Ian Smith

October 10, 1950 - March 11, 2019

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Ian Smith was born in Westminster, British Columbia, Canada to Gwen and Cecil Smith on October 19, 1950. He and his sister Diana enjoyed playing in the forest which surrounded their home in West Vancouver. Ian’s family moved to Downey in 1965 and Ian attended Griffiths Middle School and Warren High School where he was on the swim team and was Student Body President.

Ian received a Masters Degree in Student Personal and Guidance at Oklahoma State University. He took two voyages around the world on Semester at Sea where he was Director of Student Activities.

Ian was active in youth work at First Baptist Church of Downey where he taught High School and College Sunday school. Many regard Ian as a mentor and example of enthusiasm for life and love of God. His big smile and love for people will be missed.

Ian received a heart transplant in 2006 which gave him an extra twelve years of life. He died at home from complications of heart failure, surrounded by family, on March 11, 2019. Ian is survived by his sister Diana Edmonds, his wife of 45 years, Vickie, and children Zachary (Katheryn) Smith, Landon, and Brittany (Scotty) Denton, and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 23, at 1:00 pm at The First Presbyterian Church of Downey. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in support of Caring for Orphans Mozambique, of which Ian was a board member at caringfororphans.com.

Robert Gifford Cormack

October 27, 1919 - February 21, 2019

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Robert was proceeded in death by his first wife, Louise and their 3 sons Robert, Harold (Sherri) and Steven. He is survived by his second wife Faith, daughter Sharon (Tim) granddaughter Destiny, grandson Logan. Son Darryl (Tessie) grandson Darren (Geneva) great grandson Nolan, granddaughter Ashley, great granddaughter Janay, his beloved dog Bear and bird Rooster.

Robert “Grandpa” was a man who wore many hats (let’s not forget those cowboy boots). They included Husband, Father, Uncle, Grandpa, Great Grandpa, US Army World War II Vet, two term Mayor of Downey, City Council, School Board Member, successful business owner, Master in Engineering, world traveler, pilot, and a faithful servant of the Lord. The hat that was most important, was that of being a Grandpa. Every child should be so blessed as his grandchildren were.

We will celebrate his incredible life at Florence Ave. Foursquare Church (11457 Florence Ave.) in Santa Fe Springs Friday, March 15th at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to be made to Florence Ave Church in care of the Trevor Owens Foundation for Children’s Ministry.

Ava Michael

March 11, 1933 - February 27, 2019

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It is with great sadness that the family of Ava Michael announce her passing on February 27, 2019.

Ava was a long time resident of Downey. She was previously active with the Downey Little League and in 1979 obtained her Real Estate license and became active with the local Downey Association of Realtors for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Floyd “Mike” Michael in 2009.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Floyd “Alan” Michael and Sherry (Brian) Blair; granddaughters, Jennifer (Lyn), Stephanie and Mariah; and great grandsons, Alex, Andrew and Austin.

Dr. CharlesEtta Simpson-Ingram

Dr. CharlesEtta Simpson-Ingram (AKA Robbie Simpson), a Minister and Member of Breath of God Christian Fellowship Church, passed away on February 21, 2019. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019, 11:30 am at First Baptist Church in Downey. For more information, please call the church at (310) 767-9620.

Betty Jean Connor-Latronica-Hixon

November 3, 1934 - February 19, 2019

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Betty Jean Connor-Latronica-Hixon, passed away peacefully at her home with her husband of 34 years, Jim Hixon, by her side on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 3:09 PM. She was 84.

Betty was born in Mobile, Alamaba in 1934. Her family moved to New York City and resided there until the untimely passing of her father, a shipyard worker. Her family then relocated to Youngstown, Ohio where her mother remarried. Betty resided there until she met and married Raymond Latronica in 1955. They moved to the Los Angeles, California in 1955 and purchased a home in Norwalk in 1956 where they raised their three children and she resided until her death.

Betty worked for Thrifty Drug Stores for 25 years and was grateful for and proud of her union affiliation. She had a fun-loving, dynamic personality. She taught ballroom dancing in the 1950’s and 60’s and enjoyed dancing for many years thereafter. She enjoyed outings at the beach, golfing and organizing golf tournaments.

