Gone But Not Forgotten

Eric Larsen

Eric Allen Larsen passed away May 7, 2020 at his home in Banning, California, after a 4 year battle with pancreatic/lung cancer, with his wife Cheryl by his side. Eric was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin to his parents Gerald and Emily Larsen on February 12, 1947. As youngster, his grandparents had a huge influence on his life. His grandpa taught him about the honey bee business, how to hunt and alot about cars. Of course living in Green Bay, he became a true Green Bay Packer fan, which carried on throughout his life. Go Pack Go! His parents moved the family to Covina, California where Eric went to high school. After graduating, Eric was drafted in to the U.S. Army and served our country in the Viet Nam War. After returning from the war, he later married his first wife Diana,who had a 2 year old daughter, Heather. They later had a son together named Dean,( who predeceased Eric at the age of 11). Those kids meant the world to him, especially Dean. Eric spent his career as a Route salesman for Oroweat Baking Company, which lasted 34 years. During that time he met the love of his life, Cheryl (who also worked for the same company). They married in February in 2000 and made their permanent residence in Bannning, California in 2002. Eric’s other true passionate love was hunting. He would count the days until hunting season opened. He was in seventh heaven when that day arrived. After he retired in 2008, he continued that passion, along with football season. During the off season of hunting and football, he was such a great mentor to both young and old. Someone that he mentored along the way, once called him a “Gentle Giant”. He was always willing to help others with projects, working on cars, just doing anything for anyone that needed a helping hand. He was such a great story teller too, whether it was something he experienced or just a movie he’d seen, those stories made you feel as though you were there. Eric will be truly missed by those lives he touched throughout his life. Eric was predeceased by his son Dean, his brothers Curt and David, his parents and grandparents. He is survived by his loving wife Cheryl, his sister Peggy, his brother-in-law Ralph, his sister-in-law Pam, many cousins, nephews and nieces, his ex-wife, her daughter and grandchildren, extended family, friends and great neighbors. Rest in Peace my love, until we are together again.

Kenneth Meyer

Dr. Kenneth Louis Meyer Ken passed way on Sat., May 23rd, 2020 at the age of 73. He was a clinical forensic psychologist. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Linda J. Meyer. He leaves behind his sister, Ginny and brother-in-law, Ron; his brother, Bill and wife Lynn; and various nieces and nephews and step-children as well as step-grandchildren. He was a veteran during the Vietnam war. May He Sail The Heaven’s Forever! 

Joseph Atencio

JOSEPH D. ATENCIO Age 87, of Highland, CA, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Redlands, CA. Joe is survived by his son Raymond (Lynne) Atencio of Highland; granddaughter, Shannon (Jarrod) Brown; grandsons, Raymond (Yazmin) Atencio, II and Joseph (Anaeli) Atencio and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by loving wife Christine of 57 years. She passed away in 2016. Joe retired as a TSGT from the USAF after 23 years. After his retirement, he became employed with the Social Security Office, retiring from there after 25 years. Born and raised in CO. and then entered the USAF. During that time he married Christine. After his discharge from the military, the family made their home in Highland, CA. 

James Monroe

Major General (ret.) James William Monroe, 68, born Aug. 15, 1951 at Warner Robbins AFB, GA died on April 23, 2020 at his home with family present after a courageous battle with cancer. Jim was preceded in death by both parents, William Lloyd Monroe (Leesburg, FL) ASAF 1959 and Mae Jeanne “Sandy” Cooley Dimmick Sanders (Sioux City, SD) WAC, survivor of Pearl Harbor 2004. Survivors include a sister, Patricia Jeanne Monroe (Ray Luhrsen) of Huntington Beach, CA; wife Rebecca (Becky) Suzanne Lofton of Grand Terrace, CA; children Heather Lynn McClure (Daniel) of Colton, CA; Kimberly Rebecca Monroe (Brady Black) of Austin, TX; and SPC(P) William James Monroe (Summer) of Fort Polk, LA; grandchildren Chloe Elizabeth McClure and Jesse James McClure of Colton, CA and Alice Weeteling of Hesperia, CA. Upon graduation from San Gorgonio HS, class of ’69, Jim, highly patriotic, enlisted in the Army at 18, and served in the 101st Airborne/Ranger during the Vietnam War where he sustained a traumatic injury resulting in the loss of both legs. Never letting his injury hamper or define him, he returned home and applied himself to a lifelong passion of education, receiving BAs from CSUSB in History and Political Science. Jim was also a founding member of Untied Vans Berdoo, serving as President for several years. He was the Associate Editor of Van and Trucking News, a job that allowed him to travel around the country a bit. Jim served in the CA State Military Reserves for a number of years, and later the Oklahoma State Volunteers. In 1982, while serving as a TA (teacher’s aide) for a Model United Nations class at CSUSB and working on his Masters in International Relations, Jim met the love of his life, Rebecca (Becky) Suzanne Lofton, and they married on July 21, 1984. Jim started working for Defense Investigative services while Becky began her teaching career. A few years later they started a family, and they raised their three children in their Grand Terrace home, with Jim staying home to care for the wee ones. Jim was active in PTA, restoring military vehicles, and later became involved in Boy Scouts as an Assistant Scoutmaster. He enjoyed knife making, leather working, painting miniature metal soldiers, WWll re-enacting, and reading. Jim could be daunting and stern but had a very generous, loving spirit. He made friends easily and was fiercely loyal and protective, leaving friends scattered across the U.S. He loved to travel, always ready to take a road trip. Having lost his father at a young age and a mother forced out of necessity to work, the care of his little sister fell to him. They had a very close relationship, a bond that would last his lifetime. He never balked and readily let Patti go with him wherever he went, and she remains forever grateful for their relationship. He was a devoted and highly supportive husband of 35 years to his wife Becky. After the births of their three children numerous family vacations would ensue with a favorite destination of Monterey, CA. He adored his children and took to fatherhood readily. As a stay-at-home provider, he took an active participative role in each of their lives, instilling patriotism, integrity, honesty, loyalty, support, involvement, service, a hard “do not quit” work ethic, education, honor and love. He was fiercely independent and didn’t let his injury stop him from any passion, activity or involvement. He had a quick wit and a dry sense of humor. He rarely smiled in pictures. He is already greatly missed.

