OBITUARIES

Robert Henry (Bob) Butler Sr.

September 26, 1930 - April 18, 2019

Robert Henry (Bob) Butler, Sr. passed away April 18th at the age of 88.  He was surrounded by family at the time of his death.

 

Bob was born September 26, 1930 to William Tecumseh Butler and Louise (Battle) Butler. He was the oldest of four children, including sisters Louise, Harriett and Marlon. He had a life of rich fulfillment with his family and a life of disappointment as a fan of the Cleveland Browns and Indians.

 

Bob graduated from Hughes High School in 1948 and played trumpet in the high school band. He joined the Navy at the age of 17. He served for 20 years and retired in 1968 as a senior chief, E-8, the second highest enlisted rank in the military. He served aboard five naval ships and was stationed on shore duty in Boston; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Alameda, California.

 

In Boston Bob met Leola Moore. They married in July, 1951 and had five children; Maxine, Robert, Jr, Alicia, Mark and Melissa. He made several cruises to the Western Pacific where Leola always sent him with a shopping list for fine china or porcelain dolls. Leola passed away in 1989. Bob especially loved jazz and passed that love to his all of children. Maxine is an accomplished singer. He passed down his trumpet, first to son Robert, then to great-grandson Zion who is currently taking lessons.

 

After his retirement from the Navy, Bob worked for Applied Technology in Sunnyvale then became a supervisor in 1972 at the Thrifty Drugs Distribution Center in San Leandro. He moved with the company when it relocated to Reno in 1976. He retired from Thrifty in 1989 and went to work at the Starlight Bowl for two years. He went to work at the Peppermill Casino in 1992.

 

The following year he approached co-worker Marites Olazo about going on a date. She eventually agreed. They married in 1994 and Bob adopted 9-year old Leya Kerr and 7-year old Liz Kaylean. The girls called him Uncle Bob but, in a celebration of his 85th birthday, Leah Kerr wrote both girls considered him their father. Bob and the family were members of Sparks Christian Fellowship.

 

Bob retired for the final time at the age of 75. He belonged to the Fleet Reserve Association and was an honorary member of the Disabled American Veterans.

 

Bob was preceded in death by his father and mother and sisters Marlyn and Louise.

 

He leaves behind his wife, Thez, children, Maxine, Robert, Alicia, Mark, Melissa, Leya Kerr and Liz Kaylean; sister Harriett, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.

 

Services are at 3pm Wednesday, May 8 at Sparks Christian Fellowship, 510 Greenbrae Drive, Sparks, NV 89431, preceeded by military internment at 11am at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley.


In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Bob’s favorite charity, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. https://fbnn.org/in-memory-of-robert-butler

Celeste M. Pierce

1957-2019

Celeste Pierce (Crnkovich), age 62, passed away on February 18, 2019 in Reno, NV after a long battle with metastatic breast cancer.

Celeste graduated from Bellevue High School (East), in Bellevue, NE in 1975 and attended Regis College (now Regis University) in Denver, CO receiving a B.A. in Political Science in 1979. Although Colorado has its beautiful mountains, it was a warmer climate and the ocean that called to Celeste. She moved to Cupertino, CA in 1980 where she met her future husband and obtained a certificate as a para-legal from Santa Clara University. She began her career as a litigation assistant with several law firms in Silicon Valley.

Celeste enjoyed hiking, camping, and boating in California, plus visits to the beach. She also had a warm spot in her heart for stray animals and rescued several dogs and cats that became beloved pets. She was generous with friends and family, alike. And, she made a great sandwich!

Celeste and her husband Dennis moved to Morgan Hill, CA in 1999 where Celeste continued her career as an independent legal assistant. In 2016 they moved to Dayton, NV when Celeste joined the State of Nevada, Attorney General's Office, as a Legal Researcher assigned to the Nevada Department of Transportation.

She was preceded in death by her father, George A. Crnkovich, also of Bellevue.

Celeste is survived by her husband of 29 years Dennis Pierce of Dayton, NV and mother Dolores Crnkovich of Bellevue, NE, brothers Greg Crnkovich of Jacksonville, FL, Dr. Tim Crnkovich (Sue Ward) of Omaha, NE, Chris Crnkovich(Hilary) of Chicago, IL, and Dr. Frank Crnkovich (Patricia) of Littleton, CO.

Memorials may be sent to your local chapter of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). 

 

She will be interred in a private ceremony in Bellevue, NE on March 2, 2019.

Paul Douglas Moore

November 23, 1954 - January 5, 2019

Paul Douglas Moore (Ludolph), 64, of Sparks, Nevada passed away unexpectedly from an aortic aneurysm on January 5th, 2019.  Paul was born in California but lived in many places throughout his life.  Paul served our Country in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Hancock as a disbursement clerk.  Paul was an amazing chef and loved to experiment in the kitchen, often surprising his family with his delicious concoctions.  Paul was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Barbour (NV), and his father, Marion Paul Moore (AZ).  Paul is survived by his children Robert Moore (Shelby), Jessica Moore-English (John), Terry Moore and Stacey DeNigro.  He was “Poppa” to Elizabeth, Isabelle, L.J., Katie, Alyssia, Angelina, Austin and was “Pawpa” to Dixie, his best friend.  Paul did not want a formal service, instead remember his twisted humor and laugh.  In lieu of flowers please donate to the humane society.

Caryn Sue Elder

April 21, 1952 - October 4, 2018

Caryn Sue Elder, beloved daughter, niece, cousin and friend, passed away peacefully on October 4, 2018 at Saint Mary's Hospital with family by her side. Caryn succumbed after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer. 

