Obituaries for April 15, 2014

Paul Crutcher

Margaret Kathleen "Maggie" Green

Duane Thomas Headley

Dawn Leslie Jackson

Abner Chaney “Joe” Knadler

Bennie Francis Rapacon

Carl Edward Abram Parks




Paul Crutcher

Dear friends of Paul Crutcher,

     My beloved Paul passed into Heaven on April 8, 2014 after fierce battle with lung cancer. By the time we knew what had been going on in his body, the cancer was widespread. To treat it conventionally was out of the question. We prayed and asked for a miracle. The miracle turned out to be that Paul was lifted up out of his pain into a realm of sweetness and light. He left peacefully at home surrounded by beloved friends who sang to him of going home.

     Paul loved all of life, especially his friends and everyone who valued his incredible expertise at fixing anything mechanical. He was called the “Magician” by many because he managed to repair what others had thought doomed. Such was his gift. All of his customers were special to Paul. Many became dear and cherished friends.

     Paul’s joy was being in the mountains and working at home in his shop. He loved Mother Earth, all her critters and the changing seasons. His time here was short, but it had a profound effect on all who entered into his presence. He was a valuable friend and never refused a call for help.

     Paul has left a legacy of unconditional love and the importance of forgiveness with his passing. Let us not forget to say “I love you” to our dear ones daily and be grateful for the now moments with them.

     There will be a celebration of his life in the near future. Until then, look into the sky and give thanks for the gift that was Paul.

     His devoted wife,


Margaret Kathleen "Maggie" Green

     Chester resident and former businesswoman Margaret K. "Maggie" Green passed from this life peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, Tuesday morning, April 1, 2014 at her residence in Chester, following a courageous battle with cancer.

     She was born Nov. 3, 1946 in Iatan, Mo. to Francis and Esther (Brown) Willey. Maggie, as she affectionately became known, was raised in Weston, Mo. and attended high school at West Platte High before moving west and graduating from Hoover High School in Fresno, Calif. as a member of the "Class of 1964."

     Maggie married Harry Chew while residing in Missouri and to this union a son and two daughters were born. She tragically lost Harry in an auto accident in 1977.

     Maggie went on to work as a social worker for Fresno County following her high school graduation, later as a teacher's aide before managing a medical office in Oakhurst, Calif. While attending her 20th high school reunion in Weston, Maggie became reacquainted with former schoolmate Frank "Brack" Green, an encounter that later led to the couple's marriage.

     Maggie moved to the Northeastern California community of Chester in 1988 where she opened a Pizza Factory franchise which she operated for some 15 years. She was an active part of her community where she was a former member of the Chester/Lake Almanor Chamber of Commerce. She became a vital member of Sierra Hospice where she served as a patient volunteer, and was instrumental in the resurrection of The Friends of Hospice. She served as the first office manager of the organization as well as serving as a member of the board of directors for a number of years.

     Maggie's passion in life was that of her family, she followed her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in all of their endeavors and proudly stood beside them. She was an accomplished quilter who was a longtime member of the Quilt Guild of Chester, was a veracious reader and member of the Chester Book Club and after taking a class at Lassen College, enjoyed the art of woodworking. She will be remembered by many in the community for her daily walks with her dear companion Oscar at her side. Later in life she enjoyed traveling the world with her husband and best friend Brack.

     In passing Maggie leaves her loving husband, F. "Brack" Green, of Chester; son, Jeffry Chew, and his wife, Meredith, of Janesville; daughters, Gayl Fording, of Mountain View, Calif., Angela Crowley, of Clovis, Calif., and Belinda Farris and her husband Davey, of Dearborn, Mo.; the jewels of her later life, her nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sisters, Francis Marie Antle, of Lawrence, Kansas, Sue Moppin, of Weston, and Mary Myers, of Atchison, Kansas; and let us not forget "Brother Oscar."

     She was preceded in death by a brother, Ronnie, and sister, Patty.

     A Celebration of Maggie's Life is being planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014 at her most favorite spot on earth — her home at 311 Feather River Drive, Chester. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com. The family asks any remembrances in Maggie's memory be made to Sierra Hospice, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803 Greenville, CA 95947.

Duane Thomas Headley

     Duane Headley, 88, of Susanville, passed away peacefully at Banner Lassen Medical Center on Wednesday April 9, 2014 with his family by his side. Duane was born in Westwood on Jan. 8, 1926. He moved to Susanville in 1949 where he resided for 65 years.

