Paxson, William Russell, 99, June 20, 1921 - January 3, 2021 Russ Paxson, beloved uncle, Boy Scout leader, WWII pilot and longtime Huntington Beach resident, died early on January 3 of pneumonia. He was the oldest son of Zeno Leroy and Hortense Hearn Paxson and was preceded in death by his two younger siblings, Omar and Ruth. After graduating from Huntington Beach High (class of '40), Russ attended Fullerton Junior College and UC Berkeley, but left school in 1943 to join the war effort. Based out of Nebraska, he flew the C-47, transporting troops. From 1945-47 he served two years with the occupation forces in Japan. After the war, Russ worked as a chemist for Standard Oil for thirty-five years. An avid fisherman, Russ taught his nieces and nephews to fish off the Huntington Beach Pier and spent a few memorable summers fishing in Alaska with his brother, Omar. Russ joined the Boy Scouts in 1932 (earning his Eagle Scout in 1939) and devoted the next 88 years of his life to HB Troop 1. As an adult, he served as Scout Leader and volunteered for numerous other committee assignments. He received several service awards and mentored over 200 Eagle Scouts. In gratitude, the Boy Scouts sent him to the International Boy Scout Jamboree in Norway in 1977 (a highlight of Russ' life.) In 1992, the city of Huntington Beach renamed the Lake Park Cabin the Russ Paxson Scout Cabin. Paxson proudly served as the Grand Marshall of the Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade on two separate occasions. Russ was a lifelong member of the First Christian Church and followed his father's footsteps by joining the Masons in 1969. Russ is survived by his nephew, William "Bill" Russell Paxson II, his niece, Laura, one great-niece, Brooklyn and four great-nephews, Brett and Brice, North and Leif. Russ will be buried at Westminster Memorial Park. Due to Covid restrictions, a celebration of Russ' life will be held on a yet to be determined date.


Romo, Margaret, 80, of Huntington Beach passed away on 12/28/2020. Margaret was born on June 10, 1940, in Santa Monica. She was the daughter of Eugene and Ethel Wallace. She married William Romo on June 28, 1958. Margaret enjoyed crocheting, sewing, church and her family. She was talented at whatever she set out to do. She went back to school at age 50 and became a manicurist and worked for 22 years in only two salons. She loved her job and her clients, which most became dear friends. She specialized in pedicures. Above all, her family was her greatest joy. Margaret was a member of the LDS church. She loved the church because of its family values and families are together forever. She held many callings and gave each one her all and loved serving. Margaret is survived by her children: Frances of Apple Valley, Steve of Oregon, Tracy of Apple Valley and 9 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, sister Barbara LaGumina and brother Charles Wallace. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William and sister Sue Sarna. A graveside service was held at Pacific View in Corona Del Mar on 01/09/2021.

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