Obituaries for the week of 3/21/2014

William E. “Bill” Dore

May Hsu Locke

Emma Leona (Winters) Jolley

Richard E. “Gene” Cessna

Virgil H. Dorr

Longtime Quincy resident William E. “Bill” Dore, 87, passed away on Jan. 11, 2014, at Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev.

Bill will be remembered by those who knew him for his sense of humor and quick wit. So, it will come as no surprise that one of the last things he told his family before he left this life to be reunited with his wife, Gwen, was “…be sure to tell them I went kicking and screaming.”

Bill was born Feb. 11, 1926, in Sydney, Mont., to Myrel and George Dore. After high school graduation, he attended Montana State University in Bozeman. He joined the Army Air Corps and served in Guam, working on B-29s during World War II. In 1950, he married Gwendolyn McKay, with whom he shared 53 years of marriage and raised four children. In 1957, he graduated from U.C. Berkeley’s School of Optometry.

In 1959, the young family moved to Quincy where Bill purchased an optometric practice. Bill loved the area and his work and opened additional offices in Chester and Portola to serve those communities as well. He continued to care for his patients needs for well over four decades.

Bill was very active and involved in the community. He was a member of the Quincy Rotary Club for more than 40 years, the Quincy Elks Lodge, the Plumas County Chamber of Commerce and the Las Plumas Del Oro Chapter of E Clampus Vitus.

He was a supporter of Quincy High School athletics, Feather River College’s Rodeo Team, the Feather River Fins, the Plumas County Fair, the Plumas County Museum and the library.

Bill was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and exploring the backroads of Plumas and surrounding counties. He was a founding member of the Eagle Lake Association and charter president of the Spanish Creek Crawdad Club.

Bill also loved a good game of cribbage. One recent highlight for Bill was finally winning the Holiday Classic cribbage tournament in December 2013. He was quick to point out that it only took him 47 years to finally claim the winner’s title.

His parents, wife Gwen, one grandson and one great-grandson preceded Bill in death.

He is survived by his four children: Daughters Barbara (Tigger) Wickel and husband Jim, of Missoula, Mont., Beverly (Becky) Turney and husband Dan, of Sandy, Utah, Katharine (Katy) Dore and husband Steve Davis, of San Luis Obispo, and son Douglas (Scruff) Dore, also of San Luis Obispo. In addition, he leaves behind 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. His brother Jerry, from Pleasanton, and sister Marlene Griffith, from Faith, S.D., also survive him.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held July 10 at 7 p.m. at Pioneer Park. Bill’s family request that in lieu of flowers, donations in his memory be made to the Plumas County Museum, 500 Jackson Street, Quincy, Ca 95971. His family can be contacted through his daughter Katy Dore at 2606 Helena Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.




May Hsu Locke passed away on Feb. 28, 2014, at her home in Quincy, after a life full of adventure. What took her in the end was cancer, but it was not what defined her. She was an example of a life lived with courage. Her experiences gave her a certain wisdom that she shared often with her children. One in particular, however, she may have taken guidance from herself — “When the sky falls on your head, use it as a blanket.”

May was born Hsu Huoy-Jiun, in Gangshan, Taiwan, and she emigrated to the United States to attend college. She and her husband, Tom Locke, met at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where she was pursuing her Masters in Computer Science. She was sold on Tom the day he located her lost keys on the beach using a gigantic computer hard drive magnet tied to a rope. Soon after, they were married and had three children.

May and her family moved to Quincy in 1985. In 1988, she started as a proof operator at Plumas Bank, and by the time she retired in 2012, she achieved the position of vice president of the technology services group. Outside of work, May enjoyed growing 10-lb zucchini squash in her garden and expanding her collection of Japanese maples. Over the years she took on a number of hobbies including Toastmasters, painting, and even woodworking. However, her children believe that her favorite hobby was giving them unsolicited advice based on tips from Dr. Oz.

May was diagnosed with cancer in 1996 and it didn’t slow her down. Her cancer was an opportunity to make lasting friendships with people at the City of Hope National Medical Center. It was a chance to fly over California nearly 300 times with the pilots of Angel Flight West to see her oncologist. It was a chance to indulge at countless restaurants in Southern California with her sister and brother-in-law, Laura and Clarence Young.

Her cancer left her family with an impressive collection of band-aides, salves, hats and shoes, but that is not what they will remember. They will remember her endless optimism and stubbornness in the face of treatment after treatment. These qualities continue to compel her family and friends to face their own adversities with strength and conviction. Her children leave her with this message, “Mom, the sky has fallen and this blanket feels very empty without you here. We will all miss you so very much.”

May Locke is survived by her husband, Tom, her three children, Ivan, Melissa and Gavin, and her four grandkids, Finn, Greta, Penelope, and little Henry. Her siblings Donna, Laura, Betty, Jack and Steve also survive her, as do countless nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews who reside across the world.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in May’s memory to Angel Flight West, angelflightwest.org/.



Emma Leona Jolley was born on April 30, 1918, in Newport (Jack County) Texas, to Charles E. (Pat) and Mary E. Winters.

She left us on March 7, 2014, in Highland.

Emma is preceded in death by her loving husband, Jay L. Jolley, son Charles Grant Jolley, daughter Marilyn Jolley Graesser, two brothers and a sister.

