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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.

Kamisky, Ada L.
Redding Record-Searchlight, March 9, 1996

Ada Lucille Kamisky, 76, of Redding died Sunday, March 3, 1996, at Rivella Vista Home Car in Redding.

Karchner, Edward H.
Redding Record-Searchlight, January 3, 1950

The Rev. E. J. Troutner officiated yesterday at McDonald’s chapel at services for Edward K. Karcher. The interment followed in Cottonwood cemetery. Casket bearers were: John Ponte, Money, Clarence and Wesley S. Hickman, Bud Cleland and Fred Welch.

Keezer, Alfred
The Redding Searchlight, Friday, March 5, 1937

Alfred Kezzer, (Keezer) aged 45, passed on Thursday night at the county hospital. He was a resident of  Whiskeytown. Kezzer, an exserviceman, is survived by his widow, Mrs. Thelma Kezzer, and one child. Funeral arrangements, in charge of the Home Undertaking Company, are pending

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Kelley, Lena Bailey
Redding Record-Searchlight, Thursday, Feb. 18, 1982

Cryptside services for Lena Bailey Kelley, 98, of Redding will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Chico Mausoleum in Chico. Romona Lewis of the Christian Science Church will officiate. Mrs. Kelley died Tuesday at Beverly Manor Convalescent Hospital in Redding.

Born Jan. 30, 1884, in Colusa, she was a resident of Shasta County for 10 years and was a homemaker. She was a 50-year member of the Beulah Rebekah Lodge 60 in Chico and of the Christian Science Church. She is survived by son Edward Bailey of Redding and one grandchild. McDonald's Redding Chapel is handling arrangements

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Kessinger, Fred Vernal
Redding Record-Searchlight, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1969

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McDonald's Redding Chapel for Fred Vernal Kessinger Jr., 52, of Redding, who died Monday at Shasta General Hospital.The Rev. Earl Johnson will officiate. Burial will be at Redding Cemetery.

Born May 30, 1917 in Fort Smith, Ark., Kessinger was a 10-year resident of Shasta County. He leaves a son, Gary Kessinger of Vancouver, Wash.; two brothers, Charles F. Kessinger of Rio Vista and B. Earl Kessinger of Herlong; a sister, Mrs. Addie Mae Shinn of Iola, Kan.; his mother, Clara M. Kessinger of Redding, and one grandchild.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Keys, Lucille May
Redding Record Searchlight, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 1990

Services for Lucille May Keys, 67, of Redding will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at North Valley Baptist church in Redding. The Rev. Royal Blue of the church will officiate. Visitation will be conducted from 3-8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Allen and dahl Funeral Chapel in Redding. Burial will be at Whiskeytown Cemetery. Mrs. Keys died Sunday, Feb. 18, 1990, at her residence.

Born Oct. 6, 1922, in Vallejo, she moved to Shasta County in 1984 from Everett, WA. She was a homemaker. She was also a member of North Valley Baptist Church. She is survived by husband Elmer, sons Jerry of Olympia, WA, Larry of Boise, ID, and Frank of Kansas City, KS; daughters laura Roberts of Bella Vista, Pauline Robertson of Redding, and Linda Eastwood of Kansas City, KS; brothers Robert Bickford of Shasta, Phillip Bickford of Polk Valley, John Bickford of Milpitas, and donald Bickford of Auburn; mother Oladine Bickford of Redding; and 10 grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 760, Redidng, CA 96099

Transcribed by Janie Edwards

Kime, Paul Vernon
Redding Record-Searchlight, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1986

Paul Vernon Kime, 61, of Redding died Saturday at his home. No services will be held. Born Sept. 1, 1925, in Bakersfield, Mr. Kime moved to Shasta County in 1985 from Eureka. He was an auto mechanic.

He is survived by brothers Howard of Redding and Bill of Kittery Point, Maine; and sisters Patricia of San Jose, Edith Ankrom of Portland, Ore., Barbara White of Lakeview, Mo., and Judy McDonald of Juneau, Alaska. Lawncrest Memorial Chapel in Redding is handling arrangements

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Kirk, Aurelius Monroe
Redding Courier-Free Press, Tues., March 17, 1936

Aurelius Monroe Kirk, 66, rancher of the Wengler region, passed on early Tuesday morning in Red Bluff, where he had spent the last two weeks receiving medical treatment. Kirk was born in Oregon City, Or., October 27, 1869. He came to Shasta county when a young man, and spent many years in the Montgomery Creek-Wengler region, devoting his life to ranching.

