Gone But Not Forgotten

John Ballard

John Albert Ballard was born Dec. 24, 1920 and passed into eternal life Oct. 1, 2021 at his home in Hemet, CA. He grew up in Wood Lake, Nebraska with 14 siblings on a large cattle ranch. John joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 20 becoming a hospital corpsman and medic on the USS Foote. Soon after, it was hit by a Kamikaze and a missile in Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. After the war he met and married his first wife, June Banks, who was an officer, RN, and Navy Wave. They had 2 children, Mary Ann Ballard Edmundson and John Elwin. John moved his family to Hemet, CA in 1964 when he began working for the DMV. He enjoyed good food, playing tennis, traveling in his RV, telling jokes, playing poker, making furniture in his wood shop and spending time with friends and family. A few years after June’s death, he met his 2nd wife, Gloria Truttman. John and Gloria lived happily together for more than 16 years, enjoying a fun and joyful marriage. He loved Gloria’s family like his own. John was preceded in death by his parents, Catherine (Cassie) and William (Billy) Ballard, his son, John Elwin Ballard, and first wife, June Caroline Banks Ballard. He will be greatly missed.

John Dendinger

Dec. 29, 1982 – Nov. 25, 2020 John was a devoted son, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin, brother-in-law, and friend. He is survived by his mother, Carol Wallace; his father, Stan Dendinger; his twin sister Jennie Carpenter and older sister Emily Dendinger. John was also a beloved uncle to his nieces, Ella & Eden, and his nephew, Aiden. A public military honors service for John will be conducted at Riverside National Cemetery on Friday, October 22nd at 2:00 pm. The cemetery is located at 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92518. John was raised in Riverside where he graduated from Poly High School in 2001. He went on to become an extremely accomplished and decorated United States Navy SEAL. He was awarded numerous honors during his service including the prestigious Legion of Merit Award by Order of the President. He graduated from University of California Berkeley in 2019 with a degree in the classics. John enjoyed adventure, travel, and the exploration of different cultures. He is remembered for his loving spirit, his bravery, his loyalty, his hilarious sense of humor, and contagious laughter. He loved his family and friends profoundly and was admired by so many. His valor and courage will continue to be honored and his memory will be eternally cherished.

Delbert Voorhis

Dr. Delbert Leroy Van Voorhis, DDS. Loma Linda – Honoring the Blessed Life of Dr. Van Voorhis. Dr. Delbert Leroy Van Voorhis, DDS, a Colton dentist for 42 years who was fondly known as “Van” and “Doc,” died peacefully at his Loma Linda home on Thursday, September 16. He was 99.

Charles Nicholls

June 14, 1942 – October 1, 2021 Charles "Charlie" Nicholls passed away at his home in Talking Rock Ranch in Prescott, Arizona with Rose, his dearly loved partner, by his side. Charlie loved to talk about some of his fondest times with his grandparents on their farm in Kansas. He started riding on his grandpa’s big paint horse when he was 4 years old. As the summers went by, he loved to get up at dawn and sit on the porch steps waiting for his grandpa so he could help with the chores on the farm. Charlie’s dad served a life-time career in the U.S. Air Force. His father was decorated for his service in both World War II and the Korean War. Charlie and his family moved frequently during his father’s time in the Air Force. Charlie would tell stories of the times when he was in high school in Alaska and his mom taught him how to jitterbug in the basement. She told him it was a good way to meet girls. He was a great dancer for the rest of his "dancing" life! Charlie loved playing Over the Line in San Diego, his time with friends in San Felipe and on the Colorado River, his and Patti’s horses and Golden Retrievers, golf with buddies, and Elvis Presley. It was a special treat when Charlie would call and wish you a happy birthday with a truly good rendition of Elvis singing "happy, happy, happy birthday". From 1962-1966, Charlie served in the U.S. Air Force in the White House Honor Guard during the Kennedy-Johnson Administration. He moved on to have a successful career with NCR in Southern California before starting CDM, a commercial real estate brokerage and development company in Temecula, California, with his late wife Patti. Over the next 25+ years, Charlie played an important role in the growth and development of the communities of Temecula and Murrieta, in both residential and commercial/industrial development. During this time, Charlie was also very involved in community service. Charlie was a Past President of the Temecula Sunrise Rotary Club and served as the Assistant to the Rotary District Director. Following in his father’s footsteps, Charlie was a Mason with the Consuelo Lodge No. 325. Charlie was a longtime volunteer and fundraiser for S.A.F.E., a local domestic abuse prevention organization. Charlie was preceded in death by his parents Emerson Joseph Nicholls and Marie Ellen Cotten Nicholls, his brother, Richard, his beloved wife of 25 years, Patti, and his beloved daughter, Carrie. Charlie is survived by his loving companion and partner, Rose; his children John, Tricia and Dave; his grandchildren Steven, Travis, Chelsey, Ethan, Emma and great granddaughter Nora Belle. Charlie will be greatly missed by those who loved him from all walks of his life. Rose wishes to thank Alan Wikman of Synergy Home Care and his exceptional caregiver Susan Mathwig, Compassus Hospice Nurse Fritz and Dr. Reid, Laurie Cheney family friend and retired RN, best friend Judy Rosen and music therapist Susan Falk for all the kindness and care given to Charlie in the latter days of his life. A military service with honors will be held at Riverside National Cemetery followed by a celebration of life in Temecula, California.

