Obituaries for the week of 3/31/2010

Gerry Loughran, 50
Glenna Lee Alldredge, 89
Zackary Kenneth Charlton, 28
Duane Allen Knox, 74
Irene Constance Hansen, 91
Raymond Bert Mathes Sr., 84

Gerry Loughran died Dec. 7, 2009.
    He was born Aug. 11, 1959, in Rathcoole, County Dublin, Ireland, and he lived in County Dublin until he moved to the States in 1998. He lived along the California coast until 2004, when he moved to Graeagle. He worked as a finish carpenter and was considered an “old world craftsman” for the works of art he created in wood.
    Gerry lived as a friend to everyone he met. He was gracious and generous by nature and was the first one many people turned to for a helping hand. His enthusiasm was infectious. There was a light in his eyes and a lilt to his voice that brought joy and life to our community.
    Gerry loved Ireland and Irish music most of all. He was most at home in the Burren, County Clare, Ireland or on the Aran Islands, and he dreamed of returning there.
    He played the concertina. Whether he played alone or with others, the true spirit of Ireland came through his music. He was the embodiment of that spirit.
    He is pre-deceased by his mother, Katherine, and his father, Tom, and his older brother, Andy.
    He leaves behind three sisters: Mary, Esther and Susie; four children: Jennifer, Grace, Darren and Niamh; three grandchildren; and his wife, Linda Satchwell.
    A celebration of Gerry’s life will be held in May in Graeagle.

    Glenna was born in Butler, Mo., Dec. 22, 1920, and passed away March 24, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Redding.
    She lived in the Westwood-Chester area nearly 70 years. She loved God, her family, her friends, and church. She loved driving when she still could; she especially loved red Buicks.
    Up until the end, she was always ready to go somewhere. She loved being with family and friends and had such a special love for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    She also loved music played by Bob and Gloria Robinson.
    She is survived by her sister, Peggy Bray of Redding, her sister, Gib Livingston of Sapulpa, Okla., Guy Van Arsdale of Tulsa, Okla., and Edward Van Arsdale of Tulsa, Okla. Her brother, Harold, preceded her in death.
    She is also survived by her children, Anna and Charles Barajas of Mt. Shasta; Guy Alldredge of Redding; Ginger and Reggie King of Reno, Nev.; and Melba and John Hulley of Sacramento. Her son, John, preceeded her in death.
    She had nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
    Services were held at the Wesleyan Church in Chester, with internment at the Westwood Cemetery.

    Zackary Kenneth Charlton went to be with the Lord at age 28 in Reno, Nev., Wednesday, March 24, 2010. He successfully conquered his first battle of testicular cancer at age 19, but after eight years of remission was suddenly overtaken by the disease.  
    Zack was born Nov. 24 1981, in Quincy, to Kerry and Christine Charlton and became little brother to Allison Charlton. He grew up in Redding, and loved being with friends and family.
    His smile was infectious, never judgmental and always willing to listen to others while wearing his heart on his sleeve. He was a romantic, who loved to dream and talk about all the possibilities in life. He blazed his own trail in life and always kept Mom and Dad on their toes.  
    He gave his life to the Lord at a young age, and whenever life dealt him a blow, he would always turn to the Lord.  
    He loved playing hockey and talking about movies with lifelong friend, Cody Vollmers, who was always by his side until the end, even sleeping in the hospital next to him for three nights while Zack was in a coma praying God would do a miracle.
    He loved movie quotes and was the king of random text messages to friends and family. He loved anything on a board or in the water and enjoyed the simple things in life like lazy afternoons, the smell of surf wax, hammocks, cold oceans and hot sand, downtown San Diego at 4 a.m. and the fields in Fall River Mills.
    He always had a desire to help others, which drove him to complete a two-year nursing program and was studying to become a full-time nurse. We were very proud of Zack and are sad his life was cut short, but know he’s in heaven doing the work of the Lord.
    He is survived by his parents Kerry and Christine Charlton of Quincy, and his sister and brother-in-law, Brad and Allie, and his newborn nephew, Cooper Bentley in Palos Verdes Estates. He’s survived by maternal grandmother Nancy Cooper and paternal grandfather Hale Charlton both of Quincy, along with many close aunts, uncles and cousins in Northern and Southern California. Lastly, he was survived by his one true love in life, Rosie Paradella.
    A celebration of life for Zack was held Sunday, March 28, in Truckee. A special thanks to all friends and family who poured into Zack’s life through the years.  We all are looking forward to seeing him again one day in paradise.
    His favorite song was “God is Great, Beer is Good and People are Crazy.”
    His favorite quote was “The only easy day was yesterday.”
    And he lived by the following three words: Faith, Hope and Love

