Mr. Melvin D. Wisterman passed away peacefully on Aug. 21, 2006, at the age of 75. He was a resident of the Sierra Skilled Nursing Facility in Davis for the last three years and enjoyed being close to his family members.
Mr. Wisterman was born in Rogers City, Michigan on April 30, 1931 to Roy and Ethel (Ziegler) Wisterman, who preceded him in death. Melvin had been a resident of Yolo County for 51 years. After his high school years in Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Wisterman enlisted in the United States Air Force and spent the nest year studying Aircraft mechanics at both Sheppard AFB in Texas and Chanute AFB in Illinois. This was during the Korean Conflict and he was stationed with the 5th Periodic Maintenance Squadron at Travis AFB in Fairfield. He was assigned to the Strategic Air Command during this time to support the aircraft serving in the Asian Theater. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Upon his honorable discharge in the November 1955, he relocated to Winters to raise his family and continue working at Travis AFB as a civilian aircraft mechanic. Continuing his education, Melvin then relocated to Woodland where he worked for the Prudential Insurance Company as an agent until his retirement.
Surviving Mr. Wisterman are his sons, Mark Wisterman and wife Stephanie of Oroville, Russell Wisterman and wife Diana, Timothy Wisterman and wife Tammy and Eric Wisterman and wife Gina, all of Woodland. Also surviving are his grandchildren Matthew and Sarah Wisterman of Oroville, Kristi, Joshua, Jennifer, Justin, Marissa, Vanessa, and Eryka Wisterman and Jamie Foster, all of Woodland. Great grandchildren surviving him are Brenden Yount, Alexia Grajardo and Devin Foster. Sisters, Norma Regan and AnnaLee Hill of Michigan survive him. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
Visitation took place on Monday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. at Kraft Brothers Chapel, 175 Second Street, Woodland. A rosary was recited at Kraft Brothers at 7 p.m. the same evening, with Deacon Ed Kull presiding. Respecting the family’s wishes, interment will be private. Memorial donations in Mr. Wisterman’s memory may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Lewis J. Nelton, of Winters, formerly of Peoria, passed away Friday, Aug. 25, 2006 in Winters. Known to many as “Indian Louie,” Mr. Nelton was born on Jan. 23, 1935, in Summit City, CA to Dwight and Vivian (Sisk) Nalton. He married Mary Terrell on Feb. 28, 1955.
Mr. Nelton was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving from Feb. 29, 1952 to Jan. 16, 1956. During his time in the air force he was a boxer. He was an avid boxing coach for the amateur and pro ranks in the Peoria area, using his own time and means to take many of the young boxers to their first Silver Glove and onto their Golden Glove National Championships, including taking his own son, Lewis Jr., to three Golden Glove Championships, along with many young men to the professional ranks. His hobbies included fishing and playing the guitar.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Terrell, five children and their spouses, Damon and Stacey of East Peoria, Lewis Jr. of Peoria, Illinois, William of Bloomington, Illinois, Jon and Eileen of Winters, Mary Lou and Miguel Moreno of Winters, and Joseph and Candy of Chillicothe; several grandsons, granddaughters, and great-grandchildren; a brother, Raymond Ayala of Fairbanks, Alaska.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and one sister.
He will be laid to rest in the Timmons and Sisk family cemetery on a mountain near Shasta Lake in northern California.
Kenneth Lee Reid, 74, of Winters, passed away Wednesday, August 9 at Courtyard Health Care in Davis. He has been an area resident for 30 years.
Mr. Reid was born August 12, 1931 in Pampa, Texas, to Cletys and Julia Reid. He is survived by several family members.
Memorial services were held Saturday, August 19.
Arrangements were made by Wiscombe’s Davis Funeral Chapel.
Jared Michael Davis passed away in San Francisco on Aug. 8, 2006 after a valiant battle with aplastic anemia. Born in Burlingame on Nov. 25, 1986, he was 19 years old.
Davis graduated from Winters High School in 2005 and attended Yuba College until he became ill. He loved basketball, all sports and especially loved his family and friends.
