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Baum, Eugene Custer  
1941 - 2015 Eugene Custer Baum passed away on June 17, 2015 at his home in Santa Barbara with his wife beside him. Gene had suffered from prostate and metastatic bone cancer without remission for over a decade. His limitations were complicated by the effects of Parkinson's disease and cardiovascular disease. Gene was born on August 8, 1941 in San Francisco to astrophysicist parents, Custer Charles Baum and Persis Eugenia Fell Baum, who preceded him in death. He was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1967 after graduating from Our Lady Queen of Angels and St. John's Seminary. After ministering four years at St. Joseph's Parish in Carpinteria, Gene left active ministry and taught religion and algebra at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in San Bernardino where he met his beloved wife, Sandra Ruth Johnson, who taught biology and math and later became a registered nurse. Gene will always be remembered for his warm, compassionate, non-judgmental manner, intelligence, humor and sharp wit as exemplified by his April Fools' Day proposal to Sandra in 1972. Gene remained in Highland, raising their two daughters, and later earned an MFT license and a PhD degree in psychology. He provided clinical care and supervision at the Child and Adolescent Treatment Services (CATS) Clinic, Department of Behavioral Health, County of San Bernardino. After his daughters went to college, he concluded his career as Director for Children's Services, Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services, County of Santa Barbara, retiring in August, 2003. Gene's deep concern for helping others was modeled in all his actions. He lived his faith daily by serving others in many kind and gentle ways. His passion most of his life was orchids and grew about a thousand plants. Through his friendship with the owners of the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate, he helped plan and managed their Summer Orchid Fairs during his years of retirement. Gene is survived by his wife Sandra, daughters Katrina Stone (Paul) and Stephanie Gonzalez (Saul), granddaughters Leanne Gonzalez and Sophia Stone, brothers Peter, Francis (Eileen) and Richard, sister Mary (Eric Cantlay), niece Maryann, nephew Kevin, and cousins John, Theresa and Margaret. His uncles Edgar Baum and Clyde Fell, aunt Luella Baum, and sister-in-law Elaine preceded him in death. A memorial mass will be held on July 31 at 11 am at St. Anthony's Community Chapel, 2300 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA with entrance off Garden Street behind the Old Mission Santa Barbara. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic, 540 West Pueblo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 or to Sarah House, 2612 Modoc Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from July 26 to July 30, 2015
Clark, John Smith  
1947-2015 Lifelong Santa Barbara resident John S. Clark passed away peacefully at Serenity House after a battle with cancer on July 20, 2015. John attended Santa Barbara and San Marcos High Schools and Long Beach State University. An avid car enthusiast, he worked for Dripcut; then ran his own auto shop, Performance Engineering, and worked as service manager for Butts Mercedes. At the age of 19, John flew in the right seat of Caroll Shelby's DC-3. His love of aviation drew him to a career as a professional pilot and flight instructor. In 1987, John flew Twin Otters for Trans World Express, then in 1988, he flew with Wings West Airlines (an American Eagle commuter) where as Captain; he flew the Metroliner, Jetstream and Saab 340; retiring after serving as chief pilot in 2001. John owned and flew his own Cessna 182 and RV-8 and was active in the general aviation community for decades. John was Chairman of the Santa Barbara Airport Commission (2006, 2007 and 2012) and served on the board from 1991-1997; his tireless service helped create the new Santa Barbara Airport Terminal building and many other improvements to the Santa Barbara Airport. He is survived by three cousins, Linda McGinnis, Loris Clark, and Linda Lee as well as many dear friends near and far. John will be remembered and missed for his laughter, passion for beautiful cars, fast airplanes, love of life and appreciation of beauty; and mostly, for his deep and abiding friendship, and for always taking the high road.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from July 28 to Aug. 1, 2015
Forrest, Stephen Martin  
May 10th, 1956 -July 19th, 2015 Stephen Martin Forrest passed away suddenly on July 19th, at 59 years of age. Steve was born in Paterson, New Jersey, on May 10th, 1956. He was an independent, free spirited adventurer, traveling and camping with boy scouts and taking trips to the family farm as a youth. He later continued his adventures by traveling several times across the country before ultimately settling in Goleta, CA, in 1981 with his beloved wife, Patti, whom he married in 1980. He graduated from General Motors Institute as a Mechanical Engineer in 1979 and started his professional career as an engineer at Mini Cars Incorporated in Goleta, CA, which evolved to become Liability Research. With his partner, Steve Meyer, Steve created an automotive safety firm, Safety Analysis and Forensic Engineering, known as SAFE, in 1997. He became a highly respected expert witness in the field of automotive safety, testifying in automotive injury related trials. He wrote many technical papers on automotive safety and, through