Myrtle Francis Ichtertz passed away at home in Winters on Jan. 20, 2008. Born on Nov. 6, 1917 in California, she was 90 years old. She worked for Yolo County Housing for 17 years and retired in 1978, organized bus trips to Reno for 20 years, and served as a 4-H leader.
She is survived by her daughters, Gaylene Anderson and Joan Larsen; grandchildren Eric Anderson, Brian Anderson, Michael and Kim Larsen, and Lanisa and Jeff Howerton; great-grandchildren Kylie, Alexis and Makaila Larsen, and Annabella and Jens Howerton.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Albert G. Ichtertz in 1998, and her parents, Sadie Oleta Little and George McClandon Little.
Private services are planned in Winters. Memorial contributions may be made to Yolo Hospice, the Winters Fire Department or the charity of donor’s choice.
Ralph H. Gustafson Jr. died at Woodland Healthcare on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007, at the age of 60. Mr. Gustafson was born in Los Angeles on May 3, 1947 to Ralph H. and Marjorie H. (Kirn) Gustafson Sr., who have predeceased him. Mr. Gustafson had been a Yolo County resident for the past 18 years. Upon completing high school, Mr. Gustafson entered the Navy in the fall of 1965 in Lakewood, and then went to Pensacola, Fla. for training before serving in the Western Pacific Unit of the Naval Security Group in Guam, as a radio operator and maintenance technician with the Navy, where he completed his training for advancement to chief petty officer. During his service, Mr. Gustafson was awarded the Good Conduct Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Navy Unit Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal. He was also a member of S.V.S.S. (Sacramento Valley Soaring Society) in Davis.
Surviving Mr. Gustafson is his wife of 27 years, Sylvia Gustafson of Winters; son, Marshall Gustafson of Anaheim; brothers, Robert Gustafson and wife Judy of Huntingon Beach, and John Gustafson and partner Jim Moore of Laguna Beach. He is also survived by mother-in-law, Dorothy Hunnell of Woodland; and sister-in-law, Dona Hudson of Woodland.
Memorial donations in Mr. Gustafson’s memory may be made to the Diabetes Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio, 44720.
A funeral service was scheduled for noon, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008 at Kraft Bros. Chapel, 175 Second St., Woodland, with Pastor Ted Selby officiating. A graveside committal followed at Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon. Military Honors were presented. Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors of Woodland, assisted the family with arrangements.
Robert “Bob” Martin, born in Winters on June 20, 1939 to Antonio G. Martin and Josephine Ruiz Martin, died at his home in Woodland on Jan. 5, 2008 of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Bob worked as a truck driver for more than 40 years, retiring from Teichert Construction in 1999.
He is survived by his children, Tom Martin, Cindy Imbach and husband Steve, a step daughter Susan Tyree and her husband Sean, granddaughters Tori Martin, Shannon Hiatt, Jordan and Maisie Tyree and grandsons Andrew and Jason Imbach. He is further survived by his sisters, Mary Carrion, Josephine Smith, Ann Brown, Frances Johnson and Janet Martin Clarke, and brother Anthony Martin Jr. Bob is also survived by his faithful friend and companion Carol Hilton and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, wife Gayle, stepson Jim Gary, son Steven Martin and daughter-in-law Shirley Martin.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held on Friday, Jan. 11 at 11:00 a.m. at the Christian Church Disciples of Christ, located on 509 College St.
Memorial contributions may be sent in Bob’s memory to ALS Greater Sacramento Chapter, 2717 Cottage Way, Suite 8, Sacramento 95825, or to the charity of their choice.
Jackson Stevenson Wallace passed away peacefully at his home in Carmel Valley, CA on January 7, 2008, at the age of 89. Born in Bonham Texas on July 23, 1918 to an early pioneering family, his paternal grandfather was a Texas Ranger and his maternal grandfather was the first Fire Chief of Bonham. After the untimely death of his father, the family moved to Los Angeles. It was there that 16-year-old Jack learned to fly under the auspices of a neighbor, a notorious bootlegger of the Prohibition era. Jack’s love of flying inspired him to enter the Army Air Corp and he earned his wings as a Second Lieutenant in November of 1941. After a whirlwind two-week courtship, he married Lillian Strand in 1942 with whom he had three children.
In 1944, Jack was assigned to the 330th Bomb Group stationed in Guam. He was the captain of a B-29 named “The Spirit of Fort Worth” and he was affectionately known as “Fuji Jack” for almost colliding with Mount Fuji on his first bombing run over Japan. He went on to complete 25 combat missions over Japan and earned a Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor.
After the war he held assignments throughout the United States and overseas. His adventures included trips to Cuba where he made a one engine landing in a B-29, an impromptu meeting with King Olaf of Denmark, a visit to 10 Downing Street, London, and an emergency parachute exit from a crippled aircraft.
During the Vietnam War, he spent one year at Tan Son Nhut Air Base from which he commanded all USAF missions into North Vietnam. He was also responsible for directing all rescue missions for downed American pilots behind enemy lines. In 1969 he retired from the Air Force and endured the tragic loss of his beloved Lillian to cancer.
He settled in the Sacramento area and attended McGeorge Law School. After admission to the California Bar in 1973, he moved to Monterey where he met and married Susan Davis with whom he had one son. He and Susan started their own law firm and he practiced law until his mid-80s. He also began a writing career which included the book “Death of a B-29”, numerous articles in military magazines, and his soon-to-be-published memoirs, “Fuji Jack.” Family members say he loved golf, tennis, travel, the USAF, and a good party.
