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Noori, Darius Sepehr "Doc"  
Dr. Darius "Doc" Noori, age 65, a resident of Acampo, Calif., moved on to his next great adventure on Sunday, May 15, 2016. He was born August 5, 1950 in Shiraz, Iran. In 1965, at the age of 15, Doc came to the United States to pursue his higher education. He managed this with the encouragement of his father, and the assistance of the U.S. Ambassador. After studying Chemical Engineering, then Geology, Doc went on to complete his PharmD at University of the Pacific in 1977. He then earned his M.D. in 1984 from Ross University, and went on to specialize in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. He settled in Lodi in 1993. Doc was an avid traveler, skier, sailor, motorcyclist, bicyclist, SCUBA diver, sports car enthusiast, and licensed pilot. He loved adventure, and was always planning his next trip to the far points of the globe. It was on a ski trip to Mammoth Mountain in 1989 that he met his wife, Nancy Little. With family members, his best friend Ivan, and various friends in tow, he visited Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Monaco, Nepal, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, North and South Vietnam, Venezuela, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Turkey, Vatican City, and all three Guyanas. He also visited Bosnia, Mexico and Yugoslavia as a member of Doctors Without Borders. He has trekked to the base camp on Mount Everest twice. The second time was in 2015 when the earthquake occurred, and he had already purchased tickets for a third trip this September. Doc remains a legend among his friends and acquaintances-not only for his travels or his accomplishments, but for his integrity, generosity, and joy of life. He will be missed, but more importantly he will be remembered as a man who lead by example how a life should truly be lived. He is preceded in death by his father Colonel Mansour Sephernoori and mother Zam Zam Soleimani. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Little, his daughters Brenley and Daria, and his sons Jake and Austin, as well as his brother Kamy and sisters Pari and Maheen Sephernoori. A celebration of his life will take place at 11AM on Friday May 20, 2016, at Oak Farm Vineyards. Doc Noori will be interred in a private ceremony at Lake Tahoe, where he enjoyed skiing with his friends and family. In lieu of flowers and cards, the family requests donations be made to the charity of your choice.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from May 18 to May 24, 2016
Ohta, Gordon S.  
Gordon S. Ohta passed away peacefully on May 15, 2016.  He was born in Lodi, CA on August 28, 1958 and graduated from Lodi High School in 1976. He was preceded in death by his parents Kenny and Katherine Ohta. He is survived by his brothers Richard and Ronald Ohta and his long-time companion, Karen Nakao.  Gordie will be greatly missed by his many nieces, nephews, cousins, family members, and friends. Gordie was active in the Young Buddhist Association and an avid bowler and maintained many strong friendships, all of whom will miss his gentle nature and love for making others laugh. A memorial service will be held at the Sacramento Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento on May 22, 2016 at 3:00pm.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from May 19 to May 25, 2016
Osburn, Bennie Gene "Ben"  
Bennie Gene Osburn was born August 16, 1929 and died May 17, 2016. Services for Bennie Gene Osburn, 86, of Woodbridge, will be held at 1pm on Saturday at the Evergreen Chapel, Cherokee Memorial Park, Highway 99 and East Harney Lane, Lodi. Ben loved riding on his Harley, loved playing guitars and the mandolin. He was an avid tennis player and golfer. Most of all, loved all of his family and his dogs. Ben and Geri started Ben's Electric in 1968 and the business is still ongoing. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict. Ben is survived by his wife, Geraldine Avril Osburn, sister, Sue Osburn , children: Bennie Ray Osburn (Dawn), Saundra Renee Frey (Tim) and John Richard Osburn, his grandchildren: Caroline Marie Meyer (Chris), Jeffery James Frey (Sarah), James Richard Osburn, Geri Elizabeth Osburn, and Gina Renee London (Simon), his great grandchildren: Coby Osburn, Christopher Osburn, Tessa Osburn, Mason Osburn, Madison Osburn, Ian Meyer, Lillian Meyer, Jack Frey and Pearl Frey. He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas & Julie Osburn and brother Leoland Ray Osburn.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from May 20 to May 26, 2016
Pfyl, Walter Louie  
Walter Pfyl, age 68, died on May 7, 2016 at his home. Walter was born and raised in Galt, CA. He was a dairy farmer and was the owner of Walter Pfyl Dairy for over 50 years. He is survived by his twin brothers Louis and Martin Jr., sister Monika, and his dog Zack. A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 10:30AM at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Galt. Rosary will be held at 10:00AM. The family requests that in lieu of sending flowers, donations be made to St. Christopher rectory fund or to one's favorite choice.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from May 18 to May 25, 2016
Pollard, Arilee Elizabeth (Hansen)  
Arilee Elizabeth (Hansen) Pollard died peacefully on April 22, 2016. This remarkable woman was born on February 13, 1923, in Berkeley, CA to Banna and Hans William Hansen, both University of California graduates. After attending Oakland Technical High School, she attended San Jose State University, and graduated from San Francisco State University in 1944. Three weeks later, she married Jim Pollard in Oakland. She later received her Reading Specialist and Masters Degree in Administration from Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale.  She bought nine houses across the country as she moved with Jim to Minneapolis with the formation of the professional basketball team, Minneapolis Lakers. Jim played for eight seasons, winning six World Championships with Arilee as his #1 fan. Wherever she moved, she became active in the community, organizing activities that usually were centered around children and youth, making their lives enriched and joyful. She was a Scout and Indian Guide leader, organized swim meets, sports fund raisers, junior and adult Garden Club activities, PTA, and gymnastic shows. She joined Newcomers Clubs, social and investment clubs, played golf and tennis. She was active in her church community wherever she lived, and most recently, in wonderful St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lodi.  Arilee was a lifetime educator, teaching everything from preschool to high school, PE, science and elementary school. She especially enjoyed opening young people's eyes to the marvelous world around them. Her most recent teaching was 5th grade at August School in Stockton. She traveled extensively, especially to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA where her husband, Jim Pollard was inducted in 1978. Her family was the center of her life. She is survived by her children, Jack (Brenda), Jeanne (Jay), and Jeff (Mary); grandchildren, Tracy, Mike, Julie, Samantha, Jacob, Jessie and James; great- grandchildren, Nicholas, Adam, Michelle, John, Hannah and Katie; and two great grandchildren, Eleanor and Fin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim and son, Jay.  You are invited to her Celebration of Life services, one on May 27, at 1:00 PM at St. Paul's Methodist Church in Manteca. A second service is set at her long time home church in Lodi at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on May 28, at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, please choose a gift in her honor; consider gifting the youth programs at either St. Paul's, Salvation Army, Hospice, or a charity of your choice. Spread joy! A guest book may be signed at http://www.lodifuneralhome.com where memories can be shared.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from May 24 to May 30, 2016
Potter, H.D.  
