Obituaries for the week of 1/30/2013

Virgil Edward Rund

George Edward Conroy

Fred Eric Skovgard

Beverly Jean Kelly

Carol Lynne Bentley

Walter Roode

Mary Anna Williams

Jerry Dwayne Crump

Ella Lucille Brodie

Joan Marie Babcock

  Virgil Edward Rund, 91 years old, peacefully passed away at the hospital in Roseville, in the early hours of Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. At the time of his death, his beloved family was by his side.

  “Ol’ Virg” (as nicknamed by his favorite granddaughter, Julie Nelch) was born April 14, 1921, in Roseville, to parents Emma and Edward Rund.

  He attended Spring Garden Grammar School in Plumas County, where he first met his wife of 71 years, Dorothy Morrow. Both Virgil and Dorothy attended Quincy High School before marrying in Reno on Nov. 21, 1941.

  Virgil served three years as an infantryman for the United States Army during World War II, where he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

  Ol’ Virg was a licensed pilot, skilled poultry producer and talented craftsman. His expertise in chicken ranching landed him on the front page of the Sacramento Bee, where he was recognized for producing the very first sustainable chicken housing in Rio Linda. He shared the love of nature, fishing, humor and children with his adoring family and will be greatly missed by all.

  Virgil is survived by his wife, Dorothy Rund; his children, Elizabeth Trauring, Ronald Rund and Jan Jablecki, Deborah Morrow and Diana Larson; and his grandchildren, Karen Enloe-Dell’Osso, Sandra Enloe-Burger, Jen Rund, Julie Nelch, Chris Wirsing and Karen Wirsing. He is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

  Virgil requested that any remembrances or donations be sent to the Stanislaus Special Olympics, 400 12th St. Ste 7, Modesto, CA 95354. Arrangements by Price Funeral Chapel.


  George Edward Conroy, 87, died of natural causes Jan. 16, 2013, surrounded by his family.

  George is survived by his two sons, Steve and wife Kandy, of Graeagle, and Scott and wife Lorna, of Medford, Ore.; three grandchildren, Angela, April and Clint; and seven great-grandchildren, Devaughn, Destiny Sky, Austin, Sierra, Kiana, Giovanna and Bella. George was preceded in death by his wife Harriet in 2007.

  George was born in Bloomfield, N.J., on April 1, 1925, to George Sr. and Irene Gunhild Conroy. He graduated from Frankford High School in 1943. George met and married his wife Harriet in 1946 and they had 61 wonderful years together.

  George served in the Navy in World War II from 1943 to 1949 and in the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. He was also an atomic veteran, having participated in Operation Greenhouse in 1951. George and Harriet settled in Los Angeles where he graduated from UCLA and joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1952. He retired from LAPD as a captain III in 1978.

  After retirement, George and Harriet traveled the United States and Canada in their travel trailer until they settled in Graeagle in 1984 and built a home.

  George loved to travel, having traveled the world with his wife Harriet, and was an avid golfer. He served as president of the Graeagle Men’s Golf Association and was a board member and treasurer for the Feather River Dixieland Jazz Society.

  As he wished, there will be no memorial service. George’s ashes will be buried next to Harriet’s in the Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery.


  Col. Fred Eric Skovgard, USA retired, passed away peacefully at his home in Portola on Jan. 17, 2013, with his family by his side.

  A native of Los Angeles, Fred was born Sept. 7, 1924, to Walter and Bertha Skovgard and was the oldest of four siblings. In 1943, he joined the U.S. Army and served in combat operations in the Rhineland Campaign. He was awarded the Bronze Star for exemplary conduct in ground combat. In 1945, he served the peacekeeping force in Japan. Upon returning to the U.S., he graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering. During that time, he met and married his life-long love, Rosalie (Robbie) E. Robideaux, on Flag Day, June 14, 1947. In 1950, he returned to active duty for two years to Little Rock, Ark., supporting logistics for the Korean War. Afterward, he continued his service as an active reservist where he achieved the rank of colonel and was discharged honorably in 1984.

  In addition to being an active reservist, Fred spent 36 years in the chemical engineering and managerial areas working for Lockheed Propulsion, in the Atlas Program, as well Calgon, a subsidiary of Merck in southern California. He retired in 1989 when he and Robbie relocated to Portola to live near family.

