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Gone But Not Forgotten

Arthur Ortega Jr.

April 15, 1950 – January 8, 2023 Arthur Ortega Jr., who also went by Arty, was 72 years old and resided In Pomona, CA. Arty went to heaven on January 8, 2023 at 4:55 a.m. Arty was born April 15, 1950. He graduated from Garey High School in 1968. He then served in the United States Navy for 4 years, 8/19/1968 – 9/14/1971. He became a Dev. Engineer for the aerospace industry and was proud of all of his accomplishments. Arty enjoyed playing baseball and winning tournaments, as well as camping and fishing and loved traveling. He enjoyed hanging out with his friends and loved ones and playing bowling on his Wii. Arty belonged to several organizations: the VFW, American Legion and the Eagles. He is survived by his wife Susie Ortega and his two big families who loved him dearly.

Clayton Francis Farrell

CLAYTON FRANCIS FARRELL (RETIRED USAF MSGT) Clayton Francis Farrell, 94, of Highland, California, passed away on December 30, 2022 after living a very full life. Clayton was born in Nova Scotia, Canada and enjoyed many summer visits there after his final retirement as shop supervisor for the San Bernardino County Housing Authority. Clayton was predeceased by his loving wife of 62 years Mary (Fennelly) Farrell. He is survived by three daughters, Janice (Douglas) Jackson of Georgia, Lori (Farrell) Fischer and husband Steven of N. Carolina and Shawna (Farrell) Paramo and husband Keith of Redlands, CA. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Jill & Logan Garner and husband Jason of Georgia and Jacob Kornrumpf of Highland, CA (his devoted caretaker), one sister Eileen Haynes of Guysborough, N. Scotia as well as many beloved nieces and nephews, relatives and dear friends. Clay and Mary traveled the world while in the USAF, making many lifelong friends along the way. Clay had letters upon letters of recommendation for being the man who could get the job done and was highly sought after for his leadership skills. He was also known as a charming man having sparkling blue eyes, an avid story teller, loyal to his heritage, his family, and his friends, and one who would always offer a meal or something to drink to passersby. Over his many years he enjoyed cameras, dancing, playing cards, watching hockey, playing the guitar, talking on his ham radio and tinkering on his trucks, but hands down the two passions of his life were his annual hunting trips with his two best buddies John and Byron and his cats Kaileigh and Mr. Gray.

Antonio Rodriguez

November 16, 1931 – January 2, 2023 Tony was born November 16, 1931 and entered eternal rest January 2, 2023. Army Sergeant Antonio Rodriguez served in the Korean War. He reenlisted in 1953 and was stationed in Germany for 2 years. He was a very proud Korean War Veteran. After he left the service he worked at Kaiser Steel for 30 years. Tony enjoyed traveling with his wife. They took many trips to Europe and toured the United States. His hobbies included camping, fishing, bowling, and going to the casino. He also enjoyed going to Las Vegas. Tony is survived by Dolores, his wife of 69 years, daughter Rebecca, son-in-law Tim, daughter Eva (Jim), son Tony (Lisa), 8 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughter Stella.

Earl E. White

June 20, 1944 – July 15, 2022 RIVERSIDE Earl Eugene White went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 15, 2022. Earl, called “Buddy” by those who knew him since childhood, died unexpectedly at home. He was 78. Earl was born on June 20, 1944, in the small town of Wilmington, in Southwestern Ohio. When he was nine, he moved with his mother to Tampa, Florida. After living in a boarding house owned by his grandmother, he grew up in public housing. He was the oldest of four children and the only boy. His mother and grandmother were the stable influences in his life and loved him unconditionally. His grandmother helped raise him, teaching him how to read and fish. Both his mother and grandmother taught him the importance of working hard. He had an afternoon paper route on his bicycle. Later, he worked after school and on weekends at an open-air fruit stand. After graduating from Jefferson High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army for three years. He earned the prestigious Soldier of the Month award for his company, was a paratrooper with 36 jumps, and served with the elite 187th Airborne “Rakkasans” Reconnaissance Combat team, which later became a part of the 1st Air Cavalry Division. While he was in the Army, his mother and stepfather moved to Gainesville, Florida. He was offered a promotion if he would re-enlist, but he chose instead to join the Gainesville Police Department. He was a patrol officer and a community relations officer and, by age 23, bought a home and reached what many considered middle-class respectability. In 1968, at University Baptist Church, he made a profession of faith in Jesus. He taught children’s Sunday School and volunteered with Heritage Christian School. The first in his direct family line to receive a higher education, he studied at Santa Fe Junior College, did a semester at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, and returned to Gainesville to complete his bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Florida. In 1972, he graduated as a proud Florida Gator with high honors and membership in the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. At first, he worked in public relations for the Florida Farm Bureau, where he got to travel to every county in the state. After three years, he became an insurance agent. He was named Rookie Agent of the Year and won trips to Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, and the Cayman Islands. Starting in 1976, he lived on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, where he enjoyed fishing and selling insurance for Farm Bureau and then Nationwide and volunteering with The Gideons International. In 1985, he returned to Gainesville, where he sold insurance for Allstate and then State Farm and volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House, the House of Hope, and the American Cancer Society. He remained in Gainesville until his mother died in 2006. The next year, he moved to California to be near his children. Always up for adventure, he took a cross-country road trip with his daughter to relocate to Long Beach. He worked in insurance until he retired and settled in Riverside. In 2008, he suffered a minor stroke and stopped driving on freeways. But he still liked traveling, including sight-seeing in San Francisco and the Giant Sequoias and visiting family in Florida and South Carolina. He regularly read the newspaper and drank coffee with friends at Starbucks, Subway, and Yum Yum Donuts, all on Riverside’s Arlington Avenue. And he had fun playing with his grandchildren. He is survived by his children, Chip (Becky) of Greer, South Carolina, Ginger of Long Beach, California, and Jon (Jen) of La Verne, California; grandchildren, Caleb and Olivia White, and Ellie White; two sisters, Patty Sue Trout Ludwick of Hillsboro, Ohio, and Doris Jean Wilks of Gainesville, Florida; and an aunt, Maude Alice Whitfield (Harold) of Spring Hill, Florida. He was predeceased by his grandmother, Ellen Holcomb; mother and stepfather, Jean and Howard Walker; and a sister, Mary Lou Trout.

