Duane Stanley Austin

Duane Stanley Austin, 93 years young, passed away in his sleep on June 8th 2020, at Eastern Plumas Health Center, Skilled Nursing Facility.  The family would sincerely like to thank Lorraine Noble and her staff for the tender loving care they have given Duane and continue to give Bobbie.

Duane was born in Whittier, CA, to Bernice C. Durham and Walter Stanley Austin.  The family moved to Feather Falls and Gridley, CA.  Duane met his life partner, Barbara (Bobbie) Jean Walker, while they attended Gridley High School.  Bobbie was living with her Grandparents in Gridley. 

Duane’s mother moved to Grants Pass, OR, to live with her parents but Duane wanted to finish his Senior Year of High School in Gridley.  He arranged to live in a boarding house.  During his years in Gridley he worked on local farms.

Bobbie and Duane 1st wed on May 18th 1944 but the marriage was annulled.  On September 24th 1944 they wed a 2nd time in Carson City, NV.

In December of 1944, Duane enlisted in the Army Air Corp to become a pilot.  After basic training, as he was on his way to Chicago, Ill. and Pilot training, when the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.  The Air Corp (USAF) no longer had use for more pilots so Duane was transported to Foggia, Italy, where he joined other US Troops ‘Guarding’ the German Prisoners of War.  At the camp, there were 2 positions available:  Officer Escort (Driver) and Transport Scheduler/Guard.  Duane’s buddy, became the Driver and Duane the Scheduler/Guard.  The Germans did not really need much ‘guarding’ as they didn’t want to escape.  Duane has told a story of the prisoners and guards building a race track and competing in events.  Duane and his buddy accompanied their Captain on trips around Italy.  When they were given leave, they were given the choice of Switzerland or Paris.  Duane chose Switzerland.  Most of the other guards chose Paris and returned to camp with a social disease.

When Duane returned home to Beal AFB for discharge, he found himself on a Gibson bus for Gridley but no way to let his bride know when he would arrive.  But Bobbie knew when every bus was due to arrive from Beal and she met everyone until one night, when Duane stepped off the bus and ran into her out stretched arms.

They moved to San Francisco where Duane went to work for Graybar Electric.  Then a move to Oakland where Duane and Bob Sheehan started a washing machine service company working out of Duane’s basement.  That was the beginning of a long and successful business career.

In addition to a successful businessman, Duane realized his long-ago desire to fly and got his Private Pilot License.  Never really retired, Duane and Bobbie moved to Placerville, CA.  Duane became an avid golfer and President of the Cold Springs Golf & Country Club.  Duane got his Contractor’s License, designed and physically built their 2 homes, 6 other homes and a strip mall.  Duane used his talent as a wood crafter to make the cabinets and furniture for their homes. Bobbie and Duane fulfilled their longtime desire to return to Plumas County and settled in Graeagle, where Duane, a member of NCGA, was remembered as having a great time with his fellow golfers playing in the 70s or 80s with a handicap of 10 to 15.  They moved to Quincy in 2012 where Duane continued his golfing, furniture making and gardening.

Duane belonged to the BPOE, the Shriner’s and was a Master Mason. 

September 24th 2019, Bobbie and Duane celebrated their 75th Wedding Anniversary.  On May 18th 2020 they celebrated the 76th Anniversary of their 1st marriage.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Carol Jean Smith Rossi.

Duane is survived by his wife of 75/76 years, Bobbie, and their daughters Cathleen (Cathy) Elizabeth Austin (Jerry Lee Larsen), Turner, OR; Gail Jean Austin, Quincy; CA and Lori Lynn Austin (Rodney W. Powell), Quincy, CA; 6 Grandchildren, 9 Great Grandchildren, sister, Mary Austin Robbins, Westchester, CA; Niece, Pari Rossi, Placerville, CA.

Friends may contact the Manni Funeral Home, Portola, CA, 530-832-4673, Mannifuneralhome1@gmail.com for further information.  In lieu of flowers, you may consider a donation to the Plumas County Museum, 530-283-6320, Quincy, CA, or Mount Huff Golf Course, 530-284-6300, Greenville, CA.

William A. Weaver

William A. Weaver passed on a beautiful spring day in God’s country. 23rd day of April 2020 in Portola, California at the age 84.

