiastic advocate for human rights and the welfare of children.

Libby was born near Chicago on Aug. 28, 1910. She grew up in Wilmette, and made frequent visits to her grandmother's house in Lockport, N.Y. She was educated at New Trier High School in Evanston, Ill., and attended Dennison University in Ohio, and UCLA.

Her family moved to Santa Monica after the closure of her father's engineering firm in the Great Depression. She met her husband Paul on a blind date. They were married on New Year's Eve in 1937. Their only period of separation was during the last years of World War II while Paul served in the Navy. They had been married nearly 63 years when Paul died in September.

She taught preschool children at St. Matthew's Episcopal School in Pacific Palisades, at the University Elementary School on the UCLA campus, and at the Santa Monica Child Development Center. She was a naturally gifted, creative teacher, and a mesmerizing storyteller, who unleashed children's imaginations and instilled a love of books in her students, her children, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.

Libby, with her husband Paul, enjoyed bridge, square dancing, book discussion groups and travel. After retirement from teaching, she volunteered time weekly at the UCLA Medical Center. She loved her family, and especially enjoyed her role as grandmother, reveling in every opportunity to visit with her grandchildren.

She is survived by three children, John Olson of Chevy Chase, Md.; Merri Anderson of Tarzana; and Barbara Linderholm of Davis. She is alsosurvived by her sister, Eleanor Coombs of Westlake Village; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at Covell Gardens at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Memorial gifts may be made to Yolo Hospice Inc., P.O. Box 1041, Davis, CA, 95617; the child-centered charity of the donor's choice; or to the Alzheimer's Aid Society of Northern California, P.O. Box 1824, Sacramento, CA 95812.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," July 10, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

OLSON

Richard James Olson

Richard James Olson passed away on April 26, 2002. Born on Aug. 5, 1945, in Aberdeen, South Dakota, he was 56 years old.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy, and six daughters, Kristina Hudson and husband Scott, of Victorville, Robin Brown and husband Mike, of Davis, Nicole Halley and husband Brett, of Apple Valley, Alisa Olson of Freemont, Alaine Olson of Freemont and Candice Christensen and husband Darin, of Volga, South Dakota and his seven grandchildren.

He is also survived by his parents Harvey and L Vonne Olson; three brothers Robert and his wife Pat, Larry and his wife Sue, and Mike and his wife Janet all of Ipswich, South Dakota and two sisters, Peggy Trammell and her husband Ken, of Mitchell, South Dakota and Patricia Olson of Boulder Colorado.

Friends and acquaintances were invited to attend a memorial service for Mr. Olson on Wednesday, May 1 at 11 a.m. at New Life Christian Church located at 315 Edwards Street in Winters.

Smith’s Colonial Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, May 2, 2002, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "Winters Express," 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

OLSON

Russell O. Olson

The memorial service for Russell Oscar Olson will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. An incorrect date for the service was listed in Tuesday's paper.

Olson died Sept. 28, 2001. During his career, he taught economics at Iowa State, helped establish an agricultural college in Patiala, India, worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. He is survived by his wife, daughter, sons and their families, his brothers and sisters and their families, and his sisters-in-law and their families.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Ocotber 3, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

O'MALLEY

Caroline Congdon O'Malley

Caroline Congdon O'Malley died peacefully on Jan. 30, 2005. She was 85.

A memorial service will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in Davis.

Born Jan. 23, 1920, in Dunkirk, N.Y., she graduated from Three Rivers High School in Michigan in 1938. She attended the University of Michigan and Cal State Los Angeles, graduating with a degree in English. She became a Davis resident in 1999. She was a longtime member of the Inter-County Garden Club of Southern California and participated in the West Covina Quilt Guild.

Her family said she cherished time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Jesse Robert O'Malley, who died April 7, 1987.

She is survived by her children, Shawn O'Malley of Mountain Lakes, N.J., Mary Seliger of Ventura, Barbara Floyd of Gold Beach, Ore., Kathleen Yeager of Gilroy, Michael O'Malley of Davis and Charles Timothy O'Malley of South Pasadena.

She is further survived by her brother, Charles Congdon of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and her sister, Mary Stirling of Tucson, Ariz.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to Heifer International (http://www.heifer.org) or to the American Diabetes Foundation (http://www.diabetes.org).

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, February 10, 2005.)

OMALLEY

Robert J. O'Malley

Robert J. O'Malley, a resident of Davis for 32 years, died Jan. 8, 2001, at his home. Born July 12, 1916, in Worcester, Mass., he was 84.

He attended Worcester schools, graduating from Worcester High School in 1934. He attended Worcester Polytechnic, where he graduated in 1939. He married Edna Moran in 1944. He joined the U.S. Army during World War II as part of the Army Air Corp. He also saw duty in the Korean conflict. The Army provided him an opportunity to complete his education at Syracuse University in 1954. He went on to earn a master's degree in hospital administration from George Washington University in 1962.

In 1968, he completed his 27-year career with the U.S. Air Force at the rank of Colonel. He went on to become the hospital administrator of the Cowell Student Health Center at UC Davis, where he served from 1968 to 1978.

He was a past member of the Davis Kiwanis Club, Knights of Columbus and Elks Club of Woodland. He was a longtime member of Yolo Flier's Country Club where he enjoyed golfing for more than 25 years. He also enjoyed reading, auto mechanics, stained glass, wood working, and most recently, communicating via the Internet.

Memorial services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at St. James Catholic Church. Interment will be in Worcester, Mass.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Wednesday, January 10, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

ONEAL

Pearl I. O’Neal

Pearl I O’Neal passed away in Sacramento on March 10, 2001. Born on Jan. 2, 1928 in Winters, she was 73 years old. A lifelong resident of Winters, Mrs. O’Neal worked as a sales clerk for Rose Florist for 10 years and was a member of the West Sacramento Moose Lodge.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Pete O’Neal of Woodland; eight nieces and 11 nephews.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 15, 6-8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 435 Anderson Avenue. Funeral services will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 15, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Interment will follow at the Winters Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made in Mrs. O’Neal’s memory to the Winters Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 687, Winters, CA 95694.

