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Phillip Greenberg

In loving memory of me, Philip “Harvey” Greenberg, who did his best to be a beloved Husband, Father, Son, Husband (again), Brother, Husband, (yes…again), Pop-Pop, Hus- (well…you get the idea).

I was born in Philadelphia…served my country in the Navy…moved to California…sold a joke to Phyllis Diller…played a lot of tennis…had five wonderful children who I loved very much (one clearly more than the others – you know which one you are)…enjoyed being around my six amazing grandchildren…and was blessed to have Pam by my side for the last 15 to 20 years, depending on who you ask.

Gary Lemos

Gary Lemos, beloved life-long resident of our community, passed away on September 8, 2021. Gary was born December 1944, and grew up in East Highlands. He graduated from Redlands HS and attended Valley College. Gary enlisted in the USMC and proudly served in Vietnam and in the Marine Corps Band. In combat, he was awarded two purple hearts. Gary continued his military service in the USAF National Guard. Gary retired from the San Bernardino City Schools after 35 years. Proud of his indigenous ethnicity, Gary was very active in the American Native Music Community. Gary co-founded IMISA, an organization dedicated to educate students about the history and culture of Indigenous People. An accomplished American Native flute and percussion artist, Gary and his music partner, Sarah Thomson, produced music and performed extensively locally and abroad. Gary was predeceased by his mother, Lillian Mendoza, and his father, Henry Lemos. He is survived by his siblings, Mary Louis Cabral and Herlinda Constante.

Robert Edwards

ROBERT (BOB) MARTIN EDWARDS Robert (Bob) Martin Edwards was born on January 10, 1947 to George and Ruth Edwards in Houston, Tx. Robert entered into eternal rest on September 28, 2021 in San Bernardino, CA. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Gail Edwards of San Bernardino, Ca., loving daughters Michelle Gee (David), Carolyn Edwards, and grandchildren, Robert and Elizabeth Vasquez, Rachel, Sarah, and Danielle Gee. Bob loved spending time with family and close friends, being behind a camera, volunteer work, and telling stories about cars and airplanes. He was a hardworking man who served in the United States Air Force for 20 years. His career started at Norton Air Force Base. After his military service, he continued to work for several years in the aerospace industry. His greatest pleasures were serving 9 years as the president of The Norton AFB Museum, and walking through life’s journey with his wife of 53 years. He will be deeply missed by family and friends.

Russell Martin

May 18, 1940 – October 7, 2021 Russell Edwin Martin was just one person, but the world to many. He used his heart and hands to do many great things. Born in Canton, Ohio to Edwin T. and Marie J. Martin. He was a Vietnam Veteran having served 38 1/2 years in the U.S. Air Force as an Aircraft Loadmaster. He retired in 1996 and married Lois Guy in Riverside, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Delbert, and daughter Carla. He is survived by his wife Lois, his brother Carl, sons Russell Jr. (Becky) and David, stepdaughters Jennifer (Karen) and Cyndi (Mike), grandchildren Johnathan (Hannah), Alicia (Thomas), Jake and Summer, and great-granddaughter Aurora. Russ was an active member of Magnolia Church in Riverside.

Andrew Leach

April 10, 1950 – October 5, 2021 Andy passed away on October 5, 2021 at age 71. He was born on April 10, 1950 in Medina County, Ohio. After graduating from Wadsworth Senior High School, Andy attended Kent State University, then served four years in the U.S. Navy, stationed at Warner Springs. On May 13, 1972, he married Nancy Gomeck; they soon became the proud parents of Kara Diane and Benjamin Andrew. Andy earned his nursing degree and worked for the County of Riverside, Indian Health Services, and in 1986, went to work for Patton State Hospital as a Nurse Practitioner, where he retired in 2014. Andy is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; his daughter, Kara; son, Benjamin; his twin grandsons, Jamie and Andrew; his brother, John (Debbie); his sisters, Brenda Leach-Wilkie (Michael), and Rhonda; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Christine Leach.

Charles Keebaugh Jr.

Charles "Frank" Keebaugh Jr. Palm Desert – Passed away peacefully on October 2nd, 2021. Beloved husband of Diane and loving father of Jenny and Karen. Born in Bremerton, WA and attended Grossmont High before graduating from San Diego State College. Served in the US Navy from 1956-1960 as an Aviator. Frank worked in risk management with Bechtel Corporation from 1964-1985. Frank and Diane loved to travel with many wonderful memories. Per Frank’s wishes, no services are to be held.

