Geraldine Swift, 83, died on Dec. 13, 2003, in Chico. She was born on April 3, 1920 in Crookston, Neb. and was a Lassen County resident for the past 42 years.
There will be a graveside service for her at 2 p.m. on April 3 at Diamond Crest Cemetery.
Bobby Ray Friddle, 57, of Japton, Ark., died on Feb. 23, 2004 at Washington Regional Hospital in Fayettville, Ark.
He was born in Conway, Ark on Nov. 19, 1946 to Johnny ray Friddle and Hazel Alice Stephens Friddle.
He was of the Pentecostal faith.
He was in the U.S. Navy and a Vietnam veteran. He was a truckdriver for 30 years and was employed by Beaver Lake Concrete of Springdale, Ark.
He went through grade school and into high school in Susanville.
He was preceded in death by his father Johnny Ray Friddle, two grandchildren and grandparents, Roy and Lillie Sanson Stephens and Burt and Sarah Rankin Friddle.
He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Sherry; mother, Hazel Alice Friddle of Conway; daughters Corrina Harrington of Bull Shoals, Ark. and Shelly Magneson of Flippin, Ark.; brothers, Roger Friddle of Marysville, Calif. and Kenneth Friddle of Vilonia, Ark.; sister, Joyce Mix of Live Oak, Calif.; six grandchildren and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, niece and nephews.
Cremation arrangements were handled by Beardís Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Fayetteville. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Barbara Ann Reynolds, 68, died on March 19, 2004 after a long illness.
She was born on Oct. 23, 1935 in Susanville. She attended Lassen High School and married Ronald Reynolds Sr. on Oct. 31, 1953. His employment with Sears resulted in transers to Chico, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Price, Utah and the Bay Area. Upon his retirement in 1986, they returned to Susanville.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years; sons, Ronald Reynolds Jr. of Reno and James Reynolds of Susanville; brothers, Charles Mankins and Wallce Mankins of Susanville, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A wake will be held on Saturday, April 17 in Susanville in her honor. Family and friends can contact Ronald Reynolds Jr. at (775) 972-5645 for further information.
Kendra "Angel" Carlsen, 29, died in Palm Desert, Calif., on Feb. 28, 2004.
She was born in Susanville on January 16, 1975.
She is survived by her son, Nicholas Carlsen II of Moriarity, N.M.; mother, Lynda Ruonavaara of Marina, Calif.; sister, Dena Ruonavaara of Marina; brother Shawn Ruonavaara of Ravenna, Ohio and uncle, Scott Merrill of Susanville.
Plans for a memorial service are pending.
Robert Keith Allen, 54, died at his residence on March 15, 2004. He was born on April 13, 1949 in Sacramento and was a Lassen County resident for the past seven years, coming from Modesto.
He served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War and returned home to begin a career in law enforcement with Modesto Police Department. In 1976 he went into the Department of Corrections to be a correctional officer. He achieved the rank of sergeant in 1987 and in 1997 he started working for High Desert State Prison. In 2002 he became a CCI (lt) until his retirement.
He had a great love for animals, his or strays, they were all the same. He enjoyed being a movie collector, avid fan of the Beatles, but his true passion was his family and spending time with them.
He is survived by his wife, Anita of Lake Forest Estates; stepson Anthony Joseph Fass of Fresno; stepdaughter Anjanette Lynn Parker of Merced; brother, Tom Allen of Modesto and one sister, Carolyn Dickey of Manteca, Calif. He had two grandchildren.
Ruben Deloy Jones Jr., 56, died at Woodland Skilled Nursing Facility in Woodland on March 16, 2004.
He was born on March 18, 1947 in Gedion, Mo. and was a resident of Lassen County for the past 56 years.
He served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War.
He is survived by brothers, David of Susanville and Robert of Janesville.
A graveside service was held for him on March 22, 2004 at Janesville Cemetery.
Della Lucille Heard, 96, died on March 15, 2004 at her home in Litchfield. She was born in Fort Bidwell on May 5, 1907 to George and Emma Stiner of Lake City, Calif.
She married Claude Heard in 1923. They first lived in Cedarville where he worked in his first store. They were partners in a store in Gerlach, Nev. in 1929-1931. They bought their second store in Standish in 1934 and sold it to their niece Glenna Winchell in 1946. Fifteen months later they bought the store three miles away in Litchfield. Heardís Market has been in operation in Litchfield for the past 56 years. Heard worked in some part of the store up until she was in her late 80s. She also drove her car, cooked her own meals and was self-sufficient until a few years ago.
She was the oldest member of the Lake City Baptist Church for over 80 years; she attended Standish Bible Church while in Standish and Litchfield.
She was preceded in death by her husband 58 years Claude Heard in 1982, two baby brothers, an older sister and her twin sister.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Everett and Sharon Heard of Litchfield; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held in Lake City, March 20, and Pastor Jerry Geotsch (the former pastor of the Standish Bible Church) conducted services.
Donations may be made in her name to the Standish Bible Church, Standish, CA 96128.
Elmo Vincent Sell, 96, died on March 13, 2004, at Banner Lassen Medical Center. He was born on June 11, 1907. He and his twin sister, Elmira Vivian, were born at home in Plattsburg, Mo.
In the spring of 1952 the Sell family moved to Susanville. He saw a want ad in the Idaho Statesmen for an appliance/radio repairperson and interviewed in March and the family moved in May.
He worked for the Home Appliance Store on Main Street then owned by Jim McKahn. McKahn was also co-owner with Nolan Howel of KSUE radio station at the time.
He was encouraged to try teaching again but as he had an Idaho teaching permit and not one for California he would have had to go back to college.
In 1960 or 1961 he went to work for the Lassen County Courthouse as a janitor. Because of his many skills it wasnít long before he was doing much more than mopping floors. He did repairs and lots of other odd jobs around the courthouse. He worked for the courthouse for 10 years.
His first wife, Francis, died on his birthday in 1966. She was 59 years old.
The following year he married Winnifred Edna Gorbett. She died in 1995.
He had always been a devout man. Wherever he lived he attended church regularly. His grandfather was a minister in the Church of the Brethren. His father was a deacon.
When he moved to Susanville he became a member of the Calvary Baptist Church then located on Spring Street. He was deacon for over 18 years.
His Bible was always on a table beside his chair and he read from it. He has his daily devotion with breakfast.
He loved to read and he had read a great many books from the Susanville Library. He read almost a book a day.
On his 90th birthday his children gave him a hot air balloon ride.
He loved his flowers and yard. Up until recently he loved to work on old radios and tinker with just about anything. He even got an old computer going. He never learned the computer because he didnít realize he would live this long. He was convinced at age 90 that it was OK to buy a new mattress and springs.
Services were held at the Calvary Baptist Church in Susanville on Friday, March 19. Interment followed at the Diamond Crest Cemetery.