Richard Reisman, long time resident of Napa, California, passed away on October 26th at The Meadows of Napa Valley after a protracted illness. He was 84 years old. In declining health for several months, Richard decided to “cross the river,” which he did surrounded by the many friends who loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney Reisman and Miriam Gumble Reisman, his longtime partner Ken Reid, and most recently, his brother John N. Reisman. He is survived by his sister-in-law Jane D. Reisman of Columbus, Ohio, his nephew John D. Reisman (wife, Kimberly) of West Lafayette, Indiana, and his niece, Joanne R. Pinder (husband Ken) of Liberty Township, Ohio.
Born November 17, 1934, Richard grew up in Scarsdale, New York and Westport, Connecticut. He was a graduate of Staples High School (Westport, CT, 1951), Cornell University (1955), and Yale Law school (1959). After graduating from Yale, Richard served as a JAG officer in the United States Coast Guard (1959-1962). In 1960, he moved to San Francisco where he practiced law in private practice and later for the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Richard became a member of the Green Valley Ranch partnership in 1980 and began residing there fulltime in 1984. The Green Valley Ranch in Napa was his home for 35 years before moving to The Meadows earlier this year.
Richard was passionate about the arts and was involved in several significant organizations such as the San Francisco Symphony Foundation and the San Francisco Opera. A particularly special commitment, however, was to the San Francisco Art Institute, where he enrolled as a student shortly after moving to the city. He would go on to become the first student representative on the Board of Trustees, and chair its famed Artists Committee. Richard’s commitment to the arts continued after his move to Napa. He was instrumental in the development of the di Rosa Preserve, working for 18 years (1986-2004) as its administrator and curator, overseeing management of its founders’ famed art collection, and shepherding the construction of modern galleries for visitation by the public. He continued to be an invaluable resource and source of wisdom and support for the di Rosa for years after his retirement. Richard amassed an extensive personal collection of art and was an accomplished photographer, a talent he utilized in his many travels across the world.
A strong advocate for land conservation, Richard along with several others, spearheaded the largest single grant to the Napa Valley Land Trust in 1987, establishing 4 miles of scenic ridgeline between Napa and Solano counties that will remain open and undeveloped in perpetuity.
A memorial service will be held at Green Valley Ranch in Napa in the spring (date to be determined).
Jeanne Marie Abblett of Summerville, South Carolina passed away on Friday Nov. 22, 2019 after a short battle with cancer. Jeanne was born in San Francisco, and raised in Napa where she attended Bel-Aire, Redwood and Vintage High Schools. Jeanne served in the Navy in Norfolk Virginia, and after her discharge began her organic vegetable business known as “The Organic Jeanne”.
Jeanne was predeceased by her parents Joyce Abblett and Eugene Abblett and her aunt, Janet Clark. She leaves behind her sister, Sherry Abblett, niece Anna Payne and great nieces Ashli Horrell and Reese Larson.
Wanda Irene Weber passed away in Oakland, CA on December 4, 2019 at the age of 96. She was born on November 3, 1923 in Yale, Oklahoma, the youngest of four siblings, and the only daughter of Ira Brandon Minnick and Goldie Arretta Huff. Joining her band of brothers, she learned to be scrappy and independent. In high school she worked in her father’s printing office, hand-setting type for the local newspaper. She played cornet in the marching band and studied with a biology teacher who encouraged her to apply to nurses’ training at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. There, she met Eugene Arnold Weber, a stellar medical student, and they married in 1950. By 1958 they had five children and had settled in Covina, California with an ever-changing menagerie of pets.
After many happy years as a full-time mom, Wanda began a long commitment to volunteerism, offering help most notably to Pacific State Hospital, Planned Parenthood, Red Cross blood drives, and Napa’s Community Projects. Wanda passionately pursued antique furniture refinishing, weaving, organic gardening, cooking, knitting, and travel. She was a lifelong “news hound,” beginning with her early experience in the newspaper business.
