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William Ray Reaves (1941-2018)

William Ray Reaves passed away peacefully October 6, 2018.
He is survived by his brother Johnny Test (Katrina) from Modesto, CA; sister Rosemary Small from Washington State; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Graveside Service will be held on Friday; October 12, 2018 at 1pm
Bardsdale Cemetery 1698 S. Sespe St. Fillmore, CA.

 
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Camilo D. Gurrola (1925-2018)

Camilo D. Gurrola (1925-2018)

Our father, Camilo D. Gurrola, “Cam” “Miller” was born on July 18, 1925 in the “Campito” in Fillmore California, where he lived the majority of his life, except for the time spent overseas during WWII.
He attended Fillmore schools and when he turned 18, was drafted into the U.S. Army. His 3 brothers, John, Gregg, and Julio Gurrola, followed soon after, defending our country during WWII. He achieved the rank of PFC and on April 11, 1945 with the 104th Infantry Regiment- 26th Infantry division (a.k.a “Yankees”) liberated Dora-Mittelbow concentration camp in Austria (verified by the L.A museum of the Holocaust). The horrors of what he witnessed left a deep, lasting impact for the rest of his life. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal, Purple Heart, Good Conduct medal, and the Victory medal.
He enjoyed watching football, his favorite teams being the Rams and Notre Dame, Yankees baseball, watching old westerns and movies about WWII, jig-saw puzzles and spending time with his best friend his German Shepard named Heidi.
In 1952, he married our mother, Theresa Vasquez. In 1954, daughter Anna Marie was born, in 1956 Gloria Irene was born, and in 1962, son Lawrence Daniel was born. He worked at the Naval base in Port Hueneme for 30 years, holding various positions. During that time, he took the required college courses to become a real estate salesman. His final year was spent at Greenfield care center due to various health issues. Our eternal gratitude to the many CNA’s, RNA’s, LVN’s, RN’s, and Matthias who treated our father like their own “Papa”.
Camilo is survived by his wife Theresa Vasquez Gurrola; daughters Anna Marie Gurrola and Gloria Gurrola Mendez; son Larry Gurrola; son-in-law Ronnie Mendez; daughter-in-law Susan Z. Gurrola;
Grandchildren Christy, Naomi Qualls, Daniel and Anthony Mendez, Danielle Gurrola; 9 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandson and brother Richard Gurrola.
Preceded in death by parents Panfilo and Juana (DeHaro) Gurrola; sisters Katie Zavala, Lucy Munoz, Pauline Ruiz and Candy Gurrola; brothers John, Greg & Dolores (twins) and Julio Gurrola.
A special thank you to Dr. Jeffrey Allan and his staff for their care and compassion, also to Companions Hospice.
Rosary was held on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 9:30am at St. Francis of Assisi Church 1048 Ventura St. Fillmore, Funeral Mass at 10:00am St. Francis of Assisi Church burial followed at Bardsdale Cemetery 1698 S. Sespe St. Fillmore, CA.
Memorial donations may be made to VFW or St. Francis of Assisi Church.

 
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Billy Joe Winters (1939-2018)

Billy Joe Winters (1939-2018)

Billy Joe Winters, 78, of Apple Valley, CA, passed away on Sunday, August 12, 2018 after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Winters was born in Oklahoma to William and Mattie Winters on November 16, 1939. He was a long time resident of Ventura County. Upon retiring, he moved to Nevada and in 2013 moved to San Bernardino County.
Billy is survived by his children: Jodie (Bill) Benoit of Apple Valley, CA; Bill (Kristy) Winters of Camas Valley, OR; Donald (Julia) Winters of Fillmore, CA; Richard Winters of Camarillo, CA, Brother Rick Winters of Reno, NV, and Sisters Joyce Richardson of Sacramento, CA and Colet Lee. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great- grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mattie Winters, and sisters Della Henderson and Helen Moody.
Billy was a hardworking man, retiring from Fillmore-Piru Citrus Association. He also worked for many citrus packing houses throughout Ventura County.
The family will be having a Celebration of Life gathering in his memory on Saturday, September 29th at First Baptist Church of Fillmore, 1057 1st St, Fillmore, CA. on Saturday September 29th. Services will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a reception immediately following.

