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Capt. Stephen Hectus U.s. Navy Ret.

Capt. Stephen Hectus U.s. Navy Ret.

March 21, 1946 - February 4, 2020

Capt. Stephen Hectus, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Palm Desert - Capt. Stephen Hectus, U.S. Navy (Retired), 73, passed away on February 4, 2020 after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease.

Stephen was born on March 21,1946 in Newburgh, NY. After graduating from Niagara University in 1967, he entered the Navy where he served as a Bombardier/Navigator aboard A-6 Intruder attack jets. After leaving active duty, he spent another 20 years serving in the Naval Reserves.

In civilian life, Stephen was a Vice-President of Sales in the packaging industry, working for such companies as International Paper, Westvaco, and other companies in the New York/New Jersey marketplace.

Stephen was a kind man who loved the good things in life: fishing, lazy days at the beach, playing billiards, good food and wine, and especially taking naps. He fiercely loved his children, Ashley and Justin, being proud of them and worried about them equally as they navigated through their lives. He adored his three granddaughters and was known as their beloved "Papa Steve".

He leaves behind his wife and constant companion of 34 years, Peg Bascom; daughter Ashley Hectus; son Justin Hectus and wife Katie; granddaughters, Jordan, Madi, and Grace; brother Joseph (Michael) Hectus; brother John (Bonnie) Hectus; brother Tom (Cheryl) Hectus: and sister, Mary (John) Brennen; and his dog Alex. He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Catherine Hectus, and his dogs Emily, Benjamin, and Nikki.

Stephen will be buried at sea with full military honors. A Celebration of Life will be held at his Palm Desert home on March 8, 2020. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Parkinson's Resource Organization ( would be greatly appreciated.

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Charles Otis Cline Sr

Charles Otis Cline Sr

- January 15, 2020

Charles Otis Cline Sr


Our beloved Son to Julia Kemp-Cline and Clyde Arasho Cline, husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather; passed away on January 15th, 2020 peacefully at his home with loved ones by his side due to a long struggle with Parkinson’s, Diabetes and Heart Disease.

Charles Otis Cline Sr was born in Flint Michigan, He later relocated to Newport Beach, California, where he resided the rest of his life and most knew him as the “Newport Cowboy” because he never wore flip flops and always had on boots and a cowboy hat but he loved the ocean. Dad resided off Placentia Ave for 60+ years.

Later in life, he married Ip pun Cline on February 27th, 1988.

He ranked as an SSG as a Master Crew member; wings as UH-1H (Huey) mechanic in the Army. He served overseas in Germany in the 1950s and served twenty-three years in the Army, retiring in 1996. As a father, he served side by side in the Army with his son Charles Otis Cline Jr in the 336 ANV CO located in Los Alamitos, CA from 1986 to 1989. To the present, his Army legacy has continued through his son and grandchildren.

His career outside of the Army was with McDonald Douglas, where he worked as an electrician, building airplanes and continued to keep family close, working side by side with his Nephew, Travis Heil. He retired from Boeing after approximately thirty years of service. The Army prepared him well to live life to the fullest.

He is a well-respected member in the LDS church, Newport Beach ward…His loved ones gave him happiness. He always enjoyed time with his children, thirteen grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren whenever possible, he loved taking small ventures in life to grab something delightful to eat; spaghetti or a quick burger. Stopping at the local barber's was a routine he never broke; high and tight as they say. A quick haircut at the local barbers and a drive down the coast brought him great joy.

Charles Otis Cline Sr was quick to accept and love others as his family without judgment as well as to offer his help wherever needed. A man who loved beauty, always stopping to say hello or give another a compliment will be greatly missed. Charles Otis Cline Sr is very much loved and respected as a husband, father, and grandfather as well as a friend to many in his life, within the community and church.

Survived by: Wife: Ip pun Cline
Brother in law Young Shig O (Diane)
Siblings: Beverly Jean Dodson (Larry) Sue Reed, Richard Lee Powers Jr
Mother of his four children and best friend: Christine Cline - Heil
His four children and spouses:
Charles Michael Cline
Charles Otis Cline Jr (Shelly Cline) Cheri Elizabeth Cline (Calvin)
Carla Anne Hardcastle (MONT)
13 Grandchildren and 6 Great children.
We love you Poppie!!

