Edwin Lee Carman
Rosalie M. Clark
Karen Lynn (Long) Dowden
Roy Vance Shaff
Betty Lou Wafford
A Celebration of Life will be held for Calvin Wendell Bachman, 74, of Chico, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the Chico Elks Lodge. Cal passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013 at his home.
He was born Aug. 29, 1938 to Charles and Dorothea Bachman in Susanville, Calif. Cal was raised in Westwood and Susanville and graduated from Lassen High School in 1956. He then attended Cal Berkeley and graduated from Chico State with a bachelor of science degree in engineering. Cal married Jill Campbell on June 9, 1962 in Chico. While attending school he worked summers for the department of forestry. Cal worked for the Army Corp of Engineers during the construction of Oroville Dam. In 1972, he and his wife started Bachman and Associates, a civil engineering company, which he owned and operated until his passing.
Cal was a member of Delta Psi Delta, Chico Elks Lodge, Chico Oddfellows and the Comanche Rider Association. He enjoyed spending time in the mountains hunting and fishing, and studying the history of Northern California.
He is survived by his daughter, Tara Anderson, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; two sons, Todd and Troy, both of Chico; four grandchildren, Dylan, Madisyn, Connery and Caton, all of Chico; and one brother, John Bachman, of San Antonio, Texas.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Brusie Funeral Home.
Edwin Lee Carman
Edwin “Ed” Lee Carman, 72, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at his home in Susanville, Calif.
He was born July 25, 1940 to Edgar and Henrietta Carman in Indianapolis, Ind. Ed moved with his family to San Diego County and graduated from El Cajon Valley High School, before attending the University of Arizona. He spent several years working in the newspaper industry, having retired from the Reno Gazette Journal.
Ed enjoyed the outdoors; fishing, camping and working on his boats and classic trucks. He was also an avid fan of college sports and stock-car racing. Not only did he love watching racing, he also took part in the sport as a driver of the number 33 car.
Ed is survived by his wife, Lupé Carman, of Susanville; daughters, Twila Stewart, of Ft. Eustis, Tina Carman, of Las Vegas, Tamera Molina, of Las Vegas, Theresa Carlson, of Las Vegas, Terra Carman, of San Diego, Jennifer Riemann, of Susanville, Rietta Amador, of Susanville, and Ericia Carman, of Susanville. He is also survived by 25 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; as well as sisters, Nancy Edler, of Ft. Lauderdale, Grace Maine, of Indianapolis, Sonya Carman, of San Diego, and Polly Carman, of Nashville.
He is preceded in death by his sister, Diana Derby.
Services for Edwin will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Walton’s Mortuary.
Rosalie M. Clark
Rosalie M. Clark (also known as Peggy) passed away peacefully in her sleep in Youngtown, Ariz. on May 29, 2013. She was born in Westwood, Calif. on May 20, 1925 to George and Thelma (Carter) Jones. Her mother died when she was 7 and she was raised by her grandparents. She graduated from Westwood High School.
Rosalie received a bachelor of arts degree from Chico State College and received her graduate degree from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, Calif.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan, and her sons, David, Paul, Stephen and Philip. She is also survived by cousins, a half-sister, Donna Brandt, and a half-brother, Jim Jones.
Rosalie was a great storyteller who could keep you entertained for hours with stories about the boarding house that was run by her grandmother. She was very close to her cousin, John Etherton, and loved to tell about the birthday parties and family picnics they attended as children. Those who knew her will miss her big smile and her sense of humor.
A memorial service is being held at Faith Presbyterian Church in Sun City, Ariz. on at 10 a.m. Monday, June 17. She will be interred beside her mother in Red Bluff, Calif. following a 10 a.m. graveside service Monday, June 24 at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Karen Lynn (Long) Dowden
Karen Lynn (Long) Dowden passed away peacefully at Banner Lassen Hospital, in Susanville, Calif. on June 1, 2013 at age 62. Karen was born at Tulare, Calif. on June 2, 1950. She graduated from Lassen Union High School, Class of 1968. Then graduated from Lassen Community College in 1988.
Karen worked at Pine Crest Assisted Living from 1972-1980; at Lassen Community College as a word processing teacher from 1980-1987; at Herlong Army Base from 1987-1988; and at California Correctional Center from 1988-2003. At CCC she typed 120 words a minute with no mistakes.
After meeting twice, Karen married David Dowden on Jan. 2, 1970. They divorced in 1977 and remarried September 1989.
Karen was preceded in death by her father, Roland Lee long; her mother, Joan M. (Kimbriel) Long; husband, David Lyle Dowden; son, David Kenneth Dowden; daughter, Martha Jean (Dowden) Allison; five grandchildren, David Christopher Westley, Naomi Christine, Roland Lee Mathew, (all Dowden), Jeffery Allen Harris and Mariah Lynn Harris; two great-grandsons, Jonithan Mikal-Leigh Madry and Evan Whitefeather Dowden; sister, Donna Lee (Long) Johnson and brother-in-law, Walter Irvin Johnson, all in the Susanville area. She is also survived by brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews.
Karen is the fourth generation of seven generations, from 1903 to present day in Lassen County. Five generations are still living in Lassen County.
Karen’s nickname, Granny, was given to her in high school. Karen enjoyed cooking, art, reading, gardening, crocheting, fishing, camping, rock hounding, family get-togethers and relaxing with her beloved dog, Tahoe.
In November 2010 she had major health issues and surgeries. In March 2012 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a very caring heart and will be missed and never forgotten by all that loved and cared for her. She wanted us to never say good-bye, but say, “too-dull-do.” So, too-dull-do, Karen.
