Miscellaneous Elko County, Nevada Obituaries

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Wayne S. Marteney
Wayne S. Marteney died Sunday, Dec. 9, at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital.
He was born March 10, 1911, in Haven, Kan., and grew up on farms and ranches in south-central Kansas where he attained his primary education. He earned a degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University.
Marteney served our country in World War II as an engineer with the Navy Seabees. He then returned to the States and worked as an engineer on government projects.
Marteney returned to the Midwest and worked for Warner investment firm, managing farms and ranches. In 1948 he met and married Della May, his wife of 53 years.
The Marteneys moved to Nevada in 1960 when Wayne went to work for E.L. Cord as manager of the Circle L ranch. After 15 years they moved to Elko where Wayne took a job as manager of Maggie Creek Ranches Inc. He retired in 1985 and started his own consulting business.
Marteney served on numerous boards, including the Silver State Stampede, National Cattlemen's Association, Production Credit Association, Elko County Planning Board, Elko County Senior Citizens and the Federal Land Bank Board. He was a past president of the Nevada Cattlemen's Association and was voted Cattleman of the Year in 1986. He served on numerous committees and was a Civic Club lifetime member as well as a lifetime member of the Elko Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Rotary Club.
Marteney was preceded in death by his daughter Conn West, and is survived by his wife Della, sons Wayne D. and Scott and wife Shirley, two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
A scholarship fund will be set up at Great Basin College in his name. In lieu of flowers, people may contribute to the Great Basin Scholarship Fund and Awards Committee, in care of Wayne and Shirley Marteney.
A celebration of life will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Al Fry officiating.

Joshua James Allen Nash
Joshua James Allen Nash was born April 25, 1984, in Duncan, Okla., to David and Cindi Nash. Joshua was baptized on July 2, 1995, in Booker, Texas. Josh went home to Jesus Nov. 24, 2002.
He attended school in Gruver and Booker, Texas, moving with his family to Jiggs in the summer of 1996. 
He attended seventh grade at the Jiggs school and eighth grade at Spring Creek Middle School. After moving to Spring Creek in 1999, he attended Spring Creek High School, graduating with the class of 2002.
He was in high school rodeo, basketball (actually, he played football on the basketball court), wrestling, and football, which was his true passion. 
Josh was also in the drama club, woodshop and FFA.
He is survived by his parents; sister, Davida; brother, Kaleb; great-grandmother, Edna Gill, Fairfield, Idaho; grandparents, Jim and Ann Gill, Bellevue, Idaho; and Ben Fought, Hereford, Texas; J.D., , Yvonne, Tony, Jacob and Shelly Gill, Spring Creek; Connie Gill and Glen Straubhaar, Hazelton, Idaho; Margaret and Wayne Copley and daughters, Basil and Sandy Nash and family, Muleshoe, Texas; Roland and Patricia Nash and family, Plainview, Texas; and Jerry and Gail Neeley and family, DeLeon, Texas; many other relatives and friends that he loved but are too many to mention. Grandmother, Ruth Fought, and grandfather, Leonard Nash, preceded Josh in death.
Josh was a very loved young man! We thank God for the 18 years that we were blessed and privileged to have him! Josh's smile and laughter were infectious to all those around him. He loved life and had fun living it! He will truly be missed.
Memorial services are scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002, at 3 p.m. at the Spring Creek High School gymnasium. Pastor John Prewitt of the Great Adventure Harvest Church will officiate at the service.
Arrangements are under the direction of Burns Funeral Home in Elko.
Donations in his memory may be made to Creative Kids, 19 Licht Parkway, Spring Creek, NV 89815, or a charity of choice.

Bill E. Fitch
Services for Bill E. Fitch, 79, of Wells, Nev., will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 3, 2003, at the LDS Chapel in Wells.
He was born May 22, 1923, in Fruitland, Idaho, a son of Harlan and Louise Fitch. He graduated from Notus High School, Notus, Idaho, in 1943. He served his country in the Pacific Theater during WW II as a member of the United States Marine Corps and received a Purple Heart.
He moved to Wells in 1954 where he met and married his wife, Carrie, on Dec. 4, 1954. They moved to Madras, Ore., for a few years and then returned to Wells where they have resided for 43 years.
Bill worked a variety of jobs in Wells including law enforcement, road construction and mining. He had a zest for life and enjoyed gathering with his friends and family. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing while he was able to do so.
He is survived by his wife, Carrie of Wells; son, Clay Fitch of Wells; and daughter, Vicki Ray of Redding, Calif.; stepsons, Richard Blaser of Hurricane, Utah, James Blaser of Salt Lake City, Utah, Dell McNeil of Aurora, Ill.; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Following services, burial will be at the Clover Valley Cemetery.

