Leland A. Cross

Leland A, Cross, a 70-year resident of Loyalton, died peacefully in his home on Dec. 11. He was an accomplished artist/sign painter, a loving husband, caring father, grandfather and an active community member.

Leland moved from Vermont to the Sierra Valley in the 1950s where he met the love of his life, Phyllis, and married after a three-week courtship. They were married for 68 years when Phyllis passed away in January of this year. Leland and Phyllis had four children: daughter, Pam Whitley and husband, Marty; son, Greg Cross and wife, Karen; daughter, Pattie Williams; daughter, Penny Gamble and husband, Mark; as well as 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Leland was born and raised in Wilmington, Vermont, which cultured his great love for sharp cheddar cheese and a warm slice of apple pie. He had a secret salad dressing recipe that tantalized the taste buds. He attended Ag School and helped his folks on their farm along with his brother Myron, and sisters Ada, Jane and Linda. Linda is his only surviving sibling. He shared many happy memories of the years he spent in Vermont hunting, fishing and serving in the National Guard.

Leland took great pride in his activity in the 20-30 Club, Loyalton Fire Dept. and the Rotary Club. He earned the nickname in Rotary of “Dead Eye” due to a bet he made with some friends that he could shoot a squirrel; he missed. He illustrated the Rotary paper and drew many caricatures of club presidents and district leaders. He often donated paintings to club events and various community fundraisers in the Sierra Valley and beyond. He had a heart for the valley and the town he made his home.

Leland will be sorely missed by his family and the friends in the valley he so dearly loved.

An open house celebration of Leland’s life will be held at the Sierra Brooks Lodge 510, Longhorn Drive, Loyalton on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please send memorial gifts to the Loyalton Fire Department or the Loyalton Rotary Scholarship Fund in his honor.

Robert Paoletti

It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Robert Paoletti. After a hard fought battle with cancer over the last five years, he went home to Jesus on Nov. 30, with his loving wife and children by his side.

Bob was born in San Jose on March 31, 1958.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Lori Paoletti, who grew up in Portola; they had two children, David and Nicole Paoletti, who live in Vinton/Chilcoot; his sister, Janice Garite, of Colleyville, Texas; and brother, Al Paoletti, of Arnold. He is also survived by many cousins and nieces, nephews and his in-laws, Cliff and Marilyn Klemesrud, of Portola,

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Virginia Paoletti.

Bob grew up in San Jose and later moved to Santa Cruz, where he met his wife Lori. They eventually moved to Truckee, where the lived for 20 years and raised their children.

He worked in the sign business for many years, passed on from his father. He also owned a retail store, was head of maintenance at a Tahoe resort, and with his son David, ran a property management company in Truckee. He spent the last 10 years in Vinton, where he ran his antique shop, buying and selling “junk” and visiting with all of his many friends that would stop by.

He was very involved with his church in Vinton, especially the youth group, where he was much loved. He was an accomplished guitar player, loved music and wrote many songs. He loved the outdoors, fishing, camping, mountain biking and going for walks with his wife and three dogs.

He was a funny, kind, loving person who would help anyone who needed it and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Vinton Grange Hall at 1 p.m.

Georgia Ann Craig

Georgia Ann Craig was born on Feb. 8, 1945. Georgia went home to be with the Lord Jesus on Nov. 28, 2018.

Georgia was a hairdresser in Portola, since she relocated here in 1982. She enjoyed doing hair for many locals and family. It was her passion to get to know, and love, each person who sat in her chair.

She loved family, friends and our entire community. Her parents brought her here as a young girl, and she returned to her love of Portola with her boys and husband. There was nothing that she would not do if it meant she could help someone.

She loved to laugh, and be with her family and friends. She enjoyed everything girly, from her toes, to her nails, to the fashionable clothes she wore. One of her favorite music artists wasGarth Brooks. Her favorite song was “Amazing Grace.” She loved scrap booking, camping and shopping. And for many years she was on the local bowling team. She enjoyed traveling and loved NASCAR.

She leaves to cherish her memories, a loving and devoted husband of 43 years, Butch Craig; former husband and friend, David G. Healy; her adult children and their spouses, David H. Healy (Christy), Scott Craig (Arah), Thomas Craig (Danie), Jamie Harris (Adam), LeeAnne Craig, Tim Oudyk (Trang Vu); and many, many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren; in addition, a host of other relatives and friends.

