Leroy Asbury Sheppard, Jr., 72, of Oroville, died April 24, 2001, at Oroville Hospital. He was born April 26, 1928, in Santa Paula to Leroy and Mary Sheppard. In 1946, Leroy enlisted in the Army Air Corps. While in the Air Force he was stationed in French Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Hawaii and Alaska. He retired from the Air Force in 1966, as a telecommunications specialist. He later retired from Contel Corporation in 1988. In 1950, he married Barbara Haar in Savannah, Ga. Leroy was a member of the National Rifle Association, American Legion and the Lutheran Church. He enjoyed woodworking and fishing.
Leroy is survived by his daughters, Sandra Melhorn of Evergreen, Colo., Linda Sheppard of Chico, and Joyce Ferguson of Susanville; and two grandchildren. A funeral was held at Calvary Lutheran Church in Oroville Saturday, April 28. Burial took place at the New Auburn Cemetery
in Auburn. Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Lutheran Church Children's Center in care of the Bidwell Chapel, 341 W. Third St., Chico, CA 95928.
Katherine Laura Longsine, 91, died April 28, 2001, at Sierra Valley District Hospital in Loyalton. She was born Feb. 25, 1910, in Woodruff, Kan., to Carl Harrison and Laurene Jessie Liggett Bickett. Katherine had been a resident of Calpine. She graduated from high school in Woodruff, Kan. Katherine worked as a clerk at Morgan's Hardware in Martinez for 20 years, from 1942-1962. In 1943, the family began spending weekends and vacation time at their property in Calpine, becoming full-time residents in 1968. She was a member of the Portola Senior Citizens, a founding member of the Calpine Elks Lodge, and was very involved with the Calpine Improvement Association. Katherine enjoyed handicrafts, gardening and fishing. She was preceded in death by her husband, L.A. "Tiny" Longsine in 1980; and son, Lyle Longsine, in 1983. Katherine is survived by her daughter, Wanda Longsine of Calpine; sister, Ida Rogers of Phillipsburg, Kan.; one granddaughter; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held May 1 in Whispering Pines Cemetery, Portola. Memorial donations may be made to the Tahoe Forest Hospice, P.O. Box 759, Truckee, CA 96160, or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 4142, Quincy, CA 95971.
John Estrada died April 27, 2001. He was born Aug. 25, 1949, in Fresno. John owned a home in Martin Ranch in Chester and was a frequent visitor. He enjoyed music and played the saxophone and blues harmonica. He had a black belt in Shotokan Karate. He also enjoyed fly fishing, race cars and gardening. He is survived by his wife, Robin; son, Grayson; step-dauther, Rebecca; his parents, Jose and Anna Estrada, of Coalinga; sisters, Sandra Estrada of Chico, Peggy Shields of Santa Cruz; and a niece and nephew. Memorial services will be held Thursday, May 3, in Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
Cynthia Ann Clary-Adams, 50, died Thursday, April 26, 2001, at Vallejo Hospital. She was born Dec. 2, 1950, in Herlong, was a resident of Solano County for 47 years, and lived in Vallejo. Cynthia worked in the Intensive Care Unit for Kaiser in Vallejo for two years and Oakland for 18 years. She is a descendent of the Taylors that founded Taylorsville in 1851. Cynthia enjoyed traveling worldwide, and was an avid skier. She is survived by her husband, Mark Ingram Adams of Vallejo; step-daughter, Brittany Leigh Adams of Summerville, N.C.; parents, Marvin and Lorraine Clary of Vallejo; sisters, June Clary of Mt. Shasta, and Pamela Horne of Vallejo; and numerous aunts and uncles. Cynthia was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Clary. A graveside funeral will be held Thursday, May 3, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Chapel in Mare Island. Visitations will be held May 2, from 4-7 p.m., at Skyview Funeral Chapel, 200 Rollingwood Dr., Vallejo. Burial will take place at Taylorsville Cemetery
in Taylorsville at 1 p.m.
Jacob Ingvald Sather, 93, died Monday, April 16th, 2001, at the SunBridge Nursing and Rehabilitation in Quincy, Calif. He was a resident of Chester for 30 years, moving here from San Bruno, Calif. He was born April 29, 1907, in Norway. He then immigrated to the United States at the outbreak of World War II to learn to fly. He had been self employed as a custom home contractor and cabinet maker for more than 60 years. He and his son operated Sather and Son Contracting in the San Francisco South Bay Area. His cabinetry work can still be viewed throughout the See's Candy Store Chain, as he built many of the custom display cases still in use today. He was a flight officer and instructor for the U.S. Army Air Corp. He received his basic instruction out of Beckworth Field now known as Nervino Airport at the start of World War II. An avid aviation enthusiast, Sather has piloted, maintained and built his own aircraft throughout his adult life. He was a longtime member of the Experimental Aircraft Assoc., NRA and former member of the San Francisco Local of the Carpenters Union. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen, of Chester, Calif.; son, John of San Carlos, Calif.; grandchildren, Clyde Looney, of Chico, Calif., and Rebecca Utterback of Woodland, Calif., and six great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a daughter Jeannette Looney in 1999, two brothers and a sister. Following cremation at Fehrman Crematory in Quincy, at his request no services will be held.
