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Obituaries for Classmates

Robert (Bob) Prytz

1940 - 2015

Bob lived his 74 years with honor, integrity and dignity. Born in South Bend, Indiana, he grew up in Long Beach, Ca; he graduated from LB Poly where he lettered in swimming and water polo. He continued his education graduating from LB City College and attended Long Beach State after serving in the US Navy. His military service took him to the Far East. Later he worked in aerospace building the first lunar command module. In 1970 Bob joined the LA Police Dept., served 28 years; retired as a Dective III in 1998 and moved to Murrieta, CA with his wife of 50 years, Jan. He was an athlete for most of his life as he continued to race in Triathlons and Cycling events. He is survived by his wife, 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren and 2 sisters.  No services. 

 

Tom Creighton

 1940 - 2014

Merlene L. Gerrard (Perez)

1940  -  2013

Merlene passed away on December 26, 2013. She was preceded in her passing by her son, Jesse, and survived by husband, William; son, Alex; daughter, Lisa;  grand children, Jesse Jr., Shelby, Bailey; son-in-law, Scott; daughter-in-law, Debbie. Services were held on January 4, 2014. Please sign the guest book, on line, at www.presstelegram.com/obits. 


Steve Luker

1940 - 2013
 
Steve has resided in Zambia, Africa, for many years. Steve passed away this morning, November 21, 2013, at his home in Zambia, of a major stroke.

Jeri Paul Yeager

1940 to 2013

Jeri passed away on July 9, 2013 in St. George Utah. He was born on July 2, 1940 in California where he lived for most of his life and raised his family, two boys and two girls. He moved to St. George in 1993. Jeri loved baseball; he played first base and was ranked #1 in all of Los Angeles County in the late '50s. Jeri continued his passion of sports throughout his life, skiing and playing golf regularly with his friends from Old Ranch Country Club (where he had a single digit handicap). Shortly after graduating from Poly, Jeri worked for Rockwell on the Apollo program while studying at USC. Jeri always had an entrepreneurial spirit and, at the age of 29, chose another career path, real estate. He practiced in CA for 24 years. When he decided to leave CA for a slower pace, he spent six months traveling the country and finally found exactly what he was looking for in St. George. Many in St. George remember his witty newsletters full of facts about St. George and its growth. Jeri always made sure the letter was topped off with great jokes which he handpicked to make people laugh or, many times a great quote to make people think. A quote that he shared regularly with family and friends, which fit the way he chose to live life was: "Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude".  Jeri lived a fulfilling life doing all the things he wished and dreamed of. He snow skied in Aspen and golfed in Pebble Beach but his proudest accomplishment, by far, was his four children and eight grandchildren. A celebration of his life will be held in Pebble Beach, CA in late July, overlooking his favorite golf course.

Kay Russell

1940 - July, 2012 Cancer - no further information provided at this time

Dawn Zaleski

1940 - 2012    No date or cause of death provided at this time

Gary Hohn

1940 - January 20, 2012

Gary graduated from Long Beach State University in 1964. He spent most of his career in sales. Gary was in the Naval Reserves for (6) years. He is survived by his brother, Adrian Hohn (class of '56), 2 children -- Greg Hohn, Stacey Schack and 4 grandchildren. 

Charles Cohen

1939 - November 8, 2011

Seal Beach lost a dedicated volunteer.  Charles, survived by his wife Harriett of 51 years and his two children Robert and Melinda, was an original homeowner of College Park West and worked for DiCarlo Baking Company and later with Wonderbread until his retirement in 1995.  Charles was a volunteer with Seal Beach Police Department for ten years.  He was the proud owner of 1930 Model A Ford which he proudly displayed at our 50 year reunion.  Charles lost his short battle with brain cancer and passed away at the age of 72.   

Charles (Chuck) Souder

 

August 10, 1940 - November 24, 2010 

 

Chuck was born in Oklahoma  and moved to Long Beach in 1944. After graduating from LB Poly in 1958, Chuck joined the US Marine Corps serving 7 years. Later he served as a Marine Embassy Guard in Vienna, Warsaw and Brussels.  During this time he also served as a Secure Courier for the State Department.  After the service, Chuck served the CA Trucking Assoc. as their Director of Safety. He owned U-Lease Labor and The Driver Testing Center, City of Commerce, which he operated for over 25 years. He served on the Temple City Planning Commission and City Council, serving a term as Mayor. He was most proud of the financial stability which Temple City was able to establish during his tenure on the council.  Chuck was a member of Kiwanis, The American Legion Post 0279.  He is well known for his passion for food, and love of cooking it. Chuck had a passion for life, loved to be outdoors camping and ocean fishing. Additionally, Chuck was well known for his portrayal of Santa Claus. He was the size and had the look of Santa and was most proud of his membership in the Amalgamated Order of Real Beard Santa's.  He loved being Santa to thousands of kids, through the years, in this role for many charitable organizations.  Chuck is survived by his mother; four daughters and their husbands; one son and his wife; 1 sister; 2 brothers along with 13 grandchildren.

