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Obituary: Mark ‘Moose’ Spaulding

Mark "Moose" Spaulding, 47, died in his sleep on Tuesday May 18, 2003 at his home at Astrocamp in Idyllwild. Moose was born January 1, 1957 in Summerville, West Virginia. Moose had been an employee of Guided Discoveries since 1981, beginning at the Catalina Island Marine Institute. In 1991 he moved to Idyllwild to help with the creation of Astrocamp and...

Obituary: Dr. Ralph Smith

Dr. Ralph Nichol Smith, 81, of Hemet, died from colon cancer Saturday, May 24, 2003, at his home. He was born July 4, 1921, in Los Angeles, lived in Hemet 19 years and in Idyllwild two years. Dr. Smith was a veterinarian for 50 years and was the Pets Vet in Hemet for 19 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from California...

Obituary: Harold O. Wickman

Harold O. Wickman, 67, of Idyllwild, died Monday, May 12, 2003, at home. He was born Aug. 21, 1935, in Gardner, Mass. Mr. Wickman had been employed as a computer systems engineer at Unisys. He belonged to the American Legion Post 800 in Idyllwild. A memorial service is planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, May 26 at the American Legion and...

Obituary: Martin O. Lein

Martin O. Lein, 82, of Idyllwild died Thursday, June 5, 2003, after a short but steep decline in his health. Mr. Lein was born July 15, 1920, in Chicago, Ill. Growing up, he was a strong swimmer and developed his abilities to fix almost anything, teach creatively, and work effectively with young people as a church-school teacher, youth evangelist and Boys...

Obituary: Wilhelmia Solleveld

Wilhelmina Solleveld, 80, of Idyllwild, died Monday, May 19, 2003, at Kaiser Hospital in Riverside. She was born in 1922 in Amsterdam, Holland. She was a homemaker and seamstress, and belonged to the Women’s Club. A memorial service is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, June 8 at Oma’s European Restaurant and Bakery. She is survived by two sons, Maurits Solleveld of Corona and...

Obituary: Gerry M. Hodges

Gerry M. Hodges, 71, of Idyllwild, died Sunday, May 18, 2003, at Ramona Manor Convalescent Hospital after a long illness. He was born April 20, 1932, in Boise City, Okla., and lived in Idyllwild for 23 years. Mr. Hodges was a supervising probation officer for San Diego County for 25 years working with adult narcotic offenders. After retiring in 1979, he and...

Obituary: Elaine Ashcraft Holmes

Elaine Ashcraft Holmes, widow of Robert Evans Holmes, died at home Tuesday morning at 8:57 of a heart attack. Mrs. Holmes was 85 and had been suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) for the past several months. Mrs. Holmes was born in York, Neb., in 1914. She attended Otterbein College to become a school teacher, and met Robert Holmes....

Obituary: Herman Garcia

Herman Garcia, 84, of Baxter Springs, Kan., died Monday, April 21, 2003, in Kansas. He was born Dec. 6, 1918, in El Paso and grew up in San Diego. Mr. Garcia attended Hoover High School with the famed Ted Williams and graduated in 1937. He joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Hawaii. He married his sweetheart from San Diego, Alice L....

Obituary: ‘Granny’ Lavern Head

'Granny' Lavern Head, 85, died in her sleep Thursday, April 10, 2003, at Valley Christian Home in Hemet. Granny was born Oct. 20, 1917, in Barren County near Glasgow, Ky., the sixth of seven children, to James Elbert “Pap” and Flora Bailey Reed. When the great influenza epidemic of 1919 came, both her mother and her baby brother died. She and her...

Obituary: Dorrit Jessie Oyen

Dorrit Jessie Oyen, 89, of Hemet, died Saturday, March 15, 2003, at Hemet Valley Medical Center. She was born Jan. 1, 1914, in New South Wales, Wales. Mrs. Oyen was wed to her husband, Richard “Scottie,” on Jan. 21, 1944. The couple were married 59 years and were Idyllwild residents 14 of those years. Mrs. Oyen was a homemaker. The couple had lived...
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