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Obituaries: Douglas Deauwayne McCarty (Sept. 24, 1952 – April. 20, 2011)

Former Grants Pass resident Douglas Deauwayne McCarty, 58, passed away on April 20, 2011, in Fort Dick, following a long illness.

He was born in Fresno, Calif., in 1952 to Tommie Ann (Ivy) and William Douglas McCarty. Douglas was an avid falconer and professional mushroom grower. He was very active with “Safe Access Now” in Del Norte County and was tireless in his efforts to promote and protect marijuana. Doug was also active with several law enforcement agencies in both California and Oregon.

Douglas met his future wife, Andrea Welch in Rogue River. Together they ran Klamath Falls Mushroom farm until it closed in the mid-80s. They were married and moved back to Grants Pass.


Death notices published May 04, 2011


Obituaries: Rosemarie “Rosie” Short (June 24, 1928 – April 24, 2011)

Read more...Rosie Short was born on June 24, 1928, in Beecher City, Illinois. She passed away peacefully at her Central Point home, her son and daughter at her side, on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011.

Rosie was the daughter of Floyd and Dolly Ireland. When she was 4, the family left Illinois and moved to Oregon. At 17 Rosie met and fell in love with William (Bill) Short, a 20-year-old returning war veteran with a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. They married in April 1946 and in March of the following year their first child, Sharon, was born. Rosie and Bill bought a lot in Eagle Point, and using reclaimed lumber from Camp White, they built a modest house with their own two hands. There they had two sons, Steve (b. 1948) and Gary (b. 1954).

In the early 1960s the Short family moved to Crescent City,  where Bill started fishing and Rosie worked for 14 years as a teacher’s aide, a job she found particularly rewarding because of her love of children.


Obituaries: John Henry Yingt III (June. 21, 1940 – April 26, 2011)

Read more...John Henry Yingst III was born June 21, 1940, in Lebanon, Pa, and passed on April 27, 2011, in Fairfield, Conn.

He graduated from Del Norte High School in 1958. He attended Humbolt State. He began his career as a forestry engineer for Simpson Timber Company. He followed his passion for the outdoors and was a commercial fisherman in Crescent City for over 30 years. He was the captain of the Seabird. He also served as a harbor commissioner for the Crescent City Harbor District. He was a member of the 1609 Elks Lodge for over 45 years. He will be remembered as an avid outdoorsman who loved golfing, hunting and fishing.


Obituaries: Patricia Louise Williams (Sept. 5, 1927 – April. 26, 2011)

Read more...Patricia Louise Williams, 83, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, went to be with her Lord and Savior on April 26, 2011.

Pat was born the youngest of six in Wilmont, Minn. She enjoyed a happy childhood in Iowa, and frequently entertained her grandchildren with tales of ice-skating to school. As a young woman, Pat moved to California and served as a Western Union operator, eventually settling in Crescent City where she worked at Bay City Market. Pat met her husband, Chuck Williams, at a canasta card party organized by match-making friends. Pat and Chuck married in 1951, in Eureka. They raised four children in a warm and loving home in Crescent City, where Pat took great pride in caring for her family. Pat opened her home and heart to care and nurture many special friends whom she came to embrace as family.

Many summers were spent working at the lunch house at Dad’s Camp, the Williams family business, at the mouth of the Klamath River. She worked alongside family members where she met many lifelong friends and found great satisfaction in serving hungry fishermen. Pat later worked at as a teller at Wells Fargo Bank. Going to work was a joy for Pat as she loved helping people and working with a cherished group of friends.


Obituaries: Frances B. Currie (Nov. 17, 1915 – April 25, 2011)

Read more...Frances B. Currie died April 25, 2011, in Crescent City at the age of 95 after a long and happy life. She was born Nov. 17, 1915, in Hawthorne, Calif., where she grew up and married her high school sweetheart, Charles Currie. During WWII Frances worked as a Rosie the Riveter at Northrup Aircraft. She worked many years at the local elementary school as a lunch yard supervisor, which she enjoyed.

She was committed to her husband and family as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. After Charles retired they moved to Crescent City in 1975, following brothers, their son and daughter. Frances loved living in Crescent City. She loved perch fishing on the beach with the family, camping, gardening and her many crafts. She help establish the Crescent Harbor Art Gallery, which she was a member for many years. She was a life-long artist adept in many fields of artistry. In 1932, while in high school, her drawing was chosen for the mascot of her high school and is still being used to this day.


Obituaries: John “Jack” S. Nicholson (Sept. 17, 1918 – April 14, 2011)

Read more...Jack passed away peacefully on April 14, 2011, at Addie Meedom Retirement Home in Crescent City, where he has lived and been loved for the past four years. His son was present to share his last days.

Jack was born in Michigan City, Ind., on September 17, 1918. He was raised along with  younger brother (Dick) and sister (Betty), both predeceased him. Jack’s education began in a one-room country school house.

Due to the family’s extreme economic hardship, Jack’s education was temporarily interrupted at age 16 to enlist with the Civil Conservation Corp. After several months he returned home to help run his father’s lumber mill. Eventually Jack purchased and operated a mill of his own before his family moved to Morton, Wash. Near Morton the family built and operated a sawmill, supplying the railroad with clear-grade railroad ties.


Obituaries: Irene Marion Van Dyke (March 9, 1921 – April 14, 2011)

Read more...Irene Marion Van Dyke passed away Thursday, April 14, at home with her loving family at her side.  Irene celebrated her 90th birthday on March 9.

She was born in Tillamook, Ore., to Alex and Marion Salway.  She married Ernest Van Dyke on September 10, 1947.  He preceded her in death on August 25, 1982.

Survivors include her six children, their spouses and children:  Mary and Jim Daly, daughters Rebecca and Elizabeth, Stephen Van Dyke and son Samuel, Julie and John Rollin, daughters Melonie, Wendy, Monica, Bonnie and son John, Edward and Beverly Van Dyke, daughter Sarah and son Jeffrey, Greta Kirsch, sons Jeremiah and Joseph, daughter Lynsey and Kurt and Christina Van Dyke, son Kyle and daughter Marissa.  Ten great-grandchildren complete the circle.


Obituaries: Stacy Lee Knapp ( April 24, 1967 – April 16, 2011)

Read more...Stacy Lee Knapp was born April 24, 1967, in Red Bluff, Calif., to Bonnie and Victor Edward Knapp. Stacy passed away April 16, 2011, in Eureka, of brain surgery complications. He joins his dad in heaven, who recently passed away as well.

 Stacy was loved by everyone and enjoyed being with family. He was a loving son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend. Stacy always liked to joke and make people laugh. His joys in life until he became ill in 1991, were fishing, hunting, woodworking, driving his 4x4, and he always enjoyed a lucky trip to the casino.


Obituaries: Shirley Ann Sherman (May 9, 1952 – April 18, 2011)

Read more...On April 18, 2011, Shirley Ann Sherman, a Tolowa Tribal member passed away. She was born on May 9, 1952, and passed away at the age of 58.

Shirley was an avid 49’er fan, loved life, her family and the color green. She always had a smile on her face, she was the life of the party and brought joy to everyone she met. Shirley will be dearly missed by her family and will have a special place in all of our hearts.

She is survived by her mom Beverly Jean James, brothers Darrell Joseph Sherman (Kathy); Cecil Hansen Sherman, Jr., Douglas Alan James, sister Diane Sue Wilson (Robert), Debra Elaine Sherman; uncles Ted and Beverly Moorehead, Richard Lloyd Moorehead, grandchildren Stacie Grace Gorman and Nikita Ann Gorman. Her special friend Jerry (Jerrykins) McCovey and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


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