Obituaries July 25

A memorial service was Wednesday for former Gardnerville resident Judith Rae Applegett, 57, of Branson, Mo., who died July 19, 2008, at her home.

Born Oct. 28, 1950, in Laurens, Iowa, she was the daughter of Louis J. and Mary Ann Thielen Venteicher.

A retired secretary, she was a member of the New Horizons Community Church in Branson, where she'd moved in 2004.

She is preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Louis Venteicher and a nephew, Jason Watson.

She is survived by her husband, Eugene; stepson Todd (Tracy) of Muphrysboro, Tenn.; sisters Joann Watson (Mick) of Iowa, Janice Hoffman (Fred) of Iowa, Joyce Van Meeteren (Pete) of California, Jean Kroger (Jim) of Lyons, Neb., and Janell Davis of California; brothers Jerry Venteicher of Branson, John Venteicher (Myong) of Dennison, Iowa, Joe Venteicher (Betty) of Carroll, Iowa; sister-in-law Patti Venteicher of Iowa; brother and sister-in-law Harry and Jan Applegett of Florida; two grandchildren and a great grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Horizon Community Church or Options Pregnancy Center.

A decorated Korean War veteran, Gardnerville resident Richard Lee Fees Sr., 77, died July 19, 2008.

Born Dec. 29, 1930, in Des Moines, Iowa to Clifton and Bernice Fees, he served in the U.S. Army in Korea.

He was wounded three time and honorably discharged with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

After his discharge, Mr. Fees held several jobs including roofing, managing service stations, working as a manager for Metalbestus in Idaho, and Bently Nevada. At the time of his death, he was the resident manager for Acme Boat and RV Storage.

He married Gayle Avansino in 1985, and the couple enjoyed living in Carson Valley and the companionship of their beloved dog and kitty. On their nights out, the couple liked to play slots and have a good dinner.

Mr. Fees is survived by his wife, Gayle; a son, Richard Lee Fees Jr. of Des Moines, Iowa; a stepdaughter and her husband, Lisa and Jerry Moya and their son, Alex; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Iowa and Nevada and many nieces and nephews around the country.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers and sisters, Jim, Betty, Bill, Ray, Pat and Loretta.

Donations may be made to the Douglas County Animal Shelter, PO Box 1850, Gardnerville, Nevada 89410-1850 or to Valley Christian Fellowship, PO Box 1362, Gardnerville, Nevada 89410-1362.

At his request, there will be no formal service.

A memorial service is 1 p.m. Monday for 28-year Minden resident Catherine Elizabeth Bauer McMillan, 82, who died at her home on July 21, 2008, with her husband, Robert, by her side.

The service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Deseret Drive. The viewing is 11:30 a.m.

Born Sept. 24, 1925, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to John and Katherine Breier Bauer, Mrs. McMillan worked as a bookkeeper during the Depression while many of her classmates were still in high school.

She married Robert McMillan on July 21, 1946, in Maspeth, N.Y., and were sealed for eternity in the Washington, D.C. Temple on Feb. 24, 1979.

The couple moved to Minden in 1980.

A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mrs. McMillan enjoyed teaching the children and working with the women in the relief society.

She was fondly called the Fruit Lady, because each summer she would take orders for fresh fruit and contact farms in Modesto, arranging for a truckload of fruit to be delivered monthly to her home where it would be picked up and taken home and canned for storage for the winter.

An expert canner, she thought of this tremendous undertaking as a hobby and many families had canned fresh fruit through the winter because of her.

Mrs. McMillan is preceded in death by her parents, John and Katherine Bauer and sister Helen Lahm.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Robert S. McMillan and 12 nieces and nephews.


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