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Death Notice: Richard Rapheal Olive

Richard Rapheal Olive, 89, born Jan. 10, 1924, in Santa Maria, Calif., died Dec. 7, 2013, in Crescent City. He was a seven-year resident of Del Norte County.


Obituary: Chester Bighead (April 20, 1954 – Dec. 2, 2013)

Read more...Chester Bighead, born April 20, 1954, in Arcata, Calif., left this world on Dec. 2, 2013, in Eureka, Calif. He was an explorer, an outdoorsy playboy who had many talents, like playing his famous air guitar and kung fu kicks.

Chet is survived by his only son, Chester Johnnie Bighead Jr.; grandchildren Chester Johnnie Bighead 3rd and Jazmyn Jayde-Deichay Bighead; sisters Charelen, Karen, Nora, Sandy and Lillie; brothers Raymond and Samuel. He also has numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by everyone.


Obituary: Kat K. Conger

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Kat K. Conger
Kat K. Conger passed away Dec. 1, 2013, at the age of 65 after a nearly 40-year battle with MS. Those close to her will remember her incredible strength and good humor despite the crippling disease.

Kat was born in Palo Alto, Calif. She and her husband-to-be, Dennis, attended the same high school in San Jose, graduating in the mid-60s. Before the MS limited her physical ability, Kat enjoyed hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing and beachcombing. She also loved music and reading, and she loved her cats. She was always learning, both formally and through her interaction with people. It was said of her, she never met anyone who was not a friend.


Death Notice: Kenneth Leroy Hinkley

Kenneth Leroy Hinkley, 69, died Nov. 20, 2013, in Crescent City. He was born Jan. 2, 1944, in Los Angeles.


Death Notice: Kat Keely Conger

Kat Keely Conger, 65,  died Dec. 1, 2013, in Crescent City. Born in Palo Alto, Calif., on April 21, 1948, she was a 33-year resident of Del Norte County.


Obituary: Casey John Walker (June 1, 1987 – Nov. 21, 2013)

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Casey John Walker
Casey John Walker, beloved son of Parthenia Burley and Will Walker, was called home to heaven on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Oakland, Calif.

Casey grew up in Northern California and made his home in the Bay Area. He played baseball and basketball throughout grade school in Crescent City. He was chosen for all-star teams in both little league and Babe Ruth and played for the Crescent Elk Basketball A Team in 8th grade.

He attended Grace Lutheran Church in Crescent City.

Casey attended Will C. Wood High School in Vacaville, Calif., in 2001–2004. He was listed on the National High School Who’s Who Honor list and graduated from Rodriguez High School in Fairfield, Calif., in 2005. He was a Licensed Pharmacy Technician, graduating from Blake Austin College in Vacaville in 2009.

Casey loved music and spent countless hours writing lyrics and rapping in the studio. In 2005, his talent won him the opportunity to perform on stage during a concert for Snoop Dog and The Game.


Obituary: Guy Preston Ames (Aug. 17, 1946 – Nov. 29, 2013)

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Guy Preston Ames
Guy Preston Ames passed away at the age of 67 in Crescent City. His mother, father, two sisters and Pastor Marty Tyler were at his bedside in the Addie Meedom care home.

Guy grew up in Crescent City, attending Redwood Elementary and Del Norte High School. His activities included sports and a variety of jobs, including Del Norte Triplicate paper route and the county recreation department.

Guy attended Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Neb. After graduating, he taught in Lutheran Middle Schools, first in New York City and later in Lincoln, Neb., for 6 years. He worked for New York Life Insurance Company, also recruiting sales agents.

He earned a MPA degree from the University of Nebraska and pursued jobs as a financial consulting officer for the university, then Peter Kiewit Construction Co. and finally TIAA-CREF, a teacher retirement planner. He returned to Crescent City and retired in 2009. Not one to just sit around, he volunteered working for the Redwood National Park visitor center.


Obituary: Rene Ingram-Bigham (May 19, 1923 – Nov. 27, 2013)

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Rene Ingram-Bigham
Rene Ingram-Bigham, 90, passed away on Nov. 27, 2013, in Crescent City. She was born on May 19, 1923, in Heavener, Okla. Rene was a 59-year resident of Del Norte County. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the Ship Ashore Restaurant for 18 years as a waitress.

Rene was a member of Hope Ministries Worship Center in Crescent City. She loved her church family very much. Rene had a heart for the homeless and loved to feed people. She spent her life in the service of the Lord, loved praise and worshiping. She will be remembered as an encouragement to people.


Obituary: Robert Eugene Schulze (Aug. 20, 1943 – Nov. 21, 2013)

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Robert Eugene Schulze
Robert Eugene Schulze, 70, a long-time Crescent City resident, passed away on Nov. 21, 2013, in Eugene, Ore., from the effects of Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam. Per his request, he has been placed in the Veteran’s Memorial Section of the National Cemetery in Eagle Point, Ore. Bob was born Aug. 20, 1943, in Baker, Ore., to Patrick F. Schulze and Elizabeth Jane Smothers. The family moved to Crescent City in the early 1950s and Bob lived here until joining the U.S. Army in 1967. He served in Vietnam in the U.S. Army as a Specialist 4 and earned the Cross of Gallantry during his time there. He returned to Crescent City after his service and lived and worked here for many years as a welder/fabricator, fisherman and mill worker. He also lived and worked in the Rogue Valley of Oregon.


Obituary: Calvin B. Hildebrandt (March 26, 1926 – Nov. 28, 2013)

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Calvin B. Hildebrandt
Cal Hildebrandt passed away peacefully on Nov. 28, 2013. Born in Marion County, Ore., he spent most of his childhood in Salem and Silverton. While in high school, he was captain of the football team at Silverton High. He moved to Albany, Ore., for his senior year and graduated from there. He was a sergeant in the Army Air Force stationed in the Philippines during WWII. He then attended Oregon State College in Corvallis.

He began hauling lumber and logs in 1948. In 1952, he moved to Eureka, Calif., where he met Dorothy Odenbaugh. They were married and moved to  Crescent City, Calif., in 1955. Cal owned and operated several trucks until 1963, when he sold all but one low-bed. 1964 found him particularly busy hauling after the tsunami and flood. In the mid-60s, he hauled and placed the hollow log in Beachfront Park that would be enjoyed by children of all ages for the next 45 years.


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