A person of strong convictions and certainty about her sense of right and wrong, Wanda was not afraid to act in the face of injustice. One example was her one-woman picket line (at the age of 85) on the highway outside a Napa car dealership that had, in her opinion, not honored its promises.
Tragically, Wanda was pre-deceased by daughter Elizabeth Haynes (Ken) of Lexington, KY and son Edward Weber (Anne Jungerman) of Napa, CA, as well as her husband, Gene. She is survived by daughters Susan Weber of Oakland, CA, Jane McCabe (Tom) of Georgetown, TX, and Marilyn Kleinhein (Jason) of Los Angeles, CA.
The importance of family connections was foundational for Wanda. As their children became adults, she and Gene began a tradition of organizing and funding an annual family reunion. These gatherings, now attended by more than thirty family members including ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, continue to this day. Wanda’s family lovingly remembers her as their devoted and inspirational matriarch.
Rowena Genevieve Hopp passed away on November 23, 2019 after a short illness. Rowena was referred to as Nonie by her family and friends. She was born on September 25th 1933 in Concord, California and brought home to Napa, where she lived until she was seven. She lived in various bay area locations and southern California, returning to Napa in high school where she met the love of her life, Harlan. They married in 1951 and were blessed with 67 years together.
Rowena raised four children. She cared for numerous others as a childcare provider. She enjoyed catering for friends and family. She cooked hot lunch for St. John's Lutheran school for many years. Her greatest joy was her family, hosting many large family reunions.
Rowena was preceded in death by her husband, Harlan Hopp. She is survived by her children: Debbie Kessel (John) of Alabama, Sharon Tews (Ken), Joe Hopp and Leanne Williams all of Napa. Grandchildren: Zina, Jared, David, Justin, Tammy, Michael, Sam, Alicia, Brian, and Stephanie. Great-grandchildren: Finnegan, Elwin, Cohen, Marvin, Ezra, Ridley and Truly.
There will be a private interment at Tulocay Cemetery. Condolences and words of sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.tulocaycemetery.org.
John Lyndol Hendry passed away on November 16, 2019 at the age of 81. He was born June 22, 1938 to Frank Peter Hendry (machinist) and Bernice May Smith (RN), in Santa Barbara, CA. In his early years, he lived in the house his dad built in Napa, CA with his sister, Dorothy (aka Dorth), and brother Gordon (aka Dodo).
As a kid, John revered his dad—and wanted to emulate his strong work ethic. One of John’s early jobs was working with Mr. Gasser picking prunes. Gasser taught John how to tie the San Joaquin hitch (to tie sacks)...and paid him 35 cents an hour.
John was an amazing athlete and learned many of his early skills from his father, including the “scissors” high jump technique and the knuckle ball. John was inducted into the Napa High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 for his football (starting end), baseball (pitcher/first baseman), track (record setting high jumper) and basketball (starting forward) performances (1954-1956).
Earning an athletic scholarship to Stanford, John (aka Noj) earned spending money cleaning the gym floor/football stadium and worked as a hasher for his meals. He earned notoriety for drinking 13 glasses of milk in one sitting. His senior year he was captain of the basketball team and named MVP.
After graduating from Stanford and Hastings Law School, he joined Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel where he became partner and spent his entire legal career.
John bought a ranch in the early 70’s and raised apricots, walnuts, hay, and cattle. He loved hunting, camping and spending time outdoors. He maintained a passion for ANY Stanford sport, the SF Giants and the 49ers, and frequently wagered upwards of 25 cents on big games.
In the past few years, John expanded his world, by attending Monterey Peninsula Community College for physical therapy and computer classes and could be seen navigating the narrow (sidewalk-free) backroads of Monterey on his electric wheelchair scooter.
Other fun facts:
- John was the only boy in Napa Junior High School to get a gold pin in typing (55 WPM!)
- John invented “The Impyganomy”—a point-winning ping pong shot that, when hit perfectly to a crack on the Stanford table it would stop dead in its tracks.
- John once defended the basketball great Jerry West.
- As a tenacious defender, John drew the ire of UCLA Hall of Fame basketball coach John Wooden (Noj claimed Wooden cursed at him as he ran by the opposing bench).
