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Fahsing, Daphne  
Daphne Fahsing Cofounder of North County Humane Society, Daphne W. Fahsing, dies at 90. The youngest of four girls, Daphne was born in Sudbury Hill, a suburb of London, England. Shortly after the end of World War II, she married an American soldier, Alfred Fahsing and they moved to Atascadero. She was a resident of San Luis Obispo County for over 70 years. Daphne Fahsing will be remembered for her passion and tireless efforts for the welfare of animals. This love led to the cofounding of Action for Animals' Rights with Kate Johns in 1977. They began the first local spay/neuter program which worked so well they later received generous county funding to manage and distribute spay/neuter vouchers for that purpose, and so evolved the North County Humane Society, a "no kill" shelter located at 2300 Ramona Road, Atascadero. It was Daphne's wish that she be remembered, in lieu of flowers, by donations to the Daphne Fahsing Spay/Neuter Endowment Fund of the North County Humane Society. Daphne's interests extended far beyond working the countless hours for animal welfare. An accomplished pianist, one could also participate in conversations with her that ran the gamut from international affairs to local politics. She and her friends, as well as family members, would attempt to put the world to right, as her nephew Ian said. Daphne is survived by her nephews Ian and Barry Cummings of Brussels, Belgium and nieces Daphne Hanford of Saskatchewan, Canada and Yvonne Levy of London, England. She will be missed by her family and many friends, both two and four legged. No services have been scheduled at this time. Arrangements are in the care of Chapel of the Roses Mortuary of Atascadero. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Hanlon, Arthur W. - San Luis Obispo  
Arthur W. Hanlon February, 1934 - December 10, 2014 Arthur Weston Hanlon, 80, departed with a smile on his face at his home overlooking the 16th fairway at the San Luis Obispo Country Club, San Luis Obispo, California. The youngest of nine children, Arthur grew up in the Detroit area and graduated from St. Francis Xavier High School in Ecorse, Michigan, in 1952. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving honorably in the Far East through the Korean War. Upon discharge, Arthur was quick to take advantage of the G.I. Bill and was admitted to the University of Michigan, where he obtained his AB Economics (1960) followed by his J.D. (1962) in just six years. Already with three children and one on the way, Arthur went in to private law practice with his oldest brother upon admission to the Bar. A few years later, he joined the Ford Motor Company as a Labor Relations attorney. Arthur earned a reputation as a skillful and fair negotiator among the company executives and Union representatives, with whom he successfully negotiated several national UAW Collective Bargaining Agreements throughout the 1970s and 1980's. Arthur steadily ascended the ranks within Ford Motor Company, reaching the position of Executive Director of Labor Relations for the corporation, and ultimately Vice President for Labor Relations for Ford of Europe. Meanwhile, Arthur and Therese raised their seven children in Farmington Hills, Michigan, in a house full of love and laughter, sending all seven through college and most through graduate schools. Upon retirement in 1992, Arthur and Therese moved to San Luis Obispo, where Arthur engaged in his life's passion, golf, which he had learned at a young age caddying at the Grosse Isle Country Club. Always quick with a line and a smile, Arthur's warmth was felt by all, whom he treated uniformly with an amazing degree of humility, generosity and respect. Arthur is survived by his wife of 57 years, Therese; their seven children: Colleen, Mary, Arthur Jr., John, Daniel, Noreen, Kevin and their spouses; and 15 grandchildren, as well as his sister, Claire Hosman of Westminster, California; brother, Ernest ("Pat") Hanlon of Homosassa, Florida, and many nieces and nephews. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, December 27, 2014, 11:00am, at the St. Paul the Apostle Parish, 800 Bello Street, Pismo Beach, Calif., 93449. In lieu of flowers, the Hanlon Family requests that donations be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in Memory of Arthur W. Hanlon. http://pulmonaryfibrosis.donorpages.com/Tribute/ArthurHanlon/ . Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Hicks, Bill  
