Mildred "Millie" Robben passed away on Jan. 28, 2005, Born on Dec. 26, 1923, she was 82 years old. She was born in Clement City, to John and Manuela Collado, emigrants from Almeria, Spain. She grew up and attended schools in the outskirts of Winters. During World War II she worked at Mare Island Naval Base selling U.S. Bonds. She traveled by bus from Winters daily. On Nov. 2, 1946, she married Harold Robben, of Dixon, and the couple made their home there for 59 years.
Millie was Dixon’s first Avon saleslady. She was ranked number one in sales for Solano County for numerous years. She left Avon to own and run Robben’s Department Store, where she worked until her retirement in 2000.
Millie enjoyed sporting events, gardening and spending time with her family. In the last few months after her husband’s death, she especially enjoyed being with her children and grandchildren.
After a brief illness, she passed away, surrounded by her family. She is survived by her three children, daughter Judy Owen, of Dixon; sons, Gene Robben and his wife, Elizabeth, and Robert Robben and his wife, Susie, all of Dixon; sisters Dee Solido and Mary McKissick, and brother, John Collado. She is also survived by her grandchilren, Scott and Kim, Spencer and Nancy, Maria, Amanda, Mary Ann, Sarah and Joanna, and her great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Taylor, Brandon and Cole.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Harold.
Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 3, from 5-8 p.m. at Milton Carpenter Funeral Home, 569 First Street, in Dixon. The funeral service is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. at the same location. Pastor Frank Salamone, of Cornerstone Baptist Church, will preside.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up to build a new baseball field in memory of the Robbens’. For information, contact First Northern Bank of Dixon, 195 North First Street, Dixon, 707-678-4422.
James Wayne "Jay" Hightower passed away on Friday, Jan. 21, 2005. Born on Sept. 29, 1929, he was 75 years old.
Jay was drafted into the Army and served in Korea. He was also a country western musician for over 40 years, and was inducted into the Western Swing Music Hall of Fame in 1989 for his outstanding contributions to western swing music.
He is survived by his loving wife, Rosalie Hightower, of Dixon; son and daughter-in-law David and Linda Hightower, of Winters; granddaughters Hillary Gomez and her husband, Jake, of Sparks, Nevada, and Jillian Miller and her husband, Aaron, of Winters; grandson, Seth Hightower, of Winters; great-granddaughter, Kiana Miller, of Winters, also a sister, Oma Kidwell, of Winters.
Visitation will be on Jan. 27, from 5-8 p.m. and funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 28, at 1 p.m.both at Milton Carpenter Funeral Home, in Dixon.
Interment will follow at the Silveyville Cemetery
Remembrances may be made in his name to Yolo Hospice, in Woodland.
Ellameda "Meda" Ritchson Woodard passed away on Jan. 19, 2005, in Cave Junction, Oregon, after a long illness. Born on April, 18, 1936, she was a native of Wardell, Missouri.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Woodard, of Cave Junction; son Robert (Ritchson) Eastham and his wife, Karen, of Oroville; daughters Shari and her husband, Greg Lemus, of Rohnert Park, Sheryl and her husband, Marty Powell, of Winters, Zale and Don Leigh, of Roseville, and Kim Ritchson, of Rohnert Park; sisters, Rayma and her husband Elton Frank, of Cave Junction, and Virginia Sallee, of Marshfield, Missouri; grandchildren, Stewart Eastham, of Los Angeles, Abbey and Jay Riddles, of La Mesa, Terre and Carolyn Standing Elk, of Rohnert Park, Sharrah Standing Elk, of Rohnert Park, Jessica Mendoza, of Vacaville, Kristina and Jake Naven, of Rocklin, Vanessa Leigh, of Roseville, and Cheyenne Powell, of Winters; also, a great grandchild, Sarah Standing Elk. She also had several nieces and nephews.
There will be no services at her request.
Noel Peattie, poet, former librarian, longtime member of the Society of Friends, and a resident of Winters since 1966, died at the Sutter Davis Hospital Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, following complications arising from surgery. Born on Nov. 28, 1932, in Menton, France, he was 72 years old.
Peattie grew up in Santa Barbara, graduated from Pomona College in 1954, where he majored in philosophy, and held masters degrees from Yale (in philosophy) and U.C. Berkeley, (in library science). After some years as a librarian at the Los Angeles State University, Peattie joined the library staff at U.C. Davis in 1966, where he worked until 1992, serving with distinction in Acquisitions and Special Collections. He was an active member of both the American and California Library Associations and held positions in both the American Library Association’s Social Responsibilities Roundtable and the Alternatives in Print. In 1995, he was honored as the first winner of the Jackie Eubanks Memorial Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in promoting the acquisition of alternative materials in libraries.
