Obituaries for the week of 6/13/2012

William ‘Bill’ Richmond, 56

Stephen T. Harding, 93

William “Bill” Richmond, born Dec. 22, 1955, in Greenville, passed away June 1, 2012, at UC Davis. Bill was a timber faller for Schuster Lumber Co. for 30 years, and also an owner of Acess Construction.

Bill was an all-league quarterback for Greenville High School and was later drafted by Caldwell Sate College in Idaho. He was a true adventurer, explorer and sportsman. He loved the games of football and baseball and coached Little League. He loved being outdoors, fishing, camping and most of all bird hunting.

He was a student of life and a teacher for all those he befriended. A spiritual man and humanitarian, he led the best example of living a true life by being kind, gentle and generous of the heart, and truly walking this earth as a man.

He was loved by countless friends. He will be sadly missed by all those who knew him and loved him, especially his hunting, fishing and bowling partners.

He is survived by his greatest love, Maria Cyr; her son Isaac; his brother John Richmond; his sisters Betty, Barbara and Eileen; children Lisa, Tracy and Terry; and grandchildren.

An intimate service will be held June 23 at Taylorsville Campground, Indian Valley, at 11 a.m.; also, all friends and family are welcome to Joe’s Bar at 749 W. Fifth St. in Chico June 23 at 5 p.m. to remember Bill at a potluck gathering.


Stephen T. Harding passed away peaceably on the morning of June 4, 2012.

He is survived by son Stephen and his wife Nancy; daughter Jane Iden; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Stephen was born Aug. 8, 1919, in Oakland. His early schooling was in Berkeley, where he graduated in 1937 from University High. He spent one year at Cal Berkeley, then transferred to UCLA in 1939. It was here in southern California that he met the love of his life, Joyce Openshaw. They were married for 59 years when Joyce passed away in 2002.

World War II took Steve to the South Pacific with the 31st Division as a second lieutenant. On his return in 1946, he worked as an office manager for Harron, Rickard and McCone, a machine tool distributorship.

In 1969 Steve came to Graeagle on a golfing junket. He fell in love with the area and had the opportunity to buy the Graeagle Store in 1970.

In his Graeagle years he was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars post 2062 of Graeagle and was past commander of the post.

He was a past president of the Rotary Club of Portola, the Graeagle Men’s Golf Association and the Graeagle Property Owners Association. He was a charter member of Calpine Elks Lodge No. 2432.

During the 1990s, as his golfing wound down, his life passion of the game of cribbage came to life. He played in tournaments all over the West. In one year he ranked in the top 50 in America. (Yes, they rank cribbage players.)

Calling Graeagle home for over 42 years was his true reward.



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