|Carrie LaVurn Willhoit
Long time resident of San Luis Obispo County, LaVurn Willhoit, died
a skilled care facility in Gresham, Ore., of complications from a
recent surgery, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at the age of 86. Because of
problems, she had moved to Oregon seven years ago to be near her
youngest daughter, Mary.
A graveside service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Templeton
Born Dec. 29, 1913 in Sidney, Ohio, to Henry and Vera Ordean, Mrs.
Willhoit moved to California in the late 1920s with her family and
Glendale-Burbank area. While living in Southern California, she married
Spencer Vick in 1936 and they had two daughters. In the mid-1940s,
family moved to Santa Margarita and resided there for about 10 years.
She was employed by the Roy Chandler Hat Factory in Santa Margarita.
Spencer Vick died in 1950.
In 1954, she married Tom Willhoit of Templeton, to whom she was married
for 10 years. Mrs. Willhoit moved to Atascadero during the 1970s and
resided there until her move to Oregon in 1993. She worked at the San
Luis Obispo County Health Department in vital statistics for about
14 years until
her retirement. She loved to travel and work on her family's genealogy,
take trips in her camper-pickup or van across the States to locate
family history. She was a member of the AARP in Atascadero where she
enjoyed playing cards and was also active in working with the election
committee. She attended Atascadero Gospel Chapel and enjoyed going
Hume Lake Christian Camp.
When she moved to Oregon, she resided in a retirement complex until
health made it necessary to move briefly to an adult foster care home.
She then lived with her daughter, Mary, for three years, and for the
past three years she resided in adult foster care homes due to increased
She is survived by daughters Barbara Schultz of Henderson, Nev., and
Mary Tooley of Sandy, Ore.; and five grandchildren and six
great-grandchildren, a nephew, a grand nephew and a grand niece.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Jacque Ordean.
The family suggests that any donations be made to the Diabetes
Jose M. Castillo, 84, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, at his Guadalupe
Visitation is Wednesday from 5 p.m. until recitation of a rosary
beginning at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 1164 Obispo St.
Guadalupe. A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Rev. Abel Suquilvide, pastor of the church, will be celebrant.
Mr. Castillo was born June 12, 1916, in Ed Couch, Texas, to Divorcio
and Natividad Castillo. He was raised in Texas, remaining there until
moving to the Central Coast of California, where he settled in Nipomo,
eventually moving to Guadalupe 40 years ago.
A self-educated man, he worked as a laborer, as a cook and in the
sanitation department at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Also a former mechanic,
he received a mechanic’s diploma in 1961. He was an avid gardener and
loved to read. A devoted Catholic, Mr. Castillo was active in Our Lady
of Guadalupe Church. He enjoyed being with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Sinforosa “Rosie” Castillo,
whom he married July 24, 1936, in Texas; and children Jacinto and wife
Maria Castillo of Mexico, Conception and wife Antonia Castillo of Texas,
Josephine and husband Steve Paduganun of Santa Maria, Fermin and wife
Linda Castillo of Santa Maria, Jamie Beatrice and husband Rick Jelski
Los Angeles, Rosie and husband Raul Gauna of Santa Maria, Louie and
wife Cindy Castillo of Santa Maria, Elyda and husband Salvador Castro
Santa Maria, Mary Lou and husband Armondo Ruiz of Fresno, Angelita
husband Juan Mendez of Oceano, Peter and wife Debbie Castillo of Nipomo,
Joey and wife Connie Castillo of Santa Maria, Martin Castillo of
Guadalupe, Yolanda and husband Ronnie Escarzaga of Santa Maria, Sylvia
husband Arnulfo Hernandez of Guadalupe, Daniel and wife Velia Castillo
Hanford, David and wife Maria Castillo of Santa Maria, Maria Elena
husband Robert Ortiz of Guadalupe and Rene and wife Mary Lou Castillo
of Fresno. Mr. and Mrs. Castillo also have raised five grandchildren.
Additional survivors include 87 grandchildren, 91 great-grandchildren
and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by twin children, Santos and Santos Castillo,
and a grandson, Fernando Castillo, in 1982.
Arrangements are by Magner-Maloney Funeral Home in Santa Maria.
