The Desert Trail: Obituaries

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Friday 05/20/2016
John Edward ‘Bud’ White
Updated: May 26, 2016 - 4:49 pm

John Edward “Bud” White, a 46-year resident of California and a 30-year resident of Yucca Valley, died May 17, 2016, at Desert Regional Medical Center. He was 82 years old.

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Wednesday 05/11/2016
Sue Kelly Actress, shop owner, 77
Posted: May 11, 2016 - 9:38 am

Mary Sue Kelly, an 18-year-resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away peacefully on May 7, 2016, after a long and private battle with lung cancer.

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Colleen Woolsey, 73 active community member
Posted: May 11, 2016 - 9:40 am

Colleen Woolsey died peacefully surrounded by family members, on April 23, 2016, at the age of 73.

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Wednesday 04/27/2016
Roger E. Berg, 68, served in the Air Force
Updated: April 27, 2016 - 9:21 am

Roger E. Berg, 68, a Vietnam are Air Force veteran, honorable discharged, and a longtime resident of Twentynine Palms, died suddenly early Wednesday morning, April 20, at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

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Wednesday 04/20/2016
Francis P. ‘Frank’ Novak, 81, Served in United States Marines
Posted: April 20, 2016 - 9:05 am

Francis P. “Frank” Novak, 81, of Lincoln passed away at his home at 12:30 a.m. April 18, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

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Wednesday 04/13/2016
Donna Ballantyne Resnick, 49, May 23, 1966 to March 27, 2016
Posted: April 13, 2016 - 9:29 am

Donna was born May 23, 1966 at Edwards Air Force Base in California. She is the daughter of Paul D., and his wife Flo (Snarski) Ballantyne of Rockville Indiana, and Phyllis (Sutton), and her husband Charlie Douglas of Twentynine Palms. Donna has nine siblings including full, half and step brothers and sisters: Jan (Bruce) Djupstrom, Don Kuk, Dave (Kat) Kuk, Pat Porter, Gina (Porter) [Mike] Pollard, Patty (Ballantyne) [Mark] Robinson, Paul P. [fiancée Cheryl] Ballantyne, and Beth (Douglas) [Cole)] Parkison.

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Wednesday 04/06/2016
John Edson Burns, February 25, 1930 to March 26, 2016
Posted: April 06, 2016 - 8:47 am

John E. Burns passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, March 26, due to complications of Parkinson’s disease. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, he was seventh of eight children of Dr. Carl and Maureen Burns. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1948-52. While at Camp Pendleton he met his wife, Carol, to whom he was married for 63 years. John and Carol moved to 29 Palms in 1953 where they raised their family of five children.

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Wednesday 03/30/2016
Thomas Raymond Loveall, 67, served in Vietnam
Posted: March 30, 2016 - 9:42 am

Thomas Raymond Loveall, 67, of Twentynine Palms, died peacefully at his home on Feb. 10, 2016.

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Friday 03/18/2016
Sawyer Orion Rummelhart
Updated: March 25, 2016 - 7:24 pm

Sawyer Orion Rummelhart, 9, of Lincoln and Yuba City, passed away peacefully at home Feb. 19, 2016, surrounded by his loving family after a 10-month battle with Burkitt’s lymphoma. He fought with bravery, strength, courage and hope. He had an incredible zest for life, a smile that lit up a room, and an enormous love for his friends and family.

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Wednesday 03/09/2016
Leonard ‘Mac’ McKenzie, Training systems director, 61
Posted: March 09, 2016 - 10:26 am

Leonard “Mac” McKenzie, a 40-year resident of California and a 30-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died of sepsis at Riverside Community Hospital of Feb. 28, 2016. He was 61 years old.

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Wednesday 02/17/2016
David Michael McElroy
Posted: February 17, 2016 - 5:49 pm

David Michael McElroy, a 12-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died Jan. 27, 2016. He was 54 years old.

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Michael Lloyd Benedict
Posted: February 17, 2016 - 5:47 pm

Michael Lloyd Benedict, a 33-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died Feb. 11, 2016, at Eisenhower Medical Center. He was 68 years old.

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Wednesday 02/10/2016
Anthony Louis Cece, 75, restaurant owner
Updated: February 10, 2016 - 9:25 am

Anthony “Tony” Cece, a 15-year-resident of Twentynine Palms, died Feb. 8, 2016. The cause was respiratory failure.

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Mary Ellen Leazer, 74, made baby blankets for Navy Relief
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 9:26 am

Mary Ellen Leazer, 74, died on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015, at Eisenhower Medical Center, after her battle with cancer. She was a 44-year resident of Twentynine Palms.

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Wednesday 02/03/2016
Teddy Dorland Linton, 80, Retired Marine
Posted: February 03, 2016 - 8:49 am

Teddy Dorland Linton, a 45-year resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away Jan. 24, 2016, from natural causes. He was 80.

