With the unexpected death of Thomas Robin Cook March 4, 2012, in Reno, Nev., we mourn the loss of a wonderful father, brother, uncle and grandpa.
Tom was born May 27, 1957, in Klamath Falls, Ore., to Freddie Lyman Cook and Joy Z. Zaccarilli. He spent most of his youth growing up in the Bay Area.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash. After his honorable discharge, he earned a two-year degree in 1986 from Truckee Meadows Community College. He then traveled to Alaska where he spent several years as a commercial fisherman. Tom then moved to Reno and spent the next 30 years as a very successful upholsterer.
Tom was a very dedicated man, devoting his life to his kids. He loved his family and would do anything for anyone needing help. Although his life was cut short, he will always be remembered for his love and compassion. He was truly a one-of-a-kind guy showcased by his wonderful laugh and giving nature.
He is survived by children Preston Cook and Rachelle Cook; sisters Kathy Montoya and Michelle Penoke-Cook; and brothers Ted Cook and Freddy Cook Jr. Tom also leaves behind four grandchildren: Kyleigh Jones, Kyle Venuti, Hailey Venuti and Freya Cook, all Quincy residents.
“We cried when you passed away, and still cry today. Although we loved you dearly, we couldn’t make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us he only takes the best! Saying goodbye is temporary for he is an angel in heaven with a new beginning. Rest in peace, we love you.”
Kerry Robert Greene, of Palm Desert, and formerly San Diego and Old Station, quietly passed away April 6, 2012, in Rancho Mirage, surrounded by his loving family and his beloved girlfriend Freddie holding his hand, after a truly courageous battle against heart and liver disease.
Kerry was born Nov. 9, 1946, in Duluth, Minn., to Willard (Bill) and Betty Greene. He moved west with his family to Fargo, N.D., at an early age, eventually settling in San Diego, where he grew up, graduating from Granite Hills High School in El Cajon in 1964. He served for four years in the Army, returning to earn an associate in arts degree in 1970 from Grossmont College.
He married Pamela Engelstad in 1972. Eldest daughter Shannon was born in 1979, followed by younger daughter Heather in 1981. He loved to ski, play tennis and hike in his younger years, his passions turning to billiards, backgammon and poker in his later years. Always the sports enthusiast, he loved football (especially his San Diego Chargers), baseball (Padres) and March Madness college basketball. Kerry always had a passion for cars and electronics and, after retiring from his career as an equipment operator with Caltrans and moving to Sun City Palm Desert, he enjoyed his retirement as a member of several clubs including the billiards and computer clubs and enjoyed a renaissance career helping his fellow residents with their computer challenges.
Kerry is survived by his parents, Bill and Betty Greene; his sister, Linda (Don) Stadelli; his loving daughters, Shannon (Robert) Story and Heather (Ian) Upton; and his devoted love and companion, Freddie Rockey.
A celebration of the wonderful life of Kerry Greene will be held Saturday, April 28, in the Ventana Room of the Mountain View Clubhouse, Sun City Palm Desert, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Rev. Walter Lee Trumbo, born May 2, 1918, in Sherman, Texas, to Gertrude and William Walter Trumbo, passed away peacefully April 13, 2012, in Chester at 93 years of age.
He is survived by his wife, Betty, of Chester; children Nancy LaLande, Sue Taxara, Walt Trumbo, Vic Trumbo, Chris Trumbo and Mike Trumbo; and stepdaughters Donna Finley and Mary Conklin. He had many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
He was in the ministry 64 years, pastoring in several Church of God churches and ministering in many more across the United States as well as in several European countries. Everyone enjoyed his unique style of preaching with his special abilities to weave the Gospel message into real life stories. He was also an avid fisherman and loved to be on the water from early in the morning till late in the evening. He will be greatly missed by all.
We would like to thank everyone who has expressed their love and support for him as well as for us over the last several months. We especially want to express our appreciation to his wife Betty (his angel in disguise), as well as the entire staff of Seneca Long-Term Care in Chester, for their loving care and doting attention to his comfort during his final days. And we wish to thank the Lord for answered prayer in that his passing was a peaceful and painless transition from this life into his eternal reward.
A celebration of Rev. Trumbo’s life will take place Wednesday, May 2, at the Westwood Assembly of God Church. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
R.L. Couch, a longtime Greenville resident, passed from this life peacefully, with his wife and family at his side, following a valiant battle with ALS Tuesday morning, April 17, 2012.
Ron was born April 2, 1939, in Hugo, Okla. He moved to Greenville in 1955 where he found employment working at the Twain sawmill. He relocated to Seattle, Wash., in 1968 where he went to work for Boeing Aircraft at their Everett, Wash., manufacturing plant. In 1970, he returned to Greenville and began what became a 31-year career on the railroad, first with Western Pacific in their maintenance department before transferring to the signal department. When Western Pacific was purchased by Union Pacific Railroad, Ron continued to work for them until 1999 when he was offered a buy-out. Ron officially retired in 2001.
Ron was one of 11 children. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Jeanette Couch; a daughter, Cynthia Samara, of Tacoma, Wash.; sons Ronald Couch Jr., of Portola, and Joseph Kaylor, of Snohomish, Wash.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
When Ron was younger, he enjoyed competing locally with his stock car and in later years enjoyed restoring classic cars. He found great pleasure in traveling to Alaska with his wife for the summers and spending time in Florida for the winters following his retirement.
Ron will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.
A celebration of Ron’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.
