Louis A. Eckels
Services will be Wednesday for Louis A. Eckels, who died Tuesday at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto. He was 81.
Mr. Eckels was born in Baton Rouge, La., and grew up in Merced. He moved to Santa Cruz in 1980, after he retired.
Mr. Eckels served in the Army during World War II and was twice wounded in action. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and other decorations.
He worked for the county of Merced, making traffic signs.
Mr. Eckels enjoyed fishing and social activities and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Tres Pueblos Post 763.
He was given All-American status as a VFW post commander in 2000 and also commanded a Disabled Americans Veterans post.
He is survived by sister Edna Silva of San Jose; dear friend Pam Farotte of Capitola; three nieces; and two nephews.
His wife, Luella Eckels, died in 1997.
Friends may call from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday at Benito and Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel, 1050 Cayuga St., Santa Cruz.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the chapel.
Mr. Eckels will be buried at Oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose.
November 29, 2002
Chris Burton King
Visitation is Wednesday for Chris Burton King, who died Friday at Stanford Medical Center, where he was awaiting a liver transplant. He was 57.
Mr. King was born in Oregon and lived in Capitola since 1955.
He was raising his 12-year-old son as a single parent.
He is survived by his son, Christopher King of Capitola; daughters Erika Reid of Watsonville and Teresa Verndoorn of Nebraska; a brother, Earl King of Santa Cruz; and three grandchildren.
A small family service will be held in Portland, where Mr. King’s mother, Valerie, is buried.
Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Memorial Chapel, 3301 Paul Sweet Road, Santa Cruz (adjacent to Dominican Hospital).
October 8, 2002
Cody B. Hixon
At his request, no services will be held for Cody B. Hixon, who died Sunday in Watsonville after a heart attack.
He was 71.
Mr. Hixon was born in Fresno and lived in the Santa Cruz area since 1955.
He worked as a firefighter for the City of Santa Cruz for 31 years.
Mr. Hixon was a member of the Santa Cruz Rod and Gun Club and the Retired Firefighters Association.
He most enjoyed working on his Soquel home, where he hosted 27 family reunions, and also liked to fish.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ann Hixon of Soquel; daughters Dorris DiBella of Ben Lomond and Barbara Smith of Fresno; a brother, Alvin Hixon of Fresno; sisters Roberta Davis and Delores Hall, both of Fresno; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Contributions are preferred in his memory to the American Heart Association, 1514 Moffett St., Suite A, Salinas, CA 93905.
October 8, 2002
Services will be Thursday and Friday for Bonifacio Arreola, who died Monday at Watsonville Community Hospital. He was 76.
Mr. Arreola was born in Chupicuaro, Mexico, and lived in Watsonville for about 37 years.
He was a retired farmworker who enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, telling stories to his grandchildren, telling jokes, singing and listening to various Mexican music groups.
He is survived by his sons, Francisco and Tobias Arreola, both of Salinas, Martin Arreola of Watsonville and Pedro Arreola of Los Angeles; daughters Catalina Dominguez of Salinas, Amelia Skeel of Watsonville and Socorro Bueno of Dallas; two sisters; and 17 grandchildren.
His wife, Alicia Arreola, and four of his siblings died before him.
Friends may call from 5-9 p.m. Thursday at Mehl’s Colonial Chapel. Vigil service is at 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian burial will be noon Friday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Burial will follow at Pioneer Cemetery.
October 8, 2002
Arnold G. ‘Barney’ Brown
Services will be Friday for Arnold G. "Barney" Brown, who died Saturday at Dominican Hospital. He was 88.
Mr. Brown was born and raised in Soquel. He attended Soquel Elementary School and graduated from Santa Cruz High School, where he earned the distinction of membership in the Pepsi Gang.
He married Julia Ondanck in Santa Cruz in 1935 and served in the Army in Japan at the end of World War II.
Mr. Brown worked as a glazing contractor and became a partner in Santa Cruz Glass Co. in 1948. He was joined by his son, Bill, in 1972, and the company became a family owned and operated business for many years. Mr. Brown worked there for 50 years.
He enjoyed working with his hands, talking to people and telling stories and was known to play a practical joke or two. He also loved being outdoors and traveling and had visited nearly all 50 states.
He is survived by a son, Bill Brown of Santa Cruz; granddaughters Cindy Stengl of Soquel and Judy Brown of Ben Lomond; two great-grandchildren; and dear friend Cathy Brovia of Santa Cruz.
His wife, Julia Brown, died in 1993.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Benito and Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel, 1050 Cayuga St., Santa Cruz.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Oakwood Chapel, 3301 Paul Sweet Road.
Mr. Brown will be buried at Holy Cross Cemetery on Seventh Avenue in Santa Cruz.
Contributions are preferred to the Dominican Hospital Foundation, to benefit the Critical Care Unit, 1555 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95065.
October 8, 2002
Daniel Dennis Zack
Services will be Thursday for Daniel Dennis Zack, who died last Thursday. He was 40 and was diagnosed with cancer two years ago.
Mr. Zack lived in the Corralitos area all of his life.
He attended Freedom and Bradley elementary schools, Aptos Junior High and Aptos High School. He played on the YMCA Dolphin Swim Team and the Aptos High Water Polo Team and was an accomplished motorcyclist.
Mr. Zack worked 20 years as a drywaller taper and texturer for Jack Horton Drywall, Colbertson Drywall and D & R Paquette Drywall.
He is survived by his parents, Delano and Darlene Zack of Corralitos; a sister, Catherine Zack; his grandmother, Catherine King; one niece; two nephews; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Mehl’s Colonial Chapel, 222 E. Lake Ave., in Watsonville.
Contributions are preferred to Heartland Hospice, 2511 Garden Road, No. B-200, Monterey, CA 93940.
October 8, 2002
Lorraine May Lowden
Services will be private for Lorraine May Lowden, who died Sept. 15 at her home in Salem, Ore.
She was 68.
Mrs. Lowden was born in Salem and lived in Santa Cruz from 1968 to 1989.
She worked as a waitress at Malio’s Restaurant on the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf for many years and as a bartender at the Jury Room on Ocean Street.
Mrs. Lowden had a strong faith and was a member of the Jason Lee United Methodist Church and a volunteer in the church’s food bank.
Mrs. Lowden was also a member of the Eagles and the Salem Police Liaison Committee.
Her role as a Neighborhood Watch coordinator won her awards from the community and the police department.
Mrs. Lowden enjoyed gardening, camping and crafting.
She spent her most pleasant times traveling, camping and hiking, surrounded by family and friends.
She is survived by sons Stephen Nuben of Salem and Micheal Nuben of Douglasville, Ga.; daughters Kathryn Herbert and Linda Pemberton, both of Santa Cruz; a brother, Donald Duerre of Murphys; a sister, Claudia Townsend of Cottage Grove, Ore.; seven grandchildren and four great- grandchildren.
Private family services will be held at Oakwood Memorial Park.
Contributions are preferred to Hospice Caring Project, P.O. Box 670, Aptos, CA 95003, or to the American Cancer Society, Dominican Hospital Education Building, 1555 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95065.
October 8, 2002