Oscar M. Carrillo "Pop" (1929-2012)

Oscar M. Carrillo "Pop" (1929-2012)

Oscar Carrillo of Fillmore passed away peacefully at his home on Friday March 23, 2012 with his family by his side. Oscar was born on Oct. 31, 1929.
He was married to the love of his life Virginia for 52 years. He attended Fillmore high School. He was drafted to the Minor league as a pitcher but was unable to attend due to his father’s death. His favorite teams were the Dodgers, Lakers, Rams and UCLA Bruins (he loved his sports) . One of his passions was bowling. He started bowling at the age of 17, in 1996 he was recognized by CSBA Association.
He is survived by his sister Sally Espinoza, brothers Victor and Paul Carrillo. Wife Virginia, sons Frank, Felix (Arlene), Tommy (Kim), Alex and six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He retired from Egg City at the age of 64. He loved to dance, camp, and travel
with his wife and numerous friends. He will be deeply missed by his family.
Visitation will take place on Tuesday March 27, 2012 at 4 p.m. at Skillin-Carroll Chapel with a Rosary being held at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday March 28, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Place of burial will be Bardsdale Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary , 600 N. Central Ave., Fillmore, CA 93015. 805-524-0744

Wes Carpenter (1953-2012)

Wes Carpenter (1953-2012)

Wes Carpenter, 58, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on February 17, 2012, after being ill with cancer the past year. He was born on December 19, 1953, in Alhambra, Californa. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Annette; son, Justin; daughter, Shannon; brother, John Carpenter (Suzie); sister, Lolly Felger; and sister, Toni MacAdam (Don). A memorial service for Wes was held on February 25, 2012 at the Faith Community Church in Fillmore.
Wes was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley. He and Annette and their children moved from Rosemead, California, to Fillmore in 1991. Wes, being a very athletic person, was very happy to coach Justin and Shannon in their softball and Little League baseball teams throughout the years. He truly loved coaching the children and being involved in their lives. He also enjoyed attending Shannon’s cheerleading competitions and supporting her cheer squad. Wes was so very proud of Justin and Shannon. He loved the outdoors, fishing in lakes and the ocean. Hunting was also one of his passions. He and Justin fished and hunted together for many years. In his later years he joined the Castaic Bass Club and enjoyed fishing in tournaments in the local lakes and enjoying the company of all of the friends he made in the club. Wes will always be remembered as a wonderful husband and father. His family and friends will miss him and love him forever.

Isadore V. Escoto (1919-2012)

Isadore V. Escoto (1919-2012)

Isadore V. Escoto was born on April 4, 1919 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Lorenzo and Librada Villalobos Escoto. He passed away peacefully on March 7, 2012 at 92 years old in his Fillmore, California home where he had been lovingly cared for by his family.
Arriving in Fillmore as a young man Isadore worked at the MOD Packing House making lifelong friends. He eventually went to work as a master machinist at Bermite in Saugus, California where he was highly respected for his skill and advice to fellow workers. After over 30yrs of service Isadore retired from Bermite to enjoy his family, especially his grandchildren whom he and his wife Mary enjoyed spending lots of time with.
Isadore preceded in death by his loving wife Mary, his Parents, and four Brothers Steven, Ignacio, Miguel and Pasqual Escoto. He survived by his Sons Gil (Cindy) Escoto, Art (Peggy) Escoto, Grand children Katie Prado, Willie Escoto and Rayna Dunehew, Jake and Stephanie Ellis, Cherie and Jaime Ocegueda, Arthur Escoto, Cheynne Rangle and eight great-grand children who knew him as Big Papa, Brothers Candelario and Primo Escoto, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic church on Monday, March 19th, 2012, at 10:00am Burial to Follow at Bardsdale Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Skillin-Carroll Mortuary 600. Central Ave, Fillmore, Ca (805) 524-0744.

