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Waggoner, Terry Van - Camarillo  
Our beloved husband, father, and brother, Terry Van Waggoner, went to his heavenly home on Friday, May 15, 2015. Terry was born on June 13, 1944, in Del Rio, Texas. As a youth he was an Eagle Scout and an extraordinarily bright young man who graduated from Texas City High School at the age of 16. Later he attended the University of Texas and graduated with a Master's degree in Business Administration. Most remarkable is Terry's academic achievement of Juris Doctor, when he graduated valedictorian from Southern California Institute of Law at the age of 61. Terry's patriotic love for his Country led him to join the Army in the Vietnam War era. He was selected to be part of the distinguished 7th Special Forces 82nd Airborne Division. Terry was a born leader and held several Senior Management Positions at Mitsubishi where he was in charge of Aircraft Financing, Tricon Leasing and Avnet as V.P. of Sales in the area of equipment leasing. During the retirement years the vibrant and energetic Terry continued in the workforce as a mediator, substitute teacher, and most recently, crew member at his favorite store, Trader Joe's in Camarillo, CA. Terry was a proud member of the Patriot Guard Riders. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and hiking Mount Whitney. Terry loved and adored his children and touched the life of so many people. He is preceded in death by his two fathers, Henry Van Buren Waggoner and Arthur Gaty Simons; his sister, Deborah Ragland; nephew, Navy Aviation Electrician Stuart Dayton; and all of his grandparents. He is survived by his mother, Angela Simons; wife, Beate Christina Waggoner; children: Marc Waggoner, Jessica Gwaltney, Sgt. First Class Jeremiah Waggoner, 82nd Airborne Ranger, and Jericho Shannon; siblings, Sherry Wells, Janis Dayton Tangeman, John Simons; and numerous nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 at Conejo Mountain Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 2052 Howard Road, Camarillo, at 3:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers donation may be sent to, The Wounded Warriors Project: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate. Arrangements are under the direction of the Conejo Mountain Funeral Home and Memorial Park; condolences may be left at www.ConejoMountain.com
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Published in Ventura County Star from May 20 to May 23, 2015
Whitmeyer, Sharon Lee - Idaho Falls  
Sharon Lee Whitmeyer Idaho Falls, ID Sharon Lee Whitmeyer, born September 5th 1946 in Bolivar, MO. Passed away peacefully in Idaho Falls, Idaho May 12th of a short battle with cancer. Sharon was married to Wynn Whitmeyer Sr. for 48 years. Sharon worked fulltime at Point Mugu Naval Base and raised two boys, Wynn Jr. and Bret. After retiring she and Wynn managed the Herbert Ranch in Piru, California for many years. After Wynn and Sharon's retirement from ranching in 2007 they moved to Rigby, Idaho to be closer to grandkids. Sharon was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother of 4 and friend. She was a role model of honesty, hard work, and love of family and friendship. She is survived by her husband, children and grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com
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Published in Ventura County Star on May 15, 2015
Wilson, Jack - Fillmore  
Jack Wilson Fillmore, CA Jack Wilson, 91, passed into the arms of our Lord on May 17, 2015 with his wife, Katheryn, by his side. Jack was born on January 7, 1924 to parents, Addison Wheeler Wilson and Christina Louise Barnhart Wilson. He was the oldest of six children. Because his mother passed at an early age, Jack and the other Wilson children were raised by his father and stepmother, Mildred. Jack is survived by Katheryn, his loving wife of 53 years, his children, Ron Wilson of Arizona, Jack Wilson of Arizona, Rex Wilson of Fillmore, Becky Wilson McCarthy of Camarillo, Steve Curnett of Washington and Tom Curnett of Fillmore. His younger sister, Betty Lewis preceded him in death; however, he is also survived by his brothers, Addison "Junior" Wilson (Thelma), George Wilson (Joan), and sisters, Juliene Wilson Tackett and Helen Wilson Utterback. Jack leaves behind ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Like so many of the "Great Generation", after graduating from high school in 1942, Jack joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. He received officer cadet training at the University of Tennessee, flight training (for the B-24 Liberator in Tennessee and aerial gunnery school in Florida. Jack was assigned to the 15th Army Air Corps led by General Jimmy Doolittle. Jack was deployed in early December, 1944 by a "liberty ship" to the Mediterranean Theater of War, landing at Tunisia, North Africa. From there the unit was transported by boxcar to the Pantanella Airbase north of Rome. Jack was assigned to the 781st Bomb Squadron and was attached to the 465th Heavy Bombing Group. During combat, Jack's duty was as a flight engineer and the ball turret was his combat station. After bombing attacks, Jack's job also involved photographing the bombing results. Upon completion of 25 combat sorties, Jack had been decorated with a Battle Ribbon with Silver Star, the Air Medal with Bronze Cluster, air crew wings, and the EAME Campaign Ribbon. After the war, Jack returned home to Indiana and started civilian life, raising his family and working for International Harvester. In the early 1950's he sought new opportunities and moved his family to Santa Paula, California where he became a restaurant owner and weekend race car driver. He raced jalopies on dirt tracks with someone many will remember, Rufus P. Parnelli Jones. Jack and Kay married in 1962 combining their families to include taking all six children on a road trip honeymoon. Jack worked for over 50 years as a proud union carpenter. Jack served as an officer for the local union hall and worked as building superintendent for such Ventura county landmarks as Santa Paula Hospital, Fillmore Safeway, Rio Mesa High School, and Ventura Bank of America. In retirement, Jack played golf, gardened and shared his love of carpentry by helping with remodeling/restoration jobs for friends after earthquakes and floods. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Fillmore. Jack and Kay also enjoyed extensive travel and had the great pleasure to see much of our country and several overseas countries. Graveside services will be held at the Bardsdale Cemetery on Friday, May 22nd at 1:00p.m. Services entrusted to Skillin-Carroll Mortuary 600 Central Ave, Fillmore, CA 805-524-0744.
