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Sunday ZUKAS, Albert February 18, 1922 - November 30, 2017 Albert passed away peacefully on November 30, 2017 in Montecito, CA. Albert had two children with his first wife, son Ron Zukas of Oregon and daughter Cynthia Zukas, who predeceased her father. Albert was an avid golfer maintaining longtime memberships in the Bel Air Country Club of Los Angeles and the Valley Club of Montecito.
Today SMITH, Howard Francis December 9, 2017 •Howard Francis Smith was born 1924 in Cornish, Utah, the middle of five children. He joined the Army Air Force during WWII, rising to First Lieutenant with the 8th Air Force. At the age of 19, he bravely piloted a B17 Flying Fortress in 35 missions over Germany. •After the war, Howard attended University of Idaho and became an organic chemist with a focus on polymers. He invented a breakthrough in primer formulation that became industry standard for 35 years, revolutionizing epoxy aircraft •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••primers. Howard is survived by his wife Julia and was incredibly proud of his four children, Karen (predeceased), Neal (Samantha), Daniel (Minnie) and Lana (Daniel) as well as granddaughters, Alexandra and Stephanie, and 9-week old grandson, Jack. Howard was an avid golfer, crackerjack bridge player, American history enthusiast and never missed the daily newspaper crossword puzzle. Lovingly remembered as gentle and kind, he lived by the Golden Rule. Howard will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Sunday SLOAN SR., William William "Bud" Sloan Sr., age 83, died peacefully in the early morning of December 2, 2017 in his home in Santa Barbara, California. He is survived by his siblings Raymond Sloan, Joyce Sutherland Milliron and Leo Sloan; and his son William Sloan Jr. (wife Jamie), step-sons, Bundy Wayne (wife Jean) and Montie Wayne (wife Cathy), and step-daughter, Billie Jeanne Norville (nee Wayne) (husband Michael). In lieu of flowers, the ...
Sunday NEWCOMB, Robert Arnold February 22, 1917-October 3, 2017 Bob was born in Hawaii and the aloha spirit of the islands permeated his long life. He loved the sea and he offered a joyous yes to life. Bob's naval career was exceptionally broad.
Sunday MCKNIGHT, Susan Susan (Sue) McKnight, age 72, of Santa Barbara passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 as the result of a tragic automobile accident. Born in San Diego on January 19, 1945, she was the eldest daughter of Harold E. Green and Doris C. Green formerly of42 Calle Capistrano, Santa Barbara, California, both of whom preceded her in death. When education funding was severely...
Sunday MCDERMOTT, Thomas Joseph On November 30th, 2017 surrounded by his family, Thomas Joseph McDermott passed away due to complications of Alzheimer's disease. Tom will be dearly missed by his wife Kathleen, sons, Tom and Brian, daughters Molly and Maureen, daughters-in- law Margrethe and Lynne and sons-in-laws Ralph and Bob. A rosary (9:30am) and funeral Mass (10:00am) will be held at St. Marks University Parish on ...
Sunday KUSH, Geraldine Geraldine "Geri" R Kush born on 9-22-1921 at the age of 96 years, passed away on November 13, 2017 after a long illness, and is now with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She leaves a sister and numerous nephews and nieces and will be surely missed. Services will be on December 13, 10:00am at Calvary Cemetery 199 N Hope Ave, Santa Barbara, California.
Today GIOVANACCI, Frank Charles •Frank Charles Giovanacci passed away peacefully in his home on December 9, 2017 in Lompoc, California. He was born in Santa Barbara, CA and moved to Lompoc in 1942. He graduated from Lompoc High School in 1955 and played football for the Lompoc Braves. He worked 43 years at Grefco. Frank married Donna Haskett in 1955 and had four children; Joyce, Laury, Sherri, and Stanley. He loved hunting, fishing, and traveling. He spent his early retired years traveling the world and his later years at home with family and friends. He was quick of wit and had a good sense of humor. Frank was a member of Lompoc Elks Lodge # 2274 for 55 years. He loved the old western movies. He was a member of the Lompoc Historical Society. Frank is survived by his wife Donna, his children Joyce, Laury, Sherri, and Stanley (Natalie); his grandchildren Danny Davis (Shellie), Kellie Koehl (JR), Chrystal O'Neill (Brodie), Bryan Perry, Julie Tuttle (Erik), Robert, Brittney; and 7 great grandchildren. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 am on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Lompoc Cemetery.
