Miscellaneous Downey, California Obituaries


Donald Lester Kerr services in Medford

MEDFORD, Oregon-Funeral services for Donald Lester Kerr, will be held today (Friday, Sept. 4) at 11 a.m. at the Phoenix Church of Christ in Medford, Oregon.

He was 73, born in Twisp, Washington July 30, 1925, and died in Medford Aug. 31.

He was a warehouseman for southwest Plywood and Lumber in Rancho Dominguez until his retirement in 1988. He was a member of the Phoenix Church of Christ, was a Boy Scout leader from 1968-1974, and was a volunteer for his church and access/community action agency.

He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and camping.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; a brother, Charlie Kerr; and an infant brother.

Survivors include his daughter, Jody Jaime of Downey; two sons, Paul Kerr of La Habra, Richard Kerr of Ontario, CA; three grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; two sisters, Roberta Kolos (his twin sister) of Susanville, and Bertha Thomas of Lynwood.

Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Medford.

Contributions are suggested to the Phoenix Church of Christ, 411c W. 1st St., Phoenix, OR 97535, or Access/Community Action Agency, 3630 Aviation Way, Medford, OR 97504.

Arrangements were by Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary in Medford.

Burial at Riverside for James Maurice Orndoff

SOUTH GATE-Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. today (Friday, Sept 4) at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside for James Maurice (Jim) Orndoff, a South Gate resident and an engine lathe machinist with Veric Industries for 30 years.

He was born Oct. 25, 1925 in Metz, West Virgina, and died Aug. 31 at his South Gate home. He was a veteran of World War II and received many meritorious citations while serving with the U.S. Marines in the Pacific.

Survivors include his children, John D., James S., Michael W., Steven M., and Linda K.; and eight grandchildren.

He will be buried next to his wife, Betty Jo, who died in 1985.

Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Friends, family mourn Elizabeth Alcock, 101

SOUTH GATE-Funeral services were held Aug. 31 at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel in Downey for Elizabeth Alcock, a resident of South Gate, who died Aug. 26 at the age of 101.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Edith Pedersen; granddaughters Janet Beck and Terry Parks; great-grandchildren Jennifer, Rick, Sean, and Wendy; and great-great-grandson Tyler.

The Rev. Mel Moore officiated. Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements are by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Friends, family mourn Edna Cornell Cavette

LYNWOOD-Graveside services were held Aug. 30 at Olive Lawn Memorial Park for Edna Cornell Cavette, a resident of Lynwood and a former employee for 13 years of the Downey Unified School District.

She was 65, born in California Sept. 21, 1933, and died at her home Aug. 25.

Survivors include her beloved cat, "Betsy Ann,"; her son, Greg; a daughter-in-law, Lillian; grandson Scott; and many loving friends.

Pastor Harold Pierce officiated. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

June K. Blakeney, longtime Hoag employee

DOWNEY-June K. Blakeney, a longtime employee of the Hoag Company, died Aug. 10.

She joined the Hoag Company in 1978 and since that time had been a company bookkeeper dealing with property owners, clients, and managers on a daily basis.

She was respected by all those who knew and worked with her over the years. Her pride in a job well done, her attention to detail and her own special brand of humor will be greatly missed, said spokesmen for the management and employees of the Hoag Property Management, Inc.

Robert Bob Hartman remembered at age of 83

DOWNEY-Funeral services for Robert Bob Hartman, a retired former employee of Jack Stephan Plumbing and a three year resident of Aliso Viejo, were held Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel in Downey.

He was 83, born in New York, and died Aug. 29 in Norwalk.

He was a member of the Masonic Fraternity for 49 years.

Survivors include many family members and friends.

Masonic Lodge 220 officiated. Burial followed at Inglewood Park Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Memorial open house honors Bob Schlatter

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA-A memorial open house was held at the Santa Margarita home of Rick and Kim Akasaka Thursday, Sept. 25, for former longtime football coach and beloved teacher Bob Schlatter, who died Sept. 16.

He was 71 and died in Buena Park.

He was head football coach at Warren for 10 years. Several players from his teams in the late 1960s and early 1970s had scholarship offers, and at least two played in the NFL.

He spent the last 20 years before his retirement as a counselor at Downey High School.

At his retirement in 1991 he had served a total of 38 years at Griffiths, Warren and Downey.

He was a true character who always had a joke and a smile to greet the teachers on their morning arrival at the front counter at Downey.

Survivors include his wife, Mickey; four daughters and several grandchildren.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, that friends may donate to Bob's favorite charity, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 17500 Red Hill Ave., Irvine, CA "In memory of Bob Schlatter."

Memorial service for Bill Zacker Sunday

DOWNEY-Memorial services for William J. (Bill) Zacker, Jr., a longtime friend of the Downey YMCA and the owner and operator of Downey Plumbing & Heating for 47 years, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 28, at the Candlewood Country Club, 14000 Telegraph Road, Whittier.