Edward Regis

Lt. Col. Edward R. Regis, of Riverside, CA, passed away peacefully on April 28, 2020. He was born on January 29, 1923 in Rimersburg, PA. The son of Joseph and Margaret Regis, who along with a brother and two sisters, wife Mary Light and wife Betty De Camp predeceased him. Edward resided at Westmont Village Retirement community, formerly Air Force Village West, since 1990. Col. Regis resided in Rimersburg until he entered the U.S. Army on March 29, 1942. He attended Union High School where he lettered in football, basketball, and graduated with honors. He was commissioned 2nd Lt. on May 20, 1943 upon completion of Pilot training and was assigned to the 354th Fighter Group, the WWII Pioneer Mustang Group. During 31 missions in Europe he was credited with three enemy aircraft destroyed. He was shot down on April 26, 1944 and spent a year and three days as a POW. Subsequently, he was an instructor pilot until released from active duty in January 1947. He and his wife Mary resided in Litchfield Park, AZ where he worked for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. until recall to active duty in September 1947, when he was tendered a regular commission as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He subsequently held various command and staff positions in the 31st, 388th, and 49th Fighter Groups, was a liaison officer to the Atomic Energy Commission, Assistant Commander of the 6571 Aeromedical Research Laboratory and Technical Assistant to the Director of Biotechnology and Human Research, Headquarters NASA, prior to retiring from the Air Force in March 1966. He attended various schools including Air Tactical School, Purdue University, USAF Institute of Technology and Western State University College of Law. Col. Regis worked for McDonnell Douglas Space Systems in Huntington Beach, CA for 17 years during which time he was a senior engineer/scientist and program manager. He retired in 1981, in Huntington Beach, CA. After his wife’s death he moved to Air Force Village West where he met and married Betty, and thoroughly enjoyed a life of leisure. His decorations include the Silver Star, Air Medal with 5 clusters, Commendation Medal, POW Medal, Unit Citation and 5 campaign ribbons. He was a 3rd degree Knight of Columbus and a member of the VFW, American Legion, Daedalians, American Ex-POWs, and Retired Officers Association. Edward was much loved and will be missed by friends and family members.

Bernard Rubien

Lt. Col. (Ret) Bernard “Bernie” Rubien passed away peacefully at his home in Rancho Mirage, CA on May 14, 2020. He was a 101 year old Pearl Harbor Survivor. “The Colonel”, as his friends often called him, joined the service January 20, 1943 and retired July 1, 1966. He lived in Riverside, CA for close to 15 years. He is survived by daughters Elaine Lyons, Lois Flood, Barbara Pendergast (Kerry), Carol Streeter, Janet Rubien and son Roger Rubien. He also leaves behind 9 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Yeonna. After 25 years of military service, Col. Rubien worked for Riverside County Health Dept. where he set up the first food stamp program in the county, became Clerk of the Court at Riverside Municipal Court and finally served as administrative assistant to Assemblyman Walt Ingalls. When asked about the secret of living a long life, the colonel would smile and say “You’ve got to have a lot of birthdays.”

Ray Perez

Ray M. Perez, our beloved Husband, Father, Grandfaather, and Brother, passed away peacefully on May 7, 2020, in Riverside, CA. He was born on July 7, 1929 in Miami, AZ. His early years were spent fondly in the desert of Muroc, CA. He grew up in the Westside of San Bernardino, and he proudly attended Ramona Alessandro school. He served his country in Korea from 1951-1952. He worked at Norton AFB as a missile and aircraft mechanic for 37 years, also transporting the Titan missiles across several states. He was an active member of the Cursillo movement. He also served his church community at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Riverside. He enjoyed storytelling and family history. Ray leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Rachel, his two daughters, Myra Perez and Cindy Torres (Al) of Colton, CA, two granddaughters, Alisa and Crista Torres of Colton, CA, and sister and brother-in-law, Priscilla Mercado and Nick Concha. He was preced in death by his brother Victor Perez. He is survived by his sisters Jennie Gamino of San Bernardino, Cece Perez of Grand Terrace, Susie Kingsley of Othello, WA, and brother Louis Perez of Point Loma, CA, and many dear friends and family.

