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Abshier, Jerry Treston “JTA”, 79, born September 5, 1935 in St. Louis, Missouri, passed away in Oceanside, CA after a years-long battle with cancer on September 22, 2014. He is survived by his two sons Jerry D. Abshier of Bonsall, CA, and David A. Abshier of San Diego; and his daughter Pamela A. Berry of El Cajon, CA; 5 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. Jerry Treston Abshier maintained a home in Gold Beach, Oregon for the past 8 years. Before retiring from public service he served as a firefighter for the City of Garden Grove, CA, and was a fire engineer, a fire captain, and a fire battalion chief for the City of Huntington Beach for over 25 years. He was also a successful real estate investor and property manager. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and shooting, diving and fishing, kayaking, boating and motorcycling. He played football and ran track for Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, CA and followed pro football throughout his adult life. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from University of Redlands. JTA requested that no memorial service be held after his passing. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Jerry’s memory be made to The Women’s Resource Center of North San Diego County (WRCSD.com or 760-757-3500).
Boeke, James Frederick, 76, on September 26, 2014, shortly after being diagnosed with Acute Leukemia. He was born and raised in Ohio where he completed his undergraduate work at Heidelberg University. He later completed his Master's Degree at Pepperdine University. Jim was drafted by the NFL, where he had a successful nine year career with the Los Angeles Rams, Dallas Cowboys, and New Orleans Saints. Jim met his wife, Peggy Nettleship on a blind date. Three short months later they were united in a marriage that lasted 42 years. Peggy succumbed to oral cancer in 2008. Between football seasons, Jim was a substitute teacher which eventually led to a full time teaching and coaching position at Westminster High School for 22 years. He also acted on a regular basis in T.V. shows, commercials, movies, and plays. His most recognized appearances were in After MASH, Coach, Forest Gump, Heaven Can Wait, and the A-Team. He is survived by his daughters, Dawn Boeke of Nashville, Tennessee; Chante' and her husband, Kevin Tilden of San Clemente, CA; Kelly and husband, Dave Walters of Huntington Beach, CA; his precious grandchildren, Jackson Tilden, Faith Tilden, and Kelsey Walters; and brother-in-law, Larry Nettleship and wife, Kay of San Saba, Texas. Jim will be greatly missed by his nieces and nephews, cousins, and vast numbers of friends and neighbors. Jim's special companion, his dog, Scooby, will miss their daily walks and time together. Jim expressed his faith in Jesus Christ through his dedication to his church, Voyage Calvary Chapel, his love of family, positive attitude, infectious personality, and desire to help anyone in need. The service will be handled by Heritage-Dilday Memorial Services on October 2, 2014 at 2 PM at the Reformation Lutheran Church, 15750 Magnolia Street, Westminster, CA 92683. The burial will be in Locker Cemetery, San Saba County, Texas on October 11, at 11 a.m.
Harr, Virginia, 99, of Huntington Beach, died September 29, 2014
Kinsey, Martha R. 67, Martha R. Kinsey (Sandoval), of Huntington Beach, CA, passed away on September 8, 2014 from pancreatic cancer. She was born on August 28, 1947, in Quarryville, PA, to the late Walter S. and Alma (Hauck) Kinsey. Martha was a graduate of Solanco Senior High School and Coatesville Hospital School of Nursing in PA. After graduation she moved to Huntington Beach, CA and practiced nursing at several hospitals in Orange County. She retired from Hoag Hospital as Hospital Nursing Supervisor in 2004. Martha is survived by her husband, Tom Sandoval, of Huntington Beach; and her daughter, Jennifer L. Sandoval, of Ridgewood, NY. She is also survived by a brother, Lee S. Kinsey of Columbia, PA; and four sisters: Mabel K. (Mervin) Siegrist of Orrville, OH, Marian E. (Edward) Roten of Kirkwood, PA, Linda A. Kinsey of Harrisburg, PA, and Teresa A. (Michael) Murry of Drumore, PA. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Beulah P. Lehman; and a brother, Ray J. Kinsey. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, September 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Heritage-Dilday Chapel, 17911 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA. Interment will be private. Martha received many beautiful bouquets following her initial diagnosis and asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, 1038 West Santa Cruz Street, San Pedro, CA; www.lupus.org.
Levitan, Charles Theodore, 71, died in Huntington Beach, CA on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. He was born on May 16, 1943 in New Bedford, MA to Sacha and Gertrude Levitan and grew up in Queens, NY. Upon graduating high school he attended the University of Chicago, and later earned both a Master's Degree in Medical Studies from Rutgers Medical School, where he met his future wife, Lorraine (Babs) Swanson, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. Charles and Babs were married in 1971 and soon after moved to Orange County and settled in Huntington Beach, where they raised their five children. He established a solo family practice in Orange, which he enjoyed for 36 years before his retirement in 2011, and served on the staff at St. Joseph Hospital. Charles enjoyed reading, theater, scrabble, soccer and attending his children and grandchildren's many sports and activities. He was especially fond of the Bolsa Chica Wetlands and Moro Canyon. He is survived by his wife, Babs; his brother, Allen (Lucy); children, Diane (Kyle Morris), Linda (Eric Westermeyer), David (Pasha), Adam, and Aaron; and grandchildren, Ryan, Noah, Kalea, Sasha, Sarah, and Eliana. A celebration of life will be held at Murdy Community Center in Huntington Beach (7000 Norma Drive) on Sunday, October 5 at 2:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be directed to Dr. John Timmerman's research on immunologic approaches to treating lymphomas at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center by calling (310) 206-0675 or using the following link: http://goo.gl/cGqVa8.
Maxwell, Kenneth, 105, September 27, 1908 - August 1, 2014 Kenneth Eugene Maxwell, scientist and author, passed away two months shy of his 106th birthday. He died peacefully at home in Huntington Beach. Ken Maxwell was raised on a ranch in a remote area of Southern California where he attended a one teacher grade school. His father, James Baker Maxwell was a banker who relocated from Illinois to California and married Myrtle Wardrobe, a California native who taught school in Lodi. They purchased and farmed more than 10,000 acres in Moreno Valley. Ken was born at home at his family's summer cottage in Huntington Beach in 1908. He was one of five children. After high school and community college in Riverside, Calif, he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from UC Berkeley. Ken won a scholarship to Cornell and worked his way from California to the East Coast on a steamship. He obtained his PhD in Entomology and Plant Pathology. In 1941, he married Rosemarie Greenwood, a fellow co-worker at Shell Oil. They had three children: David James Maxwell, now of Colorado Springs, CO, Carolyn Maxwell, now of San Clemente, CA and Mary Jane Maxwell now of Avalon, CA. Of his numerous accomplishments, perhaps his greatest was being a loving father. Ken joined the Navy shortly after the war broke out and served his country fighting the war on malaria and mosquitoes in Central America. He received an honorable discharge as a Lieutenant Commander and is laid to rest at the National Cemetery in Riverside along with his late wife Rosemarie who died in 1988. Ken Maxwell worked in the chemical industry for most of his career but for the ten years prior to retirement, he taught a number of science courses at Cal State University Long Beach. While there he authored several textbooks. Developing an interest in writing, he went on to write several more books. His most recent, The Healers, was completed in 2013. At age 105, he was the oldest living author on record at that time. As a lover of travel and adventure, Ken mostly loved the desert and the mountains. He was one of the longest running students of Edmund Jaeger a noted expert and author on North American desert flora and fauna. He and a group of other students traveled often to the desert on "palavers" where they studied the desert plant and animal life. He traveled extensively throughout his life in the US and other countries. He owned a motorhome in which he loved to travel, mainly to the desert region of Borrego Springs and to Idyllwild where he also owned a home and lived for several years in the 1990's. He and Rosemarie also owned a vacation home in Rosarito Beach, Mexico. Besides travel, his favorite hobbies included astronomy, bird watching, and photography. He went parasailing in the Virgin Islands on his 80th birthday. As an avid animal lover, he also leaves behind his beloved two dogs, Mookie (who he joins in heaven) and Minky. Though Ken and his family lived for over 20 years in Northern California (mainly in the San Jose area), he resided back at his birth town of Huntington Beach for the past 50 years.
Senicki, Paula, 92, died on September 21, 2014 at home in Forest Knolls, California. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, she lived in Germany, Australia and Canada before settling in California. She taught German and Russian at Marina High School, Huntington Beach, California for 25 years. During that time she earned a Teacher of the Year award and her PHD in Behavioral Psychology. Survivors include her three children, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Paula was preceded in death by her husband, Martin. She was loved by her family and an inspiration to many of her students. She will be greatly missed by all.
Van Mourik, Dick J., 96, WWII Veteran, Pearl Harbor survivor dies. Dick J. Van Mourik, born June 9th, 1918 in Rotterdam, Holland, passed away peacefully Friday evening, Sept. 19, 2014 at Sea Cliff Health Care, Huntington Beach, CA. He escaped death 3 times on Dec.7th, 1941 at Pearl Harbor. In his 40's he became an avid artist. During the next 5 decades of his life he painted amazing works of art with oils on canvas. He was truly a 20th Century Dutch Master.