 
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Duane Lee Dye (1932-2018)

Duane Lee Dye (1932-2018)

Duane Lee Dye, “a Nebraskan Cornhusker”, of Fillmore, California passed away at the age of 85 on September 19, 2018
Duane was born to Mildred and Ralph Dye on September 23, 1932 in Stanton, Nebraska. He was raised on the family farm, along with his sister Carol, near Pilger, Nebraska and that farm remains in the family today. Growing up in Nebraska always held a special place in Duane’s heart, even though he left Nebraska for California in 1957.
When Duane was 17 years old he contracted polio which was sweeping through the Midwest and ultimately, leaving the cold and difficult weather that Nebraska offered was what Duane needed. His determination allowed him to champion the physical difficulties that the polio presented and after attaining his college degree in Accounting, he left Nebraska for California. When he arrived in California he took a job at Wayside Honor Farm in Castaic, working as a supervisor within the Accounting Department. At the same time he was working at the Honor Farm, he was developing income tax clientele which ultimately led to him starting his own insurance agency, Duane Dye Insurance, in Newhall. The area of Newhall was a community of only 15,000 people and it was on the cusp of great growth. Duane Dye Insurance is still a vibrant insurance agency in the Santa Clarita Valley today.
Duane married his wife Linda, in August of 1965, taking on not only a wife but a wife with three children, Lori, Luanne & Larry. Duane and Linda added another sibling, Jef, to the family in 1968. Between running a business and raising a family, Duane was an active member of the Newhall Rotary Club and a member of the Baha’i Faith. His devotion to his faith helped to guide him through his life and his commitment to Rotary was the foundation of his many years of community service to the Santa Clarita Valley. His greatest desire was to help the world, through Rotary International, by making people aware of the need to eradicate polio throughout the world and helped raise awareness of the issue through the Rotary Polio Plus program. Duane and Linda, through contributions and fundraising, were responsible for inoculating approximately 88,000 individuals throughout the world with the polio vaccine.
Until just a year ago, Duane stayed active in Rotary even while dealing with many health complications caused by advancing age and his physical challenges. The recent months were indeed very difficult for Duane and he bore the burden in a stoic and determined fashion. Upon his death, Duane was surrounded by his family and loved ones. Duane touched and affected all those he met through his example of courage, determination, humility, patience, compassion for others and long suffering. His wise counsel and ability to listen was extraordinary and impactful. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Duane will be buried in a private family graveside service and a celebration of his life is being planned for the near future.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution to the Rotary End Polio Now program in Duane’s name at the web site https://www.endpolio.org/donate is greatly appreciated by his family.

 
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Jean Marie Wokal (1933-2018)

Jean Marie Wokal (1933-2018)

Jean was born in North Hollywood on April 22nd, 1933 to Ed and Gladys Blakely. She grew up in Raseda, California with her two siblings Robert and Patricia. She loved playing softball, riding her bike, and as a teen loved going to the beach with her friends and sunbathing in the sun. She graduated from Raseda High School in 1951 and started working at Sav-on drug store where she would reconnect with the love of her life, Donald Wokal. They fell in love and went on to marry on July 14th, 1956. Don and Jean moved to Simi Valley where they raised their three children Gary, Lori, and Michael.
As they raised their children, Jean stayed at home and ran an in home daycare. They eventually moved to Fillmore in 1977 where they farmed their citrus and avocado orchard. Don and Jean always loved to travel, be with friends, go dancing, and spend time with their family.
Don and Jean spent most of their life traveling the world. They loved to cruise, travel to different to countries, but they spent most of their time traveling around in their motorhome visiting friends and family and seeing the country. When she wasn’t traveling, she was at home “playing house” as she would call it and was in her craft room.
Even as a young girl, Jean was always social, and that part of her life never stopped. She loved going to her club “fat ladies”, which she was apart of for 50 years, playing bingo and poker, and shopping at thrift stores, Pic n’ Save and garage sales. She also spent her time volunteering for the Salvation Army and was a member of relay for life, which was important to her being a two-time breast cancer survivor.
Another joy in life was spending time with all of her family. She was well loved by her three children, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Whether it was going to sporting events, camping, road-trips and or just sitting by the pool watching everyone laughing and having fun, she loved sharing all her life stories with everyone and making us laugh with all her dirty jokes.
Jean “Gram-ma” will be missed by all her family and friends, but are at peace knowing she left us outside doing what she loved and is now back dancing in the arms of her husband Don.

