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Obituary: Peter Keith Downing (Aug. 08, 1955 – Sept. 29, 2010)

Peter Keith Downing, 55, of Gasquet died Wednesday Sept. 29, 2010, in Grants Pass.

A memorial service will be held Sunday,  October 10, 2010,  4 p.m. at Gasquet Bible Church with Pastors James Downing and John Dean officiating.

Downing was born Aug. 8, 1955, in San Luis Obispo, Calif. In 1973, he graduated from Del Norte High School. He attended Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music, College of the Redwoods and Umpqua Community College. Throughout his life, he held various occupations, including owning a parcel delivery service in Coos Bay, working as a maintenance person for Hauser Community Church for more than 10 years and being an electrical apprentice in commercial construction.

For more than 20 years, he volunteered with Boy Scouts of America and served in every role, including Cubmaster, Scoutmaster and commissioner and received the Silver Beaver Award. He also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and built homes. Over the years, he had taken more than 200 teenagers on mission trips to Mexico. He enjoyed serving others, gold panning, fishing and gardening.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Downing.

Survivors include his parents, Robert and Erma Downing; three sisters, Lorraine Davis, Nancy DeJesus and Salena Cox; and a brother, James Downing.

— Submitted by Family


Obituaries: Virginia Irene Biggers (Oct. 05, 1931 – Sept. 24, 2010)

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Virginia Irene Biggers
Services for Virginia Irene Biggers will be held at the United Methodist Church of Crescent City on Saturday, October 2, 2010, at 11 a.m. A private family burial will follow. Mrs. Biggers, age 78, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on September 24, 2010, in McKinleyville, Calif.  

Born October 5, 1931, in Providence, R.I., Ginny was raised on the island of Jamestown.  She was a veteran who served with the U.S. Navy Waves during the Korean conflict and subsequently was stationed at Corpus Christi Naval Air Station in Texas. Here, she met her future husband, Donald Ray Biggers. They were married in Jamestown, R.I., on April 12, 1952.   

Ginny worked 20 years in education with the Del Norte County Unified School District.  When Don and Ginny retired in 1988, they spent many happy years enjoying their children, grandchildren, and great-grandson. They also enjoyed traveling around the world.


Death notices published Sept. 29, 2010


Death notices Sept. 24, 2010


Obituaries: Stuart E. Hample (Jan. 06 1926 – Sept. 19, 2010)

Stuart E. Hample passed away Sept. 19, 2010, in New York, N.Y. 

He was the author of children’s books, a cartoonist, a playwright, and a performer 

Survivors include his wife, Naomi of New York City, son, Rabbi Joseph Hample (Barry Wendell) of Crescent City, son Henry Hample (Yvonne Olivier-Hample) of Arnaudville, La., daughter, Martha Hample, of Memphis, Tenn., son Zack Hample of New York City, and grandson Armand Olivier.

A memorial service will be sometime in October in New York City.

— Submitted by family


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