David “Dean” Griffin, a Winters native, died July 28, 2011. Born Aug. 12, 1921, he was 89.
“Dean,” as he was called to compliment his twin sister Elizabeth “Jean” Griffin. David was son of John DeVilbiss (“Son”) Griffin and Grace Judy Griffin. He was grandson to Joe Boggs and Helena Griffin and to David O’Rear and Hattie Judy, and descended from several Winters pioneer families.
David was a technical sergeant in the Army Air Corps (now the Air Force) from January 1940 to September 1945, serving in the 996th Engineering Squadron during World War II. He studied navigation with the Federal Bureau of Navigation before joining the Army. At the Army Air Force Boeing Service School, he became a specialist for the P38, B17 and B24 airplanes. He carried his electronics and mechanical skills into a 23-year career with Chevron. He later studied real estate law and education, earning a master’s degree in education. He worked as both a real estate agent and as a teacher until his retirement, after which he and wife JoAnn travelled around the U.S., visiting family and historical places of interest.
David is survived by his wife, JoAnn F. Griffin, son John L. Griffin, daughter Suzanne J. Gribble, grandchildren Ryan Griffin, Thomas Santos, Michelle Griffin and Michael Griffin, and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his grandson Lance Cpl. John A. Gentile, USMC. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A loving family man, David is missed by all he came in contact with, family members said.
Graveside services are planned at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at at Winters Cemetery.
In Loving Memory of Carol Matilda-Ann White. She was born April 8, 1940. Carol passed from this life to the next on August 13, 2011. She was 71 years of age and is survived by eight children, twenty-four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Carol lived a life surrounded by family and friends and was faithful to her Savior, Jesus Christ.
A service to celebrate Carol’s life will be held at Discovery Worship Center, 315 Edwards St. in Winters, on August 26, 2011 at 11:00 am.
You are loved and missed by many!
Randall “Randy” Rex Hough, formerly of Winters, passed away Aug. 8, 2011. He was 49.
Born March 22, 1963, on March Air Force Base in Riverside, he graduated from Winters High School in 1981 and was voted best dancer. He founded his first band at age 9. During his time at Winters High School, he was the only drummer in the school band — playing a complete drum set. Every Friday night home football game, Randy would get there early to set up the drums to play with the band. He also played multiple stringed instruments, but specialized in lead guitar while making his living as a musician. He also taught many friends and family how to play guitar.
As an Air Force child, he traveled extensively during his early years. After graduating, he moved between California and Washington for many years then migrated to Ishpeming, Mich., where he spent the remainder of his life. He enjoyed living in small towns and knowing his neighbors. He was a friendly outgoing man with a silver-tongue. Childhood friends will remember him as a “Tom Sawyer” type of person, always able to talk people into helping with chores or duties and then rewarding them with a trip to Lake Berryessa. He loved being with people, just talking and listening. He always would talk to the customers that would come watch his band play.
He was preceded in death earlier this summer by his loving mother, Truth E. Hough.
He is survived by his wife, Connie Hough; daughter, Tianna Hough; step-children Deanna Stephens and Trevor Stephens; step-grandchildren: Quinton, Madison, Adrianna, Dalton, Trevor; father, Robert J. Hough; siblings: Robin Hutchison (Rodger), James Hough (Carol), Tracy Nguyen (Henry), Joseph Hough, Truth E. Snow, Kimberly Kramer and Corey Hough; 13 nieces and nephews: Amanda Hutchison, Melody Hutchison, Stephanie Hough, Jeffrey Hough, Norman Hough, Victoria Nguyen, Jacqueline Nguyen, Robert Snow, Roger Snow, Truth S. Snow, Elizabeth Snow, Loren Kramer and Danielle Kramer; grandmother, Truth I. Lyons; aunts and uncles: Ruth Mihelich, Ronald Miller (Lila), Donna Shamseldin (Sam) and Dennis Miller (Judy); multiple cousins and other extended family and friends.
A service was held at United Evangelical Covenant Church in Ishpeming. A fellowship followed.
