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MAXINE RUTH BROWN Maxine "Mickey" Ruth Brown peacefully passed away on July 16, 2017 at Twin Oaks in Chico where she had resided for the last year and a half. Maxine was born on May 22, 1927 in Sandpoint Idaho to Beatrice (McRae) and Haze Allen, and graduated from Moscow High School (Moscow, Idaho). She met Vernon Victor Brown in Spokane, Washington while he was in the U.S. Navy and they were married after his discharge on March 12, 1946 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. They lived in northern Idaho, then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1956 to raise their three daughters and son. In 1972, they moved to Hamilton City and have resided there since then. Mickey loved meeting new people and going places. She had a full life with many interests over the years. She played violin in a community symphony orchestra, enjoyed travelling and fishing, was a member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolu-tion) and served for many years on the North Valley Services Board of Directors. She and her daughters had a booth at the Orland Craft Fair for over 20 years where she exhibited her skills in knitting, crocheting, sewing, and loved to make stuffed animals. She worked for Cal Farm in Hamilton City for several years, then for Casa Lupe Restaurant for another 17 years until 1999 when she finally retired at the age of 72. She is survived by Vernon, her husband of 71 years; her two daughters Lynda Crowe (Robert) of Georgia and Caryn Brown (Gary) of Orland, and her son Timothy Brown of Hamilton City; two grandsons Michael John Crowe (Melissa) of Tennessee and Robert Michael Crowe (TaLisa) of Georgia, and three greatgrandchildren, Helen, Daysi and Sammy. She was predeceased by her daughter Becky Richlie (John). Per the family's request, there will be No Services at this time. Remembrances may be mailed to F.D. Sweet and Son (825 A Street, Orland CA 95963).
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ANDREW C. VIRENO JR. December 29, 1912- July 6, 2017 Andy Vireno passed away peacefully on July 6, 2017, in Chico, CA. Andy was born on December 29, 1912 in Daly City, CA, to the parents of Andrew and Mary Theresa Vireno. He attended Jefferson High School in Daly City and San Mateo College before attending UC Berkeley where he majored in Business Administration, class of 1934. In June of 1943 Andy joined the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 208th Heavy Artillery Battalion and was deployed to Europe in April 1944 serving in WWII, including the Battle of the Bulge. His Battalion has the distinction of firing 37,711 artillery rounds, which was a record for the allied forces in the European Theater. After the war Andy was discharged from the Army in January of 1946 and embarked upon a successful business career in San Francisco's financial district before his retirement in 1981. On July 5, 1947 Andy married Aline Bailey and they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past 4th of July. In 1950 Andy and Aline moved from Daly City to Corte Madera, California. He is survived by his wife Aline and three daughters, Linda Vireno Land (Puck) Smith, Vicki Vireno (Ralph) Merlo and Teri Vireno Montz all of Chico, California. Andy also leaves six grandchildren, Ross (Meesha) Land, Scott (Audrey) Land, Krystal Merlo (Brian) Erickson, Melanie Merlo, Evan Montz, Ryan Montz and four great -grandchildren, Jayla Land, Maci Land, Madeleine Land and Rocco Erickson. Andy was a founding member of the Corte Madera Lions Club and has been active since 1954. At the age of 100 he has the distinction of being the oldest Chapter President in the history of the International Lions Club. He was also very active in the SIR Club #7. During his 104 years of life Andy has left a legacy of love, friendship and service that will never be equaled. He was an avid golfer and is now starting the 19th hole on his eternal golf course in the sky. A graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday July 29th at the Glen Oaks Memorial Park, Veterans Court in Chico at 11:00 am, with a reception to follow at the Chico Elks Lodge. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Corte Madera Lions Club in care of Bidwell Chapel. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.bidwellchapel.com
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DELBERT HANNIS Delbert Keith Hannis passed away calmly, peacefully and loved by his family on July 7th, 2017. He was 96 years old. Delbert, better known as "Del" by his friends was born on April 17th, 1921, in Chico, CA. He comes from a proud pioneer legacy from California and Wisconsin. His mother, Rilla, born in Northern CA, and father, Bert, born in Jackson County, Wisconsin, raising both Del and brother Donald. Del had only lived in two different homes his entire life; on 6th Avenue and the present location on 12th Avenue. Born and raised in Chico, Del graduated from Chico Senior High school in 1939. Soon, thereafter, World War ll began and he enlisted in the Army Air Corps assigned to the 5th Airforce traveling around the world fighting for our freedom. Shortly after returning from the South Pacific, Del met Betty Ann Payne and they were married in 1946. They purchased land in the once called Chico Vecino area and built their home that they had lived in for over 70 years. For the next 39 years, Del worked for PG&E until retiring in 1985. Del shared a love for his family, friends and the congregation at First Baptist Church. To pass time, he enjoyed caring for Betty, growing roses, playing cards, gardening, and photography. He is survived by daughter, Joan Hannis-Gerfen of Chico, and son, J.B. Hannis and wife Cris of Dallas; his niece, Terre Reynolds and spouse, Laura Sederberg of Chico; his grandsons, Daniel Gerfen, Alexander and Christian Hannis; and great-grand-daughters, Madison and Grace Gerfen. Del's warm soul and caring spirit will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Chico on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Children's Home Society. Services are in care of Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home, to send online condolences to the family go to NewtonBracewell.com .
