November 16, 2005
Ruben B. Sanchez, Sr. Ruben B. Sanchez, Sr., 86, of Santa Paula, passed away suddenly on November 5, 2005 at home, with his family by his side.Ruben was born on October 27, 1919 in Parlier (Fresno County), California. He was the fourth born of 11 children. Ruben resided in Santa Paula for 70 years. He lived a long, happy and fulfilling life.Ruben served his country in World War II. During World War II, he traveled to England, North Africa, Sicily, Southern Italy, and Rome. He ended his military career on September 11, 1945.After he finished his tour of duty, Ruben owned and operated a service station in Santa Paula for several years. He then was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 27 years, and retired in 1982.He was an avid golfer and long time member of MAGA (Mexican American Golf Association). In addition to his love for golf, Ruben was well known for his passion for music. He played the guitar in numerous trios over the years. He especially loved spending time with family and friends who were very dear to him.Ruben was preceded in death by his son Robert, his son-in-law Jack Frutos, his parents, and seven siblings.He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Alice; daughter Norma Frutos; sons Ruben Jr. and Donald Sanchez; and grandchildren, Jack Frutos, Ken Frutos, Ruben B. Sanchez III, Eileen Wills, Denise Ramos, Gary Sanchez and Brandon Sanchez. Ruben is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren.Funeral mass was celebrated November 11 at St. Sebastian Church in Santa Paula, with burial at Santa Paula Cemetery.Jacob James WeedaJacob James Weeda, age 13, of Santa Paula, passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2005 at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital from a lengthy illness.
Jacob was born in Ventura on July 28, 1992. He loved to draw, mold clay, and construct things from Legos.Jacob was a very sweet natured boy who touched many lives and hearts. He always had a smile on his face. He had a fantastic attitude and glowed with the love of Jesus. His favorite song was “Amazing Grace”; this song will be played on the bagpipes by the Beckerdite’s nephew, Stephen Milburn, and sung by Anna, Kathleen and Karen Wells.Jacob accepted Jesus as his savior at the age of 4, and he loved him dearly. Jacob knew the peace of Jesus through all of his sickness and ordeals. He loved to pray with his grandma, and loved to hear the word of God. Jacob went into the loving arms of Jesus in a very peaceful way. We will all miss him dearly, but we know he is in a far better place now. He will know no pain or suffering here, only the pure and majestic love of Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.He is preceded in death by his great-uncle Edward Kirchner and great-grandparents, Edward B. and Mary Ludwina Kirchner and Shirley A. Watts.He is survived by his mother, Mary Ann Watts, and his father, Wade Hannah; brothers, Randy Watts and Jacob Hannah; sisters, Joslyn Murphy and Ashley Hannah; grandmother Dorothy Lee Watts and grandfather Richard E. (Edith) Watts; uncles, Erich Watts and Roderick Watts; Steve and aunt Kim Horner; and many dear friends, including Carol and Kent Beckerdite.Funeral services will be at the Skillin-Carroll Mortuary on Wednesday, November 16 at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Larry Reichardt officiating.In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, Bone Marrow Transplant Division.Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 738 E. Santa Paula St., Santa Paula, 525-3391.

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