Julian H. Rangel

Julian H. Rangel, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away on February 15, 2009 at the age of 90 with his loved ones at his side. Julian was born June 19, 1918 in San Pedro, California to his loving parents Felipe and Antonina Rangel. He was one of eleven children. He spent his 89 years of life in Piru, California, where he grew up and raised a family. He worked for Fillmore-Piru Citrus Association where he retired after working for 43 years as a field foreman.
He had many hobbies which included fishing down at Crowley Lake, hunting in the canyons of Piru, and enjoying hosting many BBQ’s with family and friends, many wonderful memories of him were made at these BBQ’s. He was also known for his canning of olives and chilies and making his jerky. He loved to take drives down to Piru Lake with his grandchildren and sit and share stories of his past, this was one of his get away places.
Julian has touched the lives of many people and has been part of many memories. He was a kind man, happy, out going and very well respected in his community. He had a big heart and will be missed dearly.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Margaret Rangel, their daughter, Delfina Beltran (Mommy) her husband John; his brothers, Tommy Rangel, Lupe Rangel and Johnny Rangel, his sister Jennie; his granddaughter, Charlene Montelongo her husband Martin; his grandson, Brent Beltran; also his great-granddaughter, Shyanne Nunez her husband Rigo and his great-grandson, Ryan Montelongo.
Why did you have to go and die?
I don’t want to have to say goodbye.
God must have thought you were very special to take you away,
but couldn’t have waited just another day?
God’s looking after you now,
High, high up in the sky,
Up there in heaven where all the angels lie,
You wouldn’t have wanted us to make a fuss,
After all, you’re still down here with all of us.
Just because we can’t see you, doesn’t mean you’re not here
I know you are somewhere very, very near.
I love you so much but I know it is time to say
Goodbye Julian.
Rest in Peace you will always and forever be missed
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 10:00a.m. at San Salvador Catholic Church in Piru, California. Interment to follow at Piru District Cemetery in Piru, California.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the family owned and operated Garcia Mortuary, 629 South “A” Street, Oxnard, California. For further information, please call (805) 486-9148.

Ramona Constance Ortega Golson

Ramona Constance Ortega Golson

Ramona Constance Ortega Golson (Feb 17,1923- Feb 09, 2009)
Ramona passed away into Gods hands, on February 9th, 2009. She was one of 13 children born to Amanda and Ignacio Ortega. She was preceded in death by her husband Lee W of over 50 years. Her daughters Pauline, Mary Margaret, her son's Jerry, Anthony and Lee Golson Jr., Her siblings Jennie Ruiz, Joe Ortega and Victor Ortega.
Ramona was born, raised, married and worked most of her life in Piru, California. She retired from the Piru Citrus Asso.
She will always be remembered for her love of her large extended family, her willingness to forgive and for her ability to enjoy life, when life was not always a joy. She will be fondly remembered by all those whose life she enriched.
She leaves behind a loving family; her son's Ronald, Patrick, Daniel and Timothy. Daughters Lydia Lopez, Cindy Lopez and Valerie Villa, 23 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 1 great- great granddaughter, all of whom she loved very much. She also leaves behind her brothers Angel and Henry (Hank) Ortega. Sisters Mary Rangel, Connie Ruiz, Catherine Cervantez and Delfina Ortega.
Her last joy was being able to share in a 5th generational photo this past January. She held her great- great granddaughter Azaria Rose Aguilar.
Rosary-Memorial services will be held at 6pm, at San Salvador church Piru, Ca on Friday February 13th. Mass will be held at San Salvador church Piru at 10am Saturday February 14th father Barney presiding.
Internment will be at the Piru cemetery on Saturday February 14th following mass.
Anyone wishing to honor Ramona may do so by donating to the American Alzheimer Association in Ventura County in her name.

