LEWIS, KEVIN BRIAN (Bunny) Died unexpectedly in his sleep on 10/27. Born in Montebello, CA, on Oct. 14, 1969. He was raised in Sacramento and moved to Mendocino County in 1998. He served in the Army and received the Good Conduct Medal. He was a 911 dispatcher for the California Dept. of Forestry and Fire Protection. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, son Trenton James, his parents Brian and Donna Lewis of Sacramento, his sister Jakie and her husband Dan Riggen of Sacramento, 3 nieces and 1 nephew. The Greatest Oak was once a little Nut that held its ground. Family and friends are welcome to attend services at Chapel by The Sea, Monday, Nov. 5th, at 10:00 am, 445 East Fir St., Fort Bragg, CA. Interment will be private.
LYNCH, CHARLES HUBERT "CHUCK" Born May 14, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, passed away October 29, 2001 in Sacramento, CA. He is survived by his brother, William Lynch; sister-in-law, Dorthy Lynch; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He worked many jobs throughout his life and retired from Sacramento County as a MediCal eligibility worker at their U.C.Davis Medical Center office. Chuck enjoyed attending horse races, working on his computer and writing poetry. He also enjoyed playing chess and philosophical discussions with friends and family members. He was always interested in and loved spending time with his nieces and nephews over the years. A kind, considerate, thought-provoking gentleman, he will be missed by all who knew him. All friends and family are invited to a memorial mass on Saturday, November 3 at 10:00 am at St. John Vianney Church, 10497 Coloma Rd., Rancho Cordova. A receprion will follow at St. John's.
MCCASSY, MARGARET (MARNIE) Born Margaret Jessie Sawyer, June 8, 1907 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Luella and Charles Sawyer. She was the youngest of seven children. When she was one, they all moved to Southern California. She graduated from Hollywood High School. As a professional dancer, she was on stage in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, as well as in motion pictures. She was a dance director at RKO Pathe in Hollywood where she met her first husband, Clayton Bardwell Lawrence. She later met and married Fredric William McCassy. She was affiliated with the Volunteers of America, Los Angeles, the founding of the Maud Booth Family Center, where she served as President of the Board. She was a member of the Pacific Palisades Women's Club where she served in many capacities. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Santa Monica Chapter, John Oldham Chapter in Grass Valley, and was the founder of the Conejo Valley Chapter. She died in Grass Valley, Ca., Oct. 21, 2001. She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Lawrence. There will be a celebration of her life on Nov. 6, at the Sunrise Retirement Villa in Roseville, Ca. at 2 P.M.
METZLER, ALBERT Born September 1st, 1913 in Los Angeles, California. Died peacefully on March 14th in Carmichael, California of complications from diabetes and heart disease. Beloved father to Tom Metzler of Fair Oaks. Father-in-law to Kathy Metzler and grandfather to Matt and Chris. Preceded in death by Marian Klosterman Metzler, his wife of 48 years, in 1989. Brother to Emma, John, Armida, Kennard, Bertha, Louis and Robert. Worked as a Production Supervisor for Brown International in West Covina, California until his retirement. Forty two year resident of Whittier, California, he moved to Carmichael in 1996 to be closer to his family. Member of Toastmaster's International from 1991-1999. World War II veteran - landed on Day 1 of Normandy invasion as member of 111th Sea Bee Battalion. His ashes were interred next to his Marian at Holy Cross Cemetery
in Culver City, California. He was a wonderful, kind man whose quiet strength, humor and humility will be greatly missed.
MORAN, SUSAN ALICE In Sacramento, CA October 30, 2001. Beloved wife of Vincent R. Moran for 24 years. Loving mother of Laura Ann Vansickle, Deborah Monoogan (husband Tony) and Gregory B. Haley (wife Cathy). Loving grandmother of Michael, Rachel and Daniel Vansickle, Tony and Sara Monoogan, Tamara and Courtlyn Haley. Loving sister of Chuck Buttz. A native of Tacoma, WA aged 62 years. Member of Valley Hi Country Club and twice Captain of the Niners Group and the Board of Directors of WNGHA. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service 12:30 PM Thursday, November 8, 2001 at Valley Hi Country Club, 9595 Franklin Boulevard, Elk Grove, CA. A reception will follow. Private Interment at St. Mary's Cemetery, Oakland, CA. Remembrances preferred to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by GEORGE L. KLUMPP CHAPEL OF FLOWERS.
