Frank Donald “Don” Whitehead, age 93, peacefully returned home to his Heavenly Father, surrounded by his 5 daughters, October 13, 2020 in Washington, Utah. Don, also known by those he loved as “Big Whitie”, was born August 17, 1927 in San Diego, CA to Benjamin Whitehead and Rose Cornelia English. In his youth, he moved with his mother and brother, Bobby, to Palm Springs, CA where the climate was more conducive to his mother’s chronic health conditions, a result of tuberculosis. In 1944, at the young age of 17, and still attending Palm Springs High School, he joined the US Navy and was assigned to the Amphibious forces in the South Pacific where he participated in the battle for Okinawa. After WWII he returned to Palm Springs to finish his last year of high school and then went on to attend Chaffey College, Ontario, CA. Later he followed friends to Brigham Young University to use his GI bill. Don had a beautiful tenor voice. Many fond memories were made while singing with famous people on the radio and early television during his college years. In 1953, he moved back to California, working for H.W. Loud Machine Works (Howmet Corp), an aeronautics company in Pomona, CA. It was here that he met and fell in love with Helen Hutchins and the two were married in 1956, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Don climbed the ladder quickly, eventually becoming the VP of Contract and Sales. In 1971, Don and Helen ventured out on their own launching Loud Engineering and Manufacturing, Inc., a landing gear company first in Pomona, CA and eventually relocated to Ontario, CA. Their hard work and dedication drove the success of their company which they sold in 2001 to retire in Washington, Utah where they resided until Don’s passing. Don enjoyed golf. He was a long-time member of the Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and often talked about his (2) hole-in-ones. He also loved to work in the yard, build new projects around the house, and had a great passion for family history and genealogy. And then there was his girlfriend, “Ruby” a Jeep Rubicon that he and Helen enjoyed exploring Southern Utah’s wilderness. But his greatest love was for his family. Don, in his wonderful unique way, often expressed how truly blessed he was and acknowledged from where those blessings came. Those who knew Don also knew what a witty character he was. During retirement, his daily routine included breakfast (before the ‘crack of dawn’) at Washington City’s Wagon Wheel Restaurant. The staff and patrons loved him dearly, affectionately dubbing Don as “Mr. Lousy” for his iconic shoutout of sincere appreciation each day as he left: “Have a lousy day!” (which translated as a sincere, “Have a wonderful day!”). Don and Helen were long-time contributors and supporters of The Big Horn Institute of Palm Springs, CA and Cal Poly University Kellogg Engineering Scholarship Program, Pomona, California. They were both lovers of wildlife and wanted to help young engineers achieve their educational aspirations. Don and Helen spent 64 loving, adventure-filled years together until Helen’s recent passing two weeks ago. With his life’s journey complete, divine timing led Don back to his beloved. Don was also preceded in death by his parents Benjamin Whitehead and Rose Cornelia English; brother, Benjamin Jack Whitehead; sister, Frances Colleen Castle; brother, Robert Malcolm Whitehead; niece, Patricia Darlene Wollerton; and grandson, Mark Walliser. He is survived by his 5 daughters, Darlene Kaempf “#5” (Michael); Linda Rufener (Bill); Cindy Winegar; Kim Parsons (Richard); Debra Bierman (Matt); 22 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren who loved their “Grandpa Meathead” and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends that are like family. A special thanks for Dad’s caregivers at Sun Tree Hospice; especially Paula and Trinity. And lastly his loving daughters especially Cindy who took incredible care of Our Dad, “Big Whitie”.
