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o_Buelow042815.1 BUELOW, Dr. Raymond Albert •Dr. Raymond Buelow died April 19, 2015 at the age of 81. An air force veteran and graduate of North Dakota State University, he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University, and a Master of Science in Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University. He served as an elder at Good Shepherd Lutheran church, was president of the Santa Barbara-Ventura Veterinary Medical Association and on the board of the Marguerite Doe Foundation, as well as maintaining a practice at Foothill Pet Hospital for over 35 years. A lover of the great outdoors, Ray especially enjoyed fishing - fish feared him in the mountains, ocean, and even off the coast of Baja. He is survived by wife Margret Buelow, son Doug Buelow (Karen), daughter Jonelle Patrick (Steve), brother Fred Buelow, sisters Lucille Buelow and Carol Owens, and six grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Goleta on Wednesday, April 29 at 11:00 a.m. If you'd like to honor Ray's memory, donations can be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, in lieu of flowers.
o_Davidson041815 DAVIDSON, William Allen M.D. September 30, 1928 - April 7, 2015 •Bill Davidson was an insightful man who endeared himself to others with his quiet strength and compassion. He was born in Upland, California and moved to Santa Barbara two years later when his father, Paul W. Davidson, was hired as a social studies teacher at Santa Barbara High School. •Bill graduated from Santa Barbara High in 1946 and studied at the University of California, Berkeley where in 1950 he earned a B.A. in Zoology. He continued education at Claremont Graduate School, completing a general secondary teaching credential in 1951 before earning a master's degree in Limnology at San Jose State University. He joined the U.S. Army from 1952-54 and was stationed at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco. During this time Bill and his lifelong love Carol Hubbs were married in Palo Alto on June 7, 1953. Their marriage spanned nearly 62 years. Following military service Bill entered medical school at Stanford University, achieving his M.D. degree there in 1958 before moving to Los Angeles for internship and residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and West Los Angeles VA Hospital. In 1962, Bill achieved his longed-for goal of becoming a medical doctor. When asked why he had undertaken this difficult goal, he answered "I wanted to help people heal." Bill moved his young family to Santa Barbara and began private practice in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He loved his work, and never tired of its many demands on his time and energy. From 1963 to 1973 Dr. Davidson served as Chief of Medicine at local hospitals including Santa Barbara County Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital, and Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. He was proud to have served on the team which started the first gastroenterology lab at Cottage Hospital. In 1985 Bill was invited to transition from private practice to become the first Director of Medical Affairs at Cottage Hospital, where he served until his retirement in 1995. Bill was passionate about not only his healing purpose but also teaching young medical residents. To that end, he played an instrumental role with other members of a talented team to improve a medical residency program and hospital administration practices at Cottage Hospital. Dr. Davidson was a fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology. Additionally, he was a member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the American Academy of Medical Directors, among other professional organizations. Bill enjoyed a lifelong love of the outdoors. His family has many fond recollections of the backpacking, sailing, and skiing trips that he organized. For years he tended an avocado ranch in the Santa Barbara foothills where he loved horseback riding, working with irrigation equipment, and the like. He also journeyed across the Santa Ynez countryside on many occasions with the Rancheros Visitadores trail riding club. Survivors include his wife Carol of Santa Barbara and sister Virginia Cellars of Denver, CO; daughter Wendy Davidson of Porter Ranch, CA, son Grant Davidson (Shihua Wang) of Burlingame, CA, and son Todd Davidson (Paulette Watkins) of Bloomington, IN. His five grandchildren, Lauren and Gina Kosty, Alec, Erin, and Janette, carry treasured memories of many enjoyable and enlightening visits to see 'Nana and Grandpa' in Santa Barbara. Bill was predeceased by his parents Paul and Betty, and sister Junemarie Reynolds. Memorial services will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara, on Sunday, May 3 at 2 pm. Reception will follow @ La Cumbre Country Club, 4015 Via Laguna, Santa Barbara An award for outstanding residents in internal medicine has been established as a fitting memorial. In lieu of flowers, donations to this fund may be sent to the "Dr. William Davidson Memorial Award for Medical Excellence" at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, 400 West Pueblo St., Santa Barbara, 93105. The family extends its heartfelt gratitude to Drs. William Koonce, William Rajala, and all of Bill's nurses and caregivers for their moral and medical support. To leave online condolences please visit www.wrhsb.com. Arrangements entrusted to Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.
