Richard Stinnett passed away on May 22, 2010 at the Skylakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Born in Cardin, Oklahoma on May 1, 1928 he was 82.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 thru 1953, staying in the reserves for another 6 years, retiring in 1959. During his time in service, he had an MOS of 3008 working on liaison airplanes as a mechanic. Later, he was a mechanic on helicopters with an MOS of 3995. He was part of the Operation Snow Storm & Cold Spot in 1953.
After his honorable discharge in 1953, he worked at the Boeing Aircraft in Wichita KS on final assembly for the B47. Years later, he went to Almagordo, NM where the B52 was in production. He was assigned to the experimental phase working on the Delta Wing chase planes.
He owned and operated two 7-11 stores in Vacaville during the 1970s. Later, he started Stinnett Automotive in Winters. He owned and operated the Diamond Bear Bicycle Shop, the Cookie Corner Restaurant on 3rd Street and the Stinnett Enterprises at 117 West Main Street in Woodland in the 1980s.
In 1993 he again moved to Winters, where he started Stinnett Trucking Business, leasing his gravel truck to Double M Trucking. He owned and operated this business until the time of his retirement in 2002. It was there that his love became his backhoe on which he spent countless hours improving the 20 acre parcel he had purchased in Sprague River Oregon. In 2005, he completed the 50x60’ shop of his dreams, complete with hoist for automotive work, tire balancer and machine, compressor, and all his tools of the trade.
With his amazing sense of humor and sparkling personality, he made many friends over the years, say family members. He always had a story to tell and had the wonderful ability to make people laugh. He was so loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him, says a family member.
Richard is survived by his wife of 29 years Nancy; sons Richard Stinnett and his wife Diane of Wichita, Kansas, John Stangle of Andover Kansas, Edward Stinnett and his wife Debbie of Ceres, Thomas Stinnett and his wife Marcia of Yuba City; daughters Debbie Pedersen and her husband Curt of Yucca Valley, Ramona VanDeberg and her husband Tim of Vacaville, and Wanona Ireland of Vacaville; brother Kenneth Stinnett and his wife Maudene of Wichita, Kansas; sister Mildred Elliott of Columbus, Kansas; 20 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alva Everett and Clara Carroll Stinnett, three sisters and four brothers.
A service of tribute and love was held on June 2 at 2 p.m. at Eternal Hills Chapel. A time of visitation was held on June 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Edward “Eddie” Allen Baker, M.D. passed away on May 25, 2010, after suffering a major stroke. He was 91 years old.
He was born in Winters in 1918, and graduated from Winters Joint Union High School in 1936, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He also played football for the Aggies while attending undergraduate school in Davis. He went on to graduate from UC Berkeley. He then attended medical school in St. Louis, Mo., after marrying his sweetheart, Woodland resident Jane Praet, in 1941.
He served as a doctor for the U.S. Army in Korea, and established his medical career in Oakland as a Doctor of Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He later opened an office in Orinda, where he lived for over 45 years with his family. Upon his retirement, he traveled as the “Doctor on Board” with cruise ships and worked at the Borrego Medical Clinic in Borrego Springs.
He was an avid golfer, enjoying wins in the Hawaiian Pro-Am and Nor-Cal Senior Golf Tournaments. He loved bridge and dominos, and could conquer most of his friends. He was a hard-working man of integrity and honor. He believed in the value of all his friends, patients, comrades, and especially his family. He leaves us all with a great legacy: to live our lives with dignity and honesty, says a family member, adding, that he was the small town boy, and the hometown family doctor; a friend to all who knew him.
He is survived by his (second) wife, Jane Laddon Baker of San Diego; children, Steven Baker of Palm Desert, Gayle Baker Albo and Mario of Cobb Mountain, and Jan Baker Woods and Roy of Carlsbad; six granddaughters, Erin Martinez, Nicole Sutherland, Deanna Dick, Taya Delaney, Megan Woods and Mallory Woods; and five great-grandchildren. The family is planning graveside services in Winters on June 5. There will be a “Celebration of Life” to follow at The Buckhorn at 1 p.m. Friends and family are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to San Diego Hospice (1950 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, California 92009) or to the Borrego Community Medical Foundation (PO Box 2369, Borrego Springs, CA 92004).
Catherine Rose Dantzler passed away on May 21, 2010, in Yuba City with her loving family by her side. She was 84.
She was born on March 1, 1926, in Rogersville, Mo. Catherine (Cass) was a longtime Winters resident.
She moved to California in 1943 and worked in Benicia where she met her husband, William, the following year. They married in 1945 in Winters. Her husband’s military career required many transfers, mainly New York, New Mexico and California. Following her heart surgery in 1963, her husband retired from military service while stationed at Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, N.M. In Roswell, she worked as a cook and owned a daycare center.
