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OBITUARIES FOR
MAY-JUNE ~ 2014

In Memory of
Jerome Thomason

Jerome W. Thomason, 87, passed away at his home of 42 years surrounded by his family in Round Mountain, California Thursday May 15, 2014. Jerry was born Nov 19, 1926 in Hat Creek, California to Ellen (Greer) and Boris J. Thomason. He graduated from Fall River High School in 1944 and joined the Merchant Marines shortly thereafter. After two years of service Jerry returned to the north state, where he worked in the cattle industry before marrying Carole LaVerne Bidwell April 16, 1950. The Greer and Bidwell families were both early pioneers of the Intermountain area and the newlyweds continued working the Bidwell family ranch in Hat Creek for several years. After the ranch was sold, Jerry drove logging and cattle trucks until 1963, when he began his career with Pacific Gas and Electric as a hydro-electric and sub-station operator. After 26 years Jerry retired from PG&E to enjoy bird watching, stained glass, woodworking and gardening. He also loved fishing on the Wilcox ranch in Hat Creek and at Pit 5, where he worked for PG&E. He was a member of Fort Crook Masonic Lodge #250 (which awarded him the Hiram Award for exceptional service) and the Intermountain Modoc and NorCal Shrine Clubs, from which he received the Ben Ali Medal of Merit for having spent over 1000 hours transporting children to and from the Shrine Hospital in Sacramento. Jerry also donated blood to various north state causes in excess of 100 times.

 Jerry is survived by Carole LaVerne, his loving wife of 64 years and their four children; Charles (Lizz), James, Rebecca and Eda (Wayne) and five loving grand children and four great-grand children. He also leaves his brother John and many nieces and nephews. Jerry was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Gene and Ivan.

Jerry requested that no services be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817.


Jesse  So

A Celebration of life for Jesse Charles Southard has been scheduled for Saturday May 24th at Noon at Look out Cemetery w/ reception to follow at Look out fire hall. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to the Lookout fire hall. 




In Memory of
Ken Lyford


In Memory of Ken Lyford Ken left us unexpectedly on April 25th 2014. He was a valued member of our construction company, Pasternak Construction. In his passing, he left his wife, Terri, and his two daughters Casey and Jodi. Ken was a great man, he was a funny man, who always had a joke to tell. He worked very hard and his family was the most important thing in his life. There has been a Memorial Account set up at Tri Counties Bank, for anyone who would like to help out for his family’s expenses in this time of need. Please make checks payable to Terri Lyford, Jodi Lyford, or Casey Parks Memorial Fund.

We Love You & We Are Going to Miss You Ken, WE WILL NEVER HAVE A CREW LIKE THIS AGAIN! From all of us at Pasternak Construction, Jody, Theresa, Tyler, Jay, Gary, Donnie, Larry, Chris, Jamie, Darla, Dave, and Mike & Teri

In Memory of
JunioR Willia Elzea

Junior William Elzea was born in Wolf Point, Montana on February 25, 1933 to James True Elzea and Elsie Caroline (Vine) Elzea.

Junior attended Providence School and Center School. He had no fondness for school but would rather have been farming, riding horses, or running his trap line. In the early 40’s, his family purchased a farm just south of Adin. In 1944, when Junior was 11, his father died.

It was during this time that Junior and his brother Doug began taking in outside horses to break to help with income for the family.

Junior attended high school at Adin High. While in high school he participated in the school operettas, was an excellent draftsman, and loved to play basketball and baseball.

Junior heard there was a new girl working at the Adin Fountain that was going to be joining their class in the fall. So the next time he came to town, he made a trip to the soda fountain to check her out but was too bashful to ask for a date. Toward the end of his senior year Junior finally worked up the courage to ask Gerta to go to the show and then Gerta invited him to go to the school Spanish dinner. Junior and Gerta graduated from Adin High School in 1950. They continued dating and in October 1951 Junior proposed. On March 9, 1952 they were married at the Adin Community church. Thus began a lifetime of love and family.

In January of 1953 Marsha was born and then in January of 1955 Sheral joined the little family. The girls remember having a wonderful childhood living on the ranch next door to Grandpa and Grandma Harper. Junior was always happy to have his girls along but his family was completed when Chris came to them in April of 1964.

Junior really enjoyed his children and all of their activities but because he had now become a truck driver for Edgerton Lumber he was not always able to attend all of their activities.

Jena, Erin, Brandon, Vance & Christjan all were blessed to be able to spend much time with Grandpa.

In 1998 great-grandchildren became his joy. First came Jeremiah, then Jocelyn, Tanner, Braedyn, Dean, Evan, Jonah, Tayte, and Mikaylee. It was less than a year ago at a family gathering Junior said, “These are the best days of my life. I am getting to enjoy all my family.”

Junior passed away April 28, 2014. Services were held Friday May 2, 2014 at the Adin Community Church followed by internment at the Adin Cemetery.

Junior taught his family the importance of family and how to love one another. He lived his life courageously and faced every situation with joy, hope, grace, and without complaint.


In Memory of
William LeRoy Hudson
3-14-1938 - 4-26-2014

 

Our Beloved husband, dad, papa and great grandfather Bill Hudson has been called home by his Lord.  He was in the house he built and surrounded by the family he loved so much.  Our family's hero will be sorey missed.  Christmast tree hunt,ng, campfires and countless other memories made with family and friends will carry on, but will never be the same.