    Quincy resident Duane Allen Knox passed from this life peacefully, with family at his side, early Wednesday morning, March 24, 2010, at Plumas District Hospital, following a valiant battle with heart failure.
    Born 74 years ago to Nebraska natives Bayard and Evelyn (Bible) Knox in Beatrice, Neb., Duane was raised and educated in Beatrice graduating from Beatrice High School as a member of the class of 1953.
    He went on to obtain his AA degree at Wentworth Military Academy, then on to University of Nebraska for one year.
    Shortly thereafter on a blind date Duane met a beautiful young lady named Nina Hogle. In just three months, their love for one another blossomed to the point that they were united in matrimony in Crete, Neb. Dec. 26, 1955. To this blessed union of almost 55 years one son and two daughters were born.
    The family moved west to settle in the San Francisco South Bay area in 1971, residing there until moving to Quincy in 1986.
    A business entrepreneur at heart, Duane has been involved in a number of ventures in his life, but most proudly owned and operated Stone House Furniture of Quincy from 1987 to 1993 until a heart attack forced him to close the business.
    A devoted Christian, Duane served the congregation of the Quincy First Baptist Church as a deacon. He is a longtime member of the Lincoln, Neb. Masonic Lodge. Duane enjoyed fishing as well as reading, was an old movie buff, and had a passion for “following the ponies.”
    In passing, Duane leaves his loving wife Nina of Quincy; son Bayard C. Knox II and his wife Karen of San Jose; daughters Elizabeth and her husband Bruce Whiteaker of Gilroy, Audrey and her husband Bern Ruelas of Hayward; sister Judy Doles of Indiana, Pa., along with his precious grandchildren: Krisalyn, Melody, Jana and Joshua.
    A celebration of Duane's life took place 2 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Quincy First Baptist Church. Inurnment will take place at a later date in the family plot of Evergreen Cemetery of Beatrice, Neb.
    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 Duane's memory be made to either the American Lung Association or the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

Irene Constance Hansen    1929 – 2010. No more gentle and beautiful soul would we ever love: She now abides in the arms of God above.
    Beloved wife, mother, friend, aunt and grandmother Irene was passionate about many things; her family, quilting, “her” desert — all things in nature, she had a deep interest in genealogy.
Survived by her husband of 59 years, Herbert Edwin Hansen; son and daughter-in-law Eric and Debbie Hansen; son and daughter-in-law Chris and Connie Hansen; son and daughter-in-law Bill and Karen Hansen; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many dear friends, she will be lovingly remembered by all.
    She started her family in Oakland, in 1951, then moved to Cherry Lane in Walnut Creek. Irene loyally drove a school bus for several years. They built their beautiful home in Meadow Valley in 1985, and kept a winter get-away in Indio, where she volunteered as a docent at The Living Desert for 20 years. Recently they bought a Rossmoor bungalow to enjoy when in Walnut Creek.
    Irene took delight in traveling, including cruises to Alaska, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America and Europe. She and Herb loved hiking and camping throughout the country; they had a timeshare used for travel to various locations including Hawaii, England and Mexico.
    A memorial celebrating her life will be held April 17, at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Concord, 1965 Colfax St., in Concord, with a reception following.
    The family requests that those who wish to do, to please contribute in her name to The Living Desert, 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, CA 92260.

    Raymond Bert Mathes Sr., 84, of Quincy, died Sunday, March 28, 2010, in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
    A native of Oroville, he was the son of the late Arthur James and Mabel Warner Mathes.
    Mathes is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Mathes; sons and daughter-in-law, Ray (Ginny) Mathes Jr. of Murfreesboro, Tenn. and Jim Mathes of New Bedford, Mass.; six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
    Mathes was a veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theatre. He was a retired lumber mill worker.
    Services under the direction of Woodfin Memorial Chapel.

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