Audrey J. Kimmel

Audrey J. Kimmel peacefully passed away at her home on Nov. 27, 2018, as a result of cancer. She is survived by her daughter Jacque Renwick and son-in-law John Renwick, of Athol, Massachusetts; son John Kimmel and daughter-in-law Pauline Kimmel, of Quincy; granddaughter Christina Kimmel Lutz and grandson-in-law Kenneth Lutz, of Reno, Nevada; and grandson Aaron Kimmel, of Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Audrey was preceded in death by her husband, Edward L. Kimmel — a World War II veteran — and her brother, Lorne Wilson.

Audrey was born Feb. 12, 1932, in Los Angeles. She graduated from Alhambra High School and received an AA degree from College of the Sequoias in 1951. In 1952, she married Edward L. Kimmel, of Monterey Park. She worked from 1953 until retirement in 1988 as medical secretary in Norwalk, mostly for surgeon Jean F. Crum, MD. Audrey was a devoted mother and member of the Nazarene Church in Whittier, teaching Sunday school and singing in the choir. Upon retirement, Ed and Audrey moved to Willits. In Willits, she spent hours each week volunteering in the local library and distributing food to the needy. She had resided in Quincy the past two years. She will be missed by all those who knew her, but is in a much better place now.

Joseph Thomas Bones II

Joseph Thomas Bones II, better known as JT, was born April 14, 1996, at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Reno, Nevada, and died Nov. 25, 2018, due to injuries sustained in a car accident.

A lifelong resident of Portola, JT’s school years encompassed Head Start Preschool, C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School and Portola Junior/Senior High School, where he graduated in 2014. He attended Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, from 2015 – 2016.

While in high school, JT played junior varsity and varsity basketball 2011 – 2014 and varsity football in 2014. He relished his role as the Portola Tiger mascot in 2013.

JT enjoyed his involvement with the Youth on Fire (YOF) group at the New Life Christian Center (Assembly of God) in Portola, led by Lance and Lynnann Benbow. During his junior high and high school years he attended Acquire the Fire conventions held in Sacramento. JT also loved the annual YOF summer trip to Yosemite and faithfully worked the car washes and Christmas tree sales to fund that favorite event.

Armed with a work permit at age 15, JT began his work career at the Graeagle Restaurant in 2011, where he remained employed until September of this year. Owner Ed Ward, a vital presence in JT’s life from the beginning, was a beloved mentor JT looked to for guidance and direction.

JT loved animals and they loved him. He worked at the High Sierra Animal Shelter 2014 – 2015. He proved to be an excellent dog sitter and provided care for other pets as well. He also adopted his well-loved best 4-legged companion ‘Cocoa’ into the family.

After his stint at college, JT took a seasonal job at the Alpine Meadows Ski Resort (2016 – 2017). He worked the lifts with some of his high school buddies, and as roommates they commuted together from Portola to Tahoe. The enthusiasm of those same friends propelled him into snowboarding, a sport he quickly grew to love.

His heart’s desire was to be a firefighter and JT accomplished that by first becoming a volunteer firefighter with the Graeagle Fire Department in 2016. This year, 2018, he began his rookie season with Wood Fire and Emergency Services and worked the Carr, Hirz, Ferguson, Camp and Woolsey fires. Owner Cindy Wood said the engineers would almost “fight” over JT to be on their team.

Those who knew and loved JT describe him as “a free spirit full of love.” His joy and happiness were contagious, and others felt better just by being around him. He had the ability to lift spirits and make others laugh as they looked at life through his eyes. Being with JT guaranteed special and joyful times.

Even while doing daily tasks or working one of his jobs, JT embraced life with anticipation and excitement. That became especially evident when he was going to one of his favorite places. Las Vegas topped his list of exciting places, while the ocean captured his favorite spot for serenity.

JT grew up in a very close family, raised in the same town as his parents and where his grandparents still live. His family did everything together, which not only included JT’s parents and siblings but his grandparents and uncles and aunt from Reno. His parents often included many of JT’s friends, making them “family” as well.

Survivors of JT are parents Lisa and Tony Hartwig; father Joseph Thomas Bones and wife Lisa Bones; siblings, Daphne Bones, Claire Hartwig and Leon Hartwig; grandparents, Richard and Kathy Eisenbeiss; grandfather Lauren Hartwig; uncle, Nick Hartwig; uncle, Richard Eisenbeiss II; nephew, Seth Eisenbeiss; uncle, Nicholas Eisenbeiss; aunt and uncle, Sarah and Jesse Hibbs; and niece, Lyric Hibbs.

