Obituaries for the week of 12/12/2012

Charles James “Jim” Stoeckel

Victor William “Vic” Miller

Leonard Garland Mosley

Joseph “Joe” Anthony Kelly Jr.

Nancy Frances Kelly

  Indian Valley resident Charles James “Jim” Stoeckel peacefully passed from this life Friday afternoon, Nov. 30, 2012, with his family at his side at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy, at the age of 93.

  Born in Fresno on Aug. 21, 1919, he was raised and educated in Fresno, graduating from Roosevelt High School as a member of the Class of 1936 where he lettered in both baseball and football.

  On Aug. 17, 1940, he married the love of his life and best friend, Eleanor Lehr, in Carson City, Nev. To this union two daughters were born.

  At the onset of World War II Jim joined the military and served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy. As an engineer on landing craft Jim was involved in nine different island invasions, including Iwo Jima.

  Upon his honorable discharge Jim returned home to Fresno and shortly thereafter began what became a stellar 22-year career with the Fresno Police Department, retiring in 1972 as a detective.

  Upon his retirement, Jim and Eleanor moved to Indian Valley where Jim worked as a millwright at the former Sacramento Valley Molding Co. He was a longtime member of the Fresno Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and looked forward to attending the yearly reunion of the USS Bellgrove, which he served on during the war. He and his wife attended the Taylorsville Community United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Retired Police Officers Association.

  In passing, Jim leaves his loving wife of 72 years, Eleanor, of Taylorsville; daughters Patricia Hunt and her husband Richard, of Nipomo, and Janie Torigian, of Fresno; the pride of his later life, his grandchildren Heather, Allison and Ryan Hunt and his wife Lily and Matt and Lauren Torigian; a brother and sister-in-law, Delbert and Donna Lehr, of Taylorsville; sisters-in-law Winnie Solo and Carolyn Stoeckel, of Fresno; and numerous nieces and nephews.

  Along with his parents, he joins his two brothers, Alan and Robert, and nephew Jack Lehr in their eternal home.

  Inurnment to include military honors will take place in the Taylorsville District Cemetery. A celebration of Jim’s life is being planned for early spring 2013.

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



With his loving wife and best friend Betty at his side, longtime Indian Valley resident Vic Miller peacefully passed from this life Friday evening, Nov. 30, 2012, at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy, at the age of 92.

  In passing Vic leaves two sons, two daughters, one stepdaughter and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  Vic retired from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. as a construction foreman. He and his wife Betty served as managers of the Taylorsville Campground for nine years.

  As a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, Vic served with the elite Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. He was a 50-year member of Greenville American Legion Post 568 where he was twice commander of the post. He served his community as a 50-year volunteer with the Crescent Mills Fire Department and was currently also serving as a fire commissioner. Vic was a past member of the Indian Valley Riding and Roping Club and served as president twice.

  Vic loved hunting and fishing with his two best friends, Jerry Whipple and John Houck.

  A celebration of Vic’s life will take place in spring 2013 at the Taylorsville Campground. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


  Longtime Quincy resident Leonard Mosley died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Reno, Nev., of heart failure.

  Leonard was born Sept. 18, 1934, in Wingate, Texas, to Leonard Garner and Inez Mahurin Mosley, the third of five children. His parents moved their family to California when Leonard was 4, where he graduated from Exeter Union High School in 1952.

  An active member of Meadow Valley Community Church, he was a deeply committed Christian with an abiding love for the Lord. His faith sustained him in the last year as his health declined. He faced his final illness with the conviction the Lord would greet him with open arms. He found great joy in his walk with God.

  Leonard began his 26-year career in law enforcement as a patrolman for Porterville Police Department. He also worked patrol for the Montclair and Exeter police departments before joining the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office in 1965 as a resident deputy in Greenville. In 1969, he transferred to Quincy, where he was promoted to sergeant and then lieutenant. While at PCSO, he attended the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., an honor awarded to few public law enforcement officers. Leonard continued his law enforcement career as a deputy coroner for Washoe County in Nevada, later serving as chief of police in Biggs. He retired from his position as Colusa County undersheriff in 1984.

