Obituaries for the week of 2/14/2013

Brenda Joy Brodt

Belva “Louise” Talley

Bettie Jean Metcalf Boone

Larry Nathan Roberts

Kenneth Donald McIntyre

Robert Paul Parsons

Linda “Lee” Schragl Badertscher

David Pierson

Darlene Weston


  Brenda Joy Brodt was born in Concord, on Dec. 6, 1958. Parents Chuck and Lavonne Brodt had a Christmas angel.

  As the years passed there were some changes in the family. Brenda moved to Greenville with Dad and Mom, Joe and Lavonne Santos, and attended school in Greenville, worked, married and gave birth to sons Nik and Adam Wangsgard.

  Brenda was found outside of her home on the morning of Dec. 15, 2012, by her friend Theresa and her mom, Lavonne Santos.

  Brenda loved life, loved her family and friends and leaves them all with the grief that death brings.


  Belva “Louise” Talley, 73, of Brookings, Ore., died peacefully in her sleep Jan. 5, 2013, in Springfield, Ore.

  She was born May 4, 1939, in Red Oak, Okla., to J.M. and Mary Henderson. When Louise was two years old, the family headed west to San Francisco.

  After graduating from South City High School, Louise worked for Pacific Bell Telephone Co. in the San Francisco Bay Area. Upon retiring from Pacific Bell, Louise continued to work several years at Ayoobs Department Store in Chester, where she lived with her husband Lee Talley.

  Louise and Lee retired to Brookings, where they enjoyed being with friends at their favorite establishments — Pancho’s and O’Holleran’s restaurants.

  Lee preceded Louise in death. Their laughter and camaraderie will be greatly missed!

  Louise is survived by her son Conrad of Eugene, Ore.; grandson Raymond of Boston, Mass.; and granddaughter Emily of Eugene.

  Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene.


  Born in 1927 in the family boxcar in Medical Springs, Ore., Bettie Jean Metcalf was the last of four children born to Gladas and Warren Metcalf. She died Jan. 27, 2013.

  Her family had settled in Oregon after her great grandmothers followed the Mormon migration from Europe to Salt Lake in the 1850s. Bettie’s father was a train engineer; he helped bring the first locomotive to Collins Pine Lumber Co. when they began building the mill in Chester. The family followed and a new life began with Bettie attending Westwood High School where she graduated in 1944. Soon after she met the love of her life (Richard) Dick Boone, they were married in 1945 at the 101 ranch in McKenzie Meadows and settled in Chester. There they worked to raise a family and make a life together. Bettie worked as a secretary for the Lake Almanor Country Club and Sales, later moving to Almanor West to help open the new subdivision.

  After Dick retired from Collins Pines Lumber Co., they moved to Chico to be close to family. While Dick delivered motor homes Bettie stayed busy working as a hostess at Calico Kitchen. Buying a motor home led them on to a new chapter in life; they traveled the U.S. visiting new places, tracing their family roots and making new friends. Together Bettie and Dick created a beautiful life; they walked hand-in-hand for 67 years, and she will be greatly missed.

  Bettie was preceded in death by her only son, Dan Boone in 1995.

  She is survived by her loving husband, Richard Boone; daughter, De and Jim Cagno; grandchildren Chris (Shassity), Joe, Brooke (Dustin), Mike (Katie), and Peter; and great-grandchildren Beau, Mylee, and Natee.

  During the years of her illness Bettie was set on staying at home till the end. The wonderful people at Butte Home Health & Hospice made that possible in a most caring and empowering way. Please help us to thank them by making a donation in her name.

  Bettie’s ashes will be taken to Chester Cemetery in the Spring.

  View and send condolences online at NewtonBracewell.com.


  Larry Nathan Roberts, 73, of Westwood passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 in Redding.

  He was born and raised in Westwood. He graduated from Westwood High School in 1958. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1965. Larry worked at Collins Pine Company, in Chester, for 43 years and retired in 2002.

  He was an excellent bowler. He loved to camp, hunt, gamble and, most of all, fishing with his friends and grandchildren.He was a life-long S.F. 49er and S.F. Giants fan. He loved spending time with his wife and family. He was well-known for his funny sense of humor.

  He left behind his wife of 45 years, Sharon; their children, Larry J. Roberts, of Westwood, and Tina Campbell, of Oroville; five grandchildren, Jessica, Ashley, Stevie, Nathan and Brayden; his sisters, Mary Skelton, of Red Bluff, and Shirley Belden, of Anderson; and his extended family and many friends.

  He is preceded in death by his parents Alice and Nathan Roberts, his brothers Eugene and James Roberts and sister Vera Jean.

  Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Calvary Chapel, 315 Ash Street in Westwood. He will be laid to rest at the Westwood Cemetery, in the veterans’ lot.

  Contributions in his memory can be made to the Veterans Guest House in Reno, Nev., or any veteran organizations. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


  Kenneth Donald McIntyre passed peacefully from this life with his family by his side on Feb. 6, 2013, in Chico at the age of 96.

  Kenneth was born in Greenville, on May 3, 1916, to Donald James McIntyre and Jane Davis McIntyre. He graduated from Greenville High School in 1934 and served in the military from 1941 to 1945 as part of the 218th Field Artillery Battalion of the 41st Infantry Division stationed near New Guinea in the Southern Philippines. Kenneth was a member of the Greenville Volunteer Fire Department for many years.

