Obituaries for the week of 9/29/2010

Melvin T. Wilkinson, 83
Bruce Leon Ruffner, 75
Alberta C. Reed, 86
Evelyn Gamble, 89

Melvin T. Wilkinson passed away Sept. 16, 2010. He was born Nov. 21, 1926, in Sacramento.

A resident of Cromberg for 22 years after he retired from the motion picture studios, Wilkinson was active in the Quincy Seventh Day Adventist Church, enjoyed walking and living in the Sierras, loved sailing and all types of boating. He was an avid reader and loved children.

Wilkinson is survived by his wife, Loys Wilkinson; his children, Robert Wilkinson, Beth Degraff and Deborah Garner; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held Oct. 16, at the Quincy Seventh Day Adventist Church on East Pine Street at 3 p.m. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice in Wilkinson’s name.


Bruce Leon Ruffner passed from this life peacefully, at his residence in Taylorsville, with his wife at his side, Friday morning, Sept. 24, 2010, at the age of 75. He had fought a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease.

Born in Pasadena, Aug. 29, 1935, to the late Garth and Evelyn (Robb) Ruffner, he spent his formative years in Pasadena graduating from John Muir High School as a member of the Class of 1953.

Bruce went on to continue his education at Oregon State where he obtained his degree in biology and obtained his teaching credentials. Later in life, Bruce obtained his Master’s degree.

Bruce began a fulfilling 32-year career in education, first teaching at Tule Lake High School. Shortly thereafter he transferred to Red Bluff High where he concluded his career as a science teacher in 1989.

He is fondly remembered by his students as a teacher who could make science fun to learn. He was active with the youth as an organizer of numerous science fairs.

While attending Oregon State Bruce met a pretty young fellow co-ed, Anne Mitchell and as their love for one another blossomed the couple was united in matrimony Aug. 25, 1956, in Lake Oswego, Ore. To this union one son was born. Not only did the couple raise a family together, but they taught side by side at Red Bluff for their careers.

Following their retirement the couple relocated to Taylorsville in 1989.

Bruce enjoyed the outdoors through cross-country and downhill skiing as well as hiking. He took great pride in constructing the family's home in Red Bluff as well as remodeling their retirement home in Taylorsville. Bruce was a talented woodworker who also served the community as the Curator of the Indian Valley Museum for ten years.

In passing Bruce leaves his loving wife and best friend, Anne of Taylorsville; son, Garth B. Ruffner and his wife Joy of Granite Bay; stepdaughter, Lisa Cooney of Roseville; brother, Gary of Hood River, Ore., and sister Ann Carolyn Ruffner of San Diego.

Bruce's family would like to pass on a special note of gratitude to Marsha Revenaugh, Hayden and Mike Shutt along with Mark Delizio and his wonderful crew for making it possible for Bruce to live out his final years at home.

A private family celebration of Bruce'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 Bruce's memory be made to either Doctor's Without Borders or High Sierra Animal Rescue, c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

Carson City resident Alberta C. Reed,86, died Sept. 13, 2010.She was born May 22, 1924, in Sweet Springs, Mo.

She is preceded in death by husband Charles F. Reed and son Pete Goodman.

She is survived by daughters Darlene Brabant of Dayton, Jennifer (Daniel) Pendleton of Genoa, and Trina (Mark) Ward of Minden; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

No services will be held.FitzHenry's Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Evelyn Gamble died Sept. 19, 2010 in Flagstaff, Ariz. at the age of 89. She was born July 27, 1921 in Hilo, Hawaii.

Gamble is survived by Jerry Gamble of Flagstaff, Ariz., Lynn Gamble of Portola, one granddaughter and four great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the High Sierra Animal Rescue in her memory.



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