There was never a man with more love for his wife than Bill: he showed it every day of his life with his beautiful and devoted wife, Kathy. The greatest love story on this earth is the one they lived for nearly 52 years. Together they raised two children and showed them what it meant to be a loving family. Although parenting is never easy, it is much simpler because we witnessed his mastery at turning tough times into teaching moments. He was at every game, play and event his kids and grandkids were involved in; rooting as hard and loud as he could. As a papa, he found great joy in the simple little moments with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. They all loved to play a game, read a book or make funny faces with their papa. He showed us all how to have fun, laugh, sing and do a crazy little jig if the urge struck us. There was a song for every moment, no matter how it might embarrass us. We will truly miss our family’s troubadour.

Our fondest memories will be of the campouts, sailboat rides, waterskiing lessons and fishing trips we took together. He was a true outdoorsman and instilled his love and awe of God’s creation in his family with each and every road trip we took. We saw some of the most beautiful sites because he was never afraid to say “I wonder what’s down this road.”

As one of the kindest, gentlest and caring men God ever created, he welcomed every opportunity to lend a helping hand, listening ear or prayerful heart to anyone with a need. His example has had, and will continue to have, a profound impact on those he touched.

Born in Pasadena, CA, he moved to southern Oregon with his mom and dad in Jr. High. He moved back to southern California after the death of his dad only to find that the love of his life was his old friend Jimmy’s little sister (the one they threw rocks at years before). Driving truck in the city for nearly twenty years, he longed to get back to “God’s Country.” In 1979 he packed up the family and moved to Fall River so that he could show his kids a different way of life. He dearly loved this valley and its people. He was truly thankful for all that God brought into his life: he would always say “I am truly blessed.” He is survived by his wife Kathy, daughter Debbie (Dale) Phelps, son Richard (Lori) Hudson, grand children Marci Patrick, Chris (Katie) Hudson, Ethan Phelps and Nick Hudson and five great grandchildren.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17th at the Evangelical Free Church in McArthur. To honor Bill’s favorite treat, ice cream and other snacks will be served immediately following at the Ol Merc. Please come and share a good story with family and friends. This will be a special time to honor a remarkable man.

Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Bill’s name to the caring hands and hearts at Intermountain Hospice, PO Box 459, Fall River Mills, 96028 or the Ladies Circle at the Glenburn Community Church.


In Memory of
Ardis Darlene Cunningham
6-1-1917 - 4-6-2013

 Ardis died at Oak River Rehab, Anderson, California at the grand age of 96.

She as born in Park Rapids, Minnesota and moved to Anderson, California when she was 18. She married Vern Cunningham on August 30, 1941. They had three sons and a daughter.

Ardis lived and raised her family for many years in Fall River Mills. She was a den mother, room mother. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Rebekah Lodge, Fall River Grange, McArthur Fire Department Auxiliary and many other organizations. She worked at the Fall River Hotel, was co-owner of PAL Catering, did several years babysitting in her own home and did more jobs than we are able to remember. For several years, she competed in local logging contests - Jack and Jill Hand Bucking and Axe throwing.

In 1992, she relocated to Anderson, California and was active in the Frontier Senior Center.

She was preceded in death by her son David and her husband of 49 years, Vern.

Ardis is survived by her sons Clifford (Kristin), Stanley (Yvonne),, and daughter Susan Bowen, grandchildren - Denise Loucks, Renee Schweigardt, David Cunningham, Carson Cunningham, Michelle Gudahl and Cassandra Bowen; great grandchildren Chris, Nic, Steven, Jerrell, Ben, Alicia, Cora, Anna, Jacob, Kathie and Karsen. She leaves many nieces nephews and friends.

There will be no services. An informal gathering will be held at a later date.



In Loving Memory of
Gage Aaron Sealander

Heaven has been blessed with another angel April 20th, 2014.

Gage Aaron Sealander was born October 10th 2002 to Stephanie Hovis, Skyler Sealander and Big Brother Hunter Sealander: Step-Dad Daryl Hovis: Sister Bailey Hovis: Brother, Jared Hovis: Nana, Cheryl Marx: Grandpa, Bill Hovis and Grandma Aileen Hovis.

Gage touched so many lives in his short time here with us on earth. Despite his little size he had the biggest heart around.

Gage always went out of his way to ensure everyone around him was happy and smiling.

He was taken from us tragically and way to soon, but our boy was doing what he loved. There are no words to explain the loss of our Gagers, our blue-eyed boy.

Our family would like to express our appreciation for all the love and support in our time of need.

A celebration of life will be held at the Veterans Hall, April 18 at 4 p.m.


In Loving Memory of
Ronald James Albaugh
3/12/404/9/14


Ronald James Albaugh passed away April 9, 2014. Ron was born March 12, 1940 in Alturas, California to Ed and Orma Albaugh. He was born into a Pioneer California Family.

Ron grew up on the Frosty Acres Ranch at Adin, California. He graduated from Adin High School with a class of nine students. He attended Chico State College. He served two years in the United States Army from 1962 to 1964.

Ron married LaVern Hencratt May 8, 1965. They raised two sons Mark and Norris.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents Ed and Orma Albaugh and his brother Dale.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, sister Jean (Bob) Walker of Rough and Ready, California, sister-in-laws Barbara Albaugh, Adin, California, Marie Haley, Redding, California. Children, Mark (Teresa) Albaugh, Cottonwood, California and Norris (Susie) Albaugh, Fallon Nevada. Grandchildren Ann (Ben) DeGroot, Springfield, South Dakota, Carrie (Chad) Bidwell, Alturas, California, Helen, Wilhelmina and Waldo Albaugh, Fallon, Nevada. Great Granddaughter Madison Bidwell, Alturas, California, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ron was a member of the Nevada Cattleman’s Association. He was awarded the American Shorthorn Association Seed Stock Producer of the year and the Dual Purpose Breeder of the year for the American Milking Shorthorn Society and won first place in the Great Western Livestock Judging contest.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Memorial services will be Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Gardens Funeral Home in Fallon.


