Saturday, June 4, 2022

Dennis Carl Andersen: 1946-2021

Posted By on Sat, Jun 4, 2022 at 8:00 AM

Dennis Carl Anderson Sr. 1946-2021
  • Dennis Carl Anderson Sr. 1946-2021
Dennis Carl Andersen Sr., 74, a local native of Ferndale, California, residing in Marion, Oregon, passed away on Aug. 13, 2021.

Dennis loved the outdoors. Whether it was hunting, fishing, or just crackin' a cold one. He had a passion for refurbishing old cars, he loved poker and social nights with his friends, and most of all he loved his family. Some of his most cherished moments came from family reunions. He was stubborn, bullheaded, ornery and sometimes just downright mean, but he had a heart of gold for his closest friends and family.

Dennis was preceded in death by his father Orville Andersen, his mother Lucille Rocha, and his brother Donny Rocha. He left behind his two sons Dennis Andersen Jr. and Jeffrey Andersen, his daughter Dena Andersen, his two step-daughters Amber Barker and Lisa Merrick and his two brothers Bob Andersen and Gene Rocha. He also left behind ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many cousins and great friends.

A celebration of life will be held in his honor at Sequoia Park in Eureka, California, on Saturday, June 25th, 2022 from noon-3 p.m.
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Thursday, June 2, 2022

Barbara Rose Stephens: 1933-2022

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2022 at 1:55 PM

Barbara Rose Stephens passed away on May 21, 2022 at Frye’s Care Home in Eureka. Her husband, Ron, of 66 years, was at her side.

Barbara was born in 1933 in Osage County, Oklahoma, the youngest of 9 siblings to Clarence and Rose Woods. Barbara came to Eureka in the midst of the “Dust Bowl” in August of 1938 as a small child. Being a child during that time was a rough start for a newly minted Californian, but it gave Mom a strong will and determination that stayed with her for the rest of her life.

Barbara graduated from Eureka High in 1950 and proceeded to graduate from Humboldt College in 1955 with a degree in education and teaching. Barbara enjoyed a lifelong career in the Eureka City schools, teaching at the elementary and junior high levels.

Barbara met the love of her life in 1955, Ron Stephens, who was another fellow teacher in Eureka. They were married in 1956 and spent their entire married life in Eureka. During their summer breaks from teaching, they enjoyed traveling and later, their summer home in Willow Creek.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Ron of 66 years, daughter, Lynn Jacobsen, grandsons Anthony and Nick Pasquale, nieces, Pat Divinnie, Debbie Takamoto, Connie Titterington, Sandy Pon and nephews Gary and Roger Woods.

Barbara was predeceased by her parents, Rose and Clarence Woods, and siblings Grace Strickland, Bunny Divinnie, Ruth Lanning, Bruce, Glen, Don and Bernie Woods.

The family extends special thanks to Frye’s Care Home who were so helpful in the final year of her life.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 4 at Ocean View Cemetery with Jeff Ragan officiating.
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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Julie Davy: 1959-2022

Posted By on Sun, May 22, 2022 at 8:00 AM

Julie Mae Davy, May 17, 1959, to April 29, 2022
  • Julie Mae Davy, May 17, 1959, to April 29, 2022
Julie Mae was born in San Diego, California, on May 17, 1959, the fifth child of Helenmae Wilhite and Ralph Lane. Her first three years were spent on Cartwright Street, where her dad served up his famous homemade ice cream to a constant stream of visiting family and friends.

In 1962, Julie’s family of eight moved to Alabama for the year. Time was spent with Grandma and Grandpa Lane eating watermelon and collecting chicken eggs; with Aunt Jeanette and her family digging up clams in Mobile Bay; and with Great Granny Baldwin at her house in the woods.

Returning to California, the growing family of 10 moved to Oasis, where Ralph and Helen took over the Wilhite family citrus ranch. Here Julie blossomed. She was a spirited outdoor soul who loved any and all animals, including her horse Rocket, Rocket’s foal Little Bit, chickens, goats, pigs, dogs and a lamb named Stanley that she raised as a member of Future Farmers of America in high school.

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Robert Francis Carmesin: 1947-2022

Posted By on Sat, May 21, 2022 at 10:37 AM

Robert Francis Carmesin, April 13, 1947, to May 16, 2022
  • Robert Francis Carmesin, April 13, 1947, to May 16, 2022

Robert Francis Carmesin, AKA Carm/Buddy went to be with the Lord on May 16, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. He fought a valiant battle against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s, a progressive neuromuscular disease. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in Mckinleyville, California, and gave love to each and every person as he said farewell in the weeks prior.

