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CALIFORNIA - Ventura County - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 50

Posted By: GenealogyBuff
Date: Thursday, 6 November 2008, at 5:03 p.m.

Tays Douglas Cool
Tays Douglas Cool, 73, of Rancho Palos Verdes, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2003 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was born June 7, 1929 in Santa Paula, to George Miller Cool and Elizabeth Alma Tays Cool, and spent his early years in Ojai.
He entered the Army in 1946, serving in Korea. Upon returning from his tour of duty, he attended Ventura Junior College and San Diego State University.
He founded Cool Fuel Incorporated and Cool Transports of San Diego in 1972, moving the company to Paramount in 1977. Last year, he completed the design and building of a new card lock, truck maintenance shop and office building. The corporate offices recently moved into this state-of-the-art facility at 7201 Rosecrans.
Mr. Cool's interests included flying his King Air, playing dominoes at the "P" club, watching boxing matches and cruising in the Prevost.
He is survived by his wife, Becky; sister Alma Kay Anderson-Jero; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins, nephews and nieces.
At his request, there will be no funeral services. A reception to celebrate his life will be held March 22. If you would like to join in this celebration, contact Becky Cool at or write to P.O. Box 407, Paramount, CA 90723.
Arrangements were under the direction of Cremation Society of the South Bay.

M. Parker Hendrick
M. Parker Hendrick, 93, died at home Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003. He was born Nov. 9, 1909 at Watumka, Okla., to Charlotte Parker Hendrick and Allen Thurman Hendrick.
During the 1930s he was a professional musician, traveling throughout the Middle West. He changed careers to become a welder and went to Saudi Arabia in 1944 as a civilian specialist to help build their first oil refinery, crossing the ocean on a liberty ship. Mr. Hendrick remained in Saudi Arabia with the American Arabian Oil Company, working as a pipeline welder and inspector until his retirement in 1970 when he came to Ojai.
He is survived by his wife, Irene; daughters Barbara Marshall of Ojai, and Donna Frakes of Rogue River, Ore.; son George Hendrick of Birmingham, Ala.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A graveside service is being held today at 9 a.m. at Nordhoff Cemetery in Ojai.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home, Ojai.

Robert L. "Bob" Forgey
Robert L. "Bob" Forgey, 74, of Ojai, died at a local convalescent home Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003 of a sudden illness. He was born June 28, 1928 in Los Angeles, and was a lifelong resident of Ventura County.
He graduated from Santa Clara High School in Oxnard in 1947. He then served with the 40th Division of the Army National Guard in the occupation of Japan in 1950.
Mr. Forgey retired as a 50-year member of the Teamsters Union, Local No. 276, after being employed for Golden State Creamery, Howard Reno Distributing Company, Weber Bread Company, Midway Oil Tool, Weatherford and ECI Vacuum Truck Company.
He is survived by his sisters, Joanne Myers of Green Valley, Ariz., Joyce Cantrell of Ventura, and Carmen Taylor of Oxnard; brother and sister-in-law James and Carol Forgey of Tulare; and son Richard Aiken of San Diego. The surviving children of his late wife, Marilynn, are Lynn (wife, Cindy), and Dan (wife, Sharon) Mullins of Ojai, Duane (wife, Joy) Mullins of Clarkston, Utah, and Donnel (husband, Doug) Scotland of Ventura. There are also several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren surviving Mr. Forgey.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jess and Louise Forgey, and his wife, Marilynn.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Rochelle Wilson of Ojai, Victoria Care Center and Livingston Memorial for their care.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Ventura, with Father Joseph Dass officiating. Private inurnment will be at the Nordhoff Cemetery in Ojai.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a favorite charity.
Arrangements are under the direction of Joseph Reardon Funeral Home, Ventura.

George Archibald Randall Jr.
George Archibald Randall Jr. died Saturday. Feb. 8, 2003 at the age of 90. He was born in Bakersfield, and lived in Berkeley before coming to Ventura in 1923. A graduate of Ventura High in 1931 he attended the University of Mexico in Mexico City, and then studied law at the University of California at Los Angeles, graduating in 1936.
From then on he pursued the life of a cowboy, having had a horse from the age of 14. He was in rodeos as a calf roper in his early years. "There's nothing more fun than roping," he claimed.
He made many trips to Mexico to buy cattle, speak his fluent Spanish, and produce the silver bits he designed. Later in life, he concentrated on the art of saddle making and rawhide braiding, producing high quality saddles, reins, hackamores and quirts.
He is survived by his children, George H., Joe, and Robb Randall and Marcena Brook, all of Ojai; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Randall was married to Margaret Mercer, a third generation Venturan, for 63 years. She preceded him in death in 2002.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 15, at noon at Soule Park in Ojai.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home, Ojai.

