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Wallace Sherman Orcutt

December 19, 1939- March 10, 2024

It is with great sorrow to announce that Wallace Sherman Orcutt, 84, a longtime resident of La Grande, Oregon and enrolled tribal member for the Karuk Tribe of California passed away on March 10, 2024 in Yreka, California.

Wally was born on December 19, 1939 in Yreka to Alvin Orcutt Sr. and Bessie Orcutt (Bennett) of Forks of Salmon, CA. He was raised in Forks of Salmon. Wally graduated from Happy Camp High School in 1958, then joined the United States Air Force where he became an Air Force Police Officer and served honorably for 4 years.

In 1962, Wally married the love of his life Wanda Lee Johnson in Happy Camp, California where they had five children, three of which were Wallace’s stepchildren whom he raised as his own: Brenda Stroud Flowers, Clinton Alvis Stroud, Sherri Lynn Stroud Patereau, Melody Faith Orcutt Hayden and Stephanie Faye Orcutt.

After the wedding, Wally went to work as a surveyor for the United States Forest Service and attended trade school and held several interesting positions which include McCullough Corporation in Southern California as a computer programmer and security officer. He then relocated his family to La Grande, Oregon where he was a longtime resident and respected by the community. Wally started his long-held career for the Union Pacific Railroad in La Grande, beginning on the maintenance of way crew called “The Gang” and worked his way up to conductor where he retired after 25 years. Wally enjoyed his career with the Union Pacific Railroad and would often share stories of his experiences. He was an inspiration to all and always made everyone laugh with his one-liners and jokes.

In his free time, Wally enjoyed camping in Sumpter, Oregon, where his whole family and close friends gathered around a big bonfire for memorial weekend celebrations every year. Wally enjoyed cutting down trees for the fire with his family and also enjoyed watching his grandkids ride their bikes and ATV’s. Another favorite activity was going mushroom hunting with his wife and many grandchildren along with their dogs. There wasn’t a place that did not include his beloved German Shepherds. His canine companions were near and dear to him, to name a few: Liz, Tippa, Suzie, Ishpook, Leo, Kemesh are walking alongside with him now.

In his formative years he liked to hunt deer, elk and enjoyed fishing with his family. Wally had many other hobbies, most memorable are fixing tv’s and radios for the community and for the family but most importantly, he enjoyed dancing to Elvis Presley with his beautiful wife, Wanda.

Wally is preceded in death by his parents, Alvin Orcutt Sr., Bessie Orcutt (Bennett) and his brother, Butch Orcutt (Alvin Orcutt Jr.,) his sisters, Arlene Stewart and Gloria Turley and his son “Bubba” Clinton Stroud and great-great grandchild, Adalia Rodriquez. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Orcutt and daughters Brenda Flowers, Sherri Patereau, Melody Hayden and Stephanie Orcutt.

Wally leaves behind many nieces and nephews and numerous grandchildren which include: Jered Huff, Dena Jones, Dale Flowers, Kadon Flowers, Ashlynn Stroud, Sheena Carroll, Alex Carroll, Leah Patereau, Stephanie Trumbull, Micheal Hayden, Jacob Kuperus, Clinton Kuperus, Angelica Ritter-Nothiger, David Ritter, Kara Mendenhall; and great grandchildren to include Lakoda Huff, Kenai Huff, Lillian Doolittle, Mya Doolittle, Elijah Trumbull, Roman Trumbull, Miakoda Trumbull, Kristina Hayden, Kaetlyn Hayden, Kaiden Hayden, Aniyah Hayden, James Hayden, Chenoa Rodriguez, Etchemin Ritter, Kotori Ritter, Riken Ritter, Codyn Krajewski, Carli Ritter and great-great grandchild Axiel Rodriguez

Wally left us all with lasting memories and full hearts. He was smart, funny, kind and loved his family with all of his heart. We will never have to wonder what a life well-lived looks like because that is exactly what he showed us. Wally’s legacy lives on through the love and memories shared by his family and friends. His jokes, his laughter, and the lessons he imparted remain with us, guiding us to take care of each other, to be strong, and to maintain our sense of humor through life’s challenges.

Those who knew Wally are invited to a celebration of life to be held on May 24th, 2024 at 10:00 AM at the Calvary Chapel of La Grande, 1433 Jefferson Avenue, La Grande, Oregon 97850. Afterwards family and friends are welcome to join us the at Riverside Pavilion, 3501 N Spruce St. La Grande to share in fond memories of Wally.


Evelyn Mae Vanover


Evelyn Mae Vanover, of Montague, passed away peacefully at home surrounded her family on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at the age of 88.

Evelyn was born on December 31, 1935 in Yreka. She was born and raised in Siskiyou County, living her whole life there. She married Joe Vanover in 1952, and they had 4 children together. Evelyn was a stay-at-home wife and mother while her children were young. She worked outside the home at Montague Hardware, and then at the Montague Market until she retired. Evelyn was well known in the community and had many friends.

Evelyn enjoyed deer hunting, horseback riding, and spending time with her family. She took great pride in bagging the largest deer every year!

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, Frances Clara and Frances Mello; her siblings; her son Samuel Vanover; son-in-law Randy Smith; long time partner Rod Barba; and ex-husband Joe Vanover.

Evelyn is survived by her daughters, Jo Lynn Smith of Montague and Donna (Charles) Diehl of Montague; son, David (Jane) Vanover of Flagstaff, Arizona; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a niece, two nephews, a great-niece, and by close friends, Brenda Vanover, Shirley Frost, and the Barba Family.

No services are schedule for Evelyn, but memorial contributions may be made to Madrone Hospice at 255 Collier Circle, Yreka, CA 96097.


