On Monday February 11th, 2019, Robert “Bobby” Mendoza, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother, passed away at the age of 85. Bobby was born on May 22nd, 1933 in Alberhill, California, to Ramon and Rosario Mendoza. He attended school in Alberhill through the 8th grade, and then attended Elsinore High School where he was a stand-out baseball and football player. He was later inducted into the Elsinore High School Hall of Fame where he received recognition as “Outstanding Athlete.” After graduation, Bobby enlisted in the United States Navy. He served proudly for four years. After the Navy, Bobby worked at Pacific Clay Products in Alberhill for 45 years.
Lawson Lowe, 79, of Riverside, California, passed away after a courageous battle with metastatic melanoma. He was born in Palo Alto, California to Floyd and Alice Lowe. He attended Encinal Elementary and Menlo-Atherton High School. He received a BA in Economics (’61) at Stanford, where he was a proud member of the AE Chapter of Theta Chi, and a MA in Business Administration (’73) at the University of Nebraska.
Delman (Del) Thompson July 17, 1929 – January 26, 2019 Del passed into the arms of our Lord on January 26. 2019. He was 89 years old. He was the third child born to Veola Jones Thompson and Thomas Lanxter Thompson on a farm near Lawn, Texas. Del had a varied life, from being in the United States Air Force, enlisted for six years and finally selected for OCS and then on to pilot training where he retired as Major after serving for 21 years. He then went on to complete his Ph.D. in Education, taught at Southern Illinois University in their military on base Bachelor Degree program, then worked for McDonnel Douglas on a team to develop the pilot training program for the C17, and lastly served as an Adjunct Professor for California State University at San Bernardino, California supervising student teachers.
Kenneth Francis Wood Sr. passed away on Thursday, January 17, 2019 in Menifee, CA. He was born on January 4, 1935 in Brockton, MA to the late George and Catherine (Spillane) Wood. Kenneth served his country for 21 1/2 years in the U.S. Air Force. Then he worked for the city of Perris on the police department. Finally, 20 years with the Post Office as a carrier in La Sierra, CA. He is survived by his loving wife Janice of 65 years of marriage, his children and their families: two sons, Kenneth F. Wood Jr. and (64) Michael F. Wood (62) and daughter, Theresa A. Harley (57) and by his brother, Gerald Wood; (94) seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
RICHARD DALE SMITH Age 89, of Hemet, CA, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Aria Board and Care in Hemet. Dale was born Sunday, June 23, 1929 in Riverside, CA, he was the son of the late Leonard Smith and the late Mabel Smith, and the husband of Nina Jo Cox-Smith, whom he was married to for 55 years before she passed away in February 2010.
Carl L. Lackey Sr., 80, longtime Riverside, CA resident, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by loving family on January 14, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Carole Lackey in 1999. He is survived by his children, Carl Lackey Jr. (Helen), Cynthia Williams, Pamela Kilgore (Ken) and James Lackey (Anastacia), along with 7 grandchildren (Brittany, Jonathann, Nick, Daniel, Lindsay, Stephanie and Ryan) and 1 great grandchild (Chloe).
George M. Epperson, 100, passed away on January 8, 2019 after a memorable life. He was born May 22, 1918 in Klamath Falls, OR to Alice & Arthur Epperson, where he lived most of his youth. He attended Oregon State University and was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity. While there he met his future wife of over 54 years, Phyllis Otto, who preceded him in death in November 2006, and were married New Year’s Eve 1942 in Harrisburg, PA.
Rudolph (Rudy) Rangel Ybarra, born April 7, 1930 in Riverside, CA, passed away peacefully with family by his side on January 10, 2019, at the age of 88. Rudy entered the United States Navy on October 20, 1948, and served in the Korean War on the U.S.S. Ernest G. Small as a Boiler Tender 3/C. On October 7, 1951, Rudy survived a naval mine explosion off the east coast of Korea that heavily damaged his ship, killed nine crew members and injured eighteen crew members. He completed his service with the Navy on October 10, 1952. After the Navy, Rudy returned home to Riverside and continued to serve his country as a civilian employee with United States Air Force at Norton Air Force Base until his retirement in 1985.
Carl “Smitty” Smith, resident of Wrightwood, CA, passed away on December 19, 2018, from complications of kidney disease. He was 74. Smitty was born in San Francisco in 1944 and was raised in Mystic, Connecticut. He served four years in the United States Air Force, stationed at March Air Force Base in Riverside. After his military service he worked at the Riverside County Coroner’s Office as Chief Deputy Coroner. He later became a private investigator.
Richard Overton, who was the nation’s oldest World War II veteran and honored by President Barack Obama, died on Thursday at a rehabilitation facility near his home in Austin, Tex. He was 112.