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March 25, 2008

Jennifer Dean
Private family services will be scheduled at a later date for Jennifer June Dean, 67, of Burney.
Mrs. Dean died March 15, 2008 of natural causes at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills.
She was born June 4, 1940 in Norwalk, California and moved to the area in 2005 from Grants Pass, Oregon.
She was an  In-Home Care provider.
She is survived by Husband Eddie of Burney; stepsons Ryan, Nathan and Dean of Oregon; daughters Gina of Southern California and stepdaughter Sherah of Oregon.

Allen Tapfer
Private family services will be held at a later date for Allen Edwin Tapfer, 77, of Fall River Mills.
Mr. Tapfer died March 17, 2008 of natural causes at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills.
He was born June 26, 1930 in Portland, Oregon and moved to the area from New Port Beach, California in 1972. He was a former owner of the Fall River Hotel and a U.S. Navy Veteran.
He is survived by his wife Marlene of Fall River Mills; daughters Susan Lorenzen of McArthur and Sharon Newton of Sacramento; brother Gary of Shasta Lake City, sister Virginia Nolls of Pasadena, California, 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made in his name to Inter Mountain Hospice, P.O. Box 459, Fall River Mills.

Joseph McAbee
Funeral services were held March 20, 2008 for Joseph Earl McAbee, 88, of Cassel. Burial was at the Burney District Cemetery.
Mr. McAbee died of natural causes at Canyonwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born, December 15, 1919 in Pacolet Mills, South Carolina and moved to the area in 2000 from Reno Nevada. He was a casino manager.
He is survived by his former wife, Anita Kuhns of Burney; sons Martin of Cassel and Sam of Norfolk, GA; Mac of Burney and Joey of Las Vegas, Nevada; daughters Rita Vinta of San Diego, California, Laura Kincaid of Oroville, California and Bonnie Brown of Ogdon, Utah; 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

March 18th, 2008

Jimmie Miller
Services for Jimmie Lynn Miller, 67, of McArthur will be at 11 a.m., March 29, at the Grace Bible Church in Bieber. The Reverend Kent House will officiate. Burial will be in the Fall River Mills Cemetery.
Mr. Miller died of natural causes, March 5, 2008 at Mercy Medical Center in Redding.
He was born June 17, 1940 in Whittier, CA and moved to the area in 1983 from Rowland Heights, California. He was a general contractor.
He is survived by his wife Trina and son Brett, both of McArthur; and brother Daniel John Miller Jr. of Kent, Washington.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Inter-Mountain Hospice, P.O. Box 459, Fall River Mills or the Jim Miller Benefit, c/o Plumas Bank, Fall River Mills.

March 4th, 2008

Ian Parker
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., March 8, 2008 at the Fall River Mills Cemetery
for Ian Parker, 89, of Fall River Mills. American Legion Post 369 will officiate.
Mr. Parker died of natural causes February 29, at Mayers memorial Hospital
in Fall River Mills.
He was born April 15, 1918 in Big Bend and was a lifetime resident of the Intermountain
Area.
He was a 45 year employee of PG&E, A U.S. Army Veteran of WW II, and a
1935 graduate of Fall River High School.
He is survived by his wife Mildred; son Preston of El Sobrante; daughters Julia
Valentine of Burney and Linda Lakey of Redding; sister Betty Benner of Redding, 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made in his name to the
Fort Crook Historical Society, P.O. Box 397, Fall River.

Feb. 26th, 2008

Lynnea Redman
Services for Lynnea Juanita Redman, 67, of Burney, will be at the Intermountain Evangelical Free Church in McArthur, Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 11 a.m. The reverends Leon Engman and Bucky Buchanan will officiate.
Mrs. Redman died at her residence February 14 after a long illness.
She was born August 17, 1940 in Santa Rosa, CA and moved to the area in 1990 from Placerville. She was the owner-operator of Intermountain Heating and Air Conditioning, a member of the Inter-Mountain Evangelical Free Church and the Hat Creek Rifle and Pistol Club.
She is survived by her husband Michael of Burney and sisters Susan Dare of Antelope and Karen Montgomery of Sacramento.

Margaret Hill
Services for Margaret Elaine Hill, 94, of Burney were held February 23, 2008. Burial was at the Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, California.
Mrs. Hill died at home, February 16, of natural causes.
She was born February 16, 1914 in Everton, Missouri and moved to the Burney area in 1975 from Huntington Beach, California.
She was the owner of Las Colinas Mobile Home Park and H&H Mobile Home Sales.
She is survived by her son Ron, of Burney, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial Contributions can be made in her name to the American Cancer Discovery Sop, 2625 Park Marina Dr., Redding, CA 96001.

In memory of
Harriet Littlefield Hobson
Harriet Hobson pass-ed away at Mayer's Memorial Hospital on February 10th, 2008. 
She was born in Sacramento on February 17th, 1925.
Loving  wife of the late Joseph Hobson. Beloved mother to Susan Knoch, Hank Hobson, and Alix Hobson-Carey. Loving grandmother to Stefanie, KaSandra and Hannah. Great grandmother to Ellie and Noel.
A former resident of
Sacramento, Stinson Beach and Fall River Mills, she will be greatly missed by family and friends.  At her request, no services will be held.
Remembrances can be made to the charity of your choice.

In memory of
William Stuart Halpenny
REDDING - William "Bill"  Stuart Halpenny went home to be with his Lord  on  Saturday,  February 23, 2008, after a brief illness. Bill was born December 11, 1954 to Robert W. and Ruth W.  Halpenny in Riverside, CA. 
After graduating from Poly High School, Bill attended  Cal-Poly, where he studied agriculture. He met and married Deborah in Big Valley where they raised their two daughters. Working together, Bill and Deborah farmed their hay ranch for 24 years before moving to Redding, CA.
Bill Halpenny is survived by his wife of 26 years, Deborah, his daughter, Rachel Halpenny and her daughter, Brittany of Klamath Falls, OR; his daughter, Stacy Halpenny and her fiancé David DeMar of Redding, CA; parents, Robert W. and Ruth W. Halpenny of Riverside, CA; sister, Ethel Brende and her husband,  Harold of Kirkland, WA; brother, James Halpenny and his wife, Lynne, of Palo Cedro, CA; nephews: Peter Brende; Eric Brende and his wife Bre and their daughter, Olivia; Christopher Brende; Morgan Halpenny; and Mason Halpenny and his daughter, Laighla.
A celebration of life service and catered fellowship meal will be held at Vineyard City Church located at 3276 Bechelli Lane in Redding, CA., on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 11 a.m..
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Good News Rescue Mission, PO Box 991626, Redding, CA, 96099.

Feb. 19th, 2008

Charles Thompson
Funeral services were conducted February 16, 2008 for Charles "Chic" I. Thompson, 76 of Hat Creek. Burial followed at the Burney District Cemetery.
Mr. Thompson died of natural causes February 9 at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills.
He was born August 30, 1931 in Hanford, CA and moved to the area in 1987 from Petaluma. He was a supervisor for GTE Telephone in Novato, CA for 32 years, a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict and a member of the Hat Creek Baptist Church.
He is survived by wife Julie of Hat Creek; son James of El Dorado, CA; daughter Kathleen Skoog of Petaluma; brothers Raymond and Jerome of Idaho; sisters Shirlyn of Mesa, AZ and June Cates of Petaluma: and five grandchildren.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made in his name to Intermountain Hospice, P.O. Box 459, Fall River Mills.

Evelyn Eastman
Services for Evelyn Leona Anders Eastman, 97, of McArthur will be conducted at the Glenburn Community Church in Glenburn with the Reverend Bill Myers officiating, Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 1 p.m. Burial will be at the Pine Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Eastman died of natural causes at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills, February 15.
She was born July 26, 1910 in Fall River Mills and was a lifetime resident of the Valley. She was a homemaker, 1928 graduate of Fall River High School, member of the McArthur Grange, Wayside Garden Club and Grandmother's Club.
She is survived by sons, Charles Anders of Westwood and Melvyn Anders of McArthur; sister Iona Strickland of Fall River Mills, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
The family requests that memorial contributions ions be made in her name to Intermountain Hospice, P.O. Box 459, Fall River Mills.

In Memory of
Isaac David Lehr
Isaac was born in Fall River Mills September 19, 1973. He is the grandson of Millie West and the late Fran Howard. He spent much of his growing-up years with "Gramma Millie" on Soldier Mountain Lookout. His parents are Lawrence and Mary Lehr of Santa Rosa. He is a nephew of Carolyn and Manny Ortiz of Cassel.
Interment was made at the Mt. Shasta Cemetery.
A man of passion for his faith and family, Isaac finished his race on January 8, 2008 and is now with Jesus. "For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle" Psalm 18:39. Isaac loved young people, especially the downtrodden and disenfranchised, and they loved him.
A graduate of Piner High School, class of 1990, he helped plant Source of Life Church and was a member of the worship team; many have fond memories of his frenetic bass playing! Isaac assisted with the ministry teams for Accelerated Christian Development, Including Breakthrough, Discov-ery, One accord, and GAP Youth Trainings, as well as Families Rock in Austin TX. He also served with the Santa Rosa Police Chaplaincy program.
Isaac loved football and coached teams for the West County Youth League and also in Austin.
He is survived by his wife Johnna; children Naomi, Nathanael, Isaac, and Ean; parents Lawrence and Mary; brothers Be (wife Angela), Aaron, Daniel, Joseph and David; sisters Hannah Currier (husband Joshua), Sarah, and Leah; a very large extended family and innumerable wonderful friends.
A memorial reception was held at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building Sunday, January 20.