Gene made his final approach into HVN on September 24, 2020, landed, and found his wife, Faith, waiting for him. Born in Hammond, Indiana, he and Faith lived in Rialto, CA for 63 years, where they raised two children. He left his parental home as a teen, and supported himself as he pursued his educational goals. He graduated from San Bernardino High School, the University of CA, Santa Barbara, and achieved a Master of Arts from Redlands University in U.S. history. He taught that subject, U.S. government, and driver’s training for forty years at Fontana High School. He also coached the boys tennis team, was advisor to the Leo Club, and assisted several senior students with their applications to U.S. military academies. He was well-known for waving to students in the morning while driving his trademark white, Porsche 912 into the school lot. In addition to working on his classic cars, Gene was an avid tennis player, playing for the men’s team at San Bernardino Valley College, and winning many trophies while competing in local community tennis tournaments. He liked to say that he was able to succeed with “normal sized” racquets, although he also enjoyed using the larger ones as they became popular. He was also a self-taught mechanic, plumber, electrician and carpenter and was often asked by neighbors to help them fix various household problems. He liked to work with his hands, and created many beautiful accent pieces for the home, including mosaic tile tables, jewel-like bunches of grapes made of resin, wind chimes, and a wooden model submarine for the backyard pool that was self-propelled and dove under the water. Proudly serving in the U.S. Army and deployed overseas to Korea, Gene believed that hard work, education, and service were the keys to success in America. He often wore caps that had emblems of the Army, Air Force and Civil Air Patrol. He was very happy to hear in his last weeks of life, that in addition to his children graduating college, his two granddaughters would both receive their bachelor degrees in 2020. Gene’s most enduring passion began in the early 1970’s when he became a private pilot. He purchased a share in a Piper Archer aircraft (tail number N2134E) with his best friend, Larry Rice, and together they flew countless hours over the scenic San Bernardino mountains and valley. He loved taking family and friends for rides and letting them take the wheel under his watchful eye. He received a commendation from the City of Rialto for serving on the municipal airport commission for many years. In that capacity, he was the voice of many pilots who flew out of Miro Field in north Rialto. In the early 1980’s, he joined the Civil Air Patrol, (a civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force), Squadron 25, at Cable Airport, Upland, CA. This brought together his love of aeronautics, military culture and service. He became very involved in their cadet program, instructing young people in the basics of flight and encouraging their interest with many plane rides. He was awarded several commendations over his time with the unit for his dedicated service. Gene also volunteered with the Redlands Police Department when they requested aerial support for ground searches. Again combining his love of flight and desire to serve, in later years, he became involved with the Marine Toys for Tots campaign, with the Redlands Airport Association. Gene would drive to pick up donated toys then “Stuff a Plane” with them and fly out with other plane owners to the Marine base in Twentynine Palms, CA. Hundreds of underpriviliged kids were benefited every year by this generosity. Gene is survived by his ground-crew on Earth: daughter, Nancy (Joe) Megan, son, Gary Jozens, granddaughters Tara and Kelly, nieces and nephews and many friends.
Born in Cisco, Texas and making a journey to California at the age of 5 with his parents and sister. (Bob, having 3 sisters, was the only son of Ben & Rina Belle Camp and they thought he could do no wrong, if only they knew.) Bob graduated from Chaffee H.S. and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After his discharge he attended Chaffee Jr. College and Riverside City College. He then went to work for the Press Enterprise Newspaper for a total of 35 yrs. If he wasn’t at home or work he could be found fishing on various lakes in California. He loved catching fish but did not enjoy eating fish. Bob was a member of the Magnolia Center Church of Christ and he loved his church family. He is survived by his wife of 62 yrs., Shirley; daughter Regina Ali (deceased); granddaughter Amanda Duarte & husband A.J.; great grandson, Augustine; sisters Linda Preston; Glenda Spaccarotelli (Faye Allen, deceased) and many loving nieces & nephews.
