Today's Obituaries and Guest Books
Name
Detail
Last
Name
All | A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Barnes, Francis Oliver - Willits  
Francis Oliver Barnes died unexpectedly at his home on April 11, 2015 in Willits. He was 68. Francis was born on November 29, 1946 in Willits to Oliver and Agnes (Vieria) Barnes of Covelo. His interest in business began early in life and by the time he was in high school he was working part time for the local bank. After graduating from Round Valley High School in 1965; he spent his summers working for Cal Fire while attending Burbank Business College. Following graduation from college in 1968 Francis returned to Willits and began working. During his lifetime he worked many different jobs. He was the Production Manager for over 15 years at Little Lake Industries until it closed. Later, he was the night manager at Tower Market and most recently he owned Adams & Barnes Accounting until his retirement in 2011. In the 1980's and 1990's Francis helped organize the Second Sunday Socials in Mendocino County. Francis is survived by his partner of 24 years, Darrell Carpenter; his daughter Lisa (Gustavo) Leon; grandchildren Fabian & Briana Leon; the mother of his daughter Linda Barnes; his sister Patricia Tucker; his niece Toni Ann Moss and her children Kennidy and Tyler. Darrell's parents Duane and Nona Carpenter and his siblings DeeLynn (Cutler) Carpenter, Joan (Hardy) Maahs, Sally (Rocky) Provencher, and Mark (Deanna) Carpenter and their extended families. Francis was preceded in death by his parents Oliver and Agnes Barnes, and his brother Jeffery Barnes. Francis love for travel began at an early age with cross-country car trips with his parents and sister to visit his Mother's relatives in Massachusetts. He and Darrell enjoyed traveling which he captured on film. Their journeys took them around the world to Thailand, Italy, and Mexico. Travel in the United States to Washington, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, and Hawaii. Francis never met a stranger; collecting and keeping friends over the years from all walks of life. He remained in contact with many of his childhood friends, cousins, former co workers and their families. Francis welcomed any excuse to gather for a meal, attend a local play, go to the movies, watch a parade, show off their garden, visit the coast, spend time with their dog Nigel, and his favorite finding a good bargain. He was always ready to plan the next event; making sure that everyone was included. A Celebration of Francis' Life will take place on Sunday, May 17 at 3:30 p.m. at Recreation Grove Park (corner of E. Commercial & Lenore Streets) in Willits. All are welcome to attend and share their favorite stories and memories. Attendees may bring an appetizer or side dish to share at the barbecue. In Francis' memory, Darrell, his friends and family would encourage everyone to embrace life Francis style by including family and friends and sharing memories. Arrangements under the care and direction of Anker-Lucier Mortuary.
Share Memories and Condolences
5
Read Obituary
Published in Willits News from May 13 to June 12, 2015
Unangst, Lester James - Salmon  
Lester James Unangst of Salmon, ID, formerly of Willits, passed away on May 1, 2015 at the age of 94. A native of Allentown, PA, he was born December 26, 1920. Lester had served in the Air Force during WWII and Korea, retiring after 21 years served. During his 31-year residency in Willits, he was a truck driver for 25 years last employed by Parnum Paving. Lester is survived by his sons: Harry Unangst of Salmon, ID and Bobby Unangst of Johnson City, TN; grandchildren: Corey Unangst of Willits, Donald Spicer of Laytonville, and Charlene Spicer of Ukiah; and, numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby, and his son, Pat Unangst. Military Graveside Honors will be held at noon on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Little Lake Cemetery, Willits, performed by United States Air Force and American Legion Post 174. A reception will be hosted by the American Legion Post 174 following the services. Arrangements under the care and direction of Anker-Lucier Mortuary.
Share Memories and Condolences
1
Read Obituary
Published in Willits News from May 13 to June 12, 2015

Yesterday's Obituaries

Hayes, Sarah - Willits  
Sarah Hayes passed away at home with family and friends at her side. Sarah was a loving niece, sister, aunt and friend. She was born in New Jersey and raised in southern California. She arrived in Willits in the early 1970s and spent 30 years working at Safeway. Sarah was an avid gardener and enjoyed sharing her garden with her friends in a celebration of life earlier this month. She leaves behind her brother, Johnny Hayes (Marcia), nephew Patrick (Jennifer), niece Helen (Jim), great-niece Carlee, great-nephew Owen, as well as her dog Zoey. A private service will be held for family and friends.
Share Memories and Condolences
12
Read Obituary
Published in Willits News from Apr. 22 to May 21, 2015