Raymond Gonzalez

02/03/1930 – 09/21/2021 Raymond "Mongas" A Gonzalez passed away at home in San Dimas, Ca surrounded by his family on 09/21/2021. He was 91 yrs. old. Ray was born in Claremont, Ca on 02/03/1930. Ray worked as an agricultural worker from boyhood into adulthood to help support his family. Ray was proud to serve his country as an Infantryman in the Army during the Korean War. Upon his return Ray met and married Jennie his wife of 61 years. They started a family of their own and raised 7 children. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Pedro and Delphina Gonzalez, his son Ray Jr, his 5 sisters, Cuca Guaracha, Juana Espinoza, Lenore Gonzales, Carmen Gonzalez, and Ramona Gonzalez, along with his 3 brothers, John, Gregory, and Bobby. Ray is survived by his wife Jennie; his children Al (Brenda), Susie (Don Cloughesy), Robert (Pam), Sam (Dina), Mary (Andrew Padilla) and Cecilia (Jeanne Amaya); his 19 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; his sisters Lupia Troy, Mary Helen Alvarez, Lilly Gonzalez and his brother Lupio (Carol).

Steven Marino

May 1, 1949 – September 13, 2021 Steven Russell Marino Passed away peacefully on Monday, September 13, 2021 in Hemet, California; he was born on May 1, 1949 in Pasadena, California to the late Russell and Bertiel (Clark) Marino. Steven proudly served in the United States Air Force and was a grocery warehouseman for Lucky/Albertson’s warehouse for 25 years. He enjoyed gardening, classic cars, cycling, reading, camping and walking his dog Mirrhi. Although he was always busy, when it was finally time for a break, he liked to relax by eating an entire bag of chips or a whole box of cookies. He is survived by his loving wife Candace of Menifee; his loving children and their families, Allyson Marino and Jeffery Marino and his wife Jenny; his sisters, Dona Wieckowski and Annette DiGiuseppe; and his one grandson Ethan Hopper Smith Marino.

Sam Knappenberger

Dr. Sam Knappenberger, age 92, passed away September 26, 2021, in his Redlands, California home from natural causes. Sam was born to Dr. and Mrs. M.T. Knappenberger on June 8, 1929 in Warren, Ohio. He had one older brother, Tom. In his youth Sam attended Staunton Military Academy and Mercersburg Academy. After graduating, he attended Wittenberg University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree, and met his future wife, Margaret Rhodes. Sam followed his education at Wittenberg with a year of graduate school at Ohio State University before beginning medical school at New York Medical School, where he acquired his M.D. During his time in medical school he interned at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He completed his residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. After completing his residency, Sam spent two years in the United States Navy stationed in Bethesda, Maryland. During his time in the Navy, he spent one year in Africa working at Albert Schweitzer’s hospital in Gabon, and visiting 40 countries in Africa. Sam and Margaret married in 1953, shortly after graduating from their alma mater Wittenberg University, and remained happily married for 64 years until Margaret’s passing in 2018. After Sam’s stint in the Navy, he and Margaret, along with their three children — Tracey, Mark and Jane – moved to Redlands, California, which became the family’s permanent home. Sam practiced urology at St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino for 30 years, eventually holding the title of Chairman of the Board of Directors. During his time practicing medicine, Sam was an advocate for his patients and had many significant professional accomplishments, including being on a team that executed the first kidney transplant in the Inland Empire. Throughout his life, Sam was an avid golfer, shooting his age 150+ times and competing in the Bob Hope Classic 16 times. He was a member at Redlands Country Club, as well as La Quinta Country Club, where he was president for a period. In addition to golf, Sam and Margaret enjoyed world travel after his retirement, traveling to over 100 countries together. Sam is survived by his two daughters, Tracey Fisher and Jane Goodwin, his two grandchildren, Sam and Mary, and his great granddaughter, Rylee.

