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In Loving Memory


Jim (James) A. Matthews


In Loving Memory of
Jim (James) A. Matthews
Jim (James) A Matthews was born in San Jose, California May 3, 1940 and passed away peacefully at home Sunday, November 3, 2019, at the age of 79.
He was born and raised in San Jose, graduated and went into the U.S. Army.
Returning home, he became a painter and started his own company, “Quality painting.”
After the passing of both of his parents, he moved to Cassel, California where he had visited and fished for many years.
He attended Valley Baptist Church where he became a deacon and loved many Christian friends. Also ministered at the Long-term Care at Mayers Memorial Hospital when his friend Frank Ruff passed away.
Jim also went to work at Boster’s Nursery and Shasta County where he did maintenance for the County’s Social Services, Health Department, Burney Library, Sheriff’s Department, Hat Creek Park, the Maintenance Yard in Fall River Mills and the airport.
He visited Grace Bible Church in Bieber and meeting pastor Kent House, he stayed, learning more prophecy.
He leaves behind his adoring wife Leanna; son Chad (Christi); daughter Janet; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
He was an amazing man of love and willingness to express God’s word to all who came in contact or who wanted to discuss the bible with whoever wanted to hear a true man of God.
Jim’s memorial will be held Tuesday, November 16, 11:30 a.m. at the Grace Bible Church in Bieber with a potluck to follow. He will be laid to rest at the Military Cemetery in Igo on November 19 at 2 p.m. in a 30-minute ceremony placing his urn outside the Chapel. All are welcome to come to the ceremonies.
He will be sadly missed!



In Loving Memory


James Albert Callaham


In Loving Memory of
James Albert Callaham
Jim was born in Grants Pass, Oregon on July 4, 1951 He passed away on October 31, 2019 from Cancer.
He was a loving husband and father.
Jim is survived by his wife Teresa; daughter Deanna Himert; sons-in-law Glen Himert and Danny Brown; grandchildren Glen Himert Jr., Dore Himert, Sasha Brown; sisters Linda Turner, Bobbi Graham, Sandy Brown; brother Mike Callaham and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by daughter Allyssia Callaham and parents Joe and Opal Callaham.
Jim met Teresa while serving in the Marine Corps.
They were married August 12, 1973, a marriage of 46 years.
He was a Fall River High School graduate.
Jim loved playing guitar and was in several bands in the area for 59 years. He also worked for Carpenters Trucking in the timber industry for 35 years and was an avid bass fisherman and hunter.
He will be sadly missed!
Memorial services will be announced at a later date.
The family would appreciate any donations directed to Mayer’s Hospice in the memory of James Callaham.



In Loving Memory


Erma Jean Barber


In Loving Memory of
Erma Jean Barber
Erma Jean Barber passed away on October 23, 2019 after a brief illness. She was born April 26, 1927, the oldest child of Johnnie Ingram and Mary Eva Dickey Ingram of Pittville.
Following the death of her mother, Erma Jean, her three sisters and brother went to live at the Odd Fellows and Rebekah’s Children’s home in Gilroy, California.
After graduating from high school, Erma Jean married her high school sweetheart, James Butterfield. They settled in Hollister, California, to raise apricots, pears, prunes, walnuts, and four children. Six years after Jim’s death, Erma Jean met and married Lloyd Barber of McArthur and returned to the Fall River Valley where she spent the next 51 years surrounded by family and friends.
Erma Jean was preceded in death by husbands Jim and Lloyd, her sisters Ruth Santos and Caroline Greene and brother Donald Ingram.
She is survived by her sister Vera Ingram of Belmont; sons Earle (Petra) Butterfield of Limburgerhof, Germany and Robert (Suzanne) Butterfield of Bend, Oregon; daughters Anne (Steve) Kerns of Hat Creek and Lorre Islas of Sacramento; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her favorite cousin, George Ingram, and his family.
Services will be scheduled in the near future.



In Loving Memory


Thomas Landers

In Loving Memory of
Thomas Landers
Thomas “Tom” Edward Landes was born to Marvin Wilton and Mary Elizabeth Landes on November 8, 1941 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He passed away on September 18, 2019, at his ranch home north of Lookout, California following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
At the age of two, his family moved to Southern California. He grew up in the best of times. His days were filled with hunting and exploring the hills that surrounded his home, he became an avid surfer, played sports and developed lifelong friendships. In the winter of 1960, he graduated from University High School in Los Angeles. In the spring Tom enrolled in Cal Poly at San Louis Obispo and joined the Air National Guard. His college education was interrupted when he was activated into full-time service during the Berlin Crisis in 1961. Following his service Tom returned to Cal Poly and received a degree in Animal Husbandry.
This country boy was mistakenly raised in the city. He loved nature, animals and always had beloved dogs. His childhood dream was to own a ranch and in 1977 it became a reality when he moved to Modoc County. A friend said, “In many ways, Tom was the embodiment of what America once was – sturdy, strong, hardworking, straight forward, said what he meant and meant what he said.” He lived his life by Dale Carnegie’s first principle: “Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.”
In 1984 he married Belva Parks and together they developed their ranch in his vision with the production of wild rice and hay. Along with ranching, he worked on thousands of acres, private and public ground, developing a reputation for excellence, diligence and tenacity. It was that reputation that led to numerous opportunities to work on almost all the State and Federal wildlife refuges in Northeastern California and over 10,000 acres of private ground enrolled in the Wetland Reserve Program. The purpose of these projects was to restore and enhance wetlands. Tom’s knowledge and skill in these endeavors earned the respect and admiration of landowners and of wildlife biologists throughout the West.
Tom leaves his wife, Belva of Lookout, California and brother Hugh (Sandra) Landes of Mesquite, Nevada, sister-in-law, Darla Bartell of Orovada, Nevada, and brother-in-law, Jerry (Inesse) Parks of Adin, California. Nieces and their families: Jacque (Paul) Purnell, Brynina (Ed) Coronado, Julie Gagnon, Cassidy (Patrick) McClain, Jessica (J.D.) Knudson, and Morgan (Craig) Zanatic and his Goddaughter, Jenny Wellman Rideout. Nephews and families: Billy (Scott) Landes, Edward (Brenda) Bartell and Buck (Martina) Parks. He leaves eight grandnieces, five grand-nephews and numerous cousins. Tom’s large group of friends and his fellow “Regents” from his high school club are left with memories and laughter of the good life he lived and loved. He was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, William Landes.
In remembrance of Tom a contribution could be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA or the Intermountain Hospice, PO Box 459, Fall River Mills, CA 96028.
A celebration of Tom’s life will be held on Saturday, November 2, at 1 p.m. at the Adin Community Hall in Adin.




In Loving Memory


Betty (Bruce) Hamilton


In loving memory of
Betty (Bruce) Hamilton
Betty (Bruce) Hamilton was born on May 4th, 1945, and she passed away on September 22nd, 2019. She was born and raised in the Fall River Valley on the Bruce Ranch with her parents and two brothers. She learned the value of hard work at an early age helping out on the ranch, whether it was milking cows, gathering eggs, helping haul hay, or helping her mom cook for the hay crews. She went to school at Fall River Joint Unified from kindergarten to her graduation in 1963.
Immediately following her graduation she started taking classes at Shasta College. Eventually, she stopped and moved back to Fall River to work.
Betty eventually married the love of her life, Jim Hamilton, in December 1968 and moved to Adin where they would spend the rest of their married life together.
The life of a homemaker was her dream job. She gave birth to her first son, Bruce, in 1970. Betty stayed home and made a full-time job of taking care of her family. In August 1972 she gave birth to her second son, John. Betty stayed home with the boys until they started school, and then went to work becoming an aide for the special education department at Big Valley Primary school. She worked for over 20 years before she retired. She will always be remembered for being her kids biggest fan. She would be in the stands for sporting events, FFA banquets, school plays, and she even chaperoned a high school dance to her complete dismay. She was also a 4-H leader for several years, teaching things such as cooking, baking, and arts and crafts and was notorious for her cooking and canning abilities as well. The garden was always something that gave Betty pride and a sense of accomplishment because she could feed her family through the winter with the vegetables she canned.
The boys eventually started families of their own and Betty became an amazing grandma. She and Jim traveled through heat, rain, and snow to support their grand kids in all of their endeavors whether it was a sporting event, or rolling out pie dough for the annual FFA apple pie sale. She enjoyed traveling during her retirement years and was able to visit all 52 states before Jim passed away. She and Jim also enjoyed multiple trips with their kids and grand kids whether they were taking Maddie and Kaleb to Crescent City or going to Mexico with John and his whole family. The only thing that brought a bigger smile to her face than spending time with her grand kids was when she got to hold her great-grandson, Jake, for the first time. She also enjoyed fishing whether it was on Shasta Lake, Eagle Lake, or in the ocean, and was extremely competitive, always wanting to catch more or bigger fish. The only thing that brought her more joy was playing games. There was never a game that she wouldn’t try. Some of her best times were playing Pinochle with the kids and grand kids by the hours.
One of the highlights was her annual New Year’s Eve party. The house would be full of friends and family laughing and playing games. The evening was filled with fireworks and lots of good food as well. Betty always had a smile on her face and love in her heart, and she will be missed by all whose lives she touched. She was preceded in death by her parents, Al and Nelda Bruce, brother, Charles, and her husband of almost 50 years, Jim. Betty is survived by her brother, Ernest (Joanne), son Bruce (Mindy), son John (Donna) and her grandchildren, John, Kurt, Madison, Kaleb and great-grandson Jake.
Services will be held for Betty on October 26th, 2019 at 11 a.m. in George Ingram Hall with a potluck reception immediately following the services. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Intermountain Hospice or the Big Valley Booster Club.




In Loving Memory


Maggie “Naomi” Carlton

In Loving Memory of
Maggie “Naomi” Carlton
Maggie “Naomi” Carlton passed away peacefully at the Vistas in Redding, CA on October 3, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Naomi was born on October 27, 1930 to Edward (Ed) and Blanche (Rush) Cahill at home in North Dakota, bordering McIntosh, South Dakota. She was one of ten children and also called Nebraska home, especially the Woodlake area where she went to school and participated in various shenanigans with her siblings.
When she was twenty, she went to Arizona where she worked on the Apache Reservation as a telephone operator. This is where she met John. They were married in Show Low, Arizona at a friend’s home on January 3, 1953. The McCloud River Railroad needed someone who was familiar with all aspects of railroading to represent them in Burney. John accepted the offer and the Carltons moved there in May of 1955.
Over the years, she taught guitar to various children. Naomi was well known for her pies and was also a very good cook. Her hobbies included crocheting, sewing and various crafts. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren.
Naomi was preceded in death by her parents and eight siblings; also her husband John Carlton. She is survived by her brother, Eddie Paul Cahill, Prescott, AZ; a daughter, Linda Randall, Fort Collins, CO; two sons: James Carlton, Montgomery Creek and Leslie Carlton, Burney; grandchildren: Michele, Jami, Alecia, Tyler, Derrick, Ashley, Maggie; and great-grandsons: Jordan, Justus, Alex, Boston, and Jackson.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Intermountain Baptist Church, 20410 Marquette Street, Burney, CA. Potluck to follow.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at the Vistas for their loving care and support of Naomi. Any condolences and memories are gladly accepted at



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Pat Estes

In Loving Memory of
Patricia Estes
REDDING - On August 18, 2019 , Patricia Estes passed away at the age of 83. Born, Patrcia Ann Lorenzen, to Hi and Phoebe Lorenzen, on Febru- ary 5, 1936. Pat grew up in Day, California with her older sister Betty and her twin brother Pete. Life in Day was idyllic for the Lorenzen children. They helped with the ranch chores and caring for Phoebe’s bountiful garden. Pat’s produce entries at Cedarville and McArthur fairs were always blue ribbon winners, with the help of the warm water of Little Hot Springs. Besides work on the ranch, there was always time for exploration on horseback
of the many natural wonders of Day. Patricia attended elementary school in Day. The one-room schoolhouse, located next to Pat’s childhood home, served the children of Day through eighth grade. Her mother was the teacher during World War II, as well as the post mistress, and the cook for the Lorenz lumber company for many years. Pat attended and graduated from Fall River High School.
She married Hiram Estes in 1954. They lived and worked on the Estes Ranch in Burney, California. Together they had four children, the twins, Hummer and Wendy, Donnie, and Beth. Pat’s knowledge of cattle gained in Day and her exceptional work ethic helped her raise four children, keep house, work on the ranch, and file Hereford registrations. In 1964, the family moved to Pittville, California purchasing Pat’s Uncle Al Lorenzen’s ranch. The ranch, still in operation, is being run by the fifth generation. Here, they continued to raise and sell registered Hereford bulls and farmed hundreds of acres of alfalfa hay. The addition of The Pittville Pellet Mill in 1971, added to her work load of which she took in stride.
In 1980, Patricia found the love of her life in Charles Hawkins. They were together for over 30 years. Pat busily working in her beautiful yard, a jewel on our local garden tour, and crafting amazing Santa Clauses while Charles built Pat exceptional furniture for the house. An amazing home, with a door that was always open and welcoming for those who might be in the neighborhood. They enjoyed many fishing trips, rodeos, ropings, and long drives looking for deer before Charles passing in 2012. Pat had begun writing fiction novels in 2010. Thankfully, this somewhat helped to fill the void. Her first book Angel’s Nest, was published in 2011. Lake of the Legend, followed in 2017. She was hospitalized and unable to finish her third book. Patricia measured her life by the way her children loved her. She left this world content, ready to meet up with Charles for their continued adven- tures. For those that knew her, we are sure they will never forget her radiant,
ready smile, beautiful sparkling blue eyes, and kindness beyond measure. Patricia is survived by her children, her greatest joy, Hummer and Karen Estes, Wendy and Doug Dreier, Donnie and Diane Estes, and Beth and Lloyd Allison; grandchildren Lucas Estes, Cooper Allison, Emily and Greg
Ireland, and Sarah Estes.
No service will be held per Patricia’s wishes. Donations may be made to Fort Crook Historical Society.



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Pauline Carpenter Vestal

In Loving Memory of
Pauline Carpenter Vestal

Pauline Vestal died September 19, 2019 at the age of 94. She was a resident of Montague where she lived for more than fifty years. Pauline was born on May 4, 1925 in Vale, Oregon to Winfred and Lovie Carpenter. She moved with her parents to McArthur in 1926 and grew up there. 
She married Harold Vestal in 1943.  They lived first in Pittville, later moving to Oroville, and finally settling in Montague where they ranched and operated a service station for many years.  In her long life, she enjoyed raising dogs, rabbits, sheep, and goats. She loved living in Montague because of the beautiful view of “her” mountain—Mt. Shasta. She enjoyed the outdoors and worked until she was 90. She was a hardy lady, who loved her animals and her family, perhaps in that order.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Vestal and her eleven brothers and sisters. She is survived by her nieces and nephews as well as many grand and great nieces and nephews.



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Beulah Spaulding

In Loving Memory of
Beulah Spaulding, 93
Beulah Mae (Criss) Spaulding passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 7, 2019 at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills, CA.
Graveside services will be held September 27th at 2 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Red Bluff, CA with Reverend Bucky Buchanan officiating. A celebration of life will be held October 12th at 2 p.m. at the Lions Hall in McArthur, CA.
Beulah was born October 11, 1925 near Lookout, CA to Owen Criss and Carrie Potter Criss. She graduated from Adin High School in 1943 and attended junior college in Sacramento. Beulah married Pete Smelcer, a native of Adin, on August 31, 1946. They lived in Adin, where Beulah raised four children and later worked at Chace’s General Merchandise until she moved to Napa in 1976.
On December 31, 1975, Beulah married Tom Spaulding in Red Bluff, CA. They made their home in Napa until 1983 when they retired to Mineral, CA near Mt. Lassen. After Tom passed away in 1992, Beulah lived in Redding until 2012, when she entered the long term care facility at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills.
Beulah is survived by her children Sharon McCulley of Burney, Gary Smelcer of Cottonwood, John Smelcer of Millville, and Annette Convy of Seattle, WA , and by stepchildren Katie Keith of Searcy, AR, Jacky Spaulding of Redding, and Tom Spaulding, Jr. of Redding. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Beulah was preceded in death by her sister Nelda Connolly, and brothers Harold Criss and Lloyd Criss.
Donations may be sent to Mayers Memorial Hospital Foundation located in Fall River Mills, CA.


In Loving Memory


Russel Arlo Calkins

Russel Arlo Calkins was born on December 15th, 1937 in Weed, CA. to Stuart and Cornelia Calkins.  Russel was a 4th generation Siskiyou County native.  Russel graduated from Weed High School on June 6th, 1956.  Russel enlisted in the United States Air Force and started his service to our country on June 8th, 1956.  Russel served our country for four years in which he spent 3 of those years in France.  The years upon Russel’s return to Weed he worked at lumber mill in Weed, CA.  The year of 1964 brought a big change when Russel started working for the California Department of Fish and Game which had always been his dream.  In the winter of 1964 he was married to Loretta Jones, also of Weed CA.  Russel and Loretta had 2 children, Donna Hamilton (John) and Eric Calkins. Russel and Loretta divorced later in life.  Russel worked for the Fish and Game for almost 35 years and traveled all over the state of California before finally retiring as the manager from Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery in Cassel, CA.  In the years following his retirement he resided in Mt. Shasta, and eventually lived out his remaining years in Redding CA., with long time life partner Anita Nevison.  Russel is survived by his brother Ronald Calkins (Heidi) of Beaverton OR., daughter Donna Hamilton (John), Eric Calkins. He also left behind grandchildren John Hamilton (Whitney), Kurt Schneider,   Eric Calkins, and Madison Hamilton, also his great grandson Jake Hamilton.  Russel also leaves behind Anita and her children and grandchildren.  Services for Russel will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Redding, CA. on September 27th, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. there will be a reception immediately following the services.  The family ask that in lieu of flowers please make donations to Sojourn Hospice of Redding, CA. or The American Legion post 369 in Fall River Mills, Ca.


