Orville “Buck” Perry Baker passed away on Dec. 22, 2010, at the age of 89. He was born on Sept. 24, 1921, in Darlington, Mo., to Elizabeth and Orval Baker.
The Winters area has always been home for Baker. That’s where he met Norma Lowrie, whom he married on Nov. 5, 1944. Together they raised four children, Larry, Steve, Karen and Rick.
Buck was a great welder and worked for many years on a Winters ranch, where he made a name for himself with a lot of the local farmers. He then took a job with Johnson Farm Machinery in Woodland, where he worked until he retired. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed watching sports, especially football. He was a simple man who rarely complained and was very easy going, family members said.
After the death of his wife Norma, he met and married Debbie, who survives him.
Baker also is survived by his sons Larry and wife Gloria of Redding, Steve and wife Cindy of Winters, and Rick and wife Diana of the Dominican Republic; daughter Karen and husband Steve of Winters; sisters Marge McEathron, Colleen Duke and Delores Soares; brother Jack and wife Aloha; grandchildren Stacey Baker, Steve and Dani Ramos, Matthew, Nathan, Jeff, Andrew Baker and Allison King, Autumn and Amber Baker, Briana and Christian Baker and many great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.
Baker is preceded in death by his first wife Norma, his brother Laverne and three brothers-in-law, Dick McEathron, George Duke and Ernie Soares.
A celebration of his life is planned at 11 a.m. Dec. 30 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 435 Anderson Ave., Winters. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to an account at First Northern Bank.
A memorial service is planned Sunday, June 26, for Gary Tucker who died May 18, 2011.
The service will take place at noon at the Yolo Sportsmen’s Association, 24189 Aviation Ave., Davis. It’s a potluck, so those attending are invited to bring food or drinks to share. Dress is casual. Also, the family will be organizing a firing salute. To participate, bring a firearm.
Sharon Sue Carpenter (Kidwell), a life-long Winters resident, passed away at her home on June 12, 2011.
She graduated from Winters High School in 1964, and worked for a number of years in retail. She was a member of Discovery Worship Center and enjoyed being involved in church activities. She was also an avid reader; she enjoyed crocheting, crafts and cooking. She was a caring and loving person and will be eternally missed by her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Rowe and Oma Kidwell, and brothers, Michael and William Kidwell.
She is survived by her son, Robert Carpenter (Cindy) of Salida, and daughter Joyce Pryor (Vincent) of Ohio; sisters, Shirley Spracklen of Winters, and Joyce Gonzales of Vacaville; brothers, Robert and Bruce Kidwell of Vacaville; three grandchildren, Robert and Haley Carpenter, and Madison Pryor; numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Monday, June 20, at Winters Cemetery.
Kathern “Kate” Lopez, a longtime Winters resident, passed away peacefully on June 18, 2011, at Woodland Memorial Hospital. She was 73.
Born Oct. 23, 1937, in Bixby, Okla., she was a homemaker for most of her life.
Her hobbies included knitting, crocheting and making special homemade things for her home and children. She loved being in her kitchen cooking homemade soups and other foods she would come up with. Spending time with her grandchildren was by far the thing she loved the most. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and she will be greatly missed by her family and all those who loved her.
She was preceded in death by her father Fred Carner and grandson Kennan Casas.
She is survived by her husband, Abraham C. Lopez; mother Veda Carner; daughters Pamela Lopez of Hawaii, Kathryn Branscum and husband Butch Branscum of Winters, and Lisa Jordan and husband Randy Jordan of Winters; siblings Ronnie Carner of Okahoma, Robert Carner of Sutter, Shirley Hyer of Winters, Richard Carner of Winters, Linda Angeli of Cloverdale and Rick Carner of Winters; grandchildren Brian Branscum of Sacramento, Nicole Branscum of Winters, Monyca Cases of San Jose, and Erica and Ashley Jordan of Winters; and great-granddaughter Sophia Marie.
A service is planned at 11 a.m. Friday, June 24, at Winters Cemetery. Donations may be made in her memory to the American Lung Association.
Harvey Lee Wood died May 18, 2011, of heart failure in La Pine, Ore. He was a longtime resident of Lake Berryessa and Winters. He was an ART for the 349th reserve at Travis Air Force Base. He was born Jan. 31, 1937, in Oroville.
He is survived by his wife Crystal Wood and son Brian Wood, both of La Pine, Ore., son Sean Wood of Iowa, daughter Jeane Jones of Oroville, four grandchildren through Jeane and one grandchild through Sean.
He was preceded in death by his parents Sidney and Grace Wood and brothers Charles and Glenn.
Doyle Gene Redmill, 76, died June 1, 2011, in Farmington, N.M., of heart, lung and kidney issues with loved ones at his side. It was his decision to end his pain and struggle. He died peacefully.
He was born July 30, 1934, near Bengal, Okla., to James Wilson and Dollie Bell (Cogburn) Redmill. The family moved to Winters, where he graduated from Winters Joint Union High School in 1952, married Lois Lee Keith, and had five children. He was very active in the youth group at Faith Tabernacle and was a Sunday School teacher there.