Donations to help defray funeral costs may be made to Robert Hough and mailed to Robert Hough, 4940 Hovgaard Road, S.E., Olalla, WA 98359.
Juanita C. Draper passed away Aug. 9, 2011, at Courtyard Healthcare in Davis. She was born Dec. 21, 1913, in Galena, Kan., and moved to Winters in 1948.
She was preceded in death by her husband Foy David Draper; sons, Bobby Gene Draper and Howard B. Draper; four brothers and four sisters.
She is survived by son William Warren Draper and spouse Jane of Virginia Beach, Va.; two daughters-in-law, Doris Draper of Woodland and Janice Draper of Winters; six grandchildren, Sharon and Jerry Bouck of Tucson, Ariz., David and Gina Draper of Challenge, Robert and Lori Draper of Clovis, N.M., Chuck and Denise Draper of Winters, Darla and Paul Reitman of North Vernon, Ind., and John Draper of Winters; 18 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family members said Draper loved and served her Lord and savior Jesus Christ every day of her life. She was an avid musician: pianist, organist and accordion player. She loved playing church hymns and will be greatly missed by all.
Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at First Baptist Church, 512 First Street (at Baker Street), Winters. Burial will follow at Winters Cemetery.
Marjorie Elizabeth Baker-Cole McEathron passed away at the age of 91 at her home in Vacaville on Aug. 4, 2011, after a brief battle with cancer. She was born on April 20, 1920, in Larnard, Kan., and was raised and attended school in Winters.
At 18, she married Eugene Cole of Vacaville. They had three children together. Eugene served in the military, and passed away in Woodland in 1948. She was remarried in 1950 to Richard C. McEathron. They were married 49 years and had two children together before he passed away in 1999.
She and Richard leased the old Allendale Store. They worked and raised their family in Allendale. She enjoyed playing bingo and crocheting. She also loved camping and fishing with her family at Salmon Creek and Cold Springs. And she enjoyed trying her luck at Cache Creek Casino and playing the California Lottery.
She was preceded in death by her husbands Eugene Cole and Dick McEathron, her parents Orval and Elizabeth Baker, formerly of Vacaville, two brothers Laverne Baker and Orval Baker Jr., and her grandson Kelly Johnson.
She is survived by her siblings Colleen Duke of Vacaville, Jack (Aloha) Baker of Pittsburg and Dolores Soares of Fairfield; her children, Donald (Suzie) Cole of San Jose, Nancy (John) Dominguez of Vacaville, Margaret Shook of Vacaville, Claire McEathron of Vacaville and Richard (Wilma) McEathron of Aloha, Ore. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Per her request, there will be no formal services held. Donations may be made in her name to Kaiser Hospice.
Charles K. “Ken” Snyder passed away July 11, 2011, at the age of 87. Grandson of Yolo County pioneer Jacob Snyder, Ken lived his entire life on the family ranch in Solano County. Son of Charles C. Snyder and Susan Ethel Wright, Ken received his early education at Currey School, a one-room school house near Dixon, and graduated in 1941 from Davis High School.
Ken served in the Merchant Marines during World War II and then returned home to run the family farm in Solano County. He developed the property in 1957 to grow alfalfa, sugar beets and grain.
Married for 50 years to Dea Jean McEvoy, the two were blessed with five children: Charles and John (Joyce) of Winters, Robert of Davis, Steven (Roxanne) of Woodland, and Trish Paetz of Hollister.
Ken enjoyed hunting with his sons and grandsons, fly fishing on the Upper Sacramento River, and traveling with his cousin Marjorie Way of Watsonville.
He was preceded in death by his brother Gerald of the East Bay.
He leaves behind nine grandchildren: Jennifer, Susan, Nathan, Wesley, Mark, Jacqueline, Shane, Jenna and Charles, and seven great-grandchildren.
Ken was an attentive and caring husband, father and grandfather, and he will be greatly missed.
