Obituaries for the week of 12/16/2009

Thomas Madison Williams, 82

LaVonne Selbach, 74

Clyde A. Whitcomb Sr., 78

Janet O’Halloran

Larry Ronald Gorbet, Sr., 61

Dorothy Mae Mount, 95 

  Thomas Madison Williams, born Feb. 7, 1927, died peacefully in his sleep Nov. 25, 2009, under the loving care of the Eastern Plumas Health Care Nurses.

  Thomas (Grandpa Tom, Dad, TM) is survived by his wife, Norma Williams, of nearly 58 years; children Alan (Linda), Tom (Kathy), Karen Maynor, Terry Textor (Todd); grandchildren Tiffany Kennedy (Jon), Joe Williams (Matt), Justin Williams (Debra), Dale Maynor (Caroline), Camron Maynor, Dolly Hall (Tom), Dove Leathers (Tobi), Camille Williams (Jack), Clover Metz (Alan), and 10 great-grandchildren, Morgan, Madison, Thomas, Connor, Carter, Aaron, Wyatt, Hannah, Tommy and Lyla.

  Tom joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and proudly served his country during World War II on the USS Hector. The USS Hector was commissioned on Tom’s 17th birthday Feb. 7, 1944. He was honorably discharged Feb. 7, 1946.

  Tom enjoyed guitar picking with his musically talented children and entertaining the family after a hard day of work and gardening. Tom had quite the green thumb. In addition to his love of fishing,

  Grandpa loved to read. No one really knows the total number of books he read, but it has been said that he checked out every book in the library, at least twice.

  One of the biggest challenges family members had during the holidays was to find a book he hadn’t already read. It was always a pleasure to watch “Jeopardy” and listen to grandpa quietly answer every question we were struggling with; he would be surprised that he knew the “final jeopardy” question and those guys on T.V. didn’t quite get it right, with a little grin on his face.

  Tom retired from Sierra Pacific Industries as the crane operator (loader). Before going to work for Sierra Pacific, he worked many years in the woods as a logger and loader operator.

  Tom enjoyed the competition he encountered in the woods while trying to be the first one to get a loaded log truck on the road every day. Those early morning wake up calls in the logging industry stuck with Tom forever. If you were expecting Tom to pay a visit, and you lived 4–6 hours away, you better have the coffee ready by 6 a.m. 

  Tom didn’t quite retire after retiring. He performed dealer trade duties for Thurston Auto Plaza in Ukiah and also transported the seniors of Plumas County in the van and delivered meals to many others. Grandpa, 82-years-old, joked about helping out the “old people.”

  He will be missed by all. He was a gentle, kind, intelligent, hard-working and humble man of integrity. If we all used Tom’s life as a template, the world would be a better place.

  Tom was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ella; brothers Jessie, John and James; sisters Martha, Elizabeth, Georgia, twin sister, Mary Jane and great-grandson, Baby Jack.

  At his request, no services will be held, but a tribute to his service to our country will occur at a later time.  



  LaVonne Selbach is sadly missed after losing her life in a car accident on Highway 89, Dec. 6, 2009.She was born Dec. 8, 1935, to Lorenzo Chris Anderson and Lucille Shipley Anderson.

  She is survived by her husband of 38 years,Ronel Selbach;sons Michael Miller and Mitchell Miller of Reno, Nev., and daughter Cindy Giesen of Orangevale; Ronel’s children Jerry Selbach, Ronnie Selbach, Doris Selbach all of Reno and Cheryl DeBroeck of Walla Walla, Wash.; 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

  She is also survived by her sister Cathy Zmak of Portola, as well as an adopted brother Dean Corcoran, of Mt. Pleasant, Utah, ‘just like a sister’ Shirl Andrews, Michael DeLee (who "adopted" her), special niece Lorraine and many more beloved relatives and good friends.

  LaVonne had a wonderful life with no regrets and told us so.She was active in her community.She worked in insurance and real estate; managed farms; was at one time the third biggest pig farmer in Nevada; had a mountain peak named after her (LaVonne Peak); fought for and retained water rights (in Nevada!);convinced Nevada to update a map and beat breast cancer.

  She loved attending her Reno High School reunions, cruising and visiting family.She was always encouraging, caring and loved the Lord with all her heart, soul and mind.

  In her honor, there will be a Celebration of Life will be held March 20, 2010, in Reno. For more information, contact Cindy at cmthewiz@yahoo.com or (916) 989-6614.A small service was held in Portola Dec. 11h.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Eastern Plumas Health CareAuxiliary,P.O. Box 735,Portola, CA96122.Thank you for being a part of her life.



  Clyde A. Whitcomb Sr. died of natural causes Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at 8:35 p.m. in his home IN Chico, surrounded by his loving family. Clyde was born in Westwood July 5, 1931, the son of Homer and Alta Lane Whitcomb.

  Clyde lived in the Quincy-Twain area for over 40 years before moving with his wife, Pat, to Chico. He had been a member of the V.F.W., Elks Lodge and Clampers. He was a Navy Veteran of the Korean War serving from 1950–1956.

