Veterans

Meet Jerry Hilborn

Meet Jerry Hilborn

Jerry Hilborn has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored. Jerry was born in Hollywood, CA, the eldest of three children of Frank and Elsie Hilborn. He grew up in the Los Angeles area and attended Washington High School. He attended El Camino Junior College and UCLA, and earned enough credits but did not graduate.(…)

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Meet Wanda Abati

Meet Wanda Abati

Wanda M. Layton Abati has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored. Wanda was born and raised in Wilmington, CA, living in a house built by her father and grandfather. She was the eldest of three siblings, and graduated from Phineas Banning High School in 1941. After graduating she started work at Fort(…)

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Meet Richard West

Meet Richard West

Richard “Dick” West has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored. Dick was born in Fort Collins, Colorado to Helen and Wilfred West. A twin whose sibling died at birth, Dick grew up as an only child. When he was seven, his family moved to San Francisco, CA, where they remained until after he(…)

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Meet Gene Okuma

Meet Gene Okuma

Edwin “Gene” Okuma has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored. Gene was born in Lawai Stables #17 on Kauai, and is one of seven children born to Jira and Tsuru Okuma. His parents had immigrated to Kauai from Okinawa, Japan. Gene moved with his family to Oahu. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps(…)

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Meet John Ramos

Meet John Ramos

John Joseph Ramos has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored. Born in Manhattan (New York City), John was raised in Peekskill, New York, at the St. Joseph’s Home for Children. At age 16, John set off on his own to meet the world. He worked construction and as a waiter, and(…)

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Meet Ellie Downs

Meet Ellie Downs

Eleanor “Ellie” May Gee-Downs has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored. Born and raised in Maine, Ellie has criss-crossed the U.S. She joined the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, NH. Her service locations included Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming and March Air Force Base in California.(…)

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