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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.

Obituary: Oscar Arvid Berg (April 11, 1928 – Feb. 9, 2015)

Oscar Arvid Berg
Oscar Arvid Berg, a resident of Crescent City, passed away Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at the age of 86. Berg was born April 11, 1928, in Bend, Ore. He moved to Crescent City when he was about 2 years old and has lived here since.

He was the son of Gustav Algot Berg and Hilma Christina Berg (nee Nilsson), both of whom immigrated to the United States from Sweden. 

Obituary: Charmayne Coughlan Frye Fleming (Oct. 1, 1944 – Jan. 25, 2015)

Charmayne Coughlan Frye Fleming, born Oct. 1, 1944, in Long Beach, passed away Jan. 25, 2015, in Riverside. 

Obituary: Julie Rebecca Southard (July 28, 1953 – Feb. 4, 2015)

Julie Vaughn Southard passed into the Spirit World on Feb. 4, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Weaverville, she grew up in Trinity and Shasta counties most of her life. Julie, her husband and family have lived off and on in Crescent City, where Julie continuously lived since 1998. Julie was an excellent employee with Full Spectrum for the past 15 years. Julie always had a contagious smile for everyone and was dearly loved by her consumers and fellow coworkers. Julie was a dedicated employee and performed a wide variety of duties, including shift supervisor and other extra-curricular activities such as creating crossword puzzles for the monthly newsletter without complaint.

Obituary: Stanford P. Zorn (Sept. 6, 1922 – Jan. 27, 2015)

Stanford P. Zorn
World War II Veteran

Stan was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and migrated to Middletown, N.Y., at the age of 5. He grew up working on his parents’ poultry farm and graduated from Middletown High School. Shortly after high school he entered the Navy as an aircraft technician and served in the Pacific Rim during World War ll. After he left the service, he met the love of his life, Lilyan Joyce Reid, from Crescent City/Requa. They eventually resided in Honolulu and Modesto, where he was employed as a beverage distributor for the Budwiser Corporation. They were married for 60 years.

Death Notice: Desmond Merkie Oliver

Desmond Merkie Oliver, 85, died Feb. 7 in Klamath. He was born July 20, 1929, in Requa.

Death Notice: Julie Rebecca Southard

Julie Rebecca Southard, 61, passed away on Feb. 4, 2015, in Crescent City. Born July 28, 1953, in Weaverville, she was a 21-year resident of Del Norte County.

Gene F. Davis (July 20, 1921 – Jan. 19, 2015)

Gene F. Davis
Gene was born in Medford, Ore., to Bert and Pansy Davis. He graduated from Phoenix (Ore.) High School and enlisted in the Army in 1940. He graduated from flight school as a 2nd Lieutenant and earned his silver pilot’s wings as war raged in Europe and the Pacific. Gene went on to spend 30 years in the Air Force.

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