Surviving are his wife, Amanda J. Kirk; one daughter, Bertha Amanda Kirk, of Montgomery Creek; a sister, Mrs. Helen Hawkins of McArthur and a brother, Leonard Kirk of Dana. Kirk was noted for his kindness and assistance to needy and orphaned children. Two orphaned children, a boy and girl, have resided in the Kirk home for several years, the boy for 15 and the girl for nine years.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 Thursday afternoon at the graveside in the Burney cemetery. Interment will be made by McDonald & Scott.

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Kirkpatrick, Daniel
The Saturday Sacramento Bee, June 23, 1906 (Page 6)

Bathed in Hot Spring; Dies From Scalding

ANDERSON -- Daniel Kirkpatrick, aged 73, and for twenty-seven years a business man of this place, died yesterday morning from the effects of a scalding he received last week in plunging into a hot bath at the Big Bend Hot Springs, where he had gone for the benefit of his health. He was unmarried. Mrs. Dan Zumwalt, of this place, is his cousin. The funeral will be held to-morrow.

Transcribed by Betty

Kise, Commodore C.
unknown newspaper - died 16 April 1966


Commordore C. Kise, 98, who made his early moving from the gold veins of Shasta and Trinity counties, died yesterday in a Redding hospital. He was born July 27, 1897, in Lewiston, Trinity County, and was the youngest son of Trinity County pioneers Joseph and Angeline Kise.

Kise worked as a miner during his youth and toiled in such mines as the Brown Bear, Little Brown Bear and the Sybil. He and his brothers, Albert and Elisha, are credited with the first gold dredge in Trinity county. Kise became a blacksmith and operated businesses in the former towns of Kennett and Coram. He moved to Redding in 1898 where he operated businesses that included the Poodle Dog Saloon and Cigar Store and the Idanha Hotel.

He was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist of Redding, and a charter and life member of the Trinity County Historical Society. He was also a member of the Shasta County Historical Society.

He leaves his widow, Helen, of Redding, and her children, Grace Wood of Berkeley and Edward H. McClure of Los Angeles; his daughter, Beatrice O. Glasspoole of Weaverville; twin grandaughters, Dorothy A. Dineen of Redding, and Doris A. Clement of Weaverville; two great-grandchildren, Randall Commodore Clement and Marshall Alice Clement of Weaverville; and two nephews, Earl Kise of Redding and William Kisler of Oakland. Funeral services will be conducted at 2pm Monday at McDonald’s Redding Chapel. Burial will be in the Redding Cemetery.

Transcribed by Christine Klukkert

Kise, Joseph B.
The Shasta Courier, April 14, 1909


REDDING -- The hand of death has lain lightly on the pain-wracked frame of Joseph Bloomfield Kise, and the widely known and deeply respected Trinity county pioneer has passed to his reward.

The deceased was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on September 10th, 1825, and was consequently 83 years, 5 months, 2 days old at the time of his demise, which occurred at 6 o’clock Monday morning.

He leaves to mourn their loss his wife, Angeline Kise, three sons, Elijah, Commodore and Albert and one daughter, Mrs. John White of this City; five grandchildren, Will Kesler, Maud Kesler. Mrs. Elsie Doyle, Charles and Earl Kise. Two brothers and one sister reside in Indianapolis.

Formerly Mr. Kise lived in Lewiston, Trinity county, and about six years ago he removed to Redding, in which city he has resided ever since.

Arrangements are being made for the funeral by the Redding Undertaking Parlors and it will take place at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon from the deceased late home on Tellurium Avenue.

Transcribed by Christine Klukkert

Kise, Margaret A. (Wilfley)
Redding paper, Thursday, August 29th, 1918


Mrs. Angeline Kise died in this city Tuesday night at the advanced age of 83 years. For over half a century Mrs. Kise was a resident of Trinity and Shasta counties. She made her home with her husband at Lewiston for forty years. Her husband died nine years ago. She made her home in Tellurium Avenue in Redding for the last fifteen years. Mrs. Kise was a native of Missouri.

The descedent was the mother of Mrs. Ann White of Redding, Albert Kise of San Francisco, E.S. Kise of Keswick and Commmodore C. Kise of Redding. She was grandmother of Mrs. C.C. Doyle of Keswick, William Kesler of Kennett and Mrs. Maud Fergus of Oakland. Two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Merritt and Mrs. Cordella Gale, reside in Petaluma.

Transcribed by Christine Klukkert

Klaukens, Fern
Redding Record-Searchlight, Friday, Aug. 26, 1977

Funeral services for Fern Klaukens of Redding will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in McDonald's Redding Chapel. Mrs. Klaukens died Wednesday at Mercy Medical Center in Redding. She was 84. Born May 4, 1893, in Kennett, she was a lifetime resident of Shasta County. She was a member of the Redding Chapter 44 Order of Eastern Star; White Shrine, Redding, Daughters of the Nile and past worthy advisor of Rainbow Girls.

