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Friends, family mourn Dick Raabe at age 88

DOWNEY-Richard E. Raabe Jr., a former longtime resident and community leader in Downey, died at 88 following heart surgery.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois, April 28, 1910 and died Dec. 9.

He was the owner of Emergency Engine Service on Phlox Street for many years where he manufactured quarter midget race cars and van style ambulances.

He was involved in many community activities including the designing and building of the frame and engine for several Downey rose floats.

He was a member of the Downey Elks Lodge 2020, the Downey Masonic Lodge, the Al Malaikah Shrine, the Downey Rose Float Association, past president of the Downey Optimists, and past president of the Downey Shrine Club. His hobbies included the restoration of a 1920 Model T Ford touring car and the design and machining of his own steam engine. He was a member of the Los Angeles Live Steamer Club at Travel Town in Griffith Park.

He moved to Lake Park La Mirada about 20 years ago. His signature red custom Chevy pickup truck is now in Tulsa with his son, Chuck.

Survivors include his wife, Carol; his brother, Harry of Victorville; his son Rick of Downey; daughter Jan Youngquist of Yorba Linda; son Chuck of Tulsa; daughter Ginger Maron of Seattle; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.

There were no services.

Maria Allemant de Salinas is mourned at age of 97

SOUTH GATE-A Funeral Mass was heard Wednesday, Dec. 30, at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Maria Antonieta Allemant de Salinas, resident of South Gate for six years, who died Dec. 26 in Downey Community Hospital.

She was 97, born Jan. 22, 1901 in Lima, Peru.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar, in 1950.

Survivors include her sons, Oscar and Santiago Salinas of Peru; daughters Esperanza Rodriguez of Peru and Olga Salinas and Nelly Pino of South Gate; and numerous grand and great-grandchildren.

Burial followed at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Funeral services held for David A. Berggren

DOWNEY-Funeral services for David A. Berggren, a Downey resident for 40 years, were held Dec. 18 at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier.

Born in Chicago, Illinois Feb. 22, 1932, he died at his home Dec. 14.

Survivors include his wife, Dianne Berggren; his daughter, Laura Bruce of Downey; stepsons Christopher and Steven Coday; six grandchildren; and two sisters.

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