 
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Chris Anthony Hernandez (1971-2018)

Chris Anthony Hernandez (1971-2018)

Chris "Pata" Hernandez passed away in a tragic accident on September 5, 2018, in Fillmore. Chris was born June 5, 1971, at Santa Paula Hospital. He lived in Fillmore his entire life. Chris took after his dad and became a mechanic. He spent lots of his time restoring his motorcycles and ATV's, which were his passion. He loved spending time with his family and friends who became family. Chris' sense of humor touched everyone. He was a kind, funny, loving man. Chris had an infectious smile you could never forget and told unforgettable stories that would keep us all entertained. Chris leaves behind three beautiful daughters, Mercedes "Sadie" Hernandez-Rios, Lauren Hernandez, and Sarina Armenta. Chris also leaves behind his mother Katie Hernandez, his longtime girlfriend Lisa Vasquez, and six siblings. Chris is preceded in death by his dad Tony Hernandez, his brothers Raymond Hernandez and Mony Hernandez, his sister Janet Henderson. He will be deeply missed by all. There will be a service held at Skillin Carroll Mortuary in Fillmore on Friday, September 21, 2018. Viewing starts at 10 a.m. and services will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a reception immediately following.

 
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Minnie Lou Benedict (1933–2018)

Minnie Lou Benedict (1933–2018)

Minnie Lou Benedict of Fillmore CA passed away peacefully on Monday, September 3, 2018, in Fillmore CA, after a six month bout with inoperable brain cancer.
She was 84.
Minnie Lou was born on October 5, 1933 in Fillmore Ca. to Aver and Dossie Grimes. She lived in Fillmore nearly all of her life. She graduated from Fillmore High School in 1953, and then worked as a retail clerk for a few years and later as a part time assistant to her father in the management of his business enterprises, which included citrus ranching, an RV park, property management and other small businesses.
As a young woman, her favorite pastime was riding and caring for her horses. For decades, she regularly attended Fillmore Methodist Church and later attended First Baptist Church in Fillmore for more than 25 years until her passing.
She was married to James L. Benedict, of Ventura, who preceded her in death in 1993. They had no children.
In the past three decades, she was actively involved with her extended family and kept up on current events. Her sense of civic responsibility led her to vote in every election since 1957. She was a generous contributor to churches, other religious organizations, and medical charities.
She is survived by her niece, Mary Grimes of Ventura, three first cousins, Ventura County, one first cousin in Sacramento, and two first cousins in other states.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 6:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 600 Central Avenue, Fillmore. Memorial service will be Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 11a.m. at the Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, with interment immediately following at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 S. Sespe Street.

 
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Geraldine Frances Wunsch Lee (1941-2018)

Geraldine Frances Wunsch Lee (1941-2018)

Geraldine Frances Wunsch Lee (Geri) passed away on September 2, 2018. Geri was born August 16, 1941 in Los Angeles, CA. to Robert V. Wunsch and Veronica M. Hentges. Geri worked for The Southern California Gas Company for 36 years and retired as a Lead Planning Associate. After retiring, Geri moved to Fillmore, CA. in 2003 and enjoyed volunteering throughout the community. She worked with the Rotary Club, the Ladies Auxiliary, the Fillmore Historical Museum, Fillmore's Parks and Recreation, and the Fillmore Convalescent Center. She is survived by her children Robert Lee, Jr., Colleen Lee, Lauree Belleville, Catherine Graden (Jeff), her grandchildren Zachary Lee, Jacob Graden (Sindy), Aaron Morse (Melanie), Samantha Belleville, Patrick Belleville (Denise), Jason Belleville (Lexi), Julaine Graden, and Jackson Graden; her great-grandchildren Liam Barrett, Benaiah Henley, and Baby Belleville (due October 2018). A memorial for Geri will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 2:00 PM Faith Community Church, 355 D St. Fillmore, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice.