She was born on April 21, 1952 to William (Bill) and Jaqueline (Jackie) Elder in Reno, Nevada. 

Caryn attended  Billinghurst Middle School and graduated from Wooster High School in 1970, where she was a cheerleader. She furthered her education by attending Chapman University in Southern California and the University of Nevada, Reno. Caryn started her career as an Administrative Assistant with a local attorney, Dyer Jensen. She moved on to work for Mark Handelsman, when he was an attorney and later as he was elected to the Reno Municipal Court and the Second Judicial District. Mark passed on in 1996, and Caryn became the Administrative Assistant to Judge Deborah Schumacher in April of 1997 until she retired in April of 2012. 

Caryn was lovingly nicknamed "Curly" by her uncle Gerry, a family name that stuck with her throughout her lifetime. Caryn also celebrated life with many friends whom she cherished. She treasured each friendship and enjoyed the different adventures they experienced together. Caryn enjoyed traveling, planting and caring for her beautiful flowers, celebrating football games with friends and good cheer and listening to wonderful music. She especially enjoyed a great meal with good company, and a wonderful glass of wine. Caryn's laughter, sense of humor, and warm heart will be remembered by her loving family and friends. 

Caryn was preceded in death by her sister, Lauren; her father, Bill; and her brother in law, Syd. She is survived by her mother, Jackie, of Reno, Nevada; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Nevada, California and Arizona. 

Caryn's family would like to express their sincere thanks for the medical care she received from Dr. Tay and the staff at Saint Mary's Center for Cancer; Dr. Van Meter and Dr. Reddy at Cancer Care Specialists; Dr. Uhalde at Sugar Pine Family Medical; and the caring 3rd floor Medical staff at Saint Mary's Hospital. 

There will be no memorial service in accordance with Caryn's wishes. Although a time for remembrance and celebration will be planned at a future date.

Caryn was beloved by all who knew her and will be dearly missed. Rest in peace.

Olga "Nanny Cat" O'Buch

November 21, 1924 - August 14, 2018

Olga “Nanny Cat” O’Buch , age 93, passed away peacefully  on August 14, 2018. Olga was born in the Bronx, New York to John and Mary Malesky.

Olga is survived by her daughter Cindy Huffman, son-in-law Hilary, grandchildren Jonathan Duet and Mattie Huffman.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Emil, husband John, son John Robert “Bobby” and grandson Elliot.

 “Nanny Cat” as she is remembered by those closest to her, was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She spent her entire life caring for others with little thought of herself. Her pride and joy was her family. She shared with them endless and unconditional love every day of her life.

Olga moved to Reno, Nevada in 1985 and became employed at JC Penney where she worked as a sales associate for 30 years and retired at the age of 90. She was admired and loved by fellow co-workers.  She could strike up a conversation with anyone and truly enjoyed visiting with her repeat customers who would ask for her by name.

She was an avid reader, cataloging over a 1000 electronic books in her lifetime. She liked to use her green thumb in the garden and had a fondness for plants and flowers.   She enjoyed all creatures great and small from bird watching in the backyard to sharing ice cream with the family dogs.

At 93 she was incredibly independent, still driving  and had endless energy. She was always up for an adventure;  you might catch her riding on the back of a jet ski or an ATV. In her younger years she lived in Israel for 2 years and traveled to Lebanon, Greece, and Cyprus.

 In lieu of flowers please consider making donations to the Eddyhouse.org (a homeless /at risk youth organization) or the Northern Nevada SPCA spcanevada.org .  A celebration of Olga’s life open house will be held on Saturday Sept. 15, 2018 from 4-7 pm at the Huffman’s home, 140 Gazelle Road Reno, NV 89511. All are welcome to attend.

Gordon L. Moore

March 1, 1936 - April 16, 2018

Remembering Gordon L. Moore

 

Passed away peacefully, age 82, at Life Care Center in Reno. 

 

Survived by wife Peggy, brother Dennis & wife Genie Moore. Sons Darrel & Bryan, daughters Rite & Cindy, and 7 grand kids. 

 

Member of the Iron Workers Union 118 for 50 years. Retired in 1990. Gordon did a lot of cutting & baling hay in 70's & 80's in Reno & surrounding areas. 

 

Known for his rough talk & grumpy ways, but was loved & respected by all who knew him. We miss you dearly. 

 

Hope to have a celebration of life at a later date. 

Elica (Lisa) Whitfield

July 28, 1949 - October 12, 2019

Elica (Lisa) Whitfield, 70, passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 12, 2019 at St. Mary’s Medical Center.  She was a loving wife of 30 years to Van Whitfield and a cherished mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. 

Lisa was born in Twin Falls, ID and moved to Reno in 1964.   She started working in Table Games at Grand Sierra Resort (formerly MGM Grand Reno, Bally’s Reno and Reno Hilton) and after 30 years she retired as a Table Games Supervisor in 2006.  Lisa enjoyed retirement spending her time at Lake Havasu, AZ, golfing, and making unique crafts.  Lisa was known for her quick wit, her infectious smile, and her kind and compassionate spirit.

Lisa was preceded in death by her daughter, Monica Ritchey, and her parents, Velda and Hal Dickenson.   She is survived by her husband, Van, sons Chris Hamlin and Duane Hamlin, daughter Therese Mott, 6 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.  Lisa touched the lives of many with her warm and caring nature.  Her final gift was a donation of organs to the Donor Network.

In lieu of flowers/gifts, donations may be made in Lisa’s name to the Donor Network – donornetworkwest.org.

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