- He loved speaking other languages and would speak Spanish (or Tagalog) to anyone who would listen.
- John had a passion for LL Bean. He rarely missed the chance to spend a $10 LL Bean coupon. When he moved out of his last home, he had dozens of new/unworn khaki pants and olive green flannel shirts. John’s taste for fashion lives on through his daughter’s friends with a 34 waist and size L shirt.
John had many amazing loyal lifelong friends—who continued to travel to visit him in his final months. One college friend called him every day for over 25 years! Another friend baked and regularly shipped him enormous bags of cookies (aka chocolate chippers). Still others picked him up and ferried him to Stanford games or piled him in a camper to go to Idaho to visit his son. Roy (aka Mon) visited him daily for more than two decades—procuring Subway sandwiches on request and cutting out the Monterey Herald TV sports line-up for quick reference.
John was preceded in death by this long time partner, Martha Crum (aka Marty or Marty Moose). The family still misses her sparkling personality and contagious laugh. John’s son, Frank Peter Hendry (aka Paco), passed away in 2018.
John will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Lori Anne Harrod (aka Pootz) and son-in-law Sean Harrod. John is also survived by his sister Dorothy Lewis and grandson, Wyatt Hendry.
John asked that there be no service. His remains will be placed at El Carmelo Cemetery in Pacific Grove, CA.
Born to Joseph and Anna Valva raised by his grams Teresa Valva. Bill lived a long full life and died at the age of 97 . He is survived by his sons Joseph/Marilyn Valva, James/Sandy Valva and daughter Julaine/Jess Taylor, step-daughter Susan Melquest, seven grandchildren 17 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter. Mary West a long time caregiver who Billy J loved and respected. Predeceased by wife Edna Valva , Sister LaVern Flores and step-son Vinny Elmgren. Bill served in the Air Force and was a World War II vet he spent 32 years working at Mare Island as an engineer then he went to Kaiser Steel, Sperry and Westinghouse. His lifetime hobbies was fishing and hunting.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the American cancer Society.
Services will be held graveside at Saint Helena cemetery 2461 Spring St. on December 23 at 11:30
Judith Gillan Kannon, born in Waukegan, Illinois, passed away peacefully overnight on December 4th, 2019 at the age of 74 in Green Valley, California. Judi lived nearly her entire life in the Bay Area and had a deep love for San Francisco, all of its surrounding areas, and all that Northern California has to offer.
She attended Pleasant Hill High School and graduated from Fresno State University as an Art Major. Judi met her husband, Barry Kannon, in 7th grade and she was a loving wife for 53-years. She was the first child for her parents, Jack & Mary Fran Gillan, and loved her three younger brothers; John, Scot, and Steve Gillan. She was cherished by her mother & father in law, Walton & Florence Kannon. Judi’s vocation was being a wonderful mother to her two sons, Brady & Tyler Kannon, and an incredible grandmother to her grandchildren, McKenzie, Jack, and Will.
Mrs. Kannon was known for her class, her dress, her honesty, creativity, determination, her smile, zest, innocence, her giving, teaching, cooking, and her unequivocal positive outlook on all things. She put her artistic heart into every facet of her life and was an artist to the core. Life to her was a dance, a painting, a well written piece, an amazing note played, a picturesque vista, a symphony of love, exploration, interpretation, and introspection to be taught, followed, and emulated locally and to be passed along globally. Judi spent years hiking the Sierra Nevadas, the Colorado Rockies, fly fished everywhere from California to Oregon to Montana, from Mexico to Croatia and to New Zealand and Australia. She was a coach and a referee for a local soccer league she helped found, took her first grandchild to Europe, danced to bluegrass music in Telluride, Colorado, went to fraternity parties with her sons, taught college courses in art, and woke up in the middle of the night to congratulate her soon to be in laws on their engagement. She loved baseball. Her favorite player was Willie Mays, who had a smile as big as hers.
Her artwork is and has been displayed in homes, restaurants, and museums throughout the world—because she touched people positively everywhere she went.
