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BRYANT, Ida Guerra
left peacefully in her sleep Sunday morning, June 27, 1999. She was born in Lompoc on January 13, 1910 where she was raised on a ranch with her family including two brothers and five sisters. Her parents emigrated from Switzerland at the turn of the century. In 1948 she married Earl Bryant of St Louis, Missouri. They were happily married for thirty-one years.
Ida Bryant loved entertaining and being with people. She gave much time to gardening and her animals. Too, she was an avid traveler and visited such places as China, Russia, Western Europe, Latin America and Australia.
She was generous spirited and involved in charity, her favorite being The John Tracy Clinic.
She left two sisters; Rena Guerra Castagnola of Santa Barbara and Emma Canfield of Lompoc. And in addition many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
In he memory friends may remember The John Tracy Clinic, 806 West Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, Calif 90007.

MULLIN, John T "Jack"
Grandfather of tape recording dies at age 85
By Steve Crozier, Studio Director Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Santa Barbara Branch.
John T "Jack" Mullin who largely accredited with the research and development of modern-day sound recording has died at the age of 85. He was a long-time Santa Barbara Resident prior his move to Camarillo in the 90's.
Jack as he was popularly known to his wide circle of friends, introduced the open-reel tape recording system to US broadcasters, who for years had had to tolerate scratchy and noisy discs.
Mullins improvements to the German invention of the tape recorder are attributed to Bing Crosbys return to popularity, after the singer demurred from live performance. Now, the singeromedian could actually "perform" on dozens of stations at once, and avoid tedious 'live' involvement.
Jack Mullin spent the past 23 years devoting his time and many talents to the Santa Barbara unit of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, where he was a Founder Member.
There, he put his intimate knowledge of tape recording technique to good use, making many hundreds of recordings of books and technical works, enabling Blind and Dyslexic students to further their education.

SPAULDING, Howard Payson
born to Ira and Louisa Spaulding August 25, 1911 died July 7, 1999 after a lengthy illness.
His name was Howard, but everyone called him Bill. He cherished his family, & was a voracious reader and loved to travel. He will be missed by all who loved him.
He grew up on a farm in Sherwood, North Dakota. If you knew him you knew that and everything else there was to know about Sherwood.
After serving in World War II, as an engineer building roads for the troops, he was the County Agent in Rugby, North Dakota until he decided to go back to school and become a school teacher. The idea behind the carrier move to have all summer off to travel. He taught science in the Oxnard School District until his retirement.
Bill attended college in Fargo, North Dakota, Davis, California and Cal Northridge.
He served as President of the Shrine, Al Malaikah Temple, in Oxnard and Redding, California. Bill was an active Shriner for over sixty years.
He was member of the Elks in Redding and Santa Barbara and a Scout Master in Oxnard. His booming voice was greatly appreciated and sought after; he sang in the church choir, Oxnard Barbershop Quartet and for the Goleta Senior Citizens.
He leaves his wife Beatrice (Bea) Eileen Spaulding; daughter Sandra Kaye Beauchamp of Campbell, Ca; daughter, Leslee Ann Willingham and husband Bill of Goleta, Ca ; son, William (Bill) Howard Spaulding and wife Leslie of Ventura, Ca , Six Grandchildren; RaeAnn Hagyard and husband Michael, Paul Howard and wife Jill, Cynthia Braun and husband Matt, Matt Willingham, Chris Willingham and wife Nicole and Shannon Spaulding, Five Great-grandchildren; Payton, Austin and John Thomas Hagyard, Drew Braun and Luke Willingham. Brothers; John Clayton Spaulding, Heron, South Dakota; Senator Ted Spaulding and wife Ardis or Heron, South Dakota; Dr Tom Spaulding and wife Evelyn of McLean, Virginia; Sister Donna Knudseon and husband Nat of Kildeer, South, Dakota. Sister Maxine deceased.
Services will be 11:00 Am, Saturday, July 10, 1999 at Welch-Ryce-Haider Chapel on Ward Drive. Donations may be made to the Shriner Hospital for Children.

