Karl Keith Cox regularly met with his buddies for coffee at Mc Donalds
in Paradise, and if someone needed help, he always would lend a hand afterwards
— cutting wood or fixing plumbing.
Mr. Cox was an easy-going, personable man, said his son, Mark.
“I don’t think he ever met a stranger,” his son said.
Mr. Cox died Thursday in his Paradise home.
He was 71.
After working 35 years at Watkins-Johnson & Varian Association
Electronics as a senior electronics technician, Mr. Cox bought and operated
Paradise Feed in 1976.
He enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping and fishing in Northern
California. And he traveled around the United States.
In his later years, he took up woodcarving. He carved quail, carousel
horses and hobnail boots.
He was born to James and Jessie Cox in Huntington, W.Va.
He is survived by Delores, his wife for 39 years; sons Steve of Manteca,
Martin of Glen Ellen and Mark of North Pole, Alaska; daughters, Elizabeth
Seki of Mountain View and Katherine Davitt of Buxton, Maine; brothers,
Raymond of Leeds, Ala., and Wayne of Fresno; and sisters, Eva Burts of
Phoenix, Ariz., Virginia Vellettay of Brandenton, Fla., and Marian Metz
The service will be tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the Paradise Alliance Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Ridge Home Care &
A member of the Craig Me-morial Congregation Church in Paradise, Wallace
Crane Roberts, 82, died April 7.
He had retired to Paradise Pines in 1979 after working in the Research
and Development Division of Lockheed Aircraft Co.
He moved to Santa Maria in 1999.
The second child of Florence and Henry Roberts, he was born in Brooklyn,
Mr. Roberts married Dorothy H. Robinson in 1942.
Enlisting in the Army in 1945, he served with the 767th Tank Battalion
while stationed in Japan during the occupation.
After retiring, Mr. Roberts and his wife enjoyed traveling, especially
He was active in the University of California, Los Angeles, Alumni
Association; Lockheed Stardusters Association; Sierra Retirees Association;
Masonic Lodge; Elks; and Sons in Retirement.
Besides his wife, Dorothy, he is survived by daughters, Karen Herman
of Santa Maria and Virginia Hammond of Exeter; son, David of Montrose,
Colo.; sister, Phyllis Koch of McMinnville, Ore.; brother, Douglas of Lemon
Grove; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Craig Memorial
Congregational Church in Paradise.
A resident of Magalia since 1986, Matthew A. Setzer retired after 14
years as a journeyman roofer, last employed by General Dynamics.
He died Saturday at the age of 46. Mr. Setzer served in the Navy from
1971 to 1972.
He enjoyed fishing and astrology.
He was born to Nathan Setzer and Billie Najera in San Gabriel Valley.
He is survived by his sons, Phillip of Sacramento and Christopher of
Ontario; mother, Billie Najera of Magalia; brother, William of Huntsville,
Ala.; sisters Kathy Swor of Antelope, Elizabeth Haling of Chico and Alicia
Watson of Magalia; and grandson Xavier of Sacramento.
At Mr. Setzer’s request, no service will be held.
He will be privately inurned.
After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, John Walter Roebuck worked
a variety of jobs, including as a clerk for Union Pacific Railroad, as
an orthopedic technician, and most recently, as a long-haul truck driver.
Mr. Roebuck, a former Paradise resident, died Tuesday of natural causes
while working in Roseville. He was born in Sterling, Ill., to John T. and
Jessie Lathrop Roebuck.
Raised in the Midwest, he graduated from Rock Falls High School in
Rock Falls, Ill., where he recently attended his fortieth class reunion.
Mr. Roebuck became a Christian in 1974 and enjoyed attending potlucks,
Bible studies and Calvary Chapels wherever he lived. He also enjoyed sailing
Preceding him in death were his parents and his sister, Roberta M.
His survivors include two daughters, Beckie Kengle of Reno, Nev., and
Roberta C. Roebuck of Chico; a stepdaughter, Julie Pickett of Paradise;
two stepsons, Christopher Roebuck of Chico and Thomas Pearson of Paradise;
15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Roebuck’s memorial service will be tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Calvary
Chapel of Paradise, in Magalia. He was cremated.