Willard (Bill) Hubert Richard was born in St. John, N.D., Jan. 10, 1928, and went to heaven with the Lord April 17, 2012, in Greenville.
At the age of 5 he was orphaned and grew up on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota. He fled the orphanage and joined the U.S. Navy and served his country honorably during World War II in a construction battalion with the Seabees.
For most of Bill’s life he worked as an automotive mechanic and was honored for his invention he created to better diagnose car engines.
In his retirement he loved to listen to polka music and do woodworking. He was also an avid fisherman. Through his hobbies he made a great many friends and blessed many people’s lives with his gifts.
Bill was a caring and loving father and grandfather and is survived by Steve Richard, Brenda Maldonado and Juliann Richard, all of Greenville; Robert Richard, of Vacaville; Daisy Piatt, of Sacramento; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He joins his two eldest children, Ellen Cunningham and Michael Richard, both of Greenville, in their eternal home.
His footprint on this world will never be forgotten and his memory will remain with us forever.
A celebration of Bill’s life was held Friday, April 20, at the Greenville Southern Baptist Church. Inurnment with military honors will take place at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
Loren McElroy, 85, died at his home in Oroville Wednesday, April 18, 2012. He was a prominent figure in Plumas County. Loren was the great-grandson of one of the original settlers of Quincy, and lived all of his youth in Meadow Valley and Quincy. He was born May 25, 1926. He married his sweetheart when they were still teenagers and they had been married for 67 years at the time of his death.
Loren joined the U.S. Army at 18 years of age and soon after his marriage left to fight in World War II. Loren and Earline were separated for nearly the first two years of their marriage. Upon returning home, Loren immediately started work driving trucks in the area and eventually returned to his preferred profession of logging. Eventually, Loren went on to own one of the most prominent logging firms of his day in Plumas County, McElroy Brothers Logging, where he worked alongside his brother, George McElroy, until his retirement in 1992.
After their retirement, Loren and Earline moved around Plumas and Butte counties and even lived for a time in Emmett, Idaho.
Loren is survived by his wife, two children, a brother, three grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Meadow Valley Cemetery. Following the memorial service, a celebration of Loren’s life will be held at the home of Melinda and Mark Rother, 2048 E. Main St. in Quincy. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that you consider donations to the Paradise Hospice, 877-8755.
Mildred Hazel LeFevre Janes passed away peacefully April 18, 2012.
She was born in Brookings, S.D., in 1910. She was the last one to survive 11 brothers and sisters. At age 18 she married a man 15 years her senior to get away from home and then left him two months later. She worked as a waitress, putting herself through beauty college in Brookings. She and a girlfriend later decided to take off for the West and headed for Los Angeles. They worked as waitresses and beauticians traveling to Portola, Oregon, Bishop, Los Angeles and San Francisco. They came back to Portola around 1940 and opened a beauty shop there.
She met a miner (Van) from Walker Mine, married him and moved to Walker Mine. She and Van saved enough to take off for Bishop where he worked the mines and she waitressed. After that they moved to Fallon and bought a small cattle ranch. When Van passed away she came back to Portola to be close to her sister Maggie Cullen. She went to work at Cullen’s Market and met and married Herb Janes. They were inseparable for 45 years and when Herb passed away she was lost. She spent the last few years of her life living with their daughter in Reno.
She is survived by daughter Juanita Burrell (David); grandsons Trevor Howard (Laura) and Ben Janes (Lindsie); granddaughter Jennie Schumacher (Kevin); two sisters-in-law, Arline Brown and Norma Janes; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Herb Janes and son Bertram Janes.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent in her name to Eastern Plumas Health Care, in care of Susie Madelelana at 32 Loyalton St., Portola, CA 96122.
Private family graveside services will be held at a later date.
Adrian Jerome Mullen came into this world June 8, 1963, and passed from this life peacefully, at home in Greenville, April 20, 2012.
Born and raised in Chester, Adrian was a 1982 graduate of Chester High School. He went to work for the California Department of Forestry (CalFire) firefighting crew and later for the USFS as a member of Willow Creeks Hand Crew. He went on to attend Lassen Community College where he studied automotive repair. Following college he returned to firefighting as a member of the Tahoe Hotshots stationed at Jackson Meadows. Adrian also worked for the Greenville Rancheria as an archeological site monitor. He later worked throughout Indian Valley as a handyman.
A proud Native American and member of the Greenville Rancheria, Adrian enjoyed the outdoors through fishing, hiking and camping. He had a passion for cooking and he often volunteered to share his passion during family get-togethers. Adrian was an avid Oakland Raiders fan.
In passing Adrian leaves his father, Franklin Mullen; a brother, Douglas Mullen; and sisters Hallie Hugo, Frances (Lisa) Mullen and Sabrina Mullen, all of Greenville; nephews Louis and Cameron Mullen, of Chico, and Adrian Hugo, Adam Mullen and Shawn Mullen, all of Greenville; niece Brittany Mullen, of Greenville; his grandmother, Wilhelmina Ives, of Greenville; aunts Clara Ives, of Chico, Dorothy Miles, of Susanville, and Anita Mullen, of Oroville; and numerous cousins.
He joins his loving mother, Hallie Mullen, in their eternal home.
A wake service will take place Thursday night, April 26, commencing at 7 p.m. and continuing throughout the night at the Full Gospel Indian Mission Church in Greenville. A celebration of Adrian’s life will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, April 27, also at the Full Gospel Indian Mission Church. Interment will take place in the Chico Jim Native American Cemetery. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.