Joyce Ann Patterson Vossler (1921-2012)

Joyce Ann Patterson Vossler (1921-2012)

Jan. 13, 1921 - Mar. 1, 2012
Joyce Ann Patterson Vossler left this world after a lengthy illness, on March 1, 2012, at the age of 91, to go sit at the feet of her Saviour. Her family and friends surrounded her with love, encouragement, and warmth during her illness, giving her a strong resolve to stay with us as long as she could.
Joyce was born in Sitka, Kansas, to James Preston “Pat" and Ida Patterson. They moved west in 1927,settling in the Bardsdale community, where she and her sister Velma attended the Bardsdale School. One year after settling in, she witnessed the St. Francis Dam disaster, and they were stranded on the southern side of the Santa Clara
River for many days.
During her Sophomore year at Fillmore High School in 1936, she started taking art Lessons from Lawrence Hinckley, a well known local artist, and it became one of her Lifelong pleasures. She Graduated high school in 1939, and attended Ventura J C for two years. It was during this time that Joyce and her future husband were introduced.
After a wartime romance and marriage, newlyweds W.L. "Dub" and Joyce Patterson Vossler moved to Long Beach for a short time, where she helped the WWII effort as a Riveter for Douglas Aircraft. When Dub was inducted in 1943, she moved back to Fillmore.
Sometime in the 1950's.she entered a local bake contest, winning first prize for her banana nut cake with white mountain icing, and the title of Mrs. Fillmore. This then led to entry at the Ventura County Fair, where she competed with other "Mrs." contestants from other cities in the county, and was a blue ribbon winner again with that delicious cake.
A ful1time wife and mother for many years, Joyce eventually went to work for Dr. Donald Musgrave as his office nurse for 14 years. She helped Dub build their first house, while raising 3 children. Joyce was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Fillmore, and taught Sunday School for many years. She often told the scriptures to her Church children thru colorful chalk drawings. She loved to camp in the Sierras with fami1y and friends, and was known to be a pretty good fisherman, usually catching the first and the longest fish. She most loved spending time at the Rincon beach campsites with her grandchildren, picking up seashel1s,exploring the tide pools, or just listening to the trains go by.
When her husband retired in 1979, they moved to Sheridan, Montana, where they built their retirement home. They spent an idyllic 23 years there, making lifelong friends.
Joyce always insisted that they "come home" to Fillmore for Christmas, to be with family. They moved back to Fillmore for good in 2004. This past July 2011, marked 70 years of marriage to Dub, which was celebrated with family and friends.
Survivors include her husband W.L."Dub" Vossler; daughters and sons-in-law Linda and Jerry Crockett, and Nancy and Raymond Cervantez., all ofFi1lmore; son and daughter-in-law Robert and Sherry Vossler of Lowell, Oregon; granddaughters Jennifer Crockett of Oklahoma City, Ok, and Teresa Blankenship of Sonora, Ca; grandsons Kelly Brown of Ojai, and Casey (Anne) Brown of Tulare, Ca, great grandchildren Rachel Chavez, Brittany, Taylor, and Kelsie Brown, and Jillian and Brennan Brown, and great great grandson Devin Willeford; and many nieces and nephews.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Preston and Ida Patterson, her sister, Velma Patterson Mayhew, grandson Michael Vossler, great-grandson Joshua Chavez, and great-great granddaughter Desiree Jordan Willeford.
The family wishes to thank the Fillmore Convalescent Center staff, caregivers and friends for the compassionate care and love shown to Joyce during her residence there.
We also gratefully thank Pastor Leslie Lanier for his devotion and daily presence in our lives.
Visitation will be held at Skillin-Carroll Fillmore Mortuary, 600 Central Ave, on Mon, March 5, 2012 from 4-8 pm. Gravesides services will be held March 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Bardsda1e Cemetery

Jim Hahn (1940-2012)

April 1, 1940 - February 28, 2012
Jim Hahn, 71, passed away suddenly Tuesday at his home in Benicia. He was born in Ventura to a successful, hardworking farmer, August Hahn and devoted, loving mother, Estelle Hahn. He was a resident of Ventura for more than 20 years and has lived in Benicia the past 14 years. He was preceded in death by his brother Bill Hahn and his sister Judy Hahn.
Jim was a veteran of the United States Army, serving his country in the Defense Atomic Support Agency from 1963-1965. He earned both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business Management from St. Mary’s College and worked for 28 years for the Oakland Police Department, retiring as Captain, Commanding Officer, of the Criminal Investigation Division. He was awarded both the Blue Star Medal by the Oakland Police Department and the meritorious award by the Office of the Mayor of Oakland.
He loved reading, water skiing, snow skiing, traveling, his family and he was a huge history buff.
Jim is survived by his children Lisa Hahn-MacKie, Petre & Michael Hahn and his granddaughter Kayla MacKie. He will be remembered by his family as a loving, humble, generous and involved father and grandfather.
“As man may, he fought his fight, proved his truth by his endeavor; let him sleep in solemn night, sleep forever and forever.” We love you Dad.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Dominic’s Church, 475 East I Street with Father Jason Landeza officiating. Burial will honors will follow in Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. Family prefers donation be made in Jim's name to Oakland Police Foundation at or by mail to Oakland Police Foundation 455 7th Street, 7th Floor, Oakland, CA 94607 or 510-238-6102.

