Figueroa, John Angelo
John Angelo Figueroa
Sept.12, 1948 - Aug.3, 2015
John went home to be with the Lord......He is now a guardian angel to all that loved him.
John was a simple man who loved simple things. He spent most of his weekends with his family doing the things he loved most. Playing with his grandson, Diego, going to swap meets, garage sales, estate sales and would never turn down a good fast food joint. His laughter was infectious; he was a charmer and always had complements for the ladies.
You could always count on him for a good story from childhood outings, war stories from his time spent in the Navy during the Vietnam War, but mostly about his time spent with family.
John is going to be missed by his family and friends and his spirit will always be carried in our hearts. This is not goodbye; it is just “See you later.”
Hunter-Asher, Rayma Vaughn
Rayma Vaughn Hunter-Asher
Born January 9, 1934 passed into peace August 12, 2015
In 1934 Rayma’s extraordinary life began in Lake Charles, LA. with parents, Winnifred Marybell Renfrow and David Hawkins Hunter. She attended Lake Charles High School and went to College in Lafayette. LA.
She left Lake Charles in 1954 to marry William Hilton Hunter who was in the Air Force. That began Rayma’s lifelong love of travel and volunteering her time to causes she held dear to her heart. They lived in Madrid Spain for 4 years with her children, Debra Ray, William Hilton Jr. and David Michael.
Her Church was important to her. She attended the First Methodist Church of Lake Charles, LA., Arlington Methodist Church of Riverside, CA. and Spurgeon Methodist Church in Santa Ana, CA. She was very active in United Methodist Woman’s group, she volunteered in countless programs in the church and surrounding community.
Her husband William (Bill) passed in 1986. She continued with her volunteering and also maintained her full time employment at The Broadway Department Store from 1970 until her retirement in 1995. During the later years at the Broadway she met Robert (Bob) Asher, the “Love of Her Life” They married in 1997. Rayma’s family grew with the addition of Bob’s children, Norman, John, David and Greg.
Rayma’s son, David Michael gave her a grandson, Justin Ryan of France and a granddaughter Paulina Sophia of Germany which created another extended family in Europe. She continued her travels. “One Foot in the Road”
Rayma had an unbelievably charmed life!
December 2013 brought a diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma. She was proud of her family support and care during her illness. Throughout of her challenges with MM she continued to laugh, travel, and remain active with her volunteering until her last breath. God is good.
She will be cremated and interned at the Riverside National Cemetery with her first husband. Memorial services will be announced at a later date in Santa Ana, CA. and Lake Charles, LA.
Larry James Moe was born on July 22, 1949 to Charles & Myrtle Moe in Madison, Minnesota.
He grew up on the family farm with his siblings Glen, Duane, Ann, Craig and Dennis. He attended country school and went to High School in Dawson, Minnesota.
He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War earning a Bronze metal as well as the Purple Heart. He was part of the 1st Infantry Division, The Big Red 1.
He met Marjorie Bakken while attending Canby Vo Tech and they married on June 13, 1970. During that time in life he loved working on cars even building several stock cars for racing.
They were blessed with the birth of two amazing children Darin married to Teresa from Corona, California whose son is Austin and daughter Victoria and Tina married to Ryan Dollar whose daughter is Alexa from Jacksonville, Florida.
While attending Antelope Hills Church in rural Canby, Larry & Marge dedicated their lives to the Lord and were water baptized along with Dave & Ann Hoseck.
They moved to Aurora, Illinois In 1972 where he began operating heavy equipment while working with his uncle Ivan at Kirk Brother’s Asphalt & Excavating.
They moved back to Minnesota in 1974 where he loved farming until moving to Orange, California in 1988. There he was employed with Reed Thomas Excavating for several years until his retirement.
Among his favorite life activities were golfing with friends, remaining a loyal Vikings fan, enjoyed grilling tri tip for his family & friends while they all spent time outdoor on their patio sipping a few pops with his full blast music while laughing together at all his “hoop de do’s”. He was a favorite uncle to all his nieces & nephews and they brought great love & joy to his life also.
He loved country music especially cranking it up to sing along with Charlie Pride. He & Marge participated in a lip sinc contest that their friends would host yearly.
He was known for his sincere hardy hand shake as he made friends with everyone he met. Many are still his lifelong buddies today.
Spending time with Margie, his kids & their families….especially his grandson Austin and granddaughter Alexa were very important to him.
He loved to travel. He enjoyed camping and fishing with his family. His most memorable trip was to Hawaii a couple times.
These last few years have brought many challenging health issues which became too much for him to overcome. He passed from this earth on July 31 and was greeted at heaven’s gates by his grandparents, parents, uncles & aunts, loving niece Shelley and precious little angel granddaughter Victoria who lost her life in 2004.
All who knew Larry learned how to live well, laugh often and love much. We treasure the future when we will all be with him eternally.