WARRENBURG, SR, Robert Lewis
beloved husband & father, died peacefully on July 6, 1999.
He was born, the youngest of four children, on September 28, 1926 in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Robert Thomas Warrenburg and Sarah "Catherine" Yount. His mother died at age 28. He and a sister were raised by his Yount grandparents. In WWII, at age 17, he joined the Naval Reserve. He served in the Pacific on board the USS Montauk and participated in the invasion of Okinawa and Iwo Jima. In June, 1945, he met, at her high school graduation, the girl he had corresponded with for a number of months. On January 5, 1946, while on a four day leave, he married Marion Jewel Hazard in the First Methodist Church in Santa Barbara.
Mr Warrenburg worked for the 7-Up Bottling Company in Santa Barbara and Carpinteria for 16 years, working in many capacities including Plant Foreman. He worked for Santa Barbara City Schools on the gardening crew for 17 years taking care of 4 grade schools. He achieved the position of Head Gardener, which he held for 6 years. He loved his work and believed in doing excellent work in every position he held. A serious injury forced him to retire in 1984. He then devoted much of his time working with wood. He made dozens of toys for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dolls were his specialty. He even made the furnishings.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Marion and four loving children; Diane Tieman (Mrs Norbert Tieman) of Grants Pass, OR, Donna Sims (Mrs John Sims) of Littleton, CO, Janet Witts (Mrs William Witts) of Lompoc, Robert Warrenburg, Jr, and his wife Laura of Goleta, also a brother Leo A Warrenburg of Santa Barbara, eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather & great grandfather, he will be missed.
Memorial services to be held Saturday, July 10, 1999 at Welch-Ryce-Haider Chapel.
Contributions to Hospice of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Cancer Foundation.

SANDOVAL, Amando "Sandy"
72, died unexpectedly July 7, 1999. He was born January 13, 1927 in McAllen, Texas.
After serving in World War II, he mad Santa Barbara his home. He worked until his retirement from Goleta Union School District.
Sandy is survived by his son Ernie, daughter-in-law Ginger, daughter Patricia, granddaughter Brittany and step-grandson, Brandon Lopez.
Graveside Services will be held on Monday, July 12, 1999 at 10:00 am at Goleta Cemetery, 44 S Antonio Rd.

BROWN, Ida O
died peacefully on Wednesday, July 8, 1999 in Goleta valley Hospital at the age of 96. Ida was born November 28, 1902 in Marquand, MO. Ida is preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Thomas J Brown and a son Ralph W Brown. Ida and her husband moved from Taylor Lake, Mich to Santa Barbara in August of 1976 and took up residence in Rancho Goleta Mobile Home Park.
Ida is survived by her son Robert T Brown and daughter-in-law Gladys N Brown of Goleta, CA. Also surviving are six grandchildren; Sandra Brown of Napa, Calif, Thomas Brown of Valrico, Calif, Robin Bronelle of Eldorado Hills, Calif, Sheri Muellen of Santa Ynez, Calif, Tracy Nirenberg of Peoria, AZ and Eric Brown of Lompoc, Calif. Also surviving are 8 great grandchildren; Travis and Heather Mueller, Shannon and Brandee Brunelle, Ned and Erin Brown and Shelby and Shane Nirenberg.
Ida worked in sales for Awrey Bakeries in Detroit for 17 years and retired at 65 years of age. In her younger days (80) Ida enjoyed gardening, sewing, crossword puzzels and playing Bonco with her friends at Ranch Goleta. Although Ida was small in stature, she was big in the hearts of her family and friends. She will be missed by all. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Goleta Valley Hospital in her name.
Privet interment will be at Goleta Valley Cemetery. A Memorial Service for both family and friends will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, July 13, 1999 at Welch-Ryce-Haider Chapel, 450 Ward Drive, Santa Barbara, CA.
Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

REECE, Alvin Lee
age 71, lost his battle with cancer at his home in Santa Ynez on July 6, 1999.
He was born on May 12, 1928 in Fayetteville, Arkansas but soon moved to California with his family in 1940.
He leaves behind Betty, his wife of 52 years, daughter Sandra, son Larry, grandchildren Michael (Christina), Melinda, Keri (Brian), and great grandchildren Keri Lynn and Collin.
Of greatest value to him was his 52 year marriage to his loving and faithful wife, Betty.
His family and friends will miss his sparkling blue eyes, rosy cheeks, mischievous smile and old fashioned sense of humor.
He was proud of his US Navy service in China on the USS Breckenridge and in the Seabees.
Al was highly respected by the community for his honesty and integrity in all aspects of his life.
"Big Al" or "Iron Man" as his crew called him was a General Building contractor in Santa Barbara County for over 40 years. He built over 300 custom homes in the Santa Ynez Valley. In Solvang, he built a replica of the famous Danish Rundetaarn Tower, Ingeborg Chocolates, Pamela's Cupboard, Fredrikson Square as well as other specialty shops and buildings.
In 1976, Al discovered his second love, Paint Horses. He bought a young stallion, "Gambling Man" and developed him into a world renowned AA Champion stud. Al became a well known horse breeder in California as well as the rest of the United States. He was at his happiest during breeding season at the 10 acre ranch he built in his beloved Santa Ynez Valley.
Services will be held Tuesday, July 13, 1999 at llAM at the Al Reece Paint Horse Farm, 1601 Edison Street, Santa Ynez, CA
Committal services immediately following at the Oak Hill Cemetery.

