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2B Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter VITAL STATISTICS OBITUARIES Horton H. Kooser Horton Kooser passed away ~at his home in Auburn, sur- rounded by his loving family at his bedside Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at the age" of 80. Horton is survived by his dedicated and loving wife of 35 years, Betty Kooser; chil- dren Richard Kooser of Auburn, Carol and Richard Farmer of Nevada City, Cyn- thia and Howard Hutchinson of Auburn, Janie and Robert Combos of Georgetown, and Nora and Scott White also from Auburn. He is grandfather to Chris- tine, Jonathan, Jeff, Ray, Rob, Rick, Michael and Sierra. Horton has one great-grand- child, Jonathin. He is also survived by his sister Bernice Meyer of Reno, Nev., and was preceded in death by his sister, Thelma Curry of Reno, Nev. Horton was born Feb. 3, 1930, in San Jose, to Horton and Maude Kooser. He grew up in San Jose and Capitola. He worked for Pacific Bell more than 33 years, retiring in 1983, after a long and dis- tinguished career. Horton relocated from the San Jose area to Auburn in 1964, where he met and later married Betty. Horton and Betty lived in Auburn until they moved to Graeagle in 1993. They returned to Auburn in 2009, to be closer to Elks Association or to the family and friends. Graeagle Lions Club. Horton was an avid out- doorsman, and particularly Darcy Delmer Boney enjoyed lake and stream fish- Darcy Delmer Roney was ing, golf, and traveling in his born March 2, 1952, in Porto- recreational vehicle, la, and passed away Aug. 30, Horton was known for his 2010, in Reno, Nev. larger-than-life existence Darcy was a graduate of wherever he was. He always Portola High School and later had a smile on his face and a earned an Associate of Arts twinkle in his eye, ever ready degree in business. She was a to deliver a humorous punchpast Worthy Advisor of the line at a moment's notice. Portola Assembly Order of His rock solid integrity and the Rainbow for Girls, a mem- lifelong work ethic became a ber of the Portola Assembly of foundation for all who knewGod church, and an extremely and loved him. He was a devot- talented pianist. ed husband, father and grand- Preceding Darcy in death father. One of his greatest joys was her mother, Louella Pear- was getting together with fam- son. She is survived by her fa- ily and friends. Horton was a ther, Kenneth Pearson of master at establishing and Sparks Nev.; son, Darren maintaining friendships. Roney of Reno, Nev.; daugh- Horton was very active in ter, Shanna Pearson of social and community organi- Sparks, Nev., and 2-year-old zations. He was a 56 - yeargrandson, Kenneth Delmer of member of the Elks and Sparks, Nev. She also leaves served as the Exalted Ruler of behind numerous aunts, un- the Auburn lodge from cles and cousins. 1975-1976, also serving as Ex- Darcy was employed for many alted Ruler for the Calpineyears at the JCPenney Distribu- lodge for 1999 - 2000. Horton tion Center in Reno, Nev. also was a Mason in the She spent the last couple Feather River lodge # 234. He years of life being a loving was also a member of the and devoted full-time grand- Graeagle Lions Club. ma. Darcy was an avid It has been said that living a NASCAR fan and a number full life is about making a dif- one fan of the family sport of ference. Horton Kooser cer- racecar driving. "Life tainly made a difference. All is not measured by the num- who knew and loved Hortonbet of breaths we take, but by will miss him. the moments that take our A memorial service will be breath away." at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, Services were held Satur- at the Auburn Elks Lodge at day, Sept. 4, 2010, at Whisper- 195 Pine St. in Auburn. ing Pines Cemetery. Arrange- In lieu of flowers, donations ments entrusted to Manni Fu- can be made to the California neral Home. hileoot ESTABLISHED 1929 C>( MONUMENTS . BENCHES SIGNS BORDERS ADDRESS STONES GRANITE - MARBLE NATURAL STONE 110 PACIFIC STREET P.O. BOX 1766 PORTOLA CA 96122 (530) 832-1908 FAX (530) 832-6828 WWW.CHILCOOTMONUMENT.COM Feather River College 7th Annual River Challenge College Rodeo PlumaslSierra County Fairgrounds Friday, September 24 Saturday, September 25 2:00pm Free admission on both days Join us Friday night after the rodeo at the Capitol Saloon for an auction to benefit the Breast Cancer Support Group Roberta Batten A beautiful lady left this world when Roberta Lee Batten passed away Sept. 5, 2010, at the age of 72 in Winston Salem, N.C., after a long battle with con- gestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pul- monary disease. She was born Nov. 28, 1937, to Irving Richard Wilson and Juanita Geneva Lee in Devils Lake, N.D. Roberta was preceded in death by her parents; hus- band Doug Batten and broth- er Richard Wilson. She will be deeply missed by her sister, Pat Benjamin of Kapaau, Hawaii; her children Leland Steffensen and wife Jeanie of Clemmons, N.C., Curtis Steffensen and his wife Pauline of Orlando, Fla., and Connie Stephens and her hus- band Mark of Woodland; and her five grandchildren, Eric- ka, Jeremy, Katie, Ariel and Matthew. Roberta had a successful career and retired from the state of California as a man- ager for the Employment De- velopment Department in Quincy. She was also in- volved in the Soroptimist Club in Quincy. Roberta embraced life and made many friends along the way, she was an adventurer by nature and in spirit, she loved to travel and explore new things, in her younger years she enjoyed snowmobil- ing and boating, in her quiet times she loved to read and fantasize about life, while liv- ing life to its fullest. Family members will