Gone But Not Forgotten

Larry Miller

Larry Miller, 73, passed away on September 18th in Victorville, California. He was born in Geneva, Nebraska on January 12th 1947. He attended Clay Center High School and immediately enlisted in the Air Force after graduating in 1965. Larry served in Vietnam where he met Lucy, his wife of 50 years. He retired in Victorville, CA after 25 years of selflessly serving his country. He is survived by Lucy, daughter Kathleen, son Robert, 7 grandchildren, 2 great- grandchildren and 2 brothers and 1 sister. Larry was predeceased by his father and mother, Harold and Ilene Miller. Larry’s kindness and deep love for his family will be greatly missed. 

Robert Braden

Bob was born on March 23, 1931 in Independence, Kansas to parents Clyde 0. Braden and Grace M. ( Fitzgerald) Braden. Bob was seven years old when his mother died, but was later adopted by his loving stepmother Estelle (Griswold) Braden. He attended Independence High School and was active in football, basketball and track. Upon his graduation in 1949, he attended Tulane University on a football scholarship, later transferring to Kansas University. While there he married Valoris Kay (Swenson) Braden. He graduated in 1955 with a degree in Geology. Since he had been a member of AF ROTC he was commissioned as a First Lt. and began his flight training at Marana, AZ. It didn’t take long to realize he loved flying and decided to make it his career. His regular assignments began at Seymour-Johnson AFB, N. Carolina, and Bitburg AB, Germany, then on to Brookley AFB, Alabama, a member of the Flight Test Unit. After a training period at Nellis AFB, Nevada, he was assigned to Korat AB, Thailand where he completed 100 missions as a Wild Weasel in the F-105. Returning home, he was assigned to Luke AFB, Nevada as an instructor to pilots of the German AF in the F104, then on to Kadena AB, Okinawa. George AFB, CA was his final assignment where he retired in 1978 as a Lt. Col., having flown the F-86, F100, F104 and the F-105. Bob enjoyed his work as a volunteer, as well as the people he met doing so. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and worked for 14 years with the Apple Valley Citizens on Patrol. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters: Jean Benedict of Fort Collins, CO and Betty Wohltman of Independence, KS. He is survived by his wife of 68 years Valoris Kay Braden, son Michael Robert Braden and wife Kathyren, of Gambrills, MD, daughter Christine Kay Clark of Victorville, CA, and daughter Nancy Ann Wagner of Phelan, CA. Grandsons are Robert Austin Braden of Odenton, MD and Jeffrey Alan Braden and wife Kristen of Huntingtown, MD, Seth Paul Clark of Watauga, TX, and Logan Miles Clark of Killeen, TX; great-grandchildren Adriana Rae Braden and Owen Cole Braden, also of Huntingtown, MD. Bob’s wife and children were able to be with him when he passed away peacefully at home.

Gordon Bundy

Gordon Lee Bundy, 1930-2020, age 90, passed away on September 19, 2020. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Earlene (Redden) Bundy of 68 years of Temecula, California, his parents, Clarence Leon and Florence Elizabeth Bundy of Paoli, Indiana, brother Donald Bundy of Colorado, and daughter Beth Lanan (Bundy) Gutierrez of Temecula, California. He is survived by his son Steven Bundy and daughter-in-law Christie Bundy of Taos, New Mexico, son Douglas Bundy of Venice, California, and son-in-law John Gutierrez, grandsons Zachary and Evan Gutierrez all of Temecula, California. Also sister-in-law Mary Alice Turner (Jack Turner) of Oceanside, California, niece Debbie Beebe (John King) of Scottsdale Arizona, nephew Terry Turner (Laurie Turner) of Oceanside, California, sister-in-law Yasue Redden (Eugene Redden) of Maryland, niece Karin Dickinson (Larry Sternberg) of Naples, Florida, nephew Kenneth Redden of Stevensville, Maryland and grandniece Michelle (Bundy) Stegall, of California. The family wishes to express sincere gratitude for the support and blessings from family and friends. In lieu of flowers, Steven, Douglas, Christie and John all request that friends and family make a donation to the USS McKean Reunion Association. The USS McKean (DD-784) was a Gearing Class Destroyer and was Gordon’s US Navy assignment for 4 years during the Korean War. His service was one of the highlights of his life. He was honorably discharged on October 16, 1951 with the rank of Electricians Mate Third Class (EM3). Donations to the USS McKean Reunion Association go toward funding their newsletter, “The Scuttlebutt”, and to help with the cost of reunions. Make checks payable to: USS McKean Reunion Association and mail to: Chuck Horvath PO Box 509 Nevada, MO 64772 Graveside services will be private ­­­­­­at the Riverside National Cemetery located at 22495 Van Buren Avenue, Riverside, California and coordinated by England Family Mortuary of Temecula, California. The family wishes to express a special thank you to the entire staff and his friends at Gordon’s last residence, Vineyard Ranch of Temecula Assisted Living in Temecula, California. In particular, Bailey, Jeyln, Jocelyn, Janet, Debbie, Monet, Kalei, Margie, Annie, Joan & Tammy. Also, a thank you to Cabrillo Hospice Services for the special care they took of dad in his final days.

