La Cañada Flintridge resident Ray Wipfli has been named a national winner of the 2017 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. Each year, the Barron Prize celebrates 25 inspiring young people from across North America who have made a significant positive difference. Wipfli was among the 20 top winners who received a $5,000 cash award to support his service work or higher education. La Cañada Flintridge resident Ray Wipfli has been named a national winner of the 2017 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. Each year, the Barron Prize celebrates 25 inspiring young people from across North America who have made a significant positive difference. Wipfli was among the 20 top winners who received a $5,000 cash award to support his service work or higher education.
Nov. 12, 1928 — Aug. 31, 2017
Mayfield Marshall Jr. survived a wonderful boyhood in Des Moines and Okoboji, Iowa.
He saw both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans at 17 years old, compliments of the U.S. Navy, which also provided the World War II GI Bill and paid for his degree from Grinnell College.
During those college years he married the bewitchingly beautiful Carolyn Root and shared with her three children and countless adventures for the next 49 years. After college, he joined the “Mad Men” in New York in 1957 and an even madder group in Los Angeles in 1962. He moved to La Cañada Flintridge then, and was active in civic affairs, serving on the planning commission during the early days of cityhood.
He also built the Flint Canyon Tennis Club. A lifelong interest in cars was rewarded with 17 years with Datsun (Nissan) and the charismatic Mr. Katayama, who generously shared a wealth of experiences.
Travel and fun started a new chapter when he married Sarah Kniering. His wife, Sarah, and his children Karen Schroeder, Bob Marshall and Annie Mayfield Stone survive him.
Michelle Margaret Kaye wanted so much to fight through large B-cell lymphoma. She retired from the Burbank School District in June of 2017, imagining she would have more time to spend with her three boys. She wanted to plant more roses in her garden and she planned to volunteer extensively in her retirement as a trauma counselor and with teen suicide prevention programs.
Michelle, the daughter of Margaret and Arthur Kaye of La Cañada Flintridge, was born in the Glendale Adventist Medical Center in 1956. She attended Palm Crest Elementary, Foothill Intermediate School and La Cañada High School, graduating in 1974. Michelle swam competitively throughout her youth and for USC. She graduated from USC with a master’s in education in 1979.
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April 8, 1935 — Sept. 23, 2017
Theodore (Ted) Ernest Johnson, age 82, went to be with our Lord after a fun-filled life and final day doing what he loved: helping friends on a construction project and having a great dinner filled with his typical jokes and lots of laughter with close friends and his beloved wife, Denise.
Ted was born April 8, 1935 in Monterey Park to Theodore and Sarah (Tourigney) Johnson. He graduated from Hoover High School in Glendale in 1953 and attended virtually all of the high school reunions that were held quarterly for the last several years. Ted would often joke that he went to HKU (Hard Knocks University). He began work as a framing contractor and worked his way up to be part-owner of Wier Casady Company, a construction company in Glendale, from 1970 through 1981. Wier Casady built many restaurants throughout the United States, including El Torito Mexican Restaurants, Womphopper’s, TGI Friday’s, Farrell’s and many more.
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