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Dick Wilkes
1939 - 2019
Former SIR, Richard Thomas "Dick" Wilkes passed away peacefully on Friday, August 16, 2019. He was a long time Pleasanton resident and a proud provider. He had a passion for playing golf and a love for the Oakland Raiders. Dick became a member of our branch in July, 2008 and spent many years as an active member of the golf group. 
 
Dick is now reunited with his late wife, Evette, his parents, brother and grandson, Alex. He is survived by his four children, Daniel, David, Donna and Kent; five grandchildren, Melissa, Vanessa, Tucker, Nicholas and Olivia; four great grandchildren, Ella, Malia, Sophia and Zara. He was loved dearly by his family and friends and was admired as "Papa" by many. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at Jess C. Spencer Mortuary in Castro Valley on Friday, August 30th, at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, Dick asked that donations be made in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 
John Archer
1938 - 2019
We sadly must report that SIR 128 member John Archer passed away on June 6, 2019.  He joined SIR in February, 2011 and was active in many activities including the Book Club and Fantasy Football. He contributed his time and energy more recently as a member of the branch Speaker & Events Committee. He will be missed. 

John passed quietly at his home surrounded by family. He is survived by his children, Steve, David, Laura Archer; 4 grand children, Travis, Dylan, Brian and David; brother, Jim Archer and sister, Kay Archer Erb; nieces Kristine Archer Gow and Tamara Erb McCauley. He was preceded in death by grandson Davis Jurado. John was a wonderful father and grandfather. He was always there for all the sporting events, and coached the baseball and basketball teams.

Born in Lansing, Michigan. John (Wonderboy) attended JW Sexton HS, Class of 1956, where he played on the football team and was a member of the National Honor Society. He spent time at the Lansing YMCA and was on the championship basketball team. He went to Michigan State University and earned a degree in Metallurgical Engineering and continued on to earn a Masters degree in Business Administration. He then spent the summer in Europe riding his motorcycle with his life long friend Doug Brown. When he returned from Europe he moved to Southern California where he married JoAnne. Seven years later the family moved to Northern California. He later started his own company the Sierra Technology Group Inc. He enjoyed sailing his boat and driving his Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce. His love for hiking started with trips to Lair of the Bear with family.

After his first marriage, he married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Larsen and they remained married until her passing. They loved going back to Michigan during the summer and spending time at the lake cottage with family.

When he bought his home in Dublin John saw the potential for his property, and planted over 300 grapevines of Cabernet Franc. He bottled Cabernet Franc wine under the Archer vineyard label. He won best overall red wine one year at the Alameda County fair.

He was a avid reader and enjoyed discussing the books with the book club. After leading local hikes, he decided to challenge himself with hikes to Mt Whitney, Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc, and Annapurna. He traveled all over the world seeking adventures, and enjoying meeting people and experiencing their culture. One of his recent trips was a favorite to Havasu Falls.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for all the cards. The cards were read to John before he passed. It meant so much to him that there were so many caring friends that he made a positive impact on. His foundation will support the Lansing YMCA, Lansing Boys and Girls club and Doctors Without Borders.

 

A Celebration of Life will is planned for July 15, 2019
2pm
Community Presbyterian Church
222 W El Pintado, Danville, Ca 94526
 
Bill Ryan
1935 - 2019
Sorry to report that former SIR 128 member Bill Ryan passed away on April 1, 2019. He was loved by his family and friends for his integrity, genuine caring for others, his intelligence and his wonderful sense of humor. Bill had been a member of our branch since March, 2007 but resigned due to health issues in November, 2018. He particularly enjoyed our SIR 128 bocce ball group and helped support our annual Holiday Dinner Party for a number of years. 

He was born March 10, 1935 in Paterson, New Jersey. His father was a Lt. Colonel in the army medical core who established and trained MASH units in India and Korea. Being an "army brat" he attended many high schools, the last move for the family being the Presidio in San Francisco where he convinced the Base Commander into providing him a building to organize a Boy Scout Troop and Teen Club. 

He graduated with a B.S. from U.C. Berkeley in Public Health Engineering in 1958, a Master of Science degree in Food Science in 1971 and a PhD in Ecology from U.C. Davis in 1973. He designed his own PhD by consolidating four different majors, requiring some serious convincing of each professor in those majors, for a well-rounded look on environmental problems. He later taught an environmental class at U.C. Davis on the practical applications of waste management by leading students on tours to local food processing plants and waste systems. He was a very early adopter of managing waste; always with an eye towards leaving our environment in a better place. 

While living in Danville, Bill met the love of his life, Jeanne, and married her in 1974, settling in Danville where both had been living since 1964. Their four offspring attended San Ramon Valley High School. He enjoyed being a boy's youth soccer coach for three years. Never having played soccer, he studied a book on soccer while away on a business trip and once took the team to a runner up of the division. He loved mentoring the young boys in the neighborhood always enjoying their pranks and laughter.

In 1963 he started the William Ryan Co in Danville focusing on system process designs, installations, maintenance and equipment sales. The company proudly continues as Ryan Process in Benicia.

While well accomplished, Bill took himself lightly and enjoyed many creative outlets. In the Spring of each year he was known for crafting a humorous letter about the events of the Ryan's past year. He created birthday cards with a personal poem for the recipient which will be remembered dearly by those who received them. His musical talents were many and varied which is especially impressive given the loss of hearing in one ear at a very early age. The harmonica birthday rendition he played is a cherished family memory. 

In the mid 70's he became involved with the alcohol and drug abuse of teens and started a local chapter of Community Against Substance Abuse (CASA). He was a member of the Danville Rotary. He also organized CERTS for his neighborhood ensuring others were well prepared for the "big shake."

Bill was a ten-year Natural Science Docent with his wife, Jeanne, at the Oakland Museum of CA, leading tours with colorful storytelling and imagination that captivated the attention of the children and adults alike. Bill and Jeanne were OMCA Art Guild Presidents for two years enjoying the activities and fundraising for the Museum.

Bill and Jeanne enjoyed traveling throughout the world with the Art Guild, their many friends, children and grandchildren. Bill loved to learn the language of many of the countries being toured learning seven languages. They also enjoyed traveling on their power-boat to places from Mexico to Alaska. 
Bill is survived by his wife Jeanne, sons Robert and James, step-children, Michael and Shelley Brooding, grandchildren, Jim, Delani, Dalton, Kayla, and Grace Ryan, Jaimie and Joey Brooding, Alexander and Andrew Askins, and three great granddaughters, sister Virginia Kersey, nephew Kelly Kersey, wife Susan, niece Cindy Ceccarelli, and husband Mike. He was loved and will be forever missed by family. 

Bill was a true believer in conservation, respecting our planet and its natural beauty for future generations. In lieu of flowers if you wish to contribute please consider Save Mt. Diablo, The Ruth Bancroft Garden or a charity of your choice. 
 
There will be a celebration of life on Monday, May 20th, 2019 at The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek at 11:00am.
Tom Kirk
1936 - 2019
Tom Kirk's son, David, has informed us that Tom passed away on Monday, January 21st, from kidney cancer. David also passed along that he chose and embraced his passing without reservation or waiver. His courage was inspiring. 
 