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Wednesday 01/20/2016
Lorri Ann Willet, 73, served in the U.S. Navy
Posted: January 20, 2016 - 9:04 am

Lorri Ann Willet, 73, a 40-year resident of Twentynine Palms, Passed away at home on Jan. 11, 2016. She was born on Aug. 5, 1942, to Charles and Margaret Hammon at Santa Monica Hospital.

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Wednesday 01/13/2016
Margot Spangenberg, 95, Twentynine Palms pioneer
Updated: January 13, 2016 - 5:34 pm

Services for Margot Spangenberg, 95, a 62-year resident of Twentynine Palms, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

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Thomas Wesley Collins Sr. (aka Jim), 82, Service technician
Posted: January 13, 2016 - 10:06 am

Thomas Wesley Collins Sr. (aka Jim), a 45-year resident of California and 23-year resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away on Jan. 5, 2016, at home. He was 82.

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Wednesday 01/06/2016
Raymond L. Smith, 84, son of homesteaders
Posted: January 06, 2016 - 9:06 am

Raymond L. Smith, 84, died Monday, Dec. 28, 2015 at Hi-Desert Medical Center, Joshua Tree.

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Wednesday 12/16/2015
Doyle Lee Lynn, 78, Marine, local business owner
Posted: December 16, 2015 - 7:51 am

Doyle Lee Lynn, 78, a 60-year resident of California and a 41-year resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away on Nov. 25, 2015.

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Wednesday 12/09/2015
Patrick McGee, 31, loved by many
Updated: December 09, 2015 - 1:53 pm

Patrick David McGee was born Oct. 21, 1983, in Palm Springs. He passed away October 15, 2015. Patrick is survived by his wife, Elaina, and four children; Isaiah, Anthony, Niyah and Mariyah McGee.

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Wednesday 11/25/2015
Richard Freeman Page, 58, longtime Wonder Valley resident
Posted: November 25, 2015 - 9:42 am

Longtime Wonder Valley resident Richard Freeman Page, 58, passed away peacedully on Sept. 26, 2015.

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Wednesday 10/28/2015
Finagalo Tili, 71, lovingly served the lord
Posted: October 28, 2015 - 10:16 am

A viewing will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by services, Saturday, Nov. 7, at First Baptist Church of Twentynine Palms, for Finagalo Tili, 71, a 32-year resident of Twentynine Palms, who died at home on Thursday, Oct. 22.

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Thursday 10/15/2015
Dave Stacey, Navy veteran, 72
Posted: October 15, 2015 - 8:51 am

Services for Dave Stacey, 72, a 61-year resident of Twentynine Palms, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Knott Sky Park. Mr. Stacey passed away on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, in Joshua Tree.

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Wednesday 10/07/2015
Zander H. Hardin, 76, Husband, father, and former Marine
Posted: October 07, 2015 - 8:57 am

Aug. 19, 1939 — Sept. 21, 2015

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Wednesday 09/30/2015
JoAnne Calvert, social butterfly, 64
Updated: September 30, 2015 - 9:19 am

JoAnne Calvert, 64, of New Ross, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 at her home. She was born on Dec. 12, 1950 in Hawaii to the late John and Bernice (Diaz) Supebedia. In 1976 she married Larry Calvert in California. They later divorced.

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Memorial tribute set
Posted: September 30, 2015 - 7:59 am

A memorial tribute will be held for Zander H. Hardin, a longtime resident of Twentynine Palms who was active in many basin activities.  

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Wednesday 09/23/2015
Robert M. Fleming Jr.. gave his life to Christ, 33
Posted: September 23, 2015 - 10:04 am

Robert M. Fleming Jr., 33, returned to his heavenly home in the evening of Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 in his home of Washington.

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Wednesday 08/19/2015
Gary Lee Chadwell, Civil servant, 69
Posted: August 19, 2015 - 8:10 am

Gary Lee Chadwell, a 69-year resident of California and a 58-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died Aug. 6, 2015, at his home in Twentynine Palms. He was 69.

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Rachael V. Graham, gifted at woodworking, 22
Posted: August 19, 2015 - 8:11 am

Rachael V. Graham, 22, a lifelong resident of Twentynine Palms, died Aug.9, 2015, in Kentucky. She was born to Carolyn Hower and William Graham on Aug. 9, 1993.

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Wednesday 08/12/2015
Dianna Hill Entreprenuer, business owner, 67
Updated: August 13, 2015 - 8:10 am

Dianna Hill, 50-year resident of California and a 20-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died at the Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree on July 21, 2015. She was 67 years old.

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Wednesday 08/05/2015
Carmen Molina, housekeeper, babysitter, 75
Updated: August 06, 2015 - 12:05 pm

Carmen Molina, a longtime resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away on July 26, 2015. Carmen was born on Dec. 27, 1939 in a small town call Chubbuck. Carmen moved to Twentynine Palms in 1967.