Mary Jane Phyllis Askren (1922-2012)

Mary Jane Phyllis Askren (1922-2012)

Mary Jane Phyllis Askren, our precious Wife and Mother, born June 10, 1922, was set free from her pain on February 19, 2012. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 72 years, Laverre Askren, and her daughter Judith, son Patrick and wife Carol, and son Michael. Also to cherish her memory are six Grandchildren, thirteen Great Grandchildren, and two Great Great Grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at the Fillmore Convalescent Center for all the kind and loving care that was given and continues to be given to our loved ones.

Ida Viola Muth (1917-2012)

Ida Viola Muth (1917-2012)

September 1, 1917-February 12, 2012
Ida was a warm and generous soul. Her kindness, humor and ability to give wholeheartedly, were vastly appreciated and currently mourned by her family and all who knew her.
She and her late husband, Garold R. Muth enjoyed many wonderful years living in what her numerous grandchildren &
great-grandchildren describe as a paradise, on top of a mountain in Piru Canyon.
They enjoyed fishing, traveling in their custom travel home, hosting the many that found such solace and joy in their fine company and adored the love of their blended family. She was a fantastic cook and won raves for her home-cured olives, venison jerky & preserves. Always quick to praise those she loved, a compassionate mother, doting grandmother & great grandmother, with the penchant to feed you, no matter what the hour.
Her hospitality remains unmatched in our families.
Her last years were spent in Ojai, fighting a valiant fight against illness, under the loving care of many. She passed peacefully in her sleep.
"And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance." Kahlil Gibran
We imagine a slow dance, with the kindhearted man who preceded her in death and she missed so much.
Ida is preceded in death by her son, Albert Carter & daughter Kathleen Franks. Survived by her brother, Leonard Preciado, Piru, her children, Rosemarie DeLano, Bakersfield. Elsie & Bob Simonson, Ojai, Daryl & Vickie Muth, Ojai, Garold M. & Mandy Muth, Bakersfield , Kirk & Marilyn Muth, Bakersfield and the grandchildren, great grandchildren & great- great grandchildren, too numerous to list.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Piru Cemetery, 3580 Center Road, Piru. Pastor Ben Unseth will officiate.

Frank Martin Ortiz (Paco) (Two Bear) (1948-2012)

Frank Martin Ortiz (Paco) (Two Bear) (1948-2012)

March 23, 1948 - January 7,2012
Frank passed away with his wife, sons, and mother by his side.
Frank is the son of Frank and Mae Ortiz.
He attended Piru and Fillmore schools.
He graduated from Fillmore High school
1966 and then after he enlisted in the Air Force.
After Frank finished his duties in the Air force he
started to travel and be one with nature.
Franked loved American Indian culture Chumash.
He had many Indian nick names and lived up to each one
of them. He will truly be missed by his family and friends.
I've Earned My Wings
I'm sorry mommy i left you so soon;
I was there when the angels woke you up at noon,
I know I was gone from the flash from the start,
Mommy Remember,
I will always be in your heart.
I listen to you dearly,
When you visit my side.
Please don't cry,
be sad.
continue to be brave.
I didn't mean to leave you so soon.
I was looking from heaven when everyone was praying for me.
Take car of my BROTHERS, SISTERS, and NIECES and NEPHEWS along with your self too.
There will always and forever be apart of me living with you.
I'll be waiting for you here at the golden gate.
Time is ticking mommy, please don't be late.
I long to embrace you in my arms.
don't worry Mommy!
I'm in a place where there is no harm or suffering anymore.
I've earned my wings.
I live in the sky.
I'am watching everyday Mommy, so please don't cry.
"We will be known forever for the tracks we leave".
Love you Two Bear.