James "Mike" Mitchell Fallon


Yreka resident James Mitchell Fallon, best known as Mike, passed away on March 13, 2024 at Madrone Hospice in Yreka after a battle with ALS. He was 83 years old.

Mike was born October 11, 1940 in Williston, North Dakota to Lyman and Helen Fallon. He grew up in Billings, Montana, fishing, hunting, and riding horses with his sister Mary Kay. Mike met his wife Sandi in South Lake Tahoe, where they lived before settling down in Lodi, California. The foundation of Mike’s life was his family and his faith in God. He lived a rich and fulfilling life of education, ministry, art, travel, and fellowship. Mike worked as a teacher of English and Drama for over 35 years. In doing so, he directed and produced over 50 school plays, coached countless aspiring actors, and dedicated himself to making a positive impact in the lives of his students and peers.

When not in the classroom, Mike could still be found improving the lives of others. Throughout his life, he has fed and helped the homeless, mentored friends in need, served in his churches, ministered to prison inmates, and contributed to the arts and culture in his community. He was as much a friend to those he knew and loved as those he had yet to meet.

Mike was preceded in death by his wife, Sandi. He is survived by his children: Sean Fallon of Tracy, California, Erinn Wich of Chino Valley, Arizona, Patric Fallon of Portland, Oregon, and Connor Fallon of Yreka; and by his many grandchildren and great grandchildren, who all loved giving big hugs to Papa Mike.

A heartfelt celebration of life was held in honor of Mike Fallon at Yreka United Methodist Church. He will be laid to rest at his family plot in Lodi, California.


Barbara Jean Muelrath


The world lost a beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Barbara Muelrath, who died peacefully on March 10, 2024. She was born on April 11, 1935 in Los Angeles, California,

Barbara was preceded in death by her father, Keith, her mother Clara, and her only sibling and beloved brother, Robert “Bob”. Barbara lost her beloved husband Ken in 2019, after 65 years of marriage. Also preceding her in death in 2010 was her loving son, David Muelrath.

Barbara is survived by her loving children Keith Muelrath (Corinne), Marty Muelrath (Sierra), Melissa Mihos (Ron), Phil Muelrath (Ellie), Paul Muelrath and daughter-in-law, Krista Muelrath. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as many beloved foster children that she and Ken raised over the years. She leaves behind her sister-in-law Alyce, brother-in-law Gary, as well as cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Barbara lived in El Monte, California until she was 11 years old and then her family eventually moved to Modesto, California. Barbara was an active teen, participating in choir, the bowling team, basketball, volleyball, and softball. In her senior year she was captain of the Drill Team.

Barbara met her husband, Kenneth Muelrath, in high school and they were married on July 18, 1953. They lived in Modesto, moved to Santa Rosa and then finally ended up in Yreka, California. Barbara worked for several years at the United States Forest Service as the Information Officer. She was honored for her successes and received many awards.

Barbara and Ken loved to travel. In 2000, they moved to Green Valley, Arizona for an adventure of a lifetime. Her favorite adventures were visiting the ruins and she especially loved Canyon de Chelly National Monument. At one point, she and Ken became Camp Hosts at Lake of the Woods in the White Mountains out of Payson, Arizona. An adventurer at heart, Barbara lived a full life and will be dearly missed.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 15, 2024 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Girdner Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be on Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Girdner Funeral Chapel, with interment following at the Fort Jones Cemetery.


Josephine Caroline Arena Sullivan


Josephine Caroline Arena Sullivan, born November 16, 1933, passed at 90 years old following a long illness in Hospice care in Sisters, Oregon on March 10, 2024.

Jo was born and raised in San Francisco, and while working there as a secretary to the Democratic party to elect John F Kennedy, met Raymond Sullivan, the head of the electrical union. They married on August 28, 1964 and welcomed their son, Michael Patrick Sullivan a year later. The family enjoyed many happy years in Daly City, California.

In 1979, the Sullivans left the city for a “wee bit of heaven” at their home in Klamath River Estates. Over nearly 40 years in that community, Jo worked as a medical transcriptionist, court interpreter and as a beloved kindergarten aide in Montague. She was the President of the local RPEA, an enthusiastic Elkette and enjoyed singing in choir with her church.

Following the death of her husband, Jo moved to Bend, Oregon to be closer to her son and his family. She enjoyed 10 full years of busy social life there.

Jo is survived by her son Michael Sullivan (Paula) and grandchildren Nickolas Sullivan, Ellie Cuff (Kevin) and great grandson Leo James Cuff.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St Joseph Catholic Church in Yreka, California at 10 am on Tuesday, March 19, with internment to follow at Henley-Hornbook Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Josephine would be honored to have contributions made to Boys Towne or to the Siskiyou Community Resource Collaborative.


Bernice Billie “Bea” Joling


Longtime Grenada resident, Bernice Billie “Bea” Joling, passed away peacefully on the evening of March 4, 2024 at her home while surrounded by family.

Bea was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Earl Joling, in November of 2023, and by a daughter, Sue Wolfe.

She is survived by her children, Kenneth Branch, Judy Laws, Dennis Brown, and Margie Bohlier, and her step children, Earl Jr., Michael, and Jennifer Scott; she also leaves many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, March 8 at the Little Shasta Cemetery at 12 Noon.


Stephen Ray “Steve” Fisher


Stephen Ray “Steve” Fisher passed away peacefully in Yreka on Sunday, March 3, 2024. He was 74 years old.

Steve was born on November 14, 1949 to Marshall and Shirley Fisher. He grew up in the community of Klamath River with his parents, his brother, Rickford, and his maternal and paternal grandparents. Steve loved his childhood river life of hunting, fishing, swimming in Beaver Creek, and being in the woods. In his earlier life he enjoyed logging with his father and brother.

