Obituaries for the week of 11/21/2012

James Rush

Bradley Eugene Arbsland Sr.

Sharon Rita Clark

Anthony Kim Sweet

  James Rush, 97, passed peacefully at home in Portola on Nov. 4, 2012.

  He was born May 2, 1915, to Frank and Camilia Rush in Fresno.

  He moved to Westwood in 1937 and worked for the Red River Lumber Co. Then he moved to Portola and went to work for Western Pacific in 1941. He worked until 1984 and retired as a conductor.

  He is survived by his three children, Chuck, Nadine and Kathy; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

  He was loved and will be dearly missed by everyone.

  Memorial services are pending.


  Under the compassionate care of the staff at Paradise Hospice and with his wife at his side, Bradley Eugene Arbsland,  68, peacefully passed from this life early Friday morning, Nov. 9, 2012, following a valiant battle with cancer.

  Born in Modesto on June 10, 1944, Brad was raised and educated in Santa Cruz. On Sept. 16, 1962, Brad married the love of his life, Stephanie Rearden, in Carson City, Nev. The couple had been introduced by Brad’s best friend. To this union two sons were born.

  In November 1962 Brad entered the military and, as a member of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, served honorably until his discharge in 1965. As a member of the 82nd Airborne’s Quartermaster Company, Brad was nominated for the division’s Soldier of the Year.

  Upon his discharge Brad returned to Santa Cruz where he worked for a brief period of time for Safeway Corporation before beginning what became a 27-year career with the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office. He rose through the ranks to retire as chief deputy and had been honored for his tenacity in solving previously unsolved crimes.

  Brad’s love of fishing led the family to move to the northeastern California community of Chester in 2003 after visiting the area for more than 20 years prior. He was a proud member of the Chester/Lake Almanor Elks Lodge and was active with its Wheel Around Lake Almanor Program for the handicapped. He was passionate about the art of metal detecting and could be found on the beaches of Santa Cruz and Lake Almanor hunting for artifacts. He was also a member of the California Retired Peace Officers Association.

  In passing Brad leaves the love of his life and best friend, with whom he had just celebrated 50 years of marriage together, Stephanie, of Chester; his sons, Bradley Eugene “Buck” Arbsland and his wife Brenda, of Ben Lomond, and Michael Troy Arbsland, of Chester; and the pride of his later life, his grandsons, Kyle Dylan Arbsland and Blayze Lynn. He was proudly expecting his third grandchild in May of this coming year.

  Brad joins his brother Ron and sisters Carol and Beverly in their eternal home.

  Family and friends gathered in June of this year to celebrate his and Stephanie’s 50 years of marriage and celebrate Brad’s life. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

  Any remembrances in Brad’s memory can be made to either the Chester/Lake Almanor Elks Lodge’s Wheel Around Lake Almanor Program or Sierra Hospice, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

  Following complications from a recent stroke, with her family at her side, Sharon Rita Clark, 70 passed from this life peacefully to join her loving husband Troy in their eternal home with the Lord on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11, 2012, at Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev.

  Born in Bell on March 1, 1942, to Illinois natives Gilbert and Lucille (Knudson) Johnsen, she was raised and educated in Downey and was a 1958 graduate of Downey High School.

  Shortly following their graduation Sharon and her high school sweetheart Troy Lee Clark were united in matrimony July 6, 1958. To this union three daughters and three sons were born.

  The newlyweds settled in the San Diego area until moving to Quincy in 1976.

  First and foremost a loving wife, mother and grandmother, Sharon went to work for Safeway Corporation in the Quincy store once the children were grown. There she became the deli manager, retiring in 2002. She could be found at her husband’s side as together they followed their grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s dance recitals and sporting events. She loved to cook, especially sharing her talent helping out with Quincy Volunteer Fire Department events, as well as finding relaxation in reading and playing solitaire.

  In passing Sharon leaves her children, Jeff Clark and his wife Linda, of Cheyenne, Wyo., Michael Clark and his wife Bonnie, Cheryl and her husband Robert Downing, all of Sparks, Nev., Julie Clark and her life partner Mona Sanchez, of Quincy, and Kelly Clyne and her husband Josh, of San Clemente; and the jewels of her later life, her 17 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by twin brothers, Donald Johnsen, of Memphis, Tenn., and Phillip Johnsen, of St. Louis, Mo.

  She joins her best friend and love of her life, the late Troy L. Clark, whom she was married to just days short of 54 years, in their eternal home.

  A celebration of Sharon’s life was held Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Quincy Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Inurnment will take place in the Quincy East Lawn Cemetery at a later date.

  An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

  Any remembrances in Sharon’s memory can be made to the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.


  Anthony Kim Sweet was born July 26, 1945.

  A free spirit and true original soul, he passed away suddenly and quietly from natural causes Nov. 13, 2012.

  Although he always planned to leave via an unintelligent alien abduction, his heart conked out while he was waiting. We’re not sure the aliens will be able to read this, but we wanted them to know that his communications with them should continue as regularly unscheduled. An avid gold prospector, youth outreach volunteer and budding green thumb enthusiast, Kim was active on his Squirrel Creek hobby farm and mineral claim in Quincy up until his sudden passing.

  Kim is survived by his four sons, Tom, Ian, Eric and Eli; grandkids Tristan, Talia, Tegan, Chloie, Violet, Maiya, Kiana, Jadalyn, Samuel and Brayden; his siblings Hal, Diane, Dennis and Greg; nephews Richard, Jeff, Josh and Courtney; nieces Michelle and Tatum; and his many friends in Quincy and in Canada.

  Kim was predeceased by his dad, Harold; stepdad, Glen; mom, Mabel (Palmer); and brothers Russell, Chris and stepbrother Richard.

  The family wishes to thank his close friends in Quincy who always provided a warm bed when needed. Kim’s positive outlook, quick wit, entrepreneurial spirit, endless new business ideas and constant search for a good joke will be greatly missed.

  Rest in peace, Dad.

  In lieu of flowers, please blow off some fireworks, go dirt biking or play a practical joke on a friend or family member.

  A Memorial Mass was celebrated Monday, Nov. 19, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Quincy. Burial will follow at Meadow Valley District Cemetery.

  An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

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