Feb. 12th, 2008

Orin Edward Kaupanger
Orin Kaupanger, 62, passed away at Mather Veterans Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, California on January 31, 2008 with his two children and other family members at his side. Orin was preceded in death by his father Martin (Earl) Kaupanger and brother Wayne Kaupanger. He is survived by his mother, Delores Kaupanger of Burney, California, his son Joseph (Eli) Kaupanger of Burney, Ca., daughter Andrea Kaupanger of Cameron Park, Ca., brother David Kaupanger of Council, Idaho, sister Claudia Graves of Burney Ca, four grandchildren: Brooke Kaupanger, Darin Wilson, Roman Medrano, Trinity Cross, and many nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces who loved their Uncle Orin very much.
Orin was born on June 23, 1945 in McCloud, California. As a boy, he belonged to the Boy Scouts, loved to hunt, fish, shoot pool and play sports. He bowled on a league in Burney and played softball as catcher for many years as an adult.  Later, his true passions became golf, mushroom hunting, wood cutting, cooking and he was a loyal Raiders fan. Orin lived in the Intermountain area his entire life with the exception of residing in San Francisco for a short time.  He joined the Army after his graduation from Fall River High School in 1963, was stationed in Germany during his service, and came home December of 1968. Upon his return, he followed in the footsteps of his father, working in the timber industry as a timberfaller and salvage logger alongside brother David for many years. More recently, he worked for Dall Construction as a carpenter.
Orin's love for his children and grandchildren was his priority. Family came first, and he truly had a great heart for everyone in his large extended family. He had a great capacity to share all he had with anyone who was in need. He had many, many good friends and will be missed more than can be explained. He touched many lives and was loved by all.
A memorial service will be held at Burney Veterans Hall in Burney California on February 17, 2008, 2:00 p.m.  Rest in peace dear friend.

Hope Laier
Feb. 8, 1922
Jan. 27, 2008
Former Burney resident, Hope Laier died peacefully on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at her home in Redding, CA. She was 85 years old.
She was born Ann Hope Hawley Laier in Lincoln, CA to Fred and Charlotte Laier. The family soon moved to Lower Lake, CA where Hope and her younger brother and sister were raised on a walnut orchard. In 1932 her mother was contacted by Jehovah's Witnesses, and for the past 75 years Hope has joyfully learned Bible truth and shared it with others. She served as a missionary in Panama from 1946 to 1953, returning to California to care for her aging mother. She lived in Burney from 1964 to 2007. Hope was known as a mild and caring person whose positive outlook on life was refreshing to all who knew her.
Although Hope never married, she is survived by her sister Phyllis & husband Bill Kern. Sister-in-law Iva Laier. Nephews and nieces Paul Kern & wife Jill, John Kern & wife Lori, Daniel Kern & wife Kim, Robert Laier & wife Dawn, Lauren & husband Jesus Ortise, Valerie & husband Rick Rowe, Charlotte Matz and Rick Laier, and many great-nieces and nephews.
Her family is grateful to the entire staff of the Mercy Medical Center second floor Intermediate Care who tirelessly attended to Hope during her illness.

Feb. 5th, 2008

Shirley Chase
Services will be scheduled at a later date for Shirley Chase, 80, of McArthur. Burial was at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California.
Mrs. Chase died January 25, 2008 at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills of natural causes.
She was born July 27, 1927 in Modesto, California, was raised in Adin and moved back to the area in 1984 from New Mexico.
She was a homemaker, member of the Mayers Memorial Hospital Guild and Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church.
She is survived by her husband Robert; sons Glenn, John, and Robert E. II; daughter Deloros, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made in her name to Intermountain Hospice, P.O. Box 459, Fall River Mills, CA 96028.

James A. Miller
Services were conducted for James A. Miller, 78, on December 1, 2007 at the Fall River Cemetery.
Mr. Miller died November 15, 2007 of cardiopulminary arrest and chronic Lymphoid Leukemia.
He retired from Kaiser Steel after 32 years, was a U.S. Marine and U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the Brothers of the 3rd Wheel.
He is survived by his significant other of 20 years, Nelda Edwards; stepdaughter Cathy Knowlton, son-in-law Loren Knowlton and stepdaughters Teresa Binder and Donda Corona; stepsons Michael Binder, Joe Binder and Tim Binder; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

January 29th, 2008

Mary Lou Barnett
Private services are being planned for Mary Lou Barnett, 82, of Fall River Mills who died of natural causes January 18, 2008 at the Northern California Rehabilitation Hospital in Redding.
Mrs. Barnett was born June 23, 1925 in La Habra, California and moved to Fall River Mills from Arroyo Grande, CA in 1984 from Arroyo Grande, California. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband Charles and son Steve, both of Fall River Mills; daughter Peggy Jacobson of McArthur and five grandchildren.

In Memorial
Walter Benjamin (Ben) Anthony
Former Cassel resident Walter Benjamin (Ben) Anthony died Friday, Jan. 11, in Modesto after a short illness.  He was 78.
    Anthony was born Jan. 11, 1930 in Kennedyville, Md..  He attended  public schools on Maryland's eastern shore,  graduating from Chestertown High School in 1946. He attended business school and later went to work for the American Automobile Association in Wilmington, Del.  He enlisted in the U. S. Navy and was stationed in Coronado, Calif., where he worked in the Naval Intelligence Branch, assigned to a unit specializing in breaking code used by the Soviet Union.
    Returning from Naval service, he went to work on the family farm near Kennedyville, then joined the business office at Fort Worth Steel (later to become Colorado Fuel and Iron) in Claymont, Del.
    He married Anne Coleman of Chestertown in 1952.
    Anthony then worked for the University of Delaware, where in the early days of computer technology he was instrumental in developing a computer-based grading system.  He later went to work for the City of Wilmington and Newcastle County where he helped develop a data processing system.  Concurrently, he taught applied data processing at Delaware Technical and Community College
    Anthony and his family moved to Cassel in 1973, where he capitalized on a lifelong interest in electronics, opening and operating a television repair service, Ben's TV. He served on the Cassel Volunteer Fire Department.
    Following the death of his wife in 1985, the deceased moved to Modesto to be closer to family members.  He worked for Storer Transportation, driving mentally disabled adults to their jobs, schools and training programs.
    He was a talented builder and often lent his skills to construction projects for local charitable organizations, to his family and to the early childhood education program at Modesto Junior College.
    Anthony is survived by his brother, Donald Anthony of Claymont, Del., sister Myrtle Anthony of Newcastle, Del., daughters Sue Jeffries of Denair, Calif., and Carol Fontana of Susanville, and his partner, Ann Dutton of Modesto.  Also surviving are four grandsons, three nieces and a nephew.
    In keeping with Anthony's wishes, there will be no memorial service.  The family suggests that donations be made in his name to a favorite charity.

Jan. 22nd, 2008

Walter Anthony
11, in Modesto after a short illness.  He was 78.
Mr. Anthony was born Jan. 11, 1930 in Kennedyville, Md.. 
He moved to Cassel in 1973 from Delaware and was the owner of Ben's TV and was a member of the Cassel Volunteer Fire Department.
He is survived by his brother, Donald Anthony of Claymont, Delaware., sister Myrtle Anthony of Newcastle, Delaware., daughters Sue Jeffries of Denair, Calif., and Carol Fontana of Susanville, his partner, Ann Dutton of Modesto, and four grandsons.
In keeping with Anthony's wishes, there will be no memorial service.  The family suggests that donations be made in his name to a favorite charity.

Floyd W. Gassaway
Floyd W. Gassaway a resident of Otis, Oregon died in Lincoln City, Oregon on January 13, 2008.  He was 77 years old.
He was born in Red Bluff, California.

Ethel Dacus
Services for Ethel F. Dacus, 98, of Burney were conducted January 19, 2008.
Mrs. Dacus died January 10 at Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding.
Born July 22, 1909 in Preston, Missouri, she moved to the area in 1965.  She was a homemaker.
She is survived by daughter, Elaine Sperber of Burney, seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

In Memory of
Albert Dale Albaugh
of McArthur, California, wore out on January 18, 2008. Born on the ranch in Pittville in 1917, Albert celebrated his 90th birthday on August 25 at the same location. Our father, grandfather, uncle and friend will be most remembered for his love of gardening, dedication to his community, and service to country.
After the war in 1945, Albert returned home to marry Elizabeth Doty of Hat Creek. They were married for over 50 years and had three children, Cara Lynn, Allen and Stephen, six grand kids, Anna Marie, Amy, Erin, Jared, Trina and Clint and two great grand kids, Natalie and Benjamin. The family included many more young people who were loved by Albert and Liz.
They were a great pair. If there is anything to define Dad, it was his dedication, love and service to this community and family. In the 50’s, Dad helped established the hospital and Cattlemen’s Association. In the 60’s, he was active in the chamber and mosquito district. In the 70’s, it was the fair board and for over 20 years he worked to make our fair a source of pride for the community. In the 80’s and 90’s, he mellowed and traveled more with Elizabeth, attended all the grand kids activities, seldom missed a community fundraising event and concentrated more on his gardening. Albert could make water run up hill when irrigating, milk the orneriest of cows and check the old hens to see  if they were laying. He worked from daylight to dark almost everyday of the year. You could set your watch by his mealtimes and he didn’t stand for people being late for anything. His work ethic, honesty and integrity are a model for his children and community. He will be missed!

Jan. 15th, 2008

Evelyn Butler
Services were conducted January 9, 2008 for Evelyn Mado Butler, 89, of Burney. Burial followed at the Burney District Cemetery.
Mrs. Butler died of natural causes December 29, 2007 at the Mayers Memorial Hospital Annex in Burney.
She was born May 3, 1918 in Colton, CA and moved to the area in 2001 from Costa Mesa. She was a retail clerk and manager of a discount department store.
Mrs. Butler is survived by son Paul Ashby of Burney and Jon Ashby of Ontario, CA; daughter Judith Jamieson of Cassel; brother Arthur Thompson of Colton; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Kate Glaze
Services for Kate Lemoni Glaze of McArthur were held January 12. Burial was at Pine Grove Cemetery.
Kate was still born January 3, at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills.
She is survived by parents Micky and Luana; brothers Micky and Andy and grandparents Tim and Merri Glaze and Mario and Nunzia Allegra.