Mae Eunice Depue Goesling died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at her San
Obispo home at age 84.
Visitation is from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, with a service at 3 p.m.,
Reis Chapel in San Luis Obispo.
Mrs. Goesling was born May 6, 1916, in Sophia Valley, N.M., the second
of 14 children born to Elmer Depue and Nellie Pearl Robertson.
She was married Jan. 4, 1936, to Ed Goesling. Mr. Goesling, her husband
of almost 60 years, preceded her in death. They made their home in
Francisco for nearly 50 years before she moved to San Luis Obispo to
near her niece, Corene Deming and her husband Michael Deming, and
great-nephew Mark Canaan, his wife, Rozella Packard Canaan and their
children. Mrs. Goesling played an active role in her niece and
great-nephew’s family life; baby-sitting and holding slumber parties
younger children were commonplace.
An avid bowler and an excellent cook, Mrs. Goesling loved gardening
had a green thumb. Around her home in San Francisco in the heart of
Mission district, she displayed much of her ability in horticulture.
Mrs. Goesling also enjoyed pampering her guests. She made many new
friends at the Senior Citizen Center and enjoyed her work with the
She was preceded in death by sisters Margaret, Mable, Lorene, Erma,
Elnora, Charlott and Lois; and a brother, Billy.
She is survived by sisters Edna Barnes, Frankie Miller, Elsie Lawhon
and Dolly Cooper; brothers Carrel Depue and Clarence Depue; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
William Margaroli,county native
William Margaroli, a native and former longtime resident of San Luis
Obispo, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, in Redwood City at age 79.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Menlo Park
Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park.
Mr. Margaroli was retired from United Airlines, and enjoyed tennis,
gardening and reading. He was a member of S.I.R.S.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Margaroli of Redwood City; children
Gail Ann Margaroli and Patricia Jean Bentley; and grandchildren Rachael
and John Bentley.
Memorial contributions are preferred to International Myeloma
Foundation, 12650 Riverside Dr., #206, North Hollywood, CA 91607.
Arrangements are by Woodside Chapel of Crippen & Flynn in Redwood
Herbert J. Bjork, 82, of Cambria died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000, at his
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Kingdom Hall
of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 2680 Main St. in Cambria. Presiding Overseer
Howard Main will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Riverside National
Mr. Bjork was born Dec. 5, 1917, in St. Paul, Minn., where he was
raised and educated. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World
Mr. Bjork moved to California in 1955, settling in San Diego, and was
resident of Cambria for 21 years. He was employed as a carrier for
Postal Service for 39 years, beginning in St. Paul and retiring from
Mr. Bjork was a student of the Bible, with a deep interest in prophecy.
He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed gardening and working in the
workshop he built. He was very fond of his cats and was a member of
Santa Barbara Humane Society. He was a longtime member of the Kingdom
of Jehovah’s Witnesses and served as a ministerial servant in the
He is survived by his wife, Avis Bjork of Cambria; and several nieces
Arrangements are under the direction of Reis Chapel Cayucos.
Elzie (El) Eugene Holt died Sunday Nov. 5, 2000.
A memorial service, with the Rev. Gilbert Martinez officiating, will
take place Saturday at Guadalupe beach at the end of Highway 166.
Mr. Holt was born Oct. 19, 1935, in Midland, Mich., to Freeman Eugene
and Elsie Lybarger Holt.
Mr. Holt was a veteran of the Korean War and a past commander of the
Newhall California American Legion Post 507. After the war he continued
his education, earning a master’s degree in law from USC and a J.D.
degree from Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles. He practiced
law in Los Angeles, Newhall and the Antelope Valley, and served as
pro tem in the Newhall court until he closed his law office and moved
to Nipomo in the early 1990s.
He is survived by his sons, Terry of Midland, Mich., Randy of
Littleton, Colo., Patrick of Cimarron, Kan., and Charles of Denver,
daughters Nina Holt of Santa Barbara, Kim Olson of Minnesota; a
stepdaughter, Elizabeth Triesault of Mapleton, Utah; seven grandchildren;
special life partner of many years, Sharon Thompson. He was preceded
death by his parents, his sister, Janet, and a stepson, John Collett.
Arrangements are under the direction of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home.
David Paul Hathaway, 42, of Los Osos died at his home on Saturday, Nov.
Services are pending at this time.
Mr. Hathaway was born Oct. 6, 1958, in Long Beach. He was a driver
Redi-Mix Concrete for four years, and had been a resident of San Luis
Obispo County for eight years.
He is survived by his wife, Kellie Lynn Hathaway; a son, Troy Hathaway;
a daughter, Danielle Coffman; his parents, Bob and Rosemary Hathaway;
two brothers, Michael Hathaway and Chris Hathaway and his wife, Deanna;
his mother-in-law, Winifred Coffelt; and many nieces and nephews.
Charles Gordon Wiswell, 78, of San Luis Obispo died Monday, Nov. 6,
2000, in Selma, Calif.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Wings West
hanger at San Luis Obispo Airport.
Mr. Wiswell was born in Lafayette, Ind., on Feb. 23, 1922, to Ellen
Ernest Wiswell. He spent his early years in Colorado, then moved to
Southern California after his mother’s death. Eventually he moved back
Colorado and attended Campion Academy, where he met his wife, Geneva,
whom he married in January of 1942. He was then called back by the
and assigned to the occupational forces in Japan. The Army wanted him
to remain and make the service his career, but he wanted to be a
Mr. Wiswell started out as a gas attendant and later became an orderly
in a hospital in Southern California. He eventually moved to Redding
and became a contractor, then to the Central Coast in 1951 where he
his own construction firm. He later joined Maino Construction Co. where
he was a vice president and became a corporate pilot, which was where
his love of flying developed. He saw a need for regularly scheduled
flights to the Central Coast, which led him to found Swift Aire in
which he led as chief executive officer for 10 years. After Swift Aire,
worked for Eastern Provincial Airlines based in Gander, Newfoundland,
and Halifax, Nova Scotia. He returned to San Luis Obispo in 1983, and
acted as a consultant for various local commuter airlines such as Wings
West. In recent years he continued flying as a charter pilot for Air
Mr. Wiswell is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Wiswell, of San Luis
Obispo; his children, James and Marge Wiswell of Visalia, and Karen
Evan Harklerode of Arroyo Grande; three grandchildren, Alyson, Kelly
Clifton; stepchildren Lesa and Steve Moses of Houston, Texas, and Karla
Ziegenbalg of Alexandria, Va.; stepgrandchildren Tyler, Tanner,
Zachary, Joshua, Alexa and Mikayla; and his sister and brother-in-law
and Wallace McDonald of North Hollywood. He was preceded in death by
wife Geneva three years ago.
Memorial contributions may be made to one’s favorite charity.
Arrangements are under the direction of Reis Chapel in San Luis Obispo.
Dorothy Kleck, county native
Dorothy M. Kleck, 79, a native of Paso Robles, died Tuesday, Nov. 7,
At her request, private graveside services will be held at the Paso
Robles District Cemetery.
Mrs. Kleck was born Nov. 16, 1920, to Anna and Louis Wolf of Union,
Calif., whose family settled there in 1886. She attended Union Grammar
School and graduated from Paso Robles High School in 1938, then attended
Merritt Business School in Oakland.
Active in civic affairs, she was Pioneer Queen in 1996, past director
of the Paso Robles Historical Society, Main Street Association, Friends
of the Adobe and the Pioneer Day Committee, and was also a longtime
docent at the Pioneer Museum. She was Chamber of Commerce “Roblan of
Month” twice and Roblan of the Year in 1997. She was active in
developing the North County Women’s Tennis Club and the County Tennis
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Tom Hutton
Pacific Grove; brothers Dr. Harry Wolf and sister-in-law Nathalie of
Morro Bay, and Don Wolf and sister-in-law Peggy of San Miguel;
sister-in-law Lorraine Martin of Paso Robles; and their families who
Kleck’s nieces, nephews and extended relatives, including cousins and
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Wayne R. Martin in 1956,
Leon Dutch Kleck in 1980; and her son, Richard Martin, in 1981.
Memorial donations may be made to the Paso Robles Area Pioneer Museum,
P.O. Box 461, Paso Robles, CA 93477, or to the Paso Robles Area
Carnegie Historical Library, P.O. Box 2875, Paso Robles, CA 93477.
