Obituaries for the week of 5/11/2011

Flora Isabelle Ost, 93

B. Kenneth Roper, 84

Marjorie Beth Young, 76

Brock Hiner, 69

Charles Clifford Wilson, 99

Mary Ann Elizabeth Russell, 80

Terry Molloy Barron, 64


Flora Isabelle Ost was born on a farm in Piper City, Ill., on Nov. 25, 1917.

Her father farmed with a horse. As a very young girl, she helped prepare the noon meals for the harvest hands with her mother and older sister.

Her family bought their first car after the 1923 harvest to move to California. Flora was always a good student and was often the only girl in her high school math classes. Much of high school was outdoors or in a tent, following the 1933 Long Beach earthquake. She attended Long Beach Community College where she studied bookkeeping.

She was working as a bookkeeper when she met her future husband at a dance. John Sr. and Flora married in 1940. Flora continued working after marriage, and they were soon able to buy a house in Inglewood. Flora continued to work until their first child was born three years later.

Flora and John wrote letters to each other daily while John was in the Army. Flora worked off and on as a bookkeeper while raising three children.

The home had a large lot where they planted a small orchard, kept a large garden and raised chickens and rabbits for food, eggs and skins to sell. Flora preserved the orchard and garden produce. They were active in the community as founding members of their church young couple group, church bridge club and the archery club. Flora sewed the family clothes and hand painted decorations on some. Throughout her life Flora did folk art.

In 1953, the family moved 20 miles to the Palos Verdes Reservoir of the Metropolitan Water District in Rolling Hills. They continued to raise chickens and had a large garden on this 40-acre oasis in Los Angeles. Part of living in company housing included Flora functioning as volunteer receptionist and occasional dinner cook for John Sr.’s co-workers.

The children attended elementary through high school and college while Flora and John Sr. lived at The Reservoir. Flora was involved in school, church and Scouting activities. Flora and John encouraged and enabled John Jr. to become a medical technologist, Ann to become an elementary school teacher and Robert to become a civil engineer.

On the first family trip to Lake Almanor in 1961, Flora and John bought a lot in Prattville to build their retirement home. John had first visited Lake Almanor on a motorcycle trip with a buddy in 1938. After raising their three children, Flora and John designed and did the finishing work on their dream home in 1972.

Flora was active in the church, the garden club, senior gleaners and volunteered as a docent at the Chester Museum. A Chester Progressive article about the garden club showed Flora with one of her handcrafted Christmas wreaths made from fir cones and other dried plant material from the Lake Almanor Basin. Flora enjoyed cooking Lake Almanor trout caught by son-in-law Dave.

In summer, grandchildren Johnny, Cathy, Matt, Chris and Amy were part of life in Prattville. Swimming, catching crayfish and picking blackberries for Flora to make into delicious cobblers were frequent activities.

In 2000, Flora and John moved down the hill to Chico due to their health. In Chico, Flora took up acrylic painting. Her painting of an alpine lake won a blue ribbon at the Silver Dollar Fair in 2003.

In late fall 2003, John and Flora moved to Medford, Ore., so that their son John Jr. could oversee their health needs. In fall 2005, following her husband’s death, Flora moved with John Jr. and his wife Helen to Portland to be close to John Jr.’s children and grandchildren.

Flora took part in many activities with her Portland area grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Flora took part in holiday and family gatherings and decorated Christmas cookies and Easter eggs at John and Carolyn’s house. She helped great-granddaughter Autumn with her numbers by teaching her bingo and great-granddaughter Trillium with her arithmetic by teaching her cribbage. Flora enjoyed her great-granddaughter Camila’s singing and her grandson-in-law Julio playing John Sr.’s banjo at family gatherings. She enjoyed watching great-grandson Mario do tricks on his bicycle.

In Oregon, Flora enjoyed phone calls and visits from her son Bob (Louise) and daughter Ann in California. She liked to visit her friends in Chester, especially Larry and Kathryn Larsen, the Wildwood Senior Nutrition group, and friends at Lake Almanor Community Church. In Portland, church continued to be an important part of Flora’s life with son John attending church and church activities with Flora.