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Diane (Cottrell) Tompkins

Diane (Cottrell) Tompkins

January 16, 1937 - January 2, 2020

Diane, the eldest child of Cosby and Florence Cottrell, was born in Los Angeles, California. Diane and her younger brother Mel grew up on the Cottrell Avocado and Christmas Ranch located in La Puente, California. As children, they enjoyed riding horses, tending fruit trees and living a country lifestyle. Diane's father, Crosby M. Cottrell, was an Executive for Fairchild Aerial Surveys and her mother, Florence Elizabeth, was a full time wife, mother and managed the day-to-day operations of the ranch.


After graduating from the University of Redlands, she met her future husband, Don Tomkins, a star of the Occidental College football team. They married in 1961 and started their life together in an apartment in Rosemead, before moving to their dream home on the 9th hole of the Glendora Country Club. They both enjoyed golf and socializing at the Club.


Diane and Don also shared a passion for hunting and fishing and ventured to the farthest reaches of Africa, the Arctic tip of Alaska, and everywhere in between! They were active members in the LA chapter of Safari Club International, an organization dedicated to protecting the freedom to hunt while promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. They especially loved their trips to the 'Save Conservancy', an 800,000 acre privately owned wildlife preserve, founded by Roger Whittall in Humani, Zimbabwe.


When they weren't traveling, Diane pursued her passion for teaching children (grades 2-4), a career she enjoyed for over 40 years! With Del Docterman, also a Coolidge 4th grade teacher, they developed a teaching strategy that allowed each teacher "to teach to their strengths". After retiring, Diane returned for many years to teach Art Classes, especially "Van Gogh Sunflowers". Her Students loved her!


Diane loved holidays and was an avid collector of decorations of all sorts, especially Annalee's. She delighted in whimsical displays and looked forward to opportunities to share with others. Diane was a dedicated member of the Glenkirk Church in Glendora and could always be counted on to create special decor for church luncheons.


Diane was an Educator, a collector and a worldwide traveler. She had lots of friends, but her longest and closest friend was Josette Temple who she met in the 2nd Grade. In their retirement they enjoyed outings to the Performing Arts Centre at Citrus College and rarely missed a show!


In 2005, DIane lost Don. It was an especially difficult time for Diane, because she was in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease. Her brother Mel and sister-in-law Jan lived nearby and played a big role in her ability to maintain her independence for as long as possible. THey continued to look out for her for the rest of her life.


In 2016, it became impossible for Diane to continue to live independently, so she moved to Atria Senior Living in San Dimas where she was able to enjoy socializing in a safer environment. As the disease progressed and Diane needed full time care, she moved to La Posada in San Dimas in November 2018. She lived there until she passed away peacefully on January 2, 2020.


Diane was kind and generous, worked hard and believed in helping others. She was fortunate to marry her soul-mate, and together they were able to see and experience places and things that most people only dream about. She now rests in peace, leaving all of us with the memories we have of her and her life, a life well-lived.

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Federico Torres Fernandez

Federico Torres Fernandez

March 2, 1935 - December 22, 2019

Federico Torres Fernández, 84, of Palm Desert and México died in Palm Desert, CA on December 22, 2019. Federico was born to Benita Torres and Gregorio Fernández in El Centro (San Juan), Jerez, Zacatecas, México on March 2, 1935, although his official birthday is listed as April 8, 1935. Federico was proud of working as a "palmero" in the Coachella Valley for over 50 years - very hard but honest work that allowed him to support and sustain his family. He was a hard-working and proud Mexican immigrant to this country who dedicated his life to respectfully helping every person with whom he interacted. He treasured his family and instilled in them his incredible work ethic and love for education. One of his favorite childhood memories was placing first in an area-wide school competition in 4th grade; his greatest regret was being too poor to continue his schooling. In his final days, he expressed joy in knowing that all his children graduated from college, and felt pride that these included some of the most prestigious universities in the world, including U.C. Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford, and Harvard. Most of all, however, he was content that his sons and daughters were all happy and successful. These last five years he endured with silent strength and grace the ravages of Parkinson's. With the daily assistance and loving care of his wife, five children, and his on-call son-in-law (Dr. Chris), he continued to enjoy life to its fullest and he spent as much time as possible with his five grandchildren. A quiet, honest, and hard-working family man of intrinsic integrity, he is now and always will be greatly missed by those of us who had the good fortune to spend time with him, even if it meant watching him consistently beat you while playing his two favorite games: dominos and conquián.