A service is planned for Friday 1/25 at 10 am at the Queen Of Heaven Cemetery chapel located at 1965 Reliez Valley Rd. Lafayette. It will be a closed casket ceremony in line with his Quaker origins. Anyone who wishes to speak or remain silent may do as they wish. His family will all be there to honor him but if you knew Tom, you understand that this will not be a religious ceremony.
 
For those of you who did not know Tom, here is a brief profile of his life as provided back in 2006:
Tom Kirk was born in 1936 in Du Bois, Pennsylvania, a small town of less than five thousand situated in the northwestern part of the State. He has three brothers and one sister. He and his wife Tilma have five children and ten grandchildren. They have lived in Danville since July '92. Other California residences have been San Mateo, Marinwood, Sebastopol, San Francisco, and Santa Clarita in S. California. After high school he enlisted in the Army for three years, two of which were spent in Munich, Germany. Thanks to the GI Bill Tom was able to attend Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Foreign Service. He then went to work for the Bank of America, World Banking Division, and moved to the West Coast. After a few years he had assignments with increasing responsibilities in Beirut, Lebanon; Panama City, Panama; Miami, Florida; Los Angeles; and San Francisco. During this period he traveled extensively throughout Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean on behalf of the Bank. Tom retired from the Bank in 2000 as a Senior Vice President responsible for Credit Management. After retirement he enrolled in the School of Applied Theology, which is associated with the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. Following graduation in 2001, he continued with further theological studies for an additional year. Tom joined SIRS 128 in 2003. He participated in tennis, book club, hiking, dining and biking groups and became a Director in January 2010. Genealogy and traveling round out his activities.
 
Tom will be sorely missed by his SIR friends.
Ron Weston
1942 - 2018
Surrounded by family, Sir Ron Weston joined the heavenly hosts on January 20, 2019.

Born in San Francisco, he attended St. Anne's School and Sacred Heart High School. After a brief stint in the Christian Brothers he returned to SF and continued his journey of life-long learning, attending SF City College, San Francisco State University, Golden Gate University and Nova Southeastern earning a Doctorate in Education.

While working in retail at City of Paris in San Francisco, he met Eileen and they were married in 1964. His career included several management positions at Breuner's Furniture and Division Manager of Breuner's Southern California Rental Division. During those years he continued his schooling while raising four children and being active in the community.

After moving to San Ramon, Ron began his teaching career at Contra Costa Community College where he was instrumental in the development of a strong Business Department. He also served as Department Chair and Division Dean. He loved working with the Middle College High School at Contra Costa, encouraging and mentoring young students to go on to four year colleges and university.

After 21 years, Ron retired from teaching and embarked on a third career as Executive Director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Contra Costa Council. With the assistance of many others he collaborated with other charities and expanded the Pittsburg offices to include a Loaves and Fishes dining room, a Rotocare free clinic and the Winter Oasis project.

Ron was a loyal parishioner of St. Joan of Arc, a member of the St. Joan of Arc Conference and president of Hope Conference of St. Vincent de Paul . He was also an active member of SIRS 128 over the past 16 years.

He will be missed by his wife of 54 years, Eileen, his children , Ronald "Wes" Weston Jr., Paula Penninella, Sean Weston and Michael Weston, his wonderful daughters-in-law, Anna Weston, Elaine Weston and Gretchen Zeagler-Weston, and his "favorite" son –in-law Giancarlo Penninella. He loved his grandchildren, Jocelyn Foster, Shannon and Nicholas Weston, Marlena Penninella, Piper Weston, Gabriel Penninella and Abigail Weston. Predeceased by his brothers Larry and Dennis, he leaves his sister, Patricia Ann Contreras, brother Timothy Weston and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11 am at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joan of Arc Conference of St. Vincent de Paul, San Damiano Retreat House, or Holy Names University.
Bruce Saltzman
1936 - 2018
Sadly we must announce that former Big Sir, Bruce Saltzman, passed away on Monday, November 27th from Pancreatic Cancer having been diagnosed on November 10. He touched many lives with his dry sense of humor, love of family and a zest for life. Bruce was an active SIR 128 member for his 20+ years in the organization, serving as Big Sir in 2004, and being awarded Honorary Life Member status in 2009. He was a frequent participant in many activities including technology, bocce and dine-out to name a few, and was the activity coordinator for our branch travel activity group. He will be missed by his many friends at SIR 128. 

Bruce is survived by his 4 children and their spouses, Michael Saltzman (Linda) of Aurora IL, Marcy McKenzie (Mike) of Plymouth MN, Lori Splitt (Bill) of Johnsburg IL and Stacey Marchuk (David) of San Ramon; 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Bruce was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 15, 1936 to David Saltzman and Bertha Saltzman (Eisenberg). He married Helaine "Honey" J. Saltzman (Lipman) on July 22, 1956. Bruce served in the Navy from 1955 to 1958 and later graduated with a BSEE from Christian Brothers College in Memphis in 1963. Bruce worked for Dupont and Crouse Hinds until he retired in 1998. Since retirement, Bruce has been active in the San Ramon and Contra Costa area.

Bruce had fond memories of his volunteer time with Sons in Retirement (SIRS) and the San Ramon Police Department. He enjoyed going to meetings with his many friends in the Ben Franklin Electric Club, loved to socialize with neighbors in Canyon Crest and all his racquetball and water aerobics friends at 24 Hour Fitness. 

Friends and Family are invited to a Celebration of Life Ceremony to be held at Graham-Hitch Mortuary, 4167 First Street, Pleasanton on Sunday, December 2 at 1:00pm. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hope Hospice or FisherHouse.org.
Randy DeMuri
1953 - 2018
Shockingly, we share the news that Randy DeMuri passed away unexpectedly on November 9th. Randy started to experience issues with a previously repaired aortal sleeve in late October which proved to be inoperable. He had only recently joined our branch this past September, becoming a "regular" with the Tuesday 18-hole group.  He will be missed all. 
 
There will be two memorial services for Randy, one in Northern California and one in Southern California. 

Northern California 
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 
2:00 PM 
The Chapel at Danville 
Community Presbyterian Church
222 W. El Pintado, Danville
A reception will be held immediately following the service in the church hall. 

Southern California 
Saturday, January 19th, 2019 
3:00 PM 
Gloria Dei Luthern Church 
33501 Stonehill Drive, Dana Point 
A reception will be held immediately following the service at the home of Amy Jo White Ishmael and Lance Ishmael, 36 Serenity Lane, Laguna Niguel 
Bob Fletcher
1939 - 2018
Branch member Bob Fletcher passed away at his home in San Ramon, California on October 23, 2018 after a brief illness. He was 78 yrs. old. Bob joined the branch back in July, 2015. 

Bob was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He graduated from Shortridge High School in 1958. He was in the United States Naval Reserve from 1959 to 1965.  He served two years active duty in the Far East on the USS Topeka, a Missile Cruiser.  He graduated from Parsons College in Fairfield , Iowa in 1965 with a BA in Business Administration.  He remained at the college for three years following his graduation to work as an Academic Advisor in the Office of the Dean.  In 1968 he moved to California and joined Wells Fargo Bank as a Management Trainee.  He worked in banking until 1976.  At the time of his departure from banking he was an Assistant Branch Manager at Chartered Bank of London.  In 1977 he began a career in equipment leasing.  He remained in leasing until 1990.  During that time he developed, directed sales and marketing, of a national financing  program for Burger King Corporation  franchisees.  In 1990 he left leasing to become a Burger King franchisee himself.  He owned Burger King restaurants in the Bay Area as well as New Mexico until 2014.      