MURPHY, JOHN (JACK) VINCENT Passed away in Sacramento on Oct. 30, 2001. Loving father of Christopher Murphy, Matthew Murphy, Teresa Peterson and Jacqueline Heinecke. Grandfather of Michelle Murphy, Kyle Murphy, Katie Murphy, John Peterson, Andrew Peterson and Camille Berringer. Brother of Patricia Goen. Uncle of Ingrid Reeves, Paul Riemann and his wife, Kathy Riemann and their son Harrison Riemann. A native of San Francisco, CA, age 71. Jack graduated from Saint Ignatius High School in San Francisco and attended Oregon State University and graduated from San Francisco State University. Jack enjoyed playing tennis and golf, bridge, book club, and jazz, visiting family and friends in Seattle, spending time with his family and grandkids and coaching Bambino Baseball. He retired as a Lt. Col. in the Air Force Reserves, and as an administrator with the Sacramento City Unified School District. He is the current president of the Sutter Lawn Tennis Club. Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral Mass, Friday, Nov 2, 2001, at 2PM at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 3159 Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA. Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by the North Sacramento Funeral Home, 725 El Camino Ave., Sacramento, CA.
PAIZS, ELIZABETH BALOGH Born on September 10, 1910; native of Hungary. Passed away October 20, 2001 at the age of 91. Beloved mother of Beatrice Camille Daily, Byron (Bob) John Paizs and Priscilla Elizabeth Warddrip, Devoted grandmother of Renee Kringel, Brad Marsh, Kennedy Pains, Erin Warddrip and Laurel Warddrip. Sister of Steven Balog and Mary Northcote. Nieces Claudia Cox and Vickie Balog-Petrakos. Nephew Scott Northcote. Great grandchildren Carson, Grant and Alex Marsh, Poppy and Jasper Paizs. Elizabeth left her family with abundant memories of her kind devoted and compassionate nature. Elizabeth's artistic works and the pursuit of the mysteries of life attest to her fine intellect and talent. In the 1960's Elizabeth owned the "Rite Spot Cafe" in Sacramento (2011 J Street). Elizabeth's daily specials, pies and other types of deserts enjoyed a popularity of their own. Elizabeth introduced a whole new palette of flavors to her many friends and customers. Elizabeth loved the adventure of traveling. Her spirit continues on in the many lives she touched. We will treasure her memory and how she effected our lives with her exceptional character and values. To quote from the poem by Gibran, "O Soul!" "If some fool tells you the soul perishes like the body and that which dies never returns, tell him the flower perishes but the seed remains and lies before us as the secret of life everlasting." At her request no services were held. In charge of arrangements DEYOUNG MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 601 N. California Street. Private committal.
PEDEN, ELNORA A. In Sacramento on Oct. 24, 2001. Beloved wife of Pastor Earl C. Peden for 60 years. A native of Henry Co., Missouri. Aged 85 years. Friends are welcome to attend a Memorial Service Wed., Nov. 7, 2001 at 3:00 PM at Arcade Baptist Church, 3927 Marconi Ave., Sac., CA. Interment Private at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon. Contributions may be made to Arcade Baptist Church Memorial Fund. Arrangements by LIND BROTHERS MORTUARY CARMICHAEL OAKS CHAPEL, CARMICHAEL, CA , (916) 482-8080.
POWELL, GEORGE FREDERICK Ret. U.S. Air Force Sargeant Born March 12, 1927, Cleveland, OH. Entered into rest October 29, 2001. Beloved husband of Mary Ann Powell of Sacramento. Father of Kathy Scarbrough and Steve, Tom, and Ben Powell. Stepfather of Robert and Laura Jamieson. Grandfather of nine. A retired employee of Product Development Corporation. Memorial Serjvice Sunday, November 4, 2001 at 12 p.m. at Sierra 2 Community Center, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento
RAIMUNDO, BEVERLY JEAN Born July 22, 1928 in San Antonio, Texas. Passed away peacefully at home on October 19, 2001. Loving wife of Armando L. Raimundo for 48 Years; also survived by daughter, Claudia Dondero; sister, Patricia Kimbrell; grandsons and great-grandsons; and numerous nephews and nieces. Past President of the American Legion Fort Sutter Ladies Auviliary 392, 3 years Past President of 40/8 La Societe de Femme Cabine 268, 1st Vice and 2nd Vice President of the Grand of California, member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post 67, 19 year member of American Business Women's Association, Member of the Children Receiving Home Guild of Sacramento. She was a very talented person working with art and crafts for many organizations. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Sunday 11AM, November 4, 2001 at the American Legion Post 61, 1500 H Street, Sacramento. Reception following memorial at the same Post. Parking meters are free on Sunday. Donations can be made to the American Lung Association of California or to the charity of your choice.