Federico was a much beloved son, brother, husband, father and "Tata." He is survived by his wife, Josefa Cabrera Fernández; his children and their spouses: Salvador Fernández & Jennifer Eich (Los Angeles), Griselda Fernández & Rafael Barboza (Indio), Maricela Fernández & Christopher Flores (Rancho Mirage), Federico & Ellen Fernández (Richmond), and Adrian Fernández & Marci Furutani (Mill Valley); his grandchildren: Rebeca, Gabriel, Freddy, Raidan and Emily; and his siblings: Jorge Fernández (Cathedral City), María Gilberta Fernández (Mexico), Lorenzo Fernández (Arizona), Hijinio Fernández (Mexico), Benigna Miranda (Los Angeles), and Pio Fernández (Los Angeles).

He is preceded in death by his parents, Gregorio Fernández (1968) and Benita Torres Fernández (2006); and his siblings: Froylán Fernández (2001); Trinidad Fernández (1986); and Abdon Fernández (2013).

All services will be held on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Palm Desert.Visitation will be held at 11:00 am with a rosary following at 12:15 pm and funeral mass at 1:00 pm. Burial will follow at Coachella Valley Cemetery.

En memoria de Federico Torres Fernández. Federico Torres Fernández, a los 84 años, de Palm Desert y México murió en Palm Desert, CA el 22 de diciembre de 2019. Federico, hijo de Benita Torres y Gregorio Fernández, nació en el Centro (San Juan), Jerez, Zacatecas, México, el 2 de marzo de 1935, aunque su cumpleaños está registrado oficialmente como el 8 de abril de 1935. Federico estaba orgulloso de trabajar como "palmero" en el Valle de Coachella por más de 50 años, un trabajo muy duro, pero honesto. Era un inmigrante mexicano orgulloso de trabajar en este país, quien dedicó su vida a apoyar y ayudar a todos aquellos con quienes él se comunicaba. Federico siempre valoró mucho a su familia y más que nada les enseñó y dejó a sus cinco hijos su increíble ética de trabajo y amor por la educación. Uno de sus recuerdos favoritos de su niñez fue salir primero en una competencia escolar regional cuando estaba en cuarto grado de la primaria. De hecho, durante mucho años nos contaba su remordimiento de crecer pobre y no poder continuar sus estudios. En sus últimos días, expresó su alegría y orgullo al saber que todos sus hijos se graduaron de unas de las universidades más prestigiosas del mundo, incluyendo U.C. Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford y Harvard. Más que nada, expresó su alegría de que todos tuvieron éxito y se encontraban muy felices. Estos últimos cinco años soportó valientemente los efectos físicos causados por Parkinson's. Con la ayuda diaria y amorosa de su esposa, cinco hijos y su yerno doctor (Dr. Chris), continuó disfrutando de la vida al máximo y pasó el máximo tiempo que pudo con sus cinco nietos. Un hombre silencioso, honesto, trabajador y de familia con una integridad intrÍnseca, tanto ahora como en el futuro lo vamos a extrañar todos nosotros los que tuvimos la gran suerte de pasar tiempo con él, aunque solo fuera mirarlo constantemente ganarle a uno cuando jugaba sus dos juegos favoritos: dominó y conquián.

Federico era un hijo, hermano, esposo, padre y "Tata" adorado. A Federico le sobreviven su esposa, Josefa Cabrera Fernández; sus hijos y sus parejas: Salvador Fernández y Jennifer Eich (Los Ángeles), Griselda Fernández y Rafael Barboza (Indio), Maricela Fernández y Christopher Flores (Rancho Mirage), Federico y Ellen Fernández (Richmond), y Adrián Fernández y Marci Furutani (Mill Valle)y; sus nietos: Rebeca, Gabriel, Freddy, Raidan y Emily; y sus hermanos: Jorge Fernández (Cathedral City), María Gilberta Fernández (México), Lorenzo Fernández (Arizona), Higinio Fernández (México), Benigna Miranda (Los Ángeles) y Pío Fernández (Los Ángeles).