Mary Laura Souza, 84, of Pismo Beach died Monday, Nov. 6, 2000, at her
Visitation will be from noon until 7 p.m. Sunday at Marshall-Spoo
Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach. Recitation of the Rosary followed
the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at
St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Pismo Beach. The Rev. Tom Czeck will
officiate. Burial will follow at the Arroyo Grande Cemetery.
Mrs. Souza was born Sept. 28, 1916, in Lemoore. She lived in Tulare
where she helped her husband with their dairy farm until they moved
Pismo Beach in 1969. A member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Pismo
Beach, Mrs. Souza was a member of the Altar Society. She was a life
of P.H.H.S. in Edna, a member of U.P.E.C., and a member of S.P.R.S.I.
She was also a member of Luso-American Fraternal in Arroyo Grande and
member and past officer of St. Anthony Council in Pismo Beach and Arroyo
Mrs. Souza is survived by two children, Joe Martin Souza Jr. of Pismo
Beach and Mary Frances Carter and husband Richard of Santa Maria; five
grandchildren, Karen Ann and Gary Martin Souza of Tulare, John
Kouchoukian of Visalia, and Rose Maree Souza and Jennifer Rose Souza
two great-grandchildren, Tiffany Souza and Gary Souza Jr. of Tulare;
one great-great-granddaughter, Mariah Fernandez of Tulare; a sister,
Lydia Martin of Tulare; two brothers, Tony and George Mendonca of Tulare;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Joe M. Souza,
Oct. 5, 2000; and by four brothers and two sisters.
Richard Larry Williams, 58, of Arroyo Grande died Friday, Nov. 3, 2000,
in rural Garfield County, Colo., while hunting deer and elk.
Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Dudley-Hoffman
Mortuary in Santa Maria. Rosary will be recited Sunday at 7 p.m., also
Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday
1 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Arroyo Grande. Interment
will be at Arroyo Grande Cemetery.
Mr. Williams was born in Santa Maria and was associated with cattle
his life. After graduating from high school he bought and operated
service station. He worked many years at the Bob Williams Feed Lot.
He has been a resident of Arroyo Grande for 20 years, where he ran
cattle on his own ranch, along with breeding and raising cutting horses.
was a lifetime member of the Cattlemen's Association and was a member
of the Santa Maria Elks Lodge, B.P.O.E. No. 1538. He was also a member
of the Nipomo Men’s Club and the Rocky Mountain Elks Foundation.
He is survived by his wife, Kay A. Williams of Arroyo Grande; a
daughter, Nichole Bentz-Williams of Weatherford, Texas; a sister, Carolyn
Gagliardini of Arroyo Grande; and his loving buddy, Toby.
Emil Mansfield, 87, of San Ardo, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2000, at his
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Matthew’s
Episcopal Church in San Ardo. The Rev. Susan Van Leunen Allen of St.
Mark’s Church will officiate.
Mr. Mansfield was born July 25, 1913, in Gorda, Calif. He was an avid
hunter and fisherman and especially enjoyed rock fishing at Rock Beach
in Monterey County. He enjoyed traveling and loved to travel along
He is survived by his wife, Juanita Mansfield of San Ardo; sons John
and Joe Mansfield of San Ardo, and Paul Mansfield of Paso Robles;
daughters Bonnie Douglas of Bakersfield, May Hiebner of San Ardo, Hazel
McClendon of Jolon, Harriett Grindstaff of Jolon, and Donna Arness
City; 21 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother, Elton
Mansfield of San Ardo; and sisters Jeanne Bahnke of Los Gatos and Leathea
Slingstad of Santa Cruz.
He was preceded in death by his son, Thomas Mansfield, in 1982, and
Arrangements are by Chapel of the Roses in Atascadero.
Family and friends mourn the passing of Harry Willey, who resided in
Paso Robles for the past one and one-half years.
He was a native Californian, born in Santa Rosa in 1915. He was raised
in Mendocino and Humboldt counties. Before coming to Paso Robles, he
resided in Oroville, Butte County, with his wife, Celestia Jane, now
deceased. They were married for 65 years. In a short time, he made
friends in Paso Robles.
Survivors include son Ted Willey and Juanita Logan of Stockton;
daughter Judy Brown and Donald Ash of Paso Robles; four grandchildren,
Brown of Paso Robles, Karen Brown of Carpinteria, John Willey of
Modesto and Timothy Willey of Stockton; two great-grandchildren, Keith
Jack Brown of Paso Robles; two sisters, Bernice La Monica of Napa and
Ruth Miles of Penryn; a brother and sister-in-law, Neal and Norma Wheeler;
and 16 nieces and nephews.
He died of an ongoing heart condition. Contributions can be made to
local Heart Association.
Arrangements are by Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home in Paso Robles.
Richard Santos, 73, of Arroyo Grande died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000.
At his request no services are planned. Cremation will take place at
Lady Family Mortuary and Crematory in Arroyo Grande, with inurnment
Arroyo Grande Cemetery.
Mr. Santos was born Jan. 24, 1927, in San Francisco. His family
relocated to Arroyo Grande when he was 3 weeks old. He worked for System
Freight Lines (now Certified Freight Lines) for more than 30 years,
retiring in 1982. He was a member of the Optimist Club in Arroyo Grande.
was an avid bowler and bowled in three senior leagues.
Mr. Santos is survived by his wife of 38 years, Anne, of Arroyo Grande;
daughters Lucille A. Lintner and husband Douglas of Arroyo Grande,
Barbara D. Jarnigin and husband Eddie of Florida, and Debbie C. Santos
Arroyo Grande; grandchildren Devan, Dawn, Mike and Christopher;
great-grandchildren Kole, James, Maddie, Michael and one due in April;
sister-in-law Marilyn Sweetser of Banning; nieces Anne Tinker and Laurie
Reynolds; and nephew Kurt Sweetser.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 550
Camino El Estero, Suite 100, Monterey, CA 93940, or to Hospice of San
Luis Obispo County, 1432 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.
— Esther Komanti, 84, of Atascadero died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000, at
Templeton hospital. A graveside service will be held Monday at 1 p.m.
at Atascadero District Cemetery. Pastor Rollin Dexter will officiate.
Arrangements are by Chapel of the Roses in Atascadero.
— Johnnie Henry Froom, 84, died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000, at his home.
his request cremation has taken place and no services are planned.
Arrangements are under the direction of Reis Chapel in San Luis Obispo.
Frederick George, county native
Frederick George, 60, of Arroyo Grande died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000, in
Visitation will be Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. in the People’s Funeral
Chapel in Hanford. A graveside service will be held on Saturday at
Arroyo Grande District Cemetery. For information, call (209) 584-5591.
Mr. George was born in Santa Maria, and had lived in San Luis Obispo
County all of his life. He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal
Service for 33 years.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; a daughter, Jennifer L. George of
Port Hueneme; a son, William I. George of Phoenix; two grandchildren;
mother, Emma George of Oceano; and a brother, William George of Oceano.
Michael E. Morgan
Michael E. Morgan, 21, of San Miguel, died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000,
San Luis Obispo County.
Visitation is today, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home
Paso Robles. A graveside service will be held on Saturday at noon at
Pleasant Valley Cemetery east of San Miguel.
Mr. Morgan enjoyed fishing, golfing and riding motorcycles.
He is survived by his parents, Michael Morgan and Arlene White Bear
San Miguel; stepfather, Anthony Gerbasi of Downeyville, Calif.; four
brothers, Danny Gerbasi, Christian Morgan, Clay Carmaneti and Wyatt
Morgan of Arizona; four sisters, Nicole Gerbasi, Vivian Morgan of Arizona,
Ciceila Sutherland of Paso Robles, and Frankie Gerbasi of San Miguel;
uncles, Don White Bear of Paso Robles, Larry Morgan and David Morgan,
both of Paso Robles, Dan Amaturo of Sacramento, Darrel, Greg and Joe
Bear of Sacramento, and Gabriel Morgan; aunts, Stephanie Sutherland
Paso Robles, Gwen Atilano of Fresno, Debbie Gregory of Morro Bay, and
Cheryl Amaturo of Sacramento; and grandmothers, Sharon Lee White Bear
Sacramento, Joy Arbaugh of Paso Robles, and Dianna Gregory of San Luis
Arrangements are by Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home in Paso Robles.