Myron Moreno

Myron “Libby” Gilbert Moreno went home to Jesus on December 16, 2022, at the age of 72. Libby was born to Gilbert and Jesse Moreno on September 15, 1950, in Upland, California. He was raised in Chino, CA, and graduated from Chino High School in 1969. Libby joined the US Navy and served in the Vietnam war aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) 70′-72′. He worked and retired from the state of California Youth Authority (YTS) as an auto body and paint instructor. Libby served in the Bill Glass Prison Ministries and prominent roles in his church, In addition to being a loving husband and dedicated father, Libby was known for the love he had for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, a huge fan of the LA Dodgers and LA Rams, his comical jokes that always had someone laughing, spending time with his grandchildren, and a heart that reflected Christ’s love for one another. Libby is survived by his wife Linda Moreno, daughter Ana Moreno, and his sons Jordan (Andrya) Bodnar, Nathan (Veronica) Bodnar, and Brian Bodnar. His 15 grandchildren, siblings Stella (Vincent) Duran (Chino) and Delores (Bob) Pereida (Sacramento), and numerous nieces and nephews. Libby was preceded in death by his parents Gilbert & Jesse Moreno, brothers Gilbert Jr. and Tony Moreno, and first wife Betty Schadt.

Jesse Leroy Mendoza

10/10/1944 – 01/05/2023 Jesse Leroy Mendoza (aka Jesse J. Wilde), age 78, died January 5, 2023 in Ontario, California. He was preceded in death by his father Jesse A. Mendoza and his mother Lupe Mendoza. He is survived by his daughter Leslie Green and son-in-law Brian Green, his grandchildren Sarah Vieweg (husband Gavin Vieweg), Julia Green and Jack Green, his sister Mary Mendoza, his sister Cynthia Johnson (husband James Johnson), niece Amy Johnson. Also survived by his stepsons Donny, Brian, David and Daniel Warmus and his best pup Mindy. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965-1968 and the Army Reserves from 1971 to his honorable discharge in 1978. Jesse’s professional career included distinguishably different careers. He worked as an investigator for the U.S. Defense Department for 17 years, then in his retirement as a security guard. On the weekends he was active in western re-enactment events throughout the Inland Empire where he was discovered by a talent agent. He enjoyed an acting career that included T.V. shows and commercials, an extra on the HBO series Deadwood, major motion pictures, indie films, and various still photo advertisements. Jesse was best known as funny and a friend to many. He loved his family. He lived a full life. He gave his life to the Lord in 2019 and was baptized in January of 2020.

John K. Worsham

John K. Worsham of Redmond, WA and Palm Desert, CA passed away on January 1, 2023, New Year’s Day. John was born to Charles and Edna Worsham in Oklahoma. He was raised on a farm with his brother Howard, and many cousins. He served in the Army during the Vietnam war, followed by graduating from college, and went on to have a successful career with Texaco/Shell. While in the Army, John met his future wife, Heléne, in San Francisco while driving across the Golden Gate Bridge. They returned to The Presidio to celebrate their 50-year wedding anniversary. He is survived by his wife Heléne who he has been married to for 54 years, his two daughters, Julie Bandini of Toluca Lake, CA (Leo), Laura Gavagan of Carnation, WA (Mike) and his two beloved grandchildren Johnathan and Katie. John and Heléne lived in Redmond, WA for 38 years and were snowbirds at Woodhaven Country Club in Palm Desert, CA from 2004 to 2018. They became full time residents in 2019. John loved all sports, and before his illness, was an avid golfer having two hole-in-ones while playing at Woodhaven. He cherished his friendships at Woodhaven and enjoyed seeing the golfers pass by his home on the 17th green – often bringing them Salty Dogs and Bloody Mary’s. He enjoyed sports, cooking, baking, gardening, watching movies, technology, and all animals including the hummingbirds he kept fed in his back yard. When his daughters were growing up, the family spent many summers on the lake, skiing, fishing and house boating. John loved to travel and had created wonderful memories throughout the United States including Hawaii and Alaska as well as Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, England, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, and South America. He had a great sense of humor, sending jokes via email on a daily basis to all his friends and family. He was known for his consideration of other people, always being generous and kind and happy to help anyone in need. John passed away peacefully, at home, with Heléne by his side. He was a truly great man whose impact will be forever felt by his family and friends. He was a selfless man whose passing left an unfillable gap in our hearts. We were blessed to have him in our lives and he will be deeply missed.

James Michael Weber

James Weber, 37 of Rancho Cucamonga passed away on December 26, 2022 in a motorcycle accident on Angeles Crest Highway. James was born at George Air Force base to Steve and Lisa Weber on October 18th, 1985. He grew up in Apple Valley California and graduated from Excelsior high school in 2003. He married Christina Weber on November 19th 2011, in Palm Springs California. He worked as a substation technician for Station Electric for 5 years. He was extremely proud to be part of the International brotherhood of electrical workers, Local 47. His hobbies included AMA racing where he placed 1st place in 2011 and 2014, golfing, playing poker, riding street bikes, drifting and attending Fabulous Fords. James was known as a bike and car enthusiast. He most enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, which he considered his extended family. James’ boisterous personality, smile, laughter, and energy will be missed dearly. His departure creates a void that no one can fill, his fingerprint on our lives has changed us forever and we hold dear our memories of him. James is preceded in death by his grandmother Donna Dudley and uncles Troy Dudley and Norman Dudley. James is survived by his wife Christina Weber, son Rylen Westbrook-Weber and daughter Mia Weber. His father Steve Weber, Mother Lisa Mileham, brother Steven Weber, Josh Weber, Vincent DiVincenzo and sister Alycia Ellis. Memorial service will be held at Sunset Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary on January 19th, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. with reception to immediately follow.

Frank Manson Faxon Jr.

Frank M. Faxon Jr., 50 year Redlands, CA. resident and realtor, died December 28, 2022. He was born September 1, 1935 to Frank M. Faxon Sr. and Emilie J. Faxon in Kansas City, KS. When Frank was 7 his family moved to San Diego, CA. where he graduated from Point Loma High School. After receiving a BA degree from University of San Diego, he served in the U.S. Army. After the service he moved to Los Angeles and was employed by Texaco. It was in Los Angeles he met Kathy Nerheim and they married on June 6, 1964. In 1971 he was transferred to Texaco’s District Office in Colton, CA. as Assistant District Manager. Frank left Texaco in 1975 and embarked on a new career as a realtor. After more than 30 successful years in real estate he retired from Coldwell Banker Realty Center in 2007. Frank enjoyed horseback riding with his children and served with the Redlands Mounted Police for many years. He loved music, tennis and most of all, boating along the Newport Beach coast in his Boston Whaler. Frank is survived by his wife Kathy and daughter Emilie Faxon McVay, and son Frank Faxon and his spouse Michelle Faxon. He also has two grandchildren, Madison McVay of Fullerton, CA. and Jessica McVay of Fort Collins, CO.

Jack Edwin Morgan

APRIL 27, 1943 – DECEMBER 24, 2022 Jack Edwin Morgan, age 79, of Ontario, California, passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2022. Jack was born on April 27, 1943 in Los Angeles, CA. He was raised in the Inland Empire. He graduated from Ganesha High School in Pomona and later from the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona with a BS in Mathematics. Jack was an Army veteran serving in Okinawa during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and was ranked an expert marksman and a certified radio operator. Jack worked at a variety of careers over his lifetime including engineering roles at Aerojet and Nasa, teaching roles in Mathematics, and even a few years as a long-distance truck driver. Jack was a Christian and was active in his church, Calvary Faith Center in Rancho Cucamonga. Jack is survived by his sister, Rebecca Fort, brother-in-law, Richard Fort, and two nieces, Tiffiney and Tammara Fort.

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