Le precedieron en la muerte sus padres, Gregorio Fernández (1968) y Benita Torres Fernández (2006); y sus hermanos: Froylán Fernández (2001), Trinidad Fernández (1986) y Abdón Fernández (2013).

Todos los servicios se llevarán a cabo el jueves, 2 de enero de 2020 en la Iglesia Católica del Sagrado Corazón en Palm Desert. Las visitas se harán empezando a las 11:00 a.m. con el Rosario a las 12:15 p.m. y la Misa del funeral a la 1:00 p.m. El entierro seguirá inmediatamente en el cementerio de Coachella Valley.

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Marjorie F. Cowen

Marjorie F. Cowen

- December 16, 2019

Marjorie F. Cowen passed away peacefully on December 16, 2019, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Originally from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, Marjorie settled in Cleveland, Ohio, where she pursued her education-receiving her undergraduate degree from Ursuline College and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University-and began a successful 16-year career as an administrator and development officer at Case Western. It was also at Case Western that she met her second husband and love of her life, Scott S. Cowen. Together, they moved to New Orleans when he became president of Tulane University in 1998. Marjorie embraced her new role as senior adviser for external affairs and made sure to frequently open the President's House for her popular "salons" that showcased Tulane faculty and to host students and other Tulanians as well as members of the broader New Orleans community. She was especially proud to be given the title of First Lady Emerita of Tulane University upon her retirement in 2014. Marjorie was known for her graciousness, her sparkle and joie de vivre, and for her caring and unwavering friendship. A determined and brave woman who faced the highs and lows of life with her unmistakable humor, honesty, and spiritedness, she was a mentor and role model to many and will be remembered for her wisdom and warmth alike. She loved her family with all her heart and was an extraordinary wife, mother, and grandmother. Marjorie is survived by her devoted husband of 30 years, Scott S. Cowen; her loving children, Lisa Feldman, Tommy (Ali) Feldman, Karen (Niklaus) Feldman, and Amanda (David) Cowen Russell; her adored grandchildren, Lulu, Toby, Henry, Joey, and Mara; and her dear brother, Jim (Judy) Silbermann; as well as countless wonderful friends. Burial services in East Hampton, New York, will be private. Arrangements are being made for memorial services in early 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Cleveland, Ohio.

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Jeanne (Reynolds) Sonico

Jeanne (Reynolds) Sonico

June 20, 1939 - December 5, 2019

Jeanne (Reynolds) Sonico

In the morning of Dec. 5, 2019 Jeanne Sonico (June 20, 1939) was gently laid at the throne of her Lord and Savior. She had been afflicted for several years with Parkinson's Disease and all the complications that accompany it. She fought hard to maintain some sort of normalcy in her life.

Jeanne was born in San Pedro, CA to Olga Paine and Arthur Reynolds, a Navy seaman. On the advice of close friends who were told that the Japanese may attack California in some way Ms Paine moved herself and Jeanne to Mexico settling in Guadalajara, Jalisco. After several years they returned to the US with Jeanne speaking very little English.

Starting over in northern California they eventually came south to a warmer climate and settled first in Thousand Palms, then in Palm Springs in an area that was later annexed by Cathedral City.

Jeanne attended St. Theresa Elementary School and later, Palm Springs High School. She would go on to demonstrate a wonderful talent for swimming and diving.

It was at PSHS that she met her future husband, Dennis, who was a sophomore at the time, Jeanne was a freshman. They were separated from each other for several years but later resumed their friendship while Dennis was serving in the US Army at Ft. Campbell, Ky. They became engaged in March of 1959 and were married June 21 of same year at a little church in Clarksville, Tenn with Army buddies serving as witnesses.

Living off-base in New Providence, Tenn they raised their family in a tiny apartment and enjoyed the prospect of a wonderful life together, with their children, Michelledee and Dennis Jr.

Olga opened a small restaurant in Palm Desert named El Besame Mucho. After returning from service Jeanne became her Mother's assistant serving the many wonderful friends that so loved that tiny place and its excellent food. At home she spent many years volunteering with Scouting and aiding teachers when needed at Cielo Vista Elementary School. Over the years many children came forward to express their love for her and her gentle, kind spirit.