Bill Hicks William "Bill" Hicks was born in 1922 to Velma and Lee Roy Hicks, the first of nine children, in Glendale, California. He grew up in Wilmington, and he and his brothers were active playing sports locally. In 1943 he was drafted into the Army and served in the Europe 156th Infantry Regiment. His unit landed in Normandy after D-Day, and took part in the Breakout from the Normandy Peninsula. Bill advanced to the rank of First Sergeant and was the Chief of Section for the unit artillery. His decorations include the World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. After the war, Bill decided to advance his education at UCLA using the G.I. Bill, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education. He also played Varsity Baseball, beginning a lifelong interest in the sport. He met Jaquelyn "Jacque" Blau at Compton Junior College, who he married in 1949, cherishing a relationship that was to span 65 years. Bill played minor league professional baseball in the northern Midwest. It was during his time in minor league ball he realized he wanted to coach. After returning to Southern California, Bill began working in coaching at the junior high and high school level while pursuing a Master's Degree at Cal State Long Beach. In 1958, he and Jacque moved to San Luis Obispo with their two young sons, Geoffrey and Michael, to begin a career teaching and coaching at Cal Poly that would last almost 30 years. Bill served for a short time as an assistant football coach, but his first love was always baseball. He was the head coach at Cal Poly for 20 years. After resigning as baseball coach, several players on the golf team approached Bill to act as coach to keep the program going. He agreed, and began a second coaching career at Cal Poly. Though moderately funded in the days before TV, Bill always enjoyed the challenge of working with the student athletes and competing. He was also proud of coursework he developed at Cal Poly for Physical Education for Elementary Students, which he developed with Jacque, a first grade teacher. In 2009, Jacque passed away, and in early 2011, Bill moved North to Rohnert Park to be closer to his sons. He passed away December 12, 2014, at 92 years old of natural causes due to age. Bill is predeceased by his beloved wife, Jacque; brothers: Frederick, Joe and Victor; and sister Rose. He is survived by brothers, Robert (Wilma) and Allison; sisters, Eva (Bill) and Emma (Scotty); sister-in-law, Patricia and her daughter, Carole (Joe); his sons, Michael and Geoffrey; daughter-in-law, Wendy; his grandchildren, Clinton and Hayley, and numerous nieces and nephews of the Hicks family. He is fondly remembered by the students, baseball players, and golfers, for whom he will always be, Coach. A Celebration of Bill's Life will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Community Grace Brethren Church Fellowship Hall in Long Beach, California commencing at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, Bill would have appreciated donations to college scholarships at Cal Poly or the educational institution preferred. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Kenyon, Glenn  
Glenn Kenyon Glenn Roy Kenyon, 60 years old, was born in January, 1954, in Selma, California, and passed away December 3, 2014, in Tyler, Texas. Glenn lived most of his life on the California's Central Coast. His love for the ocean started as a young boy when living in Pismo Beach, California, spending many days searching for clams and other sea life. Glenn was an avid fisherman, always spending weekends and vacations deep sea fishing and taking many fishing trips in Mexico. He also designed custom fishing rods along with being very mechanical. In his younger years, he lived in Hawaii because of his love for surfing and the ocean. Golf was another favorite sport. Glenn also loved old cars and his Harley Davidson. He was retired from the Operating Engineers, where he operated heavy equipment and was one of the best operators in that union. After retirement he relocated to Flint, Texas to live with his parents on Lake Palestine, to enjoy a slower pace and fish off his dock, where he enjoyed lake living. Glenn never had children of his own but his only sibling, Lori's three children were like his own. He loved taking them on deep sea fishing trips and camping. Glenn was a true family man and was very close to all of them. He is survived by his father, Eugene Kenyon; mother, Geraldine Kenyon; sister, Lori (Kenyon) Iverson; brother-in-law, Ben Iverson; niece, Candy Iverson; and nephews, Ben Iverson and Nick Iverson. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Leonard, James  
James Leonard James Leonard, born in March, 1932, in Brockton, Mass., passed away December 13, 2014, in San Luis Obispo. Jim (Jimbo) lived a full active life and had many talents ranging from music to creative woodworking. He was always there to help with family projects. Jim served in the Air Force during the Korean War running a bomb dump and defusing bombs left behind in Germany after World War II. In 1975 he purchased ABL Rents and moved to the Five Cities area. Through the years he owned various small businesses on the Central Coast. In 1996 he retired as a Piano Tuner-Technician. He was a friend of Bill W. for 31 years. Jim had a great sense of humor and was a very special person. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He leaves behind his wife, Helen Ritchie-Leonard; son, Jim Leonard; and grandchildren, Paige Leonard and Brady Leonard. Step-children: Natalie Early, Allen Shewmaker and Aaron Shewmaker. Step- grandchildren: Danika Early, Jack Early, Caprice George, Chase Shewmaker and Gabrielle Shewmaker. And step-great-grandchildren, Acelynn Rusconi and Alexander George. Memorial Service pending at a later date Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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McGuire, Stanley  
