December 17, 1965 – May 19, 2016
December 17, 1965 – May 19, 2016
January 26, 1947 – May 1, 2016
Miles Donald Buskirk, age 69, passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2016, after a long battle with cancer.
He was born in Devils Lake, North Dakota on January 26, 1947 to Donald and Doris Buskirk. Miles graduated from Bisbee High School in 1965. He met the love of his life, LaDonna Rotvold while attending Mayville State in 1968. They were married in June of that year. Next month would have been their 48th wedding anniversary.
Miles was a veteran having served in Germany during the Vietnam Conflict. He worked construction and maintenance before working and retiring from the railroad as a locomotive engineer.
Miles enjoyed music, playing his guitar, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Miles is survived by his wife LaDonna, their children Christopher (wife Lynette Gast, grandchildren, Jordan and Callie), daughter Layna (husband Anthony Pena, grandchildren, Angelena and Miles) and daughter Emily (husband Mike Franke), his brother Larry and sister Ann. He will be missed by many, including brother and sister in-laws, as well as nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Miles requested that there be no services at his passing. He is being cremated with his ashes to be scattered at a later date.
Please consider making a donation in Miles’ memory to a cancer research organization.
1958 – 2016
On March 5, 2016 we received the news our brother went home to be with The Lord. Joseph Gary Walls was born on July 9, 1958. He grew up in Forestville, Maryland enjoying his childhood neighborhood friends building forts in the woods, playing hide and seek, and catching frogs. Spottie, his dog, would always be trailing behind him. He loved animals especially dogs. His last visit to Maryland, he flew from his home in San Diego accompanied by his pet Parrott.
Gary was raised attending Mount Calvary Catholic Church in District Heights, Maryland. Growing up his grandfather, Louis Walls, would say the Rosary with him, his two sisters Mary Ann and Linda and their cousin Debbie. He often spoke and cherished the memory. He loved inspirational music especially Amazing Grace by Elvis Presley.
He enjoyed great success from a variety of sports growing up from wrestling to football and was recognized in the Suitland High School Athletics Hall of Fame. He started working at the age of 15 at a wholesale and retail supplier as a stock boy in Forestville, Maryland. He was employed at Mazo-Lerch Food Distributor in Alexandria, Virginia as a sales representative for many years. Prior to moving to San Diego, California he worked and managed the Rockhall Marina in Rockhall, Maryland. He loved the Eastern Shore, fishing, crabbing, sailing, go cart riding, and enjoying life with his wife of many years Renee and their son Nick, family, and friends.
He is survived by one son Nick Walls (Brandie Walls) and one granddaughter Lexi Walls of Queen Creek, Arizona. He leaves behind his two sisters Mary Ann Anderson of Harwood, Maryland and Linda Crosby of Arnold Maryland, two nieces Carrie Gibson (Dan Gibson) of Cape Coral, Florida, Angela Remmers (Charles Remmers) of Arnold, Maryland, one nephew David Crosby of Arnold, Maryland, one great niece Carly Remmers of Arnold, Maryland, and two great nephews Bryan Remmers of Annapolis, Maryland and Charlie Remmers of Arnold, Maryland and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Gary had an adventurous spirit enjoying the beautiful sunsets on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to the most magnificent views in the world of the Pacific Coast in California where he lived for twenty years. Joseph Gary Walls has gone home guided by the faith of his grandmother Rose Eleanore Walls and the light of those he once loved and lost, he is with them once more. A celebration of life service is being planned in Maryland. Please leave a prayer or happy memory of his life as there were many. Yes he lived.
June 2, 1941 – December 21, 2015
LaVonne M. (Peterson) Boortz, age 74, passed away on Monday, December 21, 2015, after a brief battle with lymphoma.
She was born in Wausau, Wisconsin, on June 2, 1941, to Clarence and Selma Peterson. Her family lived in Mountain Home, Idaho, for a short time before settling in El Cajon, where LaVonne lived for the remainder of her life.
LaVonne graduated from Grossmont High School in La Mesa in 1959, and later that year married Edwin Boortz. In November of this year they celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.
She worked for many years at Combo Products in El Cajon, beginning as a secretary and working her way up to president. Upon retirement she was given the gift of a cruise to Alaska from the company. That was the first of many cruises she would take, including trips to Mexico, Hawaii and an amazing 30 day cruise through the Panama Canal.
