The Decade of the 1940’s
The 1940’s. Most of World War II took place in the first half of the decade, which had a profound effect on most countries and people in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere. The consequences of the war lingered well into the second half of the decade, with a war-weary Europe divided between the jostling spheres of influence of the Western world and the Soviet Union, leading to the beginning of the Cold War. To some degree internal and external tensions in the post-war era were managed by new institutions, including the United Nations, the welfare state, and the Bretton Woods system, facilitating the post–World War II boom, which lasted well into the 1970’s. However, the conditions of the post-war world encouraged de-colonization and emergence of new states and governments, with India, Pakistan, Israel, Vietnam, and others declaring independence, although rarely without bloodshed. The decade also witnessed the early beginnings of new technologies (such as computers, nuclear power, and jet propulsion), often first developed in tandem with the war effort, and later adapted and improved upon in the post-war era. More about the 40’s on Wikipedia.
Graduates of the 40’s who are no longer with us…
Class of 1941 – Thelma E. Burgess Johnston 1923 – 2012 Survived by 2 sons, Paul (Connie) of Roseburg, Oregon and Ray (Lori) of Atlanta Georgia. Proceeded in death by her husband Ray. She is survived by 4 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. A volunteer at San Leandro Public Library for 18 years. Awarded Volunteer of the year in the 1990’s. A marker at Mervyn’s distribution center in Hayward. Took a creative writing class at Chabot College. An excellent gardener who provided flowers to several nursing homes and made friends with all she made contact with. Thelma continued to ride a bike until she was 85 years old and walked every day. A four-year pancreatic cancer survivor at age 85. She was well known in San Leandro and loved the color purple. A 56-year member of the 1st Presbyterian Church of San Leandro. Thelma will continue to be an inspiration to family and friends, and will be greatly missed. Family and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service celebrating her life on Friday, October 19, 2012 at 1st Presbyterian Church, 180 Estudillo Ave. San Leandro beginning at 1:00 P.M. Burial following at Chapel of the Chimes Cemetery in Hayward.
Class of 1941 – Alpha Ellen Beers Quincy – October 15, 1924 – March 3, 2015 Resident of Lafayette, CA Alpha was born in Olympia, Washington, Oct. 15, 1924, the second of four girls born to Grace Penrose Beers and George Howard Beers. She was preceded in death by her parents and her older sister, Marjorie King. She is survived by sisters Doris Beemer in El Dorado and Jean Millay in Doyle, California .Her husband of 45 years, John J. Quincy, died at their home in Lafayette in 1987 after a long illness. Their two children survive them: Cheri Sue Quincy, D.O. (Joel Alter. D.O.) of Santa Rosa, California, and Lt. Col. John Jay Quincy, DDS (Karan Gladden) of Fort Worth, Texas. Also surviving are grandchild, Dylan Marie Alter, Atty. Oakland, and five step grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. John and Alpha were married in 1942 in Phoenix, Arizona. As an Air Force officer, John took part in the WWII Invasion of Europe while Alpha repaired Norden Bombsights in California. After the war, they spent four years with the Occupation of Germany where both their children were born. Upon their return to the U.S., they bought their first home in Washington D.C. Alpha earned a BE degree from Sacramento, State University in 1960, and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of California, Berkeley in 1966. She held both lifetime teaching and education administration credentials. She began teaching in Yuba City in 1956 and was employed by the Mt. Diablo Unified School District in Concord from 1958 until her retirement in 1983.She taught at Mt. Diablo, Pleasant Hill, and Monte Gardens Elementary schools, and served as V.P. at Walnut Acres Elementary School. She was appointed Elementary Consultant in MDUSD Central Office from 1969 through 1974.From 1971 through 1974, she was also appointed to the California Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission with the task of evaluating and recommending the textbooks for the public schools in California. Upon her return to the MDUSD full time, she was one of the first women in fifteen years to be appointed to a position of school principal. She first served as Principal