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posted March 21st, 2013

Good News-Bonnie Bannister(Young)

Bonnie Bannister(Young) who would have graduated with the HHS Class of 60 and her husband stopped close by my place in Az on 21 Jan 2013. Bonnie went to Herlong Elementry School in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. We had a great talk about our times in Herlong(I am sure we bored her husband to tears). we talked for about an hour and a half and then they had to get on their way home to Texas. It was a "Great" get together, we were 10 or 11 years old again.

If anyone else is down my way in the future, please feel free to stop and talk.

Best Wishes Gene&Jan McCullough.

posted January 23rd, 2013

Bad News-Kelsey Nolan

William Kelsey Nolen was born Nov. 10, 1936 in Delight, Ark. to John Elvin and Holly Mae Nolen. He went home to be with his Heavenly Father Dec. 24, 2012. A beautiful service was given in his honor and for God?s glory Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 and Kelsey was laid to rest in Diamond Crest Cemetery.

Kelsey is survived by his wife of 56 years, Charlene;

Kelsey and Charlene were married Sept. 8, 1956 and have lived in Susanville ever since. Together they raised their family while Kelsey worked at Sierra Army Depot and Charlene worked at Lassen High School. They enjoyed camping and spent many summers at Eagle Lake with many friends and family.

posted January 18th, 2013

Bad News-Ellinor O'Day

Ellinor H. O'Day

October 26, 1926

November 28, 2012

Ellinor O'Day passed away November 28, 2012 in Reno, Nevada. Ellinor was born October 26, 1926 in Elgin, Illinois to Farwell and Harriet Glidden. Ellinor spent her early years in DeKalb, Ill and moved to Herlong AFB CA during WWII where Farwell served as a Civil Engineer. It was while attending High School in Susanville, CA that Ellinor met Jack O'Day. Ellinor used to joke that she helped Jack with English, while he managed to help her pass physics. Ellinor married Jack after the war, and they settled in Reno, Nevada. Ellinor and Jack had three children, Nancy, Terry and Susan. After living in Reno and Sparks, Ellinor and Jack moved to Fernley, Nevada in the early 1990's. Most of Ellinor's career was spent in volunteer work having volunteered for the Veteran's Hospital and the old Home Garden's School as PTA president, school secretary and teacher's aide. Ellinor was also a long-time library volunteer for both the Sparks and Fernley libraries, being named volunteer of the year for her tireless service for Fernley Branch Library. Ellinor had also worked for Smithridge Elementary School in the 1960's, serving as Librarian, Teacher's Aide, and School Secretary. Ellinor was a gifted Quilter, avid Gardener, voracious reader, passionate stamp collector and dedicated homemaker. Ellinor was a most loving, gentle and patient mother and her children are heartbroken at their loss. Ellinor was predeceased by her husband Jack , her mother and father, and her youngest brother Farwell (Sonny) Glidden of Sacramento, CA. Ellinor is survived by her three children Nancy M. Grover (Reno), Terry M. O'Day (Mary) of Federal Way, WA, and Susan G. Baragia (Rich) of Coeur d'Alene, ID. She is also survived by her sister Nancy Smith (Whittier, CA) and Ted Glidden (Morro Bay, CA), grandchildren Darren Vielle (Lezli) of Reno, Nick O'Day (Newark, CA)., Marissa Heeley (Rich) (Burien, WA), Matthew Heeley (Burien, Wa), Brett Baragia (Vancouver, WA), and Keith Baragia (Coeur d'Alene, ID), and numerous nieces and nephews. At Ellinor's request there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fernley Branch Friend's of the Library or Hospice of Northern Nevada.

posted December 10th, 2012

Bad News-Tau Hall

Tasia (Tau) Hall

Tasia (Tau) Hall passed away 10-5-12 with her family by her side. She was born in Lincoln, CA in 1919 to parents, Georgia and Peter Vasion. She was an avid bowler and won many trophies at that sport. When she was younger, she loved water skiing and camping with her family and friends at Eagle Lake in California. During World War II, she started employment at Sierra Army Depot at Herlong, CA. She met her future husband, Mark, at Herlong and they were married in 1948. They had two sons, Bill and Kurt, and reared them at Herlong. After retirement in 1974, they moved to Sparks, NV where they spent many happy years together.