Age 92, passed from this life into eternal life on September 29, 2020. Gerald was born on April 25, 1928 in Lindsay, Nebraska to Theodore and Matilda Ramaekers. The 3rd of 10 children, Gerald was born into a hard-working Catholic family. Pulled out of high school before graduating, Gerald worked on the family farm for several years to support his family. Once he reached the age of 18, he enlisted to serve his country as a United States Marine. Gerald was stationed as a guard at Terminal Island Naval Prison in California when he met Helen Joanne Allen. After only a short while, Gerald and Joanne fell in love. Upon his honorable discharge from the Marines, Gerald returned to Iowa to seek employment in order to marry Joanne. Soon after, on September 2, 1950, Gerald and Joanne were married at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Long Beach, California. Together they celebrated 70 wonderful years of marriage before his passing. Gerald and Joanne spent the first 5 months of marriage in Carroll, Iowa until Gerald was called back to the Marines to serve active duty in the Korean War. After 12 months, Gerald returned safely to his wife and first son in southern California. Upon returning to California, Gerald secured employment at the Texaco refinery in Wilmington; however, he often sought supplementary work as his family with Joanne grew. While still working additional jobs, Gerald returned to night school and completed his high school degree. Then, on January 29, 1959 Gerald became a Los Angeles City Firefighter. Gerald worked for the LA fire department for over 30 years, retiring on August 1, 1989. Gerald truly enjoyed his 30 years as a firefighter. Promoted several times during his career, Gerald served as an engineer, captain, drill tower instructor, head of arson, and finally, a captain 2. Gerald leaves behind his wife Joanne, 7 children Larry (Debbie), Tim, Greg (Terry), David (Donna), Jill (Robert), Wayne (Marie) and Elizabeth. Also 18 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren (with another on the way). He leaves behind 3 brothers, 2 sisters, 4 sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents Theodore and Matilda, parents-in-law Raleigh and Helen Allen, brothers James and Gregory, sisters Marie and Delores, brothers-in-law Dale Olson and Grover Payne. Gerald was a devout Catholic who spent his retirement years serving his community by volunteering at St. Francis of Rome parish and the Fishes and Loaves soup kitchen, to provide free meals for all members of the community. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Wildomar/Lake Elsinore Elks. He enjoyed activities with his family such as traveling, working on his house, and bowling; but mostly, Gerald loved spending time with Joanne, and his many children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Newell E. “Bud” Stone on September 15, 2020, in Riverside, CA. Bud was 91 years old and had been battling Parkinson’s Disease for several years. He was a very successful businessman and Rotarian who loved Riverside. Bud lived a full life and was passionate about his pursuits. He knew people everywhere and will be missed by many. Bud was born on a farm near Golden City, Missouri on February 16, 1929 and was one of five siblings. He was a farm boy who started working at a very early age. After graduating from Golden City HS in 1947, he and two buddies drove to Idaho in a 1931 Model A Ford to work on a ranch. As winter approached in 1948, Bud bought an Indian Chief motorcycle and headed south to California seeking warmer weather and opportunity, and he never left. Bud started working in the grocery business for Power’s Supermarket in Colton in 1949, eventually becoming Regional Manager. He met his future wife Helen Hilliard (who was shopping in the store one day) when she accidently knocked over a large display of jelly jars! They married in 1951. Shortly thereafter Bud was drafted into the US Army and was shipped out to fight in Korea with the 24th Infantry during 1951-52. After returning from the war, Bud and Helen started a family and raised three children, Nancie, Stacy and Bryan. Bud also owned and operated two neighborhood markets in Riverside named Waldo’s. He was a Groceryman and a Butcher for over 50 years. Never one to sit still, after Bud retired from the grocery business in the mid 1980s, he managed his real estate properties throughout the Inland empire. He was also a Riverside Airport Commissioner from 1982 to 1990 actively working on the Airport Master Plan, including lobbying efforts in Washington D.C. for funds to improve Riverside Municipal. He received the President’s Award from the Riverside Chamber of Commerce in 1983, and helped build several homes during the 1990s with Habitat for Humanity. Bud was also a private pilot and flew his Beech Bonanza out of Flabob Airport for over 40 years. He was an avid quad off-road rider and for many years enjoyed annual Thanksgiving trips to the desert with his brother Lloyd, and family riding trips to Baja between Christmas and New Years. Bud loved boating as well. He and his wife Helen had many wonderful memories with their Shipjack and the RV. Bud was a devoted Rotarian. He was a Charter Member of the Riverside East Rotary Club and served as the club’s second President in 1988-89. Bud was also a co-founder of the annual Riverside Show & Go Car Show in conjunction with the Old Farts Racing Team. This annual fundraiser has raised over a half million dollars that has been donated back to the community over the past 20 years. Bud was honored as Grand Marshall of the annual event in 2006. For Rotary District 5330, Bud was involved with Group Study Exchange and Youth Exchange and was an Assistant Governor, Conference Chair and District Treasurer. Bud also was the District 5330 Rose Parade Float representative for almost 20 years. Bud was preceded in death by his loving wife Helen, his daughter Nancie Blanton, his brother Lloyd Stone, and his two sisters Norma Geivett and Faye Horn. He is survived by his brother Carl Stone, daughter Stacy Howe, son Bryan Stone, 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Hugh Langford, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and generous friend, passed away at 84 in Pasadena, California. Always with a joke at the ready and a mischievous glint in his bright blue eyes, he will be remembered as a force of nature and missed by many.
