Saturday, February 22, 2014


Obituary Archive

Welcome to the CCGM Memorial Obituary Archive

"It is said that we all die twice. 
The first is when we physically expire and are no longer among the living. 
The second time is when the last person alive who knew you utters your name for the last time" 

It is our mission to enshrine the memory of our friends in the Churn Creek Golf community for all times. The contents of this page are sponsored by the CCGM Today Magazine a private website that is in support of Churn Creek Golf members and the Churn Creek Golf Association.

Our obituaries are published from personal records or public newspaper publications that we researched off the internet. We can only publish what we can find.  It is our intent to honor the memory of our departed family and friends. We must keep Obituary's as brief as we can without losing their meaningfulness. In the absence of an official obituary will permit first hand verifiable facts or stories to be published in its place.

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Members who's obituaries are posted on this Archive

Michael Buckley
Daniel Cranfill
Thomas R. DeVore
Richard " Butch" Delevati
Robert  "Bob" Divine
Dennis Ferguson
Jack Forehand
Michael Forsyth
Nick Masellis
James E Richardson
Mildred Louise Rowton
Tom Wardein
Gus Vasilakas
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Michael David Buckley 
June 29, 1956 - September 4, 2008

Published in Redding Record Searchlight on Michael David Buckley, 52, died September 3, 2008 at Redding Mercy Medical Center in Redding. Michael was a member of the Shasta College faculty and longtime member at Churn Creek Golf Course.

 Dan Cranfill
September 23, 1949 - October 3, 2009

Redding Record Searchlight (CA) - Tuesday, October 6, 2009 Redding Record Searchlight (CA) - 
Dan Cranfill, 60, of Redding died at home Saturday, October 3, 2009 of cancer. Dan was born September 23, 1949 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was a log scaler. Dan Cranfill, 60, of Redding died at home Saturday, October 3, 2009 of cancer. Dan was born September 23, 1949 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was a log scaler. 
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Karen; brother Michael and sister Ona; son Dan and daughter-in-law Stacey; sons Sol, Josh and Jon; daughter Amber and son-in-law Jason; daughter April and son-in-law Ben; and grandchildren Gage, Kian, Mark, Maya, Savannah, Chloee and Brayden. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Karen; brother Michael and sister Ona; son Dan and daughter-in-law Stacey; sons Sol, Josh and Jon; daughter Amber and son-in-law Jason; daughter April and son-in-law Ben; and grandchildren Gage, Kian, Mark, Maya, Savannah, Chloee and Brayden. 
A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 11 at Anderson-Cottonwood Neighborhood Church at 4684 Rhonda Road in Anderson, CA. A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 11 at Anderson-Cottonwood Neighborhood Church at 4684 Rhonda Road in Anderson, CA. 
Throughout his life Dan was a surfer, a guitar player, a hunter, a skydiver, a golfer, and got a lot out of life. But above all, he loved Jesus Christ, and existed to live as a witness for Him.

Thomas Ronald DeVore
September 24, 1942 - January 23, 2014

Thomas DeVore, 71 of Redding, CA passed away on January 23, 2014 after a courageous battle with lung disease. Tom was born on September 24, 1942 in Arcata, CA to parents Lawrence DeVore and Jean Kuhnhausen. He spent his hard-working 45 year long career in the logging industry as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator. He was also a faithful volunteer firefighter for 17 years serving the Blue Lake Fire Department in Blue Lake, CA. For the 12 years prior to his retirement in 2005, Tom was dedicated to his career operating heavy equipment for Columbia Helicopter Logging where he worked and traveled with his wife Sherri Lee to Alaska and the entire Northwest. Just a few of Tom's passions included many outdoor activities such as hunting in Modoc with his family and friends. He also enjoyed fishing and golfing and was an avid SF Giants and 49's fan. He had a true love for music and enjoyed playing his guitar. He was a big fan of the Everly Brothers and growing up he and his brother Larry would often play music and sing. They were well known locally as the DeVore Brothers. He was a baseball coach and a very proud fan, following his families sporting careers and events for many years, from his oldest son to his youngest grandchild. Tom also had a love for old cars and trucks. He spent many hours restoring his 1965 Fastback Ford Mustang. His biggest loves though, were his family and friends. He never met a stranger and was always there for anyone and everyone. Tom "Mr. Wonderful" and wife, Sherri Lee "Sunshine Girl" married since June 17, 1960 were each others best friends and soul mates. To their family and anyone who knows them, they are the perfect example of true love and a strong and everlasting marriage. Because of his strength, love and dedication, he is and will always remain a hero to his entire family. 

