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Anderson, David W. - Vacaville  
Feb. 11, 1942 - July 25, 2015 David Anderson, 73 of Vacaville was born in Milwaukee, WI on Feb. 11, 1942. He lived in Vacaville for the past 37 years. He served his country in the Army from 1962 - 1964 while stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. Dad had a beautiful smile and an infectious laugh. He was a kind, loving man who touched many hearts. He loved sports and his Packers! He enjoyed playing cards, loved going to the Moose Lodge to shoot pool, and his trips to Cache Creek with friends. He loved to watch his grandkids play sports. He loved his tacos and asked for them every birthday for dinner. Our father loved to dance no matter where he was, if the music was right he would start to shuffle his feet. Dad was a proud and prideful man who loved his kids, grandkids, family and friends. Preceded in death by his parents, David G. Anderson and Rosella Anderson; brother, Gerald L. Anderson; sister, Mary J. Anderson; soulmate, Susan Davi; son, Matthew Anderson and granddaughter, Leah Anderson. Survivors include his sister, Sandra R. Neal; sons, David L. (Summer) Anderson, Todd A. (Nikki) Anderson, Sean M. (Stacy) Anderson; grandchildren, Zachary, Jena, Jessica, and Drew Anderson; life long friends, David (Barbara) Wheeler and Martie Martinez. He also leaves behind many nephews, nieces and cousins. We miss you pops! We know you are dancing in heaven. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the American Lung Association. Memorial services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 11 a.m., at McCune Garden Chapel, 212 Main St., Vacaville with Pastor Victor Zavala officiating.
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Published in The Reporter from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2015
Buchanan, George - Vacaville  
July 6, 1937 - July 22, 2015 A good man passed away at the age of 78, after battling cancer, on July 22. George Buchanan was plaid to the bone his whole life through. George lived many places as the son of an Air Force Family; and later as Lt. Col. Buchanan himself, seeing life as a great adventure. As a United States Air Force Navigator, he started his flying career in fighters flying the Super Connie 121 and ended flying as a weapon system officer in F-4. As you can see he came full circle. Visit Nadeau's website to see the other planes he flew for a total of 28 years. He finally settled in Vacaville, where he lived for many years. He was married to Patricia Rose, who shared many world adventures with him. They traveled to Scotland, Hawaii, Italy and most recently an Elbe River Cruise. Being devout members of their beloved Catholic church, many of their trips included visits to sacred religious sites, deepening their faith. Best known as "Buck" to his many friends, he was an active member of the Military Officers Association of America, Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association, Clan Buchanan Society International, inc SIRS a great advocate for POW/MIA foundation and many others. George always had an ear to listen and a hand to help all who knew him. With his many interests he shared time with others at the Scottish Games around the world and the River Rats. He loved catching a great photo opportunity and belonged to the Light Writers Photography Club here in Vacaville. George was responsible, and you could always rely on him to tell a good story or a joke at any moment. As part of a group he always did his share, helped with the hard things and found solutions to make things work for the best. He is survived by his daughters, Kathy Buchanan and Bailey A. Wakefield; his brother, Jack Blair Buchanan and his loving wife, Patricia Buchanan. There will be a Memorial Service on Aug. 11, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church located at 530 Stinson Ave., Vacaville, with a reception to follow. The inurnment, with full military honors, will be held at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX, at a later date. Part of his heart echoed in the sound of the Scottish bagpipes and will forever remind us of him. We will deeply miss this good man. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in Buck's memory to www.airwarriorcourage.org . Services entrusted to Nadeau Family Funeral Home, Vacaville, CA FD1594 www.NadeauFuneralHome.com .
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Published in The Reporter on Aug. 2, 2015
Fernandez, Edward "Eddie" - Vacaville  
Jan. 21, 1923 - July 28, 2015 Edward Garrido Fernandez, life-long resident of Vacaville, passed away peacefully at age 92 on July 28. He was born at his home on Pleasants Valley Road on Jan. 21, 1923. As a young boy during the Depression he, his brother Joe, and sisters, Annie and Dorothy helped support the family by picking fruit during the local harvest. Eddie was always a hard worker, picking up to 120 boxes a day in the Vacaville summers. After he graduated from Vacaville High School in 1941, he joined the service in the 97th infantry division, serving in Europe after the Battle of the Bulge and later in Japan as part of the Occupation Forces. He was a proud WWII veteran. When he returned home after the war, he resumed work at Vallejo's Mare Island Shipyard as a machinist where he would eventually retire 32 years later. During his early years at Mare Island, he began dating Dollie Paolini, younger sister to his buddy Harry Paolini. He fell in love with this feisty young woman who was, according to him, the only gal in town who could drive a stick shift. They were married and spent their lives together for just short of 60 years when Dollie passed away in 2010. They had two daughters, Janice Baer-married to Tom, and Dorothy Clark-married to Steve. They cherished their grandchildren, Nate Baer, Michelle Brenner (Brian,) Julia Mok (Henry,) Shane Clark (Trisha) and Dustin Clark. They were blessed with great grand-children, Riley, Luke, Cayden, Emmalynn and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his love for his family and friends, Eddie loved fishing at Donner Lake, gardening and his daily puzzles. He lived a long and happy life calling Vacaville his home. He kept his sense of humor, pride and spirit to the end. He will be missed by his family and friends. Services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 10:30 a.m., at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery on Midway Road, Dixon. A Celebration of Life to follow at the family home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Relay for Life or The Stan Foster Memorial Golf Tournament.
