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Adam Jenkins

Decorated Air Force veteran of World War II ; avid fisherman

A funeral service for Adam Robert Jenkins, 82, who died Dec. 19, 2002, at his Minden home will be held Monday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at FitzHenry’s Chapel of Faith in Carson City.

Mr. Jenkins was born April 26, 1920, in Virginia.

He traveled around the world during his service with the U.S. Air Force during World War II and with his employment with the Flying Tigers and Trans World Airlines.

Mr. Jenkins toured in the European, African and Middle Eastern theaters as a member of the U.S. 8th Army Air Corp Squadron as the rear gunner for the Flying Fortress, “Bat Outa Hell.” He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, American Defense Service Medal, European Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

Mr. Jenkins was decorated as the first American soldier to shoot down an enemy plane in Europe during the war. He retired as a master mechanic in 1990. He was a life member of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, American Air Museum in Britain, Air Force Memorial Foundation, and the National Fisherman’s Association.

He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed traveling, camping, boating and spending time with his family.

Surviving are sister Bertie Padgett and brother-in-law Basil Padgett of Roanoke, Va.; son and daughter-in-law Michael A. and Janet Jenkins of Minden; grandchildren Michael, Matthew, Jeffrey, Jennifer, Kyle, Eric and Nicole; eight great-grandchildren and various nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. at FitzHenry’s Chapel of Faith in Carson City.

FitzyHenry’s Funeral Home in Carson City is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Hartley

Gardnerville resident since 1995; Navy veteran

A funeral service for Robert Luke Hartley, 81, of Gardnerville, who died Dec. 24, 2002, at Washoe Medical Center in Reno, will be held Monday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at Calvary Chapel in Gardnerville.

Mr. Hartley was born July 28, 1921 in Modesto, Calif., to Andrew T. Hartley and Loretta Scott Hartley.

He married Marjorie Simpson on Dec. 24, 1940, in Yuma, Ariz. Mr. Hartley enjoyed playing golf.

Mr. Hartley moved to Gardnerville in 1995, coming from Lancaster, Calif. He was division chief for Los Angeles County Power Plant Division for 17 years and was a member of Lafayette #79 F&AM of Zanesville, Ohio.

He was a member of Scottish Rite and Shriners and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. Mr. Hartley retired from the Navy in 1959 after 21 years of service.

Mr. Hartley was preceded in death by his parents; brother Alvin Hartley; and sister Darlene Williams.

Surviving are his wife, of Gardnerville; daughters Donna Lynn Jones and husband Larry of San Jose, Calif., and Bonnie and husband Lee Koontz of Gardnerville; brother James A. Hartley of Sacramento, Calif.; sisters Virginia Wallace of Sacramento; nine grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Contributions in Mr. Hartley’s honor may be sent to the American Heart Association, 1281 Terminal Way, #111, Reno, Nev. 89502.

A graveside service will follow the funeral service Monday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. at Eastside Memorial Park in Minden.

FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home in Gardnerville is in charge of arrangements.

Larry Holloway

Carson City High School Band Director; native of Iowa

A celebration of life service for Larry G. Holloway, 52, of Carson City, who died Dec. 23, 2002, in a San Francisco hospital, will be held Sunday, Dec. 29 at 3 p.m. at the Brewery Arts Center Chapel in Carson City.

Mr. Holloway was born on March 7, 1950 in Sioux City, Iowa to Douglas and Constance Holloway.

He moved to South Dakota at the age of 5 and attended high school and graduated from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion with a bachelor’s degree in music education.

Mr. Holloway taught school in South Dakota for eight years before moving to Carson City. He taught at Eagle Valley Middle School for several years until accepting a position as band director with Carson City High School in 2000.

He was a charter member of the Carson City Symphony and was very active in community functions involving music and the arts. He loved his work with the Carson City community theatre group.

Surviving are wife Judy R. of Carson City; mother of Huron, S.D.; sons Bryan and Jon of Carson City; brother Mark Holloway of Grand Prairie, Texas; sisters Diane Clayton of Huron, S.D., Gail Boddicker of Rapid City, S.D. and Donna Block of Temecula, Calif.

Memorials in Mr. Holloway’s honor may be made to the Carson High Music Department, Brewery Arts Center or your favorite charity.

Walton’s Chapel of the Valley in Carson City is in charge of arrangements.