In memory of
Polly Royce
Polly Royce died peacefully in her sleep on December 22, 2007 at the home of her daughter Lynn, in Philomath Oregon.  She was 91.  Pauline Larsen Lorenzen was born to Mr. and Mrs. Walt Lorenzen in McArthur, California in 1916 and grew up on the family ranch in Day, Modoc County.
Polly was best known for her artistic talent.  After graduation from Fall River High School in 1934, she attended the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco (now known as the San Francisco Institute of Art), for several years.  During this time she was awarded several scholarships and awards of merit.  She used the name "Larsen Lorenzen" on her art work to avoid discrimination against women artists from judges and art critics so prevalent at that time.  Her art work has been on display at the San Francisco Museum of Art, Palace of the Legion of Honor, Sea Spray Gallery of Sausalito, the Oakland Art Gallery as well as other places too numerous to mention.
She married Vernon Royce of Fall River Mills in 1942, and together they led a very productive life.  The business of managing the family farm and rearing their children did not interfere with many worthy activities.  They were supporters of the Ft. Crook Historical Society, the McArthur Chapter of the American Field Service and many other community projects.  She was also an active member of the Intermountain Artists.  They were regulars at the Methodist Church in Fall River Mills where they helped out during its construction.
After their nephew Colin Knoch died in a lite plane crash in June of 1966, Polly and Vernon set up and funded a scholarship for Fall River High School graduates.  The trust originated out of their great desire to help young people secure an education.  In 1970, after her husband's death, Polly returned to college to receive her teaching credential and for a time taught art at Big Valley High School.  After her mother-in-law passed away, the Evelyn O. Royce Building was given to the Intermountain Artists in her memory by Polly and her sister-in-law, Lila Knoch; a facility that is still very much in use.  Polly spent most of her retirement years in Oregon and Florida.
She is survived by her five children, Anne Montin and husband Gary of Palmento, Florida, Dr. Lynn Royce of Philomath, Oregon, Allen Royce and wife Vera of Sarasota, Florida, Lori Davenport and husband Jim of Burney and Brad Royce and wife Cindy of Pittville, her step-mother Rachel Lorenzen of Fall River Mills, 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  No services were held.  The family requests that donations be made in her name to the Ft. Crook Historical Society or to the charity of your choice.

 

2008 OBITUARY ARCHIVES

Dec. 30th, 2008

In Memory of
Deb Johnson
Deb Johnson, born in Munich, Germany on February 9th, 1955, passed away Sunday, December 14th, 2008 at home in Burney.
She worked in the family's restaurant and was a relief person at Lorenz Lumber in Burney. She was the best catcher and base stealer in her softball league and an expert shot. Her passions in life were her family and her love of animals.
She was preceded in death by her father, Clifford R. Johnson and mother, Faye M. Johnson. 
She is survived by her sister, Jill Reed, nephews and niece Jordan, Chase and Haley Reed, and great-nephew Travis Reed.  She also leaves behind her two best friends, Judy and Rickki Roadrunner, and a small community of wonderful friends who loved and took care of her. 
Memorial contributions in Deb's name, can be made to SNIPP or do something for someone less fortunate.  She would love that. 


Jack Glaze
Jack Ewing Glaze died December 23, 2008.
He was a minister and pastor of Bible Churches and was chaplain of Bethesda Manor Nursing Home in Enumclaw.  He was also a graduate of Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon and a U.S. Navy Veteran.
He is survived by his wife Maxine, four sons, Jon of Portland, Oregon, Ron of Potlatch, Idaho, Don of Boise, Idaho, Tim of McArthur; two daughters, Lois Johnson of Potlatch and Joy Smith of Enumclaw, Washington, 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
The family suggests that contributions be made to the Pennies in Heaven ministry in lieu of flowers.


John Doerner
Graveside services will be scheduled at a later date for John Robert "Bob" Doerner, 73, of Burney. The Burney Veterans Honor Guard will officiate.
Mr. Doerner died at his residence of natural causes December15.
He was born May 27, 1935 in Los Angeles and moved to the area in 1996 from Tustin. He was an office clerk for the U.S. Post Office, Vietnam Veteran and member of the American Legion and VFW in Burney.
He is survived by wife Harriett; sons Dan of Norco, CA, Tim of Redlands, Scott of Anaheim and sister Dolores Ilaket of Orange.


Dec. 23rd, 2008
 

Dorothea Leighton
   Graveside services were held Monday December 22, 2008 at Pine Grove Cemetery in McArthur for Dorothea Imogene Leighton, 91, of McArthur.
   Mrs. Leighton died of natural causes December 15 at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills.
   She was born November 27, 1917 in Jackson County, Illinois and moved to the area from Oakland, California in 1963.
   She was a homemaker and a gardener who was well known for her summer flower gardens.
   She is survived by her husband Alvie; son Norman Kenneth Johnson of Corvallis, Oregon, five grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
   The family requests that memorial contributions be made in her name to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington, Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814.
Cornelius Mullins
   Funeral services were held Friday at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Burney for Cornelius Morgan Mullins, 89, of hat Creek.
   Mr. Mullins died of natural causes at Mayers Memorial Hospital Annex in Burney.
   Born May 8, 1919 in Alameda, California, he moved to the area in 1983 from Belmont.
He was an engineer, Merchant Marine, and member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.


In Memory of
Sergeant
Michael James McCrary
Michael James McCrary, affectionately known as “Mickey”, was born during a rare summer snow storm on July 7, 1948 in Alturas, California. He died peacefully in his sleep on December 13, 2008 at Copper Ridge Care Center in Redding, California. As a fitting tribute to his life, it was also the first snowfall of the season in Modoc County where he lived nearly all of his life.
Mickey was the only son of Jim and Velma McCrary and beloved brother of his three sisters, Linda, Gail and Margaret. He spent his childhood exploring the backwoods of Modoc County and Big Valley. An excellent marksman and avid outdoorsman, Mickey knew which fishing hole had the biggest catfish, which blind hid the most ducks and where to find the best bucks during deer season. You couldn’t ask for a better guide and hunting buddy than Mickey. As a Big Valley Cardinal, he was one of the best high school defensive tackles of his day and he also enjoyed many a long summer evening playing as catcher and outfielder in the Big Valley Softball League.
Shortly after he graduated from high school he was drafted into the Army in 1968 where he served as a Sergeant in the 9th Infantry Division in the Vietnam War. He was critically injured after stepping on a landmine and spent two months in a Japanese hospital recovering from injuries that would affect him for the rest of his life. In honor of his exemplary service, he was awarded a Bronze Star for bravery under fire, two Purple Hearts, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Sharpshooter (Rifle)Medal.
After an honorable discharge from the Army, Mickey returned home to Big Valley and in 1975 married Gail Jean Hunt, his wife of 33 years. He later became the proud daddy of two children, Angelia Dawn and Jim Vernon. When his military injuries didn’t prevent it, he worked extensively in the woods as a Forest Service fire fighter, logger and tree planter. He also enjoyed working the fields and tending cattle for his in-laws at the Hunt Ranch in Adin.
As time progressed, his military injuries worsened and he became wheel chair bound and an amputee. Although his body was broken, his indomitable spirit persevered. Mickey was an active member of a Veterans Support Group and enjoyed serving in parades, placing American flags on veteran’s gravestones and honoring other military veterans in memorial activities. A skilled wood worker, he created intricate decorative birdhouses and large holiday cutouts that he and Gail would use to transform their home into a Christmas wonderland much to the delight of their beloved grandchildren, Nicole, Kayla, Ryan, Michael and Jason.
Mickey loved everyone he met, he never judged a single soul and his generosity knew no bounds, he would truly give you the shirt off of his back if you ever needed it, even if he needed it more. His laugh could fill up the entire room and he was always quick to tell a joke, relate a funny story or point out the humor in an everyday situation. It was impossible to be around him without smiling.
Although he has joined his father, Jim, and sister, Gail, in Heaven we can still hear his laugh echoing in the voices and memories of his loving family; his wife Gail, children Angela & Jared Monath and Jim & Jessica McCrary, grandchildren Nicole, Kayla, Ryan, Michael and Jason, mother Velma McCrary and mother-in-law Cleo Hunt, sisters Margaret Sherer and Linda Montz, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and unofficially adopted kids who called him “Dad”.
Please join us for the burial and memorial service of this remarkable and beloved man, Michael James McCrary, on December 27, 2008 at 12:00 at the Adin Cemetery. A potluck memorial will be held afterward at the Adin Community Hall.