At the age of 18, Steve joined the US Army, where he served out his enlistment with a short time in Czechoslovakia, and the remainder of his time stationed in Germany. He was always proud that he had done his part to represent his country through his service.

Although he had a difficult rough patch in his life, he found refuge in his faith in the Lord and was able to rise above those difficult times when, in the fall of 1993, he found sobriety with AA. At the time of his passing, he was very proud of the 30 years of sobriety he was able to retain.

Steve served his AA family faithfully through his attendance at meetings, sponsorship of other members in need, and help in hosting meetings in remote areas for people who had limited transportation to get to the more populated areas that held meetings. He was humbled and honored of and by the support he could provide to others seeking sobriety.

Service with his AA family assisted Steve with the confidence to do more community outreach endeavors, such as his hard, dedicated work to help rebuild the Hornbrook Community Center, for which he was honored as “Man of the Year” by the Hornbrook community in the Fall of 2023. He also assisted his home community of Klamath River by donating his time volunteering at the Bi-Annual Turkey Shoots at the Klamath River Community Hall and to the Klamath River Hose Company. He was very proud to show that lives and people can change and that service to others was an integral part of growing.

Steve was preceded in death by his father, Marshal “M.A.” Fisher, and his brother, Rickford Fisher.

He is survived by his mother, Shirley Fisher; his son Jason (Erinn) Fisher; his daughter Karri (Paul) Frederick; his grandchildren Trevor (Amber) Fisher, Elsie Jeanne Fisher, Mollie, Maddie, and Maizey Frederick; his great granddaughter Rowyn Fisher and his great grandson Augie Frederick. He is also survived by his niece Jessica (Jason) Stone, and his nephew Trapper (Lori) Fisher, and many nieces, nephews, and great nephews.

Steve had many friends who were like family over the years – too many to list! All of whom loved and will miss him and will hold very special memories of their time with him and the special place he held in their lives. River Grenier and Brenda Dunn send their love to Steve.

A graveside military service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery on Friday, March 22 at 10 am, and a Celebration of Life will be held at Life FourSquare Church in Yreka on Saturday, March 23, at 12 Noon.

Donations in Steve’s memory can be made to the Klamath River Community Hall, Klamath River Hose Company, a local AA Meeting of your choosing, or the Hornbrook Community Center.


David Lee Rose


Known for a smile on his face, always being the life of the party..."It's me it's me, it's David Lee!"

Born to David & Shirley Rose on July 15, 1955, it was also his mom's birthday. What a gift she received.

Graduating from Yreka High School & then being honorably discharged from the US Army as Sergeant, David returned to Siskiyou County to marry his high school sweetheart, Rita Andrews. Together they created an amazing, loving family. His family was his greatest accomplishment! If you asked him about his family, you would be there for a while. He became a daddy when Tiffanie Anne was born, she could never do any wrong in his eyes, and a year later to James David (JD) that he would call Just Dandy. He loved being a dad and to be with family.

His children blessed him with grandchildren & great-grandchildren. Grandad was the name he loved the most!

Grandad was a true Cowboy, a Veteran and Patriot (he'd be 1st to tell you he was a Republican), but most of all a family man! On the Rodeo circuit he excelled in the arena. Bulls, broncs & team roping, he could do it all.

He was proud when he was on the rodeo circuit with his son JD, and again with his grandchildren, carrying on the family tradition. He had an amazing work ethic, retiring from Roseburg Forest Products after 33 years, never calling in sick.

David Lee passed away on February 29, 2024 at his home, where he wanted to be. He is survived by his wife Rita Rose, daughter Tiffanie Lorenzini (Roger), son JD Rose, grandchildren Kyra Eller (AJ), Kurt Lorenzini (Jessica), Madison Rose Williams, Kevin Williams, Blake Shepard (Emily), Mackenzie Hughes (Gabe), Gracie Lee Rose, & Carter Rose, great-grandchildren Taylor Crownover, Lylah Williams, Sutton Eller & Devin Lorenzini, siblings Diane Wheeler (Chuck), and Dale Rose, Smoke Currie (Vicki), Troy Baker (Ben), Code Currie (Chela), Shannon Currie (Shannon), Uncle Sonny Currie (his hero), numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews & friends he called family.

The chutes pulled open one last time, but didn't end with 8

The end of this ride, cowboy, is at the Pearly Gate

You left a hole the size of Texas, that never will be filled

All the love you shared with us, memories now we build

A Celebration of Life will be held on March 23, 2024 @2pm out at the Wild Rose Ranch, the place he called "his kingdom, and I'm the King!"


April Renee Hawkins McCreath


April Renee Hawkins McCreath passed away on February 28, 2024 in Redding after a long and painful battle with heart and liver complications. She was 45 years old.

April was born on August 26, 1978 in Cedarville. The family moved to Yreka when she was two. In 1983, they moved to Livermore, where she attended school. In 1995 she moved to Houston to be with her mother and step father. She moved back to Montague in 2021 to be with her father.

April loved horses, fishing and being outdoors. April volunteered for the Thornton Fire Department in Texas.  She once said that her fondest memories were riding around in the mountains with her dad. She always had a special attraction with Mount Shasta, and would rest where she could watch it everyday.

April is survived by her father, Rich McCreath; her mother and step father Joy and Bill Bettandorff; her step mother Terry Streight; sisters Jami McCreath, Staci Bettandorff and Flame Page-Brink; brothers Jon Bettandorff, Jack Fehley and Teddy Eubanks; grandmother Lois Bailey; and a trainload of friends who loved her and will miss her dearly.


Alvin Grant Lewis

December 8, 1932-February 27, 2024

Alvin Grant Lewis went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 27, 2024, after a short battle with cancer that he never allowed to get the best of him. He passed as he lived, courageously, quietly and with great faith for a bright future in heaven.

