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Death Notices, Feb. 25, 2016

Charles ‘Chuck’ Despres, 71, of Crescent City died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at home. Despres was born June 19, 1945 in Washington DC. A celebration of Chuck’s life will be held June 19, 2016, at a location to be determined. For details contact Cathy at 707-465-1054. Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.


Obituary: Donald Thomas Dalbec (March 22, 1941 - January 29, 2016)

Read more... Donald Thomas Dalbec was born on March 22, 1941 in Wakefield, Michigan to Erville and Lillian Dalbec, joining two brothers and five sisters. As a young boy he grew to love horses, helping his father farm and log timber with their team of work horses, Duke and Brady. By the time Don reached his teenage years, the family had moved west to Crescent City. Riding his favorite horse “Red,” he had covered every inch of Del Norte County seeking all sorts of mischief with his pals and discovering all the good fishing holes. As a teenager, Don always had a job spending his money fixing up cars, including his prize ride, a 1958 Chevy, 2-door Impala convertible. Don attended Crescent Elk Elementary and graduated from Del Norte High School in 1960. It was there, at Del Norte High, he met the love of his life, Sharon Ross.

Don and Sharon were married in Crescent City on Feb. 26, 1961. Together they raised a son Ron, and two daughters Dawn Michelle and Kristi. Don was a resourceful father and devoted family man, giving freely to his kid’s interests. If he wasn’t racing motorcycles, fishing or hunting with Ron, he was riding horses with his daughters; teaching them everything about horsemanship. He spent countless hours in his garage keeping the family machinery going and remodeling the house on many occasions. Family tradition each summer was camping up the Smith River or Chetco River with family and friends. He loved the years living up the Winchuck on “the ranch.”


Obituary: Keith Conn Bowman (May 13, 1936 – February 10, 2016)

Keith Conn Bowman passed away in Eureka, California on Feb. 10, 2016, he was 79 years of age. He was born May 13, 1936 in Bandon, Oregon to Nolan Stanley Bowman and Edith Josephine (Conn) Bowman. He was the third of five children. He spent his early years in North Bend, Oregon and went one year to North Bend High School. The family moved to Smith River in 1952 where he attended Del Norte High School and was a member of the track team and was a stand out football player.

He then went to Shasta Junior College where he played football and did some boxing. He then did a hitch in the Army and was stationed at Fort Meyer, Virginia and was a member of the honor guard when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president.

Keith was mostly self employed all of his life, commercial fi shing and harvesting fl oral greens which he did up until a few months before he passed away. He loved the outdoors especially hunting and there wasn’t game he would not follow or an animal he wouldn’t tackle.


Death Notices, Feb. 18, 2016

Lora Neva Beard, 82, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Crescent City. She was born April 21, 1933 in Arkansas.

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

Kurt Lanceford Roberts, 67, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Medford, Oregon. Roberts was born in La Jolla on Sept. 24, 1949.


Obituary: Kurt Lanceford Roberts (September 24, 1949 – January 30, 2016)

Read more... Kurt Lanceford Roberts, of San Diego California, passed away Jan. 30, 2016 peacefully in his sleep.

Kurt was born in La Jolla, California, on Sept. 24, 1949. He graduated from Monte Vista High School and went on to join the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne. He was stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Kurt transferred to Fort Sam Houston, Texas for his dental school and completed his degree in dental prosthetics. He was extremely proud of the time he spent in the military.

After leaving the Army, Kurt was in the National Guard for several years. He then spent his career working as a carpenter. Towards the end of his career, he was able to combine his carpentry skills along with his passion for the military. Kurt spent most of his free time volunteering for the Disabled American Veterans Organization building and upgrading their centers in San Diego County.


Obituary: Donald Edmond Line (August 29, 1926 – February 9, 2016)

Donald was born in Cromwell, Minnesota on Aug. 29, 1926. He passed away in Culver, Oregon on Feb. 9, 2016. He moved to Parkdale, Oregon in 1936. Donald was drafted into the U.S. Navy in World War II and served aboard USS Terror CM5 Cruiser Mine layer and USS Doran Destroyer DMS41 Minesweeper, in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. In 1950 , he came to Crescent City. He worked at Pelican Bay Construction, Simonson Lumber Co and Retired from Tidewater Contractors. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, loved the outdoors and spending time with family. He is survived by his wife Joyce Line, his children Debbie Smith (Sheldon-deceased), Robin Campbell and Dale Allen (Carla). His grandchildren; Kristina Gomes and Shellie Gray, Rebecca Simpson, Donald Campbell and Victoria Crandell, T.J. and Danny Allen. Sister Lynne Koski; Numerous great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Forever in the hearts of his family and friends.

