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Death Notice, Feb. 4, 2016

Lorenzo Thompson born June 12, 2015 in Crescent City, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 in Crescent City.

Visitation will be held at Wier’s Mortuary Chapel on Friday, Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. with the funeral services starting at 1 p.m.  Interment will take place at the Thompson Family Cemetery, Hwy 169,  in Klamath.

Please sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.comArrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.


Obituary: Neville Louis Carter (˙August 21, 1934 – January 24, 2016)

Born in Los Angeles to Maribel and Herman Carter. Neville passed peacefully, surrounded by family in Crescent City. He leaves behind a family of broken hearts including his loving wife of 28 years, Susan. His sisters Wanda Shubat and Marie (Les) Heinrichs, children Jim (Carolyn), Lindsay (Jennifer) and Jenifer Beatty (Richard) and grandchildren Carter, Alex, Julia, Matthew, Harrison, Aidan and Sam and nine nephews and nieces, and former wife, Kathleen Ranney. Neville will be sorely missed. His quick wit, unique sense of humor, love of banter, passion for family, friends, football and all other sports, nature and work, made him truly one of a kind and a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. Neville was also a distinguished scientist, a leader in his field making many significant contributions to advance the science of rock mechanics.


Obituary: Jordan Kekry (July 4, 1933 – January 25, 2016)

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Jordan Kekry
Jordan was born on July 4, 1933 to his parents, Louis Kekrides and Maria Zabounides, both European immigrants. He and his older sister, Martha, were raised on his parent’s farm, at the end of 5th Street in Crescent City. His family enjoyed being part of the extended Greek community that existed in town during those years. Jordan played baseball, football and basketball in high school, and graduated from Del Norte High in 1951. He was drafted and served at Fort Lewis, Washington in the Signal Corp from 1953-1955 during the Korean Conflict. He married Grayce Gorton in January 1958, and they had three daughters – Julie, Melinda and Sandra. He worked for McNamara & Peepe Lumber Company, Endert Distributing, and Miller Redwood.

In 1969, Jordan purchased the local Anheuser Busch Distributorship, which at the time was a one-man operation. Over the next 30 years the business grew and Jordan became known as “The Bud Man.” Always wanting to give to the community he loved, he worked to bring the Clydesdales, the Budweiser hot air balloon, and the Budweiser speed boat to this small, remote community – not an easy thing to accomplish. During those years, Jordan and his beer van were a fixture at the 4th of July Beer Garden down at Beach Front Park and other community events, always surrounded by people laughing, telling stories and enjoying the festivities.


Death Notices, Jan. 28, 2016

Neville Louis Carter, 81, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Crescent City. He was born Aug. 21, 1934, in Los Angeles.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 13 at New Life Community Church, 2nd and D Streets in Crescent City.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place, Suite 200, Landover, MD 20185 or https://epilepsyfoundation.secure.force.com. Please sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com.


Death Notice, Jan. 28, 2016

Jordan Kekry, 83, a lifelong resident of Del Norte County, died Monday, Jan. 25, in Crescent City. He was born July 4, 1932 in Crescent City.

Visitation will be held at Wier’s Mortuary Chapel on Monday, Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. until noon. Following later in the afternoon, a Celebration of Life service and potluck will be held at the Crescent City Cultural Center, 1001 Front St.,Crescent City, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Connie McDonald may be contacted for further details at 707-954-2686.

Please sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com

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


Obituary: Barbara Bischoff McDonald (January 2, 1922 – January 16, 2016)

She was a teacher, doctor’s assistant, bus driver, foster mother, and volunteer at Sutter Coast Hospital gift shop. She is survived by her three brothers, Don, Bob and Richard; her daughter Crystal; son-in-law Roy Clark; daughter-in-law Rebekah Payne; granddaughters Stephanie, Michelle and Melissa; and nine grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, one great great-grandson, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, her son Carl and daughter Liz Clark. There will be a celebration of her life on March 26, 2016, at Fort Dick Bible Church. We would like everyone to share their memories of her.


Obituary: Charles Floyd Huffman (January 12, 1920 – January 5, 2016)

Charles Floyd Huffman, 95, passed away at his home on Jan. 5, 2016, one week short of his 96th birthday. He was born Jan. 12, 1920, in Crescent City. He was preceded in death by his father Floyd Huffman and mother Ellen Huffman Bates, his sister Ellen Louise, his brother Nathan and daughter Charlene Lesina Cochrane. He is survived by his sister Irene Reidel, daughter Mary Ann Huffman, step-children Sandy and Dennis Melton, and grandchildren, nieces and nephews. As per Charlie’s wishes, there will be no services.


Obituary: Ernestine F. Buzzini (April 14, 1921 – January 23, 2016)

Ernestine F. Buzzini, a descendant of the pioneer McNamara family, passed away peacefully on the morning of Jan. 23, 2016 in Healdsburg, California. Born Ernestine Nelson on April 14, 1921 to William and Athol Nelson in Crescent City.

She grew up in Fort Dick on Moorehead Road, attending grammar school there and then high school in Crescent City. She married Melvin W. Buzzini on May 25, 1941 and together they raised two children.

In later years Ernestine had a desire to return to college, she first attended College of the Redwoods, then Humboldt State University and finally the University of San Francisco where she earned her master’s degree in marriage and family counseling. Ernestine worked for many years for the County of Del Norte as a social worker, a job she loved and found great satisfaction in. Together with her husband Melvin, they owned and operated the Shell gas station at the top of 9th and L streets for many years. They then opened an Exxon station across the street after leaving Shell Oil.


Death Notices, Jan. 26, 2016

John C Machado III, 81, of Grants Pass, died Jan. 14, 2016, in Grants Pass. He born Aug. 27, 1934, in Oakley and lived in Crescent City from 2002 to 2005.

A private memorial service will be held May 29, 2016, in the San Francisco Bay. His ashes will be scattered along with those of his wife, Rosemary.

Donation can be made to one’s favorite charity in the name of John (and Rosemary, if wished).


Obituary: Haldon L. Hamilton (July 16, 1916 – January 6, 2016)

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Haldon Hamilton
A gentleman, and a caring and gentle man, Hal passed away from heart failure on Jan. 6, 2016 after a short stay at Havasu Regional Medical Center. Six months short of his 100th birthday, Hal was in good health and good spirits until Dec. 28 when he was taken from his home to the hospital. He was surrounded at death by his longtime caregiver and friend, Barbara Bronson, her husband, Andy and his beloved Jack Russell terrier, Lala.

Hal was born in Newberg, Oregon on July 16, 1916. He spent years in the timber business in the Northwest and Alaska, and served in the Navy in the Seabees. In the early 1960s, Hal and his brother, Buck, formed Hambro (Hamilton Brothers) Forest Products pioneering a method to utilize waste wood shavings and scraps to produce particleboard which was utilized in manufactured housing, cabinetry, and many other end products. At one time, Hambro was one of the largest private employers in Del Norte County.


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