Alvin was born on December 8, 1932, in San Mateo County to Alvin Frances and Jane Lewis. He was raised in Scott Valley by his grandparents, Grant and Lillian Lewis. On June 30, 1954, Alvin married his high school sweetheart Helen Hammond and this June 30th would have been 70 years. Twenty-one family members were in attendance for an early celebration of their seven decades of marriage while Alvin was in the hospital just two weeks before his passing.

Alvin developed a strong work ethic at an early age with daily chores on the family farm where he cut wood, raised lambs, helped his family build the Hayes Meadow cabin up Kidder Creek and later in life grazed cattle in the same mountains he lovingly called home.

Alvin attended Greenview Grammar School and graduated from Etna Union High School in 1951, receiving the Bank of America Achievement Award for Vocational Arts. Future Farmers of America (FFA) was a place where Alvin excelled. In 1954, Alvin was one of 12 California youths who received the coveted American Farmer degree during the national Future Farmers of America convention in Kansas City, Mo. He was the first Siskiyou County resident on record to receive this prestigious award.

Serving his community came naturally to Alvin and he enjoyed being active in the Greenview Fire Department and Scott Valley Grange #386. He developed his leadership skills and served his community through his early roles in these organizations.

Alvin loved his 32 year career with the Soil Conservation Service and was working full-time when he received his A.A. degree from COS in 1972. Based out the Etna office, he served the Scott and Shasta Valleys, Salmon River and remote locations such as the Godfrey Ranch and Black Bear Commune. Alvin received many awards, commendations and recognitions. He was an expert in rock riprap and planted golden willows along the Scott River for stream restoration, thus saving many acres of rich farm land from being washed into the river.

After retiring from the SCS in 1989, Alvin began his second career as a courier for Scott Valley Bank and Fairchild Medical Center. It was during these years he increased his friendship loop and included many personal connections throughout Siskiyou County.

Of Alvin's many treasured accomplishments, none were as important to him as his love for Jesus and his wife and daughters. He thought his heart was full, and along came his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was always looking for a teachable moment and he never backed up from asking someone if they knew Jesus. He had an evangelistic way about him and knew that his purpose on earth was for God's glory.

Alvin and Helen were blessed with six daughters, Wanda Peters, Joan (Dan) Lulich, Rosaland (Randy) Waters, Carla Birmingham, Lillian (Grant) Eastlick and Lavonne (Bill) Pennington, 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Preceding Alvin in death were his grandparents Grant and Lillian Lewis, father Alvin F. Lewis, mother Jane Wiltse, parents-in-law Carl Sr. and Jessie Hammond and grandson Sawyer Eastlick.

There will be a short committal service at the Fort Jones Public Cemetery in the Lewis Family plot on Saturday, March 9th at 10 am, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 11:30 am at the Scott Valley Berean Church, 134 Church St, Etna, California with a potluck following.


John Donald Holleman

April 20, 1940-February 19, 2024

Longtime Yreka resident John Donald Holleman passed away on February 19, 2024 at Madrone Hospice in Yreka. He was 83 years old.

John was born on April 20, 1940 in El Paso, Texas. On July 13, 1959 John married Jerilyn Misuraca. The family moved to Yreka in 1973, where they have lived since. John owned and operated H&H towing and gas station for many years. He then worked as a maintenance technician at Gold Street School until retirement. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, being outdoors and fixing just about anything.

John is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jerilyn; his children, Jim and Jeff Holleman, and Julie Widergren; eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, John Holleman Jr. and Joe Holleman.

A celebration of life will be held for John on April, 19, 2024 at 4:00 PM at the Yreka Elks Lodge.

Longtime Yreka resident John Donald Holleman passed away on February 19, 2024 at Madrone Hospice in Yreka. He was 83 years old.

John was born on April 20, 1940 in El Paso, Texas. On July 13, 1959 John married Jerilyn Misuraca. The family moved to Yreka in 1973, where they have lived since. John owned and operated H&H towing and gas station for many years. He then worked as a maintenance technician at Gold Street School until retirement. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, being outdoors and fixing just about anything.

John is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jerilyn; his children, Jim and Jeff Holleman, and Julie Widergren; eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, John Holleman Jr. and Joe Holleman.

A celebration of life will be held for John on April, 19, 2024 at 4:00 PM at the Yreka Elks Lodge.

Longtime Yreka resident John Donald Holleman passed away on February 19, 2024 at Madrone Hospice in Yreka. He was 83 years old.

John was born on April 20, 1940 in El Paso, Texas. On July 13, 1959 John married Jerilyn Misuraca. The family moved to Yreka in 1973, where they have lived since. John owned and operated H&H towing and gas station for many years. He then worked as a maintenance technician at Gold Street School until retirement. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, being outdoors and fixing just about anything.

John is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jerilyn; his children, Jim and Jeff Holleman, and Julie Widergren; eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, John Holleman Jr. and Joe Holleman.

A celebration of life will be held for John on April, 19, 2024 at 4:00 PM at the Yreka Elks Lodge.


H.D. "Dick" Sumner 

July 21, 1931  -  February 17, 2024

Dr. H.D. “Dick” Sumner passed away, peacefully, in his home on February 17, 2024, at the age of 92.

Dick was born on July 21, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York, the only child to Dr. Irving Emerson & Erna Margaret Sumner. They relocated to Carmel, California where he spent most of his childhood. While active in multiple sports, rocking the piano at school events and working on a cattle ranch up the Carmel Valley, he was most frequently found fishing or free diving for abalone off the Carmel coastline.

