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Obituary: Joseph Vernal Duncan (May 4, 1944 – Feb. 16, 2015)

Joseph Vernal Duncan
Joseph Vernal Duncan, 70, passed away at home on Feb. 16, 2015. He was born on May 4, 1944, in Klamath Falls, Ore., to Thelma and Vernal Duncan. Joe was a 60-year resident of Del Norte County. In 1970, Joe purchased the Chevron Station on Hwy 101 North, which became a daily stopping point for many in Crescent City. When time permitted, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Obituary: Robin M. De La Torre-Lopez (July 5, 1968 – Feb. 12, 2015)

Robin M. De La Torre-Lopez
Robin M. De La Torre-Lopez passed away on Feb. 12, 2015, suddenly from complications of cardiovascular disease.

Born in Crescent City on July 5, 1968, she grew up and lived most of her life in Del Norte County. She worked in the medical field the majority of her career and developed quite a passion for it. Robin took pride and often boasted about her exceptional ability to “find a vein” even in the most challenging patients. She was known for her kindness, charismatic personality, enormous sense of humor and compassion for others.

Obituary: Ruth Sveum (Oct. 31, 1923 – Feb. 11, 2015)

Ruth Sveum passed away on Feb. 11, 2015, in Crescent City at the age of 91. She was born on Oct. 31, 1923, in Tampa, Fla., the second child of Vasco Pressett and Isabella Aoda Pressett.

Her father, a music teacher, moved the family around the United States establishing music schools. The family lived in Utah, Texas and California among many other places, finally settling in Miami.

Obituary: DeAnn Marie Rupert (Oct. 21, 1951 – Aug. 16, 2014)

DeAnn Marie Rupert
DeAnn died peacefully with her sister by her side at her home in Logan, Utah, on Aug. 16, 2014. DeAnn was born on Oct. 21, 1951, in Kansas City, Mo., to Dr. Dale and Lucille Rupert. Her parents moved in 1957 to Crescent City, where she attended local schools and graduated from Del Norte High School. She also attended College of the Siskiyous in Weed. In 1977 she moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where she drove semi trucks for Safeway. DeAnn then lived for over 20 years in Layton, Utah, where she worked for the IRS and made many friends. In 2006 she moved “home” to Crescent City and was employed by Pelican Bay State Prison. In 2011 DeAnn returned to Utah to be near her children and grandchildren.

Obituary: Geraldine A. Nelson (Jan. 24, 1927 – Feb. 8, 2015)

Geraldine A. Nelson, born Jan. 24, 1927, passed away Feb. 8, 2015, in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka. She was a 59-year resident of Crescent City. 

Death Notice: Ruth Isabel Pressett Sveum

Ruth Isabel Pressett Sveum, 91, died Feb. 11, 2015, in Crescent City. Born Oct. 31, 1923, in Tampa, Fla., she was a 60-year resident of Del Norte County. 

Obituary: Desmond Keith Merkie Oliver (July 20, 1929 – Feb. 7, 2015)

Desmond Keith Merk Oliver
Merkie Oliver, Yurok Elder, passes away.

Desmond Keith Merk Oliver was born at home July 20, 1929, in Requa, to Catherine Peters Oliver Green and Edward Oliver. He passed away at his home in Requa on Feb. 7, 2015, at the age of 85.

He spent most of his life in Requa and attended the local elementary school and Chemawa Indian School. He worked for many years as a fishing guide on the Klamath River and spent many more participating in the Yurok tribal fishery. He was a long-time activist and advocate for Indian rights.

Obituary: Oscar Arvid Berg (April 11, 1928 – Feb. 9, 2015)

Oscar Arvid Berg
Oscar Arvid Berg, a resident of Crescent City, passed away Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at the age of 86. Berg was born April 11, 1928, in Bend, Ore. He moved to Crescent City when he was about 2 years old and has lived here since.

He was the son of Gustav Algot Berg and Hilma Christina Berg (nee Nilsson), both of whom immigrated to the United States from Sweden. 

Obituary: Charmayne Coughlan Frye Fleming (Oct. 1, 1944 – Jan. 25, 2015)

Charmayne Coughlan Frye Fleming, born Oct. 1, 1944, in Long Beach, passed away Jan. 25, 2015, in Riverside. 

Obituary: Julie Rebecca Southard (July 28, 1953 – Feb. 4, 2015)

Julie Vaughn Southard passed into the Spirit World on Feb. 4, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Weaverville, she grew up in Trinity and Shasta counties most of her life. Julie, her husband and family have lived off and on in Crescent City, where Julie continuously lived since 1998. Julie was an excellent employee with Full Spectrum for the past 15 years. Julie always had a contagious smile for everyone and was dearly loved by her consumers and fellow coworkers. Julie was a dedicated employee and performed a wide variety of duties, including shift supervisor and other extra-curricular activities such as creating crossword puzzles for the monthly newsletter without complaint.

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