Obituaries for the week of 4/25/2013

Thomas Michael Hafterson

Gordon V. Perkins

Peter Robert Larson

Joseph Lee Kempton

Thomas Charles Hammerson

Pamela Lee Gregory

Mary Sue Harms

  Lake Almanor resident Thomas Michael Hafterson left us to joins his father and brother in their eternal home with the Lord, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Enloe Medical Center located in Chico.

  Born July 24, 1959, in Sonoma, to Russell and Betty (Lyseng) Hafterson, he spent his early years in Sonoma until moving with his family to Chester in 1968 and later to Lake Almanor. He is a 1978 graduate of Chester High School.

  Tom’s Lutheran faith was established at a young age through his parents’ devotion to the church. He had been a longtime member of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Chester. Tom had a special love of the Lake Almanor area and especially enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels around his home as well as taking in stray cats. An avid sports fan, he enjoyed NASCAR.

  In passing, Tom leaves his loving mother, Betty, of Lake Almanor; sister, Joni VerPlanck and her husband Steve, of Chester; brother, Robert of Lake Almanor; his niece Lexie Weathers, of Salem, Ore.; nephews, Casey and Cory Clark, both of Chester; along with his very special companion, his cat “Mouse.”

  He joins his father, Russell and brother David in their eternal home.

  A celebration of his life is planned for Saturday, May 4, 1 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 161 Aspen Street, Chester. Inurnment will take place in the Chester District Cemetery at 2 p.m., Friday, May 3. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


July 24, 1931 – April 9, 2013

  Gordon V. Perkins was a member of Quincy Jr.-Sr. High School faculty from 1956 – 1962. He taught classes in Social Studies and coached school sports programs before moving to the San Francisco area to pursue a career in the educational textbook publishing business.

  After graduating from Bates College of Maine in 1953, Gordon served as an infantry officer in the 1st Marine Division deployed to Korea.

  During his later years, Gordon and his wife served as volunteers at many National and State Parks in the southwest region of the country.

  He is survived by his second wife, Nona; son Scott Perkins, of Sacramento; daughter Gail Gigantino, of Kennesaw, Ga.; grandchildren Holly and Jack Jr.; stepdaughter Tana of Denver, Colo.; and brother Roger Perkins of Auburn.


  With his loving family at his side, Lake Almanor West resident Peter Robert Larson peacefully passed from this life Monday morning, April 15, 2013, at Seneca Healthcare District’s hospital in Chester. Pete, as he was affectionately known, was 74 years old.

  Born in Everett, Wash., on Oct. 9, 1938, to the late Oliver and Elva (Ferdon) Larson he was raised and educated up and down the west coast as the family followed Pete’s father in his career in the oil industry.

  Pete graduated from Chico High School as a member of the “Class of 1956” and went on to attend Chico State for two years before joining the military and serving his country honorably as a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1958-1960. 
Upon his discharge he returned to college attending San Jose State where he graduated with a bachelors degree in accounting and obtained his certified public accountants license.

   He went to work first in the Bay Area and shortly thereafter moved to Sacramento, where he also obtained his masters degree in finance and business education from Sacramento State College. He continued to work as a CPA while also beginning what became a 30-year career in teaching. In 1969, shortly following the opening of Butte community college, he joined their faculty as a computer science and accounting teacher retiring in 1999. During his teaching career he also did consulting and research work in his field. He took great pride in sharing his knowledge with others.

  It is while teaching at Butte Community College he caught the eye of a pretty student, Linda Nelson, an encounter that later led to their marriage in Denali Park, Alaska, on Aug. 25, 1994.

  The couple settled in the Northeastern California community of Lake Almanor West where they were members of Our Savior Lutheran Church.

  Pete had a passion for the outdoors and took part in just about every outdoor activity available, from kayaking to fishing to hiking and camping and enjoyed every moment of his outdoor life. He loved to travel and had a special affinity for the outdoors of Alaska.

  Pete was a commercial, instrument general aviation pilot with a multi engine rating who yearned to add a float plane rating to his certificate. He loved to share his joy of aviation with others especially the youth of the community. Pete was also an automobile aficionado.

  In passing, Pete leaves his loving wife Linda, of Lake Almanor West; sons, Russell Wiseman of Juneau, Alaska, Eric Larson and his wife Asayo, of Columbus, Ohio; daughters, Lecia Kahklen and her husband Keith, of Juneau, Alaska, Julie Klingbeil and her husband Al, of Steilacoom, Wash., and Kristin Price and her husband Alfie, of Juneau, Alaska; his precious grandchildren Oskar, Amber, Abbiegail, Samuel, Katy and Joel; dear cousins Kathleen “Lil Sis” and Mark Toms, of Dallas, Texas; along with longtime dear friend Tom Duffey.