Mrs. Klaukens worked 50 years as a clerk in two Redding clothing stores and was co-owner and operator of The Vogue clothing store. She leaves two nieces, Ruth A. Freeman of Redding, and Jean Oevermann of Smithers, B.C.; a nephew, Orin C. Nesbitt of Los Angeles and sister-in-law, Ruth Hopkins of Redding.

The Rev. Noble Streeter will officiate at the services. Entombment will be in the Redding Cemetery Mausoleum. Honorary casketbearers will be Paul Pike, Jack Thompson, ??rry Lune, Ray Dowd, Walt Proebstel and Gilbert Stephens. Contributions may be made to Shasta-Trinity Heart Association, Box 993, Redding.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Klaukens, Henry Tillman
Redding Record-Searchlight, Monday, Jan. 20, 1975

Former Redding Fire Department Chief "Heinie" Henry Tillman Klaukens of Redding is dead at 76. Klaukens died Saturday at Mercy Hospital in Redding following a lengthy illness.  A native of Redding, he was born Dec. 18, 1898, and had been a resident of Shasta County all his life.

Klaukens had been associated with the fire department since 1916, and was appointed chief of the bureau in 1938. He was a graduate of Shasta Union High School in Redding. He leaves his wife, Fern. They had no children. Klaukens had fought a continued battle with illness for many years, and retired from active service in August of 1961.

Dr. Noble Streeter of Redding will officiate at the services, followed by entombment in the Redding Cemetery Mausolem. At the request of the family, memorial contributions may be made to the Shasta-Trinity Heart Association. Casketbearers will be L. G. "Babe" Wade, Sam White, Henry Snell, Ernest Tedeschi, Jim Erichsrud, and Ray Coffelt, all active retired members of the Redding Fire Department.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Klein, Edward A.
Redding Record-Searchlight, January 29, 1996

Edward Arnold Klein, 52, of Redding died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1996, at his residence following a long illness. No services will be conducted.

Born March 31, 1943, in Pittsburgh, he moved to Shasta County in 1974 from Bend, Ore. He was a contractor and a member of the Moose Lodge.

Survivors include stepsons Stephen Miller and Mike Miller, both of Los Angeles; stepdaughters Sharon Choake, Linda Carillo, Amber Noetzelman and Tanya Keys, all of Los Angeles; and brothers William Klein Sr. of Anderson, Louis Klein of Heppner, Ore. and half-brother Richard Coronado of Seattle.

Arrangements are being handled by McDonald’s Redding Chapel.

Klein, Mary Emily
Weekly Shasta Courier, Sat., June 26, 1886

Our Deadwood and French Gulch correspondent furnishes the following in regard to the death of the little girl of George and Mary Klein:

"The sad effect of children playing with matches was vividly shown last Friday in the case of little Mary Emily Klein, the six-year-old daughter of George Klein, one of the pioneer quartz miners of Deadwood, who was found a charred and disfigured corpse near a small fire built on the side hill at the back of the house. It appears that the little one had taken quite a fancy for building fires, and had often been checked for so doing. On that day the mother had gone to the mill, and the father, who had been in the house changing his clothes, on emerging observed smoke rising from the hill in the rear, and thinking it was caused by a fire started by some careless smoker throwing his stub in the brush, which may spread and cause some damage, went up to put it out, and was horrified to find the corpse of his dear little one lying near it blackened and almost beyond recognition. Life was extinct, and she was buried the next day at French Gulch. Mr. and Mrs. Klein have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement."

In addition to the foregoing John Shed informs us that the age of the unfortunate child was five years, two months and fourteen days. Little Mary was the pet and pride of her father and mother and was a winsome child. Her sad taking away, pulls the very heart-strings from the parental hearts and awakens the commiseration and sympathy of all friends.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Klukkert, Amanda Jane (Johnson)
Anderson Valley News, March 29, 1913


A large gathering if friends and relatives attended the funeral of Mrs. Amanda J. Klukkert; which was held in the Methodist church at his place Sunday morning, services being conducted by Rev. Amos, assisted by Rev. Stone of the Babtist church, and a choir which rendered beautiful and appropriate selections. The floral pieces, mute evidence of the esteem in which she was held, were many and beautiful. Internment was in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery. The pall bearers were Fritz, John, Ben and Harry Klukkert, sons, S. Coughlin, son in law, and Arthur Klukkert, grandson.