 
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Billie Darlene Gooding (1931–2018)

Billie Darlene Gooding (1931–2018)

Billie Darlene Gooding was born on February 24, 1931, in Hebbronville, Jim Hogg County, Texas. She was the eldest daughter to Floy and William Morris. After battling cancer off and on for a number of years, she went peacefully to be with her Lord on Saturday, August 25, 2018.
Darlene moved to Santa Paula, CA with her parents and sister in June of 1949. Her father, William, was a Field Superintendent for Humble Oil Co. (now ExxonMobil) and he had been transferred to California. Darlene was a 1949 graduate of Webster High School in Webster, Texas.
Darlene married Clifford W. Galbraith in 1950. They had four children – Daniel, Stacey, Shelley, and Steve. Darlene and Clifford divorced in 1969. In 1970, Darlene married John (Bud) Gooding.
Over the years Darlene worked in several clerical, bookkeeping, and managerial positions. She was a co-owner of Santa Paula Lanes with her husband Bud from 1976 until they sold it in 1992. Darlene was actively involved in the management of Gooding Ranch until her son, Dan, was named manager in 2008.
Darlene is preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy (Cissie) Stringer, Clifford Galbraith, John Gooding, her two daughters, Stacey Nasalroad and Shelley Signor, and daughter-in-law Linda Galbraith. Darlene is survived by sons Dan and Steve, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, sons-in-law Brad Nasalroad and Gene Signor, and daughter-in-law Brenda Galbraith.
Per Darlene’s wishes, there will be a private family graveside service in Santa Paula, CA.

 
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Floyd K Legan Jr. (1924-2018)

Floyd K Legan Jr. (1924-2018)

Floyd K. Legan Jr. passed away in his sleep on August 7th 2018 in Oxnard, California. Born on June 6th 1924, to Floyd and Cecelia Legan at the Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. The Legan family resided in Santa Barbara for 14 years while Floyd attended Den Grammar School on the Dos Pueblos Ranch, Elwood Grammar School in Gaviota, and the La Cumbra School in Santa Barbara. In 1939 the Legan Family moved to the Legan Ranch in Fillmore, where Floyd attended and graduated from Fillmore High School in 1943.
Floyd entered the US army in June 1943, and served until late 1945 in the Philippines as one of the “Remington Raiders.” After an honorable discharge, Floyd went on to attend to attend Woodbury College/University, where he received a degree in public accounting, which he practiced until 2015. Floyd was also active in the day-to-day operations of the family ranch.
Floyd was an active member throughout his life with the Fillmore First United Methodist Church, Piru United Methodist Church, and the Bardsdale United Methodist Church.
Floyd was very thankful for the many years love and care given to him by Andrea, Bryan, and Wyatt.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bardsdale United Methodist Church.
Graveside services will be at the Bardsdale Cemetery on August 25th at 9:00AM.