Richard "Butch" Delevati 
September 6, 1938 - May 26, 2011

Richard "Butch" Delevati Born Sept. 6, 1938 Formerly of Martinez Butch grew up and lived in Martinez, CA for most of his life. However, he spent the last 20 years in the North State and passed away peacefully at home with his family in Redding, CA on the 26th of May 2011. He is survived by his wife Joan; his seven children: Paul, John, Kathleen, Joseph, Lorraine (Christopher), David (Roxanne) and Peter (Katrina); as well as nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Butch was the son of Richie and Sally Delevati, brother of Serena Upshaw Delevati and grew up in the area of Martinez known as Fairview. He attended St. Catherine's of Siena grade school and Alhambra High School. In his youth he worked for his uncle Primo at "Delevati's Garage" in Martinez and later owned his own service station. This was followed by a stint as a County worker. Butch was later part owner of the "Matador Lounge" in downtown Martinez and still later owned the bar and restaurant "Heritage Inn" in Walnut Creek. Eventually, he got into the firewood business and finally operated a 750 acre logging ranch outside of Oak Run, CA before retiring in Redding. Butch was a devoted family man and husband for some 56 years. His life was his family and there was nothing he would refuse to do for any of them. He had many true and loyal friends who loved him, beginning with those he grew up with in Martinez. There were so many others he got to know well too through his many years in the bar business and later on at the golf course after he retired. Butch especially came to love golf in his later years and though his many physical maladies precluded him from ever being able to accomplish all that he wanted on the course, he surprised everyone with what he was able to do. There will be a rosary on Wednesday June 8th at Connelly and Taylor 4000 Alhambra Ave at 7:00 pm followed by a funeral mass on Thursday June 9th at 10:00 am at St. Catherine's of Siena Church. There will be a celebration of Butch's life at the Yacht Club near the wharf in downtown Martinez following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice 1544 Market St. Redding, CA 96001.Published in Contra Costa Times on June 5, 2011 

Robert Dee Divine 
November 15, 1944 - May 19, 2011

Redding Record Searchlight (CA) - Thursday, May 19, 2011 Robert Divine
DIVINE - Robert Divine, 66, of Redding died Sunday at Mercy Medical Center in Redding. Arrangements are being handled by Lawncrest Chapel in Redding, CA
Date of Birth: Wednesday November 15, 1944 Date of Death: Sunday May  15, 2011 
 Age at Death: 66 years, 6 months. Bob was part owner of the Churn Creek Golf Course on Knighton Rd in Redding  with his brother Stephen Divine. He was an active member in the Redding Trade Club for years.

Dennis R. Ferguson
May 2, 1948 - July 31, 2010

Dennis R. Ferguson Former East Bay Resident Dennis Robert Ferguson passed away on July 31, 2010, in Redding, CA. He was born on May 2, 1948, in Portland, OR and lived most of his life in the East Bay. Dennis grew up in San Pablo, CA with his parents and four brothers and sisters. He went to Salesian High School ('66) where he was a stand out basketball and baseball player. He attended De Anza College and set a college division batting average record of over .500, which still stands today. He entered the sprinkler fitter trade, raised his family in Pinole, CA, played softball at Fernandez Park, and frequently golfed at Franklin Canyon. Dennis married Carol and retired a few years later to Anderson, CA. His last years were spent with Carol enjoying golf, fishing, and traveling in his fifth-wheel. Dennis is preceded in death by his parents Robert and Rose Ferguson; sister Maryln and brother James. He leaves behind his wife Carol; daughters Tracy and Tara Presnell (Dustin); step-daughters Stacey Mack (Todd) and Bianca Pizziol; stepson Anthony Pizziol; brothers Gary (Chrystal) and Alan; sister Lisa; and grandson Cooper Wagner. A graveside service will be held at Rolling Hills Cemetery, El Sobrante, Friday, August 6, 2010 at 2:30pm. A Celebration of Life in Dennis' honor will be held at 4pm at the Pinole Sportsman's Club. All who knew and loved Dennis are welcome.

