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Bessant, Albert Kenneth  
Albert Kenneth Bessant September 1, 1915 - June 16, 2015 Albert Kenneth Bessant was born September 1st, 1915 and passed from this earth on June 16th, 2015. He is preceded in death by his sons Ronald Bessant and John Burns; his daughter Laneta Williams; his grandsons John Patrick Burns and Stephen Kirk, and his beloved wife Frances Burns Bessant. He leaves behind his daughters Thomasine Kirk and Carolyn Richardson and his daughter-in-law Judy Burns, 11 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews of whom he teased and joked with until his very last few days. He was born in San Bernardino and also lived in Barstow, El Centro, Running Springs, Kelseyville, Lakeport and most recently in Victorville, CA. He was interviewed by CSU at San Bernardino (Oral History Project) for his knowledge of San Bernardino. His great-great grandfather, Isaac Bessant, was one of the original pioneers that settled San Bernardino. He will be missed but not forgotten. Memorial Service will be held at: Church of Christ, 13150 Sycamore St., Victorville, CA at 11:00am on August 1st, 2015.
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Published in the Daily Press on July 19, 2015
Boone, Leonard - Victorville  
Leonard Boone December 27, 1942 - July 3, 2015 Leonard moved to Victorville in 1980 with his family to provide his sons with a safe place to grow up. He retired from the Navy after 21 years of military service, then went to work for the State of California where he again retired. Leonard died on July 3, 2015 after a medically challenging year; leaving his wife of 45 years, Britt. He also leaves sons Jason and Jerome, daughters Tranice and LaWanda, his brother Jesse with wife Belle, 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grand-children, many nieces and nephews, family and friends. He will be missed by all. His spirit, memory and legacy will continue.
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Published in the Daily Press on July 11, 2015
Braund, Carole June  
Carole June Braund June 9, 1940 - July 27, 2015 Carole June Braund, 75, passed away due to heart problems on July 27, 2015. She was a resident of Barstow for 42 years. She previously worked for Sears and had a license in Cosmetology and Real Estate. She is survived by her spouse, Dennis Braund of Barstow, CA; daughter Lisa Braund and son Eric Braund, both of Barstow, CA; son Devon Braund & daughter-in-law Kim Braund, of Halfway, MO; 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Services will be held on August 3, 2015 at 11:00 am at Mead Mortuary in Barstow, CA. Carole will be cremated.
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Published in Desert Dispatch on July 31, 2015
Burgess, Harold (Hal) Arthur  
Harold (Hal) Arthur Burgess October 31, 1935 - June 19, 2015 He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Wilfred and Elizabeth and son Paul Alan Burgess, two grandchildren, McKenzie Kapko and Adam Fix. He is survived by his wife Collene of 44 years, son Gary Burgess, daughters Aleshia Kapko and Sheena Harrell, 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, a sister Beryl in Australia, 2 nieces, 2 nephews and their children. A memorial service will be held on August 1st, 2015 at 11 A.M. at High Desert Chuch in Victorville, CA.
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Published in the Daily Press on July 31, 2015
Collins, Otis - Victorville  
Otis C. Collins (AKA) OC Collins October 6, 1940 - July 2, 2015 Passed away July 2nd, 2015 after battling a long illness. He was a longtime resident of Victorville. OC was born October 6th, 1940 to Susie and Preston Collins who preceded him in death. His family moved to Victorville CA in 1953. He was the 10th child born to Susie and Preston. Nine siblings preceded him in death. He attended Victor Valley High School. He was employed at Kaiser Cement/Mitsubishi for 47 years. He retired in 2006. He was a hard worker and a very generous person. He loved fishing, cooking and spending time with family and friends. He will be missed by all. He leaves behind to cherish memories, his loving wife of 48 years, Joetta Collins; 2 sons, Patrick (Tamara) of Yucca Valley CA and Otis Jr. (Lydia) of Victorville CA; 3 daughters, Amanda Brewer (Vincent) of San Bernardino CA, Stephanie Collins of Hesperia CA and Caroline Collins of Victorville CA; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Isaiah Collins of Michigan and Robert Collins of Louisiana; 2 sisters, Irene Collins of Bullhead City, Arizona and Jerlen Steppes of Victorville CA. He will be laid to rest July 13th, 2015; viewing will be at 10:00 am, funeral at 11:00 am; at Victor Valley Mortuary, 15609 11th Street, Victorville CA 92392.
