Obituaries for the week of 6/20/2013

Barbara T. Hermo 
Luke Sheehy
Dolores “Molly” Magee
Harold “Wayne” Gilliland
Warren A “Warrnie” Gorbet
Linda Leonhardt
Alene McCollum
Henry Alexander “Hank” Scally III

Barbara T. Hermo 

Chester resident Barbara T. Hermo died suddenly at Seneca Health Car District's Hospital, Friday, June 7, 2013, at the age of 80.

She was born in Wichita, Kan., on Nov. 12, 1932, to the late Glenn and Mary (Hitchcock) Terry. 

In passing Barbara leaves her daughters, Rayna Hermo, of Meadow Valley, Donna Jackman, of Livermore,  Kim Cox,  of Susanville,  and Terri Brown, of Reno, Nev., a brother, Larry Terry, of Diamond Springs; sister, Mary Webster, of New Harmony, Utah; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Private family services will take place at a later date. Interment will take place in the Westwood Cemetery. The family asks that any remembrances in Barbara’s memory be made to the Long Term Care Unit of Seneca Health Care District, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


Luke Sheehy

Smokejumper Luke Sheehy died June 10, 2013, as a result of injuries received on a wildfire on the Modoc National Forest.

Two memorial services are scheduled:

Walker Mansion Inn, Westwood, 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22; and 

Redding Civic Center, Redding, 1 p.m. Sunday, June 23. 

California Smokejumpers honor guard accompanied Luke as he flew from Modoc to the Susanville Airport Tuesday, June 18. 


Dolores “Molly” Magee

Molly died Saturday morning, June 15, 2013, in Portola. 

A visitation will be held at Manni Funeral Home of Portola Wednesday, June 19, from 6 to 8 pm. Funeral services are Thursday, June 20, 11 a.m. at Manni Funeral Home. Burial will be following at Whispering Pines Cemetery.


Harold “Wayne” Gilliland

Harold Wayne Gilliland passed away at age 73 on June 7, 2013, in Bakersfield. His memorial service was held on Saturday, June 15, at the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel in Tehachapi. A private burial will be held at a later date.

Wayne, a Tehachapi native, was born Aug. 22, 1939, the fifth child of Simon and Marie Gilliland. The family moved to Bakersfield in 1954. Wayne enjoyed sports, lettering in football and track while at Bakersfield High School, graduating in 1957. 

Wayne joined the United States Army and served his country from 1958 – 1960. Wayne met Karen Jones at Stan’s Drive-In, in June 1960, and they were married on July 1, 1961. 

Wayne worked at the east Bakersfield Post Office as a mail carrier from 1960 through 1964. 

He began his career with the California Highway Patrol in August 1964. He worked with the CHP in Bakersfield through 1978, and then transferred to Quincy. 

Wayne retired from the CHP in 1982. Wayne also earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Bakersfield. 

Wayne and Karen moved to Reno, Nev., in 1982, where he became an agent for the Nevada Gaming Control Board. He retired from the Gaming Control Board as a senior agent in 1997. 

He then started and ran his own consulting firm, International Casinos Surveillance Network, from 1997 until selling the business and retiring for the final time in 2004. Wayne and Karen moved to Tehachapi from Reno in 2004, and Karen currently resides in Bear Valley Springs.

Wayne enjoyed fishing, hunting, and was an avid sports fan. He loved listening to Vin Scully and rooting for the Dodgers. He was a huge Rush Limbaugh fan and a staunch conservative. Wayne coached youth baseball, was president of the Quincy High School Booster Club, and a member of the Kiwanis Club while living in Reno. He was also a big fan of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, enjoying their movies and what they stood for.

Wayne was married to the love of his life, Karen, for 51 years. He was a proud father to Scott, Robin and David; and a proud “Papa” to his grandchildren, Kylie, Kasie, Garret, Leah, Jason and Kristopher. He was a proud father-in-law to Heidi, Billy, and Kristin.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Karen; his children and in-laws, Robin and Bill Wight, David and Kristin Gilliland, and Scott Gilliland; grandchildren, Kris, Jason, Leah, Garret, Kasie, and Kylie; siblings and in-laws, Gene and Allison Gilliland, Lois and Curt Madding, Merle and Betty Gilliland, and Greg and Caroline Gilliland. 