Regina Stewart Poer
Regina Stewart Poer left us peacefully at home Monday, June 2, 2003, at 9 a.m. A memorial service will be held for her at St. Birgitta's Catholic Church, on Highway 30, at 11820 St. Helen's Road, in Portland, Ore., on Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the church hall.
Regina was born Aug. 26, 1938, to lifelong residents Ralph and Olive Stewart in Elko, Nev. She graduated from Elko County High School in 1956 and received her BA in education from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1960. She was married to John R. Poer in 1963.
She is survived by John and her stepfather, DeMar Robison, of Spring Creek, Nev.
Regina taught fourth and fifth grades in Sparks, Nev. She lived in Los Gatos, Calif., before moving to Portland in 1970. Regina was very active in AKC Retriever Field Trials and was the longtime club secretary and field trial secretary of the Oregon Retriever Trial Club. She was responsible for most of the preliminary work and support work of three National Amateur Retriever Trials held at Sauvie Island. She loved her Labrador retrievers and owned four who became field champions and amateur field champions and another who was an amateur field champion.
She loved music and played the French horn in Salt Lake City summer symphonies. Regina was an accomplished self-taught computer whiz and mastered many programs with ease.
Contributions may be made to the Providence St. Vincent's Heart Institute at 9205 SW Barnes Road, Portland, OR 97225. 

Rex Charles Claridge
Rex C. Claridge died Tuesday, Dec. 11, at home at Six Mile Ranch, Callao, Utah, after a long battle with cancer. He was 70 years old.
He was born July 17, 1931, at Fish Springs, Utah, to Tass Andrew and Alice Selma Johnson Claridge. He spent his early years in Snake Valley, Utah. He attended schools in the valley, Tooele and Delta, Cedar City and Logan, Utah, receiving a degree in Commerce from Utah State Agricultural College in 1954.
He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Following graduation, he went into the Air Force, completed his multi-engine pilot training in July 1955, and was discharged in 1957.
He married Susan Mary Yarbrough in 1961 in Las Vegas. He became active as a real estate agent in Las Vegas for the firm of Baker & Hazard. He started Parkway Realty in Las Vegas in 1961. In 1966, he became affiliated with United Farm Agency. He and his family moved to Elko, continuing as a real estate broker with United Farm Agency and Claridge & Associates until 1989.
Rex and his wife, Susan, moved to the ranch at Callao to semi-retire in the ranching business. During the years 1999 to the present he and his wife operated a guest-ranch business at Callao (Double J Ranches) in conjunction with their ranching operation.
Rex is survived by his wife of 40 years, Susan of Callao; son Rex C. and wife Christine of Redondo Beach, Calif.; son Steve of Fairfield, Idaho; daughter Jill (Randall) Layton, Central Point, Ore.; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother Alice in 1931 and father Tass Claridge in 1989.
He spent many good years in Elko, hunting, fishing, visiting with friends and had many great memories to recall of the Cornwall Basin area of northern Elko County as well as Lamoille, the Ruby Mountains, the Deep Creek Mountains and West Desert of Utah.
There will be no services. The family encourages donations in his memory to the National Center for Family Literacy. 