Donna Mae Woolwine
Donna Mae Woolwine, 67, of Oak View, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003 at her home. She was born Aug. 23, 1935 in Boliver, Mo., and moved to Ojai in 1946 with her parents, Everett and Jessie Russell, brother Bob and sister Charlotte.
After graduating from Nordhoff High School in 1953, she studied vocational nursing at Ventura College and became employed at Ventura County General Hospital where she worked for many years.
On March 30, 1956, she married John D. Woolwine of Ojai, and together they made their home and raised four children in Ojai.
Mrs. Woolwine was an active member of the Ojai Valley Wesleyan Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher and volunteer. She was also involved in her community, and was a member of the Oak View Women's Club and the American Legion Auxiliary. She served at the Ojai Tennis Tournament in the tea tent and was a Girl Scout troop leader for more than 30 years. She also worked part-time at Nordhoff High School for 26 years as a cafeteria aide.
She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Peggy Russell of Santa Paula; sister Charlotte Wear of Santa Paula; her daughter, Mona Woolwine of Oak View; daughter and son-in-law Berneice and Mike Dodds of San Diego; sons and daughters-in-law Dwight and Jodi Woolwine of Oak View, and Carl and Lynnette Woolwine of Wofford Heights; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Everett Russell, mother Jessie Russell and husband J.D. Woolwine.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, at Clausen Funeral Home in Ojai.
Services will be heldSaturday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. at Clausen Funeral Home, with Pastor Lyn Thomas officiating. A graveside service will follow at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park, Camarillo.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ojai Wesleyan Church or your favorite charity.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home, Ojai.

Frederick J. "Fred" Volz
Frederick J. "Fred" Volz, 84, of Lompoc, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003 at Lompoc Hospital. He was born Sept. 4, 1918 in Milwaukee, Wisc., to Frederick and Winnie Carrick Volz.
He earned his master's degree in political science and served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War.
A newspaperman most of his life, Mr. Volz owned a small paper in Novato, Calif., before moving to Ojai in 1962, where he was the editor and publisher of the Ojai Valley News for 25 years and also published the Ojai Valley Directory telephone book.
He was also a veteran backpacker, hiking Los Padres National Forest trails, which prompted him to write "Ojai Hikes," which went into a second publication and was "small enough to fit in your pocket, so you can take it with you." He was the trip biographer on the 1973 Mount Everest expedition and wrote extensively about backpacking in Alaska's remote Gates of the Arctic Brooks range, the Katmai and Mount McKinley national parks, as well as the national parks of Tanzania.
Mr. Volz was a former foreign correspondent for the Associated Press in the Far East and was privileged to be with the first group of journalists allowed into China during President Nixon's term.
He came to Lompoc in 1988, following his sale of the Ojai Valley News. His interests included golfing, traveling and reading.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Sue Volz, of Vandenberg Village; son Andrew Volz of Santa Monica; daughter Christina Volz Bongar of Brooklyn, N.Y.; stepchildren Bonny Bryan of Ojai, and Bruce Bryan of Carlsbad; and granddaughter Sophie Christine Bryan.
Memorial services will be held Monday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m. at Clausen Funeral Home in Ojai, with the Rev. Walter Robie officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2024-B De la Vina St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
Arrangements are under the direction of Starbuck-Lind Mortuary in Lompoc.

Fred Volz
Former OVN publisher's death called Ojai loss
Fred Volz, owner and publisher of the Ojai Valley News from 1962 to 1987, died Monday at Lompoc Hospital of pneumonia. He was 84.
Volz leaves behind a rich legacy of accomplishments in Ojai, using the power of his bully pulpit to aid efforts to open up the Ojai Valley Trail and shut down plans to mine gypsum in the Sespe Wilderness. His wife, Susan, said, "He was dedicated to preserving the environment."
Pat Weinberger, who led the charge with Volz on several environmental campaigns, said, "He was a guiding light in this community."
Weinberger said it was actually a brainstorm of Polly Bee's - then a feature writer and assistant editor at the OVN - to convert the abandoned railroad bed into a trail, "but Fred really showed the way through his editorials."
Bee said of her 12 years with Volz, "It was a privilege to work for him. He was extremely intelligent, brilliant even. He was a lot of fun to work for; he was interesting to work for."
Among his many interests was hiking. Volz ran a regular hiking column and wrote a guidebook after selling the newspaper in 1987.
In his first column after taking the helm of the OVN in 1962, Volz wrote: "A good community newspaper must first of all inform. It exists because it is the medium which the people of the Ojai Valley can inform themselves in full detail on vital local events and the hopes, plans and doings of people here."
Volz is survived by his wife, Susan, of Lompoc; son Andrew, of Venice; daughter Christina Volz-Bongar, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and former wife, Diane, of Ventura. Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