Flora was happiest when all the family could get together. Flora said she wanted it to be remembered that she loved all her family and was proud of each member’s accomplishments, but most of all she wanted it to be remembered that she loved all her family.

She died Feb. 23, 2011, following a short illness, with her son John Jr. and grandson John at her side.

She will be buried Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m. at the Chester Cemetery, with her husband John Sr. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Wildwood Senior Center or Lake Almanor Community Church.



Retired Quincy Christian Life Fellowship Pastor B. Kenneth Roper peacefully passed from this life to his eternal home with the Lord, with his family at his side Wednesday morning, April 20, 2011, following a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Born July 9, 1926, to the late Ira and Clarice (Herd) Roper in Oklahoma City, Okla., he lost his mother at the age of nine, an event that led to a somewhat tumultuous childhood. Ken, as he preferred to be called, left Oklahoma with his brother at age 16 to move west to Richmond, Calif., to work in the shipyards.

At age 17, Ken joined the U.S. Navy and served his country honorably until his discharge in 1950.

Ken obtained his GED while serving in the military and upon his discharge entered the Glad Tidings Bible Institute (later to become Bethany University) in Santa Cruz, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in theology. He served as the student body president during his sophomore year. Ken was ordained as a minister in the Assemblies of God in February 1955 and went on to serve congregations in Elk Grove; Sterling City; Covelo; Tampa, Fla.; Philadelphia, Penn.; and Quincy; as well as serving in the radio ministry in San Diego and Sacramento. Ken also served as the Northern California Assemblies of God vice director of youth as well as traveling throughout the United States spreading the voice of Christ as an Evangelist.

While evangelizing at a convention for Christian youth, he met the former Ramona York Denna. Brought together by the love of God the couple was united in matrimony in the back yard of Ramona’s daughter’s residence in Corte Madera Aug. 18, 1981.

Ken loved the outdoors, was an avid fisherman, and also enjoyed hunting. His athleticism was shown via his talent as a gymnast who loved teaching the sport to others, his boxing skills in the service and his abilities as a champion diver. He found great enjoyment in spreading the word of Christ to the youth and loved working with them at the Mineral Assemblies of God’s Camp.

In passing Ken leaves his loving wife of almost 30 years, Ramona, of Clear Creek, Calif.; sons Kenny Roper Jr., of Sacramento, Smokey Denna and wife Karen, of Clear Creek, and Mel Denna and wife Cyndy of Soldotna, Alaska; daughter Sandra Shafer, of Paradise; sisters Jeanne Lundeen, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Louise and husband Gary Means, of Sun City, Ariz.; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

He joins his three brothers and one sister in their eternal home.

A celebration of Ken’s life will take place 2 p.m., Saturday, May 28, at the Quincy Christian Life Fellowship. Inurnment will take place in the Old Quincy Cemetery. Any remembrances in Ken’s memory can be made to the Assemblies of God’s Mission Program, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

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


Marjorie Beth Young passed from this life Thursday, April 28, 2011, under the tender care of the staff at Country Villa-Quincy. She was 76 years old.

Born in the North Arm of Indian Valley to the late Minnesota natives Delbert and Margaret (Nelson) Young, she attended grammar school at the former Lincoln one-room schoolhouse in the North Arm of Indian Valley, later graduating from Greenville High School as a member of the class of 1952, where she lettered in volleyball.

Throughout her years residing in Indian Valley, Marjorie worked as a clerk for the post office in Greenville, ran the mail route around the valley and performed janitorial services for the Forest Service.

Marjorie enjoyed fishing, especially with her niece, and will be remembered fondly by many for her famous chocolate chip cookies, along with other items she enjoyed baking.

In passing Marjorie leaves her brother Alvin and his wife Vivian Young, of Sparks, Nev.; and sister Alice McDonald, of Stockton.

Along with her parents, Marjorie joins her brothers Buford and Charlie in their eternal home.

