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o_Engelhardt042617 ENGELHARDT, Thomas O. •Thomas O. Engelhardt, 88, affectionally known as "MR TOE" of Lompoc, California passed away at home on April 22, 2017, surrounded by his family. Born June 27, 1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Otto H. Engelhardt and Jean Johnson. He married Linda Banks in 1958 and they traveled the United States during his Air Force Career. •Thomas earned a bachelor's degree from University of Arizona, a master from the University of New Hampshire and a bachelor's degree from La Verne University. •He was proud to be a life member of the Elks, past president of MOAA and Manager of the Year for ITT. He served 20 years with the Air Force, 21 years with ITT and numerous years as a faithful volunteer in the Lompoc Hospital Pharmacy. Thomas is survived by his wife Linda, son Peter (Dawn) of Stockton, California, daughter MariAnna (Don) of Preston, Connecticut, grandchildren, sister Nancy Westover and sister-in-law Nancy Engelhardt. He was preceded in death by son Paul and brother Jack. Services will be held at Starbuck-Lind Mortuary Chapel on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Private interment will be held at a later day. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lompoc Valley Fallen Warriors Memorial Project, P.O. Box 656, Lompoc, California 93438. His family would like to thank Hospice for their wonderful care.
o_Nickel042817 NICKEL, Adele Rock 1919-2017 •Dodo, as Adele was known, died at the age of 97 following a short illness. She was born and raised in Santa Barbara and Carpinteria, CA, the second daughter of Ruth Driver Rock and John Fairbanks Rock. She attended the Santa Barbara School for Girls, Mills College and the University of California, Berkeley where she was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. At Berkeley, she met both John S. Selfridge whom she married after graduation and George W. Nickel, Jr, who married Charlotte Davidson. She and John had three children: Kinzie (Bob), Cynthia, and Jock (Martha). After John's death in 1954 from Hodgkin's Lymphoma, she became reacquainted with George Nickel, who had been widowed. In June, 1955, Dodo and George married, merging her three children and George's five children: Sally, Susan, Jim (Kathy), Nancy, and Miller (Kathi). Together they raised eight children. She leaves sixteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Dodo was preceded in death by John Selfridge, George W. Nickel, Jr., and her sons, Jock Selfridge and Miller Nickel. She was a passionate gardener who loved her beautiful garden along the Kern River. As an avid dominoes player, Dodo spent many hours teaching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren the subtleties of the game. In her day, she was a fierce tennis and golf player, expert duck-hunter, and bridge player. Dodo was known to her family and those who knew her as a gracious, generous, and wise woman. The family would like to thank her Companion Care providers from Around the Clock and the Hoffman Hospice for their care and assistance in the last weeks of her life. Memorials may be sent to California Living Museum (CALM), Hoffman Hospice, The George and Adele Nickel Scholarship for Education in Production Agriculture at University of California, Davis, Planned Parenthood, The Nickel Family Scholarship for Agricultural Education Fund at the Kern Community Foundation or a charity of your choice. Services are pending.