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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.


Death Notice: Rene Ingram-Bigham

Rene Ingram-Bigham, 90, died Nov. 27, 2013, in Crescent City. She was born May 19, 1923, in Heavener, Okla., and was a 59-year resident of Del Norte County.

A memorial service will be held at Wier’s Mortuary Chapel on Saturday at 11 a.m. Private interment will follow at the IOOF Memorial Cemetery. Sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.


Death Notice: Guy Preston Ames

Guy Preston Ames, 67, died Nov. 29, 2013, in Crescent City. He was born Aug. 17, 1946, in Breckenridge, Minn.

Memorial services will be held at Grace Lutheran Church on Saturday at 1 p.m. Sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.


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 which would be enjoyed by children of all ages for the next 45 years.


Obituary: Irene Dora Elea Tedsen (Nov. 21, 1922 – Nov. 29, 2013)

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Irene Dora Elea Tedsen
Irene Tedsen, “Rena,” passed away peacefully on Nov. 29, 2013, at the age of 91 and has now been reunited with her husband and with her Lord and Savior. Born in Fort Dick, Calif., Rena spent the majority of her life in Del Norte County, having graduated from Del Norte County High School. She was a farm girl from the beginning to the end and married her high school sweetheart, Paul Tedsen, in December 1943. Rena was a longtime member of the Soroptimist Club and also the Republican Women’s Association. She enjoyed the county fair and for many years entered her flowers for display. She loved cooking, gardening, stamp collecting and, most of all, being with family and friends. She was a devout reader of the Bible. Upon retirement, she and her husband enjoyed family, friends, traveling the world and RVing with the Good Sam Club. They also enjoyed square dancing for many years. Rena was a founding and lifelong member of Grace Lutheran Church.


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