RAWLINSON, LEONARD "RAWLY" Born April 4, 1913, in Victoria, B.C., went to be with the Lord on October 28th at the age of 88. He passed away peacefully, after a long illness, with his loving family by his side. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Alberta; his daughter, Sharlene Rawlinson St.Clair of Sacramento and sons, Dr. Gary Rawlinson of Folsom, Steve Rawlinson of Roseville, and David Rawlinson of Sacramento, and their families. He also leaves behind seven devoted granddaughters, 2 great-grandchildren, and his twin sister Leonora Nanniga of Vallejo. He served in the National Guard after high school graduation until he enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II. After the war, he moved his fanmily to Sacramento to start the Parts House at 9th and 0 St. From there he became an automotive part manufacturer representative until he retired at age 70. His early love for hunting and fishing were eventually surpassed by his love of golf. He was a member of Fremont Presbyterian Church for 40 years where he served as elder, and more recently a member of Pleasant Grove Community Church in Roseville for the past 6 years. After being a member of the Masons Golden Empire Lodge #733 for many years, he entered the Scottish Rite and sang with the Chanters. He will be dearly missed by his family, his extended family and many friends. An excellent story teller, the family gatherings will never be the same without his love, warmth, and sense of humor and, of course, the story of "The Hat". A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 3, at 1:00 p.m., at Pleasant Grove Community Church, 1730 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville. If desired, in lieu of flowers, he may be remembered with a donation to the Alzheimer's Disease Center, 4860 Y St., Suite 3900, Sacto., CA 95817, or to Pleasant Grove Community Church.
RHORER, THOMAS A. Born June 6, 1938, Tom passed away this past Sunday, October 28, 2001 in Sacramento from complications following a liver transplant after a long and courageous battle with the hepatitis C virus. A loving and supportive father, Tom is survived by his sons Kyle, Trent and Brian and his daughter-in-law Alexis. Tom's greatest joy came from participating in his sons' lives, especially their academic and athletic activities. Tom is also survived by his mother Mildred Judd, her husband James Judd, his brother Phil and Phil's wife Robin, his sons', Kyle's and Trent's mother Susan Burke, and his son's, Brian's mother Nicole Smith. Finally, Tom is survived by his loving companion Lola Aguilar, whose generosity was boundless. A professor of political science at American River College for over 35 years, Tom was passionate about encouraging his students to engage in political thought from the most robust liberal perspective. When not in the classroom, Tom enjoyed golfing, fishing, skiing, traveling, rooting for UCLA athletics, and spending time with his sons and Lola. A service celebrating Tom's life will be held on Friday, November 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria in downtown Sacramento (enter from the alleyway off of J Street between 8th and 9th Streets). There will be a reception at the same location immediately following the service. Remembrances in Tom's name can be made to the Central California Hemophilia Foundation, P.O. Box 163689, Sacramento, CA 95816.
ROBERTSON, WENDELL Born December 4, 1912 in Benton, Illinois. He passed away on October 29, 2001 in Roseville, California. He was predeceased by his wife Ina Rose Robertson. Beloved father to Philip Robertson and his wife Birgit, Barbara Locke and her husband Richard. Beloved grandfather to Ian Robertson, Kristina Robertson, Jeffrey Chastain, Stephen Chastain and his wife Kendra, Jeffrey Locke and his wife Traci, Kelly Locke; Loving great grandfather to 9 great grandchildren and loving brother to Brady Robertson and his wife Josephine. Wendell was raised in Southern Illinois. He served in the Merchant Marines during WWII, seeing action in the Normandy Invasion and the South Pacific. Following his military service, Wendell and his family farmed in the Benton area for several years before moving to Sacramento. Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend Visitation on Thursday, 11/1 from 4 to 8 pm, Friday, 11/2 from 4 to 8 pm and Saturday, 11/3 from 12 to 6 pm at Mount Vernon Memorial Park; 8201 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks. A Memorial Service will be on Saturday, 11/3 at 10 am at Christ Community Church; 5025 Manzanita Avenue, Carmichael.