     Duane enlisted in the U.S. Navy on April 11, 1944. He was discharged honorably June 4, 1946. He held the rank of Fireman First Class on the USS Abatan. He took pride in wearing his World War II Veterans hat at the Veterans Day parades. In his younger years, he loved selling beer at the fair for the VFW’s.

     Duane was united in marriage to Bonnie Stewart on March 18, 1950. The newlyweds settled in Susanville. Duane worked for Lassen County Road Department for more than 32 years and retired as the road superintendent. He loved his career and his fellow co-workers.

     His favorite time of the day was gathering at Walkers Café, drinking coffee and swapping stories with the boys at the head table. Several of his old friends and retired co-workers had a standing monthly luncheon wherein they would gather together and reminisce about the olden days.

     Duane is survived by his two children, Dawn Miller and Dirk Headley, both of Susanville; his grandsons, Justin Miller, of Chatsworth, Calif., and Kenny Nave, of Susanville; granddaughter, Kayla Headley, of Susanville; four great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and his beloved girlfriend, Leta Jackson, of Susanville. Duane also leaves behind several nieces and nephews.

     Duane was preceded in death by his loving wife, Bonnie Headley; his sisters, Della Bosley and Doris Todd.

     Duane’s memorial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19 at Walton’s Colonial Mortuary at 115 South Lassen St. in Susanville. Additionally, there will be a military service at Diamond Crest Cemetery. Immediately following will be a reception at the Senior Center at 1700 Sunkist Drive in Susanville.

Dawn Leslie Jackson

     Dawn Leslie Jackson, of Susanville, died April 9, 2014. She was born Oct. 5, 1960 in Walnut Creek, Calif.

     She is survived by father, Claude Wes Jakson; and sisters, Linda Goff and Sandra Jackson.

     No service are planned at this time.

Abner Chaney “Joe” Knadler

     Abner Chaney “Joe” Knadler was born March 28, 1922 in San Jose, Calif. and died March 27, 2014 in Yuma, Ariz.

     A 60-year master of ceremony for Indian Valley parades, Joe grew up on a small farm in Shady Cove, Ore. until 1936, when his family moved back to San Jose. He worked a newspaper route until joining the U.S. Navy in 1940, his senior year of high school. He served during World War II in the American, Asiatic Pacific and European-African-Middle Eastern campaigns on the USS Nashville, a light cruiser; the USS Iowa, a battleship; and the ATR 40, a seagoing tug. After the war he trained new sailors while in the reserves and resumed active duty in 1950 during the Korean War, when he served stateside on the sub tender USS Fulton.

     Joe came to Plumas County as an electrician, first settling in Quincy, where he worked on the Plumas County Fairgrounds with Tulsa Scott, who announced the Fourth of July Parade in Taylorsville before Joe assumed the honors.

     He moved to Greenville in the mid 1950s and lived there until May 2013, when he weighed anchor on a land yacht, first to Nevada then to Arizona for a warm winter.

     Joe enjoyed a challenging job order, fishing, hunting, gold mining, good works in the community and good times on barstools with his many friends.

     His affiliations and acts of volunteerism over the decades were many, including past president of the Indian Valley Riding and Roping Club and active involvement in 4-H while his children were growing up. He was also a member of the Beer Drinking Berry Picking Better Outdoor Recreation Club of the Second Supervisorial District and E Clampus Vitus, Las Plumas Del Oro Chapter. For more than 55 years, he was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, first in Quincy, then in Greenville, including York Rite and Shriners. He was also a 50 plus-year member of the American Legion Post 568 and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Joe had recently received recognition for being a 65-year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Abner and Hazel (Marquis) Knadler; brothers, Max and Chester; sisters, Helen, Mary and Irene; and by his previous wife, Cynthia (Wilbur) Knadler.

     He is survived by his wife, Alicia (Higbee) Knadler, of Reno; sister, Hazel Smith, of Placerville; sons, Michael (LeeAnne) Knadler, of Yuma, Ariz., and Larry (Janice) Knadler, of Chico; daughter, Maryann (Norm) DeMontigny, of Susanville; step-daughter, Jennifer Kellogg (Bill), of Yuba City; step-sons Richard Hathaway (Maryann), of Yuba City, Robert (Iliana) Palm, of San Pedro, and Michael Palm, of Oroville; grandchildren, Kurt and Tyler DeMontigny, Joe Knadler, Madeline and Katherine Kellogg, Peyton and Mackenna Hathaway and Robert and Andrea Palm; and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.