(Obituary from the “Winters Express,” Thursday, March 15, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the “Winters Express,” 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

O'NEIL

Charles Robert O'Neil

Charles Robert O'Neil died June 3, 2004, at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento. Born in Berkeley on July 23, 1933, he was 70.

A graduate of the Berkeley High School class of 1950, he attended UC Berkeley and then worked for the Standard Oil Co. of California. A resident of Guinda, he had lived in Yolo County for the past eight years.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Constance O'Neil of Guinda; daughters Peggy Hays of Sisters, Ore., and Nancy O'Neil of Walnut Creek; a son, Michael O'Neil of Fairfield; a sister, Joan Crabtree, of Sun City, Ariz.; and sister-in-law, Patsy Krebs, of Inverness. Five grandchildren also survive.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donors' favorite charity in his memory. Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Evergreen Funeral Services of Woodland.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, June 8, 2004.)

ONO

Lorraine R. Ono

Lorraine R. Ono died Jan. 14, 2006, in Great Falls, Mont., of lung cancer. She was diagnosed with lung cancer that metastasized to the brain less than two months before her untimely death. She was 75.

A memorial celebration of her life will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the home of Delores and Jerry Belz, 562 S. Park Street, Casper, Wyo., 82601.

Born Sept. 27, 1930, in Holyoke, Colo., she lived in cities throughout the West, including Bakersfield, but spent most of her life in Casper, Wyo. where she worked as an accountant for the United States Geological Survey.

After she retired, she and her husband of 35 years divorced. In Casper, she was a longtime member of the American Business Women's Association and owned a start-up business with Shaklee. Among her many activities, she served refreshments at Little League baseball games.

After moving to Montana, she spent several years in Davis where she worked as a foster grandparent in a classroom at Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School and taught contract bridge to fellow members of her retirement community. Throughout her life, she was an avid bridge player, Scrabble player and crossword puzzler.

She is survived by daughters, Kit ReVae Arnaud, of Great Falls, Mont.; and Lori Jo Ono, of Richmond; and her sons, Wayne Leland Rhoades, a retired Air Force officer; and Kent Alan Ono, of Urbana, IIl.

She is further survived by her sisters, Delores Belz of Casper and Marion Nelsen of Denver; her grandchildren, ReVae Jensen, Bobi Weber, Heather Arnaud, Samantha Arnaud, Devon Arnaud, Seth Arnaud, Belynda Rhoades, Rick Rhoades, Mina Projansky Ono, Daniel Ono Projansky; and her great-grandchildren, Makala Weber, and Malachi Jensen.

Cards, flowers, or contributions can be sent to Delores Belz at the above address.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, January 17, 2006.)

ORDONEZ

Cesario M. 'Sam' Ordonez, Sr.

Cesario M. "Sam" Ordonez Sr. died peacefully at his home on June 14, 2002, with his children and grandchildren at his side. Born in the Philippines on July 24, 1909, to Olympia and Ben Ordonez, he was 93.

Ordonez immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 16, after the death of his parents. Knowing only his native tongue, he learned to speak English and Spanish. He farmed Yolo and Solano counties for more than 60 years and became well known for his tomato and sugar beet crops, family members said.

He married his wife, Philis in 1946 and moved to Davis from Sacramento, raising seven children. They were married for 56 years.

Family members described Ordonez as "a man of small stature but a giant to all of us." They will remember him a man whose true loves in life were his wife, his children and grandchildren, and farming. Ordonez was considered to be a man of many talents and a great teacher of the meaning of family. In the eyes of his children and grandchildren, there was not a more gentle, intelligent or giving person.

He is proceeded in death by his wife of 56 years, Philis; daughter Olympia and brothers and sisters.

He is survived by four daughters: Nancy Weaver of Davis; Helen Clayton and her husband, Richard, of Sacramento; Toni Cooper and her husband, Craig, of Davis; and Melody Breault and her husband, Butch, of Dixon. He is also survived by sons Martin Framilla Jr. and his wife, Robin, of North Carolina; Sam Ordonez Jr. of Woodland; and Marty Ordonez of Davis.

He also had 18 grandchildren: Debra, Teresa, Wendy Elena, Robert, Sam, Lisa, Richard, Tristan, Channon, Amber, Joshua, Samuel, Justin, Michelle, Brent, Brian and Brandon; 17 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. Loving lifelong friends are Judi White, and Harry and Carlos Garasi.

There will be a viewing from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Davis Funeral Home. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. James Catholic Church, with a private burial at the Davis Cemetery.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Monday, June 17, 2002.)

ORDÓÑEZ

José Maria Salazar Ordóñez

José Maria Salazar Ordóñez died in Ensenada BC, Mexico Monday, Jan. 17 at age 46.

Mr. Ordóñez was born July 8, 1958 in Mexicali BC, Mexico. He had been a Yolo County resident for 34 years. He attended Woodland High School and Woodland Community College.

Survivors include Mr. Ordóñez's wife, Mary Rebecca Ordóñez; his children, Rosalie, Trina, Jose Don, and Monica Ordóñez all of Woodland; his stepdaughters, Rebecca and Holly Annis of Woodland; his grandchildren, Amanda, Anthony and Alexandra of Woodland; his mother, Rosalia Hernandez and her husband Nelson of Woodland; his sisters, Enriqueta Ordóñez, Rosalia Ordóñez and her husband Emilio Ramazzini and Reyna Madueño and her husband German all of Woodland, Guadalupe Rosales and her husband Hugo of Vacaville; and Maria Tafoya of Washington state; his brothers Salvador Ordóñez and his wife Virginia of Sacramento and Tory Salazar Ordóñez of Woodland and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Eduardo Esteban Gil.

Services: A vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24 at McNary's Chapel, 458 College St., Woodland. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 301 Walnut St., Woodland. Interment will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery following Mass. McNary's Chapel of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Sunday, January 23, 2005.)

ORDONEZ

Philis Ordonez

Philis Ordonez died on March 9, 2000, in Davis. Born July 27, 1915, in St. Paul, Minn., she was 84.

She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was a resident of Davis for over 55 years. She will always be remembered for her colorful spirit and devotion to her family.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Olimpia Ordonez.

