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Below you will find a complilation of obituaries gathered from various newspapers throughout Shasta County and elsewhere in California. If YOU have an obituary for a Shasta County resident and would like to add to this collection or, better yet, if you want to volunteer to transcribe obituaries please contact the county coorinators.

Daily, Perry Francis
Redding Record-Searchlight, Friday, March 9, 1945

Perry Francis Daily, 83, a resident of Shasta county more than 70 years, in the Shingletown and Anderson communities, died last night at his home in Anderson. He was born in Preble county, Ohio, Dec. 3, 1861, and when a youth 13 years old, accompanied his parents to Anderson. Until his retirement from business, he was a sawyer, employed by various lumber companies.

Daily leaves his wife, Mrs. Bertha Mae Daily of Anderson; two sisters, Mrs. Laura Emmons of Cottonwood and Mrs. Mary Binner of Willetts; two sons, Warren and Otto Daily of Anderson; and six grandchildren, three of whom are serving in the armed forces. One, Cpl. Warren Daily, Jr., of Anderson is in the Philippines, and Pfc. Arthur F. Daily and Pfc. LeRoy Daily, also of Anderson, are in France. Funeral services will be at the graveside in Anderson Masonic cemetery at 2 p.m. Monday with a Methodist minister officiating

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Danford, Freeman
Sacramento Daily Union, Nov. 26, 1855

In Cottonwood township, Shasta county, Nov. 18th, Freeman Danford, of lung fever, aged 30 years, formerly from the State of New York.

Transcribed by Jeannette Harper

Darrah, George Hillery
Redding Record-Searchlight, Monday, Dec. 12, 1966

George Hillery Darrah, 68, a resident of Oak Run for the past 40 years, died Saturday in a Redding hospital.

Darrah was born Feb. 15, 1898, in Millville and had lived in Shasta County since birth. He leaves his widow, Edna, of Oak Run; a daughter, Mrs. Betty Atkins of Eureka; a son, John, of Redding; four sisters, Mrs. Gladys Carey of Dixon, Mrs. Anne Hunt of Redding, Mrs. Henrietta Farrell of Millville and Mrs. Pearl Seagren of Redding; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. tomorrow at McDonald's Redding Chapel by the Rev. Dave Sims. Burial will be in Millville District Cemetery.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Davidson, Cline
The Redding Record-Searchlight, Saturday, June 17, 1967

Cline Davidson, 79, died today at Redding Convalescent Hospital. Davidson had worked for many years for the Redding Cemetery. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was born April 5, 1888, in Illinois. He leaves a son, Gilbert of Round Mountain; four daughters, Belle A. McCormick of Redding, Eva West of Sonoma, Velma Burke of Bella Vista and Hazel Davidson; a sister, Mattie Carver of Oklahoma; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are being made at Lawncrest Funeral Chapel.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Davidson, Mary Ethel
Redding Record-Searchlight, Monday, Jan. 18, 1965

Mary Ethel Davidson, who was born Oct. 16, 1892, in Austin, Mo., died Saturday in a Shasta County hospital. She was 72. Mrs. Davidson, who resided at 2119 Pine St., Redding, leaves her husband, Cline; four daughters, Mrs. C. O. McCormick of Redding, Mrs. Russel Burke of Bella Vista, Mrs. K. C. West of Sonoma and Miss Hazel Davidson of Modesto; one son, Gilbert of Round Mountain; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Linn and Fulkerth Chapel. Burial will be at Redding Cemetery.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Davis, Lloyd E.
Redding Record-Searchlight, Wed., Aug. 10, 1977

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Lawncrest Chapel in Redding for Lloyd E. Davis of Redding, a retired sawmill sawyer. Davis died Sunday at Mercy Medical Center in Redding. He was 63. Born June 20, 1914 in Redoak, Okla., he had lived in Shasta County for 15 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He leaves his wife, Orlee of Redding, and three sons, Lee Edward and Edward, both of Redding and Larry E. of Washington.

