In Memoriam

2020

 

Frank Rockwell

Sir Frank Rockwell January 30, 1945 - February 5, 2020.

Frank Rockwell was born in Spokane, Washington on January 30, 1945. He grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch near Endicott, Washington where he attended grade school and high school. In 1967, he graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in finance and Carol, his fiancee, graduated from Washington State University. Following graduation, they were married in St. Patrick's Church in Colfax, Washington.

In 1967, Frank accepted a job with Potlatch Corporation in Lewiston, Idaho as a management trainee in the accounting department. Two years later, he relocated to San Francisco in the company's treasury department. He was elected assistant treasurer of Potlatch in 1974. In 1978, he transferred to the consumer products division as controller. This division manufactured paper towels, bathroom tissue, napkins, and facial tissue.

In 1986, Frank left Potlatch for a completely different corporate experience. He joined Bill Graham Enterprises as chief financial officer and secretary. More commonly known in the Bay Area as Bill Graham Presents, the company staged musical concerts throughout the world. It was a fast paced and interesting job. He retired from the company in 1999.

Frank and Carol lived in Walnut Creek since moving to the Bay Area. Frank has served as Branch 146 assistant treasurer, treasurer, director and chairman of the golf committee. He was active in two poker groups and two cooking groups.

Frank and Carol have a daughter Kim and a son Frank III and they are the grandparents of three boys. Frank and Carol enjoyed the Lake Tahoe area and traveled there often and they have also traveled throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

   

Joe Jaeger

Sir Joe Jaeger 1935 - January 30, 2020.

Joe Jaeger was born in Napa in 1935 and was raised on a chicken ranch in that town. He played American Legion baseball as a teenager and played football, baseball, and basket ball for Napa High School, from which he graduated in 1953.

Joe earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration at UC Berkeley in 1957.He was a member of the baseball team, the Big C Society, and Zeta Psi fraternity while he was at Cal.

He married his wife Pabby in 1958 and then he spent two years in the Air Force,where he reached the rank of first lieutenant.

Joe joined the accounting firm of Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte & Touche) in 1960 as a CPA in its San Francisco office. He worked for Haskins & Sells until 1973, when he became chief financial officer at C and H Sugar Company. In 1987, he joined the Delta Dental Plan of California as chief financial officer and retired in 1998.

Joe and Pabby moved to Lafayette in 1967 where they raised two sons, Mike and Doug, and a daughter Julianne. They now have eight grandchildren.

Joe enjoyed golf, investing, gardening, attending his grandchildren's games, and musical shows.

   

2019

 
   

Barney Meade

Sir Barney Meade December 28, 2019.

   

Roland Mailhot

Sir Roland Mailhot 1933 - December 13, 2019.

Roland was born in East Albany, Vermont in 1933. He grew up on a farm with nine brothers and sisters. His family were dairy farmers and also produced maple syrup. His early education was in a one room rural schoolhouse and he finished his education in a larger school in Newport, Vermont.

After graduating from high school in 1951, Roland joined the Air Force, spending four years as a jet mechanic. He was stationed in Las Vegas and Japan and was discharged as a staff sergeant in 1955.

Roland was self employed. He owned his own import business in Lafayette, dealing in leather and rubber goods and was semi retired.

Roland had been widowed twice but was blessed with his wife Kathy since 2010. He had two daughters, Michelle and Denise, and he and Kathy lived in Pleasant Hill.

   

Bob Wedin

Sir Robert (Bob) Weden 1922 - December 5, 2019.

Bob Wedin passed away early in the morning on December 5, 2019. Although born in Anaconda, Montana, Bob grew up in Ramsay, Montana. He graduated from Butte High School continuing his education at the University of Montana in Missoula and Montana State in Bozeman.

He enlisted in the US Navy in 1942 serving on the battleship USS Pennsylvania in the Pacific until the end of WWII. In June 1952, Bibs married the love of his life, Margie Murphy, who preceded him in death in January 2018. They moved to California in the early sixties to raise their two young sons. Bob enjoyed a long career at Stauffer Chemical Company based in San Francisco. He was an active member of his church for over 30 years.

Bob played multiple sports during his youth in Butte, and his college years in Montana. As an adult, he not only loved watching sports, but enjoyed lots of outdoor activities for himself including golf (he was a very good golfer), fishing, tennis, and swimming.

