Emery Brandt, 82, of Ojai, died Monday,
Oct. 14, 2002 at his home. He was born Feb. 14, 1920 in Elmhurst,
Ohio, and had been a lifetime resident of Ventura County.
Mr. Brandt was a self-employed lemon rancher and business entrepreneur
for more than 60 years.
He was a past member of the Scottish Rite of the Masonic Lodge
and the Historical Society, and a past board member of the Chicago
His interests included model trains, his plane, golfing, gardening,
working with heavy equipment and orange-colored cats.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline Brandt, of Ojai; daughter
Grace Emery Brandt of Ventura; daughters and sons-in-law Terrell
Brandt and Bobby Wilson of Grass Valley, and Tobey Brandt and
Bruce Tabor of Ventura; stepdaughter Sonja Kaye Treader and her
husband, Bobby, of Ojai; stepsons Michael John Miller and Gene
Edward Miller; sisters Betsy Armstrong of Santa Barbara, and
Helen McGrew of Glenn's Ferry, Idaho; and and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of
the Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home in Ventura, with Pastor Dan
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Nancy R.
Brandt, Auxiliary of the Assistance League of Ventura County,
913 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, CA 93001, or Aviation Museum
of Santa Paula, Building Fund, P.O. Box 908, Santa Paula, CA
Arrangements are under the direction of Joseph P. Reardon Funeral
Richard A. Smith
Richard A. Smith, 77, of Ojai, died
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002 after a short illness. He was born April
20, 1925 in Riverside, Calif., and had lived in Ojai for nine
years. He was a 37-year Ventura County resident.
Mr. Smith was an entomologist. He was a founding member of the
California Agriculture Pest Control Advisors Association and
was considered a foremost specialist in biological control of
Mr. Smith was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy
and the Marine Corps. In July 1945, he married Helen Irene George.
He is survived by his daughter, Irene Smith, of Madres, Ore.;
sons Steven Smith of Santa Paula, and Andy Smith of Ojai; six
grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Irene George, on
July 29, 2001.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home
Ann Skeeters, 83, of Oak View, passed
from this life on Monday, October 14, 2002, at her home.
Ann was born February 2, 1919, in Scamon, Kansas, and has been
a resident of Ventura County for 67 years. She graduated high
school in her home town, and immediately moved to Ventura where
she met and married Cline Skeeters, her husband of 60 years.
After raising her family, Ann joined the work place, having careers
at the U.S. Post Office, County of Ventura, and owning her own
Stained Glass Overlay business where she loved to express her
considerable artistic talent. She was loved and admired by her
family and many friends.
Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Cline. She is survived
by her sister, Avis J. Schmidt; son Jim Skeeters and daughter-in-law
Pamela; daughter Karen McEntee and son-in-law George; grandchildren
Kimberly, Kendall, David, Annie, Kerri, Chris and Miranda; and
great-grandchildren Lauren, Ryan, Makaio and Hannah.
There will be an informal reception to celebrate Ann's long and
happy life Saturday, October 26, at 4:00 p.m. at her home, phone
649-2858. Interment will be private.
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