He is survived by his parents, Ross and Sue Davis of Folsom, twin brother Zachary, sister Ashley, grandfather Harold Davis, aunt and uncle Audrey and Fred, aunt and uncle Scott and Irene, and many cousins and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lillian Davis and Arthur and Reva Schlesinger.
Services were held on Aug. 10, 2006 at Home of Peace Cemetery
Chapel in Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Davis’ memory to the UCFS Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Attention Dr. Charles Linker, 400 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94143; the Winters High School Athletic Department, 101 W. Grant Avenue, Winters, CA 95694; or a charity of choice.
Claude A. (Tony) Look, age 88, resident at University Retirement Community for the past 6 years, passed away Saturday, August 5, 2006 at Sutter Hospital. His wife, Mildred; a daughter, Andrea Elliott of Bellingham WA; and a son, Dennis Look of Placerville, CA, survive him.
Mr. Look was instrumental in securing grants for the railroad bridge in Winters. Graduating from the University of California at Berkeley in 1947 with a degree in pharmacy, Tony practiced in his field for 29 years before becoming actively involved as an environmentalist. He dedicated the rest of his life to conserving our environment and guarding our natural resources. For 18 years, as the Executive Director of the Semperviren’s Fund, the oldest California land conservancy, Tony believed his personal goal was to protect land for use by people. As a result of efforts by Tony and four other important people, over 8000 acres were added to Big Basin and Castle Rock State Parks in the Santa Cruz mountains. He was the founder of the California Trail Days and the Santa Cruz Mountains Trails Association. For several years he was the chair of the California Recreational Trails Committee. An avid hiker, Tony was an active member of the Sierra Club for sixty-five years and led numerous trips with his wife Mildred, both in the United States and abroad. In recognition for his dedication to preservation and restoration of forest areas in California, he received numerous awards. Included among them were: Restore the Earth Award from the United Nations, 1988; Golden Bear Award, California Department of Parks and Recreation, 1974; and the Forest Conservationist of the Year Award from the California Wildlife Federation. Tony was often described as “tireless and timeless” by numerous conservation clubs and organizations. Indeed, thanks to his dedicated efforts, people will enjoy outdoor trails, parks, and trees for many years to come.
Tony served in the Air Force for four years during World War II. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. While serving, he was stationed in British Guiana, South America. While there, he was in charge of servicing cargo planes in order to bring troops home from war locations in Africa and Europe. While in British Guiana, he met another Lieutenant named Max Rasmussen. Some 55 years later, Max and Tony were coincidently reunited at the University Retirement Community where they continued their friendship.
Memorial services are scheduled for October 8, in Big Basin State Park. The family has suggested contributions to Sempervirens Fund in Tony’s memory. (Sempervirens Fund, Drawer BE, Los Altos, CA 94023; telephone (650-968-4509).
Gloria Jean Marion of Winters died unexpectedly of complications from leukemia on Wednesday, July 28, 2006 at Kaiser Hospital in Vallejo. Born on July 8, 1948 in Woodland, she was 58 years old.
A native of Winters, Marion was a 1966 graduate of Winters High School and the Vallejo Beauty Academy. She and her late husband, Jim, were tireless community volunteers, active with the Winters Theatre Company, Winters Chamber of Commerce and Little League, and served as Youth Day general chairmen for nine years. Together, they were honored as the 1993 Citizens of the Year.
Marion was the recreation supervisor for the city of Winters for 13 years, coordinating youth and aquatics programs, as well as scheduling the usage of community buildings and parks. She served a combined 12 years on the Community Center and Parks and Recreation commissions, was a board member and treasurer for the Winters Theatre Company for many years, and was also a board member on the Winters Chamber of Commerce for many years, serving as its president multiple times.
An active member of the Winters Theatre Company, Marion was involved in all aspects of community theater productions, from behind the scenes volunteer work to performing. She was a beloved performer locally, and was known for her rendition of the National Anthem at the annual Fourth of July fireworks display in Winters. She was involved in many fundraising productions for the Winters High School music department, and co-produced several youth theater productions with her close friend, Theresa Foster.
For her lifelong contributions to Winters youth and Youth Day, Marion was named Youth Day Grand Marshal in 2005. In addition to her community activities, Marion also worked part time as a beautician at Barbi’s Beauty Barn and Close Quarters.