In Loving Memory of
Carl Edward Abram Parks


Carl was born November 15, 1919 in Georgetown, Texas to Lee Roy and Molly Mae Parks. He was 94 when he passed away April 2, 2014. He was pre-deceased by brothers Lee and Sammy and sisters Lillian, Allene and Ruth. Carl was a proud member of the “Greatest Generation,” joining the Marine Corps, 2nd Marine Division in World War II, fighting across the South Pacific at such places as the Mariana Islands of Saipan and Tinian, Tarawa, and Okinawa, eventually reaching Hiroshima during the occupation of the main island of Japan as the war ended. After WWII, he met and married Daisy Smith (Herold) and began a family. He became a member of the Victor McLaglen Synchronized Light Horse Brigade and started work at MGM Studios. Carl and Daisy soon left the hustle and bustle of Southern California for a simpler life where they raised 3 children, Edward, Carolyn and Kathleen, at a ranch near Montgomery Creek. During this time, Carl wore many hats as he tried raising cattle, logging, harvesting and selling Christmas trees, eventually turning to real estate sales. In 1962, he moved to Bieber. It was here that he eventually met and married Marian Bonsall (Fisher) in 1974 and they continued his Big Valley Real Estate business.

Carl was a 50+ year member of Lions International, a Freemason 48-year member of the Fort Crook Lodge of Masons where he was raised to the degree of Master Mason, as well as a 25-year member of Shriners International where he sponsored many children to the Shriners Children’s Hospital. He was a former President of many organizations including the Farm Bureau, Sportsman’s Club of Northern California, Chamber of Commerce and Museum for Bieber and Lassen County, Big Valley Lions Club, and Intercounties Chamber of Commerce of Northern California representing 16 counties. He also took time out of his busy schedule to serve a term as County Supervisor for Lassen County. Carl traveled extensively, loved hunting and fishing and spending time with his family. His extended family included 3 children, 4 stepchildren; 6 grandchildren, 9 step-grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren, 10 step-great grandchildren; and one step-great, great grandchild. Carl’s desire and inclination to serve others has now been passed on and will continue to influence this large family.

Carl will be remembered for his legacy of neverending service to his country, state, region, county, community, friends and family. He wanted to “get things done” and provided us all a great example to follow. Carl will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital. Services for Carl’s Celebration of Life will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 19th at the Masonic Lodge in Fall River Mills. A graveside, military service will immediately follow at the Nubieber Cemetery, finishing with a luncheon reception, location to be announced.


In Memory of
Gerald "Jerry" Richardson


In loving memory of Gerald “Jerry” Lynn Richards of McArthur, California.

Born in Fannin County, Texas on May 17, 1933, he passed from this world on March 15, 2014 in Redding.

He was a Korean War veteran with the U.S. Air Force, A 32-year employee of Hunt and Wesson, United Cans of Fullerton, CA, after which he and his wife Billy retired to McArthur. Billy, his wife of 54 years passed in 2006. .

He enjoyed doing volunteer work with the Fall River Lions .In addition to being extremely active in the Bingo Committee, Easter Egg Committee, and others, Jerry was the Club president in 2000- 01, Second Vice again in 2002-03, First Vice in 1999- 2000, 2nd Vice in 1998-99, 3rd vice in 1997-98,Director in 1996- 97 and 2nd vice president in 1993, 94.

Jerry loved hunting, fishing, football, his family and his friends He was preceded in death by his loving wife Billy and son John.

He is survived by sons Bill and Joe, daughter Leanne, son-in-law, Gary Campbell, daughter’s – in – law Karen Richardson and Vicki Richardson, nine grandchildren and 10 greatgrandchildren who brightened his life.

He will be truly missed.

Services were held at the Lions Hall, Highway 299, Fall River Mills Saturday, March 22nd, 2014.


In Memory of
Carol Story May


A Celebration of Life will be held on March 29, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Lions Hall McArthur for Carol Storey May of Fall River Mills.

Born December 23, 1938, she went to be with our Heavenly Father in Glory on March 2, 2014. She and her husband Billy came to the Fall River, McArthur area in 1992.

Carol was a 22-year member of the Fall River Lions Club, a past-president of the club and devoted a lot of effort to the Taste of Fall River which was a playground fund raiser. She was involved with the Little Country Church.

She is survived by her husband Billy May; son Michael Gnafakis and his wife, Liz; daughter Cherise Estel and her husband, Scott; many precious grandchildren and great grandchildren.Francis O. “Baldy” McCulley died March 1, 2014. Services will be Tuesday, March 11, at 11 a.m. in the Pine Grove Cemetery in McArthur.


In Memory of
Francis O "Baldy" McCulley

Baldy, 92, went peacefully at home to be with his Lord in the early hours of March 1, 2014. He held on to spend his 72nd wedding anniversary with his wife Amy, and surrounded by family and friends

Baldy was born February 17, 1922 in Lakeview, Oregon. They moved to the Fall River Valley in the early ‘30’s where he attended school. On February 28, 1942 he married his “sweetheart” Amy (Schneider). He was working for Harry Horr both on the ranch and in the sawmill at that time and a couple years later they purchased their own ranch east of McArthur.

Baldy entered the Army March 8, 1945. He did most of his training at Mineral Wells, Texas with his brother Leo. While on the ship en route to the Philippines they announced the war had ended. He returned home to his ranch, wife, and at that time three children.

Baldy loved all the Intermountain Area had to offer. He worked in the logging industry and at the same time ran the family ranch. When he did find time it was spent camping, fishing and hunting with family and friends. He never missed a social event, usually one of the first to arrive and last to leave (Especially if it was a dance). You could easily spot him, shaking hands, hugging, laughing and just enjoying life. He never knew a stranger and could strike up conversations with anyone.