Stanley McGuire May, 1929 - November 30, 2014 Stanley McGuire, fifty year resident of San Luis Obispo, passed away peacefully November 30, at home in the company of his family. Stan grew up in Minnesota, the son of a Methodist minister. From his early years he was an active outdoorsman, fishing, hunting and camping. He continued these activities throughout his life. Stan received his B.A. in Education from Moorehead State College in Minnesota and a Masters of Theology from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, as well as a Masters in Counseling and Guidance from Cal Poly. At S.M.U, he met Esther Hagg and two years later they were married and moved to Edinburgh, Scotland to attend New College at the University of Edinburgh. While in Scotland, Stan served a historic church in Haddington. It was a great experience and he went back years later to preach there again. Stan returned to the states to serve Methodist churches in Duluth and Austin, Minnesota. He then took a position as Associate Minister in the Congregational Church in Greenwich, Connecticut. During this time, he took young people from the church to the Algonquin in Canada for camping experiences. He also took one group back to his favorite wilderness area in the Quetico in Canada, above Minnesota. Later he took a group from San Luis there also. Stan was part of an expansion church program in Canoga Park for four years, after which he came to the Congregational Church on Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo. At that time the congregation was meeting in another church, but a successful building program had the congregation meeting in a new building of their own by Christmas. Stan served the church for four years before becoming Chaplain at the California Men's Colony, East Side. He served there for twenty-one years. Stan was very active in the community. He was president of the YMCA board and helped bring a full-time leader to San Luis. During this time, he also volunteered at Camp Ocean Pines. He organized the Police Chaplains Association for San Luis, Morro Bay, Grover Beach, and for the Highway Patrol and Sheriff's Department. He was also president of the Rotary Club de Tolosa and the Salvation Army Board. He was named Chaplain of the Year by the Salvation Army in 1978. Stan loved to travel. He researched and planned trips overseas for many years. He and Esther went to forty-nine different countries all over the world. In between they also managed to visit all but two of the fifty states. Stan is survived by his wife of fifty-nine years, Esther, daughters, Vicki and Sheri, son, David, and their spouses, Bruce, Danny and Mauri, as well as loving grandchildren, Nicholas, Christopher, Cori, Conner, Taylor, Cole and Maya, and five great-grandchildren. Services will be private. Donations to Hospice or to the "paying forward of acts of kindness" would be appreciated by the family. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Peterson, Richard A.  
Richard A. Peterson April, 1955 - November 12, 2014. Raised in Morro Bay, Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Helen Peterson. He is survived by 3 sisters and 1 brother: Virginia Wright (Paul), Bob Peterson, Dorothy Phillips, and Karen Shea. No funeral services as requested. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Peterson, Vernon - Paso Robles  
Vernon Peterson On December 4, 2014, Vernon Karl Peterson, 88, of Paso Robles stepped in Glory and into the arms of his Lord and Savior. He had been resting comfortably at home and passed away as peacefully as anyone could. Vernon was born in San Jose in March 1926, to Joseph and Edith Peterson. In 1943, he entered World War II and trained as a gunner on B-29's. As part of the peace-keeping armada after the war, he patrolled the North Pacific between Okinawa and Tokyo. As typical of his generation, he always downplayed his role in the war. In 1948, he married Ferne Paulsen of Hartley, Iowa. In 1951, he graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Dairy manufacturing. Vernon, known as Vern, (or Pete by his colleagues) worked in the dairy industry for over 40 years, both in a creamery and later in dairy sales with Germantown Manufacturing. He retired in 1992 and lived a full and rich retirement, both in Pleasanton, Calif., and in Paso Robles. Together with his brother Donald, Vern was a competitive cyclist and member