  Fred loved his family and devoted his time to being a wonderful husband and a role model father. During family time, he enjoyed family activities and many outings. He provided the parental support to nurture and guide his children.

  Fred was very patriotic. He frequently contributed to various organizations that support the core values of America. He continued to support our troops and regularly flew the flag.

  Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Bertha Skovgard, wife Robbie, and brother Bob (Alene).

  He is survived by his daughter Kristine Heavin (John), of Portola; son Steve (Jenny Jung), of Lodz, Poland; brother Jack, of Carson City, Nev.; sister Irene Jensen (Sven), of Buena Park; grandchildren Eric and Scott Heavin, Matthew and Jason Skovgard and Taekyung Lee; and numerous nieces and nephews.

  A military honors funeral was held Jan. 24 at the Sacramento Valley Veterans National Cemetery in Dixon.

  Services under the direction of Manni Funeral Home, Portola.


  Beverly Jean Lutzen Kelly passed from this life to her heavenly home on Jan. 18, 2013. She was 87 years old.

  She was born Aug. 31, 1925, to Peter Harry Lutzen and Bertha (Dolly) Lutzen and raised in San Francisco. She graduated from Lux College with a degree in medical stenography. She participated in and enjoyed her church life in her youth.

  Beverly married John Jay Du Bois in 1945, a returning veteran from World War II. Though she was a city girl at heart, they settled down in rural Turlock to birth and raise their four children. Unfortunately, their marriage ended in 1951, but Beverly’s medical education allowed her over the next five years to raise her children in Palo Alto as a single mother.

  In 1956, she married Dr. Mathew E. O’keefe, and moved her children to Southern California where he was practicing radiology in Fullerton. They soon moved to Whittier, where he worked at Presbyterian Hospital and they had a daughter between them. Beverly was very active for years in the Republican Women’s Club in Whittier and in the Women’s Auxiliary of Physicians of Southern California. When the children started off to college, they started looking for lake property for their retirement years, which led them eventually to Lake Almanor.

  A battle with alcoholism led to a second divorce, which led Beverly to a second career in real estate. She became friends with Don Kelly, the husband of a deceased friend, and they married in 1980. They remodeled her house on Big Springs Road and became ensconced in the lake community. She again began leading the local Republican Women’s Club and joined the Methodist Church in Chester. Both Don and Bev joined the Community Chorus and the fight to save Seneca Hospital. She even took flying lessons and soloed a couple of years later. They both enjoyed golf and boating on the lake. Her grandchildren all recognized Beverly as “Mountain Mamma.”

  She is survived by her sister Barbara Jane Gurley, of Ukiah; her daughters Suzanne Du Bois, of Vallejo, Celeste Flax, of Oakland, Pamela Maple, of Lake Almanor, and Jennifer Lebbert, of Modesto. Her grandchildren are Mark Du Bois, Shannon McCauley Maple, Adam Maple, Ben Flax, Danielle Flax and Alex, Spencer and Ryan Lebbert. Her great-grandchildren are Maddox and Jaxon Maple and Johnstone and Isadora Flax. She will be sorely missed by friends and family, but will be busy singing “Glory to God in the Highest” with the angels.

  A memorial service to celebrate Beverly’s life will be held at the Chester Community United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, for her family and friends. A reception at the Chester/Lake Almanor Elks Lodge will follow immediately. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations in her name to The Salvation Army, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947. Inurnment will take place in the Chester District Cemetery.

  An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


  Carol Bentley passed away with her loving family by her side Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Salinas, at the age of 63 after a brief battle with cancer.Carol was generous and loving to her family, friends and dogs.

  Carol was born Dec. 21, 1949, in Santa Cruz. She lived the majority of her life in Santa Cruz County with her husband and daughter and she retired to Chester/Lake Almanor in Plumas County in 2006.

  She was a member of the Class of 1968 at Santa Cruz High School and a member of Job’s Daughters. She worked at Roy’s Market in Felton, Longs Drug Store in Santa Cruz, Wells Fargo Bank in Santa Cruz and found her home working for the county of Santa Cruz as a superior court clerk for the next 20 years.

