Obituaries

July 10, 2009
Obituaries
Kenneth Kern Glenn Kenneth Kern Glenn, of Fillmore, peacefully passed away into heaven on Sunday, July 5, 2009 after a brief illness. He was 93 years young!Ken or Kenny, known to his family and friends, was born in El Paso, Texas on March 25, 1916 to William and Iva Glenn. He moved with his family to Quincy, Illinois for two years.When he was 6 years old they moved to Glendale, California. He graduated from Glendale High School in 1934. He received a degree in subtropical horticulture from UCLA in 1939.One of his first jobs after college was at the soils lab at Rancho Sespe. He then worked in the San Joaquin Valley at a vineyard, working in a soils lab.It was in Delano where he met Dorothy Root, and on December 22, 1943 they were married. He and Dorothy had 60 wonderful years together. Ken and Dorothy moved back to Rancho Sespe in 1947, where he worked as a field superintendent and assistant manager working his way up to executive vice president by the time he retired in 1978.Ken was a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church, Fillmore Bible Church, and, most recently, Faith Community Church in Fillmore. He was a member of the Gideons International Ventura Camp.There were several organizations that Ken took an active role in for the community of Fillmore, including: 50+ year member of the Fillmore/Santa Paula Masonic Lodge #291 (recipient of the Hiram Award, 1991), 50+ year member of the Fillmore Chapter of Eastern Star #361, 50+ year member of the Scottish Rite, Al Malaikah Shriners, past president of the Fillmore Elementary School Board, member of the board of the Associates Insectary, past president of the Ventura County Farm Bureau, member of the Toastmasters Club, volunteer for Food Share for 20 years, and member of the Fillmore Citizens Patrol. He was nominated for Citizen of the Year in Fillmore in 1991.Ken was a very devoted Christian man, and always had a positive attitude with a zest for life. He was always willing to help if asked by a friend or a stranger. He enjoyed being with his family, gardening, camping, traveling, bee keeping, raising decollate snails, and most recently providing a Farmer’s Market for the residents at The Palms assisted living facility in Ventura, where he resided.Ken will truly be missed by all who knew him. On Father’s Day, June 21, 2009, Ken told his children that they were his legacy; we have always been so proud of our Dad.Ken was preceded in death by an infant son, Gordon Wilbur Glenn in 1944, and his wife, Dorothy Glenn in 2004.Ken is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Eleanore and Mark Hanson of Gardnerville, NV; son and daughter-in-law Bailey and Sherrie Glenn of Fillmore; grandsons, Brian Hanson of Costa Mesa, CA, Mike Hanson of Santa Paula, and Matthew Glenn of Virginia Beach, VA; step-grandchildren Kelly Aguilera, Matthew Van Why and Amy Lynch, all of Fillmore; and six step-great-grandchildren.The GardenHere in its beauty, characters were molded,Like buds as they open,Pour thoughts were unfolded.Let’s pause for a moment, and in silent prayer,Be most grateful to God, for this garden so rare.Hold fast to this thought,That wherever you roam,With love and affection,We will welcome you home.Written by Ken’s father, William Holt GlennChristmas 1939In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the TLC Home Hospice, Gideon International or the Abiding Memorial Fund of the Faith Community Church.A celebration of life for Ken will be held on Friday, July 17, 2009 at 12 p.m. at the Faith Community Church, 461 Central Ave., Fillmore, CA.Manuel Estrada PerezManuel Estrada Perez, 74, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2009 in Santa Paula, California. He left this world filled with peace, free of pain, surrounded by loved ones.