Edith Mowrey

Homemaker; New Jersey native

Edith A. Mowrey, 92, of Carson City, died Dec. 18, 2002, at Carson-Tahoe Hospital in Carson City.

Mrs. Mowrey was born June 15, 1910, in Washington, N.J., to Abram N. Groff and Bella Skinner Groff.

She was a homemaker and a Jehovah’s Witness.

Mrs. Mowrey was preceded in death by husband Kirk Mowrey Sr. in 1982; three brothers and two sisters.

Surviving are son Kirk Mowrey Jr. of Washington, N.J.; daughter Shirley Johns of Gardnerville; granddaughters Linda Swift of Washington, N.J.; Cheri Blackford and Bobbie Garden, both of Gardnerville; great-grandsons Jared, Seth and Tyler Blackford and Brandon Garden, all of Gardnerville, Bradley and Kyle Swift of Washington, N.J.; great-granddaughter Ashley Blackford; and four great-granddaughters all of Gardnerville.

No funeral service will be held.

FitzHenry’s Funeral Home in Carson City is in charge of arrangements.

Lawrence Stratton

Enjoyed gardening, fishing and domestic birds

Lawrence “Larry” David Stratton, 78, of Wellington, died, Dec. 22, 2002, in Gardnerville.

A native of Los Angeles, he was born Aug. 28, 1924, to George and Thelma (Griffith) Stratton.

He owned Cardinal Village Resort in Bishop, Calif., with his wife, Nadine for 17 years before moving to Carson City in 1985, Grants Pass, Ore., in 1992 and Wellington in 2001.

Mr. Stratton also owned “Larry Stratton Tile Contractor” and met many people through his beautiful tile work.

He served in the Navy from 1943 to 1945 during World War II as tail gunner and radioman on a PBY flying boat. He stayed stateside with his crew, training new pilots.

Surviving are wife of 55 years, Nadine of Wellington; sons, Harold Stratton and wife Linda of Las Vegas, Patrick Stratton and wife Michelle of Stagecoach, James Stratton of Bishop, Calif., and Michael Stratton and wife Christine of Crescent City, Calif.; daughters, Leslie Linson of Las Vegas, Jody Stroud, Debra and husband Keith Jackson and Teri Burgess, all of Bishop, Calif.; and 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Private services will be held.

Cremation is under the direction of FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home.

FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral home in Gardnerville is in charge of arrangements.

Doreen Staricha

Lifetime resident of Gardnerville; secretary

Doreen I. Seeman Staricha, 69, died Dec. 21, 2002, at her Gardnerville residence.

Ms. Staricha was born Jan. 29, 1933, to Henry and Edith (Bull) Seeman and was a lifetime resident of Gardnerville.

She was a secretary for several years, including at the University of Nevada, Reno, College of Agriculture.

Ms. Staricha was a loving caretaker to her dear sister Joyce “Jessie” Seeman, who died March 5, 2002. She loved all animals, especially her dog, Moola.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Joyce “Jessie’ Seeman.

Surviving are brothers Dean E. and Harley Seeman, both of Minden.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2 at Walton’s Douglas County Mortuary in Minden, with inurnment by Capitol City Cremation and Burial Society in Carson City.

A memorial fund in Ms. Staricha’s honor has been established with the Lions Club Eye Foundation, c/o Carson Valley Lions Club, P.O. Box 314, Minden, Nev. 89423, attn: Sight Chairman.

Charles Murray

Special education teacher; served in U.S. Army during World War II

Charles J. Murray, 78, of Gardnerville, died Dec. 23, 2002, in Carson City.

Mr. Murray was born May 13, 1924, in St. Louis, Mo. to Clarence and Verniel Murray.

After serving in the Army during World War II, he went east to finish his education in teaching. He went with his wife Rini in 1963 to Lake Tahoe and became a teacher. He later got his Ph.D. in education and became a special education teacher for 20 years in Tahoe.

Mr. Murray and wife Rini went to Europe for a few years after his retirement, later returning to Lake Tahoe. He had lived in Gardnerville until his death.

Donations in Mr. Murray’s honor may be made at Barton Memorial Hospital at South Lake Tahoe or to the Douglas County Animal Shelter in Gardnerville.

A funeral service will be held at a later date in the Netherlands.

FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral home in in Gardnerville is in charge of arrangements.