  Carol married the love of her life, Gary Bentley, and together they raised their only daughter, Christina, in the San Lorenzo Valley area of Santa Cruz.Together they enjoyed participating in the Jeepers Jamboree, camping and water skiing.Carol was an active “soccer mom” as we used to call her and active in all the sporting events Christina was involved in.Carol’s main love and passion went toward her dogs, Bear, Tully, Gunnar, Parker and Bristol.Many of Carol’s family and friends have joked that if they were to be reincarnated they would love to come back as one of Carol’s dogs so they could be loved and taken care of forever.

  Twenty-two years ago Carol was diagnosed with clear-cell sarcoma cancer in her left leg.Carol battled and was a strong cancer survivor for the next 22 years.Then two weeks prior to her passing, Carol was diagnosed with an aggressive carcinoma of the soft issue.

  Carol was preceded in death by her father, Lewis Alcorn; mother, Lois Alcorn; and beloved husband Gary Bentley, all of Santa Cruz County.

  She is survived by her daughter, Christina Gunter, and son-in-law David; two grandchildren, Abigail and Evan, all of Salinas; and brother David Alcorn and sister-in-law Kay, of Lake Almanor.She is also survived by her niece Kimberly Raynal and her husband Raymond, of Ben Lomond; and two nephews, David Skip Alcorn, of Ben Lomond, and Alan Jeffery Alcorn and his wife Tina, of Redding.

  Carol’s wish to not have a memorial service is being respected by her family.The family will have a private ceremony of life where she will be placed to rest with her husband Gary.

  The family requests any donations to be made to the Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, P.O. Box 64, Santa Cruz, CA 95063, or to the Felton Fire Protection District, 131 Kirby St., Felton, CA 95018, in her memory.

  Arrangements are entrusted to Healey Mortuary & Crematory, healeymortuary.com.


  Walter Roode passed away at the age of 99 on Jan. 19, 2013.He was born in Massachusetts on June 8, 1913, and would have turned 100 years old this year.Walter will be remembered for his wonderful no-stress personality, his nearly daily visits to the local Portola drug store for coffee and a little conversation with all that walked the door. Anyone would recognize Walter by his black Stetson hat and his great smile.He will surely be missed.

  He is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Sechrist, of Pennsylvania; a sister, Montiel McCauley, of Massachusetts; a step-daughter, Kathy Swartz; and daughter-in-law Janie McBride.He has many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

    Walter was a World War II veteran and will receive full military honors at his memorial service.

  Due to the weather, including snow and ice, his memorial service will be held in April or May, at which time he will be honored not only as a veteran but as a wonderful father, grandfather and friend to everyone.

  Arrangements entrusted to Manni Funeral Home, Portola.


  Mary Anna Williams, Indian Valley resident since 1947, passed away Jan. 20, 2013, in the presence of her family. Born Feb. 19, 1923, as Marianna Gerspacher, Mary lived on a farm in rural Sublimity, Ore. Her father Joseph immigrated to America from Germany and worked off his passage in Montana before moving to Glasgow where he homesteaded. He returned to Germany and brought Josephine, his wife, back to Oregon where they raised Mary and her five younger brothers. Mary also had a sister, Rose, who died shortly after birth.

  Mary began her working career at the age of 19 for the Minden Lumber Co. in Silverton, Ore. During World War II, Mary worked at Deaconess Hospital in Portland. She was married to Louis John Williams in 1944 by a justice of the peace due to his divorced status, and petitioned the Vatican in Rome, Italy, to grant them a dispensation for a church sanctioned union, which occurred in 1957. Louis and Mary built a logging company with Mary managing the accounts and office tasks. During free time, they enjoyed square dancing in Indian Valley and the Feather River Canyon, and taking trips to the ocean to catch abalone. Both enjoyed performing in community musicals.

  Mary had five children and was pregnant with her sixth when Louis passed away from complications associated with a logging accident. Mary spent the next part of her life providing for her children on her own. She worked at the Head Start program in Crescent Mills for several years, which allowed her to have her infant daughter with her during the day, and then worked for the Plumas Unified School District at Greenville Elementary. She returned to her lumber roots by working for the Cheney Lumber Co. in Greenville, conveniently located down the street from her home, which allowed her to always watch over her children. Mary finished her long career with the National Forest Service as a procurement specialist where she spent 19 years.

