The Desert Trail: Obituaries


Recent Obituaries

Wednesday 03/25/2015
Regina Hardin Roberts, Cosmetologist, 41
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 10:58 am

Regina Hardin Roberts, a resident of Spring, Texas, passed away early on March 21, 2015. She was 41 years old.

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Henry Clay Harris, Contractor, 52
Posted: March 25, 2015 - 10:58 am

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Little Church of the Desert, Adobe Road and El Paseo Drive, Pastor Al Perez officiating, for Henry Clay Harris, 52, of Twentynine Palms, who passed away on March 2, 2015.

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Wednesday 03/18/2015
Daniel Crothers Johnston Sr.. Steam plant operator, 73
Posted: March 18, 2015 - 12:29 pm

Daniel Crothers Johnston Sr., 73, a 48-year resident of Twentynine Palms and California succumbed to cancer at his home on March 12, 2105.

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Bessie Mae Castleberry, loving great-grandmother, 90
Posted: March 18, 2015 - 12:28 pm

Mrs. Bessie Maw Castleberry, a native of Brooklyn, New York, was born on Nov. 11, 1924, and passed away on March 13, 2015. She moved to Twentynine Palms in June 1986.

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Grace A. Shaner, Professional dancer, 91
Posted: March 18, 2015 - 12:30 pm

Grace A. Shaner, passed away march 3, 2015, in the Golden Living Center in Shafter. She was 91

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Wednesday 03/11/2015
Roy Lloyd Davenport, Business owner, 70
Posted: March 11, 2015 - 12:58 pm

Roy Lloyd Davenport, 70-year resident of California and a 25-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died from kidney failure at 13565 Dean Avenue, in Victorville, on Feb. 23, 2015. He was 70 years old.

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Richard ‘Dick’ Moran, services set
Posted: March 11, 2015 - 12:59 pm

Memorial services for Richard “Dick” Moran will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 23, at the Twentynine Palms United Methodist Church, 6250 Mesquite Springs Road.

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Kevin Hamilton Cozad, Twentynine Palms resident, 57
Posted: March 11, 2015 - 12:57 pm

Kevin Hamilton Cozad, a 57-year resident of California and a 50-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs on March 7, 2015. He was 57 years old.

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Wednesday 03/04/2015
Lewis ‘Bill’ Roller, World War II veteran, 91
Posted: March 04, 2015 - 11:46 am

Lewis “Bill” Roller, 91, passed away from brain hemorrhage following a Feb. 18 auto accident.on Adobe Road.

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Gail Dolnick, Desert Heights resident
Posted: March 04, 2015 - 11:46 am

Desert Heights and Twentynine Palms resident Gail Dolnick pased away on Feb. 27, 2015.

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June E. Burnett, former Twentynine Palms resident, 97
Posted: March 04, 2015 - 11:47 am

Mrs. June E. Burnett, age 97 years, of Jefferson City, Missouri., died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at the Golden Living Center.

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Wednesday 02/11/2015
Margaret ‘Maggie’ Renfro, Commercial artist, 83
Posted: February 11, 2015 - 11:58 am

Margaret ‘Maggie’ Renfro died on Jan. 1, 2015. She is survived by her son, John R. Bartram of New York City, Her stepson Michael D. Renfro and wife, Peggy, of Montrose, Colorado, her stepdaughter Nancy C, Zerger and husband, Tarry, of Cheney, Kansas, her step-grandchildren, Logan D. Sisler, Daniel B. Sisler, Stacie S, (Sisler) Cundith, Sarah E. Zerger and Kristina E. Zerger and eight step-great-grandchildren. Locally Maggie is also survived by her sister-in-law Marli Renfro Peterson and her two children Edward J. Hilliard and Erin P. Hilliard and great-nephew Camerin Boone Rimmington.

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George Edward ‘Bud’ Greene, Marine Corps master sergeant, 76
Posted: February 11, 2015 - 12:00 pm

George Edward "Bud” Greene, a 38-year resident of California and Twentynine Palms, passed away on Feb. 2, 2015. He was 76.

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Roy Magana Vasquez Jr., Master auto detailer, 47
Updated: February 11, 2015 - 6:13 pm

Roy Magana Vasquez Jr., a native of California and a resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away Jan. 27, 2015, at Loma Linda Medical Center, surrounded by loving family and close friends.

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Stephanie Rovena Huber, executive secretary, 72
Posted: February 11, 2015 - 11:57 am

Stephania Rovena Huber, a 72-year resident of California and a 40-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died  Jan. 4, 2015 at her home in Twentynine Palms. She was 72 years old.

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Wednesday 02/04/2015
Barry James Burkhart, owned auto repair shop, 41
Posted: February 04, 2015 - 11:04 am

Barry James Burkhart, age 41 of Lake, Michigan, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.

