Obituaries for the week of 3/14/2014

Lavonne Santos

Pamela Kay Hooper

Ivan (Lee) Whitehurst

Edwin Ross Timmins

Rodney Noel Lungstrom

    Lavonne Santos was born Feb. 19, 1933, in South Haven, Minn., to Nathan and Grace Oulman. She passed away Feb. 24, 2014, after a short battle with cancer.
    Lavonne graduated from Riceville, Iowa, high school in 1950 and went to work for Bankers Life in Des Moines, Iowa. She followed her dream and moved to California and went to work for Bank of America. She married Chuck Brodt and helped manage Western Marine, the family’s boat business for 15 years. They had two children, Brenda and Brian. Lavonne later married Joseph Santos and moved to Greenville, where they bought the ranch where she lived for the last 45 years. There she worked for First Western and Lloyds Bank from 1969-1987 where she worked her way up to manager. Her last job before she retired was with the Crescent Mills Animal Clinic which she thoroughly enjoyed.
    Lavonne was very involved in her community. She served on the Greenville Hospital Board and was the chairman of Ducks Unlimited for many years. After Joe passed away she enjoyed her ranch with her two dogs and the beautiful wildlife that surrounded her.
    She is survived by her son Brian Brodt and wife Merritt, of Ferndale; their three children Colton, Chase and Callie; her two grandsons Nickolaus Wangsgard and Adam Wangsgard, of Greenville; and by her sister in-law Audrey Oulman of Riceville, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.
    She is preceded in death by her daughter Brenda Bradford, her husband Joseph Santos, her brother Ronald Oulman, her parents Nathan and Grace Oulman and her niece Lavonne Vouske.
    A memorial will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014, 11 a.m., at the Methodist Church in Greenville, with reception following.

    Pamela Kay Hooper passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 25, 2014, surrounded by her children and other family members following a four-month battle with cancer.
    The love expressed by her children, Bryan, Riley (wife Summer), Neal, Crystal (husband Jordan) and Eric, in the days leading up to her death was an inspiration to everyone who witnessed it. Pam’s niece, Kelsha, was also a great comfort to her aunt in helping her through this difficult time.
    Pam joins her parents in heaven, Clayton and Joyce Kreth, but temporarily leaves behind her children, cousins, friends, caring ex-husband Allen (wife Kathleen), and two brothers, Steve Kreth (wife Lucie) and John Kreth, a sister, Glenda Herbert (husband Paul), nephews and nieces, LaRell, Kelsha, Emilie, Amie, Steve, Scott, James, Tim, Laurie, Willie, Carrie, Katie, Ronnie, and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
    Pam was born in Portola, on Nov. 17, 1957. The very talented Pam pursued many interests including sewing, jewelry making, aviation, auto mechanics, motorcycle riding, playing the guitar and piano, singing, horseback riding, hiking, crocheting, gardening, making chainmail and stoneware mugs; she even graduated at the top of her class from Heald Business College. But undoubtedly, Pam’s proudest accomplishment of all is her five children.
    Pam is an endowed member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is very proud that her four boys all served missions for the church, and that all five of her children are also temple endowed. When she died her family found in her wallet a picture of her children and a quote written by her: “If you can teach your children how to feel loved, you have taught them everything.” Pam might not have been rich in the way of worldly possessions, but she brought the only thing she could with her when she left; the love of her family.
    Pam’s first grand-baby, Kensey Kay Hooper, will be born in April and will share her grandma’s name. Pam’s dying wish was for everyone to love one another. She was a great listener and friend and will be missed by everyone who knows her.
    Arrangements entrusted to Manni Funeral Home, Portola.

    Ivan (Lee) Whitehurst, died Feb. 27, 2014, in Reno, Nev.
    Lee was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 18, 1931, to Ivan and Jane (Braniff) Whitehurst. He was a graduate of East Des Moines High School in 1950.
    Lee served in the Army from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean Conflict. He later attended Grandview College in Des Moines and the University of California Los Angeles majoring in accounting. Lee was the assistant controller with Arrowhead Water Company and later the business manager with Mercedes Benz. He was a member of the National Association of Accountants and, upon retiring in 1995, he became a Realtor in Graeagle, most recently at River Pines Realty.
    A lifelong sports fan, Lee also enjoyed canoeing, golf, hiking and he and Sandy were avid dancers all their married life.
    He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Sandy; his children, Richard (Corinna) Whitehurst, of Walla Walla, Wash., Susan (Jim) Smith, of Sacramento, Barbara (Don) Palmer, of Carlsbad, Daniel (Donna) Behnke, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Jeffrey (Kim) Behnke, of Martinsville, Ind., Kendall Behnke of West Covina, fourteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a sister, Helen, of Mesa, Ariz.
    Lee was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Jack and Robert, sisters Josephine, Mary and Mildred and his first wife, Barbara (Ziegler) Whitehurst.
    In lieu of flowers, donations in Lee’s name would be kindly received by the Graeagle Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 64, Graeagle, CA 96103.

    Rodney Noel Lungstrom passed away March 5, 2014. He was an early resident of Blairsden.
    He was preceded in death by his daughter Vicki.
    He is survived by his wife Sherilyn, of Reno, Nev., son Brian, of Blairsden, brothers Richard, of Carmichael, and Cliff, of Sacramento, granddaughters Edin, of Orangevale, and Allison, of Arcata, and his great-granddaughter Taylor Marie Lungstrom.
    Rest in peace, dad; you will be missed.
    Services will be held at Mohawk Cemetery Saturday, March 15, at 1 p.m. for friends and family.

Chester resident Edwin Ross Timmins passed from this life peacefully, Wednesday afternoon, March 5, 2014, under the compassionate care of the staff at Countryvilla Riverview located in Susanville.
    Born August 30, 1930 to the late Bryan and Nina (Bonham) Timmins in Arlington, Texas, Ed was raised and educated in Arlington where he graduated from high school.
    Following his high school graduation Ed enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where he was wounded in action and decorated for his valor while serving his country in Korea.
    Upon his honorable discharge, Ed moved to Susanville, where he enrolled in Lassen Community College. It is here he met a pretty young coed named Georgie Wharton; the couple was later united in holy matrimony at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Westwood. To this blessed union two daughters and a son were born.
    The newly weds settled in Chester and Ed began what became a 35-year career with the Collins Family working at their Chester Mill. He retired in 1985.
    Ed enjoyed spending time in the outdoors where he loved to fish and go woodcutting. He is a former member of the Lumber and Industrial Workers Union Local 3074.
    In passing, Ed leaves his daughters, Terri Fanning and her husband Donald, of Sidney, Mont., and Patricia Bustamante and her husband Frank, of Westwood, a son Albert “Chuck” Timmins, of Chester, along with seven grand- and nine great-grandchildren.
    He is preceded in his passing by his loving wife Georgie in November of 1998.
    A celebration of Ed’s life will take place Wednesday, March 12, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located in Clear Creek. Interment with military honors will take place alongside his wife in the Chester Cemetery. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at www.fehrmanmortuary.com.


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