  Even while working and raising her children, Mary continued to cultivate both her mind and spirit. She was active in the community choir, sang and danced in numerous musicals, and attended classes at Feather River College. Mary was always an active member of the Catholic Church Altar Society, and was a weekly church lector and Eucharistic minister. While working and after retirement, Mary continued her love of gardening, and she could be found for hours at a time in her yard. She had the most amazing ability to grow anything, even in the harsh Greenville winters.

  Mary will be missed by many: she is survived by her children and their spouses, Raymond Joseph (Terri), Mary Louise, Daniel Blaine (Ruth), Kevin Bryan, Eric James and Twylla Rose (Lance); her grandchildren Erin, Rachael, Natalie and Meghan; and her great-grandchildren Bevin, Joey, Scarlett and Aurora. Mary’s brothers Frank (Lucy) and Joseph preceded her in death. Her brothers Matthew (Ritta), Anthony (Feodora) and George (Margie) and their children will all miss her dearly.

  A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, Feb. 1, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Greenville at noon, with a rosary recited at 11:30 a.m. A reception following the services will be held in the church hall.

  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


  Former businessman and longtime Quincy resident Jerry Dwayne Crump passed from this life peacefully, with his loving family at his side, Wednesday morning, Jan. 23, 2013, from complications from exposure to Agent Orange during his military service.

  Born in Quincy to Jack and Evelyn (Mallotte) Crump on Feb. 1, 1948, Jerry was raised and educated in Sacramento where he attended Hiram Johnson High School.

  In November 1966 Jerry enlisted in the armed forces and following basic training went on to serve his country in Vietnam as a member of the U.S. Army as a light weapons infantryman. He was honorably discharged in November 1968.

  Prior to shipping out to Vietnam he married Vonnie Perkins in a ceremony at St. John’s Catholic Church in Quincy on April 8, 1967. To this union a son and daughter were born.

  Following Specialist Crump’s discharge, the family soon returned to Quincy where Jerry and his wife purchased Spear Dry Cleaners and together operated it until selling in the early 1980s.

  Jerry was a staunch supporter of our veterans and the NRA and was an active member of both the Quincy Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Quincy American Legion Posts as well as being a member of the Elks Lodge. He enjoyed the craft of modeling especially fabricating aircraft and antique autos. As an avid pet lover, he had a special place in his heart for the SPCA.

  In passing Jerry leaves his daughter, Katrina Crump-Buckley, son-in-law Bruce and grandson Wyatt of Savannah, Tenn.; son Matthew and daughter-in-law Heidi Crump and grandchildren Hailey and Maya, of Quincy; along with sister Suzanne Tichenor, of Citrus Heights; and stepfather Larry Lawson, of Quincy.

  He is preceded in death by Jack Crump, Evelyn Lawson and sister Cathy.

  A celebration of Jerry’s life, including full military honors, is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at the Quincy First Baptist Church. Private inurnment will take place in the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon.

  An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com. The family suggests any remembrances in Jerry’s memory be made to any chapter of the SPCA, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.


  Chester/Lake Almanor resident E. Lucille Brodie, 96, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Seneca Healthcare District Hospital in Chester.

  She was born in Muscatine, Iowa, to M.P. and Minnie (TeStrake) Pace on Oct. 7, 1916.

  Lucille is survived by her daughter D. Kay Alcorn, of Lake Almanor; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

  At Lucille’s request no services will take place. Private inurnment will take place next to her late husband, Robert J. Brodie, in Oakwood Memorial Park in Santa Cruz. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

  The family suggests any remembrances in Lucille’s memory be made to either the Christmas Angel Project of the Chester/Lake Almanor Elks Lodge or the Long-Term Care Unit of Seneca Healthcare District, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.


  Joan Marie Babcock, 78, died Jan. 26, 2013, at Hospice House in Paradise.

  She was born to Joseph and Olive McRae on Aug. 3, 1934, near Edmonton, Canada.

  Survivors include her husband, John H. Babcock, of Paradise; sons John A. Babcock, of Chico, and James R. Babcock, of Paradise; daughters Linda M. Little, of Quincy, Barbara L. Sidener, of West Jordan, Utah, and Patricia A. Babcock and Debra J. Babcock, both of Paradise.

  Joan was predeceased by her brothers, Dallas and Gilbert McRae.

  A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m., at Rose Chapel, Clark and Billie roads, Paradise. Graveside services will follow. After the graveside service, a Celebration of Life will be held at the LDS chapel, Clark and Buschmann roads, Paradise.

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