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Obituary: Dr. William H. “Bill” Graham II (Aug. 25, 1923 – June 3, 2014)

Dr. William H. “Bill” Graham II
Dr. William H. “Bill” Graham II, of Brookings, died June 3, 2014, in Grants Pass. 

Bill was born Aug. 25, 1923, in Egg Harbor City, N.J. 

His mother was a registered nurse and his father was a machinist. 

Obituary: D. Susan Strong (Sept. 2, 1948 – July 1, 2014)

Susan Strong
Susan Strong, cherished wife of Jim Strong, much loved mother of Mairin Rooney, Damian Rooney (Sarah Gee), and beloved stepmom of Jamie Strong and Katy Strong, passed away in her home with family at her side in Plumas Lake, Calif., on July 1, 2014, after a long and brave battle with breast cancer.

The oldest of five children from Dorothy Marguerite Abraham and D. Kenneth Brown, Susan was born Sept. 2, 1948, in Sacramento, Calif.

Obituary: Debra Lynn Pruett (Conner) (Aug. 14, 1956 – May 26, 2014)

Debra Lynn Pruett
Debra Lynn Pruett, formerly of Del Norte County, passed away unexpectedly in her home in Shingletown, Calif., on May 26, 2014, at the age of 57. God needed another angel.

Debbie was born Aug. 14, 1956, to Jim and Shirley Conner in Mountain Home, Idaho, on the Air Force base where her father was stationed. 

Obituary: Rodd M. Rodriguez (Dec. 22, 1949 – 2014)

Rodd M. Rodriguez
Rodd, 64, was born Dec. 22, 1949, in Brawley, Calif. He was raised in Colton, Calif. and Lodi, Calif. He graduated from Lodi High School in 1967 and attended Delta Junior College and UOP in Stockton, Calif. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the early 1970s. He and his family have resided in Del Norte County since 2000.

Obituary: Allen Lane Lee (Nov. 9, 1955 – June 24, 2014)

Allen Lane Lee
Allen was born in Arkansas, son of Jay Henry Lee and Ollie Mae Lee. In his early years the family moved to West Chester, Pa. He attended Henderson High School, graduating in 1974. He also attended Lincoln University. In 1976, he moved to Riverside, Calif. Gail and Allen were married in 1979 and would have celebrated their 35th anniversary this year. In Riverside, Allen was employed by the University of California as a greenhouse supervisor for the Botany and Plant Sciences Department and by the State of California as an agricultural inspector, for 18 years. From 2000 to 2004 he was employed by San Bernardino County working with special needs students. 

Death Notice: Rose Marie Hallett

Rose Marie Hallett, 100, died July 1, 2014, in Brookings. She was born in East Orange, N.J., on Jan. 25, 1914.

Obituary: Karen Fay Barkhurst (Nov. 23, 1941 – June 24, 2014)

Karen Fay Barkhurst, 72, peacefully went home to be with Jesus on June 24, 2014, after a courageous battle against cancer.

Born Nov. 23, 1941, in Hollywood, Karen was a 1959 graduate of Hawthorne High and lived in several cities in the South Bay of Los Angeles. In 1970 she met and married her soul mate, John Barkhurst. In 1977 they sold their auto repair business, and Karen retired from McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach. They bought some open acreage in Sun City and moved John’s parents (Theodore and Bertha Barkhurst) into a home on the property. There, they operated a nursery and later owned a restaurant. Karen was very involved in the care of John’s parents in their final years. In 1989, after a vacation to the Redwoods, John and Karen moved to Crescent City. Here, Karen worked for Del Norte County until her retirement in 2003. She played a major role in the building of Kid’s Town in Crescent City.

Death Notice: Barbara Ruth Madden

Barbara Ruth Madden, 78, died June 30, 2014. She was born Jan. 12, 1936, in Yuma, Ariz., and was a Del Norte County resident for 24 years, making her home in Crescent City.

Obituary: Dr. Bertrand Vipond (Oct. 31, 1923 – June 13, 2014)

Dr. Bertrand Addison Vipond was born in Porterville, Calif., on Oct. 31, 1923, to Addison Davis Vipond and Edna Rose Kirk Vipond. Dr. Vipond died peacefully, surrounded by family, at his home in Ukiah, Calif., on June 13, 2014, at the age of 90.

Bert’s family later moved to Loma Linda, Calif., where Bert attended Loma Linda Academy, and then La Sierra College in nearby La Sierra, Calif. He then received his medical training at the College of Medical Evangelists, later renamed Loma Linda University.

Obituary: Jules Legier (Dec. 20, 1930 – June 14, 2014)

Jules lived in Del Norte County from 1959 to 2012 before moving to Eureka. His family roots were in Humboldt County, especially the community of Pepperwood. After serving four years in the Air Force, Jules attended HSU. His teaching career was at Del Norte High School, where he taught history, civics and economics. He took an active role in both Crescent City and Gasquet community affairs. Fishing, camping, boating and current event discussions were also an important part of his life.

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