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RHEES

Beverly Rhees

Beverly Rhees died peacefully in her home Friday, Oct. 2001. She was 62.

Born Feb. 22, 1939 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, she received training and became an X-ray technician at Sacred Heart Hospital. On Dec. 16, 1960, she married Ralph Rhees in the Idaho Falls Latter-day Saints Temple.

After living in Ogden, Utah, Salt Lake City and Malad, Idaho, she moved to Citrus Heights in 1984. In 1993, she arrived in Woodland where she enjoyed the community and the friendship of many. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who touched the lives of several people in her church as well as in the communities she lived in.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph Rhees of Woodland; children, Jerry Rhees of Clinton, Utah; Dyan Railsback of Dublin, Calif.; Mike Rhees of Woodland; Heidi Perry of Roseville, Calif.; Eric Rhees of Citrus Heights; Chana Sykosky of Woodland; Hayden Rhees of Woodland; and 24 grandchildren.

She is also survived by her brother, John Crook of LaHabra, Calif. and sister Diane Singleton of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Rhees was preceded in death by her parents, LaSell and Beulah Crook; a son, Alan Rhees; and a grandson, Scott Railsback.

A viewing will be held Monday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m. followed by a 4 p.m. Memorial Service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 850 Pioneer Ave., Woodland.

The family requests memorials be sent to the American Diabetes Association.

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

RHODES

Daisy M. E. Rhodes

Funeral today for Daisy Rhodes

Eastern Star Funeral Rites will be held today at 11 a.m. at Smith’s Colonial Chapel in Winters for Daisy Margaret Elizabeth Rhodes, 91, who died in Davis Monday, May 9. Burial will follow immediately in the Winters Cemetery.

A long-time Winters resident, Mrs. Rhodes was born in Pennsylvania on February 6, 1897. She came to Winters in 1919 and worked as a store clerk at Day’s Drug Store from 1944-84 when she retired.

She was a past matron and over 50 year member of former Yosolano Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star of Winters. The chapter has since merged with the Esparto chapter and is now known as the Esparto Grafton Chapter, No. 218, Order of the Eastern Star of Esparto.

She was also a member of the Neighbors of Woodcraft.

Mrs. Rhodes was the widow of L. Minard Rhodes who died in Winters in 1944.

She was preceded in death by a stepson, Earle Rhodes, in 1987.

Mrs. Rhodes is survived by her step-grandchildren, Shirley Ames of Bodega Bay, David Rhodes of Hood River, Oregon and Michael Rhodes of Placerville.

Mrs. Rhodes also leaves behind her first cousins Judge Murle Schreck of El Macero, Ruth Eleanor Penzotti, Orval Schreck, Paul Schreck, Elizabeth Barnes, all of Sacramento and Irene Thompson of Hilt.

She is also survived by five nieces and nephews.

(Obituary from the “Winters Express,” Thursday, May 12, 1988, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the “Winters Express,” 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

RHODES

James K. Rhodes

James K. Rhodes passed away in Davis on June 29, 203. Born on Jan. 30, 1931, in Wagnor, Oklahoma, he was 72 years old.

Mr. Rhodes was a Winters resident for the past four years. A plastering contractor, he was a former resident of Vacaville.

He is survived by his wife, Adelene; son Steve Rhodes and his wife Sandy; daughter Phyllis Rhodes, two sisters, four brothers and granddaughters Stephanie, Leslie and Danielle.

A visitation was held on Wednesday, July 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at McCune Garden Chapel, 212 Main Street in Vacaville. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 3, at 9 a.m. at McCune Garden Chapel. Interment will follow at the Winters Cemetery.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, July 3, 2003.)

RHODES

Lois "Grandma" Murphy Rhodes

Lois "Grandma" Murphy Rhodes died Wednesday, Jan. 11 at age 87.

Mrs. Rhodes was born in Greeley, Colo. on June 6, 1918 to Joseph and Mattie Hofschulte. She served as executive director of the March of Dimes in Woodland beginning in the 1950s and became their national consultant for Mothers' Marches in the late 1970s. Later in the Santa Cruz area, she was the registrar for Soquel High School until she retired in 2002. In Woodland, she was active in both school and community work. In Santa Cruz, she volunteered at Dominican Hospital and two local soup kitchens. In Sacramento, she worked at the volunteer desk at Mercy San Juan Hospital and with Presentation Church's team at Loaves and Fishes.

Survivors include Mrs. Rhodes' daughter, Norine "Buni" Panick; her son, L.K. "Smokey" Murphy and his wife Polly; her daughter-in-law, Judy Murray and her husband, Barry; her grandchildren, Christopher Murphy and his wife, Laurie Kohn; Patrick "Chip" Murphy and his fiancŽe Tiffany Bos, Morgan Panick; her great-grandson, Aidan Kohn Murphy; her sisters, Sr. Esther Hofschulte of Milwaukee, Ruth Hofschulte of New Orleans, Virginia Berkmeyer of Phoenix; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Leonard Murphy Sr.; and her husband of five years, Frank "Tony" Rhodes.

The family requests memorials in Mrs. Rhodes' name be directed to Maryhouse at Loaves and Fishes, Sacramento, the Jesuits or a charity of the donor's choice.

Services: A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 at Lind Bros. Mortuary, 4221 Manzanita Ave., Carmichael. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 301 Walnut St., Woodland. Lind Brothers Mortuary in Carmichael assisted the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Saturday, January 14, 2006.)

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Lois Murphy Rhodes (2nd of 2 obits.)

Lois - or Grandma - was born in Greeley, Colo. on June 6, 1918 to Joseph and Mattie Hofschulte. She was one of 15 children. In 1940, Lois moved to California where she met and married Leonard Murphy Sr. After Leonard Murphy's death in 1977, she married Frank "Tony" Rhodes in 1979. Mr. Rhodes died in 1984. She leaves behind her son, L.K. "Smokey" Murphy and wife, Polly; her daughter, Norine "Buni" Panick, and her daughter-in-law, Judy Murray and husband, Barry. Lois lived a full and wonderful life, especially cherishing her role as Grandma to Christopher Murphy and his wife, Laurie Kohn; Patrick "Chip" Murphy and his fiancŽe Tiffany Bos, Morgan Panick, and, most recently, the light of her life, her great-grandson, Aidan Kohn Murphy. She is also survived by her sisters, Sr. Esther Hofschulte of Milwaukee, Ruth Hofschulte of New Orleans, Virginia Berkmeyer of Phoenix and many nieces and nephews. Lois served as executive director of the March of Dimes in Woodland beginning in the 1950s and became their national consultant for Mothers' Marches in the late 1970s. Later in the Santa Cruz area, she was the registrar for Soquel High School until she retired in 2002. Lois had a life-long commitment to volunteer work and to support for the less fortunate. In Woodland, she was very active in both school and community work. In Santa Cruz, she volunteered at Dominican Hospital and two local soup kitchens. Most recently in Sacramento, she was a fixture on Sundays at the volunteer desk at Mercy San Juan Hospital and on monthly Mondays with Presentation Church's team at Loaves and Fishes. Her sense of responsibility - spending the time it takes to do a good job - was an inspiration to everyone who worked with her. In addition, she had passionate interests in Notre Dame football, good books, current events and politics, especially the work of good Democrats. Always active and healthy until her last 10 days, she will be remembered for her energy - the 3 miles she walked each morning, the soups and brownies she brought to places she worked, the cookies she baked for her grandchildren and the pies and dinners she made for holidays. She was a wonderful, giving person and made many friends in Woodland, Santa Cruz and Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Maryhouse at Loaves and Fishes, Sacramento, the Jesuits or a charity of your choice. Rosary on Monday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at Lind Bros., 4221 Manzanita Ave., Carmichael. Funeral Mass on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 301 Walnut St., Woodland. Arrangements by Lind Brothers Mortuary in Carmichael, (916) 482-8080.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Friday, January 13, 2006.)

RHYNE

Elin T. Rhyne

Elin Thora Rhyne died July 17, 2002, in Woodland. She was 82 years old.

She was born on Jan. 5, 1920, in Minnesota, Minn., to Guttormor and Ranveig Guttormsson. She married Emil Rhyne on Oct. 9, 1948.

The couple moved to California in 1962 from Milbank, S.D.

She was a Woodland resident for 37 years and retired from the Yolo County Mental Health Services Department after a 20-year career.

She was an active member of the Luthern Church of the Incarnation for the past 25 years. She volunteered for numerous charitable organizations in her community.

She was proud of her Icelandic heritage and was called "Amma" by her granddaughters. "Amma" is an Icelandic word for grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her son, Timmy Rhyne, in 1960; brothers, Jon and Ragnar; and sister, Fjola.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Emil Rhyne; sons, Mark Rhyne and his wife Racie of Cape Coral, Fla., and Paul Rhyne and his wife Capi of Woodland; and devoted grandchildren, Lydia and Lisa Rhyne of Woodland.

A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, 1701 Russell Blvd. in Davis.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society or to a nonprofit organization of the donor's choice.

McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, July 19, 2002, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

RICARDO Sr.