Obituaries from the Past Week

Collier, Gerald - Ukiah  
A FINAL TRIBUTE – Gerald W. Collier passes at 95 ¾ - How do you say good bye… by Carol Collier McClendon Family and friends were greatly saddened by the passing of Gerald (Jerry) Collier on April 22, 2015. He put up a year long courageous battle against desmoplastic melanoma. He always had a smile and never complained about his fate. Jerry was preceded in death by the love of his life, Evelyn Munro Collier who passed on April 28, 2012. They were married for 70 ½ years. Also preceding him were his parents, Will and Vada Collier Morefield, and sister Lucille Collier Sidener. He is survived by his children, Carol Collier McClendon of Ukiah and Ron "Doolie" Collier, retired Windsor Fire Chief; granddaughter Lisa McCoy and husband Mike of Ukiah; grandson Sean McClendon and wife Gabi of San Francisco; granddaughter Theresa Warner and husband Dan of Cottonwood; grandson Troy Collier and wife Deon of Windsor; great grandson Will McCoy of Ukiah; great granddaughter Kristi Collier of Windsor; great granddaughter Billie Jean McClendon of Ukiah; great granddaughters Kayla and Brittney Warner of Cottonwood; and nephew Lenny Sidener of Litchfield, Arizona. The other important thing in his life was the Masonic Lodge. He still attended the meetings as recently as 19 days prior to his passing. The Lodge sustained him throughout his life and beyond. Jerry entered the Lodge in Willits in 1949 at age 30 and was Master at age 34 in 1954. In March of 2009 he was very proud that the first Ukiah Main Street Historical Building Plaque in his honor was placed on the building that the Masonic Lodge resides in at the corner of School and Perkins Street. When he would attend lodge meetings he would always stop and read the plaque and smile. It made him happy to see it. He was a true representative of being a Mason with the highest values and integrity. Those are values which the generations who follow him have as an example of how to live a good life and be a good person to friends; co-workers and family alike. Again, always that smile. If one has followed the articles about Jerry over the years, they will remember that his family came to the area in the early 1860's. He had a good example of longevity to follow. His maternal grandmother, Rosa Watson, lived 10 days short of 103. She and her husband, Roy Watson who ran the bar in the Old Boonville Hotel in the early 1890's, moved with their children over the mountain to Ukiah in 1898. Roy died in 1926 and Rosa never remarried. Her four daughters married into old families in the valley. Vada married Will Collier and lived on the family property at Gobbi and Waugh Lane; Bertha married Lorin York and lived out on the old York ranch north of town; Violet married Percy Graham and lived on the old homestead on River Road; and Wanda married Alex Burger and lived on the family's 6,000 acre sheep ranch in Yorkville. On his father's side, his grandfather David Collier came out from Missouri in the early 1860's and settled in Bachelor Valley in Lake County. Jerry's dad, Will Collier, was born in Bachelor Valley. The family moved to Covelo where David was a butcher and eventually they moved to Ukiah. Family records and documents have shown that David Collier, in June of 1830, was listed as an "Indentured Servant". Families did things like that during that era to help get money or goods or to pay off a debt. They would farm their children out. He was listed as a "Run-Away", about 12 years old with red hair and blue eyes. In the legal notice people were warned about helping him because they would get in trouble too. As stated above, he grew up, made the wagon train passage west and ended up in Lake County. Will's sister Sue married Mr. Steinhoff. Their family property was where the Barra Winery now sits north of Ukiah. Her home is still in use at the back of the property where it was moved from up front many years ago. Sue's twin Martha married Mr. Hilliard who worked for the railroad. Jerry's uncle Frank managed the Ukiah Baseball team in 1909. Jerry said he was born in a house that was used for medical issues. It was located on the west side of town somewhere in the center. There was no hospital in 1919. They lived near the Gobbi Street Winery located up at the top of Gobbi Street. When it burned down in late 1919, they moved down to the family property on Gobbi with his grandfather. One of Jerry's early recollections was attending church with Grace Carpenter Hudson's family in the 1920's. The family sold the Gobbi Street property and moved to Willits in 1935. When World War II started, Gerald was the second man drafted out of Willits. (The first was George Serzotti.) In 1941, he married Evelyn Munro Mitchell from Oakland, CA and left for duty. He flew in the big sub spotter planes along the Washington/Oregon coasts and out into international waters as a radio operator/gunner. Jerry later went down to Kingman, AZ and along with 200 other soldiers helped set up the Army Base where 12,000 G.I.s were to go in and out of. He was the Base Projectionist for the movie theater. A skill he learned at the Willits Theater while in high school. After the War, Jerry and Evelyn returned to Willits and had two children, Carol and Ron (Doolie). PG&E was Jerry's work home for 40 years as a "Troubleman". He was a man who did many things in his spare time. During the late 