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Walter Heim

April 10, 1931 – April 24, 2022 Walter James Heim passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord Sun., Apr. 24 with his family by his side in Banning, CA. He was a kind, gentle, loving man and will be greatly missed by his entire family. He was born April 10, 1931 to Walter John Heim and Beatrice Filkins Heim, being their only child. Walter attended school in Colonie, NY before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He married Grace Ina Relyea on July 1, 1950 and enjoyed 67 plus years together before she passed in 2017. They moved to CA in 1956, living mostly in Pomona where Walter worked as a letter carrier at the Pomona Post Office for over 25 years retiring in 1990. He also lived in other inland valley towns in later years. Walter was a member of Valley Christian Church, Chino. He was predeceased by his wife, parents, and a granddaughter, Lisa Broderick. He is survived by daughters Barbara (Randy) Thompson and Michele (Thomas) Broderick, grandchildren Valena Brooks, Sabrina Thompson, and Michael Broderick; great-grandchildren Payson Miller, Jeremy Walters, Jordan McGarry, Joshua and Pepper Doyle, Matthew and Lilly Broderick, and nieces and nephews. A great-great grandson is due in July.

Frank Granado

August 16, 1943 – April 27, 2022 Age 78, resided in Colton, CA. He was preceded in death by his daughter Brenda, his parents Jose and Isabel Granado, two brothers, John Granado and Fred Herrera, and two sisters, Andrea Quesada and Mary Alvarado. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Terry; his son Marco; daughter-in-law, Bernie; his grandsons Jacob, Jared, Jason and Justin; his siblings Jack (Helen), Frances, Mary Lou Lopez, Joe (Sally), Josie Quintana (Rick), Robert Herrera (Lisa); and several nephews, nieces and godchildren. Frank attended and graduated from Colton HS and served in the U.S. Army where he was honorably discharged. He retired from the California Portland Cement Colton Plant in 2002 after 40 years with the company. Frank loved to dedicate his time to the youth of the City of Colton by coaching for 20 years combined at Ken Hubbs LL, Colton Youth Football and Colton Pony Baseball. He also umpired for 20 years in the local youth baseball leagues. Frank later joined the Knights of Columbus, Catholic War Veterans, and the American Legion Post 155, where he was named Commander. From there he rose to the rank of 25th District Commander and 5th Area Department Vice Commander. At the time of his passing he was a member of Post 421 in Highland, CA. His favorite sports teams were the Dodgers, Atlanta Falcons and he was a long time season ticket holder of the IE 66ers. His passion was attending American Legion events and watching his grandsons play sports. He was loved by many and is going to be greatly missed.

Michael Davis

May 19, 1942 – May 9, 2022 Michael Ellis Davis, of Riverside, CA, peacefully passed surrounded by family in Loma Linda, CA. Michael attended Emerson Elementary, University Heights Middle School and graduated from Riverside Poly High School in 1960. Michael is survived by his son Bradley Davis of Stockton, CA, mother Hattie M.Moss of Riverside, CA , daughter-in-law Corrie Davis and granddaughters Genevieve and Esme

Richard Salgado Sr.

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Richard Leo Salgado Sr., on May 14, 2022 in Indio, California. Born on June 5,1944 at the Soboba Indian Hospital to Ernest Sr and Fidelia Juarez Salgado. Richard was raised on the Soboba Indian Reservation along with his five siblings. He was a proud member of the Soboba Band of Luise¤o Indians. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Rose Salgado, brother Robert (Bobby) Salgado Sr., and grandson Daniel Salgado. He is survived by his brother Ernie Salgado Jr., sisters Raina Maciel and Francie Diaz, son Richard Salgado Jr., daughters Dora Salgado, Maureen Salgado Hernandez, seven grandchildren: Jorge Hernandez Jr., Angela Hernandez, Floyd Ruiz, Douglas Ruiz Jr, Steven Hernandez Sr, Cheyenne Salgado, Clarise Salgado, 14 great grandchildren and many aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Richard attended Hemet High School where he played varsity football. At the age of 19, he enlisted in the United States Army where he trained at Fort Benning in Georgia, became a paratrooper and later was deployed to Vietnam. Upon his return home, he was faced with many obstacles and challenges as the social climate had changed in regard to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam war and many of our veterans were not welcomed back home with open arms. Richard was a generous person, always willing to help. He was very proud and supportive of the accomplishments of his family and Tribe. 

William Whitmer

December 3, 1931 – May 4, 2022 William (Bill) Wesley Whitmer passed away peacefully May 4, 2022 in Redlands, CA. He was 90 years old. Bill is survived by his wife of 69 years, Rosemary, his sons Mark (Cheryl) of Redlands, Daniel (Lori) of Victorville, Kenneth (Jennifer) of Redlands, and Gary (Lynn) of Redlands, nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren and two greats on the way. Rosemary and Bill would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on June 7, 2022. Bill was predeceased by his sister, Beverly Gaston, and his brother Donald. Born in Bismarck, ND he moved with his family to southern California in 1935. Bill was a 1949 graduate from Redlands High School where he met the love of his life, Rosemary. He joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard USS Rochester CA124 Heavy Cruiser seeing action during the Korean War. Bill was a land surveyor 50 years with Hicks and Hartwick in Redlands. Bill was a long-time member of Redlands Lawn Bowling Club. A family man with great integrity, Bill lived a simple but rich life. He will be dearly missed.