  A celebration of Pete’s life was held April 19, at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel in Chester. Interment will take place in the Tahoma National Cemetery in Covington, Wash.

  An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any remembrances in his memory be made to the Leukemia Research Foundation online at leukemia-research.org or by mail at 3520 Lake Avenue, Suite #202, Wilmette, IL 60091.


  Long-time Quincy resident and retired CHP officer Joseph Lee Kempton (knownby his friends and family as “Joe”) finished his 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s on April 15, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

  He is survived by his wife ofalmost50 years, Lynette Kempton, along with his five children: Kelly Wheaton (Jim), Kristy Cordell (Tom), Kori Kempton, Karyn Kempton and Joe Kempton (Brandi). Also his siblings, Lucille Griffin, James Kempton (Nancy), Patricia Martin (George), and Irene Harden (Patrick).  Also 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  After serving in the U.S. Air Force and completing the CHP academy, Joe and his family movedfrom Southern Californiato Quincy in 1971.  He was not onlya valued and trusted member of the Plumas County Highway Patrol until his retirement in 1991, but he was also a respected member of the community.  Joe and Lynette were founding members of the Meadow Valley Church in 1978 and Joe sat on the church’selder and deaconboard for many years. During his residence in Quincy, Joe also sold real estate and owned  High Techauto body shop.

  Joe loved his community and served it with the same love and integrity with which he cared for his family. While Joe will be missed by many, his family is comforted to know that his bodyand mind are finally made whole again as he rests peacefully in the arms of his Savior.

  A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Meadow Valley Church on May 4, 2013, at 11 am. A reception and time to pay respects to the family will immediately follow.

  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer’s Association: www.alz.org or 800-272-3900 labeled “In memory of Joseph Kempton.” Please send notification to Lynette Kempton at 8592 Pershing Ave., Fair Oaks, CA 95628.


  November 17, 1927 – April 16, 2013.

  Thomas Hammerson was a native of Oakland, and attended Fremont High School. Following high school he enlisted in the Coast Guard where he served for three-and-a-half years, attaining the rating of Radioman 2nd class.

  He worked for a short time for Continental Can Co., Rosefield packing and Forderer Cornice Works. He then went to Pacific Telephone and was there for 33 years and six months. After retiring, he drove a school bus for the New Haven School district and he worked for U-Haul delivering trucks to different rental sites. Tom then moved from Fremont  to Greenville, where he resided for 23 years. He had a heart attack in 1998 and was unable to work again.

  Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hammerson, his brother George and sister Shirley.

  He is survived by Shirley, his wife of 60 years; and four sons, Bruce (Kathy), Glenn, Douglas (Lisa) and Mark. He has three grandsons, Bradley, Richard, and Mark Thomas; as well as four granddaughters, Megan, Jennifer, Rachael, and Jenny. He was blessed with three great-granddaughters, Alyssa, Sylvia and Neveah; and one great-grandson, Sergio.

  P.L. Fry & Son is honored to be serving the Hammerson family. There will be a celebration of life on April 27 at 1 p.m. in Greenville at the Southern Baptist Church. For condolences to the family, an online guest book is available at plfryandson.com (search obituaries). In lieu of flowers, donations to your favorite charity will be appreciated. 

  Pamela Lee Gregory was born Feb. 24, 1952, in San Francisco.  She passed from cancer on March 21, 2013, in Chico. Her brother Rex Rockwell and sister Pandora (Cheney) Valle were with her. 

  Pamela came to Portola in 1960.  She graduated from Portola High School in 1971.  She then attended Chico State University and chose to make Chico her home. 

  We will miss her.

Leonard Frederick

  Leonard Thomas “Tom” Frederick, 73, passed away Monday, April 15, 2013, in Hampton, Va.

  Born in Kilgore, Texas, he was formerly of Livermore and Chester, and has been a resident of the Hampton for the last six years.

  Surviving are his wife Kathleen C. Frederick; four children; a sister; thirteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

  Arrangements are by Berceuse Funeral and Cremation Traditions.


October 4, 1921 – March 22, 2013

  Mrs. Mary Harms passed away March 22, 2013, at Eastern Plumas Healthcare Skilled NursingFacility surrounded by her family.

  Services were held April 6 at Grace Baptist Church in San Jose, with burial following at Oak Hill Memorial Park of San Jose.

  She was survived by her daughter Cheryl Cheney, of Portola, and son John Harms, of San Jose.

  Services were under direction of Manni Funeral Home of Portola.


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