She is survived by her husband Mark, her sons Bill and Kurt, Kurt's wife Shawn, grandchildren Brianne, Haley and Marcus, along with her brother George Vasion and sister Stella Kimbrough, both of Lincoln, CA.

A memorial service will be held at Saint Theresa Little Flower Catholic Church, on the corner of Plumb/Kietzke, Monday, 10-15-12, at 10:30 AM.

posted October 13th, 2012

Obits-Shirley Smith

Shirley Sue Smith

Shirley Sue Smith was born to Dan and Ellen Ramey in Cove City, Ark. Oct. 4, 1935. She passed away Sept. 17, 2012. Her family moved to Susanville when she was 6 months old for work in the lumber industry. She attended local schools and graduated from Lassen Union High School.

She married her first love, James Neely, and had two children, Sheree and Larry. During her marriage to James she was a stay-at-home mom, but after his death due to a rare kidney disease in 1962, she had to seek work outside the home and got a job delivering doughnuts for Mills Doughnut Shop in the Susanville/Westwood areas. She then got a job as a meat wrapper for Safeway and worked there until going to work at Sierra Army Depot, where she retired in 1975.

She married Robert York in 1972, and lost him to a long battle with cancer in 1983.

She married Andy Smith in 1985, and lost him to a heart attack in 2004.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and a woman of many talents. She enjoyed oil painting, ceramics, quilting, sewing and crafting. She had a passion for the sport of bowling and enjoyed bowling on a league each week for many years with her friends.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, James W. Neely, Robert M. York and Andy E. Smith; her son, Larry James Neely; sister, Tressie Gann; and brothers, Hershel Ramey and Dan Ramey.

She is survived by her daughter, Sheree (Mike) Zunino, of Susanville; grandchildren, Tiffiny (Tom) Robinson, of Sparks, Nev. and Larry Zunino, of Reno, Nev.; great-grandchildren, Emma and Will Robinson; stepsons, Ray (Theresa) York, of Susanville; Ron York, of Sacramento, Calif. and Robert York, of Rancho Cordova, Calif.; stepdaughter, Jackie (Bill) Begun, of Clearlake Oaks, Calif.; grandchildren, Christine York, of Eureka, Calif., Katheryn (Colin) Brown, of Standish, Calif, Elliot (Morgan) York, of Reno, Sara, Rachel, Robert, Michelle, Bobbi Jo, Jeffery, Barbara, Jennifer and Elliott; and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 at Gospel Tabernacle Church on the corner of Fourth and Ash streets.

posted September 26th, 2012

Bob Hardesty-Obits

Robert (Bob) A. Hardesty left his loving family and friends on August 10, 2012 after a 7 1/2 month battle with breast cancer. With Hospice care he was able to remain at his daughter's home in Sparks, NV. Bob was born in Lakeview, Oregon on September 4, 1938 to Ernest and Juanita Hardesty, joining brother Lorne and sister Jackie a year later. The family left the Lakeview area when Bob was 3 years-old to move to Sierra Army Depot, in Herlong, California where his father, who was a carpenter, helped build the base. Bob attended school in Herlong, graduating from Herlong High School in 1957. He married his high school sweetheart, Dixie Huntley Hardesty and attended a year of Lassen Junior College while adding to the family with a son, Robert and two daughters, Lynda and Penny. Bob loved Lassen County and all it had to offer as an avid outdoorsman and would take off fishing or hunting at a moment's notice with the family or friends. He loved all sports and took part in them all during his school years and even playing softball until he was 30. After an industrial accident in 1969 and his subsequent retirement from Federal Service, he moved his family to Ontario, Oregon and then to Baker City, Oregon. After selling their home in Baker City, Bob & Dixie bought a motor home and became snowbirds, spending winters in Yuma, AZ, summers in Oregon, spring in Nevada and fall on the Oregon Coast and as many other places as they could fit in. Bob and Dixie loved to travel and were always planning the next outing with family or friends. While in California, Bob was a Little League Coach for many years and could always be found teaching and taking the neighborhood kids fishing or hunting. In Oregon he was a volunteer at the Christian Church Food Bank each month, server for Senior Lunches or helping with a project. He was a Good Sam member and enjoyed many fun outings with good friends.

