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Johnson, Barbara  
Barbara Johnson Barbara Lay Johnson, of San Luis Obispo County, passed away Monday, August 17, 2015, after a long illness at the age of 86. Barbara, born in St. Louis, Missouri, lived in California since 1962. She was an educator, published author and poet. She traveled extensively, lived and worked for a year in Beijing, China, and taught English for ten months in Osaka, Japan. She also taught at Cuesta College and Allan Hancock College, as well as several colleges in the Los Angeles area. Barbara founded the Socrates Club, a local discussion group still active in the county. She was well known for her formidable intelligence balanced by her creativity and energetic love of life. In 1980, she and her husband bicycled across the country coast-to-coast. In 1991 they bicycled up the Mississippi River from New Orleans to the headwaters in Minnesota. In 1996, Barbara walked the coast of California from Oregon to the Mexican border with the Coastwalk group. In writing her articles and books, she frequently used the pen name Barbara Mary Johnson. She is mourned by her loving husband of 63 years, Ted Johnson; her children: Judy Johnson-Williams in Oakland, Nancy Hubbard in Atascadero and Matt Johnson in Chatsworth and her grandchildren, Lauren, Nathan, and Tyler. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 29, 2015
Kithcart, Jill  
Jill Kithcart Jill E. Kithcart, 67, of Grover Beach, passed away at her home following a long battle with cancer and went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, August 23, 2015. Jill was born in September 1947 in San Luis Obispo to Dorothy M. and Homer T. Williams. She attended local schools in San Luis Obispo and graduated from San Luis Obispo High School in 1966. She graduated from Beauty College in San Luis Obispo in 1968, and attended Allan Hancock College. Jill married Harold D. Kithcart in June 1973 and they parented a daughter, Michell Kithcart and a son Donald Kithcart. She was a member of Hope Community Church of Santa Maria and managed her neighborhood watch program. She liked playing Bunco with her friends and watching her soap operas. Jill was a NASCAR racing fan, cheering for her favorite driver, Jeff Gordon. She also enjoyed visiting with her friends, family and Hope Community Church Ladies Group. She, with her husband, enjoyed traveling, going to Guam and many places in the United States. Being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother gave Jill much pride, joy and accomplishment. Jill is survived by her husband, Harold Kithcart; son, Donald Kithcart; daughter, Michell Kithcart; brother, Jared Williams (Sue) and their daughter Nickie; her uncle Cornelius Reese (Marianne); grandchildren: Erika Peters, Cody Kithcart, Veronica and Ryan Noble, Rebekah Cook and Monica Cook; great-grandchildren, Kimalee Peters and Sara Noble; many nieces and a nephew. She is also survived by many wonderful friends and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene Reese and Myrtle Stalnaker Reese and a sister, Kevin Williams. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00pm on Friday, August 28, at Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach. The funeral service will be at 1:30pm on Saturday, August 29, at Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 27, 2015
Larsen, Tommy  
Tommy Larsen Tommy Larsen was born to Walter and Elizabeth Larsen of Templeton, under the given name of Walter Thomas Larsen, in 1939. He passed away August 27, 2015, in Long Beach, California. Tommy grew up and attended school in Templeton, and always fondly remembered his classmates. He was baptized at and attended Bethel Lutheran Church. Two of Tommy's favorite pastimes were rock-hounding and horses. He was preceded by his parents. Tommy will be missed by his sisters, Alice Henson (Peter) of Atascadero, Eileen McAulay (Marty) of Templeton and brother, Roger Larsen of Nipomo. A graveside service will be held on Friday, September 4, at 11:00am at the Templeton Cemetery. A reception will follow at Bethel Lutheran Church, 295 Old Country Road, Templeton. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 30, 2015
Lipking, Robert  
Robert Lipking Robert "Bob" Lipking was born in September 1922 in Alhambra, Calif. He passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at age 92. His parents moved to La Canada where Bob went though the Pasadena school system. He was the eldest of two siblings. At age 20, Bob joined the Army Air Force and became a B-17 pilot. He completed 70 missions in the European theatre in World War II. Bob moved his family to Palmdale, Calif., in 1968 where he became an Air Traffic Controller for FAA. From there he became an estimator and bookkeeper for construction companies. He and his wife moved to Cayucos in 1981. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sharon, and a son and daughter. According to his wishes, there will be no services.
