Ed “Perk” Perkins
Longtime Gilroy resident Ed “Perk” Perkins, 69, died peacefully at his home on Aug. 22, 2003, after a short illness.
Ed was born in Anderson and was raised in Chico. After serving as a hospital corpsman in the Navy, he began his career in law enforcement as a Chico Police Officer for four years. After his marriage to Marie, they moved to Gilroy in 1962 where he served as a California Highway Patrol officer. He retired from the CHP after 28 years of service.
Because of his love of theater, Ed became a member of Stagehand’s I.A.T.S.E. Local #134, San Jose, where he worked as a carpenter for many stage productions over the last 15 years. One of his happiest memories included the two years he spent with his wife touring with the national company of “Fiddler on the Roof” in the United States and Canada as its head prop man.
Ed was an Eagle Scout, a Gilroy Boy Scout Master, Rainbow dad and a member of the Gilroy Masonic Lodge. Besides his wife and family, his passions included a love of camping in his motor home, riding his Seadoo at the lake, his dog Buttons and the neighbor’s cat.
Ed was a loving neighbor and well respected in the community.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Marie Perkins, of Gilroy; daughter Lori Brown “Sis” of Gilroy; son and his wife Robert and Bronwyn Perkins of Chico; grandchildren Matt, Staci, and Kelli Brown, all of Gilroy, and Anna and Kasey Perkins of Chico; his twin sister Bette of Sumner, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 18 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, the family present from 6-8 p.m. at Habing Family Funeral Home. The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Gavilan Hills Memorial Park.
His family respectfully requests that those who wish to honor Ed’s memory take a loved one to see a theatrical stage production of their choice.
Hendrik Marselis, born June 23, 1940, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, after a brief illness.
Henk loved life, family and community. He was an active participant in many organizations, most recently the YMCA, Leadership Morgan Hill, Toastmasters and the vestry of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church. He was a dedicated employee of IBM for 47 years, where he worked in financial management after he completed his education, which was supplied by IBM.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; sons Hans and Thys of Morgan Hill; brother Jan; sisters Annie and Jeanne of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and many loving friends.
A memorial service celebrating his life was at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 29, at St. John the Divine Church, 17740 Peak Ave. A reception will follow the ceremony.
The family asks that any donations be made to the St. John’s Building Fund.
William Shoichi Iwanaga
William Shoichi Iwanaga died Aug. 26, 2003, in Gilroy.
Mr. Iwanaga was born in Santa Cruz 75 years ago and moved to Gilroy in 1947 where he began his farming career with his family. He was well known in this area for his strawberry growing. He retired in 2000 after 53 years of farming.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Grace Iwanaga of Gilroy; his son and his wife, David and Cynthia Iwanaga of Gilroy, his son and his wife, Paul and Teri Iwanaga of Gilroy, his daughter and her husband, Lisa and David Sheedy of Gilroy; his sons Jeffrey Iwanaga of Gilroy, Glenn Iwanaga of San Jose, and Warren Iwanaga of Gilbert, Ariz.; his grandchildren Stephen, Brent and Justin Iwanaga of Gilroy; Lauren, Jackie and Damon Iwanaga of Gilroy and Trevor, Harkin, and Mekala Sheedy of Gilroy;
He is the brother of Tom Iwanaga of San Martin, Henry Iwanaga of Reedley, George Iwanaga of San Jose, Lillian Hirabayashi of Los Angeles, Sue Nagahara of San Jose, and Marian Kanaya of Foster City. Many nieces and nephews also survive him.
A memorial service took place at 12:30 p.m. today at Aug. 29, at Habing Family Funeral Home in Gilroy.
John R. Bautista
John R. Bautista died Aug. 25, 2003, at his home in Morgan Hill. He was 70.
John greeted the world on Feb. 25, 1933, in Hollywood. He loved and cherished his son and his wife, John III and Denise, and grandchildren Alanna, Kaileigh and John IV.
He believed he was truly blessed with a very special son who gave him three beloved grandchildren and who brought a lovely lady into the family.
“Cookie” and Evelyn were married for 48 years. They first met in study hall at Gilroy High School during a rare time when he was not sitting in the principal's office. He is the first of the Bautista family to win wrestling honors for Gilroy High School. The trophy he won for the school was on display in the school's trophy case until the school moved to its current site.
He spent the Korean War years in the Navy. His stopovers in Hong Kong and Japan were entertaining stories in later years. He was a lifetime member of VFW. He attended San Francisco City College and graduated from Laney College.
Alpha Refrigeration Co. in Morgan Hill was John Bautista for 20 years. A/C was a lifelong occupation. He was renowned as an authority on walk-in boxes and ice machines. He taught refrigeration classes at the local union for a number of years and was active in RSES.