Dec. 16th, 2008

Benjamin Gordon Garcia (1952-2008)
      In Loving Memory of Benjamin Gordon Garcia, born April 30th, 1952 who crossed over into his Father’s Loving Care on December 1, 2008.
   Ben was born of 4-30-1952 in San Francisco, California to Benjamin Gordon Pedro Chavez Garcia & Glenna O’Brien Garcia.  When Ben was approximately 2 ˝ years old, and his parents were no longer able to care for him and his siblings, his family was split apart and the children taken in and adopted by different families.  Ben was taken in by Wayne Kenneth & Elizabeth Ross of Redding, California and renamed Benjamin Kenneth Ross.
   Ben joined the Army at the age of 17 in July 1969 after the passing of his adopted brother Joseph Wayne Ross and finding out that the adoption had not been completed where upon he resumed his birth name of Garcia.  He served in the Army from July 1969 to February 1972 and served in Okinawa and Vietnam, achieving the highest rank of Sergeant.  Ben achieved the “Excellent Marksmanship” Medal and served in the 82nd Engineers and 101st Airborne Units.  He was shot in the right leg while on a mission in Vietnam.  He was Court Martialed twice for in-subordination regarding the in-justices done to several of his fellow soldiers and his practice of trying to correct those issues, where he earned the nickname of “Blue”.  He left the service with the rank of PFC-Sp 4 with an Honorable Discharge.
   After leaving the service he rode around the country on a motorcycle finally ending up in Portland Oregon and starting work with Portland Security in 1973.   He met his wife of 34 years on a blind date in April of 1974.  They were married May 18th, 1975 in Redding, California on the ranch where he grew up.  Ben left Portland in July 1975 and moved his new family to Redding where he started College at Shasta College earning an AA in Criminal Justice in 1978.  He worked Security for Shasta College while going to school, leaving with the Rank of Lieutenant. After graduating he worked for different Security Companies like North State Security (now Nor-Cal Security), and Western Intelligence at different stores like Pay-N-Save, Safeway, and J.C. Penny’s as well as joining Anderson Police Department from 1978-1982.  On January 18, 1982, Ben was hired by California Department of Corrections and worked at California Correctional Center of Susanville, California.  In March of 1983 Ben transferred to a Fire Camp, Intermountain Camp #22 at Bieber, California.  Ben retired from this Fire Camp October 1, 2006 as a Correctional Officer and a Job Steward of the Northern Camps Division after 24.75 years of service to the Department.  Ben was always a “Rebel at Heart” and a fighter and would fight the System whenever needed.
   Ben was diagnosed with Colon Cancer May 31st of 2005.  Ben had planned to retire after 30 years but I guess God had other ideas.  Ben decided to go ahead and retire after being told that the cancer had returned and had spread and that he would have to be on Chemotherapy for the rest of his life.  He felt it would not be fair to his Co-worker’s and friends to put their lives in jeopardy if there should come a time when he was unable to respond to a situation.
   Ben was so happy and pleased when approximately 10-12 years ago that his siblings started trying to re-connect.  It was great to watch this family that had been ripped apart, grow together and learn about each other as brothers and sisters and come together as a family at this last stage of life, instead of growing up together and then drifting apart as they all grew older and had other family commitments which took their time.  He loved his family more than anything in this world.
   Ben went into the hospital on August 13th, 2008 with a blocked colon and survived 2 surgeries.  I brought him home on November 4th, 2008 after the Doctors told us that they would not do the final re-connection surgery or remove the tumor that caused the blockage as neither one would increase his survival chances.
   Ben did get his wish of “One Last Trip” to see the ocean and his family “out of the hospital setting”.  He did get to talk one last time on the phone to his adopted sister, Nancy Tikker and see his nephew “Little Joe” Joseph Wayne Ross.  He received his most important wish and that was to spend what time he had left, to live and to die peacefully at home.  He left this earth quietly at 3 pm on a cold but sunny day.  His wife, children, brothers, sisters and extended family will sorely miss him.
   Ben is survived by his wife of 34 years, Illa Louise Blomgren Garcia, Bieber, Ca. born 1954 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado; his daughter, Teresa Louise Huddleston-Garcia, Weed, Ca. born March 16,1980 in Redding, Ca. (and her husband Adam Huddleston); his son, Benjamin Joseph Garcia, Mc Cloud, Ca., born July 29,1983 in Fall River Mills, Ca. (and his wife April Buckley).
   Ben also has 9 brothers and sisters; Glenda Farrer, age 61, San Francisco, Ca.; Peter Whitney Rouzaud, age 60, Dallas, Ore., (and his wife Karen); Bonnie Jean Lange age 58, Jonesborough, Tennessee; Twin sister’s: Alilia Joy Nelson-Lange (Lilisa Felicia Garcia), age 57 (and her husband Jess) St. Helens, Ore.; Alisia (Alicia) Jo Lange-Davis (Alicia Therese Garcia) age 57, Vancouver, Wa.; Suzanne Barbara Lange (Susan Barbara Garcia) age 54 (and her husband Darryl Pace) adopted by Emil William Lange & June Ermilia Hooper-Lange), Eugene, Ore.; Charles A. (Chuck) Hooper age 55, Sacramento, Ca.; James (Jim) Hooper age 53, (and his wife Sandi)  adopted by Peter & Helen Hooper, Crescent City, Ca.; Richard Lee (Dick) Garcia age 52, Beaverton, Ore. taken in by Jack & Betty Lange; and adopted sister, Nancy Tikker, Napa, Ca.
   He is also survived by grandchildren, Athena Japhia Huddleston-Garcia; Merlin Orion Huddleston; and Step-grandchildren Samantha Buckley and Elizabeth Buckley.
   Ben left a host of nieces and nephews and cousins, their wives, husbands, and children, who will miss him and his odd sense of humor.  Some of these are Joseph Wayne Ross (Father, Joseph Wayne Ross); Teisha Farrer, Julee Farrer, Whitney Farrer, Lydia Farrer (Mother, Glenda Farrer); Lueria Davis Miller (Mother, Alisia Davis); Peter Rouzaud, Nathan Rouzaud (Father, Peter W. Rouzaud); Amy Johnston-Meyri, (Mother, Bonnie Lange); Richardo Schell, Judith Schell, Michael Schell, Kara Schell (Mother, Suzanne Lange); Randy Hooper, Andrew Hooper (Father, Jim Hooper); Lynette Swain (Father, Dick Garcia); Janey Tikker, Blair Tikker, Stacy Tikker, Clay Tikker (Mother, Nancy Tikker).
   Ben was preceded in passing by his parents Benjamin & Glenna Garcia, adopted parents Wayne & Elizabeth Ross and his adopted brother Joseph Wayne Ross.
   There will be a Celebration of Life Service at the Seventh Day Adventist church in Fall River Mills, Ca. on December 20th, 2008 at 2 pm.  There will be a Potluck afterwards.  There will also be a Private Family Ceremony at a later date.


Michel Royston
1947 - 2008
Michel (Mikie) Ann Royston died on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at a friend’s home in Redding after a 2-year battle with cancer. An artist nationally known for hand-forged jewelry and elegantly designed and executed sterling flatware, Michel’s work was recognized by the American Craft Council and is in the Smithsonian Institution, the Oakland Museum, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and public and private collections.
Michel was born in San Francisco in 1947 and spent her childhood in Mill Valley, California. After attending Reed College in Portland, Oregon and the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, she studied with John Marshall at the University of Washington in Seattle, graduating in 1973 with a degree in Metal Design.
 In 1975, Michel moved to the family home built prior to World War II by her grandfather in Hat Creek, California, to live in the natural setting that inspired her. During her 33 year residence, she made many long-lasting friends in the Intermountain region from all walks of life and political persuasions. She was always ready to talk and share what she thought needed to be done.  Her opinions were strong and she did not mince words. She was formerly married to David Scott of McArthur with whom she had a son, Max, in 1986. Michel was a leader of the Hat Creek General Plan and helped organize the community toward the common goal of preserving the natural beauty of the area for generations to come. Michel was also an enthusiastic supporter of the Hat Creek Volunteer Fire Department, which awarded her its 2008 Certificate of Acknowledgment for Dedication and Outstanding Service.  Michel was well known for her love of dancing and waltzed during the last week of her life. Many, many people from coast to coast will miss her.
 Michel is survived by her son, Maxwell Jackson Scott, her sister, Tonia Lee Royston, her brother, Curtis Robert Royston . She was predeceased by her parents, Robert Norman Royston, formerly of San Francisco and Evelyn Dunwoody Royston, formerly of Adin.
 Donations in her name may be made to the Mercy Hospice, 1544 Market Street, Redding, CA 96001. A memorial service in Hat Creek will be announced in early spring.

  
Leonard Mota Sr. 
   Services will be conducted December 20, 2008 at the Full Gospel Indian Mission in Fall River Mills, for Leonard Michael Mota Sr., 47, of Redding. Burial will be at the Lava Springs Indian Cemetery at Eastman Lake.
   Mr. Mota died in an accident December 10 in Redding.
   He was born October 30, 1961 in Burney. He was a lifetime resident of the area.
   He was a firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service.
   He is survived by his wife Darlyn Mota of Montgomery Creek; brothers Calude Taylor Jr. of Orville and Arnold Elmore of Cottonwood; sisters Yvonne Orozco of Anderson, Angela Diaz of McArthur; Cynthia Raglin of Anderson, Mildred Hyde of Campo and Linda Gonzalez of Burney.

   Richard Gettman
   Graveside services for Richard Carl Gettman, 61, of Burney, will be conducted at 2 p.m., December 18, 2008 in the Northern California Veteran’s Cemetery in Igo. The Reverend Henry Winkleman will officiate.
   Mr. Gettman died of natural causes at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills, July 23.
   He was born August 2, 1946 in Wheatland, Wyoming and moved to the county in 1948.
   He was a smoke jumper, member of the Hot Shot team and firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service at Mount Shasta; a U.S. Air Force veteran of Vietnam who suffered from exposure to Agent Orange and Post Traumatic Syndrome, Disabled Veterans, VFW and American Legion.
   He is survived by his sister Darla Gettman of Layton, California and brother Ron Gettman of Burney.
  
  
Mildred Coleman
   Day area resident and former Antioch, California Resident Mildred F. Coleman, 88, died from injuries sustained in an accident involving a drunk driver in the Sacramento Area, December 1, 2008.
   She was born in Winfield Illinois December 6, 1920. 
   She is survived by daughter Sandy Hutchings of Day and four other siblings, 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
   Churchill Colburn
   Private family services have been secluded for Churchill Densmore Colburn, 80, of Cassel who died of natural causes December 11, 2008 at Riverview Retirement Home in Fall River Mills.
   Mr. Colburn was born January 20, 1928 in San Diego, California and moved to the area from Sebastopol, California. He was a writer and USMC veteran of WWII.
He is survived by his son Phillip of Cassel.