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Simon and Marie; his sister, Eileen Swaffer; his brother, Jimmy Gilliland; and his daughter-in-law, Heidi Gilliland.

Donations may be made in his memory to the CAHP Widows and Orphans’ Trust Fund, 2030 V Street, Sacramento, California, 95818. Wood Family Funeral Service is handling the arrangements. For condolences visit woodmortuary.net. 


Warren A “Warrnie” Gorbet

Warren A. Gorbet (Warrnie) died June 8, 2013. He was born Jan. 23, 1936, near Crescent Mills, on what is known as the Gorbet Ranch. 

He graduated high school in Quincy and went on to attend Sacramento City College and Feather River College.

Warren joined the Marine Corps in November of 1955 where he played regimental football and competed as a member of the Judo Team. He joined the 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division and took care of a small Mongolian horse from Korea known as Sargent Reckless. He then joined Force Recon and was on the ground floor of the specialized training that has been adopted by the Navy Seals and Special Forces of today.

In 1968 he started Indian Head Logging Incorporated headquartered in Greenville. Indian Head Logging contracted falling crews in California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho and Montana. At one time Indian Head employed more than one hundred people including several family members.

He was a founding member and chairman of The Maidu Cultural and Development Group; founding member and vice-chairman of The Round House Council; founding member of Forest Community Research; founding member of Feather River Land Trust; master and member of the Indian Valley Grange; and tutor for the Johnson O’Malley Program for Indian children and schools. Member of: Association of California Loggers; (Lifetime) National Rifle Association; Marine Corp League; Marine Corp Association; Greenville Chamber of Commerce; California Sheriffs Association; Republican National Committee; Republican U.S. Senate Task Force and Millennium Supporter of Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

Warren leaves behind his loving wife Krisi; children Kathy/Ed O’Hara, Mike, Gabe, Mary/Orphie Pierson, Mia/David Van Fleet, Damian, Philomena/Alonzo Gariepy, Regina/Dale Shelley, Nick, Gabe and Sam Frank; grandchildren Mary, Brigid, Edward, Shane, Erin, and Mia O’Hara, Michael Gorbet Jr; Patrick, Theresa, Catherine, Gregory, and Gabriel Pierson; Hannah, Eric, and Camille Van Fleet and Ancel Gariepy; great-granddaughters Savannah and Stella.

Warren is preceded in death by his parents Virgil and Mattie along with sister Bertha Bunch and brother Norman Long. 

He is survived by brother Daryl/Sherry Long, sisters Alberta/Don Freemyers, Mildred Long, Ramona Sannar and brother Elmer/Theresa Long.

Services with military honors will be held at the Gorbet Ranch on June 22 at 10 a.m. followed by a meal (potluck). A Rosary and Requiem Mass will be held at the Gorbet Ranch on Friday June 21 at 5 p.m. (Ladies dress code includes head covering, arms covered to the elbow and skirt or dress five inches below the knee).

Education in Native American culture was Warren’s lifelong passion, so a scholarship in his name will be set up by the Round House Council at their Indian Education Center in Greenville. Donations will be accepted by a phone call to 284-6866 or mailed to P.O. Box 217, Greenville CA 95947. 

An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


Linda Leonhardt 

Longtime Quincy resident Linda Leonhardt passed away peacefully in her sleep in Quincy on June 9, 2013, at the age of 72. 

Born in Quincy on April 11, 1941, to the late Ernest and Marie Leonhardt she was the oldest of five brothers, Dan, Eric, Kris, Charles and Patrick Leonhardt, and one sister, Sheila Cottrell.

Linda’s career began with the State of California in Sacramento where she worked for over 20 years and culminated with 10 years at Feather River College where she retired in 1991.

Volunteer services included various organizations but she was most proud and enthusiastic of assisting the FRC Rodeo Team where she was an advisory board member and community host for students. QHS’s Golden Grad and Senior Projects activities were also favorites. She was involved with Xi Gamma Zeta Sorority, the ALIVE program and an election/voter worker for many years.

