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Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:00 am

Darrell Lavaughn Duncan

Founder of Duncan Plumbing Company

Darrel Lavaughn Duncan passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family singing his favorite songs on July 8, 2010. He was born April 30, 1928 in Heavner, Oklahoma to Paschal and Pearl Duncan, one of ten children. Darrell was the husband of Jeanne, married in San Antonio Texas on and August 4, 1950, and the father of Darrell Jr., Scott, Shelley and Robin; with 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and numerous step-grandchildren and foster children. He proudly served in the United States Air Force for seven years. He went on to establish Duncan Plumbing Company in 1961 and was always a hard working man of great moral character and integrity. As a champion golfer, he was in a leadership role for 17 years and was awarded a lifetime membership at the Sebastopol Club. Darrell was a gifted bowler and dancer. His favorite band was the Duncan Four. He will be dearly missed by all of his loved ones. Services were held on Tuesday, July 13 at Oak Mound Cemetery in Healdsburg.

Nell Anne Iddings

High school business teacher

After living a long and full life, former Healdsburg resident Nell Anne Iddings died in Greenbrae with her daughters at her side on June 29, 2010. Nell Anne received her B.A. degree from Washington State University and her M.A. degree from the College of Idaho. She was an active member of PEO and organized their Petaluma and Healdsburg chapters. She and her husband, Edward G. Iddings (1916-1998), were long-time residents of Idaho during most of their working years. She was a high school business teacher and Ed was a credit specialist with the USDA. The last years of their careers were spent in Nigeria, Zambia, and Kenya where Ed was with USAID and Nell Anne worked at the US Embassy and taught at a business college. In their retirement years, Nell Anne and Ed lived in Healdsburg and travelled the world. Nell Anne is survived by daughters Susan Reinke (husband Jerome) and Jane Iddings (husband Ken Normington), all of Petaluma; grandchildren Kara Ann Reinke, Aaron Iddings Funk, Darren Douglas Reinke; and great-grandson Madden Douglas Reinke. The family can be contacted at, 475 Deer Creek Lane, Petaluma, CA 94952, 415-271-4969. Please make any memorial donations to your favorite charity or the U.S. Olympic Committee.

June Kay Burkhart (Ainsworth)

Skilled at many crafts, hobbies

June Kay Burkhart (Ainsworth), 87, passed away on June 20, 2010 after a long illness. She was the beloved wife of Gordon F. Burkhart for 67 years. She was born in Wisconsin on April 30, 1923, and as a child moved with her family to Los Angeles, where she met her husband Gordon while in school and became good friends. When they were twenty they got married and shortly after Gordon went to World War II and June went to work as a jewelry engraver at Bullocks, later moving into the advertising department. After the war she had her daughter, Kris. In 1957 they moved to Healdsburg and later bought a prune ranch on West Dry Creek Road where they converted the land to wine grapes. She took over making wine for their friends and family from some of the grapes after Gordon had a heart attack in the 70s. This was just one of the many skills and talents June displayed over the years. She painted profusely in oils, and later in watercolor and pastels. She made stained glass windows, knitted, sewed, hooked hugs, wove on a floor loom, sewed quilts by hand and much more. Another great passion of hers was gardening, with many types of bonsai plants and all kinds of flowers, including a greenhouse full or orchids. She had a huge vegetable garden that included many fruit trees and all types of berries. She canned the fruit and vegetables every year until last year, but it was scaled down from earlier years. Playing bridge was a passion, and she belonged to two different bridge groups. She had done all their business and personal bookkeeping right up to April of this year. She also was the secretary for the Healdsburg Order of the Eastern Star for 20 years and a 50-year member. June is survived by her husband Gordon, her daughter Kris Fraser, her grandchildren Matthew Fraser and Amy White, and great-grandchildren Hayden White, Ethan White, Zekiah Sill-Fraser, and Isis Sill-Fraser. June requested that no memorial service be held, and in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Becoming Independent in Santa Rosa in her name.

Leone Steele deLong

Served her country in WWII in the U.S. Navy

Leone Steele deLong, 90, passed away on June 5, 2010, in Crescent City. She was born on February 28, 1920, in Windsor. Leone was a 30-year resident of Del Norte County having moved from Sonoma County where she was a fourth generation resident. She served her country during World War II with the U.S. Navy. Leone attended Santa Rosa High School and Santa Rosa Junior College before going to college in New York. She found humor in all things and a wonderful laugh that she was well known for. She loved music and was a member of the Sonoma County chorus. She loved gardening and spending time with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by the love of her life for 53 years, Jack deLong, her father Ben L. Steele Sr. and mother Irma Slusser Steele, her siblings Ben Jr., Kenneth and Katheryn Steele and her nephew Bob Steele. Leone is survived by her children, Kathy and husband, Rudy Hammack and Ray Steele deLong; grandchildren, Jeanne Morgan, Julie Hammack, Justin deLong, Rachel deLong and their mother, Foxine deLong; great-grandchildren, Tyler Morgan and Taylor Morgan; and numerous nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Jeanne deLong Ferriogiarro and Joy Steele. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made to one’s favorite charity.

Karla Jayne Rankins

Enjoyed crafts, collecting ladybugs

Karla Jayne Rankins passed away at home surrounded by her family on July 5, 2010. She was the beloved wife of Michael Rankins of Rohnert Park; the mother of Kayla Rankins of Rohnert Park; the daughter of Vernon and Millie Sivage; the sister of the late Garry Sivage; also survived by aunts, uncles, and cousins. A native of Eugene, OR, Karla was 44. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Penngrove. Karla last worked for Rogers and Young Insurance in Windsor. She enjoyed crafts, coordinating events with her mother, collecting ladybugs, her family and friends. She will be deeply missed. A funeral service was held on Saturday, July 10, 2010 at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa, with entombment at Santa Rosa Memorial Park. If desired, donations may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309, or at

Wanda Jean Stringfellow

Enjoyed gardening with her husband

Wanda Jean Stringfellow passed away on July 1, 2010 at Apple Valley Convalescent Hospital surrounded by family. Wanda was 85 years old, born in Oklahoma, and one of 14 children. She moved to California in 1958. She is survived by five children: Rickey (Janet) Stringfellow, Sherryl (Larry) Ono, Laren (Beverly) Stringfellow, Karen (Frank) Crivello, and Maurice (Kathy) Stringfellow. She was loved by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years Vaudie Harley Stringfellow, son Terry Stringfellow, and granddaughter Jennifer Stringfellow. Wanda enjoyed gardening with her husband and supplying her family with its bounty. Family gatherings remained an important part of Wanda’s life up until the very end. There will be a remembrance service held at a later date.

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