Theodore Max Hansen
Herbert A. Miller
Hale “Blackie” Kenneth Charlton
Joanna “Joanie” Cleveland
William “Willie” Latham Kennedy
Sept. 13, 1934 – July 19, 2011
Drew Carpenter was born in Ada, Okla. to Floyd Franklin and Elva May Carpenter on Sept. 13, 1934 and went home to be with the Lord Christ Jesus on July 19, 2011 in Palmdale, Calif., with his family by his side.
Drew grew up in Westville, Okla. where he attended school in a one-roomed schoolhouse, then came to California in 1952, attending Westwood High School. He married Victoria Biggs on July 3, 1953 and reared their three daughters in the home he bought on Birch Street.
In July of 1974, Drew, now available; met and romanced an old school-mate named Barbara Atkins Locatell; they were married May 3, 1975. Drew worked in the lumber industry most of his life; Red River Lumber Co., Fruit Growers and 38-1/2 years at Collins Pine in Chester, Calif. After his retirement from Collins Pine, he and Barbara spent many of their winters as snow-birds in Baja, Calif., on the Sea of Cortez. In his last years they lived year-round in Westwood until March of 2010 when they relocated to Lancaster, Calif. where he remained until the time of his passing.
Drew was a superb outdoorsman; he enjoyed camping, fishing and hiking with his family. He loved without reservation, all of his family; both immediate and extended; taking special delight in his grandchildren. He was a member of the Westwood Assembly of God Church and served on the board.
Drew is survived by his wife Barbara of 36 years, now residing in Lancaster, Calif.; his daughters Adele Montgomery, of Placerville, Calif., Druanne Earll, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Cynthia Robinson (Scott), of Salina, Utah; stepsons Robert George Locatell, and Frank Christian Locatell III, of Monrovia, Calif.; step-daughter Susan Bostic (Glen), of Lancaster, Calif.; 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Drew is survived by his sisters Hazel Bowen, of Lawton, Okla., Martha Gilbert (Tom) of Fowler, Ohio; brothers Morgan Thompson (JoAnn), of Bedford, Texas and Floyd Franklin Carpenter Jr. (Gayle), of Bakersfield, Calif.
Along with his parents, Drew is preceded in death by his uncle Noel Palstring; his Aunt Hazel Cargill; his brother Charles Carpenter (Mary); brother-in-law Sam Bowen (Hazel); nephew Franklin Leroy Bowen; cousin Linda's first husband Fred Flores; and cousin Barbara's husband Fred Evans.
Services will be held at the Westwood Assembly of God church at 7th and Ash streets at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, burial following at Westwood Cemetery, with a luncheon reception afterward at the Assembly of God. Pastor Smokey Denna will officiate. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
Pall-bearers are step-sons Robert and Frank Locatell; grandsons Jarod and Joshua Lewis, Mikel Bostic, Joshua Locatell and Michael Christenson.
Drew's life was a life well-lived. Drew certainly fought the good fight, he finished the course, he kept the faith: henceforth is laid up for him a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give him at that day: and not to him only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.”
Theodore Max Hansen
Theodore Max Hansen passed away peacefully at home on July 30, 2011 at the age of 88. He was born April 15, 1923 in Coos Bay, Ore.
Max, as he was known to family and friends, spent his whole life in the outdoors, a tradition that his sons and grandchildren still follow today.
In December of 1941, just days after Pearl Harbor, Max graduated his school early and joined the Army Air Corps. He spent the next four years in Europe, first England then France. He returned to the United States in 1945 and started college in California majoring in forestry.
Soon after he got a seasonal job as a ranger in Yosemite National Park where he helped with the famous “Fire Falls,” retrieved people off of Half Dome, and even got to help guide Ansel Adams around when he was working on his book “An Illustrated Guide to Yosemite Valley (1946).”