  He always enjoyed fishing, hunting and loved the mountains. He was also an avid Denver Bronco Fan. Clyde attended Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and was adored by his loving family. He will be deeply missed.

  Clyde is survived by his wife Pat Whitcomb and his children Clyde A. Whitcomb Jr. (Sonny), Clydeen Rodgers, Brenda Valentine and Rhonda Supanich.

  Clyde was preceded in death by his daughters Rose Whitcomb and Kathy Mason and four siblings: Betty, Don, Bertha, and Dorothy.

  He has 14 grandchildren.

  There will be a memorial service at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, followed by a Veterans of Foreign Wars ceremony at Glen Oaks Memorial Park.

  In leiu of flowers, donations may be sent in Clyde’s memory to Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.

  Condolences can be made online at BrusieFH.com.




  Greenville resident Janet O’Halloran passed away peacefully with her loving family at her side Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009.

  She is survived by Patrick, her husband of 51 years, and by her children Nancy O’Halloran of Portland, Ore., Jim O’Halloran of Sacramento, and Dan O’Halloran of Truckee; her sister Linda Bennett of Chico, and her brother Bruce Barton of Reno, Nev., as well as many other loving relatives.

  Janet was born in Nevada and graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno.

  She had a long and fulfilling career as an elementary school teacher.

  After marrying Pat she lived in several states across the country, finally retiring in Greenville. She was the favorite teacher of many, and was especially good at helping struggling students improve.

  Janet was an avid quilter and craftswoman who gave many beautiful handcrafted gifts to appreciative family and friends. She was a member of local quilt guilds, and always enjoyed learning new techniques and patterns with her fellow quilters.

  She also gave generously to the community as a volunteer in several organizations, including the Indian Valley Hospital and associated Thrift shop, and the Friends of the Library, among others.

  Janet loved music and enjoyed singing in local choirs. She could often be heard singing around the house as she worked or sewed. She also loved nature and took beautiful photos of the wildlife, flowers, and scenery around her.

  We will miss her kindness, generosity and amazing ability to find the good in every situation, and in everyone she met. Her sweet smile and encouraging words will be remembered by all who knew her. Janet’s quiet warmth and love will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

  The family would like to thank the kind people of Greenville and the surrounding community for their many thoughtful gestures, cards and words.

  At Janet’s request, no services will take place. An opportunity to express condolences and sign the guest register is available at  fehrmanmortuary.com.

  Remembrances in her name may be made to the Indian Valley Thrift shop in Greenville, Friends of the Library, or the American Cancer Society.


  Larry Ronald Gorbet, Sr. passed from this life peacefully late Friday evening, Dec. 11, 2009, at his residence in Chester, following a valiant battle with kidney failure. His loving family was at his side.

  Born Oct. 4, 1948, to Forrest and Clara (Shafer) Gorbet in Westwood, Larry spent his early years living in Greenville where he attended Greenville Elementary School. At the age of 10 he and his family moved to Reno, Nev., where Larry graduated as a member of Reno High School's class of 1967.

  Following his graduation he entered the armed forces where as a member of the U.S. Navy Larry served his country honorably during the Viet Nam War.

  He returned to Reno following his discharge; through a blind date arranged by cousins he met Rebecca Dilley. As their love for one another grew the two were united in matrimony in Reno, Nev., Dec. 2, 1972. To this union a daughter and two sons were born.

  Shortly following their marriage the newlyweds moved to Chester where the family has resided since 1972. Larry began a 36-year career with the Collins Family at their Chester Mill as an equipment operator retiring due to health concerns in 2008.

  Larry was an avid "Rock Hound" who found great pleasure in spending time in the outdoors hunting, fishing and gardening. He found solace in practicing his Native American art of beading.

  In passing Larry leaves his loving wife Rebecca with whom he just a week ago celebrated his 37th wedding anniversary with sons Robert of Longview, Washington, Larry, Jr. of Chester, daughter Mary Ann Franklin of Poolview, Texas, brother Ricky Gorbet of Oroville, sister Lorena Rose Gorbet of Greenville, four grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

  At Larry's request, following cremation, no services will take place. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.




  Dorothy Mae Mount, 95 years old, died Nov. 30, 2009. Dorothy was born Aug. 4, 1914, in Atchinson County, Mo.

  She is preceded in death by her husband of 68 years Nevit; daughter Donna Bell; grandson Jessie and four sisters.

  She is survived by her sister, Mable Mount, of Hamburg, Iowa and her daughters Beverly Oyler of Portola, Nancy Butler of Hesperia, Dianne McIlwaine also of Hesperia, Dorothy Timmerman of Grass Valley, Kathy Drung of Oak Glen, Jacqueline Melkonian of Hesperia, Theresa Tesone of Spring Valley Lake; 20 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

  Services were held Saturday, Dec. 5, at Sunset Hills Mortuary, in Apple Valley. Victor Valley Mortuary handled arrangements. Dorothy will be laid to rest at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Hamburg, Iowa.





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