Obituaries for the week of 10/20/2010

Bonnie Jean Slusher, 86

William Curtis Peters, 68

Chester area resident Bonnie Jean Slusher passed from this life peacefully, under the compassionate care of those at Susanville's Country Villa-Riverview Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010. Her loving son and daughter-in-law were at her side.

Born April 3, 1924, in Ann Harbor, Mich. to late Michigan natives Vern and Mildred (Harris) Wilson, Bonnie was raised and educated in Battle Creek, Mich. where she attended and graduated from Battle Creek High School.

Shortly following her high school graduation Bonnie began a career as a waitress that spanned more than 50 years.

Bonnie married her neighbor and high school boyfriend, David R. Slusher, in Akron, Ohio, Aug. 31, 1940. To this union two sons were born. The family relocated to Los Angeles in 1949, where Bonnie lived until moving to the Chester-Lake Almanor Basin in 1985.

As a devout member of the Roman Catholic faith, Bonnie attended Christ the King Catholic Church in Chester.

She was a member of the Chester Seniors as well as the local Red Hat Ladies. Bonnie enjoyed working in her yard and garden and was a member of the Chester Garden Club.

She enjoyed cooking and served as the cook for Wildwood Senior Center from 1990 – 1997. She found great enjoyment in spending time with her family as well as caring for her pets.

As the matriarch of the Slusher family, Bonnie leaves her son and daughter-in-law, David Sr. and Connie Slusher of Lake Almanor; grandchildren, David Slusher Jr. and Simone Slusher-Courter along with her great-grandchildren, Annabelle, Gemma and soon to be born Grant.

She joins her husband David who passed from this life in 1957 along with her son, Conrad, who passed from this life as a young child in 1942, in their eternal home.

Roman Catholic graveside blessing services will take place 11 a.m. Today, Oct. 20, at the Chester District Cemetery.

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

The family suggests any remembrances in Bonnie's memory be made to the Patients Activity Fund of Country Villa Riverview, c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.



Longtime Quincy resident Bill Peters died unexpectedly Oct. 14, 2010.

Bill was born in Yreka, Aug. 1, 1942, to Ida Mae and William Reed Peters. He lived in Happy Camp until the age of 11 when his father died in a plane crash while on a search and rescue mission.

The family moved to Sacramento where Ida Mae met and married Lieutenant Colonel Bud Briggs. The family moved to Japan where Bill spent his freshmen through junior years of high school.

The familyy returned to California and Bill graduated from Corning High School in 1960. After graduating from Sacramento City College, he moved to South Lake Tahoe and worked for architect Bob Mason and Plimpton-Radke Construction.

During that time, he served in the Coast Guard Reserve. In 1965 Bill met Kathryn Dorothy Nelson and they were married in November 1966.

Bill and Kathy moved to Eureka in 1968, where their children, Troy and Erin, were born and where Bill graduated from Humboldt State University.

Following graduation, Bill was supervisor of Humboldt County Parks. Bill went on to become a warden for the California State Department of Fish & Game from 1974 to 2002. He served as a warden in Long Beach, Napa and finally Quincy, where the family has lived since 1980.

Bill was a founding member of the Humboldt County Audubon Society, and later was active in Ducks Unlimited and Quincy High School Boosters.

For more than 25 years, he dedicated much of his time and energy to the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association, holding various offices including president.

From an early age, Bill was known for his artistic and athletic abilities. He established the business Wildlife Traditions in the early 1980s through which he sold his artwork.

Bill pitched for the Coast Guard and was offered a tryout with a Phillies farm team. He played recreational softball for most of his life.

Bill taught animal behavior, wildlife law, equine behavior and art at Feather River College. He also taught art classes through Becoming an Outdoor Woman, Main Street Artists and the Blue Goose Gallery.

Bill particularly enjoyed spending time fly fishing, bird watching, playing with his grandsons, playing poker, softball and horseshoes, traveling each summer to NAWEOA conferences and socializing over donuts with his friends. He is fondly remembered for his good-natured harassment of friends and family.

He leaves his wife of almost 44 years, Kathy; his son, Troy and daughter-in-law Katherine Nielsen; grandsons, Wes and Theo; daughter Erin and son-in-law Craig Scott.

He is also survived by his brother, Dennis Peters; sisters, Sharon Turner and Donna Briggs and brother, John Briggs.

Donations in memory of William C. Peters may be sent to the North American Game Warden Museum, Rural Route #1, Box 116AA, Dunseith, N.D. 58329; to the Feather River Land Trust, P.O. Box 1826, Quincy, CA 95971 or the Bill Peters Legacy Scholarship, Feather River College Foundation, Attn: Lisa Kelly, 570 Golden Eagle Avenue, Quincy, CA 95971.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Plumas County Fairgrounds. The service will be outdoors at the Pavilion and will be followed by an indoor reception. All are welcome.

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


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