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Douglas Meier Heller
March 28, 1931 - Nov. 26, 2013
Atherton, California
Douglas Meier Heller died Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at his home in Atherton, California, after a very short battle with cancer. He was 82. Mary Ehrlich Heller, his wife of 58 years, was by his side when he passed peacefully away. He is also survived by his son Steven (and his wife Rachael, son Matthew, and daughter Sara); daughter Sue Fenley (and her husband Robert, and daughters DJ & Amy); ...

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John Henry Pfluke
June 17, 1931 - Nov. 15, 2013
Palo Alto, California
John Henry Pfluke passed away on Nov. 15, 2013, at Stanford Hospital with family by his side. He was born on June 17, 1931, in Peoria, Ill., to John William Pfluke and Lillian Ann Archer Pfluke. An only child, he had the quintessential 1940s American Midwest upbringing. He met his wife, Sybil Hochguertel, when he was an Air Force Lieutenant at a radar station near to her hometown in Germany in ...

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John Lewis Putz
May 18, 1920 - Nov. 12, 2013
Los Altos, California
John Lewis Putz, 93, a resident of Los Altos Hills and Los Altos for 45 years and previously of Palo Alto for 23 years, died peacefully on Tuesday morning, Nov. 12, surrounded by his family. Born in Minneapolis, Minn., John was raised in Spooner, WI., where he grew up on his family?s farm, attending elementary school in a one room school house until his family moved to Madison when he was 15. ...

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Robert Earnest Peters
Nov. 10, 1921 - Nov. 8, 2013
Palo Alto, California
Robert E. (Bob) Peters died peacefully on Friday, Nov. 8, at the Veterans Administration hospital in Palo Alto, surrounded by his family just two days shy of his 92nd birthday. Bob was born on Nov. 10, 1921, in Champaign, Ill., the eldest child of Rev. Earnest J. and Frances (Kristufek) Peters. The son of a Methodist minister and nurse who had met while serving during World War I, Bob grew up ...

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Sam Gordon
May 9, 1935 - Nov. 4, 2013
Portola Valley, California
Sam Gordon of Portola Valley, Calif., passed away from pancreatic cancer on Nov. 4 at the age of 78. From the beginning, Sam accepted cancer and lived a fuller life because of it. Sam is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Ann O'Hara Gordon of Portola Valley, his brother Joseph Gordon of New York, seven children and four grandchildren. Born on May 9, 1935, in Larchmont, N.Y., Sam was the ...

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Joseph Michael Whelan
March 1, 1926 - Nov. 2, 2013
Portola Valley, California
Joseph Michael Whelan, innovative developer of Portola Valley Ranch, died November 2, 2013, at the age of 87 in his home at the Ranch. Born in San Francisco on March 1, 1926, to Harry and Ruth Whelan, Joe was a grandson of Irish immigrants who settled in Yosemite Valley. He grew up in Atherton and attended St. Joseph?s Elementary School. Joe served as altar boy as a youth and was a man of ...

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William Scammell Schuyler
July 5, 1912 - Oct. 17, 2013
Palo Alto, California
William S. Schuyler -- writer, educator and resident of California since 1950 -- died of respiratory failure on Oct. 17, 2013, at Webster House in Palo Alto. Born in St. Louis, Mo., on July 5, 1912, Bill attended public schools and John Burroughs School there. His undergraduate years were at Harvard and Washington Universities. He received a B.A. Degree in English at Washington University. He ma...

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Paul Hansen
Nov. 21, 1928 - Oct. 14, 2013
Ladera, Portola Valley, California for 55 years
Paul was born in San Francisco to Hildur and Olaf Hansen. Paul had many fond memories of his early years on ?Nanny Goat Hill? in San Francisco. His family moved to San Carlos and later Paul attended and graduated from Sequoia High School in 1947. Paul met Joann at Sequoia, and they were married in 1949. Paul worked for Pan American Airways, Pacific Southwest and Hiller Helicopters in Menlo ...

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Lester C Elmore
Nov. 14, 1922 - Oct. 13, 2013
Portola Valley, California
Les made his transition peacefully at home following a long period of illness. A 1949 graduate of University of California at Berkeley where he received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society and the Pi Tau Sigma International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society. From 1944 to 1946, Les took a hiatus from his university studies to serve...

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Herbert Eckland
Sept. 13, 1918 - Oct. 4, 2013
Palo Alto, California
Herbert Eckland, a lifelong resident of Palo Alto, died on Oct. 4, 2013. He was 95. He was born on Sept. 13, 1918, in Crocket, California. After moving with his family to Palo Alto in 1920, he went on to study at Palo Alto High School, graduating in 1936. He then studied engineering at San Jose State University for five years. In 1941, he went to work at the City of Palo Alto's Public Works dep...

