Kenneth James Voss
Ken was born June 16, 1945, in Berwyn, Illinois, and passed away on September 9, 2004, at his home after a brief illness.
A resident of the Eureka area for the past 33 years, he had retired as an Engineer and Medical First Aid Instructor with the Eureka Fire Department prior to working for KVIQ up until his illness.
He was an Elder and active in the ministry with the East Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed backpacking, fishing, and gardening, and sharing time with his family and friends. He was hospitable to all he met and will be greatly missed.
Ken is survived by his wife of 36 years, Barbara Voss of Eureka; his mother, Grace Dinucci; children, Joshua Boss, Larissa McAlister and her husband Troy, and Jordan Boss; grandson, Jordan McAlister; four sisters; and a host of brothers and sisters from his local congregation and the Eureka Fire Department.
Private cremation services were under the direction of Empire Mortuary Services, Ukiah.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Humboldt, Eureka Fire Department, or the American Cancer Society.
Engineer Robert Brown “Smokey” McGillivray
Died May 11, 1964
Engineer McGillivray succumbed to the effects of cardiac arrest while on duty May 11th 1964 at the age of 59. At the time of his death Engineer McGillivray was the department’s most senior member having served 36 years.
Engineer McGillivray suffered numerous heart and lung health issues prior to his passing directly related to his firefighting career.
Obituary: May 12, 1964 Eureka Humboldt Standard · Page 16
Lt. Trygve Adolph Oss
Died March 5, 1964
Lieutenant Trygve Adolph Oss succumbed to the effects of multiple heart attacks while on duty on March 5th 1964 at the age of 57. Lieutenant Oss served for 39 years (23 years career, 16 years volunteer).
He was on duty March 3rd and 4th, 1964 when he suffered what he thought were “stomach pains” which ended up being the first of several heart attacks that caused his death. At the time of Oss’s death, former Eureka Fire Chief Ray Lay was quoted as saying “We have lost one of our most valuable men.”
Obituary: March 7, 1964 Eureka Humboldt Standard · Page 16
Raymond Bernard (Mike) Somma
Died September 10, 1961
Equipment Operator Somma served for nearly 38 years (23 years career, 15 years volunteer). He went home sick from his shift April 24th 1961 around 10:30 pm and never returned to work due to his rapidly failing heart.
At the time of his death Assistant Fire Chief Bryce Connick was quoted as saying, “He was one of the best and most fearless men in the department”. Of note, he was the first president of the Eureka Firefighters Local 652 of the International Association of Firefighters.
Obituary: September 12, 1961 Eureka Humboldt Standard · Page 17
Captain George “Pudgy” Davis
Died November 17, 1947
Captain Davis died from paralytic strokes resulting from a leg amputation due to a foot injury suffered in the line of duty. Captain Davis served for 39 years. Davis began his career with the Eureka Fire Department as a Volunteer Fireman of Torrent Hose Co. #3 in 1908. He was initially brought on as a hoseman as well as a member of his company’s competitive hose cart team.
Davis has the unique distinction of being credited as the first paid fireman for the City of Eureka. He rose through the ranks eventually attaining the rank of Fire Captain. Captain Davis is credited with beginning our department’s toy drive in the early 1920’s which is still running to this day.
Obituary: Humboldt Standard Nov. 18, 1947 page 9
Leonard N Winslow
Died December 18, 1934
Fireman Winslow was killed in an accident at 7th and A where he was thrown from the tailboard of the engine after colliding with a truck while en route to a call. He was killed instantly. Not only did Fireman Winslow serve as a firefighter with the Eureka Fire Department, he also served as the Eureka City Electrical Inspector.
As the city electrician, Winslow was responsible for resetting the fire alarm boxes upon his arrival on scene so the box would be ready for the next emergency. He would then go to work helping to fight the fire as a volunteer of the department.
Obituary: Humboldt Standard Dec. 19, 1934