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Carlson, Carl

Carl was born in Portland, Oregon on October 15, 1919. His parents were Carl Felix Carlson and Thora Linea Carlson, both Swedish immigrants to the United States. Felix was a carpenter on large building projects and Thora was a homemaker. They lived in Oregon, Arizona--where Carl’s brother Ben was born-- and throughout California. During the Depression, the family moved to Fontana, CA where they had a chicken farm. Carl did not eat chicken or eggs for many years after leaving Fontana for college in 1938! But despite lots of chicken and eggs on the table during the 1930’s, he frequently said he had the best childhood ever and had no regrets in life. Carl graduated from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1941 and had a long and successful civil engineering career until retirement at age 65. Carl met his beloved wife Patricia (Morse) Carlson when she and her family were living in Edmonton, Alberta. Carl was working as an engineer on the construction of a nearby refinery. After marrying his “prairie flower” in Winnipeg on August 5, 1950, Carl brought Pat to the United States. Their daughter Judy was born in Pasadena, California in 1955. In 1960 the family moved to Santa Ana, California. Pat passed away in 2006. Carl was extremely proud of his Swedish heritage and made many trips to Sweden to visit family between 1930 and 2009. He was also an avid clock collector and he and his wife Pat took many clock tours around the world through the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. And of course, he also loved good wine and good food, and good friends to enjoy them with. Besides being a generous and loving father to Judy, he was a proud and loving grandfather to his grandson Carl Riemer. He was also a proud and loving father-in-law to Judy’s husband Craig Riemer. He is survived by her family and many longtime friends. We will miss him terribly. But he would want us to remember, as he frequently had told us, “I’ve had a great life.” read more...

Dunn, Curtis

Curtis Dunn was born in Cleburne, Texas September 29, 1921 to Joseph and Ollie Dunn. He had three brothers, Bill, Kenneth, and Raymond. In 1929, the family headed to California, settling in central California. Completing the 8th grade in Orange Cove, Curtis then went to high school in Reedley, finishing in Lindsay. He joined the Merchant Marines and went around the world before he was 21. He went to OCS, where he earned his Engineer's license and became an officer. He was fortunate on one of his trips to go to Israel and was told that he walked on the paths where Jesus had walked. At another time, a plane hit his ship and he lost most of his crew. His life was spared and he found out later that his mother was praying for him at that exact same time. After the war, he started teaching Sunday school, and did that for 30 years, teaching 3rd grade through senior adults. He was also nominated to work with the Gideon’s for 20 years, speaking at various churches and raising money to buy bibles. He married in 1944, and became the father of 3 sons, Gary, Greg and Gerald. He spent the last 10 years of his life being happily married to Olaree. read more...

Miscovich, John

John A. Miscovich John Arthur Miscovich, 96, a long-time Orange resident passed away Friday, August 22nd 2014 at home with his loving wife and family by his side. The third of seven children, John was born on March 7th in 1918 to Peter and Stana Bagoy Miscovich in Flat, Alaska. John Miscovich completed grade school in Flat’s one-room schoolhouse and in late September 1933, he left Flat for the very first time to attend Fairbanks High School. In 1935, he travelled to Los Angeles, California with his father seeking relatives from Croatia. While in Los Angeles, he would eventually meet and then marry his beautiful bride Mary Stankovich in 1957 who would become his loving and devoted wife of 57 years. John Miscovich was self-educated and curious throughout his entire life. He held over 300 US and foreign patents and he is best known for his 1946 Intelligiant© invention, a high-powered automatic hydraulic water monitor first equipped for fire trucks and fire boats. The Intelligiant is now used in hundreds of different industries worldwide from mining to fire prevention to the US-NASA space program. After WWII, John Miscovich travelled the United States in 1946 demonstrating the Intelligiant. In 1951, the NY City Fire Department added the Intelligiant to its fire boats and soon the Los Angeles Fire Department followed using the Intelligiant on both its fire trucks and fire boats. In 1968, a unique honor was granted to John Miscovich’s invention. The British Post Office issued a stamp commemorating emergency support vehicles using the Intelligiant. The Intelligiant could also be seen working with rescue crews during the 9/11 New York City Twin Tower terrorist attacks as well as the Fukushima nuclear disasters. John Miscovich was a dedicated American patriot and a WW II veteran. He served in the US Army 807 Engineering Battalion, from 1941 to 1945, reaching the rank of Staff Sargent. He was stationed on Adak and Umnak in the Alaskan Aleutian Islands during the Japanese invasion. As a mining engineer and consultant John Miscovich travelled the world from Alaska to Australia to Papua New Guinea and to the Philippines and throughout all of Latin America. He embodied the virtues of impeccable honesty, hard work, patience, and self-sacrifice. John was an educated and worldly gentleman and he kept up with current world events. He was sought out for his vast knowledge on hydraulic engineering and mining engineering. John Miscovich was known for his generosity never turning away anyone needing his help and support. He captivated family and friends with his quick witted charm while entertaining many guests over the years with his many humorous anecdotes and stories of the Alaskan frontier. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary; Sons Peter Miscovich and John Jr Miscovich; Daughters Maria Obradovic and Sandra Stelmas; Sons-in-law Damon Owen, Matthew Stelmas and Blasko Obradovic; Grandchildren, John Gregory, Sasha Anica and Addison Michelle. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Joseph’s Hospital of Orange Cardiac Care Research Foundation at the following website in memory of John A. Miscovich: https://donate.sjo.org/ read more...

