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Nelson Hubert Rust March 7th, 1931 - July 24th, 2015 Nelson Hubert Rust was born on March 7th, 1931 in Drumright, Oklahoma and passed away on July 24th, 2015 with family by his side. He moved to California in 1944 and joined the US Marine Corps in 1951. He was deployed to Korea and returned to the USA in 1952. Nelson was discharged in 1954 and went to work for California Electric Power Company, settling in Southern California. He married Jenny Smith in 1954 and had two daughters over the next two years. Nelson retired from Edison Power Company after 33 years and moved to Hesperia in 1984. Nelson, also known as Rusty, Buster, and Red - was a proud Marine all of his life. His hobbies were raising birds and pampering his beloved 1968 Ford Truck. Nelson married Mayola Patera in 1990, and they enjoyed almost 25 years of married life until May was called home in June of 2014. Nelson is survived by two daughters, Patti Tyree and husband George of Bakersfield, Debbie Moore and husband Harold of Baker, Florida and step-children Sherry, Bill and Angela. His grandchildren, Wendy Hunter and husband Greg, Griffin Gatschet and wife Meigan, Ryan Tyree and wife Ileana, Summer Tidwell and husband Tripp, Kelli Tyree and fiancée Juan Rivera and step grandsons Jason, Kyle and Kevin. Rusty has 5 great grandchildren with another on the way. He is also survived by his sisters, Wanda Bowling, Anna lee Depeugh, Aretha Damron and husband Ron, and Opal Ruth Rust. Nelson is preceded in death by his beloved wife Mayola, both parents, Sarah Ann and Hubert Rust of Riverside, Sister Kay Roberts of Riverside and Brother Vaughn Rust. A viewing and service will be held at Desert View Funeral Home on Amargosa Rd, Victorville, Ca. from 4pm until 8pm on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. A committal service and burial will be held on Thursday, July 30, at Riverside National Cemetery located at 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, California at 11:45am. The family would like to send a special thanks to his devoted caregivers, Christy, Lillian, Minda and Elsie who took special care of Dad during the last 2 years of his life and another special thanks to his good friend Dennis who was there offering companionship until the very end.
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Published in the Daily Press on July 29, 2015
Amy Virginia Trujillo December 31, 1955 - July 9, 2015 Born December 31, 1955 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to parents Ricardo and Virginia Trujillo. She went to be with our heavenly Father in heaven July 9, 2015, after a long battle with numerous health issues. Amy was raised in Tortilla Flats in Barstow, CA. She went to Kennedy High School and was a proud Spartan. She adored her grandchildren and loved spending time with her family. She is survived by her mother Virginia Lujan, her daughters Virginia Melendez, Andrea Melendez and Sandra Hurtado. Grandchildren Harley Grow, Noel Melendez, Eric Melendez, Andres Melendez Jr., Aidan Melendez, Alex Hurtado Jr., Corleon Zendian and Sadrian Zendian. Siblings Helen Shaw, Peggy Trujillo, Richard "Chico" Trujillo and Ray Ledet. Also numerous nieces and nephews that she held close to her heart. Amy will always be remembered by her beautiful smile, her ability to stand up for what she believed in and her generous heart.
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Published in Desert Dispatch on July 30, 2015
Van Meter, Robert Edward - Ventura  
Robert Edward Van Meter November 27, 1936 - August 23, 2015 Robert Edward Van Meter passed away at his home in Victorville, California on August 23, 2015. Mr. Van Meter was born November 27, 1936 at Dodge City, Kansas, to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Van Meter. Robert graduated from Chillicothe High School in Chillicothe Missouri. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from California State College at Long Beach. Mr. Van Meter was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Marie Whitaker Van Meter, parents, Samuel A. Van Meter and Dorothy Todd Van Meter. He is survived by his son, James Robert Van Meter of Boulder, Colorado, sister Elaine Van Meter Maberry (Will) of Apple Valley, California, uncles and aunts Mr. and Mrs. Tim Todd of Covina, California, Mr. and Mrs. G. Clyde Todd of Seattle, Washington, and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service is scheduled for 11am September 1, 2015, at First Assembly Of God, 15260 Nisqualli Road, Victorville, California. Burial is to be at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, 5400 Valentine Rd., Ventura, California.
