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Obituary: Allen Lane Lee (Nov. 9, 1955 – June 24, 2014)

Allen Lane Lee
Allen was born in Arkansas, son of Jay Henry Lee and Ollie Mae Lee. In his early years the family moved to West Chester, Pa. He attended Henderson High School, graduating in 1974. He also attended Lincoln University. In 1976, he moved to Riverside, Calif. Gail and Allen were married in 1979 and would have celebrated their 35th anniversary this year. In Riverside, Allen was employed by the University of California as a greenhouse supervisor for the Botany and Plant Sciences Department and by the State of California as an agricultural inspector, for 18 years. From 2000 to 2004 he was employed by San Bernardino County working with special needs students. 

Death Notice: Rose Marie Hallett

Rose Marie Hallett, 100, died July 1, 2014, in Brookings. She was born in East Orange, N.J., on Jan. 25, 1914.

Obituary: Karen Fay Barkhurst (Nov. 23, 1941 – June 24, 2014)

Karen Fay Barkhurst, 72, peacefully went home to be with Jesus on June 24, 2014, after a courageous battle against cancer.

Born Nov. 23, 1941, in Hollywood, Karen was a 1959 graduate of Hawthorne High and lived in several cities in the South Bay of Los Angeles. In 1970 she met and married her soul mate, John Barkhurst. In 1977 they sold their auto repair business, and Karen retired from McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach. They bought some open acreage in Sun City and moved John’s parents (Theodore and Bertha Barkhurst) into a home on the property. There, they operated a nursery and later owned a restaurant. Karen was very involved in the care of John’s parents in their final years. In 1989, after a vacation to the Redwoods, John and Karen moved to Crescent City. Here, Karen worked for Del Norte County until her retirement in 2003. She played a major role in the building of Kid’s Town in Crescent City.

Death Notice: Barbara Ruth Madden

Barbara Ruth Madden, 78, died June 30, 2014. She was born Jan. 12, 1936, in Yuma, Ariz., and was a Del Norte County resident for 24 years, making her home in Crescent City.

Obituary: Dr. Bertrand Vipond (Oct. 31, 1923 – June 13, 2014)

Dr. Bertrand Addison Vipond was born in Porterville, Calif., on Oct. 31, 1923, to Addison Davis Vipond and Edna Rose Kirk Vipond. Dr. Vipond died peacefully, surrounded by family, at his home in Ukiah, Calif., on June 13, 2014, at the age of 90.

Bert’s family later moved to Loma Linda, Calif., where Bert attended Loma Linda Academy, and then La Sierra College in nearby La Sierra, Calif. He then received his medical training at the College of Medical Evangelists, later renamed Loma Linda University.

Obituary: Jules Legier (Dec. 20, 1930 – June 14, 2014)

Jules lived in Del Norte County from 1959 to 2012 before moving to Eureka. His family roots were in Humboldt County, especially the community of Pepperwood. After serving four years in the Air Force, Jules attended HSU. His teaching career was at Del Norte High School, where he taught history, civics and economics. He took an active role in both Crescent City and Gasquet community affairs. Fishing, camping, boating and current event discussions were also an important part of his life.

Death Notice: Karen Fay Barkhurst

Obituary: Homer “Dutch” Ellis Dremann

Dutch was born Aug. 30, 1931, in Walnut Grove, Ill. Dutch served in the Navy, based in San Francisco, where he was the historian and photographer. He was a loving and wonderful father to Eric, Craig and Karen Dremann and moved to Crescent City in 1988 to work on successfully becoming the “Ansel Adams of the Redwoods.” Dutch worked at KPOD Radio for 20 years; he became a local celebrity with the “Trader Horn Show,” known to many as “Dapper Dutch.”

Obituary: Steve Leishman (November 15, 1954 – June 13, 2014)

Crescent City­­­­ — Steven Ray Leishman passed on June 13, 2014, at the age of 59 in Crescent City after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born Nov. 15, 1954, in Crescent City and raised in Fort Dick, Steve attended Redwood Elementary and graduated from Del Norte High School in 1972. On May 25, 1985, he married the love of his life, Linda, making a family with their three sons and later completing it with another son.  After 29 years of marriage, Steve still looked at his wife with love and admiration; they were best friends and loved to travel all over the world.

Obituary: Fred Ray

Fred Ray, 87, died on summer solstice, June 21, 2014. He had been a resident of Crescent City for the last 17 years. 

He was born and raised in Santa Monica. In 1944, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard and participated in the Battle of Okinawa. After the war, he became an able-bodied seaman in the Merchant Marine. For 23 years he sailed the world to every continent. “The most fun I’ve ever had,” he always said. He had many tales.

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