Jack Forehand
 June 26, 1929 – February 1, 2016

Jack and his wife came to Redding in the mid-fifties.  They started a car-washing business, built it up and sold it.  He delivered dairy products for McColl Dairy for a brief time.  He sold insurance for Prudential Insurance as this became his main profession.  Jack is survived by his wonderful wife Dottie of over 60 years, daughters , Peggy and Linda.  Jack found great fun playing golf with his many friends he gathered for over 30 years at Churn Creek.  He loved the Thursday morning scramble and the game of hearts afterward.  He knew virtually everybody who came into the clubhouse, he would always call out to them with a kind greeting, and was obviously their friend.  Jack kept track of most everyone's birthday and sent cards to many.  He was generous almost to a fault.  He was one of the best friends that anyone ever had.  Jack is no longer hurting anymore, and I, and a few others, loved him like a brother, AND LETS US ALL REMBER THE INFAMOUS "JACK FOREHAND BUMP".  Jack was never behind a tree in his life! Rest in peace Jack,
Contributed by; Don Fox

 Michael Forsyth
September 20, 1956 - October 25, 2013

Born in Battle Creek, Michigan on September 20, 1956 Died on October 25, 2013. Mike is survived by his mother, Betty Heckber, brother John Forsyth, sister Judy Riess Forsyth and his two daughters Misty Forsyth and Tara Nicholson and 4 grandchildren.

Michael has always been a hard worker and dedicated man, enjoyed playing golf and was an active member in the Churn Creek Golf Association in Redding CA. He also enjoyed collecting unique items. 

Celebration of life was held Saturday March 8th, 2014 at Churn Creek Golf Course, Redding CA where Mike was honored by many members of his family and Golfing friends. He will be missed by all who knew him. 

Nick Masellis 
January 16, 1932 - October 6, 2013

Nick Masellis 1932 - 2013 Nick Masellis was born January 16, 1932 in Bari, Italy. He arrived in America in 1937. Nick achieved a BA... Nick Masellis, 81, of Redding died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Redding. For 32 years, Masellis was a teacher and Department Head of Mathematics at Anderson Union High School. A funeral was held Monday, Oct. 14, at Lady of Mercy Church in Redding. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Masellis to the AUHS Community Scholarship Association, Our Lady of Mercy or Sacred Heart Perishes.

James E. Richardson
August 19, 1942 - March 29, 2013

James E. Richardson, 70, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 after a 14-year battle against cancer. He passed away in his home in Redding, California in the presence of family, friend, and his loving wife of 47 years, Charles Etta Richardson. He was 70 years old.

James dedicated his life to his family and his work. He had a successful 40-year career in sales management beginning with the Coca-Cola Company Foods Division. He also worked for Van de Kamp’s Foods, Pillsbury, and Brown & Williamson, from which he retired in 2005. Over the years, James steadily climbed the corporate ladder, moving when opportunities arose and taking his family from one community to another. They all thus moved from Houston, Texas, to Schaumburg, Illinois, to Southfield, Michigan, to Irvine, California, to Danville, California and finally to Redding.

He started his journey in San Antonio, Texas, where James was born to James C. Richardson and Cordie Lee (Harvey) Richardson. He was the oldest of four and grew up in a close-knit community that included his grandmother and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He worshiped at Bethel AME Church and attended Brackenridge High School, where he played football and the sousaphone. Very soon after graduating, he entered the U.S. Army and served as a medic in Germany for two years.  He was honorably discharged. He returned home and worked his way through college, beginning with two-years at San Antonio Community College. He then transferred to the University of Houston, where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration.  While moving from the military to college, he met his future wife, Charles Etta Chapple. They were married in 1966 and had three children. 