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Published in the Daily Press on Aug. 29, 2015
Elizabeth Jayne Waldon April 14, 1957 - August 3, 2015 Elizabeth Jayne Waldon, 58, of Hesperia, California passed away on August 3, 2015. She was born in Los Angeles, California on April 14, 1957. Elizabeth graduated from Santana High School in 1975 and received her Masters of Social work from California State University San Bernardino. Elizabeth worked for the County of San Bernardino Children and Family Services. She had a passion for gardening, poetry, her children, grandchildren and her 3 pugs.She is survived by her sons Nicholas Z. Waldon and Christopher J. Kocalis, her daughter Heidi E. Kocalis, and granddaughter Naomi A. Perez. A memorial service will be held Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 1pm to 3pm at Desert View Funeral Home 11478 Amargosa Rd. Victorville, California.
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Published in the Daily Press on Aug. 14, 2015
George Frank Welch March 13, 1924 - August 13, 2015 George Welch, born in Webster City, Iowa on March 13, 1924, passed away on August 13, 2015 at the age of 91. George had a career working for Hughes Aircraft for over 30 years, was proud to be an Army Veteran, serving during WWII; receiving a Purple Heart. He loved fishing, traveling, nature walks, reading, and dogs. He leaves behind his spouse Pilar Welch and sister Marjorie Erickson. Memorial Services to be held at Riverside National Cemetery on Wednesday 8/19/2015 at 12 noon. 22495 Van Buren Blvd., March Air Force Base, CA 92518. Memorial Mass to be held at Christ the Good Shepherd on Thursday 8/20/2015. 17900 Jonathan St., Adelanto, CA at 10:00am.
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Published in the Daily Press on Aug. 18, 2015
Workman, Bill E.  
Bill E. Workman July 1, 1931 - August 28, 2015 Bill passed away peacefully this past Friday am. A kind, gentle, generous man, he was born in Nellis, West Virginia, "escaping" the coal mines by enlisting in the United States Air Force at age 18. He then served as An Air Force Rescue Medic for the next twenty years. While stationed in England he met a beautiful young lass, Patricia, beginning an enduring romance that would last 62 years. Around the world, Pat and Bill raised their children, Vicki and Mark, eventually settling in Victorville after Bill's first "retirement". He then worked another twenty years in Civil Service as a Hydraulic Specialist at Barstow Marine Base. Even then he did not rest, but served actively as a volunteer. For the last fourteen years, up until even last week, he worked passionately at the St. Mary's Medical Center Gift Shop. Lest it seem he was all work and no play, Pat and Bill were very active socially. From membership in the British Wives' Club to weekly Square Dancing to trips to Vegas, San Diego, and Ocean Cruises they lived a life rich with love, laughter, and friendship. Bill had a steadfast joyful faith in God, Country and, particularly, his family (including his dog Bailey!). One of his greatest pleasures was his time spent with his grandchildren. While they lived "up the hill" and the grandkids lived "down", Pat and Bill attended everything they could, from their births to their B'nai Mitzvahs to graduations, with innumerable dance recitals and ball games thrown in. Bill is survived by his loving wife Patricia; children Mark and Vicki (Seth) Kogan and grandchildren Emily, Michael and Alex Kogan. Services will be held at 11:00 this Wednesday, September 2nd, at Sunset Hills Memorial Park, 24000 Waalew Road, Apple Valley 92307. Visitation will begin at 10:00 with interment to follow the service. Friends and Family will then be welcomed at the Workman home in Del Webb Sun City, 10337 Lakeshore Drive, Apple Valley, California 92308. In lieu of flowers, you may honor Bill's life with a donation to the St. Mary Medical Center Foundation, 18300 Highway 18, Apple Valley, California 92307.
