Lester James John "Pete"
Lester James John "Pete" Petersen,
84, of Ojai, died Friday, March 29, 2002, following an extended
illness, at St. John's Medical Center in Oxnard. He was born
Nov. 18, 1917, in Cotesfield, Neb., and his early years were
spent in that rural area.
After graduation in 1934 from Ord High School, he entered the
military. He was stationed in the Aleutian Islands off the coast
of Alaska in a remote place for most of five years. During this
time, he manned a 6-inch gun which shot out about 30 miles into
the ocean to keep the Japanese at bay and prevent invasion through
Alaska. The concussion from these guns was so great that when
fired it would blow earplugs out of his ears and buttons off
Mr. Petersen and his brother hopped a freight train to Seattle
where he found work in an uphostery shop and received training.
This became his life's work. He met his first wife, Ruth, there
and they had a daughter, Kathy.
Later, he moved to Southern California, where he met and married
his second wife, Rosemary. He was a member of the Ventura Baptist
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Rosemary, and their two
daughters, Leslie Clark, of Oxnard, and Leanne Philpott, of Tucson,
Ariz.; daughter Kathy Rohrbach, of North Bend, Wash.; and six
Visitation was held Tuesday, April 2, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Charles
Carroll Chapel of the Good Shepherd in Ventura.
Services are being held today at noon at Ventura Baptist Church,
5415 Ralston Ave., Ventura. Interment will be at Valley Oaks
Memorial Park in Westlake Village.
Arrangements are under the direction of Charles Carroll Funeral
Judy Ann Smith
Judy Ann Smith, 52, passed away at home
March 22, 2002 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
She was a daycare provider in Ojai for 30 years (Smith's Family
Daycare). Many children came through her door, and she loved
them all. She was a very caring person.
Actively involved in the American Legion in Ojai, she would help
whenever needed. She helped organize the annual Christmas Boutique.
Judy will be missed by her many friends. The parents of children
she took care of, and the children who loved her.
Judy was preceded in death by her mother, Georgia Margaret Willis.
She is survived by her daughter, Jamie Rowe, and her husband,
Richard, and four grandchildren Noah, Hattie, Breal, and Sydnie
Rowe of Ojai; and her son, Kevin Gates, also of Ojai. She leaves
her beloved companions Buford and Goose.
A Memorial Service will be held at the American Legion Hall in
Ojai, 821 E. Ojai Ave. Saturday, April, 6 at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Hospice or American
© 2002 The Ojai Valley