Paul F. Janolis, 84, of Atascadero died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at
A memorial service will be held Saturday, at 2 p.m. at the Lutheran
Church of the Redeemer in Atascadero.
Mr. Janolis was born Nov. 20, 1916, in Cliffside, N.J. He was a veteran
of the U.S. Army in World War II, served in North Africa and was
awarded the Purple Heart. Following retirement Mr. Janolis and his
Marie, enjoyed traveling, ballroom dancing, golfing, metal detecting
reading. He was a member of the Central Coast Treasure Hunters, VFW
the Chalk Mountain Golf Association.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Janolis of Atascadero; five
stepchildren, David Williams of Cambria, Dianne Williams of Santa Margarita,
Marlene Williams of Atascadero, Jim William of Palo Cedro and Judi
of Los Osos; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters Mary
Oeder of Cayucos, Gloria Brieske of Cedarburg, and Anne Schendel of
Milwaukee, Wis.; brother William Janolis of Morro Bay; and numerous
and nephews. He was preceded in death by Pauline Wolff in 1975.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice, 285 South St., Suite
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, or to your favorite charity.
Arrangements are by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary in Santa Barbara.
Edward X. Kunkel
Edward X. Kunkel, 74, a 12-year resident of Morro Bay, died Monday,
Nov. 27, 2000, at his home after a battle with lung cancer.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 8 a.m. at Pierside Coast
Guard Station in Morro Bay, prior to scattering of ashes. The Rev.
Shepard will officiate.
Mr. Kunkel was born May 9, 1926, in Long Beach. He attended Duke
University in North Carolina in 1944 and graduated from Indiana State
University in 1951 with a degree in business and a minor in zoology.
to 1948, Mr. Kunkel served as a Navy hospital corpsman. Later in life,
he worked for Dow Chemical as a pharmaceutical salesman for 35 years.
Mr. Kunkel was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Louise, and his
parents, Edward P. and Elsa Marchand Kunkel.
He is survived by his son, Edward P. Kunkel II; and his daughter, Susie
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are by Benedict-Rettey Mortuary in Morro Bay.
Marguerite Van Winkle, 78, of Morro Bay died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000,
a local convalescent home.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. at the
Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Morro Bay. Bob Tapia will officiate.
Cremation will take place, and remains will be scattered at sea.
Mrs. Van Winkle was born in Sonnery, France, on July 22, 1922, to Numa
Mottet and Glglore Camille Lemercler. She married Cecil Van Winkle,
moved to the area 33 years ago. She was a homemaker, and a member of
She is survived by her son, Stanley (Jackie) Mottet and wife Eulalia
France; and brother Raphael Mottet and wife Rolland of France.
Morris Kautz Sr.
Morris Wayne Kautz Sr., 83, of Oceano, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000,
at a San Luis Obispo care center.
Cremation has taken place and burial is planned at a later date. No
service will be held.
Mr. Kautz was born in Ira, Iowa, on Jan. 30, 1917, to Adolph J. and
Zilpha Emmack Kautz. He married Maxine McKeiver in Minot, N.D., on
1952. Retiring after 21 years as an officer and command pilot with
U.S. Air Force, he was the recipient of the Air Medal, Purple Heart
Prisoner of War medals, plus many awards and citations during his
service years. He also retired after 11 years with ITT/FEC at Vandenberg
Force Base, and was an Alaskan site-manager and computer analyst.
Mr. Kautz was a lifetime member of the Elks BPOE 1538 of Santa Maria,
and a life member of the American Prisoners of War and Disabled American
Mr. Kautz was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph and Zilpha,
by two brothers, Dale and Max Kautz.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Maxine D. Kautz of Oceano;
sons, Morris “Skip” Kautz Jr., and wife Gerri of Arroyo Grande, and
Joseph Kautz and wife Sylvia of Santa Barbara; four grandchildren,
Nicholas and Tiffany Kautz of Arroyo Grande, and Justin and Jason Kautz
Santa Barbara; sister Roberta Kautz Madsen of Iowa; a sister-in-law,
Vera M. Volotta and husband Alex of Laguna Niguel; and many nieces
nephews in Iowa and California.
Arrangements are by Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover
Peggy Lou “Hackney” Smiley, 70, of Paso Robles died recently.
