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Obituary: Frances "Frankie" Mount

June 24, 2014

Frances “Frankie” Mount, 91, of Lucerne Valley went to be with her Lord and Saviour on June 16, 2014. Frankie was born in Olney, Illinois on January 25, 1923 to John B. Lawrence Doan and Forence Herrin Doan.

Frankie participated in the war effort by working in a defense plant as a “Rose the Riveter” on the P-38 Lightening. She saved her earnings to attend business school to advance her lifelong dream of being a secretary.

Obituary: Clarence William Muirhead

April 4, 2014

Clarence William Muirhead (Sonny to family), 81, passed away March 24, 2014 at Atria Senior Living in Lafayette, CA.

He was born in San Diego, CA on May 16, 1932 to Clarence and Mary Muirhead, residents of Coronado, CA. Clarence graduated from Coronado High School. On his path towards graduation from San Diego State University (SDSU) he learned about “business machines”, those early computers, and worked for National Cash Register (NCR), as well as a “Mom and Pop” Business Machines company.

Obituary: Steve F. McOwen

March 18, 2014

Steve F. McOwen, 57, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2014.

He was a longtime resident of the High Desert.

He loved trains, prospecting, 1880 re-enactments, and traveling. Steve also served in the U.S. Air Force.

He is survived by his wife, Florence, of Apple Valley; 5 children, Daniel McOwen of Palmdale, Christopher McOwen of North Carolina, Julene Howard of Las Vegas, Jeremiah McOwen of North Carolina, and Benjamin Daul of Yucaipa; 14 grandchildren; mother, Valerie Hardison of Nevada and sister, Michele Calkins of Nevada.

Obituary: Chirisse “Reecie” Marie Fouts

March 11, 2014

Chirisse “Reecie” Marie Fouts passed away on March 2, 2014 in Peoria, Illinois.

Born on October 10, 1985 in Dallas, Texas, she lived in Apple Valley, Calif. and Lucerne Valley, Calif.

Chirisse attended Lucerne Valley High School and Barstow Community College and worked as a nursing assistant.

She is survived by her mother Lisa Fouts, father Andrew Peers, sister Acacia Laine Peers, grandmother Carol Ann Stroyeds, grandfather Phillip Lloyd Fouts, uncle Lloyd Bradley Fouts, aunt Nora Fouts and cousins Kersten Fouts, Marco Fouts and Drake Fouts.

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Obituary: Viletta Partin

December 10, 2013

Viletta Partin, 78, of Apple Valley, Calif., passed away Thursday, November 14, 2013.

The daughter of Gerald A. True and Lillie (Shisler) True, Viletta Partin was born on June 26, 1935. She graduated from Novinger High School in 1953. She married Garold Partin. They had two children, Ladd Partin and Teresa Hartman, both who preceded her in death along with her parents.

Viletta is survived by her grandchildren John Bothwell of Rogersville, MO and Manda Hartman and one great-grandchild Damien Hartman, both of Butte, Montana and an uncle, Eldon Shisler of Illinois.

Carwash fundraiser for Mike ‘Bear’ Hernandez

October 1, 2013

A carwash fundraiser will help pay for the funeral services of local resident Mike “Bear” Hernandez, who recently passed away.

The fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2 and Thursday, Oct. 3.

Also an account to help with expenses is being set up under the name, “Friends of Mike ‘Bear’ Hernandez.”

Hernandez was a member of Bikers for Christ and a beloved member of the community, said Lucerne Valley resident Pam Hardwick.

Obituary: William “Bill” DeWitt

June 11, 2013

William “Bill” DeWitt was born on Dec. 7, 1961 in Great Lakes, Ill. and graduated to Heaven on May 23, 2013 in his home with his wife at his side, due to complications from a brain injury.

Bill and his family moved to Lucerne Valley from Spring, Texas in 2002. He was in construction for 20 years until he was injured during an attempted carjacking on August 25, 2004. This took a big toll on the family, but Bill was determined to overcome any obstacle.

Obituary: Elaine Leatherman

April 25, 2013

Elaine Amelia Witzke Leatherman passed away on March 19, 2013.

She came into this world on April 4, 1925, in Kendallville, IN. The daughter of Theodore Witzke, a cobbler/factory worker, and Bernice Decker Witzke, she was nicknamed “Red Whiskey” by her school chums because of her red hair and last name “Witzke.” She and her younger sister Donna grew up in a multi-generational household during the Depression Years.

Obituary: Kenneth Martin Pierzina, Sr.

April 4, 2013

Kenneth Martin Pierzina, Sr. died in Apple Valley on Jan. 26, 2013 at age 84.

Born on Oct. 8, 1928 to Inga and John Pierzina in Beach, ND, he was a resident of Lucerne Valley since 1995. As a young man, Ken worked in the timber and logging industry in Oregon. Later, he was a co-owner of Treon Steel Fabricators and Teron Engineering Corporation in Fontana.

Pierzina was a charter member of the Fontana Police Department’s volunteer program that developed the first Citizen’s Patrol to assist police and sheriff departments.

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