Bernice Othea Lander

Long time resident of Bardsdale, Bernice Othea Lander has passed away in Reno, Nevada, on January 25,2009
Bernice was born and raised on the family citrus ranch in Bardsdale. She graduated from Fillmore High School in 1938. In January of 1942 she married Bob Lander, they continued to live on the ranch until the time of his passing in 2004. Bernice moved to Fallon, Nevada with her daughter and son-in-law Kathy and Will Smith until the time of her passing after a short illness.
Bernice is survived by her daughter and son-in-law; son and daughter-in-law Bill and Donna Lander of Orangevale, CA.; grandsons Mark and Lisa Lander of Virginia; Todd and Heather Lander of Texas; great-grandchildren Colten Lander and Markelle Lander; sister Aletha Courtice of San Gabriel.
Preceded in death by her parents; brother Harold LeBard; husband Bob Lander.
Graveside services will be held at 10:A M on Friday, January 30, 2009 at the Bardsdale Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Gardens Funeral Home 2949 Austin Highway Fallon, NV 89406 775 423-8928

Virginia Lee Redding

Virginia Lee Redding, 65, of Piru, died Saturday, January 24, 2009, in Abilene, Texas. She was born September 9, 1943, in Santa P aula, California, to Hubert Howell Redding and Ollie Lee Beall. She is survived by her son, Robert Vance McCloud, and grandson, Colton Alan McCloud, both of Piru, and her siblings, Ross Redding (wife Sharon) of Chico, Texas, Stanley Redding of Abilene, Linda Rogers (husband Danny) of Abilene, Nancy Sharpe of Abilene, Diana Reed (husband Richard) of Abilene, and Fred Redding (wife Sachie) of Torrance, California, along with 19 nieces and nephews and many grand nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service was held Tuesday, January 27, at 2 P.M., at Elmcrest Baptist Church, Abilene, Texas. Burial planned for Bardsdale Cemetery, Fillmore, California. She may be gone, but will always remain in our hearts.

James W. Whitman

James W. Whitman

James W. Whitman, Sr. passed away quietly in his sleep on January 21, 2009 after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 74 years old. James is survived by his wife of 47 years Linda, five children and their spouses James (Jill), Stephen (Lynn), Terry (Steve), Jean (Adrian), and Chrissy, five grandchildren, Phillip James, Shaughn, Kellie, Nathan & Adam, and his mother Naomi.

James and his wife Linda have resided in Fillmore for the last five years, following Linda's retirement from CHP in 2003. They lived in the Northeast Los Angeles/ Glendale area for the other 42 years of their marriage where they raised their five beautiful children.

Services to be held at The Church of the Recessional, at Forest Lawn Glendale in Glendale, Ca. January 31, 2009 at 12 noon. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Jim's name to the American Cancer Society.

Leila Joy Rogers

Leila Joy Rogers

Leila Joy Rogers passed away peacefully in her home with her family by her side on January 16, 2009 after a year long battle with cancer. She was 77 years old.
A life long resident of Fillmore, she was born January 28, 1931 to William and Florence Brockus, who preceded her in death.
Joy will be deeply missed by her husband of 58 years, Kenneth Rogers; her three children, Rebecca Eller (husband, Tom) of Arroyo Grande, Kenneth Rogers, Jr. (wife, Martha) of Fillmore, and Philip Rogers of Fillmore; her four grandchildren, Marie Haase (husband, Brian), Amy Rogers, Kelly Rogers, and Katie Rogers; her two great grandchildren, Carson Haase, and Austin Haase; and her two brothers, Bill Brockus of Glendale, Utah, and Ed Brockus of Glendale, Utah.
As a young woman, she worked for the phone company. Much of her life was dedicated to lovingly care for her family. She was a graduate of Fillmore High School, where she learned to enjoy writing. The computer provided her with much joy and satisfaction in being able to correspond with friends and family. For many years she was the class representative for Fillmore High School Class of 1948 and the class representative for her husband Kenneth's graduating class, the Fillmore High School Class of 1946. As the class representative, she was responsible for organizing both of their annual class reunions. She particularly enjoyed contacting class members and writing the class newsletter summarizing each of their travels, activities, and events.
Genealogy was a great interest of hers. It is her detailed research and documentation that has allowed the family to understand where they came from and who they are. She was notably proud of her Scottish heritage.
Joy and her husband Kenneth were in the cattle ranching business for quite a few years and were active members of the cattle ranching community in Ventura County. The memories of the camaraderie of the cattle round ups and barbecues are something that family and friends will treasure.
She will be remembered as a woman of great integrity and fairness, always ready with a smile and a helping hand. Joy will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Hospice for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made in her name to Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice.
Memorial services will be held at the Bardsdale Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27, 2009.

