Star Bonney, beloved daughter of Al and Claire Amy of Huntington Beach, died at 9:25 PM, on Monday, November 18, 2013 due to a sudden illness.
She is survived by her daughter, Christina Oakley and granddaughter, Greyson Oakley, both of Greensboro, NC. Also surviving her are her sister Merrilee Amy, niece Mindi Masters, nephew Dr. Rick Amy, and sister-in-law Phyllis Amy.
Star's father, mother, and brother Ron Amy preceded her in death.
Star was a long time resident of Huntington Beach where she lived the majority of her adult life. Star's enjoyment of life centered around her friends, family, and her dear dog Jasmine. She also possessed a strong and abiding faith in our Lord Jesus which sustained her in her later years. She had a great capacity for enjoying life and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 26th at Huntington Landmark, where Star resided for the last 20 years.
For more information please refer to her FaceBook account.
Dike, Malcolm O.
Died: Malcolm “Mac” O. Dike, Garden Grove, CA
Died November 30, 2013, Garden Grove, CA, at 93 years.
Survived by: sons, Donald, Darryl, and Duane; ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; and two sisters, Margaret and Josephine. Passing before him were his wife, Lorraine, in 1989, and first born son, Douglas, 1988, and his brother George and sister Massey.
Malcolm was born December 19, 1919 in Grafton, ND, where he was raised. After many visits to California as a youth, he moved there permanently in 1939. During WWII, he joined the United States Army Air Corps and piloted a B24 bomber (466th Bomb Group) in the European theater, flying 35 missions, including D-Day over France. On Mac’s first mission his plane, the Snark, was attacked by Herman Goring’s Abbyville Boys while returning from a raid on Brunswick, Germany. Five American bombers were shot down that day. The Snark returned to England safely but with only one engine and sustaining over 500 countable holes. Malcolm received the Distinguished Flying Cross with one cluster and the Air Medal with four clusters.
Malcolm spent most of his years after the war in Garden Grove, CA, where he worked in industrial security at Rockwell International for 35 years. He and his wife, Lorraine, raised his four boys in Garden Grove where he was active in school, church, and community events.
Malcolm died from age related complications.
Espeland, Herbert (Herb) Roy, 80 years old, of San Clemente, California, passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 surrounded by his family, following a long fight with cancer. He was born January 2, 1933, at home, in Chicago, Illinois to Anton Nicolai Espeland (from Fana, Bergen, Norway) and Anna Louise Norheim (from Byrknes, Byrknesøy, Norway).
Herb spent his early years on the North side of Chicago and attended St. Luke’s Lutheran School. (He was a lifelong fan of Da Bears and Cubs.) When he was 12 years old, he and his mother moved to Tustin, California where he attended Tustin Elementary School and was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 32. In 1947, they moved to Santa Ana, California where he attended Willard Junior High School, graduating in 1948. Herb graduated from Santa Ana High School in 1954. (He was originally in the class of 1951 but his high school years were interrupted by the Korean War.) After returning from the Korean War, he graduated from Pasadena City College in 1956 and received his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University Los Angeles in 1959.
Herb’s military service included two years in the 40th Infantry Division of the California National Guard (Santa Ana) while in high school, and 4 years in the US Navy during the Korean War. He served on the destroyer USS Stickell (DD888) and the attack cargo ship USS Algol (AKA 54). His Korean service medal includes 4 battle stars.
His professional career spanned 50 years in senior manufacturing and engineering positions in the computer and telecommunications industries. He was a Life Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Positions he held were Manufacturing Manager, Computer Systems Division, Xerox Corporation; Vice President Material, Field Service/Quality Assurance, Century Data Systems, Incorporated; Vice President Product Engineering, MSI Data Corporation; Senior Vice President Operations, MSI Data Corporation; Executive Vice President, Symbol Technologies, Incorporated; Vice President Operations, PairGain Technologies, Incorporated. He enjoyed his business travel experiences and the opportunities to interface with different cultures in Britain, Europe, Mexico, Japan, China, and Singapore.
Herb was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved his family and was a positive influence on their lives. He enjoyed traveling with his family, fishing, and continuing education. Over the years, he was actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America and Indian Guides/Indian Maidens with his children and grandson. Herb was a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner. He supported the Tustin High School Booster Club for Football and Golf. All of his friendships were so special to him. Some were for a lifetime; others were not. But they were all such a wonderful part of his life.