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Published in The Reporter from July 31 to Aug. 2, 2015
Gregorich, Judith Delone - Vacaville  
Dec. 7, 1938 - July 27, 2015 Judith Delone Gregorich, 76, of Vacaville, beloved wife and mother, was graciously called to the Lord on July 27 while resting peacefully at her home. Born on Dec. 7, 1938 in Fittstown, OK, Judy was the seventh out of 10 children to the late Ralph and Vicie Hopper. In 1941 the family moved to California and finally settled into Vacaville in 1947. Judy graduated Vaca High in June of 1956 and shortly thereafter married her loving husband, Joseph Gregorich, on Aug. 18, 1956. Together Joe and Judy had seven children and resided in many places such as Alaska, Guam, Wisconsin and California. Some of Judy's favorite hobbies included reading, history, travel, embroidery, and always giving the "what for" to anyone who did not share her political views. She was very passionate about her genealogy and sharing many historical event stories to the grandchildren. Family was always very important and Judy loved to have gatherings with lots of food, listening to family members play music, talking and laughing. Judy is survived by her husband, Joseph; daughter, Victoria (James), and sons, Joseph (Kimberly), David (Kim), Tommy Dale (Mary), Timmy John (Kerri), and Ricky Lee (Susie). Judy is also survived by two sisters and three brothers, loved being a grandmother to 18 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren and has numerous nieces and nephews. Judy was greeted in Heaven with open arms by her eldest daughter, Patricia; three of her sisters; one of her brothers; a grandson; her best friend and many other family members and friends. The fondest of memories shall be forever kept by all who knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Relay for Life Cancer Society at www.relayforlife.org . Donate to the zip code event 95688 "Relay for Life of Vacaville". There is no finish line until we find a cure. A viewing shall be held on Monday, Aug. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m., at McCunes Garden Chapel in Vacaville, and a Rosary shall also be held in the same location at 7 p.m. Funeral services shall commence on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 10 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Vacaville.
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Published in The Reporter from July 30 to Aug. 2, 2015
Parker, Anthony Ardell Gandalf - Vacaville  
April 19, 1956 - July 26, 2015 Anthony Ardell Gandalf Parker, called Gandalf by friends and family, born April 19, 1956 in West Branch, Iowa, passed away at age 59 on Sunday, July 26, at David Grant Medical Center on Travis Air Force Base. Gandalf was a beloved husband, father, friend, and teacher to many. He is survived by sisters, Debra and Christy; brother, Jim, his wife Connie; his son, Anthony (called Mith), and his daughter-in-law, Jennifer. He was preceded in death by his oldest son Gandy, and both parents, Cleavland (Cleve) and Verne Adell. Gandalf was a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force, and put in a full 20 years before retiring. And he spent most of the last 20 years of his life taking care of his severely physically and developmentally disabled son, Gandy, who passed away a little over a year ago. There will be a private memorial for family held in his home in Vacaville, on Saturday, Aug. 1. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting financial assistance for the services. Contributions can be accepted online at http://www.go fundme.com/gandalf_parker .
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Published in The Reporter on July 31, 2015
Spurgeon, Maynard E. - Benicia  
July 30, 1963 - July 26, 2015 Maynard E. Spurgeon, 51, died peacefully with his family at his side as he took his Screamin' Eagle to the sky. He lived most of his life in Benicia. He worked as a mechanic for over 35 years, working for Ford, and the last seven years working for the Stevedoring Services of America Berth 58 at the Port of Oakland. He was a member of Machinists Local 1414. His interests included riding his Harley, building his Cobra car, fishing, hunting, traveling, golfing, concerts, Raiders games, and partying with his many friends and family. He inspired others how to enjoy the best of life. Maynard is survived by his beautiful wife, Kim Spurgeon; father, Jim Spurgeon; mother, Sharon (Chuck) Lutz; and aunt, Betty Spurgeon; son, James Spurgeon; daughter, Elizabeth (Nathan) Springer; brothers, Don and Carl Spurgeon; his brother Carl's wife, Marcella Mia Spurgeon, who he referred to as his sister; and Shannon Evans; grandchildren, Ariana, Ashlyn, Nathan Jr., Alison Springer; and Isabella Neely; nieces and nephews, Justine and Adam Spurgeon, Josh Evans, Matthew Evans and Alexis Gentry. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John "Maynard" and Edith Cook, and brother, Shane Evans. Memorial services will be held Aug. 10, at 6 p.m., at Passalacqua Funeral Chapel in Benicia. Please visit the online tribute at www.passalacquafuneralchapel.com .
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Published in The Reporter on Aug. 2, 2015
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