For those privileged to know JT, they enjoyed the awesome experience of knowing a kind-hearted and loving young man. Fortunate are the ones who shared in the special life of this joyous and wonderful person. To all who knew him, he will remain a legend.

The celebration of life for JT Bones will be held Sunday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 449 W. Sierra Avenue in Portola, with a reception to follow.

Diane Lynn Green

Diane was born on June 5, 1955, in Vallejo and raised in Vacaville. She came to Portola in 1998. She died on Nov. 22, 2018.

She retired from Bank of America, after working for them for 34 years.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Green; and his sons, Kenneth and Gregory; also her sister, Debbie Kiser.

June Schoknecht Dewey

June Schoknecht Dewey died on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at her home in Graeagle. She was 86.

Born on Aug. 27, 1932, in St. Louis, Missouri, June attended Washington University School of Nursing at Barnes Hospital and earned a nursing degree. While there, she met her future husband, Richard Ryder Dewey, a student intern at Washington University Medical School. They graduated in 1955 and were married for 62 years.

In 1959, June and her husband moved to Los Altos, where Dr. Dewey started a private practice in Palo Alto.

June was active in her community and volunteered for many organizations. She is past president of the Women’s Auxiliary to the Santa Clara Medical Society, the Bellarmine Prep Mother’s Guild and the San Francisco Symphony Mid-Peninsula League. She was also a member of Allied Arts and the Peninsula Volunteers.

An avid golfer, June was captain of the Stanford Women’s Golf Club, and played regularly with women’s groups at Stanford Golf Course, Graeagle Meadows Golf Course, White Hawk Ranch Golf Course and De Anza Country Club in Borrego Springs. She and close friend Moo Anderson co-founded the Medalist Club to raise money for the Stanford Women’s Golf Team, now a perennial NCAA title contender.

For 19 years, June and Dick assisted with the Super Bowl Golf Tournament, which raised money for NFL Charities. They also helped with the Pro Bowl tournament in Hawaii.

June was outgoing, generous and devoted to her family. She loved to entertain, often hosting dinner parties for friends, doctors, professors, Stanford student-athletes and clergy. June also enjoyed collecting modern art.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Richard Dewey, her son Richard Ryder Jr., daughter-in-law Lynnie Tuck Dewey, daughter Valerie Dewey Soltau, son-in-law Mark Soltau, and grandchildren Richard Ryder III (Trey), Jenna Michelle Dewey and Shelby June Soltau, and great-grandson Ryder Dewey.

The family will hold a private memorial service. In memory of June, they ask that donations be made to the Peninsula Volunteers, 800 Middle Avenue, Menlo Park, California 94025.

Donald Keith Davis

Don Davis, 85, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at Renown Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

Don was born to Jim and Lena Davis in Keifer, Oklahoma, April 15, 1933.

He will be greatly missed by his high school sweetheart of 66 years, Joan (Justice) Davis; son Mark (Merna) Davis of Carlsbad, New Mexico; daughter Donna (Ned) Chaney of Dayton, Nevada; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and countless lives he touched throughout his life.

Arrangements for Don’s memorial service, held Tuesday, Nov. 20, were lovingly provided by Greg Marr of Manni Funeral Home, Brad Campbell of Portola Station Church, Rallin Klundby of Sierra Christian Church, and Portola VFW Post 3758.

Phillip Jay Simpson

It is with great sadness that the family of Phillip Jay Simpson announces his peaceful passing on Nov. 8, 2018. He was born in Los Angeles, June 10, 1933.

Phillip served four years in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from San Jose State in 1960. He retired from Willamette Industries after 35 years.

Forever remembered by his loving wife of 60 years, Arline; their three children, Stephanie Armstrong (Chris), Steve (Debbie) and Jennifer; grandson, Kyle; granddaughter, Cara (Matt); and great-grandson, Isaac; and sister, Bonnie Apps.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

A memorial is planned in the springtime at Whitehawk Ranch, Clio, where Phil loved living the last 22 years of his life.

A life well lived. A loving heart. A lasting legacy

William Frank Monroe

William Frank Monroe, 68, passed from this life on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at Renown Hospital in Reno, Nevada, with his family by his side.

Bill was born April 24, 1950, in Glendale. He was the older of two children born to Bill and Bobby Monroe, his sister, Anne, three years younger than he.