Bob loved his visits to Montana. Family and friends would gather yearly in the summer on Whitefish Lake in Montana. Bob often talked about fishing in the Big Hole River. He expressed fond memories of drinks, dinner, and fun times at Lydia's restaurant in Butte.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Margie. He is survived by his sons, Robbie and Mike Wedin and many extended family members and friends.

   

Myles Ringle

Sir Myles Ringle 1932 - November 18, 2019.

Myles was born in Fresno in 1932 and grew up in Oakland. After high school graduation, he worked for a couple of years as a mechanic for Harley Davidson. In 1952, he received his draft notice for the Army, but he decided to enlist in the Navy instead. He spent most of his service on the attack transport USS President Jackson during the Korean war, transporting troops and equipment.

After his discharge from the Navy, Myles worked for Berkeley Farms and Pepsi Cola before embarking on a 25 year career with the container company SeaLand. During that time, he did Motocross off road motorcycle racing, sailboat racing on his 27 foot sailboat, sailboat racing photography, and video production for weddings and other events.

After retirement, Myles and his second wife Carole took up golf. Myles enrolled in several Golfsmith training programs and became a custom golf club fitter/maker and was visited frequently by Branch 146 golfers.

Myles and Carole lost their house in the 1991 Oakland fire, built it again, sold it, and moved to Pleasant Hill. They have been married for over fifty years. Myles has three children, fourteen grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

   

Ken Kratz

Sir Kenneth (Ken) Kratz December 25, 1928 - October 22, 2019.

Ken was born on Christmas day 1928 in Dubuque, Iowa. His family soon moved to Scotland, South Dakota where he grew up and graduated from Scotland High School in 1946. After graduation he listed in the U.S. Army and served in the Army of Occupation in Japan.

He attended South Dakota State College until being recalled to service during the Korean War. He then moved to California and later had his own business; Engineering Representatives until his retirement in 1992.

He enjoyed playing basketball, golf, tennis, traveling, singing as well as activities with Sir Branch 146. Ken is survived by his wife of sixty-six years, Lynn; 4 children; 2 grandchildren; 1 brother; 3 sisters; and 1 sister-in-law.

A celebration of Ken's life will be held at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, St Cecilia Chapel, 1965 Reliez Valley Rd., Lafayette, CA on Wednesday, October 30, at 10:00am

   

Bill Klein

Sir William (Bill) Klein 1947 - October 6, 2019.

William (Bill) Klein passed away on October 6, 2019 after a long battle with cancer.

Bill was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1947 and grew up in Chicago and its suburbs. He  enjoyed visiting  the  many  places  of  interest  in Chicago  and  a  highlight  was  to  watch  the  first  passenger  jet  land  at  O'Hare  International Airport.

Bill graduated from Michigan Tech University in 1969 with a degree in chemical engineering. He had a 35 year career with Shell Oil then spent three years with Millie Capital Management, retiring in 2009.

Bill is survived by his wife, Patti, two daughters and five grandchildren.

   

Al Zamolo

Sir Al Zamolo July 8, 1929 - September 26, 2019.

Albert (Al) Julio Zamolo passed away peacefully on Thursday at age 90 of natural causes. He touched many lives with his generous spirit and positive outlook on life.

Al was born in Martinez, CA and graduated from Alhambra High School. He received a Bachelors degree in education from St. Mary's College and a Masters degree in Administration from the University of California – Berkeley. After serving in the U.S Army for two years, Al enjoyed a 35-year career as a teacher and administrator with the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Al loved tennis and golf and was an active member of Sons In Retirement (SIRs).

Al is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Joan; devoted children and their spouses Paul Zamolo and Michelle Ferreira of Oakland, Craig and Michele Zamolo of Bend, Oregon, Steve and Rachel Zamolo of Newport Beach, Chris and Donna Zamolo of Martinez, Lynne and Jim With of Pleasant Hill and Karen and Jerry Gray of Martinez. Al is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

   

Bob Schroder

Sir Robert Schroder 1928 - March 29, 2019.

Bob was born in 1928 in San Francisco, his family moved to Walnut Creek when he was 2 years old.

A businessman, Bob also served on the Walnut Creek City Council for 16 years, starting in 1960, and was its mayor three times. A member of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Bob also was the founding chairperson of the Central Contra Costa Transit Authority, which became the County Connection. The agency described Bob as "instrumental in our creation as a Contra Costa County supervisor and MTC Commissioner."