 
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Marjorie Anita Southwick

Marjorie Anita Southwick

Marjorie Anita Southwick, 95 years old, died June 15, 2018 in Carson City, Nevada. Born on October 3, 1922 in Oxnard, California, she was the second daughter of Allen T. and Isla G. Coleman. Her sister Helen was her only sibling.
Anita graduated from Fillmore (CA) High School in 1939. She married Glen Southwick on October 4, 1942. Glen’s enlistment in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 led them to Texas and Florida, where they started their family. After the war they returned to Fillmore, where Anita continued raising their growing family, working at times as a teacher’s aide at the elementary school and volunteering at blood banks.
Known to family and friends simply as “Ne,” she was very skilled in sewing and quilting, was an avid reader, and a talented painter. She played the piano, studied history, and spent years researching family genealogy. Ne loved big band music and danced to Glenn Miller. She loved baking bread, cookies and other treats.
In 1965-1966, Anita and Glen hosted Bismar Pombo, an AFS exchange student from Uruguay. Their generous love and hospitality soon made Bismar a fourth brother. He still maintains regular contact with the family, including trips back to America to reunite with them.
Anita and Glen moved to Clayton, Idaho in 1969, where they owned the Saturday Mountain Resort along the Salmon River. She spent several years working for the Challis National Forest at the Yankee Fork Ranger Station. After selling the resort in 1975, they built a house nearby. It was a favorite family gathering place, especially in the summer months when Anita’s garden yielded fresh raspberries to top ice cream desserts.
After retirement, the couple volunteered for many years at the nearby ghost town of Custer. Working as a docent at the Custer Museum, Ne greeted visitors and worked in the gift shop. She and Glen were also instrumental in the founding of the Friends of Custer Museum (now The Land of the Yankee Fork Historical Association).
In 1997, Ne and Glen moved to Stevensville, Montana. Both were soon active volunteers at the Stevensville Museum, and had an interest in the Lewis and Clark bicentennial activities of the area. They loved to take road trips, putting thousands of miles on their car, visiting friends and family, and sightseeing.
The couple moved for the last time to the Gardnerville/Carson City area of Nevada in 2006 to be closer to family in their final years. She was preceded in death by her husband Glen, her sister Helen McNair and infant son David.
Anita is survived by her children Don, Marilyn, Tim, Bismar and Roger. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Scott, Mark, Leslie, Melanie, Jacob and Joshua Munoz; Charles and Edward Southwick; Emilio Pombo; and Eric Snider; as well as 25 great grandchildren and 12 great great grandchildren. A memorial gathering was held at Mormon Station State Park in Genoa, Nevada on July 8, 2018. We miss her greatly, but are also comforted that she is reunited with Glen and all their wonderful memories.

 
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Dwain D. LeBard (1934-2018)

Dwain D. LeBard (1934-2018)

Dwain D. LeBard, 84, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife Anna Mae.
Dad was an Army Veteran, a reserve policeman, a volunteer fireman and proud, retired mechanic. He was a husband, father and grandfather, a shy silent genius and an inventor.
We will miss his honesty and dry wit and send him “thanks” for all he did for us.
Dwain is survived by his sister Marjorie Orr; daughters Janet Haskell (Kevin) and Jaci Avila (Mark);
grandchildren Rebecca and Nicholas Avila; 3 step children and 5 step grand-children.
No funeral Services will be held; our hearts are broken but Dad is free. Show love for your family while they are here.
In appreciation for their caring service, the City of Fillmore Fire Dept. has been chosen by Dwain’s family as the recipient of memorial donations. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to:
Fillmore Fire Foundation (501 3c) P.O. Box 331 Fillmore, CA 93016.
To contact directly call (805) 558-0932.

 
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Kimberly Ann Torres (1953-2018)

Kimberly Ann Torres (1953-2018)

Kimberly Ann Torres, of Fillmore, California, passed away at her home on July 26, 2018 at the age of 65. Kim’s journey began in Oxnard, California on July 19, 1953, the oldest child of David Wright and Joan Temple. Kim was a 1971 graduate of Fillmore High School and spent most of her life in or near the Fillmore area. Kim’s greatest enjoyment came from her kids, Megan and Josh, and her grandkids. She had an unwavering love for her family. Kim will be fondly remembered for her work ethic, love of animals and her forgiving heart. Kim is survived by her daughter, Megan Lee; grandchildren, Lynelle Lee, Logan Lee, Brianna Reed, Parker Reed; sisters, Denise Core, Piper McGeehan; brother, David Wright; step-parents, Russ Temple and Shirley Williams. Kim was preceded in death by her son, Joshua Reed, and both of her parents, David Wright and Joan Temple. Kim’s family appreciates the support and kindness she was afforded by many during her final months. In accordance with Kim’s wishes there will be no service. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice in Kim’s honor.