Dennis Bashford

Dennis Bashford

February 9th, 1940 – January 13, 2009.
Dennis Bashford, 68, was a longtime resident of Fillmore. Dennis went to be with the Lord on January 14, 2009, after a lengthy struggle with CREST Disease. He was born in Webster City, Iowa. He moved to California in 1948, along with his parents William and Arlene Bashford and his brother Jack. They lived in Montebello and later moved to El Monte where he graduated from El Monte High School. He attended Pasadena City College and Los Angeles Technical Trade School majoring in printing. He worked in the printing industry for 13 years.
Dennis Bashford met Elaine Murry through mutual friends while still in high school and married in 1959. They had two children, Denise and Donna. The family enjoyed fishing, waterskiing, sightseeing, camping. They were always involved with family and friends both at home and on outings. The girls were involved with FFA and Girl Scouts, which Dennis enjoyed helping out. For many years he and his wife, Elaine, traveled throughout the world. Many trips were taken with their children, grandchildren, and friends while also making new friends along the way; many of whom have kept contact through the years. He was an avid fisherman and shared his passion with his grandchildren and many others. He was also a Member of the Fillmore Lions club, including past President.
Wanting to move to the Ventura County area, he purchased the Fillmore Western Auto Store in 1972 and was the proprietor until 1976 when he sold the business. An insurance representative mentioned to him that he would be good at selling insurance because of his friendly disposition. After consideration, he thought of giving it a try. He was a leading producer of casualty insurance for years. In 1980, he was offered a position at 3M in customer relations. He accepted and traveled on the West Coast for years until transferring to the Plant in Camarillo. 3M later became Immation and continued the manufacturing aspect of 3M. Dennis stayed on with Immiation. He retired in 2000. Through the years, Dennis was also instrumental in restoring houses which were sold to low income families. He took great pride in doing this.
Dennis was a member of the Faith Community Church. He shared in the enthusiasm of preparing meals for the Mariners dinners and home visits of people during difficult times. He transported the Youth Group during their trip to Hume Lake, which was very enjoyable for him. He appreciated the friendship of the members and felt they were very special and giving people.
The family wishes to thank all who have responded so warmly. A special thanks to all at Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Los Angeles for their excellent and compassionate care of Dennis. Their devotion and outstanding skill enriched Dennis’ life during his final weeks. Dennis was able to thank the doctors and nurses for the care and comfort they provided him before passing. He was incredibly thankful. Dennis always kept a positive and pleasant outlook knowing he would be welcome in the house of the Lord.
Dennis is survived by his wife of 48 years, Elaine; daughter, Denise Ables of Santa Maria; two grandchildren, Mellissa Ables, of Ventura and Lindsay Ables; great grandchild, Hailie Ables Howland of Paso Robles; daughter Donna Hanna and her husband Azar; grandchildren, Christopher, Andrea, Stephen and Brent of Fremont, California. Brother, Jack Bashford and wife, Mary of El Monte; three children, Robyn, husband Frank Lemos; children Austin, Mckenzie, and Katie of El Monte; Eric Bashford, wife Laurie; daughter, Abigail of El Monte; Monica Bashford; daughter Sienna of El Monte. Brother, William Bashford, wife Susie; sons Jayson and Jerimy of Whittier. Dennis also leaves behind many friends good friends which he has been in contract with for many years. He truly is missed.
The memorial service will be held Saturday, January 24th, 2009 at 10:30am at Faith Community Church, 355 D Street, Fillmore. Mark Rathe officiating.