The family will hold a private celebration of life at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.


Death Notice, Feb. 16, 2016

Donald Edmond Line, 89, of Crescent City passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 in Culver, Oregon. Line was born Aug. 6, 1926 in Cromwell, Minnesota. He lived in Crescent City from 1950 to 2016. The family will hold a celebration of life at a future date. For more information contact the Bel Air Colonial Funeral Home, Madras, Oregon, 541-475-2241.


Obituary: Lillian Ellen Schaad (September 9, 2016 – February 8, 2016)

Read more... Lillian Ellen Schaad age 94, a 68 year resident of Del Norte County, passed away at her home in Smith River surrounded by her family on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. She was born on Sept. 9, 1921 in Kearney, Nebraska to James Newton Barry and Marion Hildum-Barry.

Lillian was the second of eight children. In the summer of 1937, Lillian was introduced to Earl Schaad through her brother Leroy and the two of them began a courtship that would last 52 years. During their courtship they would go to the city park, where Earl would play horseshoes and Lillian would play jacks or softball. They would also go rabbit hunting and Earl’s mother would make rabbit sausage from the catches. On New Years Eve 1939, Earl asked Lillian to be his wife as they sat on his parent’s couch. They were married on Sept. 5, 1939, in Smith Center, Kansas by Pastor Ina Faucott. They lived with Earl’s parents for awhile, and then in 1941 bought a building and a lot next to Earl’s parents and built their first home in Kearney, Nebraska, where their daughter, Patricia May was born.


Obituary: Florence Maxine (Hubbs) Felix (June 25, 1933 – December 23, 2015)

Read more... Florence Maxine (Hubbs) Felix was born to her parents James and Della Hubbs on June 25, 1933 in Oklahoma, the next to the youngest of eight living children. Her parents traveled to Oregon and then to California, first to Fresno and then to Sanger. She went to Sanger Union High School until she met her husband-to-be, Glenn Felix. They were married on Sept. 29, 1952 and lived on Edwards Air Force base where Glenn was an aerospace engineer. In 1954, they moved into their new house in Lancaster, California, where their two children were born and raised.

Maxine is survived by her husband, Glenn Felix, her two children, and 10 grand and step-grand children. Her daughter, Susan became an RN and with her husband, Richard, has five children and two step children: Rachelle Herle, Ryan Herle, Nathan Tietjen, Tera Schneider, Shillawna Ruffner, Jessica Cole and Audra Blockovich, and through them, Maxine has 22 great grandchildren. Maxine and Glenn’s son, Paul Felix, was in the Air Force for eight years. He now works for the Austin, Texas court system. He has three stepchildren with his wife, Janelle: Brian Tiffany, Jessica Smith Appel and Steven Chevrie.


Obituary: Teena Ramsland (July 15, 1957 – January 30, 2016)

Teena Ramsland, 58, of Crescent City died Jan. 30, 2016 attended by her family during the early morning hours at Mercy Medical Center Redding Hospital after being flown there following a tragic accident that resulted in severe head trauma from which she was unable to recover.

She was born July 15, 1957 in Seattle and grew up in South Lake Tahoe where she attended grammar school, and high school. Teena met her devoted husband Larry Campbell of 41 years and together they moved to Crescent City in 1977 and raised their only daughter Linda Ramsland. During Teena’s time in Del Norte County she worked many places most notably Eureka Fisheries, The Royal Inn, and the Shop Smart Deli. After Shop Smart closed she transitioned to the local Walmart store deli where she continued to have a positive impact on everyone she met. Teena was a kind, honest and hard working individual with a caring heart. She was truly a gentle soul who was the foundation of her family. Teena will be greatly missed by the friends and family she leaves behind. A small celebration of her life was held early February at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds for close friends and family. As per Teena’s wishes there will be no services.


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