Robert “Bud” Dreibus died peacefully at his home in Vacaville on June 6, 2011. A native Nebraskan, he spent most of his 95 years in Southern California before moving north in 2009. Bud was born on Oct. 2, 1915, in Grand Island, Neb., the second son of Frederick and Frieda (Ewoldt) Dreibus and younger brother to Frederick “Fritz” Jr. His dad spent many years as a conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad, and Bud spent several summers working on a UP track gang to save money for college.
He attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and remained true to the Cornhuskers all his life. While in college, Bud joined the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and worked toward a degree in journalism, which he received in 1939. A few months before graduation, he met his future wife, Geraldine “Gerry” Gamble of Wayne, Neb., on a blind date. It was love at first sight and they were married later that year in Los Angeles. Bud had come west to work on a newspaper, The Southwest Wave, but at the outbreak of World War II, his professional life took a new direction when he accepted a management position at Harvill Die Castings in El Segundo.
His three children were raised in Westchester: Cyndi, Judi and Bob (now deceased). The family enjoyed camping and spent many weekends at their cabin on Big Bear Lake, where trout for breakfast was tops on the menu. Between work and play, Bud always found time for a good laugh and a good baseball game. Also an active member of the Elks Lodge, his affiliation lasted almost 50 years. He stayed in the casting business the rest of his career and owned an aluminum foundry, Aero Alloys, in Vernon for many years until retirement. After retiring, Bud and Gerry spent six months each year at a second home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The “Casa Grande” was to become a favorite vacation destination for family and friends.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 71 years, Gerry; daughters Cyndi of Puerto Vallarta and Judi of Winters; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. His “Go Big Red” enthusiasm was celebrated at a memorial on June 12.
Philip Gray Ritchie was born in Winters in the home he lived in much of his life on Jan. 6, 1918. He died at Anderson’s Convalescent Home in Woodland on Jan. 14, 2006, after a long battle with esophageal cancer.
Mr. Ritchie attended Winters schools and was recognized as an outstanding athlete, participating in every sport, excelling in all of them, especially diving, track and football. He set the Winters High School track record of 9.8 seconds for the 100-yard dash in 1935, a record which still stands and equaled the world record of 9.5 seconds in the 1938 Fresno Relays. He was voted Best All-Around Athlete all four years in high school, graduating with the Winters High School Class of 1936. He was also an accomplished musician, and played the drums.
Mr. Ritchie was awarded a scholarship to the University of the Pacific, where he played on the football team that almost beat Notre Dame to play at the 1934 Olympics. He served in the U.S. Army in 1941, receiving an honorable discharge, and was employed as an insurance investigator for 30 years.
On Sept. 17, 1967, Mr. Ritchie married Linda Lockhart and they had one son, Phil Jr., who shared his father’s love of sports. After separating, Mr. Ritchie raised his son as a single parent. He married Jeannie Ritchie, on July 25, 1998 in a garden ceremony at his home on Russell Street, followed by a large reception at the Pizza Factory.
Mr. Ritchie served the Winters community as a Little League coach, karate teacher and helping to maintain the baseball fields. For his accomplishments as a Winters athlete and community volunteer, he was named Honorary Youth Day Grand Marshal in 2004, and was affectionately known as “Flip.”
Phil leaves behind son Phil Jr. of Stockton, and stepsons Douglas Ritchie of Branson, Missouri, Raymond Ritchie of Blythe, George Ritchie of Layton, Utah, Edward Ritchie of Loma Rica, Donna Durnen of Las Vegas, Nevada, 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Philip Gray Ritchie, an accomplished contractor of residential and commercial buildings, and his mother, Wanda Mary Baker.
Mr. Ritchie will be interred in the Winters Cemetery
family plot on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. in a private ceremony. A Christian memorial service celebrating Mr. Ritchie’s life will be held at the Winters Community Center on Friday, Jan. 20, at noon, followed by a potluck luncheon at the Winters Community Center. Contributions to the Phil Ritchie Memorial Fund may be made at the First Northern Bank in Winters.