Alice Flores Harris, 71, died on Saturday, April 14, 2001, at the Northern Nevada Medical Center in Sparks, Nev. She was born in Westwood on July 7, 1929, and had been a Lassen County resident for her entire life. She was a graduate of Westwood High School in 1947, and had later been employed by the Westwood Unified School District for 48 years. She had also served as a Westwood Assembly of God board member, Christian education director, youth leader, worship leader, spiritual counselor, and mentor. Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Marvin Harris, of Westwood; daughter, Marvena Harris, of Westwood; sisters, Lilia Phillips, of Corning, and Francis Ray, of Red Bluff; brothers, Joe Flores, of Red Bluff, Rev. Fernando Flores, of Olivehurst, and Tony Flores, of Creswell, Ore. Also surviving is grandson, Cole Morales, of Westwood, along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Trina Lopez and Isabel Villalovos. Memorial services were held in Westwood Cemetery
on Monday, April 23. Donations can be made in Harris' memory to the Westwood Assembly of God Church.
Charlotte Marie Hart, 82, died on Sunday, April 14, 2001, at the Lassen Community Annex in Susanville. She was born in Janesville on Dec. 31, 1918, and had been a Lassen County resident her entire life. She has been a homemaker, and a member of the Janesville Bible Study at the Jolly Elders Club, as well as the Susanville Garden Club. She was and accomplished exhibitor at the Lassen County Flower Show for more than 40 years, and had been named the show's Sweepstakes Winner twice. Survivors include her sons, Richard (Karen) Hart, of Redding, and David Hart, of Anderson; daughter, Donna (George) Morelini, of Susanville; brother, Wes Davis, of Nevada City; and sister, Dorothy Kyte, of Vacaville. Also surviving are four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Hart, in 1984. Services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, at the Southern Baptist (Log Cabin) Church in Janesville. Interment followed at the Janesville Cemetery.
Elmer Elwood Sabin, 70, died on Thursday, April 12, 2001, at his residence in Doyle, Calif. He was born on Dec. 22, 1930, in Minnesota and had been a resident of Lassen County for the past 31 years. He was the owner of a barber shop for 20 years. He served in the Navy during the Korean War. Survivors include his wife, Mavis Sabin, of Doyle; daughter, Camille Sabin, of Doyle; step-daughter, Karen Greenhill, of Doyle and Cherie Jackson, of Rancho Murietta; and brothers, Leo and Leonard Sabin. Also surviving are three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Private Services will be held at a later date.
John William Smith, 45, died Sunday, April 15, 2001, at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy. He was born July 20, 1955, in Ellwood City, Pa., and had been a resident of Quincy for 10 years, moving there from Rialto in Bernardino County. John was the owner/operator of Eagle Repair; he was a mechanic for 25 years. He was past Esquire and Leading Knight of the Quincy Elks Lodge, founding president of the Quincy Bass Club and involved with the Boy Scouts and served as Scout Master of the Cub Scouts. John was an avid outdoorsman, belonging to the Quincy Sports Shooting Association and various other fishing and hunting clubs. He was also a member of the Quincy Chamber of Commerce. John is survived by his wife of 24 years, Helen Mary Sunny Smith, of Quincy; sons, Kenneth Smith of Portola, and Anthony Smith of Quincy; daughter, Patricia Ann Cash of Quincy; mother and step-father, Neoma and Howard Peterson of East Liverpool, Ohio; brothers, Steve Smith of Clovis, N.M., and Bill and Fred Smith, both of Pennsylvania; sisters, Beverly Good of New Brighton, Pa., Selina, Dee Dee and Jessee Peterson, all of Ohio, and Kim Board of Ohio; and one grandson. Following cremation, a celebration of his life will be held Saturday, April 28, at 2 p.m. at the Quincy Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The family requests donations in his memory be made to either the Quincy Women's Shelter, c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971, or the Quincy Bass Club, P.O. Box 930, Quincy, CA 95971.
Billy E. Jester, Sr., 70, died Friday, April 13, 2001, at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy. He was born March 31, 1931, in Umpire, Ark., and moved to Quincy at the age of 16 in 1946 from Umpire. He shortly thereafter met his soon-to-be wife, Patricia Penman, whom he married March 12, 1950. Billy served with the California National Guard in Quincy for two years, leaving at the rank of Sergeant. He owned and operated the Shell Service Station in Quincy for two years and was in the underground construction field for five years. He started his own logging business, which he owned and operated for over 40 years. During this period of time, he became known as the Christmas Tree King for his astute ability to harvest quality trees from the Plumas National Forest. He sold trees on the wholesale level for 20 years and operated a retail tree lot for 10 years in Hermosa Beach. Billy attended the Quincy Baptist Church and was a charter member of the Quincy Elks Lodge. He enjoyed the outdoors. He was preceded in death by his son, Billy, Jr. in 1994. Billy is survive by his wife of 51 years, Patricia, of Quincy; daughter, Teresa Bellamy of Quincy; brothers, Bobby Jester of Quincy, and Buster Jester of Bliss, Idaho; sister, Patsy Ames of Lakeview Terrace; numerous nieces and nephews; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Visitations were held Monday, April 16. A celebration of his life was held at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel Monday, April 16, followed by interment in the Quincy East Lawn Cemetery.