Winfred L. Hill

Winfred L. Hill

Winfred L. Hill resident of Fillmore for 54 years died peacefully at his home on January 13, 2009. He was born at Mt. Ida, Arkansas May 9, 1922.
Winfred served in the Army Air Foce during World War II. He was especially proud of his time in the Fairbanks, Alaska testing cold weather bombs.
He obtained his B.S. from Arkansas College in 1953 and his Master’s from Arizona State in 1954. His first year of teaching was in Watts, California and then in 1955 he came to Fillmore and taught Jr. High until he retired in June 1983.
Winfred was a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church from childhood and continued his membership in the Fillmore Presbyterian Church and Fillmore Bible Church. He attended Faith Community Church after the two churches merged until his health declined. Through the years he served as an elder, deacon, Sunday school teacher and head usher.
Winfred from youth on loved fishing. After his retirement he found a new voice in writing poetry. His prize possession was the large note book of his poems of which have been published in the local papers and recited at church. His poems show his love of God, family, and friends and reveal his country wit.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Evelyn; 2 sons, Dr. John Hill of San Diego and Douglass Leon Hill of Fraizer Park; 2 daughters, Susan Hill of Oceanside and Nancy Hill of Camarillo and and their spouses: Ann Hill, Cherry Hill, Kathleen Helms, and Randy Beucus. Winfred was a proud grandfather to Jeffrey David Hill of Fresno, Emily Hill of San Diego, Raegan Thompson, Dariss Hill and Ian Douglas Hill of Fraizer Park. Also an aunt Dell Pepper of Glenwood, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lora Hill; father Henry Hill, and step brother, Max Brooks
A viewing will be held on Monday, Janurary 19, 2009 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. at the Skillin Carroll Chapel. Internment will be on Tuesday, Janurary 20 at 11:00 A.M. at Bardsdale Cemetery 1698 S. Sespe St, Fillmore. A memorial service will be held at Faith Community Church of Fillmore on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 2:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Fillmore Unified School District, 627 Sespe Ave Fillmore, CA 93015 Ph: (805) 524-6000 Or to The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc. 135 Parkinson Avenue Staten Island, New York 10305. Tel: 1-800-223-2732. Arrangements under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary 600 N. Central Ave. Fillmore, Ca 93015 (805) 524-0744.

Julie Simshauser

Julie Simshauser

Julie was all about love and caring. She loved and cared deeply about all things family, and she was committed and continuous about showing that love. She was a devoted soul mate and partner to husband Duane for over 40 years. She was a loving and nurturing mother to her three children, as well as a caring and dedicated grandmother, sister, sister-in-law and aunt.
She was a friend to hundreds of people. If one includes her former students, that number becomes thousands. Her circles of friends include classmates grade one to twelve and the Class of 1960 at Fillmore High School; the community of Bardsdale Methodist Church; classmates at Fresno State University Class of 1964; the educational community of Ventura—where she taught for 36 years; her P.E.O. sisters of Ventura, Fillmore, and later of Mt. Vernon, Washington; friends she made while breeding Golden Retrievers—involving herself in dog obedience, dog agility, animal rescue, and Canine Companions spay and neuter clinics. She was involved in the art community of Ventura County and of Northwest Washington. And, she loved her dogs, of which there have been many.
She was an accomplished seamstress, loved to knit, read mystery novels, travel, and cook.
Her deep-rooted sense of humor and positive attitude was infectious. She managed to hang onto it even through her illness.
She followed politics closely, and lived and practiced compassion before the word became tarnished.
In order to find a cause and/or a cure for CJD, a rare and devastating disease, contributions could be made to:National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center Case Reserve University 2085 Adelbert Road Rm 419 Cleveland, Ohio 44106 attn: Danielle Cuthbertson The CJD Foundation 286 Cleveland-Massillon Rd Suite N Akron, Ohio 44333.

Harry “Sam” Myers

Harry “Sam” Myers

Harry “Sam” Myers passed away Friday evening, December 19th ,surrounded by his friends and family.
He preceded in death by his parents Dutch Myers and Bill and Estelle Johnson.
He is survived by his brothers and their spouses Larry (Barbara) and Tom (Debbie). His wife of 37 years, Beverly and their two children and their spouses Roni (Holly) Troxler and Jake (Kristen) Myers. He also leaves behind four grandchildren Madison, Marcus and Ryan Myers and Dakota Troxler.
Sam served his country in the Army in Vietnam and worked in the Oil Industry for 27 years. He retired in 2007 from the County of Ventura road maintenance division after 10 years of service. Sam’s family would like to offer thanks to the staff at Ventura County Medical Center, Dr.s Owendijke, Gaal, Rowley and especially Dr. Mike M. Tushla and Dr. Gail Simpson. A special Thank you also goes out to Danny Torres and all of Sam’s friends and family. A graveside service will be held on Friday, December 26 at 12:00 P.M. at Bardsdale Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers Donations may be made to your favorite Charity would be appreciated.
Life is not a journey to the grave,
With the intention of arriving safely,
In a pretty and well preserved body,
But rather to skid in broadside
Thoroughly used up,
Totally worn out and proclaiming,
“Wow, what a ride!!!”