She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Sam Ordonez Sr.; two sisters, Beatrice Thurber and Murial Bailey, both of Minnesota; five daughters, Nancy Weaver of Sacramento, Helen Clayton of Sacramento and her husband, Richard, Toni Cooper of Davis and her husband, Craig, Melody Breault of Dixon and her husband, Butch, Judi White of Redwood City and her husband, Hank; three sons, Martin Framilla Jr. of North Carolina and his wife, Robin, Sam Ordonez Jr. of Woodland and Martin Ordonez of Davis and his wife, Lorraine; 19 grandchildren, Debra, Teresa, Wendy, Elena, Robert, Sam, Lisa, Richard, Michelle, Brent, Brian, Brandon, Justin, Tristan, Chammom, Samuel, Amber, Josh and Spunky; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Viewing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Davis Funeral Chapel. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. James Catholic Church, with a private family burial immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Yolo Hospice or the Alzheimer Association.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Sunday, March 12, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

OREMUS

Doris May Oremus

Doris May Oremus went to be with the Lord on March 15, 2006. Born on August 3, 1914 in Winters to Herbert and Emma Conner, Doris was raised in Winters with her siblings, Bertha, Selma and Herbert Conner, Jr. (Buzz). She graduated from Winters High School with the class of 1932. She received her Bachelors degree at UC Berkeley and graduated from Yale University as a R.N. Her nursing career sent her to Southern California, however she got a job as a nurse on a ship so she could see the world. It was on board ship that she met her husband of 53 years, Mike Oremus. Together they ended up with three children, David, Joe and Frances, all while living in other countries, including India, Singapore and Japan. Finally ending up in Long Beach, CA in 1971, Doris became a welfare nurse and a school nurse at Nightingale where she worked until she was 75. Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Mike; sister, Bertha and brother, Buzz. She is survived by her sister, Selma, and all of her children and grandchildren.

Services were held Monday, March 20 at 1 p.m. in Bethany Church in Long Beach. Burial was in the family plot in Winters Cemetery.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, April 5, 2006.)

OROSCO

Victorio Cisneros Orosco

Victorio Cisneros Orosco died Jan. 10, 2005, at Sutter Davis Hospital. He was 75.

Visitation is from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at Evergreen Funeral Chapel, 327 College St. Mass will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church at Walnut and Court streets in Woodland. Interment will follow at Cementerio Municipal De Cueramaro in Cueramaro, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Born Sept. 19, 1929, in Cueramaro, Gaunajuato, Mexico, to Andres and Francisca (Orosco) Torres, he lived in Yolo County for the past two years. He was employed as an automotive mechanic for 50 years.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Angel Cisneros, in 1989.

He is survived by four sisters, Mercedes and Consuelo Cisneros of Cueramaro, Guanajuato, Mexico; Modesta Cisneros of Houston, Texas; and Francisca Cisneros of Woodland.

He is further survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to Yolo Hospice.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, January 13, 2005.)

O'ROURKE

Joseph Patrick O'Rourke

Joseph Patrick O'Rourke died Oct. 30, 2004, at Covell Gardens in Davis. He was 92.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass Friday at 2 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 200 W. 14th St. in Davis. Burial will be held at the Davis Cemetery.

Born Nov. 10, 1911, in San Francisco, he was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked for more than 43 years in a management capacity at National Linen Service, retiring in 1975 as the plant manager in Sacramento.

He was a resident of Davis for the past 31 years where he was a volunteer at the Davis Senior Center. As a member of the Davis Senior Citizens Inc., he spent nine years as the finance manager and treasurer. He also served three terms on the Senior Citizens Commission and in 1992 was named the Davis Senior Citizen of the Year.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Margaret O'Rourke, who died in November 2000.

He is survived by his daughter, Shirley Elliot and her husband Tom of Oregon; his son, Ron O'Rourke and his wife Kathy of Fresno; and his grandchildren, Joe Elliot and his wife Margie, Tommy Elliot, Rob O'Rourke and his wife Monica, Rick O'Rourke and his wife Melanie, Mike O'Rourke and his wife Maria, and John O'Rourke and his wife Michelle.

He is further survived by 19 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Remembrances may be made in his name to the Davis Senior Center or to St. James Catholic Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Chapel.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, November 4, 2004.)

OROURKE

Margaret M. O'Rourke

Margaret Marie O'Rourke died Nov. 14, 2000, at Sierra Health Care in Davis. Born Nov. 9, 1912, in San Francisco, she was 88 years old.

She devoted much of her time to volunteer organizations such as Cub Scouts, and church and school activities. Her greatest pleasure was serving as a hospital volunteer in San Francisco, Carmichael and at Sutter Davis Hospital until she was unable to continue due to her health. She loved being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was known to all of them as "the cookie maker." She had been a resident of Davis for the past 27 years.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Joseph P. O'Rourke of Davis; her son, Ronald O'Rourke and wife Kathi of Fresno; daughter, Shirley Elliot and husband Tom of Davis. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Joseph Elliott and wife Marjorie of Seattle; Tommy Elliott and wife Kathryn of Sacramento; Robert O'Rourke and wife Monica of Fresno; Richard O'Rourke and wife Melanie of San Francisco; Michael O'Rourke and wife Maria of Indianapolis; and John O'Rourke and wife Michelle of Fresno. She also leaves 16 great-grandchildren.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. James Catholic Church, 200 W. 14th St. Burial will be private. Remembrances may be made in her name to the Davis Senior Center, 546 A St., Davis, CA 95616. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Chapel.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, November 16, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

OROZCO-
RUIZ

Tonatiœh Orozco-Ruiz

Tonatiœh Orozco-Ruiz died at birth in Davis Friday, Oct. 7, 2005.

Survivors include Tonatiœh’s parents, Mar'a D. Orozco and Serg'o Ruiz, both of Woodland; his grandparents, Estela and Fidel Orozco of Cloverdale and Guadalupe and Rafael Ruiz of Woodland; his great-grandparents, Mar'a and Rafael Sanchez of Cloverdale, Cruz Figueroa and David Gudio of Cotija, Michocan, Mexico; his aunts and uncles, Marciela Orzoco of Cloverdale, Guadalupe and Enrique Lepe of Madison, Rafael and Alejandra Ruiz, Rosario and Chris Dark and Teresa Ruiz, all of Woodland; numerous aunts and uncles at Beamer Park Elementary School; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his aunt, Mar'a Elena Ruiz.