She was a resident of the greater Los Angeles area for 64 years. She was preceded in her death by her first husband, Raymond Latronica, her sister Linda Campbell, her brother, Roy Case, her daughter in-law Terri Latronica, and her son Ollie Latronica. She leaves behind her loving husband Jim Hixon, her sister Marie Bevis, her daughter Allison Minugh, her son Patrick Latronica, 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Victoria (Vickie) Augimeri

April 27, 1927 - February 17, 2019

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Vickie Augimeri, age 91, passed away on February 17 at her home in Downey, with her children and family at her side. Vickie had been a Downey resident since 1953, when she moved here with her husband Pat, and where she raised her five children. Vickie was active in many local organizations: she was the tour director for the Downey Newcomers Club for a number of years, planning and organizing excursions for the group to museums, cultural sites, theatrical performances and casinos throughout Southern California. She worshipped at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, was part of the Catholic Women’s Guild, and served many times as room mother for her children at Our Lady school.

Vickie worked for many years during the 1970s and 80s at Downey City Public Library. She enjoyed her library work, and to improve her skills she enrolled in and completed a certificate program for library workers at Rio Hondo College. She also completed a certificate program for travel agents at the same school.

Vickie was an avid reader and traveler. She made several trips to Europe, with Italy being one of her favorite destinations. She also enjoyed several family trips to Hawaii and Alaska.

Vickie is survived by her five children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her husband Pat passed away in 2012.

Memorial services are being handled by Miller Mies Mortuary in Downey. A rosary will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Downey on Monday, March 11 at 4pm. A mass of Christian burial will be held in the Chapel of the Risen Christ at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Culver City on Tuesday, March 12 at 12:30pm.

Dennis Llantada Pascual

November 5, 1938 - February 15, 2019

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Dennis Llantada Pascual, 80, was born on November 5, 1938 in the Philippines to Eduardo Pascual and Saturina Llantada and entered into eternal rest on February 15, 2019 in Downey, California.

With hard working hands, Dennis was an engineer for the food refrigeration industry for over 30 years. Dennis has always enjoyed socializing and had many hobbies. In his younger years, he often played tennis and liked to play poker at The Bicycle Club and Commerce Casinos. Over the years, he developed a fondness for chess and always looked forward to seeing his friends at the Downey Senior Center. He was an avid music fan and listened to many kinds of music, with country and disco being a few of his favorites. His family was always dear to his heart and he, along with his wife, Menchie, spent countless hours watching his children’s and grandchildren’s sports and dance activities.

Dennis leaves behind his loving family: Wife, Carmelita Pascual of Downey, California, Son, Randy Pascual of Downey, California, Son, Richard Pascual (Cynthia) of Downey, California, Son, Dennis Pascual Jr. (Ranae) of Germany, Daughter, Maricar Avalos (Eduardo) of Huntington Beach, California, Grandson, Caleb Pascual of Downey, California, Granddaughter, Hayley Pascual of Downey, California, Grandson, Tyler Hongvivat of Downey, California, Granddaughter, Emma Lee Avalos of Huntington Beach, California, Granddaughter, Milla Avalos of Huntington Beach, California, Grandson, Duke Pascual of Germany, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as several other family members and friends who loved him and will miss him dearly.

A rosary will be held at Risher Montebello Mortuary on February 24th at 7:00 PM and a mass will be held at St. Raymond’s Church on February 25th at 12:30 PM with a graveside service to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress. For more obituary and service information and to leave condolences to the family, please visit www.rishermortuary.com. 562-861-3888.

Gameil Abdo Hanein

March 1, 1956 - February 12, 2019


Gameil Abdo Hanein passed away in the early morning of February 12, 2019. He was 62 years old and is survived by his wife Monica and his three children Joshua, Jessica, and Jacquelene.

Born in Egypt in 1956, he moved to Los Angeles is his mid-twenties. He spent his career working as an automotive technician, and after years of hard work he fulfilled his personal goal of small business ownership by founding local Jimmy’s Auto Service & Smog.

He will be remembered above all else as a dedicated and loving father.

Visitation services will be held at Rose Hills Mortuary in Whittier on Sunday, February 24th at 4:30pm. Funeral services will be held at Cityline Church in Lakewood on Monday, February 25th at 9:00am.

Milton Hammond, Jr.

March 27, 1929 - December 12, 2018

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Milton Benjamin Hammond, Jr., died peacefully on December 12, 2018, at his home in Downey, California following a long illness. He was 89 years old. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Ann and his daughter, Dianne. He is survived by his children Joanne, David, Mark and Paul, and two grandchildren.