He was born April 13, 1947, in Los Angeles, California, and moved with his parents to McKinleyville in 1952 where he began life as the son of a chicken rancher. He deeply loved his mom, dad and family and helped to build their ranch known as the “Carmesin Compound.” He was preceded in death by his parents John and Lois Carmesin, his first wife Christine Grace-Carmesin, second wife Catherine Blake-Carmesin.

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Samuel Aren Portillo: 1988-2022

Posted By on Sat, May 21, 2022 at 10:31 AM

Samuel Aren Portillo, Dec. 1, 1988, to May 11, 2022
  • Samuel Aren Portillo, Dec. 1, 1988, to May 11, 2022
Sam passed away unexpectedly on May 11 and was the beloved son of Albert and Gina Portillo, brother to Thomas Portillo and Kenneth Portillo. He attended elementary school in Eureka and high school at South Fork High in Miranda, CA. Sam was a proud member of the Tolowa Tribe from Elk Valley, Crescent City, CA.

He was a wonderful, beloved son, brother, cousin, grandson, nephew and friend. He will forever be in so many hearts for all the love and compassion he spread everywhere he went. Sam was a talented musician and held a special love for music. Sam took great pride in being the stepfather of Robert and Allivia Clements.

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Alberta Delene Johnson: 1933-2022

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2022 at 6:25 AM

Alberta Delene Johnson February 8, 1933 to May 14, 2022, Alberta was born on February 8, 1933, in Spearville, Kansas to mother Lucinda Mathilda (Helfrich) Schultz and father Albert Harry Johnson.

Alberta graduated from Ford High School in Ford, Kansas, on May 24,1950, and entered St. Anthony Hospital School of Nursing in Dodge City, Kansas, with a full scholarship. Alberta graduated in August 1953 and passed her RN Boards in September 1953. Alberta married the love of her life, Carl Preston Johnson, on August 12, 1953, at St. John Catholic Church in Spearville, Kansas.

Carl and Alberta became the proud and loving parents of Gregory, Albert, Mark, Delene, Charles, Steven, Aaron, Matthew, and Richard. Carl and Alberta moved their new family from Kansas to California in 1967, and eventually settled in the Loleta/Fortuna area. Alberta continued her career as a Registered Nurse in the Humboldt County area at St Joseph’s Hospital, Redwood Memorial Hospital, Mad River Hospital, Granada and Seaview Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Redwood Coast Region Professional Standards Review Organization (PSRO).

Alberta is survived by her daughter Delene Baty (Steven) of San Antonia, Texas, sons Charles Johnson (Allison) of Beaverton Oregon, Steven Johnson (Eileen) of Sacramento, CA, Aaron Johnson of Loleta, California, Matthew Johnson (Jennifer) of Woodinville, Washington, and Richard Johnson (Joyce) of Carmichael, California, and grandchildren Stephanie and Colleen Johnson, Callan, Makenna, and Cameron Wenger-Johnson, Brian and James Johnson, and Patrick and Natalie Baty. Nieces and nephews include Nancy Klenke, Duane Boyd, Cliff Boyd, Lance Boyd, Rodney Johnson, Donny Thorn, Linda Thorn, Jeanine Thorn, Karla Robson, Bill Collet, and sister-in-law Ilda Fay Janzen.

Alberta is preceded in death by her loving husband Carl, her infant sons Gregory, Albert, and Mark, sisters Erma Jean (Schultz) Boyd and Linda (Schultz) Niemeyer, and her parents Albert and Lucinda.

A Rosary will be held at Goble's Fortuna Mortuary on Sunday May 22, 2022, from 6 p.m. with doors opening at 5 p.m. for visitation.The Funeral Mass will be held on Monday May 23, at 10 a.m. at St Joseph's Catholic Church, Fortuna, with internment and Final Blessing immediately to follow at St Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Loleta. Reception to follow at the River Lodge Conference Center-Coho Room, Fortuna, from noon-2 p.m.

Alberta’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Donald Baird, Jan Borges, Janet Anderson, Celeste Heinrich, Cindy August, Katie Todd, Maria Riddle, and Hospice of Humboldt for providing such excellent care.
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Sunday, May 15, 2022

David Spreen: 1951-2021

Posted By on Sun, May 15, 2022 at 7:02 AM

David Spreen, 1951-2021
  • David Spreen, 1951-2021
On Nov. 23, 2021 David Spreen passed away peacefully at home. Dave was a master mathematician and Nov. 23 is Fibonacci day, so it is a fitting day for his passing.