She and her family returned to Winters in 1964. She continued to work as a restaurant cook in Davis for many years and later was a tax preparer working in her home. She enjoyed gardening, reading and spending time with her family and friends. She moved to Yuba City to live with her daughter and son-in-law in December 2007. Despite health challenges, she always had a positive nature and was never one to complain. She was kind and loving with concern for the welfare of others. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her sons, William Jr. and spouse Lorraine of Woodland, and James of Winters; daughter, Janice Hill and spouse Harold of Yuba City; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Matthew and Inice Carpenter; her husband of 49 years, William Dantzler Sr.; brothers, Henry, Edward, Lee, Glen and Len Carpenter; sisters, Gladys Bond, Earnestine Cook-Hensley, Betty Lou Webster; and grandson Kenneth Dantzler.
Interment will be a private service at the Winters Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held at Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall of Davis, 36681 Russell Blvd., on Saturday, June 12, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741.
Glover Porter Grubaugh (Col. USAF Ret.), 94, and a 41-year Davis resident, died on May 19, 2010 at his Davis home. He will be buried at the Davis Cemetery
next to Maxine, his wife of almost 58 years, who died in July 2003. Services will be held at 1 p.m., on June 1 at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road.
He was born Feb. 20, 1916 in Van Wert, Ohio, the first son and second child, of William and Ada Grubaugh. He grew up in that community, attended school there, and completed college at Bluffton, Ohio, where he earned a teaching credential. He taught high school in Lucky, Ohio, but his teaching career was cut short with the advent of WW II. He joined the Army Air Corps, went through pilot training and served as a transport pilot in England. He participated in the D-Day invasion and in General Patton’s advance across Europe. He was awarded numerous decorations and citations for personal valor.
When the war ended, he was sent to Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio, and soon after met his wife Maxine, of Houston, Texas. They were married September 6, 1945. Assignments followed as Director of Maintenance at McClellan AFB, California and then Director of Logistics at Tachikawa AFB, Tokyo, Japan. On return to the states he served as Director of Maintenance at Kelly AFB, San Antonio, Texas.
During the early days of the Viet Nam conflict, he was assigned as Director of Logistics at Clark AFB, Philippines. This was followed by a brief tour as Director of Logistics at Scott AFB, Illinois, St. Louis, and the final posting to Travis AFB. He was awarded numerous decorations and citations for management expertise during his long career including the Distinguished Service Medal, the nation’s second highest honor.
He was a Davis resident since 1969, moving there after retirement from Travis AFB where he served as Director of Logistics of the 22nd Air Force, headquartered at Travis. He served a long and distinguished career with the Air Force and is a veteran of World War II as well as the Korean and Viet Nam Wars.
Upon retirement, Glover earned an MBA from Golden Gate University and resumed his teaching career. He taught for 15 years at Winters High School, where he also served as a sports coach. He then went on to teach business classes at Golden Gate University, Sacramento State University and Sacramento City College.
Grubaugh was a well-known, respected and supportive member of the Davis community. He was dearly loved by family and friends, and his gracious, generous and loving spirit will be missed, says a family member.
He is survived by two daughters, Melissa Grubaugh of San Francisco, Vicki Miller and husband Don of Novato; a son, Bill and wife Claudia of San Francisco; two granddaughters, Elena and Zoe Miller; sisters, Nedra Altier and Betheen Grubaugh, both of Ohio; brother, Kenneth of Davis; numerous nephews, nieces and extended family.
Two other brothers, Boyd (Dan) Lee and Beryl, preceded him in death.
The family requests that memorial gifts be sent to the charity of choice.
Thomas “Tommy” Serafini, 53, of Winters passed away in a car accident in Yolo County on May 16, 2010. Born in San Francisco on May 11, 1957 to Tolmino and Pierina Serafini, his family says he was “born Italian” and describes him as a true Renaissance man: ironworker (Locals 377 & 118), chef, hunter, inventor, mentor, and, above all, an amazing musician, bringing the beautiful song of the accordion to life and touching everyone he met with his talent. He hung iron on the Golden Gate and throughout the Bay Area, changed lives through his work with Solidarity, created new recipes and perfected the old, and loved his family and friends beyond measure.
He first shared the music of his heritage through Expresso 5, then lent his squeezebox to every kind of music from alternative to zydeco. To hear him play was to be amazed. To see him perform was to be enthralled. His beautiful blue eyes and ready smile warmed everyone he met, and his big heart was loved by all who knew him, say family members.
He is survived by his wife Samantha; sons Tolmino (TJ) and Valentino; sisters Norma Libby (Dennis) and Elisa; stepson Ethan Rubendall.
Mass will be held May 28, 10:30 a.m., at Corpus Christi Church, 62 Santa Rosa Avenue in San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, he would be honored by donations in his name to a favorite charity or in trust for Valentino (age 5), care of First Northern Bank, 48 Main Street, Winters CA 95694. Remembrances can be added to his Facebook page, under Tommy Serafini.