“Milt,” as he was fondly known to all of his friends and associates, was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and moved to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania metropolitan area in his early teens. Milt met his wife, Betty, while in the Pittsburgh area, and they were married in 1951, following his graduation from Case Western Reserve University with a Bachelor of Science degree.

The couple moved to Seattle, Washington, where they started a family and where Milt’s career involved working for the Boeing Company on the design of the B-52 bomber. Upon completion of his Master of Science degree from the University of Washington, the Hammonds relocated to Southern California, where Milt continued his aerospace career at North American Aviation, subsequently Rockwell International, for 15 years.

At Rockwell, he worked on various missile programs while attending graduate school at the University of Southern California where he earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Subsequently, Milt worked on the U.S. Space Program, with the Apollo Program Saturn V rocket that put men on the moon. He also worked on preliminary rocket designs for the Space Shuttle Program.

In the mid-1970s, Milt left the aerospace industry and started his second career as a management consultant which he continued well into his 80s. He specialized in company team-building, leadership, and talent selection through techniques pioneered by the Success Motivation Institute.

In his boyhood years in Pennsylvania, Milt began a lifelong association with the Boy Scouts of America and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. As an adult, he volunteered for 35 years with Cub Pack 805C and Troop 441 in Downey. He also led a backpacking Explorer Post on monthly hikes. He was Committee Chairman for the cub pack for about 10 years, and also served as president of the Old River Men’s Club, the sponsoring institution for the cub pack and the troop. In 1981, he was honored with a Silver Beaver award by the Boy Scouts for meritorious volunteer service.

He was an active associate and Bible teacher with The Word of Truth Ministry in Los Angeles for over 50 years. As a “senior scholar,” he recorded numerous Sunday morning Bible study lessons and authored More Seed & Bread Bible study leaflets.

Milt told lots of silly jokes and stories to anyone who was willing to listen. A gentleman and all-around “nice guy” to those who knew him, Milt will be missed by many.

Memorial services are planned for January 26, 2019 at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be directed to the Boy Scouts of America at www.oldriveryouthfoundation.com or The Word of Truth Ministry at www.seedandbread.org/donations-to-the-ministry/.

Lucille Henry

March 16, 1935 - June 16, 2018

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Lucille Henry passed away on June 16, 2018. She was 82 years old. She was a homemaker and a foster mother to many. For the last 3 years she resided at Downey Retirement Center, prior to that; she was a long time resident of Los Angeles, Ca. She is survived by 6 children, and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Robert Christopher Glover II

March 23, 1963 - December 29, 2018

Robert Christopher Glover II (born March 25, 1963) passed away suddenly on December 29, 2018. He leaves to cherish his precious memory, father Robert C. Glover, mother Jacqueline Glover, sister Lisa Glover-Gardin, brother in-law Barry N. Gardin, niece Karra Gardin, nephew Christopher Gardin, and many extended family members, and friends too numerous to list.

Ryo Magara Terasaki

1923 - 2018

Ryo Magara Terasaki passed away in her adult family home in Bellevue, WA, on December 14th. Ryo was born in Los Angeles in 1923, and was a Downey resident from 1952. Ryo was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Dr. Shigeo Terasaki, who passed away in 2003, after practicing medicine in Downey for several decades. She was also preceded in death by sisters Yo Kikugawa and Kana Hirose, and brother Hideo Magara. Ryo is survived by her sons Dr. Wesley Terasaki (Barbara), Stanley (Nancy), Dr. Rodney (Beth), and Carey. She is also survived by 6 grandsons, 3 granddaughters, 6 great-grandchildren, numerous nephews, nieces, in-laws, second cousins, and an older sister, Dr. Sue Makita. Ryo raised her sons as a stay-at-home mom; she was a strong proponent of the practice of reading to her young children. Ryo and Shigeo raised their sons in a loving environment that stressed education, and allowed for other achievements. Ryo was also a registered nurse. But, one day, she wandered into an art class, and turned that experience into a career of oil and watercolor painting; she painted, instructed at community colleges and adult education schools, demonstrated, and competed at art shows for decades. For many of her senior years, she hula danced. In 2017, Downey High School honored Ryo’s and Shigeo’s sons with induction into the DHS Hall of Fame. In the induction literature and during the induction ceremony, Ryo and Shigeo were recognized for raising their sons in the nurturing environment that was the foundation for their sons’ HoF achievements. They were especially recognized for overcoming the hardships many Japanese Americans endured during and after WWII, due to Executive Order 9066 and other acts of prejudice. Ryo and Shigeo refused to see themselves as victims of those hardships; instead, they saw their lives in Downey as opportunities for meaningful work, raising their children, and enjoying life. Ryo will be interred alongside Shigeo at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Southeast Japanese School and Community Center, in Norwalk, and Cerritos Baptist Church.