Upon graduating from Carmel High School, he served our country in the Korean War. Like so many of his friends, he did so with honor and courage. Following his service, he returned to Carmel and married his high school sweetheart and the mother of his three children, Patricia Ann Timbers. While working and raising a young family, he achieved his Masters in Fisheries Parasitology from Humboldt State, followed by his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis, and moved to Yreka in 1964. He joined and later owned Yreka Veterinary Hospital. He was known to have a rugged bedside manner with both small and large animal owners but was entrusted by all, and importantly the animals he cared so deeply for. He was a renowned orthopedist and equine practitioner in the region. From a colleague, “– a legendary DVM who was decades, perhaps generations, ahead of his time in his practice of veterinary medicine.”  During his career, his profession was a 24/7 on call role, but Dick made time for outdoor activities with his family: backpacking, skiing, fishing, gold mining, and annual hunts for deer and elk locally and in Eastern Oregon. His wife Patricia preceded him in death in 1976.

In his later years and retirement, and with the love and companionship of Roz, Dick found a softer side with the two enjoying their mutual love of music, the arts and outdoors. As Roz reflects, “What a force of nature.” She unselfishly encouraged all phases of his art - as a pianist, a distinguished [world record holding] fly-fisherman, a gifted photographer and a gifted craftsman. Again from a colleague, “He was a perfectionist to the core, whether it was expectations of himself, his family, his friends or his professional colleagues. He wanted things done right, from fly fishing to placement of the hand above the piano keys- it had to be correct.”  His interest in fly-fishing led to a mastery of the craft of rod construction and finally some of the most exquisite of rods, the butts of which were composed of exotic woods and turned on his lathe. This interest in wood working led to his fascination with and craftsmanship of furniture that can be found throughout the North State.

Dick’s mantra- “There is no bad day fly-fishing”. If not on the water testing a new fly pattern in a quiet game of catch & release, you would find him in his workshop crafting items as he shared lessons and stories with his children and grandchildren. He was their teacher– crusty, impatient, open minded in learning to excel in every aspect of life, an open and sometimes painfully unfiltered communicator- a gift to them. He learned from his students: his beloved grandkids. Just this past fall, Dick evaluated several young horses for gait and confirmation soundness while Facetiming with his granddaughter, all the while lamenting, “If I had only had computers and technology like this when I practiced medicine!” Then ordering, “Spin him to the left again, faster.”

In addition to being a US Marine and Korean War Veteran, Dick was a founding director of the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden, a Board Member of the Klamath Fisheries Task Force, founding member of Trout Unlimited, a community volunteer as veterinarian for the Siskiyou Golden Fair and local 4-H Clubs, a distinguished member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and a proud member of the National Rifle Association.

Dick is survived by his current wife of 40 years, Rosalind Sumner. His 3 children; Scott (Kim) Sumner, Susan (Blair) Hart, Shannon (Terry) Salvestro . 2 Stepchildren; Josh (Jen) Newton, Nancy (Paul) Bloom 5 Grandchildren; Travis (Erika) Salvestro, Nick (Ashley) Sumner, Zach (Kayla) Salvestro, Alexandra Hart, & Eric Sumner. 5 Step Grandchildren; Madeline, Ella, & Parker Bloom, Ryan & Shaun Newton and 7 great grandchildren.

~Devoted Husband ~Beloved Father ~Epic Grandpa ~Cherished Great Grandpa ~ Loyal Friend & Mentor ~Force of Nature

Forever in our hearts…

Expressions of sympathy can be made to benefit Madrone Hospice Inc.; 255 Collier Circle Yreka, CA 96097

No services are planned at this time.


Harvey Dean Smith 

August 25, 1955  -  February 12, 2024

Lifelong Siskiyou County resident Harvey Dean Smith passed away at his home in Etna on February 12, 2024. He was 68 years old.

Harvey was born on August 25, 1955 in Etna to Robert and Irene Smith. He was raised in Etna, and graduated from Etna High School. He attended mortuary school at Cypress College, and worked at Girdner Funeral Chapel for 37 years. When he retired, Harvey returned to his hometown of Etna. Harvey was a Master Mason of the Evening Star Lodge No. 186 F&AM in Etna, and an Associate Bethel Guardian for the Jobs Daughters.

Harvey was a loving father and papa. He is survived by two children, Katie Talley and Josh Smith; two grandchildren, Noah and Myles; and a brother, Ted Smith.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 11:00 AM at the Etna Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Scott Valley Berean Church in Etna.


David Edward Weldon 

November 24, 1933  -  February 8, 2024

David Weldon, a native son of Yreka, lost his life due to a tragic boating accident off the Crescent City California coast on February 8, 2024. He was 90 years old.

Dave was born on November 24, 1933 to George and Dorie Weldon, also long-time residents of Yreka and owners of Weldon’s Tire Service. After graduating from Yreka High School, Dave entered the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and served four years. After his discharge, he enrolled into Shasta College in Redding where he continued playing the game of football, which he was well known for on the high school circuit as a formidable quarterback. He met and married the mother of his three children, JoAnn Turner, who preceded him in death in July, 2001. Dave took over ownership of Weldon’s Tire Service from his father, and operated it until he retired. He moved to Crescent City in the late 1990s and continued his love of fishing and crabbing. It was there that he met and established a twenty-plus year relationship with Mary Lee Sevier until her death on September 28, 2018.

Dave is survived by his children: Michael and Dawn Weldon of Chico, Jon Weldon of Yreka, and Joseph and Heather Weldon of Montague; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held in Evergreen Cemetery in Yreka on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 11:00 AM. A reception will follow at the home of Joe and Heather Weldon, located at 1720 Little Shasta Ball Mountain Road in Montague.