After moving to Burney in 1973 he retired from Publisher’s Mill to be a full time grandpa with a whole new generation of fishermen and hunters to train. Always the camp cook, you never left camp hungry. He was famous for “Uncle Baldy’s pancake, Dutch oven biscuits and Irish stew. He was known to crank up some good ole homemade ice cream too!

Baldy is preceded in death by son Nolan Mc- Culley; father, Jake McCulley; mother, Flossie O’Conner; his sisters, Elma Estes, Jane Spaulding and Nora O’Conner; brothers Leo, Jack, Adrian and Bill McCulley.

He is survived by his wife Amy; son, Chuck (Sharon), McCulley; daughters, Aileen Hovis, Elizabeth (Alvin) Leighton, and Sally McCulley; brother Mike O’Conner; grandchildren, Carrie McCulley, Jenni (Jeff) Pevehouse, Michele (Darrin) Kaczorowski, Daryl (Stephanie) Hovis, Spencer (Jennifer) Leighton, Shanda (Brian) Murray, Katie Kingsbury and Amy (Clayton) Anderson; 16 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews who were all very special to him.

Graveside services were held March 11, 2014 at Pine Grove Cemetery in McArthur, followed by a celebration of life potluck at the Intermountain Fair grounds. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the local hospice or Fort Crook Museum.Francis O. “Baldy” McCulley died March 1, 2014. Services will be Tuesday, March 11, at 11 a.m. in the Pine Grove Cemetery in McArthur.


In Loving Memory of
Rebba Lois Kirby

Rebba Lois (Simmons) Kirby, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away peacefully early Sunday morning February 16, 2014 at home in Kansas City, at the age of 64, in the presence of her husband.

As was true for her, she won her battle against her health problems and got to a much better, peaceful place.

Rebba was born July 22, 1949 in Bieber, California, the second daughter of Enoch and Wilma Simmons. Rebba graduated from Big Valley High School in 1967 and attended Lassen Community College for a short time the fall of 1967.

She met her future husband in Adin, Ca. through a blind date and married Lonnie Kirby November 18, 1967 in Bieber. They lived in California and Nevada wherever her husband’s employment with the U. S. Forest Service and later employment with private companies as a land surveyor took them. They retired in 2005 and moved to Kansas City, Mo. for Rebba’s health.

Rebba is preceded in death by her father Enoch (Shorty) Simmons. She is survived by her mother Wilma Simmons, older sister Donna Ellenberger, brothers Ellis Simmons and Charles Simmons, sisters Marlene Nettleton and Darlene Flader, her husband Lonnie, of 46 years, daughter Leslie Simmons, grand daughter Amanda Longe, great grandson Lucas, grandson Steven, daughter Cindy Kirby –Diaz, grand daughters Lyra Diaz and Alia Diaz, a loving and extended family, aunts, uncles, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Graveside service was at 11:00 A.M., February 21, 2014 at Adin, California Cemetery. A remembrance luncheon was held after the service.


In Memory of
Margarete "Marge" Carlston


Margarete “Marge” Carlson died on February 11, 2014, in Portland, Oregon, surrounded by her family. Marge was born on October 6, 1916, in Greensboro, North Carolina, the daughter of the Reverend Fred and Emma Wahlers. She was an identical twin of Henrietta. She grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and graduated from Macalester College, and taught high school English and German. On June 22, 1941, she married Norman (Nor) Carl Carlson, M.D.

Their first son Carl Allan was born in 1942 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and second son Norman in 1943 in Natchez, Mississippi, where Dr. Carlson was training to soon be deployed to serve in Europe as the Commanding Officer of the 253rd Infantry Medical Detachment. In 1946, their third son, Steven, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota followed in 1949 by their daughter Jannine, born in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming.

Marge and Nor loved the out-of-doors, spending a lot of time at Birch Lake, Minnesota at Nor’s family cabin. They never tired of fishing and spending time with their siblings and families. Marge and her family moved to Newport Beach, California, in 1952 where Nor opened a medical practice. There she was close to Henrietta.

In 1959, they moved to Fall River Mills, in the mountains of Northern California. They built a house on eighty acres of pine trees. Marge resumed her teaching career in 1966. She later taught kindergarten until her retirement in 1980. She and Nor were actively involved in many civic activities and enjoyed playing golf. When the county board closed the public library in Fall River Mills, Marge, a “Friend of the Library,” was instrumental in establishing a successful volunteer-run library still in operation. In 1984, the Fall River Valley Chamber of Commerce honored both Marge and her husband as “Citizens of the Year.”

Although hard to leave her many good friends in Fall River Mills, Marge in 1995 moved to Portland to be closer to family, including son Norm and his family, and brother Art Wahlers and his wife Carol. Marge continued her civic callings and was a very active member of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church. She loved her family and traveled across the United States to see her six grandchildren graduate from high school and college. Visits from her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, were highlights for her. The symphony, performing arts, and travel were a big part of her life as well.

Marge is survived by three children: Norm (Joanne) Carlson of Portland, Steven (Jill) Carlson of Seattle, Washington, and Jannine (John C.) Provinzino of St. Cloud, Minnesota; six grandchildren: Steven Carlson, Khristopher Carlson, Edward Carlson, Alan Provinzino, Laura (Mark Johnson) Provinzino, and Anne (Jacob Schneider) Provinzino; eight great-grandchildren: Xyla Carlson, Rose Carlson, Ayele Carlson, Hadia Carlson, Daphne Johnson, Vincent Johnson, Greta Schneider and Ryan Schneider; twin sister Henrietta Mack, and brother the Reverend Arthur (Carol) Wahlers. She was preceded in death by her husband Norman and son Carl Allan, her parents, brothers Fred Wahlers and the Reverend Lorenz Wahlers, and sister, Clara Edwardsen.

