Passing of Edward Cikuth

Edward George Cikuth (77) was born on June 19, 1939 in Watsonville, California to George and Mildred (Ivy) Cikuth. He passed away on February 25, 2017 at Marquis Shasta in Redding, California after a brief illness.

Ed went to work with the California Department of Forestry after high school. He worked for them for 15 years and rose to the level of Capitan. He was also employed with George and Phillips Trucking, Amatek, and Shasta Redi-Mix until he retired in 2002. “Fast Eddie” was a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast. He particularly loved to ride on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and at the El Mirage Dry Lake in Southern California. He was a great story teller and told some of his best in Utah with “The Bend in the Road Gang”.

He is predeceased by his parents George and Mildred.

He is survived by Marie his wife of 53 years, his sons Daniel and Jeffrey, and many extended family and friends in Watsonville, Redding, and beyond.

At his request no services are planned.


Please sign the guest book at

Published in Redding Record Searchlight on Mar. 2, 2017- See more at:


Bob Cole wrote:


This appeared in today’s Redding Record Searchlight.

Ed was my first ‘Forestry Foreman’ back in 1968, in the

old San Mateo Ranger Unit.

Ed was definitely a ‘unique’ individual.

One of the old stories regarded his ‘slipping through the

cracks’ and taking and passing the written Foreman’s

(now Captains) test, when he was a 17 or 18 year old

seasonal FF.   He didn’t quite make it through the oral.

Passing of Kevin Patrick O’Brien

On February 9th, Jeanie and Dennis O’Brien (past President of CAL FIRE Local 2881) lost their son, Kevin Patrick O’Brien, tragically to lung cancer.   Kevin was the light of their lives and will be missed.  He was 41 and had worked as an electrician foreman for Berg Electric for 21 years and lived in Escondido. “He is now an Angel, I guess God needed a damn good electrician”.

Cards may be sent to:

Dennis and Jeanie O’Brien
14760 E 50th Street
Yuma, AZ 85367

Passing of Rommie Jones

TCU Family,


I am saddened to report the passing of retired Fire Captain Specialist Rommie Jones.  After a long illness, Rommie passed peacefully this morning.

Effective immediately and until further notice, all flags are to be lowered to half-staff in the Unit and badges are to be shrouded.

Rommie started as a seasonal Firefighter in NEU in 1977 and came to TCU in 1983.  Throughout his career, Rommie also worked in MMU and LNU.

Rommie graduated from the CAL FIRE POST Academy in May of 2002, and became a certified Fire Investigator as well as Finance Section Chief within the ICS qualification system; he was also a member of the Incident Command Team #8 from 2001-2003.

Rommie retired in November of 2011 as a Fire Captain Specialist in TCU and was known statewide for his expertise in Suppression Cost Recovery and Public Utility Investigations.

Rommie was a true friend and well liked by all those that knew him.  He will be truly missed.  Please keep the Jones family in your thoughts.


Take care,


Josh White
Unit Chief

Tuolumne County Fire Chief
Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit

(209) 419-4400


Click here for information about Rommie’s funeral services.


Passing of Jack Skeels

Retired Division Chief (Associate Ranger) Jack Skeels passed into Heaven February 5, 2017.


After a hospital stay with Pneumonia Jack came home to Mt. Miguel Covenant Village to go in Peace.  May we all bless Jack and his wonderful family in this loss.  I believe Jack was 92.


Service for retired CDF Division Chief Jack Skeels is February 25, 2017.  Times are 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Mt Miguel Covenant Village.  Address is 325 Kempton ST in Spring Valley, California.


Dress is casual as the Family has requested a casual outdoor BBQ.  Parking is going to be a problem.


Chief  Darrin Howell is the Forestry Liaison. Office 619-670-0500.

Passing of Vincent Cohee

The services for Vince will be Friday, March 10th, at 1pm; Harvest Church, 6115 Arlington Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504.


There will be a reception following services, at the church, in the “Loft”.


The Montecito Memorial Park and Mortuary has set up a page for Vince’s family and friends to submit condolences, stories, reflections, accomplishments and memories of Vince; they will then make a Keepsake book for Pam.

The address is:


You will find a list of names to the right and be able to click on Vince.The memorial service information and a photo of Vince will be posted there soon.


For anyone wishing to send flowers, send to Montecito Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3520 E. Washington Street, Colton, CA 92324 – the funeral arranger will make sure they get delivered to the church on the 10th.


For those who would prefer to donate to Vinnie’s favorite charity in lieu of flowers, it is the American Cancer Society.


If you would like to send photos or a card or memory or anything hard copy to Pam and/or Vince’s parents, send to Pam Greenwood 2524 Mulberry Street, Riverside, CA 92501 and I will deliver them for you.


Pam Cohee sends her thanks to everyone for all your love, friendship, support and prayers.


Please feel free to share this note, with those that may have known our friend and colleague Vince.

Passing of Bruce Bordi

Bruce passed away peacefully on February 15, 2017. His celebration of life will be on Sunday, February 26th @ 1 pm, at the Union Hotel Bocce Ballroom in Occidental. Donation can be made in Bruce’s name to the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods,



Passing of Bill Crookshanks

I’m sorry to have to inform you about the passing of retired OCFD  Fire Investigator Bill Crookshanks.    Bill worked for CDF and transitioned to the OCFD, retiring from our organization in 1986 after 24 years of service.  He became a Fire Investigator in 1978 and work in our investigation section until retirement.  He didn’t stop there however because he created his own private fire investigation company called C & M Fire Investigations.  C & M Fire Investigations has been around for a while and services California, Arizona and Nevada.  He lived in Las Vegas but continued to investigate fires right up until his passing.   Bill passed away in his sleep while down here in O.C. on Jan. 11th after investigating 3 fires for clients.   He was 77 years old.