Dec. 9th 2008

Carl Sperber
Services for Carl “Fred” Frederick Sperber, 69, of Burney will be conducted at 11 a.m. January 13, 2009 at the Intermountain Baptist Church. The Rev. Bud Hennessey will officiate. Burial will be in the Burney District  Cemetery.
Mr. Sperber was born November 8, 1939 in Bakersfield, CA and moved to the county in 1999 from Spain. He was an engineer with the Engine Design Department of General Motors.
He is survived by wife Elaine; sons Carl of St. Clairs Shores, MI and Bill of White Lake Township MI. and eight grandchildren.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Intermountain Baptist Church Missionary Fund, P.O. Box 1256, Burney

Dec. 2nd, 2008

Thelma Standiford
   Services were held November 29, 2008 for Thelma Sadi Standiford, 87, of Burney. Burial followed at the Burney Cemetery.
   Mrs. Standiford died at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills of natural causes.
   Born March 18, 1921 in Mount Shasta, she was a lifetime resident of the area.
   She was a homemaker.
   Mrs. Standiford is survived by son Larry of Susanville; daughters Janet Oilar of McArthur and Nita  Turner of Burney; 12 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and two great-great-granchildren.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Intermountain Hospice, P.O. Box 459, Fall River Mills.


Nov. 18th, 2008

Esther Slete
   Graveside services were conducted November 14 at Lawncrest Memorial Park in Redding for Esther May Slete, 81, of Fall River.
   Mrs. Slete died of natural causes at her residence November 8, 2008.
   She was born September 20, 1927 in Eureka, California and moved to the area in 1986 from Sacramento. She was a homemaker.
   She is survived by sons Make and Neal Tolle of Chino, California;  Stepson Mark Slete of Sacramento; daughters Terri Johnson of Arizona, Marcia Newman of Arizona, and Roxanna Lyons of Burney; stepdaughters Kathy Olson of Sacramento, Darlene McKennan of Washington and Mary Halldorson of Texas, 17 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Daryl Bartholomew
   Family services will be held at a later date for Daryl D. Bartholomew, 53, of Burney.
   Mr. Bartholomew died of natural causes November 9, 2008 at Mercy Medical Center in Redding.
   He was born October 7, 1955 in Alturas and moved to the county in 2005 from Washington. He was a truck driver.
   He is survived by daughter Kari of Burney; stepdaughter Rachelle Boss of Tacoma, Washington; sisters Kathy Maas and Cindy Lewis of Burney.
   A memorial fund for Kari has been set up at US Bank, Main Street, Burney.

Nov. 4th, 2008

In Memory of
Janet Brown
   Janet Brown passed away peacefully at her home in Cassel on Sunday, October 26, 2008.
   Jan was a special person who was deeply loved. A passionate outdoorswoman and lover of animals and nature, she was a particularly talented fly fisher and master fly tier. She and her loving husband, Dave, ran the Trout Country Fly Shop in Johnson Park for over 14 years. During that time the trout flies she designed and her generous advice helped hundreds of fishermen take countless fish. Jan and Dave spent hundreds of days fishing their favorite waters, including Goodrich Creek, Idaho’s Henry’s Fork, and their home waters of Hat Creek and Fall River. Jan caught and released hundreds of trout during the 40 years she and Dave fished together. No fish was safe when Jan was on the water.
   In her career as a supervisor with various Social Services departments throughout California, Janet always went the extra mile to help the thousands of people in need who were lucky enough to benefit from her generous heart, intelligence, common sense and uncommon wisdom. To her many friends, she was a constant, faithful, caring and fun companion. Her love, compassion and concern for her family was always in her heart. She was Dave’s anchor, his rock, and the everlasting love of his life.
   Jan was playful, joyous and eternally young. She possessed a wonderful sense of humor and an irrepressible spirit. Jan was a wonderful cook. She liked fast cars and drove them that way. She loved her dog, Stryker, and took him everywhere. Stryker remained by her side until the end.
   Janet is survived by her husband Dave, her daughters Debra Angelisi of Marysville, Karen Born of Roseville and Janine Burrell of Cottage Grove, Oregon, her sister Jeanne Rousseau of Ben Lomond, nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Jan was predeceased by her sister Natalie Gomes.
   A memorial gathering will be held for Jan at the Cassel Community Center on Saturday, November 29. For information, please call (530) 335-5349.
   Memorial donations may be made to SNIPPP, a local animal rescue organization, P.O. Box 2435, Burney, CA 96013.

Floyd Stoutamore
   Floyd Stoutamore 80, a McArthur resident, passed away Oct. 26, 2008 of natural causes.  He is survived  by  his  sister JoAnn Gilpatrick  of Lewistown, Montana,  brother James B.  Stoutamore of  Lafayette, Ca., son  James F. Stoutamore of  Dorris,  Ca.,  daughters  Gail Watson of Dorris,  Susan  Anderson  of Redding, CA,  Jill  Hunsaker of Granstsville, Ut.,  8 grandchildren, and  5 great grandchildren. 
   No services are planned at this time.

Oct. 28th, 2008

Mary Carver
Funeral services were conducted October 18 for Mary L. Carver, 74, of Burney. Burial was at the Burney District Cemetery.
Mrs. Carver died of natural causes October 12, 2008 at Shasta Regional Hospital in Redding.
She was born November 10, 1933 in Smithville, Oklahoma and moved to the area in 1961 from McCloud.
She was a lumber grader at Fiber Board Corporation.
She is survived by her husband Roy; daughter Pam Henderson of Burney; brother’s Ben Whisenhunt of Burney, Bill Whisenhunt of DeQueen, Arkansas, and George Whisenhunt of DeQueen, Arkansas; sister Betty Rowland of Burney and five grandchildren.

Richard Hobbs
   No services are scheduled for Richard Leon Hobbs, 82, of Burney.
   Mr. Hobbs died of natural causes at his residence September 18, 2008.
   He was born September 8, 1926 in Lynden, Kansas and moved to the area in 1990. He was a Machine Shop Manager, a veteran of the U.S. Navy in World War II, and a member of Soldier Mountain Volunteer Fire Department.
   Mr. Hobbs is survived by step daughter Scarlett Bryers of Burney and Linda of Chino, CA; sisters Lillian Heilman of Osage City, Kansas and Correne Bowman of Topeka, Kansas, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Opal Keeney
   Funeral services were conducted October 24, 2008 for Opal Lillian Keeney, 93, of Burney. Burial was at the Burney District Cemetery.
   Mrs. Keeney died October 19 of natural causes. She was born November 11, 1914 in Bethel, Oklahoma and moved to the area in 1982 from Canby.
   She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Keeney is survived by son Larry of Canby; daughters Carol Poytress of Burney and Shirlee Wiley of Redding; sister Margaret Harris of Prairie City, Oregon; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Oct. 21st, 2008

Virginia Casella
Funeral services were held October 14, 2008 for Virginia Lee Casella, 80, of Fall River Mills.
Mrs. Casella died of natural causes at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills October 9, 2008.
She was born January 2, 1928 in Wichita, Kansas and moved to the area in 2003 from Sonoma, CA. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Casella is survived by daughters Chris Knoch of Fall River Mills, Carrie M, Cooke of Havelock North New Zealand and five grandchildren.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made in her name to Intermountain Hospice, P.O. Box 459, Fall River Mills, CA.
Gertrude Gerig
A memorial service of remembrance will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 25th, at the Bieber Memorial Hall in Bieber for Gertrude Gerig who passed away on September 8th. A potluck luncheon will follow.

Oct. 14th 2008

Martha Kerns
   Services for former Hat Creek resident Martha Barney Kerns were held October 13.
   Mrs. Kerns died of natural causes October 7, 2008 in Redding.
   She was born August 22, 1924 in Annabella Utah. She was long time resident of Hat Creek and lately of Redding. She was in the care of Shasta Health Care Skilled Nursing facility in Redding. Martha was a long time business owner, house wife and Mother. 
    She was a long time member of the Burney Lioness. 
   She is survived by sons Don, John, and Steve; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  
   The family requests that memorial donations be made in her name to  the LDS Relief Society.

Gene Chesbro
   Services will be held at a later date for Gene L. Chesbro, 84, of Cassel.
   Mr. Chesbro died of natural causes October 3, 2008 at Mayers Memorial Hospital.
   He was born November 25, 1923 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and moved to the area in 1979 from Canoga Park, CA.
   He was a machinist at Rocketdyne.
   He is survived by his wife Wilma; sons Kittrick of Redding, Timothy of Morrow Bay and Jeffery of Albuquerque, New Mexico; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made in his name to the Montegue Experimental Aircraft Association.

Oct. 7th, 2008

Barbara Kot
  Services were held October 2 for Barbara Jean Kot, 67 of Burney. Burial was at the Burney District Cemetery.
   Mrs. Kot did September 25, 2008 of natural causes at Mercy Medical Center in Redding.
   She was born April 5, 1941 in Denver, Colorado and moved to the area in 1972 from San Francisco. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by sons Lucas Kot of Casper, Wyoming and Robert Waltz of Burney; daughters Lorene Kot of Burney and Linda Morris of Richmond, Indiana; brother William Wilson Jr.; parents Stan and June Dolan of Sacramento: five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Sept. 23rd,2008

Delma Ragsdale
   Graveside services were held at the Burney Cemetery September 12, 2008 for former Burney resident Delma Alene Ragsdale, 79, of Redding.
   Mrs. Ragsdale died at the Copper Ridge Healthcare Center in Redding September 3 of natural causes.
   She was born November 26, 1928 in Dardanelle, Arkansas and moved to the county in 1950.
   She was a homemaker.
   She is survived by sons Tracy Jr. of Burney and Michael of Los Molinos; daughters Katie Dement of Holbrook, AZ and Paulette Roach of Redding; 10 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
  
Pearl Ratledge
   Graveside services were held September 22, 2008 at the Burney Cemetery for Pearl Ratledge, 89, of Redding. Mrs. Ratledge died September 14.
   She was born January 6, 1919 on the family ranch in Goose Valley. She was a homemaker and a lifetime resident of Shasta County.
   Mrs. Ratledge is survived by brothers John Morton of Oregon and Claude Morton of Hat Creek.
  