A memorial service will be held at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Portland on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. Remembrances in honor of Marge can be made to the Art and Carol Wahlers Scholarship Endowment at Concordia University, Portland; St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Portland; or the Ft. Crook Historical Society, P.O. Box 397, Fall River Mills, California 96028.


In Memory of
Constance "Connie" Sebastian

Roswell, New Mexico where she was being care for by her daughter, Connie D., 3-year-old grandson and son-inlaw David.

Connie started teaching in 1962 in a one-room school house in Yuba, California. It was there she met Tony Sebastian, moved to Burney and Married August 23, 1963.

She was hired by the Fall River Joint Unified School District in 1965 where she taught primarily 5th and 6th grades. She retired in June, 2001. She was elected to the school district’s board and served from December 2001 through 2005. She was very passionate and instrumental in getting Measure J, a $4.4 million bond to renovate and modernize the school district passed by the voters.

Her life was her students and all the children of Burney. She loved gardening and nature of all kinds. She hired kids and taught them excellent work ethics.

Connie is also survived by her brother Ted, wife Dortha, their children Sandra, Paul, David and all their children\; Sister-in-Law Betty Luck, her children Steven and Gretchen, and all their children; Connie also considered Gayla and Daryl Connover and all the many people who came into her life family. Even though she had to move away, and had the blessing of spending her last years with her daughter and grandson, her heart never left us here in Burney.

Family, friends, colleagues and former students Burney hope to meet at 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 21st at 37388 Bailey Avenue to share memories so something can be put together for her grandson.


In Memory of
Orison Alber "Al" Pratt
March 19, 1924 - February 1, 2014

Al was born on March 19, 1924, to Henry Able Pratt and Albina Lumina Albert Pratt in Turner, Maine. Al was the second child and only boy in the family. He grew up on the family farm with his older sister Virginia and two younger sisters Milda and Marie. As a young boy, he loved spending time working on the family farm with his grandpa, who Al loved dearly and spoke fondly of all his life. Al lost his grandfather at the age of eight, which hurt him greatly.

Al joined the Navy right out of high school and served on the USS Jefferson for a term of six years, from December 1942 to December 1948. He was proud of his service during WWII and often spoke of his adventures in the Navy.

After serving in the Navy, Al moved to San Francisco and attended UC Berkeley on his GI Bill. While there he majored in Ag Business. He always loved agriculture, which is a love he acquired from and shared with his grandfather. Also while attending UC Berkeley, Al met and courted a fellow student, Barbara Freeman. They married on February 2, 1952, in San Francisco.

Al was a wonderful teacher who loved his students. His favorite subject was math and he enjoyed teaching Krypto, which resulted in him being known for many years as Mr. Krypto. After Al retired he was asked to return to Fall River Elementary to continue the Krypto groups he had started, and was also asked to share the math game with the Christian school.

One of Al’s hobbies was raising hogs and he loved sharing it. Al started raising hogs with Dud Clark on the 2 Dud Ranch. He then moved his hogs to his home where he helped some of his children and grandchildren raise them for the Intermountain Fair. Al was one of the founders of the Intermountain Fair Sale Committee and remained on the committee for over 30 years. He was a 4-H leader for many years and sold pigs at a reasonable price to both 4-H and FFA members to help the kids learn what it meant to take care of an animal. In order to be able to continue his love of farming, he would help friends in the valley by bailing hay when he had time off from teaching.

 On February 1, 2014, Al went to be with his loving wife Barbara, who preceded him in death. As a result, they were able to celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary together on February 2, 2014. Al was also preceded in death by both of his parents and his baby sister Marie Adams. Al is survived by his sisters Virgina Emmerson and Milda McAlister, both of Maine; daughter Sarah Roberts of Redding, son Henry Pratt of Las Vegas, daughter Cindy White of Fall River Mills; 9 grandchildren Jack Roberts, Valerie Chandler, Greg Roberts, Tami White, Anthony Pratt, Scott White, Wendy Pratt, Ananda Pratt, and Adinda Pratt and 8 great-grandchildren Hayden Roberts, Hayley Roberts, Aaron Chandler, Taylor Thompson, Bailey Pratt, Hunter Pratt, Cash Roberts and Adelyn White.

Services will be held at the United Methodist Church in Fall River Mills, CA on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 1:00 PM. Desserts will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following: Intermountain Hospice PO Box 459 Fall River Mills, CA 96028

Burney-Fall River Education Foundation (BFREF) PO Box 625 McArthur, CA 96056


In Memory of
James William Miller

Born Jan. 2, 1927 in Pasadena, CA, James William Miller was known to all as Bill, and to a select group as Dad or Grandpa. He died peacefully in his sleep on January 6,2014. Bill was 87 years old and had been married to the love of his life for 67 years.

Bill served as a medic in the Army in Korea during WWII. On returning home he married his high school sweetheart, Betty Louella Hofstar.

When he was four, his dad took him up for a ride in an airplane at an air show. He was hooked! He eventually obtained his private pilot’s license in his 30’s, bought a Cessna 120 and spent many happy hours.

When he was nine, an aunt gave him some interesting rocks, which resulted in his lifetime hobby of rock collecting. After retirement he took up painting and pen and inks. He also taught himself to make arrowheads.

Although Bill’s main occupation was construction, he also spent a few years with airplanes.

Bill leaves behind his beloved wife Betty Lou, and his son, Robin from Round Mountain, CA, daughters Glenda Risch from La Clede, ID, Aletha Wehtje of Baker City, OR, and Joy Tjaden of Fall River Mills, CA. He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. His younger brother and sister preceded him in death, and he is survived by his half-sister Linda Barrett of Walnut, CA.