his work, he has influenced numerous changes in the automotive industry making vehicles safer for millions of drivers. Steve will be remembered as a loving husband, father and son. His family was always the most important achievement of his life. He never missed an opportunity to show his love and pride for his girls. He leaves behind his beautiful wife Patti of 35 years, and his lovely daughters, Amy and her partner Nori, and Kate and her partner Adam. Steve is also survived by his parents, Martin and Bernice Forrest (Oakland, NJ), and his siblings, Bernice Staudinger (NJ), Martin Forrest (ME) and Annemarie Mitchell (DE). Friends and family will gather to mourn his loss and celebrate his life on Friday, July 24th. Those who wish to honor and remember him are invited to join the family at the Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Home on 15 East Sola Street in Santa Barbara, CA, from 1-4pm, with a small service at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Casa Esperanza or the charity of your choice.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from July 22 to July 26, 2015
Georgi, Adeline Marie Hazard  
July 12, 2015, Adeline Hazard Georgi, alert to the end, passed away in Pleasanton, CA to be with our Lord, Jesus Christ. Born in Santa Barbara, CA, July 3, 1923, daughter of the late Delmar Walter Hazard and Marie Struve Hazard, Adeline grew up in Los Angeles CA. Adeline was married, July 4, 1941, sixty-nine years, to her late husband Frank (Bill) Otto Georgi, Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Georgi Dominguez (Gary) San Ramon CA, son, William Frank Georgi (JoAnne) Kauai HI, five grand children: Nicholas Louis Dominguez, Seraphim Georgi Leon (Matt), Yvonne Georgi Martin (Ken), Michelle Georgi Keefe (Jason), Christina Susan Georgi, eleven great grandchildren, two great- great-grandchildren, multiple nieces and nephews, and her loving toy-poodle Binky. Adeline had a variety of roles: LA Fireman's Women's Auxiliary, Veteran's Auxiliary, pumping gas at their gas station/laundry/trailer park in Valley Center CA, crossing guard for the LA City Schools in San Pedro CA, cooking fast food at Georgi's Pioneer Freeze in Big Bear Lake CA, real estate sales and land development in Nipomo CA as well as other parts of CA, in support of her husband's business activities. Adeline's passion for art, oil and acrylic painting, was inspired by their numerous travels. The Georgis enjoyed traveling across the US with their friends in their travel trailers, and cruising on luxury ships around the Pacific Ocean. She also enjoyed reading her Bible and the newspaper every day. Adeline was very patriotic and loved the USA. Adeline will be put to rest next to her husband in the Georgi Family Plot at the Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara CA, on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM. All friends and family of the Georgis and Hazards are invited to attend services in the chapel at the cemetery, celebrating her full life of 92 years, followed by gravesite prayers.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from July 26 to July 30, 2015
Gerlach, Leroy P.  
November 18, 1931 - July 16, 2015 "Mick" passed away suddenly on July 16th, leaving behind his loving wife of 41 years, Kerry, his sons Dan (Sharon) and Donn (Lisa), his stepdaughter, Laura Sullivan (Mike), and eight grandchildren including Gretchen and Brittany Feighner, the daughters of Mick's daughter, Debra Feighner (Kyle), who preceded him in death in 2008. Other grandchildren are Leanne and Sarah Gerlach, Michael Gerlach, and Ian, Bridget, and Katie Sullivan. Mick is also survived by a sister Dolores Roberts, of Brookfield, Wisconsin. All of us are left with wonderful memories and valuable lessons as the legacy of a man who did not pass this way without purpose. His long and productive life included different phases, but a single theme of doing everything to the utmost and enjoying every challenge as a new possibility for success. He often wondered why people would say they were going to work. For him, it was going to fun. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mick loved his heritage and connection to that city and subscribed to Milwaukee magazine at the time of his death. He was very proud of serving in the Air Force and particularly proud that his service was on the staff of Stars and Stripes, the newspaper of the armed forces. One of the most significant periods of his life was the almost 20 years he spent as an employee of the W.A. Krueger Company, a printing company in Milwaukee where he began sweeping floors and continued to become a very successful salesman for the company, a job he loved and of which he was very proud. His customers could attest to that. Many of the founders and fellow employees of the Krueger Company were among the people Mick most admired in life. He felt being associated with them was one of the greatest gifts of his life. Mick was transferred to California by the Krueger Company in an expansion attempt that Krueger ultimately abandoned. Having fallen in love with California, he declined a transfer back to Milwaukee and opened a new chapter of life as an entrepreneur, owning and operating two car washes in Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley for almost 20 years. Retirement brought Mick to the Santa Ynez Valley, renewing a connection to farming and to the land which began with his father's family in Wisconsin. He loved tractors, "gators", lawn mowers, (actually any machinery), a love that had helped him in the car wash business as well. Mick could fix anything and improve anything and taught many others to do the same as he touched their lives. He always believed a person should keep moving forward and accomplish something meaningful. We're sorry his next move forward took him from us. Rosary for Mick was held July 19th, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial on July 20, 2015, at Old Mission Santa Ines. Interment is next to his daughter, Debra Feighner, at Oak Hill Cemetery, Ballard, California. Loper Funeral Chapel, Directors
