JOSEPH AZAR NEILL
Joseph A. Neill passed away Dec. 17, 2005, in Reno Nev. at the age of 81. Born Sept. 14, 1923 in Lynn Valley British Columbia, Canada the 11th of 12 children. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and saw action in New Guinea, Philippines, Marshall Islands, and Solomon Islands.
He received a bronze star for valor. After being discharged, he attended Humbolt State and later Lassen College of which he was the ASB president in 1950.
He met his first wife Elizabeth (Chick) Webb of Susanville while attending Lassen College. Joseph went on to graduate from Chico State College in 1954.
He worked as a teacher and as a mechanic until his retirement in 1985. He then moved to his property in Janesville and resided there full time for the past 19 years. Joseph enjoyed history, the west, rocks, and especially gardening and weeding on his property and the surrounding area.
He is survived by his son Michael Neill of Susanville, son David Neill of Valencia, Calif., daughter Valerie Class of San Marcos, Calif., daughter Sally Neill of Albany, Ore., and sister and brother-in-law Francis and J.D. Hemphill of Janesville.
A memorial service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Susanville on March 19. Call David Neill at (661) 287-9961 for further details or information.
WENDELL VICTOR LOUGHEAD
Wendell Victor Loughead was born February 28, 1919, in Anthony, Kansas to Ora and Etta Loughead. Wendell passed away at Banner Lassen Medical Center on, March 8, 2005, at the age of 86. He was a resident of Lassen County for 46 years.
Coming from Burbank, Calif. Wendell had worked at Lockheed Aircraft, in Burbank, for 23 years prior to coming to Susanville in 1959. He was a licensed real estate broker, insurance agent, land developer, state inheritance tax and probate referee, past president and charter member of Kiwanis Club of Susanville, member of the Elks, BOPE #1487 and past president of the Lassen, Plumas Board of Realtors. Wendell loved the outdoors and he was very well liked in the community.
Wendell is survived by his wife Leone, of Janesville, Calif.; sister Lorraine Davis, of Newport Beach, Calif. and many friends in Lassen County.
There was a graveside service for Wendell on March 11 at the Janesville Cemetery.
LINDA LOU JORDAN
Linda Lou Jordan, age 57, peacefully passed from this life surrounded by her family, Saturday, March 5, 2005, at Washoe Medical Center following a valiant battle with lung failure.
Born Linda Lou Vilmur on October 2, 1947, in Modesto, Calif., to Oklahoma natives Jim and Helen Vilmur, she was raised and educated in the Central Valley of California. Linda moved to Ravendale, Calif., 20 years ago from Ceres, Calif. She married her longtime companion Floyd Jordan in Reno, Nev. on Oct. 17, 1986.
Linda was baptized into the Seventh Day Adventist faith and continued her affiliation with the church throughout her life. She enjoyed watching old movies and fishing. She gained great solace in spending time at the ocean and gained great pleasure in caring for her grandchildren.
Linda is survived by her loving husband of 19 years Floyd, of Ravendale, Calif.; daughter Erika Louise Schmid, of Ravendale, Calif.; her parents Jim and Helen Vilmur; and her grandchildren Tanya, Shannon and Randy Schmid, all of Ravendale, Calif. She was preceded in death by her son, Garet Vilmur in 1990.
A celebration of Linda's life took place on, Thursday, March 10 at the graveside in the Chester District Cemetery, with Pastor Jerry Waggoner, of the Susanville Seventh Day Adventist Church officiating. An opportunity to express your condolences, sign the memorial guest register and obtain a complete obituary is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
DOROTHY A. STODDARD
Dorothy A. Stoddard, 46, died Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at her home in Doyle. She was born in Herlong, Calif. on Oct. 13, 1958 and was a Lassen County resident for 46 years.
Dorothy graduated from Herlong High School. She worked for the Midway Café, Bordertown, The Mark and Sierra Army Depot.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents Jessie and Jennie Mann and her father Monte Keeler.
Dorothy is survived by her husband Michael; sons Roger, of Doyle, Daniel Lee and friend Jessica of Susanville; mother Caroline Keeler, of Doyle; father and mother-in-law Martin and Shirley Stoddard, of Illinois; sisters Diane Roe, Betsy and Ray Guzman, of Fresno, Brenda Keeler, of Doyle, Jeanette and Ken Hadrick, of Thorton, Colo., Cindy and Tom Stevenson, of Oakdale; 10 nieces and nephews and four great-nephews; aunts and uncles Walt and Shirley Biester, of Ukiah, Bob and Lorraine Stout, of Ukiah, Joe and Valerie Brown and Phyllis Hayward, of Susanville, James and Leanne Mann, of Quincy, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Youell, of Guthrie, Okla., Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Allen, of Yuma, Ariz., Verla Barnes, of Salt Lake City, Utah, Enid and Lee, of Boise, Idaho and many cousins.
