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In Loving Memory of Kay W. Walton June 21, 1918 - August 10, 2017 Born and raised in Iowa, Kay Walton graduated from Iowa State University. Kay Walton served in the US Army Air Corps in WW2; he went to war along with his brother James on the RMS Queen Mary, which by then was becoming the legendary "Grey Ghost". Kay Walton served in the European Theater under Gen. Eisenhower and Gen. Patton, and would spend most of the war in North Africa. Retiring from the Military as a Lt. Col. after the war, he and his beloved wife Anne settled down in Long Beach where they raised 3 daughters: Elizabeth Anne Schneider, Barbara Worth Walton, and Suzanne Kay Walton Harper. He was a prominent builder of many apartment buildings and houses throughout the area. He and his late wife Anne were very active members of the Petroleum Club of Long Beach, and religiously involved with Cal Heights Methodist Church. They also loved to travel and visited many places around the world. Their daughter Elizabeth brought her parents the newfound joy into their world with the birth of grandson Michael Walton Schneider, and granddaughter Catherine Anne Schneider. Later daughter Suzie brought into their world their second grandson: Kelly West Walton Harper. In the early morning hours of August 10, 2017 Kay W. Walton flew his final mission to his beloved wife Anne and Almighty God. He passed peacefully in his own house with his family at his side. Charitable donations can be made in his honor to either California Heights United Methodist Church or the Petroleum Club of Long Beach. Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obits . Stricklin/Snively Mortuary (562) 426-3365
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Kenneth J. Coker Kenneth J. Coker passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, aged 90. Ken was born in Van Zandt County, Texas. His family moved to California in 1931. He attended San Bernardino High School, leaving his senior year to join the United States Coast Guard, where he served honorably in the South Pacific aboard the USS Cavalier (APA 37) from 1945 to 1946. In 1947, Ken joined Western Electric, the main supplier for AT&T. He attended San Bernardino Valley College in 1948, before joining the Coca-Cola Bottling Company, from which he retired 38 years later. In 1950, he married his sweetheart, Patricia R. Cooper. They were married for 56 years, until Patricia's death in 2007. The couple were blessed with four sons. Ken was an avid skier and worked for several years as an instructor at Snow Valley in Running Springs, California. Along with his older brother, Virgil, he was a free flight model airplane enthusiast, placing in Southern California competitions. Ken is survived by his sons, Peter, Mark, Matthew, and Brett; daughters-in-law, Ivy, Bobbie, Jodi, and Shawn; grand- children, Jason, Ian, Dustin, Adam, and Emily; and eight great-grandchildren. Ken also leaves behind many dear relatives and lifelong friends. All are thankful for the time they shared with Ken and will miss him dearly. Committal services will be 10:01 a.m., Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA. To leave a condolence on Mr. Coker's Memorial Page, please visit www.bobbittchapel.com .
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LAWRENCE OSCAR GRELL Lawrence (Luby) Grell of Richvale passed away at his home on Tuesday, September 19, just eight weeks after losing his wife of 67 years. Luby was born in Oroville on March 17th, 1927, to Oscar and Emma Grell. He grew up in the Swedish hamlet of Richvale, surrounded by his extended family. After graduating from Biggs High School in 1945, he joined the U.S. Navy at the "invitation" of President Harry Truman. At the age of 18, Luby sailed through the Panama Canal and crossed the Pacific to Japan on a 153 foot LCS, which had more firepower per ton than any ship ever built for the U.S. Navy. Indeed, he and Dodo enjoyed annual reunions with the band of brothers who served together on the small fleet of LCS ships during the war. In the fall of 1946, Luby returned home and began farming rice with his brother, Roy. Luby loved music and regularly made the 150 mile trip to San Francisco for an opera and an Italian dinner before driving home to be on his tractor early the next morning. He enjoyed his life as a farmer and was active in the Butte County Rice Growers Association, Rice Growers Association of California, and Drainage District 100. In 1950, Luby married his childhood sweetheart, Dorothy (Dodo) Warren, and they moved into their new home on three-mile long Richvale West Road, where Luby's mother, aunts, uncles and cousins also lived. Luby and Dodo and their children, Donna and Dale, were active members of the Richvale Evangelical Free Church, where Luby taught Sunday school and served as Chairman. Luby's love of adventure travel made him unique among the farmers of his day. He especially loved tropical islands and took his family to Tahiti, Fiji, and Hawaii for many Christmases. He visited the Pyramids in Egypt, the Forbidden City in China, and took the Trans Siberian Railroad across the USSR (one of the only trips when he did not enjoy the food!). Luby loved his Buick convertibles and was known to travel to Michigan to pick up a new car and drive it home to California. He enjoyed boating and picnics and, over the years, taught countless family and friends to waterski on Lakes Almanor and Tahoe. Luby always had a smile and will be remembered by all who knew him as a man who was patient, kind, and gentle beyond measure. We will miss his sense of humor and gracious presence. We are eternally grateful, as was he, for his long and full life. Luby was the last surviving Grell cousin of his generation in Richvale. He is preceded in death by his wife and life partner, Dorothy "Dodo" Warren; his parents; and his brothers Roy and Walter. He is survived by his children, Donna Grell Ben-Veniste (Richard) of Washington, DC, Dale Grell of Chico; his beloved grandchildren, Tyler Clark (Janene), Danielle Stevens (Rob), Taylor Bigarani (Eddie), Trevor Grell, and Olivia Ben-Veniste; and his great grandsons, Crew and Ellis Clark, and Milo Stevens. A graveside service will be held at Glen Oaks Memorial Park in Chico on Sunday, September 24th at 2:00pm. All are welcome to attend. Share your thoughts online at NewtonBracewell.com
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