Later he was hired as a full time ranger for the California State Parks, where he worked for the next 30 plus years at parks all over the state including Pismo Beach, Palomar Mountain, Grover Hot Springs, Big Bear, Sacramento and Humboldt Redwood’s State Park among others. He retired in 1978 and chose the Honey Lake Valley as the place to live after falling in love with the area on hunting and fishing trips. He built a home on land on the west side of the valley and lived an active life in the years that followed.
He is survived by his wife Willie Hansen; four sons: Phil Hansen, of Janesville, Calif., John Hansen, of Maui, Hawaii, Bill Hansen, of Roseville, Calif. and Bob Hansen, of Hamilton, Mont.; seven grandchildren and many friends.
Private services will be held at a later date and the family asks that in lieu of flowers or donations people take the time to enjoy the beauty that this country has to offer and introduce a child to the great outdoors.
Herbert A. Miller
Litchfield area rancher, Herbert A. Miller, died July 21, 2011 in Susanville at the age of 86 years. He was born on Nov. 4, 1924 in Hollister, Calif. He lived in Lassen County for 60 years.
Herb, as he was known by, was proud of his ancestry. Three of his grandparents were born in Denmark and came to America as young adults. His Hansen grandmother was born in New York during the Civil War. Her father Timothy O’Connor, who was Herb’s great-grandfather, fought in the Civil War. The O’Connor family eventually moved to California settling in the southern end of San Benito County in the vicinity of Bitterwater.
Herb grew up in Hollister where he graduated from San Benito County High School in 1942. He owned a horse at a young age. The Millers rented horse stalls right in the city limits of Hollister in the early 1930s. Herb said he used to ride across town up to the foothills where there was lots of open space.
In 1936, Herb’s parents purchased their first ranch which was located about 40 miles south of Hollister. It was on this ranch that he learned to milk a cow, run farm machinery — some by live horsepower and started a herd of Polled Hereford cattle as well as more opportunity to ride his horse.
After the Miller’s family home burned down, Herb moved from San Benito County to Lassen County where he purchased a ranch in April, 1951 near Litchfield, Calif. Here he was welcomed by new neighbors Bernard McCallister, the Chappuis brothers and Tom and Virginia Johnston who have all since passed away.
On July 25, 1952 Herb married his long-time girlfriend, Martha Bacon, after she graduated from U.C. at Santa Barbara. She taught school in Susanville for several years in the 1950s then became a fulltime mom and helped Herb on the ranch.
As a young man Herb was active in the local community. In the 1950s he joined several other men to help with the formation of the Honey Lake Valley Soil Conservation District which later became RCD. He served as a director of this board for many years.
Later he was a director of the Plumas Sierra Rural Electric Co-op for 12 years. He was a past member of Lassen County Sheriff’s Posse, Lassen County Cattlemen’s and Standish Farm Bureau. He also was a volunteer beef leader of the Standish 4-H Club.
In his later years he enjoyed watching Christian programs on TV and listening to country music and old time hymns on tape. He was a past member of the Standish Bible Church.
Herbert Miller is survived by his wife Martha Bacon Miller; four children: Darlene Anderson, Nancy Sisk, Becky Neely and Christopher Miller, who all live in Lassen County. Also surviving are eight grandchildren: Levi Anderson, Clinton Neely, Colter Sisk, Shelby Sisk, Kyle Neely, Kayla Neely, Ginger Miller, Waylon Miller and two great-grandchildren. Herb is also survived by nephew George Morelini, of Susanville and niece Judy Hones who lives in Las Vegas.
Memorial services for Herbert A. Miller are set for 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, 2011 at Walton’s Colonial Mortuary in Susanville, followed by burial at Diamond Crest Cemetery, in Johnstonville, Calif.
If anyone would like to make a donation in Herbert Miller’s memory, the family suggests Lassen County CattleWomen Memorial Scholarshp Fund, P.O. Box 1469, Susanville, CA 96130.
Paul Schlotterbeck passed away peacefully Saturday, July 30, 2011 at home with his wife Ruth and his niece Dawn at his side. He was 79.