Bill was the youngest of three born in Dayton, Ohio to Harry and Ramona Weaver. Bill served his country for 22 years in the United States Air Force, then retired as Chief Master Sergeant. He returned to school at Sacramento State to receive his Bachelors Degree in Political Science at the age of 42.

Not only was Bill a Son and Brother, he was a Father to Steve, (Sondi) Papu (grandfather) to Christopher and Timothy, Great grandfather to Zoe & Emilia, Uncle to Cherylann (Rick) & Debbie (Nicholas) & Robert and all their children. Also, Bill was Sharon’s husband and her best friend for 27 years. Bill will be truly missed by all who knew him and loved him.

Hopefully, We will get to have services to honor William A. Weaver at a later date. Watch for notices.

Jewell D. Ballard

Jewell D. Ballard died July 29, 2019, at Portola Long Term Care, in Portola at the age of 94.

Jewell was born Jan. 31, 1925, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Survivors include daughters, Patricia Henak and Claudia Hunt; son, Robert Waggoner; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Services were held at Portola Methodist Church.

Joyce Constance Trumble Gauss

Joyce Constance Trumble Gauss died July 13, 2019, in Chester. She was born July 21, 1928, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Joyce graduated from San Diego High School, San Diego in 1946 with a business accounting major. She attended San Diego Business College and Grossmont College. Joyce also had a real estate license.

Joyce had several jobs during her lifetime: secretary for the La Mesa-School District’s audio-visual director; secretary for Casa De Oro Elementary School Principal; confidential secretary for the Lakeside School District Superintendent; confidential secretary for the Grossmont Community College District’s President; and served as the Grossmont Community College District consultant in charge of compiling regulations and accreditation for the-governing board.

She also owned and-operated with her husband, John Gauss, the Gauss Christmas Forest Ranch in Alpine.

Joyce was an avid quilter and won awards for quilts, wall hangings, miniature quilts and Christmas stockings at the Southern California Expo at Del Mar, and the Plumas County Fair. She won Best of Show for a quilt at the Plumas County Fair.

Joyce had many interests including motorcycle touring in Southern California. She was a past member of Women on Wheels.

Joyce volunteered with several organizations. She was a participant in the dietary modification and calcium studies in the ongoing Women’s Health Initiative at the University of Nevada. She also served on the Alpine Planning Group in San Diego County. Joyce was President of the California School Employees Association for the Grossmont College District and the Lakeside Union School District.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, John Gauss, of Portola (January 2018) and her sister, Shirley Palmer, of California (February 1999).

She is survived by her son, Martin Gauss, of Moreno Valley; her daughter, Julie Outland, of Chester; a brother, William Victor Trumble, of Grants Pass, Oregon; a sister, Darlene Beverly Trumble, of San Antonio, Texas; four granddaughters, one grandson, three great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter.

Oliver Russell Warren

Oliver Russell Warren “Rusty”, 78, of Quincy passed away peacefully in Reno, NV on July 5, 2019.  Rusty was born on November 28,1940  in Stockton, CA to Russell and Reva Warren.   

Rusty is survived by his loving companion and partner Andrea Gulick. Granddaughter Lydia Sandlin and grandson Jake Sandlin . Sister Karren Stapp and brother-in-law Dennis Stapp.  Nieces Jennifer Burrows and Jami Burrows. Nephews Gregg McKay and Eric Burrows.  His partner’s children Annette and Tim Tillberg, Alisa and Gordy Peard, and Anthony and Laura DeMartini.  Mother of his son Randy,  Nelda Warren.

Rusty was preceded in death by his son, Randy Warren,  sister Barbara Burrows and brother-in-law James Burrows.  

Rusty graduated from Red Bluff Union High School, Red Bluff, CA in 1959.

Rusty worked in farming and the timber industry as a faller until 1963 when he then started working at a local saw shop in Quincy.  In 1980 he opened and operated his chain saw business, Rusty Warren’s.  He was one of the largest Husqvarna shops in eastern California, which he owned and operated for 35 years, retiring in 2013.  Rusty was known for his ability to build hot-rod saws.  He was also known for his ability as the top saw doctor in North Eastern California.  

