Miscellaneous Butte County, California Obituaries - 2000

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Donald Powell
Published 9/9/2000 
Donald D. Powell began a life of work at a young age. When 7, he worked as a cook on a train. While still young, he worked in lumberyards and a mill in Oregon. He drove a Greyhound bus.
During World War II, he was a machinist and foreman in Redwood City.
He moved to Paradise in 1968. 
Mr. Powell died Tuesday at age 85. 
In Oklahoma, he was born to Silas and Gertrude Powell. 
He married Harriet Mayhew Cochran in Reno, Nev., in 1974.
Besides his wife, Mr. Powell is survived by a stepson, Robert Brow of Paradise; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. No services are planned. He will be cremated at Chapel of the Pines Mortuary, and his ashes will be scattered at sea, by his request.

John Smith
Published 9/9/2000 
John “Jack” Fewson Smith braved more than 20 missions in the Pacific as a B-29 flight engineer in the Air Force during World War II. Airplanes remained his enthusiasm. He earned a pilot’s license, and he enjoyed building model airplanes.
Mr. Smith died Saturday in his Magalia home. He was 79.
He was born to Jessie and Claude Smith in Salt Lake City. He married Jean Rommel on Oct. 19, 1945, in Seattle. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
He worked with the California Department of Transportation for 36 years as a civil engineer. 
After retiring, he was project engineer on the two Grand Champions golf courses in Indian Wells. That turned him into an avid golfer. He was a member of the Paradise Pines Golf Club.
Mr. Smith also enjoyed fishing. He made custom fishing rods and built his own boats. He traveled in an RV and stayed at elder hostels.
Besides his wife, Mr. Smith’s survivors include two sons, Alan of Los Angeles and Richard of Winnipeg, Manitoba; a daughter, Jan Wolterstorff of Pacific Palisades; a sister, Jane Lesko of Magalia; and five grandchildren.
His memorial will be at a later date in Southern California. Paradise Chapel of the Pines is handling the arrangements.
Contributions in his memory may be given to Valley Ridge Hospice.

Jennie Mitchell
Published 9/9/2000
Jennie “Mae” Irene Mitchell, 84, enjoyed dancing and playing the piano and ukulele.
The Paradise resident died Wednesday.
She was born in Kansas to Lillian and William Ballard. When young, she moved with her family to Oregon and later settled in Chico where she attended school.
She married Rudolph Hyde and later married Robert Mitchell. 
Mrs. Mitchell also liked gardening.
Her survivors include four daughters, Shirley Keillor of Paradise, Sylvia Ballard of Santa Rosa, Sandra Kern of Ukiah and Sally Alston of Paradise; a son, Samuel Hyde of Chico; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Glen Oaks Memorial Park in Chico. Mrs. Mitchell will be buried next to her husband, Robert Mitchell.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Newton-Bracewell Cremation & Funeral Service of Magalia.

Irene Lewin
Published 9/9/2000
Irene Lewin, a resident of Magalia, died Monday in Oroville. 
She was 83.
She was born to Albert Awltz and Martha May Stackhouse in McKeesport, Pa.
Mrs. Lewin completed the eighth grade and married Lloyd Lewin in Hawaii on Aug. 16, 1975.
Besides her husband, her survivors include a daughter, Charlotte Keven of Magalia.
No services are planned. 
She will be cremated at Chapel of the Pines Mortuary and scattered at sea in San Francisco Bay.

