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Sheridan, Phil - Westlake Village  
Phil Sheridan 93, of Westlake Village, FBI agent, died 6/2/2016. Arrangements by Griffin Family Funeral Chapels, Thousand Oaks
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Published in Ventura County Star on June 26, 2016
Spingath, Mark  
Mark Spingath 58, of Ventura, -, died 6/12/2016. Arrangements by Coast Cities Cremations
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Published in Ventura County Star on June 28, 2016
Starkweather, Richard - Las Vegas  
Richard Starkweather Las Vegas, CA Richard "Dick" Starkweather, 69, a resident of Las Vegas, passed away suddenly of cardiac arrest at his home on June 15, 2016. He was born December 1, 1946 in Ithaca, New York to Glenn and Edith Starkweather. He was the oldest son of eight children. He married in 1982 at the age 34, to his beloved Kim. After High School he spent time in Germany in the US Army where he received an honorable discharge. He finally settled in California, where he spent several years working in management for United Parcel Service. He became a General Contractor and opened his own construction business where he designed concrete and stone projects for clients. In 1996, he and Kim lived out their dream and moved to Maui. He went back to school and begin earning certifications including: Association Management Specialist and Professional Community Association Manager for his new career in property management. During the 17 years living in Hawaii he managed several high end properties, and became very active in the Rotary Club of Lahaina eventually earning the position of President. After deciding to be closer to their family, Dick and Kim moved to Las Vegas and retired in 2013. Dick loved socializing, cooking, working on projects, watching his grandchildren grow up and loving his wife. He is survived by his wife, Kim; children, Allison and Wade; grandchildren, Malia and Jai; sisters, Diann (Kacy) , Glenda (Joe), Sandy (Jon), and Debbie(Steve); brothers Owen and Dennis (April), and numerous nieces and nephews.
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Published in Ventura County Star on June 26, 2016
Starkweather, Sam - Ojai  
Sam Starkweather Ojai, CA Long-time Ojai civic and religious leader Sam Starkweather dies at 96 Emery Sampson Starkweather, known to everyone as "Sam," departed peacefully to be with the Lord on June 18. Sam, 96, died surrounded by his extended family at the San Ramon Medical Center. He is survived by his sweetheart, Martha, after 74 years of marriage, and his beloved three children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Sam was born on December 2, 1919 in Butte, Montana to Emery and Frances Elizabeth Starkweather. Emery was a miner and disabled Spanish American War veteran. Sam had three older sisters, all of him predeceased him. He grew up in Martinez where he and Martha started their initial courtship in 1937 at Martinez High School, where Sam graduated in 1938. Sam worked for Shell Chemical Corporation for 30 years, retiring in 1974. He was a senior shift manager who helped open the Ventura Shell refinery plant in 1953. That was the year the Starkweathers moved to the Meiners Oaks community in Ojai. After leaving Shell he worked for several years as the plant engineer for the Ojai Valley Hospital and then for ten years as the senior plant engineer for the Broadway Department Store in Ventura. Sam served as a radio operator for the U.S. Navy on battle and troop transport ships during many Pacific Island landings and battles during World War II. Sam was a radio operator on the USS Indianapolis, which served as the flagship under the command of Deputy Navy Commander and Chief of the Pacific Fleet Admiral Raymond Spruance. One of his most emotionally traumatic experiences was when the troop ship that had transported Marines to the brutal Iwo Jima island battle was forced to become a hospital ship for hundreds of wounded Marines. He also witnessed the iconic raising of the America flag as the Marines took control of that critical island. Sam, known for his quick wit and sense of humor, was a well-respected civic and church leader in Ojai who provided leadership and mentoring to many younger men in the community. Known to his family as the "Mild Mannered Man from Meiners Oaks," he was considered by everyone a kind and gentle soul. Sam served as Chairman of the Deacon Board and the Building Committee and as Church Moderator at the First Baptist Church of Ojai, where he was a member for 62 years. He also helped start the church-based Ojai Valley Family Shelter for the homeless. He was a 60-year member and past president of the Meiners Oaks Lions.. Sam also served as a Boy Scout leader for troops in Ojai and Meiners Oaks and was a Sespe District leader for the Ventura County Boy Scout Council. In addition, he was an amateur radio operator for 75 years under the handle "W6ZKC." He is survived by his wife Martha Jean Lancaster Starkweather, 95, originally of Red Bluff; son Stephen Starkweather and wife Myrna of Thousand Oaks; son Jeffrey Starkweather and wife Dee Reid of Pittsboro, North Carolina; and daughter Marsha Beeler and husband Rick of Danville; six grandchildren, Richard Beeler of Livermore and his wife Amy; Marianne Beeler of Danville, Sampson Starkweather of Brooklyn, New York; Emily Tinervin of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and her husband Scott; Nathaniel and Amy Starkweather of Thousand Oaks; greatgrandchildren, Graedon and Mikaela Beeler, and Ryan and Emery Tinervin. He also leaves devoted nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends. Memorial services will be held at the First Baptist Church at 930 Grand Avenue in Ojai on July 2 at 10 am with Rev. Chad Zaucha officiating.