In Loving Memory


Garry Lonquist


In Memory of
Garry Lonquist
December 11, 1945 – July 24, 2019

Garry Lonquist passed away at home surrounded by family on July 24, 2019 at the age of 73. Garry grew up on the family ranch in Hat Creek. While growing up on the ranch he was active in 4-H and the work involved with living on a working ranch.
Garry graduated from Fall River High School in 1963 where he met Judy, his future wife. He then went on to OTI in Klamath Falls where he graduated with a degree in Diesel Technology. Garry and Judy were married in 1965 and were married 54 years.
Garry spent his working years as a millwright and then as a telephone installer repairman with Citizens Utilities, a job he dearly loved. It allowed him to meet many new people throughout the communities where he was raised.
The added bonus was he got to talk and visit with people every day. He was a journeyman talker and story teller.
He had close ties to his hometown community and spent his free time doing woodworking, coaching Little League softball, following his daughters and then granddaughters athletic schedules, and fishing in his beloved Hat Creek and Whiskeytown Lake. He also enjoyed crabbing with friends in Bandon, Oregon and the company of the Redding Elks Traildusters RV group.
Garry is survived by his wife Judy, daughters Stacie and Traci, son-in-law Erik, grandchildren Skylar, Keegan, Joey, Sierra and Christian, his brother Aaron Lonquist and sister Cathy Crum. He will be deeply missed by all of us.
There will be a Celebration of Life held on September 28th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hat Creek Hereford Ranch RV Campground. Please bring stories and a side dish if you are able.


In Loving Memory


Myrna Meeker


Mom passed away on July 27, 2019,  3 days after her 71st wedding anniversary at the age of 89. Mom was born in Oakland, Ca on May 13, 1930. At an early age her family moved to what was then Doans resort on highway 44, where she grew up without electricity, and the only running water was what was in the creek. Moms first school house was the two story white building at Parrish’s, in Old Station.
Myrna is survived by her loving husband John D. Meeker, her daughter Mary Jane and Joe Crandall, son Darrel and Anne Marie Meeker, Randy and Georgianne Meeker. Grandchildren, great grandchildren and now great-great grandchildren. Mom loved her family and watching her flowers and garden grow.


In Loving Memory


Ruth Ghiorso

Ruth Ghiorso

5/3/1924 to 7/30/2019

Thank you for your service



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John Roderick McArthur


On August 1, 2019, John R. McArthur, aka JR, passed away at the age of 96.  Born May 14, 1923, John was third generation of the founding family of the town of McArthur California.  John’s grandfather, John McArthur Jr. immigrated from Scotland and came to the Fall River Valley in the 1860’s.  He established the community, as well as a farming and ranching operation that continues today through 5 generations
John’s father was Roderick McArthur, the youngest of John McArthur Jr.’s 11 children. Of those 11 children, only one, Frank McArthur, donator of McArthur Burney Falls, has heirs who continue to live on today in other parts of California. Roderick lived and worked in San Francisco until 1909, when a runaway team resulted in the death of his brother Arch. Arch was the president of the John McArthur Company and managed the family’s farming and ranch holding in the Fall River Valley and Big Valley.  Based on a family decision, Roderick moved back home and took over the operation at the age of 24.  On September 21, 1921, Roderick married Anna Vera Albaugh in Pittville and moved his new bride to the family home in McArthur (now the residence of Craig and Marlene McArthur, JR’s nephew).    John R. was the first born of Roderick and Anna’s three children, with younger sister Annabel (deceased) and younger brother Kenneth.  Kenneth and his son Craig own and operate the “home ranch” McArthur Ranch Inc., located on the south side of the Pit River from the town of McArthur.
Like his dad Roderick, John R. returned to the Fall River Valley after tragedy. At 60, Roderick died of a heart attack. 21 years old at the time, John had just left Cal Poly and was frustrated that his father had not let him enlist in the military to serve. Anna, his widowed mother, was considered one of the most gracious ladies of her day and like most wives, did not know the business’ operations. In 1944 at age 21, John took his place as head of the farming and ranch operations as well as head of the household, caring for his mother and younger siblings. Nothing was easy during those years, as the farms and ranches needed to provide food for our country and its soldiers, while lacking resources and labor.
On September 27, 1952, John married his wife of 66 years, Shirley Neuerburg.  Together they have four children, Roderick McArthur, Patricia McArthur Rue, George McArthur and Vicky McArthur (deceased). In addition to their own children, they raised several other kids who knew John as a second father and Shirley’s dinner table as home. John actively farmed and ranched in the Fall River Valley and Big Valley, owning cattle up until last year. In 1963 John and Shirley started a farm supply business out of the green barn next to their house, with a meal ticket to Shirley’s table a much-appreciated invite. In 1979 they passed the business on to their children as McArthur Farm Supply, which is still owned and operated by their son George and George’s wife Christine.  
At 96, John has outlived most of his boyhood friends.  He told Shirley years ago that if something happened, he didn’t want a service because Andy Lakey and Floyd Bidwell would tell too many stories. Despite the passing of most of his childhood friends, John had the unique ability to make new friends of all ages and backgrounds.  Today’s “John” stories are as numerous and diverse as the many, many people he knew and who’s lives he touched. Generous and gregarious, John could not function without an operating horn as he greeted everyone with the twirling wave or blowing a kiss. He was also well known for growling at small children while handing them bubblegum. A favorite story happened when the preschool was still located next to John and Shirley’s house.  Making a habit of growling at the kids, the kids learned to growl back as they ran to the fence laughing.  One day while moving cattle through town his ritual backfired as the kids ran to the fence growling then they saw John, scattering cattle throughout the town.  John gave all the kids bubblegum. 
The family is following John’s wishes and there will not be a public memorial service. At 96, John lived a life that spanned a time in our history that will never be matched.  He showed cattle at the Worlds Fair in 1939 on Treasure Island, showed shorthorn cattle for years with his brother Kenneth at the Cow Palace and watched the population of the state of California grow from 4 million in 1923 to 40 million in 2019.  He grew up knowing horses as the main mode of transportation in the valley, driving cattle over Big Valley Mountain horseback to summer pasture. And last year, he watched the last of his cattle loaded on a Carpenter Truck, weighing 48,000 pounds or more. One thing that never changed was a steer wasn’t finished unless he weighed 1,000 pounds.
John was instrumental in starting many of the local events that we have come to take for granted in the Fall River Valley. The McArthur Volunteer Fire Dept., the Firemen’s Carnival, the Fall River Big Valley Cattlemen’s Association and the Junior Livestock Sale exist today largely because of his efforts. John and his brother Kenneth provided the first 10 acres of strawberry ground that started an industry in our valley that has prospered for over 50 years. He was in FFA as a kid and was twice honorary chapter farmer as well as twice Cattlemen of the Year.  And recently, he received his Masonic 75-year pin from the Fort Crook Lodge. 
We hope those of you that shared time with John-JR can get a “note” and enjoy telling a story or two with a glass of Old Crow or whatever sparks your fancy. He was clear thinking until the end, wondering what the cattle sold for at the Winnemucca sale.  In his passing, John was surrounded by wonderful caregivers, a family who loved him very much, and the love of his life Shirley. 

Donations may be made to the Mayers Hospital Foundation.


In Loving Memory

of Spencer Thomas

Spencer Thomas of Adin passed away in his home surrounded by family on July 12, 2019 at 71 years old and had been married to the love of his life, Jill for 49 years.
Spencer was born on November 24, 1947 in Hayward, CA, but visited his family’s homestead at Petersen Ranch, in the Fall River Valley, regularly from the time he was a child.
As soon as he could leave home and work on his own, at 14, he fled to the Fall River Valley and eventually graduated from Fall River High School.
He and Jill married in 1969, moved to Adin in 1975 where they raised their four children, and he could again be near his dream of the Petersen Ranch and all its rich ancestral history.
He was a life-long member of the Fur Takers of America, a president of the California Trapping Association in the early 80’s and Trapper of the Year in 1981. He worked construction during the summers and trapped during the winters to support his family, always having at least one of his kids with him. Spencer was  a member of the Operating Engineers since he was 17, working for all the major contractors in the nation.
Spencer’s passions in life were being in the high dessert while trapping in the winter, respect for his elders, family bonding, researching and connecting his ties to pioneer ancestry, building and landscaping his family home in Adin, after working a week away-coming home to a clean house and reclining in his char to sit back and appreciate all he built.
Spencer died with many projects left to do as he was an admitted workaholic.
He is survived by his wife Jill; children, Cory Fisk, Holly Krieg, Coupar Thomas, Baley Plascencia and eight grandchildren as well as brothers Barry and Remi LeMay and sisters Jan Watrin and Colette Stewart. Spencer was preceded in death  by his parents Bob and wife Eleanor Bidwell Thomas as well as brother Elree LeMay.
Donations in honor of Spencer may be made to the Adin Community Church for their Meals Ministry. They provided a weekly meal for over a year with love and dedication and Mayers Memorial Hospice.


In Loving Memory

of Busy Ryman


A Celebration of life will be held for Busy Ryman, July 21, noon to 2 p.m.
Corn on the bob and tri-tip
Please bring a desert or side dish.
At the Ranceria RV Park.
Everyone is welcome
Bring a chair
For more information call 335-7418



In Loving Memory

of Allyssia Faye Brown

Allyssia was born on June 27, 1976 at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Long Beach, California.

Allyssia was raised in Fall River where she attended Fall River Elementary and Fall River High School, graduating in 1994.
She married her love in 2006, Danny Brown, after being together for 12 years, for a total of 25 years together. She enjoyed nature, gardening and reading.
Allyssia is survived by her husband Danny Brown; daughter, Sasha Kaelyn Brown, sister, Deanna Himer and brother in law Glenn Himert Sr.; father James Callaham; mother, Teresa Callahm, Father-in-law, Melvin Brown; sister-in-law Val Smith, brother-in-law, Tom Smith; sister-in-law, Vicki Richardson, as well as nieces and nephews.
Allyssia will be sadly missed.
There will be a celebration of life held at the McArthur Fair Grounds Gaazebo on July 27, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with a pot luck to follow.

In Loving Memory

of Ronald Kay Mason

Ronald Kay Mason (April 8, 1932 – June 30, 2019), born in Tacoma, WA, a longtime resident of Burney, CA passed peacefully in Fall River Mills, CA.

Survived by his wife Barbara Mason, Ron leaves his children:
Francesca Mason-Boring
Regina Hovet-Osborne
Fredrick Kay Mason
Katrina Maczen-Cantrell
Brian Martin Mason
Timothy Scean Mason
Thomas Christian Mason
Mary Steele
Wanda Wilkes
And many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ron Mason was the former Vice Commandant of the Marine Corps League six-state Pacific Northwest Region covering Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, Montana and Wyoming.  He was a former Commandant of the Crater Lake Detachment.

Ron was a lifelong member of the Downie Chapter of E Clampus Vitus

An accomplished musician, Mason worked for Southern Pacific Railroad, and as an entrepreneur owned a San Francisco bar, a stamp business and an Insurance brokerage in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

After serving in the Marine Corps, Ron Mason committed his life to volunteerism, organizing the disbursement of thousands of Christmas presents through Toys for Tots, fundraising for the Wounded Warrior Project, and providing community support for Marines overseas as well as championing resources for returning veterans and their families.

‘That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.’  -Robert Lewis Stevenson

The family would appreciate any donations be directed to: John, Toys for Tots c/o , Shasta County, 37056 Hwy. 299, Burney, California 96013 (In Memory of Ron Mason)


In Loving Memory

of Julie Ann Dowell

Julie was born on March 23, 1981 at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills. She passed away on Thursday June 13 after fighting a very courageous battle against cancer. A Celebration of Life was held on Sunday, June 23 for her family and friends.

 Julie attended Fall River Elementary and Fall River High School. She was involved in 4-H and FFA and she played volleyball, basketball and softball in high school.

After graduating in 1999, Julie married her high school sweetheart, Waylon Dowell and they moved to Reno. Julie received a degree in accounting and worked in various jobs in the medical profession.

Julie returned to McArthur in 2015 to raise her children. She worked as a Rural Postal Carrier and for her parents. In August of 2018 Julie discovered she had stage four Appendix Cancer and for the next ten months she battled. She had great help with that fight from Dr. Dahle, the staffs at Mayers Memorial and Hospice, UC Davis and Mercy Hospitals, as well as this community and her family.

Julie is survived by her daughters, Paris Jordan Dowell, 15 and Carmen Ann Utterback, 6; parents, Donna Utterback and Rich Callison; sister, Jamie Edwards (Ronnie Sale); grandmother, Margaret Schryver; aunt, Jeanne Utterback (Kathy Jones); uncle, Robert Utterback (Erin).

A scholarship fund has been set up at Plumas Bank for Julie’s daughters for those wishing to donate in her memory.

In Loving Memory
of Vernon Noel Knoch
Vernon Noel Knoch, 79, a longtime resident of Alturas, died of natural causes on May 21, 2019.

Vernon was born in McCloud, California on August 30, 1939 to Floyd Noel and Lila Gayle (Royce) Knoch. He grew up in Fall River Mills where he hunted, trapped muskrat, and worked on the family cattle ranch. He graduated from San Jose State University in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in Business. He served six years with the Air Force Medivac during the Vietnam War, leaving the service as a First Lieutenant. After college, Vernon worked in the early days of digital computing and information technology for Pacific Bell in Sacramento and the Bay Area. In 1968, he returned to ranching in Fall River Mills with his father and brothers. Vernon came to Alturas in 1980 as co-owner and manager of the Lyneta Ranch (now Alturas Ranches). He later brokered ranch sales in California, Oregon, and Nevada with Triad Properties until retiring.

Vernon was instrumental in developing the Madeline Plains for irrigated alfalfa farming and bringing wild rice cultivation to the South Fork Valley. His public service included serving on the boards for the Modoc Medical Center, the Fall River Joint Unified School District, and the Fall River Valley CSD.

Vernon had an exceptionally strong work ethic, was always honest, and was a strong believer in the importance of education. He loved flying when he was younger, earning a private pilot’s license with multi-engine rating. He had a keen sense of humor, a quick wit, and a knack for silly rhyming terms of endearment for his grandchildren. Vernon loved Alturas and the high desert of the Modoc Plateau. He was an avid gardener, loved to read, and was very proud of his family and loved when they were all together. He referred to himself as “Bad Vern” but his family knew him as a kind-hearted, caring grandfather. He will be sadly missed.

Vernon is survived by his wife of 40 years Jo (Bolton) Knoch, his son Peter (Lynne Marie Martin) of Fallon, NV, daughter-in-law Cheryl Kerr of Alturas, stepsons Jon (Dawn Pederson) Williams of Bend, OR and Rob (Lori Maloney) Williams of Davis, CA, brothers Leland “Bud” (Ruth Eileen Ashe) and Steve (Susan Crew Clark), both of Fall River Mills and Neal (Margaret Jeanne Santos) of McKinleyville, CA, grandchildren Payton, Courtney, Katie, and Melissa Knoch, Madeline, Thomas, and Megan Williams, his first wife, Anne (Watson) Mortenson, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Vernon was preceded in death by his son Christopher Jay Knoch, his parents, and his brother Colin Craig “Skeeter”.

A memorial service and reception will be held at 11 a.m. on June 22, 2019 at the Federated Community Church, 307 East 1st St, Alturas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vernon’s name to Modoc Medical Center, 228 W. McDowell Avenue, Alturas, CA 96101.

In Loving Memory
of Jerry Norris
Jerry Norris passed away April 30, 2019.

He is survived by his wife Ruth and sons Robert and Chuck.

A celebration of life will be held June 22, 2019 at the Inter Mountain Fairgrounds at 11 a.m.

A pot luck will follow.

In Loving Memory
of Stephen Dan Spalding
Steve Spalding, former resident of Fall River Mills, died May 11 in Yreka, Ca after a long illness.

He is survived by his daughter: Renea Meyers (Woody) of Red Bluff: His son: Troy (Sarah) of Hawaii, Brother: Jack Spalding (Dee) of Anderson Sisters: Barbara Kyle of Chico, Dorothy Lacy (Ed) of Modesto, Carlie Guinn of Scott Bar, and Nadine Boban of Fall River Mills.

He leaves behind five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and will be greatly missed.

In Loving Memory
of Diane Strickland
July 4, 1937 - February 16, 2019
Diane passed away on February 16, 2019 after a courageous 6-year battle with cancer.

She was born July 4, 1937 to the late Lawrence and Verda Ray.

She was raised in Martinez, California, attended Alhambra High School where she met and married Donald Strickland. They were blessed with five children, Vicki, Pat, Danette, Jack and Wes.

She was preceded in death by her mom and dad as well as her brothers, Oren and Mike Ray and sister, Donna Hogan. Diane is survived by her children, Vicki Strickland (Rick), Pat Strickland (Annette), Danetta Hartman (Phil), Jack Strickland (Belinda) and Wes Strickland,; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

 She is survived by her brother Lawrence Ray (Sandi), sister Pam Beaty (Jerry) and brother Chris Ray (Teresa).

Diane and her children moved to Burney in 1973 and it is where she lived at the time of her death.

Diane raised Paint Horses and cattle and enjoyed showing her horses. She was well known in both Oregon as well as California as an accomplished horsewoman.

The family of Diane is having a celebration of life June 23, 2019, 11 a.m. at Diane’s ranch, 20040 Tamarack Road, Burney, CA 96013. A potluck will follow.

In Loving Memory
of Terry Lee Pasqual
Terry Lee Pasqual, 76, of McArthur, CA, passed away on May 8th in Redding, CA.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1st at Intermountain Evangelical Free Church in McArthur, CA.

Terry was born in Hayward, CA to Joseph and Miriam Pasqual on March 22, 1943.

He married Kathleen James on June 18, 1965 in Reno, NV.

He worked as a concrete finisher and operated trucks and heavy equipment all his life.

Terry was a passionate outdoorsman and avid hunter.

Terry is preceded in death by his parents, sister Ellora, and brother Joseph, Jr. Terry is survived by his wife Cathy; son Thomas (Brenda) and daughter Sharon (Ronald); brothers Marty and Delano; grandchildren Clay, Michaela and Kasey.

