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Category: Obituaries

Obituary: Sharlene Allyn Hitchings

Sharlene Allyn Hitchings, 64, of Idyllwild, died from complications of cancer at her home Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000. Mrs. Hitchings was born May 20, 1935, in Omaha, Neb. She was a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. and received master’s degrees in education and English from San Diego State University. She was married […]

Obituary: Eugene Harry Lombard

Eugene Harry Lombard, 56, of Mountain Center, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at Hemet Valley Medical Center. Cause of death is pending a doctor’s report. Mr. Lombard grew up in Cudahay, Calif., near Los Angeles. He lived in Idyllwild and Mountain Center for more than 30 years. He was a biology professor at Mt. San […]

Obituary: David Downey

David Downey, 87, a former resident of Idyllwild and a Presbyterian church elder, died of a stroke Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at his home in Oceanside. Mr. Downey and his wife of 62 years, Helen, had been living in Oceanside for a year after living in Idyllwild from 1991 to 1998. He was born Jan. […]

Obituary: John Warren Blair Sr.

John Warren Blair Sr., 78, of Idyllwild, died of emphysema on Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Vencor Hospital in Ontario. Mr. Blair was born February 13, 1921, in Dallas, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. He taught at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga for 35 years – including English for […]

Obituary: Joann Wolcott

Joann Wolcott, 63, of Pine Cove, died Friday, January 28, 2000, of heart failure at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance. Mrs. Wolcott was born Nov. 17, 1936, in Mt. Clemens, Mich. She and her late husband, Fred, owned many businesses in Idyllwild for 29 years, most recently the Radio Shack. After her retirement, […]

Obituary: Robert D. Murphy, M.D.

Robert D. Murphy, 77, of the desert area and Idyllwild, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Dr. Murphy was born Jan. 9, 1923, in South Bend, Ind., to George and Mabel Murphy. He was a board-certified anesthesiologist at Eisenhower Medical Center from 1974 to 1989. Prior to that he […]

Obituary: Joan C. Knute

Joan C. Knute, 66, a former Pine Cove part-time resident, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, of cancer at the San Diego Hospice. Mrs. Knute, a Solana Beach resident, had just sold her home in Pine Cove, the same month she died. She was born Dec. 13, 1933, in Ontario, Canada and was a homemaker after […]

Obituary: Marilee Reppe

A 35-year resident of Idyllwild, Marilee “Lee” Reppe, 74, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000. She was born June 15, 1925, and was well-known by local residents for her year-round Christmas Shop, her kindness and her generosity. There were no memorial services. She is survived by a son, Erik Reppe of Glendale; a brother, Gordon “Larry” […]

Obituary: Albert Raymond Stevenson

Albert Raymond Stevenson, 57, a 15-year, well-loved resident of Idyllwild, died of congestive heart failure at Hemet Valley Medical Center in Hemet on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1999. Mr. Stevenson was born Aug. 5, 1942, in Riverside. He was a member of the American Legion Post 800 of Idyllwild, having served from 1964 to 1967 in […]

Obituary: John Frederick Wanamaker

John Frederick Wanamaker, a former Idyllwild resident, died on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999. He had just returned from a 14-day trip to Turkey. Dr. Wanamaker, a world-renowned ornithologist, graduated from Principia College in Elsah, Ill., in 1939. He received his doctorate degree in conservation education at Cornell University. Dr. Wanamaker later returned to Principia College […]

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