It is with great sadness that we report the passing of retired Battalion Chief Vern Edgley. Vern passed peacefully at 1:15 am Monday, July 15th at a hospice facility in Roseburg, Oregon. The family will announce a “Celebration of Life” at a later date.
William (Bill) J. Smith passed away peacefully on June 17, 2019 at the age of 89. He was born in Santa Ana, CA. and his family moved to Forestville, CA. when he was three weeks old. On his maternal side, Bill was a fourth generation of the Ross family of Sebastopol and the Covey family of Forestville. He was a graduate of Analy High School, class of 1948. After high school, Bill worked on his father’s ranch in Forestville and later in Vacaville. He worked at a gas station prior to starting his career with the California Division of Forestry and retired as a Captain in 1991 after 32 years. While working for C.D.F. he served at many stations, the last, of which, was at Petaluma. Bill was also a volunteer in the police reserve for the Sebastopol Police Department. After retirement, he worked as a Parking Lot Attendant for 19 years, at what was then Great Western Bank. He was a great storyteller and enjoyed music. He was a long-time member of the Redwood Chordsmen. He is survived by his wife, Elsie Smith, his sons Rick (Candee) Smith, Bill Jr. (Anne) Smith, daughter Robin (Brian) Murch, stepchildren, Dan (Ingrid) Farrington, Candee (Rick) Smith, Melony (Jim) LaNier, Bruce Robbins, Laura (Dick) Grady, Penny (John) Stewart, Janet (Fred) Stanley, Gail (Tim) Ehlert, Linda Lott and Cheryl (Tyrone) Long, who was like a daughter. Twenty-nine grandchildren, thirty-four great-grandchildren and his brother Charles (Siegrid) Smith. Bill was preceded in death by his father, Matthew Smith and mother, Irma Covey Smith, second wife, Alfreda Smith, step-daughter Gloria Santos and sister, Carol Durfee.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at the Westview Christian Church, 3950 Doubles Drive, Santa Rosa.
Age 83, passed away at home surrounded by family. He served in the Navy, retired from California Depart- ment of Forestry (Fire Captain) and owned his own trucking company. He loved to travel in his 5th wheel with his wife Lenora, loved fishing, NASCAR and spending time with family. He is survived by his wife, Lenora Woods; 2 sisters, Judy and Sandy; sons, Donald Jr., Dean, and Duane; daughter, Denise; step-children, Richard, Dave and Lisa; 25 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. Services will be held on Monday, July 1, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Evans-Brown Mortuary, Sun City with Graveside Services to follow at Riverside National Cemetery. EVANS BROWN MORTUARY (951) 679-1114
It is with a heavy heart that we need to communicate to his friends that our father, Ralph Geissler, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on the evening of Father’s Day at his home in Las Vegas.
He was diagnosed the week before with advanced lung cancer and had plans to start treatment soon. It was more advanced than his symptoms showed and was a surprise to everyone.
In his own words: “Well I finished my bucket list, but I’m not ready to die yet.”
We will be planning memorial services in Las Vegas, where he shared a home with his long time girlfriend Toto; in Twain Harte, where he raised us; and Kailua Kona, where he left his heart.
We know he loved to talk and was easily a friend to everyone. Please share your memories below or in a private message.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local public radio station or volunteer fire station.
We appreciate everyone’s support and condolences at this sad time.
James D. Acheson December 4, 1924 – May 21, 2019 SAN DIEGO James D. Acheson passed away peacefully May 21, 2019. He was born December 4, 1924 in Appleton, Wisconsin. At 17 he enlisted in the Navy serving in World War II, where he survived the sinking of the USS De Haven (DD-469). He returned home to marry his sweetheart, Patricia. Soon thereafter, James re-enlisted to serve his country in the Korean War. Afterward they moved to San Diego where James joined his brother Fred working for California Division of Forestry (Cal Fire). There they raised their six children. He worked 28 years with Cal Fire retiring as a Captain. After retirement he enjoyed traveling with Patricia visiting as many baseball parks as possible. He never wavered on his support of the Padres. He was a member of the Elks, American Legion, VFW and a charter member of the United Church of Christ in La Mesa. They enjoyed 68 years of marriage together before her passing in 2015. He is survived by five of his six children, Christine Wetmore (George), Blair, Laurie White, Jim, Julie Orenstein (Ed), Katherine (dec. 2016), seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a great man and will be missed more than words can say.Graveside service will be held on July 5, 2019, 11am, at Greenwood Memorial Park.
