Obituaries for the week of 7/11/2014

Daniel Delbert Beer

Victor Valentine Bruckner

Jan Emil Donato

Richard A. Lundy

Eugene Lionel Walters

Daniel Delbert Beer passed from this life Tuesday morning, July 1, 2014 following a tragic accident while cutting firewood outside of Meadow Valley.

Born Nov. 27, 1942, in San Francisco, to the late Irwin and Faye (Henderson) Beer, Dan was raised and educated in Redwood City and graduated high school from Woodside High as a member of their"Class of 1960.

Following his high school graduation, Dan worked for a brief period of time alongside his father before beginning an electronics career and entering the fledgling computer field with Intel in 1963.

In 1962 Dan married the longtime love of his life and best friend Arline in a ceremony in Reno, Nev., after being introduced to each other by their parents.

The couple settled and raised their two daughters in Santa Cruz before moving to the northeastern California community of Meadow Valley in 1978. Here Dan took his love and talent for woodworking and opened a business at his home in Meadow Valley.

In 1980 he began what became a 27-year career with Pacific Gas and Electric where he was employed as a hydro-electric mechanic retiring in 2007.

After vacationing in Hawaii for many years, Dan and Arline purchased a home in Pahoa on the Island of Hawaii and the couple had been sharing time at both residences lately. Dan was involved with the Pana’ewa Rainforest Friends of the Zoo, later becoming President of the board. He also participated as a member of the Opihikao Congregational Church of Puna. He loved sharing time with friends and enjoyed taking care of his residences playing Mr. Fix-It, always willing to lend a hand to others. He found relaxation in reading, especially science fiction, and playing his ukulele. Dan was a longtime member of the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local.

In passing Dan leaves his loving wife of 52 years, Arline, of Meadow Valley and Pahoa, Hawaii; daughters Kathleen Wickman, of Sacramento, and Juliet Beer of Reno, Nevada; his precious granddaughter Aspen Wickman; sister Donna Thomas, of Henderson, Nevada, and former son-in-law Peter Wickman, of Quincy.

A private gathering is planned for a later date. Interment will take place 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

The family suggests any remembrances in Dan’s memory be made to the Friends of the Pana’ewa Zoo, Box 738, Kea`au, HI 96749,

Victor Valentine Bruckner died unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep at his home in Portola on Wednesday June 25, 2014 at the age of 76.

Victor was born in the small country town of Henrietta, Texas on February 28, 1938. He was the eighth born of eleven children to parents John and Matilda Bruckner. The family moved to Richmond, in 1941 when news spread that jobs were available in the shipyards due to the war-time needs. The family endured many hard times, but the hardest of all was the tragic untimely death of Victor’s mother, leaving eleven children without a mother.

After the death of his mother, many of the siblings were separated and placed in Catholic boarding schools and foster homes. Victor spent his teen years in the care of Stanley and Mary Trembley, living on a walnut ranch in rural Brentwood. He graduated from Liberty High School in 1956. That same year he met the love of his life, Sally Ann McKeever on a blind date, set up by his best friend Leroy. Victor and Sally were married two years later. In 1959, their first daughter Laurie was born, followed by another daughter, Cynthia in 1961.

The young family lived in Richmond and San Pablo, before moving to Concord, in 1966. Victor worked for California Research as a laboratory assistant, the Berkeley Gazette and then Hostess Cake Company. Before health food became popular, Victor’s house was always the after school meeting place for his daughters and their friends, as there was a special drawer in the kitchen that was always full of Twinkies, Ho-Ho’s and Ding-Dongs for the taking. Most neighborhood kids visited the Bruckner house two or three times on Halloween, knowing they would be getting their bags filled with Victor’s treats. He spent 30 years with Hostess Cake Company before his retirement in 1994.

