Obituaries for the week of 11/25/2009

Willard Earl Whittaker, 87

Charles Thomas Edwards, 76

William "Bill" F. Patey, Jr., 36

Yvonne Killingsworth, 78

Scott Arthur Boquist, 59




  Willard loved family, friends, retirement and his home of nine years in Quincy. With family surrounding him, Willard passed away peacefully Nov. 13 in Camarillo, at the age of 87. He was loved and is missed. 

  Willard was born in Barneston, Neb., Jan. 4, 1922. His family endured the Great Depression and moved to California when he was eight years old.

  He graduated in 1941, from Poly High School in Riverside. After working for the L.A. Times and the U.S. Army, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1942, where he served until 1945.

  He then began working toward a senior administrative career with the telephone company Contel in Inyokern where he met Gwen. Willard and Gwen married March 24, 1951. They had two daughters, Pamela and Deborah.

  Willard’s career took the family to Taft in the San Joaquin Valley and later Victorville in the high desert of Southern California. In 1973, Willard was transferred to Fairfax, Va.

  After 34 years with the telephone company, Willard retired in 1983. They returned to California and had a house built in Hesperia on a lot they had purchased in 1953. They enjoyed life on the desert until Gwen passed away in Dec. 1999.

  Willard moved to Quincy nine years ago. He always stayed busy and enjoyed working in his Jackson Street yard, home fix-up projects, woodworking, golf, reading, driving, and most of all, being with his family.

  Willard is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Pam and Robert Gaffuri from Camarillo, daughter Deborah Whittaker and son-in-law Rob Russell from Quincy and step-son Michael Atkins and wife Donna from California City.

  Willard loved his grandchildren Jody Tartisel, Nick Gaffuri and spouses Larry Tartisel and Leigha Gaffuri and grandchildren Tim and Sara Atkins.

  In addition, great-grandchildren Gianna Tartisel and younger Austin Atkins were fortunate to have known their great-grandfather.

  Willard passed away in the Gaffuri home with many of his family members around him.

  Willard was laid to rest next to wife Gwen in Victorville, Nov, 18. Informal family remembrances and celebrations of Willard’s life occurred in Camarillo and later in Quincy at his home, Wednesday, Nov, 25.



  Lake Almanor resident Charles Thomas Edwards, 76, passed from this life peacefully, with his loving family at his side, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at Seneca District Hospital in Chester.

  Born Nov. 23, 1932, in Santa Monica to the late John and Frances (Deal) Edwards, at a young age he and his family moved to San Jose, for a short period of time before relocating to Reno, Nev., and at the age of nine, to Lassen County.

  Charles was raised and educated in Lassen County where he attended Lassen High School.

  Charles left high school early to enter the work force as an appliance repairman. In July 1950 he joined the armed forces serving honorably as a member of the U.S. Navy.

  Charles returned to Lassen County following his discharge, and it was here he reunited with his longtime childhood friend Jessie Acord. The two were united in marriage in Reno, Nov. 11, 1953. To this union two sons and a daughter were born.

  The newlyweds moved to Oakland immediately following their marriage where Charles worked for the Atomic Energy Commission for two years before moving to Lake Almanor, where he wished to fulfill his dream of building boats.

  Times were tough so Charles went to work in the woods logging before returning to Lassen County where he operated a combined appliance store, refrigeration repair and sheet metal shop.

  In 1983 Charles and his wife closed the shop and moved to Redmond, Ore., where Charles went to work for the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, a job he found the most fulfilling of his career. He retired in 1997 and returned to Lake Almanor.

  Charles was a former member of the Susanville Volunteer Fire Department and just recently found great enjoyment in working with his John Deer tractor.

  Other than his family, Charles passion in life was constructing and flying radio controlled aircraft. He has developed a strong respect for his construction techniques as well as his attention to detail in his aircraft.