During his professionally active years, Peattie’s vigorous commitment to issues of truth, freedom, responsibility and social justice were expressed in a number of publications, chief among these was his newsletter, "Sipapu," a review of small press counter-culture literature and ephemera which he issued biannually for the library profession. A collection of the most important articles appearing in the periodical was published in 1989 as "A Passage for Dissent: The Best of Sipapu, 1970-1988 (McFarland Press, 1989). Similarly representative of his interests and commitments to the great issues which challenged and roiled his profession was ""Freedom to Lie: A Debate About Democracy (McFarland Press, 1989) a powerful public dialogue on those issues which he held with John Swan, a professional colleague.
An accomplished and published poet, Peattie centered much of his work on rural life in the Capay Valley. A gentle and authentic voice for the region, he wrote of its rhythms and shadings with pride, candor, and sensitivity. Among his published works (all by Regent Press of Oakland), are "Western Skyline" (1995), "In The Dome of St. Laurence Meteor" (1999), "King Humble’s Grave," (2001) and "Sweetwater Ranch" (2002). A posthumous work, "The Testimony of Doves," will be published this spring.
He is survived by his brother Mark Peattie and his wife, Alice, of Redwood City; nephew David Peattie, of Richmond; neices Caroline Peattie, of Mill Valley, Victoria Helm, of Mercer Island, Washington, Dana Vandermey, of Santa Barbara and Hilary Peattie of Santa Barbara.
Peattie was for many years a faithful and active member of the Davis Friends Meeting and served as librarian and archivist for the organization.
A memorial service is planned for March 12, at 2 p.m. at the Friend’s Meeting Church of Davis, located at 345 L Street, in Davis.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.
Carl Ferdinand Holmes, born October 15, 1910 in Denver, Colorado, died while his daughter sat with him, January 15, 2005, at Saint Johns in Woodland, California. The son of Oscar and Margaret Holmes, Carl spent most of his life around the Winters area. He owned and operated Holmes Warehouse and farmed his orchard in northern Solano County. Carl joined the Navy during World War II serving as a lieutenant in the South Pacific. While training in Farragut, Idaho he met Kathleen Gerking. They were married on Memorial Day 1943 in Spokane Washington. Carl was a member of the Elks Lodge for over 50 years, a member of the American Legion and Winters Post V.F.W. He was a past president of the Solano County Fair Board and served as a board member of 50 years. A former member of the Yolo Fliers Club and El Macero Country Club, he was the senior member of the Fairfield Old Guard. He loved to play golf, cards, and dominos.
Carl was preceded in death by his mother and father, his brother Oscar Holmes, and by his loving wife, Kathleen. He is survived by his son Carl, daughter Barbara, granddaughters Andrea Crompton and Margaret Flanagan, great granddaughter Abigail Flanagan and his sister, Mae Martin of Winters.
Remembrances can be made to Yolo Hospice, Pioneer Presbyterian Church, Saint Johns Retirement Village, or the charity of your choice. A memborial celebration of Carlos life and a time of remembrance will be held on January 29, at 1 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish Hall, 511 Main Street, Winters.
Mary Clark passed away on Jan. 16, 2005. Born on June 17, 1953, she was 51 years old. She is survived by her husband, Howard Clark, and children Alisa and Russell Clark, all of Winters; brothers Glen Burch, of Petaluma, and John Burch and his wife, Jeannie, of Woodland; and Rita Fleehart, of Lacey, Washington. Services will be held at the Winters branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Thursday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m.
John Colen King passed away on Jan. 5, 2005. Born in Wichita, Kansas, on Oct. 23, 1928, he was 76 years old. Mr. King moved to Oregon as a child and was raised in Medford. He joined the Marine Corps in 1945, serving with honors in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He married Lee Ella Landers in 1951 and spent 20 years in the Marine Corps. After retiring in 1968, he moved to Winters, owning an air-conditioning maintenance service until retirement. He then traveled from the Oregon coast to Lake Havasu, Arizona. He loved fishing and golfing. He is survived by his wife, Lee Ella King; daughter Jan E. Pease, of Portland, Oregon; sons Richard C. King, of Sutter and Derril J. King, of Lakeport; sisters Colleen Chill and Louise Sparling of Oroville; brothers Dennis I. King, of Somerset and Richard King, of Bakersfield; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Renee F. King in 2003. Arrangements are under the direction of Jones Mortuary, in Lakeport.
