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Baxter, Max Delbert  
Max Delbert Baxter Max Delbert Baxter was born on September 12, 1933 to Lew Delbert and Myrtle Fackrell Baxter in Trenton, Utah. He passed away peacefully on August 12, 2015 in Long Beach, California, following a short battle with pancreatic cancer. After graduating from high school in Pocatello, Idaho in 1951, Max joined the Navy and served during the Korean Conflict. He received a Bachelor's Degree from Fresno State University and a Juris Doctorate from Pacific Coast University. Max was hired onto the Long Beach Police Department in February 1961, and he retired in July 1989 as a sergeant, after more than 28 years of service. Following his time with the LBPD, he worked for 10 years as a Probate Court Investigator for Los Angeles County. In his retirement years, Max and his wife, Jeanne traveled the country, enjoying time with fellow retired LBPD officers and their families. More than anything, he loved spending time with family, faithfully attending performances and games of his grandchildren. Max is survived by his wife of 37 years, Jeanne; two sons, Brian (Kristy) Baxter and Grant Baxter; two daughters, Jill (Brian) Richards and Cheryl (Stacy) Trotter; and his step-children, Rick (Kelly) Yarger and Lorilyn Yarger-Craig (Phil Mobley); 16 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, August 30th, at 11 a.m. at Luyben-Dilday Mortuary, 5161 Arbor Rd. Long Beach, CA. Reception immediately following at the Long Beach POA Park. Located at the Long Beach Town Center, entrance access behind Lowe's. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Long Beach Police Officers Widows and Orphans Trust Fund, c/o L.B.P.O.A, 2865 Temple Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90755; http://lbpoa.org/about/widows-orphans . Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obits .
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Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Aug. 21 to Aug. 23, 2015
Campbell, JoAnn  
JoAnn Campbell 1937 - 2015 JoAnn was born on March 22, 1937 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and died on July 23, 2015 in Brea, California. She was a long time resident of Lakewood where she worked as a bookkeeper and raised her family. She loved to knit, crochet, and was an avid crafter. She made hats for chemo patients and blankets for veterans, family and friends. JoAnn was a feisty redhead and full of love for her family - she will be greatly missed. JoAnn is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, Wesley Campbell, daughter Christi, son-in-law David, step-daughter Christy, step-son Tom and daughter-in-law Kathy; grandchildren Wesley, Katie, Kelsey, Corey, Stephanie, Patrick and great grandson Zachary. A Memorial will be held on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 496 in Long Beach. Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obits .
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Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Aug. 18 to Aug. 22, 2015
Coleman, Erna "Joen"  
Erna "Joen" Coleman Passed away July 29, 2015 at the age of 78. She was born in Seattle, WA on January 26, 1937 to Erna Dahl Selford and John Selford. She was married to William Robert Coleman and lived in Lakewood, CA and then Naples, CA until 1996. She was very active in Long Beach Assistance League as a life member and on the Goodwill Guild. After a stroke in 1996, she moved to be close to her children until returning to Rossmore to be close to her bridge friends. There she was active in Bethlehem Lutheran Church and well known in the Rossmore community. She is survived by sons, Bob (Paula), Steve (Dorothy) and Scott (Whitney); and grandchildren, Calvin, Michael, Cassie, John, Brennan, Caden, and Madden ('Boo'). A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 3352 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720. Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obits .
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Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Aug. 26, 2015
Collette, Brian (Featured)  
Long Beach police Officer Brian Collette died Thursday after a months-long battle with cancer. Collette joined the Long Beach Police Department in December 1995, according to LBPD spokeswoman Marlene Arrona. Collette worked in all patrol divisions: field support, as a DARE instructor, Emergency Operations Homeland Security Detail, administrative officer and SWAT technician, Explorer Program adviser and also served in the Support Bureau Training Division.
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Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Aug. 22, 2015
De Vries Jr., Henry Ipe  
Henry Ipe De Vries, Jr. Born: September 23, 1924 in Toledo, Ohio Died: August 6, 2015 in Cerritos, CA Henry passed from complications from Alzheimer's and Dementia. Henry is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughter, Deborah; son, Patrick; daughter-in-law, Kim; son-in-law, Nick, and three grandchildren, Violet, Ivy, and Matthew. Henry was born to Henry and Neta De Vries in Toledo, Ohio. He grew up in Michigan and enjoyed fishing. During his teens, his family moved to California. He attended South Gate High School in South Gate, CA. Henry began working at McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) at age 23, and remained with them through their merge to McDonnell Douglas and Boeing Aircraft. He continued working there for 59 years (despite serious arthritis in both knees in later years), retiring in 2007 at the age of 83, with the last 717. Henry worked in jig and fixtures department known as the tool crib. He would hand mold metal hydraulic tubes that served as a model for mass production. Henry created parts for almost every commercial airplane built at McDonnell Douglas/Boeing. Henry and Sharon were married on November 19, 1960, and later had two children. They took lessons at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio. Henry's hobbies included bowling and working on cars when he and Sharon were first married, and later became interested in NASCAR. He also enjoyed working around the house and yard, and loved dogs. For several years, Henry and Sharon loved going to high tea's on weekends. A Funeral Service was held at Forest Lawn in Cypress, CA on August 20, 2015. Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obits .
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Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Aug. 25, 2015
Donaghue, Jack LaMar  
Jack LaMar Donaghue Jack LaMar Donaghue passed away on August 14, 2015. Jack lived in Lakewood with his wife Pat for the past 28 years. He was born on July 21, 1930, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from Wilson High School and after serving in the U.S. Coast Guard he began a long career as an engineer with the Douglas Aircraft Company, and later McDonnell-Douglas. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lakewood, serving for many years as the director of Public Affairs. After his retirement he ran his own tax consulting business. He loved golf and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Pat; children, Nancy Sloan, Clint Donaghue, James Donaghue, Ron Nunnally, and Kathy Goodlad. One son, Edward Donaghue, is deceased. He also leaves 67 grandchildren and great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 22, at the Lakewood 3rd Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 17660 Carpintero Ave., Bellflower, CA 90706. Viewing will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits .
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Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Aug. 20 to Aug. 22, 2015
Freeman, Roger Allison  
Roger Allison Freeman Roger Allison Freeman was born December 31, 1927 in Long Beach, Ca to Harvey and Zoe Freeman. Roger's twin brother, Ronald Byron Freeman passed away Sept 29, 2011. Roger died of pneumonia June 22, 2015. Roger was a life member of Long Beach Scottish Rite and Long Beach Masonic Lodge #327. After graduation from Long Beach Poly High School. Roger worked for 41 years for Nabisco (National Biscuit Company). In 1952, Roger was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps. For meritorious achievement during operations against the enemy in Korea (November 11, 1952 to November 4, 1953) Roger received a letter of Commendation with commendation ribbon, metal pendant and Combat V. Roger married Phyllis Morgan(who now resides at Freedom Village in Lake Forest, Ca) Sept 10,1949 at Grace Methodist Church in Long Beach. Private Services were held for Roger on June 30,2015 at Garden of Remembrance in Westminster Memorial Park. Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obits
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Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Aug. 29, 2015
Kocevar, Olga (Oggie)  
Olga Kocevar (Oggie) Olga Kocevar (Oggie) was born January 14, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio. She moved to Long Beach, CA in 1957 with her family. Together with her husband, she owned Dick's Sandwich Shop in downtown Long Beach from 1957 until 1983. She then worked for Levin Company as an office manager until her retirement in 1995. She was a world class traveler and took great pride in her daughter, who became a flight attendant for United. She loved shopping (always looking for a good deal) photography, anything purple, and spending time with her many grandchildren. She and her husband Richard (Dick) were actively involved in St. Joseph's Senior Group for many years, planning activities while Dick called out bingo. Upon retirement, they spent many afternoons on their front porch shooting the breeze with neighbors and friends. She was a smart, fiery redhead with the gift of gab. Her greatest love was her family. She and Dick had one daughter (Karen) and she always bragged how lucky she was to have all these wonderful grandkids, great grandkids and great great grandkids all from one daughter! She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Olga is preceded in death by her husband of sixty two years Richard Kocevar and her brother Joe Mozic. She is survived by her daughter Karen Aranjo (Karl) her granddaughter Karey Clark (Ted) her grandson Brian Mumm (Maya) her great grandchildren Kaley, Trevor, Trace and Kendall Clark, Charlie and Elsa Mumm and two great great grandchildren Korryl and Kierra Clark. Services will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 10AM at St. Joseph's Church, 6220 E. Willow St., Long Beach. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits .
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Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Aug. 25, 2015
Magee, Patricia  
Patricia "Pat" Magee Patricia "Pat" Magee passed away peacefully of cancer at home on Saturday, August 22, 2015. Born November 3, 1929 to Herbert and Augustus Feeley in Syracuse, NY, Pat graduated from North Syracuse High School in 1948. She married Charles (Chuck) Magee in 1948 and moved to Long Beach, raising daughters, Kathleen and Cindy (Bert) McCarty. She was very active in her church, teaching at St. Matthew School and Volunteering at St. Anthony High School. Pat also worked with Sr. Alphonsus at St. Mary's Hospital. Pat and Chuck were avid golfers, playing outstanding courses including Pebble Beach, Spyglass, Capilano in Vancouver, B.C., Pinehurst #2, Old Course at St. Andrew, Prestwick, Troon, Ballibunion, Gullane in Scotland and Portmarnock in Ireland. Pat enjoyed cruising and the fall colors in the Adirondack Mts. in New York. Pat was known as "Dear" by her grandchildren, Teresa (Mario) Beltran, MIchael Hill (Kari) and Stephen Hill. In addition, Pat had seven great-grandchildren, including Ashley, Caleb, Brooklyn and Abigail Beltran, and Madelyn McClary, and Chloe and Paige Hill. We are thankful to have had Pat in our lives. Pat lived a full and wonderful life surrounded with everlasting love. Rosary will take place at 7:00 pm on Friday, August 28, 2015 and Funeral at 9:00 am on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at St. Cornelius Catholic Church, 5500 E. Wardlow Rd. Long Beach, CA. Please sign the guest book at www.luybendilday.com . Luyben Dilday 562-425-6401
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Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28, 2015
Martin, June  
June Martin (nee Parker) Age 99, passed away August 15th at home in Long Beach, California. June was born in McCauley, Texas in 1916 to William Herbert and Willie Olive Parker. She is survived by her daughter, Rita Edwards, daughter-in-law, Debbie Byrne, sister, Flora Lee Rector and brother, James Parker. She taught elementary school in the Long Beach Unified School District. June was a lifelong Methodist and joined the Los Altos United Methodist Church in 1957. She was involved in the United Methodist Women and the Lydia Circle. June was loved and treasured by her family and friends. She was very sweet, kind, humble, gracious, loyal and responsible. She had a sweet smile and immense Texas charm. She treated everyone she met with respect and love. She was a surrogate mother to all of her daughters friends who enjoyed spending the holidays with June. She was famous for her jello salads and German chocolate cake. June will be interred at Forest Lawn Cypress. A Memorial service will he held at the Los Altos United Methodist Church on August 28th at 10 am. See the Forest Lawn website for the complete obituary under O. June Martin. Please sign the guestbook at presstelegram.com/obits
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Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Aug. 22, 2015
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