Peter Basua Reyes (1957-2012)

Peter Basua Reyes (1957-2012)

It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved father, grandfather, son and brother, on Thursday, January 26, 2012.
Peter was born on July 14, 1957 in Ventura, California, to Edward and Tomasa Reyes. He attended schools and resided the majority of his life in Fillmore.
Peter enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and was always willing to help a family or friend in need.
He is survived by his children Erika Reyes, Peter Joseph Reyes; grandsons, Joshua Reyes, Jacob Vasquez; brothers, Edward Reyes (Tommie), Louie Reyes; sisters, Eleanor Lopez Reyes and Rachel Reyes.
Peter was predeceased by his mother, Tomasa Reyes; sisters, Lucy Reyes Chavez, Olga Reyes; grandparents, Pedro and Eleanor Basua, Luis and Salvadora Valencia Reyes.
A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 3, at First Assembly of God Church, 703 Central Ave., Fillmore, CA. Committal and Interment will follow at Bardsdale Cemetery.
For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the family's online guest book, share stories and post pictures please visit our website:
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr., Funeral Svcs., Santa Paula, CA. 805.229.7054

Samuel Armond Gunter (1924-2012)

Samuel Armond Gunter (1924-2012)

On January 14, 2012, Samuel Armond Gunter went home to the Lord. He was 87 years old. Armond was born in Oakland, CA on April 8, 1924. He moved to Fillmore, CA at a young age and attended Fillmore Union High School, where he was the student body president and quarterback on the football team.
After graduation he joined the US Navy and became a pilot, flying Corsairs. He served in the Pacific on board the USS Franklin. While he was in the air, the carrier was attacked and destroyed. He had no place to land. He was finally able to ditch his plane in the water next to a rescue ship. After the war, he returned to Fillmore and met Wanda Basolo. Three months later they were married. Armond and Wanda lived and raised their children in Fillmore. Armond worked in agriculture, spending most of that time working for Agri-Serv in Santa Paula. Armond was also an active member of the Fillmore Rotary Club. After retiring, Armond and Wanda moved to Poinsettia Gardens in Ventura where they volunteered at the Ventura County Medical Center.
Armond would always say that his dear Wanda was the love of his life and that he was blessed to be her husband. They were married for 66 years.
Armond is survived by his loving wife Wanda, their three children and their spouses. David and Donna Gunter, Lynn and Bob Williams and Jill and Bill Williams, all of Fresno CA. He is also survived by six grand children, eight great grand children and a nephew.
Graveside service will be held at Bardsdale Cemetery on Friday, January 27 at 2:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Malcolm Lloyd Jackson (1917-2012)

Malcolm Lloyd Jackson (1917-2012)

