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Bacon, Homer Donald "Don" - Vacaville  
Sept. 14, 1946 - May 3, 2015 A funeral service for Homer Donald "Don" Bacon, 68 of Vacaville, will begin at noon with a viewing starting prior to service at 10 a.m., on Thursday, May 7, at Vaca Hills Chapel, 524 Elmira Road in Vacaville. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon at 2 p.m. Don was born in Philadelphia, PA on Sept. 14, 1946 to Henry and Juanita Bacon. He passed away in Vacaville on May 3. He grew up in Philadelphia, PA. Upon the completion of high school, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1964 and served proudly in the Vietnam War. He served in Company C in the 1st Battalion in the 26th Infantry in the 1st Infantry Division ("Big Red One") when he was wounded in combat. Based on his actions in combat he was awarded the Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster. After recovering from his wounds and after three years in the Army he transferred into the U.S. Air Force where he served for 17 years retiring as a Technical Sergeant in 1985. After 20 years in the service of his country, he joined United Airlines as a jet engine mechanic. He spent the next 30 years working at United Airlines and serving as a shop steward of first the IAM and then Teamster union local. Don Bacon is survived by his wife, Betty Bacon; daughter, Katora Bacon; son, Roderick Bacon and his wife, Pui Bacon; grandson, Nicholas Alexander, and granddaughters, Victoria and Elizabeth Bacon.
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Published in The Reporter on May 6, 2015
Horsman, John Robin - Fairfield  
June 10, 1952 - April 30, 2015 John Robin Horsman, 62, passed away Thursday, April 30, peacefully at home. John was born on June 10, 1952, in West Plains, MO, to Lehman "Mickey" and Nancy (Land) Horsman He married Linda (Salmons) Horsman on July 26, 1975, in Linthicum, MD. The two made their home in Huntington Beach, CA until 1989, when they moved to Vacaville. John enjoyed reading, the outdoors, pool, singing, and barbecuing. John is survived by his wife, Linda, of Vacaville; daughter, Jessica Rancourt, of San Jose; son, Aaron Horsman, of Vacaville; grandchildren, Thomas Horsman, Jonathan, Lucinda, and Rebecca Rancourt; father and step-mother, Lehman "Mickey" and Jane Horsman. He is preceded in death by his mother. Arrangements are under the direction of Bryan Braker Funeral Home (707)-425-4697. You may sign the guest book at www.bryanbraker.com . Services will be held at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home on Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception. Interment will be in West Plains, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Liver Foundation.
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Published in The Reporter from May 5 to May 6, 2015
Humphrey, Juanita - Vacaville  
Aug. 26, 1935 - April 30, 2015 Juanita Humphrey, 79, of Vacaville, passed away peacefully after a brief illness. She was born in Winters, to Clarence and Carmen Campos. Juanita was retired from the position of Assistant Dean of Research Development for the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine after 42 years of dedicated service. Juanita was devoted to her family and enjoyed various hobbies, including cooking, gardening, painting and photography. A beloved wife, mother and grandmother, she is survived by her son, Archie Humphrey (Nina) of Vacaville; her grandson, Arthur Samuel Humphrey (Sarah) of Vacaville; step-granddaughter, Ingrid Jimenez (Robert Patton) of Carmichael; step-grandson, Andres Jimenez (Lilian) of San Diego; brother, Larry Campos, Sr. (Darlene) of Winters; sisters-in-law, Marge Cameron (Earnest) of Byron, GA, Pat Humphrey of Sonora, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded by the death of her husband, Arthur L. Humphrey, to whom she was married for 58 years. Juanita lived life with vitality and strength. She will be dearly missed. Juanita will be laid to rest during a private burial at the Winters Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to celebrate her life on Friday, May 8 at 11 a.m., at Tomat's California Cuisine, 1123 Grant Ave., Winters, CA 95694. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of McCune Garden Chapel (707) 448-6546.
