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Carrie LaVurn Willhoit
Long time resident of San Luis Obispo County, LaVurn Willhoit, died at 
a skilled care facility in Gresham, Ore., of complications from a 
recent surgery, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at the age of 86. Because of health 
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 
Cemetery. 
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 resided 
in the
Glendale-Burbank area. While living in Southern California, she married 
Spencer Vick in 1936 and they had two daughters. In the mid-1940s, the 
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 camping at 
Hume Lake Christian Camp.
When she moved to Oregon, she resided in a retirement complex until her 
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 
health problems. 
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 
Association.
 

Jose Castillo
Jose M. Castillo, 84, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, at his Guadalupe 
residence.
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. in 
Guadalupe. A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. The 
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 of 
Los Angeles, Rosie and husband Raul Gauna of Santa Maria, Louie and 
wife Cindy Castillo of Santa Maria, Elyda and husband Salvador Castro of 
Santa Maria, Mary Lou and husband Armondo Ruiz of Fresno, Angelita and 
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 and 
husband Arnulfo Hernandez of Guadalupe, Daniel and wife Velia Castillo of 
Hanford, David and wife Maria Castillo of Santa Maria, Maria Elena and 
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 Goesling
Mae Eunice Depue Goesling died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at her San Luis 
Obispo home at age 84.
Visitation is from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, with a service at 3 p.m., at 
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 San 
Francisco for nearly 50 years before she moved to San Luis Obispo to be 
near her niece, Corene Deming and her husband Michael Deming, and 
great-nephew Mark Canaan, his wife, Rozella Packard Canaan and their five 
children. Mrs. Goesling played an active role in her niece and 
great-nephew’s family life; baby-sitting and holding slumber parties for the 
younger children were commonplace.
An avid bowler and an excellent cook, Mrs. Goesling loved gardening and 
had a green thumb. Around her home in San Francisco in the heart of the 
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 Silver 
Streaks.
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 City.
 

Herbert Bjork
 

Herbert J. Bjork, 82, of Cambria died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000, at his 
residence.
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 
Cemetery.
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 War II. 
Mr. Bjork moved to California in 1955, settling in San Diego, and was a 
resident of Cambria for 21 years. He was employed as a carrier for the 
Postal Service for 39 years, beginning in St. Paul and retiring from La 
Jolla.
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 the 
Santa Barbara Humane Society. He was a longtime member of the Kingdom Hall 
of Jehovah’s Witnesses and served as a ministerial servant in the 
congregation.
He is survived by his wife, Avis Bjork of Cambria; and several nieces 
and nephews.
Arrangements are under the direction of Reis Chapel Cayucos.
 
 

Elzie Holt
 

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 judge 
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, Colo.; 
daughters Nina Holt of Santa Barbara, Kim Olson of Minnesota; a 
stepdaughter, Elizabeth Triesault of Mapleton, Utah; seven grandchildren; and his 
special life partner of many years, Sharon Thompson. He was preceded in 
death by his parents, his sister, Janet, and a stepson, John Collett.
Arrangements are under the direction of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home.
 
 

David Hathaway
 

David Paul Hathaway, 42, of Los Osos died at his home on Saturday, Nov. 
4, 2000.
Services are pending at this time.
Mr. Hathaway was born Oct. 6, 1958, in Long Beach. He was a driver for 
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 Wiswell
 

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 and 
Ernest Wiswell. He spent his early years in Colorado, then moved to 
Southern California after his mother’s death. Eventually he moved back to 
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 Army 
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 
civilian.
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 had 
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 1969 
which he led as chief executive officer for 10 years. After Swift Aire, he 
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 San 
Luis.
Mr. Wiswell is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Wiswell, of San Luis 
Obispo; his children, James and Marge Wiswell of Visalia, and Karen and 
Evan Harklerode of Arroyo Grande; three grandchildren, Alyson, Kelly and 
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 Violet 
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, 
2000. 
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 the 
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 League.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Tom Hutton of 
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 are Mrs. 
Kleck’s nieces, nephews and extended relatives, including cousins and 
their families.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Wayne R. Martin in 1956, and 
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 Souza
 

Mary Laura Souza, 84, of Pismo Beach died Monday, Nov. 6, 2000, at her 
residence.
Visitation will be from noon until 7 p.m. Sunday at Marshall-Spoo 
Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach. Recitation of the Rosary followed by 
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 to 
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 member 
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 a 
member and past officer of St. Anthony Council in Pismo Beach and Arroyo 
Grande. 
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 of Tulare; 
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, on 
Oct. 5, 2000; and by four brothers and two sisters.
 