of Riverview Middle, and later as Principal of Sequoia K-8 Schools. In 1988, she was elected to the first of two four-year terms on the Contra Costa County Board of Education. During that time, she was also invited to serve as the interim Executive Director of Kids Country in Danville. Alpha received many awards and honors during her career in education. She was an active member of several professional, civic and service organizations. Many of her writings, including a book, have been published. She traveled to many countries on all seven continents fulfilling a lifetime hobby of seeing the world. At Alpha’s request there will be no services. There will be a private ceremony for Alpha’s family in Fair Oaks, California. In lieu of flowers, Alpha would like any contributions to be made to Lindsay Wildlife Museum. Our mom always loved animals and their care and was a strong supporter of this museum, and education programs for children. Their phone number is 925-627-2961, and we are sure she would appreciate any financial support to this cause. Published in Contra Costa Times on Mar. 12, 2015 – Read more at the Contra Costa Times Legacy
Class of 1941 – Rev. E. Bruce Ellithorpe — Ellithorpe, Rev. Dr. E. Bruce Rev. Dr. E. Bruce Ellithorpe, Born Feb. 27, 1923; home to the Lord May 1,2015. Celebration of his life Sat. May 30, 2015 1:00 pm, Centerpoint Community Church, 515 Sunrise, Roseville, Ca. To sign guestbook and share a memory please visit www.reichertsfuneral.com – Read more at Sacramento Bee Legacy
Class of 1941 Helen Gates Ford December 11, 1923 – June 30, 2016 Helen Gates Ford died on June 30 at home. She was 92. Born in Oakland CA, the family moved to Citrus Heights in 1937. She attended San Juan High School where she met her high school sweetheart, Leon Reese Ford. They were married at the Friends Church in Citrus Heights in 1943. She was a homemaker and raised three children. They moved to Sacramento in 1950 and lived there for 66 years. Helen was preceded in death by her sister Clara Crawford. She is survived by her husband Leon Ford, sister Irene Randle, daughters Barbara Taylor, of Alabama, Judi Maus of El Dorado Hills, son Richard Ford of Sacramento, granddaughters Michelle Taylor of Connecticut, Allison Borque of Alabama, Lindsey Ford of Sacramento, and grandsons, Andrew Taylor of Alabama, Shane Maus of El Dorado Hills, and Clint Maus of El Dorado Hills. She had four great-grand-children. Viewing and burial will be held at Mount Vernon Memorial Park, 8201 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks, CA 95628 on Tuesday July 12 at 12:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 Alzheimer’s Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 8, 2016
Class of 1942 Richard Axel Nygren – Dick, a longtime resident of Fair Oaks, passed away in Carmichael, on July 24, 2016 at the age of 92. He was born on June 7, 1924 in Hilltop, KS. Preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis May; his parents Axel E. and Maggie Hartman Nygren; and his three siblings, Robert, Albert, and Carl. He leaves behind his 3 daughters; Sheryl Meadows, Ramona Balfour (Mike), and Cynthia Soares (Tony). A graduate of San Juan High School class of 1942, he was a WWII veteran, and served in the US Army as a sergeant in the Pacific Theatre. For many years he was general manager for Eastman Building Products before his retirement in 1986. He lived life to the fullest, traveling extensively in Europe, South America, Australia/New Zealand, rounding out his travels by visiting all 50 states. Dick was past president of the San Juan High School Alumni Association and authored many poems and his book, My Kind of War. He had a love for old-time Country Western music and enjoyed playing the piano, harmonica, and guitar. He excelled in yodeling and entertained many over the years with this skill. He leaves behind 5 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Friends and family are welcome to join us on Wednesday, August 10 at 10:00 AM at Lambert Funeral Home, 400 Douglas Blvd, Roseville, followed by a graveside ceremony at Sylvan Cemetery in Citrus Heights. Published in The Sacramento Bee on Aug. 7, 2016