In Loving Memory
of Alicia Landvazo Morris
Alicia Landavazo Morris was born on October 28, 1934. She passed away on March 16, 2019 in Redding, California. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Bob Morris, and her sons, Bobby and Charley Morris. Survived by her daughter, Linda Jackman. Alicia and Bob were married in Bell Gardens on January 23, 1951. They took a Greyhound bus that evening to South Dakota where he was stationed in the United States Air Force. They were married for 67 years, and raised three children: Bobby, Linda, and Charley. Blessed with three grandsons and one granddaughter, Brock and Bryan Small, Bobby Jr. and Christina Morris, and nine great grandchildren! In 1971 Alicia and Bob moved to Burney were Alicia was known for her outgoing personality and her love of people! She excelled in music and art. She sang with not only the band and choir in Burney/Fall RiverMills, but also in the Bay Area choir and different clubs. She loved it all! Alicia was an accomplished artist. She had showings in the Bay Area, Carmel, and many other places. Alicia’s pride and joy were her grand and great grandchildren. She was seen at many of their events throughout the years, rain or shine. She also looked forward to assisting Santa on his travels in the north State! A great joy and a privilege she never took for granted.

She will be missed by All We Love You Granny. Services will be held at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 37069 Main Street, Burney on April 27th at 1:30.

In Loving Memory
of Christopher Jay Knoch

Christopher Jay Knoch, 54, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2019, in his home in Alturas, California. He was born November 5, 1964, to Anne (Watson) and Vernon Knoch in Sacramento, California. He spent most of his childhood growing up in the Fall River Valley on the Knoch Ranch. He graduated from Fall River High School in 1983 and went on to Chico State where he earned a double major Bachelor’s Degree in biology and chemistry in 1988.

He was an avid hunter, fisher, runner, endurance rider, triathlete, skier, and outdoorsman. In 1990, he married Cheryl Kerr in Alturas. They lived in the Bay Area where he worked for American Cyanamid in a biology lab and consistently competed in Ride & Ties, Triathlons, and Endurance races. He finished the Western States 100 mile endurance run in under 24 hours twice. He has earned gold and silver medals in the North American Championships and was on the United States Equestrian Team for the World Endurance Championship. He also competed in the Tevis Cup 100-mile endurance trail ride where he was a four-time finisher. He won the race in 1993 and 1994. He placed second in 1995 and 1996. All four races were ridden on NV Fifth Avenue (Saxx). He also achieved six top-three finishes in 100-mile races and three top-10 finishes at the World Ride & Tie Championships. The American Endurance Ride Conference states that he rode 2,670 horse race endurance miles in his lifetime (on eight Stalley horses).

They moved to Alturas in 1994 where he was active in the community, volunteering for the Alturas Rifle and Gun Club, Cedar Pass Ski Park, past Captain of the Modoc Sheriff’s Posse, Junior Livestock Show and Sale, past President of the Modoc Tribe Ride, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, California Deer Association, Assistant Coach for Modoc High School Football, and various other youth hunting and sporting events. He worked as a farmer and agriculture salesman all over Northern California.

Chris is survived by his daughters Courtney and Melissa Knoch; his brothers Peter Knoch (Lynne), Jon Williams (Dawn), Robert Williams (Lori), Keith Mortenson (Anna), Karen Mortenson; his parents Vernon and Jo Knoch and Anne and Ed Mortenson, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and girlfriend Jennifer Barcia. A lovely celebration of life was held for Chris on Sunday, April 14th, 2019 at the Brass Rail in Alturas, where many friends and loved ones gathered to share stories, food, pictures, memories, hugs, and tears.

Donations can be made in Chris’s name to your local 4-H or FFA chapter, or to the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (, or to your favorite charity

In Loving Memory
of Randolf Ray "Randy" Scholl

Randolf Ray “Randy” Scholl, a long-time resident of Fall River Mills, CA, passed away at Mayers Memorial Hospital on March 25, 2019, at the age of 92 years.

He was born in New Braumfels, Texas on November 26, 1926, the third child of Walter and Valeska Bahm Scholl.

He is survived by his two sons, William and wife, Pat, of Lubbock, Texas and Lyndon of Hot Springs, Arkansas; two brothers, Madison and wife Janet, Merton and wife Linda; two sisters, Shirley Scholl and Betty Ann McLean; sister-in-law Josephine Scholl. Other survivors are three granddaughters, one grandson, 11 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and their children and also his late wife Dorothy’s children, Virgil Grove and Marvella Webster; their children and Oilar family members.

Randolph was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Oilar Scholl. His son, Kenneth of Seguin, Texas, a granddaughter, great granddaughter, his parents and five brothers, Waldorf, Ernie, Atwell, Clinton and Franklin and three sisters, Naomi Scholl, Iris Schlather and Avis Banks.

Randolph was a World War Two veteran who served in Europe with the U.S. Army Infantry. He was with the Fall River Mills Volunteer Fire Department, also an active member of the American Legion Willis Hollenbeak Post #369 in Fall River Mills.

Upon his death, he made arrangements to be a donor to the University of California in San Francisco’s “Willed Body Program,” and no funeral or memorial services. Instead he wrote the following – “To remember me:”

These are my last wishes and request.

The day will come when my body will lie upon a white sheet, neatly tucked under four corners of a mattress located in a hospital busily occupied with the living and the dying. At a certain moment a doctor will determine that my brain has ceased to function and that, for all intents and purpose my life has stopped.

When that happens, do not attempt to instill artificial life into my body by the use of a machine. Don’t call this my death bed. Let it be called the Bed of Life and let my body be taken from it to help others lead fuller lives.

Give my sight to the man who has never seen a sunrise, a baby’s face or love in the eyes of a woman. Give my heart to a person whose own heart has caused nothing but endless days of pain. Give my blood to the teenager who was pulled from the wreckage his car, so that he might live to see his grandchildren play. Give my kidneys to one who depends on a machine to exist from week to week. Take my bones, every muscle, every fiber and nerve in my body and find a way to make a crippled child walk.

Explore every corner of my brain. Take my cells, if necessary, and let them grow so someday, a speechless boy will shout at the crack of a bat and a deaf girl will hear the sound of rain against her window.

Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes to the wind to help the flowers grow.

 If you must bury something, let it be my faults, my weaknesses and all prejudice against my fellow man.

Give my sins to the devil. Give my soul to God.

If, by chance, you with to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you. If you do all I have asked, I will live forever. Randolf Ray Scholl

In Loving Memory
of Leona Evelyn Darnell

Leona Evelyn Darnell, age 94, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2019 at 4:20 pm, at Mayer’s Long Term Care Facility in Fall River Mills, CA.

She was born on Jan. 21, 1925 in Little Hot Springs Valley (Day, CA). She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Royal Darnell. She was one of twelve children born to Mazella and Leonard Oilar. Six of her siblings have preceded her in death and surviving siblings are: Edna Bell, Dean, Charles, Clayton and Chad Oilar.

She is survived by her four children: Arvada Darnell (Cheryl Pike), Mazella Gould (Delbert), Curtis Darnell (Kathy), and Shannon Darnell (Georgia). Additionally she is survived by nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

Leona resided in Big Valley and Fall River Valley her entire life. She was no slacker…she worked her entire life. Some of her many jobs were: railroad switch master, theater concession, waitress, strawberry/potato field worker and the Postmaster in Nubieber for thirty years.

She was an avid archer, deer hunter, artist, Pinochle and Bingo enthusiast. Yes, she did love the slot machines. She loved music, singing and dancing. She played the harmonica up until a week before she passed. Routinely she exercised at Curves, and when they closed, she bought the equipment to use at home. She loved walking and rock hunting. She used her hot tub daily and even got caught naked a few times.

She loved horses and always had fond memories of growing up on their ranch, and talked about the hard work she did with her brother Hiram. She was a storyteller and loved a good joke. You never had to wonder what she was thinking. She told it as it was and had no filters. Those of us, who knew and loved her, came to expect this from her.

She loved to make candy, cookies and art work for the Intermountain Fair. She especially loved the prize ribbons. Her favorite holidays were Christmas, with lots of decorations, and Easter. She had legendary Easter egg hunts and BBQ with Easter baskets for all of the children, and prizes for all. She knew how to throw a party!

In 1973 Leona and Royal were burned very badly in a tragic fire. Leona’s doctors did not expect her to live and if she did live, they said she would never walk again. This near death experience brought her family closer together. It also was a time that the communities of both valleys demonstrated their love and support for Leona and Royal. Obviously, you can’t keep a good woman down. She lived another forty-six years.

She was in Long Term Care for more than a year. It wasn’t always easy; however the staff at Mayer’s LTC were wonderful. They loved and cared for her with patience and empathy. She knew that they had her best interests at heart. Leona was a legend and will be missed by so many people whose lives she touched with her love and keen wit. Services will be at the George Ingram Hall at the McArthur Fairgrounds,.,April 17, 2019 at high noon. There will be a potluck with meat and beverages provided. Salads, side dishes and desserts will be appreciated.

If you have any “Leona-isms” you would like to share there will be cards at each table for writing these down. We will cherish these memories that you share.

In Loving Memory
of Arnold G. Zabinski, Sr.

September 1942 - April 2019

A resident of rural McArthur, CA, Captain Arnold George Zabinski, Sr. (Arnie to all who knew him) died at home with family around his bedside on 2nd April 2019.

He had never been ill in his life until esophageal cancer struck him down in November 2018.

Born in Grand Forks, ND, and raised on a large farm in Wester MN, Arnie participated in all phases of crops and cattle growing. After one year at the University of North Dakota, he entered the U.S. Army Military Police branch in 1962 and served on active duty until 1970. A Vietnam Veteran of 18 months (1962-1964), he also had tours at Fort Bliss, Tx, Great Lakes Naval Training Center, IL, and Fort Hood, TX before going to Kalserslatern, Germany for three years. He attained the rank of Captain while serving as Military Policeman, Provost Marshal and Commanding Officer.

Next, he moved to Tomah, WI and worked as Printing Foreman at Union Camp Plastics. While working there, he worked a second job as bartender at Oscar’s Avenue Bar and Oakdale Bar. And, as if that wasn’t enough, he worked a third job as a part time Tomah City Policemen. All the while, he maintained his military career in the Wisconsin Army National Guard as a Generator Repairman.

A wonderful opportunity came up to become “Top Cop” at Wisconsin Air National Guard, Volk Field at Camp Douglas, WI. He aced out 53 other applicants vying for the position. And the best part - he only worked one job.

McArthur became his last move, with second wife (Karen Hillman, who grew up in McArthur). He built the dome house a mile east of McArthur, where he lived out the rest of his life. Along the way, he worked in various small jobs. Then he trained and worked as a CNA at Mayers Memorial Hospital for a few years before leaving to team drive long-haul for Swift Transporation with Karen for three years. They logged over 377,600 miles on their own truck averaging nearly 21,000 miles a month.

After retirement from the military with 37 years of service, Arnie enjoyed working on his small ranch with his Mahindra backhoe/tractor and keeping his rentals in good repair. He also enjoyed traveling. He and Karen visited all 50 states, Mexico, 11 European countries via rail (Germany Denmark, Seden, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg), and Canadian Provinces British Columbia and Yukon on a trip to Alaska, and then Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Sound, and Nova Scotia on a motorcycle.

A man with a very outgoing personaslity, he was well liked by everyone he met. Nobody stayed a stranger with him more than five minutes. He was definitely a one of a kind, all-around nice guy.

He met and married first wife LaDene Burkhalter in IL. She came with a package of three young chldren, Wanda, Sandra, and David Perkins. When he married Karen, he received another package to deal with, three more stepchildren; Robert, Johanna and Tavius Southard. Arnie handled the responsibilities well.

Arnie was predeceased by his parents, Clemmence Zabinski and Rena (Sandell) Zabinski. He leaves behind his wife Karen, son Arnold G. Zabinski, Jr., Camp Douglas; daughter Shawn Zabinski, Tomah; grandson Jacob Zabinksi, La Crosse; granaddaughters, Mia, Madison and Isabel “Izzy,” Springfield, MN, and Sharon Zabinski, Siouz Falls, SD, as well as five nephews, Phillip and Jay Weber, and Troy, Kevin, and Jason Zabinski and their families.

Arnie joked for several years about owning property on both sides of the highway, so he is now moving his body to the other side. Kerr Mortuary in Alturas is in charge of arrangements. Pastor John Petersen of the United Pentecostal Church of Burney will officiate. After services a potluck will be available for all wishing to attend at the Lions Hall in McArthur.

Full honors military services for Arnie will be held on 15 April at 11 a.m. at graveside in Pine Grove Cemetery, McArthur.

In Loving Memory
of Jane Marie Dillard

Jane Marie Dillard passed away March 12, 2019, at the age of 93. She was born in Sacramento, CA. She was a resident of Concord, CA for the last 19 years. Jane is preceded in death by her husband of 60 years Joseph H. Dillard (1918-2003) and their daughter Elizabeth Ann Butler (1948-1969). Jane is survived by her devoted sister, Wilma Johnson, Concord, CA. Two sons, Joseph Dillard Jr. (Ashley) Santa Margarita, CA; William Dillard (Cathy) Benicia, CA and daughter Mary Jane Byrne (Michael) Sunol, CA. Jane’s pride and joy were her 7 Grandchildren and many Great and Great-Great Grandchildren.

Prior to moving to Concord, CA Jane and Joe enjoyed many years of retirement in Adin, CA. They owned a small ranch, Butte Creek Shires, and raised draft horses. They enjoyed being a part of the Big Valley community, playing cards, participating in the Inter-Mountain Fair and Jane was a member of the Garden and Quilting clubs. After she moved from the area she still subscribed to the local newspapers and was a member of the Fort Crook Museum. She was especially interested in the preservation of the Round Barn, now located in Fall River Mills, as she and Joe were caretakers for a few years at the original location of the Round Barn in Little Valley.

Jane’s love of her family and friends brought her much happiness. She enjoyed working in her gardens and being outdoors. She was well known for her cooking and hospitality. Her motto in life was “KINDNESS IS EVERYTHING.”

Family and Friends are invited to attend a celebration of Jane’s life Saturday June 8, 2019 at 12:00 noon at the Adin cemetery in Adin, CA.

A wish from Jane...”Celebrate my life with a kind deed.”

In Loving Memory
of Lenore Shaffer Oaks

Lenore Shaffer Oaks passed away on March 19, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska where she moved after suffering a heart attack in 2008 to be near her three children living there. She was born on June 8, 1924 in McCloud, California and grew up in Fall River Mills, California. She married Edwin Oaks who, at the time was working for Bank of America. After he was drafted to the service, they lived in several places and settled in Reno, Nevada where they raised their four children, Marcia, Marilyn, Jay, and Scott.

Mom was active in the First Methodist Church while we were growing up. She became Parish Visitor as she knew most of the congregation. She was secretary for the Reno United Fund and enjoyed playing cards with friends. She loved flying to Wild Horse, Nevada with her husband and fishing with friends and family. She spent her summers in Alaska fishing and caught her limit of King salmon every year. She loved Alaska, but messed her bridge friends and her yard in Reno. She never slowed down when it came to her yard and her flowers.

Though you have left us, we will always remember you with warmth and love. Her sense of humor we will remember with a smile. We will remember both the laughs and the tears we shared. We will remember all those things that made her special, her compassion, and the way she reached out to others so easily. We will remember that special way she had to let people know she cared. She could have written a best seller about the events that took place in her lifetime.

Mom was preceded in life’s passing by her husband, Edwin Oaks, her sons Jay and Scott Oaks and granddaughter Alayne Oppio-Walters. She is survived by her two children, nine great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren. Mom passed away peacefully in Anchorage with her family by her side. At her request, there will be no services. She will be interred at the Masonic Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum in Reno, Nevada.

Arrangements were entrusted to Janssen Funeral Homes, 737 E Street, Anchorage, Alaska.

 Mom, we love you and miss you, and you will always be with us.


In Loving Memory
of Arnold D. Schmidt

After succumbing to the degenerative affects of Parkinson’s disease, Arnold D. Schmidt passed away on 4 Mar 2019. He was 81 years old.

Arnold D. is survived by his wife of 55 years, Grace, their two children Teresa and Arnold T., two grandsons, his brother Joe, nephews, nieces, and 1 grand dog.

Born in Torrington, Wyoming, his family moved to Burney where Arnold graduated in 1955 from Fall River Mills High School, California, and was class salutatorian. He was the Block “F” Vice President, played Varsity Football and was the President of the Library Club.

 He enlisted in the Army in 1957 and was Honorably Discharged with a Good Conduct Medal in 1960. He met his wife Grace in Burney, California and married in 1963.

Arnold was articulate and well-read. He received an Associate of Arts from Sierra College with honors on 16 Dec 2000. As a poet, he was a member of and was published in “Jibboom Street Writers 2000” while also continuing his informal education.

 Arnold was athletic and fit. He was an avid hiker, cross country skier, and mountain biker. Arnold completed the Tahoe Rim Trail on 08 Aug 2007 and belonged to the Tahoe Rim Trail 165 Mile Club (#633). Additionally, he hiked complete segments of the Pacific Crest Trail. At age 69, Arnold completed his final Great Ski Race, the annual 30km event from Tahoe City to Truckee, after having participated in the event many times throughout the years.

Arnold worked at the lumber mill in Truckee, California, from 1965 through the mill’s closing in 1989 as the Head Sawyer. Following the mill’s closure, Arnold began a career as a custodian for the Tahoe-Truckee High School until his retirement in 2002. He truly enjoyed his time at the school and immersed himself in High School athletics serving as a TNT Booster and attending home and away games for all sports as often as possible. In 1993, the students elected him as Homecoming Grand Marshal. He continued to attend and enjoy his beloved Wolverine games even after his retirement.

Arnold was an inspiration to those who knew him. He was active and accomplished so much during his lifetime. He will be sorely missed.

His ashes will be placed next to family in Burney, California, and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to “Truckee Wolverine Boosters, PO Box 1184, Truckee, CA, 96160” in the name of Arnold D. Schmidt.

In Loving Memory
of Patricia Pullen

Patricia Pullen, 81, long time resident of Redding, California, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 7, 2019. She was surrounded by her loving family. She was born on January 27, 1938, in Borgetto, Palermo, Sicily, and immigrated to Manhattan/NYC by way of Ellis Island, in 1947 at the age of 9, with her family. After moving to California, she settled in Redding, where she married her soul mate, Carl Pullen, in 1983.

