American Legion

Kay Futamase’s memorial Jan. 25

The long-awaited memorial service for Keiji “Kay” Futamase will be conducted Saturday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m., in Clubhouse 4.

Kay passed away on Nov. 24, 2013, and is interned at the Riverside National Cemetary.

The American Legion, Leisure World Post 327, is co-sponsoring this auspicious occasion with the Futamase family.

Legion Commander Bud Sudbeck will introduce the event followed by an invocation by the Acting Post Chaplain Chester Droog. The military eulogy will be presented by Captain James M. Hoover, USAF retired, and lifetime member of the Legion.

The family eulogy will be conducted by Kay’s daughter, June Futamase.

After the benediction by Rev. Phillip O’Malley, also a Legionnaire and career military noncommissioned officer, there will be a short gathering outside of the clubhouse at the Veterans Memorial Flag Display.

Light refreshments will be served in the clubhouse after the event.

The Futamase family and Legion invite all LW residents to attend, especially those who knew Kay in the multitude of clubs with which he was involved.

—Jim Hoover



Obituary Notices


Wingate, Robert “Bob” B.



Robert “Bob” B. Wingate, who died Nov. 20, 2013, at Quaker Gardens, is at peace after an eight-year battle with cancer.

Bob was born in Los Angeles, Calif., to Robert M. and Catherine M. Wingate. He spent most of his childhood in the L.A. area until his parents moved to Rossmoor in 1956.

Bob attended Cerritos College for real estate classes and received his licenses. He worked part-time in his wife’s family business in Bellflower.

After high school Bob went to work for Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, where six years later he met Carolyn Smith from Lakewood, and it was love at first sight.

They were married after a whirlwind romance at St. Hedwig Church in Los Alamitos.

Bob worked as the driver for the president of the Long Beach Douglas, McDonnell Douglas and then Boeing companies. During his 38 years there, he had a very rewarding and interesting career driving people from all over the world.

Bob and Carolyn were married 47 years, and were just in love at the time of his death as they were the day they met.

They lived in Lakewood until they moved to LW eight years ago.

They have two daughters Theresa (Tom) Doyle and Lisa (Craig )Berman.

After he retired in 1998, they enjoyed traveling in their RV all over the United States. They enjoyed meeting people on their travels and visiting some of them along their way. He always had a story to tell and was known as the nice guy where ever he was.

He was a great leader to his family and friends. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, people and most of all spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn; two daughters and son-in-laws, Theresa Marie and Tom Doyle of Los Alamitos; and Lisa Marie and Craig Berman of Irvine; seven grandchildren, Stacy Moore of Costa Mesa, Chance Berman, Kyler Berman, Cambria Berman and Kara Berman of Irvine; Jessica Doyle and Steven Rothwell of Central Point, Ore. They were the joys of his life. His sister and husband Patty and Joe Nemnich of Surprise, Ariz.; his most loving godparents Aunt Mary and Uncle George Watters of Woodland Hills, Calif.; and niece Kelly Whittington of Huntington Beach.

Services were held at St. Hedwig on Dec. 2.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to USC Norris Cancer Institute.

—paid obituary



Van Huisen, Ruth P



Ruth Van Huisen of Mutual 14 passed on Jan. 10, 2014. Remembering our beloved Ruth, “Nana,” we could give you lots of dates and places, but to list these facts would not provide insight into the wonderful person she was for over nine decades. Born Ruth Patricia Lake in April of 1921 of Grand Rapids, Mich., much of Ruth’s “no nonsense” attitude on life came out from her difficult adolescence during the Great Depression.

She met the love of her life, Allen Van Huisen, and eventually moved to California with their five children. She was a “salt of the earth” person, who had a highly individualistic and self-reliant outlook on life that sustained her ever growing family. Although she masterfully enjoyed raising her brood with lots of wholesome cooking, she also stitched together the fabric of an ever growing clan in much the same way she artfully used her prolific skills as world class seamstress. This exquisite quilt of 13 grandchildren lovingly grew to know her as their beloved “Nana” whom she doted on and provided an example of incredible strength for by watching her care for and bury her husband and two of her own children.

In her late 60s golf became her favorite pastime where she easily made fast friends in Rolling Hills and later in Leisure World where she was oft noted in this newspaper. She shot her age on the golf course at 86 and continued an independent and very active life well into her 90s.

Ruth is succeeded by her three sons, Greg, Ted and Sard, her sister Polly and grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

God bless and keep Ruth Van Huisen.

—paid obituary



Gutierrez, Arthur

1918 - 2014


Arthur Gutierrez, Mutual 2, passed away Jan. 12, 2014.

Arthur was born in Wilmington, Calif., on July 31, 1918. He was 95 years old.

He and his wife, Bonnie, were married 68 years.

He has one surviving daughter, Judy Williams of Vancouver, Wash.

Authur was preceded in death by two children, Lori Fulcher and Geoffrey Gutierrez.

He also has one surviving daughter-in-law, Jodi Gutierrez of Long Beach.

Arthur and Bonnie have seven wonderful grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.



Maning, Kathe Luise



Kathe Luise Maning, Mutual 2, died in a nursing home in Los Alamitos on Jan. 17, 2014.

Kathe was born in Berlin, Germany, on June 14, 1919.

She is survived by a niece, Elisabeth Etienne of France.

Services will be held Friday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church.



Smallwood, Robert



Robert “Bob” Smallwood passed away, after a brief illness, Jan. 5, 2014, at the age of 94.

He was born in Bay City, Michigan and grew up in Pasadena, Calif., with his parents, Albert and Martha Smallwood, along with his brother Elmer and sisters, Norma and Bette.

Bob attended John Muir High School and graduated in the Rose Bowl along with friend and fellow student Jackie Robinson. Bob was very proud of that relationship.

Bob later attended Long Beach City College, graduating with a degree in applied sciences and technology.

After high school, he moved to the Owens Valley where he worked as a cowboy and met the love of his life, Ethel Cline. He was drafted into the U. S. Army in March of 1941 and sent to San Fernando for training. Two years later, Bob and Ethel were married. He was sent to Tennessee for more training and then on to England and Ireland. Bob was involved in the D-Day invasion of Europe, landing on Utah Beach in France. He was later attached to General Patton’s Third Army.

After the war, Bob and Ethel settled in Long Beach, Calif. He worked at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard for 22 years before transferring as an inspector for the Air Force at Northrup Aviation for the next 10 years.

After retirement, Bob took up golf and joined the men’s club at Skylinks Golf Course in Long Beach, where he became the Pub Links representative for many years.

Bob and Ethel were huge supporters of youth sports in Long Beach and they were both lifetime members of the Wilson High School Boosters Club.

Bob was predeceased by his wife, Ethel, 2005; youngest daughter, Deanna Hathaway; and granddaughter Christy Innes.

He is survived by his children Robert of Eureka, Calif.; Douglas (Diane), Long Beach; and Marilyn (Joe), Lawrence, Kan.; grandchildren, David, Ingrid, Robert, Greg, Mike, Damon and Curtis; and seven great-grandchildren.

At the end of 2005, Bob moved to Leisure World, Seal Beach. There, he met the second love of his life, Betty Ballen. Together they were active in Karaoke, Community Sing and many other activities. The family would like to give special thanks to Betty for adding so much to their father’s life.

Graveside services were held at Riverside National Cemetery on Jan. 14.

—paid obituary