In 1976 Jeanne and Dennis started their own electrical contracting business, Gemini Electric, Inc and carried this on for some 35 years. When Jeanne came down with Parkinsons Dennis turned the business over to his son in order to devote extra time to Jeanne's needs. In June they celebrated their 60th.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her Mother and Father. She leaves her children, Michelledee and Dennis Jr., her grandchildren Jennifer, Nicole, Justin, Brandon, and Joshua, and great grandchildren Jason, Adrianna, Michael, Allieanna, Rafa, Jr, Alexis, Noah, and Liam, and her special cousin Mitch Poteet (JoAnn). In her 80th year she found a brother and sister she never knew she had. Arthur Reynolds, Jr and Terre Reynolds. This discovery brought her great joy in these her last days.

A memorial celebration will be announced in the near future.

Published in The Desert Sun from Dec. 6 to Dec. 13, 2019

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Robert D Lally

Robert D Lally

July 2, 1928 - November 26, 2019

Robert D Lally, 91, born on July 2, 1928, in Norwood, MA, passed away November 26, 2019. He resided in Palm Desert, CA at the time of his passing. He was the beloved husband of Joan M Lally.

Born to John & Sarah Lally of Dedham, MA, he was the youngest of 5 children. After his service to the US Navy, Bob attended Northeastern University where he earned his bachelor's degree in Engineering in 1956. He was captain of the Hockey team and played in the very first Boston Beanpot Hockey tournament. Bob and his business partner, Dom Emello, founded Capitol Circuits and Vector Sales and prospered. Bob enjoyed golfing at Walpole Country Club in Walpole, MA and the Oasis Country Club in Palm Desert, CA. In his retirement years, he enjoyed a bi-coastal life, living between California and Massachusetts. He was an avid Boston sports fan. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who enjoyed spending his time with family and friends. He was a kind and generous person with a great sense of humor and will be greatly missed.

Bob is survived by his wife; Joan Lally of Palm Desert, and children; Ed Lally of Orlando, FL, Jim Lally of Chelmsford, MA, Joe & Joyce Lally of Austin, TX, Mimi Lally of Chelmsford, MA, Beth Lally of Tacoma, WA along with his grandchildren Bob, Lucy, & Rico Lally. He also leaves several nieces and nephews and very dear friends. Bob was predeceased by his siblings; Sally, Marie, John & Dick and his daughter-in-law Evelyn Lally.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Parkinson Resource Organization, 74090 El Paseo, Suite 104, Palm Desert, CA 92210.

Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn, Cathedral City, California.

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Monika Linnea "Mogi" Lindqvist

Monika Linnea "Mogi" Lindqvist

September 17, 1941 - November 11, 2019

Monika Linnea "Mogi" Lindqvist passed away on November 11, 2019, at Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California. She was 78. Monika was born on September 17, 1941, on the tiny island of Korpo, in Finland's Swedish-speaking archipelago in the middle of the Baltic Sea, during wartime. She was raised in a parsonage on a farm that her Lutheran pastor father cultivated. She was the third of eight children and the eldest daughter. At 17, she won a scholarship to study abroad at a high school in Virginia, Minnesota, from 1959-1960, and attended the prom with a smitten young American, Jerry Wiljanen. She returned to Finland to earn a degree in international business and languages at bo Akademi in Turku, then worked as a nurse's aide in Germany and an au pair in Belgium to achieve fluency in German and French. She traveled widely, eventually reconnected with her high school prom date, and agreed to marry him in 1965. (They divorced in 1993.) The couple first settled in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she worked as an executive secretary and translator for the 3M Corporation. Two years later, they relocated to Redondo Beach, California for Jerry's work. Their two children, Ursula and Joel, were born shortly thereafter. The family belonged to Vasa Lodge, a local Swedish-American cultural organization, and the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Torrance, where Monika was an active member for nearly 50 years. While her children were growing up, Monika taught preschool at the church, as well as Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was a Girl Scout leader for 15 years, mentoring her daughter's peer group from Brownies through Senior Scouts and helping them fundraise for and plan a six-week trip to Europe when they graduated from high school in 1986. While her children were in high school, she studied nursing at El Camino College, graduating with an Associate of Arts degree in 1985. She loved nursing and had many roles, from delivering babies to helping people recover from surgery. Her skills in starting an IV were legendary. She worked at Little Company of Mary Hospital and Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance as well as Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital in Marina del Rey. The onset of Parkinson's disease forced an early retirement from the profession she loved, and so she redirected her boundless energy toward advocating for fellow "Parkinsonians," leading exercise groups and organizing educational and social events for her group for nearly 20 years. A lifelong love of travel and adventure took her all over the world, from India to Honduras. She also visited her family and friends in Scandinavia as often as she could. A farmer's daughter, she grew an abundance of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers in her verdant garden, where she loved hosting friends. All who knew her remember her parties, from gingerbread house decorating at Christmas, to extravagant birthday blowouts, when she decked out her yard in Viking longships and papier mache horses and brought in live Polynesian dance troupes and fire eaters. In the final years of her life, she harvested passion fruit from the vines surrounding her yard to make countless jars of homemade jelly, which she sold through her church to benefit hurricane relief in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She is survived by her daughter, Ursula Lindqvist, of St. Peter, Minn., and her husband, Remo Alexandri, of Fairfax, Va.; her son, Joel Wiljanen, and his wife, Heidi, of Sammamish, Wash.; two grandsons, Benjamin and Luke Wiljanen, of Sammamish, Wash.; a granddaughter, Anabelle Alexandri, of St. Peter, Minn.; two sisters, Tettan Lindqvist of Pargas, Finland, and Barbro N„se of Karis, Finland; four brothers, Jan-Erik Lindqvist of Helsinki, Finland, Trygve Lindqvist and Vidar Lindqvist of Eken„s, Finland, and Ingmar Lindqvist of Esbo, Finland; along with many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Sven Erik Lindqvist, and her mother, Anna Linnea (Borg) Lindqvist, of Eken„s, Finland, and her brother, Rune Lindqvist, of Pargas, Finland. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, January 18, at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Torrance, California.