He is survived by his spouse, Susan; children Chris (John) Castanon of Winters, Terry (Georgia) Wallace of Sacramento, Cynthia (Bruce) Jansen of Montgomery, Texas, and Andrew Wallace of Carmel Valley; grandchildren Sonia Castanon Olton, Emiliano (Emily) Castanon and Steven Jansen, Brian Jansen; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Christie Wallace, brother Edwin Henley Wallace, and wife Lillian Strand Wallace.
A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2008 at the Christ the King Chapel, Herrmann Hall, Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey. The family suggests that anyone planning to attend notify them at (831) 659-2721 so that their name can be placed on a list to facilitate entrance through the Navy security gate. The family also suggests that in lieu of flowers a contribution be made to the American Cancer Society, the VNA Hospice Association, or the Air Force Aid Society.
Winters resident Mario Santos Sengo passed away in Woodland on Dec. 31, 2007. Born on Nov. 1, 1921 in Sacramento, he was 86 years old. A 31 year resident of Yolo County, he worked as a real estate broker and farmer most of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Isabel; sons and daughters-in-law, Marty and Deborah Sengo of Davis, and Gary and Laurie Sengo of Winters; grandchildren and their spouses, Vesta and Vic Vong of Santa Clara, Theresa and Jared Stahl of Santa Clara, Allyn and Mike Magaletti of Chico, Marlena and Pablo Marin of Woodland and Martin Sengo of Davis.
Graveside services were held on Jan. 1 at the Maxwell Cemetery
in Maxwell. Father Oscar Gomez-Medina officiated.
Barbara Wehr passed away at Sutter Davis Hospital on Dec. 24. She was 92. Her granddaughter Carole Brooks Niehues, who she raised, was at her bedside. Wehr had been living at Sierra Health Care for the last 3 years.
Preceding her in death was her husband Willis Wehr in 1990. They were members of the Pioneer Presbyterian Church where they served as an Elder and deacon. Barbara was a member of the Auxillary and Guild at the church for many years. They moved to Winters from Lancaster in 1966. They had been married in La Habra and lived in Pasadena and in Oregon. Barbara was born in Topeka, Kansas in 1915.
Barbara and Willis had three daughters: Penny Lou Burris and Mary Linda Wilson. Karen Lee Spiller preceded them in death in 1969. Barbara and Willis raised Karen’s two daughters here in Winters: Carole Brooks Niehues and Barbara Brooks Mateer .
Other grandchildren surviving are Dan Wilson of Tennessee, Jon Burris of Dixon, David Wilson of Cloverdale, Pamela S. Lewis of Arkansas, Dale Wilson of Las Vegas, and Joseph Burris of Idaho. They had a total of 12 great grandchildren.
Barbara was a member of Winters Senior Citizens and she was also a member of Fortnightly club in Winters and played bridge with members and friends. When she moved to Sierra Health Care she became known as the most avid Scrabble player and excelled at various other games. She was also known to be a singer of hymns and other songs during sing-a-long activities. She had a very subtle sense of humor which will be greatly missed by her friends and family.
Noah Leeland Farnham, 71, died on Wedneday, December 26, 2007, at Alderson’s Convalescent Hospital in Woodland.
Born on January 24, 1936 in Woodland to Jack and Helen (Hubbard) Farnham, he grew up in Yolo County graduating from Esparto High School’s class of 1954 and was valedictorian prior to his attendence to U.C. Davis. After his educational years, Mr. Farnham entered ranching and was a member of the Yolo Cattlemens & Wool Growers Association for over 50 years.
A lifelong Yolo resident, he is survived by his wife of 50 years Ruth J. Farnham of Brooks; daughters Karen Reeves, Sharon Farnham, and Susan Reyes and husband Martin all of Brooks; sons Mike Farnham and wife Faye of Sacramento, Steve Farnham and wife Penny of Capay; sisters Dolores Moe of Woodland and Mary Vannucci and husband Fred of Capay; brother Jack Farnham and wife Sharai of Woodland; grandchildren Tyler, Sophia, Jessica, Jennifer, Inez, Bradley, Roman, Miranda, and great-grandson Jerry.
A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Reyes family ranch, located at 18063 County Road 70 in Brooks. In leiu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Capay Valley Fire Department in his memory. Assisting the family with funeral arrangements is Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland.
Gladys Julia Bond passed away on December 20 at her home in Winters. She was 94 years old.
Born March 5, 1913, in Springfield, Missouri to Matthew and Inez Carpenter, Mrs. Bond worked at Vacaville Basic and was a homemaker. During WWII, she worked in Long Beach and was a member of the Boiler-makers union. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, fishing and camping.
Mrs. Bond was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Bond, on July 1, 1973, and by her sons Charles and Billy.
She is survived by her daughters Betty and Charles Nelson, of Winters, Anita and Bruce Welch, of Louisiana, and Mary and Jim Turner, of Surprise, AZ; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews; sisters Catherine Dantzler, of Winters and Ernestine Hensley, of Missouri; and longtime companion Jim Morgan.
A graveside service will be held Monday, Dec. 24 at 10 a.m. at Winters Cemetery.
Doris Tyalor passed away on Dec. 21, 2007 in Woodland. Born in Muscatine, Iowa on July 11, 1922, she was 85 years old.
A longtime Winters resident, she and her husband Tom owned the hardware store from the mid 1960s to the late 1970s. She worked at City Hall for several years, was a real estate broker and a city clerk, and worked in several other occupations as well. Her most important role, says her family, was being a wife and mother.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Tom Taylor of Esparto; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Pat Taylor of Winters; sonMike Taylor of Kona, Hawaii; son and daughter-in-law John and Monica Taylor of Newfoundland, Canada; son and daughter-in-law Patrick and Nanette Taylor of Woodland; 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Stella and W.H. Milton and brothers, Ralph, Harold and Bob Milton and brothers, Ralph, Harold and Bob.