Edward L. Barba “Toochi”
Edward L. Barba “Toochi”
Edward Louie Barba, 73, passed away Nov. 12, 2010, in Klamath Falls, Ore. Ed commonly known as “Toochi” was born Jan. 5, 1937 in Susanville, Calif., to Louie and Adella Barba.
He was raised in Susanville, attending the local schools and graduated from Lassen Union High School, and continued his education at Chico State University, Chico, Calif., receiving his degree in education. He also received his master’s degree in engineering from San Francisco State University, San Francisco, Calif. Ed enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. In 1976, he married the former Darla Bunyard of Alturas, Calif., and later divorced.
Ed retired from the U.S. Forest Service, Santa Fe, N.M., with approximately 35 years of service. Upon his retirement he returned to his hometown of Susanville, enjoying gardening, using his engineering skills in the building of projects and most of all having his morning coffee at “Walkers Coffee Shop” with his friends. Ed has been residing in Klamath Falls, Ore., for the last four years for easier accessibility to medical facilities for his dialysis treatment.
Ed is survived by his children; Rebecca Hartin, of Louisville, Ky., and Jeff Stewart of Pensacola, Fla. He is also survived by his brothers Joseph and Tom Barba, of Susanville; and sisters, Julia Rodriquez, of Klamath Falls, Ore., Katherine Souders, of Lancaster, Calif., and Teresa Philips, of Susanville. Ed also leaves his grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 at the Walton’s Mortuary with burial at Diamond Mountain Cemetery with military honors.
BJ Beddingfield, beloved husband, father and friend, has passed away. Born June 26, 1959 in Oakland, Calif., BJ remained a California boy his whole life, until he left this world on Nov. 2, 2010, at Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev.
BJ is survived by his wife of 30 years, Cindy; daughter Sommer; and his two cherished German shepherd dogs, Kliff and Kona. He is also survived by his mother, Betty; and his two older brothers, Tom and David; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
BJ will be remembered as a devoted family man, a loving spouse, a doting father, a wonderful friend, a respected coworker and an amazing musician.
BJ moved to the Susanville area around 1968, and the Beddingfield family worked on building their home in Janesville. BJ attended Janesville school until the seventh grade, and attended Diamond View for his eighth-grade year. Always interested in the arts, BJ gave a stellar performance as Oliver in the Diamond View School production of Oliver Twist. BJ also enjoyed motorcycling, biking, and running track and cross-country.
BJ graduated from Lassen High School in 1977, and entertained the local area with the music of his band, Charter Oak, playing rock and roll at its finest. On Oct. 11, 1980, BJ married his true love, Cindy Pleskaczewski. The happy couple moved to San Jose, Calif., where BJ continued his education and began his career in information technology. In 1985, BJ and Cindy were blessed with the birth of their only child, Sommer. Shortly thereafter, the family moved back to Susanville, and BJ started a long-standing career at Sierra Army Depot.
BJ was a hard working man, devoted to his job and always willing to lend a helping hand. Most of his time off work was spent being an incredible family man, be it at home or on vacation. In his spare time, BJ enjoyed playing guitar and bass, and working with audio visual equipment.
Family and friends are welcome to attend a Celebration of Life service for BJ, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. at Final Wishes Funeral Home, in Reno.
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