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Published in The Reporter from May 5 to May 6, 2015
Hundven, Kirk Joel - Vacaville  
Aug. 2, 1942 - April 27, 2015 At his request, there will be no formal services for Kirk Joel Hundven, 72 of Fairfield. Kirk passed away in Fairfield on April 27. He was born in Tacoma, WA on August 2, 1942 to Vernon and Cecilia Hundven. Kirk served honorably in the U.S. Navy. He went on to work for the railroad as a clerk and then union representative until retirement. Kirk was President of the Montezuma Shriners Club. He was also a beloved Shriner Clown there and at the Ben Ali Children's Hospital. Kirk also belonged to the Elks, Fairfield Moose Lodge, Eagles and was a longtime member of the Vacaville Masonic Lodge 134 where he served as Master. He is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Shirley; son, Christian; longtime friend, Jimmy Chimare and numerous extended family and a host of friends. Funeral arrangements by Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home, 707-446-3233.
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Published in The Reporter on May 3, 2015
Jones, Timothy J. - Vacaville  
Feb. 9, 1989 - April 27, 2015 Timothy Jordan Jones of Vacaville departed this world suddenly as the result of a motor vehicle accident on Monday, April 27. A graduate of Will C. Wood High School, Tim was an avid wrestler, lettering all four years in the sport. A friendly and compassionate young man, Tim was fond of hiking, camping, sports and most of all spending time with his children. An airman in the United States Air Force for six years, Tim proudly served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and Kuwait. He studied at Solano Community College and San Francisco City College to embark on a new path after leaving the Air Force. Tim is survived by his two beloved children, Alyza (four) and Davey (three); parents, Norman and Tama Jones of Vacaville, and mother, Gail Wilson of Garden City, Idaho; grandmother, Anne Jones of Modesto, and grandparents, Rudy and Bev Warrington of Roseville; younger sister, Vanessa Jones; and three older brothers, Curtis Gillam, and Justin and Josh Rakes. Part of a large extended family, Tim also leaves behind a step-sister, Angeline Lee, and two step-brothers, Alexander and William Gutierrez; along with over a hundred aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved grandfather Charles William Jones. There will be a visitation on Tuesday, May 5 from 5 to 8 p.m., at Vaca Hills Chapel, 524 Elmira Road. A Mass will be held in Tim's honor at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Marshall Road in Vacaville, Wednesday, May 6, at 10:30 a.m. The burial is scheduled for 1 p.m., at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon. A Reception will be held following burial. Funeral arrangements by Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home 707-446-3233, www.vacahillschapel.com .
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Published in The Reporter on May 3, 2015
Kimes Jr., George Benjamin - Vacaville  
Dec. 27, 1944 - April 28, 2015 A funeral service for George Benjamin Kimes Jr., 70 of Vacaville, will be 1 p.m., Monday, May 11, at Vaca Hills Chapel, 524 Elmira Road in Vacaville. He will be laid to rest at the Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery in Dixon. George was born in Montana on Dec. 27, 1944 to George Sr. and Clarice Kimes. He retired from the U.S. Army after 22 years of meritorious service. A true outdoorsman, George enjoyed camping and RVing. He enjoyed playing poker with his sons and friends from the senior center. George is survived by his beloved wife of 19 years, Donna Kimes; sons, Jeffrey (Renee), Ben (Beejal) and Erik (Crysta); stepsons, Tom (Susan), Tim (Heather); stepdaughter, Melissa (Carl); grand-children, Bailey, Chloe, Xavier, Ashlyn, Aidyn, Elizabeth, Tommy, Zachary and one due in August; sister, Sandra; and his loyal dog "Lucy". He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son Gregory and brothers, Fred and Gary. Funeral arrangements by Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home 707-446-3233, www.vacahillschapel.com .