Lyle Charles Jamison

June 29, 1938 - November 8, 2018

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Lyle Charles Jamison (80) passed away peacefully at home after a five month battle with colon cancer. He was a dedicated family man who was admired by those who knew him. He will be greatly missed by his family, relatives, and friends.

Lyle is survived by his wife Nancy: daughters Sarah Jamison; Janie Shaw (Brian): son John (Samantha); four granddaughters, and his sister Janice Jamison.

Lyle served his country in the U.S. Navy for over twenty years retiring as captain. He later retired from the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department Food Services Division after decades of working in the industry. After raising their children in Downey, Lyle and Nancy have enjoyed their retirement years together. Lyle loved spending time with his family, traveling the world, and fly fishing with his friends.

Celebration of life services will be held in December.

Lenora Isaacson Schuricht

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Lenora was born to Edwin and Katie Isaacson on a farm outside Scandia, Kansas in 1919. In 1946, she wed Arthur Schuricht in California. In the early 1950’s, they moved to Downey, where Lenora lived for 60 years.

Lenora’s life centered on her family and church. She and Art raised five children. Her survivors include all her children—Cindy (Britt), David (Susan), Becky (Tim); Trudy (Gerald); and Lois (Keith), seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Lenora was patient, generous, kind and, as she said, “tougher than you think.”

She loved God, her family, church, friends, and the world we all share. At age 99, with all her children present, she peacefully left this world for God’s loving embrace.

Her funeral was held at Messiah Lutheran Church on Nov. 17, 2018. She was buried next to Art at Rose Hills Cemetery. Memorials may be given to:

Concordia University Foundation giving@concordia.ca

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod World Relief https://www.lcms.org/givenow.worldrelief

Messiah Lutheran Church, 10711 Paramount Blvd, Downey, CA 90241

Carmen Vineyard

September 3, 1929 - November 29, 2018

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Carmen was born September 3, 1929 in Los Angeles, California to Charles & Aurelia Roberts. She grew up in the Great Depression and married a young Marine, Harold Long at the age of 16 in 1945. She had two children, James & Carmencita Long while living on a farm in Algona, Iowa. Back in Los Angeles in 1950 as a single parent, she subsequently married Joe Sarabia in 1956 and moved to Downey. In 1967 they adopted a baby boy Dominic Sarabia. After an amicable separation in 1975, the couple proceeded to raise Dominic through joint custody, living on the same street, Cheyenne Street. Carmen built her own duplex and became a successful business woman in Downey before marrying Bob Vinyard in 1986. As President of the Downey Chamber of Commerce in 1992 she received Woman of the Year Award by the State Legislature. Bob and Carmen lived in the house she built for the rest of their days.

Carmen was preceded in death by her husband Bob in October of 2017. She is survived by her three children, seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. She passed away quietly on November 29, 2018. Services will be held at Miller Mies Mortuary Downey on December 14 at 10:30 AM.

Arlene McArthur

January 4, 1933 - November 27, 2018

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Arlene June (DeWitt) McArthur passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 around 6am. Born on January 4, 1933, to Beulah (Zorn) and Harold DeWitt, in Emporia, Kansas, Arlene and her brother, Earl (Edie) Troutman grew up in California.

She was a devoted wife to Ron McArthur who welcomed her at the gates of heaven and a loving mother to Mark (Denise) Philpot and Rhonda Stankiewicz, and step-mother to Dianne (Gerry) Adams and Terry (Rod) Appleton. She adored her grandchildren: Kris (Lindsey), Matt (Chelsea), and Kellie Philpot; Reese and Evan Adams; Josh (Alison), Ben, and Emma Appleton; and great-grandchildren Audry Appleton and Harrison Philpot.

A lifelong educator, Arlene graduated from Long Beach State College and became a teacher at Huntington Park Baptist School and Montebello Christian School. An avid reader with a book always in her hand, after retiring from teaching she volunteered at both her Downey First Baptist church library and the Downey City libraries. She was a member of the Chi Alpha Sunday School class at First Baptist Church of Downey and will be dearly missed by her cherished friends.