Craig Burt Brown 

May 11, 1945  -  January 27, 2024

Craig Burt Brown passed away at home in Yreka, California on January 27, 2024 at the age of 78 after a heroic battle with lung cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia (Cindy) Altman Brown; his daughter, Camille Schenkkan; and his grandchildren, Ezra and Summer Schenkkan.

Craig was a world traveler, a teacher and a lover of astrology, firearms, and movies. He was born in San Francisco to Burt and Marguerite Brown in 1945, the youngest of three children (siblings Stewart Brown, died 1993, and Loralyn Aaro) and graduated from Lick Wilmerding High School in 1963. He also attended San Jose State University. He spent his 20s surfing semi-professionally all over the world and was a true hippie who was able to experience some of the most seminal moments of 1960s San Francisco culture. He was very proud of his time in the Peace Corps in Liberia in the late 1970s, where he had many adventures while teaching English to local children.

He met Cindy in 1977 in London, England, when she asked him if the bus they were on was going to Hampton Court. It was and he was pleasantly surprised that the cute woman on the bus was also an American. A worldwide romance ensued and they were married in 1982 and moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia the same year. There, Craig taught English to Aramco employees and Cindy worked at Jeddah Parents’ Cooperative, an International School, until she became pregnant. Their child, Camille, was born in Jeddah in 1983. In 1984 they returned to the US due to health concerns related to their daughter. Craig did another short stint in Saudi Arabia in 1986, but returned once it became clear that Cindy and Camille would not be able to join him.

The family moved to Etna, California from the Bay Area in 1990 and Craig has been a resident of Siskiyou County ever since, moving to Yreka in 2002. He loved hiking to local lakes, especially Ruffey Lake, and appreciated the peaceful beauty of this area.

After conquering cancer in 2011, he was diagnosed with lung cancer in July of 2023 and died peacefully at home on January 27, 2024 after receiving incredible care at Asante Heimann Cancer Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Asante Cancer Care and the Asante Foundation at www.AsanteFoundation.Org or by mail to Asante Foundation, 229 N. Bartlett St., Medford, OR 97501.


Albert Ernest Facey 

August 10, 1932  -  January 24, 2024

Lifelong Siskiyou County resident Albert Ernest Facey passed away on January 24, 2024 at his home in Etna. He was 91 years old.

Albert was born on August 10, 1932 in Etna to Festus Frederick and May Rosetta (Fleck) Facey. On February 21, 1951 Albert married Valeda Marie Johnson in the Salt Lake City Temple. They were married for over 72 years.

Albert served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He played baseball on the Army team during his time in the service. After his discharge, Albert worked in the lumber business, was a timber faller, worked on a ranch and in landscaping well into his eighties. He was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed horses, baseball, softball, basketball, hunting, fishing, camping and gardening. Albert was a volunteer firefighter for the city of Etna, was a scout master and held many positions in his church. He was a member of The Church of Latter-day Saints.

Albert is survived by his wife, Valeda; three daughters, Aileen Louise Hildebrand, Kathleen Marie Hawkins and Marjean Valeda Facey; and two brothers, Wilbur and Lyle Facey. He has left a legacy of five children, 13 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his two sons, Timothy Ernest Facey and Clayton Albert Facey, his parents Festus and May, three brothers, Festus, Ariel and Raymond, and four sisters, Rosie Branson, Ellen Carver, Dorris Lovrin and Alberta Facey.

A viewing will be held on Friday, February 2, 2024 from 5:00 – 7:00PM at Girdner Funeral Chapel in Yreka. The funeral service will be on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 10:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Etna. Interment with military honors will follow at Etna Cemetery.


Terry Dietrick Anderson 

September 26, 1935  -  January 20, 2024

Terry had many titles: father, grandfather, brother, teacher, coach, and fisherman, but his most cherished role was husband. It was a love story that started with a spark, continued with fun and laughter, and ended after 65 years. His wife, director, and gambling partner Susan was his adored bride their entire time together. Terry always said that he was in charge when Susan let him be.

After losing his dad at a young age, Terry and his darling sister Judy were raised by their hardworking mother, Odie. During his time in Payette, Idaho, Terry was often seen fishing on the river, climbing on the roof of the house or causing chaos with a grin. Some thought he might end up in prison but instead he became a high school teacher after making a connection with one of his high school teachers. Off he went to University of Idaho to become the “Terry Tuna” & “Mr. Wonderful” teacher and coach that students would love for over 35 years. His teaching style focused on connecting with students first, and not always through “standard” teaching practices. His innovative (and sometimes legendary) methods included student trips to Ma and Pa’s donut shop, talks about values, nozzlers, and once exchanging an entire classroom during break while a student slept.

The father and grandfather are the same person that his students and athletes knew in the classroom, on the field, and in the community: caring, affectionate, and unpredictable in his humor, but always accepting and non-judgmental.

Terry and Susan moved to Yreka, CA in 1969 after hearing about the job opening at Yreka High School from Bob Weber, a lifelong friend he met in grad school. Bob’s daughter Georgia Conroy (and husband Richard) remain cherished family friends to this day. All of Terry’s colleagues were his friends and often the target of his jokes. Mary Ann Dillon, George Marlatt and Jim Eckman were just a few that we remember fondly for their contributions to his rich life.

A self-taught fisherman, Terry could be seen every fall rowing his drift boat "Cirrhosis of the River" on the Klamath with Susan sitting in the front well into his 70’s. His many grandchildren had Terry there as they pulled salmon out of the river. They continue his legacy of fishing and having a deep understanding that sometimes everyone needs a good ribbing.

His 6 granddaughters will each miss being the favorite and his many cuddles. His 6 grandsons will miss his army stories and smart-ass remarks. His sons, David and Jim, will miss salmon fishing and constantly being entertained while floating on the river. His daughters, Julie and Kathryn, will miss his silliness, but they are both still a little angry that he died. Susan will miss his attitude, he did not complain. We will not miss his stubbornness.

