Obituaries for the week of 1/6/2010

Clayton Floyd Neer, 2

Curtis R. Smith, 82

Nicholas G. Maximov, MD, 95

Joseph "Jay" John Dembosz, 89

Arthur James (Jim) Downs,92


  Clayton Floyd Neer tragically passed from this life Sunday evening, Jan. 3, 2010, at the tender age of 2 following a freak accident at home.

  Born to Wesley and Emily (Brown) Neer at Auburn Faith Hospital in Auburn, on July 9, 2007, Clayton had resided in Auburn his entire life.

  Clayton had followed in the family’s ranching heritage and found great joy in caring for the family’s goats, lambs and chickens. Although he sometimes had a hard time getting all the eggs in the house he enjoyed collecting them for the family and had great fun going four wheeling. He had just become the proud owner of Rusty, his very own pony. He also enjoyed books and was learning to read.

  In passing Clayton leaves his proud and loving parents, Wesley and Emily Neer; best friend and brother Tyler Neer, all of Auburn; great-grandparents Margaret Neer of Greenville, Marilyn Brown of Auburn, Keith and Frances Hamel of St. George, Utah; grandparents Charlie and Mary Lynn Neer and Roy and Jeni Brown, all of Greenville; along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

  A celebration of Clayton's life will take place at the Meyer's Ranch Barn located on North Valley Road in Greenville, 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, with inurnment to follow in the family plot located in the Greenville District Cemetery.

   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 Clayton's memory be made to the Clayton F. Neer Memorial Fund, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

  The Lord was in need of another angel to care for his flock so he called Clayton to his side this Sunday evening.






Lake Almanor resident Curtis R. Smith passed from this life peacefully surrounded by his family Dec. 29, 2009, after a valiant struggle with laryngeal cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Born in Muncie, Ind., to the late Curtis and Sylvia Smith Dec. 11, 1927. Curt and his brother, Paul, were raised in Muncie.
Curt joined the Merchant Marines at age 16, followed by an enlistment in the U.S. Army. Curtis returned from a tour of duty in Europe and married Ruth Ann Wright in Baltimore, Md.
Curtis graduated from Ball State University and was commissioned a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Curt completed pilot training in Enid, Okla., and had a decorated 31-year career serving his country.
Curt retired in 1977 at Mather Air Force Base with the rank of colonel and was the 320th Bomb Wing commander.
Curt retired to Lake Almanor Country Club and to Mission Lakes Country Club to pursue his varied interests and activities.
Curt is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Ruth Ann, his daughter, Linda Ann, of Reno, Nev., his son, Stephen R. Smith, of South Ogden, Utah, and his brother, Paul Keith, Smith of Ann Arbor, Mich.
At Curt's request, there will be no services.
The family suggests any remembrances in Curt's name be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Dr. Nicholas G. Maximov passed away peacefully Dec. 30, 2009, in Quincy. Dr. Maximov—Nick to everyone who knew him—was 95. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death.
Nick was born in Russia, Dec. 6, 1914. During the Russian Revolution, his parents, both doctors, took Nick and his older brother, Alexis, on the dangerous passage from far Eastern Russia, through Harbin, China, to the United States, arriving there in 1922.
Growing up in San Francisco, Nick excelled in all of his endeavors. He was an Eagle Scout. At Lowell High School; he was a superior student and an accomplished athlete.
He attended the University of California, Berkeley, as an undergraduate, and received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco Medical School in 1938.
While in medical school, Nick met Doris Tucker, who was in nurse’s training in San Francisco. Doris, who was born and raised in Quincy, introduced Nick to the Quincy community, which became a major influence in the rest of his life.
Nick and Doris were wed in 1939, and remained lovingly married for over 50 years, until Doris’s death in 1990.
During World War II, Nick served in the U.S. Army Air Forces as a flight surgeon, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel.
After the war and completion of his surgical training, Nick moved his family to Santa Rosa, where he, his mother and his brother (also a doctor) practiced medicine together for many years.
After raising their children, Nick and Doris moved from Santa Rosa to Lake Tahoe where he continued to practice medicine.
In 1979, they moved to Quincy, where he initially continued his medical practice, and later served as assistant coroner for Plumas County.
They lived in the house that Doris thought ideal for them—on the edge of town, with a stream running beside it—until Doris’s untimely death.
In 1991, Nick met and married the second great love of his life, Dorothy (Dottie) Perkins, a longtime Quincy resident who had lost her husband, Bill, to cancer some years before. Nick quickly became woven into Dottie’s large family. Nick and Dottie remained happily and devotedly married until Nick’s death.
Nick had many interests, and he enjoyed sharing these interests with others, especially his children and grandchildren. He loved trout fishing, particularly on the Feather River with his brother in law, Plumie Stokes, and during the World Series, with the Eagle Lake Association.
He was an avid and skilled cribbage player, recognized by the American Cribbage Congress as a master cribbage player. He also loved gardening, playing the organ, and making family movies, among many other interests. Along with his barbequing skills, he made the best “half dill” pickles and could carve a turkey with surgical precision.
Nick is deeply missed by his wife, Dottie; his three children Nikki Scannell of Santa Rosa; Steve Maximov of Carson City, Nev., and Bruce Maximov of Oakland; and his three grandchildren Danielle Scannell of Santa Rosa; Jeremy Scannell of Roseville; and Greg Maximov of San Francisco.
He was also loved by Dottie’s children: Cindy Manit, Andrea Gulick, Vonnie Becker and Bill Perkins, all of Quincy; and her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church, in Quincy Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at 11 am.
Donations are suggested in Nick’s memory to the Plumas District Hospital building and equipment fund, at Plumas Health Care Foundation, 1065 Bucks Lake Road, Quincy, CA 95971, or visit pdh.org.

