Donald J. "Doc" Boop

April 09, 2001

Graveside military services were March 27 in Crown Hill Cemetery in Orrville, Ohio, for Donald J. "Doc" Boop, 78, of Orrville, a frequent winter visitor to the Imperial Valley who died March 23 in Wooster Community Hospital in Orrville.

Mr. Boop was born Aug. 15, 1922, in Lima, Ohio.

He joined the U.S. Navy in October 1942 and was transferred as a pharmacist's mate to the Fleet Marine Force in Oceanside on October 1944, where he was assigned to K Co., 3rd Battalion, First Marine Division.

The First Marine Force saw some action in Peleliu in the South Pacific before the invasion of Okinawa, where Mr. Boop was wounded by a Japanese mortar shell during his rescue of another wounded Marine on May 15, 1945. He was then transported to a Navy hospital in Guam. Following six weeks of recuperation, Mr. Boop was returned to duty in Okinawa.

After World War II Mr. Boop was shipped to Tientsen, China, for repatriation of the Japanese army on Sept. 30, 1945. Mr. Boop's heroic feats in Okinawa were recognized and awarded with the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals as well as the President Unit Citation in a ceremony featuring Gen. and Chinese President Chiang Kai-shek. Mr. Boop returned from China and was honorably discharged on April 30, 1946.


He married Pauline Shank in Orrville on Dec. 19, 1953.

He graduated from Ohio State University in 1953 and opened a dental practice office in Orrville. He practiced general dentistry and oral surgery until December 1978, when disabilities from World War II prevented his continuation of his practice.

Mr. Boop enjoyed traveling and spent many winters in California including the Imperial Valley, where he would play golf and spend time with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Norman "Bud" Boop.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Boop of Orrville; sons and daughters-in-law, Donald Craig and Paula Boop of Ashville, N.C., Leslie Kirk and Margaret Boop of Brawley and Robert Lyndon and Lyn Boop of Palmdale; and granddaughters, Lindsey Nicole and Donielle Lynn Boop, both of Asheville.


Services were Friday in Chino Valley, Ariz., for Frank Moss Jr., 71, of Chino Valley, a former El Centro resident who died Monday in his home.

Mr. Moss was born April 23, 1929, in Nash County, N.C. He moved to El Centro in 1948 while serving at the El Centro Naval Air Facility. There he met and married Joan Thompson.

Mr. Moss was transferred several times and retired in El Centro after 20 years of service with the U.S. Navy. He then went to work for the Federal Aviation Administration at the Imperial County Airport.

In 1977 Mr. Moss went to work for the Phoenix airport and again retired after 20 years of service.

Mr. Moss then ventured into real estate sales in the Prescott, Ariz., area for the past 14 years, according to family.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Moss of Chino Valley; son, Danny Moss of El Centro; daughter, Marci Carabine of Show Low, Ariz.; brother, Ray Moss of Spring Hope, N.C.; and sister, Joyce Taylor of Spring Hope.


Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Saturday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro for Alma Dickey, 81, of Sacramento, a former Holtville resident who died March 31 in Florin Healthcare Convalescent Hospital in Sacramento. The Rev. Dan Jarrell of Western Avenue Baptist Church of Brawley officiated.

Mrs. Dickey was born May 30, 1919, in Oklahoma. She married Andrew Dickey.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Dickey, in 1975.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Al and Corkey Dickey of Sacramento; daughter, Ruth Owens of Oakhurst; step-daughter, Charlene Hathaway of Minnesota; daughter-in-law, Onarinda "Skip" Dickey of Long Beach; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.


Memorial services were at 1 p.m. Saturday in Methodist Church in Fort Jones for Dr. John L. Gaynor, 78, of Etna, a former El Centro resident who died March 7 in his home.

Dr. Gaynor was born Aug. 4, 1922, in Newark, Conn.

During his college years he held the mile record for the Los Angeles County. Soon after marrying Grace Eskesen in Los Angeles in 1943, Dr. Gaynor left to serve in World War II. He was part of the 398th Bomb Group as B-17 tail-gunner in the Eighth Army Air Force. He flew 27 missions over Germany and France.

As a young man, Dr. Gaynor boxed four years at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles and participated in Golden Gloves tournaments. He was a contender for the national middleweight title.

He attended the Los Angeles School of Chiropractic and upon graduation began his practice in Riverside. He developed "The Gaynor Technique" of correcting pelvic and cranial distortion and taught his patients this simple technique of pain reduction. He discovered that 78 percent of 50,000 examined patients in a community of 100,000 had pelvic cranial distortion. He wanted the public to "own" this technique.

Dr. Gaynor lived in El Centro for 32 years and was team doctor for the Calexico High Bulldogs. Dr. Gaynor's dog Tarkus was the team's mascot and would never miss a game. After school students would come to his office gym and box under his instruction. Dr. Gaynor was called "The Champ."

His hobbies included horses, flying his airplane, woodworking and he had a longstanding membership in the Arcadia Mounted Police. He lived in Etna for the past eight years.

Survivors include his former wife, Grace Gaynor of San Bernardino; sister, Rev. June Kaut of Orangevale; brother, Dr. Arnold Gaynor of Palm Desert; children and their spouses, Rick Gaynor-Meyers and Destiny Gaynor of Big Springs, Janice Gaynor and Mitch Trost and Lori and Ralph Conklin, all of Etna, and Steve Gaynor of San Bernardino; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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