Shirrel Opdyke
   Former Burney resident Shirrel Bryce Opdyke, 87, of Redding, died August 31, 2008.
   Mr. Opdyke was born July 16, 1921 in Hat Creek.
   He was a Merchant Marine aboard the SS Wayne Victory during World War II, started as volunteer fireman with the Burney Volunteer Fire Department and retired as a full-time Captain with that department. He was the last surviving member of the “Black Bart Gang” which was one of the major participants in the Golden Spike Celebration when McCloud River Rail Road opened its spur to Burney, and in later Burney Basin Days Celebrations. He helped start the Burney Little League and the Pop Warner Football League.
   He is survived by sons David, Ralph and Rick, eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
   The family requests that memorial contributions be made in his name to the American Cancer Society.

Sept. 16th, 2008

Gertrude Gerig
   A service of remembrance will be held at 11 a.m.  Saturday, October 25 in the Bieber Memorial Hall in Bieber for Gertrude Gerig, 93. A potluck luncheon will follow.
   Mrs. Gerig died at home September 8, following a short illness.
   She was born August 22, 1915 in Stockton, CA and moved to Bieber from Lakeview, OR in 1930.
    Mrs. Gerig was a homemaker and a ranch hand.
   She was active for many years with PTA, was on the Mayers Memorial Hospital Board before a hospital district was formed, she served on the Big Valley Medical Center board and was secretary for the Bieber Chamber of Commerce for almost 30 years. She became active with the Fall River Hospital Guild for 28 years.
   She is survived by her daughter Vicky, son Robert and daughter-in-law Janell, five grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
   Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers can e made to a fund set-up at the Big Valley Swimming Pool in Gertrude’s name to be used toward swimming lessons and in support of the pool’s general fund.

Frederic Bennett
   Funeral services will be held a the City View Funeral Home in Salem, Oregon, at 2 p.m., September27, 2008 for Frederic “Fred” J. Bennett, 82, of Burney.
   Mr. Bennett died in Redding, California September 4.
   He was born December 11, 1925 in Eugene, Oregon and moved to Shasta County in 1993 from Gresham, Oregon.
   Mr. Bennett was an employee of Safeway Stores at the Clacksman, Oregon Distribution Center, a member of the VFW Post 5689, Northwest Oregon Detachment of the Marine Corps League, a Director of Save Burney Falls and a member of the Redding Elks Lodge No. 1073.
   He is survived by his spouse Lorena “Betty”; sons L. Russell Haan of Palatine, Il, John Hawbrock of Portland, OR, and Mark Bennett of New Bern, NC; daughter Bettelu Studenicka “Joe” of Burney; eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
   The family requests that locally, memorial contributions in his name be made to the Big Bend Community Center, Intermountain Marines – Toys for Tots, 20635 Roff Way, Burney.

Christie Marsh
   Services were held at the Veteran’s memorial Cemetery in Igo, September 11 for Christie (Mortenson) Marsh.
   Ms. Marsh died September 3, 2008.
   She was a U.S. Navy veteran and attended Butte Community College, and was a member of the LDS Church, 3rd Ward, Redding Stake.
   She is survived by brothers Ed Mortenson of Darby Mt., Bob Mortenson of Spokane, WA and sister Marcie Jackson of Clovis, CA.
  
  
William Jordan
   Services will be held at 2 p.m., September 23 at the Hat Creek Observatory for William “Les” Lester Jordan, 59, of Burney. Pastor Mike of the Solid Rock Church and Chaplain Phil of the United Bikers will officiate. Burial will be in the Burney District Cemetery.
   Mr. Jordan died September 7 at Mercy Medical Center following a motorcycle accident.
   He was born November 13, 1948 in Concord, CA and moved to the area from Martinez in 1972. He was a developmental technician at the Observatory.
   He is survived by long-time companion Teresa Jones of Burney; sons Brian Schaffer and James Jordan; daughters Lauie Thornberry, Amber Erwin and Jennifer Jordan; brothers, Robert, Larry and Richard; sisters Janice vale and Mona Jordan; Mother Doris Jordan of Burney and seven grandchildren.

August 26th, 2008

Robert Cetta
Services were conducted for Robert John "Bob" Cetta, 74 of Fall River Mills.
Mr. Cetta died August 19, 2008 following a short illness.
He was born September 6, 1933 in Oakland California and moved the Fall River Mills in 1975 from Portola.
He was a timber manager for the U.S. Forest Service,  former owner of Fall River Trophies, a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, member and board member of the Fall River Lions Club, 50-year member of the Feather River Masonic Lodge No. 234, F&AM at Beckworth, CA, member of the Fall River Mills Volunteer Fire Department, past board member of the Fall River Cemetery District and the Fall River Mills Fire District.
Mr. Cetta is survived by his wife Jan; sons Tony of Dayton, NV and Matt of Fall River Mills; daughter Valerie Robb of McArthur; brother Leroy of Corning; five grandchildren and one great grandchild.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made in his name to either the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250 or Intermountain Hospice, P.O. Box 459, Fall River Mills.

Michael O'Brien
No services will be held for Michael Dennis O'Brien, 69, of Burney.
Mr. O'Brien died at his residence August 17, 2008 following a long illness.
He was born in San Francisco and moved to the area from Belmont, CA in 1977.
He was a Superintendent for the Water Department in Sacramento.
Mr. O'Brien is survived by his wife Irma; daughters Kelly Ramey and Heidi Taylor; brothers Bill O'Brien and John Conner and four grandchildren.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made in his name to Intermountain Hospice, P.O. Box 459, Fall River Mills, CA.

Kathleen Gilbert
Services were held for Kathleen Jeanette Gilbert, 51, of McArthur.
Mrs. Gilbert died of natural causes August 8, 2008 at Mayers Memorial Hospital.
She was born October 14, 1956 in Sonora, CA and moved to the area in 1988 from North Hollywood, CA.
Mrs. Gilbert was a waitress.
She is survived by her long-time companion Danny Forrester of McArthur; daughter Heather Rinaldi of Palm Bay, FL and mother Catherine Baker of Burbank, CA.


July 29th, 2008

Terry Brown
   Services were held July 21 for Terry D. Brown, 71, of Burney.
   Mr. Brown died of natural causes July 16, 2008 at his residence. Burial was at Halcumb Cemetery in Montgomery Creek.
   He was born November 1, 1936 in Glendale, CA and moved to the area from Glendale in 1938. He was a water system repairman for PG&E.
   He is survived by wife Bonnie of Burney; daughters Rebecca Tucker of Crescent City, CA and Stephanie Getzinger and Cindy Taylor, both of Redding; sister Suisun Dean of Redding and six grandchildren.
  
Sandie Tucker
   Sandie Tucker of Fall River Mills died July 21 at Mercy Medical Center in Redding.
   She is survived by her husband, Don and daughter, Theresa, both of Fall River Mills and her brother, Rich, of Florence, Oregon.
The family held a special reception for her at home and a memorial mass and reception in Sonoma County.

July 22, 2008

Carmen Recalde
1974-75 Foreign Exchange Student to Burney High School Carmen Recalde died in an auto accident recently in her home town of Asuncion, Paraguay.
Dr. Recalde had established a clinic for street children and was running two soup kitchens for the poor at the time of her death.
She is survived by two daughters, Maranela and Marisol; parents Anibel and Kili Recalde, two sisters and three brothers. She also leaves her American Family, Howard and Lola Harris and one American Sister and three American Brothers.

Barbara Shaffer
Graveside services were held at Pine Grove Cemetery in McArthur for Barbara Darlene Shaffer, 74, of Fall River Mills.
Mrs. Shaffer died of natural causes at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills, July 14, 2008.
Born in McArthur May 10, 1934 , she was a life resident of the area.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Shaffer is survived by husband David of Fall River Mills; son Jimmie of McArthur; daughters Sheryl Silva of Chico and Denise Sarbacher of Fall River Mills; sisters Sharon Sweat and Gail Eastman, both of Red Bluff; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

July 15th, 2008

Walter Scalf
Services for Walter W. Scalf, 86, of Redding have already been held.
The former Hatchet Mountain resident died of natural causes July 4, 2008 at Windsor Redding Care Center.
He was born November 26, 1921 in Mount Shasta and was a lifetime resident of the area.
Mr. Scalf was a logger and log home salesman.
He is survived by nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.


In Memory of
Doris Carpenter
Doris Carpenter, 88, of Conway, AR, passed away Sunday, July 6, 2008.
She was born June 18, 1920, in Flint, Michigan, a daughter of the late Martin Alexander and Ellen Alexander.
She served in the Woman's Army Corp. as a stenographer. After leaving the military, she moved to California and eventually ended up in Arkansas where she lived for the last 35 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 45 years, William Robert Carpenter and her brother, Robert Alexander.
She is survived by a daughter, Ellen Nixon of Conway; a daughter, Janie McCoy and husband Gary of Adin, California; a son, Frederick M. Carpenter of North Little Rock, AR; a sister-in-law, Edna Alexander of California; grandchildren, Milissa Hobbs and husband Larry of Damascus, Melanie Newby and husband Jason of Conway, Shawnda Heffington and husband Rick, Paul McCoy and wife Nancy, and Dwayne McCoy, all of Adin; 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She will be remembered as a Super Great GrandMa, a stern grandmother, and a loving and caring mother. We will all miss her.
The family will have a private memorial service at a later date.
Arrangements are by Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway.
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Elayne Eleanor Ramey
Elayne Eleanor Ramey, age 88, passed away at the home of her daughter in Adin, CA on July 6, 2008.  She spent her last year living with each of her daughters in their homes in Palm Springs and Adin, CA, but was a life-long resident of Modesto, CA.  Elayne was born to George and Gertrude Epperson on February 8, 1920 in Modesto, CA.  Elayne married Jack Ramey on June 29, 1939.  Jack and Elayne owned several businesses including the Modesto Printing Company, Dryden Poultry & Breeding Farm and Pleasant Hill Golf & Country Club.  Throughout her life, Elayne held a myriad of jobs including working on a canning line, movie theater usher, cake decorator, event coordinator, piano player and bingo caller for a convalescent hospital where her mother passed, but her favorite job of all was loving her husband Jack and two beautiful daughters Jackie and Jill.  Another great love Elayne always cherished was that of her Lord, Jesus Christ.  In a letter to one of her grandchildren she wrote, "Anything about the Bible (the Word of God) you cannot understand give it to the Lord now, and when we get to heaven, He will tell us all."  So the Lord is getting plenty of questions right now and He has an eager listener!
Elayne was preceded in death by her brother Lloyd Epperson, grandson Jeff Collinson and husband Jack Ramey.  She is survived by daughters Jackie Mullen and her husband Dave of Palm Springs, CA and Jill Thomas and her husband Spencer of Adin, CA, grandchildren Cory Manzo and her husband Pablo of Shingle Springs, CA, Todd Hultgren and his wife Stacy of Henderson, NV, Holly Krieg of Adin, CA, Coupar Thomas of Anderson, CA and Baley Plascencia and her husband Pedro of Wildomar, CA, and eight great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held at the Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson, CA.  The family is forever grateful to Intermountain Hospice. 