Class of 1943 Ralph Gilbert Dever, horse lover extraordinaire and longtime resident of Elk Grove died March 6, 2016 at the age of 91. He and his wife Betty of 63 years were both involved with Elk Grove’s Western Festival for many years. Ralph lines up the horse section on his half Arabian, white horse Ferlin, then rode in the parade. He was born January 13, 1925 in Magnetic Springs, Ohio to Guy and Cicely Dever. The family came to California in 1927 where they purchased 10 acres in the Roseville/Citrus Heights area and Guy built the house where Ralph grew up, graduating from San Juan High School. He developed a love of houses and rode his horse to school where he was in FFA and on the track team. Ralph met Betty at one of his gymkhana events and were married Oct 23, 1949. Their first home was on the Cantrell Castello dairy on Dillard Road near HWY 99 where Ralph worked as dairy deliveryman for Elk Grove residents. The Devers purchased a home with five acres in Elk Grove in 1951 where they raised their 5 children. With Ralph’s love of horses, the farm was always filled with them. They later named the farm Honey Bee Arabians, because of the bees he maintained and sold honey and the Arabian horses he raised. Ralph was a member of several horse related groups: Herald Riders, Mother Lode Arabian Association, Arabian Horse Association and he worked for many years on the Tevis 100 mile endurance rides. He got involved with endurance riding when his Arabian stallion, Raskala, was trained and ridden by a friend for the Tevis in 1999 and came in third with best conditioned horse. Ralph rode his horses on many Natrac endurance rides as well as raised, trained, rode and sold horses to others for endurance rides. He worked for the Dairy Herd Improvement Association for many years, then was a yard and maintenance worker at the Elk Grove Convalescent Hospital (now Windsor Care & Rehab). He continued working for Bartholomew and Associates until retiring at age 83. Ralph was preceded in death by his wife Betty who died three years ago, his son Mark, daughter-in-law Kathy Baker Dever, son-in-law Ronald Bernard and siblings Doris Dever Crafton and Elmer and Warren. He is survived by sons Steve and wife Sue of Hillsboro, Ore., Paul and wife Ruth of Kemmerer, Wyo., daughters Sue Bernard, Mary Tucker and husband Bill of Elk Grove, 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life is planned for later in the year. Submitted by Diana Millette Dever.
Class of 1944 Harry H. Dewey December 22, 1926 July 25, 2016 Long time Yolo County pistachio, almond and walnut grower, Harry H. Dewey, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on July 25th, just two days before almond harvest. Born December 22, 1926 to Harold J. Dewey and Gladys Coppin Dewey, Harry grew up on the Fair Oaks family farm and became the fourth generation to carry on the farming operation. When urbanization surrounded the farm near Dewey Drive and Winding Way, Harry and his wife, Jane Evans Dewey, relocated the farming operation to Yolo and planted their first orchard in 1966. From early 1980 through 2005, Harry and Jane could be found in various famers markets, from Oakland to Sacramento, selling Dewey Farms nuts. As a Navy radio crewman on PBYs during World War II, Harry was introduced to flying which became his life-long passion. After the war, he earned his private pilot’s license but had to wait until 1974 to pursue his dream. He melded his love of flying with his desire to help others by volunteering for AirLifeLine, and Angel Flight, which honored him as Pilot of the Year in 1995. He also volunteered with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Aero Squadron and joined the California Chapter of International Flying Farmers, serving as President in 1984. Always active in his community, Harry served as District Commander of the American Legion, Master of San Juan Masonic Lodge F&AM, President of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Fire Commissioner for the Yolo Fire Protection District, President of Yolo County Farm Supply, and was a long-time member of the Yolo County Farm Bureau. In 2006, the Woodland Chamber of Commerce honored Harry and Jane as Agribusiness Persons of the Year. Harry is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Jane, his two children, Harry J. Dewey, of Oakland, and Eileen Thomas (John) of Fair Oaks; five grandchildren: Tonya Dewey-Findell (Martin) of Nottingham, England, Michael Dewey (Mary) of Oakland, Bradley Masterson, of Lynwood, John Thomas, of San Luis Obispo, Joe Thomas, of Yolo, two great grandsons, Bodhi and Lupin Dewey; and nephews, Kenneth Evans (Nancy) of Chico, and Charlie Evans (Lisa) of Healdsburg. A memorial service will be held at St. John’s United Church of Christ (432 Cleveland St., Woodland) on Saturday, August 6th at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Yolo Hospice, St. John’s UCC Church, River City Food Bank, or any local food bank or pantry. Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 31, 2016.