Sunday GARCIA, Sandra "Sandy" Kaye Sandra"Sandy" Kaye Garcia, 72, of Santa Barbara, CA, passed away on Nov. 27, 2017 at Serenity House after a year-long battle with cancer. Sandy is survived by her mother Katherine Garcia, her sister Patricia Garcia, niece Catherine Mattesich Taylor and nephew Rylan Mattesich, all of Sacramento; sister Lori Garcia in the Seattle area; and her stepchildren Ann M. DeKruyff, of Natick, MA.
Today BOOTHE, Elden Thomas December 7, 2017 - Elden Thomas (Bud) Boothe passed away peacefully in his sleep in Southport, North Carolina at the age of 92 from complications associated with congestive heart failure. Bud was born in Stow, Ohio on March 8, 1925 the only son of James Lloyd and Blanche (Decoursey) Boothe. He grew up during the depression in Ravenna, Ohio and served overseas in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II stationed out of England as a radio operator on B-17s flying 15 missions over Germany until the end of the war. On his return from the war and after earning a B.S. degree in electrical engineering utilizing the G.I. Bill of Rights, Bud took a job with the federal government in Anchorage, Alaska working on the early development and operation of the White Alice Communication System. It was in Alaska that Bud met and married his wife Alice (Repman) and they started their family. In 1962 Bud moved the family to Fairfax, Virginia after taking a job with the Defense Communications Agency. Bud later worked with the Federal Communications Commission in Washington D.C. until his retirement in 1974. In 1976 Bud and Alice moved to California settling in the small town of Los Olivos in the Santa Ynez Valley where they built their home, Casa Del Sol, and Bud continued his life-long love of organic gardening. Through the years in Los Olivos, Bud and Alice shared the bounty of their produce harvests with local food banks and other organizations. Bud's passion for peace grew from his service during WWII. After the war, reflecting on the human tragedy, he described an awakening of his moral conscious that led to a lifetime of political and social activism. Throughout his life he supported various organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, and as a member of the Green Party later in life. Bud actively supported civil rights issues during the 1960s and early on opposed the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. After moving to California, Bud worked with Mothers for Peace for a nuclear-free future, including opposition to the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant beginning in the 1970s. Bud actively supported efforts opposed to nuclear weapons and the militarization of space, including decades – long participation in peaceful protests and arrests at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the site of United States nuclear missile testing program. Bud was preceded in death by Alice, his wife of 37 years. Bud is survived by his three children, James (Marin, California), Karen Wall (Southport, North Carolina), and Robert (Orange County, California) and three grandchildren, Christopher Wall, Morgan Boothe, and Taylor Boothe. He is also survived by his second wife Dorothy Boothe, daughter-in-law's Tracy Boothe and Tamara Boothe, son-in-law Dick Wall and granddaughter-in-law Stephanie Wall. When asked what advice he would give a young person today Bud said, "Appreciate and accept differences in people, the differences in viewpoint and in cultural backgrounds. Appreciate and accept these differences without animosity, as long as they don't interfere with you and your own choices. After all, there are so very many people in the world with different views and beliefs. And we each, always, have a lot to learn." Bud will be remembered by friends and family for his courage, honor and living a principled life.
Today BLAIR, Gwendolyn "Gwen" Simpson, Nagle Passed away on November 17th, 2017, at the age of 96. She is predeceased by her husband, James A. Nagle (1953) and her son, James A Nagle, Jr. Gwen attended Santa Barbara High School and was involved in Acappella, Glee Club, and Press Club. She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Sellers, son, George Nagle, step-daughter, Darla Pluckrose, and extended family, including 10 Grandchildren, 6 Great-Grandchildren, and 4 Great-Great-Grand children. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Santa Barbara Inc., 2050 N. Alameda Padre Serra, Suite 100, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 Arrangements entrusted to Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.
Today BERTRANDO, Virginia Prettyman November 8, 1922 - October 2, 2017 Ginny passed away peacefully in Santa Barbara on October 2, 2017 at the age of 94. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Bert, her three sons Rob (Kate), Will (Sharen) and Michael (Nancy), and six grandchildren: Neil (Katie), Marc, Nick, Alex, Lindsay and Kelly. •Donations in Ginny's memory can be made to the Santa Barbara Zoo, Cure Alzheimer's Fund or a charity of your choice.