Pollyann Richardson
Published 9/12/2000
Pollyann Finley Richardson played piano in dance bands in the Bay Area and in Paradise. When she was 6 years old, Mrs. Richardson’s grandmother recognized she had musical talent and paid for her granddaughter’s lessons.
One day, after Mrs. Richardson finished her third lesson, the teacher had friends arrive for a visit in her home.
The teacher told Mrs. Richardson she was going into another room with the guests and asked Mrs. Richardson to play that day’s lesson for them.
The teacher left to be with her company, and by herself, Mrs. Richardson played the music perfectly. When the teacher returned to congratulate her pupil, she discovered Mrs. Richardson had the sheet music book opened to the wrong page. Mrs. Richardson had struck the notes from memory.
The little 6-year-old girl grew up to be a respected musician.
The leader of one band she was in wrote a score seven pages long. When the leader handed it out to the band members, they studied their parts. After thumbing through the score, the trumpet player looked up and asked the leader, where’s the scoring for piano?
Pollyann doesn’t need it, the leader responded.
“Once she’s heard it, she’s got it,” he said.
Her husband, James Richardson said, “She always played by ear.” 
Mrs. Richardson died Aug. 28 in her Magalia home. She was 75.
Mrs. Richardson also excelled in school.
Born to Raymond and Jean Finley, she graduated from M & M High School in 1941. A year later, she entered nurses training at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.
She graduated at the top of her class in June 1945.
She married Richardson Dec. 10, 1944, and began raising her children. Mrs. Richardson became an accomplished seamstress, making shirts for her husband and sewing most of her own clothing. She also taught her daughter to make her own clothes too.
Mrs. Richardson also collected Roseville pottery. She amassed more than 200 pieces from the Ohio studio.
Before settling in Magalia, Mrs. Richardson lived in Tucson, Ariz.; Port Arthur, Texas; Cambridge, Ohio; Dayton Ohio; Cincinnati; and Union City. Mrs. Richardson moved around because of her husband’s employment. Among his jobs, he worked with the Ohio Highway Patrol and AT&T.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Richardson’s survivors include two sons, John of Cincinnati and Thomas of Oakland; a daughter, Patricia Richardson of Whitmore; a brother, Bob Finley of Reedley; two sisters, Jean Weisman of Mason, Ohio, and Nancy Quashnick of New Orleans; and eight grandchildren.
No services were held for Mrs. Richardson, who was cremated.

Erma Gibbs
Published 9/12/2000
When Erma L. Heitman-Gibbs came to work at the Assembly of God in Paradise, she brought more than 30 years of experience ministering in the Midwest.
Mrs. Heitman-Gibbs died Thursday in Olive Ridge Care Center in Oroville.
The Oroville resident was 96.
She was born to Theodore Heitman and Matilda Krueger in Madison, S.D. She graduated from high school and taught in rural schools for several years. Then she attended Baptist Bible College in Minneapolis. 
For 30 years, she organized Sunday schools and pastored in several cities in South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota.
On Nov. 11, 1942, she married Charles Gibbs, and they continued their Gospel work together, organizing and building new churches.
After her husband died Dec. 23, 1956, she moved to Anaheim to be near her father and stepmother. There she joined the Assembly of God Church and became the Missionette director and Sunday school teacher.
When her father died, she moved to Paradise, where she was an ordained minister for Assembly of God.
She was also a seamstress most of her life.
One brother and two sisters died before Mrs. Heitman-Gibbs.
Her survivors include a brother, Orval Heitman of San Carlos; a sister, Luella Wagner of Paradise; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her service will be today at 1 p.m. in Rose Chapel Mortuary. She will be buried in Paradise Cemetery.

Maxine Stevens
Published 9/12/2000
Maxine Stevens, 77, loved watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy on television, and she was a big 49er fan.
Mrs. Stevens died Friday in Feather River Hospital.
She moved to Paradise from Concord in the late ’70s.
Mrs. Stevens worked as a presser in a dry cleaning shop for 15 years.
Her parents were Earl and Ida Pierce.
Mrs. Stevens’ husband, Theodore, died in 1983. 
Her survivors include a son, William of Chico; a daughter, Connie Stevens of Castro Valley; a sister, Darlene Robinson of Colorado; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be today from 1 to 8 p.m. at Rose Chapel Mortuary. 
A memorial service will be tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Rose Chapel. 
On Thursday, graveside services will be at Memory Gardens in Concord at 2 p.m.
Contributions in her memory may be given to Northern California Transplant Bank in care of Rose Chapel.

