OBITUARIES: Blake, White

Richard C. Blake

Richard C Blake, 25, of McKinleyville, passed away March 25, 2013. He was born June 25, 1987 in Eureka, at General Hospital.

Richie attended Mckinleyville High School and graduated in 2005.Richie was conscientious and hardworking. He built a successful career in pipelining, which he loved. He worked across the U.S. building many friendships along the way. He enjoyed NASCAR and was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan wearing blue, win or lose.

Richie was proud to call Humboldt County his hometown and valued the friendships derived from childhood. He worked hard, played hard, but loved his family and friends the most. Richie’s most memorable life moment was the birth of his son, Jaxon E. Blake, born September 7, 2012. He was in awe of Jaxon. Words could not express the unconditional love he had for his son; he was amazed. Richie was a respectable, courageous, and caring individual who will be remembered by many.

Richie is survived by parents Cindy and Leonard Semore; siblings, Andrew and Katie Pimentel; beloved son Jaxon E. Blake; his girlfriend, Nikki Munholand; and her daughters, Vanessa and Marley. He also leaves grandmother Edith Blake. In addition, he loved his uncle, George McAlister and family of McKinleyville; uncle, Roy McAlister of Eureka; aunt, Paula McAlister of Rohnerville; and aunt, Shelley Thomason of McKinleyville. Richie is predeceased by grandfathers; Paul McAlister, and Belton Matlock.

He will be missed by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who he loved dearly. A service will be held to commemorate Richard C. Blake at The Church on the Rock, on Tuesday, April 2, at 11 a.m. The grave side service will take place at Greenwood Cemetery following the service; please join us for the reception proceeding back at the church.

In his honor, pallbears include: brother, Andrew Pimentel and close friends, Jonathon Randle, Christopher Hanly, Jereme Miller, Ryan Wratchford, Jesse Stark, Tyler Blevin, and Hugo Guerrero. Thank you to friends and family for thoughts and prayers in this time of need. Special thanks to Allana and Hollie Miller, Brenda Hinton, Tammy Stark, and co-workers for the support. Donations can be made at Coast Central Credit Union under the name: Richie Blake.

“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear.”


Ruth Anna White

Ruth Anna White was born Dec. 20, 1921, in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She died March 28, 2013, in McKinleyville, Calif.

Ruth was the youngest of three children born to Fred and Martha Nielsen. Ruth and her siblings were raised in the Midwest during the Depression.

Ruth met a fellow employee, Dwight White, at Montgomery Ward, after he returned from the service in 1946. They were married in Clinton, Iowa on April, 5 1947.

In 1951 Ruth and Dwight moved from Clinton, to Eureka, Calif., to be closer to her sister, Vera, and her parents.

In 1952 Ruth and Dwight, joined with Gene and Edna Pickett and Faye and Virgie Madison to found Reliable Hardware Company Inc. This started a 60-year personal and business relationship that included three Reliable Hardware stores in Arcata, Eureka, and Brookings, Ore.; R.H. Company Uniontown Apartments; Reliable Equipment Company; and PMW Finance Company.

After their retirement Ruth and Dwight traveled extensively, and spent many hours with their three grandsons at their ranch in Fieldbrook, and attending the many activities that the boys participated in through school and beyond.

Fieldbrook was the place of choice for Ruth’s grandsons and all of their friends. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Dwight; her parents Fred and Martha Nielsen; her brother Orville; her sister, Vera; her son Stephen; and her grandson, Dustin Praytor.

She is survived by her daughter, Janet (Lon) Praytor; her son Douglas (Judy) White; her grandsons Brandon (Jenny) White and Nathan (Amanda) Praytor; her step grandsons Kory and Adam Starkey; great-granddaughters Suzannah, and Josie Praytor, and Allison White; her brother and sister-in-law Almon (Peggy) White, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Timber Ridge in McKinleyville for the outstanding care they provided Ruth over the past six years and especially the staff at the Renaissance Facility and Hospice of Humboldt for their incredible care over the past two months of Ruth’s life. At Ruth’s request a family service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice of Humboldt, 2010 Myrtle Ave, Eureka, CA, 95501, or The Cystic Fibrosis Center, 5271 F Street, Building C, Sacramento, CA 95819.