Rusty had a great relationship with his shop neighbors. With all of his Husqvarna snowblowers, lawnmowers, tractors, wood splitters and equipment left outside through the night and weekends, his neighbors became known as his night watchmen.  They also teased Rusty about being wealthy ànd burying his treasures outside. Teasing in return, Rusty would sneek outside with a flashlight, knowing he was being watched, he would dig a shallow hole and placed a can in the hole.

Rusty competed in snowmobile racing in 1970-1972.  He also competed in chain saw logging competitions for ten years.  He loved hunting, fishing, and camping.  

Rusty enjoyed retirement traveling with his companion Andrea Gulick.  He loved watching his favorite TV show, Gunsmoke.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Quincy Elks Lodge on Saturday, July 27 from 1 to 3 pm.   Please bring your fond memories of Rusty.

The family asks that any remembrances in Rusty’s memory be made to the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department, 
505 Lawrence St, Quincy, CA 95971

Wanda Joy McAtee

Wanda Joy McAtee passed away peacefully with her children by her side at the age of 87 on Jan. 21, 2019.

Wanda was born in Eureka, and met her beloved husband, Pete, while in high school. The sweethearts were married shortly after high school in Reno, Nevada, at the Mapes Hotel and just celebrated 68 wonderful years together on Nov. 10. Wanda was filled with love and kindness and known to everyone in her small town of Greenville as “Sweet Wanda.”

Wanda is survived by her husband, Lewis Deverl (Pete) McAtee, of Greenville; her son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Rita McAtee, of McKinleyville; her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Robert Miller, of Bayside; and her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Jeff Utley, of Rocklin; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

As a loving mother to Dale, Kathy and Diane, her heart and home was always open to their friends as she considered and loved them like her own. She was a kind person who showed tolerance and grace and exhibited a quiet strength and resilience in the most trying of times. Her happiest moments were being surrounded by family and those she loved.

Her lovely smile will forever be in our heart.

Linda Koehne

Linda Koehne, 67, passed peacefully from this life in the early hours of Jan. 14, 2019, in Quincy, after living with the challenges of Chronic Progressive Multiple Sclerosis for 30 plus years.

Born in Sanford, Maine, on May 10, 1951, her family moved to Hayward, in 1955, where she attended All Saints Grammar School. The family moved to Livermore, in 1962, and she attended St. Michael’s Grammar School and Granada High School, where she was elected President of the Student Leadership Conference and represented the school at the conference’s gathering in Asilomar. She was also crowned Homecoming Queen.

She enrolled in Chico State University’s Nursing program in 1971, where she met her future husband, Ralph. After their marriage in 1972, Ralph was hired by the Forest Service and they found their way to Quincy in 1974. Linda continued her nursing studies at Feather River College, and worked for Drs. Huffaker, Gonsalez and Price until diagnosed with MS in 1986.

Linda enjoyed bird watching, conversing with friends, gardening and cooking. Her favorite color was the sun.

She was preceded in death by her father, Gerard Thibeault and sister Anne Schweickert.

She is survived by her loving, devoted husband of 46 years, Ralph Koehne, of Quincy; her mother, Doris Hamann and her brother, Dennis Thibeault, both of Quincy; her sister, Celine Smania, of Carson City, Nevada; niece, Julie Knight and nephew Daniel Schweickert, of Livermore and Timothy Schweickert, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and all the family and friends not mentioned here whose lives she touched over the years.

A special thanks to those who so lovingly assisted her over the years including Paula Buus, Lisa Hatzell, Suzie Pierce, and Noreen Wilson (deceased). She will always be remembered for her contagious smile and engaging, caring personality.

Douglas Tande

Douglas Tande went home to be with the Lord Jan. 7, 2019. He was born Sept. 5,1937, in Minneapolis Minnesota.

The son of Orian and Avis Tande, Doug is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Joyce Tande, Doug’s brother David Tande, Doug’s daughter Linda and her husband Bob Waldo, son Mark Tande and wife Karin, daughter Yvonne and husband Curtis Hill and daughter Lisa and husband Daniel Hanna; grandchildren Nikki, Bobby, Amy, Luke, Jillian, Curtis, Danny, Joshua, Rachel, David and 16 great-grandchildren.