She is predeceased by her mother and father Francesca and Vito D’Amico, her husband, Carl Pullen, her brothers Tony, Vito, Salvatore and Joey D’Amico; and her sisters Mary Nocera and Rose D’Amico. She is survived by her sons Louis Santoro and Sal Santoro, her daughter-in-law Becky Santoro; her 6 grandchildren, Erika, Susen, Louis, Anthony, Phillip & Dominic; and her 7 great-grandchildren, Alic, Dallis, Francisco, Johan, Tino, Kole and Sofia; her daughter/nieces Nancy Nocera and Deborah Levy, many nieces and nephews. Her many friends that she considered family.

Pat had a love for family and friends, brought joy and happiness through her baking of delicious Italian foods and pastries, she shared them generously. She had many accomplishments throughout her life, which included being a successful business owner, an award winning clay sculpture artist, a warrior and advocate for women and children, a positive influence in the lives of many. Her strength, wisdom and legacy will live on through those she has touched. She will be missed dearly and always loved.

A celebration of life was held on March 17, 2019

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in Patrica’s memory to St. Jude’s Research Hospital by calling (800) 805-5856 or visiting their website at personal&fr_id=39300

In Loving Memory
of Iona Hollenbeak-Strickland

Iona Hollenbeak- Strickland entered peacefully into heaven on February 13, 2019 in her home surrounded by her devoted and loving family. She was born on January 5, 1921 at home in Glenburn California to Frances and Charles Hollenbeak. She had three siblings; brothers Byron and Loren Hollenbeak, and sister Evelyn Hollenbeak, Anders, Eastman.

Iona lived in Glenburn most of her life. She graduated from Fall River High School in 1939. In December 1939 she married the love of her life Walter Strickland. They had two children, James Strickland and Luann Yderraga.

 In 1942 they bought-the Glenburn Store and Post Office. Iona was Postmaster for nine years. She worked for Willard Brown at Sierra Market (now Ray’s Food Place) for 21 years. She retired in 1983.

Iona was a lifetime member of Easter Star, a member of the McArthur Grange, Wayside Garden Club, and a lifetime member of the Glenburn Community Church. She volunteered at the Fall River Library for 23 years.

She is survived by her two children, James and Luann, (son-in-law John) five grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Iona was a gardener extraordinaire. Her yard was a lovely masterpiece of daffodils, peonies, larkspur and so much more. She was always more than willing to not only share her flowers but would help you dig up extra bulbs for your yard too. Her floral creations enhanced the beauty of the Glenburn Church on a weekly basis for over three decades. She was welcomed at homes all over the valley to pick flowers for her bouquets. She had a vast knowledge of gardening, canning and pickling and was always happy to help anyone who showed an interest. Iona helped spearhead the first library in the Fall River Valley; starting with the small library in Glenburn all the way up to today’s existing library on Main Street in Fall River Mills.

Iona’s home is beautifully adorned with many lovely paintings and for many years she earned her extra pocket money by decorating delicious, beautiful wedding cakes, birthday cakes, christening cakes and more. One of her greatest joys was the friendships she had formed along the way.

She and her husband Walt depicted the words “Cheerful Giver” as they shared in the joy of making Fall River their home by their generosity of spirit, hard work, knowledge and dedication in so many clubs, organizations and especially their church.

Iona’s family has deep roots in the community and were among the members who helped build the Glenburn Church in 1885.

At the 100th celebration of the Glenburn Church she was more than willing to share the church’s history. The Valley has lost a true gem with Iona’s passing.

A memorial service will be held for Iona at the Fall River Vets Hall/American Legion Hall Post 369 on March 9th at 11:00 a.m. The service will be officiated by Bill Myers. A potluck luncheon will be held immediately following with the meat provided by the family. Guests are asked to bring their favorite side dish, salad or dessert.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to the Intermountain Hospice, P.O. Box 459, Fall River Mills, CA 96028; the Glenburn Community Church, P.O. Box 723, Fall River Mills, CA 96028 or the Fort Crook Museum, P.O. Box 397, Fall River Mills, CA 96028.


In Loving Memory
of Gerald "Jerry" Davenport
Gerald “Jerry” Davenport Gerald (Jerry) Davenport, age 87, went home to be with the Lord peacefully on January 4, 2019 at home in Redding with family. He was born August 13, 1931 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He was a Veteran of the US Air Force and was stationed in Toyko, Japan during the Korean war as an aircraft mechanic. He married his wife, Katie in 1956 and moved to the Intermountain area in 1970 where he owned a small engine repair shop. He enjoyed family, fishing and traveling.

 He was preceded in death by his sons, Tom and John, his parents and his sister. He is survived by his wife Katie of 62 years, sons Gerald, Jim (Lori), Daniel, daughters Marie (Steve) Hook, Susan (Warren) Tolkkinen, Barbara (Tom) Meyer, 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

He will be missed very much by family and friends.

Celebration of life will be held on March 9th at 11:00 a.m. at the Lion’s Hall in McArthur, CA.

In Loving Memory
of Brian Lee West

Brian Lee West, 54, lifetime resident of Lookout, Ca, passed away in Reno, NV after a long illness.

Brian served many years on the Lookout Volunteer Fire Dept. serving as book keeper, and later as chief.

Brian served eight years in the U.S. Army with 18 months of that served in Korea. He came home to become a ranch hand, and worked on many ranches through the years in Big Valley, most of it spent on the Dean Leventon ranch. He was also employed as a local truck driver and heavy equipment operator for many years.

Brian was born December 26th 1964 in Cedarville, Ca.

Brian is survived by his wife Susan West of Lookout, mother, Judy West Cunningham, step-father Duncan Cunningham of Red Bluff, CA. sons, Justin Miller of Havre, Montana and Andy Miller, wife Andrea, and grand daughter Gillian of Fernley, NV.

A celebration of life memorial service is scheduled for February 16th, 2019 at the Lookout Fire hall, 1 o’clock pm, with potluck following.

In Loving Memory

of Larry E. Lindler
Larry E. Lindler A celebration of life will be held at the Open Door Church, 33883 Highway 44 in Shingletown Saturday January 26 at 1 p.m.

Larry was born in Fall River Mills, California on March 11, 1942. He died at his home in Shingletown December 22, 2018.

 Larry leaves behind wife Belinda Joyce of Shingletown; two sons, Raymond of Oroville, CA and Dwayne (Kimberly) of Lewiston, Idaho, daughter Rhonda Renee (Jeff) Laughlin of Reno Nevada and brother John of Burney, CA.

In Loving Memory
of Richard R. Hollister
Richard R. Hollister was a resident of Burney for 48 years.

Richard was born January 9th, 1935, and went home to be with His Lord on January 6th, 2019.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years Sandra, and sons, Ryan Hollister, Stephen Hollister and daughter, Holly Flores.

Richard is also survived by eight grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren.

He worked over 50 years for PG&E. After retirement he enjoyed hunting at the families deer camp and serving faithfully in his church at Millville Community Baptist.

He leaves a legacy of love for family, friends, our country, and His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who will say to him- “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

A Memorial service will be held 11:00 am Saturday, January 19th at the Millville Community Baptist Church located at 23625 Millville Way, Millville, CA 96062. 530-547-3860

In Loving Memory
Raymond Porter Williams

Ray Williams (October 9th, 1927-December 14th, 2018), 91, longtime resident of Fall River Mills, has passed away in Forest Grove OR.

Ray spent his early years in the high desert of Southern California, raising turkeys on his parent’s ranch. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1930’s, and often described this as an idyllic time in his life. He played football in high school and upon graduation in 1945, entered the U.S. Navy. He served on the U.S.S. P.C.E. 893, an escort ship in the Philippines until discharge in 1948.

He studied electrical engineering in college and taught math in the local community college. He was a 69 year member of the I.B.E.W. and worked on many large projects in southern and northern California, retiring in 1989. His last project was the Rincon Center in San Francisco, which honored him for his lighting design and fabrication.

Ray and his wife Jane moved to Fall River Mills that year and started their community work. Ray served many years with the Fort Crook Masonic Lodge, the American Legion and the Shasta Co. Sheriff’s Flying Posse. Ray embraced and loved the Fall River Valley, and made lifelong friendships there. Ray was a pilot and loved to fly, both over the beautiful valley and most of Northern California and Oregon. Soaring over the valley fed his soul! He looked forward to Airport Day every year, and flipped pancakes with the best of them!

Ray is survived by daughters Rhonda Williams, Laura Weiner (Ken), Leslie Amato and Linda Holt (Steve); grandsons Ryan Broguiere (Alisha), Travis Broguiere (Jessica), Jeff Amato, Sam Amato and Hayden Weiner; great grand-daughters Ashley, Aubriella, Ophelia and Riley Broguiere.

Services are to be announced at a later date. The Flag Fund for the Inter-mountain fairgrounds was Ray’s passion.

In lieu of flowers, Ray would be honored if we can keep this thriving. Donations can be made to the Flag Fund through the American Legion in Fall River Mills, CA.

In Loving Memory

Joy Ann Chandler

Joy Ann Chandler, age 65, passed away Sunday, December the 9th 2018 in Florida where she was visiting her daughter and family.

Joy was a resident of Redding, CA. She was born in Petaluma, CA, on February 11, 1953 and lived her first years in Fort Ross, CA. She then started 1st grade at Waugh School in Petaluma and in 1965. She moved with her family to the Fall River Valley attending junior high and graduating from Fall River High School in 1971.

She attended Shasta College earning certificates in Early Childhood Development and Medical Assistant.

In Fall River/McArthur, Joy raised her children; taking part in school activities and she taught pre-school in the 1980’s.

She was involved in the Fireman’s Auxiliary, and the Intermountain fair, a regular, playing BINGO with her satchel of ink blotters and organized fundraisers for the High School.

She was proprietor of Rockets Pizza Parlor and later worked at the Fall River Valley Health Center. Joy loved sports; sponsoring local teams and during football season, Rockets had an event called Fifth Quarter where the team could go hang out after the football games and eat pizza.

Her October scavenger hunts were great fun, lasting all month until Halloween where the winner would be revealed.

She loved camping and fishing with her mom and dad, she spent many weekends at The Pit River Pioneer’s yearly rendezvous and she looked forward to her yearly escapades with The White Horse Girls.

Joy was a dedicated daughter, mother, friend and citizen, contributing greatly to her community, which won her the award for Citizen of the Year by the Lions Club.

She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and she had a gift of creating beautiful décor out of discarded items such as her beautiful mosaics.

She enjoyed crafting, treasure hunting, playing bridge and talking on the phone or visiting with her dear friends.

Above all, Joy had a great sense of humor; she was fun loving, nurturing and trustworthy. Her name was befitting to her personality and she brought joy to all who knew her.

She is proceeded in death by her parents, Jerry and Marvel Chandler, and her siblings, Jill and Jerry Chandler.

She is survived by her sister, Jackie Chandler; her children, Daniel (Diana) and David (Cindy) Keltner and Lindsay (Kyle) Sanchez-Mole; grandchildren Kylene, Ethan, Asa, Jacob, Diego, Lexi, Logan and Deklund; nieces Celia, Heather, Melissa and Jody; nephews Ron, Jerry, and Michael; her sister-in-law, Linda, her cousins and her many wonderful friends.

A memorial service is planned for January 19 at 2:00 PM in the George Ingram Hall at the Intermountain Fairgrounds in McArthur CA.

In Loving Memory

Dr. William I. Howlett
Dr. William L. Howlett, a resident physician in Burney California for twenty years, died on November 12th, a result of complications following a stroke. He is remembered for his gifts of music at the Burney Presbyterian Church, his railroad layout and long office hours. He was 96 at the time of his death.

He was the son of Rev. Fred and Mrs. Anna Howlett, younger brother of the late Erwin Howlett of Chico. Dr. Howlett was raised in the San Joaquin and Imperial Valleys. His interest in medicine stemmed from a fascination for a bacteriology class in junior college which led to a medical degree from the University of Southern California.

He was medical director at the Solano County Hospital in Fairfield, CA, until he was drafted by the Army. He told the story that “a buddy told me not to join the air force because you’ll go Thule, Greenland, and I joined the Army and was sent to Thule, Greenland.” An avid photographer, he took many pictures of the base, the scenery and ice caves.

Dr. Howlett, upon retiring from private practice in Burney, moved to Redding, CA, where he was an active member in the First United Methodist Church. He spent his leisure hours building a “one of a kind” narrow gauge railroad layout in a building designed specifically for that purpose. All of the buildings, plants, and much of the “rolling” stock were built by him. The switches were hand made and the rails were spiked into the ties that were individually cut and laid onto the “roadbed” which included ballast made to scale.

He is survived by his nephews, Jerry (Marilyn) of Nevada City, and Jim (Carol) of Ukiah, and their children and grand-children.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, December 7th at First United Methodist Church located at 1825 East Street in Redding, California. In lieu of Flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the First United Methodist Church or to Intermountain Healthcare Foundation, PO Box 77, Fall River Mills CA 96028, Memo Line: Dr. Howlett Memorial.

In Loving Memory
B. I. (Chuck) Turner

B.L. (Chuck) Turner went to join his Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 25, 2018 in Fall River Mills, CA. He died peacefully in his sleep after battling COPD for the last several years. He was 80 years old.

Chuck was born to Beachel and Lollie Turner in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, October 11, 1938. He moved to Burney when he was three years old and lived here for 77 years. He graduated from Fall River High School in 1956.

He worked in the logging industry for most of his adult life. Prior to retiring he was employed by Mayers Memorial Hospital at the Burney Annex. Chuck was preceeded in death by his sibblings, Melvin, Bob, Mervin, Pauline and Maxine. He also lost his daughter Kathy to Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He is survived by his wife Linda (43 years), twin sister Lily, son-in-law Alan Deuel, daughters Janice, Dorothy and son Brent. He leaves eight grandchildren, also leaves 13 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Chuck loved to hunt and fish and was better at both than most. More than anything he LOVED turkey hunting and making homemade calls for his friends. He was often heard saying in his later years, “I have no complaints. I’ve had the best hunting and fishing a man could have hoped for and friends and family that have been there for me my entire life.”

He loved telling stories and hearing a good joke while holding court in Safeway or at the local coffee shops around town.

At his request, private services will be held at a later date

In Loving Memory

William C. Dehart, Jr.
Born: February 4, 1927
Big Cedar, OK

William C. “Junior” Dehart passed away peacefully on October 18, at the age of ninety-one He lived in the Big Valley community that he called home for most of his life. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife, Daphne, to whom he was married for seventy happy years.

Junior attended schools in his hometown of Big Cedar, OK, finishing high school after completing his military obligation in Europe in the immediate aftermath of WWII. He was raised by his father William, along with siblings Wilma (Enoch Simmons) of Adin, CA, Barbara (Bill McBride) of Big Cedar, OK, Dorothy (Kenneth Rose) of Muse, OK, and his late brother Prentice, (Cleva Jane) of Big Cedar, OK.

Junior worked in a variety of jobs early in his life including the railroad, timber, lumber mills, and trucking before operating Dehart’s Shell in Bieber for many years, and then semi-retiring as a meter reader for Surprise Valley Electric. He and Daphne subsequently enjoyed a long and peaceful retirement filled with camping, gardening, and church-related activities.

Junior is survived by his wife Daphne, children Bill Dehart (Lynda) of Redding, Deanna Purvis (Jim) of Exeter, CA, Chris Dehart of Astoria, OR, and Teresa Armstrong (Randy) of Adin, along with twelve grandchildren, and twenty-two great-grandchildren.

In Loving Memory

William "Bill" Warren Chamberlain

William “Bill” Warren Chamberlain II 85, of Burney, CA, passed away on October 18, 2018, at Shasta Regional Hospital in Redding, CA.

Bill was born in Honolulu, T.H., on January 21, 1933, and was a descendent of the missionaries who traveled from Boston, MA, to the Hawaiian Islands in the early 1800’s, and was a member of the Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society in Honolulu, HI. He attended Punahou School in Hawaii and then moved to Washington, D.C. in his early teens, where he graduated from high school. He attended American University in Washington, D.C.

Bill was married to Ann Rehley on October 13, 1957. They were married 61 years.

He was a physical science technician for the U.S. Geological Survey, Dept. of the Interior, in Washington, D.C., In 1965 he was transferred to their office in Menlo Park, CA, where he retired in 1986. He and Ann, moved to Burney in 2006. After moving to Burney Bill served as a Rotarian for a number of years. He loved fishing and the outdoors, and for 42 years worked as a volunteer at the race tracks for the San Francisco Region of the Sports Car Club of America.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to: Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation, 44160 State Highway 299 East, McArthur, CA 96056; or The National Wildlife Federation, P.O. Box 1637, Merrifield, VA 22116. The family would also like to thank the Staff at Mayers Memorial Hospital, who took excellent care of him.

In Loving Memory
Peggy Joyce Perkins DeAtley

Peggy Joyce Perkins DeAtley, 64, of McArthur, CA, passed away on October 8, 2018 in the comfort of her home. Celebration of life will be at 1pm on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Lion’s Hall in McArthur, CA. A private family graveside service will precede the celebration of life. Both will be officiated by Mr. Abe Hathaway. Peggy was born in Redding, CA to David and Joyce Perkins on April 8, 1954. She attended Fall River High School in McArthur and then attended Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo, CA. She married Thomas E. DeAtley on August 22, 1981 in Pittville, CA. She worked as a veterinary technician for Fall River Veterinary Hospital and was a co-owner of DeAtley Transportation and DeAtley Enterprises for 20 years. Peggy was involved in the 4-H program at both the local, county, and state levels for 10 years as well as the Inter-Mountain Junior Rodeo Association for 14 years.

Peggy is preceded in death by her mother, Joyce Annette Perkins, and her brother, David Lee Perkins. She is survived by her spouse, Thomas DeAtley, daughters Kasey DeAtley and Kallie (Thomas) Graham, father, David E. Perkins, and grand children Grace and Henry Graham.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Fall River-Big Valley Cattlemen’s Association (please memo checks, “scholarship:” P.O. Box 66 McArthur, CA 96056. Peggy’s family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to our family, friends and community.