Class of 1945 Doris D. Hunter Hill Smith of Citrus Heights, CA, April 23, 2016, a native of North Ogden, UT, age 89 years. Wife of the late Robert Hill and Loren Smith. Loving mother of Ted (Melinda) Hill and Thomas (Cathy) Hill. Cherished grandmother of 17 and great grandmother of 45. Sister of Lola Rahn and the late Dorothy McIntyre and Edward, Wendall and William Hunter. Step-mother of Judy (Jim) Thornton and Tawnya (Russ) Hansen. Friends are welcome for visitation Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 4-8PM at PRICE FUNERAL CHAPEL (6335 Sunrise Blvd., 725-2109) and are invited to attend services Friday, April 29, 2016, 10AM at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, Del Campo Ward Chapel (4125 San Juan Avenue, Fair Oaks). Funeral Home. Published in The Sacramento Bee 4/27/2016.
Class of 1945 – James Jim Rhodes – Born May 4, 1927 in Winters, California, passed away July 8, 2015 in North Highlands, California at the age of 88. On June 25, 2015, Jim celebrated 66 years of wedded bliss to his wife Ivy. He was preceded in death by his daughter Beverly, parents Preston and Edna, sister, Patricia and brother, Robert. He is survived by his wife, Ivy, son, Warren, daughter Kathy, brothers Rod, Larry and Tom, 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren along with numerous nephews, nieces and friends. Jim and Ivy were founding members of St. Stephens Presbyterian Church in North Highlands, California where they were members for about 60 years. Jim worked as a diesel mechanic, an Iceman with Pacific Fruit Express and for 38 years as a Lineman/Switchman at the telephone Company (Ma Bell, Pac Bell, and AT&T). He served in WWII with the U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marines and in the U.S. Army. A memorial service followed by a celebration of life gathering will be held at the Celtic Cross Presbyterian Church, 5839 Dewey Drive, Citrus Heights, California on August 8, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 29, 2015. Read more at the Sacramento Bee Legacy
Class of 1945 – Albert Emanuel Nygren – Nygren, Albert Emanuel Born on May 29, 1927 in Hilltop, Kansas, Albert passed away on April 7, 2015 in Roseville, California. Preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Carl and Robert, and wives Lucille and Emily. He is survived by his loving children Lawrence, Victoria, and Ronald, brother Richard, 13 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren, and his beloved dog Kissey. Albert was a retired truck driver, and World War II veteran who had a love for life and people. He will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved him. Services will be held Monday April 20 at 10:00 a.m. at Lambert Funeral Home, 400 Douglas Blvd, Roseville CA. Graveside service and burial will follow at Sylvan Cemetery, 7401 Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights California. Read more at the Sacramento Bee Legacy
Class of 1945 – Charles Purdy Kanoff – KANOFF, Charles Purdy Charles Purdy Kanoff, 87, passed away peacefully in his home in Gold River on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. His gentle spirit, sensitive heart and loving ways will be sorely missed by all who were fortunate to have been part of his beautiful life. Charles was born on August 30, 1927, and was a life time resident of Fair Oaks. He graduated from Fair Oaks Grammar School in 1941, then from San Juan Union High School in 1945, where he played on the varsity tennis team. During high school, he worked after school at Stark’s Pharmacy in Fair Oaks, behind the soda counter and, in the words of the head pharmacist, Charles could “whip up anything they wanted.” This high school job ignited a desire in him to be a pharmacist. After serving as a Private in the U.S. World War II Army through 1945, he attended and graduated from the University of California, San Francisco, College of Pharmacy in 1951. True to his word, following graduation, Charles came back to Fair Oaks to serve as the village pharmacist at Stark’s Pharmacy (later named Fair Oaks Pharmacy). He eventually went on to purchase the pharmacy in 1959, and proudly wore his white coat for 36 years. He and his wife Shirley managed the business together, gently and lovingly serving the Fair Oaks community until they sold the