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Obituary: Harold E. Ahlers (May 7, 1915 – July 7, 2013)

Harold E. Ahlers
Harold E. Ahlers died July 7, 2013, after a brief illness. He was born on May 7, 1915, in Dayton, Ohio, and spent his childhood there. As a young man, he joined the Dayton-based National Cash Register Company (NCR) as a repair mechanic. Much of his service work was in Madison, Wis., where he met and married Irene Zillmer in 1938. They settled in Dayton while Harold continued to work with NCR until 1942. Harold joined the Civilian Corps as part of the WWII defense efforts and was sent to Haines, Alaska, as part of the crew constructing the Alaska Highway. He returned home in 1944, resuming his job with the NCR and chose to transfer to California. After many years in Southern California, he rose to the management/administrative position, necessitating multiple moves within Northern California and the West Coast. In 1977, Harold retired from NCR; a year later, he and Irene moved to the California coast, as they had fallen in love with Crescent City.

Harold was a master draftsman and model builder, particularly of boats and trains. He also collected, restored and loved antique clocks, crafting many parts by hand. Not only was Harold a voracious reader, but an author as well, writing many magazine articles, short stories and a novel. He was a walking library of knowledge regarding maritime history as well as the history of trains, boats and automobiles. Also, he would happily explain, in detail, how and why just about anything “mechanical” worked. He loved his many hobbies, his home, family, Crescent City and his “church family” at Grace Lutheran. Harold’s faith was solid and unshakable. He was kind, loving, and known as a true “gentleman” in every way.


Obituary: William George Beegle (May 1, 1947 – June 6, 2013)

William George Beegle
Beegle served in the U.S. Air Force and was a Vietnam Veteran. He had a long history of working in the mental health field including as an Executive Director at TRTF, Inc., and was also a long haul truck driver before becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Beegle was a longtime resident of Crescent City where he worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for Del Norte County, the State of California, and his own private practice. He retired from the State of California in October of last year.

Beegle was a one of a kind character and those who knew him, loved him. He was sometimes sassy, sometimes sweet but always a good friend. He was there to listen, lend a helping hand, share a laugh or enjoy a martini. He would give you the shirt off of his back and make sure you had shoes to match (preferably custom Nikes, but we can’t all be quite so awesome like Beeg). He didn’t simply live life, he truly enjoyed it. The conversations were rich, the food and drinks plentiful and the good times were guaranteed. His spirit will live on in the colorful memories we shared of our dear BeegDog. Beegle loved to ride his Harley and travel the open road. At the time of his death, he was on his way to Laconia, New Hampshire, for the rally there as part of his cross country ride.


Death Notice: Natasha Pauline Peeps Bates

Natasha Pauline Peeps Bates, 19, died July 5, 2013. She was born April 13, 1994, in Crescent City, and was a life-long resident of Del Norte County.

First visitation will be held Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 110 Klamath Circle, Klamath. A second visitation will be from Thursday at 7 p.m. to Saturday at 9 a.m. at 100 Gensaw Road, Requa. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Yurok Tribal office building, 190 Klamath Blvd., Klamath. Burial to follow at the Peters family plot, Requa. Sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.


Death Notice: Miranda Leora Thompson

Miranda Leora Thompson, 21, died July 5, 2013, in Crescent City. A life-long resident of Del Norte County, she was born Dec. 11, 1991, in Crescent City.

Visitation will be held at Wier’s Mortuary Chapel on Wednesday from noon until 4 p.m. and Thursday prior to the funeral service at noon.  Interment to take place at the Thompson family plot in Klamath. Sign the family’s online guest book at wier
. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.


Obituary: Muriel Pimentel (May 18, 1932 – July 6, 2013)

Muriel Pimentel passed away at a local care facility in Brookings on July 6, 2013. She was 81. Muriel was born May 18, 1932 in Graton, Calif. She was a resident of Del Norte County for 30 years. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday (today), July 9, 2013, at the Smith River United Methodist Church, 121 N. Beckstead in Smith River. Contributions may be made to the Smith River United Methodist Food Pantry, PO Box 810, Smith River, CA 95567.


Obituary: Lila Eleanor White-Peepe (Dec. 7, 1925 – July 4, 2013)

Lila Eleanor White-Peepe died suddenly of a heart attach on July 4, 2013, she was 87 years young. Eleanor was born on December 7, 1925, in Ventura, Calif. Many who knew her referred to her as “a  little firecracker”  or  “ball of fire,” so it is fitting that she would leave this world on the 4th of July. Eleanor helped to raise her seven siblings – Bill, Melvin, Loral, Richard, Rosemary, Harry and Don.

