Obituaries for the week of 8/1/2013

Joan Hudson Dill Christensen

Richard Addison Fording Sr.

Norma Faye George

Rose Ann Miles

Roger Powell

  Joan Hudson Dill Christensen was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Dec. 28, 1931, to Brett and Rita DiSimone Kilcup and sadly passed from our lives on June 24, 2013, in Burney. She was a devoted mother, and grandmother and she loved her husband dearly.

  Joan is survived by her mother Rita D. Pechelunas, of Grass Valley; her sister Doris Winskie (John), of Chewelah, Wash.; and her adoring husband Arthur Christensen, of Burney. She is also survived by her children Alon Hudson (Madreen), Rita Hudson-Smith (William), Dennis Dill (Pam), Teri Dill-Sciacca (Dan), Reyna Dill-Callahan (Patrick), and Francis Christensen (Carmen); her step-children, who she always loved as much as her natural children, Diana Dill-Lockwood (Wayne), Donna Dill-Aschoff (Roy), Roger Dill (Diane), Arthur Christensen Jr., Cindy Christensen, Linda Christensen-Smith (Carl), James Christensen, and Chris Christensen; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as dozens of extended family members.

  She was laid to rest on July 22, on her and Arthur’s forty-fifth wedding anniversary in Chester Cemetery.


  Lake Almanor West resident Richard A. “Dick” Fording, Sr. passed from this life suddenly, Friday evening, July 19, 2013, at Seneca Health Care District’s Hospital. His loving wife was at his side.

  Born May 29, 1942, in Berkeley, to the late California natives Addison and Ida (Wright) Fording, Dick as he was affectionately called was raised and educated in Berkley graduating from Berkeley High School as a member of the Class of 1960 where he lettered in wrestling and football. He went on to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before graduating from Diablo Community College.

  1964 was a special year in Dick’s life; he married the love of his life along with his best friend Joanne Fritz whom he had met at a local church function and they were married in El Cerrito on March 14, 1964. He also began what became a 43-year career with Pacific Gas and Electric, retiring as a General Foreman.

  Dick served his country honorably as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.

  He and Joanne relocated to the beautiful shores of Lake Almanor in 1985 from Atascadero.

  When a cause arose that Dick felt the need to support he took it on with a passion like no other. As a member of the Lake Almanor West Services District, Dick took on the unenviable position of President of the Board leading the community through numerous transitions. As an avid outdoorsman he has served as a member of the Plumas County Fish and Game Commission for the past four years, served as a committee member of the local Ducks Unlimited Chapter, the California Waterfowl Association, a member of the Save Lake Almanor Committee, NRA, Almanor Fishing Association, Westwood Lake Almanor Snowmobile Club, Elk Foundation amongst many others. He enjoyed taking on the task of repairing just about anything in his spare time.

  In passing Dick leaves his loving wife of 49 years, Joanne, of Lake Almanor West; sons Richard Jr. and his wife Margaret, of Reno, Nev., Joseph, of Carson City, Nev., and Matt Spaulding and his wife Kathy, of Fernley, Nev., along with his precious grandchildren Joseph, Bryce, Erika, Braxton, Jesse, Joseph Jake and Josh and great-grandchildren Kaedyn and Khloey, along with the Westlar family and a host of dear friends.

  Following cremation, at Dick’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. The family asks that any remembrances in Dick’s memory be made to the Lake Almanor West Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.


  Norma Faye George, known by everyone as “Faye,” passed away peacefully in her home in Sebastian, Fla., on July 22, 2013.

  Faye was born in Beach Creek, Ky., Jan. 3, 1938, and raised in Dayton, Ohio. In 1954, she moved to California where she later met her husband, Ron George. Faye and Ron later moved to Quincy, where they resided until 2003, when they moved to Florida. They then built Faye’s dream house, which she designed, in Sebastian, Fla.