Brenda Cone

Brenda Cone

It is with great sadness that we are announcing the sudden passing of Brenda S. Cone, our loving wife, mother and grandmother. She went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Thursday December 11th, 2008.

She was born May 1, 1956 to James and Wanda Cummings. She was the oldest of eight siblings. She was a Fillmore High graduate. Brenda had various occupations including being a caregiver. She enjoyed helping and taking care of others.

Brenda’s passion in life was taking care of her grandchildren. “Nana”-will always hold the biggest place in their hearts! Everyday of her life was spent with the,. She loved her family and always put them first. She worked very hard to make life good for them. She was a kind, loving and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother.

Brenda is survived by her husband Gary Cone of 34 years, her daughter Keri and Husband Richard Oropeza, daughter Kelly Cone, and four grandchildren: Alyx and Avian Oropeza, Elizabeth and Jaeli Ruiz, also her three sisters Judy Bass of Las Vegas, Nevada, Eva Watson and Audry Gonzales of Oklahoma.

She will be greatly missed by her family, and our world will never be the same without her. A memorial service was held Tuesday December 16, 2008 at First Baptist Church 1057 First St. Fillmore CA. 93015 Reception following the memorial service.

Kathleen M. Nash

Kathleen M. Nash

Kathleen M. Nash, 92, known as Katie, passed away peacefully with family by her side on December 4th, 2008. She was born on January 20, 1916 in Connersville, Indiana to Robert & Julia Wilkerson.
While growing up, Katie worked a few jobs but it was while working at Crown Laundry in the Finishing Department that she met the love of her life, Alfred. They were married on June 19th, 1938 at the Crown Laundry ranch in Jennings County which was said to be the social event of the summer. While Katie stayed at home as a homemaker, Alfred went into the Army.
In 1951, they moved to Fillmore and started attending the Assembly of God Church while raising their son. She loved helping other people and became a Sunday School Teacher and spent countless hours with the Women’s Ministries and even found time to volunteer as a Pink Lady for the Fillmore Convalescent Home.
Throughout her entire life, Katie was always a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to everybody. She always had a smile on her face and never spoke badly of anyone. She loved when relatives would visit and never said no to babysit her nieces or granddaughters. They were her pride and joy and she was ours. She never got mad because she loved her life and the people in it.
In 2003, after 65 years of marriage, her husband Alfred L. Nash, went to be with our Lord and Savior and Katie went to live in Pinion Hills, California with family. They cared for her for the last 5 years until she went to Knolls West Convalescent Center. She was our Angel here on earth and now she is our Guardian Angel in heaven. She will be greatly missed by all of us.
Katie is survived by her son Thomas Arnett, granddaughters Lori (Ray) Medrano, Diane Arnett; sister-in-laws Donna (Gary) Nash, Kitty Wilkerson; numerous nieces and nephews and 5 great-grandchildren and many friends. The family would like to thank the staff at Knolls West Convalescent Center in San Bernardino County for their exceptional care of Katie.
A viewing was held on Monday, December 8th from 5pm to 8pm at the Skillin Carroll Mortuary in Fillmore. Graveside services will be ministered by her nephew Paul Long at the Bardsdale Cemetery on Tuesday, December 9th at 2:00 pm. Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary.

Our Angel
You left our side to return home,
The light inside you had always shone.
A whispered thought and gentle tear,
When in our minds you are always near.
One of God's Angels you've become,
But then again, you were always one.
Take your flight then rest your wings,
It's our turn now to care for things.