Ruth Daniels
Published 9/14/2000
Ruth A. Daniels made the best chicken and dump-lings, her family said. And although she worked as a PBX computer operator, her most important job was being a mother.
She also enjoyed playing Scrabble and the game Spite & Malice.
She came to live in Paradise from San Jose a year ago.
Mrs. Daniels, 83, died Monday at Cypress Acres. 
In Michigan, she was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, and in Reno, Nev., she volunteered at the Senior Center.
In Leamington, Ontario, she was born to Gilbert and Elsie Cleinsmith.
She is survived by a son, John Rourke of Sacramento; a stepson, Duane Daniels of Pahrump, Nev.; three daughters, Fran Stevenson of Paradise, Margaret Rourke of Trenton, Mich., and Linda Rourke of Reno, Nev.; a stepdaughter, Jeanette Feight of Michigan; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Services for Mrs. Daniels will be held today at 11 a.m. at Rose Chapel Mortuary. Pastor Brad Jacobson will officiate.
She will be buried in Paradise Cemetery.

Oliver Scarbrough
Published 9/14/2000
Oliver Eugene Scarbrough, 63, enjoyed camping and traveling to parks around the United States with his family.
A resident of Paradise for 43 years, he also fished and liked scanning the ground with his metal detector.
Mr. Scarbrough died Saturday at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Paradise, and loved old cars and street rods.
Mr. Scarbrough was a self-employed building contractor for 35 years.
He was born in Marietta, Okla., to Wilma and L.O. Scarbrough.
Two months ago, he married Golda Scarbrough, who survives him.
His other survivors include his father, L.O. of New Mexico; two daughters, Penny Farias of Texas and Tami Hardenberger of California; two brothers, Hollis Scarbrough of Arkansas and Charles Scarbrough of Colorado; and a sister, Ginger Willess of Texas.
His service was conducted yesterday by Pastor Tom Adams at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Paradise.

Richard Trotter
Published 9/14/2000
Richard Philip Trotter enjoyed traveling, especially bus trips to Nevada, and he played bingo, board games and cards. And any chance he had, he would read.
A resident of Paradise for 18 years, Mr. Trotter died Monday in Feather River Hospital. He was 77. Born in Texas to Clyde and Loie Babb Trotter, he graduated from Fullerton Union High School.
From 1943 to 1946, he served with the U.S. merchant marine in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He then worked for Oscar Meyer for 25 years and for Butte County Library for 5 years.
For 52 years, he was married to Beverly, who died in February 1998.
Mr. Trotter was a member of Elks Lodge No. 2026, Paradise Senior Citizens and Trinity Presbyterian Church in Oroville.
He is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Trotter of Oroville; a brother, Sherwood Trotter of Missoula, Mont.; a sister, Mary Margaret Parkison of San Francisco; two grandsons, Aaron Davis of Lodi and Jeffrey Davis of Stanford; and one great-grandson.
Visitation will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Chapel of the Pines Mortuary.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Chapel of the Pines Mortuary, with a private burial in Paradise Cemetery to follow.

Donald Powell
Published 9/14/2000
Donald D. Powell began a life of work at a young age. When 7, he worked as a cook on a train. While still young, he worked in a lumberyards and a mill in Oregon. 
He drove a Greyhound bus. During World War II, he was a machinist and foreman in Redwood City.
He moved to Paradise in 1968. 
Mr. Powell died Monday at age 85. In Oklahoma, he was born to Silas and Gertrude Powell. 
He married Harriet Mayhew Cochran in Reno, Nev., in 1974.
Besides his wife, Mr. Powell is survived by a stepson, Robert Brow of Paradise; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 
No services are planned. He will be cremated at Chapel of the Pines Mortuary, and will be inurned in Paradise Cemetery.

