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Death Notice: John South

John South, 83, died July 24, 2013, in Sacramento. He was born July 5, 1930, in Napa, and lived in Del Norte County from 1967 to 1975.

Bequests can be sent to VFW Hall, Post 4647, 3300 U St., Antelope CA 95841. Funeral services were held in Sacramento.

 

Death Notice: Barbara Sexton Sellman

Barbara Sexton Sellman, 81, died July 29, 2013, in Crescent City. She was born Nov. 7, 1931, in Santa Barbara and was a 40-year resident of Del Norte County.

A private family memorial service will be held.

 

Obituary: Ervin A. Benson (April 15, 1936 – July 20, 2013)

Ervin A. Benson
Ervin A. Benson passed away peacefully on July 20, 2013. He was born in Carson, N.D., on April 15, 1936. His family moved to Modesto, Calif., when Ervin was young. He attended local schools and graduated from Modesto High in 1955. It was there where he met his wife of over 50 years, Dennis McGrath. They were married while Ervin was in the Marine Corps. He and Dennis moved to Crescent City in 1965, where Ervin worked for Crescent Moving and Storage and later delivering Foremost milk. In 1977, he began working for Vita Sea, a fish processing plant, until 1988 when the plant shut down.

Ervin loved airplanes and Fords. To him, Ford was the only company that made cars and trucks. He had good friends, but none like Dick Roberts, Roger Long and especially Don Long.

Ervin is survived by son and daughter-in-law Brian and Laura Benson and granddaughters Blair and Sydney Benson. Ervin was preceded in death by his wife, Dennis.

At Ervin’s request, services will not be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Del Norte Scholarship Foundation/Dennis Benson Memorial Scholarship, 125 Cable Lane, Crescent City, CA 95531, or to one’s favorite charity.

Please sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.

 

Death Notice: Ervin A. Benson

Ervin A. Benson, 77, died July 20, 2013, in Crescent City. He was born April 15, 1936, in Carson, N.D.

Private services will be held. Sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmor
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. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.

 

Death Notice: Douglas Lloyd Meirndorf

Douglas Lloyd Meirndorf, 63, died July 17, 2013. He was born in Garberville Calif., on June 29, 1950, and was a 54-year resident of Crescent City.

Memorial services will be held at Wier’s Mortuary Chapel on Saturday at 10 a.m. with a reception following at the Veterans VFW Hall, 810 H St., Crescent City. In lieu of flowers, make contributions to one’s favorite charity. Sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.

 

Obituary: Paul F. Tedsen

Paul F. Tedsen passed away July 16, 2013, at the age of 92. 

Born in Ferndale, Calif., Paul spent his childhood in Langlois, Ore. The family moved to Del Norte County, where he worked on the family farm. He played basketball and graduated from Del Norte County High School. Paul married Irene Tomasini, his high school sweetheart, in December of 1943. He loved to play men’s league basketball and played into his late 30s. Paul joined the Navy during WWII and was stationed in Guam. Upon return from the service, he worked on the family farm until going into partnership with his brother Jack on the adjoining ranch that they purchased. For the next 33 years Tedsen Brothers Dairy would be his home and life, where he raised his three children. 

Paul liked fishing, boating, pheasant- and duck-hunting. Upon retirement, he and his wife enjoyed family, friends, traveling the world and RVing. They also enjoyed square dancing for many years. Paul was a lifelong member of Grace Lutheran Church.

Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Irene (Rena); daughters Donna Tedsen, Patsy Nettleton; and son Mike Tedsen and wife Linda; grandchildren Shawn Nettleton and wife Wendy, Jason Nettleton and wife Nicole, Jeff Nettleton and fiancé Colleen, and Michael Nettleton, Bryan Tedsen and wife Rani, and Tracy McCornack; great-grandchildren Tevon and Haley McCornack; Taren and Dru Tedsen; Emily, Katelyn, Mica, Rylan, and Cadyn Nettleton; brother Jack Tedsen and wife Marie; sisters Gretchen Smedley and husband Glen, Gertrude Zottola and husband Jerry; sister-in-law Phyllis Tedsen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Obituary: Douglas Lloyd Meirndorf (June 29, 1950 – July 17, 2013)

Douglas Lloyd Meirndorf was born in Garberville, Calif., on June 29, 1950, and was a 54-year resident of Crescent City. He attended local schools and was a 1968 Del Norte High school graduate.

