OBITUARIES: Arvil Frank Baskette, Forrest Croft Lovejoy, John Stever

Arvil Frank Baskette (Buck)

The journey ended July 18, 2013.  Buck was born May 1, 1920 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, moved to California in 1958, family followed in 1959.   Buck was preceded in death by his wife Gladys in 1992 after 52 years of marriage.  Also, preceding in death were brothers Harvey (Bud), Bill and sister Ora Lee

Buck is survived by his five children: Harold /Bunny of Oregon,  Arvil Jr./Fredricka (Snookie) of McKinleyville, Kenneth of Arkansas, Darold/Norma of McKinleyville and Christine/Del of McKinleyville.  Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren,  and 6 great-great-grandchildren.  His family and grandchildren was his sole purpose in life.

Buck was a proud patriot during World War II, having fought at the Battle of the Bulge, receiving numerous medals including the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for Valor.

In his younger days, Buck liked to hunt and fish.  Favorite pass time were repairing old fishing reels, writing songs and plunking on his old Gibson guitar.  He worked at GP/LP plywood mill from 1958 until his retirement.

The family would like to graciously thank the staff of Pacific Care Center for their love, care and support during a very difficult time in our life.

At the family’s request, there will be no public service.


Forrest Croft Lovejoy 

July 2, 1979- June 17, 2013

Just short of his thirty-fourth birthday, Forrest has been laid to rest after his life was senselessly taken from all who really understood and loved him.

He was born in Fortuna, California and was a seventh generation Californian. He was jovial, trusting and big hearted. He was fraught with struggles most of his short life. He proved that continual rejection could be overcome.

He leaves behind one young daughter, Keyara Elizabeth Lovejoy, a very saddened family, friends and acquaintances. His family asks that you please hold in your heart a memorial for him by planting a living tree or flower. When you light a candle, remember his life now eternal. He is not far off in spirit. He loved his Jesus. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old is gone. The new has come.

John Stever

John Stever, 87, of McKinleyville, passed away peacefully on June 19, 2013 in Eureka after a brief illness. He moved here from Ukiah in 2007 and spent many happy hours at the McKinleyville Senior Center.

John is survived by his children Jackie (Mike) Grossman, George (Vickie) Stever, and Racheal Wright. He loved his grandchildren Andy Grossman, Brian (Lindsey) Grossman, Ashley Wright, Jonna (Mike) Rege, Mercy Chaudron, Pyper (Andy) Murphy, and Kambria and Cortney Stever. He also leaves behind 8 great-grandchildren. Dad was preceded in death by his first wife, MaryAnn in 1962, his second wife, Helen in 2000, and his mother, Cora Gusky in 2001. A visitation and graveside service was held on June 25, 2013 in Ukiah.

Memorial contributions may be made to Socks For Soldiers, 1672 Nedra Ave., Eureka, CA 95501 or Humboldt County Animal Shelter, 980 Lycoming, McKinleyville, CA 95519. Dad appreciated all that our military did for us and he never met an animal he didn’t love. A celebration of John’s life was held at Azalea Hall on Pickett Road in McKinleyville on Sunday, July 21, 2013 .