Obituaries for the week of 4/25/17

John Agee

John “Mike” Agee passed away on Jan. 11, 2017. He served in the Army in

Vietnam for a short time in which he was Honorably Discharged and earned a Purple Heart, as well as a few other medals and a Bronze Star. He was an SPF 4. He was wounded in action fighting for our Great Country.

He was a lifelong resident until he moved to Nevada to work on a ranch. He was an excellent mechanic and in his younger years raced the quarter mile out in Wendel. He was an only child and is preceded in death by his mother, Aileen Agee. He leaves behind his only daughter from his second marriage, Monique Agee-Ash; three grandchildren, Kylie Agee, Kody Agee and Aryn Ash; and one great grandson, Kasen McGrath.

A full military burial will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30 at Diamond Crest Cemetery. He will be missed by his drinking buddies as well as his daughter, and anyone who knew him who got any chance to talk to him.


Walter Long, Jr.

Walter Irving Long, Jr., 90, passed away April 4, 2017 at the California Veterans Home in Yountville, California. Born Nov. 23, 1926 in Susanville, California, he was the youngest of four children of Walter I and Evelyn (Smith) Long. Walter’s father became a California State Game Warden, the family moved to Westwood, California. In the summers they would be camping with family visiting all summer. The family moved away from Susanville, but returned every year to visit family. His great grandfather, John Columbus Long, came to Lassen County in 1884.

In 1932, the family moved to Woodlake, California and in the summers camped in Sequoia Park. Visalia was home for many years, and Walter graduated from Visalia High School, class of 1944. He attended College of Sequoias after serving in the United States Army.

Walter Jr. graduated from University of California, Berkley in biochemistry. He went to work in pharmaceuticals, chemical processing and chewing gum industry. He had a funny sense of humor, being a prankster, as friends and Long family members will remember.

In 1955, he married Elizabeth L. Farmer in San Bruno, California, and they raised their family in Redwood City. Elizabeth passed in 1988. He is survived by his children, Annie Esget, of San Jose, Walter Long III, of Brisbane, Chris Long, of Redwood City, California, John and wife Kendal Long, of Astoria, Oregon, Mary E. and husband John, of Orofino, Idaho and Mary R., of Denton, North Carolina. A service and burial will be on May 11 at the Veterans Home.


Mildred Zangger Watnes

Mildred Zangger Watnes died in Reno on April 8, 2017 at the age of 86, following a long battle against Parkinson’s Disease.

Millie was born on May 9, 1930 and was a graduate of Lassen High School, Class of 1948.

Mildred, her mother Alice Luond Zangger and her grandmother Lisetta Ruf Luond were all born in Susanville. Her father was born in Zurich, Switzerland.

She leaves two sons, Robert (Judy) and Cyril (Kelli); four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Edward W. Zangger.