H.D. Potter, 92, of Acampo, died April 21, 2016. He was born Hortentio Doane Potter on August 8, 1923, in Arizona. H.D. Potter was resident of Acampo for 80 years. He was a member of Galt Bible Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and working with his hands. He worked 50 years for the San Joaquin County Fair. He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia Potter in 2001. He is survived by his daughters, Karenda Dean of Gasquet, Kathleen Baker of Stockton, Konstance Potter of Acampo, and Kimberlee Smith of Salem, OR; 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 27 at Galt Bible Church with Pastor Aaron Graves officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to http://cota.donorpages.com/PatientOnlineDonation/COTAforKevinS.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from May 19 to May 25, 2016
Schmitt, Ida Viola  
Ida Viola Schmitt, of Lodi, CA passed away on May 14, 2016 at the age of 96.  She was born on January 25, 1920, in Ashley, North Dakota, to Julius and Katherine Pfeifle. She worked in housekeeping for Hill Haven Nursing Home for 27 years. She was raised in North Dakota, and moved to Lodi in 1946. She married Aaron Schmitt on March 17, 1946. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, crocket, cooking, and Church activities. She was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church. She is survived by her sons, Donald Schmitt and Keith Schmitt; daughter, Sharon Delk; 3 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Aaron Schmitt; 2 sisters; and 3 brothers. Services are private. Memorial contributions may be made to Emanuel Lutheran Church. Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family the arrangements.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from May 19 to May 25, 2016
Schulz, William D. "Bill"  
Long term resident of Galt/Herald, Sacramento and Magalia, CA. Born in Overland, MO 07/06/1935; departed this life in Chico, CA on 03/14/2016. Galt H.S. Class of 1954. USAF SSGT William D. "Bill" Schulz1954-1958. Proctor & Gamble retiree (33yrs), former member of the RV Escapees, Carmichael + Paradise Elk Lodges, and German Genealogical Society member. A strong family man, Bill is survived by his 3 children, step daughter, 3 nieces, a nephew, 10 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law and many more who loved him. Graveside service Friday-May 10, 2016 @ 10 AM – Cherokee Memorial Park, Lodi CA Please sign the guest book at www.lodinews.com/guestbook.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from May 18 to May 24, 2016
Springer, Daniel Eugene  
Daniel (Danny) Eugene Springer, of Galt, passed away at home, on May 18, 2016, at the age of 73. Danny was born in Wichita, Kansas on November 14, 1942, to Harvey Richard and Ellen Marie (Graves) Springer. He was a truck driver for many years with Al Thomas Trucking. Danny was a giving man who loved his family and friends. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and his cat named Magic. He enjoyed deep sea fishing and barbequing. Danny is survived by his spouse, Jacquelene Springer, married 18 years; sister, Mary Ellen; children, Theresa, Michelle, Daniel, and Nicole; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy Kay Springer and his child, Tamela Sue Gonzalez. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, May 24, at 2:00 p.m. at Lodi Funeral Home. Committal will be private. Memorial contributions in Danny's name may be made to Hospice of San Joaquin, 3888 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95204. A guest book may be signed at http://www.lodifuneralhome.com where memories can be shared.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from May 21 to May 27, 2016
Tsutsumi, Russell (Rusty) Tsugio  
Russell T. Tsutsumi, age 39 of Stockton Ca. passed away on Saturday May 14, 2016. Russell was born June 4, 1976 to Joyce & Gary Tsutsumi in Fullerton, California. A father to his only son Alex Padua & an uncle to Kaitlyn Tsutsumi. He is survived by his parents Joyce & Gary Tsutsumi, Brother Corey (Alisa) niece Kaitlyn, Sister Kimberly and Son Alexander (Alex) Padua as well as uncles, aunties, cousins and family. Russell also known as Rusty was raised in Stockton, Ca., Graduated from Lincoln High School (class of 1994). He then pursued his love of cooking and graduated from the culinary school of Le Cordon Bleu in Sacramento ,Ca. Rusty loved helping others and would help anyone at any time. He enjoyed cooking for his friends & family. Many admired his kindness, generosity, and love for people which we will all miss. A private family memorial service was held on Friday May 20, 2016 at Cherokee Memorial Park, Lodi, Ca. and officiated by Reverend Yukiko Motoyoshi of Stockton Buddhist Temple.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from May 25 to May 31, 2016
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