The family requests memorials in Tonatiœh’s name be directed to the charity of the donor's choice.

Services: Services will be scheduled at a later date. Davis Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Saturday, October 22, 2005.)

ORR

Josephine (Walkanee) Lennie Graham Orr

Josephine (Walkanee) Lennie Graham Orr died of cancer in Napa Monday, March 25, 2002, at age 45.

Born Sept. 17, 1956, in Portland, Ore., Ms. Orr worked with special needs adults doing therapy and as a job training specialist. She was a resident of Napa for five years.

Ms. Orr is survived by her son, Ronald J. Benner; grandchildren, Brandon Elijah Benner.

She is also survived by her sisters, Kay Prettyman, Barbara Lombard of Portland Oregon, Franchone and Orville Gray, Elizabeth Graham Gray and Lenora Graham, all of Woodland; brothers, Bill Moore, Melvin Moore, Merle and Dorothy Graham in Portland Oregon, Theodore A. Graham and William R. Graham of Texarkana, Texas; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins, all of Woodland.

Ms. Orr was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard M. Graham and Katherine Roth Moore Graham; sisters, Jayne N. Graham, Eda R. M. Graham Cicerchi, DeVoe, Nelson Peters, and Fredalyn Norma Graham.

A cremation memorial service is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, near Coos Bay, Oregon.

The family requests memorials be directed to Orville Lee Gray Jr., 5800 Knoxville Road, Napa.

Richard Pierce Service of Napa is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Wednesday, April 03, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

ORR

Nancy Karen Youngmark Orr

Nancy Karen Youngmark Orr died at her home in Woodland, Thursday, Jan. 20 at age 62.

Mrs. Orr was born in Woodland Dec. 1, 1942 and was a life-long Yolo County resident. She graduated from Pierce High School in Arbuckle and attended Chico State College. She was the owner/president of Youngmark Nursery Inc. in Woodland.

Survivors include her husband, Richard D. Orr of Woodland; her daughter, Michelle Westergaard of Davis; her son, Steve Santens of Woodland; her grandchildren, Cody, Melissa and Brett Westergaard of Davis, Jessica Hornbuckle, Justin Hornbuckle and Bready Santens all of Woodland; her stepmother, Carol Youngmark of Santa Cruz; her sister, Janet Hawk of Woodland and her cousin, Bob Youngmark of Woodland. She was preceded in death by her mother, Verne Saxon and her father, George Youngmark.

The family requests memorials in Mrs. Orr's name be directed to Hospice of Yolo County, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, 95617.

Services: A funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 at Kraft Bros. Chapel, 175 Second St., Woodland. Interment will follow the service at Monument Hill Memorial Park. Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Monday, January 24, 2005.)

ORSBORN

Ruth Atkins Orsborn

Ruth Atkins Orsborn died July 22, 2005, at her Davis home. She was 83.

Born Nov. 30, 1921, in San Francisco, in 1938 she graduated from La Loma Feliz High School in Santa Barbara. She attended Pomona College, where she studied a pre-veterinary curriculum, before enrolling at Colorado State. In 1944 she received her doctorate in veterinary medicine.

Later, after serving several years in her field, she and her husband opened their own practice in Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz. She practiced laboratory animal medicine research for the U.S. Army for six years before retiring.

She was a life member of the American Veterinary Association, as well as an active member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Woodland.

She was preceded in death by her brother Athurn Atkins and two sisters, Mary Clayton and Elizabeth Bradley.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, John Orsborn of Davis; daughter Susan Chacon and her husband Frank of Davis; son Michael Orsborn of Richmond; sisters, Dorothy Hudson of Redwood Valley and Susan de Fremery of Santa Rosa; twin sister Anne Robinson of Redwood City; and granddaughter Jaden Brandenburg of Lafayette.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her memory be directed to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 95617.

A memorial service will be held at St. Luke's Espiscopal (sic) Church at a later date.

Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland is in charge of arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Monday, July 25, 2005.)

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Ruth A. Orsborn (memorial service)

A memorial service for Ruth Atkins Orsborn, who died July 22, 2005, will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 515 Second St. in Woodland.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 95617.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Monday, August 15, 2005.)

ORTEGA

Jose Blas Ortega

Jose Blas Ortega died at Woodland Memorial Hospital Wednesday, Jan. 19 at age 86.

Mr. Ortega was born in Worland, Wyo. Sept. 2, 1918 to Blas and Marcelina Lopez Ortega. He had been a Yolo County resident for one year. He worked in the agriculture industry and then served in the U.S. Army during World War II in central Europe and north Africa. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, World War II Victory Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the European, African and Middle Eastern campaign medals as well as the Good Conduct Medal. After the war he moved to Los Angeles and eventually was employed in the private security business.

Survivors include Mr. Ortega's wife, Elodia Dora Cruz Ortega, also of Woodland; his sons, Jose A. Ortega and his wife Mary of Sacramento and Lorenzo W. Ortega and his wife Donna of Corona; his grandchildren, Christopher, Joseph, Vanessa and Nicole and his great-grandchildren, Sergio, Samuel, Joseph and Matthew.

The family requests memorials in Mr. Ortega's name be directed to the charity of the donor's choice.

Services: A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24 at Kraft Bros. Chapel, 175 Second St., Woodland with Father Juan Perez officiating. A private burial with military honors will be held at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside. Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Sunday, January 23, 2005.)

ORTEGA

Manuel A. Ortega

Manuel A. Ortega died of natural causes at his home in Knights Landing Sunday, Nov. 20 at age 66.

Manuel was born in Chihuahua, Mexico May 25, 1939. He worked as a truck driving instructor and lived most of his life in Woodland. He was a proud father, grandfather, friend and devout Christian.

He will be remembered by his wife of 42 years, Esmerlinda Ortega; his children Nancy Goyet and her husband Anthony, Maria Delia Barkwill and her husband Bruce and Eulalio Ortega and his wife Cristina; his grandchildren, Casey and Justin Barkwill; Jaimee and Kailee Goyet and Helio Manuel Ortega. He will be remembered by his brothers, Ignacio, Ernaldo and Moncerate; his sister, Marina and his extended family. Also his many friends and students who he considered to be his family as well.