Bob is survived by his wife, Dixie, of 55 years, son Robert of W. Richland, WA, daughters Lynda (Rick) McLellan of Sparks, NV and Penny (Wolf) Clemens of Trabuco Canyon, CA. Grandchildren, Jason, Jennifer and Nathan Hardesty of Portland, OR., Chase Clemens of Trabuco, CA, Lisa (Isaiah) Eukel of Las Vegas, NV, Ricky McLellan of Alamogordo, NM and a great grandson, Dominick of Las Vegas. Nephews, Bart (Stephanie) Marsters, Bryan Marsters, Blake (Lynn) Martsters of Herlong, CA and Brett (Julie) Marsters, of Paradise, CA, Chad (Beth) Huntley, Albuquerque, NM, nieces, Lorna Mae Thomas, Baker City, OR, Karen (Doug) Kircher, Couer d'Alene, ID, Heidi and Heather Huntley, Irvine, CA, and several cousins and many good friends who will miss him so much.

A Celebration of life will be held at his daughter's home in Sparks on August 25th. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bob's name to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation , or charity of your choice .

posted August 20th, 2012

Bob Hardesty-more info

Hi All,

I just spoke to Dixie and they're having Bob's Celebration of Life on Saturday, August 25th at 4 o'clock in case you know of anyone planning to come.

Rick & Lynda McClellan
12200 Ocean View Drive
Sparks NV 89441
(775) 424-6322


I will send more info as I obtain it. Gene McCullough, HHS Class of 1960.

posted August 12th, 2012

Bad News-Helen Ferrel

Helen Jean Ferrel (Cowley) - 8/28/1921 ~ 7/15/2012

Helen passed away in her sleep at home with her son Bruce and daughter-in-law Kathe. She joins her husband Claude (5/26/20~5/10/12) and her son Todd (12/18/50~10/15/74) where they will enjoy each other again without pain, with a perfect memory, and will celebrate their 71st anniversary and many more.

Helen attended Miami University in Ohio before moving to Southern California where she met and married Claude 10/25/1921. She worked for Douglas Aircraft, Harrah's Lake Tahoe (Main Cashier 23 years), and the Gateway Family Market (owners) in Herlong, Calif.

She is also survived by her granddaughter Jenelle Kimsey (Jesse) and great grandchildren Logan Maree and Landen Michael.

posted August 4th, 2012

Bad News-James Keith Dixon

James "Keith" Dixon

January 25, 1948

July 23, 2012

James "Keith" Dixon passed away at his home in Golden Valley on July 23 of cancer. Keith was born in Spokane, WA. on January 25, 1948. He went to high school in Elk Grove, CA. joined the Marine Corps at 17 and went to Vietnam, married Karen Landa in 1975, had two children, worked at Doc's Radiator, Landa Electric and then Sierra Army Depot, where he retired from Federal Service in 2005. Keith is survived by wife Karen Dixon, son Shawn Dixon, daughter June Dixon Waggoner, grandchildren Jayme, Devin, Logan and Reese. Sisters, Karla Vigen and Lynn Cordeiro and many nieces and nephews. Services: Out of Town Park in Fernley Nv. 11:00 viewing 11:30 Funeral Service 1:00 Veterans Memorial Cemetary, Fernley, Military Service & Honor Guard 1:30 Reception, Out of Town Park

posted July 27th, 2012

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