pharmacy in 1987. Charles and Shirley met at the Iceland Skating Rink in Sacramento and they were married soon after on August 29, 1953. Charles and Shirley had a passion for ice-skating and became competitive ice skaters, dancing together at numerous state championships and at the National Championship in Minnesota in the mid ’50s. Charles was deeply artistic and enjoyed a special gift for and love of gardening. The well-tended garden in his home always seemed nearly perfect, producing delicious tomatoes, fragrant gardenias, and other plants including ferns, azaleas and hibiscus. Even in the last month of his life, he would love to watch the robins drink from the fountain and fly among the blooming flowers or the hummingbirds hovering around his well-stocked feeder. Charles and Shirley were active members of the Riverview Club where they met with their closest friends for parties and dinners monthly for over fifty years. He continued to see his Riverview friends regularly, having enjoyed a recent Riverview event just about one month ago. Married for 53 years, Charles and Shirley had two children together, Jenny and Chris. Jenny passed away in 2002 and Shirley in 2006. Charles is survived by his son, Chris, daughter-in-law, Mary Ellen, and son in law, Roger Otte and grandchildren Katherine Claire, Christine, Charles and James Kanoff and Christopher and Michael Otte and his nieces, Rosalie Patrick, Heather Sinclair, Patty Sparks and Wendy Silverthorne. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce (c/o Founders Monument Project and Charles P. Kanoff Scholarship Fund), 10014 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks, CA 95628. A Celebration of Charles’ Life will be held on Saturday, May 9th, at the Promontory Point Clubhouse, 2014 Promontory Point Lane, Gold River, CA 95670. All are welcome. A Tribute page has been created for those who would like to view or share photos and memories of Charles at the Sierra View Funeral Chapel website.
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Class of 1946 Gail Spalding 8/11/1928 – 5/18-2016 Gail graduated from San Juan High school in 1946, where he was the Student Body President for his class and Chairman of the Class of 1946 Reunion committee. He had been in hospice care for some time and had 24/7 care. His friends Joyce Hutchinson Codina and Sally Smith Weinland visited Gail at the end of April and had a lot of good laughs about old Fair Oaks and the fun they had. Gail attended University of Cal Berkeley where received numerous awards including one on Leadership. He continued to follow Cal Berkeley’s football team even after graduation. His occupation was Accountant. He was preceded in death by his wife Bette Spalding. Information provided on the San Juan High School-San Juan Alumni Association-Citrus Heights, CA Facebook page.
Class of 1946 – Marden Herbert Robinette – ROBINETTE, Marden Herbert 08/02/1928 – 01/19/2015 Marden was born to the late Elmer I. Robinette Sr. and Wilmyrth Layton Robinette in Appalachia, VA. The youngest of five children, predeceased by brothers Elmer I. Jr., Byron, Dean and sister Martelle Pope. Survived by wife Norma of 65 years, daughters Denise R O’Brien (Tim) and Rene R. Lonkey (John). Also survived by grandsons Samuel A. Hay and Andrew J. Hay and granddaughter Brandie L. Carr (Josh). Predeceased by grandsons Clint Lonkey and Scott Lonkey. Survived by six great-grand-children and two great-great-grandsons. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Marden moved to Citrus Heights from Los Angeles just before junior high school. He attended Sylvan Junior High and graduated from San Juan High School where he met Norma. He worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad both in Truckee and Roseville, then he was an owner-operator of his own semi until retirement. After retiring, he volunteered as a Range Master for the Lincoln Rifle Club, and as a semi driver for Senior Gleaners. Marden enjoyed horseback riding, small gas engines, bluegrass and competitive shooting. He was also a mine and train enthusiast. He is truly missed. The Family would like to thank the staff of Kaiser Roseville Hospital for the care and compassion given in caring for Marden especially station 1 North. Arrangements are private and no services are planned.