Doug worked in the timber industry for 45 years as a timber faller and heavy equipment operator. For the last 20 years he has worked on the road crew as a grader operator and was well known for his “Douggie Bars.” He loved to have family barbecues and to tease his grandchildren. His most favorite thing to do was bow hunt and he was very proud of his homemade quiver and arrows. He was a member of the Del-Cur Archery Club. He enjoyed reading Stephen King novels and loved the outdoors.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Brenda Meirndorf; daughter Jessica Turner (Jeremy); daughter Angela Calleja (O.J.); five grandchildren, Eric Turner, Colson Turner, Kurtis Turner, Maiah Calleja and li’l O.J. Calleja; father Lloyd Meirndorf (Pam); mother-in-law Evelyn Bachmann; sister Bobbie Halley (Dick); brother Chris Meirndorf ( Judy); sister Julie Shafer (Bob); brothers-in-law Larry Bachmann (Shari), Steve Bachmann (Karen) and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Meirndorf, and father-in-law George Bachmann.

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Death Notice: Donald Robert Thiessen Jr.

Donald Robert Thiessen Jr. died July 18, 2013, at the age of 63.  A lifelong resident of Del Norte County, he was born on July 2, 1950, in Crescent City.

Private services will be held.  Sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.

 

Death Notice: Paul Frederick Tedsen

Paul Frederick Tedsen,  born in Ferndale, passed away on July 16, 2013, a the age of 92 in Crescent City.  He was a 70-year resident of Del Norte County.

Memorial Services will be held at Grace Lutheran Church on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at 11 a.m.  Private inurnment will take place at the Del Norte County Veteran’s Cemetery. Fellowship will follow services at the V.F.W. Hall, 810 H Street, Crescent City.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.

 

Obituary: Garnet Ann DeLain (Sept. 15, 1938 – July 10, 2013)

Garnet DeLain, 74, passed away on July 10, 2013, at Ocean Park in Brookings, Ore. She was born in Seaside, Ore., to Ina May Dyer and George Ireland and was the youngest of four children.

Garnet was a longtime resident of Del Norte County. She moved to Crescent City in 1950. In 1956 she married James Edward Coopman and they had two sons, Terry James Coopman (1959–1971), and Thomas Lee Coopman, who was born in 1961. After the passing of Garnet’s first husband in 1988, she was remarried to Richard Albert DeLain in 1992.

Many knew Garnet from her working 31 years at the same bank throughout the transitions between UCB, First Interstate, Wells Fargo, and Tri Counties Bank. She retired in 2000. Prior to working at the bank, she worked at Ben Franklin for 13 years starting in 1957. Garnet belonged to the Emblem Club, ABWA, and the Birthday Club.

Garnet is survived by her son Thomas Coopman of Crescent City; her three grandchildren, Katy Coopman, Terry Coopman, and Chloe Coopman; niece Kathy Bass; nephews Jim Coriell and Wesley Velez; three step-children, Raymond DeLain, David DeLain, and Mary Rice; sister-in-law Marie DeLain Velez; brother-in-law Leo Velez; and supportive friends Jean Robson, Merle Melhoff, Gini Luster, Joyce Line and Glenna.

Family and friends are welcome to attend graveside services at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the Del Norte County Veteran’s Cemetery. In celebration of Garnet’s life please join us immediately after at the VFW Hall (810 H St.) for a potluck.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to your favorite charity in her name.

Condolences may be left on Garnet DeLain’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com.

— Submitted by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel

 
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