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Wednesday 07/29/2015
LuElla Jean Nelson Mees, longtime Desert Height resident, 91
Posted: July 29, 2015 - 10:33 am

LuElla Jean Nelson Mees, longtime resident of Desert Heights, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 10 at the end of a long, productive 91 years of life.

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Andrea Renee Landers Timmons, founded a group called TOSS, 41
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 11:28 am

Andrea Renee Landers Timmons, 41, a two-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died at home on July 5, 2015 from complications of Sarcoidosis.

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Frank Tracy Callahan, worked for the FBI, 90
Posted: July 29, 2015 - 10:32 am

Frank Tracy Callahan, 90, of Northridge, died July 25, 2015 in Northridge. He was born Nov. 21, 1924, in Woburn Massachusetts.

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Wednesday 07/22/2015
Henry Mac Sarchet, United States Air Force Major, 92
Posted: July 22, 2015 - 9:50 am

Henry Mac Sarchet, 92, a 42-year resident of Twentynine Palms, died July 18, 2015 inn Los Angeles. He was born on Oct. 22, 1922, in Wellington, Kansas, to Lloyd and Monta Sarchet.

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Thursday 07/16/2015
Karmen Kay Gibson-McGrorty, 67, co-owned McGeez Auto Body
Updated: July 16, 2015 - 11:17 am

Services were held at Smith’s Ranch on Saturday, July 11, for Karmen Kay Gibson-McGrorty, a 68-year resident of California and a 45-year resident of Twentynine Palms, who died peacefully at home surrounded by family on July 4, 2015 after a long battle with cancer.

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Wednesday 06/24/2015
Bennie D. Coffman, born in 1947
Posted: June 24, 2015 - 11:07 am

Bennie D. Coffman passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. She was born in 1947 in Wilmington, North Carolina, the daughter of A.C. and Rene Davenport.

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Wednesday 05/27/2015
Raul L. Karlson, bricklayer, 87
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 10:50 am

Raul L. Karlson, born in Sweden in 1928 to Adele Olsen and Harold Karlson, passed away on May 10, 2015, at Waterbury Hospital in Connecticut.

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Marlene Rosemary Mitchell, Served in USMC, 83
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 2:59 pm

Marlene Mitchell, a 20-year resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away at home on her birthday May 21,2015. She suffered from Parkinson’s and Lewy Body disease.

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Darrell Altmanshofer. Served in the U.S. Navy, 75
Posted: May 27, 2015 - 10:45 am

Darrell Altmanshofer passed from this earth on May 8, 2015 after 75 years of life.

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Joseph Capelli, worked for school district, 59
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 10:49 am

Joseph Capelli, aka “Casper,” 59, passed away May 17, 2015. Joseph was born Jan. 27, 1956 to beloved parents Rudy and Beatrice Capelli in Orange.

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Thursday 05/21/2015
Lonnie Walter Tiner and Patricia Lucille Aqui Tiner, double services set
Posted: May 21, 2015 - 11:07 am

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at Blessed Sacrament Church, 74462 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, for Lonnie Walter Tiner and Patricia Lucille Aqui Tiner, who died May 18, 2015, in Palm Springs following a motor vehicle accident.

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Wednesday 05/20/2015
Steven Carl Trovato, grocery store manager, 53
Posted: May 20, 2015 - 10:10 am

Steven Carl Trovato, 53, a California native and a two-year resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away on May 12, 2015 in Palm Springs. He was 53.

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Wednesday 05/06/2015
JoDean ‘Jody’ Kell, California native, 62
Updated: May 13, 2015 - 12:20 pm

JoDean “Jody” Kell, was a lifelong resident of California. Born in San Diego, she was a resident of the Morongo Basin for about two years.

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
Rosalie J. Ventura, Banker, 81
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Rosalie J. Ventura, 81, a 30-year resident of Desert Hot Springs and Twentynine Palms, and a 52-year resident of California, passed away on April 23, 2015, at home.

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David Junior Beard, Served in USMC, 83
Posted: April 29, 2015 - 10:52 am

Lt. Col. David Beard, a 45-year resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away at his home on Tuesday April 21, 2015.

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Monday 04/27/2015
Gene Ressler, 77
Posted: April 27, 2015 - 4:43 pm

Gene Ressler, a 38-year resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away on March 28, 2015. He was 77 years old.

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Friday 04/24/2015
David Beard, 82
Posted: April 24, 2015 - 8:38 pm

Lt. Col. David Beard, a 45-year resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

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Wednesday 04/22/2015
Ronald Lewis Bishop, Retired salesman, 62
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 11:05 am

Ronald Lewis Bishop, 62, of Reno, Nevada passed away at home on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Ron was a graduate of the Twentynine Palms High School Class of 1970. He was born in El Paseo, Texas, on July 7, 1952, to Eugene and Helen Bishop.

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