Mrs. Klukkert had been a patient sufferer for months and her passing was not unexpected. She was one of the pioneer mothers of the county, a woman admired and respected by all and beloved by those who knew her best. There are left to mourn her death, a husband, Bernard Klukkert; three daughters: Mrs. S. Coughlin, Mrs. Jennie Hess, Miss Lillie Klukkert, and five sons: Fritz, Garrett, John, Ben and Harry Klukkert.

Transcribed by Christine Klukkert

Klukkert, Berhnard
Redding Searchlight, April 27, 1920


Bernard Klukkert, pioneer baker of Anderson, passed away at 10:30 Sunday morning in the San Francisco home of his daughter, Miss Lillian Klukkert, with whom he had resided since of death of his late wife, Mrs. Amanda Klukkert, six or seven years ago. The body was brought to the mortuary of the Houston Undertaking in this city. The funeral will be held in Anderson about 3 o’clock this afternoon and internment will be made in the Odd Fellows cemetery there. The body accompanied by some members of the family, will leave Redding at 2:30. There will be no services at the undertaking parlor.

Bernard Klukkert was born in Germany on February 16, 1947. When a very young man he came to America. On February 4, 1872, he and Miss Amanda Johnson were married. They settled in Anderson in 1882, and there they made their home and reared a large family. During their years of residence in Anderson, the pioneer conducted a bakery. When old age crept on and his wife passed away, he retired from business with a competency acquired by hard work and good management.

The sons and daughters left are these: Ben Klukkert and Mrs. Stephen Couglin, Redding; Fritz Klukkert, Dehli, New York; Garrett Klukkert, Eugene, Oregon; John Klukkert, Anderson; Harry Klukkert, Klamath Falls; Mr. S. O. Hess, Idaho, and Miss Lillian Klukkert, San Francisco.

Transcribed by Christine Klukkert

Kollert, John Henry Sr.
Redding Record-Searchlight, Saturday, Dec. 19, 1964

John Henry Kollert Sr. died in a Redding hospital yesterday. He was 85. Kollert, who was born in Colem, Ala., was a carpet layer for more than 60 years. He had lived in Redding for about 27 years.

Kollert leaves three daughters, Mrs. Treva Ram of San Francisco, Mrs. Muriel Welburg of Duluth, Minn., and Mrs. Bessie Bechtel of Klamath Falls, Ore.; a son, Edward of Menlo Park; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Private graveside services will be conducted Monday at Lawncrest Memorial Park. The funeral is under the direction of McDonald's Redding Chapel.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Kooser, Hiram Boucher
Anderson Valley News, 22 Jan 1910


Hiram Boucher Kooser, a respected citizen of Shasta county, died at his home near Anderson, Wednesday, January 10th, 1910, at the advanced age of 83 years, one month and 4 days. Hiram B. Kooser was born in Somerset county, Pa., December 15th, 1826. At the age of 26 years he was married to Miss Ruth Warden in Indiana county, Pa. To this union ten children were born, seven sons and three daughters. In 1857 he removed to Lena, Illinois, where he lived for ten years. While there he enlisted in the civil war as a volunteer and served to its close.

Following the tide of emmigration, he drifted west with his family, living for short periods in various States, finally settling at his present home in Latona district, near Anderson, in 1882, where he has continually resided. Had he lived to March 3rd next, he would have celebrated his 57th wedding anniversary. There survives him a widow, three daughters and two sons, as follows: Mrs. C. F. Apfel, Ukiah; Mrs. R. Brain, Dunsmuir; Mrs. F. A. Alcorn, Sisson; Mr. C. E. Kooser, Anderson; Mr. H. G. Kooser, Castella; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; also two sisters who reside in Clearfield county, Pa.

The funeral took place from the Presbyterian church Friday at 2 p.m., Rev. J. B. Needham conducting the funeral services. Interment was inside the Masonic cemetery.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Kunkler, Joseph
Redding Record-Searchlight, January 7, 1913

Former Adin Man is Dead in This County

Whitmore – Joseph Kunkler, a farmer who moved here from Adin, Modoc county, six years ago, died in his farm home near this place last Saturday after a prolonged illness.  Mr. Kunkler was aged 80 and a member of the Adin lodge of Masons. The funeral was held in Millville yesterday, the Masonic lodge of that place being in charge.

Kurtz, Chester
Redding Record-Searchlight, July 2, 1974

DEATHS -- Chester Kurtz, of San Mateo, died Monday in Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are pending at the McDonald’s Redding Chapel.

Redding Record-Searchlight, July 3, 1974

Memorial services for Chester G. Kurtz, 68, will be conducted in San Mateo at a time to be announced.  Kurtz died Monday at Memorial Hospital. He was a retired auditor for Standard Oil of California. Kurtz leaves his wife, Florence Kurtz of San Mateo.


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