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March 1, 1918 - Jan. 2, 2015

Colonel Fraser E. West was born March 1, 1918 in Washington D.C. Fortunately for Fraser, he became a Westerner when he was 8 years old when his mother came to Reno to obtain a divorce. She then married Dr. C. W. “Bill” West, who was beloved by his stepson, and he later adopted Fraser. 

Fraser was educated in Reno’s public schools. He had a principal appointment to West Point in 1936 but turned it down to study agriculture, and he graduated from the University of Nevada Reno in 1940 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, majoring in Animal Husbandry, now titled Animal Science.

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 Ambrose William McAuliffe passed away suddenly Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Klamath Falls, Ore. Ambrose was born Oct. 13, 1942, to Joseph and Leonore McAuliffe in Spokane, Wash. He was raised on the family cattle ranches in Fort Klamath, Ore., and Cottonwood, Calif. Ambrose attended Mercy Academy in Red Bluff, Calif., and Cottonwood Elementary Schools. He graduated high school from Bellar­mine College Preparatory in San Jose, Calif. While very appreciative of the Catholic education, Ambrose was most fond of the lasting friendships formed during those years.

Douglas (Doug) Paul Babbitt 62, Born in Mesa Arizona passed away peacefully January 5, 2015. He is survived by a sister, and numerous cousins.  Doug was predeceased in death by his father, Myron, and grandparents, Paul and Lillian Babbitt.

Von “A” Twitchell, of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, took his final ride December 31, 2014 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He was born January 3, 1932 in Manila, Utah. He was 82.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Bess Twitchell; their children, Robin and Carl, Patricia, Angie and Jim, Eva, Frank and Mary, Samantha; grandchildren, Travis, Shannon, Frank, Chancy, Michaelle, Clinton, Scott, James, Lucas, Kristina, Nawketa, Kelsey, Tyson, Tanya, Jessi, Jake, John, Scott, Jennifer; great grandchildren, Cheyanne, Austin, Bob, Justin, Mckayla, Madison, Alex, Chase, Clay, Richard, Robert, Caleb, Isabella, Max, Cierra, Bryce, Ares, Thorn, Cooper, Grace, Tyler, Trent, Peyton, Skyler. 

LINCOLN, CALIF. – Kelly Joseph Bess, age 52, of Lincoln, succumbed to cancer at home surrounded by his family on September 21, 2014.