While Bob wasn't the only person who got public transportation accomplished in this area of the East Bay, his hard work has been memorialized in the BART suspension bridge over Treat Boulevard for hikers and bikers. That overpass not only is called "Robert I. Schroder" in his honor, it also bears his nickname, "Mr. Transportation."

He was fond of snow skiing, tennis, and working in his yard – nothing fancy, but raking leaves and making the yard look nice

Bob is survived by his wife, Frances, and their children, Rob Schroder, the Mayor of Martinez, Susan Mendes, and Sharon Schlagel, as well as several grandchildren.

   

Jim Lape

Sir Jim Lape 1951 - March 21, 2019.

Jim was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1951 and was raised there. After graduating from the Columbus Academy, he enrolled at Princeton University and graduated in 1973.

Jim began his working career at the Lazarus Department Store in 1973. In 1978, he began a 25 year career at Levi Strauss, rising first to executive vice president for women's wear and then executive vice president for all U.S. sales. He finished his career with a 10 year stint as CEO of Downlite.

Jim lived in Walnut Creek with his wife Sue. They had three daughters. Jim enjoyed playing nine hole golf and also enjoyed playing euchre.

   

Ron Pascoe

Sir Ronald Pascoe September 1, 1932 - March 21, 2019.

Ron was born in West Hollywood, CA on September 1, 1932 to Jack and Dorothy Pascoe. Ron is a graduate of South Western University School of Accounting and Law. He was a true patriot who served honorably in the US Army in South Korea.

Ron loved travelling the world with his wife, his coffee black, and time with his family. He especially loved summers on Balboa Island in Newport Beach.

Ron spent his entire 38 year career as an accountant for Chevron Shipping Company, was an active member of his community and involved in local organizations, the Elks Club, Walnut Creek Planning Commission, and was a Mason with The Van Nuys Masonic Lodge.

Ron is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ann Pascoe, two sons, Scott and Brent. He had 6 grandchildren Sydney, Samantha, Caden, Gage, Presley and Logan, one great granddaughter Shaylee and one on the way.

   

Ken Sihler

Sir Ken Sihler June 29, 1949 - March 16, 2019.

Ken was born in Buffalo, NY. in 1949, he was a resident of Walnut Creek.

Ken worked over 33 years at Lawrence Berkeley Lab. He was a member of the Walnut Creek Men's Golf Club and SIR 146, always looking forward to early morning rounds with his golf buddies.

Ken is survived by his wife Camille, and brother Scott, sisters-in-law Jo Ann, Catherine, and brothers-in-law Sam and Bud along with many nieces and nephews.

   

Dale Haukland

Sir Dale Haukland 1932 - February 21, 2019.

Dale was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1932 and grew up in St. Paul and in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. He spent his summers in Eagle Bend, Minnesota where his aunt and uncle had a farm and ran the telephone exchange and where he was excited to blow the noon whistle for the town. When Dale entered high school, his father was transferred to Omaha, Nebraska. After coming from a small town, Dale thought that there was much to do in Omaha. When Dale was a senior in high school, his father was transferred to Storm Lake, Iowa.

Dale graduated from Storm Lake High School and shortly thereafter, he joined the Navy. He spent four years in the Navy, finishing his tour as a second class petty officer. He then enrolled at Iowa State University in Ames, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial education. He later earned an MBA in policy, planning, and administration from Cal State Los Angeles.

Dale began his working career as a teacher in the Fontana (Calif.) Unified School District in 1959. He moved to the San Juan Capistrano Unified School District in 1966.

In 1968, Dale made a major career change when he began a long and distinguished career with Kentucky Fried Chicken. He began as the area director and director of operations in the roast beef division in San Diego. He later moved to Las Vegas as area director. In 1971, he transferred to Louisville with the company's specialized business analysis task force. He later served in Louisville as management systems coordinator and director of training. In 1973, he became district manager for operations in Miami, where he served for three years. He then returned to southern California where he was district manager for field services for two years and then regional director for field services.Dale moved to the Bay Area in 1988 when he became vice president and general manager for the Northwest Division, working out of Foster City. In 1989, he became the vice president for the West Division. He retired from KFC in 1997.

Dale and his wife Joanne lived in Danville. They had three daughters (Karen, Dawn, and Linda) and two grandchildren. Dale enjoyed wine tasting, dining, reading, and attending plays, speaker series, art shows, and historical museums.