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Peter Hom
1931 - Oct. 3, 2013
Palo Alto, California
Peter Hom, of Palo Alto, passed away on Oct. 3, 2013 with his family by his side. He was 82. Peter was a wonderful husband and loving father with a genuine and generous heart. Peter was married to Gloria, who survives him. They lived happily in Palo Alto and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. Peter practiced law for almost 40 years in Santa Clara County where he was one of th...

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Christopher (Skip) Bruce Berryessa
Oct. 2, 1942 - Oct. 1, 2013
Palo Alto, California
Christopher (Skip) Bruce Berryessa passed away at his Palo Alto home the day before his 71st birthday on Oct. 1, 2013. He had been ill for the past few years after his retirement as a cemetery worker at Alta Mesa Memorial Park where he worked 35 years caring for all those who went before him. Well known in his Palo Alto community all the years of his life, he will be remembered by family and fr...

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James Allen Schroder
Sept. 16, 1947 - Sept. 29, 2013
Reno, Nevada
Former Sunnyvale resident James Allen Schroder, 66, died Sept. 29, 2013, in Reno, Nev. Mr. Schroder was born Sept. 16, 1947, in Palo Alto, Calif., to Royal G. and Mildred M. (Mills) Schroder. He attended St. Thomas Aquinas for primary school. He graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1965. James proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. James received a Presidential Unit Citation for th...

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Archie Nolan Sharp
Feb. 3, 1922 - Sept. 13, 2013
Menlo Park, California
Archie Nolan Sharp, 91, a longtime resident of Menlo Park and Palo Alto, died Friday September 13, 2013. He was born February 3, 1922, in Royal Center, Indiana. He moved to Menlo Park with his family in 1937 and graduated from Sequoia High School in 1940. He attended College of San Mateo before becoming a Naval Aviator, serving his country with distinction as a Full Lieutenant and Patrol Pl...

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Alvin Henry Soderquist
Feb. 23, 1921 - Aug. 25, 2013
Palo Alto, California
Alvin Henry Soderquist of Palo Alto died on Aug. 25. He was born on Feb. 23, 1921. Loving husband of Helen for 67 years. Proud father of Steve, Scott (Debbie) and Jayne. Grandfather of Loch (Petina), Hugh (Mele), and Eric Soderquist and Mathew and Nathan (Brittany) Kempe. Great-grandfather of six: Ella, Ava, Kai Koura, Fallon, Memphis, and newborn McKenzie. Member of Unity Church of Palo Alto fo...

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Claburn Halsted "Ying" Jones
Sept. 11, 1924 - Aug. 10, 2013
Phoenix, Arizona
Ying Jones was born in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, to Catherine and Claburn Everett Jones. He was raised along with his two sisters, Catherine and Mary Ann, and brother Robert in Highland Park, Illinois. Ying graduated from Northwestern University. During World War II Ying served as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Air Corp as a navigator on B-24s in the Pacific. While attending Officer Traini...

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Paul Scribner DeCarli
1930 - Aug. 4, 2013
Redwood City, California
Growing up on the DeCarli dairy farm in the delta near Stockton, Paul began his studies at Stanford in 1948 . He served with the US Army from 1952 to 1954, returned to Stanford, and finished his B.Sc in Materials Science in 1956. Paul worked on shock effects in materials at the Stanford Research Institute, now known as SRI International. He and his colleagues were the first to use shock to ...

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Boris Wolper
April 8, 1924 - July 22, 2013
Woodside, California
Native San Franciscan Boris Wolper, a lifelong resident of the Bay Area, passed away on July 22, three and a half months after celebrating his 89th birthday. Boris had a zest for living that inspired everyone who knew him, and his joie de vivre, curiosity, and generosity took many forms. He was always ready for an adventure, traveling the globe with Marilyn, his sweetheart and wife of sixty-fo...

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Brad Branson Lowman
May 13, 1942 - June 21, 2013
Palo Alto, California
Brad Lowman, 71, born on May 13, 1942 died peacefully on June 21 in his sleep at his home in Palo Alto after a short illness. He was surrounded by family and friends throughout that morning. Brad was born in Warrensburg, MI, and moved first to Oregon, then Washington, and later to the Bay Area. He was a graduate of Palo Alto High School (class of 1960). Brad served twice in the United States Ar...

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Thomas Davy Sharples
Sept. 3, 1916 - June 20, 2013
Eugene, OR
An extraordinary life, well lived. Thomas Davy Sharples, born on Sept. 3, 1916 near Philadelphia, Pa., passed away in Vancouver, Wash., on June 20 at the age of 97, after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife Renate B. Sharples, his sons Tom and Hendrik, his daughters-in-law Shirley and Karen, his granddaughter Andrea, his sister Catherine and many nieces, nephews and good friends. We all...

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