Obituaries for the week of 3/24/2010

Donald Arthur Volkema, 56
Connie Jean Tibbedeaux, 63
Constance Lorraine Baumann, 81
Bonsal “ Ray” Bennett, 70
William Charles Lockwood, Jr., 61
Alyce Maybelle Loskill, 84
Calvin Stuart Thurber Sr., 75
Eloise Imhoff-Thayer, 91
Caryl Elizabeth McClary, 79
David Allan Benner, 54
Kurt Scholberg, 59

Don Volkema passed away unexpectedly at his home in Prescott Valley, Ariz., Feb. 6, 2010, at the age of 56.

  Born in Pasadena, June 24, 1953, to Fred and Lois Volkema, Don spent his childhood growing up in Quincy. The family home was on Pine Street, a few hundred yards from the First Baptist Church. He graduated from Quincy High School and moved to Phoenix, Ariz. to attend Grand Canyon College. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration.

  Don met the love of his life, Marsha, married in 1993, and lived in Glendale, Ariz. In 200,4 they moved to Prescott Valley, Ariz., where they built a new home together, enjoying the serenity of the area, cooler temperatures and a more relaxed pace.

  Don enjoyed hunting, fishing, bicycling, riding quads, gardening, photography, family activities and his HAM radio.   Donner Lake was a family vacation destination which allowed the proximity to Quincy to visit long-time friends each summer.

  His family and friends gathered to remember Don at services held Feb. 12, at Harvest Bible Chapel in Prescott Valley, Ariz., and again Feb. 16, in Quincy. Family friend and former pastor Rev. Charles Kinzie performed the memorial service at First Baptist Church in East Quincy, as he had also done for Don’s father Fred, who passed away in 1976, and for sister Helen, who passed away in 2004. Interment followed at Quincy East Lawn Cemetery.

  While he is gone all too soon, we love him beyond measure and are assured he is now reunited in heaven with his father, sister, nephew, uncle and grandparents.

  Don is survived by his wife, Marsha, (Prescott Valley); mother, Lois (Volkema) Blanchard, (Redmond, Wash.) and sister, Karen (Volkema) Lillibridge, (Canyon Country); his daughters, Michelle (Atlanta, Ga.), Marni, Cortney and Brittany; and sons, JJ and Nathan (all of the Phoenix area) and six grandchildren, Riley, Madison, Braiden, Ryder, Reagen and Liv.



  Connie Jean Tibbedeaux passed away peacefully in her sleep at home Thursday, March 4, 2010. She was 63 years young.

  Born in Clovis, she was a 1965 graduate of Oroville High School — the first of her family to achieve that academic milestone. 

  In the summer of that year, while vacationing with her family at Bucks Lake, she met the love of her life, Gerald (Jerry) Tibbedeaux, and the two were together ever since, officially tying the knot Nov. 18, 1967.

  Connie and Jerry initially made their home in San Jose, where Connie had two daughters, Jerri Anne and Mary Beth. 

  Connie volunteered countless hours for the school district as a classroom aide and administrative assistant, always putting her children’s education first.

  With her children’s opportunities in mind, she and her husband Jerry moved the family to Jerry’s childhood home of Plumas County, settling in Portola in 1985.

  Connie successfully received her college diploma from FRC in 1989, and with her husband, established the family business, Tibbedeaux Surveying, that same year. She spent many years as a field technician and business manager.

  Her greatest love was her family and there was nothing better than caring for her children and grandchildren. She was a source of encouragement and support for her entire family and she will be heartfully missed.

  Connie is survived by her husband. Jerry Tibbedeaux; sister Ginger Vaughan; brother Marvin Higday; her two daughters, Anne Bell and Mary Shipley; and five precious grandchildren, Ryan, Kate, Travis, Collin, and Charisma.

  She joins her parents, Marvin and Kathryn Higday, her brother, John Higday and her sister, Iva Day in the peace of everlasting rest.

  A potluck barbecue celebration of her life including the formation of a memorial garden will be held at her home in Portola, Saturday, June 12. All friends are welcome. 