Clark Cox

Orem, UT—Clark L. Cox, beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away on May 1, 2022. He was born on September 20, 1927, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the son of David Marriner Cox and Veda Belle Leavitt Cox. Clark attended schools in Moapa, Las Vegas and Bunkerville, Nevada, graduating in the Class of 1945 from Virgin Valley High School, Bunkerville, Nevada. After graduation from high school, he served in the Army and Air Force, reaching the rank of sergeant. He served in the weather service at the Air University, Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Florida. He received his BA from Occidental College, his Master of Arts from Sacramento State University, and his Doctorate degree in Education Administration from the University of Southern California.

Maurice Harkins

Maurice J. Harkins (Maury) passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at his home in Palm Springs, CA. He was 91 years old. Born in Bristol, PA, son of the late Daniel and Marie (Lake) Harkins, he was raised in Bristol Borough and has been a resident of California for the past 55 years. Maury attended St Mark School and was a graduate of Bristol High School, Class of 1948. He was a veteran of the US Air Force and a graduate of the University of Miami. He worked for Transamerica Insurance for many years in San Francisco, CA prior to his retirement in the 90s.

Richard Gado

December 1, 1931 – March 27, 2022 Richard was a strong individual with heart that couldn’t be measured. His wisdom and knowledge will carry on through his children and grandchildren. A true patriarch, he was committed to keeping the family strong and united. He sacrificed so much to better his family’s lives.

John Kelley

Aug. 13, 1936 – April 1, 2022 Born to Michael Kelly and Lillian Young. John “Jack” Kelly grew up in Tewksbury, MA with his siblings Bernard William Kelly (deceased), Mary Ann Kelly Miron Shirigley (deceased), Robert Edward Kelly (deceased) and surviving sister, Elizabeth Ann Kelly Carey (Tewksbury, MA). In 1955, this handsome young athlete chose to join the Air Force. Four years later, he married his hometown sweetheart, Patricia “Tricia” Margaret Sullivan, and so began an adventure neither could have imagined. From basic training at Sampson Air Force Base, NY to his last station as Chief of Presidential Security at Andrews Air Force Base, MD, Jack always led by example with his high standards and diligent work ethic. He set the standard of excellence for all peacekeepers to follow. In his 30 years of service, through 12 different duty stations (to include Vietnam), the man known as “Chief” served with distinction. He earned a Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters. He rose to the pinnacle of his career as top peacekeeper of Presidential Security (1979-1985). He earned the respect of those who served with him, and those who benefitted from his leadership. Upon retirement from the Air Force, he took a position with Northrop Grumman in southern California. He packed up his bride of 26 years and moved one last time to start the next chapter of their next adventure in Redlands, CA. This included putting down roots for their children and their growing families, golfing all year round, and taking Tricia to see places he had seen on his travels with Presidents Carter and Reagan. Once fully retired, Jack and Tricia lived a quiet life devoting their days to their 7 children (Joe, John, Karen, Kevin, Susan, Mark, and Keith), 17 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. They celebrated every milestone along the way. Beyond his family, Jack had one other passion – golf. If you wanted to spend a little more time with him, you needed to pick up a club. And they did. He played with all his sons and most of his grandchildren. They played locally with friends, on PGA courses, in Hawaii, and on family golf trips to Scotland and Ireland. If you were lucky enough to be around when he had one of his 10 holes-in-one (5 of which were made after he turned 80 years old), it was an experience you will never forget. Jack’s total devotion was to the love of his life of more than 60 years, Tricia and his ever-growing family. This included serving as Tricia’s primary caregiver in the final years of her life. His devotion to her did not end with her death, it ended with his. All those years ago, when a young man from a small town chose the Air Force over a teaching career, few would have guessed Jack would end up teaching so many over his lifetime as a colleague, mentor, friend, brother, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is not a memory to be forgotten. He is a part of us to be shared.

Richard Wilson

Richard, known as “Rich” to family and many friends, and “Dick” to his wife and many more friends, passed away peacefully at home at the age of 93, with his loving wife Muriel by his side. It was a long 3 year illness for him, that the medical assoc. was not able to cure, yet he never seemed to give up hope. He was born in Oak Park Cook County, Illinois, and was one of five children of Thomas and Cora Wilson. When a teenager, his family moved to Van Nuys, Ca. He was a younger brother to Helen, Millie and Harry who are all deceased, and an older brother to Bill who now lives in Severance, Colorado with his wife Sharon. He left behind many nieces and nephews. Too many to name, but he loved them all. He started work at “Security Pacific Bank”, after finishing high school and retired in the 1980’s as Vice President manager of The Sun Valley branch, in the San Fernando Valley. During the early banking years, he took off four years to serve in the U.S. Air Force. Three years in Weisboten, Germany during the Berlin Airlift and one year in Georgia. His wife Muriel says he was the most easy going, fun, wonderful and caring husband ever! He will be truly missed by all who knew him. He will never be forgotten.

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