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JOHN "JOHNNY" FRANK MACHACEK September 9, 1926 ~ June 10, 2017 John (aka "Johnny") Frank Machacek, born 9/9/26, died on June 10th, 2017 at Brookdale Retirement Living in New Braunfels, TX. He was born to Frantiska Nemcova and John William Machacek, on his grandparent's (immigrants of Czechoslovakia) farm in a small, rustic barn to a community of mostly farmers who mainly spoke Czech. Johnny was the third of seven children born to his parents, residents of Granger, TX and welcomed to Saints Cyril and Methodius Church, a Roman Catholic Church through baptismal in 9/1926. Entering the Catholic Church School, where the Catholic sisters, communicated in his native language and some Latin, but very little English, Johnny had heard little English until he was eight years old. Johnny was a veteran of 7 years (1945-1952) in the U.S. Army, including three years in Japan and two years in Germany. He rose from his entry level with occupation of truck driver to Corporal Regular Army Quartermaster Corps, with all Noncommissioned Officers and Soldiers under his command which was to balance, secure and safely transport machinery and vehicles on large trucks and railways. In 1952, Johnny was employed Brown and Root, Inc in Houston, TX so he could help care for his younger siblings because his beloved Mother Frantiska had an excruciating illness which had left her disabled extremely ill for several years. Although she worked hard in Granger Farm Field with her four young children working at her side; she counted generally on Johnny's allotments to made out to her for financial support of her family and her own elderly parents and Mother-in-Law. Johnny's older siblings, Charles and Martha, were married and had children of their own to care for. His father, John W. Machacek, spoke little English, had fought for America in WWI, but after that, had mainly farmed with his community of Czech speaking family and residents in the small town of Granger, TX. Twins, Wesley and Clement, were only 13 years old and Evelyn and Elizabeth were still in grade school when Frantiska died on January 18th, 1950 and left Johnny's four younger siblings nearly orphaned. Johnny joined the United States Marine Corps (54-66) and was appointed Corporal and charged with duty of providing 3 meals per day to Marine Corp Members on military bases. On 2/17/62, he married Alice C. Finn, who was already a devoted grandmother and 14 years older than Johnny because he loved her and wanted to help support her family who depended on her meager earnings as a seamstress. His wife, Alice, died January 18th, 1998 at age 86, after nearly 36 years of being a loving and devoted husband and caregiver in Alice's later years. Johnny worked managing and maintaining RV Parks until he was age 88 (2015), the last in Los Molinos, Ca. owned by his great friend, Janny Elmore and her husband, Dwayne. He moved back to Texas to live with Clement Machacek and wife, Debbie G. Asbury, and to be close by his only remaining sister, Evelyn Benedict and old friends remaining near Granger, TX. Any memorial contributions will be welcomed by Rev. Hilario Guajardo at Saints Cyril & Methodius Church, PO Box 608, Granger, TX 76530 for many good works of the church. Condolence letters can be sent to Clement Machacek and/or Debbie G. Asbury, 1711 Lone Oak Rd., New Braunfels, TX or sent on their FACEBOOK pages.
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Andrew Jon Blankenship 1965 2017 Andrew Jon "Andy" Blankenship died far too young in a vehicle accident on July 3, 2017. He was born October 26, 1965 in Redding, CA. Andy will be remembered by his family and friends through the kindness he showed to everyone he came in contact with. Andy was known as a quiet, soft-spoken man who had a keen sense of humor. He was witty, easygoing and fiercely loyal to everyone whom he counted as a friend. Andy loved his family and was a proud grandpa he was always talking about his grandchildren. Family was most important to him, and he cultivated a sense of family in friends, coworkers and acquaintances he met in various groups and gatherings. He was always willing to volunteer with projects that provided help and hope for those less fortunate such as LIFT Tehama. Although he faced many struggles in life, Andy also experienced many more victories than defeats he finished well. Andy is survived by his daughters Angel Blankenship (Alan) of Albany, OR; Echo Blankenship of Diamond Springs; and Ivanna Ahart (Michael) of Copperas Cove, TX. His grandchildren include Isabell, Alex, Gwyn, and Mizuki; Tayllar, Liam, Bradley, and Brooklyn; and Jarred, Kendra, and Holly. He also leaves behind a sister Peggy Whitten (Greg) of Red Bluff; a sister Senia Owensby (Wayne) of Charlotte, NC; and a brother Art Blankenship (Pennie) of Auburn. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Andy was predeceased by his parents, Dewey Arthur and Muriel Aasve Blankenship. He was a son, brother, uncle, father, grandpa, and friend. He will be dearly missed. A memorial service will be held at Community Baptist Church, 598 Roundup Ave, Red Bluff, on Monday, July 24th at 1:00 p.m. All who knew him are welcome to attend.
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