Obituaries for March 25, 2014

Vikki Jean Adams

Douglas E. Bowman

Harry George Knecht

Elburna McClelland


Vikki Jean Adams

Vikki Jean Adams, 63, (June 1, 1950 to Feb. 27, 2014) passed away of natural causes in Carrollton, Texas while visiting with son, Ernest Arthur Stumpf III. Vikki was born to Jesse and Rebecca Rucker in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She grew up and lived in Orange County, California. Her life path also took her to Desert Hot Springs, Calif., Desert Center, Calif., Tehachapi, Calif., Susanville and Fullerton, Calif. She had several occupations including CNA, private duty caregiver and for 16 years, administrator and owner/operator of Adams TLC in Susanville. In August 2012 she retired and moved to Fullerton.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Gerald Dean Adams.

She is survived by son, Ernie; daughter-in-law, Kimberly; grandchildren, Vanessa and Jesse; step-sons, John and Michael Adams; and step-daughter, Julie Adams. In addition, she is survived by sisters, Pam Olivarez, and husband, Jeremy, Kim Gugel and husband, Harry, and Tracy Vermilyer and husband, Joe; nieces and nephews, Mindy Fernandez, Chris Gugel and wife Genine, Chad Gugel, Malina Gugel, Joseph and Jason Vermilyer, Jessica Vermilyer and husband, Brandon, Jurelle Olivarez; adopted niece and nephew, Liza and Billy; great nieces and nephews, Cambria, Alana and Benett.

A memorial service was held March 9, 2014 at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, Calif. Her final resting place is Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside.


Douglas E. Bowman

Douglas E. Bowman passed away Dec. 22, 2013 at the veteran’s hospital in Reno, losing his 17-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Jimmie, his wife of 33 years, was by his side.

He is survived by his daughter, Danielle, of Sparks; grandsons, Austin and Audie; his mother Myrtle Bowman, of Clear Lake, Calif.; and brother, Andrew Bowman, of Livermore, Calif.

Doug was born in Hayward, Calif., spending most of his adult life in Susanville. He joined the United States Army at age 16, and served from 1971-1975, He was accepted into the paratroopers, 82nd Airborne Division at age 17. Doug owned and operated Bowman’s Auto body for 25 years. During that time he also built show cars, winning first-place trophies and ribbons across the United States.

Doug loved skiing, wild horses, fast cars, diving with sharks, snowmobiling at midnight with no lights, steep roller coasters, speed boats and high stakes poker. Any moment not spent on the edge was a wasted moment in Doug’s life. Doug’s family and friends adored the adventure that was Doug, and we shall miss him more than mere words alone can express.

Douglas Bowman will be interred at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Janesville Cemetery, with full military honors. A celebration of his unforgettable life will follow the military ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer a donation in Doug’s name to DAV (Disabled American Veterans), the Veterans Guest House in Reno, or the MS Society.

Harry George Knecht

Harry George Knecht, born June 28, 1923 in Chico, Calif. and a current resident of Downers Grove, Ill., passed away peacefully with his family at his side March 12, 2014.

Harry grew up in Westwood, Calif., a lumber mill town, through grade school, junior high school and high school. Westwood has been an integral part of his entire life.

Harry was an educator, coach and physical therapist. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in physical education from the University of California, Berkeley in 1948, physical therapy certificate from the University of California, San Francisco in 1949, master of arts degree in physical education from the University of California, Berkeley in 1950 and doctor of education from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970. Harry was a member of the track and field team, football team and the Del Rey fraternity (Class of 1945) at the University of California, Berkeley.

Harry was one of three people to form the School of Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1971 and was department head from 1979 to 1989, when he retired. The Harry G. Knecht Movement Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Chicago was named and dedicated in his honor in 1993.

Harry was a World War II veteran and a captain in the U.S. Army. He earned a Purple Heart, American European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with one Bronze Star, World War II victory Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and an American Theater Service Medal.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Thai Mary Knecht; his children, Marla (James) Dietrich, Arlene (Lawrence) Moylan, Harry Knecht, David (Karen) Knecht and Michael Knecht; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

There will be a private family veteran memorial service at the Abraham National Memorial Cemetery in Elwood, Ill.

Memorial donations can be made to the Harry G. Knecht Movement Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Chicago by visiting the website, giving.uic.edu/how-to-give/, click on “Give Now” and at the bottom of the screen enter “Harry G. Knecht Movement Science Laboratory.”


Elburna McClelland

Elburna McClelland passed from this earth peacefully at Country Villa Riverview Rehabilitation hospital March 6, 2014. She was born to pioneer family Fred and Edna Johnston on April 18, 1921 on their home ranch in Litchfield. In 1939, she graduated from Lassen High School and married Pierce McClelland, moving to the McClelland Ranch in Standish where she worked side by side with Pierce, operating the ranch and raising their three children.

Elburna was a 1962 charter member of the Lassen County CowBelles. She served as a director and worked on countless committees during her membership, and was honored as "Mom of the Year" in 1979. Elburna was also an active member of the ''Native Daughters of the Golden West" for many years and active in the Standish Bible Church.

Elburna was preceded in death by husband, Pierce McClelland; brother, Tom Johnston; sister, Gladys Johnson; baby sister, Helen Mary; daughter-in-law, Donna McClelland; granddaughters, Janice McClelland and Burna McClelland.

Surviving her is son, Tom McClelland (Judy), of Janesville; daughter, Nancy Urionaguena, of Susanville, and daughter, Helen Finks (Jim), of Janesville. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Beckie McClelland, Brook Hemping, Bill Finks, Victor Urionaguena and Steve Urionaguena; eight great-grandchildren, Pierce McClelland, Madelyn Hemping, Conner Finks, Chance Ford, Hunter and Mia Urionaguena, and Riley and Kelley Urionaguena. Four nieces, Patty Gomez, Raelene Waltman, Karon Hester and Shery Packwood, also survive her.

Any remembrances may be made to the Lassen County Cattlewomen, attn: Beverly Blickenstaff, 460-880 Lakecrest Road, Janesville, CA 96114; Lassen High Alumni, P.O. Box 471 Susanville, CA 96130; Standish Bible Church, P.O. Box 267, Standish, CA 96128; or a charity of your choice. Private services have been held.


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