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SANDOVAL, Amando "Sandy"
72, died unexpectedly July 7, 1999. He was born January 13, 1927 in McAllen, Texas.
After serving in World War II, he mad Santa Barbara his home. He worked until his retirement from Goleta Union School District.
Sandy is survived by his son Ernie, daughter-in-law Ginger, daughter Patricia, granddaughter Brittany and step-grandson, Brandon Lopez.
Graveside Services will be held on Monday, July 12, 1999 at 10:00 am at Goleta Cemetery, 44 S Antonio Rd.

SKINNER, Nellie
of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Santa Barbara, died Monday, July 5, 1999, at the age of 88. Mrs Skinner was a long-time resident of Santa Barbara, and worked for several property management companies. She had many friends in the central Coast area.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Skinner, and is survived by three children: John Berry and wife of Phoenix, AZ, Leigha Frandsen and husband of Lompoc, CA; Linda Malohn and husband of Los Alimitos, CA, as well as 4 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A private cremation ceremony will be held in Mesa, Arizona on July 9th, and a memorial service to scatter her ashes will be held in California at a date later to be determined.

BERSINI, Louise Mary
84, of Santa Barbara, died July 9, 1999. Born in Thurber, Texas in 1915, lived in Benton, Ill until the age of 14 when she moved to Santa Barbara where she spent the next 40 years working in prominent private residences a head housekeeper in Montecito and hope Ranch.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Battista Erranova and her second husband, Walter Bersini.
She is survived by her daughters Shirley Brown (Gary B) of Santa Barbara, Nina Pasquotto (Louie) of Sweet Home, Or, Vicky Jackson (Dale) of Sweet Home, Or, sons Tommy Bersini, od Saticoy, Ca and Howard Erranova (Josephine) of Santa Barbara. She also leaves 9 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Graveside Services at Calvary Cemetery, Tuesday, July 13 at 10:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, please remember the Santa Barbara Cancer Foundation. Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels in charge of arrangements.

GILA, Joseph J
a wonderful friend and neighbor left us peacefully on Saturday, July 10, 1999 to join his parents and brother. He was 87. Born in Patterson, New Jersey, Mt Gila came to Santa Barbara in 1962. He had worked for Sears and Roebuck for 23 years as well as serving in the Armed Forces from 1941-1945 as the secretary to General Eddy.
Visitation for Mr Gila will be held today, Tuesday, July 13, 4:00pm to 8:00pm and Wednesday July 14, from 8:00am to 12 noon at Welch-Ryce-Haider Chapel, 15 East Sola Street. Private interment will be held at the Santa Barbara Cemetery. Mr Gila will be deeply missed.

HANSELL, Ralph Struble
a Santa Barbara resident for the past 32 years, was born on January 3, 1905 in Denver, Colorado, passed away on July 8, 1999 in Santa Barbara at the age of 94. He graduated from Denver High School in 1923. He was a child prodigy in the early 1900's in the Western States in the area of music. Ralph was truly one of the great musicians of the 20th century. He was the world's greatest xylophonist. In his youth he was an alter boy and later became a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Carolyn E Hansell of Montecito; two sons, Richard A Hansell of Montecito and Ralph G Hansell of Wolfeboro, NH. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Michael A Hansell of Calabasas, CA; Christy Mulligan-Greer of SC; Rick Hansell of Reseda, CA; Teresa Dourian of Tarzana, CA; Karen Hansell of Canoga Park, CA; Timothy J Hansell of Chicago, IL; Mary J Hansell of Wolfeboro, NH; Ralph G Hansell of Wolfeboro, NH; Julie M Hansell of Wolfeboro, NH; and John C Hansell of Wolfeboro, NH. Ralph is also survived by 5 great grandchildren: Nicole Hansell of Calabasas, CA; Jordan Hansell of Calabasas, CA Shanon & Megan Mulligan-Greer of SC; and John Williams of Canoga Park, CA. He is preceded in death by his father Charles Struble and mother Anna Knopeck, both of NB.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, July 14, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, at 11:00 am. Private burial will be at Santa Barbara Cemetery.
Memorial donations can be sent to Alzheimer Disease of Santa Barbara, 2024 De La Vina, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
Arrangement by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

