Obituaries for the week of 1/20/2010

Jack Dormand Burke, 89

Patrick Delano Denney, Sr. 

Horton H. (Buz) Honsaker Jr., 73 

Edward Felta “Ed” Manning, 74 

Theda OBera Schneider, 93 

MaryEllen Reese-Oman, 38 

Kathleen Ellen Jeffries  


  Jack Burke died peacefully at Hopwell Residential Care Facility in Reno, Nev., Jan. 6, 2010, after a long illness.

  He leaves his wife of 65 years, Patricia, of Lake Almanor; son and daughter-in-law Jay and Tonee of Houston, Alaska; son and daughter-in-law Jerry and Becky of Alturas; a granddaughter and her husband, Leah and Nate Boltz of Palmer, Alaska; great-granddaughter Anna Grace; and his brother, Charles William, of Solana Beach.

  He was predeceased by his parents John and Jeanette Burke, and brother Donald L. Burke.

  Jack was born in Long Beach Jan. 16, 1920, and moved to San Bernardino in his early youth.There he started his career with the California Department of Forestry in 1937, as a seasonal firefighter.

  In 1940, he received his permanent appointment as a foreman in the San Bernardino Ranger Unit after graduating from San Bernardino Valley College as a forestry major.

  He was promoted to assistant state forest ranger in 1942, and in 1943, he took a military leave of absence to enlist as a private in the Marine Corps.

  He was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant and sent to a Japanese language school to train as an interpreter.

  His last tour of duty was as commanding officer of the Marine detachment aboard the troop carrier USS Ulysses S. Grant.

  He was discharged in 1946, and returned to duty with CDF.In 1947, Burke was promoted and assigned duties as operations officer for the Southern California district of CDF.

  The Korean War re-called Lt. Burke to duty as base fire marshall and commanding officer of the Camp Pendleton Fire Department.

  Discharged as a captain in 1953, he returned to CDF to the important function of fire control and conservation camp coordinator for Southern California.His fire background and experience as a Marine fire marshal, gave him the opportunity of being one of the planners of the state’s first full scale fire research programs for wild land fires.

  Project “Operation Fire Stop” was a research and development study located on 3,000 acres of Camp Pendleton.Fire behavior, fire control applications and fire method studies were conducted by the California Department of Forestry, U.S. Forest Service, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles City Fire Department Civil Defense, other fire agencies and many private companies.

  As field operations officer for “Fire Stop” Jack coordinated field activities of these organizations from which came development of helicopters, air tankers, fire weather forecasts, fire retardants and other aids to forest fire fighting.His last assignment was a unit ranger of the Lassen/Modoc CDF.He retired in 1980.

  Jack was a member of California Fire Chiefs Association, California Rural Fire Association, Southern California Association of Foresters and Fire Wardens, Western Fire Chiefs Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

  He served on the Lake Almanor Country Club’s board of directors, the LACC water board, the LACC fire commissioners and was the LACC forester for several years.He also served as ski patrol leader of the Lassen Park Ski Area.

  A memorial celebration of Jack’s life is planned for spring 2010.



  Patrick Delano Denney Sr., a former resident of Graeagle, CA, passed away Jan. 6, 2010.

   He was a resident of Fort Morgan, AL, and leaves behind his wife of 16 years, Nancy Denney. He was the son of Mary Conner Terrell and Aubrey Welsh Denney, who preceded him in death. 

  He is survived by his sons Patrick Denney Jr. and Richard Denney; daughter Theresa Camp; stepsons Robert Raubach and Barclay Raubach; brother Aubrey Denney; sisters Marie Devery and Teresa Denney; eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 

  He was preceded in death by his brothers Richard Denney and Herbert Denney.

  Del was a native of Mobile, AL. He joined the United States Coast Guard, which took him to Benicia, CA. He then moved to the Quincy area where he built his first home. After 33 years, he retired from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and he and his wife moved to Fort Morgan, AL, where he built their home. During his retirement, he worked at the Peninsula Golf Course in Gulf Shores.

  Del was a genuinely kind-hearted and patient person, who was always quick to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He enjoyed many activities in his lifetime including sailing, fishing, hunting and whatever else he could do to spend time outdoors. He will be greatly missed by all.

  Donations may be made to the Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department, 12105 State Highway 180 West Gulf Shores, AL 36542. Services were held Friday, Jan. 15, at the Pine Rest Funeral Home, Foley, AL.


  Buz passed away of double pneumonia on Jan. 10, 2010, in Lake Havasu, Ariz., where he and his wife, Judy, have wintered since 1991.

  Buz was preceded in death by two infant sons and his parents, Horton and Lucy Russell Honsaker. 

  Buz was born in 1937, raised in Altadena, and later graduated from Stanford with an engineering degree. He went to work for Pacific Telephone upon graduation and had a wonderful 30-year career.

  Buz and his family moved with the company throughout California as well as to New Jersey and Illinois. While living in New Jersey, Buz obtained his MBA from Pace University in New York City.

  Upon his retirement in 1989, Buz and Judy moved to Lake Almanor, where they built their home. 

