Douglas K. Roben

September 20, 2001

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.


Funeral services were July 21 in Star City, Ark., for Virgie E. Murray, 95, of Star City, a former Brawley resident who died July 17 in Jefferson Regional Center in Star City.

Mrs. Murray was born on April 15, 1906, in Mena, Ark. She lived in Brawley for more than 15 years and then returned to Arkansas.

Mrs. Murray was a homemaker, an Assembly of God minister for 53 years and a member of Overcoming Faith Church in Star City.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.A. Murray; sons, Lloyd, Jerry and Floyd Murray; and daughters, Juanita Murray and Ola Owens.

Survivors include her sons, Marion Murray of Star City, Morris Murray of Stigler, Okla., and Ray Murray of El Centro; daughters, Coela Blunt, Lola Anderson and Eula Henley, all of Star City, Willa New of Gonzales, Texas, and Betty Singletary of Shreveport, La.; brother, Chester Owens of Siloam Springs, Ark.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Romana R. Villar, 86, of El Centro, who died Tuesday in her home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro with the Rev. Jaime Escobedo officiating.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Villar was born Aug. 9, 1915, in Compostela, Nayarit, Mexico. She married Joaquin Villar in Compostela on Nov. 4, 1934.

Remembered as a happy person, she was involved and devoted to her church, was a good mother and grandmother and was known for helping others, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joaquin Villar, on March 7, 1989.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Candelario and Josefina Villar of Mexico and Andres and Maricruz Villar of El Centro; daughters and sons-in-law, Agustina and Jesus Rincon of Coachella and Leopoldina and Frank Limon of El Centro; daughters, Nicolasa Avalos of El Centro and Rosario Villar of Indio; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico for Manuel L. Cardenas, 75, of Calexico, who died Monday in San Diego. The Rev. Gerardo Fernandez will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Cardenas was born on March 13, 1926, in Baja California. He attended schools in Mexicali.

Mr. Cardenas settled in Calexico after he married Ruth Soto in Calexico on April 11, 1948. He worked for U.S. Gypsum Co. for 40 years, retiring in 1988.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Cardenas of Calexico, children and spouses, David and Candy Meza of Sacramento and John and Mary Ann Davis of El Centro; daughter, Patsy Fry of Salinas; son, Manuel Cardenas Jr. of El Centro; sisters, Maria Munguia of Calexico and Adriana Moreno of Los Angeles; and eight grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren

The family suggests memorials to the kidney disease fund of your choice.

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