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.
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.
Keith Alan Stewart, 52, passed away Friday, Feb. 29, 2008 at Trinity Regional Hospital in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was born Dec. 5, 1955 in Pensacola, Florida. He grew up in Pace, Florida, and graduated from Milton High School in 1973. He moved to the Pascagoula, Mississippi area where he learned to be an electrician by trade in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Jr. College apprenticeship program through Litton Industries at Ingalls Shipyard. He moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1978 where he held a Master Electrician License and lived there until 1991 when he moved to Sacramento.
He married Donetta Smith Fitzgerald on May 28, 1994, and their son, Zachary, was born that same year. They lived on a ranch in Winters until August 2006 when they moved to Donetta’s dad’s farm in Auburn, Iowa. He was employed by Menninga Electric, Inc. in Carroll.
Mr. Stewart loved to golf, especially with his best friend Dave McIntire in California. He loved nature and wildlife and taking long walks around the farm. He said he always dreamed of living on a property with a creek passing through, and he couldn’t believe it had come true. He cherished time spent with his son, and his favorite moments were those spent with family and friends. Family members say he was a good man, a man of his word who lived his life by the principles “take pride in all you do and help somebody when you can.”
He is survived by his wife, Donetta and son Zack of Auburn, Iowa; mother and step-father, Shirley and Leo Halpin of Pace, Florida; brothers, Craig (Joy) Stewart of Pace, Florida and Mark (Tina) Stewart of Navarre, Florida; sister-in-law, Diane (James) Lansdon of Pace Florida; father-in-law, Don Smith of Lake City, Iowa; sister-in-law, Sheila (Denny) Moulds of Auburn, Iowa; sister-in-law, Marylyn (Jim) Gillespie of Lake City, Iowa; several nieces and nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Stewart and brother, Frank Stewart.
Funeral service were held on Tuesday, March 4, at Lampe Funeral Home in Lake City, Iowa with Reverend Betty Weidert officiating. Burial took place at Oaklawn Cemetery
in Auburn, Iowa.
Lucille Lopez passed away peacefully at home with her family on April 24, 2008 at the age of 80. She was born in Vallejo to Clifford and Ila Meagher on March 27, 1928. She grew up in the Monticello Valley and graduated from Winters High School as the salutatorian. She was married to her husband, Pete, for 62 years. She loved to be with her family, and get on her Honda and check on her cattle. She was in the cattle business all her life.
She is survived by her husband, Pete Lopez; son, Howard Lopez and wife, Bonnie; daughter, Candy Hatanaka and husband, David; grandsons, Kevin Lopez and wife, Donna, Anthony Lopez and fiancée Michelle Redmond, Wayne Hatanaka and Russell Hatanaka; great-grandchildren Michael Lopez and Annaelise Hatanaka, all from the Esparto Area.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Cliff Meagher, Jr.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 1, at the Capay Cemetary.
Scott Derrick Steffen, 49, died unexpectedly on Friday April 11, 2008 at his Winters residence. Born in Fullerton on Aug. 10, 1958 to John and Carolyn (Petersen) Steffen, he attended schools in Simi Valley and Sun Valley, Nevada. prior to moving to the Davis area in 1981.
While residing in Davis, he worked in the construction field and in 1993 the family moved to Winters. Mr. Stefeen was employed by UC Davis for the past four years, and utilized his landscape skills in the grounds department.
A longtime member of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Vacaville, he is survived by his wife of 28 years, Carol Steffen of Winters; daughter Christene Tognarelli and husband Darryl; son Brian Best both of Reno; brothers Brett and Mark Johnston of Sparks, and Shawn and Steven Pease of Alabama; granddaughter Chanelle Pagano and husband Nathan of Winters: seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
His mother Carolyn Belle Isle preceded him in death. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday April 26, 2008 at New Hope Christian Fellowship, located at 730 East Main Street in Vacaville. Memorial contributions may be directed to the New Hope Christian Fellowship Building Fund in his memory.