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2B Wednesday, Dec. 3i, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter, \\;7ITAL S'I'AT I ST I C S ............................................................................................................................................................... :+ OBITUARIES High School as a member of Bruce LeRoy Buckner Taylorsville native Bruce LeRoy Buckner peacefully passed from this life under the compassionate care of the staffat Quincy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at the age of 57 early Monday morning, Dec. 22, 2014. Born in the Indian Valley District Hospital in Greenville to Leroy and Barbara (Ortner) Buckner on Feb. 2, 1957, Bruce attended elementary school in Taylorsville before graduating from Greenville the Class of 1976; he lettered in baseball, basketball and football. Bruce went to work in the logging industry shortly following his high school graduation, working as a landing man for Columbia Helicopters and McElroy • Brothers Logging. He had a great love and respect for the outdoors where he loved to hunt and fish. Bruce was a talented wood craftsman. He found great enjoyment in socializing with his family and friends in the heart of Taylorsville. In passing Bruce leaves his son Grady Buckner, of Weaverville; daughter Catherine Buckner, of Chico; his mother Barbara Jean Buckner, of TaylorsviUe; grandson Knox Buckner, of Weaverville; and sister Pam Brown, of Crescent Mills. He joins his father, LeRoy Buckner, in their eternal home. A celebration of Bruce's life is planned for Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015,11 a.m. at the Taylorsville Community United Methodist Church with a potluck to follow at the Taylorsville Tavern. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is ava.ilable online at April Lori Keenan April Lori Keenan, 60, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, in Reno, Nevada. 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Sierra (Hwy 70), Portola, CA • 832-4646 135 Main Street, Chester, CA * 258-3115 i Westwood PinePress p.O. Box 790, Westwood, CA • 258-3115 100 Grand Ave., Susanville, CA • 257-5321 and Arthur Boquist in Lewiston, Idaho. She graduated from Monta Vista High School in Cupertino. She received a BA from UC Santa Cruz and completed her master's at San Francisco State University. She lived for the last 38 years in Sloat, and taught English, acting and speech at Feather River College until 1995. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jim Keenan, who died in 2007, and her brothers Scott and Matt Boquist. She is survived by her daughter Summer Rejmankova, herbrother Barry Boquist and stepchildren Kristina Shulman, Michael Schromm, Kevin Schromm, Andrew Keenan and Jennifer Vargas. She had 15 grandchildren: Andrew Quiroz, Branden Quiroz, Rebekah Shulman, Matthew Shulman, Elijah Vargas, Ella Schromm, Aden Schromm, Kayley Keenan, Avery Schromm, Aidan Keenan, Delfina Rejmankova, Quinn Schromm, Luke Keenan, Sky Rejmanek and Morgan Schromm. She was an active community member, a generous neighbor and full of love for her family and friends. She enjoyed acting in and directing community plays and writing fiction. Her Sloat home was her favorite place to be and she got greatpleasure from the animals and gardens that thrived there. A memorial gathering is scheduled to be held at noon Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at 777 Sloat Road, her residence in Sloat. Parkie Darrell McMaster Longtime Quincy resident Parkie Darrell McMaster, more commonly known as Dude, passed from this life Thursday evening, Dec. 11, 2014, at the age of 71 years young. He was born to Edward and Lena (Cox) McMaster on April 14, 1943, in Cove City, Arkansas. Due to Dude's father being a logger, his first few years of life were spent traveling between Arkansas and California, until Lena made the decision to live in California on a permanent basis. The family of eight first moved to Susanville where they lived for a couple of years before moving to Meadow Valley. While living in Meadow Valley, Dude attended the Meadow Valley School until the second grade. Dude's family then relocated to Quincy. Dude attended Quincy Junior-Senior High School and graduated in 1961. While in high school, he was considered a football and track star, but he also enjoyed wrestling. Dude was the student body president his senior year. He was a Golden Grad and enjoyed participating in the 50th year festivities while raising money for the QHS football team. Dude briefly attended Sacramento CitY College while waiting for the girl of his dreams "to grow up." He then returned to Quincy, where he owned and operated a full-service Mobil service station (now known as One Stop) for three years. Dude starting dating his girl, Gayle Welbourn, in 1963 and they were married April 4, 1964. Dude and Gayle celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in April 2014, with their family and maid of honor, Sonia Monlux. During the first few years of their marriage, Dude sold {he gas station and went to work for Jay Spray where they traveled all over northern California until their first daughter, Laura, was born. In January 1967, Dude started a long, successful, rewarding career