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GEORGE RONALD KIMBALL

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Feb. 10, 1922 - Dec. 29, 2014

George, 92, passed away peacefully at El Camino Hospital. Born in Richmond Hill, NY to Albert and Katrina Kimball, George grew up in New Rochelle, NY. His famous neighbor, Norman Rockwell, used young George as a model for one of his cover illustrations. In the summers, baseball legend Lou Gehrig used to treat the neighbor kids to ice-cream. George graduated from Dartmouth College and Fordham School of Banking and was employed by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. After graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, L.I., George served as a naval officer in the South Pacific. While in the Navy in San Francisco at the Officers Club, he met his devoted wife, Roberta Falen. They were married for 67 years.

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KATHERINE “KATHY” CRENSHAW

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November 1, 1933 – January 1, 2015

Katherine Therese Crenshaw of Cameron Park, age 81, passed away peacefully on New Year’s Day after a long illness.

She was born in Palo Alto, to Edward and Mary Frances Nooney. She grew up in Menlo Park and attended St. Joseph’s in Atherton. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in Belmont and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Library Sciences from San Jose State University. She spent time teaching English in Japan before returning to California to work as a Kelly Girl at a printing company where she met her future husband, Rodger “Roy” Crenshaw. They were married in Sacramento in 1962 and lived briefly in Pinole before establishing their home in Los Altos for 45 years.

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Scouting News


New Eagle Scouts are, above, from left, Glenn Reddy, Rohan Suresh and Drew Jones.

Troop 33

Three members of Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 33 recently earned their Eagle Scout rank.

Glenn Reddy and Rohan Suresh of Los Altos and Drew Jones of Cupertino completed the necessary requirements and their Eagle projects to earn the highest achievement in Boy Scouts.

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ARILEEN RUTH (LARSON) BUTCHER

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After three days of hospice care at her daughter and son-in-law's home in Sunnyvale, Arileen Ruth (Larson) Butcher, a longtime resident of Los Altos, passed away on Saturday, November 22, 2014. She succumbed to complications arising from systemic sclerosis and pneumonia at age 88, with her two daughters by her side.

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ELIZABETH BENTLEY

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Elizabeth "Betty" Aldrin Hench Bentley, a resident of Los Altos for 65 years, died on Nov. 26, 2014. She was 92.

She was born on Sept. 21, 1922, in Prescott, Arizona, to Anders and Mabel Aldrin. Shortly after, her family moved to Los Angeles where she grew up and graduated from John Marshall High School in 1940. In 1943 she graduated from Los Angeles City College with an associate's degree in art.

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RAY JOHN SCHOLZ

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Ray John Scholz of Morgan Hill passed away on December 2, 2014 at the age of 87. He was born in Santa Rosa on April 15, 1927. He was a veteran of both WWII and the Korean War.  He founded Sierra Precast in 1976. Ray enjoyed golf and time with family and friends, always sharing stories and jokes.

He spent over fifty years in Los Altos until moving last year. He is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Carol; son Eric; daughter-in-law Cindy; sister Mary Monohan; sister-in-law Sonia Campbell and eight nieces and nephews.

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MERLYN "DALE" STUBBS

Merlyn "Dale" Stubbs, a 51 year resident of Los Altos Hills, passed away on December 15, 2014.

Dale was born to Harry and Anna Stubbs in Americus, Kansas on February 10, 1926.

When Dale was 9 years old his father, a carpenter, suffered a fatal heart attack. His mother became the bread winner by home baking which she sold to local residents. Dale assisted by selling and delivering products. In those early years Dale also did yard work and paper routes. 

Dale attended Americus schools until his Junior year when he obtained a job at Emporia State College. After that Summer he was able to keep the job which meant transferring credits and graduating from Emporia High School. After graduation Dale entered the US Navy SeaBees for a little over 2 years.

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BERNERD MARTIN MESETH

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Cupertino

December 6, 1920 - November 21, 2014

Bernerd, “Bernie”, Meseth, a forty-year resident of Los Altos, passed away November 21, 2014 following a brief illness.

He was a second-generation San Franciscan, the son of German-American parents. When his father left home during the Depression, Bernie helped support his mother and two sisters by working multiple jobs at the age of 13.

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