 
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Evelyn LaVerne Foster Moser (1937-2018)

Evelyn LaVerne Foster Moser (1937-2018)

Evelyn LaVerne Foster Moser, 80, of Pocahontas, Arkansas, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at the Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas. Evelyn was born on Friday, November 5, 1937, in Swifton, Arkansas to Charles T. Foster and Evah E. Henderson Foster.
Evelyn was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend.
Evelyn is preceded in death by her parents Charles T. Foster and Evah E. Henderson Foster, husband Jake A Moser, son Charles Moser, brother Talmadge Foster, sister Charlotte Erickson.
Survivors include children Vickie J (Debbie Pocwierz) Bennett of California, Kenneth A. Moser of Arkansas and Evelyn L. Moser of Arkansas, sister Freddie D. Gregory of Arkansas; grandchildren Amanda D. (Billy) Warren, Katelyn C. (Dallas) Allen, Jacob W. Moser, Jillian A. Moser, Henry D. (Tiffany Mares) Bennett III, Kaytlin T. (Shaun) Holton, Mallissa M. (Johnny) Long, Jeremy J. (Jessica) Moser, Evelyn L Moser II, David G. Turk Jr. and Stephanie Pocwierz; great grandchildren Justin, Landyn Bentlee, Kahrlee, Madison, Lillyann, Kali, Dallas Jr., Eva, Aiden, Gavin, and Kale; many nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones, special canine friend Bella.
Evelyn was a wonderful Nonnie to many, many souls throughout her lifetime.
Visitation will be held Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 9am-11am at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary 600 N. Central Ave., Fillmore; following Graveside Service at Bardsdale Cemetery 1698 S. Sespe St., Fillmore.
Celebration of Life following at El Pescador Restaurant 1305 Ventura St. (Hwy 126) Fillmore.

 
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Maria Lupe Lupercio Casillas (1934-2018)

Maria Lupe Lupercio Casillas (1934-2018)

Con gran dolor en nuestros corazónes anunciamos el fallecimiento de nuestra querida mamá, abuela y bisabuela Maria Guadalupe Lupercio.
Guadalupe nació un 18 de Diciembre de 1934 en Guadalajara, México. Ella falleció tranquilamente el día 21 de Julio de 2018 en su hogar rodeada de sus seres queridos a la edad de 83 años. A Guadalupe le gustaba cocinar, ir de compras y disfrutaba pasar el tiempo con su familia y cuidar de sus nietos y bisnietos. Se reunirá con sus hijos Rúben Casillas, María Casillas y su nieto Mario Arias.
La sobreviven sus hijos: Pedro Casillas, Maria Elena Casillas, Martha Bernal y sus nietos: Ricardo Casillas, Vanesa Casillas, Jacqueline Casillas, Laura Velasco, Leticia Velasco, Jennifer Stone, Jonathan Bernal, Julie Bernal, Joshua Bernal, Jason Bernal, Pedro Casillas, Jovanni Casillas, Krystal Casillas, Josue Casillas y 16 bisnietos.
Visitación fúnebre de cuerpo presente será de 4:00PM – 6:45PM el lunes 30 de Julio 2018 en Skillin –Carroll Mortuary, 600 Central Ave., Fillmore, CA seguida por el Santo Rosario a las 7:00pm. La misa se llevara acabo el martes 31 de Julio del 2018 a las 10:00am en la Iglesia Catolica St. Francis of Assisi, 1048 W. Ventura , Fillmore Ca. Entierro despúes de la misa en Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 S. Sespe St., Fillmore.

 
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Gaspar “Jess” Barragan (1939-2018)

Gaspar “Jess” Barragan (1939-2018)

Gaspar “Jess” Barragan, 79, passed into the arms of his beloved Savior on Saturday, July 14, 2018. In addition to his parents, Gaspar was preceded in death by his brother Lee Barragan and son Manuel Barragan. Gaspar will forever be remembered by his wife Anne Barragan, and his loving children Gwynne Weinreb, Yvette Miller, Traci (Brandon) Chewning, Jeffrey Barragan, (Fiance Justine Rosales) and Heather Barragan. Gaspar is the brother of Rachel Brown, Armida Martin, Diane Choubin, Ben Barragan, and Steve Barragan. He will greatly be missed by his grandchildren Frank, Erik, Sam, Ashley, Nichole, Alex, James Jr, Annalise, Leah, Brandon Jr, Jace, baby boy Barragan, and his 8 great-grandchildren.
In honor of Gaspar, a memorial service will be held at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary on July 28, 2018 at 11am.