She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Marion, of Chandler, Arizona, and stepson, Eric Marion, 39, of Woodland, aunt and uncle Herb and Martha Johnson of Winters, aunt Jewel Manzo of Woodland.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Marion, in 2001, her parents, Agnes and Whitley Morgan, and her brother, Charles Morgan.
A celebration of Marion’s life is planned on Friday, July 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Avenue. The community is invited. Those wishing to attend are asked to bring a dessert to share. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gloria Marion Memorial Fund at First Northern Bank.
Tony Borchard, loving husband to his wife Arleen for 31 years, died unexpectedly on July 16, 2006. He was 53 years old.
Tony, who resided in Winters, was born March 10, 1953 in Ventura. A prominent farmer in the Winters area, Tony loved farming, hunting, fishing, being at his cabin in Lake Almanor (where he spent his last two days and went swimming with his grandson), and spending time with his numerous friends and family. He will be greatly missed by all.
Tony is survived by his devoted wife Arleen Borchard; son Peter, his wife Erica their son Kendrick; son Joseph and daughter Louise. Tony is also survived by his brothers Robert Borchard Jr. of Winters, Peter Borchard of Winters, and Edward Borchard and his wife Roxanne of Woodland; his mother and father-in-law Peter and Anna Rubio of Winters; his sister-in-law Annie Riley and her husband Pat Riley of Roseville, and sister-in-law Donna Denton and her husband Gary Denton of Chino.
Tony is also survived by numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Louise Borchard of Winters.
A viewing and a rosary will be held Tuesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Parish Church in Winters. A Mass and burial will be held the following day, Wednesday, May 26, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s. The burial will follow at the Winters Cemetery.
Frederick Arthur Coman of Mountain View passed away June 25 at the age of 80.
Born in Winters on November 4, 1926, to parents George and Eva Latla Coman, Mr. Coman graduated from Winters High School in 1944. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years during World War II, then worked for P.G. & E. General Construction for 37 years. He was also a member of VFW Winters Post 11091. Frederick Coman married his wife of 55 years, Edith Vieria, on September 24, 1950. He enjoyed raising parakeet birds during his spare time.
Mr. Coman is survived by his wife Edith Coman of Mountain View, his son Alan Coman of Borney Lake, WA, daughter Diane Coman of Mountain View and brother George (Bert) Coman of Winters.
Byron Dudley Reid passed away peacefully in his sleep Sept. 5, 2004, at St. John’s Hospital in Woodland. Born on Feb. 17, 1923, he was 81 years old.
He was born in Yolo County and lived his entire life in the family home east of Winters in the Wolfskill District. He attended curry grade school in the Dixon school district and Winters and Davis schools and was a graduate of Stanford university with a degree in liberal arts.
He was very active in the Winters community with the Winters Centennial and spearheaded the building of the Winters Community Center. He kept the Building Fund Committee focused. Dudley was a patron of the visual and performing arts. He supported the Winters Community Theatre—always two or three tables of guests, center front. Had the seating been assembly it would have been third-row, center-aisle.
He supported and praised the Winters Fire Department and the Emergency Medical Technicians.
His father, Byron Dudley Reid and his mother Maud Emma Lewis Reid and uncle and aunt Napolean and Edna Roeber, uncle and aunt Leo and Helen Lewis, all now deceased, had joining properties. They were orchardists and added row crops and they were affluent with their endeavors and were world travelers.
Dudley’s travels took him around the world-always returning with gifts. He was drawn to the Asian countries and was sympathetic to their needs. He made it possible for a student to return with him and have extensive dental and medical care and attend a university while a guest in his home. An Asian family were recipients of a home from Dudley. He also arranged for a contingent of farmers from Asia to be his guests to visit local farms to introduce them to our methods of growing tree and row crops. Luncheons were made available for them at different homes in the area.
We the circle of friends he so very much enjoyed entertaining, will always remember summer garden parties and Twelfth Night, Jan. 6, 2004. We all knew it would be our last celebration in his home.
He is survived by his cousins Erwin and Kathy Bollinger, Helen Phillips and John and Vivien Lewis and many friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Reid Roeber.