Obituaries

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Lloyd Randall “Randy” Lantz, 71, passed away peacefully on Dec. 29, 2018, after a brief illness, with his family at his side.

Randy was a native of Alameda and graduated from Alameda High School. Volunteering for military service, he joined the U.S. Army and was deployed to Vietnam. 

He spent the following 25 years with the University of California Police Department as an officer and explosive ordinance disposal technician, working across the state of California. After medical retirement, Randy worked for 10 years at Lockheed Martin as a cyber-security specialist. He dedicated his last years to providing instruction to the community in wilderness first aid, CPR, personal safety and basic first aid skills.

Randy was heavily involved in Alameda Scouting, as Scoutmaster for Troop 11 and Crew 11 and an active member of the Council Board. Additionally, he was a member of the Alameda Rotary Club and the Alameda Elks Lodge.  

A man of incredible talent, empathy and extraordinary luck, Randy was devoted to trying to help others. His respect for life drove him to protect and serve his community selflessly. 

Gregarious and with a keen sense of humor, he loved nothing more than meeting new and old friends. His greatest quality was a hearty laughter that, when properly induced, would crescendo and prove infectious to others.

Though his passing is sad, the world was made so much better by the light that was his life. 

 

Editor’s note: Staff at the Alameda Sun worked with Randy for several years promoting his business, Cool Safety, which provided instruction in first aid, CPR and personal safety. Randy’s email signature spoke volumes about his dedication to keeping the public and first responders safe.

It included the following credentials and associations: Emergency Care and Safety Institute; HeartSine AED Distributors; Search & Rescue Instructor; Special Operations Medical Association; National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians; MAG Use of Force Instructor; Law Enforcement and Civilian Pistol, Shotgun, Rifle and Tactical Instructor; Utah, Florida, Arizona, California CCW Instructor; Master Firearms Instructor, International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors; CCW California, Utah, Florida, Arizona Chief Range Safety Officer; Glock Certified Armorer; Department of Justice Instructor; National Tactical Officers Association.

 

 

On Dec. 30, 2018, sadly for many, Carla F (Stapel) McGrogan, 89, left this world. 
“Her pain is gone and she is now at peace. She is the woman I have loved for more than 70 years and will always love,” said her beloved husband, Jim. 

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends and will be forever loved.

Carla was born in Oakland and raised in Alameda. After graduating from Alameda High School, she briefly attended UC Berkeley prior to joining the working world. During those early years of work, she met her husband to be, Jim, at the Loyalty Group Insurance Company of Oakland. 

After Carla and Jim married, they had two daughters. In addition to raising a family, Carla worked in a variety of positions outside the home. This included dance instructor as she had taken many years of ballet training throughout her childhood and young adulthood. She also worked as an elementary school cook and later an aide to Special Education students in the Hayward Unified School District and an office manager in chiropractic offices. After graduating from Chabot College with honors, she went on to work as a director of a Fremont-based adult daycare program. 

Over her lifetime Carla also participated in a variety of volunteer organizations including serving as: a Sergeant in the Hayward Auxiliary Police Reserves, a docent at the Alameda Museum and as President and Vice President of the Adelphian Club, an Alameda philanthropic group. Carla didn’t let age get in her way of learning new things and in her 70s she trained and became certified to be a Community Emergency Response Team member. She was also a member of the Friends of the Alameda Library and the Native Daughters of the Golden West.

In addition to raising a family, working and volunteering, Carla was also a great seamstress. She did wonderful crochet and knitting work, loved doing crossword puzzles, was an avid reader and was always interested to hear how her family members and friends were doing.

Carla was preceded in death by her parents Ruth and Carl Stapel, her daughter Donna McGrogan and her grandson Brendan Keck.

In addition to her husband Jim McGrogan, Carla is survived by her brother, Edward Stapel (Doris); daughter, Jayne (Bill Keck); grandchildren: Paul DeBone (Alvita), Zachary and Mackenzie Keck; great-grandchildren, Antoine and Arianna; brother-in-law, Stephen McGrogan (Jean); nephews: Edward (Michol) and James (Aurora) Stapel, David (fiancé Alexandria) and Peter McGrogan and grand-nephew Miles Stapel.

At Carla’s request, no services will be held. Donations in Carla’s memory are requested to: Midway Shelter care of Alameda Homeless Network at midwayshelter.org; Twin Towers United Method Church in Alameda or to a charity of choice. 

For more information contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (CA License FDR-745). 

 

Vernon “Archie” Lee Lowry was born to Lee and Myrtle Lowry in Ewan, Wash., on July 2, 1931. Affectionately nicknamed Archie, he was one of four siblings. Archie passed away peacefully on Jan. 2, 2019, in Auburn, Calif. 

Archie was a man of many talents and hobbies and a handyman of all trades. He taught Physiology and Biology at both Alameda and Encinal High Schools. He loved to coach football, basketball and baseball. He was a craftsman who liked to garden and golf, and even had his pilot’s license. 

He was very active in his community, including being a Mason, a Shriner, a member of the Elks for 67 years and a member of Rotary. Archie loved his family and friends, and he never met a person he did not like. 

He will be remembered as always being humble and kind. 

Archie is preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Myrtle Lowry, his brothers Ernie, Richard and Norman Lowry, and wife Clara Boyce Lowry. 

He is survived by his wife Pat Grigsby; children: Barbara Ann Perry, Mary Marguarite Lowry and Terry Lee Lowry; grandchildren: Aimee Casamatta, Lukas Perry, Lindsay Perry, Sharlene Lowry, Lora Robblee and Steven Lock; and great-granchildren: Katelynn Casamatta, Joseph Casamatta, Dominic Perry, Gabriel Casamatta, Cayden Chapman, Christopher Perry, Piper Perry, Dakota Lock and Hunter Lock.

Archie will be loved and missed by everyone who knew him. 

A celebration of life for Archie will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m. at Greer Family Mortuary & Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. 

Family and friends are invited to attend the reception following services. 

In lieu of flowers, Archie’s family asks that you consider making a donation to the Shriners or St. Jude’s Hospital. 

 

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