In 1974 he married Ann Davies.  They have two daughters, Allison Fletcher and Jennifer Fletcher.  They were married for 44 years.

Bob has always been involved in his community.  As a young man he was a member of the Active 20-30 of San Francisco Club.   Upon moving to Danville he joined St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and served on its Vestry.  He served two Vestry terms at Advent Episcopal Church in Sun City West, Arizona where he and Ann spent part of each year. 

Additionally, was a Founding Director of Valley Community Bank in Pleasanton.  He was a founder of Mt. Diablo National Bank in Danville.  He served on the Board of Directors of the San Ramon Valley YMCA.  He served on the Board of Directors of the San Ramon Valley Girls Softball League.   He was elected to the San Ramon Valley Girls Softball League Hall of Fame.   He served on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Baseball Foundation.  He was a member of the Danville Sycamore Valley Rotary Club.   He was a member of Sir’s Chapter 128. 

One of Bob’s great passions was baseball.  He was a season ticket holder for the S.F. Giant’s and the Oakland A’s.  One of his wishes before he died was to see the Giant’s win a World Series.  He got to see them win three!   His love of baseball was carried over to softball where he coached for 10 years. 

His greatest passion was his family and friends.  He loved his daughters unconditionally and supported their every endeavor.  He was proud of them beyond words.  He will be remembered as a generous, warm, loving and loyal friend.  He barely knew a stranger.   His glass was always, always half full.

He is survived by his wife, Ann and daughter Allison as well as his sister Ann Griffin and his niece Jill Talvensaari (husband Michael) and their two children Annika and David.  He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Jenny and his sister Laura Fletcher.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 2 pm at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 1550 Diablo Road, Danville with a reception immediately following. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church or the Danville Sycamore Valley Rotary (dsvrotary.com).  

Dick Steineke
1938 - 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former Big Sir Dick Steineke.
 
After a long illness, Dick died peacefully at home on Monday, July 30, 2018. Dick became a Branch 128 member on March 16, 2005.
 
During his SIR tenure and in addition to his time as Big Sir, Dick served on the Branch Executive Committee and volunteered a great deal of his time and energy to organizing and coordinating many of our Sir activities and events. Dick was an exemplary SIR 128 member and good friend to many of us--- we will miss him immensely. Our condolences to Dick’s wife, Joyce, and to his entire family.

Dick will also be remembered for his service as a longtime volunteer to Catholic causes. He was recognized earlier this year by the Board of Directors of St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County.. They recognized Dick with a Top Hat Award, the most prestigious honor bestowed on St. Vincent de Paul's members/volunteers, known as Vincentians.

He was also recognized as a longtime member of the St. Vincent de Paul leadership team, and was one of the first mentors in the Workforce Development Program. Dick volunteered at the SVdP/Loaves & Fishes Free Dining Room, for many years.

His expertise was instrumental to the development and growth of St. Vincent de Paul's thrift stores. His knowledge of the retail sales and commercial property environments led to his identification of the site for the new SVdP Brentwood Help and Hope Thrift Store, which opened in February, 2018.

He has served on the SVdP board as secretary, and served in a leadership role on the SVdP Thrift Stores committee for many years.

He was recognized for his work on behalf of the St. Joan of Arc-San Ramon conference, the District Council and St. Vincent de Paul's Workforce Development and Thrift Store programs. Friends and family gathered to celebrate his accomplishments on April 5, 2018 at St. Joan of Arc and share stories of how he transformed lives with his service and dedication
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A ”Celebration of Dick’s Life” will be held

at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 10th at Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon.

Immediately following the service, there will be a reception in Saint Joan's Parish hall.

All Sirs are welcome.

Arlis Kahler
1939 - 2018
Sir member Arlis Kahler passed away on July 21st. Arlis was a relatively new member, joining in November, 2016. He was interested in bocce, travel and gardening. His wife, Melinda, mentioned that he enjoyed the monthly luncheons. No further information is available. 
Fred Moir
1948 - 2018
Sadly, we must report that Fred Moir, former Big Sir, passed away on July 16, 2018. Fred, who celebrated his 70th Birthday in March, died at home under hospice care after a prolonged battle with cancer. Fred joined SIR Branch 128 in July, 2010 and made an immediate impression on all who he interacted with. He was a master joke teller and made us all laugh many times at our luncheons. Fred became our Little Sir in 2013 and Big Sir in 2014. He was an avid golfer playing with the Tuesday 18-hole golf group as often as he could. He will be missed by all who knew him. Please check out our video/slide show tribute to Freddie...
 
Details on funeral and/or memorial services will follow as they become known.
Phil Bondi
1938 - 2018
We have received sad news that Phil Bondi passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Phil joined our branch in early 2009 and was an active member with interests in photography and genealogy. You can find more information on Phil's obituary. Details on funeral and/or memorial services are as follows:
Mass for Phil Bondi
June 11th
St. Joan of Arc
2601 San Ramon Blvd
San Ramon
11 AM
Reception to follow at the church
No RSVP needed
 
Frank Murar
1925 - 2018
We are sad to report that long-time, former member Frank Murar passed away several weeks ago on February 17th. Frank was a Danville resident and active SIR 128 member for almost 30 years until illness forced his resignation in October, 2016. He retired in January of 1985 and traveled extensively in his motor home with his wife in the U.S. and Canada. Frank was active in SIRs bowling and bridge activities. He loved to ski in his younger days.

He was born in Tarentum, PA. in 1925. Both of his parents died at an early age. Along with his 8 siblings, he survived the Great Depression during the 1930's. Years later, Frank moved to Los Angeles, CA. When WWII arrived in 1944, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. The war ended before he finished his training. 

Under the GI Bill, Frank was then able to go to college in 1946. He attended the University of Southern California, majoring in electrical engineering. Being an extremely intelligent man, he graduated top in his class! After college, he was employed by Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM. Frank met the love of his life, Jackie, on a blind date. Seven months later, in 1952, they were married and lived in Albuquerque. Frank was transferred in 1956, so he took his bride and toddler, Ginger, to Danville, CA. 3 more children came along, Kathy, Donna, & Paul, to complete the family of six. 

Throughout his life, Frank devoted himself to Jesus and his family. He volunteered as a deacon at their church, and served on a medical mission in Mexico. Frank worked hard to support his family and spent time teaching his kids to ski and enjoy travel. He shared that his family was "the biggest blessing of my life."  When asked what would be the first thing he'd say upon seeing Jesus, Frank said he would tell Jesus that he loved him. Most assuredly, Jesus has heard those words and welcomed Frank into the most glorious life possible; an eternity of joy & completeness in the presence of Jesus. Frank is survived by his four children (and their spouses) & seven grand-kids. 