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from July 28 to Aug. 1, 2015
Henry, Bob  
8/6/1933 - 7/18/2015 Bob Henry passed away on July 18, 2015 at the age of 81. Bob was born in San Francisco. He was preceded in death by his parents Harold C. Henry and Helen Meyer Henry. Bob was a graduate of Occidental College where he met and married his beautiful fellow classmate Kathy Walper. He shared 60 years of marriage with his delightful and playful lifelong partner Kathryn. Bob is survived by his four children and their spouses: Mark Henry (Maria), Stacy Bowman (Jim), Kelly Ojeda Moncrieff (John) and Daniel Henry (Sharon). Bob will equally be missed by his loving grandchildren: Bryanna, Hillary, Jenna, Ryan (Jane), Robert, Kathy, Amanda, Kyle, Sarah, and Kaitlin. There are even two great-grand children, Weston and James, to add to the total family aggregate. Bob is also survived by sisters: Linda (Jerry) and Phyllis and their children, Erin, Rod (Billy), Damon and Dana. Professionally, Bob worked for the Glendale Unified School District for 43 years, as a biology teacher and basketball and tennis coach for both boys and girls. Bob's working day mantra was always, "Teaching is fun." Regarding death, Bob loved this passage by Cyrano: "The leaves they know how to die. Just a short distance from the branch to the ground, and yet when the leaves turn loose, they go down gracefully, hesitating for a moment before mingling with the dust." Regretfully, Bob says farewell to all of you, and now is his time to mingle with the dust. This "Keep It Simple" obituary was written by Bob. A Celebration of His Life will be held on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Woman's Club, 1059 Vallecito Road, Carpinteria, Calif. At the celebration, the family will share his accomplishments, his playful joy and his significant impact on family and friends. Lunch will be enjoyed during the celebration. Please make donations in his name to Coastal View News Honor Roll, 4856 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from July 22 to July 26, 2015
Jantsch, Rosa "Rose"  
Our beloved aunt dear friend Rose Jantsch passed away on July 14, 2015 from complications she had from a stoke six years ago. Rose was born in Mannheim Germany on August 20. 1925 to Heinrich and Magdalena Kolb. Rose married Karl Jantsch in 1954 then immigrated to Toronto Canada, together. Then in 1957 they immigrated to the US living in Cleveland, San Francisco and Santa Barbara which was her beautiful home for over 42 years. Her relatives from Germany loved to visit with her. She left good friends at all the places she lived. Her husband Karl passed away from cancer in 1986. Both had a passion for travel and have seen a lot of beautiful places all over the World. Later she joint a fun loving Bowling Group with first places in bowling and the German American Club dancing and other club function. She was a happy and fun loving Lady. After she had a stroke six years ago she needed help in her daily life, and we would like to thank everyone who took care of her during this hard time. Also thank you to Mission Terrace Doctor and Nurses and Cliff View Terrace where she lived the last year for the wonderful care she received. According to her wishes there will be no funeral planed, all her Family lives in Germany. She will be thoroughly missed. Rose rest in peace. Auf Wiedersehen, ruhe in Frieden.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from July 28 to Aug. 1, 2015
Johnson, Aliene G. (Jessee)  
JOHNSON, Aliene G. (Jessee) Mrs. Aliene Johnson (formerly Floyd) went to be with the Lord on 6/8/2015. She was born 9/21/28 in Quitaque, TX to Clifford and Ollie Jessee. Her parents moved to Clovis, NM when Aliene was one year old and remained there for the next 14 years. Aliene came to Santa Barbara with her parents in 1945 and graduated from Santa Barbara High School, Class of 1946. She married Robert K. Floyd in 1950, there were three Children from that marriage. Aliene returned to the work force and worked at different branches of Bank of America for 16 years, mostly at Estado-Cota Branch. She worked as a Certified Escrow Officer at First American Title Insurance Co. for 6 years. Aliene was a mobile home activist, President of Golden State Mobile Home Owners League for 4 years and director and treasurer for the Santa Barbara County Mobile Home Owners Alliance for 10 years. Aliene could be found at San Marcos Lanes, Orchid Bowl, and Zodo's doing what she enjoyed the most, -- Bowling. Aliene Johnson is survived by her two daughters; Diana Robillard (David) of Durango, CO; Debra McCoppen (David) of Indio, CA; and her son Robert P. Floyd, of Chula Vista, CA; 4 Grandchildren, and 5 Great-Grandchildren. Mrs. Aliene Johnson has willed her body to U.C. San Diego, School of Medicine for Scientific purposes. Per Aliene's request, there will be no services.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from July 24 to July 28, 2015
Killen, Robert W.  