  Greenville resident Constance "Connie" Lorraine Baumann passed from this life suddenly following complications from a stroke, Thursday, March 11, 2010, at Enloe Medical Center in Chico.

  Born 81 years ago to the late Anthony and Angeline (Giza) Sallas May 23, 1928, in Detroit, Mich., Connie, as she affectionately became known, was raised and educated in Detroit, graduating from high school there.

  Following high school graduation and while working as a secretary she was introduced to a handsome young serviceman named John Baumann.

  As their love for one another matured they were united in matrimony July 14, 1955, in Detroit. To this union one daughter was born.

  Following John's retirement from the military the family settled out west in Riverside. They resided there until moving to Greenville in 1978.

  Here Connie was active in the Community United Methodist churches of Greenville and Taylorsville. She was an accomplished seamstress who especially enjoyed the art of quilting and sharing her talent with the other women of the Taylorsville Sewing and Quilting Club.

  Connie had a special place in her heart for animals and was known by some in the community as the "Dog Lady" for her care of numerous "rescue dogs" awaiting adoption.

  She was a longtime member of the Indian Valley Riding and Roping Club as well as the Mt. Jura Gem and Museum Society and when time permitted enjoyed relaxing while reading.

  In passing, Connie leaves her daughter, Arden, and her husband Steve Shaw of Roseville; a brother, Harold Sallas, of St. Claire Shores, Mich.; sister Angeline Strempke, of Riverside; along with her precious grandchildren Erin, Ben and Rebecca.

  She joins her husband John, who passed from this life in 2005, in their eternal home.

  You and your well-behaved pets are invited to a celebration of Connie's life at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Taylorsville District Cemetery.

  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 Connie's memory be made to High Sierra Animal Rescue, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.



  Bonsal Ray Bennett died in his home at Graeagle, Friday, March 12, 2010.

  He was born Aug. 13, 1939, at Nucla, Colo., to Asa Lee Bennett and Nellie Rose (Rice) Bennett. He was the third child of six in his family.

  Ray’s favorite pastimes included spending time with his loved ones and many friends. When he was growing up in Colorado, he loved riding horses, deer hunting, fishing, and generally raising heck around the countryside.

  He worked in the uranium industry, both mining underground and on the drilling side. He worked on the drill rigs for the gas and oil industries also across Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.

  He was a member of the Operating Engineers Union #3 for many years. He worked some very interesting jobs during those years: the Glen Canyon Dam Project, the Hetch Hetchy Tunnel and on the Bart Transit Project under the San Francisco Bay.

  He later worked in the timber industries of Northern California. He worked as a sawyer on a private mill, as a millwright and mechanic for Sierra Pacific in Sloat and Quincy. He was a gifted mechanic, welder and did a lot of fabrication work. Tinkering in his shop at Graeagle was an enjoyable pastime.

  When he retired he spent many hours traveling to the ghost towns of the Western states; riding his ATV, gold mining with his sons and friends, metal detecting and general treasure hunting.

  Western lore and history took up many of his hours. He still traveled extensively and loved to go to Molokai, the “most Hawaiian island.” We will all miss his teaching and advice for many years.

  Ray is survived by his three children, Nelda Jean Archer, of Dry Creek Basin, Colo.; Calvin Ray Bennett of Quincy; Paul Eugene Bennett (Cheryl) of Truckee; three grandchildren David Wayne Campbell (Seantae) of Egnar, Colo., Serena Raye Campbell of Olathe, Colo., Sherridan Rae Bennett of Quincy; one great-grandchild, Austin Jean Campbell of Egnar, Colo.; a well-thought-of son and daughter-in-law, Galen H. Archer of Redvale, Colo., and Kellie Bennett of Quincy; a very special lady who shared his past years, Margaret Mason, of Reno, Nev.; one brother and three sisters survive also. He will be missed by many friends, family and loved ones.

  As Ray requested no formal services will be held.

  Services entrusted to Manni Funeral Home, Portola.



  Following a courageous battle with liver disease William "Skip" Charles Lockwood passed from this life Saturday, March 13, 2010, at Plumas District Hospital located in Quincy. His loving family was at his side.

  Born 61 years ago in Washington, D.C., Nov. 14, 1948, to William Sr. and Mary (Goad) Lockwood, his father’s military service took the family to Hawaii, San Clemente and later Hayward, during his youth.

  Skip, as he affectionately became known, left high school early to join the U.S. Marine Corps, serving his country honorably. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton, and while in the Corps obtained his GED.

  Following Skip's discharge, he settled in Quincy, where he began a 29-year career with the U.S. Forest Service as a heavy equipment operator. He relocated from Quincy to Greenville, in 2005.

  Skip was a member of the American Legion Post of Quincy, E. Clampus Vitus Las Plumas Del Oro Chapter 8 (Clampers), and the Operating Engineers Union, serving as the shop steward for a number of years.

  His passion in life was his time in the outdoors, he found enjoyment in hunting, fishing, hiking and camping while also developing a talent for photography.

  In passing Skip leaves his sons, David and Jimmy, both of Klamath Falls, Ore., Casey and Justin Eason; daughters, Cindy Lyon and Robin Lockwood of Klamath Falls, Ore., Angie Banks of Eureka, and Lori Gordon; father William C. Lockwood Sr. of Tracy; sister Pamela Lockwood of Tracy; 21 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; niece Carol Ann Lockwood of Tracy; nephew Robert Charles Lockwood of Corpus Christi, Texas; four great-nieces, one great-nephew and dear brother-in-law Howard Stowell of Greenville.

  Skip joins in his eternal home his mother, Mary; second mom Cashie; brother Bob and sister Joann.

  A celebration of Skip's life is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel-Quincy.

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


  Alyce Maybelle Loskill passed from our lives into the arms of her Savior Jesus Christ, where she will be spending eternity, March 14, 2010.

  Born in Mason City, Iowa Aug. 10, 1925, she was an only child to Lewis and Peace Ida Robertson. She leaves behind four children: Barbara, Sharon, Bobby and Joyce; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

  A resident of Lake Almanor for more than 20years, she will always be remembered for her beautiful silver hair and her wonderful spirit from within, known to all for her vintage clip-on earrings that she was never without.



  Calvin S. Thurber Sr. slipped quietly from this life Tuesday, March 16, at Seneca District Hospital in Chester, after complications resulting from a fall.

  Calvin was born to proud parents Harry Sr. and Beryl Thurber March 1, 1935, in Bay Shore, N.Y., where he spent his childhood. Thurber went on to graduate from Union College with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering.

  After completing his education, Calvin married his childhood sweetheart and lifetime companion, wife of 52 years, Marilyn Thurber.

  Shortly after they married, Calvin joined to proudly serve his country in the United States Air Force where he earned the rank of captain and was vice president of AmerTap based out of Germany.

  His Air Force service nurtured his passion for aviation that he shared with his best friend and firstborn, Calvin S. Thurber Jr. and his beloved grandson, Trevor V. Thurber, who is currently studying to become an air traffic controller.

  Cal Sr. loved to travel and explore the world with a hunger to see it all, visiting such exotic places as Peru, Mexico and Japan.

  His love of sailing and open mountain spaces eventually led to Cal Sr. and Marilyn settling in Lake Almanor where they raised son, Cal Jr. and daughter Lori, the true apple of his eye and the sunshine of his life.

  He truly leaves a hole in our tight knit community where he worked several years for Collins Pine and later retired from Factory Mutual.

  Calvin S. Thurber Sr. is preceded in death by both parents. He is survived by his only sibling, brother Harry Thurber Jr. of GreenPort, N.Y., his lovely wife Marilyn and their extended family.

  This sorrowful group includes son Calvin S. Thurber Jr., daughter-in-law, Tracy Thurber; their five children Trevor Thurber (18), Ashlee House (18), Allison House (12), all of Lake Almanor, Travis Thurber (18), of Paradise, and eldest grandson Brandon Thurber (21), currently attending Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. He also leaves behind his precious only daughter, Lori Morris and son-in-law, Charles Morris.

  A private celebration of the life of Calvin S. Thurber Sr., to include military honors was held Saturday, March 20, at the home of Calvin Jr. and Tracy Thurber.

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

  In lieu of flowers the family asks donations in Cal Sr's. name be made to your local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.


  Lake Almanor resident Lois "Eloise" Imhoff-Thayer passed from this life peacefully, under the compassionate care of the staff at Seneca Health Care District's Long Term Care Facility, Wednesday, March 17, 2010.

  Born 91 years ago June 29, 1918, in Santa Rosa, to the late Michigan natives Clyde and Ellen (Noggle) Marvin, Eloise, as she affectionately became known, was raised and educated in Vallejo, where she was a 1936 graduate of Vallejo Senior High School.

  Eloise married her high school sweetheart, Charles Harry Imhoff, in Vallejo in November 1936. To this blessed union one daughter and a son were born. The couple raised their family in Vallejo and in 1986 retired to the Lake Almanor Peninsula.

  Eloise was a dedicated and loving wife and mother who took great pride in caring for her family.

  She was an avid bowler. An accomplished seamstress, she enjoyed knitting and crocheting, as well as working crossword puzzles and golfing. She was a former member of the Lake Almanor Country Club Fire Sirens.

  Following the loss of the first love of her life, Charles in 1988, Eloise became involved with Sierra Hospice working as a volunteer and attending the Circle of Weavers. It was there she met widower, Douglas Thayer. The couple later married in January 1998, and enjoyed their final years together.

  In passing Eloise leaves her loving children, son Richard and loving daughter-in-law Diane Imhoff of Lake Almanor; daughter Charlene Imhoff-Davidson of Napa; her precious grandchildren Michael Imhoff and wife Kimberly, Sharon Flint and husband Jim, Mark Davisson and wife Debbie, Keeley Ferreira and husband Tony, Shasta Davidson and Nikki Davidson, along with fourteen great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

  Eloise joins her loving husbands, Charles Imhoff and Douglas Thayer; five brothers and five sisters in their eternal home.

  A celebration of Eloise's life is scheduled for Saturday, April 10, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Napa Elks Lodge, 2840 Soscol Ave., Napa. Private inurnment will take place in the Chester District Cemetery.

  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 Eloise's memory be made to the Long Term Care Facility of Seneca Health Care District, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

Chester resident Caryl Elizabeth McClary died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010.


  She was born in Milwaukee, Wis. July 6, 1930.

  In passing Caryl leaves her companion George Thompson of Chester; daughter Lori Lee Rossmiller of Pleasant Hill; and many friends.

  A celebration of Caryl's life will take place 1 p.m. Friday, March 26, at the Community United Methodist Church of Chester. Interment will take place in the Chester District Cemetery.

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

  Caryl requested any remembrances in her memory be made to Sierra Hospice, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.



  Greenville resident David Allan Benner died Monday, March 15, 2010, at Plumas District Hospital following a valiant battle with liver cancer.

Born in Willits, Feb. 15, 1956, David was raised and educated in Chester.

  Survivors include his wife, Linda of Greenville; children David, Dylan, Robert, Kevin and Bryan of Chester, Kerri Pellitier of Chester, and Kimberlie Benner of Klawock, Alaska; parents Jim and Barbara Benner of Chester; brother Robert Bryan; sisters Vicky Benner and Sandy Osman, both of Chester, Jodie Miller of Chico; granddaughter Heather and sister-in-law Sandy Hogan.

  A celebration of David's life including military honors was held Saturday, March 20, at the Chester Church of Christ.

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

  The family suggests any remembrances in David's memory be made to Mountain Circle foster care, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.


  Kurt Scholberg, 59, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, in Reno, Nev.

  Kurt was born in Sacramento, in January of 1951.

  Kurt is survived by his son Eli, his mother Maren, his sister Kris and his brother Eric and wife Donna. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Scholberg.

  Services for Kurt will be held at the United Methodist Church of Portola Saturday, March 27, at 2 p.m. Donations can be made to the UMC of Portola or a charity of your choice.


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