Paul was born in Iowa on a December morning, the son of Carl and Ardis. After living in Iowa through the 1930s he lived in Chicago until the late 1940s when he and his sister Ardislyn got in the family LaSalle sedan and drove Route 66 to L.A. Paul lived in the San Fernando Valley where he worked for General Motors then off to Newport Beach and Los Alamitos working for McDonnell Douglas and many medical groups as director of payrolls and accounting.
Paul was an Air Force veteran and a member of the 195th fighter squadron of the California Air National Guard at Van Nuys, Calif.
Paul also fancied himself as quite a dancer and singer.
He married Ruth Hardaway in 1972 and along with her came Carla, Hugh and Jane.
Paul and Ruth moved to Susanville in 1992 to be near the grandchildren, Justin and Grayson Hardaway as well as their parents Lou and Hugh.
Paul was a member/sponsor and volunteer for the Lassen County Arts Council, Lassen County Chamber of Commerce, Lassen Land and Trails Trust, Lassen County Historical Society, Susanville Friends of the Library, and fought hard for the library, Susanville Symphony Society-(charter member), Sierra Arts Council, Reno Philharmonic, Carmel Bach Festival, Banner Lassen Auxiliary, Susanville Respite Program and the Salvation Army.
Paul is survived by his wife and partner of 39 years, Ruth; three stepchildren; two grandsons; his sister Ardislyn, as well as many nieces and nephews.
No services will be held. There will be a wake in his honor at a later date. In lieu of flowers Paul would like donations to the Susanville Friends of the Library.
Peggy Brune, 76, died Aug. 2, 2011 at the Country Villa Riverview in Susanville, Calif. She was born Feb. 6, 1935 in Mountain View, Okla.
Peggy is survived by husband Timothy, of Janesville; sons Anthony Brune, of Shafter, Calif. and Paul and Cindi Brune, of Susanville; daughter Melody Brawley, of Susanville; sister Betty Stoddard, of Wyoming; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Family has requested no services.
Hale “Blackie” Kenneth Charlton
Hale “Blackie” Kenneth Charlton died July 29, 2011. He was born Feb. 27, 1929.
Hale was preceded in death by his wife Shirley, daughter Ellene and grandson Zackary.
He is survived by his brother Robert, of San Jose; son Kerry and wife Christine, of Rancho Palos Verdes; and son Walter and his wife Sheri, of Quincy. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Hale’s life was held Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at the Pioneer Park Rotary Pavilion. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
Joanna “Joanie” Cleveland
A private celebration of life will be held in September for Magalia resident, Joanna “Joanie” Cleveland, 80. Joanna died tragically due to a fatal collision in Magalia, Calif. on Thursday, July 28, 2011.
She was born in Warsaw, Ind. Dec. 18, 1930. Joanna was a resident of Westwood, Calif. from 1969 until 2004 when she moved to Magalia. She was a foster parent for more than 50 years. Through her foster care, she enriched the lives of many people. She loved animals, sewing, swimming and sun bathing.
Joanna is survived by her sister July Fletcher, of Chico, Calif.; two daughters: Pam Krueger, of Paradise, Calif. and Jennifer Corvinus, of Elkton, Ore.; her son Michael Cleveland, of The Dalles, Ore.; her grandson Paul Cleveland, of Winter Haven, Fla. and numerous foster children. We love you Joanie and will miss you deeply.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Paradise Animal Shelter, 925 American Way, Paradise, CA 95969. Arrangements are under the direction of the Neptune Society of Northern California, Chico Branch.
William “Willie” Latham Kennedy
William “Willie” Latham Kennedy, 60, died Tuesday Aug. 2, 2011. He was born in Evanston, Ill. on Aug. 6, 1950.
Willie is survived by his sisters Margaret Kennedy, residing in Italy, MaryEllen Stanton, of Wexford, Pa. and Kathleen Seltzer, of Ashland, Ore., along with two nieces and two nephews.
Following local cremation at Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory private inurnment will take place in the Janesville Cemetery. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
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