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Death Notices Dec. 19, 2015

Virginia Ann Smith, 81, died Dec. 12, 2015, in Crescent City. She was born June 29, 1934, in California.

A Memorial Mass will be said in her honor at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Please sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com

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


Obituary: James “Jim” E. Campbell (April 18, 1949 – December 14, 2015)

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James Campbell
 James “Jim” E. Campbell, 66, passed away in route to medical facilities in Eureka of apparent heart failure on Dec. 14, 2015. He was born on April 18, 1949 in Gates, Tennessee. Jim was a 62 year resident of Del Norte County having moved here from Arkansas to Smith River with his family in 1954.

He grew up in Smith River and was a 1967 graduate of Del Norte High School. After graduation, Jim served with the Air Force where he became a jet engine mechanic in the European Theatre Tactical Wing Division. While stationed in Lakeheath AFB England, he designed and help build a test cell for jet engine bearings, which is still in use today, and has been built at other bases. Jim married Peggy M. Hughart on July 12, 1969.

Prior to his retirement in 2003, Jim was a contractor and floor covering installer. He was a member of the Del Norte County Search and Rescue from 1988 until 1992. Jim enjoyed hunting and fishing.


Obituary: Anna Mable Anderson (January 20, 1917 – November 10, 2015)

 Anna Mable Andersen passed away peacefully in her sleep on the day of Nov. 10, 2015. She was born on Jan. 20, 1917, in the state of Oregon and passed away in Occidental, California. She had three children: two girls, Mary Ann Parks and Donna J. Smith, and one boy, Charles M. Andersen. She also had eight grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. She loved to be around her family, loved to be outdoors and go for walks. We will dearly miss her


Obituary: James Manning Chewning (November 24, 1919 – December 2, 2015)

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James Manning Chewning
 James Manning Chewning passed away on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 at the age of 96. James was born on Nov. 24, 1919 in Dennison, Texas. He was the second son of John W. Chewning and Catherine Pearson. Not long after he was born, his family moved to Oklahoma then to Los Angeles. James attended school in the Mountain View School District and then graduated El Monte High School in 1938.

He worked for Harlow Aircraft Co. as a sub assembler until World War II started. He joined the Navy in May of 1942. His job was an Aviation Metalsmith (AM). James served 3 ½ years rising to the rank of AM1c (Aviation Metalsmith First Class.) Today’s equivalent would be Aviation Structural Mechanic. He earned the Asiatic-Pacific Medal, the WWII Victory Medal and the U.S. Navy Good Conduct Medal. During his service James was stationed at Pensacola, Florida; Mojave, California; with CASU 35 in the Pacific; and on board the USS Reina Mercedes. He along with one million other servicemen were discharged in December 1945 with an Honorable Discharge.


Obituary: Johann Peter Jochimsen (March 11, 1932 – December 3, 2015)

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Johann Peter Jochimsen
 Johann Peter Jochimsen, 83, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 3, 2015 in Crescent City, California. He was born March 11, 1932 in Vedsted, Denmark. He was a 64 year resident of Del Norte County.

Johann moved to the states at the age of 19 to be with his sister Marie Tedsen to work on their ranch. Later he served with the U.S. Army as a medic during the Korean conflict where he was awarded his US Citizenship. Upon discharge, he met and married Elizabeth, the love of his life for 59 years, together they raised three beautiful children.

Throughout his life he had many jobs including Farmer, Officer for Crescent City Police, Sergeant/Coroner for Del Norte Sheriff Office, paralegal and Del Norte Disposal. Johann was a past member of the BPOE Elks Lodge #1689. He took great pride in everything he did.


Death Notice, Dec. 8, 2015

Jean Rexford, 68, of Brookings, died Dec. 4, 2015, in Crescent City. Jean was born Jan. 20, 1947, in Frederic, Wisconsin, and was formerly a 22-year resident of Del Norte County.  

A celebration of her life will be held 4 p.m. Sunday at Bethel Christian Center, 651 J St.

Arrangements are under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel.


Death Notices, Dec. 5, 2015

Murray James Baker Sr., 77, died Nov. 26, 2015, in Crescent City. He was born in California on Jan. 9, 1938.

Private services will be held.

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

Jane Lee Martin, 59, died Nov. 30, 2015, in Crescent City. She was born April 16, 1956, in Eureka and was a 20-year resident of Del Norte County.


Obituary: Ira Main (July 11, 1947 – November 20, 2015)

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Ira Main
 Ira Main was born in Covina, California, to Donald and Margaret Main. He moved to Yerington, Nevada, where he graduated from High School in 1964. Shortly thereafter, he joined the National Guard and was stationed in Long Beach, California, for 14 years. He participated in protecting the people and city during the Watts riot in 1965.

Ira moved to the Santa Barbara, California area in the 1980’s where he was employed with General Motors Research. Ira also worked as an oil well offshore driller. He traveled between Santa Barbara and Long Beach for 12 years, a position he really enjoyed. Ira met Pam Lammers in 1989 and moved to Crescent City in 1991, where they have since resided for 24 years. He loved salmon fishing, especially with his very good friend Ron Rooney. Ira was a member for many years of the Crescent City Car Club, working on many cars with friends, and had a great time at our local car shows. Ira also loved his cats, especially “Bear” and enjoyed “In and Out” burgers. He collected an annual T-shirt from In and Out for the last 30 years.


Obituary: Virginia Alice Subbert (May 17, 1926 – November 13, 2015)

Read more... Virginia Alice Subbert, known by many as ‘Miss Ginnie’, passed away in her home in Lincoln, California, on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at the age of 89. Ginnie was born on May 17, 1926, in Coquille, Oregon, to Hobart and Viola Campbell and was the oldest of ten siblings. Her family moved to Eugene, Oregon, and she married and had five children. In 1963 she moved to Crescent City, California, with her family and in the early 70s, began working for the County Parks and Recreation Department as a teacher for the preschool ‘Tiny Tots’. She taught for over 20 years, 19 years as the head teacher, and was a beloved teacher for hundreds of children. After her retirement, Miss Ginnie stayed in the community until she moved to Roseville, California, in 2006, where she lived with her granddaughter Monica, grandson-in-law Jeff, and great-grandson Hunter. TheDinnerfamily moved to Lincoln, California, in 2013.


Obituary: Ethel Pauline Harwood (August 2, 1932 – November 30, 2015)

Ethel Pauline Harwood, 83, passed away on Nov. 30, 2015 in Crescent City. She was born Aug. 2, 1932 in California. Ethel was a 75-year resident of Del Norte County.

She loved to play cards, bingo and her dog Ricki. Ethel also loved baseball and her family. Her smile will be missed by so many, she had an infectious laugh. Ethel could not laugh without making you laugh with her.

She is survived by her sister Dorthy Dudal of Arcata, California; stepsons Roger Harwood and Harry Harwood. Niece Laverne and husband Carson Wilson of Crescent City.


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