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Richard Hanscom Jr.

April 27, 1932 – June 20, 2021 Richard Ladwick Hanscom, Jr left the cares of this world on June 20, 2021. He was 89. He is survived by his two children, Cheryl (Hanscom) Wilcox (Randall) of Riverside, Richard III (Yvonne) of Ontario and his grandchildren Arianne and Alyssa Wilcox, and Erin and Bryan Hanscom. Richard was born on April 27, 1932 in Machias, Maine to Richard Sr of Machias, ME and Evelyn (Hamilton) Hanscom of Cambridge, MA. He was predeceased by his parents, his sisters Barbara (Hanscom) Holden, Ann (Hanscom) Adams, and by his loving wife of 55 years, Farolyn (Wilson) Hanscom who passed away in 2013. As a young man, Richard was an Eagle Scout and later was a member of Boy’s State. Richard enlisted in the Air Force after graduating from high school in June 1950 and entered basic training the day the Korean War broke out. He had a two and a half year tour of duty at Haneda Air Base in Japan during the war. When he returned home, he completed his Air Force assignment and after his discharge, he spent four years in the Maine Air National Guard. Richard began his studies in Electrical Engineering at the University of Maine at Orono in 1954, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1959. He worked his summers with the FAA. He met his wife Farolyn in 1957 on a blind date and they were married in May 1958. His work took him and Farolyn away from their beloved Maine to several locations including Savannah, GA, Springfield, VT, and Rome, NY where he worked for General Electric on various projects. In 1963, Richard moved to the Apollo Spacecraft Division in Daytona Beach, FL where his work on the Command Service Module and Lunar Excursion Module took him to California, Texas, and New York, ultimately being assigned as Assistant Project Engineer for Apollo 12. When his work for Apollo ended, Richard worked in the electronics industry in several cities/states including Syracuse, NY, Corning, NY, and Riverside, CA. In June 1972 while living in North Syracuse, NY, Richard rejoined the Air Force as a reservist until retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in Riverside, CA in April 1992. He served his country for a total of 41.5 years. Richard graduated from California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) in 1986 with a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing and after deciding to leave the electronics industry, he was a substitute teacher for two years, pursuing a teaching credential in Business Education from CSUSB. Richard taught for two years at Perris High School before moving on to San Gorgonio High School in San Bernardino, California where he taught Business Education for eight years until he and Farolyn retired from teaching in 1997. In retirement, Richard and Farolyn enjoyed traveling in their motorhome and spent every summer and fall at their favorite campground on Toddy Pond in East Orland, ME until 2010. They were both part of SMART, traveling to musters in California and Nevada when they weren’t in Maine. Richard and Farolyn’s ashes were mixed and buried in their beloved Maine in the family plot at Longfellow Cemetery in Machias on September 20, 2022, surrounded by family.

Bruce Lensch

Longtime Chino, CA resident and dentist Bruce Otto Lensch, 87, passed from this earth to his eternal home in heaven on August 31, 2022, with his wife and family by his side. Bruce, an only child, was born October 7, 1934, in Beaver Creek, Minnesota, to Ruth and Otto Lensch. In early 1940, the family moved to Orange, California. Bruce attended St. John’s Lutheran School for grades 1 through 6. The family then moved to Riverside, California. Bruce graduated from Poly High School in 1952, continued on to Riverside City College and then to the first full year class of the University of California at Riverside. He started working many small jobs when he was just ten years old and began working for Stater Bros. Markets in 1950. For most of his school life, Bruce worked full 40-hour weeks. He was accepted to the USC School of Dentistry in 1956. In 1958, Bruce married Audrey Jean Rosenberg upon her graduation from California Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Los Angeles. After graduation from dental school, Bruce and Audrey moved to El Paso, Texas, as Bruce received an internship from the United States Air Force. Their first child, Linda, was born in 1961. After the intern year, he was assigned to Minot Air Force base in North Dakota where he served as a Captain. The family returned to Southern California in July 1963, where he established a thriving dental practice in Chino. Their second child, Bruce, was born in 1967. Dr. Lensch was a Chino City Councilman for several years, President of the Chino Kiwanis Club, President of Immanuel Lutheran Church, and President of the Chino Civic Center Authority. Before becoming President of the California Dental Association in 1983, he served as President-Elect, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Delegate to CDA’s House of Delegates. He served USC Dental School as an instructor, assistant and associate professor, and obtained the rank of clinical professor. He was President of the Tri-County Dental Society, Chairman of the Board of Oral Health America, and a Regent of the International College of Dentists. Of all his accomplishments, Bruce was most proud of and devoted to his wife, children, and their families. He is survived by Audrey, his wife of 64 years, children Linda Kastelic (Richard) and Bruce Lensch (Patty), grandchildren Stephanie Swain (Lee), Amberly Gonzalez (Nathan), Taylor Lensch and Austin Lensch, and great-grandchildren Kylee, Carter and Liam Swain and Richard Gonzalez.