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 30, 2015
Nichols, Carol - Atascadero  
Carol Nichols Carol Jean Nichols, born on McChord Air Force base in Tacoma, Wash., passed away on August 18, 2015, in Santa Barbara, Calif. She worked as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties for 20 years. She is survived by her husband, Frank Nichols; son, Stephen Nichols; mother, Patricia Havlichek; and sister, Lynn Simons. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 29 at 11:30am at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1450 Golden Hill Road, Paso Robles, Calif. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 26, 2015
O'Melveny, Richard  
Richard O'Melveny Richard M. O'Melveny went peacefully to be with our Lord on Saturday evening, August 1, 2015, at age 79. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Eileen; his three daughters, five grandchildren, and his sister. He was beloved and cherished and will be greatly missed. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, August 29th, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Los Osos at 2:00pm. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 26, 2015
Parrott, Jerry  
Jerry Parrott Gerald "Jerry" Duane Parrott of Los Osos, Calif., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015, at the age of 86. An extraordinary man, with a gentle soul, Jerry's kind and giving heart touched the lives of so many. He will be deeply missed. Jerry was born in the spring of 1929 in Cheboygan, Michigan. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving as a First Class Sergeant in the Korean War, 2nd Division 38th Infantry Regiment. During his time in the service, Jerry was a POW, held captive by North Korea from November 1950 to July 1952. Though he managed to overcome his captors and escape his ordeal, he lost many fellow soldiers in battle and sustained numerous wounds himself. Jerry's trials and tribulations solidified the much deserved earnings of accommodations such as the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Korean War Service Medal, and the Purple Heart. Jerry was an honored member of the Templeton Lions Club for seventeen years, achieving the Melvin Jones Award in 2008 and 2009. He enjoyed giving back to his community by volunteering with local senior centers and the Food Bank. Jerry enjoyed a good game of cards, Monday night Bingo, going to yard sales, and spending time with his family. Jerry's passion for life was contagious. He lived every day to the fullest, with a smile on his face, no matter how bad the circumstances were. One can only hope that his legacy will continue. Jerry is survived by his brother, Don Parrott and wife, Jean; his two daughters, Shari Wright and Teri Parrott; his three children from a previous marriage, Susie Wilson, Dale Penner, Gale Matteer; his grandchildren, Kimberly Wright, Robin Walton, and Austin O'Rourke; and his great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Gavin Walton. Jerry is preceded in death by his wife, Joan Parrott and his sons, Douglas Parrott and Lil Jerry. Please join us for a Celebration of Jerry's Life on September 3rd, at 11:00am at Faces of Freedom Memorial Park, located in Atascadero, Calif. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Templeton Lions Club or Central Coast Hospice of San Luis Obispo. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 28, 2015
Pool, Chriss  
Chriss Pool Robert Christian "Chriss" Pool, Jr., passed away in his home in Morro Bay, Calif., on August 2, 2015, after apparent cardiac arrhythmia. He was 53 years old. The son of Robert Christian Pool and Ellen DeMoe Pool, he was born in San Francisco but grew up in Evanston, Ill. He is survived by his brother, William Cloyd Pool II. Chriss blessed all with his positive attitude, big heart and strong spirit, and instilled those qualities in those who met him. A Memorial gathering will take place on Sunday, August 30, 1:00 to 3:00pm at The Green Lotus Center, 550 Morro Bay Blvd. in Morro Bay, Calif. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 26, 2015
Purvis, William  
