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Obituary: Richard Warren Wiley (Dec. 4, 1955 – Dec. 21, 2013)

Richard Warren Wiley
Richard Warren Wiley of Crescent City passed away from cancer on December 21, 2013, at the age of 58. Rick was born December 4, 1955, and raised in the Southern California communities of Manhattan Beach and Miraleste (now Rancho Palos Verdes) where he graduated from Rancho Del Mar High School. He moved to Phillipsville, Calif., in 1973 to help his family establish Wiley’s Redwood Burl Factory on the Avenue of the Giants. 

Obituary: Irene “June” Brown (June 24, 1929 – Jan. 20, 2014)

Irene "June" Brown
Irene “June” Brown was born June 24, 1929, in Caldwell, Idaho, and died in Brookings, Ore., on January 20, 2014.

While living in Dallas, Ore., June married Harold Miller in about 1943 and gave birth to their daughter, Louise, in 1948. June and Harold were divorced in 1954, at which time she went to work as a waitress.

Obituary: Monty Wayne Gonsalves

Monty Wayne Gonsalves
Monty Wayne Gonsalves passed away on January 18, 2014, at the age of 72, of complications due to cancer. He was born and resided in Crescent City. Monty was a successful commercial fisherman for over 50 years, owning and operating several local fishing boats.

He was a former Harbor Commissioner and small business owner of Lucy’s Crab Shack. Monty was a member of the Elk’s Lodge #1689 for 44 years. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. Monty enjoyed using his wisdom, experience and creativity to help others.

Obituary: Larry Eugene Lammers (Nov. 22, 1939 – Jan. 5, 2014)

Larry Eugene Lammers passed away at his home on January 5, 2014, in Crescent City. Larry was born November 22, 1939, in Greeley, Colo., to Al Lammers and Beatrice (Elston) Lammers. Larry attended grade schools in Oregon, Hoopa, Patrick’s Point, and Pine Grove and Crescent Elk in Crescent City. He attended Del Norte High School 1953-1958, excelling in wrestling and football.

Death Notice: Kenneth Edward Opiat

 Kenneth Edward Opiat, 66, died Jan. 17, 2014, in Crescent City. He was born April 17, 1947, in Pennsylvania, and was a seven-year resident of Del Norte County.

Obituary: Thomas Bruce BenKinney (Dec. 8, 1956 – Jan. 14, 2014)

Thomas Bruce BenKinney
Thomas Bruce BenKinney was born Dec. 8, 1956, in Quakertown, Pa., and died in Eureka on Jan. 14, 2014, at age 57. He graduated Wilkes College, Wilkes Barre, Pa., with a BS in chemistry and graduated Miami of Ohio University, Ohio, with a MS in chemistry. He was employed over the past 30-plus years initially as a chemist and for most of his career as an MNR specialist. He was most recently employed by Toshiba and was Manager of Hospital Equipment Operations at St. Joseph Hospital, Eureka; Mad River Hospital, Arcata; Redwood Memorial Hospital, Fortuna; Fort Bragg Hospital, Fort Bragg; Ukiah Hospital, Ukiah and Shasta Medical Center, Redding. Tom also assisted Toshiba colleagues across the country and in Japan.

Obituary: Noel Michael Billups (Oct. 18, 1921 – Jan. 15, 2014)

Noel Michael Billups
Noel Michael Billups peacefully passed away at home with his daughter at his side. He was born October 18, 1921, in Columbus, Ohio. Growing up in Ohio, Noel started working at 12 years old shoveling coal for 1.5 cents a ton and continued his love of hard work throughout his life. At the age of 17 Noel enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1938 serving tours in Guadalcanal, Rendova, Munda, and ending in Arundel Island. 

Obituary: William D. (Bill) Pettey (Sept. 27, 1925 – Jan. 2, 2014)

William D. Pettey
William D. (Bill) Pettey, was born Sept. 27, 1925, at his grandmother’s home in Fairbury, Neb. He spent his first years in Barnes, Kan. The family was caught in the “Dust Bowl” and headed West. The family (mother, father, brother and sister) traveled by Model A Ford with all their belongings. They arrived in Southern California on his fourth birthday. 

Obituary: Raymond Strength (June 6, 1978 – Dec. 12, 2013)

Raymond Strength
Raymond Strength passed away Dec. 12, 2013, in Orange, Calif., from complications due to an epileptic seizure. He is survived by his parents, Vernon Strength of Klamath and Sandra Strength of Santa Monica, Calif., along with sister Adeline, brother Dana, niece Noelle and nephews Peyton, Eric and Peter, all of Durango, Colo. Ray also had a close bond with Rhonda Henry of Orange, Calif., and her son Brett (in photo with Ray above).

Obituary: Judy Vandelee Wangerin (Oct. 25, 1948 – Jan. 13, 2014)

Judy Vandelee Wangerin
Judy Vandelee Wangerin went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 13, 2014, with her loving family beside her. Judy was born in Grants Pass, Ore., on Oct. 25, 1948, to Joe and Etta Stow. She lived in the Illinois Valley and Grants Pass until moving to Crescent City in 1964.

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