David Spreen was born in Trona, California, to highly educated and well-respected father and a charismatic mother in 1951. He was the youngest of three brothers. Dave, Jeff and Steve were the three amigos and had many adventures together. We all heard the story about creating a buzz around town when they left cards with a mysterious printer press symbol on them, secretly, at the local shops. The symbol stood for the boy’s Winged V Motorcycle Club, which had found the printer press in an old abandon building. The boys also had fun experimenting with the chemicals their father, who was a chemical engineer, had brought home for them. One of Dave’s earliest memories was his mother waking him to see the light of atomic bomb testing in Death Valley, approximately 60 miles northeast of Trona. Growing up the family moved around and they lived in New York, Tennessee, and Nevada before coming back to California to Laguna Beach in 1963.

Dave met the love of his life, Kathy, in Laguna Beach in the 1971. They made their way to Blue Lake, Humboldt County, in 1972 and were married in 1976. In 1974 Dave and Kathy found everything they dreamed of in a property in Kneeland where they built their dream life with their two daughters, Karla and Kelly, in the mountains. He was a kind, gentle and supportive dad and husband. He always encouraged his daughters to reach for the stars and pursue education. Dave took his family on trips every summer, which created family memories to last a lifetime. He was most proud of the family trip to China where he was able to share his experiences working there in the international flooring trade business. He also always spoke fondly of his trip to the Middle East with his great friend Scott in the summer of love, 1969, and his trips to Mexico with his friends.

Dave loved the outdoors and helping others. He was always educating himself and getting involved with organizations that were in line with his passions. He was actively a part of the Save Richardson Grove Group and the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities Group (CPRT). He also worked with the Blackberry Bramble Group to bring internet to Humboldt County in the early 1990s, served on the Freshwater Elementary School Board and helped to create the Charter Middle School, and offered his educated opinion on city and county initiatives. One of Dave’s proudest accomplishments was protecting the community from asbestos exposure by preventing the Barn 2 Quarry from mining asbestos containing rock, which would have been used to rock local roads.

His spirit and legacy will live on in the many values he instilled in his daughters that will be passed down through the generations; the pursuit of life long education, discovery of self and universe, and keeping family close.

Dave is survived by wife of 45 years Kathy Spreen, and daughters Karla Knapek and Kelly Wehausen. Dave is preceded in death by his mother and father, Ruth and Edward Spreen as well as his two brothers, Steve Spreen and Jeff Spreen.
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Jennifer Marie Shiro Ayo: 1976-2022

Posted By on Sun, May 15, 2022 at 6:07 AM

Jennifer Marie Shiro Ayo, Oct. 4, 1976, to April 24, 2022.
  • Jennifer Marie Shiro Ayo, Oct. 4, 1976, to April 24, 2022.
Jen (Shiro) is the beloved mother of Ezekeal Zion Ayo (23), Keani Pele Young (16) and Machete Luke Young (15). She was an artist, a dancer, a generous friend and a radiant personality that shone brightly in the lives and hearts of those who knew her. Our loss is great because the joy and goodness that she expressed and provoked in all of us was profound.

Jen is survived by her three children, her parents, Ernest and Sonia Ayo, of Saint Francisville, Louisiana, and her three siblings, Jaimee Pangburn, Jeanne-Marie Ayo and Jonathan Ayo.

There will be an open air memorial and celebration of Jen’s life on Friday, June 3, at 10 a.m. at the north end of Trinidad State Beach. Bright colors are recommended and lots of flowers are encouraged.
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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Bruce Miller: 1943-2022

Posted By on Sat, May 7, 2022 at 8:00 AM

Bruce Miller, July 10, 1943, to April 17, 2022.
  • Bruce Miller, July 10, 1943, to April 17, 2022.
Bruce Miller, born July 10, 1943, in Missoula, Montana, was a man with a lot of passion and strength. He fought off two bouts of cancer – 2004 (throat), and 2018 (bladder). His third bout with esophagus cancer took his strength and his life. Bruce went to his heaven peacefully on Easter Sunday. His last clear words spoken were, “Alexa. Shut me down.” His wish was granted prior to midnight April 17, 2022.

