Walter D. Ehlers, 92, who received the Medal of Honor for his exploits as an Army sergeant in the D-day invasion of France and came to personify the heroism of the GIs who stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, died of kidney failure Feb. 20 in Long Beach, Calif.
William F. Thomas, 89, the editor who led the Los Angeles Times from the Watergate years through the presidency of Ronald Reagan, a period in which the paper vastly enlarged its ambition and won nine Pulitzer Prizes, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 23 in Los Angeles.
James Cahill, 87, an art historian and curator who played an influential role in expanding the study and teaching of Chinese painting in the West before and after the opening up of U.S.-China relations in the early 1970s, died of prostate cancer Feb. 14 in Berkeley, Calif.
Paco de Lucía, 66, who became one of the world's greatest guitarists, mastering flamenco and finding new audiences by blending it with jazz and other genres, died Wednesday in Mexico.
Maria Franziska von Trapp, 99, the last surviving sibling of seven brothers and sisters who were portrayed in the Broadway musical and the film The Sound of Music, died Feb. 18 in Stowe, Vt. The family fled Nazi-occupied Austria and performed across Europe and the United States.
Richard N. Cabela, 77, founder of the hunting and outdoors retail chain Cabela's, died Feb. 17 in Sidney, Neb. Founded with his wife and brother in 1961 after he bought $45 worth of hand-tied fishing flies, the company had $3.6 billion in revenue in 2013.