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From: "Billie C. & Anita 'Jean' Reynolds" <>
Subject: Obituaries: MCR 10/13/2005
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2005 12:11:56 -0700

Melanie Anne Britton

Services for Melanie Anne Britton, 24, were held Wednesday morning at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alturas. Branch President
Carl Hubble conducted the service with interment following at the Alturas

Melanie was a loving daughter and sister and good friend who inspired all
she came in contact with. She said her loving goodbyes to her family and
succumbed after a valiant fight against a combination of illnesses she had
experienced since her senior year of high school and her adult life. She
remained at home, but for a brief stay at Modoc Medical Center, in Alturas,
CA, where she passed away on October 7, 2005.

An Alturas resident since January 1987, Melanie graduated from Modoc High
with the class of 1999. Melanie was a very gracious and outgoing young woman
who always shared a smile and truly worked at making people feel good. She
was a kind and conscientious person and a good student. While in high
school, she was a vibrant member of the choir and drama club, and she served
as a well liked cheerleader for two years. She participated in 4-H and
Little League and had a special love for people, especially children. She
went on to attend Shasta College in Redding for a year. Before becoming ill,
she worked as a caring certified nurse's assistant. She was an active member
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Alturas. Melanie was
born July 5, 1981 in Orange, CA. She leaves behind her father Jack Britton,
Jr. and mother Shanna Britton of Alturas, CA; brother Jack Britton, III, of
St. George, Utah; sister Monica Baker and husband Tim of Walla Walla, WA.;
grandparents Thomas and Cleo Isom of Hurricane, Utah and Jack Britton, Sr.
and Estelle of Alturas, CA; uncles, Mike Isom and family of Knoxville,
Tennessee; Steven Isom and family of St. George, Utah; Eric Isom and family
of Kaysville, Utah; Gerald Britton and family of Murrieta, CA and very
special niece Lauren Baker of Walla Walla, WA.

Memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society, North
Valley Region (includes Modoc Unit), 3290 Bechelli Lane, Redding, CA 96002 .

Services were under the direction of Kerr Mortuary, Alturas.

Martin Gary Tillman

Born December 29, 1960 in Alturas, CA to Gary and Maureen Tillman, Marty's
life ended unexpectedly October 5, 2005, in the same county where he was
born and loved so much. He moved to Redding, CA at the age of three, where
he lived until he graduated from Enterprise High School in 1979.

In 1981, he moved to the Sacramento area and in 1985 he married his soul
mate Christine. Marty was a devoted husband, loving son, father and Pa. He
was an inspiration to the many friends and family members in his life. He
had a passion for his work and in 1998, became the founder and president of
Alliance Building Products in Sacramento. He always strived for success. He
loved the outdoors, hunting, and spending time with his large family. Marty
never forgot who he was or where he came from. Marty had a short but
wonderful life. He is our hero and will live in our hearts forever. Marty
leaves behind the many loves of his life including his wife Chris and their
children, Eric Martin and Shauna Marie; son-in-law Chad Campbell and two
granddaughters, Madisen and Taylor, who he referred to as "Pa's Girls."
Marty is also survived by his father Gary Tillman; mother and stepfather
Maureen and Bob Corby; grandparents, George and Coy Tillman and Margaret
Gard. He is preceded in death by grandfathers Mick Jones and Glen Gard.
Marty is additionally survived by his sisters and their spouses, Eileen and
Cary Laurance; Cathy and Jim U'Ren; Pam and Mike Goff; two brothers, David
Corby and J.D. Justiss; step-brother Brad Bryholdt and step-sister Kim
Bryholdt; in-laws Byron and Bobby Scoggan, and Jim and Nikki Scoggan who
loved him as their own. Marty is also survived by nieces and nephews; Ryan,
Adam, Haley, Katie, Lindsey, Cody, Brandy and B.J. Additionally, he leaves
behind cousins, uncles, aunts and so many friends who will miss him forever.
Marty has a place in everyone's heart and will never be forgotten. My
darling, Dad, Pa-we love you "infinity!"

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Heart
Association. Services will be held Friday, Oct. 14 at 12 noon. Visitation
will be October 13, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mount Vernon Memorial Park &
Mortuary, 8201 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks, CA 95628-2504.

Jack D. Lough

Jackie Dale Lough, 76, of Litchfield, CA, died Saturday morning Oct. 8 at
Sonora Regional Medical Center, in Sonora, CA.