A memorial service will be held at Danville Community Presbyterian Church on Saturday, April 21st at 10am. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Carl Lyle
1945 - 2018
Carl Lyle was a SIR 128 member from 11/16/2011 until 1/29/17 when he resigned to move out of the area.  His interests included winemaking, sailing, cooking & shooting.  No details are currently available on Carl's passing.
 
Regarding his interest in winemaking, he and is wife, Cherie, invested in a 30-acre Livermore property that formerly belonged to Clarence Wetmore to create Deer Ridge Vineyards in 2000. This land was the same land in which Charles Wetmore grew the wine that won the 1889 Grand Prize at the Paris Exposition. This was the first California winery to win such an award, almost 100 years before the Judgment of Paris featured in the movie “Bottleshock.” The first crush was in 2002, and the C a b e r n e t Sauvignon that year won a double gold medal.
 
 
Unfortunately, the economic downturn in 2008 created financial issues for Deer Ridge which was forced to close several years later.
Fred Dorsch
1930 - 2017
We received word that branch member, Fred Dorsch, passed away on April 1st.  Fred joined the branch in February, 2004. Please find Fred's obituary at this link. Fred also provided a personal bio to the branch some years ago which you can read HERE.
 
There will be a private family memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the Dorsch family requests providing donations to the American Heart Association and the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Arrangements are under the direction of Passalacqua Funeral Chapel, Benicia.
Bob Wullenwaber
1922 - 2017
Sadly, Bob Wullenwaber passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2017. Bob has been a Sir member of Branch 128 for 20 yrs. He received the State Senior Award in 2012 for being an active member at age 90.  Bob's wife Anne passed away last year and he moved to Parkside Assisted Living in Pleasanton. Bob's bio is available by clicking HERE.
 
Further details will be provided as they are received.  
Howie Wiedow
1931 - 2016
Howard William Wiedow was born May 22, 1931 in Chicago, Ill. and passed away peacefully at the age of 85 on December 9, 2016 at his home in Danville, CA.
 
In high school Howie enjoyed being part of many groups, but playing the trumpet in the orchestra and being the captain of the wrestling team were his two favorites. After high school, Howie enlisted into the US Marine Corps, serving as a Sargent in the Korean War. While on leave in the Bay Area, he was introduced to the love of his life, Jackie. They married soon after. Upon discharge from the Marine’s, Howie and Jackie moved to California where he worked for PG & E. On nights and weekends he worked hard to construct their #rst duplex house. He went on to build over 40 homes, an apartment complex and two commercial buildings.
 
He enjoyed playing tennis and running, participating in many 5K’s. He loved watching sports of all kinds, especially wrestling and boxing. He was incredibly social and loved being at the gym on a regular basis with his many friends he had there. He also has been a member of the Sons In Retirement since 2002. Being an avid reader, he loved participating in their book club. He also loved to travel, visiting many places in Europe, Russia, Caribbean Islands, South America, Canada, all over the US, and even a trip to China.
 
Howie is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Jackie, his two daughters, Sharon Tella (Forest) and Carol Kennedy (Greg), his two granddaughters, Kelly Turner and Sara Hullender (Alex), their father John Turner, his great granddaughter Jordynn Hullender, his brother Norm Wiedow (Aline), nephew Norm Wiedow (Sheri), nieces Sue Betulius (Joe) and Tracy Dull (Bill) and his nieces and nephew’s children; cousin John Thorne (Kathy) and their son Timmy.
 
The family would like to thank Helping Hands Home Care and Continuum Care for their exceptional care and support. Howie will be missed but remembered by many in our hearts and prayers.
 
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday December 17, 2016 at 1pm at Sycamore Main Clubhouse located at 635 Old Orchard Dr. Danville, CA 94526. Please consider making donations on behalf of Howard William Wiedow to the American Cancer Society or Wounded Warrior Project.
 
Noel Fay
1920 - 2016
Sir Noel Fay passed away on October 21st.  He was 96 years old. Noel was born on January 28, 1920 in County Cavan, Ireland. He attended the University College of Dublin from 1937 to 1942 and graduated with degrees in Celtic and Ancient Classics with a minor in philosophy.
 
In 1950 he took a sabbatical leave for one year and traveled to the U.S. where he found the U.S. much to his liking. He decided to stay and seek employment in Grand Rapids, Michigan as a high school teacher. He met and married his wife Barbara in 1955 and they moved to San Francisco where he taught at the John O’Connell School of Technology for the next 23 years.
 
Noel retired in 1974 and moved to San Ramon in 1975 but he continued as an adjunct teacher at the O’Connell Community College until 1984. In 1988, he joined SIRs chapter 8 (Concord/Walnut Creek), transferring to our branch in 1991.  He earned was awarded Super Senior status in 2015.  He was also conferred Emeritus status within our branch.  Noel was approaching his 25 year membership longevity milestone this November.  
 
A memorial service was held at St. Isadore on 11/07/16 
Bill Lennon
1940 - 2016
Sir Bill Lennon passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2016. Bill joined our SIR branch in October, 2007. He was an active member of our Bocce and Computer activity groups. He was awarded a branch award for Outstanding Service in 2012 for his contributions to organizing our annual Holiday Dinner Dance. He was a gentle soul and will be missed for his dry sense of humor.

 
John Roberts
1943 - 2016
Sir John Roberts passed away in July.  John was a member of our branch for 15 years.  No further information was available.
Jim Larson
1938 - 2016
Sir Jim Larson, a longtime member of the Sirs tennis group, passed away on July 9, 2016.  No further information is currently available.
Walt Perry
1941 - 2016
It is with deep sadness that SIR Ernie Fierro informs us that Walter Perry, a former Branch 128 Sir Member, passed away on Wednesday, April 20th.  Walt joined our branch in February, 2011 until health issues forced him to resign in April, 2015.  His contribution to our Branch was establishing the first Cribbage Activity Group, of which he was very proud.  He was a co-worker of Ernie Fierro at Peterson Tractor in San Leandro for 35 years, and was very proud of being a former Marine. 
 
Our deepest sympathy and condolences to his wife Carol Perry, daughter Shannon Thomas, and the Perry Family.  He was a dear friend to many of us and will be missed always.
 
Services for Walt will be on Thursday, May 19th at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Livermore. 
Chuck Prophet
1934 - 2016
We are sad to report that Chuck Prophet passed away on Tuesday, February 9th.  

Chuck, a Danville resident, was a loving father and devoted husband to his wife, Avis for sixty years. Bowling, golf and football games filled most of his time. Chuck is survived by his wife, Avis and children, Jeanne, Francine, Chuck and Alane and grandchildren, Kyle, Chase, Shane, Kelsey and Drew. 
 
He joined our SIR branch in February, 2004. Prior to his recent health problems, Chuck was an active member of the Tuesday golf group. Many of the longer term members of the golf group have great "Chuck" stories.  He always enjoyed his peanuts and beer following a round.  He will be missed by all.
 
Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Friday, Feb 26th at 10:30 am at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Danville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
 
Fred Dietz
1924 - 2016
Sadly, we have learned that branch member, Fred Deitz, passed away on January 17, 2016.
 
He joined our branch on April 16, 2003, and served the branch in various positions including Rooster Editor. He was made a Senior SIR in September 2014 having attained the age of 90 years. 
 
