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In Memory Of
Class of 1942
Passed Jul 02, 2013
Class of 1979
Passed Jun 25, 2015
Dwight Elmer Ables, a longtime resident of Elk Grove died June 25, 2015 at the age of 54.
He was born June 8, 1961 in Elk Grove to Elaine and Elmer Ables and grew up here, graduating from Elk Grove High School. While in high school he was an all-star athlete, including playing on the football team.
Dwight's career was in the HVAC industry where he spent 33 years, owning Superior Heating and Air during the 1990s. His family said he enjoyed life fully through hunting with his buddies, fishing, fixing a “mean barbecue” and spending time with the family.
They added, “He was a very giving, kind-hearted man who would give anything to help his friends and family. God was a big part of his daily routine, especially within the last few years of his life. May he finally live a peaceful life.” Mr. Ables was also an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He is survived by his daughters, Lindy and Karly Ables; grandchildren Gunner Romney and Theo Bartholomew; sister Maxine Ables Munger; brother Richard Ables; and former wife Kim Ables Kostyrko.
A celebration of Dwight's life will take place at The Falls Event Center, 8280 Elk Grove Blvd., Friday, July 10 at 6 p.m. A fund has been set up to help with expenses in his memory. Donations may be sent to m.gofund.me/xyd3k3c. - Information from the Elk Grove Citizen
Class of 1982
Passed Nov 28, 2015
Class of 1939
Passed Jan 15, 2015
The fourth of seven children, Ernest Leonard Adam was born on June 15, 1920 to Jacob and Katharina (Geinger) Adam. He passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, January 22, 2015, one day after suffering a stroke in his home. Ernie is survived by his devoted wife of 70 years, Stella (Rauser) Adam; sons, Bill Adam (EGHS '64) and Jack Adam (EGHS '67); daughter, Barbara (EGHS '68) Luiz and husband, David; former daughter-in-law, Sally Adam; eight grandchildren: Scot Adam, Philip Adam, Jennifer (Luiz) Patton, Sara (Adam) McConnell, Tim Adam, Kevin Luiz, Kaitlin Adam, Abigail Adam; 13 great-grandchildren; and brothers Alvin Adam of Eugene, Oregon, and Roy Adam of Winters, California. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, two brothers, and daughter-in-law, Carol K. Adam.
The Adam family moved from South Dakota in 1920, making Ernie the first native Californian. Ernie graduated from Elk Grove High School in 1939, and joined the US Marine Corps in 1941 prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. While in the Marines, he saw action on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, and Tinian Islands. As part of the Greatest Generation he was known for his patriotism and love of country. You would recognize his home by the United States and Marine Corps flags flying daily.
After his discharge from the USMC in 1946, he began a career as a carpenter, working for many local contractors, including a remodel job at the California State Capitol. Ernie retired in 1982 but continued his love of craftsmanship, and through retirement Ernie was a creative and generous tradesman volunteering his skills where needed. A builder by trade, he knew, as Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain…”.
Serving God and being active in the Church Body was a very important part of his life. Ernie gave his heart to Jesus as a young boy, and expressed many, many times that while serving during the war he was never afraid because his faith and confidence in God would protect him and his trust in his Savior would bring him safely home. Ernie was a member of First Baptist Church in Elk Grove where he and Stella sang in the church choir and volunteered as high school youth advisors; he also served as a trustee for many years, and again, was always available to help with maintenance and repairs. Ernie and Stella have always been faithful givers to God’s work. They supported and participated in many mission projects: remodeling an inner city church in Philadelphia with the Schuh Crew, a classroom addition at a church in Newmarket, England, and construction of a missionary home in Aniak, Alaska.
Ernie had a great respect and appreciation for nature, and he enjoyed gardening. Ernie and Stella enjoyed traveling - visiting Europe, England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and Alaska. They crossed the states many times in their motorhome.
Ernie loved classical music. He was most likely the only Union carpenter who listened to Bach and Beethoven while swinging his hammer. He enjoyed word searches and crossword puzzles in the newspaper and deciphering personalized license plates. He enjoyed watching football and basketball, ever hopeful for the Kings. He loved his grandchildren and took great delight in his great-grandchildren.
He lived a great life and while he will be greatly missed, Ernie leaves a legacy of faith and family that will live on.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made in Ernie’s name to the Camp Scholarship Fund, c/o First Baptist Church of Elk Grove, the money will be used to send youth to Church summer camp.