Jack was born in Western Nebraska to E.A. "Shorty" and June Lough. He had
been a resident of the Litchfield area for 41 years. He was a mechanic and
service manager for Ford Motor Company for 20 years and a correctional
officers at the California Correctional Center in Susanville for 24 years.
He was a member of Lassen/Janesville Lodge #149 F&AM, the Lassen Shrine
Club, and the American Legion Post 204. Prior to his illness, Jack enjoyed
golf, participating as a member of the Shriner's Pop Cycle patrol at
parades, and was a regular donor and fund raiser for the Shriner's
Children's Hospitals.

He is survived by his sisters Sylvia Wyss of Redding, CA; Sarah Burk of
Susanville; his children Patty Lough of Sacramento, CA; Lyle Lough of
Sonora, CA; Mark Lough of Navarre, FL; Robert Lough of Nampa, ID; and
Rebecca Lough of Marble Falls, TZ; eight grandchildren and four
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy (Darst);
brother Warren, and sister Barbara Erlei.

A memorial service will be held at the Susanville Masonic Temple on
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2205, at 2 p.m. A graveside service will be held Sunday,
Oct. 23 at the Cedarville Cemetery in Cedarville, CA. The Rev. Dr. Ben
Zandstra to officiate at 2 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Shriner's
Children's Hospital, 3262 Marysville Blvd., P.O. Box 21-4477, Sacramento, CA

Johnnie W. Gysin

Johnnie Werner Gysin, a Modoc resident for the majority of his life, passed
away suddenly in his Alturas home on Monday, October 10, 2005. Services are
pending, with Kerr Mortuary to handle arrangements. Mr. Gysin is survived by
his wife Marilyn of Alturas; son Johnnie P. Gysin and wife Joy of Auburn,
WA.; son Michael E. Gysin and wife Sandy of Susanville; mother Lucille D.
Chandler of Cedarville; brother Paul Sonny Gysin and wife Joyce of
Cedarville; brother-in-law Bill Laxague, Sr. of Cedarville. He was preceded
in death by his father Paul Gysin, sister Frieda Laxague and step-father
Albert Chandler.

Pauline Charlet

Pauline Charlet, a former Alturas resident, passed away May 10, 2005, at the
home of her daughter, Sharon, and son-in-law Jim Carpenter in Golden Valley,
Arizona. Mrs. Charlet was born July 4, 1917 in Merced, CA to Alta and Paul
Dillard. She married Ray (R.F.) Charlet in 1937, and graduated from U.C.
Davis in 1938. Pauline and Ray were active with the American Legion, Kiwanis
and enjoyed bowling on several leagues in Alturas. After Ray retired from
the railroad in 1977, "they decided they didn't need to shovel snow anymore
and moved to Arizona," says their daughter Sharon. Ray passed away in 2003

A memorial service was held at the Carpenter home attended by Alan Charlet
and family of Ohio, Kathie (Charlet) Hauser of Virginia, Penny (Carpenter)
and Jay Richardson of Arizona, Daniel Carpenter of Virginia, Lisa
(Carpenter) Johnson of Montana; friends and neighbors. Condolences may be
directed to the family care of Sharon Carpenter at

Death notice

Richard Paul Belle, Jr

Former Alturas resident Richard Paul Belle, Jr., 24, was killed as a
passenger in an automobile accident on September 30, 2005 at 3:26 a.m. in
Santa Rosa, CA. where he was visiting relatives and friends while on his

A Washington resident, Richard was born April 5, 1981 and is the son of
former Alturas resident Richard Belle, Sr. His grandparents Doris and Joe
Belle are of Alturas, along with his great-grandmother Laura Belle of
Alturas. Further information will be forthcoming in the Modoc Record, as the
family grapples to deal with the sudden loss of their loved one.

Death notice

Roy Leon Ellison

Adin resident Roy Leon Ellison passed away at his home on October 6, 2005.
Born May 16, 1931 in Seminole, Oklahoma, he had made Adin his home for 23
years with his wife Donna and their two daughters. He was a member of the
Elks Lodge BPOE and has been a member of the Modoc County Sheriff's Posse.
Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Lookout Community
Church in Lookout, CA. Burial followed at Adin Cemetery. A potluck reception

Billie C. & Anita 'Jean' Reynolds
Modoc County, California
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