In passing she leaves daughters Teri Blatter and Nancy Beck, son-in-law Harry Blatter, as well as three “perfect” grandchildren Kylee, Logan and McKenna Beck. A special friend, Bob Beltran, and Linda’s five nieces, four nephews and the “grands” brought much joy to her throughout her life.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 22, at 11 a.m. in the Tulsa E. Scott Building at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, 204 Fairgrounds Road, Quincy. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: FRC Foundation/Rodeo, attn: Jesse Segura, 570 Golden Eagle Ave, Quincy, CA 95971.


Alene McCollum

Alene McCollum died June 10, 2013.

Born in Roosevelt, Okla., April 25, 1927, to Buel and Vallene (McKelvey) Alexander, Alene came to California in 1937 when her father found work at the lumber mill in Loyalton. 

Attending Loyalton Grammar School she met her future husband, Jim McCollum. Alene and Jim were married at the young age of sixteen. 

After Jim’s stint in the Navy during World War II, they started a family and a career in the lumber industry.

Throughout their marriage of 68 years Jim was bigger in stature, voice and stories (both by and about), but behind every great man stands a woman, in this case a tiny quiet woman, quick to share a laugh or hug. It was Alene, stay-at-home mother, who provided the support on all fronts for the many, many accomplishments in their lives. A true partnership in all things. 

Alene excelled as wife, mother, grandmother, auntie and friend. For the wonderful part in the lives of so many, she was the tiny little woman we all looked up to.

She is survived by daughter, Carol Hilton (John); son Keith; daughter, Paula Toten (Jim) and daughter-in-law, Glenda. She leaves nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. 

Alene was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter Leslie Toten; sister, Jeannette Lombardi; brother, Kenneth Alexander and her loving husband.


Henry Alexander “Hank” Scally III

Chester resident Henry A. “Hank” Scally III passed from this life peacefully, Wednesday evening June 12, 2013, at his residence following a long and courageous battle with polymyositis. His loving family was at his side.

Born May 12, 1928, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late Henry Jr. and Lillian (Martin) Scally, he was raised in East Orange, N.J. where he graduated as a member of Clifford Scott High School’s “Class of 1946.” Following his high school graduation Hank as he affectionately became known, worked as a tree trimmer for a period of time before entering the armed services, serving as a member of the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1949-1953. Upon his discharge, Hank began a career as an electronics engineer during the infancy of the computer industry with Bell Labs. He married Francis J. Johnson in 1950 and to this union five children were born. He re-entered the armed forces again, serving with the Navy from 1955 – 1959 returning to the electronics industry. His union with Francis later ended in divorce.

In 1966 the Lord called him to shepherd the flock of the Chester Wesleyan Church and Hank served as their pastor until 1971. He then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to work as a mechanical engineer with Silican Materials and later Ametek, transferring to their Pennsylvania location in 1986 and retiring from the company in 1990.

In 1978, Hank married the love of his life, Barbara, in church in Chester on Sept. 23, 1978.

Hank was an accomplished craftsman with wood who especially enjoyed producing clocks and furniture as well as constructing and flying model airplanes.

In passing Hank leaves his loving wife Barbara, of Chester; sons, Henry IV of Albuquerque, N.M., Christopher “Kevin” and his wife Sherrie, of Spring Valley, Jonathan and his wife Sylvia, of Lakeside, and Seth and his wife Rebecca, of San Diego; his daughters Melissa and her husband Jeff Drescher, of Santee, and Luann Rucker and her husband James, of Chester, along with seven grandchildren.

He joins his sister Marian in their eternal home with the Lord.

A time of visitation will take place from 1 p.m. to service time, Saturday, June 22, at the Chester Wesleyan Church. A celebration of Hank’s life will follow at 2 p.m. at the church with burial to include military honors to take place in the Chester District Cemetery. 

The family asks that any remembrances in Hank’s memory be made to the Building Fund of the Chester Wesleyan Church c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947. 

An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

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