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.
George Gorian, a lifetime resident of San Bernardino, CA, passed away after a short illness on November 12, 2018. A graduate of San Bernardino Valley College and UCLA, George worked as a stockbroker for over 50 years, starting his own firm in 1982. Throughout his life, George was active in community organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of San Bernardino, and served on the boards of the Community Hospital Foundation, The CSUSB Foundation, The U.S. Selective Service Commission, and the San Bernardino Uptown YMCA. George served his country as a naval officer, on active duty from 1952-54 and as a reserve officer until 1964.
Wilfriend “Willii” Ciesielski Passed away on December 6, 2018 at the age of 73. Willi was originally from Germany. He joined the Navy in 1965. He served in the Vietnam War aboard the USS Rogers. Willi met the love of his life and settled in Riverside in 1971. He worked for Johnson Machinery in Riverside as a Welder for 30 years, he retired in 2007. He loved “tinkering” around in his shop and restoring old cars.
Father Edward Cardoza was born in Berkeley, California to Joseph and Mary Cardoza March 21, 1931. He attended St. Joseph’s Grammar School and St. Mary’s High School, both in Berkeley. In 1948 he entered St. Anthony’s Seminary in Santa Barbara and finished his theological training at the Franciscan Theological Seminary at the Old Mission, Santa Barbara before being ordained at the Old Mission December 21, 1957. His ministry included assignments as associate pastor in Arizona and Washington, teaching high school in Salem, Oregon and was appointed pastor in Provo, Utah in 1966. He was then assigned as the retreat master at the Franciscan Retreat House in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Mr. Bertrand is survived by his brother Paul and wife; three children, Tammy, Michael, and Mark; four grand- daughters, and nine great-grandchildren. Ray served in the military in the early 70’s, and worked various jobs though the years until he was forced to retired due to his health. His most rewarding job was working as a counselor at the Jefferson Wellness house in Riverside, Ca. He was well liked by all. He will be missed.