ROBINSON, MICHAEL J. Born Feb. 1, 1949 in Sacramento, CA. Passed away on Oct. 30, 2001 in Pocatello, Idaho. Long time resident of Sacramento, Mike was a well known ceramic tile setter and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is survived by his children, his father, and brothers and sisters. Services will be private.
SHINAULT, THOMAS WILKINS LT. COL. (RET) Born June 17, 1924 in Byhalia, Mississippi. Passed away October 30, 2001 in Fair Oaks, California. Retired after 30 years of service with the United States Air Force, as a pilot, intelligence officer, and an engineer. Also retired after 10 years as a Safety Engineer with CIGNA. He had a life-long love of trains, and served as a docent for 15 years at the California Railroad Museum and was a founding member of Operation Lifesaver. Was preceded in death by his infant son: Lance Thomas Shinault, and his brothers: Louis Harold Shinault and Walter Sidney Shinault. Thomas is survived by his loving wife of 57 years: Shirley Ann Shinault, sons: Brian Sneed Shinault and wife Cindy, and Eric Wilkins Shinault, daughters: Rebecca Luigs and husband Tim, and Marcia Shinault Frank and husband Roy, and grandchildren: Beth, Thomas, Trey, Sean, and Ryan. He is also survived by his niece: Cynthia Rosenthal, and a large extended family. Friends are invited to visitation Friday, November 2, 4:00-8:00 PM at Mount Vernon Mortuary, 8201 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks, California. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: In memory of Tommy Shinault, California State Railroad Museum, Operation Lifesaver Foundation, 111 "I" Street, Sacramento, California 95814.
STEELE, LARRY DONALD AKA "THE OLD DUFFER" Of Harbor, OR, passed away October 17, 2001 of cancer, age 73. Born in Kalamazoo, MI on April 9, 1928. Survived by his wife of 49 years, Ruth Steele of Harbor, OR; son, Larry Steele of Stockton; daughter, Stephanie Pitts and husband Randall of Dixon; brothers, Milt Steele and wife Nancy of Fair Oaks, and David Steele and wife Carole of Flat Rock, NC; granddaughter, Amber Crabtree of Vacaville; grandsons, Larry and Donald Steele, both of Galt, and Aaron Pitts of Sacramento; and great-grandaughter, Kaylee Crabtree of Vacaville. He was preceded in death by parents, Frances & Beatrice Steele. Former resident of Sacramento, Larry was in the construction business with brother Milt and later in the Land Development Business. He was active in the Masonic Lodge and Ben Ali Shrine. Long time member of the Sacramento Sheriffs Dept. Reserves. After moving to Harbor, OR, he opened Seaview Auto & Boat Sales with brother Milt. He was active in OR with the Masonic Lodge, Shriners & was a member of both the Brookings City Police Reserves & Curry County Sheriffs Reserves. Memorial service will be held Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001 at 2 pm at Masonic Lodge, Brookings, OR. Memorial contributions to Shriners Children's Hospital or Curry County Hospice Gold Beach, OR
TRILLO SR., MANUEL R. Passed away in Sacramento on October 23, 2001. Beloved husband of Karesia Trillo. Devoted father of Joseph and Manuel Trillo, Jr. Loving son of Manuel and Esther Trillo. Caring brother of Lisa, Gilbert and Patrick Trillo. Grandson of Lydia Coronado and Marina and Apolonio Trillo. Also leaves a host of other loving relatives and friends. Services were private. Arrangements by MORGAN Jones CHAPEL OF CHIMES.
VANINA, ERNEST W. USAFR (Ret) Born in Santa Maria, CA, July 31, 1918. Died in Sacramento, CA, Oct. 31, 2001, after a long illness. Served honorably and proudly as a navigator in World War ll, the Korean War and the Air Force Reserves. Beloved husband of Ann for 51 years. Devoted father of Richard, Robert and Patricia Vanina. Dear grandfather of Stacy, Nicholas, Jenna, Lindsay and Lauren Vanina and two he loved as grandchildren, Jaquelin Luna and Dominic Staley. A wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend will be sadly missed. Services will be private.
