Joseph R. Callens

September 19, 2001

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in Dilday Mortuary, 17911 Beach Blvd. in Huntington Beach, for Joseph R. Callens, 89, of Fountain Valley, a former Imperial Valley resident who died Saturday in Fountain Valley. Rosary will be said at 6 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in Holy Spirit Church, 17270 Ward St. in Fountain Valley

Burial will be in Good Shepherd Cemetery in Huntington Beach.

Mr. Callens was born Sept. 26, 1911, in Santa Ana. He married Valentine Lerno on Jan. 8, 1946.

Mr. Callens started farming in the Imperial Valley in 1977 and owned, in partnership with his three sons — Joseph R., Rene N. and Albert G. Callens — the "J.R. Callens & Sons Ranches" in the Brawley area.

Survivors include his wife, Valentine Callens of Fountain Valley; sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Shauna and Rene N. and Linda Callens, all of Brawley; son, Albert G. Callens of Brawley; daughter and son-in-law, Louise and Jim Walker of Fountain Valley; daughter, Alice Callens of Fountain Valley; sister, Irene Vermeleum of Santa Ana; grandchildren, Rene and Shawn Callens, both of Brawley, and Chad and Ashley Walker, both of Fountain Valley; and step-grandson, Joshua Goswisck-Callens of Brawley.


The family suggests donations be sent to Fountain Valley Historical Society or Imperial Valley Historical Society.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Hector G. Aceves Jr., 27, of Brawley, who died Sunday in his home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

A determination of the cause of death is pending investigation.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Brawley with the Rev. Jorge Moreno officiating.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Aceves was born Sept. 6, 1974, in Brawley, where he was raised. He attended local schools and graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1991.

He later moved to San Diego and attended ITT Technical Institute, studying electronics. While attending ITT, he worked at Sendex Co. in Carlsbad.

Mr. Aceves returned to the Imperial Valley in 1994 to be near his family.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Joaquin Aceves, in 1991, and Andrea Aceves, in 1996; and uncle George Guzman in 1989.

Survivors include his parents, Hector and Elvia Aceves of Brawley; sister and brother-in-law, Claudia and James Armstrong of Brawley; brothers, Mark Anthony and Gabriel Aceves, both of Brawley; maternal grandparents, Margarito and Manuela Guzman of Brawley; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Calipatria for Julio A. Bracamonte, 97, of Calipatria, who died Saturday in his home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Calipatria with the Rev. Amador Lopez officiating.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Bracamonte was born on March 26, 1904, in Ures, Sonora, Mexico. He attended schools in Mexico.

Mr. Bracamonte moved to the Imperial Valley in 1925, settling in Calipatria. He married Fidelia Solorio in Calexico on May 12, 1946.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1943.

Mr. Bracamonte helped to form the Latin-American Club of Calipatria and was a member of Calipatria Men's Club, American Legion and St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Fidelia Bracamonte of Calipatria; sons, Julio Bracamonte Jr. of Sacramento and Carlos Bracamonte of Calipatria; sons and daughters-in-law, Arthur and Rachel Bracamonte of Brawley and Richard and Cecilia Bracamonte of Fremont; daughters, Rosie Bracamonte of Lodi and Rebecca Bracamonte of Sunnyvale; daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Gabriel Castro of Auberry; 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Friday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro for Douglas K. Roben, 66, of Imperial, who died Monday in his home. The Rev. LeRoy Jackson, former pastor of Imperial Community Church, will officiate.

Mr. Roben was born Nov. 10, 1934, in Brawley. He attended schools in Imperial and graduated from Imperial High School in 1954.

After high school, Mr. Roben attended San Diego State University, majoring in engineering, from 1956 to 1958.

On February 1958, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served until 1960. He was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and in Korea.

Immediately after his discharge, he married Shirlene Russell in Imperial in 1960.

Mr. Roben worked for his father-in-law, Rosser Russell, from 1960 to 1963. He later took over the business and established Roben Electric in 1964. The business was turned over to his son, Doug, in 1993 due to Mr. Roben's illness.

Mr. Roben was well-known in the electrical contracting business and especially recognized by his customers for his honesty and integrity in business, according to family.

Mr. Roben was a member of the local brotherhood of electrical workers and National Electrical Contractors Association.

Survivors include his wife, Shirlene Roben of Imperial; son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Jill Roben of Imperial; son, Doug Roben of Imperial; brother, Bruce Roben of Imperial; sister, Kay Ball of Weiser, Idaho; grandsons, Ray and Allan Roben, both of Imperial; granddaughter, Ravee Harper of Simi Valley; and great-grandson, Preston Roben of Imperial.

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