William Beggs

William Carrington Beggs, born May 20, 1927, beloved brother, husband, father and grandfather, died May 1, 2020. He was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Bill was a veteran of WWII, signing up for the Navy at 17. He went to college on the GI Bill, and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Bill worked as a nuclear physicist throughout his career. After he retired, Bill served on the Los Angeles Grand Jury. He enjoyed his retirement moving to Murrieta, CA from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Bill shared a wonderful 58 years with his wife, Beverly; years filled with laughter and joy. He and his wife were first and foremost best friends. Until the last several years, he had been a very active man traveling, running, walking, golfing, and playing paddle tennis. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, his children: Karen Devine, Susan Vasquez, Steven Beggs, Carolyn Buono, and his grandchildren: Christopher Nassiri, Daniel Devine, Kristen Devine, Matthew Buono, and his brother Jack Beggs.

Xavier Baeza

Xavier M. Baeza, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020. He was 49 years old. Xavier excelled in Track and Field both at Clement Jr. High and Redlands High School. He was awarded a Varsity Letter while at Redlands High School. Upon his graduation from Redlands High School, Class of 1988, he entered the United States Army, earning the rank of Specialist E-4, Combat Engineer. Xavier proudly served for ten years in the Army National Guard, Honorably Discharged in May of 1999. Xavier was employed at the VA Hospital in Loma Linda and Federal Express in Rialto. Xavier was very charismatic, strangers became friends, friends became family. Xavier loved his family and friends, we were all drawn to his laughter, music and smile. Xavier leaves behind his daughters, Amanda Moore (Derrick) and Jade Baeza, his grandson Anthony, father Javier Baeza, mother Cecilia Rebenstorf (Thomas), his brother Manuel Baeza (Jennifer), nephew Manuel, nieces Ellie and Lauren Baeza, his fiancee and soulmate Marisol Sinfuentes and his best friend Askia Critton. He also leaves behind his aunts and uncles and numerous cousins.

Fred Havens

Fred Z. Havens, Jr. passed away on May 1, 2020 at the age of 98 in Riverside, California where he lived for 67 years. Fred was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 10, 1922 to Dr. Fred Z. Havens, Sr. and Clara Hazel (Reed) Havens. As a young child, Fred and his parents moved to Rochester, Minnesota where soon his sister Harriet was born and where his father practiced medicine at the Mayo Clinic. He attended college and medical school at the University of Minnesota and received his M.D. degree at the age of 23. He was an active member of Psi Upsilon fraternity and completed his internship and residency at Saint Luke’s in Chicago. The second World War had begun by this time and he joined the Navy and served for nearly two years at the American Consulate in Shanghai, China as Lieutenant JG followed by several years post-war in the reserves. Upon his return to the States he completed specialty training in Internal Medicine and earned an M.S. Degree in Hematology from the University of Minnesota. Like his father, he began practicing medicine at the Mayo Clinic where he also met his future wife, Barbara. Yet, the long cold midwestern winters and a desire to use his talents in a new setting drew him west. So, in 1953 he packed his car and drove his wife, newborn and their cat Pogo to Riverside, California. There he joined the Riverside Medical Clinic with some of his Mayo colleagues and became the eighth physician to join the staff, first in the Mission Inn Rotunda and then at a new Clinic building on Arlington Avenue. Fred dedicated 55 years of medical service to the community until retiring at age 86. During those years, he was both a committed advocate for public health and an empathetic country doctor who made house calls for those who couldn’t make it to his office for treatment, often with his wife or one of his children in tow. In his early years, he also trained interns at Riverside General Hospital. He served on the Clinic Board of Directors, was President of the Heart Association and Co-Director of the Substance Abuse Treatment Center at Knollwood Hospital. As a member of the Clinical Faculty of Medical Geosciences, he later taught pre-med students at UCR how to successfully diagnose and treat their future patients. Modest and humble by nature, he was an undeniably brilliant diagnostician and enjoyed the challenge of solving complicated and vexing problems. When he wasn’t practicing medicine, Fred’s favorite pastimes included deep sea fishing, playing bridge, gardening, watching the horses race at Del Mar and golfing at the Victoria Club where he was a member since 1957. He also loved spending time in Carlsbad, California where he had many friends and enjoyed the ocean and the sight of his kids and grandkids riding the waves. Fred was as sharp as a tack until the day he died and will be missed by all who appreciated his tongue-in-cheek humor, amusing tales from his past, love of Big Band tunes as well as classical music, his measured but sage advice, love of family and enjoyment of the things in life that money can’t buy. Fred was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife of 68 years, Barbara Havens, daughter Candace Havens and husband James Renning, daughter Jennifer Wilson and husband Alan, son Fred Z Havens, III and wife Carolyn; 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and sister Harriet Allen. 

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