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Death Notice: Fredrick “Corky” Hector Simms

Fredrick “Corky” Hector Simms, 78, died Nov. 17, 2013, in Klamath.  A lifelong resident of Del Norte County, he was born Jan. 10, 1935, in Klamath.


Obituary: Harriet Cicile Spencer (Jan. 31, 1927 – Oct. 18, 2013)

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Harriet Cicile Spencer
Harriet Cicile Spencer, 86, of Smith River, Calif., went home to be with the Lord. She moved to Springfield, Mo., in her later years to be near her beloved daughter, youngest son and many grandchildren.

Harriet was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Lilburn and Hazel Gregory. She married James Spencer of Smith River, Calif., in 1977 and spent 30 years happily walking the beaches, gardening and baking. James Spencer, beloved husband, passed away in 2007. James and Harriet attended the Church of Christ in Crescent City for 20 years and the Calvary Chapel of the Redwoods for 10 years. Harriet loved her weekly Bible study and inspired her children and grandchildren to walk with Christ. Harriet was an amazing baker and won first place at the Crescent City fair for her famous apple pie. Many family members and friends remember her sticky buns and chocolate chip cookies. 


Obituary: Brenda Renee’ Dodson (May 12, 1951 – Nov. 1, 2013)

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Brenda Renee' Dodson
Brenda Renee’ Dodson passed away on Nov 1, 2013, in Crescent City. She was born on May 12, 1951, in Grants Pass, Ore. Brenda was a Del Norte resident for the past 25 years.

She was an avid crafter and her passion in the later part of her life was genealogy.

Brenda is survived by her husband of 40 years, Frank Dodson; her daughter, April Hilliard; son Ray Dodson; daughter and son-in-law Brianne and Brian Freeman; grandchildren James Hance, Theodore, Timothy, and Haley Anderson as well as her father, Homer Billups, and his wife, Lee.


Obituary: Donald “Don” W. Horton (Sept. 30, 1919 – Nov. 9, 2013)

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Don Horton
Don Horton, longtime Brookings resident and local builder, passed away peacefully Nov. 9, 2013, at his home in Brookings surrounded by his family. He was 94.

Don was born Sept. 30, 1919, in Dix, Neb., to Delbert and Ruby (Miller) Horton. He was raised during the Great Depression and was the second of eight children.

He attended school through the eighth grade. He left home at the age of 15 to join the service. He and two friends hopped trains to the California coast, where he was unable to join due to his age and found out he had a heart murmur.

His friends were admitted and Don was left to his own devices. He then hopped another train and headed to Portland, and several areas thereafter, where he performed any and all work he could find. After the Depression he joined his father and brothers as brick masons.

In 1948 while in Prineville, he met Mary “Marge” Bell and they married on Oct. 29, 1950, in Las Vegas. In 1953 they permanently settled in Brookings and began Horton Brothers Construction.

His father and brothers moved on and Don became the sole owner and operator of Horton Bros. His construction business continued to grow and included many Brookings homes, businesses, schools, churches and libraries that made Brookings, including the City Hall, what it is today.


Death Notice: Marguerite K. Philbrick

Marguerite K. Philbrick, 89, died Nov. 10, 2012, in Crescent City. She was born Nov. 8, 1924, in Beach, N.D., and was resident of Del Norte County prior to moving to Brookings, Ore.

Private services will be held. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.


Death Notice: Ora Lee Allman

Ora Lee Allman, 88, died Nov. 11, 2013, in Crescent City. He was born Aug. 22, 1925, in Tennessee.

Private services will be held. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.


Death Notice: Edward Warren Gnadig

Edward Warren Gnadig, 92, died Oct. 25, 2013, in Crescent City. He was born Nov. 2, 1920, in San Francisco.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1230 Blackwell Lane, Crescent City. Sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.


Obituary: Donald Marvin Stotler (Feb. 10, 1925 – Nov. 12, 2013)

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Donald Marvin Stotler
Donald Marvin Stotler, 88, passed away on Nov. 12, 2013, in Medford, Ore. He was born on Feb. 10, 1925, in Minot, N.D. Having moved from Centralia, Wash., Don was a 61-year resident of Del Norte County.

Don was a veteran, having served with the Marine Corps as a gunner on the USS Iowa during World War II. He was also a member of St. Joseph Catholic Parish, the Knights of Columbus and at one time was a Boy Scout leader. Prior to his retirement, Don was employed by Caltrans for 25 years; previously he had also been employed at Rellim Redwood as a truck driver.In Don’s earlier years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and traveling in a camper group.


Raymond G. Sanders (Dec. 20, 1949 – Nov. 6, 2013)

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Raymond G. Sanders
Raymond G. Sanders (Dec. 20, 1949 – Nov. 6, 2013)

“God doesn’t have problems. He has plans.” Those were the words spoken by Ray 17 months ago when given an “incurable cancer” diagnosis. His valiant battle ended Nov. 6, 2013, when he stepped into the loving arms of Jesus. God’s plan lives on through those he touched.

Raymond, born Dec. 20, 1949, has enriched the lives of countless individuals through his church leadership and as owner/teacher of Sunnybrook Farm Preschool.

Ray graduated from Del Norte High School in 1968. After working as a builder for many years, he returned to college, where he earned a degree in School Psychology and Early Childhood Education.

In 1993 Ray married childhood friend Becky Wheatley, and for 20 years they have operated their beloved preschool. Ray and Becky are also devoted to their church and serve as leaders with their dear friend and Pastor, Cassie Wyland. Ray served as leader and founder of Faith In Action Men’s Ministry and was passionate in his dedication to its work. 


Theodore “Ted”John Van Bebber (June 24, 1930 – Nov. 5, 2013)

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Theodore “Ted”John Van Bebber
Theodore “Ted”John Van Bebber was born June 24, 1930, in Willits, Calif., and was raised by his grandparents Charles and Nina Van Bebber. His mother was Dora Van Bebber. Ted passed away peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his family on November 5, 2013, in San Rafael, Calif. 

Ted graduated from Willits High School in 1948 and was drafted into the Army shortly thereafter. He was assigned to the 59th company where he worked as Military Police and within two years was promoted to Sergeant. During his two years of service, he was stationed in Korea. Ted returned from the  military and graduated from Golden Gate College in 1958 with a degree in Accounting. 

In April of 1959, he married the love of his life, Sharon Diane Hussey. They lived in San Francisco, Pacifica and finally settled in Marin County. 

Ted is survived by their four children, Loree Van Bebber (Butch Bailey), Lisa McKissick (Ron), TJ Van Bebber (Katie Straley) and Kathleen McGarvey (Mike). Ted has ten grandchildren, Dustin (Kayla), Cristina (Brad), Kelly, Kristyn, Michael, Matthew (Kayln), Teddy, Katherine, Melanie and Ian, and three great-grand children, Jordan, Everett and Kennedy. Ted is survived by brother Charlie Louwaert and sisters Nina Bettencourt (Ray), Madeline Louwaert (Carl Sealock) and sister-in-law Nina Louwaert. Predeceased by brothers Frank Louwaert and Michael Louwaert. 


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