Joseph W. Heguy
Joseph W. Heguy died in Elko Sept. 27, 2002.
He was born in Elko, Nev. April 1, 1920, to Alex and Emily Heguy. He was reared on the family ranch in Jiggs and completed first through eighth grades at the Smith Creek School. He graduated from Elko High School in 1937.
Joe served in the Army Air Corps from December 1943 to December 1945. As a B24 pilot he flew 44 combat missions, earning four Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Following his military service, Joe returned to Elko County where he ranched with his father and brother, Bob Heguy, in Charleston until retiring in 1996.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bob, and sister, Jean Henderson. He is survived by nephews, Bob Heguy, Mitch Heguy and Bob Smith, all of Elko; and by nieces, Lori Glover of Spring Creek, and Diane Smith of Calif.; three great-nephews and four great-nieces.
Services will be held Friday, Oct. 4 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church at 11:30 a.m. Pall bearers are nephews Bob Heguy, Mitch Heguy, and Bob Smith. nephew-in-law, Brett Glover; great-nephew, Joe A. Heguy; and Andy Erickson.

Doranna Rizzi
Doranna Rizzi was born in Elko, Nev., on April 2, 1909, at the home of a family friend, Mrs. Leberski, who then lived on Commercial Street. Doranna's parents were Claude and Ellen Womack of Elko. She lived in Elko for the first year of her life and then moved to the ranching community of Mountain City, Nev.
Doranna attended grade school at McDonald Creek, Mountain City and Ogden, Utah. Her parents owned a homestead on Alleghany Creek and Doranna rode horseback to school in Mountain City, a distance of about 10 miles. She graduated from Elko High School in 1928 and married Ray (Budge) Rizzi, a rancher, the day after graduation. In her senior year of high school, she won a state typing contest held in Reno.
During the first years of her marriage, Doranna moved with her husband to the Bruneau Canyon to ranch. The only access to the ranch was by way of horseback or on foot as it was located at the bottom of a canyon on a river. All supplies had to be transported by horseback or carried afoot. Not even a wagon could get to the ranch. From there they moved to Rowland, Nev. and later to Mountain City, always ranching.
Doranna lived on a ranch in Elko County all of her life until entering the Elko Care Center, now known as Heritage Rehabilitation Center in Elko. She has always been active in the hayfield, riding horseback which she really enjoyed, feeding cattle, cooking meals and doing the daily work expected of a ranch wife. Until her knee and hip operations and age overtook her, there was not much she could not do on the ranch.
Doranna is survived by two daughters, Shirley Woolery of Springfield, Ore. and Deanna Alacano of Bend, Ore. She has seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Doranna was preceded in death by her husband, Ray (Budge) Rizzi in 1969 and her son Don Rizzi in 1998.
Funeral services will be held at Burns Funeral Home on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Al Fry from the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will follow in Burns Memorial Garden.
In her memory friends may contribute to the Northeastern Nevada Museum, the Hospital Auxiliary Tree of Life, or the charity of your choice.

Roy O. Smith
Roy O. Smith, age 98, died Aug. 8, 2002 at Highland Manor.
He was born Jan. 5, 1904 in Murray, Utah.
He served with the Salt Lake County Fire Department for 46 years before retiring. He moved to Elko in 1989 to be closer to family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, four brothers and a granddaughter, Pam Smith.
He is survived by son, Roy F. and Helen Smith of Elko; granddaughters Annette Scates, Judy Smith, Sherry and Greg Wenner, and Jeanie and Shane Lierman; and eight great-grandchildren.
No services are scheduled, with private cremation held at Sunset Crematory, under the direction of Burns Funeral Home.

Lloyd Leslie Oppenhein
Lloyd, 40, born July 20, 1962, a native of Elko, passed away on March 30, 2003, at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital.
He loved his family and friends very much. He left his impression on all he met throughout his life.
He is survived by his mom, Charlotte Oppenhein; sons, Leslie Oppenhein of Elko and Rusty Oppenhein of Yerington; sisters, Christine (Krystal and Justin) Oppenhein; Charlene (Nichole and Stephanie) Oppenhein; Renee (Raymond and Danielle) Jim Gonzales; Nancy (Gary) Decker; brothers, Lindsey (Gaylene, LC, and John) Oppenhein; Calvin (Leta, Terri and Tracy) Jim; Harvey (Mike, Angel and Jay) Jim; Roy Jim; a great-uncle, John Temoke, all of Elko; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his dad, Clifton Oppenhein, and two brothers, Gary and Stevie Jim.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at Burns Funeral Home. Gravesite will be at Elko County Cemetery where he will rest with his family. The Rev. Dan Figiel of Christian Center of Elko will officiate for the services.


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