James B. "Brad" Beckett
James B. "Brad" Beckett, 59,
of Grass Valley, Calif., died Friday, April 19, 2002, at his
home after a battle with cancer. He was born Dec. 29, 1942, in
Los Angeles, Calif., and grew up in Ojai. He graduated from Nordhoff
High School in 1960.
In 1981, Mr. Beckett was employed by Mechanics Choice and he
and his wife moved to Grass Valley. In 1983, he started his own
business, Dicon Industrial Supply.
His interests included golf, gardening, camping and fishing.
Mr. Beckett was also an artist, with the majority of his works
honoring the Native American people.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Connie Beckett, of Grass
Valley; daughter Jamie Young of Chico, Calif.; parents James
B. and Hazel Beckett of Ojai; brothers and sisters-in-law Chris
and Brenda Beckett, and Tom and April Beckett, and sister and
brother-in-law Nancy and Dennis Jackson, all of Ojai; brother-in-law
and sister-in-law Denny and Margo Stenson and mother-in-law Maxine
Stenson, all of Aurora, Neb.; two granddaughters; and several
nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to express thanks to the doctors, nurses and
staff of Hospice of the Foothills in Grass Valley, for their
A memorial service is being held today at 1 p.m. at Chapel of
the Angels in Grass Valley. In lieu of flowers, the family requests
that donations be made to either Cancer Aid Thrift, 317 S. Auburn,
Grass Valley, CA 95945, or Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada
City Highway, Grass Valley, CA 95945.
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels,
Bill W. Sisk
Bill W. Sisk, 77, of Lake Havasu City,
Ariz., died Saturday, April 13, 2002 at Havasu Regional Medical
Center. He was born Dec. 27, 1924 in Springer, Okla., and served
in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
The Sisks were 18-year residents of Ojai. Mr. Sisk was was a
maintenance supervisor for Shell Chemical in Ventura until 1972.
He then transferred to Shell Chemical in Belpre, Ohio. After
40 years with Shell Chemical, he retired 19 years ago and moved
from Belpre to Lake Havasu.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty Sisk, of Lake Havasu;
daughters Wanda Martin of Ojai, and Gail Mastright of Lawndale,
Calif.; sons Larry Sisk of Lake Havasu, and Gary Sisk of Tucson,
Ariz.; brother Higgins Sisk of Provo, Utah; and five grandchildren,
Brian, Ryan and Miles Sisk and Wendy and Kyle Martin.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer
Arrangements were under the direction of Lietz-Fraze Funeral
Home in Lake Havasu.
Vernal R. Lightfoot
Vernal R. Lightfoot, 69, of Ojai, died
at his residence Tuesday, April 23, 2002. He was born Aug. 16,
1932 in Newton, Iowa, and was a 34-year Ventura County resident.
Mr. Lightfoot was retired, having been a lineman for 35 years
with Southern California Edison Company. He is survived by his
wife, Barbara Lightfoot, and son David Lightfoot, both of Ojai;
seven grandsons; one great-grandson and one great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Frank Kenneth Lightfoot
and Daniel Lightfoot.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 27, at 6 p.m.
at Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home, 757 E. Main St., Ventura.
Arrangements are under the direction of Joseph P. Reardon Funeral
Roy Bonnie Stallings
Roy Bonnie Stallings, 86, of Ojai, died
Tuesday, April 23, 2002. He was born Dec. 24, 1915 in Atwood,
Okla., and lived in Ojai for 65 years, coming from Oklahoma.
Mr. Stallings was a driller-foreman for Shell Oil Company for
34 years. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association
and his interests included traveling and fishing.
He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, James L. and
Mardee Stallings, of Ojai, and Todd A. and Clela Stallings, of
Tehachapi; daughters and sons-in-laws Jane and Earl Sandefur
of Ojai, Charlene and Ray Miller of Henderson, Nev., and Linda
and Chester Necochea of Oak View; brother and sister-in-law Jack
and Evelyn Stallings of East Port, Idaho; sisters Leta Briggs
of Grants Pass, Ore., and Euna Krein of Escondido, Calif.; 16
grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ada Stallings, in 1999.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m.
at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura.
Memorials may be made to Little House of Ojai.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home
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