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Life Tributes for the week of 1/8/20

Granville (Bud) Kibbee

Bud Kibbee passed away on Oct. 25, four days after his 94th birthday, in Sacramento with all of his family at his side.

Bud was born Oct. 21, 1925, and was raised in Los Angeles. He joined the Navy before graduating high school and after leaving the Navy he went to work in the brewing industry, first with Acme brewing, then with a management level position with Hamm’s brewing company. Bud was always a big baseball fan and with his position at Hamm’s, it allowed him access to four season tickets right behind the first base dugout at Dodger stadium. Lots of family time at Dodger games during the Koufax, Drysdale years, enjoyed by all.

Bud was also an avid motorcycle rider and owned a number of BSA, Triumph and Norton motorcycles in the early 50s through the mid 60s and even spent a few years racing them east of L.A. out in the desert in what was then the wide-open spaces.

Bud met his wife Joanne in the 40s and they were married on Aug. 12, 1950.

He leaves his wife of 69 years, Joanne; son, Tom and wife, Karen, of Bandon Oregon; and daughter, Cindy, who resides in Sacramento.

His daughter Valerie preceded him in death in 2005.

In 1968 Bud decided to move his family from the L.A. area to Quincy, a decision he always felt was the best one he would ever make for his family.

Once in Quincy, Bud worked a variety of jobs until he landed the position he had been hoping for with the U.S. Forest Service. He loved the Forest Service as he was able to spend a great deal of workdays in the Plumas National Forest. Later in his Forest Service career, he was a scaler at the cedar mill in East Quincy, long since gone. He retired in the late 80s.

He was known around Quincy to ride his bike daily to the post office and take care of errands around town, get together with his friends for coffee at 5:30 at the donut shop, where he took great pleasure defending himself as the lone democrat at the table, all in good fun. He was a regular at Sweet Lorraine’s on Fridays for a bowl of their clam chowder which he always considered some of the best he had ever enjoyed

As a life-long car enthusiast, he crossed paths with a very talented individual who became a very good friend who took on the task of completely rebuilding and remodeling an old 1963 356 Porsche he had in the garage for many years. Quincy residents might remember seeing him driving the red Porsche around town for many years.

Bud had an uncanny ability to win new cars (and one truck) in raffles. Starting in 1986 a BMW 320i, in the early 90s a Ford pick-up, then in 2012 a one-of-a-kind 1972 Porsche 911 which the Porsche Company had rebuilt from the ground up at the Stuttgart facility in Germany And finally a 2015 Porsche Boxster.

After Joanne retired in 1997, they enjoyed traveling a good deal and made multiple trips to Australia and New Zealand, which they absolutely loved.

A donation to your favorite charity in Bud’s name is the way he would want to he remembered most.

A memorial gathering will be held in the spring.

Anne Carolyn (Erickson) Osmond

Anne Carolyn (Erickson) Osmond passed away from complications due to Alzheimer’s on Dec. 26, 2019, at the age of 85. Most recently a residence of Rocklin, Anne spent the majority of her retirement living in her beloved Lake Almanor area after working and raising her family in Wheatland for over 30 years.

Born in South Gate, Anne graduated from Pepperdine University a homecoming queen, member of the debate team, member of the Pi Kappa Delta sorority, vice-president and president of Alpha Gamma, secretary and president of Phi Beta, junior alumnae advisor, student paper social editor, junior class representative, Kappa Kappa reporter, student activities counselor and received the Leadership Award while obtaining her bachelor of arts degree in elementary education and her teaching credential. Later she earned her master’s in education administration from Sac State. She taught kindergarten in Southern California until her children were born and then she stayed home and gave piano lessons until moving to the Sacramento Valley and re-entering education. After many years as a Miller-Unruh reading specialist, she moved into administration, first as a curriculum specialist in the Wheatland Elementary School District and then as principal of Lone Tree Elementary School for six years before retiring.

Anne was the cornerstone of her family; a Christian woman of impeccable character she embodied the seven virtues and she valued honesty, respect, and hard work. She taught not only by the lessons she gave her students, but by the way she lived her life, always doing for her family and others.

An avid, award-winning quilter, Anne was also an avid reader and enjoyed sewing, knitting and baking, and was a lover of all things bears and Christmas.

Her volunteer work included playing the piano for the junior and senior choirs at Wheatland First Christian Church and serving on several committees. She was a member of the Computer User Educators (CUE); the California Reading Teachers Association (CRTA); and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). As a reading expert she presented for these organizations and authored a guide to understanding dyslexia in students. She also initiated, organized, and served as the director of the pre-school program at the Methodist Church in Chester and served as President of the Tri-County Reading Association.

