Obituaries for the week of 8/18/2010

Leonard C. Fairburn, 70

Wilburn Edward Cook, 89

Russel Paul Brothers, 76

E. Dwaine Branson, 69

Cleta May Reid, 69


  Leonard (Len) C. Fairburn was born in Ponchatoula, La., May 12, 1940. He passed away at his residence in Lake Almanor, after a brave battle with cancer Aug. 4, 2010.

  Len had a distinguished career in the Marine Corps. He was an embassy guard in Vienna and Baghdad and a member of a special guard for President John F. Kennedy for which he received a Presidential Unit Citation.

  Len served in Vietnam and received numerous commendations and medals. Len spent five years at Fort Knox where he was one of very few Marines to receive an Army Commendation Medal.  Len also served at Camp Pendleton, Tustin Air Base and El Toro Air Base in Orange County.

  In 1980, Len began a 25-year career in real estate, working for Tarbell, Merrill Lynch and Prudential, in Mission Viejo. Len became a broker and was highly regarded and respected for his hard work, honesty, and good character.

  Len retired from real estate in 2006, and with his wife, Shirley, moved to Lake Almanor,  where he enjoyed fishing  and  the outdoor life style of the Northern California mountains. 

  Len was devoted to home, family, community and country. He was a valiant Marine and a strong Christian. Len will be remembered by family, friends and business associates  for his serious dedication  and integrity as well as his mischievous sense of humor and the twinkle in his eye.

  Len is survived by his wife, Shirley; his daughter, Tara Westersten  (John)  and  his son, Jason Fairburn (Kim) and grandchildren Drake Leonard Westersten,  Dean Raymond Westersten and Stella Jean Fairburn.

  A memorial service was held at Newport Center United Methodist Church, in Corona Del Mar, Tuesday, Aug. 17. Graveside services followed at the Garden of Valor at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar.



A long time Beckwourth resident, Wilburn Edward Cook passed away peacefully on Aug. 6, four days short of his 90th birthday.

  He was born in Pueblo, Colo. on Aug. 10, 1920. He was one of seven children.

  He is survived by his four children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also by Maxine Maddalena, his long time companion.

  He was preceded in death by his wife June, three children and six brothers and sisters.

  As a member of the great generation he experienced many adventures such as serving the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC), living through the depression, serving his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II, raising a family and a career with SP Railroad.

  He loved to cook and write poetry. He also played the organ, harmonica, accordian and the bugle. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, VFW, American Legion, the 40&8 club and many others.

  He was a great person with a big heart and will be sorely missed.

  In lieu of flowers the family requests to the Calpine Elks or charity of your choice. A memorial srvice is pending. Arrangements entrusted to Manni Funeral Home of Portola.



  Russel Paul Brothers, died July 28, 2010, at 2:30 a.m. at the Veteran’s Hospital in Reno, Nev. at age 76.

  He was survived by wife, Mary, of 31 years, also a son, Mike Brothers, and a daughter, Linda Brothers, both from Reno, Nev.

  Russel was born in Grand Junction, Colo.

  At Russ’s request there will be no services held. He was cremated.

  E. Dwaine Branson, born Jan. 22, 1941, in Visalia, died in Portland, Ore. Aug. 8, 2010.

  Branson was a resident of Westwood for 12 years, a resident of Quincy for three.  Branson was predeceased by his wife, Barbara, his parents, Emery and Emma Branson and his brother, Harold Branson.

  He is survived by his daughter, Debbie of West Linn, Ore.; his brother, Jerry of Reno, Nev.; sisters Phyliss Reff of Las Vegas, Nev., and Betty Smith of Pleasant Grove, Utah; several nephews and nieces and two grandchildren.

  There will be a private burial in Portland, Ore., Aug. 19, at 3 p.m. and a memorial Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Willamette Christian Church, 3153 S. Brandywine Dr. in West Linn.

  Memorial donations or contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

  Cleta May Reid, 69, died Monday, Aug. 9, 2010.

  She was born July 28, 1941, in Stigler, Okla.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lula McMaster, husband, Glenn Reid, three brothers, James McMaster, Don McMaster and Archie McMaster and two infant sisters.

  She is survived by her son, Glen Reid of Lovelock, Nev.; her daughter, Donna George of Olivehurst; step-daughters, Beverly Reid, Anita Weiss, and Jennifer Beis, all of Arizona; two grandchildren; sisters Jo Newman of Marysville and Joan Robinson of Texas; brothers, Jim McMaster of Quincy, and Jerry McMaster of Yuba City, and numerous nieces and nephews.

  A graveside service will held at Greenville Cemetery in Greenville, Thursday, Aug. 19, at 3 p.m. Pastor Fred Kerr will officiate.

  Services are under the direction of Fehrman Mortuary in Quincy.

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