Lawrence David "Larry" Briggs
Lawrence David "Larry" Briggs, 58, of Ojai, died at home Monday, Feb. 17, 2003, after fighting a battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 31, 1945 in New Orleans, La., to Bernice and Clarence Briggs. He grew up in South Pasadena, Calif.
For the past 17 years, Mr. Briggs owned and operated the O-Hi Frostie until its sale in October of 2002.
His interests included antiques and collectables and classic cars. Many will remember him as the guy around town in the white 1968 Chevy truck.
He is survived by his wife, Rene Briggs, of Ojai; sons Chris Briggs of Newport Beach, and Loc Briggs of Denver, Colo.; daughter Maren Briggs of Ojai; granddaughter Maeve Briggs of Ojai; his mother, Bernice Briggs, of Ojai; and twin brother Leonard Briggs of Monrovia.
Memorials may be made to the Ojai Valley Museum or Help of Ojai.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home in Ojai.

Florence "Jimmi" Clapp
Florence "Jimmi" Clapp, 90, of Ojai, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003 at her home after a brief illness. She was born March 17, 1912 in St. Louis, Mo.
Mrs. Clapp was a homemaker and, at one time, worked for Disney Studios as a film editor. She moved from the San Fernando Valley to the Ojai Valley with her mother in 1971. In 1979, she married Frederick Clapp. They traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Both volunteered at Help of Ojai, Mr. Clapp provided legal services, and Mrs. Clapp drove valley residents to their Ventura medical appointments. Both were also active Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament volunteers.
After the death of her husband in 1983, Mrs. Clapp devoted herself to helping community organizations. She contributed the largest single operating fund gift in the 35-year history of the Ojai Valley Museum, and actively supported the Ojai Valley Youth Foundation, St. Joseph's Health and Retirement Center, the Humane Society of Ventura County, Casa Pacifica, and the American Heart Association. She was chosen as the Ventura County 2001 Philanthropist of the Year.
Funeral services will be held today at 1 p.m. at Clausen Funeral Home in Ojai. Interment will follow at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society or Rotary Club of Ojai Educational Foundation.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home, Ojai.

Melanie Lou Tarkenton
Melanie Lou Tarkenton, 60, of Ojai, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003 of natural causes. She was born Aug. 19, 1942 in Quincy, Mass., and had been a Ventura County resident for one year, coming from Noe Valley, Calif.
Miss Tarkenton was a social worker and therapist. She was a member of Pathwork as a senior helper, and did performance art.
She is survived by her sister, Marty Harris, of Florida.
A memorial service will be held Friday, March 7, 2003 at 1 p.m. at 16 E. Eucalyptus St. in Ojai at a backyard garden party. All are welcome.
Arrangements are under the direction of Payton Mortuary in Oxnard.

Manuel Trevino Jr.
Manuel Trevino Jr., 78, of Bakersfield, Calif., died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born March 26, 1924 in El Paso, Texas, and was raised in the small mining town of Superior, Ariz.
Within a month of graduating from Superior High School in May of 1942, he entered the Army Air Corps. Just one month after his 19th birthday in April 1943, he received his pilot wings. He was the youngest graduate in his class of 234 students. Selected for Bombers, he became a B-24 liberator pilot. He was assigned to the 319th Bomb Squadron of the 90th Bomb Group stationed at Port Moresby, New Guinea. At 19, he was the youngest aircraft commander in the "Jolly Rogers" Bomb Group. He flew 66 missions in the Pacific.
In 1945, he came to Oxnard and took over his father's business. Over a 32-year period, he expanded and successfully operated Oxnard Music Systems, until his retirement in 1977.
Mr. Trevino's interests included bowling, golfing, sailing, cars and motorcycles. He was a member of the Liberator Club, the Delta Eagles and the 90th Bomb Group. He was president of the Oxnard Chiefs Youth Football in 1974, president of Oxnard Rotary Club from 1981 to 1982, and received the Paul Harris Award. He was a member of the Latin American Businessmen's Association and the Oxnard Elks Club for 48 years. He was a humanitarian of St. John's Regional Medical Center and also a director of Hacienda Federal Savings and Loan.
Mr. Trevino and his family moved to Ojai in 1978 and spent 24 years of retirement. He was a member of the Soule Senior Men's Golf Club and the Double Duffers in Ojai. He and his wife moved to Bakersfield to be near their family in 2002.
Mr. Trevino is survived by his wife of 55-1/2 years, Jessie Trevino, of Bakersfield; his sons and daughers-in-law, Dr. Robert and Cathy Trevino, and Richard and Julie Trevino, all of Bakersfield; son Ronald Trevino of Folsom; daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Jim Newlin of Yucaipa; sister Stella McClain of Fresno; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services will be held Friday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at Santa Clara Catholic Church, 323 South E St., Oxnard.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Optimal Hospice Care, Bakersfield, CA 93308, or your favorite charity.

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