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Obituary: Richard Dorland Ray (June 23, 1947 – April 11, 2016)

Read more... Richard Dorland Ray “Mushy” was born June 23, 1947 at the hospital in McMinnville, Oregon and passed away at Willamette Valley Medical Center, also in McMinnville, on April 11, 2016 after being ill for a short time with cancer.

Mushy Ray lived in Willamina, Oregon most of his life before moving from Crescent City, where he lived with his parents. He learned how to drive big trucks at an early age, being tutored by his uncle Bob Smith (referring to Richard as “Dick” then) who drove off road log trucks with Mushy and was right in the truck with him. After he was old enough to get his commercial driver’s license Mushy branched out on his own, driving for many logging businesses in the West Valley area. He wrecked a few in his younger, more invincible years, but ended up being a driver who could drive just about anything, including being able to back up trailers hooked to his truck.


Obituary: Clyde H. Merrill (November 15, 1936 – April 3, 2016)

Read more... Clyde H. Merrill, 79, went home to be with Jesus on April 3, 2016, due to complications from bone cancer.

Clyde was born Nov. 15, 1936 in Battiest, Oklahoma. The Family relocated to Lakeview, Oregon, in 1947.

Clyde was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, one sister, one grandchild, and one great grandchild.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Connie Wyman Merrill of Crescent City; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kirby and Julie Merrill of Stilwell, Oklahoma; Kevin and Karen Merrill of Roseburg, Oregon.; two daughters and sons-inlaw, Kwanda and Don McDonnell of Klamath Falls, Oregon; Karmen and Joe Pearcey of Crescent City; foster daughter and son-inlaw Tammi and Russ Lynch of Hermiston, Oregon; foster son and daughter-in-law Luu and Lavina Rogers of Ione; 25 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; two sisters, Virginia Young of Salyer, and Carolyn Sisson of Winston, Oregon.


Obituary: Carl Theuerkauf (April 6, 2016)

Read more... Carl Theuerkauf passed away on April 6, 2016 at the age of 97 at home with family after a short illness. He was born in French Camp. The family moved to Cave Junction, Oregon when he was young. Carl attended Kerby High School.

At the age of 18, he was a lookout at Sanger Lookout. He walked nine miles in and out to get to work. Carl enlisted in the Army as a young man and saw combat in the Philippines. In 1946, he relocated his family to Crescent City. He worked as an industrial electrician for 40 years. Carl enjoyed fl ying his plane, the outdoors and the Tsunami Sams Club, along with the Jeep club.


Obituary: Mary Ann Miller (October 2, 1949 – April 4, 2016)

 Mary Ann Miller passed away at home in Crescent City on April 4, 2016. She was born in Fresno on Oct. 2, 1949.

She was a longtime resident of Crescent City and as a teenager explored much of it on horseback. Later, she could still be found exploring the local area in search of mushrooms. She was a talented artist, and an avid “garage saler.” She is preceeded in death by her parents, Opal Fay Dreyer, and Chris Loges Dreyer and her youngest son Micah A. Miller.

She is survived by her sister Betty L. Depee, brother Kris L. Dreyer, children; JoLynn Shuey, Sherri L. Doering, Joshua M. Miller, Leah M. Miller, Beth S. Huff, Jessie A. Miller, Josiah M. Miller, six grandchildren and other family including two great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Del Norte County Fairgrounds floral building. 


Death Notices, April 16, 2016

Emaline June Adair, 93, of Crescent City, died Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Crescent City. She was born Dec. 25, 1922 in California. Private services will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel. Please sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com

Esther Martha Lovenborg, 91, of Silverton, Oregon, died Saturday, April 9, 2016 in Silverton. Lovenborg was born in 1958 in Wolf Point, Montana. Lovenborg lived in Smith River from 1958 until 2015. Services are 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Smith River Cemetery with a reception to follow at 295 Fred Haight Dr., Smith River.


Death Notice, April 14, 2016

Vera Lorraine Lopez, 86, of Crescent City, died Thursday, April 7, 2016 in Crescent City. She was born Aug. 18, 1929 in Perry, Maine. Graveside services will be at Smith River District Cemetery at 10 a.m., Friday, April 15, 2016. Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel. Please sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com


Obituary: George Ira Tracy Sr. (October 27, 1958 – April 5, 2016)

Read more... George Ira Tracy Sr. joined the Creator on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at his home in Crescent City, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Arcata on Oct. 27, 1958.

George grew up in Hoopa and graduated from Hoopa High. He excelled in sports and all through his school years. One of his proud moments was winning the North South all county championship football game. Another was when he was chosen “Homecoming King.”

He went on to have three sons and later went on to meet the love of his life, Lena. He moved to Crescent City and they had their daughter.

George was a very loving and caring man. He had a good sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with his boys and grandchildren.


Death Notice, April 12, 2016

 Alvin L. Pedersen, 90, died Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at his home in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Pedersen was born in 1926 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He lived in Crescent City from 1993 to 2001. Time and location of services is to be announced.


Obituary: Carol Joyce Steele (Jan. 15, 1932 - April 5, 2016

Read more... Joyce peacefully stepped into eternal life on April 5th, 2016. She was surrounded by her loving family during her last days.

Joyce was born in Santa Rosa, CA, in January of 1932. She was raised by her parents, Arnold and Cecilia James, along with her brothers and sisters, Chester, Lawrence, Donald, Garold, Shirley, and Nadine. In 1941, when Joyce was 9 years old, her mother passed away and in 1943, her father passed away. This sudden loss to this young family caused a split between the younger and older siblings. Joyce and her older siblings were taken to Chemawa Indian Boarding School in Salem, Oregon, while the younger siblings grew up with their grandmother, Mary Antone-Santos, in Healdsburg, CA.

Joyce met Daniel T. Steele, Sr. in the early 1950s and married in 1954. Daniel and Joyce would have nine children; Sharon, Daniel, Janice, Bert, Nadine, John “Randy”, Patricia, Sandra, and DeAnna.


Obituary: Lucille J. Stewart (January 12, 1932 – March 25, 2016)

Read more... Lucille J. Stewart, born Jan. 12, 1932, in Willamina, Oregon, passed peacefully at Bright Creek Memory Care, in Brookings, Oregon, March 25, 2016, after a prolonged illness.

Lucille moved to Crescent City in 1948 with her family from Willamina, Oregon. She graduated from Del Norte High School, and later married Tom Stewart in Reno, Nevada, returning to Crescent City to begin the family adventure.

Lucille and Tom with business partners Maynard and Doris Dalbec, owned and operated Lanning Motor parts, and Lucille worked as the bookkeeper. Lucille was active in our community, Jed Smith Mountain Men, where she and Tom helped organize and start the club, and she was ranked as one of the group’s top shooters. Also a member of the Del Norte Rod n Gun Club. Other community involvements include, avid bowler for years and a member of the 200 club. Supporter of Crescent City Swim Club, and member of the Rebecca Lodge. For years worked at the election booths. She enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and walks on the beach with her dogs.


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