A Legend Is Gone
Malcolm Lloyd Jackson passed away on the morning of January 15th, 2012, as the result of a fall at home on January 2nd. Malcolm celebrated his 94th birthday on December 10th, 2011.
He was born in 1917, in Sneed, Oklahoma. He spent his early years growing up near Ardmore, Oklahoma. His first trip to Fillmore, California, was in 1924, arriving on Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena on New Year’s Day, in the midst of the Rose Parade. He often recalled his disbelief that there were that many people and cars in all the world. After just one year his parents and he returned to Oklahoma. Then at the age of seventeen he returned to California on his own in the midst of the Depression years.
After a few years at various labor jobs, he was hired by the State Department Of Transportation to act as the blaster on the Hwy 33-Maricopa Hwy improvement project. Evidence of his drilling and blasting can still be seen along the lower portions of the Maricopa Hwy. Near the end of the project, a large boulder struck Malcolm on the side of the head crushing his skull. He was off work for nearly two years. He rehabilitated himself by using the time to explore the eastern Sierra High Country by pack horse and on foot. Upon returning to work he entered the oil industry as a wireline technician. He retired from Sun Oil in 1976 to work full time at his vocation of gunsmithing. He had already become famous among shooters from all walks of life, business people, movie actors, politicians, judges, and just plain folks. The shotguns he made for trap shooters and the rifles he built for target shooters and hunters have become much sought after. He also repaired literally thousands of guns. All of that becomes almost a footnote to the stories he told, the life lessons he shared and his view of the world through eyes that saw everything as either right or wrong. His ability to communicate with generations of young people became legend.
Malcolm Jackson had many more true friends than most people. Over 400 friends attended his 75th birthday event and again on his 90th birthday from such diverse places as New Jersey, Alaska, Montana, Oregon, and Nevada. He was loved far more than this written account can possibly portray.
Malcolm was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Annabelle Marie, in 1998, and his daughter Christina Jackson Warring in 1984, and great grandsons Logan and Parker Farstad.
He is survived by his daughter Linda Ann Durand, grandchildren Holley Hammond (Chris), Mandy Farstad (Spencer), Kevin Warring, Brian Warring, Pierre Durand (Maria) and Mario Durand. Also, son and daughter Larry and Jeannie Carpenter. Also surviving are great grandchildren Payton Christina Hammond, Kiefer Farstad, Jadon and Kiera Durand.
Special thanks to caregivers Helen Riesgo and Liliana Vazquez.
Malcolm was a founding member of the Piru Sportsman Club and also a founder of the Piru Petroleum Club. He was, as well, a Life Member of the National Rifle Association since 1948.
In Lieu of flowers, Malcolm asked that donations be made to the Piru Petroleum Club, P.O. Box 178 Fillmore, CA 93016.
Graveside services, open to all, Monday January 23rd at 11:00am, Bardsdale Cemetery. Shuttle service will be provided by Wm. L. Morris Chevrolet from the lot located at 211 Central Ave (North of Hwy 126). There will be a shuttle at 10:00am and 10:20am with return service directly following the service.

James A. Pennington (1915-2012)

James A. Pennington (1915-2012)

An angel on earth earned his wings this last Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, when James A. Pennington, 96, passed away peacefully at his home in Paso Robles. James was born to Samuel K. and Ethel Pennington of Booneville, AR. in
Jan. of 1915. James was one of nine children who persevered through the hard times of the Great Depression Era. After taking up work at a Service Station, James fell in love with his employer’s housekeeper, Muriel Hall Pennington), to whom he recently celebrated 73 years of marriage. James came to California with family in 1939 and resided in Ventura County before retiring and moving to San Luis Obispo County. It is no secret that James was a living piece of history. He saw and participated in some of our Country’s most somber and most celebrated years. He shared his memories to all who took time to visit and was most known for being a wonderful toryteller. His stories and life-lessons will never be forgotten by any of those who were lucky enough to meet this special man. Thanks to James’s family, caregivers Pam F., Helen G., Grace J, and his Doctor, Joseph McCowin, James ended his journey at home with wife Muriel close by. He is survived by his loving wife, Muriel (90); his sister Sue Waldren (92) and Husband Harvey, children Jim and wife Pam Pennington, Grace and husband Jack Collins, and Cindy Brennan. James was also blessed with nine grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. As James’s last words suggest, “Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord;” James reminded us of his gifted life and the spiritual connection he carried until the very end. Memorial services and viewing will be held at the Stetler Mortuary on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 at 8:00a.m. in Santa Paula. Graveside service will follow at Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery.

Patricia Marie Dann Rivera (1958-2011)

Patricia Marie Dann Rivera (1958-2011)