     He was also survived by shipmate Stanley Freemyers, who was like a son to him, and many friends in Plumas County. During the last hours, his faithful beagle Snuffy Little Princess was by his side, where he could pat her butt and she could guard his rest.

     Any remembrances in his name can be made to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children in care of Sincerity Lodge No. 132, PO Box 537, Greenville, CA 95947; the Pacific Battleship Center, for the USS Iowa Museum, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA 90731 or to a favorite local charity.

     Memorial services will be held at noon, June 7 at the Greenville Cemetery.

Bennie Francis Rapacon

Sept. 16, 1948 to April 5, 2014

     Bennie Francis Rapacon, 64, died Saturday, April 5, 2014 at his home unexpectedly. He was raised in Vallejo, Calif. before moving to Lassen County in 1994. Bennie enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam. He was an Air Borne Ranger and proud recipient of the Purple Heart Medal of Honor.

     He retired from Sierra Army Depot in 2012 and was enjoying his retirement. He had many achievements in his life from being a 5th-Degree Black Belt in Kajukenbo to golfing PRO-AM with Chi Chi Rodrigues. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, boating, fishing, watching sporting events and going to the movies. Bennie was a special man and will be missed by many.

     Survivors include his wife, Regina; brother, Christopher, and his wife, Rita; sister, Leslie Brundige; sons, Bennie Francis II and his wife, Michelle, and Richard; daughters, Talayna Bautista, and her husband, Tino, Amanda and Misty; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

     Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 18 at the Herlong Post Chapel.

Carl Edward Abram Parks

     Carl was born Nov. 15, 1919 in Georgetown, Texas to Lee Roy and Molly Mae Parks. He was 94 when he passed away April 2, 2014.

     Carl was preceded by brothers, Lee and Sammy, and sisters, Lillian, Allene and Ruth.

     He was a proud member of the “Greatest Generation,” joining the Marine Corps, Second Marine Division in World War II, fighting across the South Pacific at such places as the Mariana Islands of Saipan and Tinian, Tarawa and Okinawa, eventually reaching Hiroshima during the occupation of the main island of Japan as the war ended.

     After WWII, Carl met and married Daisy Smith (Herold) and began a family. He became a member of the Victor McLaglen Synchronized Light Horse Brigade and started work at MGM Studios. Carl and Daisy soon left the hustle and bustle of Southern California for a simpler life where they raised three children, Edward, Carolyn and Kathleen, at a ranch near Montgomery Creek. During this time, Carl wore many hats as he and Daisy tended their 160-acre ranch, tried raising cattle, logging, harvesting and selling Christmas trees and, eventually, turning to real estate sales.

     In 1962, Carl moved to Bieber. It was here he eventually departed ways with Daisy, met and married Marian Bonsall (Fisher) in 1974 and they continued his Big Valley real estate business. Marian’s four children, Jim, Joe, Jean and Joyce, became a part of his growing, extended family.

     Carl was a 50 plus-year member of Lions International, a 48-year member of the Fort Crook Lodge of Masons where he was presented the distinguished Hiram Award and raised to the degree of Master Mason, as well as a 25-year member of Shriners International where he sponsored many children to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. He was a former president of many organizations including the Farm Bureau, Sportsman’s Club of Northern California, Chamber of Commerce and museum for Bieber and Lassen County, Big Valley Lions Club, Inter-counties Chamber of Commerce of Northern California — representing 16 counties — and many others too numerous to mention. He also took time out of his busy schedule to accept a governor’s appointment to serve a term as county supervisor for Lassen County.

     Carl traveled extensively, loved hunting and fishing and spending time with his family. His extended family included seven children, 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Carl’s desire and inclination to serve others has now been passed on and will continue to influence this large family.

     Carl will be remembered for his legacy of never-ending service to his country, state, region, county, community, friends and family. He wanted to “get things done” and provided us all a great example to follow. Carl will be sorely missed.

     In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Carl’s Celebration of Life will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19 at the Masonic Lodge in Fall River Mills. A graveside military service will immediately follow at the Nubieber Cemetery, finishing with a noon luncheon reception at the Bieber Catholic Church.


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