The Rev. Ron Huson of the Assembly of God Church of Hayfork will officiate at the services. Burial will be in Lawncrest Memorial Park. Visitation will be at Lawncrest Chapel from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Davis, Orlee Davis
Redding Record-Searchlight, Sat., Nov. 3, 1985

Services for Orlee Davis, 60, of Redding will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday at Lawncrest Chapel in Redding. The Rev. Ray Larson of Bethel Church in Reddng will officiate. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lawncrest Chapel in Redding.

Mrs. Davis died Wednesday in Shasta General Hospital of natural causes. She was born March 30, 1925, in Oark, Ark., and moved to Shasta County in 1962 from Hayfork. She worked as a waitress for 25 years and was a member of the Baptist Church. She is survived by three sons; Lee of Redding, Larry of Bakersfield and Edward of Redding; two sisters, Marvie Brown of Arkansas and Lynette Rogers of Pennsylvania; four brothers, Elbert, Floyd and Phil Mooney, all of Arkansas, and Joe Mooney of Hyampom; father Ernie Mooney of Arkansas; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lions Eye Foundation of Redding. Lawncrest Chapel in Redding is handling arrangements.

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Dean, Melba “Dee”
Redding Record-Searchlight, February 14, 2003

Deaths – Melba “Dee” Dean, 64, of Redding died Friday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at McDonald’s in Redding.

Dell, William A.
Weekly Shasta Courier, Sat., Dec. 14, 1889

Died, at his residence in Shasta, Sunday, Dec. 8, 1889, Mr. William A. Dell, aged 58 years, 4 months and 13 days, a native of New York. Mr. Dell had been in poor health for a number of years, and his death was not unexpected by his friends. He was a highly respected citizen, and had many warm friends in this community who were deeply pained to hear of his death. The funeral took place on Monday, and was largely attended, considering the inclemency of the wether. The funeral ceremony was conducted by Rev. Martin.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Demo, Alphonse
Redding Record-Searchlight, Thursday, July 3, 1952

Alphonse Demo, a resident of Redding for 12 years, died at a local hospital last night at the age of 67. Born in North Dakota, he had been residing at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William E. Allen of Redding. Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Friday at McDonald's chapel, with funeral services there at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment will follow at the family lot in Redding cemetery, the Rev. Father Thomas O'Brien officiating.

He leaves four sons: John of Mt. Shasta, Joseph and Henry of Hermiston, Ore., and Steve, stationed with the army in Okinawa; three daughters, Mrs. W. G. Williams of Matheson and Mrs. Leo Phineff and Mrs. William Allen of Redding; and eight grandchildren.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Desmond, Timothy
Redding Record-Searchlight, July 12, 1927


A lease dated September 1, 1924, was filed for record in the county recorder’s office yesterday showing the Timothy Desmond, who died in this city Saturday night, leased to T. F. Cummings of Burney, a service station and pool hall at Burney.  The lease was filed by Cummings, who was in town yesterday to attend Desmond’s funeral.

DeWolfe, Delbert Freeman
Redding Record-Searchlight, Friday, August 2, 1985

Services for Delbert Freeman DeWolfe, 66, of Redding will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at McDonald's Redding Chapel. The Revs. Sam Post and Tom Lucatorta will officiate.

Burial will be at Redding Cemetery. Mr. DeWolfe died Wednesday at his home. Born Oct. 29, 1918, in Jacksonville, Ore., he moved to the north state 33 years ago. He was a millworker for 40 years. He is survived by sister Lucille Arnold of Jacksonville; and brothers Charles of Salem, Ore., and Irvin of Medford, Ore.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Dickinson, Edwin
Redding Record-Searchlight, July 17, 1923

EDWIN DICKINSON PASSES IN OAKLAND: For Twenty-Two Years He was Baggage Man at Redding and Never Missed a Train or Shift - aged 68 Years and Constable for Eight years

Edwin Dickinson, 68, a resident of Shasta county all his life, died yesterday morning in Oakland in the home of his daughter, Mrs. A, J. McKnight. The body was cremated yesterday afternoon, it being the wish of the decedent that his body be disposed of speedily and without ostentation. Death was due to a stroke of apoplexy the day before. He had been afflicted with a serious trouble of the heart for three or four years.

