Life Tributes for the week of 7/17/19

Denver Lee Bridgman

Denver Lee Bridgman, 87, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2019, at Seneca Hospital Long Term surrounded by his family.

Denver was born March 25, 1932, to Leander and Jessie Bridgman in Clayton, Oklamona. Denver came to California as a small child with his father after his mother, Jessie, had passed away.

In 1952, Denver was drafted into the Army and served in Korea. He attained the rank of corporal before being honorably discharged in 1954.

While serving in the Army, Denver married Betty Jean Cox on April 22, 1953.

In 1955, Denver, Betty and father, Lee, moved to Chester. Denver was hired by Collins Pine Company and worked in the woods department and drove the bus for the woods crew. He retired after 37 years at Collins Pine. After retiring from Collins Pine, Denver was employed part time by Pinkerton as a security guard at Collins Pine.

Denver is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Julie Reeves, of Eureka; sons, Thomas, of Chester and Timothy, of Santa Rosa; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother Alfred, of Greenville; sister, Kathleen Daugherty; and two nephews, Franklin Bridgman, of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Mark Bridgman, of Greenville.

Graveside services were held on July 11 at the Chester Cemetery.

Phoebe Rose Deitchler (Guibault)

On the evening of July 3, 2019, Phoebe passed away peacefully of natural causes, or in her words “of age,” at Banner Lassen Medical Center in Susanville. Phoebe was 94 years old. Phoebe was being visited and comforted by her son, Patrick and daughter-in-law, Kathe along with the caring staff of Banner Lassen Medical Center at the time of death.

Phoebe Deitchler was born in Lusk, Wyoming, on Oct. 29, 1924, to parents Albert and Ida May Guibault. After graduating high school in Lusk, Phoebe married Floyd Deitchler and they had two sons, Russell and Patrick. Besides being a wonderful wife and mother, she also spent time working as a teacher and for the postal service. She and Floyd lived many years in Rosebud, Montana, while their sons were in school. After their youngest son graduated, she and Floyd moved to Billings, Montana.

After the passing of her husband, Floyd, Phoebe moved to Lake Almanor, to be closer to her sisters. She lived in Lake Almanor until 2016 when she moved into Eagle Lake Village in Susanville, where she resided until her time of death.

Phoebe loved crocheting, sewing, reading and gardening. She loved sitting outdoors enjoying the warmth of the sun. Phoebe’s faith in God gave her comfort and strength throughout the years and especially at the time of her passing.

Phoebe was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Russell Deitchler; brother, Eugene Guibault; and sisters, Bertha Mortimer and Patricia Guibault.

Phoebe is survived by her son, Patrick Deitchler and daughter-in-law, Kathe Deitchler, of Helena, Montana; three grandsons: Jerrod (Lindsay) Deitchler, of Clarksville, Tennessee, Russell (Angie) Deitchler, of Buckeye, Arizona, and Dustin (Amy) Deitchler, of Helena, Montana; eight great-grandchildren: Ryan Deitchler, of Sheridan, Wyoming, Kobey Deitchler, also of Sheridan, Wyoming, James Deitchler, of Aurora, Colorado, Colt, Avery, Madyx Deitchler, of Helena, Montana, Brodey Deitchler, of Buckeye, Arizona, Nova Deitchler of Clarksville, Tennesee; a nephew, Fred (Patti) Guibault, of Slaton Sea; a niece, Marlene Schmidt, of Sheridan, Wyoming; as well as great-nieces and great-nephews.

Phoebe’s family would like to give a special thanks to the caring staff of Eagle Lake Village Memory Care in Susanville. Also a special thanks to Dr. Yaftali, Austin, Jennifer, Rochelle and other caring staff at Banner Lassen Health Center in Susanville. Thank you to Teryn and Kelly of Walton’s Colonial Mortuary for their assistance in making final arrangements.

Cremation has taken place with graveside service in Chester, Cemetery Chester at 1 p.m. on July 23 and Forsyth, Montana, to be determined.

Oliver Russell Warren

Oliver Russell Warren, “Rusty,” 78, of Quincy, passed away peacefully in Reno, Nevada, on July 5, 2019.

Rusty was born on Nov. 28,1940, in Stockton, to Russell and Reva Warren.

Rusty is survived by his loving companion and partner, Andrea Gulick; granddaughter, Lydia Sandlin and grandson, Jake Sandlin; sister, Karren Stapp and brother-in-law, Dennis Stapp; nieces, Jennifer Burrows and Jami Burrows; nephews, Gregg McKay and Eric Burrows; his partner’s children, Annette and Tim Tillberg, Alisa and Gordy Peard, and Anthony and Laura DeMartini; and mother of his son Randy, Nelda Warren.

Rusty was preceded in death by his son, Randy Warren, sister, Barbara Burrows and brother-in-law, James Burrows.

Rusty graduated from Red Bluff Union High School, Red Bluff, in 1959.

Rusty worked in farming and the timber industry as a faller until 1963 when he then started working at a local saw shop in Quincy. In 1980 he opened and operated his chain saw business, Rusty Warren’s.

He was one of the largest Husqvarna shops in eastern California, which he owned and operated for 35 years, retiring in 2013. Rusty was known for his ability to build hot-rod saws. He was also known for his ability as the top saw doctor in northeastern California.

Rusty had a great relationship with his shop neighbors. With all of his Husqvarna snow blowers, lawnmowers, tractors, wood splitters and equipment left outside through the night and weekends, his neighbors became known as his night watchmen. They also teased Rusty about being wealthy and burying his treasures outside. Teasing in return, Rusty would sneak outside with a flashlight, knowing he was being watched; he would dig a shallow hole and placed a can in the hole.

Rusty competed in snowmobile racing in 1970 – 1972. He also competed in chain saw logging competitions for 10 years. He loved hunting, fishing and camping.

Rusty enjoyed retirement, traveling with his companion Andrea Gulick. He loved watching his favorite TV show, Gunsmoke.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Quincy Elks Lodge on Saturday, July 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. Please bring your fond memories of Rusty.

An opportunity to express condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at

The family asks that any remembrances in Rusty’s memory be made to the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department, 505 Lawrence St, Quincy, CA 95971.