8/15/1954 - 6/4/15 Robert W. Killen transitioned at his home in Santa Barbara on Thursday June 4, 2015 after a five-year battle with cancer. Known as "Bobby" or "Bobaloo" by his close friends, he enjoyed traveling via all modes of transportation, collecting interesting cars, and helping everywhere. Most of all he loved people. Being naturally curious about folks of all kinds, he would ask charming and relevant questions at every opportunity, making new friends everywhere he went. Bob became a world traveler early in life, being the son of a high ranking U.S. Marine. His parents Col. George Killen and Evelyn Killen were stationed in Cuba during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, where his Dad was Commanding Officer of the Ground Defense Force at Guantanamo Bay. The family was quickly but temporarily evacuated from Cuba and later returned after President John F. Kennedy negotiated the peaceful outcome of a worldwide tense standoff. Bob greatly enjoyed his youth in Cuba, especially enjoying riding his own horse at the base stables. In 1992 he orchestrated a return to Cuba with his late brother Bill where they both received a red carpet treatment. A native of Bethesda, Maryland, Bob received his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. As a part time property manager in Isla Vista while attending UCSB, Bob unknowingly began what was to become a long career in the real estate business. Bob's vast post- college work experience included Director of Operations for Mariposa Property Management Company and duties as co- founder of Killogan and Company, a property inspection business. He was also, in successive tours, a broker for Pitts and Bachmann Realtors, Senior Leasing Agent for the Santa Barbara Housing Authority, and as a leasing agent for Sierra Property Management. In semi-retirement, Bob enjoyed being what he self described as a "tale of two cities," spending summer periods up in the High Eastern Sierras at his beloved cabin near Tom's Place, and returning in winter to beautiful Santa Barbara to work for both Sierra Property Management and Summit Funding as a consultant. "I have the perfect life!" he would often say. Bob was a tale of more than two cities. His circle of friends spanned Santa Barbara, Mammoth Lakes, The Bay area, San Diego, New York, Michigan, Canada, Mexico and Europe just to name a few. His quick wit, disarming charm, wickedly funny sense of humor, and genuine kindness made him a gem of a friend to anyone lucky enough to be a part of his world. Bob is survived by his nephew Christopher Killen, sister-in-law Mary Jo Killen, and a very close group of 'chosen family' and friends. Per Bob's wishes, no memorial is planned, however an informal Celebration of Life will be held in Santa Barbara, August 22, 2015. Donations can be directed to Pacific Pride or the Santa Barbara Visiting Nurse and Hospice and Visiting Care of Santa Barbara, with highest respect and appreciation for their support.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from July 22 to July 26, 2015
Kubilus, Phyllis Ann  
Went to join her loved ones in Heaven on June 5, 2015 at the age of 87. She was born on December 18th, 1927 in Santa Monica, CA. to Dr. Charles and Irma McFadden. She met her first husband Earl Miley at a USO dance in So. CA. They married in 1948 and had 4 children. Earl built many apartment buildings and homes in the LA area and Phyllis decorated them. After building a motel in Santa Barbara, they moved their family there in 1962. Earl and Phyllis owned multiple hotels and motels including the Carrillo, the Barbara Hotel and the MarMonte Hotel in SB. After divorcing Earl, Phyllis married Raymond Kubilus. They sold the Barbara Hotel and bought and sold numerous businesses over the years. In 1978 they moved to Buellton, CA. Phyllis enjoyed cooking for her family on Sundays, her dogs, reading, playing cards, dancing and sewing elaborate Halloween costumes for her grandchildren. After Ray's passing, Phyllis moved back to SB and lived at Garden Court where she was involved in many activities and enjoyed many friends. She is pre-deceased by both her husbands, her brother Col. Rodney McFadden and her son, Mark Miley. She leaves behind her sister Patricia McFadden, 3 daughters, Christine Enck (Jay), Karen Robison (Dennis) Marsha Griggs (Tori); 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She will be remembered as a kind friend, a gentle mother and a loving grandmother. She lived life her way and jokingly referred to herself as the "black sheep" of the family.
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Published in The Santa Barbara News-Press Online Edition from July 24 to July 28, 2015
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