Helen Martha Jacobi

Helen Martha Jacobi

Helen Martha Jacobi, age 94 resident of Fillmore died on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at Ventura County Medical Center after a short illness. Helen was born on June 5, 1914, in Ohio; she was a resident of Ventura County for 32 years after moving here from Reseda, Ca. Mother was in retail sales for many years and was a housewife and mother. She was very active in churches since childhood. She played piano for churches from the age of 14 years, always one to volunteer her time wherever needed. After moving to Fillmore, Mother was an active member of Ebell Club, and an active volunteer for many, many years in the auxiliary for Fillmore Convalescent Hospital. She made and sold many types of arts and crafts. She loved it.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Mayberry; son Harold Mayberry (Lang); sister-in-law Mary Koppenhafer; nieces Janet Pankratz (A.J), Marty Rodenbush (Ken), and Lynn Lindsay; half-brother Arthur Koppenhafer (Dolly); cousin Christopher Koppenhafer (Nancy); grandson Charles Mayberry.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Corabelle Roberts; father Henry Koppenhafer; brother Harold Koppenhafer; and her two husbands Paul L. Mayberry and Kenneth Jacobi.
Our precious loving mother will be dearly missed here on Earth, but we are comforted because she is now in heaven - in the presence of her Lord Jesus Christ! We are rejoicing with her! It was time for her to go; God answered her prayer to go and be with Him.
Born in Burlenville, Ohio and raised in Norwalk, Ohio. She always had a “constitution of iron” surviving many illnesses growing up. She always bounced back! In 1935 he married our father Paul L. Mayberry in Norwalk, Ohio. 1938 Barbara was born and in 1940 Harold. In 1946 our family moved to Burbank, Ca. In 1950 we moved to Reseda, Ca. Mother was a loving and caring person and a great cook; she love to entertain when she had a chance.
When we lived back east, she used to feed beggars. We lived near the railroad tracks and they would come to the house for a meal. She was just that way -giving.
We always appreciated mother’s Christian example and teaching about walking out our faith 24/7.When she worked in retail her favorite store was toy stores. She loved that kind of thing.
In 1965 our Father Paul Mayberry, died and mother’s Boss, Kenneth Jacobi, was very helpful to her after the death; mother worked in other types of jobs for about 9 years.
In 1974 Kenneth and Mother were married in Reseda, Ca. He was a widower.
In 1976 Mother and Ken moved to Fillmore. As was already shared mother was very active.
In 1997 Ken died and mother continued her activities as long as she could. She had a very full life. She was a great lady and we loved her very much!
Funeral Service will be held on Monday, December 8, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. at Faith Community Church, 461 Central Ave., Fillmore, with Pastor Mark Rathe officiating. Burial will immediately follow after Funeral at Bardsdale Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary 600 N. Central Ave., Fillmore, (805) 524-0744.

Donald Robertson Shaw

Donald Robertson Shaw

Donald Robertson Shaw, 94, passed away peacefully in his Bardsdale home on Tuesday morning, November 18, 2008. He was born to Thomas and Esther October 29, 1914 and raised on the family’s citrus ranch in Bardsdale. He attended the Bardsdale Grammar School and graduated from Fillmore High School in 1931. While attending Fillmore High School, he started as halfback during the football seasons, and threw the javelin and discus during the track seasons. His love of aircraft began in high school when he and his cousin Ebby Wileman ordered and built a glider. They taught themselves how to fly and would take a passenger for a flight after being towed airborne by a Model-T down the runway at the Fillmore Airport which was located where the Fillmore Fish Hatchery is today. After attending UCLA for 1 year, he enrolled at the Curtis Wright Aeronautical Institute, in Burbank, Calif. He graduated with a degree in Aircraft Design Engineering. While at Lockheed Aircraft Company, Amelia Earhart worked with him while he made design changes to her Lockheed Electra aircraft, which she made her fateful flight in 1937. After joining Hughes Aircraft Company he worked on the design of the Hughes-Kaiser HK-1 Spruce Goose, and as Liaison Engineer, he spent many long hours with Howard Hughes during the testing phase of the experimental D-2 aircraft at Harpers Dry Lake near Barstow, Calif. A scaled-up version of this aircraft, the Hughes XF-11, was built and flown by Howard Hughes as a prototype military reconnaissance aircraft for the United States Army Air Force. Despite promise, the XF-11 suffered a crash on its maiden flight that nearly killed Hughes when it developed an oil leak in one of its unique counter-rotating propeller mechanism, resulting in a fiery crash on a golf course in Hollywood, Calif.
In 1946 he moved his family back to Bardsdale to manage the ranch for his ailing mother. He became a longtime Board Member of the Bardsdale Church, the Southside Water Company, and the Cienega Water Company. He was Scoutmaster of Troop 402 for 15 years. He made scouting a memorable experience for the boys by the many trips, with the assistance of the local ranchers, hiking and fishing in the High Sierras, exploring the old mines around Red Rock Canyon, and the countless hours spent in the 64 miles of Silver Mine Tunnels at Calico Ghost Town before Knott’s Berry purchased the property. Upon his retirement, he and his wife traveled extensively throughout the Southwest hiking and exploring ruins. They spent Spring and Fall together on Lake Powell, boating and hiking canyons with family and friends. They were members of the Lake Powell Yacht Club. They loved fixing meals and entertaining new and old friends they met on the lake and many lasting friendships were made.
Don was preceded in death by his brother, Rev. Ellis R. Shaw.
Don is survived by his wife of 72 years, Thelma (McCawley), his son Douglas and(wife Helen), his son Roger, 5 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, and 2 nephews.
A graveside service will be ministered by his nephew, Rev. David Shaw, at the Bardsdale Cemetery on Thursday, December 4, 2008 11:00 A.M. Memorial donations may be made in his honor to the Fillmore Boy Scouts or the Fillmore Alumni Association. Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary.