She moved to Southern California shortly after marrying Jay in 1937. Worked in the aircraft industry during WWII while Jay was serving in the U.S. Navy. She was a member of the Eastern Star for almost 70 years.

Jay and Emma moved to Orland in 1956, where they lived until after Jay died in 2000, at which time Emma moved to Chico for three years, then to Quincy for four years, back to Chico and finally back to Southern California in 2012, to spend the remaining years with her southern California family.

She is survived by her son, Richard J. (Dick) Jolley, of Quincy; sister Thelma Reeves of Hurst, Texas, 14 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, 17 great-great-grandchildren and too many nieces and nephews to count! How blessed she was to enjoy five generations of family.

In her active years she enjoyed fishing, all kinds of needlework, Eastern Star involvement and the dearest thing to Emma’s heart was spending time with family. You will truly be missed. You were definitely one of a kind.



Gene Cessna, Naval machinist mate, WWII veteran, carpenter, contractor, wood artist and architect, father, and a husband of 43 years to Diana Cessna, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2014, in Palm Desert, at the age of 88.

Gene was born Feb. 25, 1926, in Cumberland, Md., to Curtis and Marion Cessna who were from Bedford, Pa., and later migrated to Los Angeles and Reno, Nev. Gene went to school in Los Angeles, but left early to join the US Navy during World War II, where he served in the Pacific Theatre and even witnessed the signing of the peace treaty with Japan while aboard the USS Hawkins.

While in Reno, Gene worked in the building trades as a carpenter, draftsman and contractor, pioneering innovative construction techniques that are still used in the industry today. He was a skilled archer and deer hunter, winning awards in both, and a stock car racer.

His first marriage, to Irene Boni of Tonopah, produced two children — son Cary and daughter Gerene — and many friends and memories.

His marriage to Diana Hultberg, in 1971, resulted in the move to Graeagle, where he established the Gene Cessna Construction Company and became known for his impeccable honesty and the motto “Square, Level, and Plumb.” Gene designed and built the original Plumas Bank, directed construction of Graeagle Community Church, and designed and built numerous custom homes in the Graeagle, Quincy and Portola areas of northeastern California. He was very proud of these achievements and grateful for the people who had faith in him.

He and Diana enjoyed 20 years in the Graeagle area, raising Edie, Randy and Danny, all Portola High School graduates.

Retirement took them to Thousand Palms, where they enjoyed the desert life at Tri Palms Estates, serving on the homeowner’s board, and competing in shuffleboard and golf. Gene was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters. He is survived by sister Barbara Wilson, of Victorville, wife Diana, and his children, Cary Cessna, Gerene Cessna, Edie H. Chapman (Ed), Randy Hultberg (Cerise), and Dan Cessna (Dee). He also leaves behind grandchildren Brandon and James Cessna, Ian and Elizabeth Chapman, Amber Hultberg, and several nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank Palm Desert Senior Living, the Johnson family, and those caretakers who cared for Gene in his final days.

Services will be held at noon on Friday, March 21, at Forest Lawn Mortuary in Cathedral City.



America lost another of the “Greatest Generation,” Sgt. Virgil H. Dorr, March 15, 2014, in Meadow Valley, to pneumonia.

Virgil was born on Aug. 29, 1919, in Glasgow, Mont., the third of five children and spent most of his childhood in Great Falls, Mont.

After graduating from Great Falls High School Virgil joined the Navy in 1938 and was the “Top Man” in his Navy Recruit Training Class. Virgil was given a medical discharge because of severe seasickness in 1939. Upon his Navy discharge, he immediately joined the Army. Prior to the start of WWII, he was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone as an artilleryman. This is where he joined the famed 82nd Airborne’s GOYAs 551st PIB. Virgil made four combat jumps with the 551st in Sicily, Italy, France and Belgium. Sgt. Dorr fought in the Battle of the Bulge where the 551st had 85 percent causalities and, according to the unit’s Presidential Unit Citation, “On 4 January, the battalion conducted a rare fixed bayonet attack of machine gun nests that killed 64 Germans” near Dairomont, Belgium.

Virgil was also an accomplished boxer and was All Services Welter-Weight Champion and as a pro was California State Welter-Weight Champion. 
After WWII Virgil settled in the Lakewood/Long Beach, area where he had been stationed while in the Navy.

After earning an AA in Accounting at Long Beach City College, he married the love of his life Ina in 1948. Ina and Virgil were married for 57 years until Ina’s passing in 2005. They had three daughters, 11 grandchildren, 13 great- grandchildren and 7 great- great-grandchildren. Virgil was a CPA and was the Controller for several large printing companies over a 40-year career and after retirement moved to Meadow Valley in 1986.

Virgil was predeceased by his wife Ina, daughters Cleta Ross and Faye “Cleo” Flanery and grandson Corey Bolt.

He is survived by sister Betty Voytoski, daughter Joanne Bolt (Hank), grandchildren Debbi (Fred), Chuck (Bev), Cathy (Carl), Kerry (Don), Vicki (Jerry), Chris (Pam), Shawn (Maritsa), Scott (Stacy), Jason (Robin) and Stacy (James) along with 13 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren.

A time of visitation will take place Thursday evening, March 20, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel-Quincy. A celebration of Virgil’s life will take place at 11 a.m., Friday, March 21, at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel-Quincy. Interment, including military honors, will follow, alongside his late wife in the Meadow Valley District Cemetery. 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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