Palmer, James

Palmer, James Clifford “Cliff” May 2, 1925 to August 8, 2014. Cliff Palmer, 89, passed away on August 8, 2014 in Orange, California. He was born in Alhambra, California to Anna and Samuel Palmer, raised in Santa Ana, California and graduated from Santa Ana High School. A true patriot and man of service, Cliff served his country in the US Navy on the USS Sangamon in World War II, a veteran of nine campaigns in the South Pacific. He subsequently served in the US Army in Korea with a ranking of SFC. Following military service, Cliff worked for the US Postal Service 33 years, retired and returned to work as a crossing guard for the City of Orange for 22 years. Cliff was an avid sports fan and enjoyed living in California. All who knew him described him as a friendly, kindhearted and good man with a sense of humor. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather and he will truly be missed. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Edith; daughter, Christine Smith; and grandchildren, Derek Smith, Danny Palmer, David (Cheri) Palmer, Masaya Palmer, Jimmy Palmer, and Sarah Palmer; two great grandchildren, Andy Palmer and Ava Palmer. He is also survived by two sisters, Madelene Spurrier and Joanna (Frank) McCubbins. Services: Fairhaven Memorial Park and Mortuary in Santa Ana, California. Viewing Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Graveside services Friday, August 15, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. read more...

Sanders, Rosalee

Rosalee Eileen (Merrifiled) Sanders, age 75 died peacefully on August 5, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. Rosalee was born on April 26, 1939 in Chicago Illinois, the daughter of the late Lee and Margaret (Cooney) Merrifield. She was married to Paul Sanders for 26 years and they had four children together. Rosalee worked many years as an administrative assistant and ended her long career at Orangewood Children’s Foundation, a position of which she was most proud. Rosalee was a lifetime advocate for abused and neglected children. She was a dedicated foster parent for many children and also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer for over 10 years. In 2013, she was the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. She was and avid Ducks hockey fan, loved traveling, spending time at the beach, gardening and being with her family and especially spending time with her grandchildren. She leaves 4 children to cherish her sweet memories: Charissa (Bill) Modes, Kevin (Teresa) Sanders, Pam (Laurie) Sanders and Jennifer (Wade) Walsvick: 7 Grandchildren: Sean Rapp, Brendan Rapp, Cameron Rapp, C.G. Walsvick, Amanda Walsvick, Luke Walsvick and Ava Walsvick; sister: Lynn DeVos; brother: Stephen Merrifield. She was preceded in death by her sister Anita Horton. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 10:00 at Fairhaven Memorial Park and Mortuary, 1702 Fairhaven Avenue, Santa Ana, CA. The family will receive friends at 9:00, one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, uscnorriscancer.usc.edu. read more...

Stice, James

James Alfred Stice went to be with the Lord on August 3rd, 2014 at the age of 84. Jim was born to Goldie Ray and Novia “Pete” Levi Stice in Chandler, Oklahoma on June 11th 1930. At the age of 17 Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served aboard the USS Maddox DD-731 as a Gunner’s Mate First Class during the Korean War. In 1951 after his discharge from the Navy, he met a beautiful red head named Patricia Montgomery at church, after only two months and four days the two were married on June 12th. They settled in Santa Ana, California where they raised their family of seven boys and one girl, Lawrence, Jimmy, Robert, David, Rosemary, Jonathan, Kenneth and Jeffrey. During those years Jim worked his way up at the R.J. Noble Company. He was very proud of the fact that he could do every job from running the Hot Plant and Crusher to recycling asphalt but his most satisfying position was being the Superintendent because of the challenge it brought him. He retired after 47 years. Jim was an enthusiastic member of the Orange Free Methodist Church for 55 years, serving as a Lay Pastor, Sunday School Teacher, Superintendent, and Head of the Men’s Jail Ministry. When the church closed, they moved to Calvary Chapel Old Towne where Jim was an Elder for 2 years. Jim and Pat celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on June 12th of this year. Jim was admired and loved by all who knew him. He was long known for his captivating smile, caring and loving disposition, and his deep love for God. He was immensely proud of his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved life and he loved people. Jim Stice knew no stranger. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Junior, John, and Jack.Jim is survived by his wife, Patricia; sister, Judy Cargill; 8 children; 33 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. The Viewing will be held Thursday August 14th at Fairhaven Memorial Park and Mortuary in Waverley Chapel 1702 Fairhaven Ave. Santa Ana, CA 92705 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Memorial Service will be held Saturday August 16th at Calvary Chapel Old Towne 221 N. Waverly St. Orange, CA 92866 at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome at both. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in memory of James Stice to the missions fund at Calvary Chapel Old Towne. read more...

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