Gone But Not Forgotten

George Vassily

George Vassily

George Raymond Vassily, age 98, passed away on Sunday, July 1, 2018, at his home in Hemet, California. George was born in Guttenberg, N.J. and lived in Hemet for 55 years having previously lived in Riverside, CA. He was the husband of the late Dorothy Vassily. George graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. in 1941, with a Master of Engineering degree. He was employed in the Engineering Department of the U.S. Steel Shipbuilding Company and then served in the Navy Aircorps. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he went on to work in sales with the E. W. Bliss Company of Pittsburgh, PA, for 5 years, then to Blaw Knox Company, also in Pittsburgh, in Steel Mill Equipment for 11 years. Finally, he was employed at Hunter Engineering Company in Riverside, CA as National Sales Manager for 20 years. He retired in 1985.

Flavio Lucero

Flavio Lucero

Flavio Reynaldo Lucero Flavio Reynaldo Lucero, 72, of Moreno Valley, California, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2018, in Moreno Valley, California . Flavio entered into life on Sunday, October 7, 1945, he was the son of the late Nicanor Guerra and Manuela Lucero. He served in the Marine Corps for 20+ years. Surviving are sons, Richard, Brian, Michael and Larin Lucero. A graveside service will be held on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 10:15am followed by a memorial service at Miller-Jones Moreno Valley, California at 12pm. The family invites family and friends to join them for a reception held at Miller-Jones Moreno Valley Mortuary starting at 1pm.

Jack Pierce

Jack Ray Pierce, of Corona, California, born on June 26, 1931 in Long Beach, California, passed away at age 87 on July 28, 2018. From 1949 to 1953, Jack served in the Coast Guard and he also worked as a general manager at Enterprise Electric/Data Com, Temecula, CA until he retired in 2009. Jack was married to Donna Pierce. He is survived by his daughter, Stacey Pierce-Grissom; son, Vance Pierce; stepsons, William Webster and Jimmy Webster; brother, James Pierce; and grandchildren, Shane Webster, Connor Pierce, Megan Webster, Wyatt Pierce, and Ashley Webster. He also leaves behind his greatly loved dog, Taffy. Jack enjoyed golf. He was a member of Harvest Christian Fellowship Riverside/Eastvale, and he was a board member of Riverside National Cemetery Support Committee.

Leroy Johnson

Mr. Le Roy Everest Johnson Jr., born on September 22, 1937 in Ottumwa, Iowa, passed away at age 80 on July 20, 2018 in Colton, California. Le Roy graduated from Riverside City College in 1977. Le Roy served in the U.S. Air Force from 1964 to 1968 and he also worked in the government industry as a building maintenance mechanic at County of Riverside until he retired in 2003. Le Roy was the beloved husband of the late Nevha Johnson. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Shawna Johnson; brothers, Ralph Euwing, Brenton Burris, Oscar Burris, and Earl Burris; sister, Valerie Cropp; and grandchild, Christopher Todd Johnson. Le Roy is survived by his sons, Christopher Johnson, Philip Johnson, and Danial Johnson; daughter, Angela Johnson; and grandchildren, LaSondra Graham, Jeffrey Johnson, Amber Johnson, Justin Green, Lacretia Johnson, Nathan Johnson, Alyssa Green, Bria Johnson, Christian Johnson, and Alisyn Green. Le Roy’s hobbies included Nascar and Formula 1 Racing, volunteering at church, and fishing. He was an usher at Christ the Redeemer Church, and he was a member of American Legion Post 500 and Knights of Columbus. 

James Childress

James ‘Jim’ Douglas Childress, Jr. age 75, passed away at his home surrounded by family on July 16, 2018 after a short but intense battle with cancer in Riverside, California; fighting all the way to the end. Born December 18, 1942 in Amarillo, Texas to James and Leo Childress, he attended elementary school in Guam then moved to Oakland before settling in Buena Park, California. He graduated from Buena Park High School in 1961. Jim served proudly in the U.S. Navy until 1967, serving during the Cuban Missile Crisis, as well as in Vietnam. After leaving active duty, Jim attended Cal State Fullerton and graduated with a degree in Business. On June 17, 1967 he married his high school sweetheart, Linda Jo Spadaro, and the two remained steadfastly in love for the past 58 years.

James Jones

Col. James Lloyd Jones, USAF pilot, USC professor andadministrator, dies at 93. A native Californian, born in Sanger, a rural town in the central valley, Jones’ 26 years of active duty service in the Air Force exposed him to the grueling brutalities of combat, awkward compromises of politics, and challenging varieties of world culture — gradually enhancing his natural empathy, polishing his remarkable charisma and turning him into a gifted storyteller and engaging companion for everyone he encountered. His wife, Evelyn, provided the essential safe haven, and loving, resourceful partnership, that sustained their 71-year marriage and nurtured their three children.

Charles Maples

Charles Montell Maples, MD passed July 16, 2018 peacefully at his home in San Bernardino. He was born December 26, 1936 in Robinson, Illinois to Cannie and Buck Maples. Monty was preceded in death by his loving wife JoAnn Jean Maples and is survived by his daughter Tamma Maples, son Monty J and his wife Tracy, son Richard and his wife Jen, grandchildren Emily, Michael and Christopher. Monty graduated from Wabash College and went on to complete his medical degree at the University of Illinois. After completing his internship at Cook Co. Hospital, he worked in Robinson, Illinois until moving to San Bernardino in 1974 where he opened his own office in San Bernardino. He was a founding fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Monty was an avid golfer, proud of his HOLE IN ONE at the Arrowhead Country Club. He was a member of the Shriners and an active mentor at the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. He served our country in the Vietnam War as an Army physician. Monty will be well remembered by numerous friends and family. 

Jerry Robertson

Founder of Robertson Ready Mix and a Navy Veteran, he served on the USS Ammen DD527. Passed away peacefully May 28, 2018 in Kingman, AZ surrounded by his family and loved ones. Jerry was born August 7, 1936. He was preceded in death by his parents Gordon & Avis Jensee Robertson and his oldest son Steven Robertson. He attended Corona High School. Some of his accomplishments include working on the Palm Springs Tram and projects like the Del Rosa Apartments and Rohr Aircraft. He is survived by his children Robyn (Davidson), Allen, Gordon & Richard Robertson along with 16 grandchildren and 17+ great- grandchildren. He is also survived by his three sisters Janet Peters, Gladys Cottle & Leona Pearson. Uncle Bud was loved by many nieces & nephews. 

Ronald Fox

Ronald W Fox age 86 died Friday, June 29,2018 in San Bernardino. He was born in Lincoln, Nebraska January 14, 1932. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He retired from The Southern California Gas Co. after 36 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Patricia and six children; Jackie Cechin, Mike Fox, Peter Fox, Neil Fox, Carol Carrillo, Diane Fox, 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

O.D. Pounders

On July 12, 2018 O.D. passed away in his sleep. O.D. was born in Hot Springs, AK but lived most of his life in So. Cal. During World War II he enlisted in the Coast Guard and served 3 years as a Gunners Mate. After returning home, he worked various jobs until he found his love for carpentry. He worked 17 years at Leisure World and then obtaining his Contractors license he built the last set of apartments there. He then built many custom homes in Riverside, including those on Pounders Drive, where he lived with his wife, Mary Lou for 40 years. He met his wife, Mary Lou, at a Square Dance and were married Oct. 21, 1972 and danced together until he could no longer hear the caller. They traveled all over the U.S.A. in their motorhome with his brother J.E.,and wife Alice. Every night when they parked, they played his favorite game Pinochle. They always stopped on the way home to visit family and friends in Hot Springs, AK.

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