Shady Burdette

Shady was born October 6, 1924 in Wilder, VA, to Loomis Abradis Burdette and Pearly Simerly Burdette. He passed away on September 18, 2020 in Shoreline, Washington. Shady’s family were coal miners and moved several times to “follow the coal.” Shady finished his schooling in Killarney, West Virginia, after which time he worked a variety of jobs to help support his family.

Shady entered the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 18. He was first stationed at Paris Island, South Carolina and then transferred to Camp Pendleton, CA for training to go overseas (Pacific theatre) during World War II. He described the move as “lucky he did,” because that is where he met his wife, Lois Ferguson, at a soda shop in town, who he described as “the prettiest little thing in the shop.”

Shady and Lois were married in Taloga, Oklahoma on August 4, 1946. They started life together in Virginia, in a small town near Roanoke. They later moved to California where Shady took a job stacking tin cans at Continental Can Company. Shady recalled the company slogan: “Success comes in cans. Failure comes in cant’s.” That company slogan defined how Shady approached life.

Shady was then called to pastoral ministry. He was ordained in 1952, and pastored churches in Riverside, Santa Ana, Lindsay and Coachella. He served the Coachella church from 1962 to 1975 and again from 1979 until his retirement.

Shady loved his family, serving the Lord, pastoring his flock and preaching the gospel, which he continued to do with everyone he met, even after he retired from ministry and moved to Seattle, WA to live closer to his daughter, Gaynelle and her family.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Lois and his daughter, Gaynelle, and is survived by his son, Ronnie Burdette, daughter, Paula Burdette, 5 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Glen Crume

Glen was born in Colorado but spent most of his years in California where he met his wife Jeanne. Glen enlisted and served in the Korean war on the USS Cowpens as a Fireman. He and his wife adopted 3 children and started their family. In 1966 they moved to Pomona, California where they would begin working in Post Acute Care at Towne Avenue Convalescent Hospital and donating his time as the music minister at Pomona Nazarene Church. After serving as the Administrator with the Braswell family business, they became the owners and remained in the business for over 30 years until he retired. Glen served as a board member on Point Loma Nazarene College, participated on the Pomona City Council and served as the Rotary President with the Pomona Rotary Club. After a few years of retirement Glen and Jeanne moved to Tiller, Oregon, they started raising cattle on their property and donating their talents of music the local Post Acute and Assisted Living buildings near by and traveled. Glens last years were spent in Turlock, California at Covenant Village Care Center with his youngest daughter overseeing his care. They were able to spend his last hours together being sung to and hearing about memories and how much he was appreciated for all he did for his family. Glen will be remembered for his kind spirit, for singing to staff and residents at any given time and for being a strong leader personally and professionally. 

Donald Curtis

Donald Leslie Curtis was born in Freeport, ME, the oldest of 5 children of Leslie and Lillian Curtis. He was raised in Massachusetts graduating from Holliston H.S. and attended Northeastern University for one year. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1943 and remained in the Air Force after WWII becoming a career officer working in finance. He retired as a full Colonel in 1975 as the Comptroller of the Tactical Air Command. While in the Air Force, he received a BS in Business Administration from Indiana University. He moved to Riverside in 1977 and worked with the Victoria Avenue Restoration Project, his homeowner’s association and Mitchell Chapter AMC. He moved to Air Force Village West (now Westmont Village) in 2005 where he served on various financial committees. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gloria, in 2001 and his second wife, Joyce, in 2018. He is survived by a daughter, Pamela Hodges (husband Willie) of Los Angeles; grandson, Mark Hodges (wife Karin) of Concord, MA; granddaughter, Katherine O’Dell (husband Morgan) of San Antonio, TX, 3 great grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and 3 step-great grandchildren.