1940's, 1950's, and early 1960's Jerry was a volunteer fireman. Former Willits Fire Chef Jeff Smith was his second cousin. Jeff's mother, Colleen was his first cousin. He was a pilot and flew Piper Cubs in and out of Willits and many other airports in the area during the early forties and fifties. Another focus in his life was photography. In 1953 Jerry had a "dark room" in the new Brookside Drive house in the garage – only 3 or 4 feet wide – just enough to squeeze in. He took photos of high school football games; weddings, PG&E work, accidents, insurance work as well as the police department. In recent years, Jerry had donated some of his cameras and equipment to Triple S Camera Shop in Ukiah for their collection. And then, there is being a great dad, grandpa, and great grandpa. He didn't say too much but you knew that he loved you. Such an example for children to learn from. Evelyn and Jerry moved down to Ukiah in 1963. They built their home on Quail Drive in 1978 and he retired 1987. Jerry still lived in their home until his passing on April 22, 2015. The familys' loss is immeasurable. It will show up in small ways and we will remember what Grandpa would say or do. But for now, it's like "Oh Daddy, what do we do now"….. There will be graveside services for Jerry and Evelyn in a few weeks. A notice will be placed in the Journal and Willits News. Eversole Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Share Memories and Condolences
6
Read Obituary
Published in Willits News on May 18, 2015
Elliott, Neil Morgan - Willits  
Neil Elliott of Willits passed away peacefully April 8, 2015 at Holy Spirit in Willits. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Neil came to California as a youth and graduated from UCLA. He became interested in advertising soon out of college and wrote advertising copy for many large advertising agencies before opening his agency in Los Angeles. After several years he was offered a position as a spokesperson on television for Apex Technical School in New York, flying back and forth every month. He became well known as 'Mr. Apex Man.' Because of his frequent flying, he and his wife of 65 years, Amy, traveled to many foreign countries. Neil and Amy spent their early years together sailing their small boats, making many trips to Catalina. When they started their family, they substituted horses for sailboats – the reason they moved to Willits in 1986 – more room for their horses. Neil is survived by his wife, Amy, and their children: Paul (Mary) and Dan (Anita) Elliott; Grandchildren: Morgan, Franklin, Benjamin Elliott; Maggie (Ville) Vilponnen; Erik (Sarah) Gijon; Amy (Richard) Ortiz; Brian (Gina) Barth; Eric (Wendy) Barth; Holly and Heather O'Neil; Great-grandchildren: Dylan (Bryanna) Gijon; Nikolai Vilponnen, Rosie O'Neil, Nathan and Andrew Barth, and Elia and Annalise Barth. Private Memorial Services will be held in the Family Home. Arrangements under the care of Anker-Lucier Mortuary.
Share Memories and Condolences
+
Read Obituary
Published in Willits News from Apr. 17 to May 16, 2015
Hunter-Ross, Karen Lea - Napa  
Karen Lea Hunter-Ross was born April 8, 1944 in Yuba City to James and Dixie Hunter. She passed in Napa on April 7, 2015. Karen worked at Buttercream Bakery for several years. She loved holidays, especially the decorations surrounding them. This was apparent the day she passed as there were several colorful Easter eggs hanging all around her apartment complex. When asked about it, her response was, 'The Easter Bunny did it." Karen will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and son, Charles Ross, Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Krista (Brad) Gelow of Napa; her grandchildren, Kyle (Taylor) Gelow, Tyler (Autumn) Gelow, Nicole Gelow and Brandon Gelow, all of Napa; her brother Bob Hunter of Willits as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Donations can be made in Karen's memory to amfAR AIDS research. Condolences for the family can be made at www.tulocaycemetery.org.
Share Memories and Condolences
+
Read Obituary
Published in Willits News from Apr. 17 to May 16, 2015
Raymond, Dorothy Ellen (Jenkins) - Ukiah  
Dorothy Raymond, age 81, passed away peacefully surrounded by family. She was born on March 12, 1934 in Willits to Earl (Gus) and Ruth Raymond. She is preceded in death by her father Gus, mother Ruth, loving daughter Cloveta and great grandson Dillion. Dorothy leaves behind her two daughters Cynthia (Bill) and Robin (Patrick); seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, sister Earlene (Monte) and many nieces, nephews and friends. Dorothy was truly loved by her family and will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be held April 17, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, next to Eversole Mortuary, 141 Low Gap Road in Ukiah. Eversole Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Share Memories and Condolences
+
Read Obituary
Published in Willits News from Apr. 17 to May 16, 2015
Search results for:
Obituaries in Willits News
Displaying 10 out of 1000+ Results
Powered by Legacy.com
Refine Your Search
Powered by Legacy.com
Reset Search
Search Obituaries & Guest Books
You are searching
Helpful Services

Create a Lasting Memorial

Share your loved one's story with a Legacy.com Memorial Website.

Find Advice & Support

Funeral Home Information

Additional Links

Powered By Legacy.com