Anne is survived by her husband of 63 years, Frederick B. Osmond; her daughters, Carolyn Osmond and Margaret Rasmussen; her son, Frederick C. Osmond; her grandchildren, Erick Olson, Todd Rasmussen Jr., Casey Osmond-Uriarte, Carrie Noble, Calla Rasmussen, Chase Osmond and Megan Rasmussen; her son-in-law and daughter-in-law, Todd Rasmussen Sr. and Lori Osmond; her grandchildren’s spouses and significant others, Elyse Rasmussen, Mike Uriarte, Kindyl Houston, Justin Mize, and Robert Hays; and great-granddaughters, Madelyn Rasmussen and Riley Hays.

An Open House Celebration of Life was held on Sunday, Jan. 5.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Bright Focus Alzheimer Association.

Don H. Plummer

Don was born in Chicago, Illinois, the only child of Elsie Atkinson and Don M. Plummer. He grew up in Bushnell, Illinois, where he was raised by the Miller family after his mother’s death in 1937.

He attended Bushnell High School, where he was a star athlete in football, basketball and baseball. After graduation he headed to Bradley University where he studied until he enlisted in the Coast Guard during WW II. He served his country in the Pacific Fleet and eventually settled in San Francisco after his discharge. He had grown fond of the mild California winters and swore he would never shovel snow again!

When his service duties ended he found a position as a teller at Bank of America on Market Street. There is where he met his future wife, Marjorie Brunelli. They were married on June 18, 1949. They were together for 53 years until her passing in 2003.

Don leaves their five children, Donna Douglas, Harriet Burns (Ed), Sue Price (Larry), Warren Plummer and Mary Noble, 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Don owned numerous car dealerships including Central Chevy in Fremont, Don Plummer Buick in Livermore, Prospect Motors in Jackson, Nugget Motors in Quincy, Gold Nugget Motors in Chester and Nugget Leasing in Reno, Nevada. He was also an avid golfer, fisherman, hunter and storyteller. He was the oldest member of Castlewood Country Club, where he spent many days playing golf, playing cards and enjoying a cocktail or two. His mind was always as sharp as a tack and he could deliver a joke with the right punch line every time … no matter what the subject he had a joke about it.

We will reminisce about some of those one-liners and recall some of those funny stories at Castlewood Country Club, 707 Country Club Cir., Pleasanton, on Jan. 26, 2020, from 2 – 5 pm. Please join us in celebrating Don’s life.

Cherry “Jo” Wilson

Cherry “Jo” Wilson, 92 years old, passed gently from this life on Dec. 19, 2019, in Eugene, Oregon. With soothing prayer and hymns in the air, she slipped away holding the hand of her husband of 73 years.

Born Cherry Joan Rogers in Oklahoma, she was a journeyer before she could walk: Seven siblings and her parents — Lida Plaskett and Baldwin Alexander Rogers — were traveling vaudeville entertainers during the early 1900s. Her father also bartered his sign painting talent for their stays in boarding houses, where a dresser drawer served as her bassinet. The Rogers children held reunions into the 1990s, including reprisals of their favorite acts.

Jo married Ray Wilson in Whittier in December 1946. Our traveler stopped awhile in Southern California, then moved to Chester with Ray and their two children in 1972. Here, she worked for the U.S. Forest Service and helped operate Wilson & Son Garage (now The Coffee Station). She also found time to organize Christmas programs, teach Sunday school and direct children’s plays at the Chester Baptist Church.

Her descendants recall “Grammy” would never leave the house without lipstick and that she sang, “This is the Day the Lord has Made” as a morning wake-up call. One way she expressed love was, “Would you like to come to church?” Many people mention her smiling warmth and being inspired by her deep faith.

Retirement restarted Jo’s roaming, this time by RV with Ray and other family. The pair especially enjoyed stops for fellowship and building projects with the Texas Baptist Men. In her final years, living with dementia, her heart and mind traveled as a missionary to all parts of the world.

Survivors include husband, Ray; daughter, Sheri; son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Polly; grandchildren, April, Amy, Tiffany, Trenna, John, Dan and Caleb; and 17 great-grandchildren.

She outlived her siblings, Ione, Buck, Sig, Babe, Jeannetta, Dick and Sunny; as well as daughter-in-law, Kris.

Cherry Jo was buried Jan. 2, at Eagle Point National Cemetery in Oregon. Members of her family read a service composed by Chaplain Will Bearden, former minister of the Chester Baptist Church. They also dressed her pink casket with white, pink and purple flowers and fir tree branches brought from Chester. A memorial service will follow in spring. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations in her name to the Red Cross.

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