Service July 15 for former Genoa Town Board member |

Service July 15 for former Genoa Town Board member

Staff Reports
Robert D. 'Ron' Funk
Cindy Webb |

A memorial service is July 15 in Montecito, Calif., for former Genoa Town Board member Robert D. “Ron” Funk, who died at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif., on May 12, 2017. He was 90 years old.

Born Aug. 18, 1926, in Glendale, Calif., Mr. Funk was born to a newspaper family including his grandfather, Samuel McClure, who owned the Glendale News-Press, and his father, Jacob D. “Jake” Funk, who was the paper’s general manager.

He graduated from Taft School in Watertown, Conn., in 1944 and was drafted into the U.S. Navy. He earned a journalism degree from Stanford University in 1950 and went to work for the United Press news agency in San Francisco the day the Korean War broke out. He subsequently worked for United Press in its Hawaii and Los Angeles bureaus.

He married Ann Willrich on June 13, 1953, and the couple had four children, Jonathan, Christine, Mason and Carl.

After leaving UPI, Mr. Funk was editor of the Outlook, where he had an award-winning 24-year career. He served as chairman of the California Editors Conference in 1961, chairman of the California Freedom of Information Committee in 1976, and chairman of the Southern California United Press Editors Conference in 1977.

In 1980, Mr. Funk retired and the couple moved to a home at the top of Carson Street in Genoa.

When he arrived in Carson, he helped manage the Prospector, a Douglas advertising publication owned in part by the Outlook. When the Outlook sold to Copley Press in 1983, Mr. Funk and his brother purchased the publisher of the Inyo Register and Mono Herald. The two sold the company in 2002.

Mr. Funk served a term on the Genoa Town Advisory Board, declining to seek re-election in 1992.

He was also a docent at the Genoa Courthouse Museum, and on the board of the Douglas County Historical Society, and an avid painter. In 2009, the couple moved to Santa Barbara, Calif.

He is survived by his sister Elinor Urstadt, his four children, his son-in-law Jay, daughter-in-law Janine, and seven grandchildren. Donations in Ron’s memory can be made to the Santa Cruz Island Foundation (

The service is 3 p.m. July 15 at All Saints by the Sea Episcopal Church in Montecito.