Born and reared in St. Louis, Missouri, Hugh attended Mehlville High School and developed a life-long love of Ted Drewes frozen custard. He received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla, prior to working as a test engineer for McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis. Hugh’s interest in flying soon lured him into the U.S. Air Force’s flying training program, where he earned his wings and a 2nd Lieutenant’s commission in 1961, subsequently graduating from the USAF Fighter Weapons School and later becoming an instructor there.
His Air Force career involved flying the F100D Fighter (the Super Sabre) with assignments in the U.S., Turkey, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and three combat tours in Vietnam. While flying fighter aircraft, he also served as a jump-qualified Forward Air Controller, having completed the Army Ranger Airborne Parachutist School, making over 30 parachute jumps during Vietnam with 130 pounds of gear. From 1964 to 1967, Hugh flew 231 combat missions over North/South Vietnam and Laos, for which he was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross and eleven Air Medals.
After his flying career, Hugh earned a Master of Science in Systems Management from USC and phased into the program management side of the Air Force until his retirement in 1979 as a Lt. Colonel. He later founded his eponymous Management Consulting firm, providing management support services to the DOD, NASA, DOE, and to contractors throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. He continued to work until last year and will always be remembered for his inexhaustible energy which he put into everything he did.
While Hugh loved flying and delighted in taking friends and family up into the clouds, his greatest love in life was his beautiful wife, Janet, whom he first met just prior to leaving for Vietnam. They married in 1967 and enjoyed 53 years together, full of travel and adventures near and far. After several short residences in the southeastern U.S., they moved to Los Angeles in 1975, and later to Pasadena to rear their family. They also maintained a second home in Rancho Mirage, CA. Hugh was a great supporter of the arts and relished escorting Janet to events and galas. The Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera, the Palm Springs Art Museum, and The Living Desert all benefited from his generous spirit, and many friends and family can recall years of fantastic evenings at his Hollywood Bowl box.
In addition to his wife, Janet, Hugh leaves behind his children Alicia (Robert) Otani of Reno, NV, and Ransom (Courtney) Langford of New Canaan, CT; grandchildren Cecilia Otani, James Otani, Caroline Langford, William Langford, and Kathleen Langford; and brother-in-law and dear friend, Bill (Maria Zwierkowski) Guillory. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Isabel (Noee) Langford, and his older brother, Edmund Langford. Family and friends will miss his raucous laugh, outrageous stories, and ready hand to help. A celebration of life will be held in the spring where it is hoped that many fun “Hugh stories” can be shared with love and laughter.
Ardith Turner Farris passed away on October 10, 2020 in Palm Springs after a long illness.
She is survived by her husband John, brother Stanley, sister Maxine, and two sons. Ardith was born near Mt Pleasant, MI on 30 Jan 1931. Ardith joined the WAC’s shortly after high school and served 6 years at Fort Lee, VA, FT Bragg, NC, FT Mead, MD, and Germany. Upon discharge she went to work for US Government Civil Service in FT Lee, Virginia, FT Meade, MD, Maryland, The Pentagon, Germany, France, Italy, Vietnam, and Hawaii. Ardith traveled extensively through Europe, Africa, and Asia. She retired after 31 years of combined Army and Government service. Ardith met her husband Colonel John Farris in Vietnam and they were married in 1951. John and Ardith made their home in Virginia, San Jose, and later in Palm Springs.