Devereaux S. Lynch, 88, was a restaurant owner who enjoyed horseback
riding. A former resident of San Jose, he moved to Paradise 18 years ago.
Mr. Devereaux died Tuesday.
He was an active member of the Church of Christ.
In Anadarko, Okla., he was born to William Lynch and Blanch Cubbertson.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Ellen; three brothers, William of
Tulare, Kermit of Oklahoma City, Okla., Donald of Chicago; and several
nieces and nephews.
The service will be today at 10 a.m. at the Church of Christ. He will
be buried in Skyway Memorial Park in Magalia. Rose Chapel Mortuary is handling
Celine T. Heimbuecher, 75, was a homemaker who enjoyed collecting special
Mrs. Heimbuecher, a Paradise resident, died Sept. 14 in Chico.
She was born to Anthony Schreeffel and Ann Marie Burgunder in Pittsburgh.
Her survivors include a son, Charles Heimbucher of Paradise; two daughters,
Elizabeth Place of Paradise and Gertrude Wilson of Utah; three sisters,
Sister Mary Alred, Gertrude Collins and Margaret Grenda, all of Pittsburgh;
eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. No services are planned.
Cremation was handled by Paradise Chapel of the Pines, and Mrs. Heimbuecher
will be privately inurned.
Lucile E. Kish was a Yeoman 1st class stationed at Mare Island Naval
Ship-yard in the U.S. Navy WAVES during World War II. She went on to work
as a bookkeeper for more than 45 years.
Mrs. Kish, a resident of Magalia since 1985, died Friday in Paradise.
She was 78.
She was born in Salt Lake City to Thomas Barker and Agnes Eckstrom.
Mrs. Kish enjoyed cooking, sewing and gardening. And she was an avid
Her survivors include a son, Jeff Kish of Reno, Nev.; a daughter, Martha
Besseghini of Paradise; a grandson, Reno Besseghini III of Paradise; and
a granddaughter, Dawn Besseghini of Paradise.
Her graveside service was held Tuesday at Mountain View Cemetery in
Reno, Nev. Cremation took place at Paradise Chapel of the Pines Mortuary,
which arranged the services.
Elmer Cowan, a Para-dise resident, inspected buildings for the state
of California for 32 years. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1945.
Mr. Cowan died Friday at Feather River Hospital at age 92.
He was born in Denver to Robert and Cora Cowan. On Nov. 29, 1958, he
married Margaret “Peggy” Collard in Las Vegas.
He was a member of Paradise Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 2039, Paradise
Elks Lodge No. 2026, Retired Public Employee Association No. 074, Good
Sam R V, Paradise Gadabouts, AARP, S.V.A., Craig Congregational Church
and SIRS branch 52.
Mr. Cowan is survived by two sons, Sneed Collard of Pensacola, Fla.,
and Ronald Cowan of Seattle; two daughters, Holly Geist of Arlington, Texas,
and Bernice Gerhardt of Yucca Valley; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
No services are planned. Paradise Chapel of the Pines is handling the
arrangements. Mr. Cowan will be privately inurned.
A machinist for 40 years with E & H Research in Oakland, Myrtle
C. Bell moved to Paradise from Concord in 1975.
Mrs. Bell died Sunday at age 87. She enjoyed camping, boating and trips
to the coast.
In Ledora, Iowa, she was born to Raymond and Mary Close. Her husband,
Herbert Bell, died in 1990. And in 1952, her son, Gary, was killed in action
during the Korean War.
She is survived by a son, Greg of Magalia; a brother, Orie Close of
Indianapolis; and a grandson, Shawn Bell of San Francisco.
Her service will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at Magalia Community Church
Little Chapel. Rose Chapel Mortuary is handling the arrangements. She will
be buried in Paradise Cemetery next to her husband.
Dorothy “Betty” Elizabeth Bailey Johnson, 83, grew up in and around
Stir-ling City and graduated from Chico High School in 1934.