Sheri Rudd Klittich

Sheri Rudd Klittich

Loved so dearly by family and friends, Sheri passed away in grace at home, with family and friends by her side, after a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer and scleroderma, in Fillmore, CA, on November 20, 2008 at age 53.

Sheri was born in Tucson, AZ, to Searle and Virginia Rudd, raised in Canoga Park, CA, graduated from Chatsworth, CA, High School, obtained a B.S. Degree in Soil Science from Cal Poly Univ at SLO, CA, and earned an M.S. Degree in Agronomy from the Univ of Missouri.

Sheri’s experiences in Girl Scouts introduced her to the wonders of nature, and Sheri pursued a career to “save the earth”. Sheri worked college summers and after graduation for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, consulting on irrigation efficiency, erosion control and fire remediation in Ventura County, CA.

In 1995, Sheri’s love of agriculture and her passion for teaching were recognized when she moved on to lead the University of California Hansen Trust, which Sheri administered to promote, benefit and sustain agriculture in Ventura County.

Sheri was instrumental in the Trust’s purchase of the 27 acre Faulkner Farm, a National Register of Historic Places demonstration farm near Santa Paula, CA. At the Faulkner Farm, Sheri developed research and education projects in agricultural literacy, teaching students (and hundreds of teachers) where food originates.

Sheri was active in the School Garden Network and in the Agriculture in the Classroom program. Sheri was also involved in the Farm to School program, linking local growers with the school lunch program, and in the Ag Futures Alliance, formulating and implementing consensus positions on sustainable agriculture in Ventura County.

The UC Hansen Trust has established the Sheri Rudd Klittich Agricultural Literacy and Issues Grant in her honor, and the UC Hansen Trust has dedicated a Faulkner Farm Instructional Barn in her name.

Sheri is survived by devoted husband, Chris Johnson, by former husband, Bob Klittich, by children, Jeff (Luana) Klittich, Kenny Klittich, & Kristen Klittich, by mother, Virginia Rudd, by brothers, Steve Rudd, Dan (Amy) Rudd & Dale (Stacie) Rudd, & by nieces and nephews, Meghan Rudd, Shannon Rudd, Adam (Sarah) Ross, Evan Rudd & Caitlin Rudd.

Sheri loved spending time with family, relatives, friends, & co-workers. Sheri liked her pets too, and especially her first, mischievous Heidi the Puppydog, and her last, playful Gizmo the Kittycat. Sheri was truly faithful in her everyday life, in worship services, and in holiday celebrations with the Baha’i Faith in Fillmore, CA.

A private family burial service has been held at the Bardsdale Cemetery, and a public memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on November 22nd, 2008, at the Faulkner Farm, 14292 West Telegraph Road, Santa Paula, CA. Donations can be made in Sheri’s honor to the Cancer Hope Foundation, sponsor of Camp Keepsake ( which provides comfort & hope for patients and their families.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the family owned and operated Rose Perez Funeral Home. Telephone: (805) 484-6365.