June 17th, 2008

In memory of
William "Bill" Ryan
No services will be held for Bill Ryan,  of Hinkley, California at his request.
Mr. Ryan, a former resident of Montgomery Creek and Hillcrest died at the Veterans Hospital in Loma Linda, CA, June 10, 2008.
Born July 15, 1938 in St. Louis, Mo., he was 69-years-old.
He was a bartender at Our Place in Hinkley, a retired U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam and past commander of the Burney VFW Post.
Bill is survived by his loving companion of 16 years, Brenda McIlvaine of Hinkley, his daughter Roberta Ryan of California; sister, Rhita Ryan of Arkansas and many friends and golfing partners.


Mark Dean
Services for Mark Robert Dean, 25, of Burney were held June 13, 2008. Burial was at the Burney District Cemetery. He died at his home June 10 following a long illness.
Mr. Dean was born June 11, 1982 in Fall River Mills and was a lifelong resident of the area.
He was a pipe layer.
Mr. Dean is survived by his father Chuck of Burney; mother Teresa of Wildomare, CA; brother Jeremy of Wildomare and half-brother Andy of Etna, CA.


Joe Leventon Potter
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Lookout Cemetery for Joe Leventon Potter of Lookout. He was born December 31, 1911 and died June 12, 2008.
Howard Shepherd
Howard Sheperd died June 13, 2008 in Seal Beach CA. Services will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Seal Beach June 21.

In memory of
James "Jim" Johnston
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for James (Jim) W Johnston, B.D. 8-13-35 who died on May 22, 2008 at his ranch in Big Valley, California.   after a brief illness following  heart surgery.  Services were held on Saturday, May 31, 2008 both in Redding and Hillside Cemetery, Nubieber, California,
Survived by his wife of 40 years, Josefa Johnston and their precious daughter, Juli M. Johnston, and his loved children, Mrs. Linda M. Tyson and Wendell L. Johnston and their families; his loving mother,  Mrs. Alice (Dee) Cherrington, his  sister, Mrs. Janet (Lee) Gilliland, step siblings: Martin (Joy) Cherrington, Mrs. Patricia C.(Sam) D'Angelo, Stetson Gifford, Greg (Jan) Gifford and their loved mother, Mrs. Barbara Johnston, uncle Mr. Robert (Barbara) Johnston, aunt Mrs. Carrie Guttry.
Preceded in death by his father Walter L. Johnston, Dee Cherrington, aunt Virginia Turner, uncle Evan Guttry, grandmothers Leah Schott and Viola Johnston.
Born, raised, educated in Redding, Ca.  1954 alumnus of Shasta High School where he was active in Future Farmers of America organization.
Owner of Triple J Boring and Excavating, Homestead Hay, and Big Valley Red Angus.
Donations may be made to the Big Valley Historical Museum; Lookout Grange No.415; Modoc Hospital Building Fund.

In memory of
Marguerite Elizabeth (Mooney) Dalton
Marguerite Elizabeth (Mooney) Dalton passed away quietly at her home in Corvallis, Oregon Saturday, May 18, 2008.
"Mickey", born in 1924 in Aachen , Germany lived a life of great adventure and beauty.
She immigrated to the United States in 1946 being one of the first German war brides to arrive in this country. After living for 10 years in Minnesota she and her family moved to the Bay Area in California where she raised her three children. Many happy weekends and holidays were spent in their cabin in Squaw Valley where the front door was always open and a bottle of good cheer awaited anyone (and there were many!) who came through it.
She was an inspiration to her children and though her love for them was always the first thing that came through, she instilled in them a sense of pride, confidence and respect for their fellow man.
In 1969 Mickey married the love of her life, Robert Doc Dalton, Jr. in Oakland, California. From that day forward it was one adventure after another for them. They travelled extensively, spent 14 years on a beautiful ranch in Fall River Mills, Ca. raising every kind of four legged creature that came down their driveway , caring for and naming each and every one of them. It was during that time that Mickey was able to fulfill a lifetime dream of raising horses and there was barely a day that went by where you would not find her out at 5 a.m on her horse, riding the fence line and making sure all her animals were well tended to.
After retiring for the "farm life" they moved back to their home in Alameda, California where they were able to pick up a quieter pace and began to enjoy the company of old friends, children and grandchildren.
In 2006 Mickey made her final move to Corvallis, Oregon. The rolling green hills and snowcapped mountains reminded her of her home in Bavaria, Germany so she and Bob made this their last adventure! The animals were fewer, the land was tended to by someone else and they enjoyed their days together peacefully and quietly.
Mickey is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Robert Dalton. Her children, Miki Mooney of Hailey, Idaho, Patrick Mooney of Truckee, California and Dan Mooney of Bend, Oregon. Her grandchildren Danielle (Brian) South of Charlotte, North Carolina, Noah (Jodi) Richter of Boise, Idaho, Tyler Corrock of Ketchum, Idaho, Sean and Kiernan Mooney of Truckee, California and Megan Mooney of Bend, Californa and one great-grand son, Parker South of Charlotte, North Carolina. Her son, Jon Dalton, preceeded her in death in 2003.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in her name to The Society of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, 11350 McCormick Road, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031.

In memory of
Leanna Regine Hawkins
Leanna Regine Hawkins passed away on June 13, 2008 after a long illness with her family by her side at the age of 67.  Leanna is survived by her husband, Delmer, daughter and son-n-law Cindy and Robin Harbert, son and daughter-n-law Russ and Helen Hawkins, all from Bieber.   Sister, Carla Conner, from Adin.  Leanna is also survived by seven grandchildren who were the highlight of her life; Wyatt and Luena Harbert, Kolten, Kelsey and Hunter Hawkins, Ross and Chad Hawkins.  She was preceded in death by her son, Wade Hawkins.
Leanna was born in Susanville, California on October 3, 1940 to Nelmer & Luena Spalding.  She moved to Dixie Valley in 1948 and then spent the remainder of her life in Bieber.  Delmer and Leanna started the Del Logging business where she was the bookkeeper until she retired.  She was always very active in the community.  Grannie Annie was best known for her love of cooking and for her dedication to her grandchildren.  The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made in her name to the Big Valley Boosters Club.  A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 21 at 12:00 at the home of Robin and Cindy Harbert.  Lunch will be graciously provided by Bob and Stacey Watkins and friends.

June 10th, 2008

Vicki Bullene
A memorial service for Vicki Jo Addy Bullene, 60, of Chico, died May 28, 2008 at her residence.  She was born on August 9, 1947 in Guymon, Oklahoma.
She was a file clerk at Lodgian.
Mrs. Bullene is survived by her mother, Constance Mortenson of Fortuna; daughters, Kelly Odom & Shelly Ashley; sons, Tony Campbell, Joe Campbell, Chris Campbell; nine grandchildren and two unborn great-grand daughters. She also leaves one brother, Rick Addy; one sister Val McClung;
Memorial contributions may be made to: SEGO-We Care Foundation, Attn: Susan Coples, 980 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 900, Atlanta, GA 30342, in the name of Vicki Bullene.  May send message to Campbell Family c/o Kelly Odom, 1419 Winchester Trail, Smyrna, GA 30080 or email kelikatjc3@hotmail.com.

James Ryman
Services will be conducted for James Ryman, 75, of Hat Creek, Wednesday June 18 at 2 pm at Gridley-Biggs Cemetery.
Mr. Ryman died June 1, 2008 at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills of natural causes.
He was born July 1, 1932 in Biggs, CA. He moved to Hat Creek in 1985 from Southern California. He was a contractor and RV Park owner.
He was a Korean War Veteran, a Mason and a Shriner.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Busy); daughters Janelle Boscallero, Lisa Ryman both of Oakland, CA, Jaymie Ryman of Angels Camp; and one grandchild.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Shriners Hospital.

Marion Mosher
Private family services were conducted for Marion May Mosher, 97, of Burney.
Mrs. Mosher died June 2, 2008 in Mayers Memorial Hospital of Natural causes.
She was born August 1, 1910 in Ontario, Canada. She relocated to Burney from Bieber in 1953.
She was the RN for her husband Louis Mosher in Burney.
She was a member of O.E.S. in Fall River Mills, Past President of Burney PTA , member of the Presbyterian Guild, a Girl Scout Leader and a member of several bowling leagues.
She was preceded in death by her husband Louis and daughter Maureen Monchamp.
She is survived by her son Ron Mosher of Burney and four grandchildren.

Esther Hobbs 
No services will be conducted for Esther Camille Hobbs, 71, of Burney.
Mrs. Hobbs died at her residence June 2, 2008 of natural causes.
She was born Nov. 25, 1936 in Placerville, CA. She moved to Shasta County from Chino, CA in 1990.
She is survived by her husband Richard Hobbs of Burney; sons Thomas of St. Charles, MO, Milton Rousseau of Sacramento; daughters Scarlett Bryers of Burney, Linda Rousseau of Chino, CA; 3 grand children and 3 great grandchildren.