Harry Bangert

Harry B Bangert, a father of 10 children, departed to our heavenly Father on August 16,2022: one week shy of his 97th birthday. Harry wanted to spend his last moments with his family at his side in the home he raised his 10 children. He was born August 25, 1925, in Bonne Terre, Missouri to George and Effie Bangert. Harry was the youngest of 7 children. He worked in the lead mines in Missouri until he enlisted in the US Air Force. He served in Okinawa, Japan 1933. He was an electronic specialist, coding for B52 bombers. He then worked for Allstate for 40 years. Harry will be greatly missed by his family and all the lives he touched through his warm heart.

George Post

July 21, 1947 – August 13, 2022 George R. Post, age 75, passed away on August 13, 2022. He was born in San Bernardino, CA to Ray and Lula Post. George was raised in Rialto and graduated from Eisenhower High School. He received his B.A. from UCLA and after graduation joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to Lesotho. After his stint in the Peace Corps, George served in the Army and was stationed in Washington D.C. writing for The Pentagram News. Upon leaving the military, George served as an Associate Editor at The Army Times. George eventually returned to California where he began his career with the San Bernardino County Probation Department. This is where George met his future wife, Sandra Macias. They were married in 1980 and were about to celebrate their 42nd anniversary. George began his career with the Probation Dept. as a Group Counselor at Juvenile Hall and retired after 31 years as Deputy Chief Probation Officer. George was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Barbara. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Post and his brother, David Berry. George leaves behind son, Brian and his wife, Shauna; and son, Jeffrey. He also leaves behind his much-loved grandchildren, Sawyer and Quinn. George will be greatly missed by his Macias family as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Gerald Corbin

12/15/1947 – 08/31/2022 Age 74, of Loma Linda, CA, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, August 31st at the VA Hospital in Loma Linda. He was born December 15, 1947, in Duluth, Minnesota to Morris E. and Mary L. (Cucinella) Corbin. The family moved to San Bernardino, California in 1948. Jerry served three years as a Navy electronics technician during the Vietnam War. As a Petty Officer Third Class he received the Navy’s Meritorious Unit Commendation for combat service aboard the destroyer USS Manley. He fought during two missions in Southeast Asia. After discharge he returned to Southern California where he worked as an electrician, servicing large electrical boilers, at Kaiser Steel and then at local hospitals maintaining their large facility equipment. After meeting his soulmate at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in 1995 he and Marilyn Donegan had 27 years of sharing their lives, growing in their faith in God, traveling, and being fanatic Laker fans. He is survived by Marilyn and their good friend, Michael Dudley, both who will miss his company, his smile, and his stories.

John Stiles Jr.

John D. Stiles Jr., born June 23, 1935, passed away Monday, September 19, 2022. John was born in Los Angeles, California where he graduated from Manual Arts High school in 1953. He served in the Army before attending college at Claremont Men’s College, graduating in 1961. He lettered in basketball in High School and College and was a member of the Tortugateers of Prado Dam. He married Margaret Ann Evans in 1958 and had three children, Leslie Jean and twins Michael and Scott. In 1970 the Stiles family moved to Palm Springs, where he remained until his passing. John was a commercial broker and well known civic leader in Palm Springs, serving as president of the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club and Desert Round Table. He was on the board of directors at College of the Desert and served on the Airport Commission. He touched many lives in his years in the Desert Community and will be remembered fondly by all. John was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years who passed in 2002. He is survived by his two siblings Robert and Susan, three children and 3 grandchildren, Loren, Jackson and Ally.