In Loving Memory

Terrance Leroy Husa

The life of a gambler includes the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, yet for the true gambler, it’s all about simply having some live action. His passion was for the ponies but his love of poker also got him a spot on a cruise ship with other World Poker Tour champions.

Terrance Leroy Husa, 78, was born Sept. 4, 1940 in Redding, Calif. to Ernest Husa and Clara Eikesdahl Husa. He died of natural causes Oct. 6, 2018 in Burney, California where he had lived since 1980.

He grew up in El Cerrito, Calif. and as a young man he joined the Navy. During this time he befriended a man who introduced him to blues music and black American culture. He claimed that this period of time was the greatest year of his life.

Terry loved a good party and enjoyed being the center of attention. He was a blues singer and it was common for him to break into song anywhere, at anytime. He loved to sing karaoke and, on occasion, could be heard singing with the Shasta Blues Society or even a local church. His off the cuff jokes and outspoken demeanor was something that friends and family all grew to know and love about him.

He made his living as an electrical technician for PG&E where he worked for more than 45 years.

His passion was horse racing and he always aspired to be a horse trainer, but settled for a handicapper instead. He enjoyed reading the racing form each day, loved to bet on the horse races and liked to boast about his ability to gamble $1,000 per week while earning a $300 weekly paycheck in 1975. In his younger years he loved to fish and was known not only for his fishing prowess, but for his antics along the river. He has a plethora of lifelong friends which include many colorful characters whose stories never end.

Terry was preceded in death by his wife of 23-years, Eileen Karen Tasa Husa in May of 2018. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 30-years and mother of his four children, Mary Frances Grayston Husa in February of 2015, and brother Bill Husa of Gold River, Calif. in Dec. 2017.

He is survived by his four children, Cheryl Hiller and her husband Ken, Dave Husa and his wife Carol, Bill Husa, Travis Husa, grandchildren Angela Hiller, Kenny Hiller, Bradley Husa, Bryan Husa, Madison Wion, along with Three step-children Melody Gray, Jennifer Montgomery and James Winner. He was also a great-grandfather to Hudson and Carson Husa and Arrow and Salem Wion.

Terry will be missed by many in the community. Among those who he admired and enjoyed spending time with are lifelong friends Carl and Kathy Nelson, Jim Barrington, Jerry Chandler, Leon Grover, Bob and Jeri Murray, Chuck Riemer, Jack Hart, Larry Snelling, Gene Pisenti, Skip Wilmore, Bob Shearborn, Leonard Newton, Ken Hiller, Ray McKinney, Pat Ferris, Willie Rodriguez, Tom Curtin, Frank and Ruth Wilkins Family, Tiffany, Jodene, Big Fred, Little Fred and many more. A celebration of life will be held Saturday November 17th at the Burney Lions Hall located at 37006 Main Street Burney, CA 96013 . All friends and family are welcome.

Terry Husa lived and died with no prejudice.

In Loving Memory
Doyle Williams
1935 - 2018
Redding, CA

At 82 years old. Doyle Williams took his last breath with dignity and peace. Born in Anson, Texas, Doyle moved to Point Richmond, CA and graduated from Richmond Union High School in 1954. He married Sonja (Gosney) Williams and had three children, Diane, Glenn, and Deana Williams. Doyle moved to Concord, CA and brought employment, benefits, and financial stability to thousands of pipe trade workers during his career. In his retirement, he was honored by the United Association of Pipe Trades in the United States and Canada with the dedication of the Doyle Williams Center For Plumbers & Steamfitters.

A ranchman at heart, his passion was working on his property in Pittville, CA with his dogs in the truck. Doyle loved music and attended The Eagles concert at AT&T Park with his daughters and grandchildren just two days before his passing. Doyle’s unfiltered wit, intelligence, and love of a good martini will never be forgotten. His memorial is Sunday, October 28th at 11:00 a.m. at the Doyle Williams Center For Plumbers & Steamfitters at 935 Detroit Avenue, Concord, CA. In lieu of flowers, contribute to your local pet shelter in Doyle’s name.

In Loving Memory
Daren O. Hawkins

Daren O. Hawkins was the third of 5 children, born to Clarence E. and Goldie M., on 10/24/1939.

He passed away on 09/26/2018, leaving his wife, Laura Hawkins, his children, Kimberly Hawkins (Grant Winegarden), Robin Hawkins (Chuck Roy), Kevin Hawkins (Susan), and grandchildren, Clayton and Allison. His brother Delmar, pre-deceased him, leaving siblings Norman, Norene Watkins, and Nolan. A service for Daren will be held 10/27/2018, at the Adin Community Bible Church, 10:00AM.

The family is hosting cookies & coffee afterwards at the church. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Big Valley Alumni Association’s Scholarship Fund, c/o Sue Peterson, PO Box 676, Bieber CA 96009 or other organization of your choice

In Loving Memory
Steven Lawrence Winkle
Steven Lawrence Winkle, age 72, passed away at his home in Pittville on September 30, 2018.

He was born June 3, 1946 in Redding, California to Donald “Buzz” Winkle and Edna Estes Winkle. Steve graduated from Shasta High School in 1964 and Shasta College in 1967.

In 1967, he married his wife of 52 years, Merlalice Campbell.

He worked for Main Industries/Big Valley Lumber Co., for 30 years. after the mill closed, he worked for Sierra Pacific in Burney before retiring.

Steve enjoyed exploring with his brother Dan, hunting, playing cards and watching the Dodgers and 49ers. He loved softball and played both fast and slow pitch softball for many years and spent countless hours playing catch with is daughters.

He is survived by his wife Merlalice of Pittville, his daughter Dianna (Daniel) of Susanville and Merri (Kurt) of Redding, his brother Dan of Alturas, and the PRIDE AND JOY of his life, his only grandchild, William Beterbide of Susanville.

He is also survived by two nieces and nine nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his brother Jack. Per Steve’s request, no services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Intermountain Hospice in Steve Winkle’s memory.

In Loving Memory
Kenji Tashiro

Kenji Tashiro passed away on September 18, 2018 in Burney, CA at age 97. He was born in Orosi, CA, on November 5, 1920 to Kiichi and Chizu (Tsuchida) Tashiro. He had careers as a farmer, packing house manager, and seed and feed store owner. He was a lifelong member of Kiwanis International. He spent the majority of his retirement years in the intermountain area pursuing his passions of fly-fishing and golfing.

He is preceded in death by siblings: Yokichi, Lily Yamamoto, Haru, Haruo, Shizu Minami, and Manabu.

He is survived by his sisters, Reiko Kageyama and Aiko Takeda, his two children, Eileen Tashiro, and Brian Tashiro (Mary), three grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren

In Loving Memory
Avis Adair Harvey Cessna

Avis Adair Harvey Cessna passed away Sunday, August 26, 2018 in the comfort of her home.

Avis was born at her Grandpa Gooch’s mill camp, in Day, California, in her Aunt Hazel Wertz’s bedroom on September, 04, 1936. She graduated from Fall River High School in 1954.

Avis married Merrill Cessna in 1955 and they had three children. After Merrill’s death, she worked for her cousins at the About Time Frosty, across from the High School, claiming they saved her sanity.

Avis then worked for the Fall River High School Cafeteria for fifteen years.

Avis loved her home and being in it. She loved reading, gardening, crocheting, going to yard sales, flea markets and antique stores.

Avis is survived by her children: Carrie Cessna of Sacramento, Connie Cessna-Smith (Dan) of Redding and Clint Cessna of Yreka, and her five grandchildren.

At her request, no services will be held.

In Loving Memory
Roy Carver
Roy Carver was born in Muse Oklahoma to Emma and Charles Carver on May 11th, 1931. He married Mary Whisenhunt on January 8th, 1951 and together they moved to the Inter-mountain Area. They soon began a family. The couple had four children: Patty, Ron, John and Pamela.

Roy worked in the woods, running a CAT skidder for over 30 years. He worked hard, and took pride in all he did. He was known for being a skilled hunter, fisherman, and storyteller. He lived a life many only dream of. A life of adventure, love, and laughter. He was well liked everywhere he went

Roy is survived by his daughter Pam, and his five granddaughters: Amanda, Michelle, Haley, Heather, and Makayla. He also has one great grandson, Jackson. He was a beloved father and grandfather, and the life lessons Papa Bear taught his family will stay with them forever.

Roy “Frog” Carver went home to be with Mary on August 2nd, 2018. He was bigger than life, and touched so many. We welcome all who knew him to join us as we celebrate his life on September 22nd, 2018 at Grace Community Bible Church. Service begins at 1:00pm, with a potluck to follow. Bake your best cobbler, and tell your best story, and remember… if you’re not early, you’re late.

In Loving Memory
Ben Whisenhunt
Ben was born in Smithville, OK on December 18, 1935 and went to Heaven on September 03, 2018. Ben was the third child of Bine and Myrtle Whisenhunt. He grew up in Oklahoma before eventually moving to Idaho where he met Sandra. They married in 1957 and began their family soon after.

In 1964 they moved their family to Burney, CA. Ben worked in the lumber industry until his retirement in 1999.

Ben enjoyed the outdoors and loved taking his grandchildren hunting and fishing. He was a skilled woodworker.

Ben is survived by his wife Sandra; daughters Brenda (Mark, Jordan & Logan) Nuich, Linda (Ron, Carly & Cory) Drenon, Deanna (Tom, Tyler & Hannah) Riddell and Cathy (Bob, Benjamin & Brian) Crawford; seven great grandchildren; brother George and sister Betty; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ben was preceded in death by his son Tom and daughter Denise; parents Bine and Myrtle; brothers Pete and Bill and sister Mary.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, September 13 at 10:30 at the Burney Cemetery on Mountain View Road.

In Loving Memory
Janaet Lucile (Holcomb) Oilar
“On July 23, 2018 Janet Lucille (Holcomb) Oilar of McArthur, California began her eternal life in heaven above, surrounded by her loving children and family.

Janet was born to Joyce and Elmer Harold Holcomb in Sacramento, California on June 26, 1932. Her mother Joyce later married Gerald Gould (after the death of Janet’s father, Elmer, d.1936) where Joyce and Gerald “Gerry” later called Cottonwood, California “home”. Janet was one of six children born to Joyce; siblings Norman Holcomb, Gwen (Holcomb) Burrow, Belva (Gould) Fulk, Sharon (Gould) Sage, and Gayle (Gould) Bowen.

As a teen, Janet was living in Ingot, California and attending Redding High School when she met Hiram Leonard Oilar (from Day, California). The two eloped in 1947 in a little town named Genoa, in the neighboring state of Nevada, when Janet was a mere 15. After they married, Janet and Hiram (“Hi”) started their lifelong love for each other and began living their “Life on the Ranch”. Many, many years of hard work, living good and loving greatly would be spent at the Oilar Ranch on Day Road and later move on to “Big Jan & Hi’s place” on Highway 299 just outside McArthur. “Look for it on the north side of the highway”... you could always hear people say.

Janet and Hi would eventually move “into town” on Hwy 299 in 1957... a little past the property that Janet and Hi would ultimately be hosting and enjoying decades of birthdays, reunions, Christmas celebrations, Easter Sundays, wedding and anniversary celebrations, births of many children and so much more. Luncheons and card games ‘til wee hours of the morning, hunting trips and Day trips to see family at the Oilar Ranch, laughter and yes, some sorrow ... all at the place many call “home.” Janet and Hi were married for 52 years and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home in McArthur ... and what a celebration of love and happiness it was!

Janet and Hiram welcomed three beautiful children; Janet (baby Jan), Douglas (Dougie) and Norma (Bitts). These three children were the heart and soul of their parents. There is absolutely nothing Janet and Hi wouldn’t do for their children, if it was possible to be done — and it almost always was, possible. FAMILY. A word to them that meant, “their everything.”

Janet was a mom through-and-through during her early married years. Always a “do-er,” Janet wanted to do more for her family so she began working for the United States Postal Service; began as Post Master May 5, 1961. Janet worked hard, made changes, saw the need for growth and created the way for not only one new post office location in McArthur ... but two! Yes, Janet Oilar was a “get things taken care of” woman and when she saw the need, fixed it to be a functioning and adequately spaced post office for MANY generations to come. It is said that one could guarantee if a package was delivered on Christmas Eve and Janet was working, she and Hi would travel out and make sure that every last package would get to the rightful recipient — even if it only had a first and last name written on the package. And if there was no last name Janet would make it her priority to figure out who was supposed to be receiving it. To say Janet took pride in her work might not be the full extent of what Janet provided to the members of McArthur. She retired as Post Master for the United States Postal Service after 32 proud years of service on September 24,1993. She entered into retirement where her family was happy to see her “home again.”

Cadillacs, cock-a-doodle-doing and a little cursing … now and again.

The days of Janet’s life were filled with motherhood, being a member of the US Post Master’s Association, PTA, Women’s Auxiliary, and a number of other soul-filling hobbies and talents including her vast bird house collection, rooster kitchen collectibles and SHOPPING! She loved to get fancied up with a new outfit and head out for a night of dancing with Hi. They danced every dance they could kick their heels up to! Janet and Hi shared a love for square dancing also. They could often be seen with close friends dancing the night away at various square dances in the valley and any celebration where music was playing … and did so for years and years. Pop always said, “You can choose to go to a dance and have fun or you can choose to go and have a bad time.” Janet and Hi … they always had a good time, dancing every dance. If you ever had the fortune of stopping by the house, and Janet was cooking one of her favorite meals for family, you would also be fortunate enough to hear her humming along to one of her favorite tunes. Janet also loved her after dinner walks ... you could always count on those walks especially if you had just finished dinner at the small table from the “old” kitchen. Those walks would lead you down a path to the old rhubarb patch where “Pop” would slice you off a piece to chew on … for the way back home. Janet loved watching her late night western shows — if you saw a glow, through the big picture windows as you passed by her place, you could rest assured that one was on her TV and in her later years, as time began to settle in, she and baby Jan liked taking in Sunday morning at church. Janet and Hi were also fortunate enough to have a sizable piece of property where they not only grew a garden to feed their family (and their family’s family) but also had room for a “flower-stunning highway-stopping” mass of beautifully planted and vibrant, flowering gardens that literally would draw crowds from thousands of miles away to come see “the flowers on Highway 299.” Janet poured herself into creating enormous designs, patterns, and landscapes (along with the hard work of Hi) to where people would come in droves to see what they would create next. The bold colors of purples and yellows, oranges and reds and everything in between. Marigolds, daffodils, petunias, gladiolus and dahlias -- the list goes on and on; flats and flats AND flats of flowers. If you sold flowers, you were happy to see Janet walk into your store. American Flags adorned with all the Stars and Stripes and giant smiley faces, to patterns of circles and waves, lines and the like... and beautiful each and every year they were planted. The road along Hwy 299 was truly a work of art. Together, their “flowers” made it into both “Birds in Bloom” and “Sunset” magazines.

Like her beautiful flowers … Janet will be eternally missed.

Janet is survived by her three sisters: Belva, Sharon and Gayle; her three children, daughter Janet Jones (Doug Witherspoon) of McArthur - children Shelby Pierce and Cody Jones; son Douglas Oilar (Carol) of Corning, Ca. -- children Norman Oilar (Andrea), Sherrie Wolcott (Mike) and Jennylynn Svejda (Scot); daughter Norma McCollough (Michael) of Day, Ca. -- children Abbey Wilson (Cody), Mattie Burnam (husband Lewis Ortiz), Mason Burnam (Leah) and Katy Jane Mahan. Janet was a great grandmother to 17 great-grandchildren and 1 greatgreat grandson. Janet was also lucky enough to have had 16 brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws along with hundreds of nieces & nephews, great-nieces & great-nephews and great-great nieces & great-great nephews and cousins beyond counting range … it seemed. You could tell this, by the hundreds attending the many family reunions at great Thanksgiving dinners and the like. The legacy of Janet and Hi — they all loved these two, very much.

Janet was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Hiram Oilar, in September 1999; brother Norman Holcomb, in January 1995; sister Gwen Burrow, in February 2018; mother Joyce Gould, in June 2000; father Elmer Holcomb, in July 1936.

In honoring the full life lived by Janet Oilar we will be celebrating all that she was. It will be held August 18, 2018 in McArthur at George Ingram Hall, located at the Inter-Mountain Fairgrounds. Friends and family please join us starting at 1:00 p.m. and if you’re inclined to bring a potluck dish, it would be greatly appreciated.“

In Loving Memory
William Papez
July 28, 1937
- February 23, 20108
In memory of William Papez, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, we would like to remember and honor him on what would have been his 81st birthday on July 28, 2018. William’s wife, Marilyn, daughters Roxanna and son-in- law John, Michelle and son-in-law Shane, and grandchildren Aubrey (Brandon), Beau, Colton (Miranda), Danielle, Easton, Fallon, Jaxson, and Karsyn would like to express their deep sadness of his passing by wishing him a “Happy Birthday” on his very special day.

William Papez, beloved husband for 58 years of Marilyn Joy Papez, was born on July 28, 1937 to Joseph and Anna Papez in Pueblo, Colorado. He was the youngest of eight sons.

From his birth in Pueblo, Colorado, to his death in McArthur, California, he nourished his family and the people around him with love, generosity, and laughter. While growing up, he lived on a farm and enjoyed hunting for his family’s dinner and taming wild horses. At 17 years old he left Pueblo and enlisted in the United States Navy. Sailing around the world on the aircraft carrier The Coral Sea, he was a Gunner’s Mate, Coxswain, and cook. Honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy as a Korean War Veteran, he went back home to Pueblo where he met the love of his life, Marilyn Joy Self.

On December 19, 1959, William, 22, married Marilyn Self, 17, in El Monte, California. He worked as a plumber while attending trade school at night to perfect his plumbing trade to become a commercial plumbing contractor. He and Marilyn had two lovely daughters, Roxanna and Michelle.

William was dedicated to his wife and raising his daughters while they built a successful business. William enjoyed many activities, such as hunting and fishing, which led to him and Marilyn purchasing their Northern California ranch in 1980. Together, William and Marilyn led a happy and fulfilling life and loved being together.