Viewing will be held Monday, February 2, 2015 from 4 - 8 PM at Elk Grove Memorial Park and Mortuary (East Lawn) at 9189 East Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95624 916-732-2031/www.eastlawn.com
Funeral service will be held Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 2:30 PM in the chapel at First Baptist Church, 8939 East Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95624 - Private burial to follow.
Information from the Elk Grove Citizen
Published: Thursday, February 5, 2015 9:32 AM PST
Class of 1965
(Passed date unknown)
Jerry R. Adame was forty-seven years old when he passed in 73 or 74 from cancer. He was very very successful in the wholesale produce business. He had traveled the world as a banana whole seller and had just signed a contract with United Steamship pryor to his death to market bananas around the globe. He would travel to places like Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, Hawaii and other tropical countries that grew fruits like pineapples, mangoes and bananas. He had put one of the local wholesale produce company, General Produce, on the map. Today they have been in Sacramento for over 75 years. He was married three times and had five children, four from the first wife, JoAnn Asay (EGHS '66) and one from the third wife. - Information from brother Lupe (EGHS class '69)
Class of 2013
Passed Dec 03, 2020
Elk Grove, California - Went to be with his Heavenly Father. Johnny was/is truly loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed and always remembered. Johnny is survived by his father John A & mother Karen L Adamson (Orth) brother Erik. Celebration of Life for Johnny will be held December 27, 2020 at 11:30 am. 9805 Alta Mesa Road, Wilton, CA 95693 or Zoom 824 9172 2657 password 916916 (Pot luck) - Information from the Sacramento Bee
Passed Jun 19, 2020
Class of 1958
Passed Mar 26, 2015
October 20, 1940 to March 26, 2015
Albert A Fizer Obit PicAfter less than one year battle with pancreatic/liver cancer, Albert (Al) Fizer passed away peacefully in his sleep with his wife of 29 years, Candy Fizer, at his side on March 26, 2015 at their home in Janesville. Al was preceded in death by both his parents, Delbert and Cecelia Fizer and sister Marilyn Fernandez. He is proudly survived by his wife Candy Fizer, daughters Lisa (Randy) Winton and their four children, Erika (Bill) Kubik and their three sons, step-daughter Kelly Kelly of Washington, step-son Chad Smith, three additional grandchildren, and 15 plus children that called him Bahboo. Al is also survived by his brother Delbert (Johnny) Fizer of Sacramento, California; Sister Carol (Delbert) Barnett of Nampa, Idaho; Sister Joann (Primo) Flores of Auburn, California; Sister Phyllis (Frank) Ketcherside of Elk Grove, California and numerous nieces and nephews.
Born in Torrance, California where he was raised and worked on his family’s dairy farm. In 1958 Al graduated from Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove, California. After graduation he served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 2 years, then joined the U.S. Air Force where he started his career as a Fire Fighter. After moving from Japan to Germany, and 15 years in the Air Force he left the military to raise his two girls in Roseville, California. Hired on at the Roseville Fire Department, Al spent 32 years as a Fire Fighter Engineer before he retired in 1988.
Al and his wife Candy moved to the Susanville area in 1992. Al temporarily dispatched for the Lassen County Sherriff’s Department for 4 months, and kept the scoreboard for Lassen Union High School for 20 years. One of his greatest loves was to watch the boys of the teams graduate, become men and return to shake his hand and introduce their families. Al’s hobbies and activities included debating on the LCC Debate Team, quilting, ceramics and self expression through his paintings. Al played in the local 269 Cribbage Club for 15 years and volunteered at the local chapter of Special Olympics for 20 years and active in the local politics of Lassen County. Another passion of Al’s was cooking and enjoyed meeting people wherever he went; and he never met a stranger.
To celebrate Al’s life, family and friends are meeting Saturday, June 13, 2015 at noon at the Susanville Assembly of God Church in Susanville, California. There will be full military graveside service, followed with a potluck at S.A.G church following.
Class of 1949
Passed Apr 12, 2015
She was born Oct. 31, 1931 in Phoenix, Ariz. to William and Lucretia King and grew up in Elk Grove, graduating from Elk Grove High School in 1949 where she was drum majorette for the band.
In January 1950 she joined the Women's Air Force as a teletype technician and was stationed at Merced Air Force Base before spending 16 years at the Sacramento Army Signal Depot and eventually ending up at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. as a systems operator/analyst in 1967.
Kay was manager of VFW Post 9972 in Sierra Vista, Ariz. for 25 years through 1998. She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary serving as president, past state president and holding many positions at the national level. She was also a member of American Legion Post 52 and a 20-year member of Elk Grove chapter 109, Order of the Eastern Star.
Kay served in the Air Force during the Korean War and was a member of the Women's Veteran Memorial in Washington, D.C.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Noel J. Alcorn.
Kay is survived by her daughters Linda Ozier (Ed), Lauri Schofield (Terry), Dianna Boyd and Deborah Kalbe (Randy); 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was the sister of Carol Lee King of Elk Grove.
Funeral services were held in Sierra Vista with burial with full military honors in the Southern Arizona Veterans Cemetery. - Information from the Elk Grove Citizen and Sacramento Bee
Class of 1967
Passed Nov 24, 2019
Class of 1975
Passed Jul 02, 2012
The family moved to Elk Grove in 1963 where Charlie and his childhood buddies spent many summers exploring the once rural fields of Elk Grove on Jacinto Road. Charlie attended Elk Grove High School and could be seen cruisin' in his infamous GTX. He was a member of the Elk Grove Wrestling team for 3 years, earning himself both a league and sub-section championship in his 132 lb. weight division. In 1976, he participated in a Wrestling Exchange program touring Japan and facing off with some fierce Japanese competition. As an adult, Charlie was a member of Operating Engineers and worked for over 35 years as a heavy equipment operator. Charlie married Sandra Joan Messner in 1985, mother of his cherished daughter, Megan.
In addition to his mother, Ina, Charlie is survived by his brother Guy Alexander of Loomis, sisters Cindy Byrd and Bonnie Perry, both of Yuba City and Kay Larson of Roseville as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Charles Thomas Alexander, Sr. and brother Johnny Alexander.
A private family memorial was held. In recognition of his love for the sport of wrestling, any remembrances may be sent to CosumnesOaks High School Wrestling Program, 8350 Lotz Parkway, Elk Grove, California 95757, Attn: Coach Dean Reichenberg. - Information from the Sacramento Bee
(Graduation year unknown)
Passed May 21, 2009
Born on February 18, 1972. Loved by his mother Valerie and stepfather Roger Fox; father Isadore Alires; brother Richard and his wife Gina and family; sister Christine and family; sister Vickie and husband Sean and family; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and his extended family, Vivian and Mike and the Craig family. Friends were invited to attend funeral services on Friday, May 29, 2009 at noon at Herberger's Elk Grove Funeral Chapel, 9101 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, California. Contributions may be sent to the Craig Alires Memorial Fund at the c/o Golden One Credit Union, 9552 Dunkerrin Way, Elk Grove, CA. 95758 - Information from the Sacramento Bee
Class of 1959
Passed Nov 22, 2016
He was born June 6, 1941 in Los Angeles to Elmer Frank Allen and Rose Ann (Simpson) Allen and graduated from Elk Grove High School in 1959. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force and worked for the Sacramento Army Depot for 31 years as a master packer.
His family said his passion for life was for Christ, and his favorite saying was “Wonderful, Marvelous, Stupendous, Colossal.”
Bob is survived by his wife Carol; children David L., Steven, Joyanna and David A. and their spouses; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3 at noon at First Baptist Church in Manteca. Call (209) 823-1781. - Information from the Elk Grove Citizen
Class of 1965
Passed Feb 21, 2006
Class of 1971
Passed Jan 10, 2011
A memorial service was held Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 1:30pm in the Our Lady of Fatima Portuguese Hall in Thornton, California. Donations are welcome to the California Agricultural Aircraft Association fund seeking to require marking and notification of tower instillations. - Information from the Sacramento Bee
Class of 1964
Passed Jan 21, 2021
June 3, 1946 - January 21, 2021
Elk Grove, California - William (Bill) Allen passed away peacefully on January 21, 2021 after a long illness. Bill was born in Sacramento, California on June 3, 1946 to Roy F. Allen and Harriot A. (Savage) Allen. Bill lived in Elk Grove the majority of his life and was a fifth generation Californian. Bill graduated from Elk Grove High School, class of 1964. He attended Sacramento City College and graduated from Westmar College in Le Mars, Iowa. Bill was a biologist for Sacramento County for over 30 years. He was a long time member of Point Pleasant United Methodist Church. Bill is survived by his wife of 53 years Carol (Walker), his son Brian, his daughter Cindy Burnett (Jeff), his granddaughter Mae Burnett, his brothers John David (Linda), Robert, Michael, and his sisters Joanne Rollins (David) and Patty Allen. He was predeceased by his brother Stephen and his parents. An outdoor memorial service will be held on February 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Point Pleasant United Methodist Church, 3329 Point Pleasant Road, Elk Grove, CA 95757. Donations may be made in Bill's name to Point Pleasant United Methodist Church designated for the Community Garden Fund. - Information from the Sacramento Bee
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