William Purvis William "Bud" B. Purvis passed away peacefully on August 18, 2015, in Grass Valley, Calif. He was preceded in death by his father William M. Purvis and his mother Dee Whetstone. Bud was born in Winnemucca, Nevada, in May 1941 and grew up in Evans, Colorado, and Mandan, North Dakota. After graduating from San Jose State in 1970 he attended Lincoln University Law School. Bud worked for IBM Corporation for 38 years as a project manager, installing software at customer manufacturing locations throughout the world. He loved the travel, meeting new people and seeing the world. One of his most enjoyable times with IBM was the five years he worked in Europe. He retired from IBM in 2003 and enjoyed time spent with friends and family, traveling, and the restoration of his 58 Ford Ranchero along with the many years he went to Maui. In 1982 Bud married Marilyn Butler, the love of his life and they shared a long and happy life together. They enjoyed their retired years with friends, family and traveling. He always said "I had a great ride and was truly blessed." Bud is survived by his wife, Marilyn; their three children: Sherri Engberg (Bruce), John Purvis (Lina), and Dean Robertson (Beth); six grandchildren, and two sisters, Donna Fisher (Bill) and Jackie Basaraba (Bruce); brother in law, Ray Butler (Shirley), and many cousins, nephews, nieces. A memorial will be held at a later date. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 30, 2015
Randrup, Greg - Willits  
Greg Randrup Greg Randrup passed away near his home in Willits, Calif., on Thursday, August 20, 2015, doing what he enjoyed in a place he loved. Greg is remembered as a wonderfully caring man who was loved and admired by all that knew him. Born in San Francisco in June 1951, and raised in Sebastopol, Calif., Greg graduated from Analy High School in 1969. While there he served as Future Farmers of America Vice President and President before moving on to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he obtained his B.S. then Master's degree in Agricultural Education. He and his wife Peggy also spent several years living at the Serrano sheep unit, where he served as student shepherd under the direction of Cal Poly Animal Science instructor Bill Jacobs, his mentor and friend. Randrup began raising sheep in high school and continued raising sheep for over 50 years in Sonoma, San Luis Obispo and Mendocino Counties. Before retiring in 2008, Greg was Willits High School's longtime Agriculture teacher. Dating back to 1977, Randrup was a fixture at the school, taking kids to county fairs throughout northern California, participating in FFA events throughout the state, assisting them with their animal projects, developing lifetime friendships with colleagues and kid's parents, then teaching his kid's kids and even coaching the basketball team for a few seasons. The town knows Greg's impact. His "kids" know they learned from and got to know a really great man. Randrup also taught intramural basketball for Mendocino College in Willits in the 80's and served as one of the founding members of the Roots of Motive Power. He was a member of the California Agriculture Teacher's Association and California Wool Growers Association. After retiring from Willits High School, Greg continued ranching activities (including raising turkeys for friends Thanksgiving dinners) and enjoyed several vacations with his family and friends including a trip to France earlier this summer. Greg is survived by his loving wife, Peggy; daughter, Jennifer and son-in-law Nigel Swinney; adored granddaughters, Ella Estelle and Alissa Ann. He is also survived by his brother, Ross and sister-in-law Sibyl; brothers in-law, David and Richard and wife Michelle; Robert and wife Laura; cousins, Charlie Hughes and family, Lorna Ackley and family, Christine Conterno, and Shirley Wallace; nieces and nephews: Chris and Maggie, Jacob, Austin, Aaron, Skylar, Ethan, and Brandon. Greg's Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 29, at the Rodeo Grounds in Willits at 5:00pm. Memorial contributions in Greg's name can be made to the Randy Clark Scholarship fund c/o the Community Foundation in Ukiah; the Willits High School Future Farmers of America truck fund; the Cal Poly Animal Science Sheep Department ( giving.calpoly.edu ), or the Roots of Motive Power Organization in Willits. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Anker-Lucier Mortuary of Willits. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 28, 2015
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