Born July 2, 1912, in St. Charles, Mo., he spent much of his life in Tulsa, Okla., working for the Corps of Engineers and raising a family with his wife, Mary Claudia. He served in the Naval Air Corps for three years as a Naval Air Instructor. He was honorably discharged in 1945 at the rank of Lt. Commander. He loved flying, learning at a very young age, and was flying Ultra Lights at the age of 70. He was an accomplished commercial photographer, loved carpentry, woodworking and small scale farming.
He was predeceased by Mary, his wife of 73 years. He is survived by two sons, William C. of Vero Beach, Fla., and John P. of Dallas; two daughters, Dr. Marilyn Miller of Toronto, Ontario, and Kathleen Beard of Danville.
A memorial service was held Feb. 26 at Wilson & Kratzer. Contributions may be made to Hope Hospice, 6500 Dublin Blvd., Suite 100, Dublin 94568.
Robert Henry Engelken
Robert Henry Engelken died peacefully in his Alamo home Feb. 14 at the age of 86.
Born in Baltimore, Md., in 1921, he spent much of his youth in the South Bronx of New York. In Spanish Harlem he met Rosemarie Ramirez, from Puerto Rico. They married in 1942 and were married for 58 years and raised four daughters. She passed away in 2001.
He was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps in ground and flight crew forces of the Third Marine Air Wing in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
He trained in nuclear physics at the Brookhaven National Laboratory and went on to teach at Princeton University. He worked most of his life at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and was instrumental in locating a division of it to the West Coast.
His projects and love for travel brought him to all the corners of the U.S. and the earth, including Antarctica and Lebanon.
He was a member of Castlewood Country Club and had a passion for golf. He had a keen sense of humor and was loved and respected by all who knew him.
He is survived by his daughters, Lorna Gelderman of Alamo, Susan Kilber of Arcadia, Roberta Morales of Tracy and Daphne Engelken of Salinas; his brother John Engelken and sister Dorothy Hetherington, both of New York.
Memorial services were pending; call Hull's Walnut Creek Chapel for information.
LaVern J. Morris
LaVern J. Morris, a resident of Danville, passed away Feb. 17 at the age of 91 after a long illness.
He was born in Hayward on Dec. 4, 1916, to Joseph and Florence Morris. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in World War II in the African and European theaters ending with the Battle of the Bulge. Except for his four years in the Army, he spent his entire life around Hayward and Danville. He worked for the Postal Service for 36 years, retiring as the Post Master in Danville.
After retirement he and his wife traveled extensively.
He is survived by loving wife Ruby; two daughters, Janet Wiedrich (George) of Rock Springs, Wyo., and Vernette Thompson (Scott) of San Ramon; son Steve (Evon) of Sunnyside, Wash.; step-daughter Yvette Supriano of Roseville.; step-son Ken Sandy (Dorothy) of Danville; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. No services were held, per his request. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.
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