Bill loved God and his family with all of his heart. His family looks forward to seeing him once again as a young man in God’s Kingdom.Verna Reed, a long-time resident of Fall River Mills, died at age 96 on January 19, 2014 in Sacramento, surrounded by loved ones. She was preceded in death by her husband of many years, Bob Reed.


In Memory of
James Herbert Bickford
1917 - 2014


James Herbert Bickford rode off into the sunset for the final time on January 17, 2014.

Jim was born August 1, 1917 to Joseph Arthur and Margaret Biggs Bickford, in Sacramento, California. He grew up on the Bickford Ranch in Lincoln, where he helped his dad milk cows for a living.

He attended school in Lincoln, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1934. He attended Sacramento City College; then transferred to UC Berkeley, graduating in 1941 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

He went to work as an engineer at the Naval Ship Yard on Mare Island, Vallejo. In 1946 he entered the US Army and was deployed to Okinawa, Japan. Returning to Sacramento in 1947, he began work with for the Bureau of Reclamation as a Civil Engineer.

He married Dorothy Waite on April 16, 1949. They had four children - Ken (1951), Ron (1952), Carol (1953) and Larry (1955).

In 1957, Jim gave up his career in Sacramento, and moved his family back to the Bickford Ranch, to raise his children in a setting that he believed would provide a better quality of life. He assisted his father in converting the ranch from dairy cattle to beef cattle.

In 1962 Jim bought his father’s share of the cattle business. For the next 26 years Jim ran a successful beef cattle operation, employing many unique ideas such as Freeze Branding, Selenium Testing, and Foothill Abortion research. Most of these ideas were a result of cooperative effort with UC Davis Department of Animal Science.

Jim was a Charter Member of the Tahoe Cattlemen’s Association, where he served on the Board of Directors for 25 years. In 1982 he was awarded Cattleman of the Year. He served for over 30 years on the California Cattlemen’s Association Animal Health Committee.

Jim also served on the Board of Directors for both the Placer County Farm Supply and Placer County Farm Bureau.

In 1988, Jim moved his cattle operation to Beaver Creek Ranch in Pittville. He continued to use the Truckee Ranch to summer range about 100 head of cattle, where he enjoyed spending most of his summers fly-fishing the Little Truckee River for trout and hosting visits with his cousins. His Beaver Creek Ranch operation has expanded to include cow/calf, purebred sheep, and hay. He embraced new technology there when he began selling the cattle via video auction. Following his dad and grandfather, Jim was the third generation in their cattle operation, that has continued now for 137 years.

Jim was honored as the 2011 Cattleman of the Year by the Fall River/Big Valley Cattlemen’s Association.

Jim was involved in the Freemasons organization for 67 years. In 1973 he was awarded the designation of Knight of the York Cross of Honour. This honorary degree was conferred on Jim for having held the following highest offices - Master of Gold Hill Lodge of Masons in 1962; High Priest of Roseville Chapter, Royal Arch Masons in 1967; Master of Roseville Council, Royal and Select Masters in 1967; and Commander of Auburn Commandry, Knights Templar in 1971. He was also involved in Order of the Eastern Star, Ben Ali Shrine, and Job’s Daughters.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy; 4 children - Ken (Gitch) of Fall River Mills, Ron (Barbara) of Rocklin, Carol Buckman (Bill) of Pittville, and Larry (Tina) of San Jose; 6 grandchildren – Martin, Brandon and Dustin Bickford, and Heidi Bass, Mimi Macfarlane and Bonni Buckman; 13 greatgrandchildren – Isabel, Job, Noah, Emma, Blake, Jacob, Jack, Winnie and Henry Bickford, and Sadie, Hudson, Baxter Bass, and Will Macfarlane; his sister Myrtle Findley of Colfax; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held February 8, 2014, at 1 p.m., at the Intermountain Fairgrounds in McArthur. A “Celebration of Life” will be held March 22, 2014, at Fowler Nursery in Lincoln at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Shriners Hospital or Fort Crook Museum.



In Memory of
Jeanete Macey
1/11/1933 - 4/6/2014

 Services will be conducted at a later date for Jeanette Macey, 82, of Burney, Ca.

Mrs. Macey died peacefully at her home April 4, 2014 with her family at her side.

Jean moved from Martinez Ca, to Burney in 2011 with her best friend and the love of her life John Dutra.

Jean was born and raised in upstate New York. She was a homemaker and raised six children. She is preceded in death by her son Kevin Macey Sr.

Jean met everyone with a warm, friendly smile and became a friend to all she met. The most important thing in her life was John and her family.

Her surviving children are James Macey of Arkansas, Linda Raney of Martinez, Wanda Case of Vacaville, Lena Horsley of Empire, Stephan Macey of Vacaville and their spouses. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren with one more on the way.


In Memory of
Amy McCulley

 Our precious Momma, Grandma and Great Grandma, 90, passed away in the early hours of of April 16th 2014 with her daughter Sally and granddaughter Shanda by her side. She was reunited with the love of her life, Baldy McCulley. It was 47 days after his passing that Baldy and Amy joined hands again and began dancing to the Tennessee Waltz.

Amy Aileen Schneider was born February 21, 1924 in Day, CA. She was the daughter of Fred and Viola Schneider. Amy grew up in the Fall River Valley and attended Little Hot Springs Elementary school, Fall River and Adin High Schools.

Amy is survived by son Chuck (Sharon) McCulley, daughters Aileen Hovis, Elizabeth (Alvin) Leighton and Sally McCulley; brother Asa Schneider and sister Freda Murphy; grandchildren Michelle (Darrin) Kaczorowski, Carrie Mc- Culley, Daryl (Stephanie) Hovis, Spencer (Jennifer) Leighton, Jenni (Jeff) Pevehouse, Randy (Stephanie), McCulley, Shanda (Brian) Murray, Katie Kingsbury, Amy (Clayton) Anderson; 16 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews she adored.