Ed Dickinson was born near the old town of Whiskeytown in the county. For twenty-two years he was baggage master at the Redding station and in all those years never missed a train. Retiring from the railroad service, he operated a dray in Redding for a year or so and then became nightwatchman. He was elected constable in 1916 and served eight years.

The decedent was a member of the Odd Fellows. he was a brother of Mrs. Frank R. Thompson of Redding and Mrs. B.A. Griffith of Half Moon Bay. His only daughter was Mrs. A.J. Knight, in whose home he died. Following the death of his wife, ten years ago, Dickinson made his home in Redding with his cousin, Mrs. H.E. Williams. He left Redding a few months ago on account of his health.

Transcribed by Christine Klukkert

Dickson, Louise
Redding Record-Searchlight, September 8, 1993

Deaths – Louise Dickson, 81, of Palo Cedro died today at Shasta Convalescent Hospital in Redding. Arrangements are pending at Lawncrest Chapel in Redding.

Dillon, Joseph Andrew
Anderson Valley News, 22 Jan 1910


On Wednesday morning, January 10, 1910, Joseph Andrew Dillon, a pioneer of California, died in Anderson at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Pettygrove. He had been in failing health for some time and his death was not unexpected. He was aged 82 years, one month, and four days.

Joseph A. Dillon was born in Pettis county, Missouri. He came to California in 1850, and in 1851 went to Trinity county and engaged in mining with good success. In 1856 he went to Oregon and engaged in the lumber business, returning to California in 1861, locating in Santa Rosa, where his brother, Chas. Dillon, resides and is recorder of Sonoma county. In 1861 he married Mary Wilson of Petaluma, who died a few years ago. He farmed for several years in Butte county and came to Shasta county in 1881 and mined and farmed until his health failed.

The deceased is survived by two sons and three daughters. They are: Ed Dillon, of Yerington, Nevada; Claude Dillon, of Jerome, Arizona; Mrs. Frank Pettygrove, Anderson; Mrs. Ora McWilliams, Susanville, and Ollie Dillon, Sacramento. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon, services being in the Baptist church, Rev. J. B. Needham officiating. All the children were present except Mrs. McWilliams. Interment was made in the Masonic cemetery.

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Dingee, Caroline H.
Shasta Courier, August 17, 1858

At the residence of her husband, near Texas Springs, of disease of the lungs, Caroline H., wife of Dr. C. A. W. Dingee, aged 28 years. -- Pennsylvania papers please copy

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Dittmar, Michael E.
The Redding Searchlight, Saturday, March 9, 1940

"The Founder of Lassen Park"--Michael E. Dittmar--passed on early Friday at the county hospital, after a long career of service to the community. He came to Redding in 1894 and established The Searchlight, then a weekly mining journal, together with William Bowen. It became a daily paper in 1896 under their guidance. Dittmar was a leading figure in the mining history of the county, having owned a number of mining interests and making many surveys in the region. He was also known as the founder of Castle Crags state park near Castella.

He passed on following a stroke January 23 which left him paralyzed. The stroke occurred the morning after the city planning commission, of which he was a member, had approved the city's master plan, upon which Dittmar had been working for several years. Dittmar was born June 5, 1860 at Derinda Center, Ill. He went to Oregon with his parents at the age of 17 and was educated there. In 1892 he moved to Red Bluff, and then to Redding in 1894. He was a leading figure in the campaign of the Peoples' party here in that year, in which the group swept all but one county office.

The following year, on October 17, he married Amelia Boyd, recently elected superintendent of schools. She passed on in 1906. Shortly after the Mt. Lassen eruptions of 1914 and 1915, Dittmar began circulation of the first petition leading to the creation of Lassen Volcanic National park by congress in 1916, and he became secretary-manager of the Lassen Volcanic National Park Association, holding that post for four years. He led in the early development of the park, naming many of the points of interest and establishing a series of public camps. B. F. Loomis, another leader in the park's early days, said of him "he worked harder than all the rest of us put together for the maintenance and development of the park." In 1920 he made a survey of the Shasta county copper belt for the board of supervisors. He had numerous mining interests thruout the county.

