Mr. Walter E. Scott, CM Sgt. USAF Retired, passed away at home in Dixon on December 26, 2005 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in Wenatchee, Washington on Oct. 17, 1932. He was 73.
Mr. Scott retired from the US Air Force in 1979 after 31 years of service to his country. He owned and operated the Dixon and Winters Travel Agency’s for 16 years finally closing the doors at the Dixon Agency in 2003 due to his illness. He loved to travel and had been all over the world. He also loved classical music, opera, stage plays and musicals. He liked working in the yard and home projects.
Mr. Scott belonged to several organizations including theAir Force Association, Air Force Sergeants Association (International President 2 terms), Professional Loadmasters Association, Travis Air Museum. Aerospace Education Foundation (President and Chairman of the Board), Masonic Order ( Athena Silveyville Lodge #201), Shriners (Afifi), Eastern Star (Golden Valley #60 - Davis Suisun #2 - Fairfield, National Sojourners, Inc. American Legion, He also served on SARB (School Attendance Review Board), Friends of Maine Prairie High School Faculty, and many other Civic organizations.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Rebecca L., daughter Ruth Ann Scott Redmon, sons Walter E. Scott, Jr. and wife Hilda, and Robert Gordon Scott. brother Donald E. Scott, Three grandchildren, Stephen Robert Scott, Kenneth Ryan Scott, and Robert Edward Scott, and one great-granddaughter Shelby Scott.
Walter will be greatly missed by family and friends. The family would prefer any contributions be made to Cancer Research or Heart Research.
A memorial service was held for Mr. Scott on Saturday, January 7, 2006, 1 p.m. at Dixon Community Church with Rev. Frank Salamone officiating. Inurnment will be at the VA National Cemetery, Dixon in June 2006.
Mr. James Francis Parry of Winters passed away due a lingering illness on January 2, 2006 at Sierra Nursing Home in Davis. He was 81 years old.
Mr. Parry, who was born in Liverpool, England, was an avid gardener and worked at Basic Vegetable for 25 years.
He is survived by his long time companion Violet Adkins, daughters Tina, Nicola and Adele, and sons Tony, James and Robert, as well as 23 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
A graveside burial was held January 9, 2006 at Vacaville Elmira Cemetery
Charles C. Pearse passed away on Jan. 3, 2006. He was born in Woodland, to Rufus and Mary Heard Pearse on Sept. 15, 1914.
Charles lived in Winters, for 84 years, raised by Bertha and Bill Young. He graduated from Winters High School and attended U.C. Davis. He worked for P.G.&E. for 40 years. He farmed his small 5-acre ranch and was an avid gardener and fisherman. He was a member of the Winters Volunteer Fire Department and was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Rose Walters Pearse; son and daughter in law, Tom and Justine Pearse; five grandchildren, Carolyn Heines and her 2 daughters, Luci and Molly; Tom and Adrienne Pearse and daughter Juliana; Scott Pearse; Steve and Melissa Pearse and daughters Mikayla and Cassandra; Joey Pearse; Step-Children, Joe and Sharon Walters; Kathleen and John Ford; Mike Walters and Tim Walters; step-grandchildren, Tim; Nick and Ashley and step-great-grandchildren, Sebastian and Damian Walters; Brother, Bob Pearse and many loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Marjorie Walters Pearse; brother, Elmore Pearse and step-daughter, Patricia Walters.
A Rosary was held on Friday, Jan. 6, 2006 at St. Anthony Catholic Church at 7:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006 at 11 a.m., also at St. Anthony Catholic Church.
Interment will be in the Winters Cemetery. Those who wish to sign a guestbook on-line may do so by visiting www.davisfuneral.com
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Yolo Hospice: P.O. Box 1014 Davis, CA 95617 or St. Anthony Building Fund or Alter Society: 511 Main Street Winters, CA 95694.
Franz Allen Horsley passed away peacefully on Dec. 27, 2005 at his beloved home in Danville, California, at the age of 94 years. He was born on Oct. 5, 1911 in Kellogg, Idaho, and soon moved to his pioneer family’s headquarters in Waterford, California. He resided in Danville for 55 years.