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Published in Ventura County Star from June 24 to June 26, 2016
Stones, H. William (Bill) - Camarillo  
H. William (Bill) Stones Camarillo, CA Bill passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 with his loving wife- Marilyn by his side. Bill was born and raised in Logan , Utah. 1 of 4 siblings born to H. William Sr. and Genevieve Stones. His Brother- Boyce and sisters -Sharon Todd and Thelma Winterbottom. He finished high school 1 year early and was a member of the Utah National Guard. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and spent most of his four years touring in England and Europe. He was honorably discharged upon returning to the U.S.A. and used the G.I. bill to further his education. While finishing his education in Engineering he obtained an Aircraft & Engine Mechanic License, which he worked at while attending Utah State University in Logan, UT. Upon graduating he spent five years at the Boeing wind tunnel aeronautical configuration in Seattle, Washington. He wanted to continue his quest in engineering. He moved to California in 1962 to work for the Dept. of Defense, the U.S. Navy Civil Service in Camarillo. He was Branch Head of Fleet Operations at Point Mugu, CA. He attained the rank of DP4; that was the equivalent of GM 15. From 1972 till his retirement in 1993, he was the Mobile Sea Range Operations director. He spent 6 months during 1973 in Iran as the guest of the Shah of Iran as the US Navy Range Rep. of the Chief of Naval Operations. Bill was the direct USA representative to the Iranian Navy during his deployment in Bandar Abbas and Tehran. Bill traveled all over the world taking his band of mobile rangers with him. He met and married the love of his life, Marilyn Lewandowski on April 29, 1981. They were married on the Queen Mary and then honeymooned on the liner "Fair Sea". They made their home in Camarillo and Bill was President of the Camarillo Springs Homeowners' Association. In 1999 they moved to Santa Maria ,CA. They wanted to stay on the central coast. They were members of the Santa Maria Country Club. Bill loved to play golf, and also a bit of a computer nut and was always helping someone with something. He was the Big Ram in the Retired Active Men Organization. They moved back to Camarillo about 3 years ago. Bill leaves behind a Step-daughter, Tamara & husband Matt Hopkins with grandkids' Nick and Alex Lonsdale of Rio Linda, CA. Step-son Bryan and wife Gabi Lewandowski with grandkids' Brandon, Sophia, and Benjamin of Camarillo, CA. Step-son Todd and wife Lisa Lewandowski with grandkids' Jessica and Collin of La Palma, CA. Bill will be cremated and interned in a joint plot with Marilyn Stones at the Conejo Mountain Memorial Park in Camarillo, CA. Memorial Service to be scheduled and handled by Conejo Mountain Memorial.
