In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Ronald F. Litterst

Ronald F. Litterst

April 18, 2017 - Ronald (Ron) Frank Litterst died April 11 at home after a year-long battle with squamous cell carcinoma, an extremely aggressive form of skin cancer.    Litterst was born Oct. 9, 1933 in Vallejo, California, the only child of Della Merrill (...

Barbara R.  Keltz

Barbara R. Keltz

April 14, 2017 - Barbara Rebecca Keltz, a longtime resident of Fremont, died March 15 in Vancouver, Washington. She was 87. Keltz was born to William F. and Bertha Matheson on June 17, 1929 in San Francisco. William Matheson had emigrated from Scotland by way of...

Merritt Elmore

April 14, 2017 - Merritt Elmore, an educator and early computer scientist, died Jan. 22. He was 91.   A son, brother, husband, father, teacher, friend, uncle and cousin, Elmore was gentle, curious, dignified, modest, precise and determined, and his life reflected...

 Nathan D. Benedict

Nathan D. Benedict

April 13, 2017 - Nathan Dow Benedict, also known as Deacon Nate, died March 29. He was 94. Benedict was born April 2, 1922 in Lancaster, California to Edgar Ells Benedict and Bertha Alling Benedict. He had one brother Edgar Jr., seven years his senior. The family...

Bonnie Yochum

Bonnie Yochum

April 11, 2017 - Bonnie Yochum of Tracy died April 3. She was 62. Yochum was born May 17, 1954 to Aaron and Edith Hall in Elyria, Ohio. They moved to Tracy when she was three years old. She attended Lammersville School and graduated from Tracy High School in 1972...

Robert Dean Rae

Robert Dean Rae Sr.

April 6, 2017 - Robert Dean Rae Sr., an Oakdale resident of more than 30 years, died March 25 after a long 12-year battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born April 16, 1934, to Eva and J.C. Arch, in Boyant, Oklahoma. He moved to California where he met his wife, Myrna...

Alan M. Volpe

Alan M. Volpe

April 6, 2017 - Alan M. Volpe died March 10. He was 65. Volpe was an isotope geochemist with a Ph.D. from UC San Diego, Scripps Institute of Oceanography (1988). He investigated the chemistry of the earth's ocean, crust and mantle, including research in the...

Geneva Mae Phillips Erickson

Geneva Mae Phillips Erickson

March 30, 2017 - Geneva Mae Phillips Erickson, died in her home in Lincoln, California, on March 6, after a short struggle with cancer. She was 89. Erickson was born Feb. 2, 1928, in Big Stone, South Dakota, to Lawrence and Emma Phillips. After three brothers...

Herman Ruby Leider

Herman Ruby Leider

March 29, 2017 - Herman Ruby Leider, formerly of Livermore, died March 10. He was 88. Leider was born to Jacob and Esther Leider on Jan. 14, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Central High School in Detroit in 1947 and graduated from Wayne University (...

Rockwell (Rocky) Darbee

March 29, 2017 - Rockwell (Rocky) Darbee died March 8. He was 70. Darbee was born April 9, 1946 in Clawson, Michigan. He was an avid marathon runner and mountain climber. His quirky sense of humor and bright personality will be missed by all that knew him. Darbee...

Kenneth Roy Trigger

Kenneth Roy Trigger

March 29, 2017 - Kenneth Roy Trigger died Feb. 19, two weeks before his 93rd birthday. Trigger was born in Chicago in 1924, moving to northern California once he graduated high school. During his military service, Trigger met Esther Meshul at the Hollywood USO....

Frank Kaoru Inami

Frank Kaoru Inami

March 28, 2017 - Frank Kaoru Inami, of Livermore, died March 14. He was 95. Inami was born on April 25, 1921 in Madera, California to Shizuichi George Inami and Kohina Okitsu. After graduating from Madera High School, he went to UC Berkeley to get a degree in...

Paul J. Paslay

Paul J. Paslay

March 22, 2017 - Paul J. Paslay of Modesto died March 10 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 77. Paslay was born in 1939 in Peterborough, England. He came to Livermore, California at age 12 and graduated from Livermore High School in 1956. He had lifetime...

Mikkel Hilde

Mikkel Hilde

March 20, 2017 - Mikkel "Mike" Hilde of Bellingham, Washington, died Feb. 15. He was 98. He was born to Halvor and Barbo (Varmaker) Hilde on Dec. 10, 1918 in Wolf Point, Montana. His family immigrated from Norway and he was the only one in his family born in the...

Paul James Grace

Paul James Grace

March 17, 2017 - Paul James Grace died Feb. 26. He was 76. Grace was born in 1940 and raised in San Bernardino, California, the son of Mary and Hubert Grace. He attended high school there until he went to the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated with a...

Jack Ellis

Jack Ellis

March 16, 2017 - Jack W. Ellis of Livermore died Jan. 24 due to heart complications. He was 84. Jack was born on Oct. 15, 1932 in Washington state. After attending Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. He was married to...

Stanley (John) Luke

Stanley (John) Luke

March 9, 2017 - Stanley (John) Luke of Dublin, California, died Feb. 16. He was 56. Luke was born on Dec. 6, 1960 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan to Stanley and Primrose Luke. He received a bachelor’s in chemistry from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1982, and a Ph.D. in...

Stephen Cavanaugh

Stephen Cavanaugh

March 8, 2017 - Stephen Cavanaugh of Tracy, California, died Jan. 7 after a battle with cancer. He was 66. Cavanaugh was born April 22, 1950. He began his career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on April 14, 1980 as an electrician supporting the fire and...

Basil Smith

Feb. 23, 2017 - Basil Lewis Smith died Feb. 15. He was 87.Smith was born at home in Porth, Glamorgan, Wales to Evan Lewis Smith and Priscilla Jane Lewis. He grew up in London during World War II and served in the British Army in Malaysia. He immigrated to the...

Anthony V. Bell

Anthony V. Bell

Feb. 16, 2017 - Anthony Vincent Bell, Tony or Vince to his friends, died Feb. 1 in his Ripon home. He was 93.Bell was born in Oakland on July 27, 1923 and spent most of his early years growing up there as well as in Richmond and Weed. He volunteered for, and...