James was an ardent athlete and a true friend.  He enjoyed engaging in physical activities with his friends, including completing 3 marathons, taking long distance bike rides, and playing golf. While living in Michigan, he biked long distances that culminated in family picnics and all night parties with the Bottomless Pitts. He enjoyed formal and fun family outings with Jack and Jill Associates in the Bay Area and had begun playing golf in earnest among friends in Irvine.  In Redding he joined the Churn Creek Golf Club, where he spent many a day hitting balls and shootin' the breeze at the bar. He loved a good party, a picnic, R&B or jazz music, and a drink. To friends, he gave his wry sense of humor along with sincere care and fierce loyalty. 

Above all, James was an extraordinary husband, father and grandfather. He and Charles Etta enjoyed house parties with friends and traveling together. They explored the US, Pacific and Caribbean islands, Europe, and Africa. He was an active, loving presence in the lives of his children, grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. He attended football games, dance recitals, graduations, soccer games, first communions, birthday parties, concerts, weddings, baby showers... James gave himself completely to his career, family, and faith. He was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic church. 

James leaves to cherish his memory his mother Cordie Lee (Harvey) Richardson; beloved wife of 47 years, Charles Etta (Chapple); their children: Anthony Richardson, Cheryl Richardson (Steven Were Omamo), and Nikole Richardson (Joseph Feldman).  He also leaves grandchildren: Theodore, Elan, and Clara Richardson-Omamo, Olivia and Ellis Richardson Feldman.  He is survived by his sisters: Charlie Ann Haynes (Don Haynes) and Cordia Novell Poluka; nieces and nephews: Phyllis West, Danielle Anderson, Kienu Richardson, Eldon Haynes, Jr., and Nehemiah Pitts, and many other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his father James C. Richardson, brother Ronald Richardson, and nephew Kowan Mclure.  

He is well loved and will live in the memories of many.

Mildred Louise Rowton
7/27/1944 - 2/13/2014

DOB:  07/27/1944 at Willits, CA. Survived by Spouse Ron Rowton, of Redding, CA; Daughters Melissa Rowton Johnson, of Rohnert Park, CA & Rhonda Rowton Denniston, of Oroville, CA and four grandchildren and one great grandchild; sister Patricia Trevis, of The Dalles, OR and brother Wayne Watson, of Healdsburg, CA.

Ron & Louise were married in Healdsburg, CA June 3, 1962. Louise retired after 23 years with AT&T Communications. Louise was a very devoted wife, mother and grandmother spending her time with much devotion and love for all of them. In the past four years great granddaughter Lilly lit up her life and created her most joy.  Louise spent her spare time playing golf with her friends at Churn Creek Golf Course.  She also enjoyed playing the slots, traveling, playing cards, and visiting with friends and family. We will all miss her.

Thomas Wardein
Sept. 24, 1929 - May 12th, 2015 

A mass of Christian Burial for Tom Wardein 85, of Redding was held May 12th, 2015 at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Redding. The Rev. Mario Valmorida of the Church officiated the vigil/Rosary. Tom's final resting place is at St Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Redding. Mr Wardein died Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the River Valley Healthcare in Redding. He was born September 24, 1929 in Alton, Illinois, he moved to Shasta County 1993 from Upland in Southern California. He was retired from Industrial sales and a member and former Grand Knight of the Redding Council of Columbus as well as a member of the 4th degree Assembly.  Tom enjoyed golf and was a active member at the Churn Creek Golf Course for many years where he participated in many of the club events. 

Gus Michael Vasilakis
November 29, 1930 - March 21, 2011

Gus Vasilakis was born November 27, 1930 and he left us on March 21, 2011 to be with the Lord. A service will be held on April 8, 2011 at St Michel's Episcopal Church in Anderson at 11:30 a.m. A celebration of life will follow at Riverview Country Club. Gus was a longtime member at Churn Creek Golf Course where he was a past club Champion.


"People will forget what you said; 
People will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel."

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