There will be a Celebration of Life at 1 p.m. June 29, 2013 at Foursquare Gospel, 1401 Riverside Drive, in Susanville, followed by a potluck at 2 p.m. in the church basement. Everyone is invited. For more information, call Jean at 260-0836. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the Breast Cancer Association in Karen’s name.
Thomas Robinson, 68, of Susanville, died June 6, 2013 at Renown Regional Medical Center. He was born June 14, 1944 in Snowshoe, Penn.
Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2013 at Diamond Crest Cemetery.
Roy Vance Shaff
Brother, husband and father, Roy Vance Shaff, 94, died Jan. 29, 2013 peacefully in his Talent, Ore. home after a brief bout of cancer. He was born Oct. 18, 1918, to Charley Vanocker and Loma Pauline Daugherty Shaff, in Cloverdale, Kansas as the fifth child of nine children.
Vance grew up on the farm and attended early school in Cloverdale delivering milk before and after school in the fourth grade to help the family. His father had died when he was 11 years old. The family moved to Hewins, Kansas and then to finally Sedan, Kansas where Vance graduated high school for which his mother was very proud. He was 10th in his class of 33 graduates.
With the Great Depression in full swing and jobs scarce, Vance joined the CCCs in Neodesha, Kansas, sending him as far away as Priest River, Idaho and Berkeley, Calif. before he left the CCCs again in Kansas. Each month he sent $22 home and kept $8 for spending money. His mother became ill and died in 1940.
He enlisted afterward in the Army in 1942 that sent him on a supply ship from California across the Pacific Ocean for 3-1/2 years to ports in the Persian Gulf. He was again in California with the Army preparing to continue the war in the Pacific when the war ended, and he was discharged. By hitchhiking and a bus from Salt Lake City, he returned again to Sedan. With very few jobs available, Vance re-enlisted — deciding to make the Army a career. He had utilized his high school typing class and ability to work well with people to rise to the upper enlisted levels in the CCCs and the Army. His life and Army career took a beneficial turn in Albuquerque, N.M. when he switched from headquarters duties to training in special weapons maintenance.
He met an Arkansas City, Kansas girl, LaVonne Nelson, through her cousin before the war, and married LaVonne on Feb. 15, 1946. They started their homes together at Vance’s next Army base in Virginia Beach, Va. before the next assignment in Los Alamos, N.M. In Albuquerque they decided to build a house in the valley on Sloane Place. Relying at first on a carpenter friend who left unexpectedly for a railroad job when only the floor joists were set, Dad, with confidence from a CCC carpentry course and pure gumption, built a modest cinder block three bedroom house virtually single handedly after work and on weekends. This accomplishment was the first of many projects he did by learning while doing and one of the legacies several of his grandchildren have carried forward in their own home projects and repairs. The Shaff family of four would live in the house a second time while stationed in Albuquerque before it was sold with another move.
The Army took his bride and two sons additionally to Texas, New York and Oklahoma. The soldier also had a one-year tour in Korea, while the family stayed in Arkansas City. Dad retired from the Army on June 30, 1962. Leveraging his military experience, he took a job at Sierra Army Depot in Herlong, Calif., retiring from civil service there in 1978. Dad and mom traveled extensively to visit grandchildren in Idaho and Oregon and to Europe, Alaska and around the United States, often with her sister and brother-in-law, Maxine and Boone Givens. For many years they would leave winter for a few days to meet another of LaVonne’s sisters and brother-in-laws, Carolee and Charlie Elswick in Laughlin, Nev. Never idle, Vance took a board position in 1982 on the West Patton Village Association in Herlong serving 38 years on the board, 22 years as president, all as a volunteer. He resigned his board position Oct. 1, 2012 just before moving to Oregon. During his years on the board, besides helping make sewer repairs and making trips to town for equipment, supplies or repairs, he was instrumental in having wells drilled, improvements to the sewer system including investing in a section of land —part of which is used as sewer ponds — and organizing a fire district including hiring a fire chief for the volunteer force, purchasing vehicles and a building for the fire truck and equipment.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 2002; his parents; his brothers, Ralph, Clyde, Merle and Freddie Dee; and his sisters, Orma, Fola and Olive Jean.
He is survived by his sister, Dorothy; his sons, Don (Gaye) in Idaho and Gary (Barbara) in Oregon; grandchildren, Teri, Annette, Dustin (Heather), Deven (Cori), Colin (Julianna), Damon, Maya (Reed) and Kahlee; great-grandchildren, Tim, Cambria, Gavin, Porter; and many nephews and nieces.
Gary and Don request, in lieu of flowers, you make a donation in Dad’s memory to a cancer research or treatment organization, heart disease organization, Ashland Community Hospital Foundation, a college or university of your choice or a favorite charity.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. June 22, 2013 at the Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Arkansas City, afterward lying to rest next to his bride there.
Betty Lou Wafford
Betty Lou Wafford, of Susanville, Calif. and Bullhead City, Ariz. passed away Monday, June 10, 2013 at the age of 73.
Betty was born July 15, 1939 in Pickens, Okla. and grew up in Susanville. She graduated from Lassen High School and became an accomplished architect, designing homes, commercial buildings and working on many public works projects including the Folsom Dam. She was married for a time to Gary Mastolier and later to Fred Gay (deceased).
She lived and worked many years in Ramona, Calif., Redding, Calif. and Susanville.
She spent her final years close to her brother, Jack, in Bullhead City.
No funeral arrangements have been made. Her ashes will be spread across the family property in Susanville as per her request. She is survived by her brother, Jack Wafford, niece and nephew.
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