His Celebration of Life Service will be held in the Waverly Chapel at the Fairhaven Memorial Park Mortuary in Santa Ana, California on Monday, August 10 at 9:30 a.m.
On Sunday morning, August 9, 2015, at the age of 93, Earl “the Pearl” Rowenhorst was called to his eternal home in heaven. Born on July 13, 1922 in Marion, South Dakota to Chris and Everena Rowenhorst, Earl grew up on the farm with his eight brothers and sisters, one of whom, Gladys Wieman, is still living there at the age of 98. After leaving South Dakota, Earl proudly served in the Army in World War II under General MacArthur in the Philippines, and was awarded two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.
Once Earl returned home, he settled in Southern California and went to work for the Tustin Water Works in 1946 as assistant to Walter Rawlings to help manage the 700 services in place at the time. He continued working for the privately-owned company for 34 years until 1980 when the City of Tustin took over. He continued as water service manager until 1987 when he retired.
On June 27, 1954, Earl married Marilyn Perozzi, and they had three children – Sharilyn Sullivant, Sandra Waite, and Stephen Rowenhorst (Sharon). Earl and Marilyn recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. They have seven grandchildren – Amy Dirolf (Todd), David Brown (Melissa), Leslee Sullivant (Chris), Elizabeth Waite, Caroline Waite (Ari), Sarah Rowenhorst and Robert Rowenhorst, and one great-granddaughter, Pearl Dirolf.
Earl was a life member of the American Water Works Association and he was instrumental in the development of Tustin’s water system. In 1961, he was part of a group of Tustin men that formed Tustin Savings and Loan. He was named Tustin Man of the Year in 1966, and he also served on the board of directors for the East Orange County Water District.
Earl also enjoyed spending time in the San Joaquin Valley where he grew oranges on “the ranch,” and spent time with his sister Edna Veeh’s family. In recent years, Earl enjoyed spending time in Palm Desert, loving the warm weather. His health was good until the past few years. When he finally declined, he was comfortable at home where he wanted to be, with the loving care of St. Joseph Hospice, his wonderful caregivers, and his family. Earl “the Pearl” was a Christian and a true family man – in our opinion the best husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa a man could be.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, PO Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174.
Swarthout, Mynard F.
Mynard Finley Swarthout, 85 – died, after a brief Illness, at Chapman Medical Center in the City of Orange, on Monday, August 10, 2015, just a few days short of his 86th Birthday. Mynard was born on August 15, 1929 in Pasadena, California. He was the son of Gailene Finley and Donald Mynard Swarthout and is pre-deceased by his parents and his sisters, Elizabeth Pease and Janet Hincker, nephew Carl Hincker and his brother-in-law Burt Pease. Mynard is survived by his wife Marilyn Wilkins, and his three children from his first marriage, Elizabeth, a teacher, and her husband Jeffrey Robinson, Heather (Sprig) and her husband Erskine Levi, Jr., and his grandsons Joseph and Matthew; his son Albert Swarthout, who has followed in his footsteps as a machinist; his brother-in-law Richard Hinker; cousins, a niece, nephews and many grand nieces and nephews; stepson Virgil and his wife Kim and their children Jordan, Lillie, and Kylie; and many friends, including his lifelong friend Wallace Brand.
Mynard was a resident of Orange since 1999 when he married his beloved wife, Marilyn. He was dedicated to her and they enjoyed long walks, talks, and quiet time together. They traveled locally together, and also made several overseas trips to Europe and Asia. Mynard and Marilyn were approaching 16 years of happy marriage.
He grew up in Pasadena/Altadena and remained in the area until recent years. He was proud of his multi-generational California heritage; his mother being a Finley, a notable early Santa Ana family; and his father, being a Swarthout, an early pioneer family in San Bernardino. Mynard spent many summers and breaks, through his teens, working at the Swarthouts’ Heart Bar Ranch in the San Bernardino Mountains. He attended Occidental College before enlisting during the Korean War in the California Army National Guard/40th Infantry Division, serving as an Army Cook for a short period.
He was a daily jogger, who also ran 10 K races several times a year, sometimes joined by family members. He raced into his 70s and always finished at the top of his age category. He also enjoyed hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains and foothills. Mynard was an avid bow hunter and over the years, he made many hunting and non-hunting trips, exploring desert and mountains, with his son, nephews and father.
Mynard was an avid reader, a lover of learning. All things new and old, explored in detail, interested him, especially technology and science. Through his example, his children and grandchildren enjoy the same gift. He was a hard worker, whether in his yard, home, or in his profession. He retired from Cal-Swiss in Pasadena in 1998, where he had worked 34 years as a machinist and foreman.
Mynard was known for having a ready smile and a sincere interest in everyone. He always respected the opinions of others and his patience with people and problems was tireless.