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Published in Ventura County Star from June 25 to June 27, 2016
Strange, Ruth  
Ruth Strange 92, of Ojai, Licensed Vocational Nurse, died 6/23/2016. Arrangements by Coast Cities Cremations
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Published in Ventura County Star on June 28, 2016
Sullivan, Walter Eugene - Ventura  
Walter Eugene Sullivan Ventura, CA Our beloved father Walter Eugene Sullivan (a.k.a. "Pete") found his final peace on June 13, 2016 at the age of 97. Walter was married for 60 years to our mother, Louise Sullivan, who passed away in 2006 at age 89. The children of Walter and Louise, sons Michael (Mike), Robert (Bob) and John, miss Walter and Louise dearly. Born in San Francisco, raised in nearby Redwood City, and a proud member of America's "Greatest Generation," Walter Sullivan lived through the roaring twenties, the rough depression of the 1930s, and the experience of a soldier in World War II. You could say that Walter was a provider for his family all his life. Walter's father died when Walter was 13. During and after high school, Walter worked to help support his mother and sister in those Depression years. After the war, Walter worked in construction equipment sales and later established his own successful business partnership in that line of work in the San Fernando Valley. When his "kids" sometimes needed a little financial help, Dad was always there. Walter entered the Army in November 1942 and reached the rank of Sergeant as a tank commander and forward observer in an artillery unit in the 13th Armored Division, which fought in Germany from January 1945 until May 1945. In June 1945, Walter returned to California to prepare for his unit's participation in the invasion of Japan. However, after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, his combat duty ended. The Army had a big impact on Dad's life in another way, when one of his Army buddies introduced him to Louise, the woman who would become his wife. Years later, in 1973, son Mike, serving in the U.S. Army in Germany, met Walter and Louise during their vacation bus trip in Europe, and drove them to Berchtesgaden, Germany. There, Walter and Mike had their photo taken standing together in front of the same hotel where Walter had his own photo taken in May 1945. Walter and Louise had a rich life together. After bringing up the "kids" in Los Angeles county (Glendale and La Crescenta), Walter and Louise spent their retirement years in Ventura starting in 1976. In retirement Dad enjoyed collecting antique woodworking tools, serving as president of the Ventura "Model A" automobile club, many cruises and group travels, and doing home improvement projects. Dad was always doing some kind of building project, and all his sons also worked as carpenters at least some part of their lives. Walter and Louise had some rough times in their final years as Louise succumbed to Alzheimer's disease and Walter declined under progressive dementia. To honor Walter and Louise, we, his "kids," suggest donations to organizations trying to find a cure for those diseases. We salute Paul Dickinson, a devoted lifelong friend of the family. Dad frequently called Paul his "fourth son." We thank Dad's doctors in Ventura, especially cardiologist Dr. Craig Mansour and General Practitioner Dr. Desiree Domingo-Foraste, and their staff, for their competent care. We thank Dad's neighbors, the "Coosa Street gang," for helping both Mom and Dad in their final years. And we think fondly of Dad's friends, such as the Bedard family, Otto Rose family, golfing buddy Bill McClurg, and others, who left Dad with loving memories.
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Published in Ventura County Star from June 26 to June 29, 2016
Taylor M.D., Phillip H. - Thousand Oaks  
Phillip H. Taylor, M.D. Thousand Oaks, CA Known as the Doctor of Last Resort, the Doctor that saved and enhanced hundreds of lives, could not be saved. With Jan, his wife at his side, Phillip H. Taylor, M.D. passed away at Los Robles Hospital on May 28th at 11:07 PM from Heart Cancer. Chapter I? the beginning... Phillip Harry Taylor was born April 14, 1932 in Joliet, Illinois to Harry Phillip Taylor and Maurine Blake. He was the first born of seven children. He went to Joliet Township High School where he excelled in Academics and Wrestling, coming in second place in the State AAUs in his weight class. Phil turned down multiple Wrestling Scholarships, where the coaches were not too keen on his major choice, Interior Design. This was the saving grace and saved us from the Exploding Clown School of Design, led by Phillip H. Taylor. Chiropractic College and Medical School were his new goals, Interior Design will have to wait, lucky for us. During his school days is where he met and fell in love with Saramae Marer. They were on a double date, dating others when they met. That night is where the spark started flying? They married September 7, 1953. He went into the Army in 1954, where he was based in Granit City, Illinois, his first born son, Phillip Jeffry Taylor was born just over the state line in Missouri, the highlight of their life together. After Phil was discharged from the Army they made their way to California. He attended the California College of Medicine, where he slept learned his electives and edited the school yearbook two years running. Internship and Residency at Los Angeles County Hospital followed, not sure it was "As seen" on Gray's Anatomy. Phil and Saramae moved to Thousand Oaks in 1965, where he worked at Camarillo State Hospital as a Physiatrist and built his private practice amongst the Oaks. His unique practice grew and thrived with patients coming in from all over the world to see him. It was not uncommon to have to wait for over 6 months