Memorial services were held on March 12 at the Susanville Mortuary.
NORMA JOY FRAZIER
Norma Joy Frazier passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2005 at the age of 73 in Reno, Nevada.
In her final hours she was surrounded by her loving husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at the Regent Care Center whose caring staff made Joy comfortable and provided support for her entire family.
Joy’s passing was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Naomi, and her two brothers Wayne and Bill.
Joy was born to Rev. Edgar W. and Helen Bell White on Aug. 15, 1931,in Grand Island, Neb. In kindergarten she started using “Joy” as her first name rather than Norma because it was easier to spell and, since then, everyone has known her as Joy.
Her father became a minister at age 15 and was drafted into WWI as a medic. After that, he became the musical director for Amiee Simple McPherson for several years. After getting married his wife Helen supported Edgar and became deeply involved with all aspects of church activities. He was one of the pioneers of the Assembly of God Church and became a district superintendent, headquartered in Grand Island, Neb., where he was also the Pastor of the Grand Island Church.
Joy grew up as a minister’s daughter, living in many different communities. While in high school, and because of her church activities of singing and playing instruments with her family, music was her primary interest, and voice, chorus, orchestra and marching band were her favorite activities. She had a very beautiful voice and perfect pitch. She graduated in 1949 from Visailia Union High School in Visailia, California. Since then she has been an active member of the alumni and this past October 2004 attended her 55th high school reunion.
After graduating high school she traveled for a year with her father and mother holding revival meetings across the Midwest at many different churches, mainly singing.
In 1951 she moved from Visailia to Cottage Grove, Ore., where her father had become the new minister of the Assembly of God Church. It was there in 1952 she met her future husband, Elchard “Elch” Frazier, and had no idea she would eventually marry him because they had absolutely no interest in one another (at that time).
However, as friends and while Elch was in the service in Korea and Japan, the two of them exchanged correspondence on and off. It wasn’t until after returning to the states in February 1955, just in time for his brother’s wedding where she was the soloist for the wedding ceremony, that they started dating.
On May 12, 1955, they were formally engaged. Elch was against a big wedding and Joy didn’t care but hoped her father would marry them, but instead they eloped to Kelso, Wash. There, they were married by Rev. Pierce, who, as it turned out, also happened to be a former member of Joy’s father’s church while they were living in Hanford, California.
The Rev. Pierce’s family, consisting of lawyers and judges, were very helpful in getting both a marriage license and a waiver to the normal three-day waiting period which would allow the marriage to take place the very same day as their arrival, July 22, 1955.
They were married in the parsonage witnessed by the minister’s wife while she was standing at the ironing board. Upon arriving in Kelso that day the whole ordeal took less than three hours, start to finish.
Two years later Joy and Elch brought their son, Byron, into this world followed by their daughter, Lori, two years after him. While raising her family Joy supported her husband’s occupation through many transfers and promotions which involved 22 relocations, including their last being to their home in Susanville, Calif., where they planned to live out their retirement years. On July 22, 2005 they would have celebrated their Golden Anniversary.
Joy is survived by her husband Elch; her son Byron and wife Dianne, of Susanville; her daughter Lori and husband John, of Arizona; grandchildren Wayne and wife Stephanie, of Nevada, Niki and husband Nate, of Nevada, Steven and wife Kristina, of Michigan and Christopher, of Arizona and his fiancée Abby, of Susanville; great -grandchildren Nathan and Hunter; many nieces, nephews, and cousins located throughout the country.
Joy’s whole life was devoted to her family, loving wife to her husband, mother to her children, grandma to her grand children, and Nana to her great-grandchildren.
She loved the Susanville area, the four seasons that the region offered, the high desert and its wildlife, and the beautiful view of Diamond Mountain from her home. Some of her most favorite passages from the Bible were John 3:16 and the 23rd Psalm.
Graveside services were held at Diamond Crest Cemetery
in Susanville on March 9. The service was led by Pastor Rick Conrad and soloist Dan Merritt of the Community Evangelical Free Church. Funeral arrangements were provided by Truckee Meadows funeral home.
She touched many lives and will be missed by all.