  Leonard married DeAnne, his friend, companion and soul mate, in 1971; together they raised six children. Constant companions, he and DeAnne talked all day, every day, never running out of things to say to each other. They spent several weeks each year traveling to Carpinteria or Fort Bragg to park their motorhome at the beach. In addition to the U.S., they traveled in Mexico and Europe.

  DeAnne gave Leonard a guitar and lessons for his 60th birthday; he played and sang for family; he never stopped singing. He made the best biscuits and gravy this side of the Pecos. He also took great pride in his chili.

  He enjoyed “drowning worms” from their boat on Bucks Lake.

  He loved to laugh and make others laugh with his tall tales and often repeated jokes.

  Leonard was a volunteer for the Plumas County Museum and worked on the locomotive housed in the Art Barn until it was fully restored. He dreamed that one day it would run on the fairgrounds. He was also on the Quincy Manor board and always found ways to help friends, neighbors and, often, complete strangers.

  For several years, he and DeAnne dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus, visiting and handing out candy canes or small gifts. Once they even crashed a wedding to the delight of the guests, who were thrilled with the visit from St. Nick.

  He enjoyed his garden and won ribbons at the fair for his vegetables and sunflowers.

  Leonard’s mother and father and his brother Stan preceded him in death. In addition to his wife DeAnne, he is survived by daughter Mona (Steve) Hill, daughter Mary Mosley, son Tom (Vivian) Schmid, son Ron (Velvet) Schmid, daughter Melissa (Russell) Hays and son Morgan Mosley; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Evelyn Blair, brothers Marvin (June) Mosley and James (Martha) Mosley and 20 nieces and nephews who respected and adored their Uncle L.G.

  There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Meadow Valley Community Church. Inurnment will follow at a later date.

  In lieu of flowers, Leonard’s family request donations to causes close to his heart: Plumas County Museum, Plumas County Sheriff’s Office Toyland, Plumas District Hospital Volunteers’ Bargain Boutique for its medical scholarship fund or Meadow Valley Community Church missions in care of Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971. His family invites friends and family to sign the online memorial book at fehrmanmortuary.com.


  Westwood resident Joseph “Joe” Anthony Kelly Jr., 77, died at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev., on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.

  He was born in Butte, Mont., on June 13, 1935.

  Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Phyllis and Joe Kelly Sr., and his first wife, Marilyn. His wife Nancy died Dec. 5, just four days after Joe.

  He is survived by his children, Cheryl Doughty, of Westwood, Scott Kelly, of Chico, Joe Kelly III, of Foresthill; a brother, Dan Kelly, of Petaluma; stepdaughters Laurie and Holly Allin and Heather Spadaro; and 10 grandchildren.

  A family celebration of Joe and Nancy’s life will take place at a later date.

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


  Just four days after the passing of her husband Joseph “Joe” Kelly Jr., Nancy Frances Kelly died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Banner Lassen Medical Center in Susanville.

  She was born in Providence, R.I., to Oscar and Frances (Wight) Oatley on April 4, 1943.

  Along with her husband, Joe, and her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by her brother Thomas Oatley in 2006.

  In passing, Nancy leaves her daughters Laurie Allin, of Stafford, Conn., Holly Allin, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Heather Spadaro, of Hidden Valley Lake; her stepchildren Cheryl Doughty, of Westwood, Scott Kelly, of Chico, and Joseph Kelly III, of Foresthill; her sisters Audrey Hofteig, of Camarillo, and Patricia Beliveau, of Rhode Island; and 10 grandchildren.

  A family celebration of the lives of Nancy and Joe will take place at a later date.

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

  The family suggests any remembrances in Nancy’s name be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

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