Judi Kannon asked her loved ones not to hold any funeral or memorial services but rather to throw a party as a celebration of her life, at which family and friends are to eat, drink, be merry, and dance to her playlist of music she drafted before leaving on a trip for her 50th wedding anniversary—a playlist that included such artists as John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin, Ludwig van Beethoven, John Denver, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Led Zeppelin, Acker Bilk, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ray Charles, Etta James, and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Judi spent her final months, as per her wishes, with those most close to her; Barry Kannon, Tyler Kannon, Brady Kannon, Traci Kannon, Jack Kannon, McKenzie Kannon, Will Wyman-Kannon, Ashlie Miller, Max & Raleigh Miller, Betty Jo Dubois, Evan Dubois, Lauren & Alex Yeates, Beckett & Elsie Yeates, Steve & Lynne Gillan, Georgia & Phoebe Gillan, John & Cindy Gillan, Sean & Jen Gillan, Kevin Gillan, Molly & Josh Colletta, Scot & Meagan Gillan, Grady Gillan, Cooper & Jen Gillan, Greg & Kelly Johnston, Lucas & Anna Gillan, Scott & Tara Sporrer, River & Georgia Sporrer, Joe Ebner, Allan & Gigi Melikian, Don & Chris Negus, Don & Kathy Garcia, Bob & Sally Sporrer, Tyler Sporrer, Rob & Marite Sporrer. Like Judi, her friends and family, stand thankful, humble, positive, and proud. She was a dreamer and a doer, a cerebral yet uncomplicated, uniquely special, ray of vibrant light. Men, women, and children alike, who crossed Judi’s path, are forever grateful to have harvested her joy and experienced her person. She left the world a better place and it is not lacking with her absence but rather improved with the spread that she left in her wake.
In lieu of flowers and such, Judi would like for any expressions of gratitude be donated to LAPS of Napa http://www.lovinganimalsprovidingsmiles.org/ where she spent seven years training therapy animals for people in need.
Richard Taylor passed away peacefully in his home on December 3, 2019. He was born to Hazel and Paul Taylor in Indianapolis on April 26, 1945.
Richard served in the U.S. Army from 1962-1965 in the 82nd Airborne Division as a paratrooper. Over the years he enjoyed golf and fishing.
He is survived by his wife Marsha of 52 years, his son Richard Taylor II and grandsons Troy and Brandon Taylor. He is also survived by his sisters Patricia Evans and Claudia (David) Perez.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 9, 2019 from 1:30-3:30 at the American Legion Hall, 1240 Pearl St., Napa. The family would like to thank the staff of Collabria Hospice for their excellent care and kindness.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Collabria Hospice, 414 S. Jefferson St., Napa, CA 94559. Memories and notes of sympathy may be shared at claffeyandrota.com.
Thomas Charles Engleman passed away peacefully November 30, 2019. He was battling several health issues for many months.
Tom was born in Guerneville Ca, Dec. 10 1933...Growing up with his mother, grandfather, and uncles was precious to him. He learned at a very early age to hunt and fish. Many good times growing up in the small town of Guerneville. He went to Analy HS in near by Sebastopol where he played football. After graduating in 1951 he continued on to the Santa Rosa JC where he continued to play football. In which he loved very much. Upon graduating from the junior college he enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1954 and was honorable discharged in 1957.
Soon after leaving the Marine Corp. he moved to Napa where he married and started his own business, Capitol Seamless Floors. Tom is preceded in death by his wife Nancy Engleman who passed away in December of 2014. He is survived by his four children Ken Engleman, Robin (Engleman) Sergeson, Tom A Engleman, and Wendy (Engleman) Freeman all living in Napa; and six grandchildren; Aaron, Amber, Ashlyn, Courtney, Brandon, and Joseph. Five great grandchildren; Damien, William, Addison, Reagan, and Colton.