Jesse Walter Lytle, loving husband and father, passed away the evening of Monday, September 28, 2020, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 84. Jess was born on November 3, 1935 in Bavaria, KS to Eula E. (Harbison) and Gilbert W. Lytle. He graduated Haven High School in 1953. In 1955 he moved to California. Evelyn came out to Los Angeles where they were married on July 3, 1956. Jess was drafted in the army in 1959, when he returned, he found work back in CA in the aerospace industry. It transitioned into the space industry where he worked on the Gemini and the Apollo missions. Jess and his family moved to Riverside, CA in 1972. He went on to start his own business JW Lytle Company, a machine shop in Corona CA. After his retirement at 65 he and Evelyn became very active in the community. They then sold the house in Riverside and moved to a retirement community in Sun City, AZ. When Jess’s health began to decline, they moved to Santa Barbara, CA. Jess will always be known for his smile, his ease to laugh, and his ability to always solve a problem. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Evelyn, his daughters Kim (David) Rocha, Leanne (Christopher) Ackler and Cherilyn (Padraic Culham) Lytle, his 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, his brothers Orville (Bud), Robert Gail, and sister Susan. He was preceded by his sisters Audie, Connie, Betty and Iona.
On Sunday, September 27, 2020, Benito of La Verne passed away peacefully in Sacramento where he had lived for the last 12 years. Benito was born in Reseda to Miguel and Maria Gomez. He served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division from 1948-1952. He enjoyed working in horticulture, and hobbies included watching his beloved Dodgers, the Lakers and collecting various items. He was preceded in death by his parents, eldest daughter, Lydia and 12 siblings. He is survived by daughters, Stella, Rita and Danita, sister, Rosie Brandt, in addition to 6 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The Honorable Jay Thompson Hanks passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. He was 76 years old. Jay, also known as Tom, was born on May 7, 1944 in the tiny town of Beardstown, Illinois. His father, a lawyer and a judge, charted a career path for Jay that he pursued with great passion. His greatest passion, however, was his family. Jay met the love of his life, Norma Kay Johnson, in elementary school. Jay would chase young Kay home from school. The couple married in 1966 and were married for over 54 years. As a young man, Jay enlisted in the Navy during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. Kay moved to Japan with Jay, where he served as a Mine Warfare Specialist. Upon their return to the states, Jay and Kay moved to Riverside where he graduated from UCR. Jay went on to law school at Pepperdine University. On July 1, 1974, he began his career as a Deputy District Attorney in the Riverside County District Attorney’s office. Jay rose quickly through the ranks of the office, becoming the Assistant District Attorney in November of 1982. Jay’s greatest professional achievement came in 1980, when he was tabbed as the lead trial attorney for the infamous Norco Bank Robbery case. The case involved one of the most spectacular bank robberies in American history and spawned multiple movies and books, including the 2019 book “Norco ’80 The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History,” by Peter Houlahan. The trial took Jay away from his young family to Vista for over a year and ultimately led to sentences of life imprisonment without parole for the three defendants. In 1988, Jay was elected to the Riverside County Municipal Court and in 1990 was elevated to the Riverside County Superior Court where he served until retirement. Though Jay’s career featured a number of professional triumphs, his crowning achievement was his two children, Joshua and Emily Hanks. Joshua went on to a career as an attorney. Like his father, Joshua spent a period of time as a Prosecutor at the Riverside County District Attorney’s office. Jay’s daughter Emily is also an attorney and, like her father, a career prosecutor, first in the California Attorney General’s Office and for the last eight years in the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. Joshua and Emily found a love of the law early, both competing on California State Mock Trial Championship Teams at Riverside Poly High School, where Joshua continues to coach. Jay was never prouder than he was when watching his children pursue his passion. In 2007 Jay became a grandfather for the first time. He has a total of five grandchildren, in whose presence he always beamed. Jay is survived by his brothers, Hardin and Richard Hanks, Kay, Joshua, Emily, and his five grandchildren.