In Memoriam

Lawrence Dewey Ramspott

Lawrence Dewey Ramspott

Nov. 23, 2021 - Lawrence Dewey Ramspott died Oct. 21. He was 86. Ramspott was born in Jacksonville, Florida to Francis Laurence Reed and Kathryn Pillsbury Reed. He graduated from Principia College in 1956 with a degree in geology. He received a Ph.D. in geology and…

Ervin Behrin

Ervin Behrin

Nov. 23, 2021 - Ervin Behrin died Nov. 14. He was 87. Behrin was born in May 1934 in Budapest Hungary. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1937 with his mother, entering through Ellis Island, and then living with relatives in various cities, eventually settling in Youngstown…

Patrick J. Kearns

Patrick J. Kearns

Nov. 23, 2021 - Patrick J. Kearns died Nov. 5. He was 83. Kearns was born June 17, 1938, in Teaneck, New Jersey to Patrick and Margaret Kearns. His family moved to California in 1947. He attended St. Mary's in Berkeley. He served his country in the U.S. Army from…

Nancy Loretta Orr McGowan Spence

Nancy Loretta Orr McGowan Spence

Nov. 12, 2021 - Nancy Loretta Orr McGowan Spence died Oct. 23. She was 84. Spence was born in Pueblo, Colorado on Sept. 12, 1937. She was a 1955 graduate of Central High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Kirk Mac McGowan. They lived in Grand Canyon, moved…

James (Jim) Lawrence Parkinson

James (Jim) Lawrence Parkinson

Nov. 11, 2021 - James (Jim) Lawrence Parkinson died Oct. 17. He was 72. Parkinson was born in 1949 in Monongahela, Pennsylvania.  He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served four years as a jet engine mechanic, including one year serving in Vietnam. He spent 10 years…

Kenneth Van Luu

Kenneth Van Luu

Oct. 19, 2021 - Kenneth Van Luu died Oct. 9. He was 69. Luu was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and son and he will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife (Huong Nguyen), his children (Paul T. Luu, Janet K. Luu, Patricia K. Luu, Anthony V. Luu…

Paul F. Bommarito

Paul F. Bommarito

Sept. 21, 2021 - Paul F. Bommarito, O.D., C.I.E. died Sept. 13. He was 93. Bommarito was born in Detroit, Michigan on Aug. 13, 1927, to Tom and Rosalia Bommarito. He moved to Santa Clara in 1946. He graduated from the University of California Berkeley School of…

Reed Bowen Baird

Reed Bowen Baird

Sept. 20, 2021 - Reed Bowen Baird died Aug. 26. He was 83. Baird was born on Sept. 28, 1937, to Charles (Charlie) and Dorothy (Dottie) Baird. He graduated from Burlingame High School. He went on to receive his bachelor's degree from San Jose State, during which time…

Jose C. Lima

Jose C. Lima

Sept. 7, 2021 - Jose C. Lima died June 4. He was 84. Lima was born to Maria C. Lima and John S. Lima on June 13, 1936, in the village of Pedro Miguel on the island of Fayal, Azores, Portugal. He was the oldest of 10 siblings. Growing up, he took care of the family…

Leon Gregory Keller, Jr.

Leon Gregory Keller, Jr.

Sept. 3, 2021 - Leon Gregory Keller, Jr. died Aug. 9. He was 79. Keller was born Oct. 31, 1941 in Louisville, Kentucky.  He grew up in a military family and started school in Puerto Rico.  He lived and studied all over the U.S. and attended high school in Germany and…

Darrell Gene Griffin

Darrell Gene Griffin

Sept. 1, 2021 - Darrell Gene Griffin died Aug. 26. He was 75. Griffin was born in Evansville, Indiana, January 9, 1946, to Jewel and Doris Griffin. On Jan. 28, 1966, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a submarine electronics technician and attended the Naval Nuclear…

Denece Bowden

Denece Bowden

Aug. 5, 2021 - Denece Bowden died July 13. She was 93. Bowden was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 25, 1927, to Harold A and Julia Hiatt Decker. On June 9, 1949, she married Daloy Carl Bowden in the Salt Lake City Temple. She attended school in Salt Lake City and…

Robert Jerold Grabske

Robert Jerold Grabske

Aug. 5, 2021 - Robert Jerold Grabske died June 22. He was 84. Grabske was born in Independence, Missouri on June 29, 1936. He was a graduate of Kansas University with a PhD in biochemistry. He married his wife Helga (Frenzel) Grabske in 1957. They came to California…

Thomas B. Deaton

Thomas B. Deaton

July 21, 2021 - Thomas B. Deaton died July 11. He was 80. Deaton was born Oct. 5, 1940, in Ola, Arkansas. He was the second of four sons to the late Mr. and Mrs. Boyd and Ruby Deaton, and the older brother to the late Wendell Deaton. He attended Arroyo High School in…

Homer Walter Lohr, Jr.

Homer Walter Lohr, Jr.

July 19, 2021 - Homer Walter Lohr, Jr. died July 13. He was 91. Lohr was born outside of Chicago, Illinois. After attending Lodi High School and earning his Eagle Scout badge, he enrolled in San Jose State majoring in art. While at San Jose State he met Jacquie…

David Peter Warwas

David Peter Warwas

June 30, 2021 - David Peter Warwas died June 4. He was 68. Warwas was born in Buffalo, Minnesota. He was a Navy veteran, an avid Minnesota Vikings fan, and a nuclear trained electronics technician (ETN2) who proudly served his country on the USS Enterprise (CVN-65)…

Earl Strain

Earl Strain

June 24, 2021 - Earl Strain died June 2. He was 94. Strain was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Andrew and Bertha Strain, on Jan. 10, 1927. After his father died in 1933, his mother moved the family to Gerald, Missouri, where he attended  grammar school. He graduated…

Charles “Chuck” Vinson Rice

Charles “Chuck” Vinson Rice

June 17, 2021 - Charles “Chuck” Vinson Rice died Feb. 21. He was 67. Rice went to elementary school in Livermore and graduated from Livermore High School in 1971. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War as a machinist mate. After serving in the…

Gilbert Scott Stratton

Gilbert Scott Stratton

June 14, 2021 - Gilbert Scott Stratton died March 17. He was 91. Stratton was born Nov. 13, 1929, in Eugene, Oregon, the only child of Thelma and Ralph Stratton. His father, a merchant marine and mechanical engineer, moved the family frequently, settling on the naval…

Juan “Delfin” Carvajal Bergonia

Juan “Delfin” Carvajal Bergonia

June 14, 2021 - Juan “Delfin” Carvajal Bergonia died May 26. He was 86. Bergonia was born on June 14, 1934, to Genoveva Carvajal and Victorino Bergonia in Bolinao, Pangasinan, Philippines. He married his sweetheart, Merofe Aquino Bergonia, on Jan. 24, 1955. He served…