George Wilson

George Wilson, age 83, of Highland, CA, passed away on September 2, 2022. George is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carolyn; son, Christopher, his wife Angela and their children Ben and Karlie; and sisters Candy (Seaside, CA), Lenda Carol (West Linn, OR), and Diana Jane (Seattle, WA). George graduated from San Bernardino High School in 1957, then went on to USC where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in finance. George also attended the Insurance Institute of America and received designation as Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI). After graduating from USC, George joined the United States Air Force where he served in active duty in various commands and capacities, including one year as a pilot advisor in the Vietnamese Air Force. Some of George’s decorations include the Bronze Star Medal and the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters. George was honorably discharged from active duty with the rank of Captain. George served as a past President for the Rotary Club of San Bernardino, the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce and the Independent Insurance Agents Assn. (Inland Empire Chapter). He also worked at Valley Bank, where he was a member of the Board of Directors and was a member of the executive committee and chairman of the audit committee. George resigned in 1985 to assume management of the head office. He also served on the Board of Directors for the East Valley Water District. Some of the other commission and study groups George served on include: the Highland Area Municipal Advisory Council and the Local Agency Formation Commission Committee on San Bernardino/ Highland Service Boundaries and annexation. Other memberships include The Order of Daedalians, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Reserve Officers Association and the Distinguished Flying Cross Society. George had many personal interests including trap and skeet shooting, flying (possessed commercial pilot’s license with instrument, DC-3 and certified flight instructor ratings), model railroading and an occasional round of golf.

Owen Glenn

Glenn “Charlie” Owen Dunham Born on 6/7/1934 in Van Nuys, CA to Merton Lawrence Dunham and Mildred Catherine (Mercier) Dunham, passed away on 7/19/2022 peacefully in his sleep to fly in clear blue skies for eternity. Glenn’s love and pride for his entire family was absolutely palpable. Always encouraging of his kids’ and grandkids’ ambitions, he was their #1 biggest fan. His ability to communicate his love for his family, and have us truly feel it, was one of his best traits. There was nothing he wouldn’t do to for us. He also loved his siblings deeply. A true Renaissance man, Glenn could do anything he set his mind to do. Mechanically talented, he could fix anything. One of his favorite projects was rebuilding a 1940 Ford to its original beauty with his wife, Ginny. His carpentry skills and abilities led him to leave California for Montana to build a log home and live among nature and clean air. An occasional craftsman might come assist him but he did most everything himself – plumbing, electrical, carpentry, you name it. The home was on 20 acres where he grew alfalfa for horse feed. No hired hands helped, just his young teenage daughters, much to their dismay at the time! He was the epitome of a hard worker and perfectionist. His zest for life and adventurous spirit took him to the depths of the oceans and the heights of the skies and tops of many mountains. He learned to scuba dive in Hawaii where he lived while working there in the 1970’s. He then lived and worked in Truk, Micronesia and Guam and also loved diving there. He took up underwater photography while there so he could capture and share the ocean life’s beauty with his friends and family. He loved the friends he made in these foreign places, his lifelong friends. In addition to diving, he was fascinated and thrilled with flying. During his time in the Navy, he was the plane captain for Lt. Wally Schirra and fell in love with airplanes and anything military-related. He loved America and his time in the Navy. He later got his pilot’s license and flew small planes recreationally. One of his proudest accomplishments was buying a 1945 Stearman, in pieces and parts, and restoring it to its original glory with assistance from his loving wife, Virginia “Ginny” Dunham. They met many new and dear friends during this labor of love project while spending so many hours at the Redlands Airport. After selling their airplane, he and the new owner forged a deep friendship that lasted the rest of his life. Oh, and he also skydived; he was a fearless man. In addition, he and Ginny were avid gardeners. He planted beautiful rose bushes just for her to enjoy. They grew fruits and vegetables that they shared with friends and family. His attention to his yard and gardens was relentless. He loved many genres of music and he liked to sing. He taught himself to play harmonica. He loved books and reading, having worked for Prentice Hall Publishing for many of his young adult years. Never a shortage of books in the house! A very broad swath of subject matter was always around. He loved learning new things and was self-taught. He was fiercely independent and stood up for himself, his family and what he thought mattered in the world. He had a great sense of humor and was quick to laugh and smile with Ginny, his family and friends. We will forever miss his loving words and laughter. Glenn was preceded in death by both of his parents, his sisters Valerie J Sutherland Conter and Marlene L Sutherland Daroczi. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Dunham of Redlands, CA, his dog Waggles; his siblings Lenore “Lynsie” Deverich of Palm Desert, CA and brother Dennis Dunham of Grass Valley, CA; his children Scott (Katie) Dunham of Pittsboro, NC, Kevin (Lonette) Dunham of Grass Valley CA, Shellie (Keith Jarvis) Dunham of Denver CO, and Kimberlie (Gus) Dunham Bergsma; grandchildren Matt Dunham of Madison WI, Michael (Kelly) Dunham of Grass Valley, CA, Stephanie Dunham of Grass Valley, CA, Carlie Jarvis of Denver CO, Sandra, Sabrina, Bret and Josie Bergsma of Escondido, CA and his great-grandchildren Peter and Morgan Dunham of Grass Valley, CA. 

