Obituaries for the week of 3/28/17


Helen Ruth Scheff (Tydingco)

Helen Ruth “Auntie Fufi” Scheff (Tydingco) died peacefully on March 18, 2017 in Susanville at the age of 49.

Helen was born on April 27, 1967 in Travis AFB, California to George and Jesusa Tydingco. She graduated from Fairfield High School in 1985. She married the love of her life, Robert Scheff, in 1992 and the couple welcomed their first child Abrial in 1995 followed by their second child Klari in 1996. Helen’s daughters loved her dearly and they will always remember her as an amazing, beautiful, vibrant spirit who was fun, crazy and full of life. She was their “tree.”

Helen was a generous, creative and caring person who was passionate about family, friendship and community. Helen developed many lasting friendships through her involvement in her children’s activities. Her dedication and sense of community has left a lasting impression on the people of Susanville. She was an active and dedicated member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and often volunteered as an RCIC education teacher. Helen was so much to so many and she never met a stranger. She will be missed.

Helen is survived by her mother, Jesusa Tydingco, of Fairfield, California; mother-in-law, Hazel Scheff, of Benicia, California; husband, Robert Scheff, of Susanville; children, Abrial Scheff, of Rocklin, California, Klari (Jake), of Tehachapi, California; siblings, Josephine, George, Vince, Leonore Tagudin (Mike), Joe (Mary), Suzanne Romero (Rick), Norine, Dan (Jennifer), of Fairfield, Larry Scheff (Lisa), of Benicia and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her father, George Tydingco Sr., of Fairfield, and father-in-law, William Scheff, of Benicia.

A visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Our Lady Mount Carmel, 2700 Dover Ave, Fairfield, with a rosary at 7 p.m. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Our Lady Mount Carmel, with a graveside service immediately after at St. Alphonsus Catholic Cemetery, 1801 Union Ave, Fairfield. After services, the family would like to invite all to celebrate Helen’s life at the Vacaville Moose Lodge, 6585 Gibson Canyon Rd., Vacaville.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 120 N Union St, Susanville, CA 96130. Condolences can be sent through prayer. The family would like to thank those who have offered prayer, support and condolences during this difficult time.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bryan-Braker, (707) 425-4697. You may sign the guestbook at


Robert Shirts

In remembrance

Robert “Bob” Shirts passed away March 21, 2016 at Renown in Reno, Nevada, following surgery due to a complication of cancer treatment.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Kerry; grandson, Dayne; son-in-law, Mason, all of Reno; and sister, Patricia Brock, of Crestline, California.

He was born in Wall, South Dakota on Nov. 24, 1941.

He was preceded in death by twin brother, Richard; and parents, William and Rachel.

Bob enjoyed his 5 acres in Janesville along with his artwork, backpacking, fishing, gardening and riding his Yamaha.

A sincere note of appreciation for family and friends who extended in many untold ways their kind support in our loss.

You are dearly missed, my Robert. Mary


“Corkey” Loyd Henry Urmson, Jr.

Aug. 8, 1944 — March 13, 2017

“In loving memory”

Loyd “Corkey” H. Urmson, Jr. passed peacefully at home Monday, March 13, 2017 from pancreatic cancer.

“Corkey” was born to Loyd H. Urmson, Sr. “Pappy” and Marie Myers on Aug. 8. 1944. As a kid he was self-taught on the guitar and other various musical instruments, but as a teen, “Corkey” was stricken with polio and told by doctors he would never walk, hunt or fish again. But in no time he was up and running with his friends as he was not on to just give up.

As his love for music drove him, he joined various bands, perfecting his musical talents fulfilling his dream of being a musical entertainer, which he did throughout his life, performing all over the western United States including Alaska.

Being a true music man, he worked as a cook to also attain “chef” status in Southern California. In 1975 he brought his family to Susanville to work at the California Correctional facility as a cook supervisors. Retiring from CCC, “Corkey” continued to play music and enjoy his loving family. Later in life he would play music at the Susanville First Baptist Church.

Loyd “Corkey” Urmson is survived by his children Pete and Laura Urmson, Shelley and Glenn Sargent and Leonard Urmson; sisters, Marilynn Evens and Jan Hahn; grandchildren, Dana Soares, Jack Carpenter, Keith Urmson, Dene Guitierez, Cassandra Urmson and Julianne Urmson; numerous nieces and nephews and a lifetime of friends he called family.

Loyd “Corkey” Urmson is together again with his loving wife, Julie “Darlene” Urmson; parents, Loyd H. Urmson, Sr. and Marie Myers; brother, Robert Urmson and sister, Pat Gamble.

To pay your respects, services will be held at 10 a.m. April 29 at Walton’s Colonial Mortuary.