Graveside services will be conducted Friday, April 25th, 2014 at 2:00 at Pine Grove Cemetery in McArthur, CA followed by a celebration of life at the Inter-Mountain Fairgrounds. Beverages and desserts will be served. Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the local Hospice, Inter-Mountain Fair Heritage Foundation or Fort Crook Museum..


In Loving Memory of
Joseph Francis Churney III

In loving memory of Joe, born in Fall River Mills, July 10, 1949 he went to be with the Lord February 19, 2014.

He was an Eagle Scout, a combat veteran of Vietnam, and a former commander of the Burney American Legion.

He leaves his wife Ann, daughters; Theresa, Tabitha (Lupe), Colleen, Darlene (Ken), grandchildren; Jason, Makayla, C.J., and Esmerelda, a sister, three brothers and 17 nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at Burney Cemetery 37383 Mt. View Road Saturday, March 8th at 11 a.m. Potluck to follow at Burney Vet’s Hall.


In Loving Memory of
Nolan Alexander Bradley
July 7, 1995 - March 18, 2014


In Loving Memory Nolan Alexander Bradley July 7, 1995 – March 18, 2014 There are not words to express our sorrow at the loss of a precious, talented and beautiful young man. Nolan, 18, was born in Fall River Mills. He was a freshman at the University of Oregon. He is survived by his parents, Donald Bradley, and Susan Schaffer & David Georgeson, siblings Samantha, John (Elise), Melissa and Olivia Bradley, Tyler, Maclane and Kyle Georgeson, grandparents Jerry and Betsy Schaffer and Jim and Bonnie Spradling, and many aunts, uncles and cousins and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. in Lithia Park Band Arena, Ashland, Oregon.


In Memory of
Gwendolyn Frances Payne


Gwendolyn Frances Payne of McArthur, CA, went home to be with The Lord on January 21, 2014. She was born on December 5, 1937 in Littlefield, TX.

She and Wally were the owners of Wally’s Western Auto/True Value in Fall River Mills from 1978 to 1984. Gwen also worked at Mayers Memorial Hospital for several years. A beloved wife, mother, grandma apple and friend, she is survived by her husband of 55 years, Wally Payne, daughter Leslie Payne, grandsons Tristen and Theron Cantrall and sister Donna Stanford. Graveside services will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery in McArthur on January 29, 2014 at 1:00 followed by a potluck gathering at the Lion’s Hall in McArthur. Please join us in sharing memories and stories of Gwen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Intermountain Hospice. Theme needed Obituaries John and Ashely engaged Ashely Driver and Lt. John McArthur.


In Memory of
Verna Reed


Verna Reed, a long-time resident of Fall River Mills, died at age 96 on January 19, 2014 in Sacramento, surrounded by loved ones. She was preceded in death by her husband of many years, Bob Reed.

Verna served in the Marine Corps during World War II. She is survived by daughter Carolyn (Ken), son Jim (Carol), grandchildren Tara, Dustin (Kari), Crista (Dan), Brooke (Dave) and great grandsons Eli and Cody. A private family memorial is planned.


In Memory of
Jess Charles Southard


Jess Charles Southard.. Born in Bieber, California on Easter April 17,1949 passed away on January 6, 2014 in Reno, Nevada . He spent his career as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver. He leaves behind a daughter Kristin (Josh) Appelt and a grandson Kaden in Reno, along with a son Dustin (Arianne) in Portland, Oregon. And a brother Jerry Southard Denver , Colorado.

He was proceeded in death by his mother Charlotte ,father Dolin ,brother Terry ,sister Norma. A memorial will be held in Reno with interment in Lookout, California. A memorial will be held in Lookout on May 24th, 2014.Verna Reed, a long-time resident of Fall River Mills, died at age 96 on January 19, 2014 in Sacramento, surrounded by loved ones. She was preceded in death by her husband of many years, Bob Reed.


In Memory of
Barbara Locke


Barbara Locke passed away on January 6, 2014, she was 85.

Barbara was born in Brooklyn, New York to Thelma and Edward Warne. At the age of two the family moved to California where she grew up in the San Francisco bay area. She attended Stanford University and studied English. She married Ellis Locke and raised three children, Roger, Tami, and Marty.

Ellis and Barbara relocated to McArthur, California where she spent the next 25 years. She enjoyed her time in the community especially volunteering at the local hospital, playing bridge, and bowling in the local league. At the age of 78, Barbara left McArthur to live with her family in Brush Prairie, Washington. She spent the next 7 years enjoying time with her son and daughter and watching her two grandchildren, Lauren and Nicholas grow up.

Barbara is survived by her three children, Roger, Tami, and Marty and her two grandchildren, Lauren and Nicholas. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.


In Memory of
Johnny J. Proe


Johnny J Proe lost his battle with cancer on Feb.10, 2014. He was born in Fall River Mills CA. January 11, 1962 to Johnnie and Linda. He lived here until May 1985 when he moved to Las Vegas, NV and started in the gaming business. He moved to Oregon for a while in the early 90’s before moving to Albuquerque, NM. He’s been in Albuquerque for almost ten years. He was always in the gaming business, which he loved. His last position was shift manager at the Hardrock Albuquerque. He made many close and loving friends along the way. He was preceded in death by his sister Tammi and his dad Johnnie L. He is survived by his mother Linda and husband Bill Holland of York Springs, PA. an aunt, Jean Yount , San Bernardino, CA. uncle Max Farmer, Las Vegas, NV. and numerous cousins. He is sadly missed by all.