December 7, 1969 – June 8, 2019
The world has been sadly altered by the loss of Stacy Arthur Hamilton’s generous nature and kind heart. After succumbing to injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Merced, California, Stacy died in the early hours on June 8, 2019.
Stacy was Born on December 7, 1969 in Redding, California to Monika and George Hamilton. He was a supportive and loving son who remained close with his parents throughout his life. A Sierra High School graduate, Stacy began his career in the United States Forest Service in 1993. Stacy worked hard and moved his way from serving with the On-Call Handcrew, to being detailed to the Redding Hotshots, to ultimately becoming the Heli Attack Captain out of Trimmer Station from 2000-2007. At this point Stacy moved to work for Cal Fire as a Fire Captain. He eventually was assigned to the Columbia Air Attack Base where, for the last nine years, he worked as an Air Tactical Group Supervisor.
Although Stacy committed his life to the heroic work of fighting fire, his greatest achievement continues to live on in his sons, Ian, 18, and Logan,15. The pride Stacy felt in his children surpassed the many accomplishments he attained in his life, and defined who Stacy was as a man.
In addition to being a devoted father, Stacy was best known for his love of skiing. Stacy shared this love with his wife, Katie. Stacy and Katie spent the first decade of their relationship skiing around the world, including several seasons in New Zealand, and an eventual wedding ceremony on a ski slope in Canada. Once he became a father, and they chose to return to Stacy’s home town to raise their children, it was inevitable that one of Stacy’s favorite things would become the annual ski trips he took with his wife, his sons, and his sons’ childhood friends. For many of these friends, Stacy would become a mentor, a role model, a father figure. These annual ski trips will be greatly missed by all, but will always be remembered for the impact Stacy made on the lives of those fortunate enough to have raced down the slopes by his side.
Stacy is survived by his parents, George and Monika Hamilton; his wife, Katie Hamilton; his children, Ian and Logan Hamilton; his brother and sister-in-law, Andy and Mary Kaiser; his sister-in-law Julie Orlando-Bagunu and her husband Moe Bagunu; numerous loving family members.
A gofundme account has been set up for the family to assist them through this difficult transition. It can be found by searching “Stacy Hamilton.” The link is: www.gf./u/tc9v3p
A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 17, at Clovis Hills Community Church, 10590 North Willow Avenue, Clovis, CA 93619.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.boicefuneralhome.com for the Hamilton family.
It is with sadness that I advise you that Don Woods, retired Fire Captain in prevention, retired in 1983, passed away last night at around 6:30 p.m. with family by his side.
Don loved His CDF familly and so did his wife Lenora who also worked for CDF. Don helped to develop the weed abatement program for riverside county and he completely enjoyed serving the citizens of Riverside County.
In August 2, 1970, Don was awarded the Medal of Valor for saving the life of a lady that was encircled by fire in Reche Canyon, He drove his pick-up through the flames and was able to get her to safety. His
citation and Medal of Valor was for an act of heroism far above and beyond the call of duty or service.
His two favorite bosses in Riverside CDF were Dick Ernest and David Flake.
He was a man who made a great impact working for CDF. He will truly be missed.
Service info will be shared as soon as it becomes available.
Please keep the Woods family in your thoughts and prayers.
Edward Kasmir Katri passed away on December 20, 2018 in Eureka, CA. Ed was born to Antone and Clelia Katri on July 16, 1937 in Eureka, CA. He lived in Humboldt County his whole life. His career consisted of farming, working in the woods, driving truck and operating heavy equipment. He served 2 years in the Army before his 30 years of state service with CalTrans and CDF. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary, and his two daughters, Kim and Cindy. He is also survived by his sister and brother, Kathy Machado (Rich) and Tom (Sandra), and many more relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother William. Visitation will be Thursday, December 27, 2018 from 2 PM to 7 PM at Goble’s Mortuary in Fortuna with a rosary to follow. Funeral services will be the following day, December 28, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fortuna at 10 AM. Internment will follow at St. Bernard’s Mausoleum in Eureka. A reception will be held at the Fortuna Fire Hall after the service. In lieu of flowers, please give to the .