Longtime Quincy educator Joseph J. "Jay" Dembosz passed from this life unexpectedly, Friday morning, Jan. 1, 2010, at Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev., just 13 days after celebrating his 89th birthday.
Born Dec. 18, 1920, in Buffalo, N.Y., to the late Polish immigrants Edward and Bertha (Kajut) Dembosz he was raised in Buffalo.
"Jay" as he affectionately became known was forced to leave high school after his sophomore year to help provide for the family during the Depression years.
A veteran of World War II Jay served his country honorably as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1942, until his discharge at the war’s end in 1945.
Before being transferred to the Pacific, Jay met a beautiful young lady named Helen Nancy Curren while attending a dance in San Bernardino. Their love for one another quickly blossomed and the two were united in holy matrimony March 13, 1945. To this union three sons and a daughter were born.
Following Jay's discharge he went to work for the postal service for a brief period of time while also attending night school to obtain his GED.
He was recruited to attend New Mexico Highlands University, where he obtained a BA and masters degrees in education.
While taking a course at San Jose State to receive his California teachers credential Jay was recruited by the principal of Quincy Elementary to begin what became a 27-year teaching career at the school.
A devout member of the Roman Catholic faith, Jay attended St. John's Catholic Church.
He was a longtime member of the Quincy Elks Lodge, serving the Lodge as its exalted ruler in 1986, as well as being a member of the Quincy Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the California Teachers Association and the Democratic Central Committee, where he served as the local chair.
Jay also served the residents of the community as a former member of the Plumas District Hospital Board of Directors, as well as a member of the Quincy Community Services District Board of Directors. He found great pleasure in the game of golf as well as fishing.
In passing Jay leaves his loving wife of 64 years, Nancy of Quincy; daughter, Linda, and her husband, Paul Stroud, of Sheridan, Wyo.; sons John E. and his wife, Sammie Ann Dembosz, of American Canyon; Timothy J. and his wife, Rose Dembosz, and Stephen J. Dembosz, all of Quincy, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Along with his parents, Jay joins his one brother and one sister in their eternal home.
A vigil service to include recitation of the Holy Rosary will take place 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at St John’s Catholic Church with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated for the repose of Jay's soul 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, also at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Quincy East Lawn 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 Jay's memory be made to either Plumas District Hospital or St. John’s Catholic Church Building Fund, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

Aurthur James (Jim) Downs passed Dec. 23, 2009, at Eastern Plumas District Hospital long term care. Jim was born April 5, 1917, to Margaret and Arthur Downs in Westhope, N.D.

He leaves behind his daughter Denisce, two granddaughters, six great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and two sisters, Edith (Herbert) Huber and Sylvia (Allen) Gustafason.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, brother Phillip and son Joe.
Per his request, there will not be any services. The family suggests any remembrances in Jim’s name should be sent to High Sierra Animal Shelter or Plumas County Animal Shelter.

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