Gone But Not Forgotten

Merrill Farris

“A joy and a happiness!” is how Merrill Ferris greeted everyone and he died as gently as he lived. He transitioned peacefully and without pain, surrounded by family and friends on June 8, 2018. He had cancer for many years and fought valiantly using homeopathic medicine. He attended Norte Vista High School, class of ’65, and was a Vietnam vet with the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He was known to his community as a wise and inspirational man, a healer and an expert in reading the Mayan Calendar. He is survived by his mother, Rosalie Ferris, who was a PE teacher at Norte Vista and still lives in Riverside; his sister, Colleen Fain (Richard); his brother, Kelly Ferris and many cousins, nieces and a nephew.

Jerry Conerly

Jerry Conerly, age 71, passed away of natural causes at his home in Riverside, CA on Sunday, June 24, 2018. Surrounded by family, he was a beloved son, brother, husband, uncle, father, and friend. Jerry was born on January 5, 1947 in Riverside, CA, a son of Walter and Mary Conerly.

Marcelino Palacios

Age 89, passed away on July 4, 2018 at home on the Morongo Indian Reservation. He was born on July 17, 1928 and had been a lifelong resident of Banning, CA graduating from Banning High School. He was a landscaper, drove truck and heavy equipment, and could repair or fix anything. He served in the U.S. Army, Corporal, Military Police and received the Purple Heart. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Indian Mission. He was a number 1 Dad-Grandpa-“Ta-ta”. He was a kind man who helped others. He had many friends and loved his dog Penny.

Noel Christensen

Noel passed away peacefully on July 4th, 2018, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He was 82. Noel was born on November 12, 1935 in Walnut Grove, MN. He grew up on a farm with his parents, Louis and Lorraine Christensen, and two younger brothers, Derek and Colin. He met the love of his life, Rita Wilt, on a blind date and married her on May 4th, 1957. They were married for 61 years. Noel served in the U.S Army in the Korean Conflict for two years as a radio operator. Noel graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1961. Upon graduation, Noel and his wife moved to Rialto, CA where he worked for CALTRANS. His career also included being the City Engineer for the City of Rialto, working for the City of Riverside, a Vice-President at Lampman and Associates, and the founder and President of CG Engineering for thirty years. Under his guidance and with the assistance of thirty-five employees, he was the contract City Engineer for Loma Linda, the City of Highland and other cities. After the sale of the engineering firm, he continued providing contract engineering services and expert legal opinions on various lawsuits. He was acknowledged by the State of California for providing fifty years of service as a licensed Civil Engineer in 2015.

Michael Baca

A 20 year Air Force Veteran and 17 years at Redlands Post office was called home on June 25th, 2018. He is survived by his wife Maryann Baca, three children Jeanette Quesada and husband Lorenzo, Michael E. Baca II and wife Grace, Remy Baca, 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Also survived by siblings Emily Apodoca, William Baca and Judy, Steven and Lulu Baca, Debbie and Johnny Martinez and Kathy Acosta.

Joseph Maciel

The Pentagon says the U.S. service member killed in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan was an  Army soldier from California. In a statement Sunday, the Pentagon identified the soldier as Cpl. Joseph Maciel of South Gate in Los Angeles County. He died Saturday in Tarin Kowt District, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

Edwin Luekemeyer

Age 84, of Corona, California, passed away in Riverside, CA. He was born August 14, 1933 in Belleville, IL, son of Elmer and Bessie Lentz. Ed was a retired Marine of 21 years and Finance Manager for the City of Fontana, CA. He also was a member of the Corona United Methodist Church, Temescal Palms Masonic Lodge, and active with the Boy Scout Troop 34 of Corona. Ed is survived by his son, John Luekemeyer of Jurupa Valley, CA; daughter, Debrah Ann Kennedy of Herrin, IL; sisters, Kathy Ann Weymouth and Etta Doak; 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Barbara Luekemeyer, in 2009.

Marlon Wasemiller

Marlon Davis Wasemiller passed away on June 19, 2018 at age 97. Born in Lehigh, Kansas, he attended Bethel College in Newton and entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943. He received his pilot wings in 1944 and served 35 years in the Air Force flying over 5500 hours, including 971 combat hours in England during WW2 and Vietnam. Military awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, seven Air Medals, and the Presidential Unit Citation. He was a member of the Order of Daedalians, the Distinguished Flying Cross Society, the Military Officers Association of America, and the Air Force Association. He retired from the Air Force in 1977 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and resided with his wife Normalee in Redlands, CA until 2006 when they moved to Air Force Village West near Riverside, CA. He is survived by his sons Marty and Lonny, his grandson Travis, and his daughter-in-law Diane. His wife predeceased him in 2008. 

Charles Parham

Age 83, passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s, on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in Riverside, CA. He is survived by his loving and devoted partner of 21 years, Mona Marsh and her six children and their families; his two daughters Debi Muir and Susan Elving; his two sons-in- law John R. Muir and Paul Elving; his four granddaughters Jessica and Brittany Elving and Ciara and Arianna Muir; his great granddaughter Paislee Wright and his brother John Parham and his family.

John W. Rodriguez

John W. Rodriguez was born and lived in San Bernardino and Riverside areas all his life. A graduate of San Bernardino High School, Class of 1960. Military: United States Marine Corp. (1959-1962) U.S Marine Reserves (1962-1964) Member of Knights Of Columbus. Johnny was a Restaurant Owner in San Bernardino and an integral part in his families Tortilla business. His professional career spanned into car sales at various dealerships in San Bernardino (nick-named “El Vendedor Cantante”) he also spent years in radio air time sales and management (KDIF) which he retired from.Johnny was a proud member of the Mexican Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of San Bernardino as President and Board Member, Hispanos Unidos de Moreno Valley as President and Treasurer, Riverside Exchange Club and a member of the Mexican American Golf Association. His passion was spending time with his children, grand children and great-grandchildren, hosting poker games with friends, singing with Mariachi, traveling and playing golf. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Bertha Rodriguez, 6 children: John Rodriguez and wife Laura, Cynthia Mozley and Husband Lee, Christina Hill and husband Jim, Monica Munoz and husband Frank, Stephanie McGuire and husband Mark, and Ronald Rodriguez. He was blessed to have 18 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

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