Edwin C. Rice

Edwin C. Rice

Edwin C. Rice of Fillmore, CA. passed away on November 1, 2008. He was born on January 30, 1923 in Fresno, CA and was raised in Fillmore. He served in the Marines during World War II. He was an administrator, teacher, and track coach at Long Beach Polytechnic High School for 32 years. He also taught at Orange Coast College and Newport Harbor High School, and was a substitute teacher at Fillmore High School. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 6, 2008 at Bards dale Cemetary, 1698 S Sespe Street, Fillmore, CA., (805) 524-3877. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made on his behalf to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

Sally T. Espinoza

Sally T. Espinoza

In Memory of: Sally T. Espinoza
January 24, 1924 to September 16.2008
Ventura County was moms home turf, specifically Piru and Fillmore. Mom’s last nine months were spent living with her daughters and families in Santa Clara County of northern California.
With fire storms in California this year, we thought it would be a fitting memorial to our mom by planting trees. She loved her garden…… …Join us.. $1 plants 1 tree.
With Love and Regards,
Sally’s children Ruth Kent, Lydia Lujan, Michael Celaya

Mary T. Owen

Mary T. Owen, 91, passed away on Sunday, September 14, 2008.
Mary was born in Irvine Ranch, CA and was a resident of Ventura County for 86 years. She was a Beautician. She volunteered her time to Santa Paula Hospital, Braille Institute Ventura, and Fillmore Convalescent.

She is preceded in death by her husband Bill Owen in 1991, son-in-law Wayne Fields in 1991 and brother George Anlauf on August 1, 2008.

She is survived by her daughter Debbie Fields of Riverside, grandsons Ryan Fields, Jeremy Fields of Riverside granddaughter Melissa Martinez of Riverside,
great-grandsons Zachary Hanley-Fields of Rancho Cucamonga, CA and Owen Luis Fields of Riverside.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 1:00 P.M. at Skillin Carroll Mortuary , 600 N. Central Ave., Fillmore, CA 93015

In Honor of Mary Memorial Donations can be made to Fillmore Convalescent Center, 118 “B” Street, Fillmore, CA 93015

Arrangements under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, 600 N. Central Ave., Fillmore, CA 93015 (805) 524-0744.

Viva J. Ramirez

Viva J. Ramirez

Viva J. Ramirez, 91, of Fillmore, CA passed away on Saturday, September 13, 2008. She was a resident of Ventura County for 7 years.
Viva loved her family and friends. She enjoyed going to swap meets, playing cards, going to Chumash Casino and swimming. She was a great lady and will truly be missed, yet joyfully remembered.
Viva is preceded in death by husband Pete Ramirez, son Larry Ramirez, brother Bill Nielsen, brother John Robinson and sister Betty Johnson.
She is survived by son Tom Ramirez (Kristy) of Washington, daughter Sheila Campos (Joe) of Fillmore, son Pete Ramirez (Diane) of North Fork, son Gilbert Ramirez (Lynn) of Irvine, brother Daniel Nielsen of Washington, brother Dick Robinson of Washington, grandchildren Tom Ramirez of Concord, Simone Ramirez of Concord, J.D. Campos (Marina) of Ventura, Desiree Tarango of Fillmore, Chantee Campos of Fillmore, Ryan, Ceaenna and Larry Ramirez of North Fork, Nicholas and Jessica Ramirez of Irvine, great grand children Christine Cardona Threadgil of Palmdale; Brandon, Andrew and Lauren Campos of Ventura; Kianna, Cheyanne and Roman Tarango of Fillmore; Evan and Serena Ramirez of Concord, Monique Deradntz of Concord; Great grandchildren Tianna Gregoire of Concord and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, 805/ 524-0744. Internment will be held on Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 12:00 noon at Good Shepherd Cemetery in Huntington Beach.

John Joseph McKinnon

John Joseph McKinnon

John Joseph McKinnon passed away peacefully, at home, lovingly surrounded by his family, on Sept. 9, 2008.
John was born in Dorchester, MA. He and his family moved to California, and settled in Fillmore, which he loved, 28 years ago.

John will lovingly be remembered as a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.
John is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lorraine and their seven children: Joanne Peddell (spouse Alex), Catherine McKinnon, John Daniel McKinnon, Ellie Davison, Arlene Daniels, Stephen McKinnon and Lauren Vigil (spouse Paul); 19 loving grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; goddaughter Julie Welch; sisters Ann Simmons and Marie Curtis; and numerous nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his father John Joseph McKinnon, his mother Mary McKinnon, and his sisters Patricia and Margaret.

Anyone who knew John knew that they would be greeted by a huge smile, a hearty handshake and an Irish joke.
John was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and as anyone who knew John can imagine, his favorite calling in the church was official greeter.

Services will be held Monday, September 15, 2008, 10 a.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1017 First St. Fillmore, Ca.