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Daniel Joseph Louis Brondi

Daniel Joseph Louis Brondi

January 25, 1938 - October 17, 2019

Daniel J. Brondi died October 17th, 2019 at age 81 from complications of Parkinson’s disease.  He was born in 1938 on the French Riviera in Antibes, where he was raised and educated before coming to study and live in the United States in 1966: Terre Haute, Indiana; Seattle, Washington; Fullerton, California; and finally in Long Beach, California.   He always kept a residence during the summer months in his native city of Antibes until his death in Long Beach. He was a popular professor of French language and literature teaching successively at California State University, Fullerton; Irvine Valley College, Irvine, California;  and Fullerton College, Fullerton, California.  


Daniel was an avid fan of Opera, ballet, classical music, and American musicals.  He was well-known and loved for his “joie de vivre”. He traveled widely in Europe and the United States and was always eager and interested to discover the cuisine of the countries he visited.  His teaching of French language and literature frequently included the history of French cuisine and traditions - many of which he explored in his own kitchen.


Daniel’s life with Parkinson’s disease lasted two and a half years during which time he managed to maintain a positive attitude toward life and living.  At the time of his death he was surrounded by his devoted friend, Rick Schank, and spouse, George Kyle, a relationship of fifty-five years.


Donations to Parkinson’s Resource Organization may be made in his name at 74090 El Paseo, Suite 102, Palm Desert 92260.

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Kenneth Robert Riley

Kenneth Robert Riley

March 12, 1934 - October 16, 2019

Reno, NV - Ken Riley, 85, passed away on October 16, 2019 in Reno, NV from complications of Parkinson's Disease. Born in Pasadena, CA on March 12, 1934, Ken and his wife of over 60 years, Melinda, lived in Las Vegas, NV; La Jolla, CA; Incline Village, NV and Indian Wells, CA. Melinda Lee Olson Riley preceded him in death on May 17, 2018. Ken is survived by his four children: Kimberley Bowser, Karen Goodrick, Lisa Hills, Christopher Riley and thirteen grandchildren. Ken was a real estate developer in five states for over 50 years as a General Contractor building apartments, condominiums and the owner-operator of Le Baron Hotels. Ken received the Golden Plate Award in 1973 among other business awardees Ray Kroc, Malcolm Forbes, H. Ross Perot, and J. W. Marriott. Ken was featured in the book, Las Vegas Dreams by Jim Bickford in 2002. Ken was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed. Services will be held at Calvary Chapel Reno, 220 Edison Way, Reno, on November 2, 2019 at 2pm. A second celebration will follow near his birthday in March in 2020, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Incline Village, NV.

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