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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.

Palmer, Robert Lee
Redding Record-Searchlight, Fri., Oct. 21, 1983

Services for Robert Lee Palmer, 71, of Redding will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lawncrest Chapel in Redding. The Rev. James Horton of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Military honors will be presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars District 20 honor guard. Visitations may be made from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the chapel.

Mr. Palmer was born March 19, 1912, in Baker, Mont., and moved to Shasta County in 1975 from Placer County. He worked as a powder man in heavy construction and was a member of the Laborer's International Union in Sacramento. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He is survived by wife Bonnie; daughters Vella Munn of Jacksonville, Ore., and Judee Clawson of Citrus Heights; and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, Box 945, Chico 95926

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Parker, George Raymond
Redding Record-Searchlight, Fri., March 15, 1985

Graveside services for George Raymond Parker, 55, of Redding will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Anderson District Cemetery. The Rev. Warren Weaver will officiate. Visitation will be until 8 p.m. today at McDonald's Anderson Chapel. Mr. Parker died Wednesday at Mercy Medical Center in Redding. Born May 2, 1929, in Broken Arrow, Okla., he moved to Shasta County 30 years ago.

He was a forklift operator with the Kimberly Clark Corp. for 34 years. Mr. Parker is survived by wife Roberta; daughters Shirley A. Green of Klamath Falls, Ore., Debra Brown of Redding and Tonya Morales of Cloverdale; sons Charles of Sacramento, Daniel of Germany, Danny of Alturas, Stan of Cloverdale and Keith of the U.S. Navy; sisters Delphas Brewer of Broken Bow and Fay Seviere of Modesto; brothers James of Kansas and Charles of Chula Vista; and 17 grandchildren.

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Parr, Daniel
Reading Independent, Feb. 19, 1880


The following resolutions were passed by the Anderson Lodge No. 254, I. O. O. F.:

Whereas, It has pleased Almighty God, the Ruler of the universe, to remove from our midst Bro. Daniel Parr, who departed this life Jan. 27, 1880, in the 43d year of his age, therefore....

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Parry, Harry R.
Redding Record-Searchlight and The Courier-Free Press, Saturday, May 23, 1942

Mr. and Mrs. P. G. Parry of Shasta received a letter Wednesday from their son, Harry R. Parry, written from Malang, Java, on Jan. 24, just two weeks before he was killed in action in a bomber over Java. At that time Parry, a gunner in a B-17 bomber, was in a hospital recovering from a gunshot wound in the left arm and wrote that he hoped to be back in action shortly. The wound had earned him a promotion to sergeant. Sgt. Parry was killed in action over Java on Feb. 8.

Sgt. Parry enlisted in the army about two years ago after graduating at Shasta union high school. He had helped ferry bombers to England, and had been stationed on the island of Trinidad before being sent to the Far East. Last Nov. 30 he was married in Salt Lake City to Miss Ellen McLaughlin of that city.

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Peterson, T. P.
The Redding Searchlight, Sunday, April 24, 1932


T. P. Peterson, 77, miner and prospector of Heroult, died yesterday morning in a cabin on California street, owned by William Gardner. Funeral services are being arranged by the Home Undertaking Company. Peterson was born in Wisconsin, June 27, 1855, but spent most of his life in California. His wife and an only daughter died two years ago, within six months of each other. He was the owner of 24 mining claims near Heroult and valued them highly for he thought they were paint mines. None of the claims is patented. He believed the property to be of great value, but died in poverty and for several months had received county aid.

About a month ago Peterson made a will leaving all his property to Rev. P. T. Coleman, the Baptist minister. He deeded the pastor his 24 mining claims and gave him a bill of sale for his personal property. He likewise nominated Coleman executor to serve without bonds.

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Pettis, Albert
Redding Record Searchlight, April 28, 1955

Albert Pettis, a 69 year old resident of the Enterprise area for the past 2 years, died yesterday in a local hospital. Pettis, a retired equipment operator for the State division of Highways, had been ill for a lengthy period. He was born December 11, 1885, in Harnellis. He leaves his wife, Ruth, of Enterprise; a son, Charles, of Susanville; a brother, M. M. Pettis, of San Carlos; and a sister Mrs. Lena Thompson, of Richmond.

Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at McDonalds Chapel with members of the Redding Lodge of the Knights of Pythias officiating. Pettis body will be sent to East Lawn Crematorium, in Sacramento for Cremation.

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Petty, Maria A.
Redding Independent, Thursday, January 15, 1880


Near Igo, Jan. 9, 1880, after a short illness, Miss Maria A. Petty, aged 18 years. Deceased was the second daughter of John and Susan A. Petty. Her remains were followed to the grave by the Good Templars, of which Order she had long been a faithful member, also by many sympathizing friends. Her death was sudden and unexpected. She occupied her position in the Lodge on Sun. Eve, the 4th of January apparently well and happy--but on Sunday, the 11th, at 1 p.m. all that was mortal of our sister was interred in the cemetery at Igo.

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Phineff, Mary P.
The Redding Record-Searchlight, Saturday, Jan. 1, 1983

Graveside services for Mary P. Phineff, 73, of Redding will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Redding Cemetery. A St. Joseph Catholic priest will officiate. The rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mrs. Phineff died Thursday at her home.

Born March 28, 1909, in Belcourt, N.D., Mrs. Phineff was a homemaker and a county resident since 1950. She is survived by sister Ida Bailey of Woodland; brother Robert R. Calhoun of North Highlands; and half brothers Joe Demo of Sandy, Ore., and Henry Demo of Henna, Ind. McDonald's Redding Chapel is handling arrangements.

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Pickett, Malinda S.
Weekly Shasta Courier, 12 Nov 1892-31 Dec 1892 [published on Saturdays]

Mrs. Malinda S. Pickett, wife of B. H. Pickett of Cottonwood, died Friday, December 2nd, 1892, aged 66 years, 1 month, and 10 days. Deceased came across the plains with her husband in 1859, and resided near Cottonwood ever since.

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Pieper, Arthur H.
Redding Record-Searchlight, Wed., May 27, 1987

Services for Arthur H. Pieper, 71, of Redding will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at Lawncrest Chapel in Redding. The Rev. Rudi Lenser will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today. Burial will be at Lawncrest Memorial Park in Redding.

Mr. Peiper died Tuesday at Mercy Medical Center in Redding after a long illness. Born Oct. 21, 1915, in Burr, Neb., he moved to Shasta County in 1948 from Nebraska City, Neb. He was a millworker with U. S. Plywood for 28 years.

He is survived by his wife Genieva; sons Ronald and William, both of Redding; daughter Linda Short of Palo Cedro; brothers Henry of Redding and Fred of Oroville; sister Lorene Zimmerman of Nebraska City; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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Pieper, Henry August
Redding Record-Searchlight, Wed., Nov. 22, 1989

Services for Henry August Pieper, 77, of Redding will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at McDonald's Chapel in Redding. Pastor Reinhold Tilstra of the Seventh-day Adventist Church will officiate. Burial will be at Redding Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the chapel.

Mr. Pieper died Tuesday, No. 21, 1989, at Redding Medical Center. Born Dec. 21, 1911, in Burr, Neb., he moved to Shasta County in 1938 from Montana. He was a self-employed carpenter for 60 years. He was also a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church and the Golden Autumn Club in Redding. He is survived by daughters Marilyn Bernard and Carolyn Wroe, both of Redding; brother Fred of Oroville; sister Lorine Zimmeriman of Nebraska City, Neb.; and four grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Seventh-day Adventist Church Community Center, Golden Autumn Club, 1318 E. Cypress Ave., Redding, CA 96002.

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Pierce, William, Jr.
Millville Tidings, Friday, December 29, 1918


The communication from A. F. Witt, Sunday school organizer and close friend of Rev. and Mrs. Pierce of this place, surely verifies the report that their son, William Pierce, Jr., was killed in action. William Pierce, Jr., was born at Hollister and was 22 years of age. He was a first class private of Company A, 316th Engineers reaching Camp Lewis May 1st, 1918, and left the first week in July for France, bein in the service less than six months.

He loved the mountains, and spent much of his time there, all of his summers being passed in the Yosemite or the high Sierras. He registered first from Mariposa, then transferred to Millville in order to make a last visit to his father and step-mother, which was during the month of last April.