She married Ona D. White in 1942. They made plans to have two children two years apart, having had a boy, Larry, now 69 and then a girl, Marlene, now 67. Ona was a good man who struggled with many health issues. Eleanor had a need to be busy; she was nurturing, yet strong. Eleanor was always ready to take on a task with vigor. It took a toll on her when Ona passed in October 1992 just short of their 50th wedding anniversary. She emerged more independent than before.

In February 1995 she married William Peepe. Bill was a good man too. He had been a prisoner of war during WWII. He came back to Crescent City and built several mills.  Bill had lost two wives. He had three children, Saffett, Chris and Polly. Eleanor and Bill were happy working in the backyard shop building and  repairing things. Her attributes served them well when Bill passed away in August 2009.

Eleanor emerged vibrant and ready to take on the world and another husband but none could compare to the two she had.

She could never spend enough time with her children and was always ready to help them or anyone else for that matter.  Eleanor did not know a stranger and made everyone her friend.


Obituary: Thomas Ray “TD” Dore (Oct. 25, 1950 – June 26, 2013)

Thomas Ray “TD” Dore passed away in Medford, Ore., on June 26, 2013. He was born in Arcata, Calif., on October 25, 1950, and was raised in Orick, Calif. Tom a U.S. Army veteran,  served his country stationed in Germany. He earned his Associates Degree and was employed by the Redwood National Parks as a heavy equipment operator.

Tom loved to fish, deer hunt, and enjoyed his exercise group from the pool and time spent with his chocolate lab, Sadie. He loved living on the North Coast and loved to eat at the Chart Room, where he was known as a regular. Tom was lovingly known as Uncle Boogie.

He is survived by his parents, Janice and Jack Dore; sisters, Kathie (Dave) Bugbee and Teresa (Rick) Lewis; brother Frank (Pam) Dore; other brother David Dorsey; and beloved nieces and nephews Jackie, Monica, Marci, Lindsey, Katie, Jessica and Frank Jr.


Death Notice: Ashley Nicole Hartwick

Ashley Nicole Hartwick, 20, died June 19, 2013, in Crescent City. She was born April 24,1993, in Crescent City.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, July 13, at 1 p.m. in the Crescent City Cultural Center. The family requests any donations made in Ashley’s memory be sent to the Del Norte County  Scholarship Foundation at 125 Cable Lane, Crescent City, CA 95531. Sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.



Jason Matthew Joy (Dec. 20, 1973 – June 26, 2013)

Read more...Jason Matthew Joy was born on December 20, 1973, in Crescent City and died at his family home in Crescent City on June 26, 2013. Jason spent most of his life in Del Norte County. He spent two years as a resident of Grants Pass, Ore., and recently moved back to California after living in Arizona for the last year.

He attended elementary and high school in Del Norte County. He played four years with the youth football team and played on the championship team, the Colts, in 1986. He worked for Walmart for the last 11 years. He was a hard worker and moved into an assistant manager position shortly after being hired.



Obituary: Eva Marjorie Goodgame (March 3, 1928 – June 23, 2013)

Eva Marjorie Jensen Goodgame
Eva Marjorie Jensen Goodgame was born March 3, 1928, in Fresno, Calif. She lived in Crescent City since 1959 and died at home in her garden on Sunday, June 23, 2013, from a pointine hemorrhagic stroke. 

Her brother, John, was born in 1930. Eva’s mother, Sarah, was the family “bread-winner,” a meter-reader for P.G.E. She was able to keep Eva and John in the S.D.A. Church school, Fresno Academy (high school) and Eva in Pacific Union College for three years. John joined the military. Sarah led a simple, frugal life. She invested her wages in the children’s education, and they also worked to help Sarah.

Eva’s first “contact” with Lou, her future husband, was in the college dining hall. She saw him and asked, “Who’s that guy?” A girl answered, “That’s Lou Goodgame, just out of the Army.” 

“Goodgame?” Eva retorted, “what a silly name!” 

Lou’s first contact was more romantic. Some girls walked by and Lou asked, “Who’s that girl in the pink dress?” 

“That’s Eva Jensen,” his friend replied. 

“Man,” Lou stated, “she’s beautiful.” Later, he phoned Eva for a date. Her brief answer: “Sorry, I have to study.” 

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