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Wednesday 01/28/2015
Edith Wotherspoon, served as a missionary in Africa, 87
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 11:14 am

Edith Wotherspoon passed into Glory Jan. 12, 2015, at Hi-Desert Medical Center after a brief illness. She is survived by her brother, John Wotherspoon and his wife, Helen; their five children, James Wotherspoon and wife Betsie of Fairfield, Iowa, Janine Wotherspoon Cunix and husband, Leonard of Oak Park, Illinois, Richard Wotherspoon and wife, Sotera, of Running Springs, Nancy Wotherspoon Reed and husband, Richard,of Nunda, New York, and John Mark Wotherspoon of Twentynine Palms.

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Helen Irene (Miller) Pankratz, Shopkeeper and teacher, 96
Posted: January 28, 2015 - 11:12 am

Helen Irene (Miller) Pankratz, 96, a 53-year resident of California and a 52-year resident of Twentyine Palms, passed away on Jan. 10, 2015 at her home in Twentynine Palms.

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Wednesday 01/21/2015
Dennis Lee Goodaker, U.S. Army veteran, 56
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 10:48 am

Dennis Lee Goodaker, 56, of Twentynine Palms, passed away on Jan. 16, 2015, in Twentynine Palms.

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Wednesday 01/14/2015
Miguel Juarez, landfill caretaker, 94
Posted: January 14, 2015 - 1:18 pm

Miguel Juarez, a 52-year resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away Jan. 8, 2015, at Hi-Desert Medical Center. He was 997. He was born to Mr. and Mrs. Miguel Juarez (Martinez) on Aug. 25, 1920, in Guanajuato, Mexico.

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Helen Irene (Miller) Pankratz, Gem Craft for more than 30 years, 96
Posted: January 14, 2015 - 1:18 pm

Helen Irene (Miller) Pankratz, a 53-year resident of California and a 52-year resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away at home on Jan. 10, 2015. She was 96.

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Jacqueline Gayle Hanley, Accountant, 54
Posted: January 14, 2015 - 1:17 pm

Jacqueline Gayle Hanley, 54, a seven-year resident of California and Twentynine Palms, passed away, from breast cancer, on Jan. 5, 2015, in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

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Wednesday 01/07/2015
Clara E. Nagel, Bookkeeper and clerk, 91
Updated: January 07, 2015 - 10:59 am

Clara E. Nagel, a 74-year resident of California and an 18-year resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away on Jan. 4, 2015 at Hi-Desert Medical Center. She was 91.

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Wednesday 12/31/2014
Daniel Melvin Hafer, eacher, principal,administrator, educator, 81
Posted: December 31, 2014 - 1:56 pm

If you can read this, thank a teacher. Daniel Melvin Hafer was so much more to so many. Dan was a highly educated man, loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, colleague and friend. 

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Tuesday 12/23/2014
Patricia Marie Long, Police dispatcher, 64
Posted: December 23, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Patricia Marie Long, 64, a 15-year resident of Twentynine Palms and California, passed away on Dec. 13, 2014 at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.

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Virginia Maura O’Leary McCall Harris, longtime church secretary, 93
Posted: December 23, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Virginia Maura O’Leary McCall Harris, an 80-year resident of California and a 42-year resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 8, 2014. She was 93.

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Wednesday 12/10/2014
Corina Lynn Rhoads Swift, 53, former longtime Twentynine Palms resident
Updated: December 10, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Corina Swift, former longtime resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away Nov. 27, 2014 at her home in Oklahoma, at the age of 53. She battled an aggressive form of colon cancer. She is survived by her father and step-mother, her four beloved children, five grandchildren, and four siblings. She was an inspiration to her family and will be greatly missed. Fly to Jesus and live.

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Barbara R. Brink Checker, bus driver, 77
Updated: December 17, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Barbara R. Brink was a 50-year resident of Twentynine Palms. She drove a school bus for 22 years, was a proud member of the Red Hat Society, a member of the Republican Women’s Society and a 37 year member of Oasis Community Church where she served as deaconess, council member, elder and worked with the youth.

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Wednesday 12/03/2014
Dolores Helen Whited (Perkins), 74, job coach for the disabled
Posted: December 03, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Dolores Helen Whited (Perkins), 74, an eight-year resident of Victorville, passed away on Nov. 25, 2014, there, of natural causes.

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Helen Smith, 100, survived by her family of friends
Posted: December 03, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Helen Smith, 100 years old, passed away quietly at Desert Rose Sunday morning, Nov. 30. She was survived by her immediate family of friends, Asia, Kathy and staff at Desert Rose. Vida Hamilton, Gloria, Almut, Charlotte, Mary, Lee, Bob and Diane shared weekly outings to the Carousel where her family grew again to include Sheryl, Star, Jackie and Steve.

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Rev. John David Goodwin, 76, Pentecostal minister
Posted: December 03, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Rev. John David Goodwin, 76, a 62-year resident of California and a 21-year resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away at home on Dec. 26, 2014.

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Wednesday 11/19/2014
Richard E. Wootton, 83, USMC Air Traffic Control Unit member
Posted: November 19, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Richard E. Wootton, a 35-year resident of California and a 33-year resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away on Oct. 28, 2014, in Mentone. He was 83.