Kevin Edward Donahue passed away in Chiloquin, Oregon, on April 27, 2010. He was born on Oct. 3, 1962 in Los Angeles. Kevin enjoyed playing pool and was a handyman/plumber. He is survived by his son Daniel, 15, and wife, Mary Purtill Donahue of Oregon; brothers, Gary of Winters, Patrick of San Diego, Dennis of Oregon, and Mike and Tim of Los Angeles.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Patricia Donahue.
No services are planned.
Elizabeth Jean (Thomas) McGee passed away on May 7, 2010 in Dallas Texas, with her son and his spouse at her side. Born on Sept. 4, 1942 in Danville, Pennsylvania, she was 67. Upon the death of her father Daniel in 1956, she moved to Riverside with her mother Ella and sister Nancy. They returned to Berwick, Pennsylvania, where she graduated from Berwick High School in 1961, then moved back to California to live near her sister Shirley and her family.
It was in Southern California where she married Lewis E. Beasimer and had her son Lewis and daughter Danella. She and her family moved to Woodland where she worked for the Yolo County Vital Statistics Department and earned an associate’s degree in social science from Woodland Community College.
On June 22, 1991, she married Ricky McGee and settled with her daughter in Winters. She moved to Dallas Texas to be near her son Lewis in February 2010.
She enjoyed spending time with her family, was a devout Christian and a member of the First Baptist Church in Winters. She had a great sense of humor and enjoyed teasing and joking with loved ones. Despite her many challenges, her cheery outlook on life allowed her to find the good in any situation. Family members say she was well-loved and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband Ricky McGee; son Lewis Beasimer and his spouse Richard of Dallas, Texas; daughter Danella Beasimer of Boise, Idaho; sisters Shirley Gumpy and spouse George of Woodland, Nancy Carter and spouse Jim of Desert Hot Springs; numerous nieces and nephews in California; cousins in Pennsylvania.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel James and Ella Mae Thomas.
Services are planned at First Baptist Church in Winters on Saturday, May 22, at 11 a.m. Internment will follow at monument Hill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, 22100 Gratiot Avenue, Eastpoint, MI, 48021; (586) 776-3900.
Roe LaVern (Vern) Judy of Cupertino passed away on May 7, 2010 from lung problems and pneumonia. Born on May 11, 1920, he was 89 years old. He is a descendent of early Buckeye pioneering families, the elder son of Roe LaVern Sr. and Jeannette (Briggs) Judy. He attended Esparto High School and was class president all four years. At Stanford University, a highlight was playing the clarinet in the band when they marched in the Rose Bowl Parade.
He graduated with a B.A. in business, married Mary Lou Hyatt of Los Angeles, and joined the Navy in 1942. He served in the South Seas for 4 years as Lieutenant and navigator aboard a sea-going tug, U.S.S. ATA 123, supplying and pulling stranded vessels off the beaches.
After the war, he returned to work at his father’s Ford dealership in Esparto. In 1951 he moved his family to Menlo Park and for 17 years commuted to work at the North American Securities Co., Russ Building, San Francisco. In 1967, though being one of the company’s vice-presidents, he left to start his own financial advising business in Menlo Park, Judy and Robinson Securities. Upon retiring in 1985 the company had 10 branches and 250 employees. Everybody was invited to and enjoyed going to the complimentary company retreats at Bass Lake. His thriftiness allowed for great generosity.
He served on so many boards, including the Los Lomitas School Board for 20 years, and the Kiwanis Club. He taught business classes at Menlo College. He and five other Menlo businessmen started the Pacific Union Bank, corner of Crane and Oak Grove.
When younger, he enjoyed skiing. Later it was tennis, gardening and tractor driving, cultivating and manicuring he and Mary Lou’s two acres of young orchard at their Atherton Avenue house.
He liked to pass by the places of his youth going up to Cache Creek Casino. He retired and Mary Lou, by then being a retired Menlo physician, moved to the Forum Retirement Community in 1993. There he served as a tour guide and board member and wrote many wonderful Money Management articles for the Forum’s Phoenix Magazine.
He is survived by children Peter (wife, Mary) of Los Gatos, Ellen Keeland (husband, Lloyd) of Reedsport, Oregon, Sally Gaines (husband, Rick Kattlemann) of Mammoth Lakes; grandchildren Joshua Whitkins (wife Helen); great-grandchildren Oscar and Angus of Freemantle, Australia, Joby White of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Vireo Gaines of Bishop, and Sage Gaines of Santa Barbara.
He is preceded in death by his brother James, wife Mary Lou, and grandchild Brittany Judy.
A memorial service was held at the Forum Retirement Community, 23500 Cristo Rey Drive in Cupertino, on Sunday, May 16. Interment took place at the Winters Cemetery
on. May 17.