Carolyn Mary Williams passed away on Jan. 6, 2005 at Kaiser North Hospital in Sacramento. Born to John and Agnes (Krauel) Nikolas in Aberdeen, South Dakota, on May 13, 1913, she was 91 years old. During her early years, her family moved to Foreston, Minnesota, where she grew up on their farm. In 1958, she moved to Lancaster, where she resided until she moved to Davis in 1992. She worked for the United States Government at Edwards Air Force Base under the supervision of Colonel Chuck Yeager for 14 years. A member of St. James Catholic Church in Davis, Mrs. Williams also belong to the local chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, NARFE, since her retirement in 1975. She is survived by three daughters, Loretta Woods, of Billings, Montana, Lorraine Bowlin, of Winters, and Lynn Kossack, of Woodland; a son, Lawrence Williams, of Lynnwood; a brother James Nikolas; and a sister, Margurite Miller, both of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her legacy leaves seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, James Williams, in 1963; brothers Francis and Cyril Nikolas; and sisters, Marie and Kathryn Nikolas. A private family service will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lancaster, with interment to follow at Joshua Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Catholic Church in her memory. Arrangements are under the direction of Evergreen Funeral Service, of Woodland.
Georg Sichling died on Feb. 24, 2005 in Woodland, California from natural causes at age 93. He was a brilliant engineer, economist, and a remarkable individual and was known for his exceptional creativity, having filed over 300 patents with his various employers. He had an open mind and a great degree of inquisitiveness. He was a very polite, friendly person with a great sense of humor who was well respected and liked by all.
He was born September 3, 1911 in Berlin, Germany to Paul Sichling, owner of a mirror factory, and Karoline Schwarz. He grew up in Fuerth, Germany and studied and received his PhD in Electrical Engineering at the Technical University in Munich. During WWII, he was drafted into the German air force to work on the German missile program in Peenemunde with such legends as Werner Von Braun.
In the 1950s, Georg invented magnetic amplifiers which allowed the control of large motors in industrial application by means of very weak electronic signals. He designed transistors used for automation, leading to the development of the first digital industrial controls worldwide. Together with his friend, Helmut Schwab, he invented the Siemens "Simatic System" for transistorized electronic industrial control and automation. This system, albeit modernized, is still the key to industrial control systems utilized by Siemens worldwide.
In 1958, Georg immigrated to the United States. He worked for North American Aviation (Rockwell) during the late 1950s and through the 1960s as head research scientist in the Propulsion and Power group. He also worked with various aerospace companies on the Apollo space program and laser fusion.
When funding for the aerospace industry was downscaled, Georg left the industry and applied his experience to a variety of technical developments including electronic control of an artificial heart and the ignition of very small atomic explosions by means of lasers for use in civil engineering applications. He also worked as a consultant for Siemens Corporation and Brown Bolveri. Later in life, he applied his scientific expertise to macroeconomics processes. He wrote a book on economic theory but it was never completed. When he was not working on his scientific projects, he liked to draw and was a very good cartoonist.
His family meant a great deal to him. His wife, Annemarie, died in 1974 of cancer and he never remarried. His two daughters, Sabine Nooteboom of Winters, CA and Petra Klane of Malibu, CA, and three grandsons survive him. He will be dearly missed by family and friends for his intellect, charm and unfailing good humor.
Memorial Services will be conducted on March 5, 2005 at St. John’s Retirement Home in Woodland, California.
Anita "Toots" L. Neil, 92, born in Rocklin, California on June 23, 1912 passed away at her home in Winters after a brief illness on February 28 surrounded by her loving family. Visitation will be held at McCune Garden Chapel, 212 Main Street in Vacaville on Thursday, March 3, from 4 - 7 pm. And a funeral service is scheduled for 10 am. on Friday, March 4, at McCune Garden Chapel. Anita enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, sewing, golf and watching all the wildlife that visited her yard. She was a homemaker for 72 years. She leaves behind her husband of 72 years, Lewis Neil; sons and daughters-in-law, Walter and Sally Neil and Jerry and Janet Neil; four grandchildren, Sandy Neil, Laurie Hoskins, Clark Neil and John Neil; four great-grandchildren, Brock Neil, Ashlynn Neil, Sarah Neil and Katie Neil; all of Winters. She is preceded in death by thirteen siblings.
Donations can be made in Anita’s memory to: Yolo Hospice; P.O. Box 1014, Davis, 95617 or to Shriners Hospitals for Children; 2425 Stockton Blvd; Sacramento, 95817