Class of 1946 – Norma Gail Fitzer Robinette – 03-16-1929 to 06-18-2015 Born in Red Bluff, CA to Ila Boyd Fitzer and A.W. Fitzer. Predeceased by her parents and her sister Billie Sue Rehm (Bud). Attended school in Westwood, CA and moved to Citrus Heights to attend Sylvan Junior High where she met her husband of 65 years, Marden H. Robinette who passed away 01-19-2015. Graduated from San Juan High School and Sacramento State. Norma worked as a teacher for San Juan Unified School District for 28 years. She taught at Albert Schweitzer, Pershing, and Arlington Elementary schools. In retirement she volunteered with the Sacramento Public Library system as a reading teacher. Norma was active with her sorority Delta Chi Sigma, Gamma Chi Chapter. Also predeceased by her aunt Fay Boyd, cousins Frances Nikakis (Bill) and Helen Andreotti (Elio), and niece Sharon Rehm Smith. Survived by daughters, Denise R. O’Brien (Tim), Rene’ R. Lonkey (John); grandsons, Samuel A. Hay, Andrew J. Hay; granddaughter, Brandie Carr (Josh); and great grandsons, Beau, Jake and Scott Carr. Also survived by nieces, Stephanie Dunn, Shelley Poletti, and nephew, Steve Andreotti. Norma is missed by her family, friends and sorority sisters. A memorial will be held at a later date. The Family would like to thank the Staff of Kaiser Roseville Hospital for their care and compassion, especially Station 1 South. Published in The Sacramento Bee on Aug. 2, 2015. Read more at the Sacramento Bee Legacy
Class of 1946 – Myrtle May Sherman – Of Fair Oaks, CA, August 11, 2015, a native of Sacramento, CA, age 86 years. Wife of the late Leland Sherman. Loving mother of Roger (Joy) Sherman, Carol (Robert) Johnston, Nancy Piercy, Jayne Rath, Randall (Debbie) Sherman, Elizabeth Vernon and the late Richard Sherman. Cherished grand-mother of 18 and great grandmother of 12. Sister of Warren (Janet) McWilliams Jr. and 3 predeceased siblings. Friends are welcome for visitation Friday, August 14, 2015, from 4-8PM and are invited to attend services Saturday, August 15, 2015, 10AM, all at PRICE FUNERAL CHAPEL (6335 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights, 725-2109). Private interment Fair Oaks Cemetery. Read more at the Sacramento Bee Legacy
Class of 1947 – Kenneth C. Dennis – DENNIS, Kenneth C. 1/23/1930 – 12/29/2014 Kenneth passed away in Fulton, CA after fighting several illnesses for years. Survived by his wife Joyce O’Farrell Dennis and daughters Michelle Nunnes (Richard), Dina Walker (Ronald), Tina Jones (Phillip) and sons Timothy (Emma) and Patrick, also 22 grandchildren and 23 greats. Former Carmichael resident and San Juan High graduate (1947). Predeceased by parents Daniel Sr. and Gladys Dennis, brother Daniel Jr. and grandson Ty Dennis. Memorial Service: Feb. 21, 11 a.m., New Life Community Church on Perry Street in Covelo, CA Mendocino County.
Class of 1947 – Alvin “Al” Percival – Alvin “Al” Percival of Roseville, California passed away on July 28th, 2015 in Roseville, California at the age of 85 after a brief illness. Alvin was born on August 21st, 1929 in Stockton, California, to Lynn & Ruby Percival. Alvin was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, and he loved fishing, hunting, and camping. He was a huge fan of the San Francisco Giants, the San Francisco 49ers. Alvin was the longtime owner of Alamo Radiator, and he was the sponsor of both the Alamo Radiator men’s softball team & the Alamo Open Golf Tournament. Alvin loved spending time with his family & friends, and he was loved by all. Alvin is predeceased by his loving wife of 62 years, Edna Percival; his parents Lynn and Ruby Percival; and his sibling Burton Percival. Alvin is survived by his sons Danny Percival (Kaatri), Mike Percival (Jan), Garry Percival (Pam), and Stanley Percival; his daughters Sandy Jamison (Greg) and Debbie Gates (Frank); his 15 grandchildren; his 38 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Visitation will be held on Monday, 08/03/2015, from 4:00-7:00 PM at Cochrane & Wagemann Funeral Directors, 103 Lincoln St., Roseville, CA. Services will be held on Tuesday, 08/04/2015 at 12:00 PM, also at Cochrane & Wagemann. A committal service will immediately follow on Tuesday at the Roseville Cemetery District, 421 Berry St., Roseville, CA. The family asks, to honor Alvin, to please attend services in casual attire, and to wear your favorite Giants or 49er clothing. Funeral Home. Read more at the Sacramento Bee Legacy