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
John David Hart, 73, Served on the Bon Homme Richard
Posted: November 12, 2014 - 1:49 pm

John David Hart, a 38-year resident of California and a 32-year resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away at his home on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. He was 73.

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Delores Hepworth-Philpott, worked as a caretaker
Posted: November 12, 2014 - 1:50 pm

Celebration of Delores Hepworth-Philpott’s life will be held on Saturday, Nov.22, at Wiefels and Son Mortuary in her hometown of Twentynine Palms.

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Thursday 11/06/2014
Richard Allen Casey, 53, Loving husband, father, son, brother, teacher, coach and friend
Updated: November 08, 2014 - 11:47 am

Richard Allen Casey passed away Oct. 20, 2014 at the age of 53. He battled an aggressive form of melanoma for one year. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Dana Casey; children Andrew Casey and Samantha Casey-Lane and her husband Mark Lane all of Las Vegas, Nev.; his parents Andy and Mary Casey of Twentynine Palms, his brother Christopher Casey and his family of Kate, Jordan, Miranda, Grace, Ellen and Oliver all of Brunswick, Maine, in-laws David and Pat Smith of Twentynine Palms, brother and sister-in-law Mike and Patty Smith and their children Kelsey and Billy all of Twentynine Palms, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Wednesday 11/05/2014
Clyde Leo Bultman, Business owner, bartender, 87
Posted: November 05, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Clyde Leo Bultman was born in Indiana on Feb. 13, 1927. He passed away from acute congestive heart failure on Nov. 1, 2014, at the age of 87.

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Leonard Dillon Tygart, 79, Served in Korea and Vietnam
Posted: November 05, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Leonard D. Tygart, a 47-year resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away at his home with his family at his side on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Son of Henry Harmon Tygart and Mary Lou Blankenship Tygart, Leonard was born Dec. 20, 1934, in Vulcan, WV.

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Jessie James Howard Jr., three months, Services set
Posted: November 05, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Wiefels and Son in Yucca Valley, for Jessie James Howard Jr., three months, on Twentynine Palms, who died Oct. 27, 2014.

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
Don White, Served as honorary 29 Palms mayor, 87
Posted: October 22, 2014 - 11:55 am

Donald R. White passed away at home in Long Beach, on Oct. 1, 2014, surrounded by his loving family after a prolonged illness. He was born Jan. 23, 1927 in Indiana, Penn., in a family of four. While serving in the Army during World War II he was stationed in Japan.

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Wednesday 10/15/2014
Anthony Paul Croonenberghs, served in U.S. Navy, 77
Posted: October 15, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Anthony Paul Croonenberghs, a resident of Twentynine Palms for 45 years, passed away peacefully at home on Oct 14, 2014, after a brief battle with cancer.

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Wednesday 10/08/2014
Margaret Kenney, 102, Pioneering business owner, philanthropist
Posted: October 08, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Services will be held at noon, Saturday, Oct. 18, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, National Park Drive and Utah Trail, for Margaret Kenney, 102, who passed away at home on Friday, Oct. 3.

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Wednesday 09/24/2014
Maria Concepcion Hunter McConaha, Nurse and caretaker, 68
Posted: September 24, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Maria’s journey started on March 1, 1946, in Mexico. She entered Heaven’s Gates on Sept. 18, 2014. She was 68 years old.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Services set for Gary Newton
Posted: September 10, 2014 - 1:25 pm

TWENTYNINE PALMS — A service has been scheduled for retired Lt. Cmdr. Gary Newton of Twentynine Palms.

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Joyce Ann Greenough, 70, loving wife, mother and grandmother
Posted: September 10, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Joyce Ann Greenough, 70, who was born in Conneaut, Ohio, died peacefully in her sleep, next to her husband of 48 years, Kenneth George Greenough, at 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Arlie L. Prater Jr., 88, Morongo Unified School District principal
Posted: September 03, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Arlie L. Prater Jr., a 37-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died after a decade long battle with dementia on Aug. 16, 2014. He was 88.

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Gary Newton, 75, Retired Lieutenant Commander
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 5:16 pm

Retired Lieutenant Commander Gary Newton, 75 a 34-year resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away on Aug. 28, 2014.

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
Christopher M. Jonas, 72, Operated Chris’s Treasures
Posted: August 13, 2014 - 1:09 pm

A memorial potluck will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center, for Christopher M. Jonas, 72, who passed away on July 24, 2014.

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John R. Toler II, 67, Wore many hats
Updated: August 13, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Services were held Friday, Aug. 8, at Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood, Ariz., for Cottonwood resident John R. Toler, II, 67, who passed away on July 31, 2014.

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
Donna Lee Green McWilliams,76, Homemaker
Posted: August 06, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Donna Lee Green McWilliams passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014.

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Paula Greene, 73, enjoyed knitting, reading and bowling
Posted: August 06, 2014 - 3:03 pm

A viewing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, will be followed by services at 9 the same day, at Sky View Chapel in Joshua Tree, for Paula Greene, 73, a 37-year resident of Twentynine Palms who passed away on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. She was born on Nov. 9, 1940 in Eastland, Texas.

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