She resided in Eureka for more than 50 years and worked with the Tuberculosis
Health Association, Eureka Boiler-works and for the Farmers Home Loan Administration.
Mrs. Johnson died Sept. 11 in her Eureka home.
Her parents were Sylvia and Dana Bailey. He worked as a logging superintendent
for Diamond Match Co. for 40 years.
Following retirement, she volunteered for nearly 20 years at St. Joseph
Hospital and for the Sequoia Humane Society.
Her husband, Charles E. Johnson, died in 1982.
Her survivors include a son, Robert Dana Johnson and his wife, Ruth,
of Rancho Cordova; and two grandchildren, David and Paul Van Zanen.
Graveside services were held on Sept. 16 at Ocean View Cemetery in
An avid traveler, Harmond “Jack” Folsom especially enjoyed fishing
and seeing the United States in his trailer.
Mr. Folsom, 90, died Wednesday in Paradise, where he lived.
He was born in Boyne City, Mich., to Ambrose and Sophia Folsom.
On Feb. 6, 1943, he married Josephine McIntosh in Detroit. He worked
as a carpenter with Millrite Mill.
He was a member of the Paradise Ridge Lions Club for 45 years, Table
Mountain Masonic Lodge No. 124, Scottish Rite, and Constary. He was a Mason
for 58 years.
Besides his wife, Mr. Folsom’s survivors include a son, John of Oroville;
a brother, Lester, of Colorado; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Mr. Folsom’s service will be at 2:30 Tuesday at Paradise Masonic Temple.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or
the Paradise Ridge Lions Club.
John Miller was a commander in the U.S. Coast Guard for 21 years and
a sales representative for Dow Chemical and Merck Inc. for 29 years.
Mr. Miller, a Paradise resident, died Tuesday at age 67.
He was born in Holden, W.Va., to Alexander and Frances Miller. From
the University of Kentucky, he earned his bachelor’s degree. On Aug. 29,
1970, he married Jacqueline Brown.
He moved to Paradise from Issaquah, Wash., several months ago.
His hobbies were gardening and traveling.
Mr. Miller was a member of the German Club, Austria Club, Elks Lodge
of Tacoma, Wash., and First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, Wash.
His daughter, Julie Ann Miller, died in 1990. A sister, Rose Campbell,
and a brother, Lacy Miller, also predeceased him.
Besides his wife, his survivors include a son, Johnny of Chelan, Wash.;
two sisters, Eileen Huckeby of Holden, W.Va. and Frances Hurst of Logan,
W.Va.; three brothers, Alexander Miller of Calabassas, Randolph Miller,
Tacoma, Wash., and George Miller of Surprise, Ariz.
His memorial service will be held tomorrow in the First Presbyterian
Church in Bellevue, Wash. He will be buried in Hillside Cemetery, Issaquah,
Wash. Contributions in Mr. Miller’s memory may be made to Paradise Alliance
Church. Paradise Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Wayne A. Freeby worked as a chemical engineer in the nuclear industry
at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory and at Bechtel in San Francisco.
The former resident of Magalia died in his Rocklin home Sept. 15.
He was 71.
Mr. Freeby was born in Elkhart, Ind., to Wayne L. and Luella Fishley
Freeby. In 1947, he graduated from Elkhart High School and served in the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
He went on to graduate from Tri-State University and the University
On July 1, 1951, he married Delores Noffsinger in Elkhart, Ind.
Mr. Freeby was a member and elder of the Presbyterian Church, Elks
Lodge in Paradise, Sons in Retirement and the Table Mountain Masonic Lodge.
He was past chairman of the Nuclear Division of the American Institute
of Chemical Engineers, presenting many scientific papers.
Mr. Freeby was also a member of Paradise United Methodist Church.
His brother, James, died before him.
Besides his wife, his survivors include a son, Steven of Vacaville;
a daughter, Linda Damir of Folsom; his mother of Elkhart, Ind.; two brothers,
Charles and Keith Freeby, both of Elkhart, Ind.; and a grandson, Andrew.
His memorial service was held Monday at the First Presbyterian Church
Contributions may be made to the Auburn Faith Hospice, 11760 Atwood
Road, Auburn, 95603.