Bill is survived by:

Daughter and Son-n-Law – Vicki & Lee Collins

Sister – Mae Lee

Stepson – Greg Wolf and his wife Sherry Wolf

Grandkids – Lee Collins, Allison Collins, Nicholas Wolf and Madeline Wolf


Due to where Bill lived, where he grew up and his love for the Salvation Army, there will be a couple different options for your attendance below.    Most everyone “on the job” today probably did not know Bill.  There are a few of you still.  However, our predecessors (the retired guys), many of them will.   In the end, you may not have known him personally, but you did know him.  Because we all share that bond of what we do and through “this” organization that we do it.   We are CDF-OCFD and now OCFA Firefighters.   You too, will be retired before you know it.  Let’s make sure we retain the time honored tradition of honoring each other current or past.  Anytime an announcement like this comes up, grab a card, get everyone to sign it, send it in and attend where you can.

The family welcomes any firefighters from the OCFA (past & present) to join them locally (see below) or attend a memorial.  Bill loved and respected the fire service and those who wore the badge representing it.

(on a side note-the family told me, in retirement Bill had to battle cancer 3 times.  Have you heard that “C” word come up in our job before?  So, breathe the good stuff, wear it and wash it)




January 25, 2017.

El Ranchito

2201 East First Street

Santa Ana, California

Please text your RSVP to Sherry at 951 733-8517 by January 23, 2017.




Corcoran Cemetery

4170 Waukena Ave

Corcoran, CA 93212


Jan. 27th




Church Memory Service

Salvation Army Church

830 E. Lake Mead

Henderson, NV. 89015



The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, they would like a donation to be made to

Salvation Army

10200 Pioneer Road

Tustin, CA. 92782  


Cards can be sent to:

Vicki Collins (Daughter)

274 Arch Hill

Henderson, NV. 89074


Continue to keep Bill’s family in your prayers.


Jim Cass, President

OCFA Benevolent Association

Captain / Fire Investigator

Investigation Services Section


Passing of Sara Thomas

Sara Thomas, 41-year-old CAL FIRE Firefighter passed away early this morning, January 31, 2017. She passed away at her Desert Hot Springs home surrounded by her loving family. Her husband Isaac, twin’s daughters Olivia and Mirna were with her when she passed. She dealt with a long and courageous battle against cancer. Sara was an amazing warrior, she fought to the very end. She is survived by her husband, daughters and will dearly be missed by her family and friends.


Sara Thomas has been a firefighter with CAL FIRE for 16 years. Sara started her career as a seasonal Firefighter 1 in the CAL FIRE Monte Vista Unit on May 15, 2000.  Then in June 2002, she transferred to the San Benito-Monterey Unit until July 2004 when she then transferred to the Riverside Unit as a limited term Firefighter II. Between 2004 and 2007, Sara worked in both San Benito-Monterey and Riverside Units. In April 2008, she accepted a permanent Firefighter II position with the Riverside Unit. Sara spent most of her career serving the citizens of the Coachella Valley in Riverside County until her passing. Her last assignment was at Fire Station 80, North Indio.


Arrangements for Firefighter Sara Thomas have not been finalized; more information will be provided as it becomes available.


Everyone is so sorry to hear of Sara’s passing. I want to express my most sincere sympathies from the CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire family to the Thomas family during this difficult time. Sara was a highly valued and a respected member of our team here, and the effects of her passing are already being felt by her fellow Fire family. We shall always miss Firefighter Sara Thomas but shall never forget her contributions and her genuine heart for her real and fire families.


We are at loss for adequate words to express our sadness for the Thomas and Fire families. Please keep the Thomas family in your most sincere thoughts and prayers.

Please all be strong as we move forward; Sara would want us strong.


Passing of Mike Balesteri

Michael A. Balesteri, 71 of Turlock passed away at his home on January 13, 2017.  He was born and raised in Monterey County and has resided in Turlock the past 26 years.

He served in the US Navy as a member of the Sea Bees.  He served 32 years with the California Department of Forestry, retiring as battalion chief.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Salvator and Rosalie Balesteri and his brother Salvator Balesteri.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Balesteri, his daughter, Deana (Danny) Hicks, and grandchildren Jessica Hicks and Anthony Hicks.  He is also survived his sister, Josephine Humes and brother, Patrick Balesteri.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, January 27, 2017 at 2:00pm at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery.


Passing of Mike Gibbs

It is with a deep sadness that I must tell you that Mike Gibbs passed away this afternoon at Fresno Community Hospital.  He leaves his wife, Tami and daughter Shannon Gibbs Ledbetter, and husband and a beautiful grandaughter Brooke who he loved dearly.  Mike had to fight so many medical hurdles over the past years, including Parkinson’s Disease and he fought to the end.  He contracted double pneumonia about a week ago.  We will let you know information regarding services when we receive it from his family.


Please keep Tami, Shannon and the family in your prayers – they have lost their “rock.”


A Memorial Potluck Service Honoring Mike Gibbs,  CalFire Fire Crew Captain Retired.   Hosted by Shannon Ledbetter and will be held on

JANUARY 25, 2017 (Wednesday @ 11:00 AM

Trinity Baptist Church

4890 E. Holland Ave

Fresno, CA 93726


The reception will be Immediately following the Services. To help us honor the great firehouse cook Mike was, we are asking you to bring your favorite dish or dessert.  Mike LOVED chocolate!! 👍


Carol Romo