Frank Anderson

Frank R. Anderson entered eternal rest on October 5, 2021. He was born on November 13, 1937 in Scranton, South Carolina to the late Rev. Sam Mitchell Anderson and Phillis Barr Anderson. Frank graduated from Carver High School, May 1956 and was the class Valedictorian. Upon graduating from high school, Frank enlisted in the United States Air Force June 5, 1956. He was a Security Police Officer during his tenure in the USAF just like his older brother, Sam. In 1969, Frank was sent to Vietnam to guard the perimeter of the Air Force Base. In February 1970, his flight team lost 22 men in a fight with the Vietnamese enemy known as VCsshort for Vietcong. In May 1970, Sam was sent to Vietnam to allow Frank to go home. While serving in the USAF, Frank received Military Honors for his duties. After 20 years of serving his country, Frank retired from the United States Air Force on June 30, 1976. Upon retiring from the USAF, Frank decided to make San Bernardino, CA his home. He was employed by Union 76 as a gasoline truck driver for many years. Frank was a kind, giving, and compassionate man with a heart of gold! He loved dancing, music, golfing, bowling, and barbecuing on the grill. James Brown and Tupac Shakur were his favorite musical artists. Also, Frank ran the Monday Night Football pool for his buddies in the neighborhood. Watching Monday Night football and hanging with his buddies was the last thing he did before the Lord called him home. Frank was predeceased by three wives: Jean Norris Anderson, Jean Zella Myles-Anderson, and Terry Lynn Moore Anderson; his brothers Charles Leroy Anderson, Willie Edward Anderson, Joseph Anderson, Sr., Randolph Anderson, and sisters Sarah Anderson & Ruby M. Allen. He leaves to cherish his memory, three stepsons: Curtis J. Norris (Diane) of Oregon, Robert Myles M.D. (Patricia) of Colleyville, TX, and Mannie Lee Graves of San Bernardino, CA; one daughter: Leslie Anderson of San Bernardino, CA; three stepdaughters: La’Tasha L. Moore, Karla J. Moore, and Terriona M.L. Hamilton all of CA; grandchildren: Antonee’ Wright, Gailene Lee, Jewelein Gatherite, Jazanea Jones, Lonnie Anderson, Jerad Fowler, Ta’Janae Coats, Kenneth & Kerri’Niyah Mack, Michael & Kar’Shiyah Brady of San Bernardino, CA, Robert Aidan Myles of Colleyville, TX, Curtis Jr. & Lauren Norris of Oregon; three great grandchildren: Derah, Deshawn, and Lyric Williams of San Bernardino, CA; three brothers: Elder Dr. David Anderson (Willie) of Kingstree, SC, Deacon Sam Anderson, Jr. (Ethel) of Warner Robins, GA and adopted brother Eric Anderson (Sheree) of Orlando, FL; two sisters both of Fort Lauderdale, FL: Coreather Taylor and Betty Anderson; brother-in-law: Andrew Brown of San Bernardino, CA; host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and good buddy "Adams" whom he met while in the USAF.

John Ballard

John Albert Ballard was born Dec. 24, 1920 and passed into eternal life Oct. 1, 2021 at his home in Hemet, CA. He grew up in Wood Lake, Nebraska with 14 siblings on a large cattle ranch. John joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 20 becoming a hospital corpsman and medic on the USS Foote. Soon after, it was hit by a Kamikaze and a missile in Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. After the war he met and married his first wife, June Banks, who was an officer, RN, and Navy Wave. They had 2 children, Mary Ann Ballard Edmundson and John Elwin. John moved his family to Hemet, CA in 1964 when he began working for the DMV. He enjoyed good food, playing tennis, traveling in his RV, telling jokes, playing poker, making furniture in his wood shop and spending time with friends and family. A few years after June’s death, he met his 2nd wife, Gloria Truttman. John and Gloria lived happily together for more than 16 years, enjoying a fun and joyful marriage. He loved Gloria’s family like his own. John was preceded in death by his parents, Catherine (Cassie) and William (Billy) Ballard, his son, John Elwin Ballard, and first wife, June Caroline Banks Ballard. He will be greatly missed.

John Dendinger

Dec. 29, 1982 – Nov. 25, 2020 John was a devoted son, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin, brother-in-law, and friend. He is survived by his mother, Carol Wallace; his father, Stan Dendinger; his twin sister Jennie Carpenter and older sister Emily Dendinger. John was also a beloved uncle to his nieces, Ella & Eden, and his nephew, Aiden. A public military honors service for John will be conducted at Riverside National Cemetery on Friday, October 22nd at 2:00 pm. The cemetery is located at 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92518. John was raised in Riverside where he graduated from Poly High School in 2001. He went on to become an extremely accomplished and decorated United States Navy SEAL. He was awarded numerous honors during his service including the prestigious Legion of Merit Award by Order of the President. He graduated from University of California Berkeley in 2019 with a degree in the classics. John enjoyed adventure, travel, and the exploration of different cultures. He is remembered for his loving spirit, his bravery, his loyalty, his hilarious sense of humor, and contagious laughter. He loved his family and friends profoundly and was admired by so many. His valor and courage will continue to be honored and his memory will be eternally cherished.

Delbert Voorhis

Dr. Delbert Leroy Van Voorhis, DDS. Loma Linda – Honoring the Blessed Life of Dr. Van Voorhis. Dr. Delbert Leroy Van Voorhis, DDS, a Colton dentist for 42 years who was fondly known as “Van” and “Doc,” died peacefully at his Loma Linda home on Thursday, September 16. He was 99.

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