Joseph Vimont Troxel
August 21, 1915 - November 12, 2004
Long time Coronado resident Joe Troxel passed away after suffering from pneumonia for a brief period.
Joe was the son of Millard and Marie Troxel. His parents, along with daughter Margaret, and Millard's parents, Joseph and Laura Troxel, arrived in Coronado in 1912. Joe was actually born in San Diego since there was no hospital in Coronado at the time. He was brought home to the little white house on Ninth Avenue, which his father and grandfather had built. Joe lived all of his life in Coronado and San Diego, except for 3 years he served in the Army during World War II. He spent his boyhood enjoying all that the Coronado community had to offer, including Tent City and fields of wildflowers.
From an early age, Joe was active in youth work at the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church. He was also active with the youth of the San Diego YMCA as a camp counselor. He loved the outdoors and spent much time in the mountains and desert, in later years at a cabin he bought for his mother.
After graduation from Coronado High School, he went to work in the store established by his father and grandfather - Troxel's Hardware. He also set up his own shop in the back where he sold and repaired the latest invention - the radio. A new store building was built in the late 1950s to replace the historic wooden building. Joe had taken over the hardware business at the time of his father's death in 1950 and continued there until 1963. At that time, after more than 50 years in business at the corner of Tenth and Orange, the store building was divided into smaller rental shops which still exist today.
Having moved to San Diego in 1937, he became active at the Rolando Methodist Church at the time of its founding, serving wherever needed. In 1963 he married Elza Sanders and continued to live in the family home in Rolando until the time of his death. He spent many hours working in the large, naturalized garden he loved, especially his rose garden. Joe will always be remembered for his down-home friendliness and helpfulness.
He is survived by his wife Elza Troxel; his sister Margaret J. Mentze; niece and nephew Joan M. Mentze and Rev. Dr. Robert W. Mentze; stepchildren Sharon Konz and Jack Sanders; four step-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Rolando United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Joe Troxel Memorial Fund at Lakeside Community Presbyterian Church, 9908 Channel Road, Lakeside, CA 92040.
Commander Paul Marsik Yakubek
April 27, 1938 - October 30, 2004
Commander Paul Marsik Yakubek, USN (ret.) died unexpectedly at his home in Los Gatos on Saturday, Oct. 30.
He had been a resident of Santa Clara County since 1967. He was born on April 27, 1938 in Flint, Mich., to John George and Mary Rose (Marsik) Yakubek. After traveling with his Army father and family during World War II, the family returned to Flint.
Following his high school graduation in 1955, Commander Yakubek enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was commissioned from the fleet in 1959. He served proudly as a naval aviator in the anti-submarine warfare community both ashore and afloat including tours in Vietnam until his retirement in 1978. It gave him great satisfaction to have been a plank owner at Cubi Point in the Philippines as well as being a triple Centurion. After his retirement from the Navy, he was employed by Signetics Corp. as director of industrial safety and health. Following his retirement from Signetics Corp. he was proud to again serve his country as a safety and health code consultant with National Semiconductor at Ft. Meade, Md.
He was a focused and hard-working man in all areas of his life and will be remembered for his tenacity, dark humor and generosity. Survivors include his loving wife Penelope Day Yakubek of Los Gatos; cherished son Christopher Paul of Alameda; and his much adored granddaughter Margaret Elizabeth. He is also survived by his brother John G. Yakubek of Valley Center; brothers-in-law Howard E. Day of Coronado; Jonathan E. Day of Boston, Mass.; as well as two nephews, two nieces and numerous cousins.
Juanita "Micki" Conklin Wesche
April 4, 1915 - November 11, 2004
Juanita "Micki" Conklin Wesche, 89, died on Nov. 11 at her home in Coronado where her family had gathered to be with her.
Micki had been suffering for several years the paralyzing effects of a little-known disease, progressive supranuclear palsy.
Micki was born and raised in Chicago, Ill. and remained proud of her Chicago heritage. She graduated from Valparaiso University in 1935 and attended the University of Southern California. Micki then taught in Chicago schools for 10 years.
In 1945, Micki married Otis "Oats" Wesche and together they enjoyed life as a Navy family until Otis retired to Rochester, N.Y. in 1963. They moved to Coronado in 1973.
Micki had a lively sense of humor and a gregarious personality which put her in good stead as she and Oats engaged in an active social life. They also enjoyed travelling and shared a pride in their children and grandchildren. Micki also loved to be involved and make a contribution. Among her many activities were the Friends of the Coronado Library, the Ladies' Guild of Resurrection Lutheran Church, Sea 'N Air Women's Golf club, Valparaiso University Guild and the Coronado Garden Club.
Micki was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Captain Otis A. Wesche, USN (ret.) in 2002. She is survived by her son John of Syracuse, N.Y.; her daughter Kathleen Anderson and son-in-law James Anderson of Monterey; and five grandchildren, Ilyssa, Daniel and Michael Wesche and Mark and Kelly Anderson.