Predeceased by his parents, Frederick Alton Miller and Mary Holmes Green Miller born in Montana, Bruce traveled with his family to Dunsmuir, California, when he was two months old. His father worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad from Klamath Falls, Oregon, to Dunsmuir, California.

At Dunsmuir, Bruce attended kindergarten in the office of the housing project where they lived. He was not the easiest child to nurture — always into mischief in school that drove the teachers wild. His dog always followed him to school. His mother was called in for a conference. The teacher said it was okay for his dog to stay, but Bruce was the problem. She needed help with how to handle him. His Dad called him “bucket head” a nickname that stuck in the family.

At the age of 7 Bruce lost his father in a railroad accident. The family moved to Gerber where Bruce attended Gerber grammar school and participated in 4-H and other youth activities. He had a pig called Lila. Bruce attended Los Molinos High School where he was active in FFA with a pig called Elvis. Living in the country Bruce was able to get a driver’s license at 14 ½ years of age.

Bruce nearly didn’t graduate high school as he’d thrown the janitor’s broom up in a tree. His Mom was called to school again. After thinking about it, Bruce was allowed to graduate as the teachers dreaded the thought of him returning the following year. Reluctantly, his mother signed for Bruce to join the U.S. Navy after high school at the age of 17 as he planned to join anyway on his 18th birthday. By joining at 17 he served the minority cruise of a three-year stint instead of four years. He was proud of this military service that opened his eyes to travel. Bruce sailed on the U.S.S. Midway aircraft carrier to Hawaii, Philippines, and Japan.

Four months out of the Navy found Bruce attending Shasta College under the GI bill and working at U.S. Plywood in Anderson, California. He and a friend Garnett decided to take a weekend trip to the coast where he met Rowetta Stapp. They were attracted to each other, discovered their love for dance, and after that first wild weekend together their love blossomed into a marriage on August 7, 1965.

Bruce moved to Eureka and worked in the woods as a choker setter for a short time prior to beginning work during the startup of the pulp mill in Samoa. He worked 30 days straight after their wedding. Bruce and Rowetta’s first home was a 40-foot trailer until they moved to Redding in 1966 where Bruce returned to Shasta College. They moved from Redding to Shingletown and Bruce drove the school bus from Viola to Redding, attended college during the day, and drove the school bus home in the afternoon. He graduated in 1968 when his oldest son Chad was a week old.

To continue his education, Bruce’s family moved back to Humboldt County where Bruce enrolled at Humboldt State University. He drove a school bus, attended college during the day, and graduated in 1970 — the year his second son Jason was born. Bruce drove a water truck for Simpson Timber during the summer. His third son Cedric was born the year Bruce received his teaching credential in 1972.

Bruce decided teaching was not for him. He loved being a heavy equipment operator, and he took pride in driving the road grader for Simpson/Green Diamond where he had worked for over 40 years prior to his retirement in 2011. When Rowetta’s parents passed, Bruce and Rowetta were able to take on the work of the homestead in Showers Pass known as Bootjack Timber.

After living in a doublewide mobile for 9 ½ years, and raising three sons, more space was needed. Good spirits followed Bruce and Rowetta as they discovered the ideal Fieldbrook property in 1976 that was for sale. They had a home built and became active in the community. Bruce was a 4-H leader for over 25 years. Swine and fairs were his specialties. He began what’s known as the Pig-Out Ranch and raised pigs for many years.

He was active in a variety of his sons’ activities including 4-H, FFA, soccer, football, baseball, basketball, drama and wrestling. Later, he loved attending the HSU girls’ softball games. Sons being off to college out of the area, and in other countries, creating more places to travel. Many trips were taken.

Great travel adventures took Bruce to Alaska, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Sweden, Norway, Scotland, England, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Portugal, Spain, Russia, Estonia, South Korea, Italy, Turkey, Taiwan, England, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Fiji Islands, Argentina, and Brazil. Also, trip by train across the United States to New York was an adventure right after Bruce’s truck’s brakes locked up, and he rolled down over the bank on Gordon Road in Showers Pass.

Bruce’s life never slowed with his travels to see the world. Alaska was the first of many cruises. Bruce liked unpacking only once until his last cruise when Rowetta became ill and they were put off the ship in Brazil. Bruce was up all night packing all the suitcases. Bruce with his iPad was able to communicate from Brazil to make arrangements to get them home after a week’s stay in the hospital and hotel where the Tapajos River meets the Amazon.