Follow this LINK to see an interview with Fred by Gerry Fried which appeared in the March 2004 Rooster SIR of the Month article.  This LINK accesses a profile developed on Fred about 5 years ago.
 
Here is his obituary published in the SF Chronicle:
 
Resident of Walnut Creek, CA, Fred Dietz, beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, passed away unexpectedly on January 17, 2016 at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, CA of a brain aneurysm. He was 91 years old. Estelle Andrews, his adoring wife and partner in adventure for forty years, was by his side as he received loving and compassionate care from the John Muir Comfort Care team, and final blessings from his devoted friend, the Reverend Sumner Walters.

Born George Frederick Dietz, Fred was a man of many skills, talents, and varied interests. He had an amazing intellect, intense curiosity about all things, wicked wit, mischievous twinkle in his eye, and unerring sense of style. He was an avid golfer with "the sweetest swing you ever saw;" fearless white-water kayaker on the rapids of West Virginia with dear friend, Dr. Norm Wright; intense duplicate bridge player; lover of good jazz, theater, films, concerts; and voracious reader, among his favorites, The New Yorker and all things E.B. White. He loved the light of San Francisco, and with Estelle, visits to New York City during the holidays, and cruising to all ports of call.

Trained as a mechanical engineer at The Pennsylvania State University, Fred became the consummate problem solver, innovator, go-to-guy, and manager in manufacturing-engineering environments at General Electric, US Steel, Master-Halco, and Barry & Company Consultants. 

Fred also had degrees from General Electric's Professional Business Management Program, where he also served as guest lecturer. He had done graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh, and was certified in Professional Inventory Management (CPIM) by the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS). After retiring from GE, Fred consulted with clients such as Phelps Dodge, Northrup Aircraft, Southern Pacific Railroad, Xerox, Price-Pfister, and Cherokee Fashions.

Community involvement included: Chairman of the Board of Park Commissioners; Senior Church Warden; scouting leader; President of a community little theater; and PTA president, among others. He also served on the board of directors of local Chapter 128 of SIRS where he also edited their monthly newsletter and played bridge twice weekly. During his twelve years in Rossmoor, a retirement community in Walnut Creek, CA, Fred was active in the Men's Golf Club, serving on their board, and in the duplicate bridge club.

Fred was born and raised in Lock Haven, PA. He was predeceased by his parents, Florence Groff Dietz and George Frederick Dietz, and his brother, James P. Dietz. He is survived by his wife, Estelle Andrews; brother, Roger L. Dietz (Rosalie); children, John, George (Amy), Barb, and Margie; grandchildren, Muriel (Nate), Gretchen, Josh (Becky), Julia (Tom), and Burke; great grandson, Jack; and many nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Life Services will be held for Fred in State College, PA, and Walnut Creek (Rossmoor), CA later in the year.
 
 
Larry Thompson
1930 - 2015
Lawrence Stephen Thompson passed away at home in Danville, CA on August 2, 2015. Larry was born in San Francisco on October 18, 1930, 20 minutes after his twin brother Leonard, to Pauline and Daniel Thompson. He joined SIR branch 128 in March, 2013.
 
 
There will be a Memorial Mass for Larry on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 10:30 am at St. Isidore Catholic Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville, California 94526. Private Inturnment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations in Larry's name to: Hanna Boys Center PO Box 100 Sonoma, CA 95476 www.hannacenter.org
 
See Larry's fully obituary in the Contra Costa Times.
 
Jack Unland
1928 - 2015
John Henry Unland, Jr. Resident of Danville, CA John - or Jack as he was known by his family and friends - Unland, 87, passed away peacefully at his home on March 13, 2015.
 
Jack was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 3, 1928, the son of the late Margaret and John H. Unland, Sr. and brother of Doris Gavin and the late Patricia Long. He married Chestley Baker on September 8, 1951, and together, they raised nine children. Jack worked at IBM for over 30 years at a job he loved as a procurement engineer. In 1967, Jack and Chel relocated their family from Minnesota to California and never looked back.
 
After retiring, he volunteered his time to various charities, including St. Vincent De Paul and Loaves and Fishes. He enjoyed traveling, laughing, hanging out with friends, golfing, sailing, home improvement, wood working, painting, and helping his grandkids with school projects. But his favorite pastime was spending time with his wife.
 
He is survived by his nine children - Mary Unland, John Unland, Joe Unland, Meg Kehrig, Anne Kopp, Molly Braunschweig, Sally Dobrzynski, Jim Unland, and Beth Unland, his 18 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. 
 
 
 
Ray Whitener
1932 - 2015
 
 
Raymond Wilburn Whitener
Feb. 26, 1932 – Jan. 30, 2015
Resident of Oakland, CA
Raymond Whitener passed away on January 30th with family by his side.

The son of Fred and Hazel Whitener, and brother to Carole Whitener, Ray was born on Feb. 26, 1932 in Oakland, CA. He went to school in Oakland where he graduated from Castlemont High. He married Jacquelyn Whitener in 1951 and had three children, Michael, Stephen and Susan. In 1984 Ray and Jackie's paths parted and he met and remained with his love Muriel Perkins for the next 25 years, whom he married on June 14, 2013.

Ray became a firefighter in the Oakland Fire Dept. 1953 as a Hoseman, and through the years worked his way to Battalion Chief. Overall he proudly fought fires in Oakland for 29 years. The Oakland Fire Dept. was his true passion and the friends he gained through those times were forever lasting. 

Outside of the Fire Dept. he was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, golf and travel, in addition to spending time with his wife, family, and many friends. He was loving, kind and generous and had a passion to live life to the fullest. He was unstoppable all the way to the end.

He is survived by his wife Muriel, his son Mike (Pam), daughter Susan (Frank), six grandchildren Matt, Kim, Jenney, Laurel, Melissa and Jake, 3 great grandchildren, Katie, James and Henry, 2 stepsons Ken and David, and two step grandchildren Kelly and Danny, as well as his sister Carole and her family.
 

 
Gordon McCarthy
1925 - 2015
Gordon joined our branch on 10/19/1994 and was forced by failing health to resign on 1/16/2013.  He received a 15 year member certificate. He passed away on 1/21/2015 just a month short of his 90th birthday.  
 
He served in the USMC. He was an avid tennis player in his younger years and became equally avid about playing bridge with SIR members and other local groups. His biggest passion was singing. He sang all his life in this local area and is best known for his affiliation and performances with the Diablo College Masterworks Chorale and the Oakland Symphony Chorus. He was very accomplished and accustomed to performing in front of the public. 
 
He really enjoyed being a part of SIR and was a regular at the luncheons. He and his wife, Barbara, traveled extensively, both locally and abroad.
 
According to his wife, he had a very good life.
 
John Alaniz
 
1943 - 2014
Sir John Alaniz, a Branch 128 SIR member since 2010, passed away after suffering cardiac arrest.  He grew up in Richmond, CA. Charter member of the Knights of Columbus, Fr. John C. Murphy 7987.  John was a resident of San Ramon.

