Obituaries for the week of 3/16/2011

Emma Georgette Callaghan, 99

Bryan Nicholas Johns, 20

Walter Whitney Vogan, 98

Floy Mae Herndon, 100

Ruby Merle Hall, 77

Frank Neely, 35

Emma Georgette Barham Callaghan passed from this life peacefully with her son and nephew at her side Wednesday morning, March 3, 2011, at Seneca Healthcare District hospital located in Chester, at the age of 99.

Born May 4, 1911, in Emeryville to the late Courtney and Emma (Stoer) Barham, Emma was raised in Emeryville and Piedmont, and attended the Anna Head School for Girls in Berkeley. She went on to continue her education at the University of California Berkeley, graduating with her bachelor’s degree in 1932 and earning her master’s degree in social work in 1935. She was a member of the first class of the School of Social Work at UC Berkeley.

Emma worked as a social worker for Alameda County from 1935 – 40, and during this time she met a local banker, Joe Callaghan. The couple was married in 1940 and settled in Livermore, where they resided until Joe’s passing in 1974.

Emma was active in the civil affairs of her community and served as a volunteer in the local schools.

Her love affair with the Chester and Lake Almanor Basin began when her parents built a cabin in the Feather River Homesites in 1928. She spent summers there until 1974 when she moved to Chester permanently. Emma was an ardent outdoorswoman, devoted to hiking, skiing and the solace of the forest. Until well into her 90s she continued her morning walks and twice daily swims in the North Fork of the Feather River. Due to the love and care of her son, nephew, caregivers and neighbors, she was able to keep her independence and reside in her home until her passing.

In passing, Emma leaves her son Paul and his wife Nina Callaghan of Yona, Guam; grandson Oldak and reared nephew Lemal; nephews Randall P. Cramer and his wife Carol and their children Christopher and Caryn, and James C. Cramer and his wife Helen and their daughter.

Following burial next to her husband in the Chester District Cemetery, a celebration of Emma’s life is planned to be held in May. The time and date will be announced later this spring. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


Bryan Nicholas Johns, beloved son of Dennis and Susan Johns, of Yuma, Ariz., was tragically taken from us in an automobile accident Friday morning, March 4, 2011. Bryan was born in Augusta, Ga., May 16, 1990, moving to Yuma in June of that same year.

Bryan was a graduate of Yuma High School, class of 2008. He started working at age 17, while in high school, at Albertsons, and also attended Arizona Western College. He was employed at Fry’s grocery store at the time of his death.

He was in the process of joining the U.S. Navy where his dream was to work as an analyst fighting terrorism or as an engineer. He felt strongly that it would be an honor to serve his country.

When Bryan wasn’t working, he loved to go hunting, fishing and camping with his family and two dogs, Charlie and Daisy. He also liked to hang out with his closest friends, playing football, basketball and Xbox 360 Live. Those who knew and loved Bryan often referred to him as a gentle giant, because of his stature and incredibly calm demeanor. He will especially be remembered for his giving nature, intoxicating smile and sense of humor.

Bryan is survived by his parents Dennis and Susan Johns, of Yuma, Ariz.; grandparents Bob and Jean Johns, of Greenville, and Jim and Beverly “Cookie” Adank of Lebanon, Ore.; great-grandmother Susan Conrad, also of Lebanon; and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins: Todd, Sheri, Katelyn and Dalton Johns, of Greenville; Les, Heather and Loren Lindner, of Elkton, Ky.; Armando, Floss, Omara, Fernando and Annie Vega, of Yuma; and Pamela Adank, of Lebanon.

“Loving son, nephew and friend, although you have left us for a little while, know that you are still with us and we will meet again. Your laughter, smile and loving touch is in everything we are; we love you and will miss you dearly.”

A celebration of life was held Thursday, March 10, at Stone Ridge Church in Yuma.

A memorial fund has been established in memory of Bryan Nicholas Johns at AEA Federal Credit Union Account No. 83816-000, aeafcu.org, (928) 783-8881 in Yuma. Donations in Bryan’s name can also be made to the following organizations: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at leukemia-lymphoma.org, Operation Injured Soldiers at injuredsoldiers.org, Yuma Humane Society at hsoyuma.com.