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Published in the Daily Press from Sept. 1 to Sept. 4, 2015
Vincent I. Wright Vincent I. "VW" Wright, aged 81 years, was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He passed away peacefully at his home in Barstow, California, on August 6, 2015, after a lengthy illness. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by friends and family. Vince was a Korean War era, U S Navy veteran. After his military service, he worked on heating and air conditioning systems for the Barstow Unified School District for 35 years and as an Electrician for BNSF Railroad for 20 years. He was known by all as, "the man who could fix anything." In his retirement years, Vince became an avid scuba diver and was very active with the Barstow-Boron Masonic Lodge, York Rite and Scottish Rite Masons, The Order of the Eastern Star and with the Shriners. He is survived by his wife Polly, four daughters, Kathy Alcantara, Belynda Jauss, Brandye Munger, Bobbie Moran, his adopted son Arnalto Armenta, and his sister Billie Jean Carimi and niece Ruth Irace. The Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held at 2 pm, Thursday, August 13, 2015, at the Barstow-Boron Masonic Lodge, 221 Avenue "J", Barstow, California. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 (813) 367-2241 or online at
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Published in Desert Dispatch on Aug. 13, 2015
Lewis F. Zahn July 16, 1920 - August 5, 2015 Lewis was born in Lehighton Penn. to his Father and Mother Charles and Emily. Charles was a Locomotive Inspector for the Lehi Valley Railroad. Lewis graduated from Lehighton High School in 1939 and served in the Army from 1943 to 1945 in the Philippines. He then worked for the Lehi Valley Railroad as a Machinist from 1946 to 1958. He married Beatrice in 1947 and had two Children Ronald and Susan. They moved to Lakewood, Calif. in 1961 and Lewis worked for North American Rockwell on the Apollo and Saturn and Shuttle programs in the Tooling Dept. from 1961 to 1982. They moved to Apple Valley in 1982 to retire and were founding members of Jess Ranch Community Church. Beatrice passed away in 1997 and Lewis remarried in 2001 to Betty Massie. He is survived by Betty Massie, his Daughter Susan and two Grandchildren Stephanie and Eric. Funeral service will be held on Sat. Aug. 29th, at 11:30 am at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cypress, Calif. on Lincoln Ave.
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Published in the Daily Press from Aug. 22 to Aug. 23, 2015

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Carter, Kent E.  
Kent E. Carter October 24, 1942 - July 24, 2015 Long time Hesperia resident, Kent (KC) Carter, passed away peacefully at his residence on July 24, 2015. Kent was born to Joseph and Dorothy Carter in South Gate, CA. He is survived by his brother Gary, his two daughters LaDaughn and Telecia, his son Michael, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Kent is a veteran of the US Army (1960-1963) and a retired maintenance mechanic from Boeing aircraft. Kent truly did have a zest for life. He loved to hunt, fish and go camping with his family and friends. Cars and motorcycles were a favorite past-time. He loved going to the movies. He was extremely passionate about his animals to include exotic birds, cats and dogs. Kent had a tough exterior, but was a kind hearted and gentle man beneath it all. He was caring, kind, funny and could always be counted on to be there for you when needed. A private "Celebration of Life" will be held today in honor of Kent.
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Published in the Daily Press on Aug. 1, 2015
Davies, Jr., John (Jack) Clement  
John (Jack) Clement Davies, Jr. December 3, 1932 - August 8, 2015 Jack Davies, 82, of Phelan, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Jack was born and raised in LA. As a young man he served in the US Air Force. He was a member of the United Carpenters Union and, at one time, owned his own drywall business. Jack loved hanging out with his buddies, visiting his son and grandson up north, betting on the ponies and watching his favorite teams, the Chargers and Angels. Jack raised his family in Tustin and had a heart of gold. No matter where they lived, he opened his doors to everyone. He lived with his wife and younger children, but always had what he considered his extended family living or staying with them. Jack is preceded in death by his beloved daughter Diane Davies, his parents John and Agnes Davies and his sister Joan Madrigal. Jack is survived by his wife JoAn of 38 years; his son Michael Davies (wife Cindy, son Nicholas) of Riverbank, CA; his children, Rhys, Timothy and Andaya Davies, all of Phelan; his stepchildren, Terry Brackett (wife Agnes), David Prickett, Gary Prickett, and Greg Prickett (wife Mary); 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Mary Eppstein. He will live forever in our hearts and be missed by all who knew him. Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 21st, 3:00pm at Inland Memorial (Hermosa Cemetery), 900 N. Meridian Ave., Colton, CA and a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 22nd, 12:30pm at the VFW Hall, 4892 Nielson Rd., Phelan, CA.
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Published in the Daily Press on Aug. 21, 2015
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