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Lewis, Kenneth Henry  
KENNETH HENRY LEWIS Kenneth Lewis passed away on February 16th, 2016. He was known and loved by many. He was born July 12th, 1935 in Oklahoma to a Clarence Gordon Lewis and Oma Margaret Donaldson Lewis. Kenny's family moved to Tulare, CA where he grew up with his five siblings: Anna Lewis, Harney, Lewis, Rosalie Lewis, and JD Lewis. He moved to Garberville, CA when he was 18 years old. Kenny met the love of his life, Patti Nixon, shortly after moving to the area. Kenny and Patti married and started their life together. Their family grew quickly: they had six boys. The oldest son, Keith Lewis passed away in 1995 and they are survived by their remaining five sons, Patrick Lewis, Tony Lewis, Bobby Lewis, Bart Lewis, and Bret Lewis. They took over Patti's Family's grocery store in 1970 and renamed it Lewis Quality Foods. They expanded by opening the Frosty Stand, which was the first fast food in Garberville. They then opened a second grocery store in Redway. All six boys worked in the grocery stores with their parents and learned at an early age how important hard work and family was. Kenny was an outstanding member of the Southern Humboldt Community. He was always willing to lend a hand. He helped start the Garberville Rodeo and Parade and also helped start the Redwood Harley Run. He played a huge role in the Kiwanis and Shiners Club. Kenny and Patti loved to golf; if they weren't working or spending time with family then they were golfing. Kenny was the president of the Benbow Golf Club. Later in life Kenny and Patti decided it was time to slow down a bit and started out on a new venture. They closed the grocery stores and rented the building so they could move to Cave Junction, Oregon. They bought a vineyard and worked side by side again. They made a great team and made some great wine. After a while they decided to really retire and so they sold the vineyard and bought a house right next to the golf course in Cave Junction. Kenny became the President of the Illinois Valley Golf Course. Kenny and Patti were married for over 55 years. They were a wonderful example to everyone around them of how to love and be happily married. In December of 2010 Patti passed away and Kenny lost the love of his life. Kenny was loved by his many grandchildren: Bridget Lewis Chittenden, Heather Lewis Chernoh, Tyler Lewis, Ashley Lewis, Kayla Lewis, Kendra Lewis, Tanner Lewis, Sloan Lewis, and Maddison Lewis. He was blessed with some great grandkids as well: Keith Chittenden, Kalie Chittenden, Hailey Chernoh, Dax Chernoh, Wyatt Tanner and Jacob Tanner. Kenny was always kind to everyone, he never treated anyone badly. If I had to sum him up with one quick quote it would be "stay humble, work hard, and be kind". Kenny was the Heart of our Family and will be missed dearly. A memorial service will be held in Kenny's honor on his birthday weekend, July 9th 2016 at his home in Cave Junction, Oregon. Sunday the 10th of July a memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Illinois Valley Golf Course in Kenny's honor. If you have any questions feel free to contact one of the family members. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com under obituaries.
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Published in Eureka Times-Standard on May 1, 2016
Linton, William Stephen  
WILLIAM STEPHEN LINTON William Linton was born Dec. 28, 1951 at Santa Monica Hospital, the third child of Dr. William and Maxine Linton. A good student, he did well at Roosevelt Elementary, Lincoln Junior High and Santa Monica High School. He was an excellent wrestler in high school and particularly sharp in math and science. He went to Arizona State and graduated with a BS in Geography in 1979. He helped put himself through school by being a night auditor at the Airport Sheraton in Phoenix. After he graduated, he was a surveyor in the hot Arizona desert rising at 4 am to go to work each day. Then when his father died at 65 in Trinidad in 1979, Steve moved to Humboldt County to help his mother at their beautiful custom made home on Scenic Drive by Luffenholtz Beach. Steve, sharp as a tack, often played 4th in his mother's bridge games, gardened and fished as often as possible. He always enjoyed and respected older people and after his mom died, he sometimes played bridge with his mom's old partners. But where Steve excelled was as a fisherman and on the computer. He loved ocean fishing and like his father went salmon fishing every chance he got. He also fly fished for trout and steelhead, threw nets for surf fish, which he never caught, went crabbing and clamming. An excellent cook, he followed in the footsteps of his mom, using her recipes and collecting his own. He was a member and officer of the Humboldt Mushroom Society for 15 years and was an excellent identifier of all Agaricus Bisporus. After his mother Maxine died in 1986, Steve bought a lovely home in McKinleyville where he died of a heart attack at 64 surrounded by his fishing gear, downloaded music and movies, and 5 computers. Steve loved Humboldt County and besides being an active member of the Mushroom Society, he joined the Moose Lodge and the Senior Center, volunteering twice weekly teaching seniors computers. Steve loved learning and talking and had many, many good friends and buddies all over Humboldt County whom he learned from and kibitzed with. He was a beloved brother to his older sister Barbara Linton Austin, and brother Jeffery Allan Linton. He was a devoted uncle to their children, Isabel Mai Austin-Karlinski and Christopher Ryan Linton; and dear friend of the Padula family who treated him like close family. Steve was funny, quirky, excitable, compassionate and politically conservative, like his parents before him. He was very smart and loved to explain all sorts of esoteric things clearly. Above all, he was a kind, good man who loved nature and lived life in his own happy way. He will be missed every day by those he left behind. He made our lives a little more joyful by being in it. Goodnight sweet fisherman. A farewell party for Steve will be held for family and friends at The Moose Lodge in McKinleyville, 12 pm to 4 pm on June 25, 2016. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com under obituaries.
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Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Apr. 28 to May 1, 2016
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