Obituaries for the week of 5/2/17

Dewayne Reid

Dewayne Reid passed away April 8 at his home in Red Bluff, California. He moved to Red Bluff from Susanville five years ago after the passing of his wife, Marie Oma Reid.

Dewayne was born to Luther and Amy Reid on July 6, 1939 in Merced California. The family moved to Janesville, California, in 1953. Dewayne had a passion for hunting and loved to fish. With his father and two brothers, Ed and Ken, and many life long friends, there weren’t many places in Northern California he hadn’t been. He had a passion for the outdoors and would have been happy living off the land. He also loved to read and gained great knowledge from that. He was a skilled mechanic and loved the challenges that came with it.

In recent years, he reconnected with many family members and friends through his computer and social media, which brought a lot of joy to his life. He leaves behind many family members and friends. He will be greatly missed.

We invite you to share in a celebration of his life at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at the Resource Center, 745 Joaquin St. in Susanville, CA.


Yvette Crouch

Yvette Crouch passed Tuesday, March 28 into the loving arms of Jesus, to join her mother, father, and relatives. She has touched many lives across the country.

Evie was born in Indianapolis on St. Patrick’s Day in 1956. In that era, children with Down Syndrome where commonly put into institutions. Her parents, Don and Paula

Crouch, chose to raise her at home with her three siblings. In Indiana she grew up with many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends of the family in Indiana for 48 years. She is best remembered for her love of sports, huge sporty –shirt collection and saving her mother’s life in 1976.

By 2004 both of Evie’s parents had passed and she came to live with Minette and Doug Hutchinson in Susanville and began her next 13 years as a California girl. Yvette attended Lassen Life Skill for 13 years and North Valley Services for her last four months. Evie loved the many activities and especially Special Olympics.

Yvette was always welcomed at Richmond School where her sister worked. Students were always excited for her visits, and shared lots of “Evie stories” with their parents. Yvette attended CEFC where she enjoyed the many hugs and bobbing to the music.

Yvette loved to travel. She would unwind after the long trip to Doug’s family in Yakima, Washington with a few semi-cartwheels and a big smile. Evie also enjoyed visits to cousins in San Diego, Port Hadlock, Washington, New York, Indiana, and her nephews Ross and Garrett Steensland in Oregon. Even though the annual 36-hour trip to the family fishing camp in Lake of the Woods, Canada was long, she never complained. Yvette Crouch is succeeded by her sister, Minette Hutchinson, of Susanville; and brother, Eric Crouch, of Indianapolis.

Her service was held at CEFC on Numa Street in Susanville on Saturday, April 22. Please send any donations to SAAC (Special Athletes and Activites Club), P.O. Box 3000, Susanville, CA 96130 in

honor of Evie. The funds will be used for Special Olympics and local activities. Thank you, Evie, for being such an incredible part of so many people’s lives.


Windle Lee Bunn

With his loving family at his side, longtime Chester resident Windle Lee Bunn passed from this life Friday, March 17, 2017 at the Reno Veterans Hospital.

Born March 28, 1940 in Hollywood, Arkansas to Arkansas natives Hiram and Dorothy (Humphrey) Bunn, the family moved to the Northeastern California lumber community of Westwood when he was 9. He attended schools in Westwood until his junior year of high school when the family moved to Susanville.

Here he graduated from Lassen High School as a member of their “Class of 1958.” While attending high school, Windle lettered in baseball, basketball and track. He went on to attend Lassen Community College where he continued his basketball and baseball career and obtained his associates of arts degree.

Following his college graduation, Windle began what became an more than 30 year career with the Collins Family’s woods crew rising to the position of Logging Foreman, as well as moving on to work in the construction industry until his retirement.

In September of 1963 Windle was drafted into the military, serving his country honorably with the U.S. Army until his discharge in September of 1965 when he returned to Susanville and his career with Collins Pine Company.

He met a pretty young lady at the local bowling alley, Vertia Cook, and as their love for one another blossomed, Windle and Vertia were joined in matrimony April 23, 1967 in Reno, Nevada. To this union a daughter and two sons were born. The couple moved to Chester in 1968.

Windle enjoyed working in the outdoors, as well as fishing, hunting, sports, waterskiing and always watching his beloved San Francisco Giants, while also enjoying working with his hands especially woodworking. He is a former member of the Lumber and Industrial Workers Union Local 3074. Throughout his life he mostly enjoyed following his children and their children as they competed in local school programs and sports.

Along with his parents, Windle joins in his eternal home his brother; John Bunn and grandson; Travis Powell. He leaves his loving wife Vertia; son, Andy, wife Carrie and their children, Lesley, Sarah, Dakota and Robert; son, Alan, his wife Julie and their children, Bradley, Kaedyn and Cooper; daughter, Teresa Estabrook, her husband Matthew and their children Jarred, Casey and Jace; his sister, Mary Jo Antunovich; along with many loving, loyal and longtime family and friends.

Graveside services along with Military Honors are planned for 1 p.m., Friday May, 12, 2017 in the Chester District Cemetery. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at