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Poe, James L.
Redding Record Searchlight, Monday, August 21, 1972

James L. Poe, 59, of Redding died Saturday at Mercy Hospital. He was born Nov. 6, 1912 in Sheepranch and had lived in Shasta County for 12 years. He was retired after 30 years as a storekeeper for Calaveras Cement Co. and was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 78 F&AM of Calaveras. He leaves his wife, Cora M. of Redding; a son; James E. of Sutter Creek; a sister, Mrs. Maxine Winsett of Santa Clara; and three grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gardella Mortuary in San Andreas People's Cemetery. Local arrangements are being make by McDonald's Redding Chapel.

Transcribed by Janie Edwards

Popejoy, Herbert
Sacramento Union, May 5, 1916

At Copper City (Shasta Co.), May 3, 1916, Herbert Popejoy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W Popejoy, aged 2 years and 10 months.

Transcribed by Jeannette Harper

Powell, Edith Larison
Redding Record-Searchlight, Friday, 7 Mar 1980

Services for Edith Larison Powell of Redding will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at McDonald's Redding Chapel. The Rev. Roy A. Nelson will officiate. Burial will be at Lawncrest Memorial Park in Redding. Mrs. Powell died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital. She was 81.

Mrs. Powell was born July 16, 1898, in Weaverville, and was a graduate of Chico State University. She taught 35 years at a number of rural schools in Shasta County, and was the principal of Project City and Deer Creek schools. She is survived by her husband, John C. of Redding; sons, Stanley Stevenson of Redding, and Vint Stevenson and Ralph Stevenson, both of Palo Cedro; daughters, Alice Gibson of Marysville, Rowena Goodner of Anderson and Carla Nelson of Culver City; 23 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Powell's family prefers contributions be sent to the Heart Association, Box 993, Redding 96099

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Pratt, William D.
Redding Courier-Free Press, Wed., November 17, 1909

William D. Pratt, one of the best known publishers in Northern California died at the home of his friend, Ex-Judge W. R. Conant, at 9 o'clock last evening. The demise was as sudden as it was startling, as the decedent was an unusually hearty man and showed no signs of serious affliction until five minutes previous to expiring.

Mr. Pratt was aged 52, was a widower but had many relatives in Washington, Oregon and other parts. He was a native of Missouri. Deputy Coroner Leslie Alward arrived here this morning and held a formal inquiry into the death. The body will be shipped to Redding tonight to the parlors of the Redding Undertaking Company, where it will be held awaiting instruction.

The dead journalist was a maker of friends, but did not fraternize very much out of the usual business and political circles. He was a staunch Republican and used his newspapers to the advantage of all those who ran under that political banner. He was in turn proprietor of the Delamar Enterprise, the Heroult Itemiser, Kennett View and Coram Enterprise, both the latter being his property at the time of his demise. W. D. Pratt will be missed by a large circle of friends for a kindliness of disposition and general regard for his fellows that was remarkable.

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Prusia, Merle Wesley
Redding Record-Searchlight, Monday, Nov. 5, 1956

Merle Wesley Prusia, 67, died yesterday morning in a Redding hospital after a brief illness. He was born June 10, 1889, in Springboro, Pa. He and his family moved to Nevada in 1910, and he came to Westwood, Lassen county, in 1921. In 1947, Prusia moved to Wildwood, Trinity county, and came to Redding in 1949. He worked as a logger and lumberman. He leaves his widow, Florence M. of Redding; four sons, Leslie L. and Clifton M. of Redding, Earl C. of Westwood, and Donald R. of Chico; and four grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the chapel of Meininger-Dusel mortuary, with the Rev. Edward Smith, Jr., officiating. Graveside services, to be followed by interment will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Westwood cemetery in Westwood.

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Pugh, Evan Glendar Jr.
Redding Record-Searchlight, Jan. 1, 1987

Services for Evan Glendar Pugh Jr., 74, of Redding were conducted Wednesday at Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel of Redding. Burial was at Lawncrest Memorial Park in Redding. Mr. Pugh died Monday at his home. Born Dec. 24, 1912, in Johnstown, Pa., he moved to Shasta County in 1979 from Seward, Pa. He was a molder with U.S. Steel Corp. for 47 years.

He is survived by wife Mildred; brothers Roy of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Elwood of Johnstown, Pa., and Earl of Levittown, Pa., and sisters Esther Stephens of Hunstville, Md., and Jean Simza of Park Hill, Pa

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