LaVonne had several hobbies in her retirement, including building miniature houses, gardening with succulents and researching her family history. But her favorite thing to do was volunteering at a local elementary school. She helped teach reading to first graders at Bostonia Elementary for over 10 years, then followed her teacher to WD Hall Elementary this school year. She loved preparing lessons and special materials for the students with whom she worked.
LaVonne is survived by her husband Ed, her daughters Jeri Boortz (Joel Klymczyk) and Chris Boortz (Cathi Drinkard), her brother Gary Peterson, and nephews Steve and Shawn Peterson.
LaVonne requested that there be no funeral at her passing. She is being cremated, with her ashes to be scattered at a later date.
Please consider making a donation in LaVonne’s memory to one of the following organizations:
T.E.A.C.H. Therapeutic Equestrian Activity Center for the Handicapped
PO Box 1428
Lakeside, CA 92040
Best Friends Animal Society
5001 Angel Canyon Rd
Kanab, UT 84741
January 21, 1955 – September 30, 2015
Wayne Phillip Mitchell was the fifth child born to” Willie Edwards Mitchell” and “Margie REE McCoy” on January 21, 1955 in Oakland, California. He joined the Army when he was 18, he left the army and met his high school sweetheart Peggy McGee, they had a son named “Wayne P. Mitchell Jr.” and a daughter-in-law “Paulette Mitchell”, four grandchildren Wayne Phillip Mitchell the third age 17, Morgan 15, Tyrin Marcel 10, Brooklyn Mitchell 11 months . Wayne moved to San Diego in 1979 where he worked at NASCO shipping yard, Then went to work for the university UCSD as a landscaper. Wayne married “Betty Turner Mitchell” in 1981. He loved working on computers and playing chess, listening to jazz music. In his younger days he loved playing basketball. He would even play in his boots he got the nickname “Boots”, around the school yard. Leaving to celebrate his life one brother and four sisters Edward bell, Jeffery Vesley, (James Vesley), Anna bush, Beverly Mitchell, Cheryl Bowman, ( Jerry Bowman), and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. we love you Wayne, but God loved you more so sleep now no more pain or suffering. Rest my brother in the Lord’s arms! Special Thanks to Jeffery Vesley, who took care of him during his illness and April .
August 12, 1984 – September 6, 2015
October 7, 1935 – September 5, 2015
September 11, 1986 – August 30, 2015
Jennifer McIlvaine, 28, passed away unexpectedly August 30, 2015 at home in San Diego. Born on September 11, 1986 she was raised in Kansas City, Missouri and lived there until 2007 when she married her sweetheart Shawn. Together they moved to San Diego where Shawn was stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar and there they made their home.
She graduated from Ruskin High School in Kansas City and also Concorde Career College where she graduated as a dental assistant in 2006. Jennifer held many jobs over the years. Most recently she worked at Kohl’s and also with the Marine Corps Community Services at the Marine Corps Exchange.
Jennifer had an adventurous spirit. Her smile could brighten any room and her laugh was so infectious it would make everyone laugh with her. She was beautiful both inside and out. Those that were blessed to know and love her will miss her deeply but will always remember her shining light.
She was a wife, daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, friend, and so much more. She leaves behind her husband, Sgt. Shawn McIlvaine of the home. Her father, Alan Clayton of Hawthorne, Florida. Her mother, Tanis Clayton of Grandview, Missouri. Two brothers, Christopher Green of Peculiar, Missouri and Brandon Green of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and a sister, Angela Martin of Baxley, Georgia.
She leaves behind her nephews Alexander, Andrew, and Brayden Green, Dalton Martin, and nephews Colton and Crew McIlvaine. Left too are her nieces Dana Martin, Shauna Green and Adalynn McIlvaine. There is also another McIlvaine baby on the way that she will only get to see from Heaven.
Jennifer also leaves behind many uncles, aunts, and cousins who loved her. There were many family members waiting to greet her at the gates of Heaven so we take comfort knowing they are all together now and we will be with them all again someday.
Jennifer made a multitude of friends throughout her life who all had places in her heart. It is hard to sum up a life cut short. So many words could be said. But if there are any that come to mind the most they are SHE LOVED AND SHE WAS LOVED!
December 15, 1942 – August 30, 2015
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February 26, 1949 – August 27, 2015
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