 

Robert (Bob) W. Cheetle

July 12, 1941 - October 8, 2010

Bob was born in Long Beach, CA to Ronald and Florence Cheetle. He grew up in Long Beach and graduated from L. B. Poly in 1958. He graduated from USC and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He had a long career in the health care industry. He work for Kaiser Permanente, as a manager, for over 30 years. He loved art in many mediums and found his passion for pottery and ceramics in his later years. He spent time learning and working with pottery at the Community Center of La Canada-Flintridge Ceramics Program, where he also made many friends. He loved literature, music, stamp collecting and art, which he enjoyed sharing with his family and friends. Bob passed away quietly at home. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Helen, his two daughters, Kristy and Lisa and six grandchildren. Bob was brilliant, caring, loving and will be great missed by all who knew him.  Memorial services were held at Descanso Gardens in Pasadena.

 

 

Linda (Miller) Haldeman

1940 - July 6, 2009

Linda Maureen (Miller) Haldeman passed into Paradise July 6, 2009, in Rancho Mirage, CA after a fall rupturing blood vessels that caused uncontrollable internal bleeding. She was born in Long Beach, CA on March 30, 1940, and graduated from Long Beach Poly High School and Long Beach City College. Besides being a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, she spent a very productive life as a pre-school teacher for 20 years in international schools while living overseas with her construction engineering manager husband, John. One of her career highlights was tutoring King Fahd’s grandson in Saudi Arabia. Linda moved to the Sun Lakes Country Club in Banning, CA, 6 years ago with her husband, after their having retired in 2000 in Honolulu, HI. Her parents, Donald T. and Virginia D.  Miller of Long Beachpreceded her in death. She leaves her husband of 48 years, John and 4 daughters, Holly Nuckols of Los Angeles, Jill Packham of Park City, UT, Jennifer Haldeman-Ramirez of San Diego, and Julie Jones of Phoenix, AZand 10 grandchildren. Her sister, Marilyn Kellison also lives in the Sun Lakes Country Club. A brother, Tom Miller, retired to and lives in Colima, Mexico. She was always cheerful, smiling and friendly to everyone she met. Although frequently ill, she never complained. She enjoyed family, church, yoga, water aerobics, Tai Chi, Hawaiian hula and tap dancing, scrap booking, crafts, traveling and reality TV.  She and her husband visited 73 countries during their overseas tours. Let is be said, and the epitaph on her grave marker reads: “It was never boring”; nor was she. A memorial celebration of life service was held July 11, 2009, at the Banning Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and she was interred in The Riverside National Cemetery on July 13, 2009 after a family-only graveside service.

 

 

Dennis (Ace) Willard Franssen

12/27/1938  --  09/12/2009

Dennis Willard Franssen was born in Long Beach, California at St. Mary's Hospital.  He resided in Long Beach for his entire life.  He succumbed to cancer on September 12, 2009.  He is survived by daughter, Kelly Franssen; son, Brett Franssen; and daughter-in-law, Suzanne.  His grandchildren, Lauren and Andrew Cerbelli; and Lucas and Morgan Franssen.  He was preceeded in death by his wife, Barbara Franssen; and son, Scott Franssen.  He also left siblings, Sharon (Mike), Terry (Rachel), Kathie, David (Sherie); as well as nieces and nephews.  He remained active in the Ariel Motorcycle Club and had many friends from the Club as well as Poly High School.  According to his wishes no services will be held.

 Teri Bovee Pagels
1940 - November 20, 2009
Terri passed away November 20, 2009 in Santa Barbara, California.  Terri fought a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Terri's husband, Jerry, predeceased her on August 11, 2008. His death was sudden; he died of congestive heart failure.  Jerry, too, was a graduate of Poly and was retired from IBM. They had been married almost 50 years. Terri attended college in Long Beach and received her Masters in Santa Barbara.  She taught for many years in the Santa Barbara area.  After retiring, she became a docent at the museum in Santa Barbara.  She was also very involved with Meals on Wheels up until just before she became so ill. She and Jerry loved to travel and were able to visit many countries of the world.  They attended church on a regular basis. Terri related a cute story that occurred in December, 2008.  Her granddaughter, Katie, was visiting and getting ready for church.  Terri asked her to put on more appropriate shoes. Katie responded with " Grandma, I thought church was about God, not what you wear".  Out of the mouths of babes. Terri is survived by her four children; Chris, (Holly), Pam, Penny, Patty (Charlie), along with her grandchildren, Alex, Sarah, Michael and Katie.

