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Obituary: Tucker Norman Isenburg (Sept. 2, 1990 – March 30, 2013)

Tucker Norman Isenburg
Tucker Norman Isenburg, 22, of Crescent City, passed away very unexpectedly on Saturday, March 30, 2013, as a result of a two-car accident.

Services were held on April 14, 2013, at the Chinook Resort, 17465 Highway 101, in Klamath, Calif.

The King City services will be held at Eddington Funeral Services, 333 East Antonio Drive, King City, Calif., on April 27, at 2 p.m.

Tucker was born in Red Bluff, Calif., on September 2, 1990. Tucker enjoyed a wonderful childhood growing up in King City and on the family ranch in San Ardo. He graduated from Rancho Cielo Youth Campus in 2008 and decided to move to Northern California to attend Butte College shortly after.

Tucker’s life journey continued as he tackled life’s obstacles, but this passage eventually led him to a gratifying and stable place. Tucker moved to the beautiful coastal redwoods of Northern California to be closer to his mom and where his grandparents once lived. He attended College of the Redwoods where he was pursuing a degree in Agriculture-Business. He had plans to transfer to California State University, Humboldt.


Obituary: Shane Thomas Swift (July 16, 1979 – April 1, 2013)

Shane Thomas Swift
Shane Thomas Swift died on April 1, 2013, from a sudden blood clot to his heart. Shane was 33 years young. He passed away unexpectedly about 4 a.m. at Sutter Coast Hospital. Shane enjoyed a strong and active lifestyle. He thought he had pneumonia.

Shane worked in the construction industry. He was a commercial and sport fisherman. His artwork includes redwood carving with his mother. He practiced his Yurok heritage singing the deer dance song and teaching basics of the dance ceremony. Shane practiced martial arts. He had a sense of humor, generosity, and most of all, love of his family. Shane attended Del Norte High School in Crescent City and North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo, Wash.


Obituary: Freda Anne Nicholson (Jan. 11, 1929 – April 13, 2013)

Freda Anne Nicholson
Freda Anne Nicholson, née Steortz, age 84, passed away peacefully at Good Samaritan in Brookings, Ore., on April 13, 2013. Freda was born January 11, 1929, in Charleston, W. Va., the daughter of Ruby Pearl King and Charles Marshall Steortz.

Freda attended nursing school at Morris Harvey College (presently University of Charleston) in Charleston, W. Va. During her spare time she enjoyed trips to the beach with her good friend and future sister-in-law, Francis  Frannie  (Nicholson) McGrew. It was through Frannie that she met a handsome young man named John Thorne Nicholson, whom she would marry in 1948, and together raise four children.

Freda was a devoted wife and mother, and supporting John’s career that required several moves around the country over the years. Freda’s new-found roots in Winston-Salem, N.C., were always most fond to her and from there she made many memorable trips to Myrtle Beach, S.C., with her family. In the late 1960s, the family relocated to Chico, Calif., where Freda remained for many years after John’s untimely passing in 1977. Afterwards, she became the sole caregiver for her disabled son and ailing mother. She has lived in Crescent City for the past 12 years until her recent move to Brookings.


Death Notice: Norman Andrew Case

Norman Andrew Case, 88, died April 14, 2013. He was born Aug. 13, 1924, and was a lifelong resident of Del Norte County.

Memorial graveside services will be held at the Del Norte County Veteran’s Cemetery on Monday, April 29, at 10 a.m. Sign the family’s online guestbook at wiersmortuary.com. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.


Death Notice: Penny Lee Lechuga (McDowell)

Penny Lee Lechuga (McDowell), 57, died April 6, 2013, in Scotia. She was born Feb. 1, 1956, in Fort Bragg, and lived in Del Norte from 1991 to 2001.

Services will be held Saturday, April 20, at Rohnerville Assembly of God Church, 1530 Rohnerville Road, Fortuna. Arrangements by Gobel’s Fortuna Mortuary. 


Death Notice: Daryl A. Webster

Daryl A. Webster, 43, died April 9, 2013, in Crescent City. He was born Sept. 15, 1969, in Missoula, Mont., and was a 19-year resident of Del Norte County.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. at The Cornerstone Assembly of God Church, 1281 Douglas St., Crescent City.


Obituary: Charles Norman Charleston (June 29, 1927 – April 8, 2013)

Charles Norman Charleston, age 85, was called home by his maker on April 8, 2013, in Crescent City. 

He was born June 29, 1927, in Portland, Ore., to parents Carl and Hilma Charlston of Brush Prairie, Wash. He graduated from Battle Ground, Wash., High School. Charles married his high school sweetheart, Esther Lucille Cracraft, in Rock Island, Ill., August 5, 1950.

He worked in Washington, Oregon and Del Norte County, California, for 50 years as a timber faller for various companies including Simonson Lumber, Arcata Redwood, and his own logging company.

Charles also worked with his wife in their real estate business, Charleston Realty in Crescent City.

He was passionate about being outdoors: tending his yard and garden, raising cattle, hunting, and walking on the beach. He also enjoyed traveling: visiting relatives in Washington and the Midwest, a week every spring in Mexico, numerous houseboating excursions on Lake Shasta with extended family, a trip to Sweden (homeland of his ancestors), trips to Hawaii, and cruises. Most of all, he was a family man.

He was a lifetime member of the Lutheran Church, Sunday School Teacher, Elder and President of the Grace Lutheran Church in Crescent City. Charles had a deep faith in Christ Jesus.

He is survived by: his wife of 62-years, Lucille; son John, his wife Shelley, and their children Marsina, Josh, Tiffany, Christi, and Jeff; son Paul, his wife Anne, and their children Kate and Graham; son Daniel and his daughter Deanna; daughter Martha Morgan and her husband Mike of Gasquet, and their children Ross and Laura; 10 great-grandchildren; his sister Margaret Fredrickson and her husband Duane of Washougal, Wash.; nephew Buford Sanders; niece Carol Baush; numerous cousins; brother-in-law Leonard Cracraft; sister-in-law Mildred Parkhurst; numerous of his wife’s nieces and nephews.


Obituary: Darlene Gay Melvin (June 26, 1941 – April 6, 2013)

Darlene Gay “Sis” Melvin, age 71, died April 6, 2013, at Careage of Whidbey, Coupeville, Wash. She was born June 26, 1941, in Crescent City, to Harold and Frances Melvin. She attended grammar school in Klamath, Calif., and graduated from high school in Crescent City. She married and from that marriage three children were born: Dan, Raydean and Allen. Darlene was divorced and raised her children as a single mom. She worked as a waitress and an owner of a café for most of her life. She enjoyed sewing, family and visits to her favorite casinos. 


Obituary: Gene Allen Coleman (April 24, 1952 – April 9, 2013)

Gene Allen Coleman, 60, passed away on April 9, 2013, in Crescent City. He was born on April 24, 1952, in Garberville, Calif. He was a 50-year resident of Del Norte County.

Gene had been employed at Ray’s Food Place for 12 years. He love to watch sports, especially the Giants and 49ers. Gene also enjoyed golfing and riding motorcycles. He will be remembered by his many friends and will be dearly missed.

Gene is survived by his parents, Marge Coleman and Gary Coleman; nephews Kevin and Michael Coleman and uncle Delbert Coleman, all of Crescent City.

At Gene’s request, no services will be held.

Please sign the family’s online guestbook at wiersmortuary.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel of Crescent City.


Death Notice: Nancy Yamor Willegar

Nancy Yamor Willegar, 55, died April 1, 2013, in Bangor, Maine. She was born Feb. 7, 1958, in Crescent City, and also spent time here in the 1980s and 1990s.

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