Leon F. Crandell, 75, served in the U.S. Army before becoming an automotive
mechanic for a Pontiac dealership in bellflower for more than 25 years.
He also was a mail carrier for eight years.
He was proud to have celebrated 50 years of a marriage to his wife,
Joy, in 1997.
Mr. Crandell died Thursday. He was a resident of Magalia since 1989.
In Huntington Park, he was born to Earl and Myrna Crandell.
In Hermosa Beach, he married Joy Maxine Van De Walker on Nov. 9, 1947.
He was a square dancer in the Paradise Ridge Runners and was a member
of the First Baptist Church of Forest Ranch.
Mr. Crandell enjoyed animals and the outdoors.
Besides his wife, Mr. Crandell’s survivors include a son, Mark Stevens
of Costa Mesa; three daughters, Linda De Lory of Deer Park, Texas, Nance
Cash of Whittier and Wendy Cena of Nevada City; a brother, Wayne Crandell
of Auburn; and seven grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Rose
Chapel Mortuary. Mr. Crandell’s inurnment will be private.
William Harry Bennett served in the U.S. Air Corps during from 1942
to 1946 and worked in Hughes Aircraft as a sheet metal machinist for 35
The Magalia resident died Friday at age 80.
He was born to Harry and Florence Bennett in Danville, Ill.
Mr. Bennett, who enjoyed fishing and wood working, was a member of
the Masonic Lodge in Glendale.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Mae Bennett; two sons, William
of Chico and Stephen of Chico; a sister, Barbara Older of Paradise; and
Mr. Bennett’s service will be at 1 p.m. today in the Old Magalia Community
Church. Rev. Dave Hayes will officiate.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Chapel of the Pines
Contributions in his memory may be given to Easter Seals Society in
care of Chapel of the Pines. He will be buried in Magalia Cemetery.
A former resident of Paradise, Eileen Hoerst, 81, taught special education
at Chico Junior High School for more than 15 years.
She moved to Chico in 1952 from Ohio. And from 1970 to 1999, she lived
in Paradise before returning to Chico.
Mrs. Hoerst died Sept. 19.
She was born to Earl and Pauline Murphy in Covington, Ky.
On July 20, 1939, she married Jess Hoerst in Covington, Ky.
After earning a bachelor’s degree, she went to California State University,
Chico, in the 1960s to earn a master’s degree in special education.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Hoerst is survived by two daughters, Diana
Madden of Oroville and Gale Reizes of Northridge; one sister, Louise Hoskins
of Dayton, Ohio; and three grandchildren.
No formal services will be held for Mrs. Hoerst, who will be buried
privately. Neptune Society of Northern California is handling the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to any favorite charity.
Arthur J. Leonard, 92, read the newspaper every day and enjoyed gardening
He moved to Paradise from Walnut Creek in 1975.
He worked 40 years as a sales technician for Eastman Kodak.
He was born in Kansas City, Mo., to Carroll and Elizabeth Leonard.
Mr. Leonard died Friday. His survivors include his wife, Perla, whom
he married in 1990; two sons, Donald of Eureka and Thomas of Indianapolis;
two sisters, Ruth Denny and Violet Thomas, both of Kansas City, Mo.; six
grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Rose Chapel Mortuary is handling the arrangements.
Mr. Leonard will be privately inurned in Minglanilla Cebu, Philippines.
Pamelia Mae Walker worked for Eldridge Sonoma State Hospital for 33
years as a technician.
She moved to Paradise from Boyes Hot Springs.
Ms. Walker, 52, died at Feather River Hospital of natural causes Sept.
She was born in Sonoma to Theodore and Dorothy Walker.
Her survivors include a son, Will Walker of Sebastopol; her mother,
Dorothy of Boyes Hot Springs; a sister, Marilyn of Washington, D.C.; a
twin sister, Patricia Simmons of Paradise; three brothers, Carl, Teddy
and Darrell, all of Boyes Hot Springs; and two granddaughters.
No services are planned.
Her cremation was at Chapel of the Pines Crematory.
She will be privately inurned.