Obituaries for the week of 7/21/2010

Rodney George Lang, 80

Travis Osburn Anderson, 97

Vernon Henri Moquin, 53



  Rodney George Lang, 80, was born in Elyria, Ohio, Nov. 26, 1929. After a courageous battle with Lewy Body Disease, Lang passed away at home in Green Valley July 11, 2010.

  He is survived by his wife Myrene “My” Lang; sister Joyce Yoo (Dick); his seven children, Susan Webster (Jim), Sharon Lang (Mike), Lori Kocher (Clint), Mark Lang (Sue), Jimi Johnson, Bobbi Wood, Mike Wood (Denise); 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

  He was preceded in death by grandson, Warren Johnson,  and his parents, Floyd and Helen Lang.

  Rodney graduated from Ohio University. He served in the Air Force during the Korea conflict. Rod was an avid golfer and fisherman. New and life-long friends will always treasure and remember his quick wit and sly smile.

  Rod and Myrene moved to Green Valley seven years ago from Graeagle. There will be a Celebration of Life July 24, 5 p.m. at the Grill on the Green, in Green Valley.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Liburn, Georgia 30047, or the Valor HospiceCare and PalliativeCare, 1131 S. La Canada Dr., Suite 103, Green Valley, AZ 85614.



  Travis Osburn Anderson, born Jan. 8, 1913, to Ransom and Mary Surrena (Osburn) in Oaktown, Ind.

  His family moved to Muskegon, Mich., when he was a young boy where he graduated from Muskegon Heights High School in 1931. Travis graduated a year later than the rest of his schoolmates because he had to quit school for a year and go to work to help his family during the Depression.

  He married Violet Ruth Devowe in the Church of God in Muskegon Heights June 24, 1939. There they had two children, Raymond and Janet.

  In 1944 when Travis’ sister, Selma, became ill and was told she would die unless she was moved to a drier climate, Travis built a little house over the back of his truck and put a bed in it, and moved his sister, his parents and his little family to Blythe, so his sister could recuperate in the hot, arid desert.

  There in 1949, they had another daughter, Judy. Travis bought a farm and raised alfalfa, worked at Willis Dairy and drove a fuel truck for Tyson’s Mobile Gas until 1959, when he decided it was just too hot there, and moved his wife and children to a little cabin at Round Valley Lake.

  Violet went into Greenville and bought Travis a new pair of shoes from Mr. Ayoob but didn’t know Travis’s correct size, so Mr. Ayoob said to take two pair and let him try them on and which ever one doesn’t fit, bring it back and pay for the other one, and the town was so cute and Mr. Ayoob was so nice, that they settled in Greenville. 

  Travis worked at the mill, and pursued his new hobby of gold mining. He worked for Cy Hall at his hardware store while holding an insurance license in Investors Diversified Services and studying college courses by mail while Violet became the resident editor of the Greenville Record newspaper.

  In 1983 Violet and Travis moved to Olympia, Washington to be closer to their son, Raymond, and daughters, Janet and Judy, eventually followed them to the Pacific Northwest area. In 1996, daughter Janet passed away and Travis and Violet moved to Seattle to live with daughter, Judy, and Janet’s husband, Ken.

  When Violet died in 2007, Travis moved to Toutle to live with Raymond until 2009, when he became too ill to be cared for at home and entered a nursing home in Longview.

  Travis was a member of the Masons Sincerity Lodge No. 132 in Greenville and served as Master in 1967, and again in 1978. He was a member of the Sincerity Chapter Order of the Eastern Star #53, and served three terms as Worthy Patron in 1967, 1971, and 1972.

  He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Olympia, and served as a Sunday school teacher and church board member in Church of God in Michigan and California.

  Travis was one of the original Lone Scout members and was associated with the Boy Scouts for many years.

  Travis had a photographic memory and could recite poetry books he read and entertained family and friends even into his 97th year.

  Survivors include son Raymond and wife, Clarice, of Toutle, Wash., and their three children and 10 grandchildren, son-in-law, Ken Grover, husband of the late Jann Kyle Grover and their five children and their five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and daughter, Judy, and her three children and five grandchildren.

  Graveside services will be held at Woodlawn-Forest Cemetery in Olympia, Wash., Friday, July 23, at 10 a.m. with graveside service at 11 a.m. Reception to follow at granddaughter Shelly Kyle Anderson’s home in Olympia.




  Quincy resident Vernon Henri Moquin died Sunday, July 11, 2010, at his residence. He was 53 years old.

  He was born in Oakland Sept. 10, 1956.

  In passing Vernon leaves his mother and step-father; Larry and Mildred Dean of Placerville.

  He was predeceased by his brother Michael Vecchio, who died in 1960.

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

  The family suggests any remembrances in Vernon's memory be made to the American Diabetes Association, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.



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