Service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church at 506 Cottonwood St., on Friday, Nov. 25 at 10 a.m. A burial will follow the service at Monument Hill Memorial Park. The family invites anyone who knew him to attend the services. Memorials in Mr. Ortega's name can be sent to 805 El Dorado Dr., Woodland, 95695; c/o Manuel A. Ortega.

Visit the guest book at www.dailydemocrat.com.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," from November 22 through 23, 2005.)

ORTH

Edna Alma Orth

Edna Alma Orth died in Woodland on Monday, Sept. 1, 2003, at age 88.

Mrs. Orth was born in Selby, South Dakota on Aug. 28, 1915 to Christoph and Margaretha (Pleinis) Nusz. She was a resident of Yolo County for 68 years. She came to California in 1935 where she worked at the Robert Stuhlmiller Ranch as a cook. On Oct. 20, 1937 she married Jacob P. Orth who she met on a blind date in South Dakota. She was a homemaker all of her adult life.

Mrs. Orth was a charter member of the American Lutheran Church and a member of the Knights Landing Garden Club. She volunteered her time at Travis Air Force Base Hospital writing letters and reading to the servicemen. She also made trips to the Weimar Sanitarium.

She was affectionately known as "Granny" to her grandchildren, friends and neighbors.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Jake Orth; grandsons Kenneth and Steven Hawley; parents Christoph and Margaretha Nusz; sisters Esther Banek, Engelena Stuhlmiller, Elise Stadel, and Hulda Berreth; brothers Ferdinand, Albert, Theodore, and Donald Nusz.

She is survived by her daughter Marlyn Knudson and husband Dennis; grandchildren Michael Hawley of Sparks, Nevada, Brenda Stewart and husband Scott, Janene Scoonover and husband Shawn, Denise Prigge and husband Tim of Woodland; great-grandchildren Elena Hawley of Sparks, Nevada, Stephanie and Holly Stewart, Sara and Justin Scoonover; sister Lillian Giese; brother Walter Nusz of Woodland; aunt Emily Pleinis of Herried, South Dakota; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In her later years Edna enjoyed knitting and crocheting dishcloths and potholders sharing them with family, friends, and anyone she met from her doctor and nurse to the checker at the grocery store. She is also known for her homemade goodies which she shared with many.

Visitation will be held at McNary's Chapel on Monday, Sept. 8, 2003 from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the American Lutheran Church Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m., with interment to follow at Monument Hill Memorial Park, Woodland.

The family requests memorials be directed to American Lutheran Church; or to Kidney Foundation.

McNary's Chapel of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Friday, September 05, 2003.)

ORTIZ

Antonia Viramontes Ortiz

Antonia Viramontes Ortiz died at her Woodland home Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002 at age 83.

Born June 13, 1919, Mrs. Ortiz had been a resident of Woodland since 1947.

She married Jess A. Ortiz in June 1937 and was a homemaker. She worked during the season with Contadina cannery until 1966.

She enjoyed spending time with family members and participating with Grupo de Oracian de Espirito Santo.

Mrs. Ortiz is survived by a sister Maria Moreno of Tijuana, Mexico; brother Jesus Viramontes; daughters Connie Macias and husband Terry of Woodland, Mary Levario and husband Jose of Woodland, and Irene Ortiz of Sacramento; sons David Ortiz and wife Petra of Sacramento, Richard Ortiz of Sacramento, Jesse Ortiz, Jr. and wife Cruz of Woodland, and Danny and Tony Ortiz of Woodland.

She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

A visitation is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28, at McNary's Chapel with a rosary at 7 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church in Woodland.

A funeral mass is scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Holy Rosary Church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery.

McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Wednesday, August 28, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). A photograph of Mrs. Ortiz is included with this obituary. Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

ORTIZ

Cleo L. Ortiz

Cleo L. Ortiz died in Sacramento Sunday, May 25, 2003, at age 85.

Born Aug. 20, 1917, in Capulin, Colo., Mrs. Ortiz had been a Yolo County resident for 13 years. She attended Capulin schools. She was a member of St. Felicitas Church, Altar Guild, Choir, and Bible Study group of San Leandro. She was a Eucharistic Minister at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, Jose S. Ortiz; children, Norma Jean Ross and husband Bob of El Dorado Hills, Jerry Ortiz and wife Dixie of Orem, Utah, Wayne S. Ortiz and wife Darcy of Woodland, Cindy James and husband Bob of Boise, Idaho, and Randy Ortiz and wife Judy of Woodland; grandchildren, Cheryl Ross Stefani, Robert Ross, Christy Ortiz Tousley, Jill Ortiz Murdock, Gregory Ross, Michael Ross and wife Stefani, and Ryan, Todd, Chelsea and Kayla Ortiz; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Lois Maestas Johnson of Adair, Okla.; and brother, Joe Maestas of Diablo, Colo. She was preceded in death by her parents Jose Sylvestre and Trinidad Maestas; and brothers, Adrian, Willie and Raymond Maestas.

The family requests memorials be directed to National Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan, Ste. 1700, Chicago, Ill. 60601. Arrangements are under the direction of McNary's Chapel of Woodland.

Services: Visitation is scheduled from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Woodland, with a Mass to follow. Burial will be at Monument Hill Memorial Park, Woodland.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, May 29, 2003.)

ORTIZ

Jacob Gabriel Ortiz

Jacob Gabriel Ortiz of Dixon died on Monday, Dec. 19, 2005, at Woodland Memorial Hospital at age 6.

Jacob was born July 7, 1999 in Woodland to Raul Ortiz and Sarah Bell. He was a Yolo County resident for four years. He was in first grade at the time of his death.

Survivors include Jacob's mother, Sarah Bell of Woodland; his father, Raul Ortiz and his wife Carmen Guzman of Dixon; his sisters, Samantha and Stephanie Ortiz of Woodland; his brother, Jose Luis Ortiz of Dixon; his stepsisters, Vanessa and Lizzette Larios; his stepbrother, Anthony Larios, all of Dixon; his grandmother, Rosalie Miller of Sacramento as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services: A vigil service is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, at Holy Rosary Church, 301 Walnut St., Woodland. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, with interment to follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Woodland. Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Saturday December 24, 2005.)

