Deaths: March 27, 2002

March 27, 2002


Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Sts. Peter and Paul Episcopal Church in El Centro for Martin M. Weiss, 85, of El Centro, who died Sunday in his home.

The Rev. Paul Gambling will officiate.

Mr. Weiss was born June 9, 1916, in Patterson, N.J. He came to the Imperial Valley at age 5.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Mr. Weiss was member of Sts. Peter and Paul Episcopal Church of El Centro and a member and past president of the Imperial Valley Pioneers Association. He was also active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and the Masonic Lodge, according to family.

Survivors include his son, Harry Weiss of Merced; granddaughters, Sarah Weiss of San Diego and Emily Weiss of Merced; and sisters, Mary Hatton and Elizabeth Carpenter, both of El Centro, and Katherine Evans of Kennewick, Wash.


The family suggests memorials be sent to Sts. Peter and Paul Episcopal Church, Fifth Street and Orange Avenue, El Centro, CA 92243.


Services are pending for John W. "Johnny" Dickson, 79, of Brawley, who died Monday in Arbor Hills Nursing Center in La Mesa.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Dickson was born Aug. 8, 1922, in Pearce, Ariz., and was raised in Tombstone, Ariz.

He graduated from Tombstone High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Following his service in the Coast Guard, Mr. Dickson moved to Brawley to be with his family.

He worked as a serviceman for Brawley Appliance and Paint Store for about 30 years, according to family.

Survivors include his sister, Virginia Martin of Seattle, Wash.; niece, Sally Holmes of San Diego; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Memorial services were March 18 in Wendell, Idaho, for Robert Wallace Stacey, 77, of Wendell, a former Brawley resident who died March 12 in Jerome County, Idaho.

Mr. Stacey was born Aug. 13, 1924, in Long Beach.

He was raised in California, graduating from Brawley Union High School.

Mr. Stacey served in the U.S. Air Force at the rank of second lieutenant from 1942 to 1945. He was a pilot of a B-24 Liberator, flying missions over Africa, Italy and Germany during World War II.

After his military discharge, Mr. Stacey returned to cattle ranching with his parents in Chimney Creek, Camas County, Idaho.

He married Merlene Buck in Tucson in 1959. They operated cattle ranches in Madres, Ore., and at Niagara Springs before purchasing a farm near Wendell, where they also operated a seed business.

After retirement, they traveled extensively. Mr. Stacey later developed and operated a GPS Satellite system business known as Moto Sat.

Mr. Stacey's first wife, Merlene, preceded him in death in 1996.

On April 18, 1998, Mr. Stacey married Virginia Gisler Underwood in Hagerman, Idaho. The Staceys traveled and were active with the Gold Prospectors Association of America.

Mr. Stacey was a member of the Wendell American Legion Post 41 and the GPAA Snake River region chapter.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Stacey of Wendell; brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Marion Stacey of Reserve, N.M.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rosanne and Lester Bornt of Holtville and Carole and Dick Walker of Brawley; stepson and his spouse, Robert and Phyllis Buck of Clear Lake; stepdaughters and their spouses, Ruth and Jeff King of Boise, Idaho, Debbie and Dave Coffel of Jerome County and Vickie and Chuck Pavkov of Gooding, Idaho; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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