"Patty" Dann Rivera, originally of Fillmore, CA and later Columbia, TN entered into eternal life at the age of 53 in her Santa Paula home after a four year battle with lung cancer. The 5th of ten children she was was predeceased by her father Jerry Dann. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She is survived by her mother, Carol Newberry Dann, husband Jessie Rivera, five children Sean (Kylee) Rivera of Knoxville, TN, Patrick (Margot) Rivera of Ventura, CA, Eric (Jennifer) Rivera of Ontario, CA, Melanie Rivera of Santa Paula, CA and Maria Rivera of Santa Paula, CA; sisters Cherie (Drew) Ferguson, Laurie (David) Pillado, and Julie (Mark) Gallegos; brothers Jeff (Tiffany) Dann, Steve (Joyce) Dann, Mike Dann, Tom (Tori) Dann, Matt Dann, and Robert (Lynne) Dann. In the last two years of her life she was blessed with five grandchildren, Sophia, Carver, Mia, Rudy, and Marcella. Patty was born in Norwalk, CA and was raised in Fillmore, CA where she and high school sweetheart Jessie first met. He proposed to her before their Senior Prom and they were married in 1978. Patty was also a nineteen year resident of Columbia, TN where she raised her five children and was a devout member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church.
A faithful Catholic woman, she was a beautiful Christian witness to her family and friends. She had a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and even to the last days of her life she prayed her rosary daily. She was also completely dedicated to teaching her children the values and importance of Christian virtue and the power of sacrificial love. Her son’s will not forget the long one-on-one conversations, whether across the country or in person, they shared with their mother, nor will her daughters forget the hours she would spend praying, singing, or dressing them for formal events.
She was a true woman of joy, and her sweet nature will be dearly missed by her family. The precious time we were given with our beautiful Patty will always be cherished. Her joy was a most promising sign of God's infallible presence. Jessie remained vigilant and present at her side with his five children until her death. In lieu of flowers the family would ask that donations be made to Catholic Charities or the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Ventura County.
The family would also like to recognize Assisted 1 Hospice services who lovingly cared for her toward the end of her life. Their compassion and caring were living examples of Christian charity.
Funeral Services Honoring the Life of Patricia will be held at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 3169 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, beginning with visitation from 5pm-8pm with the recitation of the rosary at 7pm, Monday, December 26, 2011. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 10am. Committal and Interment will follow at Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore.
For map and direction to ceremony locations and to sign the family's online guest book, share stories and post pictures please visit our website: and click on Patricia's name located below "Recent Obituaries".
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Svcs., Santa Paula. 805.229.7054

John A. GarcĂ­a (1915-2011)

John A. GarcĂ­a (1915-2011)

John A. GarcĂ­a passed away on December 19, 2011 due to complications from a stroke incurred in June of this year.
John was born in what’s now South Central Los Angeles on November 7, 1915 to João and Esperanza García, the third of four siblings. As a small boy, being very adventurous, he helped his father with a small commercial fishing business. When he became a teenager, he lived for a short while with his older brother in Yuma, Arizona where he learned to drive at the age of 14 owning his own car. He returned to Los Angeles having attended Jordan High School.
John immediately joined the WPA in the 1930s in the midst of the depression helping clear brush, establish and pave road throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. He also was involved in the construction of many schools also throughout the area. He returned again to Los Angeles working in the mattress manufacturing industry. Then, in 1944, he joined the Merchant Marines enrolling in cooking school in Long Beach before his first assignment refueling naval ships and carriers in the perilous South Pacific. His rose to the rank of Chief Cook as he traveled to Australia, India, Mozambique and Brazil with the Merchant Marine Corps.
Continuing in manufacturing, John held various positions as plant and operations manager with various furniture manufacturers in the greater Los Angeles area. In 1973, he also spent a short stint working in San Antonio, Texas. In 1975, he became plant manager of the old Carter West furniture plant still located on the corner of A Street and Old Telegraph Road in Fillmore.
In Fillmore, he was very involved in the community. He was a member of the Lions Club and the Parent Advisory Council with the Fillmore Unified School District. He also extensively volunteered with the Fillmore Senior Center providing medical appointment transportation and helping organize bingo.
Retiring in 1981, John would walk almost five miles a day and read old National Geographic magazines. Eventually, he could only last with this routine for six months before he returned to working full time again. He worked for Alpenlite in old Ventura and Abel Reels in Camarillo until retiring again in 2003 at the age of 86.
He spent his second stint in retirement extensively in San Diego and Oceanside, CA leading a very active lifestyle until this year. He could often be caught eating a roast beef sandwich while sail boat watching at the Oceanside Harbor, enjoying Chinese buffet in Pacific Beach or drinking his Starbuck’s coffee at the end of Shelter Island Drive in San Diego.
John is survived by his wife Josephine of over 41 year, his sons John, Jr. of Long Beach, Tom of Bellflower, daughter Cynthia of Whittier, Philip of Fillmore, Arnie of San Diego, and Mike and Joe also from Fillmore. He will be missed by all including his many of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A rosary and funeral mass is scheduled for Friday, December 23, 2011 at 9:30 at St. Margaret’s Parish, 4300 Oceanside Blvd., Oceanside, CA followed by graveside services at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego, CA.