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Published in the Daily Press from July 9 to July 11, 2015
Flores, Irene Grace  
Irene Grace Flores February 10, 1947 - July 3, 2015 Irene Grace Flores, 68, passed away peacefully with family by her side on July 3, 2015 in Loma Linda, CA. She was born on February 10, 1947 to Domingo and Grace Perez in Barstow, CA. Irene was preceded in death by her husband Steve Flores, both parents and brother Domingo Perez Jr. She is survived by son Steve Flores and brother Frank Perez (Rosa). Irene was a very loving and devoted grandma to Santos, Camelia, Steve and Grace; also, great-grandma to Josiah. She also leaves numerous nieces and nephews, as well as a large extended family and close friends. Services will be on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Barstow, CA; Rosary at 9:30 a.m., Mass at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. View Memorial Park in Barstow.
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Published in Desert Dispatch on July 21, 2015
Flury, Rudy  
Rudy Flury August 26, 1934 - July 22, 2015 Rudy Flury, 80, was a resident of Hesperia, CA for 32 years. He entered the gates of heaven on July 22nd, at home, surrounded by his son and his three daughters. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary Flury. He is survived by his son Randy Flury; daughters Shirley Flury, Cynthia Flury-Herrera, Elizabeth Scieneaux, and three granddaughters. He retired in 2000 from the City of Hesperia Water District. He touched many lives and he will be greatly missed by everyone. Services will be held on Saturday, July 25th from 5pm to 7pm; the funeral will be held on Sunday, July 26th at 10:30am; McKay's Mortuaries, 14444 7th St., Victorville, CA 92395.
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Published in the Daily Press on July 25, 2015
GOWENS, CAROLE JO (PICARD)  
Carole Jo (Picard) Gowens January 1, 1945 - July 2, 2015 Born on 1/7/45, Carole went home on July 2, 2015. She is preceded in death by her mother and step-father Margaret LaPointe Picciano and Larry Picciano. She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Bobby Gowens; children Robert (Caroline), Laura, and Kevin; 9 grandchildren; one great grandchild. Services will be held on July 16, 2015, 2pm at Holy Family Catholic Church, Hesperia, CA.
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Published in the Daily Press on July 15, 2015
Harris, James Gordon  
James Gordon Harris August 21, 1945 - July 18, 2015 Vietnam Vet Jim has taken the big motorcycle ride to heaven. After compound medical conditions, Jim passed away Friday, July 18, 2015 surrounded by family. Jim was born in Moscow, Idaho to Virginia May Laherty Harris and William F. Harris. He grew up in Barstow, Calif. and after graduating he joined the Navy. As part of his service he served on the U.S.S. Enterprise as a radio operator. After the Navy he joined the Barstow, California Police Dept., where he served from 1972-1980, before joining the Ontario, Calif. Police Department, retiring in 2002 as a Sgt. Upon retiring, Jim and family moved to Oklahoma where he was an associate instructor for the Desert Snow Program. Jim is survived by his wife Sharon of 34 years, three children, daughter, Yvette Martin of North Las Vegas, a son, Justin Harris of Visalia, Calif. and step-daughter Eileen David of Guthrie, OK. He is also survived by 4 brothers, 3 sisters and 4 grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews and lots of extended family. Services were held at Matthews Funeral Home, 601 S. Kelly, Edmond, OK. on Friday, July 24, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
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Published in the Daily Press on July 25, 2015
Mathers, Kathleen "Kay" Aldrich  
Kathleen "Kay" Aldrich Mathers November 21, 1922 - July 17, 2015 Kathleen "Kay" Aldrich Mathers, 92, resident of Apple Valley, CA for 29 years, died July 17, 2015 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty years, Rufus Lincoln "Bud" Mathers. Kay is survived by sons Michael (Donna) and Daniel (Lorraine), both of Apple Valley, daughter Monica Mayer of Lebanon, Kansas, eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Interment will be in the Garden of Valor, Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Apple Valley on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Kay's life immediately following the service at the home of Dan and Lorrie Mathers.
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Published in the Daily Press from July 24 to July 25, 2015
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