Deborah Ann Byers


There will be a celebration of life 2 p.m. Saturday at Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville for Deborah Ann Byers, 63, who died at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center Sept. 9, 2007.

Mrs. Byers, a life-long resident of Carson Valley, was born July 13, 1944, in Gardnerville. She was an active person in Carson Valley, serving as past director of the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center and also a member of the Literary Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Alice Haase and her husband Kent Byers. She is survived by her son Steven Byers, daughter-in-law Carissa, grandsons Jeffery and Jacob of Kimberly, Idaho; daughter Julie Hughes and grandsons Michael and Jacob of Carson City.

Arrangements are in the care of FitzHenry's Carson Valley Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville, NV 89410.

Lawrence Rex



A remembrance barbecue is 3 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Park in Gardnerville, for Lawrence Rex Caldwell, 60, who died Sept. 2, 2007, at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center in Carson City. Mr. Caldwell was a resident of Minden for 29 years.

Mr. Caldwell was born Sept. 15, 1946, in Portland, Ore., to Clive Rex Caldwell and Marion Steele. Before moving to Minden, he was a resident of Phoenix. He married Lynda Ivory in March 14, 1970.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and obtained an associates degree in electrical engineering. He worked as the regional maintenance director for Merrill Gardens and had previously worked for Bently Nevada as an engineer in custom products. He belonged to the Carson Valley Sertoma Club and E. Clampus Vitus. He loved the community and he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved being outdoors and riding his motorcycle.

Mr. Caldwell was preceded in death by his father, Rex Caldwell in 1960 in Portland, his mother Marion Smith 1982 in Portland and his brother Dan Caldwell in 1984 in San Diego. He is survived by his wife Lynda Caldwell of Minden; three brothers and their wives Thomas and Carolyn Lee Caldwell, Richard C. and Christi Caldwell, Terry L. and Teresa Caldwell; his aunt Barbara Steele as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are in the care of FitzHenry's Mortuary in Carson City. The family requests memorial donations be made to disabled American Veterans. A graveside service was held on Sept. 10 in American Fork, Utah. The family further requests that those wishing to attend the barbecue to please bring a salad. sidedish, or desert and their own beverages.

Christine Louise

Allerman Dawson



A memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Sparks Stake Center, 2955 Rock Blvd., for Christine Louise Allerman Dawson Nelson, who died Sept. 6, 2007. She was 55.

She was born April 14, 1952, in Escondido, Calif. to Floyd and Lucille Heiden Allerman.

She survived by her husband Dennis Nelson; son Spencer Dawson; stepchildren Michael Nelson and Nancy Pierce, all from the Reno, Sparks area; son Sheldon Dawson of Napa, Calif., Blaine Dawson and two grandchildren of Boise, Idaho. And her loving mother Lucille Heiden Allerman of Reno.

Maxine Thyr


A memorial service of praise is 2 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1837 N. Mountain St., in Carson City for Maxine Thyr, 77, who died Sept. 9, 2007, at her Carson City home after a long and debilitating illness surrounded by family and friends. Following the service, the women of Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church will serve a luncheon at the church, 3680 Highway 395 in Indian Hills.

Mrs. Thyr was born April 25, 1930, in Oakland, Calif., to Maximillian and Ottillie Jochner. She was the wife of Elmer Thyr, Pastor Emeritus of Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church in Carson City.Mrs. Thyr was well known in the community. After moving to Minden with her husband about 15 years ago, she immediately became active in church work. Serving where she could at Trinity Lutheran, where her husband was employed to assist the church in developing new, innovative ministries, she joined him when he was asked to establish a new church in the area. Mrs. Thyr became the pastor's secretary at Shepherd of the Sierra which she and her husband started as a team. She served there as the church grew and became self-supporting.

During this time Sierra Lutheran High School was born. Always interested in youth, she immediately became an active member of the steering committee developing the new school. She served on fundraising committees, was actively engaged in planning, decorating for and publicizing dinner dances, which routinely raise thousands of dollars for student support. Among her survivors are her husband of Minden; daughters Lisa J. Hamrick of Stagecoach, Amy J. Thyr of Carson City and Deanna Rae Thyr; brother Robert Jochner of Antioch, Calif.; one grandchild; six nieces and seven nephews.

Arrangements are in the care of Autumn Funerals and Cremation in Carson City. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that memorial gifts be made to Shepherd of the Sierra's Maxine Thyr Memorial Fund or to the building fund of the permanent campus of Sierra Lutheran High School in Carson City. Interment will be a brief, private time for the family several days prior to the memorial service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Allen Lowell Wicks


A memorial service is 3 p.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1480 Douglas Ave., Gardnerville, for Allen Lowell Wicks, 82, who died Sept. 11, 2007, at his home in Gardnerville.

Mr. Wicks was born Aug. 31, 1925, in Las Vegas, N.M., to LeRoy S. and Alta R. Ness Wicks. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was an executive vice-president in the banking industry. He moved to Gardnerville from Albuquerque, N.M. 10 years ago, became an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a member of the Sons of Norway.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley in 2002 and two brothers, LeRoy and Glenn Wicks. He is survived by his brother Roald Wicks of Camarillo, Calif. and his sister Carol Tinker of Weslaco, Texas, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are in the care of FitzHenry's Funeral Home in Carson City. Burial will take place at Northern Nevada Veterans Cemetery in Fernley. The family requests any memorial donations be made to Concordia Theological Seminary, 6600 N. Clinton St., Ft. Wayne, IN, 46825, or Concordia Seminary, 801 DeMun Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63105.


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