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Obituary: Eugene Warren Varner (Nov. 1, 1930 – Feb. 12, 2015)

Eugene (Gene) Varner passed away on Feb. 12, 2015, in Wake Forest, N.C., at the age of 84. He was born on Nov. 1, 1930, in Grants Pass, Ore., the eldest child of Percy and Isora Varner.

A long-time resident of Crescent City, Gene and his beloved wife of 60 years, Martha Varner, recently moved to North Carolina to be near family as he battled dementia. Gene graduated from Lakeview (Ore.) High School, served in the Air Force as a radio technician, and then attended Oregon Technical Institute, where he learned the trade of auto body repair and painting. 

Death Notice: Mary Melinda Schillinger

Mary Melinda Schillinger, born Dec. 4, 1955, in Dallas, Ore., passed away at the age of 59 on Feb. 15, 2015, in Crescent City. She was a 24-year resident of Del Norte County.

Obituary: Bonita Faye Moorehead-DelaCruz (Jan. 11, 1952 – Jan. 28, 2015)

Bonita Faye Moorehead-DelaCruz
On Jan. 28, 2015, Bonnie began her journey across the river from this life to the next. She joins her husband, Franklin DelaCruz Sr.; son, Christopher Neil Samuelson; parents, Cornelius and Alberta (Bahr) Moorehead and brother, Harvey Moorehead.

Obituary: Joseph Vernal Duncan (May 4, 1944 – Feb. 16, 2015)

Joseph Vernal Duncan
Joseph Vernal Duncan, 70, passed away at home on Feb. 16, 2015. He was born on May 4, 1944, in Klamath Falls, Ore., to Thelma and Vernal Duncan. Joe was a 60-year resident of Del Norte County. In 1970, Joe purchased the Chevron Station on Hwy 101 North, which became a daily stopping point for many in Crescent City. When time permitted, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Obituary: Robin M. De La Torre-Lopez (July 5, 1968 – Feb. 12, 2015)

Robin M. De La Torre-Lopez
Robin M. De La Torre-Lopez passed away on Feb. 12, 2015, suddenly from complications of cardiovascular disease.

Born in Crescent City on July 5, 1968, she grew up and lived most of her life in Del Norte County. She worked in the medical field the majority of her career and developed quite a passion for it. Robin took pride and often boasted about her exceptional ability to “find a vein” even in the most challenging patients. She was known for her kindness, charismatic personality, enormous sense of humor and compassion for others.

Obituary: Ruth Sveum (Oct. 31, 1923 – Feb. 11, 2015)

Ruth Sveum passed away on Feb. 11, 2015, in Crescent City at the age of 91. She was born on Oct. 31, 1923, in Tampa, Fla., the second child of Vasco Pressett and Isabella Aoda Pressett.

Her father, a music teacher, moved the family around the United States establishing music schools. The family lived in Utah, Texas and California among many other places, finally settling in Miami.

Obituary: DeAnn Marie Rupert (Oct. 21, 1951 – Aug. 16, 2014)

DeAnn Marie Rupert
DeAnn died peacefully with her sister by her side at her home in Logan, Utah, on Aug. 16, 2014. DeAnn was born on Oct. 21, 1951, in Kansas City, Mo., to Dr. Dale and Lucille Rupert. Her parents moved in 1957 to Crescent City, where she attended local schools and graduated from Del Norte High School. She also attended College of the Siskiyous in Weed. In 1977 she moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where she drove semi trucks for Safeway. DeAnn then lived for over 20 years in Layton, Utah, where she worked for the IRS and made many friends. In 2006 she moved “home” to Crescent City and was employed by Pelican Bay State Prison. In 2011 DeAnn returned to Utah to be near her children and grandchildren.

Obituary: Geraldine A. Nelson (Jan. 24, 1927 – Feb. 8, 2015)

Geraldine A. Nelson, born Jan. 24, 1927, passed away Feb. 8, 2015, in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka. She was a 59-year resident of Crescent City. 

Death Notice: Ruth Isabel Pressett Sveum

Ruth Isabel Pressett Sveum, 91, died Feb. 11, 2015, in Crescent City. Born Oct. 31, 1923, in Tampa, Fla., she was a 60-year resident of Del Norte County. 

Obituary: Desmond Keith Merkie Oliver (July 20, 1929 – Feb. 7, 2015)

Desmond Keith Merk Oliver
Merkie Oliver, Yurok Elder, passes away.

Desmond Keith Merk Oliver was born at home July 20, 1929, in Requa, to Catherine Peters Oliver Green and Edward Oliver. He passed away at his home in Requa on Feb. 7, 2015, at the age of 85.

He spent most of his life in Requa and attended the local elementary school and Chemawa Indian School. He worked for many years as a fishing guide on the Klamath River and spent many more participating in the Yurok tribal fishery. He was a long-time activist and advocate for Indian rights.

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