Ernest Robles

On Monday, September 5, 2022, Ernest Z. Robles, a beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away. He was ninety-one years old. Born to Rita and Enrique Robles in Pirtleville, AZ, Ernest (Ernie) moved to Riverside, CA as a young boy. An avid reader, Ernest graduated from UCLA with a degree in U.S. history and received a master’s degree in education from the University of Redlands. Ernest had a love of education, and went on to become a teacher, counselor, Principal, Riverside school district administrator and then worked for the U.S. Office of Education delivering Federal court orders throughout the southern states to desegregate their schools. He then moved to San Francisco to work for the U.S. Office of Education. However, the biggest achievement in his career was becoming the founder, with the help of his wife Dora, of the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund, providing scholarships to thousands of students. He was also a highly decorated U.S. Marine, serving in the Korean War. Some of his medals included the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Navy Commendation Medal of Valor. After the Korean War, he met his wife, Dora Garcia of Redlands, CA, and they married in 1954 and went on to have 5 children and eventually settle in Novato, CA. Ernest (Ernie) lettered in football while in school and loved watching the 49ers play during the football season. Some of his hobbies included reading, traveling, listening to Big Band music, enjoying Italian food, and of course, pizza and champagne on Friday nights. Ernie was best known for his kindness, generous spirit, humbleness and love of his family. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dora G. Robles, and his children, Cindy (Robles) Saucerman, Ernest Robles Jr., Melinda Robles, Thomas (Debbie) Robles and Matthew Robles. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Louis Gakle

Louis Calvert Gakle died peacefully in his sleep on September 7, 2022. Born on September 4, 1922 in Ontario, California to Louis Lester and Pearl (Bentley) Gakle, he called Southern California his home for 100 years. Louis grew up in Ontario raising purebred milk goats on the family farm. He joined the national guard in his junior year at Chino High School. After graduation in 1941, Louis proudly served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. As an airplane mechanic technician from June 1941 – June 1945 he saw battle in the Asiatic Pacific Theater and was awarded several medals. Once home, Louis married Barbara Jean Owings in 1945 and raised two daughters in Cucamonga. He was a postman in Ontario for 38 years and was a founding member of the Cucamonga Volunteer Fire Department where he served for over 15 years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Barbara Jean (Owings) Gakle, his parents, and 3 siblings. Louis leaves behind his two daughters Dorothy Jean Wood and Patricia Ann Von Kleist, 6 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren, along with many extended family members. 

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