ORTIZ

Jose 'Sal' Solomon Ortiz

Jose "Sal" Solomon Ortiz died in Woodland Thursday, May 19 at age 90.

Mr. Ortiz was born May 28, 1914 in Comejos, Colo. He had been a Yolo Country resident for 15 years. He attended Star High School in Alamosa, Colo. He worked as a farmer and production worker for 48 years. He was a member of Saint Felistas Choir of San Leandro and Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Woodland.

Survivors include his daughters, Norma Jean Ross and her husband Robert of Eldorado Hills and Cindy Ortiz James and her husband Bob of Boise, Idaho; his sons, Jerry Ortiz and his wife Dixie of Orem, Utah, Wayne Ortiz and his wife Darcy and Randy Ortiz and his wife Judy all of Woodland; his grandchildren, Cheryl Stefani and her husband Mike of Antioch; Robert Ross and his wife Amy of Martinez, Gregory Ross and his wife Kristi of Canoga Park, Michael Ross and his wife Stephanie of Danville, Christy Tousley and her husband John of Monroe, N.Y., Jill Murdock and her husband Rob of Provo, Utah, Ryan Ortiz and his wife Amy of Spanish Fork, Utah, Todd Ortiz of Orem, Utah and Kayla and Chelsea Ortiz of Woodland and 12 great-grandchildren.

The family requests memorials in Mr. Ortiz name be directed to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, 95617.

Services: Visitation is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 24 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 301 Walnut St., Woodland. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Rosary. Interment will follow the service at Monument Hill Memorial Park. McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Saturday, May 21, 2005.)

ORTIZ

Tony Ortiz

Tony Ortiz died in Woodland on June 13, 2003, at age 48.

Born June 13, 1955, in Woodland, Mr. Ortiz attended Woodland schools.

Survivors include his son, Raymond Ortiz; brothers, Daniel and Jesse Ortiz Jr., all of Woodland; David and Richard Ortiz of Sacramento; sisters, Mary Levario and Connie Macias, also of Woodland; Irene Ortiz of Sacramento; and three grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of McNary's Chapel of Woodland.

Services: Vigil is scheduled at 7 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2003, at Holy Rosary Church, Woodland. Funeral mass is scheduled to be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, also at Holy Rosary Church, with a burial to follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Woodland.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Monday, June 16, 2003.)

ORTIZ-
LUCATERO

David Ortiz-Lucatero

David Ortiz-Lucatero, 80, passed away on Friday, Oct. 21, 2005 at his residence in Winters. He was born in Mexico on March 11, 1925 to David Ortiz and Eloisa Lucatero-Ortiz. He married Senorina Farias and together they are the parents of 10 children. A Rosary was held on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005 at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Winters. Mr. Ortiz-Lucatero was then be returned to his homeland in Mexico, where a funeral mass and interment will take place.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, October 27, 2005.)

OSBORN

Joshua Bruce Osborn

Joshua Bruce Osborn died in Sutter West Hospital, Davis Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, at eight-months-old.

Born May 29, 2002, in Coos Bay, Ore., Joshua had been a Yolo County resident for six months.

Survivors include his father, Eric Osborn; mother, Amy (Watson) Osborn; brothers, James, Jeremy and Jason, all of Woodland; grandparents, Russ and Nancy Osborn, Merrily Watson of Woodland and Bruce and Connie Watson of Oregon; aunts and uncles Mike Osborn of San Mateo, Beth and Kevin Roberts of Somerset, Susan and Abdenour Osborn-Iratene of Sacramento, Brett and Christy Watson of Millville and Anne Osborn-Woolsey of Woodland; and cousins, Alese, Jaron, Annika, Bryan, Patrik, Mikaela, Connor, Carson and Caleigh.

The family requests memorials be directed in care of Woodland Bible Church, 433 California St., Woodland 95695.

Arrangements are under the direction of McNary's Chapel of Woodland.

Services: Memorial service is scheduled at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2003, at Woodland Bible Church.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, February 27, 2003.)

OSBORNE

Eva Margaret (Morelli) Osborne

Eva Margaret (Morelli) Osborne died in Woodland Memorial Hospital Woodland on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at age 95.

Born Dec. 28, 1907, a native of Woodland, Mrs. Osborne had been a lifelong resident of Woodland. She attended Holy Rosary Academy. She was a member of Young Ladies Institute, and Italian Catholic Federation. She worked at Family-Owned Morelli's Italian Restaurant and boarding house on Main Street, a housewife then as an election Clerk in Yolo County.

Survivors include her sons, Raymond Osborne and wife Jane of Knights Landing, Robert Osborne of Fort Bragg; grandchildren, David Osborne of Marysville, Wash., Sean Osborne of Roseville, Michele Osborne of Santa Barbara, Steven Osborne of Fort Bragg, and Ryan Osborne of Windsor; great-grandchildren Erin and Katie Osborne of Livermore, Lucy Branch of Santa Barbara, Kaitlyn and Ashley Osborne of Windsor and Laura Osborne of Marysville, Wash., twin sister Clara Landucci of Woodland; and sisters, Mary Hughes of Sacramento and Erma Ricci of Woodland. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Osborne in 1987, grandson, Michael Osborne; brothers, Gino Morelli and Ralph Morelli and sister Lena Chamberlin.

Arrangements are under the direction of Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors of Woodland.

Services: A visitation is scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Kraft Bros. Chapel, with a rosary. A funeral Mass is scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Woodland, with Father John Boll officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery immediately following the service.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Tuesday, October 21, 2003.)

OSIER

Jesse Ferrel Osier

Jesse F. Osier, D.D.S. died in Davis Monday, Feb. 7 at age 71.