JC Alexander

Born January 13, 1922 in Blythe, CA, he passed away on September 21, 2020 after a valiant battle with dementia. He and his wife Montez McKenzie of 68 years lived in Rubidoux for 56 years and raised all of their nine children there before moving to San Bernardino in 2004. JC’s early years were spent growing up between Blythe and Brawley, CA. He attended and graduated from Palos Verde High School where he excelled as an athlete and violinist. In 1941 his mother Lillie Bransford Alexander and step-father William Clark, moved he and his sister to Casa Blanca when he was 18 years old. On March 14, 1942 he and Montez married and in October 1942 JC joined the armed services with the Army Air Corps. While in the Army Air Corps he was chosen to attend the Benjamin Franklin Technical Institute in Boston. Before his honorable discharge Nov. 26 1945, he ultimately reached the rank of First Sergeant with the 856th Aviation Engineer Battalion in charge of the 162 man Company B. Upon his return from the war he would find work with Glenwood Motors as an automobile service repairman and would work there for 33 years before his retirement. With his wife he would attend the Kansas Avenue SDA church and the Mt. Rubidoux SDA church. JC enjoyed gardening, tending and transplanting trees, building and was famous for his barbeque sauce. He leaves behind 8 of his nine adult children: (Sharyne), Larry (Brenda), Alice, Raymond (Rhona), Jean Anderson (Ron), Rita, Dennis (Jo), Curtis (Diana), and Tim (Sherrydon). As well as 23 grandchildren, 18 great-grand-children and one great-great-grandchild. In addition he leaves countless nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of loyal friends and loved ones whose lives were indelibly impacted by his generous spirit, his always helpful nature and his endless wisdom. He was preceded in death by his wife; Montez Rebecca McKenzie, parents; Lillie Clark (Abernathy), Julius C. Alexander, step-father William H. Clark, brothers; Edward, Jack Bransford, Julius, Benjamin, Mitchell Alexander and Marcus Clark, sisters; Minta Bransford, Emma Brown, Yvonne Womack, Lillius Stowers, Ernestina, Lila, and Anna Mae (Alexander), son; Jerry Sr., great-grandson; Julian, and numerous sisters and brothers-in-law. 

Charlie Palmer

Charlie was born in Long Beach, California and later moved to San Bernardino where he attended San Bernardino High School and San Bernardino Valley College. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, and served during the Vietnam conflict. Upon his return home, he attended the University of California at Riverside, majoring in Geology. Charlie owned Bear’s Tackle in San Bernardino for many years. He officially retired in 2006, but his love for fishing was never forgotten. Charlie first learned to fish as a young boy while vacationing at the Colorado River with his grandparents, Fred and Goldie Peters. As an adult, he took many long-range trips out of San Diego on board the Spirit of Adventure. He often chartered trips to Loreto, Mexico, for groups of 30-plus and made many life-long friends. Charlie loved Mexican food, Willie Nelson, gospel music, playing cribbage, and wife Diane’s pumpkin pie. Charlie passed away on September 19, 2020 in Beaumont, CA. He was 76 years old. Charlie is survived by his wife Diane of 31 years, his sister and brother-in-law Sylvia and Randy Mudrick of Brea; stepsister Kathi Shuler of Littleton, CO; his brothers-in-law Mark Harp of Cherry Valley and Kenny Harp of Calimesa; his “adopted” son Lee Washington and his “adopted daughter and son-in-law” Luke and Diane Kunkel of Carlsbad, NM, and their three children, Kylee, Kellen and Kallie, who loved their Papa Charlie.

Hector Murguia

Mr. Murguia, 84, traveled home on Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Victorville, California. Mr. Murguia was born in Brawley, California, and grew up in Riverside. Mr. Murguia’s dream from a young child was to become a truck driver. Mr. Murguia took the dream of being a truck driver and spearheaded the launch of Murguia Brothers Trucking, a successful premium provider of fresh produce delivery. Mr. Murguia specialized in meeting and exceeding all expectations through excellent customer service with on-time delivery of fresh produce dock-to-dock. Murguia Brothers Trucking distribution grew to include the United States, Canada and Mexico. Mr. Murguia would many times recall his gratefulness to God for allowing him to realize his dream. Mr. Murguia served in the U.S. Army deployed to Inchon, Korea, from July 1959 – August 1960. Mr. Murguia also served in the Army National Guard at Fort Huachuca from October 1960 – October 1962. The stronger a man is, the more gentle he can afford to be. Mr. Murguia was an amazingly gentle man because he was an incredibly strong man. Mr. Murguia leaves a legacy of courage, valor, honor, strength, and excellence to his family and friends. Mr. Murguia a man much loved and admired. NOSOTROS AMOR TE MUCHO. He leaves behind his beloved family and friends, father of Sheila Allison (Jim) and Terry Soto, grandfather of Karina Soto, brother of Alex Murguia, Mary Lou Miller (Jim), Rudy Murguia (Linda), Albert Murguia (Vondora), Susan Virag (Skip), Claudia Myszko (Dave), Melinda Couch (Gary). He was preceded in death by his first spouse Mercedes Vasquez and his second spouse Marina Perez Decuir, parents, Hilario Elario Murguia, and Maria Louisa Murguia, and sister Olga Murguia.

Edward Martinez

Edward G. Martinez, born April 21, 1949, passed away at home in Riverside, CA. on June 13, 2020. Edward is survived by his wife, of 49 years, Lidia Martinez, and their 4 children: Christina, Alexa (Vicente), and Edward A. Martinez, and Katherine Hoff (Justin); and 6 grandchildren. Edward was preceded in death by his parents: Alfred & Gloria Martinez and survived by his 5 siblings. Edward, a veteran, received a Purple Heart while serving in Cu Chi, Vietnam. He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren. Edward will be greatly missed.

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