William and Marilyn also loved spending time with their daughters and their grandchildren. William and Marilyn continued working many plumbing contracting jobs throughout the Northern California and Southern Oregon areas until their retirement in 2008. William and Marilyn shared every moment of their lives for over 58 years – they truly had a love story of happiness and dedication to one another.

William is survived by his loving wife Marilyn, daughter Roxanna Fry and husband John (McArthur), daughter Michelle Gilbert and husband Shane (Redding), grandchildren Aubrey Shaffer and partner Brandon Byers and great-grandson Jaxson (Discovery Bay), Beau Shaffer (McArthur), Colton Shaffer and partner Miranda Smith and great-granddaughter Karsyn (Burney), Danielle Shaffer (McArthur), Easton Gilbert (Redding) and Fallon Gilbert (Redding). William is also survived by his brother Paul Papez (Missouri) and many living nieces and nephews.

William brought an energy and enthusiasm to life and his family. William will be greatly missedhis absence has left a missing piece in our family’s heart. We are blessed to have had our “love of my life”, our “dad”, and our “Bahpa” in our lives and we will treasure the memories of him that will forever be with us in our hearts and souls.

In Loving Memory
Shirley Ann White
8/29/35 - 7/19/18
Shirley Ann Musson was born to William and Olga Musson in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. She grew up there as the youngest of four children having 2 brothers and 1 sister. She married her beloved husband, Carlyle White, in July of 1954. In 1965, she drove the first 5 of her 7 children to California to join her husband who had recently moved to the Burney area for a new job. Those 5 children ranged in age from 10 to 2 years old.

The Whites resided in the Burney area several years with their 3 oldest graduating from Burney High School. They briefly lived in New Pine Creek and then settled in the Bieber area. Shirley loved her family with all her heart and was an awesome and very supportive mom, grandma, and great-grandma. She cherished all the time she was able to spend with her family and would ask to see pictures even if she couldn’t be with them. She also enjoyed watching them play sports through many years. Shirley was a devoted Christian and has been a member of Grace Bible Church since moving to Bieber. She loved being the greeter in her later years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carlyle, two of her daughters, Lori White and Stacy Jamison, and granddaughter Jamie. She is survived by her children & grandchildren: Alan White & wife Cindy of Fall River Mills (Val, Tami, & Scott), Carla Schechla and husband Ron of Burney (Chad & Nick), Mark White & wife Maggie of Wasilla, Alaska (Jessie), Dan White of Bieber, Travis White of Bieber (Trenten, Morgen, & Haylen) and Stacy’s children (Joshua Jamison & Victoria Dowell). She has 8 great-grandchildren. In her own words, “I am blessed with a wonderful family.” She will be greatly missed, though her family knows she is now in heaven with the Lord that she so loves.

Memorial Services will be held at Grace Bible Church in Bieber, CA at 11:00am August 4th, 2018.

Memorial donations may be sent to: Grace Bible Church PO Box 187 Bieber, CA 96009

In Loving Memory
Nicholas Kinsey Hanson
Nicholas Kinsey Hanson was born in Frederick, MD on April 14th, 1990 to John and Sharon Hanson. He went to Greencastle-Antrim Elementary and Middle Schools and made many close friends there. He moved to Fall River Mills, CA in High School and graduated from Fall River High School in 2009. He obtained his pilots license at age 16 for his senior project. He attended Utah Valley University and studied aviation for one year. He then attended Sierra Academy of Aeronautics. He obtained his FAA Private, Instrument, Commercial and Multiengine and Certified Flight Instruction Licensing. He stayed on at the Academy instructing spin training for three years. He was a talented aerobatic pilot and loved to be in the air; he had over 4000 hours. He recently passed his crop dusting certification testing and was flying an Air Tractor - 502. Nick left this world on June 29th. He was ferrying a Citabria in NE when it is believed he passed out following a maneuver. He had just phoned his father while fueling up the aircraft and mentioned that he felt nauseated. The accident was witnessed by a close family friend. He had good altitude with plenty of recovery time.

Impressions of a Pilot Flight is freedom in its purest form,
To dance with the clouds which follow a storm;
To roll and glide, to wheel and spin,
To feel the joy that swells within;
To leave the earth with its troubles and fly,
And know the warmth of a clear spring sky;
Then back to earth at the end of a day,
Released from the tensions which melted away.
Should my end come while I am in flight,
Whether brightest day or darkest night;
Spare me your pity and shrug off the pain,
Secure in the knowledge that I’d do it again;
For each of us is created to die,
And within me I know, I was born to fly.
Gary Claud Stokor

His spirit was larger than life and he lit up a room with his beautiful smile and spirit. He had an incredible sense of humor and he never met anyone that was not a friend. He was nonjudgmental and never had time for pettiness. He was an animal lover and supported the Giants and 49’ers. He was an avid fly fisherman and loved hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, boating, motorcycle riding and mountain biking. He enjoyed music and played the guitar. He loved working on planes and cars with his dad. He loved the Inter-Mountain Fair, working on derby cars, bald eagles, November Mustaches and THE AMERICAN FLAG and everything it stands for. He was an incredible Patriot. He was the kind of man who would give you the shirt off his back or his very last dollar. He enriched the lives of our family and friends and will be missed beyond measure. Our hearts are broken and our family has been forever changed in an incomprehensible way with the loss of this amazing man. He died doing what he absolutely loved. A scholarship fund, in his honor, will be set up for students who wish to become a pilot at Fall River Mills High School.

Nick is survived by his father - John Hanson (Pam Waiswa), mother - Sharon Hanson (Naiche Minor), siblings - Heather Corr PAC (Colin Corr), Joshua Frye DDS (Tiffany Frye MD), Lindsay Frye MD (Ben Wershing DPT). Nephew - Calvin Corr, Nieces - Genevieve Marie Frye and Lalya Kimberley Frye. Grandparents - Susan Hanson, Jerry and Sandra Kimberley, Uncles - Forrest Hanson, Bruce Hanson, John Kimberley, Steve Kimberley (Debbie), Cindy Bunner (Rodney). Cousins - Forrest Hanson Jr (Krysti), Stephen Hanson (Emily), Daniel Hanson, Bradley Hanson, Sam Bunner, Abigail Bunner, Jessica Havelt, Jeremiah Kimberley, Natalie Miller (Steve), Jacob Kimberley. The Love of Nick’s Life - Lindsey “Cookie Monster” Crum. Nick was preceded in death by his beloved Grandpa Edward Ellis Hanson.

Memorial contributions may be made to: The Nick Hanson Aviator Scholarship Fund PO Box 324 Fall River Mills, CA 96028

In Loving Memory
Sheryl Lynn Carnegie
Sheryl Lynn Carnegie passed away on June 29, 2018. Sheryl was born in Grass Valley, California on July 24, 1939 to Amie and Al Dyer. She attended grade schools in Grass Valley, Eugene, Oregon, and Willits, California. She also attended Sacramento State College.

Married for 60 years, Sheryl and her husband, Lee, lived in California, Utah, Washington, and Alaska, before settling in Fall River Mills, California. Sheryl and her family had many adventures in her early years including logging and constructing their own log home in the Gig Harbor area of Washington State. She later moved to Alaska for ten years where she had her own accounting business and was able to spend time river rafting, camping, fishing and skiing. Recently, in her “retirement” she was a supervisor for the National Park Service for sixteen years at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Over the years, she has volunteered over twelve thousand hours with various federal land management agencies, including the Salmon-Challis, Humboldt-Toiyabe, Tahoe, and Lassen National Forests, Bosque del Apache, Bill Williams, and Cibola National Wildlife Refuges, Lava Beds National Monument, and the Arctic Inter-agency Visitor Center in Alaska, as well as with the Nature Conservancy in Henry’s Fork Idaho.

Sheryl was a strong, adventurous person, traveling the world to see what was out there and to never stop moving. Sheryl is survived by her husband Lee, daughter Amie (Todd) Drotning, son Scott (Shannon), brother Pat Dyer, four grandchildren Niki, Sierra, Jake, and Skyler, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. She will be sorely missed. May she rest in peace.

In Loving Memory
Rae Murray Perkins8
Rae Isabell Murray Perkins was born in Reno, NV on April 21, 1937, to Kenneth and Ellen Murray. She passed away at the Modoc Medical Center Skilled Nursing facility in Alturas, CA on June 29, 2018. She is peacefully tending the gardens in heaven.

Rae was raised in the Fall River Valley and graduated from Fall River High School in 1955. Rae was married to John “Squeek” Maurice Perkins. After Squeek passed away, Rae moved to Alturas where she lived next to her daughter and son-in-law.

Rae was a cook for the area restaurants. When she moved to Alturas she worked at Maxwell’s Nursery. She was active in the Alturas Senior Center, June Jamboree, Bunco Club, Friends of the Library, a member of the hospital auxiliary, and volunteered when needed. She loved to work in her garden. Her flower garden had won the garden of the month award from the Alturas Garden Club. She also liked to go fishing, crochet, do crafts and was an avid reader. She enjoyed helping her daughter with things for her classroom.

Rae is survived by her sister Irene Estes (Wally) of Fall River; her daughter Kim Parker (Danny) of Alturas, CA; son Kent Perkins (Kelly) of Brentwood, CA; grandchildren Bryan Parker, Tiffany Morris (Chad), Nick Perkins and Lexy Perkins; great-grandchildren Madeline Rae Morris and Odin Jack Morris. She has numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Squeek and her son Kirt Perkins.

Services will be held on July 11, 2:00 p.m. at the Fall River Cemetery. A picnic potluck will follow at the McArthur fairgrounds. Donations may be made to the Intermountain Fair in her memory.

In Loving Memory
Gerald (Jarie) Lowell Fowles
September 30, 1931 - June 13, 2018
Gerald (Jarie) Lowell Fowles, 86, passed away peacefully from causes related to age on June 13, 2018, in Yuba City, California, after living a full and active life.
Jarie was born in Salt Lake City on September 30, 1931, to Lowell David Fowles and Eva Viola Astle. He was the second of three sons. The firstborn son, Junior Astle, died soon after birth, making Jarie the big brother to younger brother Jay. They had a wonderful childhood growing up in the Sugar House area of Salt Lake City.

Jarie graduated with honors from South High, an achievement he repeated at every level of education. He was the student director of the a cappella choir, a member of the basketball and track teams, and a cheerleader. He earned his Eagle Scout award which began a life-long love for scouting.

Following high school Jarie served for three and a half years in U.S. Air Force, serving aboard a C-47 as a “door gunner” during the Korean War. Returning from Korea, he met Beverly (Bev) Jean Nielson and they were married several months later in the Salt Lake Temple on January 29, 1953.

Jarie started his college education at the University of Utah where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Their first son, Steven, was born during that time. The family moved to California, where Jarie attended graduate school at Stanford University.

Jarie began his thirty four year high school and junior college career teaching history in Newport Beach, California, where two more sons, David and Matthew joined the family. Jarie and Bev, growing weary of the big city life, moved to the beautiful Fall River Valley at the other end of the state in 1964.

During his 30 years teaching at Fall River High School, he taught every student who ever entered its doors, numbering in the thousands. Many students considered him their favorite teacher. Jarie coached basketball teams, kept score and announced during sporting events, and was proud to have read almost every book in the school library so that he could recommend books to his students.

His love for learning never ended, and he spent parts of 15 summers studying history, geography, political science, and economics at colleges and universities from Oregon to Michigan to Israel. During a summer attending school in Utah, their fourth son, Aaron, was born.

Jarie served as a scoutmaster for over 10 years, receiving the Silver Beaver award. He was especially proud that all four of his sons were Eagle Scouts. He denied stories told by scouts that his 5 mile hikes always seemed to be twice that distance. Jarie and Bev loved the Fall River Valley, loved the people who lived there, and always considered it home.

Upon retiring, Jarie and Bev moved to Mc- Minnville, Oregon, where they enjoyed attending concerts and sporting events at local high schools and colleges. Keeping busy, Jarie volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and shelving books at Mc- Minnville Public Library. Jarie and Bev loved traveling the world together.

Jarie was an active and dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). He loved to share the Gospel, and together with Bev, serve a combined four years as LDS missionaries in Tennessee, New Mexico, and Wyoming. They served for 18 years in the LDS Portland Temple and taught English in Qingdao, China, for nearly two years.

Gerald was preceded in death by Beverly, his wife of 59 years, his brother, Jay, a daughter- in-law, Michelle, one grandchild, and one great-grandchild. Gerald is survived by his four sons, Steven (Jeanne), David (Cami), Matthew (Heather), and Aaron (Lisa), 15 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.

A viewing will take place on Friday, June 29, from 9-10 AM at the Amity Ward building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 18565 South Hwy 99W, Amity, Oregon, followed by Gerald’s funeral service at 10:30 AM. He will be buried next to his wife in the South Yamhill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity. Private online condolences can be made to www.

In Loving Memory
Betty Jean Estes
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved mother Betty Jean Estes, a lifelong resident of the Fall River Valley.

Betty Jean Estes, 75, passed away Monday, June 25, 2018 at Marquis Shasta in Redding, CA surrounded by her family.

Born in Oakland, California on February, 17, 1943 and moving to Fall River Mills, California shortly after. Betty graduated from Fall River High School in 1960. The following year she married her high school sweetheart, Bill Estes, and they were happily married for 54 years.

Betty spent her working years, 1965 to 1999, as a bookkeeper for Sierra Market. She dedicated her life to being a faithful loving wife, mother and grandma. Betty enjoyed working in her beautiful yard, sewing, crocheting, fishing, camping and most of all spending time at the ocean with the love of her life “Billy Bob.” She loved being with her grandkids and was one of their biggest fans. Betty cherished her family as much as they cherished her. She will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Our love for her will live on in our hearts and memories forever.

Betty is survived by her son, Dean Estes (Melissa) of Redding, daughter Cindy Wimer (Marty) also of Redding, brothers Butch Mitchell (Carol) and Bob Palmer (Lyn), brother-in-laws Ron Estes (Barbara), George Estes, Leo Estes (Michelle) and sister-in-law Carolyn Tidmore (Jim). Betty has seven grandchildren: Megan Dyson (Jason), Bobby Estes, Jordan Wimer, Jackson Estes (Danika), Tanner Estes (JoJo, fiance), Ally Wimer and Averi Wimer, one great grandchild Jesse as well as 16 nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by her spouse Bill Estes, in 2015, her father Marion Palmer, in 1999 and her mother Virginia Palmer, in 2002.

A private family memorial will be held in honor of her wishes.

 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bill Estes Memorial Scholarship for the Burney / Fall River High School education foundation.

In Loving Memory
Betty Louella Hofstar
Born Betty Louella Hofstar on October 22, 1927 in Ben Hill, GA, Betty “Lou” grew up in Loma Linda, CA. She married Bill Miller on his return from Korea after World War Two. She moved all over California with her contractor husband, with a short stint in Washington and seven years in Texas. She worked as a secretary for many years, adding four children along the way.

The Millers retired to Round Mountain, California in 1991 where Betty Lou was active in her church, serving as treasurer and pianist. She was also involved in the Arts League in the Round Mountain Community.

Betty Lou passed away quietly in the Lord on May 5, 2018 in Baker City, Oregon. She is survived by sister, Joyce Pihl and Lois Funk; son Robin Miller of Round Mountain; daughters Glenda Risch of La Clede, Idaho, Aletha Wehtje of Baker City and Joy Tjaden of Fall River Mills, CA; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on June 23 at 3 p.m. in the Round Mountain Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

In Loving Memory
Harvey William Haley
Harvey William Haley was born on November 29, 1949. On May 31, 2018, Harvey went home to be with God and the love of his life, Bonnie. He left this world peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones. Harvey leaves behind his two daughters, Jenni Haley (Donnie Bertagna), Kari Haley-Hathaway (Justin Hathaway), grandchildren Bailey Hovis, Jared Hovis, Jaden Ellenberger, brother, Wayne Haley, half-sister Nena Panza, and numerous nieces & nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Wanda, and his wife, Bonnie Haley.

Harvey grew up in Burney, attended the schools in the area, then graduated from Fall River High School in 1967. He and Bonnie were high school sweethearts and walked together at graduation. They were married in 1968 and would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on the 15th of June. They made their home in Burney and raised their girls there. Harvey spent most of his life working as a skidder operator in the woods after the Louisiana- Pacific mill closed in Burney. After retiring from the logging industry, Harvey moved to Redding to be closer to his family in the summer of 2017.

A celebration of life was held for Harvey on Sunday, June 10th, at the Intermountain Fairgrounds in McArthur, CA.

In Loving Memory
Eileen Karen Husa (Tasa)
In Memory of Eileen Karen Husa (Tasa) Loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, Eileen Karen Husa born June 8th, 1943 in Aitken Valley, Minnesota passed away May 17th 2018 in Redding, CA. She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Terrance Leroy Husa of Burney, CA and her three children; Melody Gray of Eureka, CA, James Winner of Oregon City, OR and Jennifer Montgomery of Milwaukee, OR. She also has four step-children; Cheryl Hiller, David Husa, Bill Husa and Travis Husa. She has six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Eileen had 13 siblings of which four survive her in Oregon today.

Eileen moved from Minnesota to Oregon with her parents who are now deceased, Clarence and Margaret Tasa. Eileen attended a school for Secretarial Occupational Studies in Oregon. She moved to Eureka, CA in her thirties and worked in card rooms there. Eileen also owned Kris & Eileen’s card room at 301 F on 3rd and F Street in Eureka. She loved playing cards professionally and for fun. Having moved to Redding in 1980 she began working at the Casino Club as a card dealer and professional card player. Eileen and Terry attended professional poker tournaments on cruises that they had won. Later in life, Eileen loved to garden. She developed the back yard into a beautiful place to visit all summer long. Having had a beautiful green thumb, she could make anything grow. Eileen was fun loving, who loved the beach and swimming in the local lakes and enjoying the summer sun,. She had a great love for Pugs and owned a great many over the years. Eileen loved to spend time with family which brought her great joy. “Life is short, get out and do it while you can.”

There will be a Celebration of Life held for Eileen in Burney, CA that will be announced on her memorial tribute at: Please sign her book and share your pictures and stories.