Dr. Osier was born July 28, 1933 in Fresno to the late Wilma and Jesse Osier. He had been a Yolo County resident for 31 years. In 1956, he received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho, and after graduation worked at the China Lake U.S. Naval Ordnance Test Station in the Mojave Desert as head of the Propulsion Systems Division. In 1958 his team successfully launched the United States' first satellite. He later graduated in 1973 from the UC San Francisco School of Dentistry. In 1974 he and a dental classmate opened a dental clinic in Davis. He was instrumental in the development of dental implants. He wrote technical papers, lectured and helped educate local dentists in implant's viability as replacements for natural teeth. He was a member of the Sacramento District Dental Society, the California Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the American Board of Oral Implantology, and was a Diplomate of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Survivors include Dr. Osier's wife, Rena, also of Davis; his daughter, Cindy Spitzer of San Jose; his sons, Carl and Danny Osier of Davis, Kenny Osier of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Joe Osier of Placerville, John Osier of Rio Linda, and Ted Osier of San Jose; his ex-wife, Sally Osier, of Lodi; his grandchildren, Brian and Kirsten Spitzer, Matthew, William, Shawn, Michelle, Marty and Ashley Osier; his sister, Barbara Martin of Oregon City, Ore. and his mother-in-law, Rosa Pichler of Davis. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Joseph.

The family requests memorials in Dr. Osier's name be made to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, 95617.

Services: A memorial service celebrating Dr. Osier's life is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road, Davis.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Saturday, February 12, 2005.)

OSTERGAR

Victor Ostergar

Victor Ostergar died in Sacramento Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, at age 51.

Born Feb. 12, 1952, in Dos Palos, Ca., Mr. Ostergar attended schools in Dos Palos and West Sacramento. His life and personality will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Survivors include his mother, Matilda Ostergar; brother, Peter Ostergar and wife Terrie; children, Victoria Ostergar of Sacramento, Paul Ostergar, Shelly Marquez and Gabriel Marquez, all of Woodland; grandchildren, Kristina, Alexis, Joseph and Oksana; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Victor Ostergar Sr.; and wife, Debbie Maurer.

The family requests memorials be directed to Yolo Federal Credit Union Victor Ostergar Memorial Fund Account No. 53975. Arrangements are under the direction of Evergreen Funeral Services of Woodland.

Services: A memorial service will be held at a later date.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Monday, February 09, 2004.)

OSTLIND

Jean Louise (Goodsheller) Ostlind

Jean Ostlind died at her Woodland home on Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, at the age of 84. She was born on Sept. 9, 1920, in McPherson, Kan., to John Van and Nelly Evelyn (Jones) Goodsheller.

Mrs. Ostlind had been a resident of Yolo County for 41 years and was a homemaker. She joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 and served during World War II, working in an administrative capacity until leaving the service in 1946. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Surviving Mrs. Ostlind are her sons, Douglas Alan Ostlind and his wife Vadine, of Woodland, Dennis Lee Ostlind of Manhatten, Kan.; granddaughters, Sidney Elizabeth Ostlind of Manhatten, Kan., Donna Vadine Ostlind and Chelle Jean Ostlind, all of Woodland. Other survivors include a sister, Janice McFall and her husband, Max of Chuluota, Fla., She was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband, Lowell, who died in July 2002; son, Lowell Wayne Ostlind, who died in 1973; and brothers, George Jack Goodsheller, who died in 2003, and Jim Wayne Goodsheller, who died in 1954.

Services: No visitation is scheduled. A graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Monument Hill Memorial Park, Woodland. Pastor John Evertson of West Valley Baptist Church will be officiating. Donations in the memory of Mrs. Ostlind may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 1765 Challenge Way, Sacramento, 95815, or to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, 95617. Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Sunday, October 03, 2004.)

OSTLIND

Lowell Oliver Ostlind

Lowell Oliver Ostlind died Tuesday, July 30, 2002, at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, at age 91.

Mr. Ostlind, known as "Grandpa Swede" by his family and loved ones, was born Nov. 10, 1910, in McPherson, Kansas, to parents Dan and Mabel (Olson) Ostlind. Being the youngest child, and only boy in the family of five children, he was fascinated by all things mechanical.

After the invasion of Hawaii by the Japanese, Mr. Ostlind enlisted in the US Army Air Corps, and was assigned to the 28th Fighter Squadron. He continued his education during his military career, earning a rating as an airframe and powerplant mechanic.

As an aircraft armorer, he qualified for the Marksmanship and Good Conduct Medals. After obtaining the rank of technical sergeant, he left the service at the end of World War II, and traveled the world working for oil and petroleum exploration and drilling companies where he was a mechanical engineer.

Mr. Ostlind worked in such diverse places such as Maricabo, Venezuela and retired at age 81.

A resident of Woodland for 14 years, he was an avid fan and supporter of the American Legion Baseball Association and the Babe Ruth League at Clark Field. He also loved to target shoot and loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was also active in both the Woodland BPOE Lodge 1299 and the American Legion Post in Woodland.

Mr. Ostlind is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jean Louise (Goodsheller) Ostlind; sons, Douglas Alan Ostlind and wife Vadine, and Dennis Ostlind, all of Woodland.

He is also survived by granddaughters, Sidney Elizabeth Ostlind, Donna Vadine Ostlind and Chelle Jean Ostlind, all of Woodland.

Mr. Ostlind was preceded in death by his parents Dan and Mabel (Olson) Ostlind; sisters, Geneva, Maxine, Isabelle and Virginia, and his son, Lowell Wayne Ostlind who died in 1972.

No visitation is scheduled.

A graveside service is scheduled 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1, at Monument Hill Memorial Park, Woodland.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Ostlind's name may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 1765 Challenge Way, Sacramento, Calif. 95815.

Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors is assisting the family with arrangements. Inquiries may be made by calling 662-4658, or by contacting www.legacy.com.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Thursday, August 01, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). A photograph of Mr. Ostlind is included with this obituary. Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

OTTAVIANO

Italia Ottaviano

Italia Ottaviano died following a brief illness Thursday, May 16, 2002, at age 94.

Born May 14, 1908, in Ischia, Italy, Mrs. Ottaviano was a resident of Falmouth, Mass. She came to the U.S. when she was an infant. She married in 1930 and lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Newburgh, N.Y., until retiring to Sandwich, Mass. in 1970.