Domingo Florendo Ricardo Sr.

Domingo Florendo Ricardo Sr. died in his son's home in Woodland on Thursday, May 2, 2002, at age 96.

Born Dec. 15, 1905, in the Philippines, Mr. Ricardo immigrated first to the Hawaiian Islands in 1926, and then to United States, settling in the Yolo County area in about 1930. He worked for various area farmers in the Yolo, Sutter, and Fresno counties prior to his retiring in the early 1980s.

Mr. Ricardo is survived by his children, Don Johnson and wife Toni of Knights Landing, Robin Green of Woodland, Gary Ricardo and wife Carol of Knights Landing, and Domingo A. "Bugs" Ricardo and wife Diane of Woodland; grandchildren, Joe Ricardo, Ronda (Ricardo) Papas, Angel (Ricardo) Kinder, Michael Ricardo, Jennifer Onorato, Tim Onorato, and Trina Johnson; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Lou (Perse) Ricardo, in 1974; and his great-granddaughter, Camryn Reese Kinser, in 1999.

Visitation is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., today, Tuesday, at Kraft Bros. Chapel, 175 Second St., Woodland, with a graveside service to follow at 2 p.m. at Knights Landing Cemetery.

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

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

RICAU

Katherine Schlegel Ricau

Katherine Schlegel Ricau died at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, La., following a brief illness on Monday, Jan. 26, 2003 (sic), at age 92.

Born April 17, 1911, in New Orleans, La., Mrs. Ricau was a resident of Mandeville, La. She was a graduate of Newcomb College of Tulare University, a 50 year member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, member of the Daughters of the American Colonists, Colonial Dames, and the United Daughters of Confederacy. She was a pianist, composer and elementary school teacher.

Survivors include her daughters, Barbara R. MacArthur of Woodland and Eugenie R. Rocherolle of Wilton, Ct.; sister, Viola Claverie of New Orleans; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gustave J. Ricau Jr.; and daughter, Lorraine R. Lorange.

The family requests memorials be directed to Fairhaven Children's Home, 21066 Fairhaven Road, Covington, La. 70435.

Services: Funeral services were conducted at the Metairie Lake Lawn Chapel of New Orleans, La. with a burial at Metairie Cemetery.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Tuesday, March 01, 2004.)

RICCI

Rismo Ricci (1st of 2 obituaries)

Mr. Rismo Ricci died Feb. 8, 2005 at University Retirement Community in Davis. Born March 30, 1910, in Montecatinni, Italy, he was 94 years old.

Mr. Ricci came to Yolo County in 1927 from Italy and settled in Davis in 1936. He worked as a building contractor, building inspector and a Realtor for many years. He served a term as the President of the Davis Chamber of Commerce, and was the founder, along with his wife, of the Paws and Taws square dancing club. He was an avid golfer and noted fisherman and fishing guide, winning several Tahoe fishing derbies. He was a charismatic and dynamic man who will be deeply missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugenio and Asunta Ricci, a sister, Nella and his brother, Remo.

Mr. Ricci is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Alfia Ricci of Davis, children, Ron Ricci and his wife Anita of Sacramento and Isolina Ricci of Tiburon. He is further survived by seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

The rosary will be recited on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Chapel, located at 116 D Street in Davis. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B St., Davis. Private burial will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Woodland. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests the remembrances be made in his name to the charity of your choice. A virtual guest book may be signed at www.davisfuneral.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Chapel.

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

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Rismo Ricci (2nd of 2 obits.)

Rismo Ricci died Tuesday, Feb. 8 at University Retirement Community in Davis at age 94.

Mr. Ricci was born March 30, 1910, in Montecatinni, Italy. He had been a Yolo County resident for 77 years. He worked as a building contractor, building inspector and a Realtor for many years. He served a term as the President of the Davis Chamber of Commerce, and was the founder, along with his wife, of the Paws and Taws square dancing club. He was a member of the Yolo Fliers Club and the Davis Municipal Golf Course.

Mr. Ricci is survived by his wife of 72 years, Alfia Ricci of Davis; his children, Ron Ricci and his wife Anita of Sacramento and Isolina Ricci of Tiburon; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugenio and Asunta Ricci; his sister, Nella and his brother, Remo.

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

Services: The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 at the Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D St., Davis. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 at St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B St., Davis. Private burial will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Woodland. Davis Funeral Chapel assisted the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Monday, February 14, 2005.)

RICE

Alan L. Rice

Alan L. Rice died in his Woodland home Thursday, April 1, 2004, at age 45.

Born Aug. 30, 1958, a native of Woodland, he had been a lifelong Yolo County resident. He attended Woodland schools and Yuba College and was a Woodland business owner.

Survivors include his children, Robert Rice, Daniel Rice, Leah Postell and Christopher Rice; father, Jack Rice; mother, Doris Barker; and sister, Linda Rice.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Joseph Rice; and brother, Michael St. Louis.

The family requests memorials be directed to: Alan Rice Memorial Fund, c/o Bank of the West, 186 Main St., Woodland, 95695.

Services: A celebration of life is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 9, at 6 Monterey Circle, Woodland (off West Monte Vista). Interment will be private. North Sacramento Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, April 08, 2004.)

RICE

Walter Burtis Rice

Walter Burtis Rice, who entered the ministry after practicing optometry in Woodland for 25 years, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002 in his Woodland home a few weeks after he was diagnosed with cancer. He was 64.

At the time of his death he had served as pastor of Faith Community Church United Church of Christ, in Sacramento, for nearly 10 years. In that time he had also served the Fruitridge Christian Church Disciples of Christ, and had been the mentor for the Samoan Church of the UCC. He announced last October that he planned to retire in April 2002 as pastor of Faith Community. He was the son of Andrew and Penelope Rice, The Rev. Rice was born in Nevada and attended high school and grammar school in Reno. His father was a research chemist for the U.S. Bureau of Mines.

As a young man he attended the Federated Church at 4th Street and Virginia Street in Reno, now the site of the Silver Legacy Casino. He played the clarinet in the high school band and continued a lifelong love of music in any kind.

After graduating in 1960 from then-San Francisco State College with a bachelor's degree in psychology, he was drafted, and served in the Army a short time in the same year. Leaving the Army, he enrolled in the University of California School of Optometry and graduated with a doctor's degree in 1966. The new doctor joined his father-in-law, Dr. William Clark in practice in the Hotel Woodland in 1967.

In 1989, the future minister enrolled in the Pacific School of Religion, and sold his optometry practice to Dr. Sheldon Smith.

"He was interested in the ministry all along, and believed that living in that way would make him be a better optometrist," his family recalled. After graduating from the Pacific School of Religion in 1993 he was ordained in March of that year 1993 in St. John's United Church of Christ in Woodland after interning under the Rev. William Schroeder of St. John's and the Rev. Don Wells of the Woodland United Methodist Church.

Ten days after he was ordained, the new minister suffered a major heart attack, but recovered to continue leading his congregation.

He met his wife, the former Nancy Clark, in the pool at Cazadero, a church camp in Sonoma County, after he rode his bicycle to the camp. After a year's engagement the couple was married on Dec. 28, 1958, the first couple to be married on the stage in the new social hall of the Woodland United Methodist Church.

His family remembers his love of hiking and camping, "His soul was at peace in the mountains. His soul was at peace in the mountains," they remembered.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Rice; sons, Jim Rice and wife Laura of Plattsburg, N.Y. and Ian Rice of Sacramento; daughter, Megan Faiello and husband Michael of West Sacramento; and granddaughter, Emily Rice of Plattsburg; and several cousins in Kansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and older brother, David Rice.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at St. John's United Church of Christ, 432 Cleveland St. in Woodland, with a lunch to follow.

The family requests memorials be directed to St. John's Retirement Village-Stollwood Convalescent Hospital; or to the Nature Conservancy.

Kraft Brothers Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial inquiries may be made by calling 662-4658, or by contacting www.legacy.com.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Thursday, February 21, 2002, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

RICH

Maude Rich

Maude Louise (Spear) Rich, a lifelong resident of the Sacramento area, died in Palm Desert on Jan. 26, 2001, at the age of 85.

She was born in Santa Barbara and moved to Sacramento at the age of 6, where she attended Saint Francis School, Saint Joseph's Academy, Sacramento High School and a Sacramento junior college. After graduating from high school in 1932, she and 16 of her classmates formed what came to be known as "The 32 Club," meeting once each month for lunch. Over the years and throughout marriages, children, the Depression and war, the friendships remained intact. She attended her last 32 Club luncheon in December.

She married John (Jack) Rich in 1938. They were both active skiers and pioneered many trails up and down Donner Summit, even before ski lifts and ski resorts were established They were early members of the Kandahar Ski Club.

She and Jack moved to El Macero in 1965, where they became active with golf. She had been captain of the El Macero women's golf group and had participated in all of the annual pheasant invitational golf tournaments until this past year.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, John (Jack) Rich.