  In passing Charles leaves his loving wife of 56 years, Jessie of Lake Almanor; son Fred and his wife, Brenda of Lake Almanor; daughter Nona and her husband, Paul Daley of Rockwall, Tex.; grandchildren Andrew, Hannah, Hillary, Jessica, Rebecca, Melissa, Jacob and Charles, along with eight great-grandchildren.

  He joins his son John in their eternal home.

  Graveside services to include military honors will take placeat  11 a.m., Dec. 1, in the Janesville Cemetery.

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



  Far too soon, the Good Lord called William "Bill" F. Patey Jr. from this life at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, Nov. 16, 2009, following complications from a long battle with Crohn's disease. His loving family was at his side.

  Bill was born in San Pablo, Jan. 21, 1973, to William F. Sr. and Bonnie Patey.

  At the age of six he and his mother relocated to Chester from Corning.

  "Billy" as he affectionately was called, attended grammar school in Chester and graduated from Lake Almanor High School as a member of its class of 1992.

  While working at Almanor Manufacturing Bill began a loving relationship with Melinda and the two were united in matrimony first in New York, N.Y. Sept. 7, 2001, and again in Lake Almanor, Sept. 13, 2003.

  Bill loved to collect discarded bicycles and from their combined parts produce a bike that looked like new. His kind and gentle nature allowed him to share his talents with those less fortunate and he found great pleasure in providing a bike to those who needed one.

  Bill had a loving and caring relationship with his family and especially enjoyed sharing his talents as well as his love of the outdoors with his sons.

  In passing Bill leaves his loving wife, Melinda of Chester; sons Jason of Chester and eldest son Cory Mullen of Susanville; father William F. Patey, Sr. of Red Bluff; mother Bonnie Patey and stepfather Rick Mollison and brother Jeremy Mollison, all of Chester.

  A celebration of Bill's life will take place 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel-Chester, with his dear friend Doug Hitchcock officiating.

  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 Bill's memory be made to the Crohn's Disease/Colitis Foundation c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.




  Yvonne Killingsworth passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Nov. 20, 2009.

  Yvonne was a resident of Durham for 45 years. Yvonne was born Dec. 31, 1931, in Pauls Valley, Okla.

  In 1952, she married the love of her life, John “Bud” Killingsworth. They were married for 59 years and raised two children, Greg and Debbie.

  After graduating high school in Alameda in 1950, Yvonne came to Chico and worked at Montgomery Ward. She then worked as a bookkeeper at Gus Gore Construction Company until she began her career at Durham High School.

  During her 26 years at Durham High School, she was awarded Secretary of the Year in 1984, and was Treasurer for California School Employees Association.

  She was also very active in her children’s lives as she was Den Mother for Cub Scouts, Leader for Brownie Scouts, President of PTA and a Sports Booster for many years.

  After retiring in 1993, Yvonne and Bud enjoyed traveling many miles to see their grandchildren participate in many activities. As much as she enjoyed her professional career, Yvonne cherished her children and grandchildren dearly and being a mother was the most important job she had.

  Yvonne is survived by husband John Killingsworth of Durham; son Greg Killingsworth (Lynn) of Chester; daughter Debbie Patrich (Gregg) of Arizona; brother Ron Chrisco (Gena) of Reno, Nev.; six grandchildren, Katrina Zunino (Chase) of San Ramon, Amber  Patrich of Sacramento, Shay McDonald (Ryan) of Portland, Ore., Kristine Collins (Casey) of Chico, Todd Killingsworth of Portland, Ore. and Brian Killingsworth of Tahoe.

  Yvonne is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Rocco, Siena, and Secily Zunino and Liam and Ella McDonald.

  A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 11 at Brusie’s Funeral Home. A graveside service will immediately follow at Glen Oaks Memorial Park.

  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Susan G. Koman for the Cure.




  Scott Arthur Boquist, 59, of Apache Junction, Ariz., passed away Nov. 17, 2009, in Mesa, Ariz. He was born Jan. 29, 1949, in Lewiston, Idaho.

  He is survived by his mother, Faye Boquist, his sister April Keenan, and his brothers Barry and Matt Boquist.


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