Services will be held in Albuquerque,NM. Feb. 20th 2014. Burial will be at a later date in Fall River Mills.


In Memory of
Marilyn Mitchler

Marilyn Mitchler passed away on November 2, 2013. Marilyn was born in Chenequa, Wisconsin to Chester Miller and Gertrude Schwab. The Millers moved the family to San Francisco when Marilyn was 12. She was a graduate of Notre Dame High School and met her husband, Lawrence (Larry) James Mitchler, during that time. Larry’s work moved them to the east coast where they lived for several years. In the late 70’s they purchased a farm in Big Valley where they grew wheat and alfalfa. Upon retirement, they moved to Fall River Mills where they lived until their passing. Marilyn was very active in AA and helped many people along the way. She was an avid quilter and made beautiful quilts for family members and home décor. Marilyn and Larry were happily married for 54 years. Larry preceded her in death by 10 months. Marilyn was laid to rest next to the love of her life for eternity in St. Patrick’s Church, Murphys, Ca.


In Memory of
Robert Wemmer


A memorial service was held at the Burney Veteran’s Hall February 15 for Robert Wemmer, 50.

Mr. Wemmer was born in Santa Clara, March 28,1964 and died January 31, 2014 at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills.

He was preceded in death by his wife Francie Wemmer and is survived by his mother Vivian Cox, two children and three grandchildren.




In Memory of
Marjorie Jean Wilson


Marjorie Jean Wilson, longtime Fall River Valley resident, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2013 in Peoria, Arizona. Marge was born in Susanville on February 18, 1933 to Milton and Mary Beatrice Christiansen. She grew up and attended schools in Mountain View. Through friends, she met Hugh Wilson in 1949. They married June 30, 1951.

They lived in Mountain View during the early years of their marriage and eventually settled in San Jose, where they purchased their first home and started their family. Marge worked for Valley Title Company and, in 1963, Hugh and Marge pulled up stakes and moved to Fall River Mills. They owned the Valley Market and Wilson's Custom Slaughter and Meat Processing, and she worked behind the scenes by keeping the books for both businesses.

Besides raising and caring for her family, she was involved in community activities. She especially enjoyed her work with the Intermountain Aid to The Handicapped and Mayer's Memorial Hospital Guild. Marge was an accomplished seamstress, she also loved to knit and crochet. Her legacy lives on with the gifts of beautiful quilts, clothing and tchotchkes she bestowed to family and friends. She nurtured and inspired the same aptitude in her daughters.

Hugh and Marge left the Fall River Valley in 1997 to begin their next chapter in Ajo, Arizona. They enjoyed retirement life in the desert and traveling; her favorite destinations were usually in Mexico, somewhere along the Sea of Cortez, in their trailer. Marge was preceded in death by her parents and her daughters, Marcelle and Suzanne.

She and Hugh celebrated 62 years of marriage before Hugh's passing on July 10, 2013. She leaves her daughter, Karen, and son-in-law Jim Healy of Ben Lomond; her grandsons and their wives, Ryan and Krista of Aptos and Tyler and Angelina of Oroville. She also leaves the lights of her life; her four great-grandgirls Lily, Kalina, Kiah and Shayla.

Marge will be interred with Hugh for all eternity at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto. A celebration of their lives is being planned for later in the month.


In Memory of
Betty Womack


Betty Womack of Burney, CA passed away peacefully at home, January 9th, 2014. Betty was born January 28, 1932 in Ashland, OR. Betty was a long-time resident of Burney and was active in Burney Lioness Auxiliary, Soroptimist and many other community organizations. Betty worked for many years at Dr. Delano Brown’s office and Womack Construction. Betty is preceded in death by her parents: Elton and Mildred Kirby and her brother: Douglas Kirby. She is survived by her husband of 61 years,: Glenn Womack, 2 sons: Michael and Dennis Womack, 2 daughter in laws: Cathy and Kieron Womack, 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister in law, Gail Leonard and nephew, Cody Leonard and family. No services are being planned. The family suggests that any donations be made to Intermountain Hospice or the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Betty will be forever loved and missed by her family and friends.


In Memory of
Sidney E. (Red) Kelly


Sidney was born in Loma Linda, California on March 1, 1923 to Sidney and Daisy Beryline Kelly. He passed away peacefully at home with his family in Fall River Valley January 1, 2014. Red moved here with his family in 1953. He worked for PG&E for a short time before resuming trucking, his lifelong love. He hauled logs for JJ Bartle, and hauled hay. After a short time he started his own company, Kelly Trucking, and hauled hay, lumber, cattle, equipment and whatever else needed to be moved. In 1966, he moved to Yucaipa, California, and continued trucking. In 1983, he moved back to his beloved Fall River Valley, still trucking, until his retirement in 1999. He and his wife Jeraldine built their place at the foot of Bald Mountain, completely off the grid, and raised horses and mules.

Red served in the 154th engineer combat battalion of the Army during World War II. He was a Sgt. and a foreman in the construction of roads, bridges, and air fields in the Southern Philippines in the Western Pacific. He was an expert marksman and received many citations in his service. These included the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the Bronze Star, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Bronze Service Arrowhead Medal. Preceded in death by his wife Jeraldine, he leaves three surviving children. Larry (Chris) of Pittville, Linda (Dan) of Fall River, and Alex (Christine) of Dallas, TX. There are 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren,numerous great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. He is also survived by two sisters, Helen Ledford and Marilyn Whitelaw. He was preceded in death by his parents, five of his siblings, one grandson and one granddaughter.

Services were Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Pine Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Intermountain Hospice, Golden Umbrella, or a charity of your choice. A special thank-you to Intermountain Hospice who supervised his care in his final days.

Red will be forever loved and missed by his family and many friends.