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Published in The Reporter on May 3, 2015
Kyle, Norma - Vacaville  
July 4, 1922 - April 27, 2015 Norma passed away at her home at Courtside Cottages in Vacaville after a long battle with dementia. She is now teaching the angels to line dance. She was born in Richfield, Utah to Taylor and Fontella Lay and grew up in McGill, NV with her two brothers, Robert and John. She married her high school sweetheart, Rufus Kyle in 1940. They traveled the United States while he was in the Air Force, finally settling in Vacaville in 1960 with their two daughters, Taylor and Barbara. She worked for many years at the Vacaville Reporter and then Ulatis Creek Printing until her retirement. She is survived by her daughters, Taylor Olson (Dale), and Barbara Houston (Terry); grandson, Nick (Sarah); great grandchildren, Noelle, Chloe and Colton; granddaughter, Denice; great granddaughters, Molly and Sarah; great grandson, Jaidyn and brothers, John and Robert Pratt (Carolyn). She is preceded in death by her parents, Taylor and Fontella; step-father, Robert; the love of her life, Rufus and brother, Robert. Heartfelt thanks go to every caregiver at Courtside Cottages. For 12 years they made sure she was cared for with dignity and love. You will never be forgotten. Also, thanks to her friends, Anna May and Jay who visited her often. Special thanks go to Robin who was an angel and friend to us all. At her request there will be no funeral services. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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Published in The Reporter on May 5, 2015
Leedy, James - Sacramento  
May 17, 1928 - April 21, 2015 James Almond Leedy, 86, passed away at home in Cameron Park, CA on Tuesday, April 21. He was born May 17, 1928, in Arnett, OK. After graduating from Sweetwater High School in Chula Vista, he visited his older brother in Vacaville, and met Irene Shirley Rico, the woman who would become his wife of 52 years. Jim worked 35 years for Pacific Bell, advancing his career from lineman to manager, while moving his family throughout California with each promotion. He was an avid golfer and tennis player. He enjoyed sailing in the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Delta with his family on their boat, Andiamo. He was a handyman who built his own home in Mormon Island Park, where he loved to grow oak trees. But above all, he was a man of high integrity who cherished his family and many friends. He married Kay Robinette after the death of his first wife, and became very active in their church. Together they enjoyed trips to the coast and visiting family and friends. Jim is survived by his wife of 12 years, Kay Robinette Leedy; son, Mark Leedy (Lorraine); daughters, Jamie Leedy Oldham and Renee Leedy Traud (Mike); and grandchildren, Brandon A. Oldham, Darin Claire Leedy, Drew Leedy, Garrison Traud, and Chase Traud. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruby and Charles Leedy; brother, Clete Leedy; and loving wife, Irene Rico Leedy. Internment will be held at Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery on Friday, May 1, at 3:15 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Jim's name to World Hunger-ELCA, c/o St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, 1001 Olson Lane, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762.
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Published in The Reporter on Apr. 29, 2015
McAllister, Jean - Vacaville  
June 6, 1926 - Nov. 4, 2014 Jean Constance McAllister, 88, of Vacaville, passed away peacefully in her sleep. She was born in Montreal, Quebec Canada, to J.H.Douglas and Francis O'Dell Waddell of Saint John, NB Canada. Jean was born in Montreal but grew up in Saint John, and moved back to Montreal in her early adult years to work. She met her future husband of 62 years, Douglas Marshall McAllister (deceased in April 2014) on a train travelling from Montreal to Saint John. They married on Dec. 27, 1952. Jean was the second of four sisters, in birth order, Avis Morgan (deceased), Ann Shaw and Barbara Stevens. Jean travelled extensively during her lifetime, living in numerous places in Canada, the USA, Holland, France, Germany, and Iran, finally settling in Vacaville, California since 1970. A beloved wife, mother and grandmother, she is survived by her son, Doug, and her grandchildren, Lauren and Scott McAllister of Pleasanton.
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Published in The Reporter on May 3, 2015
Portz, John Elsworth - Vacaville  
April 28, at his home surrounded by loving friends and neighbors. Mr. Portz was born Sept. 30, 1919 in Fostoria, Ohio to Karl C. Portz Sr. and Hazel M. Newhouse Portz. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1940. Mr. Portz was stationed in England during WWII and flew close to 60 missions over Germany and France with the 385th Bombardment group and 550th Bombardment Squadron. Mr. Portz had years of dedicated Military service and continued serving in Civil Services for 38 years at Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield. Mr. Portz is survived by his two nephews, John C. Portz and Karl Portz. He was preceded in death by his parents, Karl and Hazel Portz and his brother, Karl C. Portz Jr. He is also survived by many friends, neighbors and loved ones. Please read more about John's life at www.JohnEPortz.com or Facebook John E Portz. There will be a viewing May12 from 6 to 8 p.m., and funeral service May 13 at 10 a.m., at Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home, 524 Elmira Road, Vacaville. Burial with full military honors to follow at 11:30 a.m., at the Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon. Arrangements entrusted to Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home 707-446-3233 www.vacahillschapel.com .
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Published in The Reporter on May 5, 2015
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