Doug loved life in the mountainous outdoors of Plumas County. He spent his life in the woods and on the high mountain lakes and the local creeks. Doug was an avid fisherman, hunter and artist enjoying woodworking for many years and more recently he enjoyed golfing, reading about history and continued cutting his own wood.

Doug Tande is remembered as a loving husband and father, doting grandfather and a man of deep Christian faith. He moved to Plumas County in 1967 from Fullerton, California. He always said that only Joyce would have been adventurous enough to move up into these mountains with four small children and they never regretted it.

He worked as a manager at Longs Drugs and for the Plumas County Assessor’s Office. He and Joyce also founded Tande Draperies. Doug had a great sense of humor and he was a wonderful storyteller. Doug loved his Lord and savior Jesus Christ. A celebration of Doug’s life will be held at Meadow Valley Community Church on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m.

Norma Katherine Lewis

Beloved artist Norma Lewis passed from this life Jan. 1, 2019, at the age of 87.

Born Norma Tuomala in 1931, to Finnish parents in Hibbing, Minnesota, Norma grew up on the Mesabi Iron Range. Her father worked as a certified welder. During World War II they moved the family to California where her mother and father worked at the Mare Island Shipyards. From there they moved to Monterey where they built a home on Terry Street with a view of the Monterey Bay.

Graduating early from high school, she continued her studies at Monterey Peninsula College and California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. There she was able to pursue her keen interest in art. She also studied privately with Carmel artists Richard Lofton and Howard Bradford. Among many things, Norma was a daughter, wife, mother, musician, horsewoman, artist and volunteer.

In 1949, she met up with a handsome Army Air Corps man, Gordon Lewis; they went on their first date in his Model A to Rosie’s Crackerbarrel in Carmel. Gordon eventually became fire captain for the Monterey Fire Department and Norma worked a variety of jobs, including a stint as a telephone operator.

They were married in 1952 and built a small house on Terry Street, near her childhood home. They raised their two children, Dan and Julie, in Monterey. No matter how busy Norma was, she always managed to take her children and many of the neighborhood children to galleries and cultural events. This provided some of them with their first exposure to art.

As a family, they liked to camp in Big Sur and Mariposa. Norma often joined Gordon on his many sailing trips along the West Coast.

Norma and Gordon moved to Quincy in 1974. There Norma continued her art pursuits and also joined the High Mountain Riders Horse Club. She bought a very smart horse, Miskey, and the two of them traveled around the north state competing and earning many ribbons. The activities of her horse club were a highlight in her life.

As though that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, she ran the old Quincy Greyhound Bus Station, worked on the cook crew at fire camps, helped Gordon fix up properties for resale and more recently walked many dogs at the local animal shelter.

She became an active member of the art community, attended art classes at Feather River College and Chico State University, joined several galleries in Quincy and exhibited throughout Plumas County.

Throughout her life Norma produced a large body of compelling artwork in various media: printmaking, monotypes, serigraphs, etchings, collages, as well as hundreds of drawings and oil and gouache paintings. She had a particular affinity for figurative and nude drawing and painting. A special exhibit of her artwork is on display through January at the Main Street Artists Gallery.

Norma embraced art of all kinds and searched it out wherever she went. She participated in workshops and shows with friends and her daughter Julie, also an artist. She painted often with her partner in crime, Sally Yost. The two of them created, laughed and traveled together. Norma could not work a cell phone or a computer, but she knew how to see. She will be missed.

She was predeceased by her parents, Joan and John, brothers, Henry and John, as well as her son, Daniel Lewis.

She is survived by her dedicated and loving husband, Gordon Lewis and daughter, Julie Lewis, as well as numerous cousins, including Quincy local Joanne Filippi.

Memorial services will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 298 E. High St., Quincy, on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 4 p.m. Reception to follow in the church hall. All are welcome to attend.

**In last week’s obituary for Norma Lewis, mention of her grandchildren, Dayne Lewis and Helen Lewis, was inadvertently omitted. Norma was a devoted grandmother who enjoyed sharing her love of horses by taking her young grandchildren to the corral to ride and was also ready at a moment’s notice to draw or paint any subject of their heart’s desire. Dayne and Helen were an integral part of her life. They will surely miss her.