Bill Lockridge of Newbury Park, California, died peacefully in Thousand Oaks on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. He was surrounded by the love of many family members the whole weekend before and was with family as he passed.
Our Dad was born in Marshall, Missouri, on December 11, 1920, to Florence Patterson and William Yewell Lockridge. He attended both Eastwood Elementary and Marshall High in Marshall. He followed up with studies at Missouri Valley College. From there, Dad entered the Army Air Corps in 1942 and was discharged in 1946. Mom and Dad were married in July of 1943. Dad resumed his education, to become an educator, at USC and graduated in 1953. Following graduation, he began his career as an elementary school teacher and then vice-principal. In 1960 the family moved to Thousand Oaks where Dad was the principal of Meadows Elementary School. Dad was an educator for so many wonderful kids until the 1980s.
Dad is survived by his brother John and wife Ericka, sisters Florence and Liz, sister-in-law Elsie along with his children Dave Lockridge and Ann Hohimer and her husband Jim. Grandchildren: Malinda Valdez and husband Mike, Debi Derrick and husband Jared, and Jeff Hohimer. Great grandchildren: Yvette, Lainie, and Travis Valdez, Layne, Emily, and Luke Morris. Special friend: Mary Hobbs. Nieces and nephews: Helen and Bob, "Birdie" and Denny, Nancy and Bruce, Laura, Susan and Dave, Janet and Dale, Amy and Michael, Margie and Don, Paul, Do, Ted, the Fratalli family, and the Burden family. Great nieces and nephews: BJ, Carrie Ann, James, "Sudz", Aaron, Amber, Brian, Ethan, Jordan, Landon, Chase, Jessica, Robert, David, Angel, Katie, John, and Matt. Dad was preceded in death by his loving wife Ellen in 1983 and his sister Kitty in 2005.
In later years, Dad was a member of VFW Post #11395 and a member of the board of Ventu Estates. And most of all, he was the best dad, uncle, educator, and friend that anyone could have.
A celebration of Dad's life will take place on Thursday, May 7, at 11 am at First Neighborhood Community Center (31830 Village Center Road) in Westlake Village (91361). Dad asked all of us to have a wonderful party to celebrate his life. Please wear USC colors. No black!
In lieu of flowers, Dad requested all donations be made to Cystic Fibrosis at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6420 Wilshire Blvd. -- 1st Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90048, Team Valdez/In memory of Bill Lockridge.
Additional information provided per family recompense.