Dittmar is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Aileen Friel of Pasadena, a brother, C. F. Dittmar of Oakland, two sisters, Mrs. Metora Merryman and Mrs. Metha D. Hartless, both of Corvallis, Ore., and a half brother, F. R. Becker of Los Angeles. Funeral services are under the direction of the Home Undertaking Company, and have been tentatively set for Monday at 2 p.m. at the chapel.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Dix, Mary
Redding Record-Searchlight, January 4, 1950

The Rev. James E. Price conducted funeral services yesterday for Mary Dix at the Johnston mortuary.  Interment followed in Newtown cemetery. Casket bearers were: Willam Logan, O.C. Timmons, Henry Botta, and Carl Johnston.

Donaldson, Thomas Arthur
Redding Record-Searchlight, Sat., Sept. 21, 1963

Thomas Arthur Donaldson, a plumbing contractor in Redding for 35 years, died yesterday afternoon in a Redding hospital. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Donaldson leaves his widow, Clara of Redding; a daughter, Mrs. E. E. Prouty of Anderson; a granddaughter, Melody May Anderson of Lancaster; and a sister, Mrs. Anna Blake of Santa Cruz.

Funeral services are being arranged by the Linn and Fulkerth Chapel.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Dorman, Albert Lyle
Redding Record-Searchlight, January 11, 1950

Man Killed on Way Home from Hospital

Albert Lyle Dorman, 52, of Centerville, was killed yesterday when his car collided with a truck driven by Alvin Chase, 18, high school football star, on the Igo road, four miles west of Redding. Dorman was returning hom after visiting his wife, Mrs. Marie Dorman, a patient at Mercy hospital.

Highway patrolmen said it appeared Dorman cut the corner sharply, ramming his car into Chase’s truck.  David Lawrence Dorman, 5, riding with his father, suffered internal injuries and doctors described his condition “serious’. He was taken to Mercy hispital.

Neither Chase nor Billy Nelson Poole, 20, riding in the truck with him, was injured.  Coroner Claude e Whiteman sent the body to the Wayside chapel but, at the request of the relatives, it was removed to McDonald’s chapel. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Dorman was born at Eddyville, Iowa. In addition to his wife, he leaves a daughter, Joan Marie Dorman, and two other sons, Max and Robert Lyle; three brothers, Robert J Dorman of Redding, Julian Dorman of Lovillia, Iowa and Fred Dorman of Cedar, Iowa; and two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Martin of Whiskeytown and Mrs. Irene LaFolleille of ______.

Dosh, Ann Wilde
Shasta Courier, March 18, 1858

At "Cedar Row," the residence of her son-in-law, the Rev. Isaac Baker, near Winchester, Virginia, Mrs. Ann Wilder Dosh, relict of the late Capt. William Dosh, and mother of one of the proprietors of this paper; aged upwards of 64 years.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Drummond, Baby Boy
Shasta Courier, May 17, 1858

Shasta -- the infant son of J. S. and Mary Drummond.

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Dunham, Almon N.
Sacramento Union, 26 Nov 1916

In Anderson (Shasta Co.), November 23, 1916, Almon N. Dunham, husband of Mrs. Mary Dunham, a native of Ohio, aged 70 years.

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Durham. Thomas B.
Redding Record-Searchlight, January 6, 1950

Funeral services for Thomas B. Durham will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Wayside Chapel, the Rev. R. B. Chandler officiating. Interment will follow in Lawn Crest Memorial park.

Redding Record-Searchlight, January 10, 1950

Funeral services for Thomas B. Durham were held yesterday at Wayside chapel, the Rev. R.B. Chandler officiating.  Interment followed in Lawn Crest memorial park. Casket bearers were: Henry Bauer, William R. Daniels, Wallace R. Daniels and R.B. Chandler.

Dwinell, Ruth
Sacramento Union, January 11, 1920

At Olinda, Shasta Co., January 8, 1920, Ruth Dwinell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Dwinell, sister of Robert Dwinell, Jean Dwinell and Paul Dwinell, aged 14 years.

Transcribed by Jeannette Harper


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