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Marvin J. Babbidge mourned at age of 85

DOWNEY-Cremation and burial was at Riverside National Cemetery for Marvin J. Babbidge, a UCLA graduate and Pacific Bell executive, and a 60 year Downey resident who died Feb. 2 at the Southland Lutheran Home.

He was 85, born in Fort Dodge, Iowa Jan. 10, 1914.

Babbidge was a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army HTQ serving during World War II. He was also a past Commander of the American Legion Downey Post 270; a member of the Past Commander's Club, greater Los Angeles Navy League, 40 & 8 Voiture 1262; and was a Phi Beta Kappa and belonged to the Theta Chi Fraternity at UCLA. He was a lifetime member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, AARP No. 262, the Squires Club, Challengers Fisherman's Club, Coachella Valley Pheasant Club, Duck's U. Unlimited, and many other organizations.

Survivors include his wife, Rosalie; a son, John; a brother, Robert; a sister, Arlee; three stepchildren and six grandchildren.

Friends, family mourn Aurelia G. Oropeza

DOWNEY-A Mass of Christian Burial was heard at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Aurelia G. Oropeza, a Downey resident for more than 23 years, who died at her home Feb. 3.

She was a member of Saint Raymond's Catholic Church and was a homemaker and devoted mother.

Survivors include her children, Cira Garces, Ignacio Oropeza and Veronica Sanchez; 18 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Laura Gonzalez; daughters-in-law Laura, Eloise and Maria Oropeza.

She was preceded in death by four children, two of whom died as infants and two as adults.

A rosary was also heard at St. Raymond's. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Orange. Arrangements were by White's Funeral Home in Bellflower.

Memorial services set for Alison Hertz Loza

DOWNEY-Memorial services will be held tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 13) at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Downey, 8348 Third St. for Alison Hertz Loza, who died Jan. 29 in Penn Valley, California.

She was 65, born Aug. 20, 1933 in Whittier, and lived most of her life in Downey after graduating from Downey High School.

Survivors include her husband, Stan; three children, Patrick, Johanna and Jeanita; and eight grandchildren; as well as her childhood best friend, Jeanita LaVigne.

Lt. Col. Robert L. Fisher Mass heard on Friday

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was heard Feb. 5 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Lt. Col. Robert Lee Fisher, Ret., who died in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Feb. 2.

He was 77, born in Downey Feb. 21, 1921, and served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot flying many types of aircraft for 21 years before retirement in 1962.

He was a member of the Retired Officers Association.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara in 1995, and his son, Lawrence in 1961.

Survivors include his son, Duncan A. Fisher of Colorado Springs, Colorado; daughter Victoria Fisher of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; stepson Peter D. Noyes of London, England; and five grandchildren.

Pastor Rev. John Moloney officiated. Burial followed in Queen of Heaven Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

James Yoshio Murata funeral held last Saturday

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 6, at Rose Hills Sky-Rose Chapel in Whittier for James Yoshio Murata, a longtime Downey resident who died Jan. 29 in Chapman Medical Center in Orange County.

He was 50, born in El Monte.

He was the son of the deceased Kenji and Hatsuye Murata.

The Murata family was forced off their land shortly after the outbreak of World War II, and avoided internment by voluntarily relocating to Utah in 1942.

They resumed strawberry farming in Downey near the San Gabriel River after the war, but were forced off a portion of their land to make way for a freeway in the mid-1950s. After a three-year legal battle they agreed to swap their 55 acres for 17 acres to make way for the 605 Freeway.

In 1991 they again faced the threat of eminent domain to make way for city redevelopment plans for an auto mall. The City decided to drop its plan to file eminent domain proceedings and worked out an agreement after the family obtained an attorney and threatened suit.

Survivors include his brothers, Henry (Yoko) and Thomas (Kazuko) Murata; a sister, Kiyoko (Gary) Chew; and many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Arrangements were by the Fukui Mortuary.

Graveside services held for William 'Art' Carr

DOWNEY-Graveside services were held Wednesday, Feb. 10 at the Downey District Cemetery for William "Art" Carr, a retired chemical engineer for North American Rockwell, and a 40 year Downey resident, who died Feb. 5.

He was 82, born in Ohio, was a member of the Downey Amateur Radio Club, and was educated at USC and the University of Wisconsin, with a master's degree in chemistry and engineering.

Survivors include his daughters, Judy Fry and Debbie Tannenbaum; his son, Steve Carr; a sister, Dorothy Bernhardt; grandchildren Michael, Daniel and Andrew; nieces and nephews Bruce, Daniel and Naomi Tenen.

Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

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