In Loving Memory
Christian D. Valov
May 1954 - December 2016

Mechanic. Computer technician. Part-time mad scientist. Autodidact. That was Chris. Always a bit of a hell-raiser in his early teens alongside his older brothers Jim and Greg, he settled down a bit after his mother and four of five siblings emigrated to Sydney, Australia when he was 14 years old. Chris attended Pittwater High School and then went on to get his professional auto mechanic’s training at a nearby technical college, during which time he also apprenticed at a European/Japanese auto shop. While still in high school, he and a friend took a month’s long trip around the world, piquing his curiosity for adventure and other cultures. At the age of 21, when he and the family decided to return to the US, he opted for the long way round. Going solo, Chris spent nine months on the road, crossing Australia, Indonesia, India, and the Middle East on his customized Suzuki 1500 motorcycle. He stopped first in Western Australia, where he worked on mining vehicles to earn enough for the second leg of his adventure across Asia. Arriving in Turkey after a risky crossing of Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran, he sold the bike so that he could fly to Europe and then the US. He developed a love for cooking and music along the way. Chris rejoined the family in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1976, where they settled not far from where they had departed seven years earlier. His foreign car expertise paid off for Chris, and he found himself in demand for the specialized work needed on Peugeot, Citroën, Fiat, and several Japanese brands. Due to health issues in the 1990s, Chris eventually had to give up his automotive work, but his electronics skills helped in the transition to becoming a computer repair technician, which he mostly learned on his own. He went on to provide computer services in Big Valley for about 15 years before his illness.. He usually had at least one repair job or another on his workbench. He would have been 64 this week. He is survived by his mother Frances in Bieber, his sister Michalanne Sloan in Tennessee, sister Debra in Oakland, and a pile of unfinished projects.

In Loving Memory
Dona Hammons

Dona was born to Virginia and Donald Diesch on May 4th, 1947 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she grew up and met the love of her life, Mr. Willard R Hammons and they married on June 13th, 1964 in Pittsburgh. They moved to Mount Shasta, California the same year. They also lived in Red Bluff; Walnut Creek, and Grass Valley, CA as well as Lakeview, Oregon before moving to Bieber, CA where they remained for over 26 years and coowned and operated Bob and Dona’s Pizza before settling in Klamath Falls, OR in 1977.

Dona enjoyed crocheting, fishing, camping, boating and playing Rummy. But, what she enjoyed most was spending time with her grandchildren. She absolutely loved family gatherings. Her family described her as a very loving, caring, loyal and fearless individual. But what she will be remembered for most was her nurturing nature and her kind heart.

She is survived by her loving daughters, Tina (Richard) Cressy, Paula Hammons, Bobbi (Amber), Vieira and Jessica (David) Pinacho; her loving sons, Edward (Michelle) Hammons, and Mark (Teri) Hammons; her loving sisters, Pamela Elaine Rymniak, Debra Carol and Lonnie Yarberry; including 23 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Donna is preceded in death by her loving parents Virginia and Donald Diesch; her loving sister, Janet Carmichael and her little angel Kimberly Jane Hammons who passed away at birth. Private services will be held.

Affordable Cremation Care is handling the arrangements at 541-887-2888. Condolences can be made at www.acck

In Loving Memory
Leo Ellis

Leo Ellis (Coach) was born in Elmira, Missouri on March 9, 1922 with identical twin Lee Ellis to Mildred and Edgar Ellis. Leo passed in Greensboro, North Carolina on May 11, 2018.

Leo was raised in Lexington MO and graduated from Lexington High School where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. He was always happy and loved visiting with people. He loved to talk and did not know a stranger. His mother gave him the nickname “smiles.”

 He served in the navy aboard the USS Pfifer in the South Pacific and Philippines. Because he sent his military paycheck to his mother, he was among the first be discharged at the end of WWII. He attended Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, MO where he was a junior college All-American football player on a team that played in the Papoose Bowl. He was later inducted into the Wentworth Military Athletic Hall of Fame.

Leo obtained a bachelor degree from Central Missouri State College and taught school for 30 years in Missouri, Japan and California. He loved all sports, especially assignment where he coached football. Leo married Mary Jane Robbins on august 3, 1949 and had one daughter, Deborah. He loved his grandchildren. He was a faithful fan at all of their sporting activities, 4-H events and horse shows. He and Mary Jane traveled from Sacramento to Fall River Mills to spend time with them; later they moved to Fall River mills to live in their dream home on the golf course where he enjoyed greeting golfers and giving advise.

Leo enjoyed fishing and played golf into his 0’s. In his last year, his greatest pride was his great-grandson EJ; Leo’’s dream was to coach EJ as he grew older.

He is survived by his daughter Deborah Marcum and husband Daniel; Mary Jane Marcum Orr and her husband Evan; and great-grandchild Evan Jeffrey (EJ) Orr. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Jane Ellis, grandson Jeffrey Alan Marcum, brother Lee Ellis and sister Elnora May Elmore.

A service and burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in McArthur, California. Forbis and Dick Funeral Home is serving the Ellis family.

In Loving Memory
Mary Jane Robbins Ellis

 Mary Jane Robbins Ellis was born in Chilhowee, Missouri on July 13,1931 and passed in Greensboro, North Carolina on January 23, 2018. Her parents were Bonnie Martha Francis Robbins and Harold Franklin Robbins. She was raised on a farm and went to school in Lafayette County, Missouri.

She often spoke of riding a horse to school and one cherished family picture is of her and her brothers and sisters on the family horse on the way to school. Mary Jane graduated from Odessa High School and attended Central Missouri State college. She later taught all eight grades in a country school and had many stories about her experiences while there.

She met her husband, Leo Ellis while attending Central Missouri State College. The were married for 68 years. They had one daughter, Deborah (Ellis) Marcum.

Mary Jane loved her family and her great joy was spending time with her grandchildren Jeffrey Alan and Mary Jane. She did everything from trim sheep to washing chickens for their 4-H projects. She loved horses and had great pride and joy in watching horse shows. She was also present at their sporting events and their biggest fan. She also cherished trips to Missouri to be with relatives.

Mary Jane is survived by her husband Leo, Sisters Betty Ring of Sacramento, California, and Minnie Schmidt of Odessa, Missouri and numerous nieces and nephews. She also survived by her daughter, Deborah Marcum and her husband Daniel, granddaughter Mary Jane Marcum Orr, husband Evan and great grandchild, Evan Jeffrey Orr. A brother, James Robbins, sister, Wyota Kite, and grandson, Jeffrey Alan Marcum, preceded her in death.

A funeral service was held Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. Burial will be at a later date in McArthur, California. Scholarship donations in her memory may be made to the “High Caliber Hot Shots,” a youth riding club of High Caliber Stables, 8506 Cedar Hollow Rd., Greensboro, NC 27455, or the First Baptist Church, 100 west 00 Hwy, Odessa, MO 64076.

In Loving Memory
Ida Lee (Bue) Spurrier
Ida Lee (Bue) Spurrier (82) Services were held at the Burney Cemetery April 20th with friends and family present. She passed peacefully in Walnut Creek April 7, 2018. She was laid to rest with her husband and her parents. Ida Lee was born in Red Bluff, CA, April 30, 1935 to Salve and Kathleen Bue. She grew up in Burney with a sister Kathleen Bue (Bauer) and a father known as the “Potato King” who later became the Burney US Postmaster. Her mother Kathleen was an elementary school teacher.

Ida Lee attended elementary school in Burney and later rode the school bus to McArthur where she forged friendships with people on a daily basis that lasted all her life. She loved school and was active in nearly everything available from CSF to Yearbook staff.

After high school she moved to Berkeley where she attended UC Berkeley and graduated in 1957. She also received a Masters Education degree in 1974. December 16, 1956 Ida Lee married Lonnie Spurrier of Delano, Ca. He had just returned from the 1956 World Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. He was a participant in field and track (running). Ida still had a semester to finish in 1957, and then they moved to Tucson, AZ where Lon was a Lt. in the Air Force. They moved in 1958 to Manhattan, NY. They also lived in Chatham, NJ and moved back to California (Orinda) in 1967. Her husband passed in 2016 and she ultimately moved to Pleasant Hill, CA.

Ida was a loved and highly regarded teacher for 28 years. She taught 1st grade and kindergarten 19 years, 6th grade 3 years, as well as Computer Special Program 3 years and Special Education Program 3 years. Her passion was early childhood development. She developed a community reputation as “The Kindergarten teacher you wanted to get your kids assigned to”

Ida was a loving wife and mother. She has a daughter Dana and a son Randy. She also has two grandchildren, Jack and Amelia.

Ida and Lon were devotees of anything affiliated with UC Berkeley. Any activities with UC systems you could find them participating. After her mother, Kathleen Bue died, the family came to the home in Burney where she grew up for summer get-aways. Burney Basin Days was a draw for her to reunite with all her friends. She was always smiling and laughing out loud. That was definitely her trademark.

She was generous to so many people in so many ways. She always remembered her classmates and neighbors, and there were always get-togethers when she was in town. After she retired she brought boxes of children books to her Burney home from her years of teaching. Every trip the car was full of boxes. She donated nearly all of them to the Burney Library.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Ida at the Cal Alumni House in Berkeley June 9th.

Family has asked any donations in Ida’s name be given to the Burney Public Library. She will be missed by all who knew her.

In Loving Memory
Marcus V. Murray

Marcus V. Murray was born February 14, 1930 in Havre, Montana. He passed away March 11, 2018 in Redding, California.

He moved to Burney in 1936. His claim to fame was the fact that he was the last of the originals who settled in the Burney basin in the 1930’s.

Marcus was well known for his joking nature and he truly enjoyed teasing everyone he met.

Marcus worked at the Burney Lumber Company mill which was located on what is now the Desmond property, Julia’s Liquor Store, a contractor building homes, one of those homes he bought and raised his family, and Scott’s lumber mill. Marcus bought a gas station and operated it until he went to work for Shasta County, operating heavy equipment and running a snow plow. He started working for Cal Trans in 1967 again operating heavy equipment as well as plowing snow.

Marcus was a member of the Junior Chamber, Burney Volunteer Fire Department, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Burney Post 5689 and twice past master of Fort Crook Lodge #250 Free and Accepted Masons.

Marcus is preceded in death by his parents Jim and Rosina Murray, brothers Wallace and Jimmy, daughter Theresa Kay Murray, first wife Mary Alton Murray Harkey, second wife Patricia Sue Brundage Murray and Grandson Chester Brundage.

He is survived by sisters Dorothy Stoich of Washington state, Fritz Baker of Idaho. Daughters Ricki Murray Turner & Anita Murray Allen of Burney, Marlene Murray & Angie Murray of Hawaii, stepsons Randy Brundage of South Carolina, Andy Brundage & Danny Brundage of Redding. 12 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on July 28th, 2018 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Burney at 1:00pm. Potluck will follow.

Time for sharing your stories of Marcus is planned. If you have a story but are uncomfortable talking to a crowd, write it down as I would love to read it at that time.

In Loving Memory
Paul Ellis Tooley
It is with great sadness that the family of Paul Ellis Tooley announces his sudden passing at age 40. Paul will be forever remembered by his precious children Liddy, Erica, Martin, Rose, and his step children Trista, Sonna, TJ and Ryker. He will also be fondly remembered by his parents Mike & Rosie, his siblings Joe (Shannon), Daniel (Holly), Pam (Jason), Michael, Kim, April (Carlos), and his grandchildren Leighton and Kason.

Paul was born on September 5, 1977 and grew up in the Fall River Valley. He loved fishing, working on and riding his Harley Davidson, making memories with his children, events with his bike club, playing his guitar and MMA fighting. Paul attended Shasta College and worked as a welder with the Local Union 228.

Paul had an enormous heart and always helped those in need without hesitation. His warm personality gave light to those around him. He was caring, thoughtful, selfless and courageous, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the Fall River Full Gospel Mission on Bridge Street, Fall River Mills, CA. There will be a viewing for the family from 12pm-1pm, open viewing from 1pm-2pm for all others. The main service will start at 2pm, followed by a graveside service at 3pm at the Fall River Cemetery. A celebration of life at the VFW Hall on Long Street will be for family and close friends after the graveside services.

In Loving Memory
Joseph L. Harris
Joseph L. Harris was born in Wayne County, IL, April 14, 1931, the youngest of four children raised on the family farm until going to work for General Telephone. He was also a member of the Illinois National Guard. He moved to California in 1955 with his wife and two children. He went to work for Citizen Utilities Telephone Company. He retired from the company as Burney District Manager for 28 years. He was preceded in death by his wife Ann, brother Ray and two sisters Reba and Fern. He is survived by his two children Terry and JoAnn Harris, four grandchildren Laura Jonland, Jessica Harris, Bobby Hunt and Katelyn Harris and three great grandchildren. Liberty Jonland, Lydia Jonland and Vannessa Hunt.

Services will be April 14, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the chapel of Halcumb Cemetery in Montgomery Creek.

In Lieu of flower’s the family asks that donations be given to the Burney Rotary Club. Being in the Rotary was a special part of his life along with his volunteer service

In Loving Memory
Dee Dee Lahey
Dee Dee Lahey was born in Oakland, California on February 9, 1946. Dee Dee joined her savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, March 8, 2018 in Redding, Cal- i - fornia at 8:43 a.m.

Dee Dee would like to let all her family and friends know that her work here on earth is done, the sort of offer you cannot refuse, an appointment from which she will not be returning.

She leaves behind so many: her partner Budd Contival who shared her life, her love; her sister Barbara who will miss her constant and dependable expressions of understanding and love; her niece Alicia, who loved her deeply and who did, in fact, win the last game of dominoes with her; her younger sister Joanne; her two nephews; Zackary and Garbriel, and her niece, Veronica; her beloved doggies, Joy and Sha Sha who gave her the best kisses and hugs; and all her many friends in the Intermountain Area.

A informal Celebration of Life Service was held Saturday, April 7 at the New Hope Evangelical Church with a reception following at the community Center, both in Burney, California.

In Loving Memory
Daniel Delano Kane
US Air Force & CARING/US Army Veteran

Daniel Delano Kane US Air Force & CARING/US Army Veteran Daniel Delano Kane, aged 74, also known as Dan or Danny, of Hat Creek, California, passed away on January 22, 2018 at his home in Hat Creek. He was a wonderful, kind man and loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed. He leaves behind his loving wife of over 37 years, Monique Kane of Hat Creek. From his first marriage, he is survived by his son, Terry Kane, daughter Valery Kane, and his grandchildren, Maureen, Stacey, Brenda, Steve and Mickael, his great-grandson, Jackson, all of whom live in France, as well as his brother Robert Kane of Modesto, California.

Dan was born on August 8,1945, in Fresno, California. His parents moved around a lot and when he joined the US Air Force two days after his seventeenth birth, on Aug. 10, 1962, he had already been in all 48 continental United States, Canada and Mexico and had 21 different places of residence while attending 19 different schools.

Dan spent over 11 years in the US Air Force as a Communications Center Specialist from 1962- 1973 and completed his military career with the California Army National Guard from 1983-1993 as a tank commander and finally, as a Senior Counterintelligence Agent/French Interpreter when he retired from the 223rd Military Intelligence Battalion (L), San Francisco, in 1993. He received his Certificate of Retirement from the U.S. Army for over 20 1/2 total years of military service.

Dan accomplished many things during his life having circled the globe twice and having been in 23 different countries. He was also a certified scuba diving instructor; NCO Club Manager; factory trained AMF Automatic Pinspotter mechanic; restaurant owner in France; Restaurant Manager at Sahara Reno Hotel Casino, and worked for the US Postal Service from which he retired on disability in 1997.

Dan received many medals, ribbons and awards for his service in the US Air Force and California Army National Guard/US Army and received certificates of appreciation for assisting in fighting forest fires in Northern California during US Forest Service “Siege of ’87” and from the American Red Cross for his assistance during the 7.1 Loma Prieta earthquake in October 1989. He also received recognition with an Award for Public Service from the United States Government Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, in San Francisco, in 1992 for his assistance as a French translator in a counternarcotics case involving the largest seizure of hashish in US history, 73 tons, from the ship, Lucky Star, in 1991. Dan was a Vietnam War veteran and life member of Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars post 5689 in Burney.

Dan and Monique moved to Hat Creek in January of 2001 where he lived out his days in a quiet life with a passion for improving their home and landscaping their property and garden.

Donations may be made to either the Hat Creek Volunteer Fire Dept, P.O. Box 148, Hat Creek, CA 96040, the Burney VFW Post 5689, P.O.Box 1448, Burney, CA 96013, or Mayers Memorial Hospital, Hospice at MMH, 43563 State Highway 299 East, Fall River Mills, CA 96028

In Loving Memory
John H. Carlton

John H. Carlton, 90, of Burney, California, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Vistas Assisted Living in Redding, California. John was born in Singer, Louisiana on April 25,1927, to Dr. Arthur and Dulcina Carlton, as one of five children.

John graduated from Singer High School in 1945 and later joined the Army Air Corps the same year. John met and married Naomi in January of 1953 when he was working as an agent for the Apache Railroad in McNary, Arizona.

His career with the railroad took him and his family to Burney, California in 1955, where he worked for the McCloud River Railroad for 32 years. In 1967, John started cutting household size Christmas trees to supplement the family’s income, which turned into “Carlton Christmas Trees.” Carlton Christmas Trees is still operating today by his two sons along with other business ventures.

John is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Don and Webb Carlton. He is survived by his loving wife, Naomi Carlton, his daughter: Linda Randall of Fort Collins, CO; two sons: James and Leslie Carlton; grandchildren: Michele Petersen of Redding, CA; Jamie Lozoya, Anderson, CA; Alecia Carlton of Redding, CA; Tyler Carlton of Vacaville, CA; Derrick Carlton of Burney, CA; Ashley Carlton of Chico, CA; Maggie Carlton of Montgomery Creek, CA and great-grandsons: Jordan Petersen, Justus Petersen, Alex Lozoya, Boston Carlton, and Jackson Carlton.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at the Intermountain Baptist Church, 20410 Marquette Street, Burney, CA.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff and the caregivers at the Vistas Assisted Living for the loving care and support of John. We would also like to thank all those family friends and associates we have known through the years for your support. Any condolences and memories are gladly accepted at www.McDonalds

In Loving Memory
Andrew Franklin Lakey

Andy Lakey was born January 29, 1925 in Burney, CA to Asa and Agnes Lakey and went home to his Lord and Savior on February 23, 2018. He was preceeded in death by his wife of 59 years, Milly, his parents, three brothers; Asa Jr., Howard Sr., and Dean, and four sisters; Dorothy, Muriel, Bessie and Dorcas.