of the San Jose Bicycle Club through the 1980's. In 1981, he co-promoted the hit velodrome series, "Breaking Away Friday Nights," with Don, at Hellyer Park in South San Jose. The series featured sprint cycling teams from around the west. The races drew as many as 4,000 fans a night, and over its 5 year run, the series made San Jose one of the cycle-racing capitals of the country. Vern was an avid sports fan of both the Oakland A's and the San Francisco 49'ers. He loved to golf, camp, fish, and work with wood. Vernon was preceded in death by both parents; brother Don; wife of 56-years, Ferne; and grandson Bret. He is survived by his beautiful love and companion, Juanita Hickman; sister, Marion Todd; 5 grateful children: Susan Beauchamp, Steve (Julie), Stan (Silvia), Scott (Karen), and Syndee Peterson; 10 loving grandchildren: Jason, James (Nora) Beauchamp, Grace Peterson, Emily Beauchamp, Garrett (Alycia), Garth, Kayla Peterson, Michael, Jacob, and Megan Hufnagel; 3 adorable great grandchildren: Sadie Anne Peterson, Anabelle Beauchamp, and Trevor; and scores of beloved friends. Vernon Peterson was a great man of rich faith and grace who never held back expressions of love toward others. He was a true blessing to all who knew him and we are all proud to have had him as the patriarch of our family. The family is grateful for all of your prayer and support during his illness and during this time of transition. However spectacular you believe Heaven to be, our human understanding cannot even come close to comprehending God's Glory. We have often grinned at the thought of the wonders Vern has been experiencing since his arrival in Heaven. On January 3, 2015, a Celebration of his Life will begin at 10:00am at the Paso Robles cemetery, followed by a reception at the Veteran's Hall in Templeton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion, Veteran's of Foreign Wars, or Wilshire Hospice. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Roder, Helen  
Helen Roder Helen Rose Roder, 98, a lifelong resident of San Luis Obispo died on December 10, 2014 at her daughter's home in San Luis Obispo. She was born on Christmas Day, the daughter of August and Amelia Melim. She married James Roder in 1934. They had two children, Richard and Judith. During World War II, Army wives lived with the family while their husbands were stationed at Camp San Luis awaiting deployment overseas. Over time, Helen lost touch with the families but as recent as a year and a half ago, she was able to contact one of the army wives and they spoke on the phone. Helen worked in retail for many years, most notably at Lacterman's Women's Apparel where her artistic talent was put to good use in her outstanding window displays. In retirement, she loved walking local trails with her walking group and could identify many native plants and birds. At 90, she walked the Golden Gate Bridge with her grandchildren. She traveled to Portugal and the island of Madeira where she visited relatives. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 58 years, James R. Roder and her brothers Edward Pavao and David Melim; son-in-law, Ralph Green; and niece, Davideen Hurley. She is survived by her son, Richard Roder and daughter, Judith Green; dearly loved grandchildren: Dayna Buckley, Carol Dee, Debbie Masters, Rodney Roder, and Patti Muir; 13 great- grandchildren, and sister-in-law Mabel Pence and family. Arrangements are under Reis Family Mortuary. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Sorensen, Othel - Atascadero  
Othel Sorensen Othel Hale Sorensen, 90, passed away peacefully Saturday, December 13, 2014 in Atascadero, California. Othel was born in May, 1924 in New Harmony, Utah and grew up in Ely, Nevada, where he graduated from White Pine High School. He proudly served in the Navy during World War II, and then moved to Seattle following the war where he attended the University of Washington. In 1946 he married his high school sweetheart, Wanda Mary Smith, and together they raised two sons. "Uncle Oats" was everyone's favorite uncle. It seemed as if his purpose was to help his large, extended family, and he made his home the welcoming spot for many nieces, nephews, and friends. He loved spending time with the younger generations and found joy and life in the conversations of the "kids" many decades his junior. Survivors include his two sons, Eugene Sorensen of Bakersfield, California and Paul Sorensen (Diana) of Paso Robles, California; four grandchildren: David, Anna, Joshua, and Chance; and four great-grandchildren. He is survived by brother, Norman Sorensen of Tucson, Arizona. He was preceded in death by wife, Wanda; sister, Beatrice; and brothers, Vernal, Udell, and Richard. He will be cremated and his remains will be scattered at sea in the Mutiny Bay area of the San Juan Islands, Washington. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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