 
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Jerry Michael Botts (1938-2018)

Jerry Michael Botts (1938-2018)

Jerry Michael Botts, was born September 18, 1938 to Mardenis and Iris Botts in Santa Paula, CA.
After graduating high school in 1956, he joined the Army reserves. He went on afterwards to roofing homes for 30 years. He owned Thomas Roofing Service in Fillmore, CA for 17 years. On a rainy March 16th, 1963, Jerry married Paula Miller, in Ventura, CA. Jerry and Paul have two sons, Michael and John and 6 grandchildren. Jerry is survived by his wife Paula, of 55 years, his sons, his sisters Velda and Heidi and brother Chris.
In 1989, after his retirement from his roofing business, Jerry went into the ministry preaching the Gospels. His ministry led him to Burbank CA, Taft CA, and Helena Montana along with missionary work around the globe including Africa. Jerry and Paula returned to California in 2012 and made their home in Somis, CA. Jerry went home to his Father on June 13th, 2018, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Jerry led countless people to the Lord, teaching the Gospel and demonstrating what Christ called him to be, “a fisher of men”. He influenced many lives and will be missed by all that knew him. His life was celebrated in Santa Paula, CA on June 23rd with family and friends at the Church of Christ.

 
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Henry Edward Krieger Jr. (1926-2018)

Henry Edward Krieger Jr. (1926-2018)

Henry Edward Krieger (Jr), long time resident of Fillmore, California for 80 years, recently of Santa Paula, passed away peacefully of natural causes on June 25, 2018. Jr. was surrounded and comforted by family members and friends at the time of his passing, Henry was 91 years old. Jr. was born in Ada, Oklahoma, on July 18, 1926. He was one of six children, of Auby S. Keller and Henry Edward Krieger Sr.

Henry Krieger Jr. was married to Dorothy Fern Mitchell, on November 26, 1945. They had two children. Henry was a Veteran of World War 2, for which he served from the age of seventeen, and turned nineteen, on his boat ride home from Europe. Henry was a member of the 44th Infantry Division, United States Army. Henry went on to work in the Oil Fields located around Ventura County and other various locations throughout Southern California.

Henry Krieger was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Mitchell, parents: Auby and Henry Krieger, Brother A.J. Krieger, and Sisters, Geneva Krieger, Winona Krieger, and Lohoma June Krieger.

Henry Krieger Jr. is survived by his Sister, Nola Ann Wilson, Sunland CA; his two children; Cecil Edward Krieger of Bakersfield, CA; and Junne (Jerry) Byrum of Santa Paula, CA; Four grandchildren; Jerry C Byrum Jr, Santa Paula, CA, Cecil Edward Krieger, Taft, CA, Christine Lynn Lopez, Bakersfield, CA, and Joseph Paul Byrum, Santa Paula, CA; thirteen Great Grandchildren; Dylan Cole Byrum, Matthew Jacob Krieger, Katelynn Nicole Byrum, Zachary John Kreiger, Hailey Nicole Lopez, Anthony Jaiden Byrum, Brenden John Krieger, William Edward Krieger, Malia Rose Lopez, Salena Marie Ayala, Joseph David Leon, and Jacob David Leon.

Friends and Family are invited to celebrate Henry’s life on July 6, 2018, 10:00 A.M. at Bardsdale Cemetery, located at 1698 S. Sespe Street, Fillmore, California. A Grave-Side Service with Military Honors will be held in his honor.

 
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Rojelio Valencia Avila (1931-2018)

Rojelio Valencia Avila (1931-2018)