hold a private memorial at a later date. Please remember Roberta by living each day one day at a time, and to its fullest. Don't look back at yesterday as we cannot change anything, and don't worry about tomorrow as it is beyond our immediate control, let us therefore live but one day at a time. Randall Lynn Beck Longtime Quincy resident Randall L. "Randy" Beck passed from this life peace- fully, with his family and close friends at his side follow- ing a coura- geous battle with cancer, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy. Randy was born in Greeley, Colo., Nov. 19, 1951, to Ohio natives Clarence and Dorris Beck. In 1953, his family relocated to Plumas County. Randy graduated from Quincy High School in 1970 as the class valedictorian. Randy contin- ued his education at the Uni- versity of Oregon, graduating in 1974, and earning a degree in biology while making life- long friends. In 1970, Randy began sea- sonal work for the Forest Ser- vice, which turned into a ded- icated 35-year career. His pri- mary assignment throughout his career was in fire preven- tion and suppression. He had a great love and respect for Smokey the Bear and the mes- sage he stood for. While working for the For- est Service, Randy met fellow employee Laurie Williams, an encounter that led to the cou- ple's marriage in Taylorsville, in 1978. The marriage was blessed with one son and one daughter. First and foremost, Randy was a devoted family man who took great pride in his wife, children and grandchil- dren. He was a loving hus- band father, grandfather, son, and brother as well as a trust- ed neighbor and friend. He loved "rock and roll." He was an avid firearms collec- tor, a passion he shared with his late father. He enjoyed at- tending gun shows with his family, as well as going to yard sales and bidding on eBay. Later he started collect- ing WWII military parapher- nalia. A walking encyclope- dia, Randy could be counted on for answers to various questions whether it is histo- ry, math, all kinds of trivia and music. Over 35 years Randy devel- oped a great love of poker with a special group of friends that only poker buddies can be. In passing, Randy leaves his best friend and love of his life, Laurie of Quincy; mother Dorris Beck of QuincY sister Chris Beck of Bucyrus, Ohio; son Clayton Beck and his wife Lisa and children Rosemary, Lila and Annie Beck of Quin- cy; daughter Loni Beck and her husband Devon Taylor and children, Jordan, Anasta- sia, Raina and Tristan Taylor, of Quincy; along with many nieces and nephews. Randy joins his father Clarence Beck and father-in- law Grobner Williams in their eternal home. A celebration of Randy's life was held Saturday, Sept. Obituary Policy Feather Publishing offers free Death Notices or Paid Obituaries. Paid Obituaries start at $70 and may include a photo for an additional $10. For more information or to arrange for these notices, contact any of our offices during business hours or email, subject obit Mallery & Mallery Attorneys at Law PROBATE . TRUST ADMINISTRATION ESTATE PLANNING 257-4300 75 s. Gay Street, Susanville 18, at the Quincy Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Lat- ter Day Saints. Randy was laid to rest next to his father, Clayton Beck, at Quincy East Lawn Cemetery. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest regis- ter is available online at The family suggests any re- membrances in Randy's memory be made to Quincy Volunteer Fire Department, Wildland Firefighter Founda- tion or the Plumas County Museum, c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 53, Quin- cy, CA 95971. Ronald Allen Heeszel Quincy resident Ronald Allen Heeszel ........ was taken from us suddenly, ~Wednesday evening, Sept. 15, 2010, at the age of 71. Born to the late John and Francis (Smith) Heeszel in Santa Rosa June 15, 1939, he was raised and educated in the San Francisco north bay area graduating from Petaluma High School as a member of the "class of 1957". Following his high school graduation Ron entered the U.S. Navy and served his country honorably until his discharge in 1962. Shortly following his dis- charge, Ron moved to Greenville, working a num- ber of jobs until going to work for Don Howard Logging, where he was taught the art of operating a log truck, a pro- fession he remained in until medical conditions forced his retirement from Sierra Pacif- ic Industries in 1997. While taking inventory in a local grocery store, a pretty young lady caught his eye, her name was Martha Roberts. That encounter led to the couple's marriage in Greenville, at the First Lutheran Church June 26, 1964. To this h01y union two daughters were born. Ron was a devoted family man. who took pride in pro- viding for the family's needs. He was a devout member of Greenville's First Lutheran Church. Ron was an avid fan of Rush Limbaugh and great- ly enjoyed the beauty and wilderness of Plumas County. In passing, Ron leaves his loving wife of 46 years, Martha of Quincy; his daugh- ters, Cindy Helton and her husband Troy of Litchfield, Francie Worthing and hus- band Curtis of Paradise; his precious grandchildren Car- olina Martin, Sherill Helton, Daniel and Kristen Courte- manche and his great-grand- son, John Wade Martin; brothers, Bob of Clear Lake Oaks, Paul of Lakewood; and sister, Marlene Heeszel of Castro Valley. A celebration of Ron's life was held Saturday, Sept. 18, at the First Lutheran Church of Greenville. Private inurn- ment took place at Greenville District Cemetery. An oppor- tunity to express condolences to the family and sign the See Vitals, page 3B Need help If it,i ng we can' ll find some o can. CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 t 4 ! t 1