Allen graduated from the School of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1934, and then began a distinguished 35-year career with Shell Oil. He married his college sweetheart, Kathleen Fanoe, in 1937, and started a family that would eventually extend to three sons, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
During his time with Shell, he received eight patents. He was instrumental in bringing synthetic rubber from the test tube to actual full-scale production early in World War II when the nation had lost its sources of natural rubber. His work was invaluable to the war effort. He retired as a senior executive and head of a division for Shell.
In 1964 he bought an apricot and almond orchard in Winters. He was active in farming until his death and always loved the country and the freedom of outdoor life. An accomplished sailor, he won the San Francisco Bay championship in the Mermaid class as a member of the Richmond Yacht Club. He loved to fly fish and spent some of his most cherished moments on the Tuolumne River in his youth, on the streams of Yosemite with his sons, and at the Klamath River in his 80’s and 90’s.
Allen was active in community service throughout his life. He was a member of the school board in San Ramon Valley for 10 years. He never accepted injustice, leading and participating in many successful legal battles. He never gave up. He never quit. His word was his bond. He was a man of the century and will be sorely missed by his family and all those he touched. A scholar, a knight, a father, farmer and a friend, Allen will be remembered by all who had the good fortune to know him.
Jose Carlos Gomez, a resident of Winters for 25 years, passed away on December 25, 2005 in Woodland. He was 71 years old.
Mr. Gomez was born November 1, 1934 in Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico. He worked for 38 years.
Mr. Gomez is survived by his wife of 50 years, Isabel Gomez of Winters; daughters Maria I. and her husband Antonio Guitierrez, Lucila and her husband Valentin Duran, Cecilia and her husband Abdon Moza, and Graciela and her husband Mario Cruz; stepdaughter Yolanda of Sacramento; son Gabriel Gomez and her wife Julien of West Sacramento; stepsons Jaime Quintero, Salvador Quintero and his wife Rosa of Sacramento; and his sisters Josefina and Carmen, both of Guadalajara. Mr. Gomez is also survived by his 17 grandchildren, Yesinia, Jessica, Marco A., Adrian, Juan C., Ana, Adriana, Anthony, Annalicia, Daniel, Manuel, Ramiro, Zac, Rachel, Mason, Isabella and Elizabeth, and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Gomez is preceded in death by his parents Zacarias Gomez and Guadalupe Barron, as well as his brother Jesus.
A rosary was held at St. Anthony’s on Thursday, December 29, 2005, followed by a burial the next day in the Winters Cemetery.
Jerome A. “Jerry” Jimenez, passed away at his daughter’s home in Sacramento, surrounded by his family and loved ones, on Saturday, December 24, 2005, at the age of 58. He was born in Woodland in August 4, 1947 to Alfred Macias Jimenez and Jean Dallas (Wilcox) Jimenez, both who have preceded Jerome in death. He was a lifelong resident of Yolo County.
“Jerry” joined the United States Army in 1968, after attending Woodland High School and having worked for the Heidrick Farming Companies for four years. He continued his military career for more than 17 years, serving honorably and in combat during the Vietnam War. Jerry served with the 2nd Armored Battalion, 4th U.S. Army, at Fort Hood, Texas. It was with this unit that he rotated to the Republic of Vietnam to serve in that conflict. After completing his battle assignment he continued to serve on active duty with the U.S. Army Guard unit. While on active duty he earned the Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters; the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, the Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze service stars, the Marksman and Expert Rifleman Medals, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Medal with Palm, the Civil Actions Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Bronze Star Medal with V-device. Sergeant Jimenez loved his long career with the Army and was proud of his opportunity to serve his country. He was an avid softball fan and cheered the 49’ers on in every game.