Predeceased by his parents, Carmen and John Alaniz.  He is survived by his wife Dreana, children John Alaniz (Gina), Joey Alaniz (Yugala) and Kim Robinson; grandchildren Johnny, Emilio, Gabriel, Izabella Alaniz and Isys and Nayla Robinson; sister Virginia Lovette and many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

A memorial mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Mon, Dec. 8 at St. Raymond Church, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin
 
Dick Daum
 
1935 - 2014
Richard (Dick) Daum's battle with pancreatic cancer ended at home in the arms of his wife of 52 years, Clare Daum (Hasenpusch), surrounded by his beloved family. His fighting spirit, which defined his 79 years, never faltered in his final months of life. Dick was a member of our SIR branch for the past 10 years.
 
Dick was born on a farm in Butler, PA to Austrian immigrants August and Johanna. He attended Penn State where he studied Chemistry. In 1955 he joined the Naval Aviation Cadet Program. In 1957 he was commissioned an Ensign and designated a Naval Aviator. He flew the F2H-4 Banshee aboard the USS Randolph and the USS Saratoga. In 1960 he went to Monterey, CA to attend the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned a BS in Naval Science. It was during this time that his life would forever change, when in 1961 he met the love of his life, Clare, and they were married in July of 1962.
 
In 1963 the first of two sets of twins arrived with the births of Patty and Polly followed by Peggy and Ricky just 18 months later. Dick's Naval career would continue for 21 years with most of those years spent flying a reconnaissance aircraft, the RA5C Vigilante which took his family to Sanford, FL, Albany, GA, Key West, FL and back to Alameda, CA where they settled in nearby Danville. When he retired from the Navy, he had over 800 carrier landings and almost 150 combat missions in Vietnam. He received two Distinguished Flying Crosses, nine Air Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals and the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device.  After retiring as a Naval Aviator, he started a second career that lasted 23 years as a vice president with Dean Witter Reynolds in Berkeley, CA
 
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Patty Harvey (Wayne); Polly Hackett (Tim); Peggy Mitchell (Tim) and Rick Daum (Shana). His beloved grandchildren, Will and Hannah Harvey; Shelby and Nick Hackett; Mandy Mitchell; and Eleanor and Grace Daum. He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Ted. He was a voracious reader, avid sports fan, especially of his Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, Penn State, U.C. Davis football and SF Giants, a devoted Papa, great storyteller, master of the one liners and, in his later years, a rabid coin collector.
 
Mike Blackford
 
1939 - 2014
Michael E. Blackford
September 22, 1939 - October 22, 2014

Mike Blackford passed away in Magdeburg, Germany while traveling with his wife in Europe, trying to meet their goal of visiting every country in the world. His death, due to pancreatic cancer, was unexpected and occurred while pursuing his favorite pastime, traveling to exotic places and meeting interesting people. Mike was dearly loved by his family and passed away surrounded by as many as could be there under difficult circumstances. 

Mike was born in South Bend, Indiana. His family relocated to San Francisco when he was young. He attended Riordan High School and Cal, receiving a degree in Geophysics. Mike moved his family around the country to many states including, California, Alaska, New Jersey, Maryland, and Hawaii. He worked for various government agencies as a Seismologist and Tsunami expert. He was renowned in his field and traveled around the world from Russia to Indonesia and beyond, attending conferences, continuously learning and staying up to date in his field of work, even after retirement. 

Mike's love of travel began with camping trips all over California and Nevada. If there was an unpaved road, Mike found it, accompanied by his wife and children, anyone else he could talk into going, and always faithful traveling companions, Bev and Walt Sykes. 

Mike volunteered extensively after retirement. He worked with young people at locations all over the Bay Area, sharing his love of science and the environment. He could, and did, go on for hours on the wonders of the Foucault Pendulum. With his white beard, he was recruited to play Santa at Forest Home Farms for several years. He also enjoyed his service to various Catholic churches, including St Joan of Arc in San Ramon, the city where he lived with his wife, close to the homes of his daughters. He helped his children with many duties including pet sitting, driving the float in the Homecoming parade, and just being there when they needed him. He was forever a Cal fan, a Cal Band member until the end. He attended almost every football and basketball game, cheering on his teams, in good times and bad. Go Bears!

Mike is survived by his wife, Charlotte, his children, Tavie Knapp (Steve), Dana Chavarria (Stan), Jenny Jensen (Dave), Tim Blackford (Juliet) and Cameron Blackford (Evelyn), 9 grandchildren, Sinjin and Hunter Knapp, Kimberly, Cody and Casey Chavarria, Jamie and Haley Jensen and Katie and Jonathan Blackford. He is also survived by his older brother, Patrick Blackford of Santa Clara, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Mike loved genealogy and traveled extensively to research branches of his extended family. He has friends and relatives all over the world with whom he kept in contact and treasured. He will be missed by many, especially his closest group of friends dating from the Cal days, fondly known as the Piñata People (you know who you are, thank you for being such a big part of Mike's life).  Mike had been a SIR member for 2 years. 

 
Tom Liermann
 
1937 - 2014
Tom Liermann, a San Ramon resident, passed away on September 1st after fighting a valiant battle against cancer. He leaves Marlene, his devoted wife of 20 years. He is survived by his daughter, Annmarie Liermann of San Francisco and four step- children, Carla (Owen) Owens of Alamo, William of Pittsburg, Alisa (Jason) Clements-Cain of Livermore and Craig Clements PhD. of San Jose, also by his three step-granddaughters, Keely, Chloe, and Josie.

He graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a Bachelors in Business Administration. He was a Regional Marketing Manager for Buick Motor Division of GM for 30 years retiring in 1994. Thomas was a member of SIRS Branch 128 in San Ramon and was an avid sports fan especially of the 49's and the A's.  He will be missed by his family and many friends.  
 
Jonny Helton
 
1939 - 2014
 
Jonny Helton was born on September 18, 1939 and passed away on August 18th after a short illness from a rare lung condition. 
 
Jonny joined SIR 128 on 10/17/2012 but because of his rapidly progressing illness was placed on inactive status in February of this year.
 
His family will miss him but know that he no longer suffers discomfort and pain.
 
At his request there will be no services or notice.
 
Rocky Borders
 
1932 - 2014
SIR Rocky Borders passed away August 4,2014 after a long illness.  He was born on 7/23/1932. He joined SIRs on 11/17/2004 and enjoyed Golfing and Bocce Ball with us. He also served as the bowling Chair in the past.
 
His daughter Karen sent several notes that she wished to share with our branch members:
 "I'm trying to reach out to all my Dad's friends to let them know of his passing. Please share with others who knew and loved him. He was a fantastic Dad, and I also know how important his friends were to him, and how much effort he put into making a difference to others, living life to the fullest and nurturing his friendships. There are a lot of us who will miss him very much. I hope he knew that the love he felt for others was reflected back to him. I think he did.
 
My dad was a humble guy.  He asked that we not have a memorial or even an obituary.  I know that there are many people he knew that would like to give their regards.  If anyone wants to make a donation in his honor, I'm sure he would appreciate it going to John Muir Hospital (which took care of him during his long illness), Hospice of the East Bay (which supported him during his final weeks), or the MDS Foundation (which helps fund research for treatment of my dad's chronic illness, myelodysplastic syndrome)."

Warm regards,
Karen

 
A tribute page has been set up to share some photos of Rocky and the many comments submitted by his golfing buddies.
 
