ELMER BARKHURST In memory of a truly amazing man, husband and father! Feb 6, 1914-May 8, 2013 Born Elmer Everett Barkhurst February 6, 1914 in Kirkwood, CA. Elmer was a kind self reliant family man. He lived with the Native American tribes along the Klamath River in his youth. His adventures and desire to make a good living led him to Long Beach where he worked in the shipyards and met his life -long bride, Charlene. Married in June of 1945, they moved to the Feather River Canyon area and Oroville in 1955 where their home is still today. Elmer & Charlene had two boys, Bob and Jim, both of whom grew up in Oroville and attended Chico State. Elmer's adventurous spirit to see new places was the best geography and history lessons taught to his boys. Elmer had a knack for making money and even owned his own trucking business before hiring on with PG&E. Retiring in 1976 never slowed him down. He and his bride, Charlene of 67 years went on to travel in their motor home throughout Canada, Alaska and many other US states. Elmer was always helping his fellow man and his need to help others is the spark that started the downtown Oroville Feather River Senior Center. Elmer & Charlene spent the next 30 years of their lives devoted to the center and its members. Elmer's life touched so many and his legacy is carried on by his wife, Charlene, his two sons, 7 grand children, 8 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. In honor of Elmer's life and memory, you may make a donation in his name to the Feather River Senior Center, Oroville and/or The Peg Taylor Center, Chico.
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Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from May 22 to May 26, 2013