Terry was also a lifelong San Francisco 49ers fan. On the day of his passing, he was adamant that they needed to watch the NFL playoff game between the 49ers and the Packers. The 49ers won in a nail-biter 24-21. Terry passed away shortly after the game, with the knowledge that the 49ers Super Bowl hopes were still alive.

The Anderson family feel blessed by the entire Yreka community that were such a big part of “a life well lived”. Amazing neighbors, fishing buddies, fellow coaches, students, athletes, love circle couples and crazy friends made for a full and loving life.

We trust that Terry has already been greeted by his father Fred with a fishing pole in his hand, along with his “brothers,” Mark and Richard, sitting on the deck in Idaho watching the osprey and drinking a cocktail.

Terry is survived by his wife Susan, his four children, James (Catherine), David (Mary), Julie (Michael), and Kathryn; his sister Judy (Jim) Hawley; dear sister-in-law Patricia Perry; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and a deeply loved and very large extended family.

“Thanks for calling, it was great to hear your voice.”

Thanks for living, we already miss hearing your voice.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday February 3, 2024 from 12-3, at Miner’s Convention Center

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Madrone Hospice Inc. who were angels in their care for Terry. 255 Collier Circle, Yreka, Ca 96097


Gary Ralph Freeman 

August 18, 1940  -  January 20, 2024

Gary Freeman, a distinguished community leader and a third-generation Californian, passed away recently, leaving behind a legacy of unwavering community service and commitment. Born on August 18, 1940, in Paso Robles, and predeceased by his parents, Gene and Irene Freeman, and siblings Gene and Patsy, Gary's life journey was marked by dedication to family, friends, and community.

He was an amazing and devoted Husband to Joan Smith Freeman, Father to Kimberly Freeman Smith and Sandra Freeman, Brother to David Freeman and Sister-in-law Carolyn Freeman, Brother-in-law to Chef Bill Mitchell and Phyllis Gottschall, Staats and Mona Howell; Papa to Remie and Sadie Smith and Isaac and Ella Smith, and Uncle to Jessica and Matt Gottschall, David Robert Freeman, Jenine Michelle Hamilton and Ian Hamilton, Aubrey Howell Robinson and Paula Robinson, Ben & Erin Howell Whitehurst, Madison Howell, Rocky Branum and Diana Ewald and many cousins.

Gary's early experiences shaped his ethos of hard work and community involvement. He grew up on a dairy out of Proberta, California and went to a one room school down the road until his family sold the dairy and moved to Orland, California. He attended elementary school, jr. high and high school in Orland and graduated from Orland High School in 1958.

After graduation from Orland High School in 1958, Gary stayed true to his convictions. He believed that a person needs to be committed to issues and be involved in his community. As an OHS student body officer Gary was selected to represent his school at Boys State during his junior year. That began his life of community service. In all his years of community service, he chose paths that have given something back to the communities where lived.

Gary attended Chico State, majoring in business. He began working for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) in electrical line construction. It was the first step in a career that would span 32 years with the company and take him to Glenn/Tehama District Manager. He was the supervisor of over 800 people when he retired in 1990.

At the time of his retirement from PG&E, Gary had spent 22 years in management, which took him to the communities of Napa, Winters, and Gridley before returning to Orland and taking over supervision of Orland, Red Bluff, Redding, Willows, Chester, and Chico.

His promotion to the small community of Winters, at the age of 32, made him the youngest manager in the system of 141 offices. He became involved in the community there and served on the Winters City Council. In 1975, he was named Winters Citizen of the Year for helping put together countywide organizations and re-energizing the Yolo County Chamber of Commerce. Another promotion and a move to Gridley found Gary volunteering his time and energy with local schools. PG&E expected its managers to be active in the community, but it was something he also felt was very important.

Much of Gary’s interest in government came from J.A. Russell's history classes at Orland High School. He even thought of being a history teacher at one time. In Gridley, Gary served as a member and president of site councils, and as a high school trustee. He even was an announcer at the Orland Football games.

Gary was an active Rotarian since 1972 and an Orland City Council member from 1983-1988 - two of those years as mayor. In 1989, he was named Citizen of the Year by the Orland Historical and Cultural Society.

One of Gary’s accomplishments is that of co-founder of the Tri-County Economic Development Corporation, now known at 3Core. He served as its president since its formation in 1985. The organization was formed to stimulate economic growth and represents the counties of Glenn, Butte, and Tehama.

A member since 1987, Gary was President of the National Association of Development Organization (NADO). NADO concentrates on development in rural cities and counties. He was often in Washington, D.C. on behalf of north state counties. He traveled to Germany to help teach Economic Development to community leaders during reunification of that country. He was also asked to teach all over the state of Alaska.

Gary proudly served as Glenn County Supervisor for District 2 for 12 years and was President of CSAC, California Supervisors Association of Counties, which is the statewide organization of County Supervisors representing all California Counties. He traveled throughout the state of California speaking at many events and spent much time at the Capitol in Sacramento as well as Washington D.C.

Gary was a lifetime member of the Masons both in Orland Laurel Lodge No.245, serving as Worshipful Master three times as well as multiple times as Secretary, Senior Warden, and Senior Deacon for many years, then transferring his membership to Howard Lodge No.37 in Yreka in 2016.

In retirement, Gary continued to serve his community, engaging in various local organizations. Gary retired to the City of Yreka in Siskiyou County with his wife Joan, and loved the city, county, and life there since 2011. He was welcomed into the community by all who knew him. Gary served on the Shasta Valley Cemetery District. He was a member of Montague Rotary, on the board of Ore-Cal Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D) and was President of the California Association of RC&D Councils, the Pacific Rim Region and was the Treasurer and on the board of the National Association of RC&D Councils which often met in Washington DC, representing California, and rural areas around the United States.