She was born in Marysville, Kan., on March 15, 1930, to Carl and Opal
Hackney. She had lived in Paso Robles since 1937.
She attended the one-room school in the Union School District, then
finished junior and senior high school in Paso Robles, graduating in
She was a lifelong loyal Bearcat, and worked to keep her class together
and in touch with one another.
She married Paul L. Smiley in 1949. They had two children, Rod and
Suzanne, who were raised in Paso Robles and went through Paso Robles
Mr. and Mrs. Smiley worked in the laundry, linen and dry cleaning
business their entire married lives. Mrs. Smiley belonged to the First
Baptist Church since age 15, and was very active in her younger years.
She is survived by her husband, Paul Smiley; son Rod Smiley; a daughter
Suzanne Smiley, all of Paso Robles; grandsons Paul I. and Jason Smiley;
six great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, June and Larry
Moore of Paso Robles; a brother and sister-in-law, Monte and Connie
Hackney of Templeton; aunts and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Carl and Opal
Dr. Arnold Dean, 79, of San Luis Obispo died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2000,
at a San Luis Obispo hospital following a long illness.
At his request, his remains were cremated and no services were held.
Dr. Dean was born Oct. 21, 1921, in Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada.
parents were Harold John Dean and Margaret Lister Miller. He received
his elementary education at Lloydminster, then moved with his family
Edmonton, Alberta, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees
agriculture in 1945 and 1947 respectively. He then earned a doctorate
from the University of Wisconsin in 1950. Dr. Logan Carter offered
teaching position in the new Soil Science Department at Cal Poly State
University, where Dr. Dean enjoyed a long and successful career until
retirement. Many hundreds of students have fond memories of him, as
his surviving colleagues.
He is survived by his sister, Isobel Collins and her husband, Robert,
of Olds, Alberta; and a niece, Margaret Arthurs of Edmonton, Alberta.
Wendell L. Miller
Wendell L. Miller, 62, of Paso Robles, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000,
at his home.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Paso Robles
Mr. Miller was born July 13, 1938, in Emet, Okla. He moved to the San
Joaquin Valley with his parents, Tom and Bessie Miller, and was raised
in Pixley. Mr. Miller later lived in Bakersfield for 20 years and spent
the last five years living in Paso Robles. According to his family,
Miller was a proud father and loving husband. He spent many years
coaching Little League Baseball and served in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Miller is survived by his wife of 41 years, Robin, of Paso Robles;
sons, Brent of Bakersfield and Aaron and wife Kris of Paso Robles;
parents, Tom and Bessie; sister, De De Nickelson of Newport Beach;
sister-in-law, Carol Grogan of Atascadero; and several nieces and nephews.
David Fisk, 64, of San Luis Obispo died Friday, Nov. 27, 2000. He was
loved by all who knew him and will be missed.
Oakley F. Thibodeau, 86, of San Luis Obispo County died Friday, Nov.
24, 2000, in Templeton.
At his request there will be no services; Burial at sea will be
Mr. Thibodeau was born in Georgetown, Maine, on June 20, 1914, and
been a resident of San Luis Obispo County for 43 years. He retired
after 20 years as a building maintenance man at Vandenberg Air Force
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and had been a goldsmith and
coppersmith by trade.
His background as a coppersmith led to him building Liberty Ships
during World War II. Through Admiral Rickover, Mr. Thibodeau was also
involved with the Trinity Lutheran Church and with assembling Bibles
the blind through the church’s Lutheran Braille Workers Inc.
He loved history and tinkering around the house. He enjoyed his family
and his grandchildren. He was a member of the Paso Robles Trinity
Lutheran Church, a 44-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a member
Al Malaikah Shrine.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Thibodeau of Paso Robles; sons U.S.
Marine Corps Lt. Col. Anthony White of Oxnard, and Michael White of
Solvang; and grandsons U.S. Navy Lt. Chris Snowden of Pensacola, Fla.,
Michael Thibodeau of Maine.
He was preceded in death by a son, Theodore Thibodeau, in 1958.
Those wishing may donate to Lutheran Braille Workers Inc., Station
P.O. Box 5000, Yucaipa, CA 92399, or to the Paso Robles Trinity
Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446.