Rojelio Valencia Avila also referred to as ‘Roy / Chono’ 87 years old of Fillmore, Ca. was called home on Monday, June 11th, 2018.
Roy was a very loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Uncle, Cousin and Friend to many.
Roy was born on March 11th, 1931, in Ventura, Ca. He was the 3rd of 6 siblings who were raised in Ventura County.
Roy met Rita Hernandez in Fillmore in 1954 and shortly thereafter they married. Roy settled with Rita in Fillmore and began a family of 6 girls known as the “Avila Girls”.
He was preceded in death by his grandson Joselito Lopez.
Roy is survived by his wife Rita: Daughters Rosa (Gino) Garcia, Antonia (Jose) Lopez, Karin (Joe) Diaz, Esmeralda Avila, Brenda (Gary) Toyooka and Jessica (Jaime) Esquivel. He leaves behind 17 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.
He began his career establishing one of the first gardening services in Fillmore known as “J Roy’s Gardening Service”.
He spent his years living life to the fullest. One of his greatest talents and passions in addition to being a successful landscaper he was also a self-taught musician.
Roy was big on creating new family traditions for all the generations to embrace; these included family camping trips to Lake Tahoe and various regular outings. Family get-togethers at home were always one of his favorites, especially when he would bring out one of his many guitars and play some of his favorite songs for the family.
Roy came from a very humble beginning and accomplished so much within his lifetime. He taught his family that success was defined by how hard you worked and put your mind towards any goal and that having a degree did not always define your success. He took pride in leading by example and giving his family constructive loving feedback to accomplish whatever they had in mind.
God looked around his garden and found an empty space then he looked down upon your tired face. He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest, I know for a fact God’s garden is beautiful because he only takes the best.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Faith Community Church 355 D Street in Fillmore. The recitation of the Rosary will follow at 7:45pm at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1048 E. Ventura Street in Fillmore. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 10:00am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1048 W. Ventura Street in Fillmore. Burial to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 So. Sespe Street in Fillmore, Ca.
For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the family’s online guestbook, share stories and post pictures, please visit our website: www.santapaulafuneralhome.com and click on Roy’s name located below “Recent Obituaries”.
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John Albert Brothers (1924-2018)

John Albert Brothers (1924-2018)

John was born in Muncie, Indiana. He spent his first years on a small family farm, a place he remembered fondly long after. When the family lost the farm in the Depression, his mother had to support four children through diverse odd jobs in town; her resourcefulness, hard work, and good humor provided the fundamental model for John's life.
John enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943, after high school, serving in the Philippines. The Navy indirectly shaped his later life in music and art: he sang in the Blue Jacket Choir at Great Lakes Training Camp and whiled away long duty hours as a pharmacist's mate drawing sketches in the official log book. His later decision to move to California may have stemmed from naval training in San Bernardino, where he was amazed to smell orange blossoms in winter.
After discharge, John majored in art and music at Ball State Teacher's College, in Indiana. Here he met fellow music major Myrtle Minneman, to whom he would be married for nearly 65 years. From Ball State, John took a job teaching high-school band in Alto, Texas, in 1951. Two years later, he moved to the low desert of California to teach band and chorus at Calipatria High School. By 1956, the family had added four sons. Facing this economic imperative, John moved to a better-paying job in Fillmore, once again among orange blossoms. At Fillmore High he switched to art, in effect becoming a one-man art department. This meant not only teaching but providing after-hours help for school plays, Christmas pageants, and proms.
Although both worked full time, John and Myrt developed an unusually rich family life. John led the Bardsdale Methodist Church choir for several decades—a choir noted for his imaginative selection of choral pieces. John formed a faculty barbershop octet, and he and Myrt gave two-piano concerts for local fund-raising efforts. Meanwhile, John continually painted, sketched, and sculpted for family and friends. Around Christmas and Easter, he created gifts for one and all, including Easter eggs painstakingly painted in miniature. In summer, the whole family always spent two weeks backpacking in the High Sierra. Here there was plenty of time to hike, read, sketch, and stalk the wily golden trout.
John and Myrt were always generous toward others, but they lived within their means, so that John was able to retire several years early. He launched an array of art and music projects: singing in the county master chorale, painting a mural for the Fillmore Museum, sketching a series of postcards for Rancho Camulos, acting in local plays, and traveling to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere.
John spent the last 15 years of his life battling muscular discoordination and speech impairment from a cerebral hemorrhage. While these limited him physically, they did not much dampen his spirits; he continued to view life around him with interest and a characteristically sardonic sense of humor until his last days.
John's wife Myrt passed away on April 23, 2013; he is survived by their four sons and families, including nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Bardsdale Methodist Church, 1498 Bardsdale Ave., at 10:00 a.m., July 7.