  Faye was very adventurous, loved to travel and loved the ocean. Among Faye’s many adventures, she and Ron dredged for gold in the Feather River Canyon and dived for treasurers on sunken ships in the ocean off the coast of Florida.

  Faye is survived by her husband, Ron George; her three children, Velvet Schmid, Deborah Prater, and Victoria Freeman; her only sister, Shirley Bresciani; seven grandchildren, Lacey and Lance Schmid, Cale and Jesse Prater, and Jason, Jeremy and Joshua Freeman; and 12 great-grandchildren.

  Faye will be greatly missed by all.

  Donation may be made to the Leukemia Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 310, White Plains, New York 10605.



  Following a struggle with heart conditions, Rose Ann Miles went on to join her husband in their eternal home Monday evening July 22, 2013, at the Diamond Ridge Health Care Center located in Pittsburg. Her loving family was at her side.

  Born in Hutchison, Kan., to John and Anna (Baugh) McMullen on March 4, 1928, she and her family relocated to the San Francisco East Bay community of Richmond in the late 1930s where her father worked for Standard Oil Company.

  Rose Ann graduated from Richmond High School as a member of the class of 1946 and not long after married Donald Davis, a union that was blessed with one son and one daughter. She lost Donald due to an untimely death in 1962.

  On Nov. 29, 1975, she married Robert Miles in Concord. She followed Robert throughout the state as he worked as a mechanic in the construction Industry eventually settling in the northeastern California community of Greenville in 1988 following her husband’s retirement.

  Rose Ann attended the Greenville Southern Baptist Church. She enjoyed the art of sewing, loved to shop and knew that some day if she just kept trying she would win the Publishers Clearing House grand prize. Her sweet personality endeared her to all those she came in contact with.

  In passing Rose Ann leaves her daughter Donna Montgomery and her husband Bill, of Pittsburg; her precious grandchildren Robert and Corey; great-grandchildren Tyler, Blake, Brenden and Delaney; a brother, Edward D. McMullen, of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; sister Mary Butts of Greenville; sister-in-law Wanda Ridenour; niece Sally and her husband Mike Giarrusso; nephew Will Linthicum and great-niece Sarah Miles.

  She has gone on to join her husbands Donald C. Davis and Robert E. Miles, who passed from this life just two months ago, along with her son Walter Davis and brother John McMullen Jr. in their eternal home.

  A celebration of Rose Ann’s life will take place 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Greenville Southern Baptist Church with interment to follow in the Greenville District Cemetery.

  A time of viewing and visitation will precede the services at the church from 10 a.m. to service time.

  An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


  Roger Powell passed away on July 22, 2013. He will be truly missed by all of those who knew him, including his family, friends and neighbors. Roger is survived by his daughters, Gretchen and Ginny, and numerous grandkids, cousins, nieces and nephews.

  Roger was born in Norcross, Ga., the son of William Cleveland Powell and Lillie Mae de Long on Feb 17, 1933. He was one of eight children. Roger joined the Navy in 1951 and honorably served his country until 1955. His duty on the USS Rendova took him to locations in Japan, Korea and other Pacific locations.

  Roger married Catherine Casella in 1956 and took on the responsibility of raising four kids. After his two daughters were born, the family, now with six kids, moved to Fremont. He worked numerous jobs over the years; the longest lasting taking him to retirement was as a long-haul truck driver with Hadley Trucking. During his employment with Hadley, Roger became a proud member of the Teamsters Union.

  After retirement, Roger moved to Twain, and settled in his house on the river. He truly enjoyed his work in the yard. A day did not go by without neighbors and passers-by seeing Roger on his riding lawnmower or down by the river clearing out brush. He enjoyed his relationships with Bill and Ellen, Squeak, and all of the others who looked forward to hearing his booming voice and the latest “Roger-joke” of the day. He also just recently re-connected with his old Navy buddy, Louie Dentici, which gave Roger a lot of pleasure.

  Services for Roger will be held in Fremont, at Cedar Lawn Cemetery on Friday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m. He will be missed.


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