William Troy Sr.
Published 9/16/2000
William Eugene Troy Sr. didn’t like to talk about his grisly war experiences, but his wife, Vicki, said she “dragged the stories out of him.” 
He was a 17-year-old senior in high school when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942, shortly after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. He survived several fierce battles with Japanese forces, whose torpedoes sank two destroyers Mr. Troy served on.
During one battle, shrapnel from a shell ripped through his buttocks. But he carried on. A surgeon who saw him standing there amid the smoke, explosions and chaos figured Mr. Troy was fit enough to commandeer for surgery duty.
Mr. Troy, wounded and standing ankle-deep in his shipmates’ blood, assisted the surgeon, who had set up emergency operations in the ship’s mess hall.
Mr. Troy could never forget the visions of that day — comrades horribly wounded — some with an arm shot off.
Before long, the ship went down, pulling some shipmates to a watery grave. Mr. Troy and others escaped and were soon picked up by rescue ships.
After the two occasions his ship was sunk, Mr. Troy spent time in the hospital and then jumped back to duty.
“The war and the time he spent in it was very vivid in his mind,” his wife said. “He lost a lot of shipmates.”
He told her he felt he had helped save the country.
Mr. Troy died Thursday in his Magalia home. He was 75.
He was born to Alva and Mathilda Troy in Deming, N.M., but he grew up in Alturas.
As a kid, he sang in a trio with his two sisters. His voice was between a baritone and a tenor.
He loved to sing all of his life. And he was a big fan of Frank Sinatra.
Although a stroke in 1990 took his ability to talk, Mr. Troy could still sing.
Once at a Valentine’s Day party at a rehabilitation center in Chico, Mr. Troy sang “You Are My Sunshine,” getting other patients who couldn’t talk to join with him.
“Bill’s life was people,” his wife said. When he met people, he asked them all about their lives. He would know their mother’s maiden name in five minutes, his wife joked.
Before his stroke, Mr. Troy’s daily routine was to get up in the morning and walk up and down his street saying hello to the neighbors.
Mr. Troy drove trucks around the western United States for 23 years. He married Vicki Gasaway on Aug. 14, 1970, in Alameda. They moved to Magalia in 1979.
Mr. Troy enjoyed reading two or three books a week, especially westerns. He read the books of Louis L’Amour and Jack London.
After his stroke, he learned to do crossword puzzles. When he received his Dell subscription, he’d have the crossword book done in two days flat.
He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Association in Hayward, a member of Line Drivers Local Union No. 468, a past member of Magalia Upper Ridge SIRS and a past member of Paradise Elks.
Besides his wife, Mr. Troy is survived by his sons, Tim of Evanston, Wyo., Terry of Hughson and William “Gene” Jr. of San Lorenzo; a stepdaughter, Carrie Gallippi of Auburn; a brother, Alva Troy of Madera; a sister, Helen McCrecken of Susanville; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m. in the Chapel of the Pines Mortuary. His funeral service will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Chapel of the Pines. Military services will be conducted by Butte County Veterans Coalition in the Chapel and at Magalia Cemetery.

Earnest Paul
Published 9/16/2000
A decorated veteran, Earnest Dale Paul, died Wednesday at age 81. He moved to Magalia from the Bay Area in 1975.
Mr. Paul served as a phamacist in the U.S. Navy. He received a Good Conduct medal, with one bronze star, an American Defense award, an Asiatic-Pacific award with one bronze star, and a World War II Victory ribbon.
Born in Supply, Okla., he went on to work 25 years as financial accountant for the Physicians Business Bureau.
Mr. Troy was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Association.
He loved music, and he enjoyed watching wildlife and feeding all kinds of animals.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia, and a nephew, Dale Paul of Paradise.
Mr. Paul’s funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Chapel of the Pines Mortuary.
Visitation will be Monday from noon to 7 p.m. at Chapel of the Pines. He will be buried in Paradise Cemetery.