Tom spent most of his time working very hard to raise his family. His oldest son Ken worked with him when he was old enough to understand. Tom retired from the flooring covering business in 2013. When Tom was not working he would be found fishing or hunting with his family. He loved sports very much. His hobbies also included raising and riding horses, golf, bowling and playing softball. He was an active member of the Napa Country Mounted Sheriffs Posse and a Native Son. On Sundays he attended the First Christian Church in Napa. In his later years after his wife Nancy had passed away, he would spend a lot of time at the Black Bear Diner. Where his favorite waiter Al always took care of him, he was well liked and had many friends there. Tom had a great love for animals, and he had many, he was very compassionate when it came to those fury critters...with that said in lieu of flowers, the family would prefer you make a donation to Napa County Animal Shelter (countryofnapa.org—see donation wish list on-line).
There will be a memorial service and reception at Tulocay Cemetery, Tuesday December 10 at 11 AM.
Renée Elena Broughton Hernández passed peacefully in the presence of her husband on November 22, 2019 in Napa, California at the age of 70.
Renée is survived by her husband, José Hernández; children: Joe, Francisco, Diego and Estevan; brother, Robert and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers, Paul and Richard.
Renée was born on September 25, 1949 in Massachusetts to Mr. & Mrs. Broughton. She attended Catholic school and later public education. Renée graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton and completed her Master’s degree from the University of San Francisco. Renée and José met at Cal State Fullerton and married in 1986 in Windsor. She started working as a College and Career Counselor at Sonoma State University before transferring to Napa Valley College as Director of the Educational Talent Search Program. Her son Diego joined his stepbrothers, Joe and Francisco, in 1987 and not too far behind them, Estevan joined them in 1988.
Her faith and family became the center of her life. She carried this gift of love to all the children she taught or mentored throughout her 35 years in education and service to her church as a catechism teacher. Her children remember her as a kind and gentle mother who encouraged them to pursue their goals.
Renée was a talented educator that consistently provided her students with experiences beyond the classroom. She was a dedicated individual who loved learning and was passionate about changing the world by which students saw themselves. As mentioned above, she was an active and dedicated member of Saint Apollinaris Catholic Church and often volunteered in various church activities and served as a Board member for the Napa County Hispanic Network.
Services are scheduled for Saturday, December 7th at 11:00 am at St. Apollinaris Church with a reception to follow in the Hall, and a final resting placement at 3:00 PM at Tulocay Cemetery.
Father Mora will officiate the ceremony along with Deacon Dermody.
All are welcome to attend and celebrate Renée’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Napa County Hispanic Network at www.napacountyhispanicnetwork.com/donate (when donating, please include a note in Renée’s name).
Barbara Virginia Salmina Gay’s journey of life ended on November 23, 2019. Barbara was born and raised in St. Helena by Elmer and Adelaide Salmina along with her sister, St. Helena resident Lorene Arbios. Her family owned Larkmead Vineyards, one of the first wineries established in California by her grandfather, Felix Salmina, and his uncle. Barbara graduated from Calistoga High School and Dominican College. She was an avid skier, fly fisher and gourmet cook. She leaves behind her adoring husband, John, who she was married to for 54 years, her children Kimberly Gay Vogel, Brooks Gay and Wendy Gay Holt, daughter-in-law Jen Gay, and sons-in-law Eric Vogel and Mark Holt, and her grandchildren: Paige, Haley & Troy Vogel, Kelcie, Lexie, Tanner and Tylie Holt, & Madeline Gay who will never forget the lessons she taught, the strength she held or the love she gave. Barbara leaves a legacy of kindness, fortitude and graciousness.
Thomas was born in Pittston, Pennsylvania on December 29th to Michael and Anna Yergalonis and was the third of four boys. Thomas attended Pittston High School where he played varsity football and graduated in 1952. Thomas joined the Navy right out of high school and performed basic training in Bainbridge MD. Out of basic training he was stationed to Treasure Island as yeoman third class. He would meet his one true love, Verna, on a blind date in Berkeley California. In 1955 he was deployed on the USS Eldorado, where they continued their long distance courtship while he sailed to the Far East. After his discharge from the Navy in 1955 Tom and Verna were married in 1956 amongst family and friends in Berkeley California.
