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Gone But Not Forgotten

Alex Thompson

Alex M. Thompson (89) formerly of Indio, California passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 14, 2019 in Palm Desert. Alex graduated from Coachella Valley High School in 1948 where he played all league forward on the basketball team and quarterback for the Arab football squad, the team that in 1947, won the Valley League Championship.

William Collins

Rancho Mirage – William James Collins passed away on September 3rd 2019 at the age of 96 at his home in Rancho Mirage, Ca. Bill was born in Roscoe PA. on October 1, 1922, where he grew up with 3 sisters and one adopted brother. After graduating from High School, he enrolled in Penn State University. His college years were interrupted in 1943 when the Army called on him to serve. Bill was sent to Europe where he served under General George Patton an earned 2 Purple Hearts.

Kelly McPeters

Col Kelly McPeters was born October 14, 1957 to James H. McPeters and Ellen Avery McPeters in Landstuhl, Germany. Kelly completed his mission on Earth on March 13, 2019 of a severe hemorrhagic stroke, suffered the previous Sunday. As an Air Force brat, he relocated several times in his childhood, to include Travis Air Force Base, California; Offutt Air Force base, Nebraska; and London, England. His father’s twilight tour, the one just before his retirement was at March Air Force Base, where his father had met his mother, a Riverside girl.

Dana Collins

Dana Ray Collins passed away on 8-31-2019, in Oakland, California. Dana was born in Riverside, California where he attended, Elementary School, Junior High and High School, graduating in 1970. He served his country in the United States Army, receiving an honorable discharge. Dana was preceded in death by his parents Jesse and Clarice Collins. He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife, Nyna; daughters, LaTasha, Jessica, Dana, Brittany and Marquita; sons Joe, Christopher and Brandon; siblings, Sandra Collins-Bland, Jesse (Teddy) Collins, Jr., Diann Collins-Davis, Joany Collins-Thomas and Vanessa Palmer; grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. Dana loved the Lord and his Mama.

Edward Difani

EDWARD ANDREW DIFANI 96, born in Riverside, Ca, and a 19 year resident of Palm Desert, passed away after a fall at Magnolia Grand Assisted Living in Riverside on 9/3/2019. He worked in the wholesale lumber business and yacht sales, and served in the US Army & Merchant Marines (PFC). Andrew graduated Riverside Poly High School and Cal State Davis (1941), and was an avid supporter of Alcoholic’s Anonymous. He was a loquacious, argumentative and cantankerous World War II veteran. He had a passionate love for his dog "Gretchen" and had a wonderful personality that made his lineage proud. Survived by his daughter, Deborah Lentz; sons, Andrew & Robert Difani; brother, Steven Difani; 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and caregivers, Annie & R.C.

Harry Fletcher

Fondly known throughout his military career as "Stretch Fletch", he was married 58 years to Lorraine Booth who predeceased him in Dec. 2012. He is survived by his son Stan (Debra), daughter Susan (Gary) and his grandaughter Allison (Stan/Debra). Born in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Harry joined the Air Force in 1953 and entered Pilot Training School. He would go on to fly 20 years, piloting more than 10 different aircraft from trainers to bombers. He served in Vietnam, earned the rank of Lt. Col. and retired in 1982. 

Douglas Carlson

Douglas L. Carlson, age 71, a long-time resident of San Diego and Temecula, CA, passed away on August 14, 2019, from many health issues. Doug was a strong man of faith, an avid world traveler, and a Vietnam veteran who was proud of his service to his country. 

William Holby

Bradford – William G. "Bill" Holby, 97, passed away August 23, 2019 at Penacook Place in Haverhill.

"At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all." Phil. 2:10-11

James Mangan

James A. "Jim" Mangan, 84, of Indian Wells, Ca and Freeport, Il. Died Thursday July 18, 2019 in Veterans Hospital, Madison, Wi. He was born July 5, 1935 in DeWitt, Iowa the son of Tibertus J. and Mary (Cleary) Mangan. Jim was a United States Army Veteran, serving in Korea. He married Darlene R. Olson on October 3, 1959 in Loves Park Illinois.

James Byrnes

James passed away on August 25, 2019 at the age of 83. He was born in Illinois on January 20, 1936 to Lavergne and Lucille Byrnes. He resided in Princeville Illinois. After high school he attended college until he enlisted in the Air Force. While serving, he met his wife Mary Jane Koenig and together they raised three children James T, Theresa and Susan. They have eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He was thrilled to have a large thriving family. His favorite pastime was catching a Cubs game, watching the Lakers, and loved his Dallas Cowboys. He served 20 years and retired as a MSGT and continued to work for USPS up until his full retirement. 

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