  Buz is survived by his wife, Judy; sons Eric (Alli) Honsaker, Mike (Tammy) Honsaker; daughter Julie (Marty) Moran; sister Nancy (Charlie) Plows and brothers Bill (Marion) Honsaker and Russ (Barbara) Honsaker.  Buz was so proud of his many grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great-granddaughter. 

  A memorial service will be held at LACC May 14, which would have been Buz and Judy’s 50th anniversary.

  Donations may be given to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix or to the American Diabetes Association.  


  Former Quincy resident, Edward Felta “Ed” Manning, 74, of Williams, Ore., died at his home Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.

  A graveside service with military honors was held Jan. 18, at Gotcher Cemetery in Williams. Chapel of the Valley–L.B. Hall Funeral Home handled arrangements.

  Ed was born Dec. 6, 1935, in La Puente, to Edward and Grace Manning.

  For nine years, he served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1964.

  He married Janine Cole who survives him, Oct. 12, 1975, in Quincy.

  He had worked for the Western Pacific Railroad in California and had owned M & M Tire and Feed in Quincy.

  He and his wife moved to Williams, Ore., in 1976. From 1977, until he medically retired in 1992, he worked for the Josephine County parks department as a park ranger.

  He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed his family, building things on a grand scale and Sunday driving trips.

  In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Alaina Loughridge of Tybee Island, Ga; two sons Allen Bricker of Vancouver, Wash. and Richard Wade of Portland, Ore.; two sisters Mary Abbott of Florida and Gerry Manning of West Covina; four brothers Andy Manning of Napa, Dale Manning of Shingle Springs, Ray Manning of Jerome, Idaho and Roy Manning of Grants Pass; and two grandchildren.


  Portola resident Theda OBera Schneider passed from this life peacefully, under the loving and compassionate care of those at Eastern Plumas Health Care's Skilled Nursing Facility, early Wednesday morning, Jan. 13, 2010.

  Born May 5, 1916, in Midlothian, Texas to the late Thomas and Edna (Morgan) Fields, it is there she was raised and educated.

  While visiting relatives in Nebraska she met and later married a young farmer, Henry “Hank” Schneider in November 1934, and to this union four daughters were born.

  During the Depression years, they resided in Longview, Texas, where daughters, Nancy and Martha, were born. In 1940, the family moved west to operate a local garage and gas station in Blairsden and while residing there, daughters Patricia and Susan, were born in Portola.

  Following the start of World War II, the family moved to Marin County to work in the shipyards. After the war moved to Mill Valley, where the family continued to be raised.

  Following Hank’s death in 1972, Theda returned to northeastern California where she bought a home in Portola and enjoyed the small town life. For the past five years, she has resided at the Skilled Nursing Facility of Eastern Plumas Health Care.

  Theda's passion in life was her devotion to her family; she found great pleasure in being able to provide for them.

  In passing Theda leaves her loving daughters, Nancy and her husband Dennis DeSousa, Martha Baskett Schneider and Patricia Grinols Kacharos, 13 grand- and 15 great-grandchildren.

  She joins her husband, Hank, and daughter, Susan Jane Scheiner, in their eternal home.

  Private family inurnment will take place alongside her late husband in Cypress Hill Memorial Park in Petaluma. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

  Any remembrances in Theda's memory may be made to the Skilled Nursing Facility of Eastern Plumas Health Care, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.


  MaryEllen Reese-Oman, 38, died from a congenital heart condition in Everett, Wash., Jan. 5, 2010.

  She was born Aug. 18, 1971, in Hanford, to James and Barbara (Rumler) Reese.

  In passing MaryEllen leaves her children Joshua and Sarah Nunley, of Entiat, Wash., her mother, Barbara Anne Reese, of Quincy; brother Richard E. Reese Jr. of Wisconsin, twin brother, James M. “Jimmy” Reese, of Quincy; sisters Doris Burleson of Quincy, and Oleta Sue Reese of Oroville, Wash.

  A celebration of MaryEllen's life was held Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Quincy Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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

  The family asks that any remembrances in MaryEllen's memory be made to either Jimmy or Barbara Reese, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53 Quincy, CA 95971, to help defray the cost of her final wishes.


Casper John Sheets

  Casper John Sheets, 80, of Graeagle, died Jan. 8, 2010, in Reno, Nev.

  He was born Feb. 28, 1929, in California, Pa.

  Survivors include his wife, Louis Sheets; sons Barry Sheets and Jeffrey Sheets; Debra Kent, Greta Hill and Arden Gillberg.

  No services are scheduled.

  Memorial donations may be made to the Graeagle Community Church.



  Kathleen Ellen Jeffries died at her home in Quincy Monday, Jan. 11, 2010. She had a short but courageous battle with cancer.

  She was born in Alameda to California natives John and Margaret (Sullivan) Marlar.

  Survivors include her husband, Richard, of Quincy, and her sons, Ryan Montgomery Combs of Raleigh, N.C. and Marcus Dalton Combs of Reno, Nev.

  A private family celebration of Kathy's life will take place at a later date.

  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 Kathy's memory be made to either Plumas Community Hospice or the American Cancer Society, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.




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