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Obituaries for the week ending
August 1, 2003
Leroy Melvin "Slim" Fleming
Leroy Melvin "Slim" Fleming,
79, of Ojai, died Saturday, July 26, 2003 of lung cancer in a
Ventura hospital. He was born Aug. 12, 1923 in Rattan, Okla.,
and was a Ventura County resident for the past 57 years, coming
Mr. Fleming was an electrician, working for Rockie Mountain Drilling
Company for 19 years. When they closed, he went to work for Cal
Drill for five years, and also worked at Oil Well Supply. He
worked for U.S. Steel for 20 years, retiring in 1991. His hobby
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Neola Fleming; stepson
Robert Reynolds of Bullhead, Nev.; daughter Joann Tankersly of
Tulsa, Okla.; brother Gilbert Fleming of Frasier Park; sisters
Bernee Stevens of Oak View, Rosetta McKee and Lena Fay McKee,
both of Oklahoma, and Durella Farmer of Florida; four grandchildren;
and six great-grandchildren.
Mr. Fleming was preceded in death by his son Jim and daughters
Ann and Betty.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 31, at 2 p.m. at
Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura, with Pastor Dan Hull officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Joseph Reardon Funeral
Home, 757 E. Main St., Ventura, where friends may visit today
from 2 to 7 p.m.
Lillian May Mace
Lillian May Mace, 94, of Ojai, died
Wednesday, July 23, 2003 in Ojai. She was born July 19, 1909
in Mountain Home, Idaho, and lived in Ojai for 15 years, coming
from Maywood, Calif.
Mrs. Mace was a registered nurse, a graduate of Sacred Heart
School of Nursing in Spokane, Wash. in 1932. She was a member
of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She served in the Army Nursing
Corp in Santa Barbara at Camp Roberts and in Okinawa during World
War II. Her hobbies included cooking, knitting, sewing and watercolors.
She is survived by son Michael T. Mace and daughter Maureen Breton.
She was preceded in death by her husband Howard T. Mace in 1998.
Private services will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart School of
Nursing, Spokane, Wash.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home,
Ojai. (805) 646-1451.
Lawrence Alan "Larry" Coke
Lawrence Alan "Larry" Coke,
52, of Falcon, Colo., died in his sleep Monday, July 28, 2003.
He was born Dec. 21, 1950 at Foster Hospital in Ventura, and
lived in Ojai for the next 18 years.
He attended school in Ojai, and then graduated from Santa Barbara
City College in 1981. He worked at Cottage Hospital in Santa
Barbara until he moved to Colorado Springs in 1985, where he
was employed by County Health Partners. Mr. Coke was an X-ray
He is survived by his daughter, Crystal Coke, of Ventura; his
son, Michael Coke, of Colorado Springs; his parents, Merle and
Wilma Coke, of Meiners Oaks; brother and sister-in-law Merle
Jr. and Beverly Coke of Las Vegas, Nev.; and six grandchildren.
Robert Merkley died suddenly in Ojai
on Friday, July 18, 2003.
Bob was born in Jasper, Indiana, on May 10, 1930, to Frances
Eckert and Edwin Joseph Merkley. He had lived in the Matilija
Canyon since 1976 and in Ojai on Fairway Lane since 1986.
Bob graduated from Jasper High School in 1949. He joined the
Navy and served in the Korean War. A graduate of Denver University,
Bob came to California in 1962 and taught in the Hueneme School
District until his retirement in 1995.
Bob was very active in many community organizations. He loved
helping with the Villanova events when his children were students
there. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American
Legion, the Ojai Film Society and the Optimist Club of Ojai.
He was co-owner of the Ojai Learning Center.
Bob is survived by his wife of 40 years, Dr. Fran Merkley; son
Christopher; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Jim McKittrick;
granddaughters, Caitlin and Lauren; sisters Margaret Rush-Very
and Mary Winkler; sister-in-law Edith Merkley; and several nieces
A Memorial Mass was held for Bob at St. Thomas Aquinas Church
on Tuesday, July 22. Full military honors will be held for him
at the Fort Roscrans National Cemetery in San Diego.
Bob was loved by so many. He will be truly missed by his wife,
Fran, and his children, granddaughters, family, friends and all
who were touched by his gentle and caring ways.