COVID canceled trips to Tahiti, Iceland, and a family trip to Alaska. One can’t ask for a better travel partner than Bruce as he’s always aware of what was going on around him — perhaps from the Navy training and his traveling experiences.

In addition to his parents, Bruce was predeceased by a brother Grover E. Miller II, his parent-in-laws Marvin and Isabel Stapp, his Grandfather James Green and Grandmother Ethel Myers Green, Grandfather Grover E. Miller and Lilly Grace Fox Miller, Aunt Helen Kirkorian (Mike), Uncle Robert Green (Veda), and Uncle Donald Green (Dorothy), Aunt Jean Tuttle (Allen), and Uncle Joseph Miller (Marge).

Bruce is survived by his loving wife and dancing partner Rowetta Faye Stapp Miller and their three sons Chad Alton (Lynette), Jason Devoe (Holly), and Cedric Garth (Rachel). He is also survived by a brother Chip Miller (Bonney), and a sister Perdita Miller (Don Timmons). Bruce’s grandchildren that survive him are Sadie Isabel, Sophie Jean, Liam Matthew, and Jade Emily; sister-in-laws Tanya Currier (Gene) and Anita Diaz; brothers-in-laws Aron Stapp and Brian Stapp (Karen); and many cousins, nephews, nieces, too numerous to mention for fear of leaving one out.

Bruce was respected for all the time he gave to youth in sports and as a leader in raising pigs for 4-H and FFA members. He had such a family and community spirit, doing everything with so much heart. Bruce was a kind man, husband and community-oriented person who went out of his way to help everyone he knew.

He desired to have his love and thanks expressed to all the great nurses and doctors who saw him through difficult times over the last two years. Special thanks to Hospice for the guidance of volunteers both day and night.

Bruce and Rowetta’s last dance together was at the Fieldbrook Market & Eatery located in the community they hold dear in their hearts. Bruce’s family was with him at home on Easter Sunday where he had a peaceful and fitting send off. Bruce lived life to the fullest and accumulated so many friends along the way.

Near the end, Bruce wished for a celebration of life, “I’d like a Wake while I’m awake — or not.” This celebration of his life will be at the Moose Lodge in Eureka on the afternoon of July 10, 2022. It would have been his 79th birthday. Family and friends are invited to join the festivities and perhaps share a story or two, drink a toast to a life well-lived, enjoy food and music, and reacquaint with family and friends.

Memorial contributions can be made to a Cancer association, the Alzheimer’s group “Fieldbrook Friends Forever,” charity of your choice, or the non-profit Fieldbrook Community Club that Bruce worked diligently for as Grange Master and community member for over 41 years helping to keep the hall open for use by the Fieldbrook community.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Joseph Raymond Copp: 1941-2022

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2022 at 6:27 AM

Joseph Raymond Copp was born on November 11, 1941. He passed away peacefully at his home in Reedsport Oregon on February 18, 2022. He was 80 years old.

As a teenager Joe could always be found under the hood of a car, and hunting or fishing in the ocean. At 16 he was a deckhand on several sport fishing charters out of Long Beach, California.

Joe joined the Air Force in 1959 and earned a Sharp Shooter designation and award. Because of his sharp shooting ability in 1960 he was stationed in South Korea as part of the peacekeeping efforts. In 1962 he was on standby in Florida during the Cuban Missile Crisis. His final duty station was in England as a heavy duty equipment mechanic.

After leaving the Air Force in 1967, Joe returned to the family home in Ventura County, California.  He gained employment at the Port Hueneme Naval Base where he repaired heavy duty construction equipment for the Vietnam War.

During his years at the navy base he served on the Equal Opportunity Board and the Navy Safety Commission. He received numerous awards for his ideas and implementation of safety procedures.

Joe was very proud of being part of the Red Cross emergency blood donation program. He was a member of the rarest blood types. He was called upon to donate day or night, always willing to answer the call to save another's life.

Joe continued to enjoy hunting, fishing and cars all his life. While in England he raced his own stock car. He went on many hunting trips with his father, brothers and friends. After his move to Arleta, California, he earns his captain's license and skipped the "Skippy" out of Eureka.

Joe is survived by his wife Cathrine, his daughters Christine and Sarah Copp, his grandson Kyle Dicke, brother Roy Copp and sister Anita Boeris. Joe was preceeded in death by his brother Laurence Copp.

Joe's wish was to have his ashes scattered at sea in the ocean he loved.
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