Manuel was born to Ramon and Jennie Perez in Los Angeles, California on October 29, 1934. He graduated from Santa Paula Union High School in 1954, and later joined the Army. He retired from Santa Paula Memorial Hospital in 1997.Manuel enjoyed playing pool, bingo and taking frequent trips to Las Vegas. He was a longtime member of the Santa Paula Moose Lodge. He was a loving and devoted father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Manuel was a devoted Raider fan.He was preceded in death by his parents, Ramon and Jennie Perez, and sister, Julia Perez Hernandez.He is survived by his son, Manuel Perez Jr. (Denise); daughters, Melissa Perez and Annette Perez Cordero (Ismael); grandchildren, Gene, Gabriel, Alex, Justin, Nicholas, Amanda and Shanelle; and great-grandchildren, Anthony and Nathaniel; brothers and sisters, Angelina Perez, Raymond Perez (Stella), Marcella Perez, Fidel Perez (Ruth), Rebecca Perez Huerta (Chava), Francisco Perez (Becky), Elizabeth Perez Goldman (Sherman), Daniel G. Perez (Jessie), and Mercedes Perez Henderson (Roger). He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and godchildren.The family would like to thank the staff at Santa Paula Twin Pines Convalescent Hospital for all their courteous and professional care of Manuel during his stay.Visitation will be held from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Church of Angels, 600 E. Pleasant St., Santa Paula, with a rosary being recited at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 427 N. Oak St., Santa Paula, on Friday, July 10, 2009. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2009 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Santa Paula. Father Charles Lueras officiating. Interment will follow at Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery, 380 Cemetery Rd., Santa Paula.Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the family owned and operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Services of Santa Paula, California. For further information, please call (805) 229-7054.Selma StrangeSelma Strange, age 97, of Santa Paula, departed from this life on June 22, 2009.Selma was born in Pueblo, Colorado on July 11, 1911 to Benjamin and Ethel (Goff) Foster. They raised seven children (one set of twins). The family lived in Colorado and Wyoming before moving to Oxnard and then Covina, California.Selma attended 6th–8th grade in Oxnard, 9th grade in Covina, 10th and 11th at S.P.H.S., and 12th in Ventura. Her father was a rancher who raised wheat in Colorado, and in Oxnard he grew walnuts. Benjamin also worked for Shell Oil Co in Ventura.Selma’s brother, Paul, introduced her to Boyd as they were in Eagle Scouts together. Lawrence Johnson (Janice Rice’s uncle) was their Boy Scout Master. Boyd and Selma were married in 1929. Boyd and Selma raised four college graduates. Her brother, Clyde, lived with Selma’s family while he attended high school in Santa Paula.Through their good friends Mr. and Mrs. George Hayes, they started a lifelong commitment to the First United Methodist Church of Santa Paula. Selma was active in the United Methodist Women’s Association.Selma was also a member of several other clubs in Santa Paula. She was a member of the Ebell Club, Santa Paula Pinochle Club, various bridge clubs, and Loyal Friends. She also worked for the Voter Election Polling, which in early years was held at her home.Her family was her life. At one point she was in three PTAs simultaneously (McKevett, Isbell, and S.P.H.S.). She attended all her children’s piano lessons, rehearsals, and school practices. What she loved doing was square dancing, working in her garden, making beautiful flower arrangements, picking grapes for wine, picking wild gooseberries for jelly, camping at Lake Tahoe, yoga, daily walks with Mildred McGill, and finding seashore and woodland “treasures” for her centerpiece arrangements.The family spent many vacations with other family members and friends at Lake Tahoe and on the Rincon in Ventura. Selma loved to single ski at Lake Tahoe, and did so until she was in her 70s.Selma was preceded in death by her husband Boyd, daughter Janice Knowles, grandson Glen Knowles, and four siblings. Her three children, Darlene Smith of Pasadena, Carolyn Boursse of Hayward, and Dr. Roger and Mrs. Pam Strange of Santa Paula, survive her. Seven grandchildren survive her also: Paul Knowles, Kathryn Colbran, Walter Rose, Louise Curcio, Drew Strange, Lissie and Sam Strange (twins). Five great grandchildren also survive Selma: Nicholas Colbran, Michael Curcio, Ryan Curcio, Jovanna Strange, and Katie Strange.A celebration of Selma’s life will be held at a future date. The family wishes to thank the kind caregivers of Twin Pines. The family requests donations to be given to First United Methodist Church, 133 N. Mill St., Santa Paula, CA 93060, or memorial gifts to a favorite charity.Absent from the body,present with the Lord.Thank you for giving her to us,Our mother and friend.Until we meet again,We will be thinking of Selma with laughter & love.



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