Join us in celebrating the remarkable life of Gary Freeman on Saturday, February 10, 2024, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at the Yreka Elks Lodge #1980. Gary's life was a testament to the power of community, service, and leadership, leaving an enduring impact on all who knew him.


Anita Lantz 

May 7, 1945  -  January 17, 2024

Anita Hays-Lantz was born in Rapid City, South Dakota on May 7, 1945, to Don and Muriel Hays. She was their only child. She spent her early years in Carlsbad, New Mexico, where her father managed an auto parts store. At the end of 8th grade her family moved to California. She attended Willows High School where they called her Tex because of her southern accent. Her father got a job with GSA at McClellan AFB and the family settled in Fair Oaks, CA where she attended San Juan High School. She met Cliff Lantz there when they both participated in the Jr/Sr play. After high school she attended American River Jr. College and then City College of San Francisco. Following City College, she enrolled in San Francisco State. In 1966 she and Cliff Lantz married. While her husband was in the Army she lived with her mother and stepfather in Concord, New Hampshire. While there, her triplet sons were born. Unfortunately, they were very premature and lived only a few hours. Also, in New Hampshire she worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield in the personnel office.

In 1970, her daughter Julie was born, and Cliff went to work for Zion Lutheran School in San Francisco where Anita began working with the youth group. In 1975 her family moved to Sawyers Bar. While in Sawyers Bar they adopted their son Nathan from Korea. In 1981 the family moved to Fort Jones. Anita went to work for Quartz Valley school as a secretary but was soon teaching French and Reading. Her students still talk about her “word of the week.” She left Quartz Valley to become the Parish Associate at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Yreka and served as interim pastor for a year.

Anita and Cliff then moved to Butte County and Anita became the Marketing Director for Country Crest, a continuing care retirement facility in Oroville. Cliff and Anita moved to Lake County in 2004. While in Lake County Anita completed her degree in Psychology at Ashford University graduating Summa Cum Laude with straight A’s. When Cliff retired, they returned to Siskiyou County where she took on the role of developing the senior program at Yreka United Methodist Church.

Anita went home to the Lord on January 17, 2024. Anita is survived by her husband Cliff of Fort Jones, daughter Julie Lantz-Mitchell of Willow, Alaska, son Nathan Lantz of Fort Jones, granddaughter Ashley Fritsen (Chris) of White City, Oregon and great granddaughter Jade Fritsen, as well as many other amazing family members and friends.

Her Celebration of Life will be held February 3, 2024 at 11:00 am at Fort Jones United Methodist Church, with reception to follow.


Robert Bellairs 

April 24, 1954  -  December 30, 2023

Longtime Siskiyou County resident Robert Bellairs sadly passed away on December 30, 2023 at Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital in Redding. He had a long term battle with variant illnesses for the past three months. Bobby was 69 years old.

Bobby was born on April 24, 1954 in Pensacola, Florida to Richard J. and Helen M. (Graham) Bellairs. He is one of the graduating class of 1972 West High School. He studied Criminal Justice at Colorado Technical University. He served in the U.S. Navy for about 20 years, and was honorably discharged. He moved to Texas, and ended up meeting his wife Christine Eblen in 2004. With their children, they evacuated to Yreka, California from Hurricane Rita in Vidor, Texas in September, 2005. They decided to call Siskiyou County their home. Bobby worked for the Siskiyou Daily News, NorCal Products, O’Reillys Auto Parts, Motel 6, Swift Transportation, and Cedar Creek Apartments before retiring. Bobby was always the person who wanted to be around his family. He was an active grandfather, although he preferred to be called “papa”. He said he finally had his baseball team.

Bobby is survived by his brothers: Jim Bellairs (Kay Sisk) of Carlsbad, New Mexico, Charles (Mary) Bellairs of Sacramento, and Rick (Cari) Bellairs of Shelby, North Carolina; a sister, Denise (Kevin) Maher of Rogue River, Oregon; his wife, Christine Eblen of Montague; Thomas Q. Armstrong, his fiance Jessa Asuque and their unborn child, and his daughter Zoe A. Armstrong of Montague; Hillary M. Hanks (Keith Jr.) and their children Hayleigh and Tre Hanks; Ava and Neveah Loader of Mount Shasta; Elias and Delilah Ramey of Montague; daughter Miranda R. Goodnough (Stephen), along with their children Johnathan, Kaison, Mia and Aria Goodnough of Montague; Steven White and his daughter Emma White of Montague; Lisa Bradshaw and her daughter Katelynn Bradshaw of Vidor, Texas. Bobby is preceded in death by parents Richard and Helen Bellairs, Katrina L. Eblen, Karin White and John W. White.

The family would like to thank Fairchild Medical Center staff, Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital staff, Mercy Hospital Staff, Shasta Hospital, EMTs, fire department and Girdner’s for everything they have done for him and family.

There will be a birthday barbeque potluck memorial for Bobby on April 24, 2024 at 4:30 PM at the Montague Park next to Montague City Hall.


Kenneth Wayne Hogan, Sr. 

August 2, 1961  -  December 25, 2023

62 year old Yreka resident, Kenneth Wayne Hogan, Sr., passed away on Christmas Day, December 25, 2023 at his home.

Ken was born August 2, 1961. He was proud of his military service in the United States Army, he enjoyed fishing, and was an avid fan of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ken leaves behind his son, Ken Jr., two grandchildren, and three sisters: Kathy, Rondi, and Julie, along with many nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time.

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