Class of 1948 JoAnne Edith (Sturges) Shaver, a lifelong and beloved resident of Sacramento, died at the age of 87 on July 5, 2016 in her home with her family by her side. She was preceded in death by her daughter Elizabeth “Lizzie” Shaver, her parents Clarence Alfred Sturges (Spec) and Rose Sempronia Coons, sister LeVonne (Sturges) Newton, and brothers William Sturges and Robert E. Sturges. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Marvin Shaver, her son Timothy Shaver, her daughter-in-law Maria Shaver, two grandchildren, May and Dan, and many nieces and nephews. Joanne graduated from San Juan High School and was a nurse. She enjoyed talking about growing up on the Coyle farm that is now the site of Mercy San Juan Hospital. Joanne loved socializing with family and friends and was known for her love of photos and greeting cards. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations to be made to the Sisters of Mercy Hospice. Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 17, 2016
Class of 1948 – June Kuykendall Hannum – 6/13/1929 – 12/26/2014 June Marie Kuykendall Hannum was born in Clarkdale, AZ to Alva and Sylvia Kuykendall, the third of four children. Her early years were spent in Skull Valley, AZ on the family farm. The Hannum and Kuykendall families were already acquainted as they lived in the same area, with June’s uncle marrying Peary Hannum’s oldest sister when June and Peary were very young. Both families moved to California where June got reacquainted with her future husband at a family party. June Kuykendall and Peary Hannum were married December 29, 1947. They had a dairy farm in Marysville, CA where they raised their 5 children and eventually moved to Montana to raise beef cattle and quarter-horses. June helped with the ranch and took delight in her family. She died peacefully at home in Kinsey, MT. June is survived by her husband of 66 years, Peary Hannum; her sister Lida; children Peary Jr., Dennis, Jacque, Cheryl, and Karen; 20 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a baby son, Cecil; her parents Alva and Sylvia Kuykendall; and her two brothers, Raymond and Kenneth Kuykendall ’49.
Class of 1948 – Laurence E Smith – SMITH, Laurence ”Larry” E. Larry Smith went home peacefully on March 25, 2015, surrounded by loved ones. He was born August 17, 1930 in Boone, Iowa, to Edward and Nellie Smith. He grew up on a small farm and his dad worked on the Northern Pacific Railroad. He and his mom moved to Sacramento in 1947, where he attended San Juan H.S. and also joined the National Guard. He graduated 1948. In 1950 he married Barbara Swart and shortly thereafter they moved to Alaska, where their daughter Cindy was born. They returned to California and bought a home in Fair Oaks. Soon after, he began his 25 year career with PG&E, where he later became a Sr. Meterman. In 1968 he moved to Woodland and later married his second wife, Alta. It was in 1979 that he began his 36 year marriage with his wife Carol. A few years later they moved to Magalia, where he enjoyed many years serving as a Hospice volunteer and singing in a Barbershop group, as well as being a loving grandpa to many little ones. He spent his final years in Citrus Heights with his daughter, where he donated his time helping the homeless. He is survived by his wife Carol, sister Dolores Miller, daughter Cindy Clay and stepchildren August Stoner, Gaylynn Weathers, Nancy Siler, Shelley Dennis, Sherry Owens and Donn Ayala (d), as well as many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was a wonderful Dad, Papa and Grandpa who loved spending time out in nature with family, helping others, (he was always there for anyone who needed help), and especially, whistling! He had a kind and gentle heart and his beautiful whistling reflected that. He was loved by many and his legacy of love to us will continue to live on in all our hearts. Services will be held on Wednesday, April 8 at 1 PM at Citrus Heights Community Church, 7405 Mariposa Ave., Citrus Hts. Donations in his name may be made to: Make-A-Wish America on their website or the Salvation Army, on their website or phone # 1-800-725-2769 or Wounded Warriors Project website. Read more at the Sacramento Bee Legacy