A memorial service will take place 2 p.m. Friday, May 20, at Country Villa-Quincy, 50 Central Ave. Inurnment will take place in the Taylorsville District 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 Marjorie’s memory be made to the Patients Activity Fund of Country Villa, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.



Brock Hiner was born in Glenwood Springs, Colo., June 20, 1941, to Marie “Lover” Hiner and Leonard “Steamer” Hiner.

He died peacefully at home April 28, 2011, after a short battle with cancer.

He was lovingly cared for by Vickie, Denee and Lucas Jacopetti.

He is survived by his wife, Vickie; daughter and son-in-law, Denee and Lucas Jacopetti; cousin John Zarlengo; granddaughter Shayla Jacopetti; four nieces and five nephews; brothers- and sisters-in-law; cousins; aunts and uncles; dear friends; and Cheyenne and Otis (our dogs).

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding in the sheriff’s boat, visiting with friends, watching/feeding “critters,” listening to “Swap Shop,” eating good food and telling jokes (good and bad!).

He joins his grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, and cousins.

Donations may be made to: California Deer Association, Cancer Society or Sierra Hospice.



Longtime Taylorsville resident Charles Clifford “Chuck” Wilson passed from this life peacefully, with his wife at his side, early Friday morning, May 6, 2011, at his residence at the age of 99.

Born in Flourney, Calif., to California natives Roy and Lillian (Gibbons) Wilson on Jan. 5, 1912, he was raised in Manton. Chuck was forced to leave school after the eighth grade to help provide for his family. In his early teens he began what became a career of over 50 years in the woods. Chuck worked just about every position there was with the exception of skinning cat. Following his retirement from the woods, Chuck served as the sexton for the Taylorsville District Cemetery until retiring in 2008.

On Oct. 12, 1934, in Reno, Nev., Chuck married the former Mildred McDonald, whom he had met through family friends, a union that has lasted 76 years. In 1938 the couple moved from Manton to the northeastern California community of Taylorsville.

Chuck was a member of the former Odd Fellows Lodge of Taylorsville, as well as the Native Sons of the Golden West. He served the residents of the community as a member of the Taylorsville Volunteer Fire Department for over 60 years and as a longtime member of the Taylorsville Gem and Museum Society. As a board member, Chuck was instrumental in the construction of the current Gem and Museum Building. An avid deer hunter, he also enjoyed fishing as well as tending to his beautiful manicured garden. He also found pleasure as a rock hound and hunting for arrowheads.

In passing, Chuck leaves his best friend and longtime love of his life, Mildred S. Wilson, of Taylorsville; daughter Dolores Bryant, of Crescent Mills; brother Ivan Wilson, of Bend, Ore.; sister Dorothy Essex, of Red Bluff; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great-grandchildren.

He joins his three brothers and one sister in their eternal home.

Following cremation, inurnment will take place in the Taylorsville District Cemetery. A celebration of Chuck’s life is being planned for the later part of June of this year.

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 Chuck’s memory be made to the Indian Valley Gem and Museum Society, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.



Chester resident Mary Ann Elizabeth Russell died Sunday, April 3, 2011, at her residence at the age of 80.

Born in Humboldt, Iowa, on Jan. 31, 1931, to the late Melvin and Irene (Johnson) Christen, she had been a resident of Chester since 1998, moving there from Lassen County.

In passing she leaves her sons Terry Minion, of Fairfield, Brad Minion, of Kansas City, Kan., and Dale Marx, of Lancaster; daughter Lorayne Marx, of Chester; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her daughter Cynthia Minion, who died in 1974.

A celebration of Mary’s life will take place at a later date.

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



Born June 19, 1946, Terry Molloy Barron died April 16, 2011 in Elko, Nev.

Terry is survived by his wife Ann Marie Barron; his father and wife Albert and Judi Barron; and his sisters Jocelyn Barron, Danielle Barron and Rachelle Bradley.

Remembrances may be sent to High Sierra Animal Rescue, 103 Meadow Ridge Lane, Portola, CA 96122.

Memorial services will be held June 5 at 1 p.m. at the Calpine Elks Lodge, 71292 Highway 70, Portola.






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