Herb married Muriel in 1954, had four children together and they later divorced. Herb married Kae in 1982 who has remained his beloved wife and friend for over 30 years. She remained by his side during his fight with cancer, loving, supporting, and caring for him up to the very end when he passed.
Herb is survived by his wife Karlynn Kae Espeland of 31 years; children Steven Espeland of Charlotte, NC; Sharon Espeland-Warner of Tustin, CA; Lynn Espeland of Costa Mesa, CA; Marla Davidson of Santa Ana, CA; grandchildren Jennifer Warner; Jason Warner; Jessica St. Amant; Brandon Davidson; great grandchildren Eli St. Amant; Zoe St. Amant; extended family in California, Washington, and Norway. Herb’s son Mark Espeland precedes him in death (1989).
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., with a reception immediately following the service from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Fairhaven Memorial Park, 1702 Fairhaven Avenue, Santa Ana, CA. Visitation will be the same day and location from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).
Graber, Lee G., Age 81 of Orange passed away on November 26, 2013 surrounded by his family. Lee was born in Berne, Indiana on March 13, 1932 and moved to California after serving in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He will be missed greatly by his family; Joy, wife of 51 years, daughters, Debra (Tim) Jones and Lisa (Daniel) Wells, and beloved grandsons Darrell and Jeffrey Arnold. Following his service in the Navy, Lee was a police officer in Torrance, California for 12 years. After retiring from Torrance PD he moved to Orange and was on the security force for the Irvine Ranch for 23 years. He will be remembered by his love for his family, his country, and serving others. The legacy of his life will be carried on by those who love him and honor his memory.
In loving memory of Sharon Rose Robison. 1943 to 2013. Beloved wife, sister, aunt, stepmother, sister in-law and friend. She will be truly missed and never forgotten.Sharon will be mostly remembered for her love for life, family, friends, and her pets. She had a great sense of humor and love to have fun.She loved to travel and dearly loved her dogs. What we have once enjoyed we can never lose.All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. The celebration of her life will be at Fairhaven Memorial park. Visitation is on Friday 11-15-2013 in Waverly Chapel from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Funeral service will be on Saturday 11-16-2013 in Waverly Chapel at 12:00 pm.Interment immediately following service
Vaca, Louise Margaret
LOUISE MARGARET (DURAN) VACA
Louise Margaret was the firstborn of Michael (Mike) and Florence Duran. She was a premature baby and her father liked to tell the story of how she was tiny enough to fit in the palm of his hand. Two sisters, Pauline Duran Penson and Judy Duran Alvarado completed the family of five. During the Duran Family’s early years, three cousins, Vina, Doreen and Louie Manzo, came to live with them. Margaret loved her expanded family very much.
As a young girl Margaret loved to dance, laugh and be with her friends. One of her favorite pastimes was playing mother to her gaggle of dolls. She liked imaginative play. Another favorite was lying down on the grass to watch the clouds pass by with their ever-shifting shapes and stories.
At 16, Margaret was a bridesmaid for a favorite cousin. She was partnered with a very handsome young man, Victor Vaca. Upon seeing him for the very first time, she knew in her heart that he was the man for her. She was going to marry him! Everyone knew they were smitten with each other, but Vic was too young and shy for the pursuit. Margaret vowed to wait.
Margaret graduated from Santa Ana High School in 1941 and Victor entered the Army and left for the WWII battlefield. She went to work as an operator for the telephone company. Interested in no one else, Margaret looked for his return.
And return he did…and he was ready for the pursuit. They were wed on June 27, 1948. Margaret’s housewife career was launched and her vocation as mother soon followed.
Margaret had eight children: 4 boys; Victor Alexander, Michael Crispin, James Edward, Matthew Cesario, and 4 girls; Gloria Louise, Florence Irene, Martha Elizabeth, and Maria Delores.
Margaret encouraged her children to have fun and use their imagination, to choose what is right and good, to be patient and hopeful, to link love with forgiveness, to persevere in hardship, to be ready to fight the good fight, and most importantly, to seek and find God.
On occasion Margaret would do something unusual, yet so consistent. Scared little daughters running to tell their Mom “a man is bothering us” brought her out the door in a flash with a broom at the ready. Another time, a knock on the door from a stranger who pardoned his interruption, said, “The bacon and potatoes smell so good and I am so hungry”, she welcomed the thin man to our breakfast table.
Margaret gave from her heart. Through the years she supported a variety of charities. Mostly she volunteered time and energy, but also gifted money when she could.