A memorial service to help move from mourning Micki's death to celebrating her life will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 11 am at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1111 Fifth Street.
The family requests donations be made to Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Woodholme Medical Bldg., Suite 515, 1838 Greene Tree Road, Baltimore MD 21208.
Brigadier General Edward B. Meyer
July 2, 1922 - November 15, 2004
Brigadier General Edward B. Meyer, United States Marine Corps, (ret.) died November 15, 2004, at Balboa Naval Hospital, of valley fever. He was 82.
General Meyer was a truly great American," said San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy. "He served our country with distinction as a Marine Corps general. After his retirement, he became one of the San Diego community's most respected leaders. He was a friend whom I will always fondly remember."
Meyer was honored 2 years ago by the San Diego County Bar Association when he received the Distinguished Citizen Award at the Bar Association's 45th Annual Law Day luncheon on May 3, 2002.
He was nominated for the award by Murphy, who at the time said, "I have had the privilege of knowing and working with my good friend Ed Meyer for many years. Ed is a 'can do' guy and his list of activities and accomplishments are extensive and well known in this community. He is an outstanding person in every way."
Meyer was very active in numerous military organizations for over 25 years, and served as an active member of the prestigious Veteran's Advisory Board from 2001 until his death. He was appointed to the position by Murphy and the San Diego City Council.
Meyer entered the Marine Corps in 1940 as an enlisted man. He was admitted to the United States Naval Academy following a Corps-wide competitive entrance exam, and graduated and was commissioned in 1946. He retired in 1976 after 36 years of service to his country. Meyer served as a private first class in World War II, a captain in the Korean War, and a colonel in the Vietnam War.
"I've known Ed Meyer for 20 years and he was a mentor and supporter of my endeavors as a lawyer and my work with veterans," said Superior Court Judge David Szumowski of Coronado. "I always looked to him for guidance when at times some of the choices available to me were in conflict. My wife and I got to be good friends with he and Ann, and he was a true inspiration, a true leader and genuine friend and I'm going to miss him terribly."
After he retired, Meyer was president of Americans for Conservative Action for 10 years. In the mid-1980s, Meyer served on the city of Coronado Planning Commission for 5 years. He became a member of the San Diego County Grand Jury for the 1986-1987 term and served as its foreman, a very time-consuming position.
"General Meyer was a truly outstanding person and very helpful to the courts in San Diego for many years," said Presiding Judge John S. Einhorn of the San Diego Superior Court.
From 1988 to 1998, he served on the board of directors of the San Diego Crime Commission and served as president in 1994.
From 1992 to 1995, Meyer served as the appointee of the county board of supervisors to the San Diego County Parole Board.
The board of supervisors called upon him again in 1993 to serve, this time as a member of the Citizens Law Enforcement Review Board, a position he held until 1996.
In 1994, San Diego Police Chief Bob Burgreen appointed Meyer to the city of San Diego Police Shooting Review Board and he served until 1996.
Meyer was chosen to serve on the city of San Diego's Police Officer Review Board from 1995 to 1997. The San Diego Police Officers Association called upon him in 1994 to serve on their Special Advisory Committee, a position he held until 1998.
As a member of the San Diego Criminal Justice Council from 1991 to 1998, Meyer participated in making recommendations to the county board of supervisors on matters relating to the total justice system in this county.
Another involvement with the legal system was as a member of TRIAD, an organization which primarily works with the district attorney's office and senior citizens groups in connection with cases of alleged senior abuse. He was appointed in 2000 and was a member of this organization until his death.
He also served from 1991 for 13 years as a member of the Eagle Scout Review Board in San Diego County.
San Diego Superior Court Judge J. Michael Bollman, a longtime close friend of Meyer, said, "I have had the pleasure of knowing a lot of very hardworking and dedicated people in my life, but I know of no person who has worked harder and done more as a volunteer for our community than General Meyer. He is a truly outstanding person who simply could not say 'No' when he was called upon to serve."
Meyer was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church for 30 years, where he served on the vestry and as an usher.
Survivors include his wife Ann of Coronado; daughters Susan, of Chula Vista, and Lindy, of Mississauga, Ont., Canada; sons Steve of Virginia, Walter of Washington and Andrew, of Colorado; five grandchildren and one great-grandson
"He was a great and loyal Marine who served his country and the Marine Corps," said US District Court Judge M. James Lorenz. "I served with him on the San Diego Crime Commission, the board of advisors of MCRD Command Museum, also I was familiar with his work San Diego Grand Jury and Veterans Affairs where he was attempting to help veterans of World War II still obtain their benefits. He was also such a wonderful person.
A memorial service celebrating Meyer's life will be held Saturday, Dec.11, at 11 a.m., at Christ Episcopal Church, corner of Ninth and C Streets, Coronado. Phone (619) 435-4561. A reception will follow the service in the church parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 180755, Coronado, CA 92178-0755