Obituaries

Friends, family mourn Joyce Jean Hauk here

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was heard Thursday, May 22, at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Joyce Jean Hauk, a Downey resident for 47 years, who died May 17 at Downey Community Hospital.

A native of Kansas City, Mo., she was a former resident of Huntington Park.

Survivors include her husband, Eugene (Gene) Hauk; sons Michael of Pittsberg, CA, Darrel of Laguna Niguel; a daughter, Lucylynn Wilson of Downey; a brother, William (Bill) Murray; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Bernadette Murray of Downey.

Burial was at Resurrection Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Friends, family mourn Myrtle Estelle Byrum, 82

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held May 20 at the Chapel of Memories in Norwalk for Myrtle Estelle Byrum, a resident of Downey for 47 years, who died May 14 in Whittier.

She was 82, and was preceded in death by her husband, Buford R. Byrum, Sr.

Survivors include her sons, Buford R. Byrum, Jr. of Downey, Gary Byrum of Kuwait City, Kuwait; a brother, William Delaney of Delight, Arizona; sisters Zelma Hendrix of Delight, Arizona, Tessie McWilliams of South Gate; sister-in-laws Hermie Thompson of Delight, Arizona, and Eloise Gosnell of Phoenix, Arizona.

Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. Arrangements were by the Chapel of Memories Funeral Home in Norwalk.


Services pending for Jean C. Muller, age 84

DOWNEY-Funeral services are pending for Jean C. Muller, a longtime Downey resident and former manager of engineering for Jervis B. Webb, who died May 21.

Born Oct. 26, 1922 in Beckley, West Virginia, he was 74.

He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1943, joined the Air Force, serving as a 1st Lieutenant and navigator on a B-24 until shot down. He was a POW until the end of World War II.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Irene; his daughter, Janet Manchester; his sons, Richard and Donald; five grandsons, Nathan, Jeffery, Eric, Justin and Christopher.


Kenneth Charles Lehman, builder, mourned here

DOWNEY-Kenneth Charles Lehman, a Downey resident for 42 years, died May 13 of natural causes.

He was a general building contractor for many years, building all the homes in which his family lived including the present one on Pico Vista Road.

He was born May 17, 1915 in Sayreville, New Jersey, and left school early to help his parents and siblings by working in his father's grocery store. He met Edith DeBow when she was shopping there, and they married two years later on Nov. 19, 1937. The entire family followed his parents to California in 1938. Their son, Karl, was born in 1942, and their daughter, Christine in 1947.

He worked at Arden Dairy for three years until joining his father as a general building contractor.

A proud man with a strong work ethic, he was active in the Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bellflower, where he built a Sunday School building and parsonage. Both he and his wife were active in church youth group activities.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Grant, Jack and Charles Lehman.

Survivors include his wife, Edith; a sister, Elva Johnson; a son, Karl and his wife, Ann Meierdierks; his daughter, Christine and her husband, Gerhardt Cherney; and two grandchildren, James Herman, Jr. and Sheya Meierdierks-Lehman.

Arrangements were by Whites Funeral Home.


Friends, family mourn Robert W. Clark at 78

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Sunday, May 18, at the chapel of the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary for Robert W. Clark, a resident of Downey for 13 years, who died at his residence May 14.

He was 78, born in Medina, Ohio, Jan. 2, 1919. He served in the U.S. Army for 21 years and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer-3 in 1964. He was a member of Downey Post No. 2325 VFW, and the stamp collector's society. He also worked as a Met-Life Insurance representative after his retirement, and was formerly of Lynwood.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne of Downey; sons Richard, Norman, John and Paul; daughters Joleanne, Nancy and Roberta; sisters Elizabeth and Helen; brother Charles; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars officiated. Committal service was Monday, May 19, at the Riverside National Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Irene Teleford Schambeck is mourned at age of 80

DOWNEY-Funeral services for Irene Teleford Schambeck, a resident of Downey since 1954, were held Thursday, May 22, at the Downey 3rd Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Born Dec. 11, 1916 in Ogden, Utah, she was 80, a homemaker for 64 years, and was active in the community serving as an Election Precinct Captain, PTA leader and a frequent Red Cross blood donor. An active member of the Downey 3rd Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she served as Relief Society President, Primary President and a Visiting Teacher.

She was a graduate of Belmont High School Class of 1934, was married Dec. 29, 1934 to Fred J. Schambeck. They later were sealed for time and eternity in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on June 20, 1951.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, who died in 1987.

Survivors include her son, Fred W. Schambeck of La Habra Heights; daughters Doris C. McArthur of Downey, Janis M. Johnson of Boulder City, Nevada, and Susan Zanarcik of Downey; a sister, Dolores McClure of Huntington Beach; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. Arrangements were by the Allen-English & Estrada Funeral Service of Bell Gardens.







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