In the Gilroy Elks for 26 years, he was a tustee for four years and chaired the scholarship committee for several years. At one time, he was president of the Morgan Hill Kiwanis. He was also a member of the Morgan Hill Rotary and was among those Rotarians who cooked at the first Mushroom Mardi Gras. He truly enjoyed the years that he was part of Morgan Hill Fish and Game. “Their “banacalda” nights were memorable.
Currently, besides the Elks, he was part of SIRS and was on the Morgan Hill Council on Aging, as well as representing seniors on the Parks and Recreation Committee. Also,very dear to him was the once-a-month dinner group made up of Gilroy High School alums from the 40’s and 50’s.
John loved waterskiing and snow skiing.
Cooking was a passionate avocation for John. He thoroughly enjoyed the years he spent “opening” for Martin Yan as a local demonstration chef at the Gilroy Garlic Festival's Cook-off Stage. Cooking a flaming calamari on KCRA Sacramento was a true highlight for the amateur chef. Being “Head Barbecue Chef” at the end-of-the-season passholders/employees barbecue at Bear Valley Ski Area was his event for 10 plus years.
He joined the Navy so he could travel. That he did. Thed Navy took him to Guam, the Phillipines, Hong Kong and Japan. After the Navy, he and Evelyn took trips to various parts of the United States, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Canada, Mexico, and an eight-week Eurail trip around Europe (on their own). They also spent five weeks on an Amtrak trip around the United States.
Other passions for John were his Corvette, golf, the 49'ers and telling jokes. The donut shop gang and the crew at Ace Hardware will miss his wicked sense of humor. JB truly felt that his “retirement job” at Ace was the perfect job.
For the past three years, since he became a renal failure patient, John has been a guest lecturer Evergreen College's nursing program. He was on peritoneal dialysis and was always willing to share his knowledge and experiences regarding the procedure.
A good Samaritan, it was not unusual for John to step in when he could see help was needed. He saved a few lives and aided in other situations. He never discussed these happenings, you had to be there to witness them. He made a difference in people's lives.
John, Denise, Alanna, Kaileigh and John IV (Cookie) will dearly miss their “Papa” who loved being with them, always had time for them, was their biggest fan in all their endeavors, taught them to love cooking, fishing and, especially, how to laugh.
John is survived by his wife, Evelyn; son, John III; daughter-in-law, Denise; grandchildren Alanna, Kaileigh and John IV (Cookie) of Morgan Hill.
In Gilroy, his family is stepmother Louise Bautista; sisters Juanita (Frank) Lujan, Tina (Chet) Kirby; brothers Phil (Trish), and David (Selve). In Nevada, sister Irene (Frank) Smith. Nieces are Nicole Arechiga, Carla Mar, and Denny Moreno. Nephews are Cameron, Jason, Brandon, David and Charles Bautista, Christopher Kirby, Eric Smith, Richard Ayala and Jeremy Colvin.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers any donations be made to the National Diabetes Foundation or the American Heart Association.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at the Gilroy Elks Lodge under the direction of Habing Family Funeral Home.
Michael Sean “Myk” Marsh
Michael Sean “Myk” Marsh died Aug. 21, 2003, at his Morgan Hill home ending a nine-month fight with lymphoma. He was 31.
Michael was a former 12-year employee of the Winchester Mystery House.
His love for reading and writing poetry became apparent soon after his graduation. He was a published poet winning awards for almost each poem he had written with such favorites as: “The Rat”, “MacGyver”, and “Mended Heart”.
Being an avid San Jose Sharks hockey fan, he and his mother never missed an opportunity to watch a game. He held season tickets and enjoyed going to their home games.
“Michael had a love for travel. He loved American History, Disneyland and Sci-Fi,” said Laura Vieyra, Myk’s cousin. “The first thing that would strike you about Myk was his dry sense of humor and his loyalty to his friends and family. His best friend was his mother.”
Myk’s sci-fi interest began at the age of 4 in 1976 with the release of Star Wars. He also enjoyed swapping Star Trek trivia with his father to see who had the most knowledge of the show. Typically, it was Myk.
Besides his mother, Lorraine, and his father, Jim, Michael is survived by a great-uncle, Henry Linde; aunts Jackie, JoAnn, Joan and Rae Ann; uncles, Sil and Rick; 10 first cousins and five second cousins.
His memory will always live through the lives of those he has touched with his special ways. He made his mark in our hearts forever.
You will never be forgotten Michael, for all the lives you have touched, thank you, and may God rest your soul. You have left us with wonderful memories and will always be at our sides.
Services were Monday at Oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose.
The family asks that any donations be made to The American Cancer Society or The Friends of the National Park at Gettysburg, PO Box 4622, Gettysburg, PA 17325-4622.