Daniel E. Benger (Danny)
1940 - May 4, 2010
 
Attorney Daniel E. Benger, longtime resident of Long Beach and Cypress passed away on May 4, 2010 in Scottsdale, Arizona following a lengthy illness.  He was born in Shanghai, China following his parents flight from Nazi Germany and lived there until he was nine years old.  The family came to the U.S. and settled in Long Beach where he attended Burnett Elementary School, Hughes Jr. High and was a graduate of Poly High, class of 1958. During his three years at Poly he participated in many sports and was a member of Kappa Rho Phi Fraternity. Following his graduation from Poly he enrolled at Long Beach City College as a Physical Education Major. He was a member of the Tilsman Club and in 1959 became one of the schools yell leaders. He worked many part-time jobs while in college; Venetian Square Hotel; coached at John Brown Military Academy; St. Catherine's  Military Academy; Disneyland; as well as a camp counselor at the Jewish Community Center. He transferred to Long Beach State in the Fall of 1960 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education as well as a Minor in History.  In 1963 he married his life's partner, Carole Steindel, and began his teaching career at Artesia High School.  He taught History and coached basketball, football, cross-country and track and became the school counselor at Tetzloff Junior High School in the ABC School District where he was voted teacher of the year and the yearbook was dedicated to him.  In 1970 he was accepted for admittance by Pepperdine University School of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctrate Degree in 1974. Thus, beginning his thirty-five year career as a sole practitioner with offices in Artesia, Cerritos and Bellflower.  Dan is survived by his wife, Crole of forty-seven years, his son Brent Benger, daughters: Tracey Goldman and son-in-law Mark Goldman, Melinda Benger Deegan and son-in-law Robert Deegan,  Michelle Merrill and son-in-law David Merrill.  In addition he leaves behind his beloved six grandchildren; Jakob Benger, Joshua Goldman, Jonah and Issac Deegan and Sylvia and Elias Merrill as well as numerous life-long friends.  He loved to travel and meet people.  For many years he was able to travel the world and he enjoyed it immensely. Those who knew him best will remember  his sympathetic ear, his big heart and passion for family, friends and his beloved L.A. Dodgers.

Merle Kingham

July 30, 1940 - October 21, 2010

Merle passed away at home after a long battle with diabetes and  complications from heart surgery.  Merle was born in Lamesa, Texas.  He grew up in Long Beach, CA and graduated from Poly in 1958. He was a U.S. Army veteran.  He started his own cortage business in 1979.  He was a member of the Scottsdale Mounted Posse doing search and rescue volunteer work and was a member of the Verde Vaqueros. He loved the ocean and sailing and riding trails on his horse with his friends.  He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Deborah; a son, Steven; two daughters, Ashley Martin and Briana Kingham; and two grandchildren, Trinity and Ayden.

Stephen 'Steve' Leisy

October 13, 1940 - July 9, 2010

Steve was born in Long Beach, CA, the only child of Elvira Leisy.  Steve was a graduate of LB Poly and USC. Steve was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. While at USC, Steve became an avid lifelong basketball and football fan.  Before the USC/UCLA  1962 football game Steve liberated over 100 white mice, painted with Trojan T's, in the UCLA library.  When not harassing UCLA students, Steve served his country as a member of the Air Force Reserves at March Air Force Base in Riverside, CA.  After college Steve began a successful career as a computer programmer and salesman at NCR. In the mid-70's, Steve moved to Seal Beach, CA and founded The Forms Desk, Inc., specializing in custom business forms and computer supplies.  Steve's diligent work ethic, honesty, humor and genuine caring for others resulted in many of his clients becoming lifelong friends.  For over twenty years, each October, Steve lead clients, friends and their families on a fishing trip to Panguitch Lake, Utah, driving his orange Volkswagen bus and where the kid with the biggest fish won a silver dollar. Steve enjoyed surfing Huntington Beach, San Onofre and K-55/K-68 in Mexico, always traveling in the orange bus.  Retiring in 1995, Steve moved to Wallowa Lake in Joseph, OR, where he lived for fifteen years, continuing to fish, hike, read mystery novels and cheering on USC.  Steve died after a brief battle with brain cancer.  Steve is survived by his daughters Andrea Kristen Leisy; Patricia Walker; grandchildren Danielle and Jon Walker.