with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. He started out as a laborer and lived at Rock Crest Camp in the Feather River Canyon. While living in the Canyon, Dude and Gayle had another daughter, Diana, and then a son, Darrell, was born. The family of five then relocated to Quincy where Dude lived ever since. Dude enjoyed being in the mountains and loved working for Pacific Gas and Electric in the hydropower generation department because it fit his fetyle'. ,l i: Wag an electriCa£machinis for many years arid liked being a PG&E project supervisor for Nevada Irrigation District and PG&E consultant to Oroville-Wyandotte Irrigation District. After 47 years with PG&E, Dude retired as a crew foreman. Many people were concerned that Dude would be bored when he retired, but he continued being involved with the Quincy Elks Lodge, his five grandchildren and volunteering at Quincy Elementary School where he worked in his youngest granddaughter's classroom. Dude joined the Quincy Elks Lodge in 1975. He worked his way up through each office and was the exalted ruler twice. In 1997, Dude was northeast state vice president and two years later the northeast district deputy grand exalted ruler. In 1977,. he won first place as inner guard in the district and state ritual contest and traveled to nationals in New Orleans where everyone asked "Where in the h**l is Quincy?" Dude's latest award was in 2013: he placed first in the district ritual ....... y ....... contest as esquire. Dude started as the local Hoop Shoot chairman in 1976. His •children and four of - his grandchildren have participated in the hoop shoot. The youngest granddaughter was looking forward to participating next. year when she turns 8 and then Poppa could retire from the Hoop Shoot if he wanted. Dude has also been the district Hoop Shoot chairman and the state Hoop Shoot director. He loved the youth of our community. Dude had also been the lodge and district major project chairman and also the lodge chairman for Elks National Foundation, publicity, bequest and living trust and active in the Past Exalted Rulers' Association. First and foremost, Dude was a loving husband, father and grandfather who worked hard to support his family and was extremely generous not only to them, but anyone who needed a hand. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, hunting, watching Westerns and going back to school with his youngest grandchildren to help in their classrooms. In passing, Dude leaves his wife, Gayle, of Quincy; his daughters Laura Miller and her husband Don, of Quincy, Diana Ruch and her husband Robert, of Quincy; son Darrell McMaster, of Quincy; aunt Mildred "Midge" and Uncle Norville "Dean" Wilson, of Quincy; his sisters Edna Stites and her husband Duane, of Quincy, Wilma Sellers and her husband Gene,.of Darby, Montana; his brothers Ron McMaster and his wife Donna, of Auburn, Don McMaster and his wife Carol, of Darby, Montana, Bill McMaster and his wife Jeanne, of Citrus Heights; grandchildren Sierra McMaster, Parker "' : :+ McMaster, Morgan  McMaster, Dylan Miller and " Kaitlynn Miller, all of Quincy; and many nephews and nieces, plus the many other people that adopted him over the years. With Dude's past auto accidents, renal kidney and heart disease plus polycythemia vera, he used all of his nine lives and joins in his eternal home his parents, Goose and the other family pets, and his closest friends. A celebration of Dude's life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at the Quincy Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment will take place in the Quincy East Lawn Cemetery with a reception following at the Quincy Elks Lodge. The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, any remembrances in Dude's memory be made to the Dude McMaster Scholarship Fund, c/o Quincy Elks Lodge No. 1884, P.O. Box 1177, Quincy, CA 95971. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at CHP REPORT The following incidents are submitted by the Quincy Area California Highway Patrol as a tentative summary pending the conclusion of the investigation(s). Check Out Our Smithneck Road, Dec. 19 Jorge Garcia, 19, of Loyalton, was driving a 2015 VolkswagenJetta westbound on Smithneck Road at a stated speed of 55 mph. A deer jumped onto the road just ahead of him. Garcia swerved to the right to miss the deer. The Jetta went off the right side of the roadway and struck a paddle marker/snow pole. Garcia pulled his vehicle to the right shoulder and stopped. He was not injured. Hot Springs Road, Dec. 22 At approximately 6:50 p.m., Pete G. Rodriguez, 74, of Crescent Mills, was driving a white 2000 Ford Ranger eastbound on Hot Springs Road at a stated speed of 35 mph. Due to his alleged level of intoxication, Rodriguez was unable to negotiate a curve in the roadway. His vehicle left the roadway, striking a split-rail fence. After traveling through the fence, the vehicle struck a large rotten stump and became high centered. It was apparent from the tire marks in the mud that Rodriguez attempted to dislodge his vehicle from the stump, • but to no avail. The collision was witnessed by a resident of the neighborhood who responded to the scene and detained Rodriguez, who was still in the driver's seat. Rodriguez was arrested for DUI and booked into the Plumas County jail. k/