During these years the family took annual vacations to the Sierra City area and it was Victor’s dream to live his retirement years in beautiful Sierra County. Victor and Sally enjoyed a summer home in Sierra City for several years and in 2002, they moved permanently to Calpine. They spent twelve years in Calpine and moved to Portola four months ago. Victor had a green thumb, and was known for having the most beautiful yard on the street, wherever he resided. The day before his passing, he had worked in the yard, tending to his flowers and newly planted lawn. He purchased nine very large trees that day with the intention of planting them the next morning. These trees will be planted by his family in memory of Victor.

Victor is remembered as the one who always had a good joke to tell. He was an avid cook, gardener, political analyst, horserace handicapper and was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all who loved him.

Victor is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Sally; daughters Laurie (Doug) Peterman of Sierra City and Cindy (Bruce) Baldwin of Delleker; grandchildren, Joe Peterman, Cory Peterman, Rachel Peterman and Emily Baldwin; sisters Tiny (Wayne) Steward, Bonnie Albers and Mary Cook; sisters-in-law, Iva Elizabeth (Dave) Lamberti, Ingrid Bruckner and Chi Bruckner; foster sister, Joann (Ronald) Marshall; foster brother, Leonard (Gloria) Trembley, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Matilda Bruckner; foster parents, Stanley and Mary Trembley; brothers, Clarence Bruckner, Jim Bruckner, John Bruckner, David Bruckner and Leonard Bruckner; sisters, Theresa Palmer and Rosie Lynn.

At Victor’s request, there will be no formal service. Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of your choice.

Jan Emil Donato, 77, of Portola, passed away on June 29, 2014.

He was born on Jan 18, 1937, in Los Angeles, to Victor and Gladys Donato.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Donna, their daughter, Shauna Frasure, and their grandson, Kameron Frasure. He is also survived by his sisters Sharon DiVincenzo, and Yolanda Johnson.

Jan married the love of his life, best friend and companion, Donna, in December of 1960. He moved his family to Portola in 1971, he loved the mountains and the small community. He was known by many and always had a smile on his face in greeting.

At an early age, Jan became interested in machinery and in particular heavy equipment operating and diesel mechanics. He started his own business, Jan Donato Custom Grading, 57 years ago. He loved sculpting the earth with his dozer and he was especially fond of firefighting with his dozer.

As much as he loved his work though, his first love was teaching people about what he learned in the Bible about the hope for the future, and he would talk about this to almost everyone he met.

A memorial service will be held at the Portola Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Saturday, July 12, at 3 p.m. with a gathering to follow at the Memorial Hall.

It is with sorrow that we announce the passing of Richard A. Lundy, known to numerous friends as “Dick” at his Graeagle home on June 15, 2014.

He graduated from Cal State Fresno in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering degree. After several years working with state and local governments, he started his own engineering firm in Graeagle and spent the remainder of his life as an owner and consultant in related activities.

He is survived by his daughter Ann Marie of Penngrove, and preceded in death by his son, Mark.

A celebration of life was held on Saturday, June 28, at the estate of his long time friend, Bob Luciano, of Clio.

Eugene Lionel Walters of Astoria passed away June 2, 2014, at Westhills Assisted Living in Corvallis surrounded by family and friends.

Eugene was born in Greenville July 29, 1936, to Ernest Lionel and Ellen Clarissa Couden Walters.

On June 26, 1957, Virginia Lee Wicker of Berkley became his bride. She will continue to reside at Westhills in Corvallis near their two children, Teresa, of Philomath, and Eric, of Scappoose, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Eugene was a graduate of Chico State University focusing on wood products and business management. He worked for Setzer Forest Products and Long Bell Lumber in California, North Pacific, Boise Cascade and Willamette Industries, finishing his career as Willamette’s Western and Southern Wood Products Sales Manager.

Gene held longtime memberships in the American Plywood Assoc, North American Wholesale Lumber Association, Western Wood Products Association, Elks Lodge, National Rifle Assoc and Ducks Unlimited. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and exploring Oregon’s outback country with his family.

Memorial contributions can be made in his honor to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. A Celebration of Life will be held July 19 at 2:30 p.m. at Mary’s River Park in Philomath.

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