Tony McGuyer

Tony Jack McGuyer was born in 1945 to Murray and Jimmie B. McGuyer, in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Raised on a farm, he was driving a tractor at age 11. Tony was drafted into the military in 1965, and served 20 years in the Air Force, 9 years of that overseas. After his military service, he worked in the corporate world for 10 years, and then taught high school special education for 19 years. He was a lifelong learner and held four University degrees, including an M.S. in Systems Management from the prestigious Viterbi School of Engineering at University of Southern California. Tony was a recorded singer/songwriter and his music was distributed all over the world. He is preceded in death by his parents, and the love of his youth, first wife Kathy Dyan McGuyer. He is survived by his Gift from God, second wife Linda Michele McGuyer, daughter Judith Gutierrez (husband Dionicio), son Yell McGuyer (wife Ellen), and four grandchildren. Tony loved God and his fellow man, and tried his best to serve both.

Robert Florez

Robert (Bobby) Florez February 21, 1940 – September 17, 2021 Robert Florez was just one person, but he was the world to many. He was born on February 21, 1940, in Bakersfield, CA to David and Estella Florez. Robert was the first of four children. He was born a gentle and kind spirit, with innate athletic ability, artistic creativity, and a giving soul. He used his heart and hands to do many great things in life. Robert (Bobby) was a talented football player at Shafter High School, a tough and ready defensive back, and was a key member of the track team as a hurdler, lettering Varsity in both sports respectively. Growing up in Shafter’s Mexican Colony (Colonia), Robert was the first to graduate high school in his family. After his graduation in 1958, he found his first job at Riverside Cement as a miner. He joined the Army in 1962 and was sent on his first tour of duty in Vietnam in 1963, as a part of the 173rd Airborne unit. Bobby survived Vietnam and was a skilled parachuter. Robert was honorably discharged from the Army in 1965 and immediately returned to his job at Riverside cement plant, where he retired thirty years later in 1995. Upon his return, Bobby actively participated in various Veterans’ groups, traveling across the nation and the world as an outspoken ambassador for Vietnam veterans. Bobby was a giver in life, always sharing memorabilia from his travels with every person in his family. He was a proud artist and craftsman, producing hand-carved walking sticks, unique jewelry, and always had a Vietnam-themed artifact on hand for his family and friends. He was also a lover of classic and vintage autos. Bobby was a proud and doting uncle, often traveling to attend key moments for his many nephews and nieces. He was not a man of many words, but he was a man of much laughter and loved sports. Rarely did he miss listening or watching a professional sporting event, especially if it involved USC, Raider, or Dodger games. He was also a prominent booster of UC Riverside’s baseball team and gave generously to the University athletic program, at times even housing college athletes at his home in Riverside during the school year. Most of all, Bobby helped people those he knew and those he did not. Someone once described Bobby as a person who would give the shirt off his back to anyone who needed it. He was a popular man because of his kind and gentle ways, especially in the Veteran community. Many will miss his brilliant smile, his hearty laugh, and his endless joy in watching somebody receive a gift from him. Bobby is survived by his brothers and sisters: Ray Florez of Shafter, Sandra Florez of Shafter, and Janet Florez of Grover Beach. Immediate Nephews and Nieces: Dean Florez, Ryan Hernandez, Kris Florez, Michaela Hernandez, Gregorio Breedlove, and Matthew Garcia. Bobby is survived by great-nephews, nieces, and godchildren, too many to name. Bobby was preceded in death by his father, David Florez, and his mother, Estella Florez, from Shafter, California.

Montoya George

George Montoya June 20, 1951 – July 12, 2021 George peacefully passed away surrounded by his wife and daughter. George proudly served and retired in the U.S. Air Force. He loved God and his family. He was aloving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed precious moments with his family. He is survived by his beloved wife Mona of 49 years, 1 daughter, Lisa (David) Peeden and 2 granddaughters D’Anna and Danielle. Siblings Matilda Cascio, Elaine Stromberg, Salvador Montoya, Carmen Spurling and nieces and nephews.

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