He grew up in Southern California in the ’50s and ’60s surrounded by the Southern California culture of surfing, the Beach Boys, rock and roll, hot rod racing and cars. He embraced all of these, but the one that captured his heart the most was cars.

As a young child he learned to play the accordion. Then later in his teen years, he taught himself how to play the drums. Before he owned a drum set he would substitute pan lids suspended from his bedroom ceiling for cymbals, stacked books for drums, pounding away much to the dismay of his parents.

He and some friends formed a band in high school, with him being the drummer. Practicing in one of their garages, they became quite good, getting hired for high school dances and college frat parties, winning a battle of the bands contest sponsored by Casey Kasem, the famous radio DJ, and receiving a trophy from him. The band even cut a couple of 45 rpm records.

Graduating from Edgewood High School in 1968, he then enrolled at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, for approximately 1.5 years before being drafted into the Army in 1970. He was sent to Fort Ord, for basic training before being shipped overseas to Vietnam, where he spent one year. While in Vietnam he served in the 29th Infantry, ground patrol before getting an assignment as a door gunner on a helicopter. He was honorably discharged in 1972.

After being discharged from the Army, he decided to leave city life behind and moved to Plumas County, settling in Quincy in 1973. He had many extended family members already living in the area. Bill enrolled in a welding class at Feather River College and soon discovered he had a talent for welding, earning a welding certificate. It was the start of what would become his life’s work.

He moved back down to Southern California in late 1973 to put his welding skills to use in production welding work. While working as a welder at a boat trailer factory, he met and married the love of his life, Elise Eaton, in August 1974. The young couple moved back up to Plumas County settling in Greenville, where they lived for 10 years. During that time, Bill worked at a gold mine outside of Quincy for two years before getting hired as a millwright at Louisiana Pacific in Crescent Mills. He worked there for seven years before the mill shut down for good. Bill and his wife then bought a home in Meadow Valley, after he was hired as a millwright at Sierra Pacific Industries in Quincy where he worked for over 30 years until his retirement in 2013.

He and Elise had two sons, Neil and Kevin. Bill’s family meant everything to him. They took many family vacations all over the Western United States. He enjoyed the great outdoors, camping, fishing, boating, canoeing and backpacking.

Bill’s talents were many and centered around his innate ability to think and visualize things in 3-D, that he would then build, doing the calculations in his head, all of this with no written plans for reference. He was a builder, a fixer, a tinkerer. He could diagnose and fix most anything. He thoroughly enjoyed working in his beloved garage and on warm summer days could often be heard playing his favorite ’60s rock n’ roll songs at full volume.

Even in retirement, Bill was never one to sit idle. He had to be busy, always working on some project or another. He designed and built many things: lumber racks for friends’ trucks, sheds, porches, fences, railings, a greenhouse, carports, a fort and a swing set. More than anything else, he was always working on cars.

Bill was a car guy through and through and enjoyed buying, modifying, restoring and working on classic cars his entire life. He had a fondness for buying unusual vehicles having owned a chopped Volkswagen dune buggy and a 1953 Dodge Power Wagon army truck.

His pride and joy however, were the 1962 Ford Thunderbird and 1965 Ford Falcon convertibles that he owned. The Falcon held a special place in his heart as he built the entire car from the ground up from a junked and rusted cast-off. He, along with his sons, worked for years on the car, rebuilding the engine, the transmission, painting it a gorgeous blue, making it exactly how he wanted it, fulfilling his dream of building a hot rod. On sunny, warm days, he could be seen driving around town in it. You couldn’t miss its distinctive sound. Over the years, he participated in car shows around the county and won many trophies.

His sense of humor was well known by those who loved him. He could never pass up an opportunity to tease, tell jokes and generally make fun of everyday life. He loved to make people laugh.

He was also very artistic, drawing quite well and excelling at caricature likenesses of people and things.

Bill was a good, decent, hard working man his entire life. He had many lifelong friends whom he always enjoyed spending time with. He loved his country and was very patriotic, always hanging two flags on his garage on appropriate holidays. He was devoted to his family above all else.

Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Anne, his mother, Bobby, and his father, Willard Monroe.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Elise, of Meadow Valley, his sons, Neil and Kevin, many cousins and several nieces.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. at the Meadow Valley Cemetery. All are welcome. A potluck reception will be held immediately following at the Meadow Valley Community Church Fellowship Hall.