o_Espinoza042815 ESPINOZA, Elizabeth Eileen "IN LOVING MEMORY" Elizabeth Eileen Espinoza "Betty" passed away peacefully, April 22nd, 2015 at her home after a brief illness with Pancreatic Cancer at the age of 93. She was born on January 1st, 1922 in the San Luis Valley in a small community in Saquache, Colorado. She is remembered as the Matriarch and Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great-grandmother and great-great- great grandmother. She is preceded in death by her husband Henry, her parents Rudolph and Rose Trujillo, sisters Lucy, Mattie, Carrie and Irene. She is survived by her daughter Henrietta Gutierrez (Leroy) of Antonito, Co, sons Frank of Daltona, FL, Kennard (Connie) of Tulare, CA and John (Terry) of Danville, CA. She was adored by her 12 Grandchildren, 20 Great Grandchildren, 8 Great-Great Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great-Great Grandchild. After living in Antonito Colorado Henry and Betty moved to Oakland for a few years then to the Santa Ynez Valley in 1943 living and working at La Laguna Ranch. Betty was a well-known waitress and worked at The Solvang Restaurant for a total of 28 years having worked for both present owner Jeff Paaske and original owners Arnie and Thelma Hansen. She was known for her incredible kindness, hospitality and treating all her local customers like family. She enjoyed attending the local senior center activities in Solvang especially with her constant dear companions Betty and Loretta. Betty still enjoyed helping serve meals at the senior center right up until her illness. The family wishes to thank the local Hospice Organization for all the wonderful caring and kindness in her final weeks. Special thanks to Erna Espinoza and Debbie Valentine for all your caring love and support - especially in her final weeks. Graveside Funeral services will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard, CA on Friday May 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to your favorite charity or the American Cancer Society. Loper Funeral Chapel, Directors.
o_Perkins042814 PERKINS, LeRoy •On Wednesday April 22, 2015 LeRoy Perkins completed his earthly journey surrounded by his loving family. •LeRoy lived his life through patience and under- standing, and was never quick to anger. You would find him looking out his window with black coffee in one hand a cigarette in another watching the hummingbirds, checking the traffic and collecting tolls. You would often find him with a baby in his lap teasing them with bites after bite of what they "should not" have. A bowling pin never could stand if this man threw a ball at it. Lips puckered and kisses flowed freely when LeRoy was around, no one is safe! With a joking heart LeRoy would check the newspaper daily and look at the obituaries and say "just checking to see if I'm in it" Today when you check the paper you will find yourself in it, with a great story! LeRoy is survived by his sisters; Linda Langlo (John). Daughters; Leandra (George), Sherlyn and Sondra. Grandchildren; Josh, Rene, Kiel, Katie and Ryan. Great grandchildren Dylan, Sara, Joshua Michael and Emmy. LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents, Emmett Perkins and Ora Hart, sister Louise Smith as well as his wife Anita Perkins. The family would like to thank Richard Barthel, M.D. for the kind loving care he extended to LeRoy, they shared great humor together. Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care for the compassionate and gentle care they provided. Thank you for the music therapy, it made him smile! We would especially like to thank Marlene Lee who was able to make him perk up, take him out for walk's around the block as he shared stories from the old days, my how things have changed! And Martha Barsante for her support. Funeral Services for LeRoy will be held Friday, May 1st, 10:00am at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel, 15 East Sola St. Interment to follow at the Santa Barbara Cemetery. To leave online condolences and memories, please visit www.wrhsb.com In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of Santa Barbara. Arrangements entrusted to Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.
o_Rehage042815 REHAGE, Stephen •Beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, community leader, and longtime youth coach passed away unexpectedly at age 59 on Friday, April 17, 2015. •Steve was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on Oct. 17, 1955 to Thomas and Mary Rehage.•He was a highly acclaimed athlete, playing basketball and baseball all the way up into college, and continued competing in those sports all the way until his final days. •He married his college sweetheart, Cindy, in 1977 while still attending Chico State. He graduated with a BA degree in 1978 and immediately entered the insurance business in Santa Barbara. He earned Chartered Life Underwriter designation in 1984, becoming Series 7 securities licensed at that time, and also earned Chartered Financial Consultant designation in 1987. He is both a past president of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and of the Santa Barbara Estate Planning Council. Steve was passionately devoted to both his family and community, and was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow for his service to Santa Barbara. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara North, of the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara North Charitable Foundation, of the United Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County, and of the Goleta Valley Girls Softball Association. He also served as an officer and director of the Goleta Valley South Little League. He coached countless youth basketball, baseball, and softball teams. He also served Dos Pueblos High School as a varsity assistant coach in girls softball as well as a freshman and junior varsity coach in baseball. Steve is survived by his wife Cindy; his children Jennifer (Ronald), Christine, and Conner (Gianna); his grandchildren Benjamin and Brooklyn; his mother Mary; his siblings Hope Carpenter (Bob) and Tommy Rehage (Toni), and by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Rehage. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 2 at 2 p.m. at Shoreline Community Church, 935 San Andres St., Santa Barbara, 93101. Burial will be private. Arrangements are being handled by Welch-Ryce-Haider.

In Memoriam

o_Costantino042815 JENNIE COSTANTINO July 7, 1906 - April 27, 1998 Seventeen years ago our beloved Mother left us to continue our journey through life. She was a loving Mom and Nona to all of us. We joyfully await two additions to our ever growing family, a husband for Laura and a baby for Rylea and Robert. I know she is beaming down love to all of us. So we honor our family today. May we always have peace and love in our hearts. Your Family