Rae Wilson (1921-2011)

Rae Wilson (1921-2011)

Rae Wilson departed this life on November 23, 2011, in Ventura, after a rapid decline in her health. As she had wished, she died in her home. Her passing was peaceful and her daughter, Cheryl, was at her side. She was 90 years old.
Born Minnie Rae Lewis on January 3, 1921 in Madisonville, Tennessee, she was the first of three children born to Walter Earley Lewis and Sally Emeline Lewis nee Millsap. Minnie Rae often used her middle name, Rae. When Rae was six years old, the family moved to the Bardsdale-Fillmore area and, later, to Santa Paula. She had a talent for music, playing the piano in church and teaching her sister to play. Rae graduated from Fillmore High School with the class of 1944. She took classes at Ventura College and worked in banking, payroll, and secretarial work.
Rae worked as a secretary to the geologists at the Union Oil office in Santa Paula in the heyday of oil exploration in Ventura County. During this time, she met Gayford "Gay" Wilson and they soon married. Rae and Gay enjoyed entertaining guests and hosted many gatherings such as bridge club. They were active in the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Paula.
Summer vacations for the Wilson family frequently involved camping and water-skiing trips throughout California and Nevada. Gay and Rae visited Hawaii and Europe and traveled across the US in a motorhome. They moved to Ventura in 1985. Gay passed away in 2000. Rae enjoyed gardening, flower arranging, and playing golf with her many friends at the Saticoy Country Club. She was active in Loyal Friends, Ebell, and P.E.O. Her highest priority was always her family. We will all miss her.
Rae is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Boyce, and his wife, Maxine. She is survived by her sister, Gloria Cooper (Bryan), daughter, Cheryl Wilson, son, Gary (Cindy), and grandchildren, Kyle Tripoli, Tyler and Nicole Wilson, and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins.
A memorial and life celebration will be held on January 7, 2012, at 1:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Paula, 121 Davis Street, Santa Paula CA 93060. A reception in the fellowship hall will follow immediately after. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rae's memory can be made to Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice (1996 Eastman Avenue, Suite 101, Ventura, CA 93003). Rae's family wishes to extend a special thanks to Rae's nurse, Janet, and caregivers Constance and Beth. They were kind, patient, and comforting.

Mary Ann (Gathright) Palmer

Mary Ann (Gathright) Palmer

Surrounded with the love of her family, Mary Ann (Gathright) Palmer went to be with the Lord Monday, November 21st.
She graduated from Fillmore High in 1950 and married her high school sweetheart, Dale Palmer, in 1952. Together they made their home in Bardsdale with daughters Janet and Susan and son Don. She was then blessed with 8 grand children and they have blessed her with 10 great grand children.
Mary Ann spent many summers camping and fishing, spending time at the beach and hostessing numerous parties for her kids. Later, she and Dale were able to travel and experience several cruises. She enjoyed gardening and was very active in the Garden Club and Orchid Society. She was also an avid bridge player and belonged to several bridge clubs.
Preceded in death by her parents Walt and Viola Gathright, Mary Ann is survived by her sister Gertrude Lovelace and brother Ed Gathright.
A celebration of Mary Ann Palmer's life will be held at the Faith Community Church Tuesday, November 29 at 1:00pm, 355 D Street, Paster Mark Rathe, residing. A private graveside service for the family will be held at Bardsdale Cemetery.

Arturo Contreras Gonzalez (1941-2011)

Arturo Contreras Gonzalez (1941-2011)

Arturo Contreras Gonzalez
Fillmore, CA
Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Arturo Contreras, passed away on November 19, 2011 in Fillmore, CA. He lived in Ventura County for 39 years. He was born in Caurio de Guadalupe, Michoacan, Mexico on May 2, 1941.
Arturo loved going to his “ranchito” and growing vegetables for his family. He retired from Gardenia Nursery, Camarillo in 2005. He enjoyed watching soccer and collecting recycling. He loved babysitting his grandchildren.
Arturo is preceded in death by his mother, father and sisters. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Josefina, sons; Carlos, Arturo Jr., Roberto, Jorge and Ruben, daughters; Eva, Olivia, Nubia, Raquel, Susana, Margarita and Leticia and 9 grandchildren.
Viewing will be held from 3:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday, November 25, 2011 at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 600 N. Central Ave, Fillmore CA 93015. Funeral service will be on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 8:45 am at St. Francis Church followed by the graveside at Bardsdale Cemetery.
“We love you and we will miss you very much.”

Darrell Antonsen (1951-2011)

Darrell Antonsen (1951-2011)

August, 1951 - November 10, 2011
Darrell Antonsen passed away peaceful in his home surrounded by family after a long battle with cancer. Darrell was born to Lloyd and Lillian Antonsen and was a life long Fillmore resident. He enjoyed gardening fishing, hunting and the outdoors. He also loved working on and collecting old cars. He worked in the oilfields for 41 years and was employed by Nabors for 32 yrs. He had a reputation of doing a great job and took a lot of pride in his work. Darrell was a decorated Veteran who served the Vietnam.
He was preceeded in death by his father Lloyd Antonsen, mother Lillian Antonsen and brother Larry Antonsen. He is survived by Pam keeling, son Scott Antonse, daughter Tracy Antonsen-Molina and grandchildren, Taylor, Brandon and Kinzie. He is also survived by his sisters Carol Talbot, Diane Tallent and Cathy Kozar and many other friends.
He was loved and will be greatly missed by his friends and family. Services will be held at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary (600 Central Ave., Fillmore)on Friday, November 18. 2011 at 12:30pm followed by a celebration of Darrell’s life held at Fillmore Senior Center (533 Santa Clara Ave.). In lieu of flowers, donation to the American Cancer society in honor of Darrell Antonsen would be appreciated.
Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, Fillmore, CA.

William L. Garfield (1933-2011)

William L. Garfield (1933-2011)

William L. Garfield, 78, of Fillmore, CA died peacefully on October 24, 2011 at his beloved ranch home as a result of end stage dementia.
William was born on June 9, 1933 in Harborcreek, Pennsylvania. After finishing college he moved to Fillmore, CA where he began teaching and was able to touch the lives of three generations of students over his memorable forty-five year High School teaching career. His passions involved family, friendship, life-long learning, travel, critical thinking and social justice. Many heartfelt thanks go out to the numerous friends and thousands of students who filled William’s life with joy, love, affection and humor.
William is survived by his wife, Irma Vazquez-Garfield, their daughter, Alina Michelle Vazquez-Garfield, daughter Barbara J. Garfield-Rueger (daughter of William and Rita Garfield), grand daughter Sarah Ann Rueger and son-in-law Peter Rueger of El Dorado, CA. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1017 First Street, Fillmore, CA 93015. In lieu of flowers or donations please consider honoring William by selecting a day upon which to perform three extra acts of kindness.

Richard V. Gallardo (1934-2011)

Richard V. Gallardo (1934-2011)

Richard V. Gallardo passed away on Oct. 26, with his daughters at his side.
Richard was born in Moorpark on June 1, 1934 in the area that is now the Target shopping center. He spent his youth exploring the Tierra Rejada among the walnut trees and cattle ranches. After serving in the U.S. Army, Richard met his wife of 48 years, Rosie. While working with the Saticoy Lemon Assn., it was there that he was exposed to trucking and after working his way up, he and Rosie began R. Gallardo Trucking. He established a strong business relationship with Ameron that continued after his active participation in the company. They established their business, home and family in Fillmore. His spare time was spent traveling with Rosie. They cruised, went through the Panama Canal, visited most of the U.S., and Europe. He was also an avid coin collector, wood worker, train collector and enjoyed tending to his garden. He continued to tend to his beloved roses, even after losing the use of his right arm. He continued to maintain his independence until the very end, something that was very important to him. Richard was predeceased by his loving wife Rose Marie in 2008.
Richard leaves behind his children, Lani Farr (Ken), Christina Mauro (Greg), and Richard Gallardo (Stacey), and grandchildren Josh Gross, Samantha and James Farr, Sophia and Amelia Gallardo, brother John, sister Dolly, longtime family friend Millie Shackelford, many other family members and friends and of course his canine companion Monty.
The family wishes to give special thanks to Assisted Home Hospice for their compassion, care and dignity that was given to Richard during his last few days. We would also like to thank Lupe Mercado for her gentle kindness and care.
The family is planning a private family service at a later date, and requests that in lieu of flower that an in kind donation can be Made to Assisted Home Hospice of Ventura.