A final farewell to those we lost
January 13, 2014
As in the past several years, The Record-Courier begins the new year with a final tribute to those we lost in 2013.
We include several longtime residents who made significant contributions in agriculture, business, education and local government.
We were not spared tragedy as Ashley Browder, 21, and Lacee Shupe, 22, lost their lives in tragic incidents.
Time has claimed several on our list who were veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
We realize our list of 20 names is by no means complete. We invite our readers to submit photos and recollections of loved ones to firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop by our office, 1503 Highway 395, Suite G, Gardnerville. Please include your name and telephone number for verification.
Joe Price, 84, died Jan. 22. He built displays for Trick-or-Treat Safety Street, floats for the Parade of Lights, and assisted with maintenance projects at The Record-Courier. He also distributed the R-C to Smith Valley, Topaz Ranch Estates and Coleville.
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Eva Edith Sarman Arigoni, 89, died Jan. 24. She was the daughter of a pioneering family who operated a flour mill generated by the old power dam on the East Fork of the Carson River.
Keith Dale Jorgenson, 46, died Feb. 6. A pilot and retired South Dakota highway patrolman, he was killed in a plane crash in the Pine Nut Mountains.
Ashley Browder, 21, died Feb. 10. Ashley, a 2009 Douglas High School graduate and member of the Air National Guard, died when an off-duty Albuquerque police sergeant ran a red light and crashed into her sister's vehicle.
Louis "Luke" Neddenriep, 96, died March 1. A lifelong Carson Valley resident, he was a World War II Navy veteran, Gardnerville volunteer firefighter and former owner of Carson Valley Mercantile. He served on the Gardnerville Town Water Board for 30 years, and the Minden-Gardnerville Sanitation District for 29 years.
Thomas James Cook, 83, died April 25. A retired Marine, he worked on the development of Topaz Ranch Estates and served as a member of the Gardnerville Town Board, Nevada Rural Housing Association and the Gardnerville Water Co. He was a member of the Carson Valley Lions Club for more than 40 years.
Worth Marie Borda, 88, died June 27. A few days before she died, Worth celebrated the 70th reunion of the Douglas County High School class of 1943. She was a member of the Fortnightly Club, taught Red Cross swimming lessons and was an avid golfer.
Jack Grim, 89, died June 30. He served as Douglas County High School librarian from 1963-1986 and coached junior varsity football, freshmen basketball and varsity baseball and golf.
Lacee Nicole Shupe, 22, died July 1. She died of injuries she received in a disturbance at her Cold Springs home. Lacee was a 2009 Douglas High School graduate, active in FFA and dance.
Leonard Francis Lueck, 91, died July 13. He was awarded the Purple Heart as a World War II Navy veteran and was a retired Post Office manager. He and his wife were married 69 years.
Kendrick Paul Schumacker, 53, died July 18. Manager of the Ironwood Cinemas, he died as a result of a traffic accident.
Gary Lundergreen, 78, died July 22. He coached 22 seasons at Whittell High School, winning two state championships. At Douglas County High School, he was a three-sport standout and inductee in the Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame.
Richard Nelson Fulstone, 85, died Aug. 7. The son of Dr. Mary and Fred Moline Fulstone, he served in the Army during the Korean conflict and returned to the family ranch. A former Lyon County School Board member, he started the first commercial cattle feed yard in the area, also making and sending alfalfa pellets to Japan.
Franklin Gerald "Hap" Fisher, 93, died Aug. 9. He was the son of the first stationmaster for the Virginia & Truckee Railroad in Minden. He worked for IBM for 40 years, and returned to Carson Valley in 1998.
Luetta Dressler Bergevin, 91, died Aug. 24. A fourth generation Nevadan, she earned her nursing degree in Utah, and returned to Gardnerville to marry her high school sweetheart, Louis Bergevin, in 1946. Following her retirement from nursing, she revived her interest in art.
Paul Durckel, 96, died Oct. 14. He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II, and was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with five Bronze Stars, four medals and nominated for a Distinguished Flying Cross. He moved to Gardnerville in the 1970s and worked as a real estate agent, broker and office manager. He was a member of Rotary.
Daniel Grimes, 58, died Oct. 30, after a battle with brain cancer. He worked for the Town of Gardnerville for eight years. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Sydney Hedges Foster, 97, died Nov. 16. He was an active real estate broker/salesman from 1946 until his death. As a Navy veteran, he served at naval stations in Norfolk, Va., San Francisco, Great Lakes, Ill., and the USS Salt Lake City.
James Wallace Ahnlund, 66, died Nov. 27 following open heart surgery. He was an Army veteran and served in Vietnam. He loved the outdoors, worked in banking and was senior facility manager for the Whear family Stor-All self-storage facility.
Karen Louise Christopher, 50, died Dec. 13. She was a special education aide at Gardnerville Elementary School with a passion for the education of autistic children.