He was raised in Burney and attended elementary school there, graduating from Fall River High School in 1942. He was one of 10 children and had story after story of the childhood mischief they got into. Many stories were “enhanced” for effect, although the craziest stories turned out to be true! It was during his childhood era of the late 20’s and early 30’s, with no television or electronics that his imagination grew and he and his brothers and sisters created their own fun. Making people laugh brought him much joy and he became the “story” and “joke teller” that we all know and love.

After turning 18 in January 1943, he enlisted in the Navy to serve his country during WW II. All five brothers served in the Navy and he was very proud of that. He attended Peru State College in Nebraska for pilot training and then was shipped out to the South Pacific. He never saw action as a pilot and was instead stationed as needed aboard ship in a variety of positions. The war impacted him greatly and he never talked about it much, yet he was a proud veteran and patriot.

After the war ended, he attended Cal Poly, which was an all boys school at the time and received his degree in Electrical Engineering. He then returned to Burney and worked at the mill as an electrician.

It was love at first sight when he laid eyes on his future bride Milly, as she helped her folks move cows down 299 in McArthur. As he told it, “She was the prettiest girl I’d ever seen” and immediately had his friend John McArthur arrange a double date with him, Shirley and “the dark haired beauty on the horse.” They married in 1954 and started their married life in Burney, moving to Glenburn 2-years later when his father in law Walter Jensen became ill. And that was when he found his true calling. He became a Rancher. He was taught the ropes by his wife, and mother in law Zereda, and quickly became a “natural.” He and Milly registered their own brand and became the Bar Thirteen Ranch. He loved to ride and round up stray cows on the summer range with Milly by his side and whether it was a cattle drive, branding, fence mending, putting up hay or feeding, he truly enjoyed every minute. They invested wisely and grew their herd of Hereford cattle, creating a life together that was so satisfying they didn’t want to do anything or live anywhere else in the world.

As their family grew, he taught his children Marty, Debbie and Tim the ranching way of life and to always shut the gate, turn off the water, and put back whatever tool you borrowed where you found it. He instilled old fashioned values and was the true example of a hand shake was as good as gold. His kindness towards others was part of his gentle spirit and his endearing smile and twinkle in his bright blue eyes will not be forgotten.

His involvement in the community spanned decades and he enjoyed belonging to many clubs and organizations. Among his favorites were the Sheriff’s Flying Posse, Elks, Shriners, Masons and the Cattlemen’s Association. His love of flying was something his entire family enjoyed and we were in the plane as much as we were in the car. Loop de loops, soaring through clouds and buzzing the house…such thrills we enjoyed with him. He was the happiest when he was on his horse or in his plane, with Milly by his side. Such love and joy they shared here on earth and now they are together with their Lord and Savior… eternally.

He is survived by his son Marty (Lisa) Lakey, daughter Debbie Lakey, and son Tim (Val) Lakey, grandchildren Marianne Lakey, Nick (LeslieLakey, Mandy Lakey, Shay Corder, Justin (Sera) Warner, and Brian Carmentia, seven great grandchildren, Emma, Brianna, Jacob, Lily, Hayden,  Daniel and Autumn. His grandson Nick and wife Leslie are expecting his 8th great granddaughter in May. He also leaves a sister, Marcie Thornhill, brother Kenneth (Sumi) Lakey and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Please join the family for a Celebration of Life on Sunday, March 4th at 2:30 p.m. in George Ingram Hall at the Intermountain Fairgrounds in McArthur. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sheriff’s Flying Posse, Shriners Hospital, the Pete Lakey Memorial Fund or a charity of your choice

In Loving Memory
Barbara Frances Hester
Barbara Frances (Reade) Hester, 92, passed away Monday, February 5, 2018 in her home at Hilltop Estates in Redding, where she has been living for the past year and a half.

She was born October 25th, 1925 in Glendale, California to Arthur R. and Beatrice (Williams) Reade. She attended Pasadena City College in 1942.

She married the love of her life, Charles (Chuck) Hester in June 1943. They were married 52 years until his passing in 1996. The couple raised their children in San Diego, California then moved to Fall Riger Mills in 1970. They built their home on the Fall River, whih became a haven of hospitality to their family and friends for 45 years.

She was active in her church and community, ever ready to lend a helping hand, pray for a need, or bake a pie. Many of her friends and family are recipients of her beautifully crocheted afghans, or quilts.

She is survived by her children, Linda (Joe) Schley and Richard (Judy) Hester; her grandchildren Ezra Hamill, Anna Perkins, Joel Hamill, Sarah Richards, Daniel Hester and Jordan Hester, six great-grandchldren, former son-in-law Steve Hamill and other friends.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and will forever be in their hearts..

Condolences can be sent to Family of Barara Hester, c/o Richard Hester, 508 Chestnut St. Ste 1, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067.

Her mmemorial will be held at the Glenburn Church, 42045 McArthur Rd. Fall River Mills, 96028 at 11 a.m.

In Loving Memory
Felix Warren Eastman
Services for Felix Warren Eastman will be at the Pine Grove Cemetery in McArthur, February 24 at 10 a.m. A potluck luncheon will follow at the Vets Hall in Fall River Mills.

Felix Eastman - the man we soon won’t forget.

Felix was born April 5, 1921 in Hayward, California of all places. His parents went to visit some relatives and he decided to come into this world and put his two cents in. He was the oldest of nine children.

 He basically grew up in Glenburn staying in school until he was 12. His father said that he knew enough already and besides school was a mile away and he either had to walk or ride a horse to get there so he went to work wherever he could find it, mostly working on his grandfather’s ranch to help him out.      

He worked in the lumber business in any job that could be had. If you needed work done, you called Felix. He worked for Harry Horr, Burney Transportation, J.J. Bartle and Larry Carpenter. At one time or the other, he probably worked for just about everyone in the Valley. He skidded logs from Soldier Mountain, and felled timber with David Schneider, his partner. He trapped muskrats in the winter and sold the pelts to help support his growing family.

He served his time in the military as a Tech Sergeant in the Army Air Corps. Always outspoken, the military taught him to stifle that trait. An antidote to that training is this, “After eating an entire bull, a Mountain Lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral of this story? Just like the military: “When you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut!”

He had known Dorothy from school and around town. It was love at first sight and Felix had met his match. They were married for 69 years and had three children. Living in Dana was great.

His only setback was a heart attack at 39-years of age. The doctor told him to get out of the woods, so they sold the house and moved to Middletown in 1962. They opened he Jolly Kone, but it didn’t keep him down. He worked for Sterling Shaw as a carpenter five days a week, also working nights and weekends at the Jolly Kone. He did what he wanted to do, and no one could tell him different. Stubbornness ran through is blood.

After several tries, He and Dorothy sold the Jolly Kone and moved back to Fall River Mills. They lived in that house for 42 years. He worked again for Burney Transportation and the Carpenters. He did anything and everything the Carpenters needed him to do up until two years ago. He took care of the Harbert Oil gas station across the street from his house for 18 years. Felix was successful at mostly everything he tried to do except for one thing…. Retire!

He loved to go to the Bartle Lodge to eat every Sunday.

He loved to go to the luncheons the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary held once a month.

He loved to go fishing and hunting, those were his hobbies.

He had more friends than you could ever count.

If he liked you, he couldn’t do enough for you. But look out if he didn’t.

He loved to watch westerns on TV which reminded him of the era he grew up in.   To him, a hand shake was your word.

Many of you don’t know this, but Felix had a chauffeur’s license until he was 90.

Even though he grew up at the beautiful Eastman Lake, he never learned to swim.

In the summertime, you could always see him setting outside in the carport if you drove by.

He loved to tell stories of the good old days, bygone days that made him happy.

He loved his little dog Penny. He had many dogs through the years, but Penny was the one that warmed his heart. When she barked an order and told “him” what she wanted, he listened!

He also had a string of sayings that I’m sure many of you remember, some would make a sailor blush. But Felix didn’t care. That’s who he was, that’s what we will miss. Inside that ruff, gruff exterior was a man with a heart of gold, a man who did and said whatever he felt.

He was a man that cared deeply about people even if he didn’t always show it.

He was a man who grieved for his wife daily.

He was a man we will miss and soon not forget.

Felix was one of a kind and no one can replace him.

He is survived by many grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, many great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and one sister-inlaw.

Rest in Peace, Felix.

In Loving Memory
Mark Stephen Hays
July 25, 1955 - Feb.8, 2018
Our most dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend, Mark Stephen Hays was born in Los Angeles, CA on July 25, 1955 to Robert Frank Hays and Mary Jane McCarver. He passed on from this mortal journey Feb. 8, 2018. He was diagnosed on Nov. 30th with Hepatocellular carcinoma. Just like his 10 years of chronic fatigue, Mark accepted his health challenges with faith, determination to try his best in enduring great difficulties and always a heart-warming smile on his face. His positive attitude and wonderful sense of humor remained his every day choice.

Mark is survived by his wife, Janet Hays, who adores him with her whole heart, his three children from a previous marriage, Danielle Elsberry, Kara Hays and Bryce Hays who have been blessed with an amazing father, Noah and Amai who have a very kind grandfather, his father, Robert Hays who deeply loves him, and his siblings, Jeff Hays, Donna Evans, and Brooke Hoffman who love and cherish their wonderful brother. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Jane McCarver Hays, his sister Deborah Davison and his brother Scott Hays.

Mark grew up in LaMirada, CA. At age 7 his family moved to Northern CA—Pitville (named for the Pit Indians where the Pit River flows.) Pitville was a boy’s paradise. Mark often mentioned gratitude for his parents decision to move to a beautiful, peaceful place.

Mark served a mission on the Navajo Indian Reservation (Holbrook Arizona.) He graduated from BYU in Elementary Education with a Master’s Degree in Psychology. Mark and Janet met at a workshop for teachers. It truly was love at first sight! They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple for time AND FOR ETERNITY on July 20, 1991.

Mark and Janet shared 26½ loving, joyful, glorious, grateful years of marriage together! A wonderful part of their marriage included summer vacations all over the U.S. and Canada.

Mark taught elementary school for 18 years, mainly 5th graders. That wonderful Mr. Hays provided awesome experiences for his students including a reenactment of the 3-Day Gettysburg Battle from the Civil War. Mark served in many scouting callings as well as teaching youth Sunday classes, He was known in his neighborhood as an incredible, talented scouter, one to help with leather and woodworking projects, and especially one who always wanted to help out in any way he could. 

Mark will be greatly missed by all who know him and love him. The best tribute anyone could give him would be to follow his great example of discipleship for our Savior, Jesus Christ.

In Loving Memory
Kathleen "Mickey" Young
Kathleen died January 27, 2018, peacefully at home in the Sierra Pointe assisted living facility in Roseville, CA where she lived for the past 20 months.

Kathleen, the older of two daughters, was born in Fall River Mills, CA to Philip and Lilian Cumiskey on March 17, 1919. Mickey, as she was known to her family and friends, is survived by her son, Donald and her daughter-in-law Christine, residents of Roseville, CA. Other surviving members of Mickey’s small family are: Vivian Dawson, Alden Cockerill and Marilyn Stephens of Redding, CA; Sharon Neveau and Suzanne Jacobs of Riverside, CA; Sharon Rossetto of San Carlos, CA; and Katharina and Jeffery Hardesty of Eugene, OR.
A memorial service
and celebration of life for Mickey will be held in Fall River Mills, CA in April.

In Loving Memory
Loyd Crossman

Loyd Crossman, father, grandfather and husband, passed away in his home on Monday, January 8, 2018.

He is best known for his many talents: Educator, musician, photographer and fisherman. He is survived by his two daughters, Heidi and Lauri Crossman and two granchildren Nathaniel and Cierra.

A celebration of life with military honors will be held at the Methodist Church in Fall River Mills on Sunday, February 18 (Lloyd’s Birthday) at 1 p.m.

In Loving Memory
Lenora Callison Lang

Pioneers were moving by the hundreds in the mid 1800’s joining the Oregon Trail. They were moving westward to find their fortune and to start a new life. Among those pioneers was the family of Gilmore Callison, a Kentucky Methodist circuit rider in the early 1800’s settling in Eugene, Oregon. One of Gilmores sons, William T. and wife Rebecca were the first Callison’s in the Fall River Valley in 1866. His first winter there they stayed in some empty housing at Fort Crook with his wife, Rebecca and their 5 children. Today it is known as The Fort Crook Museum. Lenora’s father Frank Merton was the great grandson of Gilmore Callison and her mother Wanda Lee, a descendent from the Lee family of Virginia was not a direct descendant of Robert E. Lee, but a fourth cousin, 5x removed.

Lenora Callison was born on December 16,1921 to Merton and Wanda in San Francisco. She grew up in Fall River Mills, along with her older brother Walter, and younger sister Roselee. They had many fond memories growing up, never forgetting their 6 mile walk to school many times in weeks of snow. Their father was the Justice of the Peace for many years in the Intermountain area. 
Lenora graduated from Fall River High School in 1939. She then enrolled at Sacramento Junior College and earned her B.S. degree from Chico State in Home Economics Marrying Frank Lang in 1955, residing in Santa Cruz..

She taught high school Home Economics for 35 years in several high schools in Calif. beginning , 1944 in Mt, Shasta, 1 year at Fall High, and retiring from Healdsburg in 1982. Lenora enjoyed traveling in her retirement. She relocated to Redding in 2015.

Lenora passed away on January 10, 2018 at the age of 96. She was the last of that generation of Callison’s. She is survived by her nieces Marilyn Callison Bailey & Linda Ross Yates, nephews, Bob, Rich & Russell Callison and Wayne Ross and her brother-in-law, Bill Ross.

In Loving Memory
Donna Ruth Edwards
Donna passed on January 14, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

Donna was born on June 4, 1937, in Greenville, CA to Al and Ruth Goodfellow. Donna married Glenn Edwards June 4, 1955.

Donna is survived by husband Glenn, daughter Glenda Edwards and son-in-law, JB, Daughter Shelley Edwards and son-in-law, Shawn. Brothers Sonny and Scott Goodfellow.

Donna loved her family. Enjoyed residing in the Fall River Valley and was an active member of the community. She was outgoing and loved by many. Donna had many talents, Floral Design, Jewelry Making, Painting and many Arts and Crafts. Donna also enjoyed bowling and playing bridge with her dear friends. Private Family services to follow.

In Loving Memory
Marjorie (Babcock) Keene
Marjorie Keene passed away on Jan. 1, 2018 at Mayers Memorial Hospital. She was 103 years old.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law Marie (Keene) and Leroy Roberts of Bieber, sonin- law Will Russell of Redding, Grandchildren, Neva (Roberts) Martin of Lookout, and Reed Roberts of Washoe Valley, NV, six great-grandchildren and one great great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Barnes Keene, her infant son Robert Marion Keene, daughter Joy Marlene (Keene) Russell, Grandchildren Julie Ann (Toney) Rutter, and Ronald Joe Toney, both of Redding.

To say she was a native of Bieber, says it all. She lived all her life within 3 miles of her birthplace.

Services will be January 21, at 2:00pm at the Bieber Veterans Memorial Hall. In lieu of flowers, please choose from one of her favorite charities - Shriner’s Cripple Children’s Hospital, Big Valley Historical Museum, 50+ Senior Services, or Big Valley Endowment.

In Loving Memory
Donna Russell
Donna Russell passed away Friday, January 5, 2018. Her battle with lung cancer ended peacefully in her home in the company of her daughter.

Don and Donna Russell were the owners and operators of Russell Cycle Products in Fall River Mills for several years before the passing of Don in 1999. Donna continued to operate the business for a few more years before selling it and retiring.

One of Donna’s great joys was participating in the hospital ministry at Mayer’s hospital in Fall River Mills.

Donna is survived by her daughter, Rhonda Gonzalez (married to Rafael Gonzalez), and her four grandchildren and four great grandchildren, and one sister.

In Loving Memory
LeNoir "Checkers" Parry Giessner
LeNoir “Checkers” Parry Giessner, 95, died January 9, 2018 in McArthur. The kindling box at her wood stove was filled with daily crossword puzzles completed in ink. A Kleenex marked the place in her book.

An avid reader, she delighted in determining the next recipient for each finished novel.

After years cooking for her husband Rudolph and five children, and eventually their spouses and children, she announced she was done in the kitchen. She took up quilting and enjoyed the camaraderie of her quilting circle. Each new baby was welcomed to her family with a handmade quilt. The absence of her cinnamon rolls and German Chocolate cakes were lamented for years.

She read, sewed, ate chocolate, and enjoyed visitors from a chair at a picture window overlooking the Giessner Ranch in Cassel. She delighted in the movements of cattle, deer and birds on the ranch and gave choice words to gophers and squirrels that encroached her lawn.

Born May 21, 1922 in Redding to LeNoir Parry and Blanche Hammons Parry, she spent her young childhood in Los Angeles. The family later returned to Redding with two new children in tow, Jordan and Audrey.

At 15, she took notice of Rudolph Giessner of Giessner Brothers Lumber when he came in for a meal at her parents’ bar in Project City. Two years later, after graduating Shasta High, they married in Reno and began a life of cattle ranching and logging in Cassel. The deaths of Rudolph, and granddaughters Robin and Shandi, as well as Blanche, Jordan and Audrey were significant markers in her life.

The couple had five children: Jan Reuther, Jordi Grant (Bob), Jo Giessner, Jill Stoltenberg (Steve), and Jeffry Giessner (Virginia), sixteen grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren and 10 great, great grandchildren.

Checkers supported Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation (10701 Parkridge Blvd, Ste 170, Reston, VA 20191 and asks that donations be made there in her name in lieu of flowers. A private service will be held.


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