08/15/1969 – 12/10/2021 Christopher D. Long, 52 of Redlands, Ca, passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 10, 2021. He is survived by his parents Ginny Zahm of Mentone, Ca and Charles and Pam Long of Montrose, Co; his sister Kim Campbell; brother Bryan (Shelby) Glass; several nieces, nephews and a great niece; four daughters Deidre (Brent), Amber (Jeremy), Cherie, Tia (Dan) and 10 grandchildren. He is also survived by his grandmothers Rev. Blanche Lewis and Bernice Long, uncles David (Kathleen) Lewis and Wayne (Linda) Long, aunts Cheryl Long and Lisa Adams and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers Rev. Roy Lewis and Cidon Long. Chris attended schools in Mentone and Redlands before graduating from Hemet High in 1988. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for 5 years out of San Diego, Ca on the USS Long Beach. He worked for the VA Hospitals in Loma Linda, Ca and Reno, NV for 13+ years and loved being of service to his fellow veterans. Chris was also a diehard San Francisco 49’ers fan.
Roy Isao Takeno passed peacefully from natural causes on January 3, 2022 at the age of 80. He was preceded in death by his parents Rikinosuke and Kuniye, brother Ben, and sister Sumiko Nagai. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Reiko Marian, daughters Robin, Riki Phelps (Donald), Melissa Mapes (Rodney), Meredith (Jerry), grandchildren Kayla, Julie, Andrew, Makena, Sydney, sister Toshiko, brother Harry and several other loving family members. Roy was born in Los Angeles on April 27, 1941. He went to Orange High School and played football, where he wore his beloved #10 and #25. He moved to Riverside in 1963. He attended Cal Poly Pomona and then was drafted into the Army in 1963. He enjoyed his time in the Army and developed his love for cooking. Roy founded R.I.T. Grove Management and married Marian in 1966 and had four daughters. He was a faithful supporter of R.I.T. Tigers Softball/ RGSA, Alcott Elementary Native Garden, Madison Elementary, Sierra Middle, Ramona High, UCR Men’s Basketball, J.W. North High Softball, University of Montana Softball, and Grove/AYSO Soccer.
Norbert, 82, of Riverside, CA, passed away on December 19, 2021, at his home with loved ones by his side. He was born December 10, 1939, in Eden, New York and came to California in 1950. He graduated 1957 in Fullerton. He enlisted in the Navy the same year. Norbert is survived by his wife Sue of 10 years, 3 sisters, 2 daughters, 3 sons, 2 granddaughters, 1 grandson, bonus family of 2 daughters, 1 son, 4 granddaughters, 1 grandson and 2 great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by Kathryn Holscher, his wife of 39 years. Family was very important to Norbert and brought him much joy. His final retirement was 2011 from Western Mortgage Company. Norbert and Sue loved traveling, especially taking cruises and road trips. Through his 49 years in Riverside he dedicated himself to many organizations within the community. He was very proud to pass the Notary test at age 79. Norbert was a platelet donor. He reached 56 gallons. He enjoyed learning about Riverside’s history. He was a docent at the Mission Inn. Norbert worked the elections since 2017. Norbert was a dedicated member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church for many years and served this community faithfully. He was head usher, also was active in many groups. He organized many fundraisers for the church and school. Norbert was a bereavement minister who presided over graveside services, a celebration of life. Norbert had a beautiful, selfless heart and was always willing to help wherever he was needed. He was a consummate jokester, who loved to be known by the nickname "Trouble." Norbert could always be counted on to put a smile on your face. Norbert will be deeply missed.
On Sunday, December 19, 2021, Mack G. Mitchell, husband, father and long-time resident of Redlands, CA passed away at the age of 84 following a debilitating illness. Mack was born on June 21, 1937 in Riverside, CA to Clarence and Doris Mitchell. He graduated from Polytechnic High School, Riverside, CA in 1955. He also proudly served in the United States Army as a mechanic for a MASH unit for 2 years from June 21, 1957 to June 11, 1959, and the United States Navy as a Medical Corpsman from August 8, 1959 to August 7, 1963. After leaving the military, Mack met Christine B. Kellogg in Riverside, CA while she was attending the University of California Riverside. They were married on March 30, 1968 amd became residents of Redlands that same year. Mack was hired as a Firefighter by Redlands Fire Department in 1969 and later promoted to Engineer. He retired as an Arson Investigator in 1982. In addition to his numerous other skills, Mack was an experienced welder and owned his own welding business. He made several wrought-iron fences for residents throughout the city of Redlands and beyond. He had an avid interest in military history and restored military Cushman vehicles after he retired. Mack is survived by his wife, Christine Mitchell, children Lori Mitchell/Lasanti and Ed Mitchell, his grandaughter Teresa Lisanti and numerous nieces, nephews and several grandnieces and nephews. His brother Charles Mitchell, sister Aileen Walters predeceased him.
July 12, 1931 – December 30, 2021 John Farmer, 90, went peacefully home to his Lord after a brief illness. Born Colton, CA to Walter Roy & Emily Adele (Gorin) Farmer. Lifelong resident of Riverside. Member of St. Francis DeSales, Riverside for 69 yrs. He remained steady in his faith. Poly High School Grad-1950. Riverside City College Grad-1952. U.S. Navy aboard the USS Monterey, 1952-1955. Retired Kaiser Steel & California Steel after 52 yrs. John was a generous man of heart & time. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather & loyal friend. He loved his LA Dodgers, LA Rams & enjoyed local football & basketball. Loved tennis & golf. Volunteered in PTA, Boy Scouts, 4-H, T-ball, Horticulture, co-owned Pat’s Ceramics. He expressed much gratitude for the concerns of his family & friends during his illness. Preceded in death: parents, wife of 50 years Patricia (Brady), brothers Bob Farmer/Mary, Don Farmer/Peggy, brother & sisters-in-law Chuck & Colleen Swift, his son (John) Russell Farmer, son-in-law Bill McDonald (Terri). Survived by children: Cathy Farmer-NV, Terri McDonald-CA, Lindsay (Josh) Pinnell WA, John (Kat) Farmer-CA; grandchildren: Amy, Russell (Lizette), Kellie, Jolene (Camille), Jessica, Wade & Zoe; great grandchildren Gray, Kodi, Diego & Victor; niece & nephews Kathy, Karen, Carol, Gene & Mike.
Age 74, loving husband of Ellen V. (Oslund) Macala, passed away on December 25, 2021 at Riverside Community Hospital. Dennis was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Donald M. Macala and Norma R. (Metcalfe) Macala on September 2, 1947. His family moved to Riverside in 1957. He honorably served in the United States Navy during Vietnam on the USS Okinawa. He and his wife Ellen were married on July 3, 1966. Dennis was in law enforcement for 28 years. He was with the Riverside County Sheriffs Dept., Redlands Police Dept., and the Riverside Police Dept. After retirement he was an educator with Riverside County schools for 10 years. Dennis was a devoted member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Riverside for many years. Dennis is survived by his loving wife Ellen (Oslund) Macala, his two daughters Kimberly K. Campbell and Kirsten K. Rosales, four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, his brothers Randall (wife Katie) Macala, David (wife Mary) Macala and sister Karen (husband Ron) Plechaty. Dennis (Paca) will always be loved and remembered.
May 24, 1944 – November 12, 2021 John was born and raised in San Bernardino, California and passed away on November 12, 2021, in Redlands Community Hospital. John attended Colton Elementary, Colton Junior High, Colton Union High School and earned his AA Degree at San Bernardino Valley College. John served in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and was stationed at the Panama Canal. John began his Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) instructor career at San Bernardino Valley College and then that expanded to Riverside Community College, Victor Valley College, College of the Desert, and eventually made his way back to San Bernardino Valley College in his last five years of teaching. He so enjoyed teaching that he wanted to do it till the Lord took him home. He was a member of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society for 23 years. He was given the title of "Arrowhead Chapter Person of the Year" for his outstanding support in 2015 of the Arrowhead Chapter RSES and the HVAC/R Industry plaque was presented to him on February 6, 2016. John is survived by his wife, Diane Roberts of 35 years and resided in Yucaipa for the last 22 years. John has three brothers; Lynn Roberts, Ronald Roberts (late), Bruce Roberts, one sister; Sheryl Danyluk, one daughter; Rebecca Dunlap, three sons; Richard Roberts, Scott Roberts, and Jerrod Roberts.
06-07-1951 – 11-29-2021 70, a resident of Colton, CA, took his last breath on 11-29-2021. His soul and spirit was received into the arms of his Heavenly Father. Alex was born to Alejandro (Alex) and Josie Alanis. He is survived by his wife Dianne; his dog Boo; 3 stepdaughters, Jeannette, Frances, Lisa; 8 grandchildren; his sisters Linda (Bobby) Chavez, Jean (Andy) Saldana; his brother Pastor Rick (Jeannie) Alanis and his sister-in-law Lollie Alanis; uncle Joe Ybarra, along with a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by his parents, his brother Michael Alanis and niece Christy Chavez. Alex enlisted in the United States Army in 1970 and was a Vietnam Veteran. In 1978 he met the love of his life Dianne and was married 42 years. Alex will always have a special place in everyones hearts and will never be forgotten by those who knew and loved him.
June 22, 1926 – January 3, 2022 Gerald R. Bell died January 3, 2022, from natural causes at the Springs in Whitefish, Montana at the age of 95. Jerry was born June 22, 1926, in Inglewood, California. He was an excellent athlete especially excelling in football. He attended Chaffey Junior College as well as USC and Pepperdine University playing football while earning his bachelor’s degree. While earning his degree he worked as a policeman in Inglewood, California. Jerry served in World War II and the Korean War and was a proud supporter of the VA. After serving he worked as the Athletic Director and coach at Upland High School, in Upland, California. In 1959 he began a 30-year career working in law enforcement in Glacier National Park, his lifelong love. Along with his love for the park and hiking, he had a passion for racquetball and Grizzly Football. Jerry’s favorite pastime other then football, was listening to his favorite songs from Frank Sinatra. He had many, many friends who loved hearing his numerous stories and never minded hearing them over and over again. Jerry is survived by five children, Kathy Bell of West Glacier, Marty and Christine Bell of Belgrade, Bruce and Donette Bell from Upland, California, Shirley and Arlen Kolodejchuk of Coram and Paula and Mike Daniels, Salt Lake City: four grandchildren, Holly Hull, Timber Kolodejchuk, Cody Bell and Emily Daniels as well as seven great grandchildren. He was also beloved by many friends and former athletes. He was preceded in death by his identical twin brother, Gene who died September 9, 2021; his friend and former wife Eleanor Bell, twin daughters, Karen and Karol and grandson Tanner Kolodejchuk.
February 7, 1941 – December 18, 2021 Thomas James Payne, age 80, a Yucaipa, CA resident for over 30 years, checked out for good on December 18, 2021 in Riverside, CA. He was born on Feb. 7, 1941 in Chicago, IL, the 1st of 2 children to Joseph and Louise Payne. Thomas is survived by his sons Daniel (Sandra) Payne of Munster, Indiana; James (Hannah) Payne of Raleigh, North Carolina; and sister Janet (David) Craig of Whittier, California. Thomas was a retired truck driver as well as a U.S. Navy veteran, and lifetime NRA member with a love of the outdoors backed by a fierce sense of independence. Tom was a fighter without any quit in him all the way to the end. We loved him and are going to miss him greatly.