VERSOLA, Filomeno Barca
71, of Goleta, died on Thursday, July 8, 1999 at the Buena Vista Care Center in Goleta, following a lengthy illness. He was born on January 27, 1928 in Bangued, Abra, Philippines.
A resident of Goleta for 16 years, he was formerly employed by Joslyn Electronic Systems in Goleta.
He is survived by: sons, Romeo Versola of Goleta and Rolie Versola of the Philippines, daughters, Fely Mandagan of Goleta and Merley Versola of Oxnard; brother, Ricardo Versola of the Philippines; sisters, Rosita V Juan; Angelita V Garces of New York; Rude V Bides and Alejandra B Laneza, both of the Philippines; brother-in-law, Mariano Arenas of Oxnard, sister-in-law, Francesa Arenas, also of Oxnard; and 7 grandchildren, including relatives in Santa Barbara, Goleta and the Philippines.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Arsenia A Versola of Goleta; brother Leo B Versola and sister-in-law, Mary B Versola, both of Santa Barbara; brothers, Espirito and Emilio Versola and sisters, Lucena and Inocencia Versola, all of the Philippines.
The Mass will be held today, Tuesday, July 13, 9:00 am at St Raphael's Church, followed by interment at the Goleta Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

ZAZUETA, JR., Rudy M
LOMPOC - Services for Rudy M Zazueta Jr, 20 of Lompoc will be 10 am Thursday, July 15, 1999 at the chapel of Starbuck-Lind Mortuary with Pastor Rueben Tamayo of Victory Outreach officiating. Burial will follow of Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery.
Mr Zazueta was born Nov 1,1978 in Santa Maria to Rudy and Teresa Gaitan Zazueta. He was raised and educated in Lompoc where he graduated from Maple High School. As a youth he enjoyed playing football, baseball and still played basketball with his father on the weekends. He loved music and was well liked by all who knew him.
He died Friday, July 9, 1999 in Lompoc.
Survivors include his wife of six years, Maria Lechuga of Lompoc; daughter, Mariah Zazueta of Lompoc; sons, Rudy MZazueta, III, Eddie Munoz and Angel Munoz, all of Lompoc; parents, Rudy & Anita Zazueta and Teresa & Mariano Flores all of Lompoc; grandparents, Marqarito & Mary Heredia and Paul & Valerie Gaitan all of Lompoc; sister, Monique Flores of Lompoc; brothers, Joseph Zazueta, Paul Zazueta and Anthony Flores all of Lompoc and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may pay their respects from 2 to 8 pm Wednesday at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rudy M Zazueta, Jr Memorial Fund C/O Vandenberg Federal Credit Union, 3880 Constellation Rd, Lompoc 93436 or Santa Barbara County Federal Credit Union, 2623 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, 93105.

BUFFINGTON, Clara B
was born February 6, 1914 in Caddo Mills, TX and passed away Friday, July 9, 1999 in Greentown, IN at the age of 85. Clara married Howard R Buffington in June of 1932 in Durant, OK and a a former resident of Santa Barbara she was a member of Chapel of the Hills Church. She was a homemaker and seamstress.
Mrs Buffington is survived by her son and wife, David and Mimi Buffington of Russiaville, IN; a daughter and her husband, Shirley and Edmund Kane of Whitefall, MI; a brother and his wife, Elmer D and Edith Waits of Ventura, CA; four grandchildren, Brian Buffington of Russiaville, IN, Jeff, Lisa, and Julie Kane of Montague, MI; six great grandchildren, Jared Kane, Colten Kane, Slade Kane, Desirae Kane, Michael Kane and Jonathan Mourer. Clara is preceded in death by her husband in 1982 and by one son.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, July 16, at Hope Community Church, 560 N La Cumbre Road, at 1:30 pm. Interment will follow at Santa Barbara Cemetery.
Friends may make contributions to the American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association in memory of Mrs Buffington. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

