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Bob Rutherford

Bob Rutherfurd passed away at his home on March 4, 2020 at the age of 88. A life-long resident of San Bernardino, CA, he was born to Arthur and Lillian Rutherfurd on May 17, 1931. Bob attended San Bernardino schools and graduated from the University of Redlands in 1953. He was then drafted into the Army and sent to Japan, where he served in the Headquarters Division of the First Calvary. While there, Bob volunteered to teach an English class to medical students at Tohoku University, near Sendai. This resulted in many lasting friendships, and in later years, visits to his home in San Bernardino by these former students.

Paul Flores

Paul (“Paul”) M. Flores was born on May 14, 1929 in Riverside, CA and died peacefully at home on February 29, 2020 surrounded by family and loved ones. From Eastside, Paul graduated from Riverside Poly High School (1947) and after high school served in the Air Force for three years. Paul was employed for forty-five years as an aircraft electrical mechanic for the Lockheed Aircraft Company. As one of only a handful of Mexican Americans at Lockheed, with quiet determination Paul defied expectations and stereotypes and became recognized as an extraordinarily skilled and valued worker. While at Lockheed, Paul also was self-employed as a gardener. He had many clients, but eventually one client convinced Paul to work only for him. A master gardener, Paul transformed an overgrown estate into one of the most beautiful gardens in Riverside. For Paul, gardening was freedom to be himself and have artistic expression in addition to providing more support for his family. Paul contributed his skilled labor for both Our Lady Guadalupe Shrine school and church, and his tireless work for its annual Fiesta Ranchera was awe-inspiring. Paul and his wife Maurilia were greatly admired within the Riverside Mexican American community as relatives, compadres, friends, and good neighbors.

Wilbur Richardson

Wilbur “Bill”‘ Richardson was born on November 17, 1922 in Long Beach, California. Wilbur graduated from Wilson High School in 1940 and continued his education at Long Beach City College. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and at 21, flew 30 missions as the ball turret gunner in a B-17 Flying Fortress. Wilbur earned many honors during his service, including a Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Home from the war, Wilbur earned his Bachelor’s in music at BYU and went on to pursue a Master’s degree in education at Cal State Long Beach. There he met his wife, Virginia. Wilbur taught for 33 years with Los Alamitos Unified School District. He was active in his community, running for local office and participating in the Kiwanis Club. Music being a lifelong passion, Wilbur sang with the Choral Society of Southern California for 20 years.

James Squires

James Brian Squires, 73, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2020. He was born December 6, 1946 in Troy, New York, to the late Norman and Mary (Cooley) Squires. He was also preceded in death by 3 brothers, Mark, Joseph, and Martin. He is survived by his loving wife, Cynthia of Rialto, CA, and his children, Elizabeth Lepe, Jennifer Barcus, James Squires Jr., Justin Juarez, Timothy Ikeda, and Sarah Ikeda; five grandchildren, Jacob Romo, Jessica and Liliana Lepe, James Squires III, and Michael Barcus; one brother, Timothy Squires, and four sisters, Mary Kathleen McDowell, Faith Ikeda, Lisa Sommers and Sheila Squires.

Arthur Traber

Arthur (Art) Traber was born in Brooklyn, NY to Emma and Kurt Traber on Aug. 23, 1927, and passed away peacefully on Feb. 29, 2020, at the age of 92. Art served in the United States Marine Corps at the end of World War II, and relocated to Pomona, CA in the early 1950’s. Art served as a police officer for the City of Pomona for 25 years, retiring as a sergeant in 1980. While living in Pomona, Art met and married Robin, who survives him, along with 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Robert Vernoy

Robert Lee Vernoy, 94, died peacefully in his home in Victorville, CA on March 7, 2020. A veteran and California native, Bob grew up in Cherry Valley, CA before serving in the Army Air Corps in the Philippines and Japan during World War II. He returned safely and met his wife, Jeanne, in her native San Bernardino, CA.

Gary Scott

Gary Lee Scott, 82, passed away peacefully at home among his family on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Gary was born in Indio, California on October 17, 1937, oldest son of Grady and Ethel Scott. He lived in Southern California for the most part until he joined the U.S. Navy in January of 1955. He was honorably discharged in 1958 and returned to Riverside where he married Jean Radloff, the “love of his life,” on July 12, 1958.

Garland and Noriko Roush

Noriko (Hatakeyama) Roush, 90, of Riverside, CA, passed away on February 22, 2020. Noriko was born, April 22, 1929 in Yokohama, Japan and was a dedicated mother and wife first and foremost. She was the eldest daughter of 11 brothers and sisters and worked for the U.S. Army Chaplain at Mt. Fuji, which is where she met and married her husband Garland Roush. Together they raised two daughters, Marie and Joyce and have five grandkids, Grant, Christine, Lisa, Breanna and Raina. Noriko loved sewing and cooking traditional Japanese meals for her family, grandkids and friends. She also loved to garden and spent a great deal of time outside tending her plants and flowers.

Richard Humphrey

Dick passed peacefully in his home in Sun City, CA on October 11 2019. Dick was born in Riverside CA in 1952 to Raymond Earle Humphrey and Phyllis Jean Cummings. He graduated from Ramona High in 1970 and served 3 years in the U.S. Army. He married Patsy Jo Kessler and had two children Jenny Jo and Ryan Earle. He enjoyed a career in Underground Utillities and was a skilled Equipment Operator. Dick married Tylla Dean with whom he spent the rest of her life before losing her to cancer. He is survived by his daughter Jenny, husband Patrick, son Ryan and wife Trish, Sharon and Mark and sister Sue Seely; grandchildren Ashley Jessica Ryland Cannon and great grandson Giovanni; extended family Bob Rachele Ryleigh Eli and Don Denise and DJ. He was preceded in death by brother Charles Humphrey. To cousin Ron Belville and Vitas Hospice – Many thanks for making his last moments more comfortable.

Richard Soper

Age 86, of Upland, CA, passed away February 17, 2020 at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center after a brief illness. Born in Alhambra, CA, on September 15, 1933 to Charles "Vic" Sr. and Altha Gertrude Soper. The family moved to Pomona from Santa Ana in 1938 where he attended Lincoln grammar School, Emerson Junior High School, and Pomona High School. After graduating from high school in 1951, Richard attended Mt. San Antonio College prior to being called to the colors for the U.S. Army in 1953.

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