  After his discharge from the army, Kenneth met and then married Dorothy Ridinger on June 9, 1946, in Lincoln. They made their home in Greenville where Kenneth worked as a lineman for their family owned and operated business Indian Valley Light and Power Company. In 1965, the power company was sold to PG&E and Kenneth went to work for Louisiana Pacific Industries in Crescent Mills until his retirement.

  Kenneth enjoyed gardening, baking and woodworking. While in his 90s, he made toy boxes for each of his 17 great-grandchildren. He loved his horse, his adopted donkeys and his dog but most of all he loved his family.

  Kenneth is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dorothy; children Tom McIntyre, of Greenville, Susan Neer, of Greenville, and Sally Kafkares, of Rio Oso; sister Irene Ryder, of Sacramento; grandchildren Michael McIntyre, of Marysville, Jason McIntyre, of Taylorsville, Leanna Moore, of Golconda, Nev., Ryan Neer, of Taylorsville, Aaron Neer, of Greenville, Mary Ann White, of Rio Oso, Alicia Stokes and Valerie Chesni, of Yuba City; sixteen great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his son Joe McIntyre, great-grandson Michael Murchison, brother Cecil McIntyre and sister Doris Scruggs. 

  Kenneth was a loving and generous son, husband, father and grandfather and a loyal friend. He will be forever missed by those who knew and loved him.

  At his request, no services will be held. Interment will be at the Greenville Cemetery. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


  Robert Paul Parsons quietly passed from this life after a battle with cancer on February 6, 2013.

  Robert was born in San Luis Obispo, on June 3, 1946, to Marion and Esther Parsons

  To many people Robert was known as Bob or Pops. He was a resident of Plumas County since his early childhood when his family moved to what once was Walker mine. Robert moved from Walker mine to Beckwourth, then landed a job at Sierra Pacific Industries in Quincy and finally settled down with his wife and family in Portola.  

  Robert loved the mountains and back roads of Plumas County. He could tell anyone who asked where they could find a good fishing hole and where that big buck was hiding or where they could find the best mud hole to get stuck in. Robert devoted a lot of his time to helping friends and even people he didn’t know. It didn’t matter who you were, if you asked for help he was there.

  On August 28, 1973, Robert married the love of his life, Paula, and they raised three children: Michael, Bobby and Tina.

  Robert worked for Sierra Pacific Industries for 35 years and retired in 2000 to spend more time with family and friends.

  All who knew Robert knew that he worked hard and played even harder, and was an inspiration to many.

  Robert is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Paula Parsons; and his children Michael and wife Hope, of Sheridan, Ark., and Bobby of Portola; grandchildren Wyatt, Leah, Anthony, Hannah, Wade and Piper; brothers Don Parsons, of Beckwourth, Andy Parsons, of Gillette, Wyo., and Jimmy Parsons of Chilcoot; sisters Ruthie McGarity, of Prarie City, Ore., and Darlene Parsons, of John Day, Ore.

  He is preceded in death by his daughter Tina and parents Marion and Esther.

  Services will be held at Whispering Pines Cemetery on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Manni Funeral Home of Portola.  

  Lee Schragl Badertsher was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on June 16, 1953, to Priscilla and George Schragl. She passed away Feb. 8, 2013, in Placerville, after an extended illness.

  Lee grew up in Santa Barbara’s Mission Canyon and was a true mountain girl. She attended local schools. Lee moved to Santa Ynez in 1986. She worked in the dairy business for many years both at Golden Coast Dairy in Goleta and as branch manager for Santee Dairy.

  Lee always wanted to live in the Sierra Nevada. That dream came true when she moved to her mountain-top home in Greenville, in 2001. She loved her pets and enjoyed long hikes in the mountains with her dogs.

  Lee leaves behind her devoted son Brett Davis (Patty); grandson Ricky; sister Susanne Schragl French (Don), of Santa Ynez; husband Mike Badertscher, of Fresno; and life-long friends Cecilia and Herman Brown of Greenville; cousins Polly Welcheck and Ward Lindenmayer. She was predeceased by her parents.

  Lee’s family would like to thank the wonderful staffs at Western Slope Health Center and Snowline Hospice who were so instrumental in making Lee comfortable in her final days and providing exceptional care.

  A memorial service is planned for later this year. Lee’s wishes to be cremated and her ashes spread over the Sierra Nevada and Pacific Ocean will be granted. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society in her name.


  Quincy resident David Pierson, 81, died Jan. 5, 2013, in Quincy.

  He was a resident of Chico for many years before moving to Quincy.

  Arrangements are under the direction of Brusie Funeral Home in Chico.

Darlene Kay Weston


  Chester resident Darlene Kay Weston died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, at the age of 58.

  She was born in Carrington, N.D., on Dec. 1, 1954, to the late Ernest and Lela (Dean) Weston.

  In passing Darlene leaves her husband Russ, of Chester; and two brothers, Calvin and Steven Criss.

  Following cremation at Fehrman Crematory, at Darlene’s request, no services will take place. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

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