Alma Mitchell
Graveside Services will be conducted for Alma Jane Mitchell (Grandma Doodle), 74,  June 12the, 2008 at 1:00p.m. at the Fall River cemetery.
Ms. Mitchell died May 30, 2008 at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills, CA.
She was born September 11, 1933 in Augusta, ARK. She moved to Lassen County in 1943 and was a 1951 graduate of Fall River High school. She was also a Korean War veteran.
She is survived by her friend of 44 years, August Loeffler, brother J.C. Johnson; daughters Janetta Mitchell, Edna Sanchez; 8 grandchildren; 20 grandchildren and 8 grandchildren.

James Johnston
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 31 for James (Jim) W Johnston,  72, of Bieber. Mr. Johnston died on May 22, 2008 at his ranch after a brief illness following  heart surgery.  Burial was at Hillside Cemetery in Nubieber.
He was born August 13, 1935 in Redding  and was the Owner of Triple J Boring and Excavating, Homestead Hay, and Big Valley Red Angus.
He is survived by his wife Josefa Johnston and children, Juli M. Johnston, Linda M. Tyson and Wendell L. Johnston; mother,   Alice  Cherrington; sister, Janet  Gilliland, stepsiblings: Martin Cherrington, Patricia D'Angelo, Stepson Greg Gifford.
Donations may be made to the Big Valley Historical Museum; Lookout Grange No.415; Modoc Hospital Building Fund.
 

 May 27th, 2008
 

In Loving Memory of
Walter M. Callison
Mar 8, 1919 - May 20, 2009
Walter Merton Callison was born in Glenburn, CA on March 8, 1919 in his family home. He was the son of Judge Merton and Wanda Callison.
Walter graduated from Fall River High School in 1937 and then attended business college in Sacramento. He then moved to Alturas where he worked at Bank of America for a few years before returning back to the Fall River Valley. Upon his return, Walter married Norma Bruce on November 25, 1944 and they were married for 62 years before she preceded him in death in 2006. They had four children.
Walter began ranching with his father in 1945 and soon took charge of both ranches. He was a devoted rancher who spent his days caring for the livestock, irrigated the ranches for the annual hay crops and worked hard to keep the ranch in pristine shape. Each spring, Walter was Instrumental in leading the cattle from the ranch to Whitehorse which was nearly thirty miles away. It was one of the annual expeditions Walter cherished very much even through his later years.
Walter was an active member of the Fall River and Big Valley Cattleman Associations. His father, Merton Callison, founded the Associations. He also was a member for the McArthur Grange for many years.
After retirement in 1973, Walter enjoyed taking his boat out to Fall River daily as he became an avid trapper. He and Norma also enjoyed traveling the world and spent many of their winters in Arizona. In 1990, He and Norma moved to Cottonwood and resided near their daughter Marilyn and her family.
Walter was preceded in death by his father Frank Merton Callison of Glenburn, his mother Wanda Lee of McArthur. He is survived by his two sisters Lenora Lang of Windsor, CA and Roselee Ross (Bill) of Santa Rosa, CA. Also preceded by his four children: Robert Callison (Karen) of Glenburn; Marilyn Bailey (Bill) of Cottonwood; Richard Callison (Donna) of McArthur and Russell Callison of San Francisco. Also survived by his seven grandchildren: Becky Clark (Tim) of Orland; Logan Callison of San Diego; Stacey Bailey of Portland, OR; Jamie Bailey of Ashland, OR; Austin Callison (Danyelle) of Nampa, ID; Jason Bailey (Courtney) of Mountain Home, ID; Dallas Callison of Fall River Mills. He also leaves behind his sister in-law, Pauline Bruce, four great grandchildren and many cousins.
Graveside services will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery in McArthur, CA on Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 4 PM. Celebration of Walter to follow at son Richard Callison's cabin.
Memorial donations can be made in Walter's name at Fort Crook Historical Society, PO Box 397, Fall River Mills, CA 96028, or American Legion Post 369, PO Box 369, Fall River Mills, CA 96028 - Attention: Flag Fund.
Walter was a beloved husband, father, grandpa and uncle who will be missed dearly.
 

May 13th, 2008
 

Memorial services for Claire Kantlehner, 76, will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 17 at the Word of Life Assembly of God Church on Main Street in Burney.
Mrs. Kantlehner died March 13, 2008 in Kingman, Arizona.
She was born June 18, 1931 in Rollings, Wyoming.
A long-time resident of Burney she was a Shasta County Sheriff's Dispatcher in Burney for nine years.
She was a moving force and dedicated volunteer bringing women who were victims of domestic violence relief and help in the Intermountain Area.
She was a trained crisis line volunteer for the Shasta County Women's Refuge, a rape crisis counselor and advocate, a volunteer who drove victims to the safe house in Redding when needed and helped at the safe house in Burney, as well as a fundraiser and advocate which helped keep the expanded services for the victims in the area.
She is survived by her husband Paul, of Redding and sons Tom, Gary and Greg Cummings.

May 6th, 2008

In  memory of
Marion N. McCulley
A long time resident of Fall River Mills, CA, Marion - at 84 years old, passed away peacefully in her home, while surrounded by family, Friday afternoon - May 2, 2008.
An avid gardener, Cub Scout den leader, and founding member of the Inter-Mountain Art Club, she was born the eldest of seven to Elmer and Pearl Sellars in Stockton, CA on December 26, 1923. In 1938 she moved with her family to the Fall River Valley where she graduated from high school in 1942. Later that year on August 8th, she married her husband, Adrian J. McCulley; with whom she spent the better part of 54 years before his death on January 22, 1997.
During most of World War II, Marion worked as a billings clerk for the Southern Pacific Railroad, while her husband was away with the U.S. Army's 7th Division in the Pacific. Afterwards, in 1947, the two returned to the Fall River Valley  nd had six loving children.  The first being a daughter, Maggie (Smith), who preceded her mother in 2007.
Marion is survived by her sons, Adrin and Eric McCulley of Redding, CA, Robert of Portland, Ore,, and t wo duaghters - Helen Pomerleau of Brookings, Ore. and Martha Collins of McArthur, along with  20 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Services will he held at her home, Friday, May 9, 1 p.m. Any donation in her memory can be made to the Intermountain Hospice.

Blanche Kvasnicka
Services will be held Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 2 p.m. at McDonald's Burney Chapel for Blanche Jane Kvasnicka, 92, of Burney. The Rev. George Wright of the 1st Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be at the Burney District Cemetery.
Mrs. Kvasnicka died of natural causes at the Intermountain Community Center, April 28.
She was born November 11, 1915 in Idabel, Oklahoma and moved to the area in 1955 from Concord, CA. She was a sales clerk for 20 years.
She is survived by her son Charles Cotten of Burney; daughters Nancy Miller of Burney and Dolores Taylor of Oroville, 16 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made in her  name to the Burney Little League, c/o U.S. Bank, Burney.

Wilameena Packham
Graveside services were held May 1, at the Burney District Cemetery for Wilameena "Willy" Packham, 85, of Cassel.
Mrs. Packham died of natural causes at Riverview Retirement Home in Fall River Mills, April 25, 2008.
She was born March 26, 1923 in Brea, California and moved to the area in 1959. She was a homemaker and active member of the Mountain Cruisers Car Club.
She is survived by her husband Merle of Cassel; daughters Nancy Ralph of Anderson, Karen Hathaway of Hat Creek and June Gilbert of Redding; four grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue. Fl, 17, Chicago, Ill. 60601-7633.

April 8th, 2008

Harrison Marsden
Services were held April 5, 2008 for Harrison Alaric Marsden, 73, of Lookout. Burial was at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego.
Mr. Marsden died of natural causes at Mercy Medical Center in Redding March 28.
He was born January 7, 1935 in Montzuma, New York and moved to the Big Valley area in 1991.
He was a retired machinist from Caterpillar Tractor Mfg, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict, a member of the Lookout Volunteer Fire Department, Big Valley American Legion, Big Valley Chamber of Commerce and Lookout Community Church.
He is survived by his wife Bea; sons Mark of Mateca and David of Fremont; daughter Rose Ella Vargas of Fremont; brother Keith of Stockton; sisters Sylvia Alien of Coopersville, GA and Lynette Sullivan of Colorado; and four grandchildren.


Pamela Bidwell
Services were held March 25, 2008 for Pamela Cheryl Bidwell, 61, of Adin. Burial followed at the Adin Cemetery.
Mrs. Bidwell died at her residence March 21, 2008 following a long illness.
She was born March 3, 1947 in Vallejo, California and moved to Adin from Bieber in 1991. She was a bus driver for the Big Valley School District.
She is survived by her husband Greg; son Brad McNeall of Redding; daughter Victoria Austin of Eagle Point, Oregon; stepdaughter Brooke Pebley of El Dorado Hills, California; brother Pete Luck of Reno, Nevada and seven grandchildren.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made in her name to Intermountain Hospice, P.O. Box 459, Fall River Mills.

April 1st, 2008

Richard Maki
Graveside services were held March 29, 2008 at the Lookout Cemetery in Lookout, California for Richard Allen Maki, 57, of Lookout.
Mr. Maki died at his home in Lookout March 22.
He was born July 20, 1950 in Sacramento and was a 23 year resident of Lookout.
Mr. Maki was a logging equipment operator and worked for Big Valley Lumber Company for 25 years.
He is survived by daughters Dara Robbins of Burney and Amy Maki of Redding; sisters Linda McCord of Sacramento and Georgia Hooker of Rio Linda, CA and two grandchildren.

Viola Simmons
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., April 3 at Hillside Cemetery in Nubieber for Viola Mabel Simmons, 90, of Nubieber.
Mrs. Simmons died March 21, 2008 of natural causes, at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills.
She was born April 28, 1917 in Crona, New Mexico and moved to Lassen County in 1942 from New Mexico. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by son Orvillle of Anderson, Robert of Nubieber; daughter Lela Carmichael of  Gilchrist, Oregon; 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Elwood Carver
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, April 7 at the Grace Community Church, 20218 Tamarack Ave in Burney for Elwood Carver. A pot luck will follow the service.

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