Mr. Jimenez is survived by his companion of 14 years, Kathy Arreguin, and their daughter, Amanda Jimenez of West Sacramento, his daughters Olivia Howard and spouse Art and Moriah Hancock of Sacramento, Martina Jimenez of Woodland and Andrea Munt of Rocklin, and sons Ben Higa and Jerome Jimenez Jr. of Woodland. Grandchildren surviving are Jeremy and Jacob Higa, Vincent and Marcos Lara, Mary Jane Hernandez and Roman Jimenez. Sisters surviving are Barbara Jimenez of Yuba City, Jean Sharma and Kay O’Donalld of Sacramento, Diana Valdepena and Alfreda Martinez of Woodland and Iona Rodriguez of Chico, and a brother, Alfred Jimenez of Sacramento.
Friends and family attended a funeral service held on December 30, 2005 at Kraft Brothers Chapel with a military chaplain officiating. Interment is set for a later date, at Woodland Cemetery
Veteran’s Section with full Military Honors being presented at that time. Donations in memory of Mr. Jimenez may be made to the University of California at Davis Cancer Research Center, 2315 Stockton Boulevard, Sacramento, CA, 95817.
Herman Alejandro Gonzales passed away at age 76 in Sacramento on Dec. 23, 2005, following a courageous battle with heart disease.
Born May 14, 1929, in Winters, he was raised on the family ranch, and graduated from Winters High School. Part of a large family, he worked with his brothers and sisters on the family fruit ranch for many years with the Gonzales’ being prominent in the early history of Winters.
He proudly served in the U.S Army from 1951 until receiving an honorable discharge in 1956. A veteran of the Korean War, he fought in the battle of Heartbreak Ridge and earned a Purple Heart.
Living in Woodland, he drove a cement mixer truck for Pacific Cement Aggregates and LoneStar Ready Mix in Sacramento for 35 years until retiring in 1991, and was a member of the Teamsters Union.
He was preceded in death in 2002 by his wife of 50 years, Ellen Fay. Hobbies for them included rock collecting and polishing, camping, playing cards and family get-togethers.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Most important to Herman was his doing all possible ensure that his family and friends were well taken care of. Many will miss his smile, his unconditional love, generosity and kindness.
He is survived by sons Robert and his wife, Carol of Woodland, Herman and his wife, Barbara of Woodland, Timothy and his wife, Jennifer of Sacramento. Grandchildren include: Catrina and Steven Castaneda of San Jose, Bryce Gonzales of San Francisco, Jeremy and Kristen Gonzales of Woodland, Kasey Gonzales of Fresno, Kevin and Kristen Gonzales of Arbuckle, Erica Swisher of Woodland. Great-grandchildren include Savannah, Jayden, Kodee, Alex and twin boys. Surviving siblings include brothers Willie of Fairfield, John of Woodland, Ralph of Winters, Buell of Drewsey, Oregon, and sisters Christina Borges of Carmichael, Edna Jo of Vacaville and Lois May Foster of Joplin, Montana. There are many other extended close family members; attendees at holiday gatherings often exceeded 50 in number.
He also is survived by wife Imogene and her family. High school sweethearts, they parted when Herman entered the Army. Fifty-seven years later and after each had raised their own happy families, they were reunited. The past year was filled with joy, happiness and love for Herman.
He also was preceded in death by his parents, Alejandro and Edna, the latter in 2005, as well as his brother, Mac, in 2005.
Services were scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at 2 p.m. at Price Funeral Chapel, 6335 Sunrise, Citrus Heights. Viewing took place one hour prior to services, or on January 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. Remains will later be placed at Monument Hill, Woodland.
Donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Gertrude “Gertie” May Walker, passed away on Dec. 24, 2005 at Sutter Davis Hospital in Davis, California. She was born on July 6, 1936 in Ventura County California.
Gertie will be greatly missed by her friends and acquaintances.
She is survived by her partner, Adelaido Rodriquez; children, Tracie and Bob Dore, Terry Walker, Clint and Marie Walker, Craig and Debby Walker, Clayton and Juanita Walker, Tammy and Dan Grabenhorst, Tinna Walker, Trudy and Joel Collins, adopted son, Steven Collette; 18 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; brothers, Thomas Hand and Frank Hand.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy “Russ” Walker.
Memorial services will be announced at a later date.