Louise Margaret was a life-long learner. She tested her vocabulary with the Reader’s Digest. She became a student of the Bible and was an avid reader of romance and adventure novels. For creative expression, she took classes for sewing, cake decorating, and play reading.
She passed on the finer points of sewing to her girls. For many years, she gave her grandchildren the joy of choosing their favorite birthday cake design. She also made a number of wedding cakes for family members, giving special delight and meaning to everyone.
Late in life Louise Margaret took art classes. She impressed her family with many beautiful drawings and paintings, which are treasured and proudly displayed throughout the family home.
When children were living in different states it was easy for her and Vic to get bitten by the travel bug. They headed north to the New England States of Virginia and New Hampshire; deep south to the Bible Belt of Alabama; the eastern coast of North Carolina; and northwestern coast of California. Margaret and Vic even ventured out on special trips to Hawaii, sailed the coast of Main, and cruised the Panama Canal and Europe.
For more local entertainment, Margaret especially enjoyed watching old classic movies. Her music interests were eclectic and included gospel and religious classics, the soothing, mellow music of the 30’s and 40’s, and the urgent messages and rhythms of Country and Rock. She also enjoyed watching stage plays and live concerts at high school and college venues, in city parks, and at the Performing Arts Center.
Gardening and flowering plants gave her great pleasure. She and Vic created beautiful gardens for their home. The varieties of flowers in bloom were a metaphor for the unique beauty and heavenly design of each of her children.
16 grandchildren and 6 step-grandchildren call her Grandma. 11 more young ones call her Great-Grandma. Margaret & Vic’s garden continues to bloom.
Louise Margaret’s first love for Jesus Christ never wavered. Her daily Bible devotions nurtured her soul. She was strong, courageous, determined and unshakable in her faith. She loved the Lord with all her heart.
Our mother lived a life of dedication and sacrifice, with humbleness and humility. Her long, full life was filled with times of happiness, sorrow, uncertainty and, at times it seemed overwhelming; but not once did she "curse God". Was she perfect in all her ways? No, for we all fall short. She was forgiven. God is faithful and true. He promises to forgive our trespasses if we confess them with our lips, repent and turn from our sin, and believe His promise of forgiveness. We can all be forgiven.
We grieve the loss of our mother, but not as the world grieves. Our grief is filled with hope and gladness, for our mom is without pain or sorrow, in a now perfect body, in the presence of God and His angels, and His entire beloved.
“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.” 1Corinthians 13:13
Herbert Perry Woodyard entered eternal life on November 24th, 2013.
Herbert “Woody” was born to the late Wayne and Pearl Woodyard on February 4th, 1915 in Indiana. They moved to Southern California where he attended Santa Ana High School. Shortly thereafter he worked in Alpha Beta as a butcher. He then joined the Santa Ana Fire Department and served a brief stint in the United States Coast Guard. He was then honorably discharged in 1945. He returned to the Fire Department where he became captain and retired in 1974. He served 34 years as a well-respected fire captain.
Woody met Elizabeth “Bettie” Vaughan at a dance in Laguna Beach in 1936. He was immediately smitten and they married in 1938. They purchased a little place in Santa Ana on Flower Street where they lived for 40 years. Bettie and Woody welcomed their daughter Diane into their lives in 1950. Two years later came their daughter Janice. Eventually they moved to their current residence on Cherry Street in Santa Ana, CA. They were happily married for 75 years.
Woody and Bettie were active members of First Christian Church in Santa Ana. They then moved to Covenant Presbyterian Church in Orange. Woody loved to fish and travel and the pair drove their RV all across the United States with friends. They were also part of the Alpine Andy Camping Group and loved those trips so much. Woody loved to build and fix anything he could get his hands on. This included a house he built without any plans in Joshua Tree, CA. The family enjoyed many years vacationing there.
Woody was loved and respected by many and made quite the impact on the Fire Department. He was stubborn and ornery and always got his way. He loved his family with all of his heart and everything he did was for them.
Woody was survived by his wife Elizabeth. He was also survived by his daughters Janice McCoy of Orange, CA and Diane Wagner of Bend, OR. He has four grandchildren; Jami McCoy, Shane McCoy, Dyana Wurth and Leslie Reif and 3 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to Gail’s House. This charity is close to their hearts.
The service will be held on Thursday December 5th, 2013 at 9:30am at Fairhaven Memorial in Santa Ana. It will take place in the Waverley Chapel. Immediately after the service will be a graveside service.