She is survived by her daughter, Pamela Rich and husband Phil Freedman of El Macero; her daughter, Penny Rich of Roseville; grandson, Greg Gordon of Sacramento and many loving friends, nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to celebrate her life at the family home in El Macero between 1 and 3 p.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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

RICHARDSON

Charlette Fern (Olson) Richardson

Charlette Fern (Olson) Richardson died Jan. 31, 2005, in Davis. She was 82.

Born Aug. 1, 1922, in Grand Junction, Colo., she lived for many years in San Bernardino and moved to Davis with her husband more than 30 years ago.

She was a UC Davis employee for many years, working as a cashier in the residence halls until November 2003. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her family says she was known for her good nature and strong spirit.

She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 46 years, Ivan Harold Richardson, who died in 1987; her sister, Gertrude; and a brother, Shelton.

She is survived by her son, Charles "Chuck" Richardson of McMinnville, Ore.; daughter, Linda Jensen of Florissant, Mo.; and a half-brother, Richard Billings of Grand Junction, Colo.

She is further survived by six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no public funeral or memorial service. Her ashes will be commingled with those of her husband and scattered in the mountains they loved. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Yolo Hospice in Davis.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Wednesday, February 09, 2005.)

RICHARDSON

Morgan J. Richardson

Morgan J. Richardson of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, died Jan. 28, 2006, after a courageous battle with cancer. She died comfortably on her 58th birthday with family and friends present.

A celebration of her life begins at noon Thursday at English Funeral Chapel, 1133 N. Fourth St. in Coeur d'Alene.

Born Jan. 28, 1948, in Detroit, Mich., to Wallace and Helen (Moore) Richardson, she loved music and had a beautiful singing voice. She enjoyed traveling, gardening and flowers. She had a passion for children and believed the human spirit was strong enough to change and grow.

While in Davis she was a counselor at the rape crisis center and worked for the advancement of women's music through Crystal Moon Productions. She helped open a women's health clinic in Sacramento and worked at a women's health clinic in Boulder, Colo.

Upon coming to Coeur d'Alene 10 years ago, she began as a paid volunteer for Idaho Child Abuse Response and Education and quickly rose to executive director.

She was preceded in death by her father, Wally Richardson.

She is survived by her partner, Carolyn Wickenkamp of Coeur d'Alene and her son, Jamie; and her son, Tobin and his wife Tara, and her grandsons, Alexander and James, all of Davis.

She is further survived by her mother, Helen “Lee,” and her brothers, Rand and Reid, all of Virginia; her sister, Rhonda of Oregon; her sisters-in-law, Gypsy and Linda; two nieces, two nephews and two great-nieces.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to ICARE, c/o Morgan Richardson Memorial Fund at any Mountain West Bank branch.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, January 31, 2006.)

RICHARDSON

Thomas Henry Richardson

Thomas Henry Richardson of Davis, a kind, thoughtful and generous man, died suddenly on April 26, 2003. Born Sept. 4, 1946, in Lodi to Charles and Alleen Richardson, he grew up in Isleton and graduated from Rio Vista High School, Cal State Chico and was a member of the Sig Ep fraternity.

He had a depth of knowledge and experience. He was actively involved with Cooperative Community Energy, served as a consultant in various management capacities, was a strong supporter of Boy Scouts of America, an inspired Sunday school teacher, a dynamic leader of Adventure Unlimited youth group, and an active father in support of his sons.

He was a skilled hot-air balloon pilot, served as mayor of Crestone, Colo., and was a dedicated member of the Christian Science Church in Davis.

He was the devoted husband of Laurie Q. Richardson, and the loving father of Christian and Ryan Richardson, whom he adored.

Other survivors include his sister, Rhoda Freitas, brother-in-law Leonard Freitas, nephews and niece Tom, Zack and Robyn Freitas of San Antonio; sister-in-law Dolores Richardson and nephews Greg and David Richardson of Northern California.

A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Veterans' Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Richardson Children's Education Fund, c/o First Northern Bank, 434 Second St., Davis, CA 95616, or Adventure Unlimited 5201 South Quebec St., Greenwood Village, CO 80111.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, May 6, 2003.)

RICHIE

Katheryn Richie

Katheryn Richie died in Woodland Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at age 59.

Born July 28, 1943, in Gulfcrest, Ala., Mrs. Richie had been a Yolo County resident for 35 years. She worked for Woodland Memorial Hospital for 15 years as a PBX operator.

Survivors include her daughters, Carla Hernandez, and Kimberly Richie; sons, Brian and Kevin Richie, all of Woodland; and sisters, Katie Estrada and Harriet Kelley, both of Woodland, and Eleanor Slawson of Iberia, Mo.; brother, Claudell Reed of Sacramento; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Peter Richie in March 2001.

The family requests memorials be directed to American Diabetes Association. Arrangements are under the direction of Evergreen Funeral Services of Woodland.

Services: Funeral services to be held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2003, at the New Life Christian Center, 28958 Hurlbut St., Madison. Burial to follow at Monument Hill Memorial Park, Woodland.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, July 10, 2003.)

RICHMOND

Jean G. Richmond

Jean Richmond died of pancreatic cancer on May 19, 2005, at her Davis home, surrounded by her family. She was 80 years old.

A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Woodland Presbyterian Church, 1324 Columbia Drive in Woodland. She will be interred next to her daughter Lynn, at a private family service at the Davis Cemetery.

Born Jean Gwynne on June 19, 1924, in Rochester, Minn., she grew up in the home of her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Sutherland in Chatfield, Minn. She graduated from Chatfield High School in 1942.

After graduating from the Chicago Civil Aeronautics Administration Training School in May 1943, she was assigned to the Evansville, Ind., Airport as a radio operator. There she met Staff Sgt. James A. Richmond. They were married on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 1943, at the Washington Avenue Presbyterian Church.

The couple lived in Rochester following World War II before moving to Richmond in late 1950. They have made their home in Davis since 1972.

She was proud to have been a member in the Presbyterian Church since she was a young child. She was an ordained elder, taught Sunday school and Bible study classes, was a circle leader and served as moderator of the women's organization. She was a member of the Woodland Presbyterian Church.

She also was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, having served as president for five years.

She worked in the accounting field for 20 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and at Pacific International Rice Mills in Woodland for eight years before she retired.

An avid reader, she enjoyed genealogy and wrote a history about her family going back as far as 1710. She was an expert at needlepoint and loved to travel. She was especially fond of music and musical theater.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, James Richmond; her daughter, Nikki Keller and son-in-law Ken of Davis; her son, Bill Richmond and daughter-in-law Barbara of Hercules; and her grandchildren Pat Keller and his wife Tiffany of Sacramento, Tim Keller and his wife Dana of Talent, Ore., Ryan Richmond and his wife Kerrie of Baton Rouge, La., and April Richmond of San Francisco.

She also is survived by her great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Matthew Keller of Sacramento, and Jordan and Jacob Keller of Talent, Ore. Those in Minnesota who survive her are her sister, Mary Van Der Hayden of Rochester, and brother, Jerry Mahoney of Stillwater.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lynn Richmond; her grandparents; her mother, Edna Mahoney; her sister, Barbara Mahoney; and her brothers Robert, James, Donald, Gordon and Glen Mahoney.

Remembrances may be made in her name to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 95617. A virtual guestbook may be signed at www.davisfuneral.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Chapel in Davis.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Monday May 23, 2005.)

RICHMOND

Paul A. Richmond

Paul A. Richmond died at his home in Davis on Aug. 26, 2005, of heart failure following bypass surgery. He was 62.

A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, in the Spanos Concert Hall in the Conservatory of Music on the University of the Pacific campus. A reception will follow the memorial in the President's Room.

He was born Jan. 4, 1943, in Minneapolis, where he spent his childhood and developed a lifelong passion for fishing and golf. He received his bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania. He was a cell biologist who pursued a career-long research interest in the cell wall and cytoskeleton of the giant-celled alga nitella.

He joined the faculty of the department of biological sciences at the University of the Pacific in 1979, where he spent 26 years as a teacher, researcher, adviser and mentor to students, and where he served as department chairman from 1993 until his death.

The department thrived under his leadership, expanding from eight to 14 faculty members and doubling the number of students in the biology and pre-professional majors.

He was a visionary leader within the university who, through quiet perseverance and a talent for working behind the scenes, managed to achieve his vision for modernizing and expanding the faculty, the curriculum and the physical structure of the department.

The final achievement of his legacy at UOP will be realized with the groundbreaking for a new biology building next year, the crowning piece of a dream that he had worked toward for many years.

"Paul left the department that he loved bigger and better than he found it. The same can be said of the many lives he touched during his time on earth," his family says. "Although family, friends and colleagues will fondly remember that he was late to every meeting and event he ever attended, all who loved him will agree that his passing was the one event that was much too early."

He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Janice Morrison, and by his mother Deloris and brother Larry of North Wales, Pa. He was predeceased by his father, Perry Lee Richmond.

Those wishing to honor his memory may send donations to the Biology Building Fund through the Office of Development, University of the Pacific.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Monday, September 12, 2005.)

RICHTER

Elwyn Raymond Richter

Elwyn Raymond Richter died Woodland Memorial Hospital on Friday, Oct. 17, 2003, at age 85.

Born May 26, 1918, a native of Woodland, Mr. Richter had been a lifelong resident of Yolo County. He attended Cacheville school. He was a 1937 Woodland High School graduate. He attended school at UC Davis from 1937 to 1941 studying agriculture. He served the U.S. Army from July 1941 to 1946; and from July 1941 to October 1941 he attended officers candidate school for chemical warfare, and chemical warfare training camp in Aberdeen, Maryland. He was a 50-year member of Yolo Grange, 41-year commissioner of Yolo Fire District and spent 53 years as a farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Lois V. (Parker) Richter; sons, Maurice R. Richter and wife Carol of Tennessee, Gary E. Richter and wife Lorraine of Woodland, daughter, Marcia L. Haley and husband Dennis of Chico; grandchildren, Gary E. Richter Jr., Tiffany M. Richter, Heather A. Haley, Bethany E. Haley, Alicia M. Haley, Brianne K. Patrick, Cherise Noble Leber; two great granddaughters; sister, Mary Alice Frazier of Woodland; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife granddaughter, Michelle L. Richter.

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

Services: A graveside service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Mary's Cemetery, Yolo.

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

RICK

Charles Rick

UCD botany pioneer dead at 87

Charles Rick, a plant geneticist and botanist recognized by many as the world's leading authority on the biology of the tomato, died May 5, 2002, in Davis. A professor emeritus at UC Davis, he was 87.

His family is planning a June open house in his honor for friends and colleagues. In accordance with his wishes, no formal services will be held.

Something of a modern-day Charles Darwin and Indiana Jones combined, Rick was equally at home in the classroom, greenhouse, laboratory and field. His research expeditions took him from the Galapagos Islands to high in the Andes, where he criss-crossed rugged terrain to collect hundreds of wild tomato species. These wild species contained a wide range of genetic variation that was missing from the modern domestic tomato.

During his career, he made landmark contributions in the areas of plant genetics, evolution, genome mapping and archiving the seeds of tomatoes and related plant species.

In 1967, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors for research scientists.

"Among his colleagues, Dr. Rick was considered the quintessential scientist," said UCD professor John Yoder, chairman of the department of vegetable crops. "His passion was learning and discovery, not fortune or fame. He had a contagious enthusiasm for biology that impacted and motivated all who knew him."

Born in 1915 in Reading, Pa., Rick grew up working in orchards and participating in nature studies through the Boy Scouts.

He earned a bachelor's degree in horticulture in 1937 from Pennsylvania State University, where he met and married Martha Overholts. The couple then moved to Cambridge, Mass., where he earned a doctoral degree in genetics from Harvard University in 1940.

He came to UCD in 1940 as a faculty member in the vegetable crops department, launching a career that would span more than 60 years.

A colleague soon suggested that Rick investigate what was wrong with "bull" tomato plants, vines that seemed to pour all of their energy into vegetative growth without producing any fruit.

At first, the proposed project struck Rick as "a damn fool thing to think about," he admitted in later years. But he became convinced that the problem merited investigation and went on to discover a host of genetic conditions in the sterile tomato plants. He was able to identify the genetic causes for flower infertility and define several single-gene mutants that are now used to provide commercial hybrid tomato seed.

His studies led him to construct a genetic "linkage map" that pinpointed the locations of many mutant or variable genes on each of the tomato's 12 chromosomes. It was the beginning of his pioneering effort to map the tomato's entire collection of genes, now known as its genome.

Rick's early work laid the foundation for molecular maps that today make the tomato genome one of the best-mapped plant genomes. His efforts to identify the genetic basis of resistance to the nematode -- a tiny worm pest -- made it possible to develop nematode-resistant tomato varieties.

Because the tomato has been so well characterized genetically, it now serves as a research model for plant scientists and can be more readily modified for commercial use.

Perhaps one of his greatest contributions was in establishing and serving as curator for the Tomato Genetics Resource Center at UCD. The center is the largest known collection of tomato seeds in the world. Rick devoted countless hours to collecting, cataloging, maintaining and distributing seeds from wild species and genetic stock.

Many primitive varieties and wild species that were collected and maintained at the center are now extinct in their native habitats. Furthermore, many of the unique mutant tomato stocks developed by researchers throughout the world would have been lost without Rick's efforts to archive them.

His tireless efforts were recognized in 1990, when the center was renamed the Charles M. Rick Tomato Genetics Resource Center.

Over the years he received a host of prestigious awards. They included the Alexander von Humboldt Award in 1993, the Filippo Maseri Florio World Prize for Distinguished Research in Agriculture in 1997 and induction to the American Society of Horticultural Sciences Hall of Fame in 1998.

Although officially retired from UCD in 1985, Rick remained active in the field of plant genetics until the age of 85, when health difficulties interfered with his greenhouse and laboratory work. Usually sporting the trademark cloth fishing hat that he wore in both formal and informal settings, he was known as a modest person, full of amusing anecdotes. He had a passion for traveling, the arts, meeting new people and enjoying foreign cultures.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha, and is survived by his daughter, Susan Rick Baldi, and son, John Rick, who are academics at Santa Rosa Junior College and Stanford University. He also leaves three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A scholarship fund is being established in Rick's memory that will help support South American students and scholars interested in promoting biodiversity in the Andes. Contributions should be made payable to the Charles Rick Scholarship Fund and sent in care of Professor John Yoder, Department of Vegetable Crops, University of California, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616-8687.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, May 10, 2002, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

RICKEY

Mary I. Rickey

Mary Iams Rickey died on March 26, 2000, in the Davis home she shared for three years with her daughter and son-in-law. Born on Feb. 21, 1913, in Englewood, Ohio, to Harry and Carrie Iams, she was 87.

A 1935 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, she was crowned May Day Queen upon her election as president of the Women's Student Government.

She was married the following year to her college sweetheart, Branch Rickey Jr. An adventurous and exciting 25-year marriage preceded widowhood at the early age of 47.

Two years later she accepted a job that was created for her by Pittsburgh National Bank. For the next 14 years she oriented newly arrived executives and their families to the city of Pittsburgh, making many lifelong friends in the process.

Failing knees and memory loss made it necessary for her to leave her beloved country home and friends of 44 years in Fox Chapel, Pa.

Mary's life is indebted to the many people who welcomed her with open arms upon her arrival in Davis and remained her friend until her death.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ron Sprinkle, who encouraged her to live life to the fullest; Yolo Hospice, who came into her life for a short but enormously helpful last week; and Maureen Hanlon, who provided an abundance of love and joy to her final year of life.

Gentle, kind and generous, she is remembered by her family and friends above all for her graciousness.

Those who loved Mary are invited to an outdoor memorial service under the direction of the Rev. Jim Kitchens at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at her Davis home. In case of bad weather, the service will be held at Davis Community Church. The family would appreciate RSVPs.

In lieu of flowers or contributions, the family requests that you visit or remember a friend or acquaintance who is ill or alone.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Branch Rickey Jr., and her granddaughter, Robin Elizabeth Hughes.

She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Caroline and Don Hughes of Nashville, Tenn., Nancy and John Keltner of Davis, and Branch and Diane Rickey of Colorado Springs, Colo.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother; and a sister.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," the week of April 2, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

RIDDLE

Genevieve Bennett Riddle

Genevieve Bennett Riddle, a longtime Davis resident, died peacefully on April 19, 2005, following complications from a stroke. She was 89.

A memorial service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Davis Community Church, 412 C St.

A Nebraska native, she was born July 18, 1915. She was the youngest child of Jacob and Fanny Easton Bennett. After spending her final high school years in the Panama Canal Zone, she entered the University of Nebraska, majoring in home economics. There she met her future husband, Ogden C. Riddle, at a Sadie Hawkins dance.

Elected to several honoraries including Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Epsilon Omicron and Mortar Board, she also served on the executive council of the College of Agriculture. After graduating with honors, she taught home economics.

In 1939, she and Ogden married in California, where he completed his doctorate at UC Berkeley and UC Davis. Settling in Davis to raise their family, they became active members of the Davis Community Church. In 1956, she became a member of P.E.O., a national professional service organization involved in the education of women. She served on the board in several capacities, including as president 1988 to 1989.

For 20 years, until retiring in 1984, she had a career in the reference library at UC Davis.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ogden in 1995; and by Robert Hagan, with whom she celebrated a ceremony of commitment at Davis Community Church in 2000.

She is survived by daughters Bonnie Van Duyn of Davis and Kay Becket and her husband Michael of London; and grandson Alex Van Duyn and his wife Dorothea of Oakland.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Organ Fund of the Davis Community Church, Yolo Hospice or University Retirement Community at Davis Foundation.

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

RIDENOUR

LaVerle Ridenour

A funeral will be held Friday morning for LaVerle Ridenour, who died Nov. 17, 2002, in Davis. She was 63.

Born March 18, 1939, in Quincy, she moved to Vallejo and lived there until she was 12, then moved to Pasadena and Chino, where she graduated from Chino High School.

She worked as a telephone operator for Pacific Bell until she met the love of her life, Ken Ridenour; six months later, she was married and traveling to Montana to start her new life.

After their two children were born, the couple lived in North Carolina, Hawaii, Texas and California. Following a divorce, she worked as a machinist for the EDO Corp., then moved to Northern California to live with her daughter and help raise her four grandchildren.

She knew every movie star who acted during her lifetime, and loved baseball so much that she could name every player on every team. She was an avid collector of baseball cards, stamps, Elvis Presley memorabilia and state quarters.

"She was a wonderful, loving and caring wife, daughter, mother, grandmother and a dear friend to anyone who had the chance to meet her," her family says. "We will all miss her dearly."

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lucille Moyer and George Anderson; her stepfather, Lee Moyer; and her brother, Butch Moyer.

She is survived by her children, Kenneth Ridenour and his wife Cindy of San Lorenzo, and Colleen Martin and her husband Mark of Davis; her sisters, Charlene Kaiser of San Diego and Carol "Cookie" Jurgensmeier of Salem, Ore; and four grandchildren, Ryan, Ashley, Brent and Daniel Martin, all of Davis.

She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, Carrie Huston and her husband Jim of Chino, Carmen Kaiser of Fullerton, Ben Jurgensmeier, Sally Jurgensmeier, Ty Moyer and Sally Moyer.

A funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 785 Elmwood Drive. Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Chapel.

Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, November 22, 2002, (Yolo County, California).

RIDENS

Roy Glen Ridens

Roy Glen Ridens of Fallon, Nev. died in Chico Wednesday, Feb. 22 at age 84.

Mr. Ridens was born April 22, 1921 in Sophia, Okla. to Willie and Avena Ridens. He had been a Yolo County resident for 35 years. He worked for various farmers in the Sutter Basin area and operated a Mobil station in Robbins. As a Nevada resident was employed by a variety of farmers and by the Fallon School District. He was a member of the Robbins Lions Club and their volunteer fire department. He was also a volunteer firemen in Stateline, Nev.

Survivors include Mr. Ridens' daughters, Joyce Zannella of Atascadero, Jane Roberts of Tehachapi, Linda Nelson of Chico and Kathy Riley of Rio Linda; his stepdaughters, Margaret Sherman of Fallon, Nev. and Joyce Moore of Las Vegas; his stepson, Ron Grindstaff of Las Vegas; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and his sister, Mildred Horney of Escalon. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances "Fran" Ridens; his son, Glen; his parents; his sister; and two brothers.

Services: A celebration of life for Mr. Ridens and his wife will be scheduled at a later date.

Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home of Chico assisted the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Sunday, March 5, 2006

.)

RIEMANN

Wilhelmina G. Riemann

Wilhelmina G. Riemann, a longtime Davis resident, died on March 5, 2005, while at Courtyard Healthcare in Davis. She was 70 years old.

A funeral Mass begins at 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B St. in Davis. Interment will follow at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road.

Born June 25, 1934, in Lfif, Poland, she came to the United States and settled in Davis on Nov. 19, 1965, and began working for UC Davis. She briefly went back to Poland and received her doctorate degree in food science at the Poly Technic University at Gdansk. She then returned to Davis and resumed her career working as a staff research assistant in the department of food science for the next 30 years until her retirement.

Her family says she had many enjoyments throughout her life. She especially loved to travel, often returning to her native Poland to visit family and friends.

She will be greatly missed by family and all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Hans P. Riemann of Davis; her brother, Janus "Edward" Goettlich and his wife Renata of Chorzow, Poland; her sister, Malgorzata Jukubska, and her niece Malgorzata Eksanow, both of Warsaw, Poland.

A virtual guest book may be signed at http://www.davisfuneral.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Chapel.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, March 9, 2005.)

RIES

Stevee Ann Ries

Stevee Ann Ries, one of God's littlest angels, passed away in her sleep at the age of 7 on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, in her home in Phoenix, Arizona.

Stevee was born in Phoenix on April 29, 1996. She lived in Winters briefly, as a tiny infant, then moved to Sacramento with her parents. After only spending two short years in California, the family relocated back to Phoenix, where she resided until her appointment with our Lord.

Although Stevee was severely challenged at birth with Cerebral Palsy, she was bright and alert and always welcomed the world with wide eyes. We are at peace with a warm and soft heart that Stevee is now in the hands of our Lord, safe and no longer in any pain. We know that now she is the whole person that God intended her to be and that she will walk among golden fields and play with all the other children in heaven. We think of the song, "I Believe I Can Fly," when we think of our Stevee. Now she can fly as she has earned her wings. We will all miss her sweet smile and the twinkle in her eyes when she looked at us. We were blessed to have her presence for the brief time that the Lord felt necessary. Her mission is complete.

Stevee is survived by her father Steven Ries, of Winters; mother Sherri Ries of Phoenix; sisters Danielle Ries, of Winters and Amber Williams, of Phoenix; paternal grandparents David and Janice Marshall, of Winters; maternal grandparents Donna Mosqueda, of Phoenix and Steven Horton of Phoenix; great-grandmothers Virginia Tenney of Sandpoint, Idaho, Mary Jo Lowery, of Phoenix; aunts and uncles Tina and Mike Penoff, of Winters, Joe and Shannon Ries of Esparto, Floyd Parr and Wayne Horton, both of Phoenix, Phaedra and Shane Moon, of Yelm, Washington, Doug Kelleher, of Stafford, Arizona and great-aunt Sandy Colvin of Rancho Cordova; cousins Robin Keller and Phaedra Crozier, of Winters, and Paxton and Tyler Moon, of Yelm, Washington; and many extended cousins and great-aunts and uncles.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in Winters.

Although there were few in Winters who actually knew Stevee, friends of the family are invited to pay their respects and help celebrate her short life here with us.

(A photograph of Stevee Ries is included with this obituary.)

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, January 22, 2004.)

RIETOW

Georgene (Hollingsworth) Rietow

Georgene (Hollingsworth) Rietow died peacefully at her Woodland residence on Sunday, July 21, 2002 at the age of 84.

Born June 10, 1918, in Woodland to Harold and Hazel (Cobb) Hollingsworth, Georgene graduated from Woodland High School and then attended UC Davis. While at UCD, she was a member of Omega Nu. A fourth generation Californian, she was known as "Pope" to her friends and family.

Mrs. Rietow lived in Yolo County for 31 years of her life and 44 years in the Hawaiian Islands. She worked as an executive assistant for Lewers & Cooke Development Company. Mrs. Rietow was a long time member of the Woodland First Christian Church, where she had been baptized.

Mrs. Rietow loved to spend time reading, sewing and other crafts, according to her family. "She loved the San Francisco 49ers and 'all things Hawaiian." According to her family she loved and was dearly loved in return by her extended family, both "on the mainland and in Hawaii." She dedicated many hours to volunteer work, and was appreciated for her wit and sense of humor, family members said.

Mrs. Rietow is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Rietow and Martha Rietow of San Diego, her stepdaughter Barbara Brown of Hilo, Hawaii, and her stepson Thomas Rietow of Kauai, Hawaii. Other survivors include sisters Louise Zane and husband Joe of Winters, Ann Sandstrom and husband Marc of Carlsbad; brothers James Hollingsworth and wife Karen of Bellingham, Wash., and Robert Hollingsworth of Woodland; and brother-in-law Jack Meek of Woodland.

Numerous nieces and nephews and several step-grandchildren also survive Mrs. Rietow.

Mrs. Rietow was preceded in death by her sister Phyllis Meek in 1999.

Respecting the wishes of Mrs. Rietow, a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date with her remains to be scattered at sea on the coast of Maui, Hawaii, by her family.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Rietow's name may be sent to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, 95617.

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," Tuesday, July 30, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California).

RIGSBY

Ben Rigsby

Ben Rigsby died at his home in Knights Landing on Thursday, March 2 at age 75.

Mr. Rigsby was born March 26, 1930 in Edna, Texas. He had been a Knights Landing/Yuba City area resident for 64 years. He worked as a crop duster for 57 years and was a member of the N.R.A.

Survivors include Mr. Rigsby wife of five years, Judy Rigsby of Knights Landing; his daughters, Marilyn Johnson of Idaho and Lucy Wilcox of Yuba City; his son, Richard Rigsby of Yuba City; his stepdaughters, Janet Archer of Knights Landing, Julie Myers of Dixon, Dana Moffitt of Florida and Paula McClurg of Marysville; 13 grandchildren, one great-grandson; and his brother, Jerry Rigsby of Marysville. He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Mary Lee Rigsby; his son, Gary Rigsby; and his brothers, William Rigsby Jr. and James Rigsby.

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

Services: Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 8 at Sutter Cemetery with Pastor Jim Anderson officiating. Ullrey Memorial Chapel Inc. of Yuba City is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, March 8, 2006.)

RIGSBY

Gary Lynn Rigsby

Gary Lynn Rigsby died in his Knights Landing home Monday, July 28, 2003, at age 52.

Born Sept. 20, 1950, Mr. Rigsby served in Vietnam War.

Survivors include his wife Donna Toland; daughter, Stacy Toland of N.C.; son, Kevin of Oroville; father, Ben Rigsby and stepmother, Judy of Knights Landing; brother, Rick and wife Tess of Yuba City; sisters, Marilyn Johnson of Robins, and Lucy Wilcox and husband Frank of Marysville; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary.

Services: A celebration of Mr. Rigsby's life will be a potluck at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Sting-Rayz in Knights Landing. Everyone is welcome.

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

RIKER

Alice Joyce Riker

Alice Joyce Riker died Aug. 16, 2001, after a long battle with melanoma, at her home in Woodland at the age of 71. Her family was at her bedside at the time of death.

Born on Jan. 25, 1930, in Elgin, Ill., she was the daughter of Lawrence and Grace Lofgren. She was an avid golfer, bridge player, and member of the Yolo Fliers Club. She was known for her concern for other people.

She is survived by her husband of almost 47 years, Bruce Riker, daughter Leigh Anne Diekroeger and husband Kurt of Sugar Land, Texas; son James Riker and wife Julie of Auckland, New Zealand; and daughter Kathy Elmore and husband Greg of Ballwin, Miss. She is also survived by her mother, Grace Lofgren, sister Marjorie VanDeVoorde and brother Larry Lofgren, all of Elgin. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Katie and Melissa Diekroeger, Russell and Spencer Elmore, and Amy and Bailey Riker; as well as numerous nephews and nieces, all in Elgin.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence G. Lofgren.

A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church, 1616 West St., Woodland. She will be cremated with her ashes buried at Bluff City Cemetery in Elgin. A memorial service in Elgin will be announced at a later date.

The family requests memorials be directed to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 95616, or a charity of the donor's choice. McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, August 17, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

RILEY

Alice I. Riley

Alice I. Riley died at Alderson Convalescent Hospital Thursday, April 14 at age 93.

Mrs. Riley was born April 17, 1911 in Zamora. She was a life-long Yolo County resident. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include Mrs. Riley's daughter, Beverly Hesseltine; her grandchildren, Cindy Hesseltine, Karen Rose and her husband Steve and Cathy White and her husband Paul; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; her sisters, Kate Roach, Evlynn Hobbs and her husband Hamp; her brother, John Hanneman and his wife Valancy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Percy Riley; her parents, William and Amelia Hanneman; her sisters, Wilma Palmer and Ramona Nusz and her brothers, Frank, Ernest, Arthur and William.

Services: Respecting the wishes of Mrs. Riley, no services are scheduled. Burial will be at Mary's Cemetery in Yolo. McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Tuesday, April 19, 2005.)

RILEY

Margaretha Riley

Margaretha Riley passed away on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, at her home in Winters. Born in Holland, on Dec. 3, 1925, she was 75 years old.

Mrs. Riley was a resident of Winters for 33 years. She was the first school crossing guard at Fourth Street and Grant Avenue and was an avid bingo player.

She is survived by her children, Patrick Frank Riley and Michael Henry Riley of Winters, and Kim Colleen Snow of Ft. Bidwell; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband David A. Riley on Dec. 22, 1994.

Graveside funeral services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m. at the Winters Cemetery. Pastor Frank Anderson of the Pioneer Presbyterian Church officiated. Remembrances may be made in Mrs. Riley’s name to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 95617.

(Obituary from the “Winters Express,” Thursday, January 25, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the “Winters Express,” 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

RILEY

Martha J.C. Riley

Martha Jane Cole Riley died on June 4, 2002, in Santa Rosa after a brief illness. She was 84 years old.

She was born on Nov. 3, 1917, in Oregon.

She was a Davis resident for many years and was employed by UC Davis as the associate admissions administrator.

She is survived by her husband of more than 61 years, Walter Denman Riley; two sisters, Dorothy Josephine Carty of Santa Rosa and Helen Ann Derusha of Santa Cruz; her brother-in-law, Loring Derusha of Santa Cruz; her niece, Dorothy A. Murray of Santa Rosa; and three nephews, Stephen, John and Matthew Peet of Bakersfield.

She will be missed by her family, to whom she always exhibited love and grace.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Saturday, July 13, 2002, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

RILEY

Walter Denman Riley

Walter Denman Riley, a longtime UC Davis entomologist, died Dec. 6, 2003, in Santa Rosa. He was 88.

Born June 20, 1915, in Turlock to William Wendell Riley and Bertha Bell Meredith, he grew up in Turlock and Bakersfield. He attended Bakersfield High School, where he was on the track team. He earned a degree in entomology from UC Berkeley.

During World War II, he was stationed on the island of Okinawa, where he was a technical sergeant with the 219th Malaria Survey Detachment.

He worked with his wife, Martha, at the family five-and-dime store in Davis before becoming being hired at UCD. He and his wife were married for 62 years, before her death in June 2002.

In his free time he was an avid golfer, and once shot a hole-in-one.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Robert, Virgil, Wilbur and Gerald.

He is survived by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Helen Ann and Loring Derusha of Santa Cruz, as well as many nieces and nephews.

In accordance with his wishes, no service will be held.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, December 12, 2003.)

RIMOLDI

Samuel Everett Rimoldi

Samuel Everett Rimoldi died Monday, Jan. 10 at Sutter Davis Hospital at age 53.

Mr. Rimoldi was born Dec. 8, 1951 in Woodland and had been a life long Yolo County resident. He was a 1970 graduate of Woodland High School where he was on the football and wrestling teams. He worked as a truck driver.

Survivors include Mr. Rimoldi's daughter, Adrienne Rimoldi; his son, Joshua and his wife Joyce; his grandchildren, Angel, Ashley, Juliette and Jaden Rimoldi; his mother, Tootie VonAlmen and her husband Bob; his sister, Penny Rimoldi all of Woodland; his nephews, Joe Wolfenbarger of Fort Lupto, Colo. and Bryson Baker of Magalia and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Rimoldi and his grandparents, Sam and Gladys Roub and Carlos and Stella Rimoldi.

Services: Respecting the wishes of Mr. Rimoldi, services are private. Interment will be at Woodland Cemetery. McNary's Chapel of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, January 13, 2005.)

RIOS

Clara Mary (Zaragoza) Rios

Clara M. Rios passed away at Kaiser Hospital in Sacramento on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005 at age 69. She was born on March 18, 1936 in Woodland, California, to Facundo and Ramona (Fierro) Zaragoza, both originally of Mexico, and who predecease her.

A resident of Yolo County for 69 years, Clara had graduated from Beamer Elementary School and Woodland High School class of 1955. She later went to work for Contadina Foods where she rose to the rank of supervisor, was lovingly referred to a "Clarita," and retired after 40 years with the company. She was a person who loved to play bingo and cards, watch old Roy Rogers movies, listen to "Oldies but Goodies," watch "Walker, Texas Ranger" and golf on television.

Another joy of her life was to share birthday luncheons with her siblings and music, especially listening to her brothers playing the guitars and singing her favorite Hispanic songs.

Surving Clara are her son, Ray Rios Jr. and wife Diana "Solorzano" and her daughter Barbara "Bobbi" Raubach, all of Woodland. Her sisters, Celia Ramirez and husband Adrian, Rosie Ramirez and husband Fred, both of Woodland and Lucy Garcia of Sunnyvale. Also surviving are her brothers, Gilbert Zaragoza and wife Helen of Rancho Cordova, Jose Zaragoza and wife Dolores, Eulalio and wife Connie and Jesus Zaragoza, all of Woodland.

She is also survived by grandchildren, Anthony Tafoya, Richard Solorzano, Michael Tafoya and Erik Raubach, all of Woodland; Cynthia Solorzano of Sacramento, Serena Rios, Elizabeth Solorzano and Christina Solorzano, all of Woodland and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by an aunt, Lillian Serviss and her uncle Cirillo Zaragoza and wife Josefina of Woodland.

She is preceded in death by her sister Bertha Mata and brother David Zaragoza.

Visitation is scheduled Monday, Oct. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Kraft Bros. Chapel, 175 Second St., Woodland. A Rosary service will begin at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 301 Walnut St., Woodland, with Deacon Ed Kull officiating. A funeral mass will be held at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Holy Rosary Church with Father John Boll officiating. and internment will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Woodland.

Donations in memeory of Ms. Rios may be made to the Diabetes Association memorial Fund, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio, 44720.

Assisting the family with arrangements is Kraft Bros. Funeral Chapel of Woodland.

Visit the guest book at www.dailydemocrat.com.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Sunday, October 16, 2005.)

RINKE

George Edward Rinke

George Edward Rinke of Rogers, Ark. died at St. Mary's Rogers Memorial Hospital Friday, Aug. 5 at age 68.

Mr. Rinke was born May 8, 1937 in Coal Hill, Ark. to Lucille Schweppenstedde and Herbert Rinke. He had been a long-time Yolo County resident. He worked as a truck driver for more than 20 years and was a member of the Cornerstone Assembly of God in Rogers, Ark.

Survivors include Mr. Rinke's wife, Alice V. Rinke; his children, Allen Rinke of Conway, Ark., Julie Rinke of Woodland, Laurie Heath of Reno, Nev., Sherri Jimenez of Westwood, Emerson Molt of Pleasant Hill, Mo., Michael Molt of Austin, Texas and Polly Hilderbrandt of Boise, Idaho; 16 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; his mother, Lucille Rinke of Wichita, Kan.; and 10 siblings. He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Rinke.

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

Services: A memorial service is scheduled for noon, Saturday, Aug. 20 at Cornerstone Assembly of God Church, 4055 North Second St., Rogers, Ark. with Pastor Scott Brownell officiating. Stockdale Funeral Services of Rogers, Ark. is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Tuesday, August 16, 2005.)

RIOS

Modesto Campos Rios

Modesto Campos Rios passed away Sunday, March 23, 2003, at the age of 74. Born Jan. 12, 1929, in Crystal City, Texas. Modesto was the son of Hornorato H. Rios and Adela Campos Rios.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Maria De Jesus Rios and children, Armandina Rios, Adela Guzman, Ricardo Rios, Pilar Rios and and husband Domingo Castro, Modesto Rios Jr., Diana Rios, Josefa Rios and husband Herman Lee, Elvira Rios and husband John Manes. Grandchildren include: Felipa Ortiz and husband Jordan Pallen, Hortencia Rios, Pedro Rodriguez, Michael Modesto Lee, Maria Rios, Johnny Manes Jr., Natalie Castro, Felipe Lee, Crystal Rodriguez, Alicia Manes, Domingo Castro Jr., Sofia Castro, Modesto Rios III. Great-grandchildren include: Jordan Pallen Jr. and Bianca Isabaella Pallen. Modesto is also survived by his brothers: Ventura Rios of Texas, Jose Rios of Montana, and David Rios of Minnesota; and sisters, Elena Guarez Rios of Texas and the late Julia Lerma Cantu. Modesto had his own television program called "The Modesto Rios Show" running from 1972 to 1976. Modesto also had a Spanish radio show in Sacramento in 1977-1983. Later he became a meat cutter and was last working at Travis Air Force Base until retiring in 2002. Modesto was a strong, courageous and kind-hearted man. He only wanted the very best for his family. He enjoyed working and most of all spending time with his family.

Visitations is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Thursday, March 27, at Kraft Bros. Chapel, 175 Second St., Woodland. A memorial service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, March 28, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Stake Center, Pioneer Ave., Woodland, with a burial at 1 p.m. at Monument Hill Memorial Park, Woodland.

(A photograph of Modesto Rios is included with this obituary.)

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

RIPPEY

Carlotta Rippey

Carlotta Rippey died Feb. 15, 2001, at Sierra Health Care in Davis. Born June 17, 1911, in Oroville, she was 89.

She was raised in Oroville, graduated from Oroville High School and attended Sacramento City College. During World War II, she worked for the American Red Cross, then moved to San Francisco in 1948, where she went to work as a bookkeeper for Nellie Gaffney, an exclusive dress shop. After her retirement from the dress shop, she worked for the YWCA in San Francisco for 10 years.

She was a member of the Sierra Club and went on camping excursions with them until she was 78. At the age of 70 she went on a nature expedition in Alaska. She was a season's ticket holder to the San Francisco Ballet.

She moved to Davis in 1990 and lived at Covell Gardens until one year ago, when her health began to fail.

She is survived by her niece, Penny Gunther of Davis; nephew, George Dean Rippey of Magalia; great-niece, Maia Gunther of Davis; and two great-nephews, Adam Gunther of Davis and Scott Rippey of Magalia.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date at the Oroville Cemetery in Oroville. Remembrances may be made in her name to the Sierra Club or to the Museum of Natural Science and History in San Francisco. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Chapel.

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

RISLEY

Edward Baker Risley

After 15 years of battling a neurological disease and cancer, Edward Risley died peacefully of acute leukemia on Sept. 24, 2005, at Sierra Nursing Home in Davis. He was 83.

Edward Baker Risley was born April 17, 1922, at East Windsor Hill, Conn., the eldest child of Robert and Ruth (Baker) Risley.

Raised on their small farm, he graduated from Elsworth Memorial High School, and later, from the University of Massachusetts. He was the first male graduate student at Smith College, and later was a graduate student and a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire, teaching plant science and breeding roses, carnations and many other flowers.

He moved to Davis in 1959, where he began his long career as research and electron microscope technician for the UCD botany department. His hobbies were gardening, weaving, electronics, birding, and model railroading.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jean (Spettigue) Risley; his son Bruce and his wife Marie; his daughter Jennifer and her husband Jack Moon; his sister Elizabeth and her husband Linwood Addington; and many nieces and nephews.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, September 30, 2005.)

RISLING

David Risling

David Risling, the "father of Indian education" who spent his career opening the doors of higher education to Native American students, died March 13, 2005, at Woodland Memorial Hospital. He was 83.

Throughout his career, Risling was an effective champion of Indian rights and education - and a teacher who passed along the wisdom of his father to the generations of Native Americans who came after.

He arrived at UC Davis in 1970 to help develop Native American studies as an academic discipline and then taught as a senior lecturer for 21 years in the program until he retired in 1991. He remained active on campus and at D-Q University until shortly before his death.

Although his original focus was tackling injustices on behalf of California Indians at the state level, by the mid-1970s, Risling had gained national renown. He was appointed by three U.S. presidents to serve on the National Advisory Council on Indian Education and later was instrumental in the creation of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.

He also co-founded California Indian Legal Services and the Native American Rights Fund, whose lawyers fought for long-ignored treaty rights to the U.S. Supreme Court. Risling was integrally involved in passage of the federal Indian Education and Indian Tribal Community College acts. That legislation led to the founding of 31 Indian community colleges and dozens of K-12 reservation education programs across the nation.

In California, he was respected by Native Americans for his instrumental role in co-founding D-Q University in rural Davis and for his leadership in the establishment of UCD's own full-fledged, nationally recognized Native American studies department in 1993. It remains one of only three such departments awarding doctoral degrees in North America.

"He was a person of absolute personal integrity, honesty and courage," said Jack Forbes, UCD professor emeritus of Native American studies and anthropology, and a friend of nearly 40 years. "He embodied in his life all of the attributes of a Native American leader: warrior, compassionate father, host, pathfinder, caretaker, facilitator, friend and counselor."

Risling's daughter, Peg Murray, said her father counted his family as his greatest accomplishment.

"He was proud of our talents and our own accomplishments, and those of our children," she said.

Risling was also a second father to many in the Indian community. Known for his honesty and warmth, he took into his home a number of youngsters to give them a better chance at life.

Born on April 10, 1921, near Weitchpec in Northern California on the Klamath River near its junction with the Trinity, Risling was one of eight children of David Risling Sr. (Chief Su-Wohrom) and Mary Geneva Orcutt. A member of the Hoopa tribe, Risling was also of Yurok and Karuk ancestry.

He was inducted early into the life of northwestern Indians, participating in a cycle of river fishing, hunting, ceremonies, agriculture and forestry. An athletic youth, Risling excelled at every sport offered by Hoopa High School and went into Golden Gloves boxing with great success.

During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to become a lieutenant commander of a patrol craft that escorted larger ships full of supplies to war zones in the South Pacific.

When he returned, he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Phelps, and with her support graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with bachelor's and master's degrees in vocational agriculture. He was hired as an agricultural teacher at Modesto Junior College in 1950, where he taught for 20 years.

During the 1950s and early '60s, Risling helped his father travel throughout the state, reviving Native American dances and bringing people together on key California Indian issues.

While others confronted authority during the contentious early days of Indian political consciousness in the late '60s and early '70s when Native American activists seized Alcatraz Island and the American Indian Movement was making headlines, Risling worked behind the scenes, building relationships in Congress and lobbying for recognition of Indian rights and educational opportunities.

"He was the 'E.F. Hutton' of the Native American community," added Micki Eagle, business officer for UCD's political science department. "When he spoke, everyone listened. Our native community has lost a revered elder, proud of his heritage, an accomplished story teller and someone who never forgot who he was or where he came from."

Among the institutions Risling helped found, and the one of which he was most proud, is D-Q University, the only private American Indian college in California. The school now faces serious financial difficulties but continues to function.

"It was a dream that the late Carl Gorman and I had worked on from 1961 to 1962, but it was Dave's organizing skill and patience that came to the fore in 1971 when DQU finally acquired flesh and bones," Forbes said.

Risling was heartened to see students embrace their heritage, picking up the disrupted streams of tradition and identity.

"Indians are moving up nowadays," he said last fall in an interview for the UC Davis Magazine. "Indian people now realize that they can expand their destinies positively and recognize that they can live successfully in two worlds."

Risling is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Davis; children Kathy Wallace of Fairfield, Peg Murray of Forestville, Lyn Risling of McKinleyville and Ken Risling of Santa Rosa; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Hoopa Neighborhood Facility, Hoopa.

Donations in Risling's name may be made out to the UC Regents for the David Risling Award, a scholarship given to UCD students of California Native American descent. Send checks to Judy La Deaux, Department of Native American Studies, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616.

- UC Davis News Service

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, March 15, 2005.)

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David Risling, Jr. (memorial service)

A memorial celebration honoring David Risling Jr. is from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at D-Q University, 33250 County Road 31 west of Davis.

Honored guests include representatives from the Native American Rights Fund, California Indian Legal Services, Native American Studies at UC Davis, the Association of American Indian Affairs and other state and national organizations.

Chris Peters, executive director of the Seventh Generation Fund, will serve as master of ceremony. The afternoon will include musical performances and honored speakers. Food and refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome to bring food to share.

In 1967, a group of mostly California Indian single mothers asked Risling to help them organize to address the most pressing problem facing the community at the time - the educational needs of Indian children. With Risling at the head, the group founded the California Indian Education Association to demand legislation and policies for equal educational opportunities for Indian students.

(Annoucement from the "The Davis Enterprise," Monday, May 9, 2005.)

RISTINE

John Ristine

"Daily Sacramento Bee," Monday Evening, February 15, 1869.

DEATHS

At Ristine's ranch, Yolo county, Feb. 15th, John RISTINE, a native of Ohio, aged 68 years.

(The preceding death notice was transcribed by Betty Loose.)

(Please note: I am not related to the family listed above, and I do not have any further information on this family.)

RITCHIE

Philip Gray Ritchie

Philip Gray Ritchie was born in Winters in the home he lived in much of his life on Jan. 6, 1918. He died at Anderson’s Convalescent Home in Woodland on Jan. 14, 2006, after a long battle with esophageal cancer.

Mr. Ritchie attended Winters schools and was recognized as an outstanding athlete, participating in every sport, excelling in all of them, especially diving, track and football. He set the Winters High School track record of 9.8 seconds for the 100-yard dash in 1935, a record which still stands and equaled the world record of 9.5 seconds in the 1938 Fresno Relays. He was voted Best All-Around Athlete all four years in high school, graduating with the Winters High School Class of 1936. He was also an accomplished musician, and played the drums. Mr. Ritchie was awarded a scholarship to the University of the Pacific, where he played on the football team that almost beat Notre Dame to play at the 1934 Olympics. He served in the U.S. Army in 1941, receiving an honorable discharge, and was employed as an insurance investigator for 30 years.

On Sept. 17, 1967, Mr. Ritchie married Linda Lockhart and they had one son, Phil Jr., who shared his father’s love of sports. After separating, Mr. Ritchie raised his son as a single parent. He married Jeannie Ritchie, on July 25, 1998 in a garden ceremony at his home on Russell Street, followed by a large reception at the Pizza Factory.

Mr. Ritchie served the Winters community as a Little League coach, karate teacher and helping to maintain the baseball fields. For his accomplishments as a Winters athlete and community volunteer, he was named Honorary Youth Day Grand Marshal in 2004, and was affectionately known as “Flip.”

Phil leaves behind son Phil Jr. of Stockton, and stepsons Douglas Ritchie of Branson, Missouri, Raymond Ritchie of Blythe, George Ritchie of Layton, Utah, Edward Ritchie of Loma Rica, Donna Durnen of Las Vegas, Nevada, 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Philip Gray Ritchie, an accomplished contractor of residential and commercial buildings, and his mother, Wanda Mary Baker.

Mr. Ritchie will be interred in the Winters Cemetery family plot on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. in a private ceremony. A Christian memorial service celebrating Mr. Ritchie’s life will be held at the Winters Community Center on Friday, Jan. 20, at noon, followed by a potluck luncheon at the Winters Community Center. Contributions to the Phil Ritchie Memorial Fund may be made at the First Northern Bank in Winters.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, January 19, 2006.)

RITCHSON

Kathryn Ritchson

Kathryn Ritchson passed away on Friday, March 3, 2000, at Sutter Roseville Hospital in Roseville, California. Born on May 10, 1923 in Clarksville, Texas, she was 76 years old.

Mrs. Ritchson was raised in Clarksville, Texas. She came to Winters in June 1963. She resided in Winters until 1998, when she moved to Antelope to be near her children. She worked at Yolo General Hospital in Woodland for over 20 years as a nurse's aide.

She is survived by her children, Dorothy M. Torres of El Centro, Georgia Fay Dewey of Antelope, Bobbie Jean Harris and husband, Jerry, of Antelope, Vena McLean and Husband, Jim, of Carmichael, and George Marvin Ritchson of Antelope; 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death in April of 1995 by her husband of 49 years George Ritchson.

A visitation was held on Wednesday, March 8, from 4-8 p.m. at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 205 Russell in Winters. The funeral service will take place Thursday, March 9, at 9 p.m. at Pioneer Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow at the Winters Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Smith's Colonial Chapel in Winters.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, March 9, 2000 (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "Winters Express," 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

RIVARD

Emmerson Russell Rivard

Emmerson Russell Rivard, aged 77 years, passed away on Sunday, June 5 at his Woodland home.

Born on May 24, 1928 in Newport, Michigan to Russell and Unice (Venier) Rivard, he graduated from Monroe High School class of 1946. After high school he moved to San Jose and attended San Jose State University where he obtained his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Mr. Rivard was employed by Lockheed in the aerospace industry for 20 years, and continued his career close to aeronautics working at the municipal airport for the City of San Jose as Senior Electrical Engineer until his retirement in 1984. He was a Yolo County resident for the past five years, after traveling various areas, and was a lover of the outdoors, nature and wildlife.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Nancy Rivard of Woodland; a daughter, Virginia Neese and husband Ronald of Woodland; sons, Stanley James and wife Fern of Orangevale, and Robert Martinez and wife Charley of Winters; and a sister, Mary Burton of Newport, Michigan. His legacy also leaves seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Russell and Unice Rivard.

Future plans for a Celebration of Life are to be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Yolo Hospice in his name. Assisting the family with arrangements is Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, June 16, 2005.)

RIVERA

Mary Rivera

Mary Rivera passed away at the home of her daughter Helen Nitzkowski, in Winters, on May 18, 2003. Born in Hawi, Hawaii on Dec. 12, 1914, she was 88 years old.

Mary lived all of her adult life in the Fairfield area until failing health caused her to move to Winters.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Helen and her husband Howard; sons John and his wife Darlene, Jim, and David and his wife Patty, all of Fairfield; brother Louis Rumi of Fairfield; eleven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren; two nieces, one nephew, several cousins and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband John; parents Carmen and Celestino Cortez; stepfathers Domingo Sierra and Joseph Rumi; brother Manual Rumi and sister Marie Rumi.

All are invited to attend the visitation on Tuesday, May 27, from 5 to 9 p.m. with the Holy Rosary at 7 p.m. the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 28 at the Bryon-Braker Funeral Home, 1850 West Texas Street, in Fairfield, with interment following at the Fairfield Cemetery.

Kaiser Hospice and the National Kidney Foundation are the suggested recipients of any donations given in memory of Mary.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, May 22, 2003.)

RIZZI

Julia Ann Rizzi

Julia Ann Rizzi passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2000, at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento. Born in Borger, Texas, on Aug. 19, 1909, she was 90 years old. A 22-year resident of Winters, Julia loved to bowl. There’s plenty of trophies to prove she was a good bowler. Julia was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Mrs. Rizzi is survived by her children, Kenneth Reid of Sacramento, Ann Bryant of Winters, Lynda Christiansen of Placerville, Melvin Reid of Sacramento, Donna Myers of Sacramento, William Reid of Colorado, and Scharlene Reid of Winters; sister, Bonnie Martin of Bakersfield; 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Rizzi; daughter, Wanda Burgess; brothers, Buck, Jack, Pete and Judie Savage; sisters, Ida Harris and Jonny McKoy; and son-in-law, Reverend Marvin Bryant in 1993.

Memorial services were held at the Freewill Baptist Church at Haven and Edwards streets on Monday July 17, at 1 p.m. Donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.

(Obituary from the “Winters Express,” Thursday, July 20, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the “Winters Express,” 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

RIZO

Randy Maher Rizo

Randy Maher Rizo passed away on Monday, Aug. 5, 2002 in Sacramento following a sudden illness. Born on Sept. 27, 1948 in San Francisco, he was 53 years old.

Mr. Rizo was a lifelong resident of Vacaville. He was a self-employed honey manufacturer for Blue Ridge Mountain Honey Company for the past 10 years. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and was an avid sportsman and former Little League coach.

Mr. Rizzo is survived by his wife Deborah; sons Mykel and Matthew and daughters Courtney and Trish and parents Ambrosh and Helen Reguera, all of Vacaville; sisters Michelle Sarrao of Vacaville, Mariaelena Anselmo of Dixon, Pajie Young of Calistoga and Julie Baricosa of Napa; brothers joseph Reguera of Massachusetts, Bobbie Reguera of Sonoma and Richie Reguera of Vallejo and loving companion Cheryl Clift of Vacaville.

A celebration of life was held for Mr. Rizzo on Friday Aug. 9 at the Nadeau Family Funeral Home. Inurnment was private.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, August 15, 2002, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "Winters Express," 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

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