HEALY, Donald B
died on July 5, 1999 in Santa Barbara. Don was born in Chicago, IL on June 3, 1929, served in the Air Force during the Korean War and moved to Santa Barbara with his wife and three sons in 1960. In addition to advanced technical courses, he attended college in Chicago and Santa Barbara. He retired in 1990 after 30 years as Chief Design Engineer with Santa Barbara Applied Optics in Carpinteria. During his career he had many patents in mechanics, hydraulics and optics and was recognized in Who's Who in American.
He is survived by sons Pete and Scott of Fairfield and Jeff of Lancaster, 3 grandsons and a granddaughter, his brother James of Chicago and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are being made by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary and a private family memorial service will be held to celebrate his life.
Donations may be made to the Cancer Society or other favorite charity in his name.

URIBE, Mary
died July 11, 1999 at Cottage Hospital after a long illness.
Mrs Uribe was born June 16, 1916 and lived her entire life in the Goleta Valley. Mary lived at El Capitan beach and ranch as a young girl in the 1920's.
She married Agustin Uribe on January 20, 1935. They had three children, Gloria Uribe-Easter (Tom), son Frank Uribe all of Santa Barbara.
She was preceded in death by her husband Agustin and their daughter Marion Uribe-Gutierrez.
Mary is survived by her step-daughters Annie Dominquez of Santa Barbara, Ruth Walls (Andrew of Oregon, step-sons Salome and Roberto Uribe of Ameca Jalisco, Mexico. Mrs Uribe is survived by her sisters Phylis Bettencourt, Jennie Alvarado and Ramona Zarate all of Santa Maria, Ca. Her brother Feliciano Alvarado and sister Victoria Ruelas preceded her in death. She is survived by her devoted nephew Antonio Uribe (Rosie) of Santa Barbara, and Grand Aunt Brijida Alvarado.
Mary was a kind and gentle lady, she loved the ocean and cooking for her family. She will be greatly missed by her loving family.
Rosary will be at 7:30 pm at the Old Mission Santa Barbara on Friday. Mass will be at 10:00 am Saturday at the Mission. Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery.

FROSALI, Louis A
passed away July 14, 1999. Visitation will be held at Welch-Ryce-Haider Chapel starting Friday, July 16th through Sunday July 18.
A Mass will be held on Monday, July 19 at San Roque Church at 10:00 AM followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery.
Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

HILL, Wilfred I "Bill"
A memorial service for Wilfred I "Bill" Hill will be held at 11:00 a m on Saturday, July 17, 1999 at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Barbara. Born in Norwich, Connecticut, in 1916, he passed away peacefully at home on July 13, 1999 where he had lived with his wife, Judith since 1974. He had been a stroke patient for over 9 years.
He was best known to many Santa Barbarans for his long time association with Lions Clubs International, the Santa Barbara Host Lions Club, and their many programs that he was involved with. He was an Honorary Lifetime Member as well as a Melvin Jones Fellow, which supports the Lions Student Speakers program. Bill was a Past President of the Santa Barbara Host Club and Vice Chairman of the Council of Governors from 1986-87. He worked for the City of Santa Barbara in the Dept of Public Works until his retirement.
The son of Harriet and Harry Hill, he was raised in Portland, Maine where the family had moved when he was an early age. Bill went to the Y Camp every summer there from the age of 6 to 18, where he acquired his love of the outdoors and appreciation of the environment. He also had the unique experience of living in a Maine lighthouse one summer which he always said made a lasting impression on him. He attended local schools in Portland and graduated from Portland High School.
Bill became a member of the Maine National Guard and served as an Army Engineer in WW II and was then recruited by the Boy Scouts of America in 1943 (because of his previous years of experience with that organization). He became the Field Executive for New Britain, Connecticut and was later transferred by the Boy Scouts to Los Angeles, CA in 1951 where he was made District Executive. He served throughout California and Nevada during his career with that organization.
He is survived by his wife, Judith; step son Alan Browning (Victoria); sons: Peter (Janet), Elliott (Nita) and Steve. Daughters: Bonnie Jean Hill, Olive Hill, and Sue Sykes (Doyle). Brother in law, Bill Van Horn, his son Steven and daughter Joan; Aunt and Uncle, Loni and Lucky Hawkins; and their children, Holly and Tom and his care giver, Ross Mistretta. He had 14 grand children and 10 great grand children.
Bill may be remembered through donations to the Lions Students Speakers Foundation at 129 Los Aguajes Ave , Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