VILES, BERTA T. In Jackson on October 29, 2001. Beloved wife of the late Clifford R. Viles, who passed away in 1992. Loving mother of Joan Dooley (Bob), Eveline Paris (Ray), Raymond Viles (Tami), Lorrain Coones, Teresa Reed (Scott), the late Jacqueline Fisher, Richard R. Viles, and Richard Viles; Loved grandmother of 18, great grandmother of 6, and great-great grandmother of 2. Dearest sister Maria Ballauf of Munich, Germany; She is also survived by her nephew Douglas Viles. She was a native of Germany, a resident of North Highlands from 1956 to 2000 and most recently lived in Jackson, CA. She was a longtime member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Church of Christ. She was 77 years of age. Friends are welcome to attend services at East Lawn Mortuary, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento on Sunday, November 4, 2001 at 2:00 PM. Interment will follow. Remembrances may be made to the Parkinson's Institute in her name.
WILLIAMS SR., JIMMY CARL Born 6-07-23, died 10-30-01 in Rio Linda, Ca. Survived by his son Jimmy Carl Williams Jr. his stepson Richard Williams. His grandson Jimmy Carl Williams III and great granddaughter Nayven. Jim loved to watch his pigeons fly and a good boxing match. He made many friends who respected him and just loved to be around him. May he rest in peace.
WRASE, JEANNE SPOOR May 9, 1917 - Oct 28, 2001 A long-time Sacramento resident, Ms. Wrase worked for the State of California as an analyst in Social Welfare Department. She retired in 1977. During World War II, Ms. Wrase served in the Women's Army Corp for two years after graduating from the University of Wisconsin. She then earned a Masters Degree in Psychology from Ohio University. Her death follows a prolonged illness. Final resting place will be San Joaquin-Delta National Cemetery. No service is planned.
YOGI, CHIYO Born March 25, 1910 in Maui, passed away October 30, 2001 in Roseville, CA. Wife of her late husband Tatsusei Yogi. Beloved mother of Amy E. Toy of Stockton, Takashi Yogi of Santa Cruz, Sachi Wilson of Granite Bay and Robert T. Yogi of Citrus Heights. Devoted and loving grandmother of Stephanie A. Toy, Brent A. Wilson, E. Spencer Toy and Jaime A. Wilson. Also survived by many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Chiyo was a devoted member of the Japanese Seventh Day Adventist Church of Sacramento. Chiyo was known by most people as "Grandma". She survived many hardships throughout her long life but only showed love, support and joy to those around her. She was an avid gardener and had a wonderful sense of humor. Most of all she always accepted people as they were and strived to help them any way she could. All those whom she touched will miss her dearly. As per her request, a private service will be held for family members only. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent on her behalf to: Japanese SDA Church, 4040 49th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95823.
Charles L. Winterberger
McClellan pilot went on to fly commercial airliners
Charles L. Winterberger, a former McClellan Air Force Base flier who went on to become a commuter airline pilot, died Sunday of complications from pneumonia. He was 84.
When Skymark Airlines was founded in Sacramento in 1967, Mr. Winterberger was hired as the airline's chief pilot.
Starting in World War II, he had served 25 years as an Air Force pilot. His departure from the service coincided with Skymark's start-up.
"He hired his buddies from the military as pilots at Skymark as they retired from the Air Force," said Melvin S. Halpern, who flew alongside Mr. Winterberger both as a military and airline pilot. "Every pilot at that new airline was from the military."
Halpern described him as a "pilot's pilot" with more than 10,000 hours flying time.
As a commercial pilot, Mr. Winterberger flew four years for Skymark, then nine years for Golden West Airlines after it acquired Skymark in the early 1970s. Both airlines used small prop-jets to serve cities throughout California, including Sacramento, San Jose, Redding, Monterey and Bakersfield.
A native of Junction, Ill., Mr. Winterberger was one of five children of the former Georgia Floyd, a teacher, and Leonard Winterberger, a railroad telegrapher.
His family owned a country gas station, and Mr. Winterberger worked there before joining the Army Air Forces in 1942. Upon graduating from pilot training, he became an instructor and spent the remainder of World War II teaching air cadets the fundamentals of flying airplanes.
After the war, he flew planes such as the C-54 and C-119 from a number of overseas bases.
He and his wife, the former Oleva Wintizer, and their children settled in Carmichael in 1958 when he was assigned to the 965th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron at McClellan.
When Mr. Winterberger came to Sacramento, it was the peak of the Cold War, an era when air crews stationed at McClellan played a key role in defending the United States from foreign attack.