Mrs. Ottaviano is survived by her daughter, Ann Reynolds and husband John of Woodland; son, Robert Ottaviano and wife Rita of Falmouth, Mass; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Armando Ottaviano, in 1990.

A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, May 21, at Sandwich Town Cemetery in Sandwich, Mass.

The family requests memorials be directed to the charity of the donor's choice.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Thursday, May 30, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

OVERTON

William "Bill" Chappel Overton Jr.

William "Bill" Chappel Overton Jr. died on March 31, 2003. Born on Dec. 21, 1946, in South Carolina, he was 56 years old.

He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy after serving in Vietnam from 1969 to 1973. He worked in agriculture for Air Growers Service and lived in Yolo County for more than 30 years. He attended UC Davis and enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by his father, William Overton Sr. of Florida, and sister, Aline Clement of Florida.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Sunday, April 6, 2003.)

OWENS

Ivy Owens

Ivy Owens died at her daughter's home in Sacramento surrounded by family on Friday, Dec. 3, 2004. She was 84.

A celebration of her life will begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at the Green Room of the Sierra 2 Center for the Arts, 2791 24th St. in Sacramento.

Born April 24, 1920, in Roycroft, Alberta, Canada, she became a naturalized U.S. citizen after her marriage to Thurston B. Owens of Honaker, Va. She was a resident of Davis for 43 years.

Her family says she will be deeply missed and held dearly in their hearts forever.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thurston Owens, and by her son, Buford Leland.

She is survived by her daughters, Miriam Gray and her husband Edward Duffy of Sacramento; and Susie Owens and her partner Heidi Souza of Woodland; and a son, Wayne Owens of Middletown.

She is further survived by her sisters, Patricia Wheeler of Enumclau, Wash.; Grace Dittmer of Chahalis, Wash.; Marj Esteban of Corrolitas; and her brother, Peter Murray of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada.

Remembrances in her name may be made to the UC Davis Hospice Program, 3630 Business Drive, Sacramento, CA 95820.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, December 10, 2004.)

OWENS

Leo Owens

Leo Owens passed away Aug. 10, 2004 in Woodland at the age of 81. He was born in Louisiana and retired in Dunnigan. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Katherine Owens, 5 sons, 6 daughters, 32 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren. Also a sister in Louisiana and brother in Los Angeles. A celebration of life will be conducted on his birthday, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004 at 11:30 a.m. for friends and family at 2800 Rd. 88-B, Dunnigan. For more info. contact Kathy at 724-0371 or Claudia at 724-4142.

(A photograph of Mr. Owens is included with this obituary.)

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Friday, August 20, 2004.)

OWENS

Louis Owens

Louis Owens, an internationally acclaimed novelist and a scholar of Steinbeck and Native American literature, died on July 26, 2002, in Albuquerque, N.M., at the age of 54.

He was born on July 18, 1948.

Considered the country's leading critical interpreter of Native American literature, Owens received several top book awards for his fiction and scholarly work, had his novels translated into other languages and most recently participated in a lengthy interview on national television about his Steinbeck scholarship during the centennial celebration of the Salinas Valley writer.

Owens was the author of five novels -- one of which, "Nightland," won the American Book Award in 1997, four books of literary criticism and a new collection of essays, "I Hear the Train." His academic career spanned two decades and five universities. Most recently, he was a professor of English and Native American studies at UC Davis, and headed the campus's Creative Writing Program.

Born in Lompoc to migrant laborers, Owens spent his childhood moving between Mississippi and the Central Valley, picking beans and living in poverty.

Owens' first book, "John Steinbeck's Re-Vision of America," was published in 1985, followed by "The Grapes of Wrath: Trouble in the Promised Land" in 1989. In May, he was the subject of a lengthy interview on C-Span regarding John Steinbeck and his literary legacy.

Owens earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in English from UC Santa Barbara before coming in 1978 to UC Davis for his doctorate. During graduate school, Owens and his wife spent a year in Pisa, Italy, while Owens taught at the University of Pisa as a Fulbright Lecturer.

Throughout his career, Owens was known for being extraordinarily prolific. Due to the number and quality of his publications, the time between his receiving his doctorate and being promoted to full professor at UC Santa Cruz was the shortest in the history of the University of California. Even in graduate school, while not working on his Steinbeck dissertation, Owens wrote his first novel, "Wolfsong."

It was through this first novel, published in 1991, that Owens explored his Choctaw and Cherokee roots.

Owens, who considered himself a mixed-blood American, explored the dilemmas of being from multiple heritages through much of his writing -- both in fiction and non-fiction. He won a Wordcraft Circle Writer of the Year Award in 1998 for "Mixedblood Messages: Literature, Film, Family, Place."

He wrote many articles on Native American fiction before publishing his 1992 book, "Other Destinies: Understanding the American Indian Novel," which by now has become required reading in many college literature classes. In 1993 he won the PEN-Josephine Miles Awards for "Other Destinies" and his novel, "The Sharpest Sight" (1992). He also was awarded with the Julian J. Rothbaum Prize for his 1992 novel "Bone Game" in 1994.

One of the awards he displayed proudly in his office was the 1995 Roman Noir Prize, a French award for the outstanding mystery novel published in French given to "The Sharpest Sight." His novels were translated into French, German and Japanese, and he appeared on French television more than once.

Extraordinarily generous with his time and attention to students, Owens was a dedicated teacher who mentored and encouraged his students and other writers.

Among the many recognitions for teaching that he received were the University of New Mexico Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence, the UCSC Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award, the UCSC Student Alumni Council Favorite Professor Award, and the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the International Steinbeck Society. He was a Presidential Lecturer at the University of New Mexico for two years.

From 1992 to 2000, Owens served on the faculty of UC Davis' Art of the Wild, a summer writing workshop on nature and the environment that drew nationally acclaimed writers. Owens was featured on a PBS one-hour special about the workshop.

Owens is survived by his wife of 27 years, Polly; and his daughters, Elizabeth, 19, and Alexandra, 16, all of Tijeras, N.M.; his father Hoey; his brothers Gene, Troy and Richard; and his sisters Judy, Linda, Juanita and Brenda.

A campus memorial service is being planned for fall quarter.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, August 1, 2002, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

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