Len Course
 
1939 - 2014
 
SIR Len Course, born Nov. 9, 1939, passed away on June 29, 2014 at the age of 74. He was born in Jersey City, NJ to Adele and Albert L. Course. He graduated from Dickenson High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology where he was President of Theta Xi fraternity and the Honor Board. He earned an MBA from Seton Hall University in South Orange NJ. He was named one of the Outstanding Young Men of America in 1974.  
 
His 30 year career with Chevron started at the Perth Amboy refinery. After Perth Amboy, he worked at Chevron's El Segundo refinery and eventually in their San Francisco offices. His positions with Chevron Shipping brought him many friends all over the world. He retired from Chevron in 1994.

Len began his "second life" with courage and determination when he was the 100th heart transplant recipient at California Pacific Medical Center on September 29, 1989. He also had two kidney transplants at CPMC. Even with these medical challenges, Len lived a full and happy life, enjoying graduations, weddings and the birth of his grandchildren. Len and Pat took many cruises with friends and family including Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe and the Panama Canal. He enjoyed having his family gathered together, whether it was for dinners, working around the house or watching his grandchildren playing sports or participating in school activities.

Len participated in several Transplant Games in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City and enjoyed bridge, bowling, golf and travel. He was a member of SIRS 128 in San Ramon where enjoyed many activities with his fellow SIRs. Len joined SIR 128 in September, 1994 and was approaching his 20th year with our branch.  He was given a 15 year member award in 2009. He also received an Outstanding Service award that same year.  Len also enjoyed driving his red Corvette.

Len is survived by his loving wife of almost 52 years, Patricia, his children and their spouses, Al and Christine Course of Clayton, Karen and Taylor Murphy of San Ramon and Bill and Leigh Ann Course of San Ramon. He greatly enjoyed spending time with his five grandchildren, Ryan, Joe, James, Darren and Kate.
 
Charlie Parker
 
1943 - 2014
Sir Charlie Parker passed on Saturday, June 7, at his private residence in Danville.  
 
Charles Ottis Parker was born February 20, 1943, in Alabama to Alvie Ottis Parker and Lucy Mae Filyaw Parker. He retired after 34 years from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
 

Survivors include his wife, Hue Parker; four sons, Steve Parker of Fayetteville, Nguyen Doan (Morgan), Dai Doan and Khai Doan (Corina) of Danville; one daughter, Cheryl Self (Kevin) of Muscle Shoals; four grandchildren; one brother, Ray Parker (Faye) of Hatton and three sisters, Sue Rutherford (Charles) and Juanita Massey (Alvah), both of Hatton and Jane Smith (Larry T.) of Mt. Hope.
 
A memorial service for Charles Ottis Parker was held at 3 pm on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Community Presbyterian Church (222 W El Pintado, Danville, CA 94526) with Reverend Heidi Johnson officiating.  Please view the eulogy spoken by Sir Tue Phan-Quang.  
 
We are all saddened that we did not get much of a chance to know Charlie as he only joined our group this past January.
 
Tilak Dhir
 
1927 - 2014
 
 
SIR Tilak Dhir passed away peacefully in San Ramon on Tuesday, April 22nd.  He was 86 years old.  He is survived by his wife Pushpa.
 
Tilak was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a sincere caring friend. He was born in India and moved to the United States in 1963. He studied at the University of Boulder and graduated with a Masters in Civil Engineering. He worked for Bechtel Corporation and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and retired in 2002. He was a resident of San Ramon for over 40 years and was the Grand Juror for Contra Costa County for one year. 
 
Tilak joined our branch in July, 2007 and was an avid bridge player. 
 
He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
 
Jerry Fried
 
1934 - 2014
All were saddened to hear the news that our great friend and fellow SIR, Jerry Fried, passed away on Saturday, April 19th, surrounded by his loving family Karen, Rob, JoAnn & Laura, and his dearest Fiancee Toni.  
 
Jerry joined our Branch on 9/18/1996 carrying badge 220. He was very active in the branch and worked tirelessly for the branch. He was a Director in 1999 and became the Little SIR for 2000 and Big SIR in 2001. He was the assistant BBQ Chair in 1999 and BBQ Chair in 2000. He was the Board Advisor for the years 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 . His awards include, Outstanding Sponsor in 2005, Honorary Live Member in 2006, Outstanding Service 2009. He was the Activity Coordinator for Bicycling in 2002 and 2003, Hiking in 2003 and 2004, and Skiing in 2004 and 2005. This is only a partial list as nobody could keep up with him.
 
Everyone that ever met Jerry considered him a personal friend. All of his friends will remember and miss him.
 
Don Decker

1935 - 2014
 
Don Decker, a 30 year Danville resident, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family. 
 
Don owned Marketing North, a manufacturing distribution company, for 40 years. Don volunteered for numerous community organizations - John Muir Medical Center, Danville Police Dept and Discovery Center. An avid raquetball player, Don enjoyed traveling the world and having coffee with his buddies.

Don is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara, and his children, Greg (Debbie) and Dana (Shera). He leaves his two grandsons, Cameron and Shree.
 

Don  joined our branch on 5/21/1997 and was our Big SIR for the year in 2000. He received the Outstanding Sponsor Award in  2005. He became inactive due to illness in April 2011. He will be missed by all his many friends and family.
 
Frank J. Dorsey

1930 - 2014
​Frank was a good friend and a wonderful person. He passed away due to complications from Parkinson's disease on March 21, 2014. He was born in Butte, Montana on March 21, 1930 and spent his childhood in nearby Anaconda. He graduated from Anaconda High School in 1948, where he played basketball and football. He went on to Montana State on a 2 year football scholarship. He then received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, and graduated in 1954. He joined the United States Marine Corps and served 4 years, resigning in 1958. He received the Navy/Marine Corps Medal for saving a pilot's life.
 
In 1960, he went to the Harvard Business School and received his MBA in 1962. He worked for DuPont, Continental Can Company, Avon Products, and Lucky Stores. He retired from Lucky Stores as Vice President of Warehousing, and was a consultant for Lucky and other Grocery companies for another 5 years. He served 2 terms on the Board for Goodwill Industries. He enjoyed golf, card games, Bocce Ball, his friends and family. He is a former member of Diablo Country Club, where he served on the Board of Directors.
 
He was a great supporter of SIR 128 attending as many functions as he could, and he looked forward to playing Bocce with the group as often as possible.  He joined our branch on 8/16/2006 and was assigned badge #41.   He'll be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty, his Daughter Sheila Bakker (Randy), his son Kevin (Crystal), and his 5 grandchildren. 
 
Rich Green
 
1934 - 2013
SIR Rich Green, a member of branch 128 for 20 years, died on December 19, 2013 at the age of 79.  He was born in Covina, California on July 14, 1934.  
 
Rich attended Stanford University and majored in Civil Engineering. He later earned a Masters degree in Public Administration at the University of Southern California. After completing his education Rich became a highway and traffic engineer for CALTRANS, where he was a civil engineer for 35 years.
 