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Published in Ventura County Star on May 20, 2015
Woodfill, Thomas Ross - Camarillo  
Thomas Ross Woodfill Camarillo, CA Tom was born to William and Elizabeth Woodfill on November 30, 1941 in the idyllic southern Indiana town of Greensburg. He was the second boy and later there was a sister to join the family. They all remained very close throughout their lives both to each other and to the many friends from growing up in a small, friendly town. Tom and his classmates kept in touch even though they had very diverse careers and lived in many places in the world. All of them are very caring and thoughtful people who enjoy each other and they are model citizens. Tom attended Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN and then received his MB? from Indiana University. He was employed by Hallmark Cards in Kansas City and while there made friends with a young man who was looking into the Airline Industry as a pilot. Due to the Vietnam conflict there was a shortage of pilots for the commercial side of flying so TWA was starting a new program which they dubbed "the zero timers" as they had to learn to fly from literally the ground up. Tom was accepted and began his career in commercial aviation while he served in the Naval Reserves. His first domicile was Los Angeles where he enjoyed the beach life and was happy not to have to live in the Midwest during the winters. In 1968 he flew a trip to Hartford, CT with a flight attendant also from Indiana. Within a few months the relationship was sealed and they married Feb 1, 1969. The years were filled with a lot of travel, great events and many friends. In 1997 Jan was reunited with her daughter from a previous relationship who had been adopted. The friendship blossomed and Tom loved her as his own. They were blessed to have many happy times with Margaret and her children Devlin and Edie. Tom's main love for a hobby was his golf game and he had many friends both from the golf course and neighbors who shared his passion for the sport. Unfortunately the ugly cancer gene that claimed his mother and sister (his brother is a survivor) attacked his pancreas. He was declared cancer free for only two weeks when it showed up in his liver and later his lung. He left his suffering behind on May 3, 2015. In addition to his brother Bill and his significant other Karen, he is survived by his niece Dana and her family-husband Harley and children Haley and Fisher; his nephew Kyle and his wife Lindsey and their daughter Charlotte and cousin Drew and his wife Wilma. Jan and Tom enjoyed 46 years of marriage in CA and considered themselves very fortunate to have so many cherished friends. Donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Fund based in Manhattan Beach, CA.
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Published in Ventura County Star from May 22 to May 24, 2015
Yuss, Richard - Ventura  
Richard Yuss Ventura, CA Richard Yuss, part cowboy, part Renaissance man. Born April 19, 1941 in Evergreen Park, Illinois, passed away May 12, 2015, Ventura, CA. How does one condense a lifetime into a few sentences? Richard was a man consumed with curiosity and willing to tackle any project/problem. His work ethic was second to none. Richard worked in the auto/aerospace industries all his adult life, retiring at the age of 70 after 50 years of service. His passions were many and varied. He was intelligent, loving, caring, compassionate and stubborn. The loves of his life include, his wife Kathleen who shared 53 magical years of marriage with him; his 3 children, Christine (Joe), Celeste (Carlos), Timothy (Karla); his 3 grandchildren, Steven (Marlene), Kirstin, Brian; and his 3 great-grandchildren, Meriah, Brian and Madison; anything with 4 tires and an engine, a good bottle of cabernet, any NASCAR race, any driver with the last name of Earnhardt, and his furry kids Daytona and Charlotte. Richard was a 24 year member of the VC Corvette Club, member of the Y's Men's club of the YMCA, and 3rd degree Knight of the San Bueneventura Knights of Columbus. Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 10800 Henderson Rd, Ventura, CA on Monday May 18th, 2015 at 9:45am. Reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Reardon Family Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Please note: Richard's cell phone is in the trunk of the car?
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Published in Ventura County Star on May 16, 2015
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