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Military burial for George Douglas Roese

DOWNEY-A military burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Riverside for George Douglas Roese, who drowned while swimming April 17 in Cancun, Mexico.

Visitation will be today (Friday, April 23) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Miller-Mies Mortuary. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at Downey Memorial Christian Church, 8441 Florence Ave.

He was 57, born in St. Louis, Mo. Dec. 6, 1941.

When his father was called to military service the family moved to Huntington Park. He attended schools there, as well as the Mt. Lowe Military Academy in Altadena. The family moved to South Gate, where he attended South Gate High School, and later USC.

He joined the U.S. Marines and served from 1959 to 1963. He later drove trucks delivering groceries, and belonged to the Teamsters Union.

Survivors include his mother, Marian Rose Steinke, his stepfather, Stanley Steinke; a sister Sheri Roese; a nephew, Peter Realmuto; an aunt, Joan Marks; and many relatives in Florida.

He was an excellent swimmer and diver, and taught those nine months to 90 years to swim. A dolphin was his ad logo. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Friends, family grieve for Melvin Laverne Breman

DOWNEY-Services were held Tuesday, April 20, at the Rose Hills Memorial Park Hillside Chapel in Whittier for Melvin Laverne Breman, a 49-year Downey resident, who died April 16 here.

He was 83, born in New York March 30, 1916.

Survivors include his daughter, Lucille Davis; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; also survived by two sisters, and a brother, all living on the east coast.

Arrangements were by Rose Hills Mortuary.

William Bencomo Fierro mourned at age of 66

DOWNEY-Services were held Friday, April 16, at St. Pius Church for William Bencomo Fierro, a Downey resident and a former employee of AT & T, who died at his home.

He was 66, born April 20, 1932 at Avalon, Catalina Island.

He was a member of St. Pius Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Irma Fierro; his son, Denis Fierro of Garden Grove; his daughter, Kathryn Molina of Downey; a daughter-in-law; four grandchildren and a son-in-law.

Father McHugh officiated. Burial followed at Resurrection Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.