Class of 1948 – Richard Kenneth Kelly – KELLY, Richard Kenneth Dick Kelly, beloved father, friend and avid fisherman passed away at home on March 4. His love of family, journalism and community, as well as his spirited Irish humor, will be remembered by all who knew him. Dick was born Oct. 27, 1930 in Beloit, Wis., the son of Claud Chambers Kelly and Mae Lucille Frey Kelly. A graduate of San Juan High School in Fair Oaks, Calif., in 1948, Dick was active in basketball and football, was a student body vice president and founded the school newspaper and served as editor of it and the yearbook. Later that year, he attended San Jose State University then attended the University of Missouri (“Mizzou”) with a Naval Reserve Officer Training Commission (NROTC). While at Missouri, he edited the school newspaper, was elected to the Mystical 7 men’s honorary society, and was recognized by the Kansas City Press Club and the Delta Upsilon Foundation for his journalism activities. He graduated from Mizzou in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s degree in Naval Science. After college, Dick served three years active duty in the U.S. Navy as Combat Information Center Officer and Officer of the Deck aboard the USS Okanogan and as an instructor at the Fleet Air Defense Training Center in San Diego. Dick’s journalism jobs after the Navy included work as a reporter-photographer, then news editor and managing editor for the Coos Bay (Ore.) Times; stringer for the United Press wire service; and reporter-photographer for the Sacramento Bee. In 1961, State Senator Randolph Collier (Yreka) hired Dick as a consultant for the Senate Transportation Committee that Collier chaired. In 1964, Dick accepted a job as public relations director for the Kimberly-Clark pulp, paper and lumber operations in Anderson, Calif., with involvement in the Anderson and Redding Chambers of Commerce and other community organizations. After K-C sold the pulp-paper operations in 1972, Dick spent the next decade working for the California Forest Protective Association. In 1982, Dick opened his own public relations business in Redding and operated it for 14 years before retiring in 1996. His clients included Sierra Pacific Industries, the Shasta Alliance for Resources & Environment (SHARE) and similar organizations in Tehama and Siskiyou County, as well as the Shasta County Economic Development Corp., and the Redding Chamber of Commerce. He also was involved with the Anderson Rotary. The family lived in Yreka, Calif., for six years, then moved to Redding, Calif., in 1964 were they lived until their deaths. Dick was preceded in death by Jean Wight Kelly, his wife of 52 years. Dick will be missed but not forgotten by his three children: Charles Kelly (Roxy) of Hayden Lake, Idaho; Steven Kelly (Melissa) of Davis, Calif.; and Susan Kelly of Red Oak, Texas. Dick also will be missed by his five grandchildren: Jennifer, Bryan, Rebecca, Devin and Drew; and four great-grandchildren: Tyber, Blake, Brady and Brynlynn. Dick is survived by his sister Patricia Brunson of Hemet, Calif. The family will honor Dick in a private memorial service. Read more at the Sacramento Bee Legacy
Class of 1949 – Marlin Edward Stanford Jr. – SANFORD, Jr., Marlin Edward Marlin Edward Sanford Jr. was born to Marlin and Marie Sanford on May 17, 1930, in Carmichael. Passed away peacefully with family by his side on March 11, 2015. Predeceased by wife Dorothy and brother Donald. Attended San Juan High School, U.S. Coast Guard, and retired from Southern Pacific Railroad. Music brought him joy all his life. Playing in a band was his greatest memory. Survived by daughters Laura (Mark) Wagner and Marline (Carlton) Hicks; sister, Sally (John) Little; grandchildren Brooke, Mandolyn, Ebben, and great-grandchildren Rose and Lilly. No services per request. Read more at the Sacramento Bee Legacy
Class of 1949 – Raymond Hopping – July 31, 1930 to May 4, 2014. The San Juan Alumni Association which stated: “I regretfully provide notification of my brother’s passing. Raymond Hopping was 83 years old. Raymond was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis several years earlier. Thank you for your service to all San Juan Alumni and my brother over the years. He really enjoyed the Association very much. – Respectfully, Marlene Armstrong.”