Marjorie LaVette
Published 9/16/2000
Marjorie Ilean LaVette, a former resident of Paradise, delved into several hobbies and crafts, such as knitting and crocheting. She enjoyed making blankets and gifts.
She often donated to hospice and cancer societies.
Mrs. LaVette, a resident of Tehama County for 20 years, died Sept. 4 at the age of 65.
She was born in Blythe.
Her survivors include her husband, LeRoy LaVette of Cottonwood; two daughters, Pamela Critchfield of Paradise and Teena Householder of Grants Pass, Ore.; a sister, Florence Hawkes; two brothers, Barry LaVette of Red Bluff and Lee LaVette of Willows; and five grandchildren.
Her services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. at P.O. Box 3950, San Rafael, CA, 94915-3950.
Hoyt-Cole Chapel of the Flowers in Red Bluff is handling the arrangements.

Douglas Schnepper
Published 9/19/2000
A dentist in Paradise for 10 years, Dr. Douglas Schnepper, excelled at athletic events that tested endurance.
He competed in numerous triathalons, which tested his skill in running, biking and swimming. He went to the Santa Cruz Triathalon every year since 1990. He placed third in a duathalon. He ran in the Alcatraz Race and in the Almond Bowl Race for 10 years. And he completed the Half Iron Man race twice.
Dr. Schnepper died of natural causes Friday at Feather River Hospital. He was 50.
His parents were Harold and Clara Schnepper. He graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 1974 and married Donna Prosser on June 1 that same year in Redlands.
Dr. Schnepper practiced dentistry with his father for six years in Rialto and for 10 years in Novato before coming to Paradise.
He was a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association and the Butte County Dental Society. He was on the board of directors of Feather River Hospital and he was formerly on the Hospice board.
Besides his wife, Dr. Schnepper is survived by a son, Greg, who is attending University of Washington, Walla Walla; a daughter, Gretchen Schnepper, who is attending Loma Linda University School of Dentistry; and one brother, Jim Schnepper of Redlands.
His service was held yesterday at the Paradise Seventh-day Adventist Church. He will be inurned at Paradise Cemetery. Rose Chapel Mortuary and Crematory handled the arrangements.

Virginia Reynolds
Published 9/19/2000
Virginia Elizabeth Rey-nolds worked as both a private and hospital nurse’s aide for more than 30 years. She was a nurse at Children’s Ward in Santa Barbara, at St. Francis Hospital and at Barton Memorial Hospital in Lake Tahoe.
Mrs. Reynolds first moved to Magalia with her family in 1925, and she went to school in Chico.
She died Sept. 7 at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. The Magalia resident was 81.
She was born to Rolla and Kathryn Reynolds in Oakland.
Her survivors include two sisters, LaRolla Nystrom of Chico and Doris Tomasovich of Granite Bay; a niece, Joan Gaither of Magalia; and a nephew, Joel Guthrie of Paradise.
No services are planned, and she will be privately buried in Magalia Cemetery. Paradise Chapel of the Pines is handling the arrangements.

Earnest Paul
Published 9/19/2000
A decorated veteran, Earnest Dale Paul, died Wednesday at age 81. He moved to Paradise from the Bay Area in 1975.
Mr. Paul served as a pharmacist in the U.S. Navy. He received a Good Conduct medal, with one bronze star, an American Defense award, an Asiatic-Pacific award with one bronze star, and a World War II Victory Ribbon.
Born in Supply, Okla., he worked for 25 years as financial accountant for the Physicians Business Bureau.Mr. Paul was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. He loved music, and he enjoyed watching wildlife and feeding animals.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Paul; and a nephew, Dale Paul of Paradise. Mr. Paul’s funeral service was held last Tuesday in the Chapel of the Pines Mortuary. 
He was buried in Paradise Cemetery.


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