71-year Claremont resident, US Army vet, educator, accomplished musician; Glenn Davenport was born on August 18, 1924 in Sugar Pine, California. Sugar Pine was the site of the Sugar Pine Madera Lumber Company, located near the south entrance of Yosemite National Park. His father, Clint Davenport, worked there as a camp foreman for many years. Along with his mother, Edith (Knippenberg) Davenport, and sister, Ethel, the family lived in one of the camp cabins at Sugar Pine.
Jerry R. Johnson, 81, died quietly on Monday, April 13. He was surrounded by both of his daughters and his only grandson.
Jerry earned his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and attended the Claremont School of Theology. He spent his entire 27-year career with the Los Angeles County Department of Social Services as a Los Angeles County Child Protective Services agent.
Longtime Claremonter, beloved father, aerospace industry veteran, Kiwanian; Alan Robb, loving husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather, died unexpectedly on April 17 in Pomona at the age of 74. A 33-year resident of Claremont, Alan was born on July 18, 1945 in Winslow, Arizona to Josephine Helen Calhoun Robb and Clement Merle Robb.
Esteemed Scripps College professor, Presbyterian elder, US Army veteran; Bradford “Brad” Blaine died in Claremont on April 14 at the age of 89 after a prolonged illness. For more than three decades, he had a monumental presence at Scripps College, where he was oftentimes referred to as “Mr. Scripps.”
David William Kriezel died peacefully on April 12 at the age of 77. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty (Spann); sons, Bobby (Leslie) and Douglas (Tina); brother, Gary (Shirley); and sister, Sandy Kriezel. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Douglas and William “Bill” Kriezel.
Wanda “Maxine” (Skaggs) Ross, 87, died April 9 at A Touch of Excellence care home in Peoria, Arizona. Maxine was born June 13, 1932 in Potosi, Missouri. She was the eighth and final child of Thomp and Annie (Coffman) Skaggs. Her siblings called her “Mac,” and she was duly doted upon by each of them.
Distinguished nursing educator, beloved mother, traveler, Margaret Mabrey Craig died March 7 at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center after a short illness. She was 78. Margaret was born November 5, 1941, in Philadelphia. She studied for two years at Muskingum College in Ohio, and in 1964 earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University School of Nursing.
World traveler, Tournament of Roses Queen finalist, beloved wife, Geraldeane (Jerri) Eyrich died March 19 at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center surrounded by her immediate family, after sustaining a head injury during a fall a week earlier. She was 87.
William “Bill” Helber, 77, died April 13 at an assisted living facility in Las Vegas. Mr. Helber was a 1961 Claremont High School graduate and a United States Navy veteran.He was three-year varsity letterman in baseball at CHS, a 127-pound starting catcher for the Wolfpack’s only CIF championship season, in 1960.
Distinguished Professor Emerita of English and black studies at Pitzer College Agnes Moreland Jackson died April 8 after a long illness. She was 89 years old. Ms. Jackson was a Pomona Unified School District Trustee for eight years, a longtime social justice community advocate and community leader, a charter member of the Pomona Valley Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and a Pomona resident for more than 50 years.
Known for his deep voice, warm smile, puns, and the calm air of having everything under control, longtime Claremont resident C.R. “Ray” Fowler died peacefully in hospice care Wednesday, March 25 at his daughter’s home in Shreveport, Louisiana. He was 91.
He was predeceased just two months earlier by his wife of 67 years, Barbara Fowler.
Alice Ann Cook died April 4 at the Health Services Center at Pilgrim Place in Claremont. She had been sick for several months with cancer of the bowel and related difficulties in eating. She was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania on July 26, 1949 and was adopted as an infant by Richard Kennison Cook and Catherine Plesnik Cook, who was a native of what is now the Slovak Republic. Alice’s parents both served in the US Army during World War II.
Proud Buckeye, meat and poultry product designer, woodworker, gardener; Dennis L. Grubel, age 69, died March 1. Dennis was born in Tiffin, Ohio on April 29, 1950, to John O. and Anna Lawhead Grubel, and lived in Claremont at the time of his death.He graduated from Mohawk High School in Sycamore, Ohio, in 1968. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences from The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences.