Robert Earl Wilson, 76
Maynard James Sousa, 75
Beryl Riehm, 72
Russ Pettit, 78
Jeanne Elizabeth Hawkins, 53
Emerson B. Clark, 88
Elsie Miller, 86
Pat Roy Metcalf, 79, a longtime Chester resident, died Aug. 20, 2004, at the Long Term Care Unit of Seneca Health Care District. Pat was born June 1, 1925, in Wallawa, Ore., to Warren and Gladys Metcalf. He left high school early to serve his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following his discharge from the military he moved to Chester, where he went to work for the Collins Pine Company as a heavy equipment operator. He retired after 35 years of service to the company. He married his wife Eloise, on March 18, 1949, in Reno, Nev. He had been a longtime member of the former Westwood Masonic Lodge No. 501, the Greenville Masonic Lodge No. 132, the Ben Ali Shrine of Sacramento, the Lake Almanor Shrine Club and the Lumber and Industrial Workers Union Local 3074 of Chester. He had also recently received his 50-year membership pin from the American Legion Post. He enjoyed cattle ranching, the outdoors, fishing and hunting, as well as watching old John Wayne movies. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Pat is survived by his wife, Eloise; s son, Robert of Chester; daughters, Pam Smith of Westville, Okla. and Patra Trawick of Seattle, Wash.; sister, Bette Boone of Chico; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Following cremation, private family services were held. An opportunity to express condolences is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com. The family suggests donations in Pat's memory be made to the Long Term Care Unit of Seneca Health Care District, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.
Robert Earl Wilson was born Oct. 10, 1927, in El Cerrito to Earl and Cora (Wright) Wilson. He died Aug. 10, 2004, at his home in Chester with his family by his side. Robert lived in Chester for 11 years at 531 Pehar Rd. with his wife Melza Wilson. He moved to Chester 11 years ago from San Pablo. Bob joined the U.S. Army following his graduation and served his country honorably for four years. Bob retired from Sears, where he had worked as a salesman for more than 20 years. In 1960, he married his wife in Reno, Nev. He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. You could always find Bob tinkering outside or in his garage while living in Chester. He had attended the Chester Wesleyan Church. Bob is survived by his wife Melza; sons, Curtis Wilson of Los Gatos and Anthony Domday and daughter-in-law Casey Nunn of Chester; daughter, Terri Lee Thompson of Miles City, Mont.; sisters, Faye Schaffer and Edith Hildenbrand; favorite nephews, Terry, Danny, Bobby and his niece, Cathy; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, Dustin and Tory of Chester. The family requests donations in Bob's memory be made to Melza Wilson, c/o Chester Branch of Plumas Bank to help defray final expenses.
Maynard James Sousa, 75, died Aug. 20, 2004, at Enloe Hospital in Chico, following complications during an angioplasty caused by a massive heart attack. He had been a resident of Greenville for 26 years and was well known in Quincy where he worked. Maynard was born in Wilmington in 1929 to Manuel and Eva Sousa. He spent many years in Peanut and Hayfork as a member of the Patton family. Following his graduation from Banning High School, he served his country in the U.S. Army. He had been active in the Boy Scouts as a child and was a member of DeMolay. His first job was at Consolidated Lumber. He then went on to work for Safeway, while owning a drive-in restaurant. He moved to Plumas County in 1978, and went to work for his brother-in-law at Fisher Logging, before becoming the produce manager at Evergreen Market in Greenville. In subsequent years, he was a saw filer for Siskiyou-Plumas Lumber and worked for 15 years for Huffman's Auto Care in Quincy. He had most recently become the assistant manager in training for Sierra Super Stop in Quincy. He had been married to his wife Jeannie since 1979. He was very active. He enjoyed motorcycles, and last summer he rode solo across the country to visit his daughter in North Carolina. During his life he piloted a plane, snowmobiled, boated, skied, danced, and appeared in many of Quincy's musicals. Maynard is survived by his wife, Jeannie of Greenville; children, Desiree Harvey of Fayetteville, N.C., Owen Sousa of Reno, Nev., and Kevin Sousa of Atascadero; stepdaughters, Susan Petrina of Sandpoint, Idaho and Lisa Newton of Chico; as well as his former wife, Shirley Sousa of Atascadero; 10 grandchildren; and several sisters and brothers. Cremation is being arranged by the Neptune Society in Chico, and the ashes will be brought to Greenville. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, at 1 p.m., at the Quincy United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to a charity of the donors' choice.
Beryl Riehm, christened Beryl Ines Riehm Dees, 72, died Aug. 18, 2004, at the Washoe Progressive Care Center in Sparks, Nev., as a result of complications due to organ failure. Beryl was born on Nov. 26, 1931, to Norma (Wardleigh) Beryl and George Henry Dees in Ogden, Utah. She resided in northern Nevada and northeastern California all her life. She graduated from Sparks High School in 1949 and went on to attend the University of Nevada at Reno. She enjoyed the movies, exhibiting her oil paintings and world travel. Beryl is survived by her three sons, Martin Rex Riehm, George Edward Riehm and Mark Richard Riehm; ex-husband, John Rex Riehm, Jr.; her good friend, Terry Lemon; and four grandsons. Visitation was held Aug. 22, 2004, at the Lovelock Funeral Home. Services were held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Aug. 23, which was followed by a gathering of friends and family in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to your favorite Armed Forces Emergency Relief Fund by going to afrtrust.org, or calling toll free (866) 878-6378.
Marcia Kay Stringer, 49, died Aug. 16, 2004, of natural causes at Humbolt General Hospital. Marcia was born April 23, 1955, in Willows to Barbara and William Sevier. She attended Quincy High School in Quincy. She was preceded in death by her father, William and her brother, Michael. Marcia is survived by her husband, Delbert W. Stringer; daughter, Shawna O'Kelly; sons, Warren and Jeremy Scovell; her stepdaughters, Ginger Stringer, Jill Stringer, Kim Titus, Krista Banberg, Tina O'Kelley and Amy Hare; mother, Barbara Sevier; sister, Pam Johnson; brothers, George Loeser and Harlon Sevier; and her grandchildren, Cameron and Madison Scovell, Kadin O'Kelley, and Athena Hare. Memorial services were held Aug. 21, 2004 at the LDS church in Quincy.
Russ Pettit, 78, died at home on Aug. 14, 2004, with his wife at his side. Russ was born in San Jose on March 14, 1926. He grew up in Calavares County near Arnold and Murphys. In 1951, he moved to Portola and had lived there for 53 years. In 1945 he began his lifelong career as a brakeman/conductor for the Western Pacific and later the Union Pacific railroads. He was in their employ for 41 years. He worked his first five years on steam engines. He authored a book about his life with the railroad titled "Elsie's Boy." He had come from a railroad family. His mother Elsie, stepfather Clyde and two brothers Mark and Lee were all "Rails." He loved hunting, fishing, golf, traveling, cats, poetry, ice cream, Disneyland and Hawaii. He was an extra class amateur radio operator and held an FCC first class radiotelephone license. He also enjoyed building and operating computers and amateur radio equipment. Russ was a proud member of the Mason's Grizzly Lodge No. 601 and a former member of the Order of Eastern Star, Beckwith-Portola Chapter. He was married to Cindy, Linda, Barbara and Rose. Russ is survived his son Alan and his wife of 12 years, Rose. Per his wishes, there will be no services. Private inurnment will take place at a later date. Gifts in his memory may be made to Tahoe Forest Hospice, P.O. Box 759 Truckee, CA 96160 or the Plumas Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), P.O. Box 125 Quincy, CA 95971. An opportunity to express condolences is available online at mannifuneralhome.com.
Jeanne Elizabeth Hawkins, 53, died Aug. 10, 2004, in Napa. Jeanne was born on Sept. 12, 1950, to Ada and Gary Vineyard in Vallejo. She lived in various places, as her father was in the U.S. Navy while she was growing up. She was a member of the first graduating class of Pinole Valley High School. She enjoyed sewing and cross-stitching.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents. Jeanne is survived by her husband, Aubrey of Chester; daughter, Lisa Uvalles of Dixon; parents, Ada Mae and Gary Vineyard of Vallejo; brothers, Charles Corey of Hawaii and Mike Corey of Napa; sister, Linda Littlefield of Anderson; and two grandchildren. Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Northern California Inc., 553 Pilgrim Drive #C, Foster City, CA 94404.
Emerson B. Clark, 88, died Aug. 14, 2004 in San Francisco. Emerson was born June 3, 1916 in San Francisco. He was the proud owner of an import/export business for 60 years. He had been a summer resident of Chester for 78 years and spent his winters in San Francisco. On Jan. 17, 1963, he became a Shriner of the Blue Lodge Mission No. 169. He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara. Emerson is survived by his cousin in Chico. Services were held on Aug. 19, 2004, at Halsted N. Gray in San Francisco. Memorial donations can be sent to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817.
Elsie Miller, 86, died on Aug. 15, 2004, at her home in Chester with her family at her side. Elsie was born Oct. 12, 1917, on her family's ranch outside of Long Brick, Ark., and was one Charles and Leottie (Funk) Baileys' 14 children. She was raised and educated in Arkansas and Missouri. She married Alvin F. "Al" Miller on March 18, 1933, in Galena, Mo. In 1936 she moved to Manton for a short time, prior to settling in Chester in 1939. She had been a longtime member of the Chester Wesleyan Church and was instrumental in the upkeep and cleaning of the church. She had also been a member of the former Chester Sewing Club. She was an accomplished seamstress, and enjoyed quilting and embroidery. She enjoyed camping and fishing as well. Elsie is survived by her husband; sons, Charles of Yuba City, Donald of Chester, and Carl of Cheney, Wash.; brother, Walter Bailey; sisters, Bonnie Ellis, Betty Burke, Charlene Lackey, June Gentry and Etheline Raines; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Visitation was held Aug. 20, 2004, at the Chester Weslyan Church, followed by a celebration of life and interment in the Chester District Cemetery. An opportunity to express condolences is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com. The family suggests that donations in Elsie's memory be made either to Sierra Hospice or the Chester Seniors, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.