Tom and Verna lived in San Jose for a short period of time, while Tom attended and graduated from San Jose State University. Tom and Verna then relocated to Napa in 1963 where Tom began his 34 year teaching career with the Napa Valley Unified School District. In 1965 he helped open Harry McPherson Elementary school where he taught the 5th grade. In the 1970’s Tom and Verna owned and operated the restaurant, Dari-Delite, with their good friends Roy and Carol Stein. They also owned a sandwich shop, Yergi’s Yummys, in the 1980’s.
Tom enjoyed dancing, bowling, golfing, camping, cruising, and long trips with his family to all parts of the United States. He also ran an annual golf tournament named the JAROTO Classic which ran for 48 consecutive years, the last one in 2016. He always wished he could have made it to 50. He was an avid member of the Son’s in Retirement (SIRS) branch 65 and was also an honorary member of the Napa faculty wives.
Tom and Verna were married for close to 62 years and loved each other deeply until her passing in 2018. Tom passed away suddenly on Thanksgiving leaving behind his children Linda, Ken and so many other lives he touched in his 84 plus years on this earth. Tom will be terribly missed by his family and friends.
Please join us while we celebrate his life at the Napa Valley Lutheran Church, 1796 Elm Street, Napa on Wednesday December 11, 2019 at 11:00 A.M.. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Napa Valley Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.
Osvaldo passed peacefully in his home, at the age of 95, surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife Ferruccia, son Ray (Annetta), daughter Leonora (Michael), grandchildren Stefano (Amy), Giuliano (Megan), Dante, Adriana, Gino, Gemma, and Michele, and great grandchildren Dante and Luca.
A funeral mass will be held on 5 December at 10am at the St. Helena Catholic Church. Donations may be sent to Collabria Care.
Dorothy Mae Graham, a 50-year resident of American Canyon, California; separated from her physical body, 11/22/19; to be present with the LORD. She was born 11/5/1934 in Boley Oklahoma to John Westly Hill and Jessie Owens Hill. The family later relocated to Los Angeles California. She accepted Christ at an early age. She lived in Los Angeles until she met and married, the love of her life; Delaney Graham, 11/27/1958. Mr. Graham was a career Navy serviceman; together they raised 5 children and traveled all over the United States in many military service-connected relocations. In 1968, they landed at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, in Vallejo California. In 1969 they purchased a home in American Canyon, where they lived until her passing.
Dorothy worked at the Veteran’s Home of California in Yountville, California, as a geriatric nursing assistant from January 1, 1974 – July 1, 1982. She took classes at Napa Valley Community College, and subsequently completed the Psychiatric Technician Degree program in 1983. She worked at the Napa State Hospital, as a Psychiatric Technician from July 6, 1983 until her retirement; December 30, 1995.
Dorothy lived a full life. She was adventurous. She enjoyed fishing and traveling around the United States. She loved to laugh and enjoyed socializing, playing bingo, attending formal events with her husband, and entertaining her friends. She was an immaculate dresser and had a sense of style that preceded the time. She knitted and crocheted beautiful blankets in her spare time. This was a labor of love and a source of pride for her. She would only give these blankets, as gifts, to family members or people who were extra special in her life. She was an amateur gardener and an outstanding cook. Dorothy could cook just about anything. However, the one thing she enjoyed most in life was spending time with her family. She made this statement public on her 85th birthday, just 17 days before her passing.
Dorothy was preceded in death by 3 sisters Frankie Hill, Lillie Watson, and Bernice Hill; and her son Raymond Graham. She is survived by her husband, Delaney Graham, son Virgil Graham, daughters Rhonda Graham, Sheri Hinkle, and Kimberly Graham, and 7 grandchildren Verchelle Graham, Krystal Sellers; Shawn Graham, Kenyon Graham, Sherelle and Shemika Wilkerson, Kadeem Myles, and many great grandchildren
Visitation will be held Thursday Dec. 5, 2019 from 3-7pm at Wiggins-Knipp Funeral Home 524 Capitol St. Vallejo, CA. 94590. A Funeral service will be held on Friday December 6, 2019 11a.m also at Wiggins-Knipp Funeral Home. Burial will be at Skyview Memorial Lawn.