As a pilot with the 965th, he flew the four-engine RC121D, or Lockheed Super Constellation, on routine radar patrol missions off the West Coast, from Mexico to Canada.
At the time, the Air Force kept nearly three dozen of the Super Constellations based at McClellan for the off-shore patrols, Halpern recalled.
"Twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, we had four airplanes out there, flying elliptical patterns, synchronized so we had complete radar coverage at all times," he said. "If we detected an unknown aircraft on the radar, then we would notify the ground control and they would sent up fighters to intercept."
In addition to flying patrol missions from McClellan, Mr. Winterberger served as a flight examiner, responsible for teaching new pilots coming into the squadron how to fly the Super Constellation.
After retiring from the airlines, he focused his energies on his children and grandchildren, according to his family.
He was a member of the Order of Daedalians, a military pilots organization.
In recent years, suffering from Parkinson's disease, he resided, along with his wife, at ˇegis Assisted Living in Carmichael.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Charles L. Winterberger Jr. of Sacramento; daughters, Tessa Winterberger of Oakland, Sibyl McWalters of Carmichael and Ona Jones of Chico; sisters, Marjorie Barnett and Carolyn Bradley of Illinois; and five grandchildren.
Viewing is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. today in El Camino Baptist Church, 2805 El Camino Ave., with services set for 10 a.m. Friday, also in the church.
Robert E. Loheit
Robert E. Loheit, who as Sacramento's first Chapter 13 bankruptcy trustee helped thousands of debtors pay off their bills and salvage their credit, died of cancer Nov. 2. He was 87.
A native of San Francisco who was reared in Sacramento, Mr. Loheit worked for loan companies and served as a lobbyist for nearly two decades.
He also was a lobbyist for the consumer finance industry before opening his own credit counseling firm.
In 1962, he was selected by federal bankruptcy Judge Robert Woodward as trustee for all Chapter 13 cases in Northeastern California.
At the time, Chapter 13 bankruptcy was a little known and rarely used alternative to Chapter 7 bankruptcy, said Larry Loheit, one of his sons.
Mr. Loheit soon gained national recognition as a pioneer in the use and development of Chapter 13 procedures, his son said.
As Mr. Loheit explained to a reporter in 1971, Chapter 13 enables overextended wage earners "an opportunity to pay (their) just debts under a reasonable arrangement free from harassment by his creditors."
Mr. Loheit was a founder of the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees and, after he retired in 1977, he served five years as the group's executive secretary.
"Bob was conscientious and compassionate and did an outstanding job," Woodward recalled Wednesday. "He helped (debtors) organize their finances so they could pay off their obligations and still have enough to live on. That's a tough thing to do."
In his role as a Chapter 13 bankruptcy trustee, Mr. Loheit's name frequently appeared in the news columns of local newspapers. But he first made news in 1930, when as a student at Sacramento High School, he was credited with saving the life of an injured soldier.
"Robert Loheit -- is the first hero of the maneuvers of the United States Army Air Corps at Mather Field," said a story published on Page One of The Bee on April 1, 1930.
"His 'prompt and efficient aid' saved the life of an injured soldier, so now he will receive -- honors."
The news account went on to explain how Mr. Loheit, applying first-aid training he'd learned as a Boy Scout, saved Pvt. Carlis W. Atkins, who had been injured in a military truck crash on Folsom Boulevard.
Mr. Loheit, who happened on the scene, quickly applied a makeshift tourniquet, stemming the flow of blood, after the soldier's "arm was almost completely torn off at the elbow," according to The Bee.
After graduating from Sacramento High in 1933, Mr. Loheit attended Sacramento Junior College and McGeorge School of Law, although he never earned a law degree.
Mr. Loheit's experiences as a loan company manager money-lender proved invaluable as a Chapter 13 trustee, he recalled years later.
"I know where the bodies are buried, and if a loan company calls me with a tale of woe, I know whether they are blowing smoke or whether their claim is valid."
About a tenth of all money collected from creditors was used by the federal court to pay the expenses and salaries of Loheit and his staff.
"We had one of the most successful (Chapter 13) programs in the country," Woodward said, "and a great deal of it was due to Bob. He took an interest in people -- and tried to help them."
Mr. Loheit is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Marjorie Keach; sons, Larry and Dennis, both of Sacramento; sister, Myrtle Duensing of Sacramento; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A reception is scheduled from 5 until 7 p.m. Nov. 20, at the Radisson Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento.