Rolen L. Hughes, affectionately known as “Papa” by those close to him, passed away on Dec. 20, 2007 at his home in Esparto. Born on Feb. 28, 1926, in North Carolina, he was 81 years old.
He proudly served in World War II (enlisting before he was of legal age), and was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Before retiring he was a truck driver (Teamster) for many years with PMT and after retiring, his love of driving stayed with him.
His family says he was “such a special man, always with a smile and ready to help whoever he could. He loved children and they loved him. He had a heart of gold.”
He is survived by his son, Ken Hughes, and his stepchildren Veronica Martin, Carroll Quam, and Lorrie Quam; grandchildren Erica Martin, Jeremy Martin, Brant Quam, Jessica Crumley, Timothy Crumley and Emily Crumley; great-grandchildren, Chase Morton, Gavin Morton and Jackson Morton; brother Thomas Hughes; sisters, Ruby Ennis, Bernice Paul and Evelyn Lloyd; niece, Ann Marie Hughes.
He was preceded in death by his second wife, Eugenia (Ramos) Hughes. They lived many years in Winters and Vacaville.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church on Russell and Second Streets on Thursday, Dec. 27. Following the service there will be a gathering. All who cared about Mr. Hughes are welcome.
Herbert L. Heintz passed away in his Winters home on May 24. Born on February 7, 1927, Mr. Heintz graduated from Sanger High School in Sanger, California, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a branch manager of Snap-On Tools in Phoenix, Arizona, and was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons in Sanger Lodge #316 for over 50 years. He and his wife, Willa were married for 55 years.
Mr. Heintz is survived by his wife, Willa Heintz, of Winters, daughter Laura Olsen and her husband Ken of Gardenerville, Nevada, and Son Larry Heintz and his wife, Cindy, of Winters. He had five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Emanuel and Molly (Grass) Heintz.
David Alan Fredericks passed away at his Winters home on Saturday, May 21, after a brief illness. He was born on July 16, 1948 in San Francisco. He grew up in Corte Madera and graduated from Redwood High School in 1966. He continued his education at the College of the Redwoods and went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute where he studied photography.
Dave moved to Winters over 30 years ago to begin farming on his family’s land and continued to do so until his death. His unusual varieties of melons were known by and shared with people from all over the world.
He is survived by his daughter, Caroline Elizabeth Fredericks, his mother, Helen Fredericks, and by his brother, John H. Fredericks and family. He was preceded in death by his father, John G. Fredericks in 1997.
In addition to farming, Dave enjoyed designing and building and was a fine carpenter. He also loved to surf, ski and sail. His ashes will be scattered off of the Marin County coastline of the San Francisco Bay. A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, June 5, at 11 a.m. at the John G. Fredericks ranch. All those who knew and loved Dave are invited to attend.
Joe Madrid Martin was born on December 1, 1927 in Winters, to Frank and Amalia Martin. He passed away May 17, in his residence in Woodland with his family by his side.
Joe lived in Winters for 31 years until he moved to Arbuckle to farm and to raise his family. He lived in Arbuckle for 41 years until he retired to Woodland two years ago.
Joe began his farming career in Winters farming apricots and peaches. During the off season he worked as a field representative for Hunts and Spreckles and he also worked at the Army Communications Depot. After his move to Arbuckle, he farmed almonds and prunes in the Arbuckle and Dunnigan area until his retirement in 2003. Joe was a member of Saint Anthony’s Church in Winters, Holy Cross Church in Arbuckle, and Holy Rosary Church in Woodland. He was also a member of Club Iberico de Espana. Joe served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947 at Fort Lewis, Washington, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Joe lived his faith, with his family at the center of his world.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Anna Martin of Woodland. Sons Frank Martin and wife Janet, and John Martin and wife Marta, both live in Arbuckle. Daughters Anita Warmack and husband Mark of Sacramento, Alaina Stahlman and husband Mel of Shell Beach, California, Lisa Wilbur and husband Jeff of Tulare, will also miss Joe. He is also survived by brothers Tony Martin of Vacaville, and Frank Martin of Winters, and sister Madeline Jimenez of Winters. In addition, he is survived by eleven grandchildren, Mary, Susie, John, Sarah and Callie Martin, Daniel, Joseph and Marisa Vazquez, and Elizabeth, Sarah and Grace Wilbur, and one great grandchild, Elina Vazquez.
A funeral Mass was held on Monday, May 23, at the Holy Cross Church in Arbuckle. Memorial donations may be made in Joe’s behalf to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, 95617.
Howard Theodore Keith Halley was born May 25, 1903, in Delamar. He died on May 7 in Auburn, at age 101.He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Inga Halley, his sisters Mabel, Edith, Helen and Hazel, and brothers, Stanley, and Robert. He is survived by his brother, Norman Halley, of Winters. He is also survived by his wife of 55 years, Lucile Halley of Auburn, their two children, Edward Halley and wife, Laura, of Fountain Valley, Ruth Halley and husband Duncan Pherigo, of Sacramento. Mr. Halley had four grandchildren, Rachel, Jeremiah, Micah and Tirzah, and two step-grandchildren, Jessica and Sabrina. He also had four step-great grandchildren, Domenico, Danilo, Drake and Savannah.
Mr. Halley grew up on a farm in Cogswell, North Dakota. His family returned to California in 1919 in a new Oldsmobile car, with Howard driving, at age 15. He graduated from Winters High School in 1925 and had a variety of jobs in his life. In the 1920’s while working on airplanes in southern California he did some repairs on Amelia Earhart’s airplane. He also did body and fender work on automobiles in the 1920’s. During World War II Mr. Halley served in the Army Air Corp working on recruitment. He was stationed at Mather Field in Sacramento. In the early 1950’s he trained as an accountant and worked at C. Norman Peterson Construction Company (later Dillingham) in Berkeley, retiring after 18 years in 1970.
While living in the Bay Area, Howard and Lucile were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley where they enjoyed many years of fellowship and bringing up their children in the Christian faith. After living many years in Oakland, the Halleys enjoyed a long retirement together in Auburn.
A funeral service will take place on Thursday, May 12 at 1 p.m. at Chapel of the Hills, 1331 Lincoln Way, Auburn. Interment will follow at the New Auburn Cemetery.
Stanley William Mello died July 19, 2005, in Davis. He was 78.
He was a World War II veteran and loved his country, his family said.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Pat Mello; children, Tim Mello of Woodland, Heidi Mello Reed of Winters and Judy Di Benedetto of Halcott Center, N.Y.; sons-in-law Jim Reed Jr. of Winters and Chris Di Benedetto of New York; grandchildren Kelly and Kyle Mello of Woodland, and Elena and Greg Di Benedetto of New York; and his sisters and brothers in Sacramento.
“He loved his children and grandchildren, and was proud of his sons-in-law,” his family said. “He will be with all of us always.”
As per his wishes, there will be no funeral or services.
John Prescott McMahan passed away on July 23, 2005 at the Woodland Skilled Nursing Facility. Born on April 20, 1929 in Sacramento to Henry and Hazel McMahan, he was 76 years old.
He and his family moved to Oakland when he was one year old, and he graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1947. He began his career as a police officer in the city of Winters, and later moved to the U.C. Davis Police Department, becoming their first detective. He was a member of the California National Guard and was activated for service in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. After leaving the university in 1967, he worked for the Yolo County Public Defender’s office for 26 years and upon retirement was the chief investigator. A 35 year active member of the International Lions Club, he served as president of the Woodland Host Lions Club, Davis Earlybirds and Davis Host Lions Club. He was a charter member of the Sacramento Valley Historical Railways (where he was instrumental in restoring steam locomotive 1233 that had stood in the Yolo County Fairgrounds for over 50 years) and served as that organization’s chairman for the restoration of the Woodland Southern Pacific Depot. He helped start the Yolo Shortline (RiverTrain) excursion train. As a very active member of the community, Mr. McMahan participated in the Chili Cookoff, Stroll Through History, Yolo County Grand Jury, for two years, Woodland Historical Preservation Commission, VFW, Woodland Chamber of Commerce and American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia McMahan, of Woodland; daughters Debra Smith, of Columbus, Ohio, Lynda McMahan, of Suisun City and Maureen McMahan, of Sacramento; brothers Alison McMahan of Newark, Harold McMahan, of Manzanita, Oregon; stepchildren Karen Parrish, of French Camp; Veronica Banuelos, of Lake Shasta City; Donna Bubelis, of Granite Bay, and Sergeant Timothy McMahan, of the U.S. Army, stationed in Darmstadt, Germany; two grandchildren and six stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen.
A memorial celebration will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2005, at the Lions Clubhouse, 417 Lincoln Avenue, in Woodland.
Private graveside services for family will be held.
In lieu of flowers, send donations in Mr. McMahan’s name to the Sacramento Valley Historical Railways (designated for restoration of the SP Depot) 1120 Lincoln Avenue, Woodland, CA 95695, or to Lions Charities.
Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland assisted the family with arrangements.
Juanita Mosier passed away on July 18, 2005 at the age of 89. Born to Orin and Mabel Stone on Sept. 8, 1915 in Missouri, she was the fourth of their nine children.
In 1921, they relocated to San Francisco and she often recalled her first memory of her adopted hometown by being struck by how beautiful and brightly lit Market Street was when they arrived at the Ferry Building.
She returned to Winters to raise her three children and owned and operated The Winters Laundromat. She was an active member in the community, belonging to the Presbyterian Church, The Guilde, Daughters of the Eastern Star, Fortnightly club, and enjoyed hosting bridge card games with friends in her home.
She also had the opportunity to travel around the world and proudly displayed on her walls the souvenir plates that she had purchased from each country that she visited.
Juanita is survived by her sons, Paul Mosier of Arlington, Oregon, Roger Mosier and his wife Vickey, of Winters, and daughter Judy Hubert and her husband, John, of Gualala. She is also survived by six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her sister Velma Lord from Oakland also survives her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Mosier, in 1949.
A memorial service is planned for July 30, at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church on Russell Street at 2 p.m.
Friends and family are cordially invited to attend.