Please sign the guestbook at yumasun.com/obituaries.


Walter Vogan, a longtime resident of Chester, passed away on March 6, 2011, at the age of 98 of natural causes. Born in Idaho on Sept. 15, 1912, Walter came to California in a covered wagon during his first week of life. His family settled in Yuba City and he graduated from Sutter High School.

Walter worked at the Walker Copper Mine in 1939, prior to joining the U.S. Army in World War II. After the war, he worked as a retail clerk in Vallejo, and married Pauline Geitgey in 1949. In 1956 they moved to Chester and opened the D & L Laundromat. He worked at Locatell’s Grocery Store in Chester for a short time. Walter was a construction carpenter by trade and worked on many local projects such as the Belden Penstocks, Lassen College, Herlong, Quincy Safeway, Antelope Dam and Chester Diversion Dam.

After retiring at 65, he and Pauline began snowbirding and spending the winter months in southern Arizona. He loved to garden, gold mining near Seneca at the Boomerang Mine, RV travel and watching sports on TV. Walter and Pauline organized a Good Sam RV Chapter (“Sierra Sams”) in Chester and enjoyed planning campouts. They were married for 54 years.

In his later years, he lived in Yuma, Ariz., and then in Susanville at Eagle Lake Village.

Walter was preceded in death by his wife Pauline in 2003. He is survived by his sons Dennis Vogan, of Ketchikan, Alaska; and Larry and Julie Vogan, of Susanville.

A private service will be held at the Chester Cemetery for family only.



Floy Mae Herndon passed from this life peacefully under the compassionate care of those at Country Villa-Quincy Thursday morning, March 10, 2011, at the age of 100 years, 7 days.

Born March 3, 1911, in Romance, Mo., to the late Missouri natives Encil and Sina (Loftis) Harley, she was raised and educated in Romance.

On Feb. 17, 1931, Floy married the late Edwin A. Herndon in Gainsville, Mo. To this union two sons and a daughter were born.

The family moved west to settle in Quincy in 1940. A devoted wife and mother, Floy found fulfillment in caring and providing for her family. For a short period of time she worked at Quincy Laundry where she held fond memories of the staff and customers she served.

A member of the Church of Christ of Quincy, Floy was a talented seamstress who also enjoyed the art of quilting as well as spending time with her family hunting for antique bottles throughout the area.

In passing, Floy leaves her sons Afton Herndon and his wife Dorothy, of Klamath Falls, Ore., and Alvin “Al” Herndon and his wife Joan, of Quincy; her daughter Joyce and her husband Ralph Bozeman, of Quincy; her precious grandchildren Joy Haley, Shelley Vinson and Shane and Betty Bozeman; and great-grandchildren Jamie Rockenstien, Katie Vinson and Jason Marshall.

She joins in her eternal home her husband Edwin, who passed from this life in 1987; and sister Zella, who passed away in 2005.

A time of visitation took place Sunday, March 13, with a celebration of her life following Monday, March 14, both at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel-Quincy.

Interment followed in the Quincy East Lawn Cemetery alongside her late husband.

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 Floy’s memory be made to the Plumas County Museum, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 52, Quincy, CA 95971.


Ruby Merle Hall, 77, died at her home in Sparks, Nev., March 3, 2011. She was born Oct. 27, 1933, in Big Springs, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband Maurice G. Hall.
She is survived by her children Teresa Hall, of Roseville, Karen Machin, of Graeagle, Jeanne Kennedy, of Portola, and Mike Hall, of Reno.
Services were held Monday, March 14, at Immaculate Conception Church in Sparks.
Memorial donations can be made to High Sierra Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 548, Portola, CA 96122.

Frank Neely, 23, died March 8, 2011, in Janesville. He was born to Lena and Fred Neely, on June 15, 1987 in Chester.
Frank is survived by his parents; brother and sister-in-law Hank and Dana Neely, of Susanville; and numerous cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Diamond Crest Cemetery.

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