LAFLEMME, Russell Grant
a resident of Carpinteria for 41 years, passed away on Tuesday, July 13, 1999. He was 79. Mr LaFlemme was born in Portland, OR in 1919 and was raised in Newberg, OR. Russell, also known as "Pa" to many of his friends, was an Army veteran and worked as an Operations Engineer at Conrock in Santa Barbara, CA for 24 years. Russell was an active member of the Masonic Lodge in Carpinteria. His involvement included advancement to "Master" for several years.
Russell's interests included RV travel, CB radio and he enthusiastically participated in the Boy Scouts with his son, James Russel. Russell will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.
Russell is survived by his wife, Marcella Cloninger LaFlemme.
A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, July 16, 1999 at 10:00 am at the Carpinteria Cemetery.
Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

UNDERWOOD, Arthur W "Hank"
80, of Santa Barbara, died on Tuesday, July 13, 1999 at St Francis Hospital. He was born March 11, 1919 in Redlands, California, he then moved to Santa Barbara in 1924. Hank graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1936. He served our country in World War 11 in the Sea Bee's as a Heavy Equipment Operator. Upon his return, he went to work for McNall Building Materials on a full time basis. He began working part time on what was ultimately to be his life long, full time, career, Acting.
He was remembered by many for being the engineer of the train at the Child's Estate, or as a clown or Santa Claus at many charity functions throughout Santa Barbara. He was quite the thespian at many plays at the local theaters, such as the Lobero Theatre, acting with the Alhecama Players and others in the area tor many, many years. With the help of an agent or two, he was seen by many in numerous commercials? movies, sitcoms and two long running roles in General Hospital as "Mr Whittaker", and as 'Leroy the bartender" in the Young and the Restless. Does he look familiar? He won't soon be forgotten.
Hank was married for 51 years to the former Wilma Dickerson, who proceeded him in death. He is survived by his beloved daughter, LuAnne of Santa Barbara, his brother Herbert "Torts" Underwood of Paso Robles and his sister Mary K. Grimes of Silverton, Oregon. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews along with many endearing friends.
The family wishes to thank sincerely all the caregivers in Hank's home and at St Francis who did such a wonderful job in meeting his needs, and ours, and keeping him comfortable.
Funeral arrangements were made by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels. Graveside Services will be at Goleta Cemetery on Friday, July 16th at 11:30 am.
Donations may be made to your favorite charity.

MCCOMISH, Elizabeth Hortense Eames
April 22, 1908-July 7,1999
Mrs McComish, who was known as Hortie to her many friends, was born and raised in Chico, CA, the daughter of AG and Harriet Eames. She married Paul W McComish in 1947 and lived in San Francisco and the Napa valley prior to their retirement to Santa Barbara in 1989.
During WW II, Mrs McComish was a nurses aid and volunteer for the USO. She was a member of the San Francisco Junior League, The San Francisco Children's Theater, and a member and past president of the San Francisco Opera Guild. While in the Napa Valley, Mrs McComish started a flower arranging business called Weeds and Flowers and both she and her partner were kept busy making arrangements for many occasions through the Valley. She was an enthusiastic traveler and loved her garden.
Mrs McComish is survived by her husband of 51 years, Paul, a daughter, Melanie Lynn and two sons, John Hiram and Michael (Casey) McComish She is also survived by six grand children and three great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held in Montecito, CA on July 10 at All Saints By the Sea Episcopal Church.
The family requests that any contributions be made to: Casa Dorinda Medical Center, 200 Hot Springs Rd Montecito, CA 93108.

NAGEL, William A
passed away at his home in Mesa, Az on July 8, 1999 after a courageous fight against cancer. He was born on March 6, 1917 in Elizabeth, NJ He entered the US Marines Corp during WWII. He went back to Newark, NJ after being discharged and married his sweetheart Bernice Evans. They both wanted to move to Santa Barbara as Bill fell in love with the little sleepy town while stationed at the old Marine Corp base in Goleta.
Bill joined the Santa Barbara Police Department during the years of 1946 to 1949. After leaving the police department he worked for MTD until his retirement in 1981. Bill was a member of the Santa Barbara/Mesa Elks and the Masonic Lodge in Santa Barbara. They decided to move to Mesa, Az in 1984. Bill loved it there and spent his days swimming, playing ping-pong in the tournaments at Leisure World and just plain enjoying life. His children and grandchildren are now the vessels of his integrity, wisdom and strength. His family loved him dearly and will miss him.
He is survived by his loving wife Bernice, his daughters, Judi Galindo and fiance Gilbert of Santa Barbara, Donna Cobos and husband Carlos of Ahwatukee, Az Grandchildren Denette Bassett and husband Tim of Santa Barbara, Paul Galindo and wife Anna of Santa Maria and two great-grandsons Paul and Steven Galindo. He also leaves a sister, Harriet Vergura of NJ, sister-in-law Carol Smith of Santa Barbara and 2 nieces and a nephew, Gail Lindstrom of Kailua, Hawaii, Marilyn Weiss of NJ and Chuck Smith of Santa Ynez, CA Dad had a special friend in Sid, his daughter Donnas dog. She always said he was like a grandson to him which he always chuckled at. He was a good companion to him and always gave him many laughs. Sadly mere words cannot describe the number of lives he touched and the depth of love he bestowed on his loved ones. A memorial service was held in Mesa, Arizona.

CHRISTENSEN, Laura S
Memorial Services for Laura S Christensen, 93, were held Monday, July 19, 1999 at Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs Christensen died at her home in Solvang on July 15, 1999.
Mrs Christensen was born October 26, 1906 in Tyler, Minnesota, one of eleven children of Walter and Anna Rasmussen, who, since the mid-1930's, made their home in Solvang. Two of the eleven siblings of that union remain, her brother, Elmer Rasmussen of Solvang, Ca , and sister, Ingrid Andersen of Ontario, Oregon.
Mrs Christensen was predeceased in 1989, by her husband of over 50 years, Oscar Christensen. Oscar and Laura Christensen were the founders and owners of the Solvang Shoe Store in Solvang which they operated from 1946 to 1963. They retired from their business in 1963 after moving the shoe store from its prior location on First Street (where Gold Fantasy is now located) to its present location at the corner of First Street and Copenhagen Drive. The business was purchased by Paul and Asta Hanberg of Solvang and it is currently owned and operated by their son, Max Hanberg and his wife, Laura.
Laura Christensen moved from her hometown of Tyler, Minnesota in the late 1920's to Los Angeles where she worked as a governess. She met her husband-to-be at a church dance in Los Angeles, shortly after he had immigrated to the United States at age 30. Oscar Christensen was manager of the cheese department for Knudsen Creamery in Los Angeles.
In 1941, Laura Christensen and two children moved to Solvang while her husband recovered from a lengthy illness in a Los Angeles area hospital. She worked at several jobs in Solvang , one of which was as a linotype operator for the Santa Ynez Valley News owned, at that time, by the Walter Hansen family. Following her husband's recovery, he joined his family in Solvang and Oscar and Laura Christensen founded and operated the Solvang Shoe Store. Many long time residents of the Santa Ynez Valley recall buying their boots and shoes from Oscar and Laura Christensen during the many years they owned and operated their store. Retirement afforded them the opportunity to enjoy their family, grandchildren, home and garden.
Mrs Christensen is survived by her two children and their families, Jeannette (Dominic) Tripodi of Arroyo Grande and Richard (June) Christensen of Solvang. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Sara Tripodi of Eugene, Oregon; Amy Tripodi of New York City ; Camina Tripodi, Arroyo Grande, Ca ; David Christensen and family of San Mateo, Ca and Diane Christensen Ambrico and family of Dallas, Texas. Her three great-grandchildren, Jennie and Andrew Christensen and Manon Ambrico also survive. In addition to her brother and sister, she leaves numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She is also survived by her nurse and dear friend, Kirsten Andren of Solvang.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers or other memorials, contributions be made in her memory to the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art in Solvang.

DEFEYTER, Edwin Merle
was born on April 25, 1917 and lived 82 amazing years. He died surrounded by family members that were immersing him with their love in the Coronary Care Unit of Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital on July 11, 1999.
Merle met the love of his life, Mary Buitendyk, and married her in 1942. He survived war and the Great Depression among many other hardships, which I'm sure had a hand in giving him his wonderful, quiet strength. He played a large part in WWII, being in the 35th Div , 137th Inf , Co I and was involved in D-Day. He was awarded two purple hearts among numerous other medals. He had a strong sense of patriotism and always took an interest in WWII historical accounts. He liked fire trucks, square-dancing with his beloved wife, playing cards, gardening and traveling.
Merle possessed innumerable positive traits that made him the best role model possible for his 4 children and 9 grandchildren. He observed and absorbed everything that happened around him and had the most patience of anyone I've met. His was a quiet presence, but his warm smiling face was always there to greet, comfort, listen and most of all, help. He gave some of the best and most heartfelt hugs in history and could always be relied on for love.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Matilda and Edwin, and brothers Leo and Russ DeFeyter. He is survived by his wife Mary; his sister and brother-in-law June and Don DenUyl; his sister-in-laws Barb and Dorothy; his four children and their families: Gary DeFeyter, Carol and John Gibbs, Toni and Art Fitzgerald, Bruce and Diane DeFeyter, Carol Ann DeFeyter; and his 9 grandchildren: Chris and Eddie; John, Matt, Mark and Jason; Shannon; and Annie and Bruce Jr Every life Merle touched was changed for the better by his marvelous example.
A special thanks to the Emergency Rescue Team and the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital emergency room & CCU staff for their efficiency and sensitivity and friends and their family for their support and thoughtfulness. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

HERRERA, Nicasio Orozco
Born December 14, 1907 in Los Herreras Durango, Mexico and at God's will was taken from his family on July 17, 1999.
A longtime resident of Santa Barbara since 1925. He was employed by Johnson Fruit Company, J B Allen and J W Bailey Construction.
Mr Herrera loved raising livestock and living off his land on which he resided for the past forty five years. He was a member of the Calvo Growers Association and the Construction & General Laborers Local 591.
Survivors include his loving wife, Mary Herrera; his children, Raymond, Nancy Flores, Robert, Richard Nicasic and Cecilia Marrs. He was preceded in death by a son, Hector. Also surviving a brother, Nicolas and a sister, Maria, thirteen grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was a very devoted husband, father and grandfather loving all of us and we all loved him! We all hope to be as strong of a person as you.
Dad, Descanse en Paz y Vaya Con Dios
The family would like to thank the staff at Mission Terrace for the wonderful care that they provided.
The Rosary will be held on Tuesday (today) at 7:00 P M at the Old Mission. The Mass will be on Wednesday at 10:00 A M at the Mission. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, 300 W Pueblo Street.
Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

LEAVENWORTH, Donald Loyal
Educator
Donald Loyal Leavenworth, former headmaster of the Chadwick School in Palos Verdes and La Jolla Country Day School in La Jolla, died Friday July 16, 1999 at the age of 74. Under his stewardship both schools attained national reputations as high quality institutions with excellent faculty arid students.
Born in 1925 in Canton Ohio, Leavenworth was the youngest son of Loyal and Ruth Leavenworth. He attended Western Reserve Academy and graduated from Yale University with the 1945W class. During World War II he flew B-17 bombers, and received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. He married Cynthia "Sue" MacKenzie of Canton Ohio in 1948.
Leavenworth began his long career in education in 1950 as a teacher in Pennsylvania. From 1954 to 1957 he was assistant headmaster at Crane Country Day School in Santa Barbara. In 1957 Leavenworth served as founding headmaster of the La Jolla Country Day School. In the fifteen years he served as headmaster, Leavenworth built the school from a nursery and primary level school to a college preparatory independent school. From 1972 to 1988 Leavenworth served as headmaster of the Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, California. The school dedicated the Leavenworth Library to him in recognition of his leadership.
Throughout his career Leavenworth served on numerous educational boards taskforces. In 1988, the Leavenworths moved to the Santa Ynez Valley. He had always been active in the community and church, and this service continued when he retired. He served on the vestry at Saint Marks Episcopal Church, on the Board of the Dunn School and the Santa Ynez Hospital, and with the Prisoner Visitation Program at Lompoc's Federal Protection Institution.
Leavenworth is survived by his wife, Cynthia, his brother David, his three daughters, Cynthia Duncan, Laurie Frye, and Julie Leavenworth, and six grandchildren. A service honoring Donald Leavenworth will be held at St Mark's Episcopal Church in Los Olivos, Saturday July 24th at 11 AM. The family asks that in lieu of flowers contributions be sent to the Donald Leavenworth Scholarship Fund at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, California.
Loper Funeral Chapel Solvang, CA 805 688-6684


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