Richard Williams
 

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 at 
Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 
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 all 
his life. After graduating from high school he bought and operated a 
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. He 
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
 

Emil Mansfield, 87, of San Ardo, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2000, at his 
home.
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 
“Route 66.”
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 of King 
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 one 
grandson.
Arrangements are by Chapel of the Roses in Atascadero.
 

Harry Willey
 

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 many 
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, Kenneth 
Brown of Paso Robles, Karen Brown of Carpinteria, John Willey of 
Modesto and Timothy Willey of Stockton; two great-grandchildren, Keith and 
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 the 
local Heart Association.
Arrangements are by Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home in Paso Robles.
 

Richard Santos
 

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 at 
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 99 
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. He 
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 of 
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.
 
 
 

Death Notices

KOMANTI
— Esther Komanti, 84, of Atascadero died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000, at a 
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. 

FROOM
— Johnnie Henry Froom, 84, died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000, at his home. At 
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 
Hanford.
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 the 
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; his 
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, in 
San Luis Obispo County. 
Visitation is today, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home in 
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 of 
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 White 
Bear of Sacramento, and Gabriel Morgan; aunts, Stephanie Sutherland of 
Paso Robles, Gwen Atilano of Fresno, Debbie Gregory of Morro Bay, and 
Cheryl Amaturo of Sacramento; and grandmothers, Sharon Lee White Bear of 
Sacramento, Joy Arbaugh of Paso Robles, and Dianna Gregory of San Luis 
Obispo. 
Arrangements are by Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home in Paso Robles. 
 
 

Paul Janolis
 

Paul F. Janolis, 84, of Atascadero died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at 
his home.
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 wife, 
Marie, enjoyed traveling, ballroom dancing, golfing, metal detecting and 
reading. He was a member of the Central Coast Treasure Hunters, VFW and 
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 Sharp 
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 nieces 
and nephews. He was preceded in death by Pauline Wolff in 1975.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice, 285 South St., Suite I, 
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. Lee 
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. From 1945 
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 
Romanyk. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. 
Arrangements are by Benedict-Rettey Mortuary in Morro Bay.
Marguerite
 

Van Winkle
 

Marguerite Van Winkle, 78, of Morro Bay died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000, at 
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, and 
moved to the area 33 years ago. She was a homemaker, and a member of 
Jehovah’s Witnesses.
She is survived by her son, Stanley (Jackie) Mottet and wife Eulalia of 
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 July 1, 
1952. Retiring after 21 years as an officer and command pilot with the 
U.S. Air Force, he was the recipient of the Air Medal, Purple Heart and 
Prisoner of War medals, plus many awards and citations during his 
service years. He also retired after 11 years with ITT/FEC at Vandenberg Air 
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 
Veterans. 
Mr. Kautz was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph and Zilpha, and 
by two brothers, Dale and Max Kautz.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Maxine D. Kautz of Oceano; two 
sons, Morris “Skip” Kautz Jr., and wife Gerri of Arroyo Grande, and W. 
Joseph Kautz and wife Sylvia of Santa Barbara; four grandchildren, 
Nicholas and Tiffany Kautz of Arroyo Grande, and Justin and Jason Kautz of 
Santa Barbara; sister Roberta Kautz Madsen of Iowa; a sister-in-law, 
Vera M. Volotta and husband Alex of Laguna Niguel; and many nieces and 
nephews in Iowa and California.
Arrangements are by Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover 
Beach.
 
 

Peggy Smiley
 

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 1948. 
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 
schools.
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 
Hackney.
 
 

Arnold Dean
 

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. His 
parents were Harold John Dean and Margaret Lister Miller. He received 
his elementary education at Lloydminster, then moved with his family to 
Edmonton, Alberta, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 
agriculture in 1945 and 1947 respectively. He then earned a doctorate 
from the University of Wisconsin in 1950. Dr. Logan Carter offered him a 
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 do 
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 
District Cemetery. 
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, Mr. 
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; his 
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
 

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 Thibodeau
 

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 
private.
Mr. Thibodeau was born in Georgetown, Maine, on June 20, 1914, and had 
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 Base. 
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 very 
involved with the Trinity Lutheran Church and with assembling Bibles for 
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 of the 
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., and 
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 104, 
P.O. Box 5000, Yucaipa, CA 92399, or to the Paso Robles Trinity 
Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446.


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