for an appointment. He considered himself a Metabolic doctor and fine purveyor of vitamins. He was the leading proponent of this unique discipline, there is no substitute for him. The thing that Phil and Sara looked forward to each year was attending the Indianapolis 500 with Andy, Dolly and Vince Granatelli. This was always one of the highlights of the year for them, especially for a young Saramae who grew up in Indianapolis. Saramae passed away in May 2013, this was a near fall for Phil. Shortly after, he became reacquainted with a longtime family friend and patient Jan Estlow, he got his second wind, his heart began to beat again. CHAPTER II...the rest of the story? IT ALL BEGAN with a late night call from an old friend & neighbor, who was also my doctor for 40 years. Austin TX was hosting their first Formula One Race. Phil, an ardent fan of auto racing was asking for information about the event. This conversation led to many emails & calls and it was decided we would attend the race together. It was the beginning of getting to know each other in a new light and a future full of new adventures and FUN! We never said "no" to fun. In November, 2014 we were wed in Austin, TX. Everyone but the wedding party was dressed in white and the church& reception pavilion were ablaze with white lights. It was truly a Wonderland. There was not a dry eye in the crowd when Phil read his vows. Needless to say, I was upstaged! I want to share a side of "Dr. Phil" that maybe his friends and patients might not know. What his patients did know was an incredible man, a brilliant doctor with amazing dedication and always a question for traditional medicine. But, there was another side to Phil...a keen sense of humor, a love of all kinds of art and music and much more. Phil did everything with determination and zeal. His day would begin with laughing, singing and dancing around to Delbert McClinton, which was played as loud as the neighbors could stand. He even signed us up for dance and voice lessons. His first performance was at Galettos singing..."I'm Just a Country Boy." He loved to go shopping, if he saw a garage sale or estate sale sign...prepare to stop. Through Phil, I met so many of his wonderful friends and patients. It was not uncommon to hear..."This man saved my life!" Nor was it not surprising when he requested patient's charts be brought to his hospital bed. His patients were a big part of his life. A man of his quality, intellect and passion comes around once in a live time and I feel truly blessed to have been his friend for so many years and his wife for too short of years. Heaven...you are truly receiving an incredible doctor with a beautiful and giving soul. We will sorely miss this "Once in a Lifetime Man". Chapter III... Philip is survived by his wife Jan, Sons, Phillip J Taylor, Brett O Taylor, Craig Taylor, Daughter Abbe A Stauffer, Grandchildren Cory M Taylor and Brandie L Taylor, Sisters Margaret Kelly, Kathleen Bierstaker, Rosalie Davis and Brother Gayle Bennett. He also survived by his Nephews and Nieces, and many friends and patients whom he was quite fond of. He will be sorely missed by so many. The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to all the nurses, doctors and caregivers that gave such compassionate and loving care to Dr. Phillip Taylor during the past few months. The "Celebration of Phil's Life" will be held on Saturday, June 25th, 11:00am, at the Los Robles Greens, 229 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, Ca. Because Phil loved life, guests are asked to consider wearing bright colors and lots of "Bling". He would like that. If you so choose to make a memorial donation, the following are Phil's favorite charities: Ventura County Fire Department's Widow, Orphans & Assistance Fund 3251 Corte Malpaso, Su,501-B/C, Camarillo, Ca. 93012 Ventura County Deputy Sheriff's Association Benevolent Fund 981 S. Victoria Ave. Ventura, Ca 93003 Unity Church of The Oaks 2786 Crescent Way Thousand Oaks, Ca 91362
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Published in Ventura County Star from June 23 to June 24, 2016
Vaughn, Mary Lucille - Ojai  
Mary Lucille Vaughn Ojai, CA Mary Lucille Vaughn was born in Ojai, CA on January 8, 1923 to parents Clarence and Osa Meadows. She passed away at home in Ojai with her family by her side on June 24, 2016. Luci was preceded in death by her husband Otho "Pete" Vaughn and brother Eugene Meadows. Luci is survived by her sister Louise Pace (Simi Valley), Daughters Charlene Turnbow (Ventura), Deborah Smith (Camarillo), Step Children Mitch Vaughn (Ojai) and Michelle Nelson (Redding). Luci also has four Grandchildren, four step Grandchildren, five Great Grandchildren, five step Great Grandchildren and three Great Great Grandchildren. Luci was an avid bowler for many years on leagues in Ojai and Ventura until the age of 85. She was so happy when she was able to bowl with her Great Grandson Justin. Luci also loved the slot machines and going to Las Vegas and the Chumash Casino. In her later years she transitioned to playing the slots on her beloved iPad. Luci was employed by the Ojai Bakery in Ojai for 22 years. Our deepest appreciation and thank you goes out to her beloved caregiver Debra Murguia who was by her side for the last 2 1/2 years! Graveside services will be held at the Santa Paula Cemetery on July, 1, 2016 at 11:00 am.
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Published in Ventura County Star from June 29 to June 30, 2016
Waldrop, Jimmy  
Jimmy Waldrop 69, of Thousand Oaks, finance project leader, died 6/2/2016. Arrangements by Griffin Family Funeral Chapels, Thousand Oaks (805)230-2800
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Published in Ventura County Star on June 26, 2016
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