Born Sept. 25, 1931 in Los Angeles, he died Sept. 11, 1997 in La Quinta, California.

He was active in the Downey YMCA (a member of the Board of Directors), the Downey Community Hospital Memorial Trust Foundation, Downey National Bank (on the Board of Directors), was a founder of the Downey Los Amigos Kiwanis Club, was active in the Boy Scouts of America, the Masonic Lodge, and was a member of the PHCC Association.

He was honored at the 1993 DCH Charter Ball for his community service, and received the "Good Scout of the Year" award from the Los Angeles Council Boy Scouts of America Frontier District in 1991.

His awesome contributions to the Downey Family YMCA included founding and chairing the YMCA Golf Tournament for 20 years, along with Bob Earl. In 1981, he was inducted into the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles' Golden Book of Distinguished Service, the highest honor the YMCA awards a volunteer.

He was preceded in death by mother Rachel Fresecas; and daughters Lynn Mitchell and Gwen Zacker.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia A. Zacker of La Quinta; his father, William J. Zacker, Sr.; a sister, Linda Loney of Atascadero; daughters Pamela Harris of Menefee, Vicki Jeffries of La Quinta, Michelle Bolks of La Mirada; a son, William J. Zacker III of Huntington Beach; 13 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested contributions in his name to the Downey Family YMCA, the National Brain Tumor Association, 785 Market St., Suite 1600, San Francisco, CA 94103, or to the Downey Community Hospital Memorial Trust Fund.

Rev. John Toay will officiate.

Friends, family mourn Doris Ruth Lo Bue here

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass will be heard today (Friday, Sept. 26) at 9 a.m. at St. Raymond's Catholic Church here for Doris Ruth Lo Bue, a resident of Downey for 22 years.

Born in Los Angeles Oct. 12, 1923, she was a former resident of South Gate, and died at her home Sept. 23.

Survivors include her husband, Mario Lo Bue; her daughters, Kathy Gelbard of Huntington Beach, Theresa Lo Bue of Seal Beach; her sons, Larry Lo Bue of Thornton, Colorado, Joe Lo Bue of Concord, Paul Lo Bue of Seal Beach; 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Francis A. (Bud) Matson to be remembered

DOWNEY-Memorial services will be held tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 27) at 2 p.m. at the Downey Zrelak Mortuary Chapel for Francis A. (Bud) Matson, a resident of Downey since 1952, and a former machinist for 20 years for the High Shear Corporation.

He was 87, born in Marshall Town, Iowa, Feb. 7, 1910, and died in Whittier Presbyterian Hospital Sept. 23.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Matson of Downey; brothers Robert of Chico, and Leslie Matson, Jr. of Roseburg, Oregon.

Pastor John E. Scarr of the Landmark Community Church will officiate. Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Helen Brenier mourned by many at age of 86

PASO ROBLES-A Memorial Mass was heard Sept. 16 at St. Rose's Catholic Church in Paso Robles for Helen Brenier, 86 a native of Downey, who died Sept. 12.

She lived in Downey for 77 years before moving to Paso Robles in 1989.

She was born March 12, 1912 in Downey, and as a young girl worked on her father's ranch with her sister, Alice. After graduating from Downey High School, she packed oranges, and later worked in an aircraft factory during World War II.

She married Frank Brenier on Feb. 21, 1944. Together they owned a hobby shop on Third Street, and later operated Belvedere Liquor Store for more than 20 years, which was formerly located at Paramount Blvd and Florence Ave.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Frank of Paso Robles; a son, Lawrence of Paso Robles; daughters Mary of Downey, Therese and her husband Mike Olivero of Templeton; four grandchildren, Kerry of Anaheim; Maria of Paso Robles, Matthew of Sacramento, Gina of Paso Robles; a great-grandson, Jaylon of Paso Robles; and a sister, Alice Ware of Downey.

Mary Ann Kretschmer remembered by many

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel in Downey for Mary Ann Kretschmer, who died peacefully at her home Sept. 17. She was age 69, born Aug. 6, 1930 in Harlan, Iowa.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Edward; her children, Gayle (Mike), Terry (Bill), Edward Jr. (Joann), Laurie (Carl); and nine grandchildren.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, with a positive attitude that inspired everyone who knew her.

Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Friends, family mourn Joseph Aaron Davis

DOWNEY-Joseph Aaron Davis, a former member of the Board of the Downey Unified School District and a Downey resident for more than 50 years, died Sept. 1 at his daughter's home.

He was born March 24, 1910 in Denison, Texas, to parents Maude Ruby Glover and Marion Phillips. His mother later married Roy Grady Davis who raised Joe as his own son.

During a serious childhood illness, he was visited by members of a local Boy Scout troop who read to him. He developed a love for reading and scouting that led him to achieve Eagle Scout rank.