After retiring, he was an avid wildflower photographer, a master bridge player and a stellar chess teacher. He climbed Mt. Whitney, Shasta and Half Dome.  He also enjoyed playing tennis with the SIRS group. He was a bridge and duplicate player with a Bronze Life Master. In addition, he had interests in Bonzai, watercolor painting and fishing.
 
He is survived by his wife Carol, his loving family and five grandchildren.  He will be missed by his many friends and family.  
 
If you would like to find out more about Rich, his member profile is available here.
 
Bob Shannon

1937 - 2013
Robert, a SIR member since 2002, passed away peacefully on August 4, 2013 surrounded by his family.
 
Bob was born and raised on the southside of Chicago. He attended Leo High School and Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. He served in the US Navy on the destroyer USS Williard Keith before joining A.E. Staley. He worked for over 40 years with them before retiring as Sales Manager.
 
Bob married his wife, Pat, in 1960 and raised two children, daughter, Kathleen, and son, Robert. Pat and Bob shared an interest in travel, frequently visiting Sedona and Hawaii as well as more adventurous trips to Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East. Bob was a member of St Isadore church in Danville and a regular at SIR's and Club Sport.
 
Bob is survived by his son, daughter and daughter-in-law Jenkins Shannon who, with his large circle of friends, will miss him dearly.
Leonard Bruno
 
1940 - 2013
Leonard, a long time Danville resident, passed away at home after a valiant battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his son Paul and Paul's domestic partner,Gary Abeyta, a second son Peter and three sisters, Mary Pandolfo, JoAnn Bruno and Ellen Castelluccio.
 
Leonard made his living as a Real Estate Professional in the San Ramon Valley area for more than 40 years.
 
Leonard joined our SIR branch in 2011 and was an active member of the Tuesday East Bay Golf group until his illness prevented him from playing.  He will be missed by all his friends and family.   
 
Al Badal 
 
1929 - 2013
 
Al was born and raised in Turlock, CA where he graduated from high school. He attended Modesto Junior College and San Francisco State before going to Stanford University where he earned a Doctorate in Psychology. Most of Al's career was spent in the education field where he served as a teacher and then an administrator in the Oakland and San Lorenzo school districts, Al retired in 1992 as Superintendant of Schools in San Lorenzo.
 
Al's greatest joy thoughout his long and sucessful life was his family. He was predeceased by his wife, Elvira, of 58 years who died in 2008, his daughter, Darlene, who died in 2007 of breast cancer and his son, Terry, in 2012 from bone cancer. Al's third child, Karen currently lives in Southern California with her husband and two children. Al is also survived by Darlene's husband Barry and their two children.
 
Al was active in the Community Presbyterian Church in Danville and enjoyed traveling, golf and playing bridge.  Al and his amazing sense of humor will be missed by all.
Charles Fox
 
1934 - 2013
Chuck was born in San Diego, California on October 30th 1934. He was the oldest of 5 children. His father, Charles Sr., was an attorney and bankruptcy judge. Chuck attended elementary and high school in San Diego, graduating in 1952. He felt pride in having been the Captain of the debating team in high school.

After high school, he attended Stanford University for two years. Then, Chuck left Stanford to fulfill his two year commitment to the army. After completing his tour of duty with the Army he returned to San Diego where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from San Diego State University. After college, he joined the firm Touche Ross & Co., where he worked for the next 13 years as a manager. After he left Touche Ross, Chuck secured a position as Chief Auditor of World Savings and Loan. During that time, he integrated his passion for computers into his role at World Savings, developing computer security measures. He retired in 2007 as a Group Senior Vice President.

Chuck met his wife, Margaret, while working at the Union Bank in Los Angeles and he said, “it was love at first sight”. They were married for over 33 years and they had one daughter together. His wife had two daughters by a previous marriage. Chuck was also survived by 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.

While with SIRs, Chuck was  a member of the computer club. His other interests were reading and walking.  He will be missed by his friends and family.
 
Herb Roth
 
1931-2012
Herb was born at the old Trinity Hospital in Arcadia, California on December 14, 1931. He was the son of parents who migrated from Switzerland. His father first came to this country and settled in Humboldt County with a brother who had been working in the logging industry. Later his father’s wife came also and they established their family in northern California. Herb’s father had come from a family who ran a dairy farm in the beautiful pasture lands of Switzerland.

The area at that time was quite rural with a small town environment and Herb attended elementary and high school there and played drums in the high school band. After completing high school in 1949 he enrolled at Humboldt State College where he studied business. However, between his sophomore and junior years he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he received his basic training at Ft. Ord before being assigned to the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama doing personnel work. After completing his military commitment he returned to college on the GI Bill and received his Bachelor degree. He was immediately offered a job working with the IRS and remained with the IRS for his entire 30 career rising, very shortly, to the level of management with that government agency. Most of his 30 years were spent working all around the San Francisco Bay area until his retirement from the San Jose office. During the interim he did get a chance to travel around the country working with the IRS grievance division.

He married his wife Carol during his senior year in college and they had 4 children---1 girl and 4 boys. They lived in the same house in San Ramon for over 40 years. Herb loved to read about history and both he and his wife traveled to Europe several times. He was particularly interested in the Ottoman Empire and how Kemal Ataturk was able to deal with the historical Moslem country of Turkey and bring it into the modern age.

Herb will be missed by his family and friends in SIR128.
 
William Thomas Fortner

1943 - 2012
 
Branch 128 lost one of its newest members when Bill died suddenly on September 16th, 2012. Bill joined SIRs only in March, 2012 after careers with Dow Chemical, where he retired as NA Sales Manager for Water Treatment Products and Sagemark Lincoln Financial Advisors where he was a Certified Financial Planner. He was educated at Indiana University and held a MBA in Finance from Golden State University.
 
Bill is survived by his wife of 46 years, Suzanne, two sons and their wives and one grandson Nicholas. He also leaves a sister, Christine, and two brothers, James and Dennis
Bill was an active sportsman and had completed 14 marathons. He also competed in triathlons and road bicycle races. He was especially proud of finishing the prestigious RAGBRAI tour across Iowa in 2011.
 
Bill will be missed by his family, many friends and Branch 128 who will miss his spirit and great promise.

 

Terry F. Dolan

1936 - 2012
 
Branch 128 lost a long time dedicated member when Terry passed away peacefully in the John Muir Hospital on February 16, 2012. Terry was born in Ely, Nevada  and moved to this area in 1946 when he was 10 years old. He graduated from Castlemont High School in 1954 and attended San Francisco State for two years before joining PG&E for a temporary assignment. That temporary assignment lasted for 37 years until he retired in 1993. His various responsibilities at PG&E included supervising telephone answering services, customer credit and collection activities, meter reading and record keeping and setting up the computer driven customer service responses.

Terry met his wife of 55 years, Shirley, in High School and they were married in 1956. They lived for six years in Oakland before moving to San Leandro where they started their family. They subsequently moved to San Ramon in 1975 where Terry was active in Little League baseball and soccer activities. He was also involved with the El Cerrito Lions Club and the Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Terry is survived by his wife, Shirley, two sons, Mark and Scott and their wives, three grandchildren and numerous other family members. Terry and Shirley enjoyed their family, cruises and traveling around the country. Terry also enjoyed reading, fishing, computers and was an active golfer. He will be missed by all his many friends and family.