Redmill and his family moved to Hawaii in the early ’60s, then back to Winters. They moved to the Longview/Kelso, Wash., area in the late 1960s, and he returned to Hawaii a few years later to work as a drywall contractor on Kauai and “The Big Island.” He lived there until about six years ago when he moved to Farmington, N.M. He also lived part-time in Sedona, Ariz., where he built a home.
He was an avid reader, and loved golf, NASCAR, the Lakers, traveling the country in his RV, photography, sunrises and sunsets, airplanes, his extensive model car collection, and his beloved Pekinese, Shilo. He has many family members and friends still in the Winters area.
His love and sense of humor will be missed by his beloved companion, Elsie Griffin Huddleston of Farmington; son, Terry Redmill of Kelso; four daughters, Donna Knapp of Sedona, Laura (Jon) Bigno of Kurtistown, Hawaii, Wendy (Rory) Johnson of Longview, and Linda (Rodney) Bargamento of Kauai; the mother of his children, Lois Keith Redmill Wagoner of Kelso; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and many extended family members and friends.
Redmill’s ashes will be scattered at Anahola Bay on Kauai at a later date. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Angel Valley Funeral Home in Farmington.
Harold Eugene La Marr died May 13, 2011. Born March 30, 1935, in Fresno, he had many adventures after his dad died when La Marr was 4 years old. La Marr attended Winters High School where he was an athlete and known as “Lefty,” and also played in the band.
He went to UC Davis and Sacramento State. He was a wonderful high school teacher at Casa Roble where he made chemistry fun and was loved by his students. Later, after earning his master’s degree in counseling, he worked at Rio Americano High School. Never to be forgotten was his lip-synching to “YMCA” as one of the Village People at Rio’s graduation ceremony. He then returned to Casa Roble and chemistry because it allowed him more time to interact with the students.
He enjoyed fishing with his sons Tim (Sarah) and Chris (Kyrstin), and sadly, missed seeing his new grandson, Calvin.
He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years and forever soul mate, Tara, who will miss him more than words can say. They spent the past 26 years enjoying their “Sanctuary” in the pines loving each other.
La Marr was a Mentor Teacher, a Teacher of the Year at Casa Roble and a Senior of the Year in El Dorado County for his training and work with the Ombudsman program. He loved the Giants and the 49ers, flying his airplane, going to Tahoe to try his luck, and traveling to Europe with Tara.
He touched many and was well liked. He will be remembered for his compassion, his strength and his sense of humor. His friends eagerly looked forward to seeing which shirt he was wearing each day as they all had fun sayings on the front. La Marr made people laugh and feel good.
At his request, no services will be held. If you so desire, his favorite charity was St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. His wish was for all to live by his favorite motto, “Life is uncertain, eat dessert first.”
William Henry Fredericks Jr. passed away May 20, 2011, in Reno, Nev., at age 73. He was born on March 11, 1938, to William Henry Fredericks Sr. and Veneva (Sidwell) Fredericks Alcock in Woodland.
After graduating from Esparto High School in 1956 and the UC Davis agricultural program in 1958, he married the love of his life, Darlene Hintz. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, established the William H. Fredericks Construction Co. and was the owner of the Tourist Club in Truckee. He also was a past Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Darlene; brothers Steven Fredericks (Louise) of Oroville and George Alcock of Costa Rica; sisters Victoria (Bob) Murphy of Brooks and Lisa (Gary) Bricker of Gold River; as well as many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life is planned at at the Yolo Fliers Club at noon Saturday, June 25. Memorial donations would be appreciated to a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Truckee-Tahoe Mortuary.
Gary B. Tucker died May 18, 2011, in presence of family and friends at UC Davis Hospital in Sacramento after a vehicle crash. He was 59.
He was born Sept. 15, 1951, in Carnegie, Okla., to Fred B. and Mary K. Tucker. He was raised in Winters and graduated from Winters High School and earned degrees in gunsmithing and forestry from Lassen College, and a bachelor’s degree in computer drafting from Sacramento State University. He was manager of Yolo Sportsmen’s Association in Davis for the past three years, and worked for Cargile and Leslie Salt in the Bay Area.
Tucker is survived by his parents Fred and Mary Tucker of Woodland; daughter Stephanie (Greg) Konnoff of Livermore; granddaughter Anastashia Konnoff of Livermore; sisters Glenda (Ken) Custard of Shingle Springs and Carla (Ed) Izzo of Schaghticoke, N.Y.; seven nieces and nephews: Kendra (Ryan) Orsitz, Kelsey Custard, Brittany Izzo, Kylen Custard, Brandon Izzo and Lance Izzo.
Tucker will be greatly missed by family and friends. He loved hunting, fishing, his new granddaughter and being with his friends at the club.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Junior Rifle Team, 24189 Aviation Ave., Davis, CA; the Yolo Sportsmen’s Association, P.O. Box 82, Woodland, CA 95776; or the Diabetes Association.
A memorial will take place at a later date.
Evergreen Funeral Services of Woodland is assisting the family.