During the hard times of the Depression he was forced to leave school to help support the family. He left Texas and "rode the rails" to California, living in Los Angeles at the YMCA and supporting himself wherever he could (frequently working as a movie extra). He became involved in the aircraft industry, took a job with Aerojet, and settled in Downey.

During World War II he grew an award-winning Victory Garden, and continued his interest in gardening for the rest of his life.

He was also an avid photographer, particularly fond of portrait work. It was this that caused him to meet his wife, Aleta June Phillips. They were wed April 16, 1954. They raised three daughters in Downey, Lisa, Jill and Gina, each of whom attended Downey schools. The family was very active in the Children's Theater.

He was committed to education all his life, attaining a GED, a Time and Motion Study certificate from Cal Tech, and an AA degree in business from Cerritos College.

He was also a physical fitness enthusiast, was interested in political issues, writing and music.

Survivors include his wife, Aleta Davis; daughters Lisa Mothersbaugh, Jill Bisegger and Gina Davis-Wurzler; sons-in-law Jim Mothersbaugh, David Bisegger and Charley Wurzler; grandchildren Jacob and Rachel Mothers-baugh, David Bisegger and Davis Wurzler; brother-in-law Frederick Phillips; and cousins Hazel Brink Owens and William Brink.

The family suggests contributions to Zero Population Growth in his memory.

Friends, family remember Edith Margaret Lombard

DOWNEY-A Memorial Mass will be heard Saturday, Sept. 20, at 9 a.m. at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Edith Margaret Lombard, a resident of Downey for 28 years and a former price communication manager for the Fluor Corp., for 31 years.

She was born Sept. 29, 1912 in Covington, Kentucky, was 84, and died at her Downey home Aug. 15. A former resident of Cudahy, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, in 1967.

Survivors include her son, Eugene Lombard of Mountain Center, California; sisters Ruth Jules and Dorothy Reese of Downey, Betty DeAtley of Scottsdale, Arizona; a brother, Bill Brodet of Porterville; and one grandson.

Monsignor Robert Gipson, will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak family Mortuary.

Alice Hankins Priest mourned at age of 79

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass will be heard today, Friday, Sept. 19, at 11 a.m. at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Alice Hankins Priest, a resident of South Gate since 1973 and a former resident of Downey, who died at Specialty Hospital of Southern California Sept. 13.

She was born in Denton, Texas, Oct. 11, 1917 and was 79, the youngest of 11 children.

She was preceded in death by her son, James Joseph Priest in 1957.

Survivors include her husband, Vern A. Priest of South Gate; a son, Robert A. Priest of Mt. Baldy; a brother, Pierce Hankins of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and a sister, Ruby Betts of Wilton, California.

Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Donations in her memory are suggested to the Mother Teresa Missionary Sisters of Charity, 10950 California Ave., Lynwood, CA 90262.

Services held Sunday for William Carlyle Cole

DOWNEY-A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel for William Carlyle Cole, a longtime local resident and a retired employee of Livingston & Graham Cement Co.

Born in Missouri, he was 81 and died Sept. 12 in Long Beach.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Downey United 220 Scottish/Rite.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Cole.

The Masons will officiate. Arrangements are by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

George G. Pagaduan services set tomorrow

DOWNEY-Private Memorial Services for George G. Pagaduan, are set for 1 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 20, at his daughter's home in Downey.

He lived with his daughter, Gloria Pasmant of Downey, was age 91, born in the Llocos Norte, The Philippines on Dec. 12, 1905, and died at home Sept. 14. He was a retired Rockwell employee, and a 13 year resident of Downey.

He came to America at the age of 18, arriving in Seattle, and traveled all over the U.S., finally settling in California.

He joined the Jehovah Witness ministry in 1950, and was a member of the Santa Fe Springs Congregation.

He was preceded in death by his son, David Pagaduan in 1981.

Survivors include daughter Carmen P. Hemulgada of San Diego, her husband Benjamin, and their children, Ben Jr., and Melinda; daughter Gloria Pasmant of Downey, her husband, Andrew, and their six children, Andrew Jr., Leianna, David, Marie, Michael, and Angelina; a sister, Trifina Castellano of the Philippines; a niece, Thelma Llvares of San Diego; a nephew, Dave O. Pagaduan of Jacksonville, Florida, and many other nieces and nephews.

Steve Delgado will officiate.

Arrangements are by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey. Burial will be in Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach.

Mary Ann Shull dead at age 77 in Downey

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was heard Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Mary Ann Shull, a resident of Downey for 45 years, and an employee of various medical institutions for 50 years.

She was 77, born in Oakland, and died Sept. 11 in the USC/Norris Cancer Hospital.

She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, the National Registry of Medical Secretaries, and the Republican Women's Club of Downey.

Survivors include her husband, Robert W. Shull; sister-in-law Ruth Rollins; brother-in-law Bill Rollins; four nieces and nephews, and 14 grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Father John Moloney officiated.

Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier.

Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Funeral Mass held for Jess Hernandez at 79

PICO RIVERA-A Funeral Mass was heard Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Jess Hernandez, a 27-year resident of Pico Rivera and a former self-employed barber in La Habra for many years.

He was born in Ventura and died Sept. 10 at the Hospice of Inter-Health at the age of 79.

He served in the Marine Corps in World War II, and was a past Grand Knight of Norwalk Council 3678 Knights of Columbus, and a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Maria Elena Hernandez; his children, Thomas J. Hernandez of Fullerton, Stephen J. Hernandez of Las Vegas, Maria Elena Maley and Lorrie Almanza of Whittier, and Rose Marie Esclenta of Santa Ana; brothers Ruben Hernandez of Minnesota and Dan Hernandez of Tucson, Arizona; a sister, Rachael Torres of Santa Barbara; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pastor John Moloney officiated. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Friends, family mourn Arvin 'Mac' McCauley

DOWNEY-Arvin "Mac" McCauley, a longtime Downey resident and a noted air historian, died Sept. 4.

He was born Jan. 17, 1923 in Anaheim, graduated from Downey Senior High School and enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942. He completed both cadet pilot training and gunnery school. His war experiences included five missions to the Ploisti Oil Fields, and the first Russian shuttle mission in June of 1944.

After the war he became a member of the Millwright Local 1607, and was later employed as a sales and field engineer with Standard Conveyor Co.

Following a heart attack in 1976, he retired and became active in recounting the history of the air war. He joined the B-17 Combat Crewmen & Wingmen organization and was editor of their monthly publication for 19 years, in addition to serving as chief officer for eight years. He was an active board member with the 97th Bomb Group and recently served as Second Vice President. As a member of the 97th Bomb Group he was currently involved in the restoration of a B-17 and the 15th Air Force Memorial Wall at March Field Museum in Riverside.

His other affiliations include the Downey Elks Lodge; the Downey Historical Society; the Vultee Club; and the John Birch Society.

He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Douglas Scott McCauley.

Survivors include his son, Gerald McCauley of Arcadia; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Randy Wallis of Bellevue, Washington; grandsons Scott and Doug Wallis; and a sister and brother-in-law, Nadine and Don Fishbeck of El Segundo.

Donations are suggested to the March Field Museum in Riverside.

Memorial gathering for Charles C. Ettien, 88

DOWNEY-A memorial gathering was held at the family home in Downey for Charles C. Ettien, a Downey resident for 57 years, who died Aug. 26 at the age of 88.

A man of many talents and interests, he worked as a cowhand in his youth in Montana, and later became an operating engineer. He became involved in many California water projects and in the construction of Mare Island in the Bay Area.

He and his wife, Frances, purchased their home in Downey in 1941. He worked as a shipfitter for Bethlehem Steel and served as an air raid warden in World War II. After the war he became a painting and decorating contractor, owning and operating a paint and wallpaper store with his wife in Downey.

Retiring from contracting, he became the chief maintenance engineer for Lincoln Hospital in Los Angeles. He began a new career as a locksmith at age 70, retiring finally at the age of 85.

He loved bowling, and was an avid target shooter (even loading his own shells), and loved "muscle cars." He raced a 1954 Ford pickup with a full-blown Chrysler engine at drag strips in the 1950s. His last "muscle car" was a 1966 Dodge Charger equipped with a 426 hemi engine.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, in 1992.

Survivors include children Charles Norris Ettien, Joyce Fanning, Evelyn Rogers, Shirley Martinez, and Frances Larson; son-in-law Keith Rogers; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and sisters Peggy, and Dorothy.

Special thanks is extended by the family to Randy and Vicki Davis, whose kindness and caring were a comfort for their elderly neighbor.

Burial was beside Frances in All Souls Memorial Park in Long Beach.

George W. Loos, Sr. mourned in Downey

DOWNEY-Memorial services for George W. Loos, Sr., a longtime Downey resident, who died Sept. 16 here, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Rose Hills Memorial Park.

He was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, May 13, 1931.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Loos; children Toby Mitton of West Virginia, Carla Wharton of Kentucky, Roberta Loos of West Virginia, George Loos, Jr. of West Virginia, Darla and Bob Wegener of Salinas, Michael Hefner of Ohio, Karen and Steve Goldsholl of Downey; grandchildren Jimmy Sample, Shelley Sample, Chris Wharton, Erik Wharton, Ryan Loos, Alex Wegener, Ashley Goldsholl, Seth Goldsholl and Brook Goldsholl; great-grandchildren Morgan Sample, five others; a sister; two brothers; nieces, nephews and friends.