Arrangements under the care and direction of Wiggins-Knipp Funeral Home, 707 642-4459, Vallejo California 94590, Friday December 6th at 11:00 AM.
Philip E. Swift was born in Holden, Missouri, on August 1, 1917. He passed away at his home in La Quinta, California, on November 27, 2019 at the age of 102. He was reared on a farm near Olathe, Kansas, and attended Moonlight grade school, a country school located near the farm home. He graduated from Olathe High School and College of Emporia, Kansas. After college graduation, he was employed as a teacher in the high school at Ozawkie, Kansas, for two years (1938-39).
Pursuing his strong interest in newspapers, he bought the weekly newspaper in Clarence, Missouri, in 1940. Employees of that newspaper continued its publication while he served 47 months (March 1942-January 1946) in the United States Navy as a naval aviator. His training as a Navy pilot was completed at Corpus Christi (Texas) Naval Air Station where he was commissioned an Ensign and received his Navy wings November 1942.
He resumed active publication of The Clarence Courier following military service and, in 1948, acquired three additional weekly newspapers in St. Clair County, Missouri, moving to Osceola, Missouri, in 1949 to assume their active management. In 1955, he sold the four weekly newspapers in Missouri and joined Scripps League of Newspapers which published daily newspapers in several Western states, serving that company in various executive positions from offices in Logan, Utah, and Napa, California.
In 1975, he left the Scripps company to form Swift Newspapers, Inc. (currently Swift Communications, Inc.) which, during the ensuing years, acquired daily and weekly newspapers located in the West. The company’s corporate offices have been maintained in Carson City, Nevada. His two daughters, Marilyn Shelton of Carlsbad, California, and Janet Buschert of Eagle, Idaho, are the current owners of the company.
He was married in 1948 to Leta Margaret Dobyns Trussell of Shelbina, Missouri, who predeceased him in 1997. In 2001, he married Elizabeth (Ruth) Blakey of Morley, Yorkshire, England. Since that time, they have lived in homes in La Quinta and Morley.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; two daughters, Marilyn Shelton (John) and Janet Buschert (Russell); a stepson, David Trussell (Micke) of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, grandsons, Jack Shelton (Cecilia) of Carlsbad, California, and Tim Trussell (Cindy) of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and five great grandchildren.
Respecting Philip’s desire for privacy, there will be no memorial service. He requested those desiring to make memorial contributions make them to the Bessie Minor Swift Foundation (named in honor of his mother who was a one-room school teacher) celebrating literacy and education. Those contributions may be directed to the Foundation at 235 W Floating Feather Road, Eagle, ID 83616.
Karen Sue Gibson, lovingly called ‘Nanny’, passed away surrounded by her children on Friday, November 22, 2019 at the age of seventy-six. She was born in Kansas on December 9, 1942, to parents Haroldeen and Lester Scroggins. A loving daughter, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt, she will be deeply missed by all that knew her.
In her career, she worked as a psychiatric technician in the children’s wards at Napa State Hospital for 27 years. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, Hank. A creative soul, she was a skilled painter in acrylic and watercolors, as well as many other artistic endeavours. She also loved to read, listen to music, and have large family gatherings.
She was predeceased by her husband, Hank Gibson(Bunk), her father Lester, and her sisters, Shirley Whiteley and Cheryl Snowder. She leaves behind her mother, Haroldeen Masingill, her sister, Nancy Jones, and her three children, Barry Snowder (Amanda, Andrew, and Kallie), Tereasa Snowder (Kasey, Megan, and Dawn), and Kari Sveva (Justina and Ryan), along with five great-grandchildren and many more loving extended family members.
A celebration of life to honor her memory will be held on December 8, 2019 starting at 1:30pm at the Clubhouse at the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park at 1040 Orchard Ave, Napa CA 94558. In lieu of flowers, she has requested that donations be made to St. Jude Hospital for Children.