Her love of teaching and mentoring others carried on long after retiring. She took art classes at the Downey Adult School where she met new friends to encourage.

Her love of animals was displayed by all the bird feeders in her yard, the squirrels that fed out of her hand and her pride in showing friends pictures of all her Granddogs.

Arlene was blessed with opportunities to travel the world on mission trips and was a wonderful example of the Christian faith. Arlene and Ron were passionate about missions and championed the cause of Christ at DFBC and around the world. They gave selflessly, cared well for others, including missionaries. Home town ones knew they always had a “home” to go to when they were in southern California. They loved all missionaries well, supported them and encouraged them always.

Please join her family in celebrating her life on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at 1:00 pm, at the First Baptist Church in Downey, California. Charitable donations can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) or a charity of your choice.

You may leave the family condolences on our web site, www.rishermortuary.com.


Erica Joan Seelig

June 6, 1956 - November 12, 2018

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Erica Joan Seelig passed away on November 12, 2018. A lifelong resident of Downey, California, Erica was a student of the world’s enduring pastimes, an excellent cook and baker, an accomplished needlepointer, and a connoisseur of midcentury television and music. Erica taught elementary school for 38 years, most of them at Frank M. Wright Elementary School in El Monte, California. A beloved daughter, sister, aunt, teacher, and friend, she survived her father, Robert Mallory Seelig MD, and is survived by her mother, LeNoma Joan Seelig. She is also survived by her sister, Lesley Fry, and her husband Lance, and her brothers Dana, and his wife Cathy, and Scott, and his wife Rocio. Erica had six nieces and nephews especially Courtney Fry, and her husband Jamie Fleet, Whitney Kellaher, and her husband Anthony, and Ian Fry. She is also survived by seven grand nieces and nephews especially Rosalie Erica Kellaher and Harriet Lesley Fleet. Her family will remember her as a compassionate listener, a perfect gift giver, and the kindest and most caring soul. An animal lover, she leaves behind her cats, Lucy, Peanut, Linus, and Sally. Donations can be made in memory of Erica to Alley Cat Allies by calling 240-482-1980 or at alleycat.org/more-ways-to-give/pay-tribute under “Make a Memorial Gift”. Please add whitneyjfk@gmail.com to the recipient email address.

Isabel S. Frailey

December 17, 1924 - November 24, 2018

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Isabel S. Frailey, 93, of South Gate, passed away peacefully at her home on November 24, 2018. She was born on December 17, 1924 in Huntington Park, California. At an early age her and her family moved to Gardena, CA where she graduated from high school in 1942. She worked as a laundromat attendant and as a waitress prior to being hired by Owens Illinois Glass Company in Vernon where she retired after 39 years of employment. In May 2001, she was named Senior of the Year in Downey.

Isabel loved music, dancing, cooking, baking, sewing, gardening, pets, playing bingo, going to the casino, family time and watching her favorite baseball team, the LA Dodgers. She was predeceased by her daughter Darlene Frailey in 2001. She is survived by her two daughters, Gerri Cunningham and her husband Howard, of Downey, Ca, and Geneva Frailey of South Gate, Ca, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Services will be held at All Souls Mortuary 4400 Cherry Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807 on Monday, December 10th, at 11am. Reception to follow.

Raymond Jantz

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Raymond Jantz was born on November 21, 1932 in Cleveland, Ohio to Tabea and Adolph Jantz. When Ray was 10 years old, the family moved to the Los Angeles area where he attended public schools and graduated from Fremont High School. He went on to graduate from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1956.

In 1959, Ray began a 38-year career with the City of Los Angeles and was Chief Administrative Analyst for the Department of City Planning when he retired in 1998. Ray was an outgoing, intelligent, compassionate man who loved his family and loved God. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Downey for over 50 years. Golf, gardening, cars, corny jokes and especially USC football were some of the things he enjoyed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mae Jantz of Downey, his son, Jeff (Terry) Jantz of Chino Hills, his daughter, Susan (Steve) Swartout of Diamond Bar, his grandchildren, Jason (Maegen) Jantz of Dana Point, Carissa Jantz of La Jolla, Natalie Swartout and Jillian Swartout, both of Diamond Bar, his great granddaughter, Ava Dixon of La Jolla and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves his brother, Herb Jantz of El Cajon and is predeceased by his sister, Dorothy Pitt.

A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Downey on Saturday, December 8 at 10:30am.

Condolences may be sent to the family through our web site, www.rishermortuary.com, 562-699-0916.