Obituaries: Local artist remembered for community contributions
Longtime Truckee artist and musician Carl Frederick “Josh” van Baalbergen, who died on Thursday, Aug. 28, will be remembered for his contribution to the local art community.
Josh, who was 52, worked for 20 years to enrich the Truckee community through his photography, literature, music, art and a Channel 6 news program.
He suffered a debilitating stroke in February of this year, which caused paralysis of his left side and eventually led to heart failure. He had been residing at the Chico Creek Care Center for Rehabilitation.
Josh was most known in the community as a left-handed graphic artist, illustrator, guitarist and comic strip author. He was also the publisher and editor of Truckee’s first local advertising and TV guide, the “Tahoe Viewer.”
“Josh started the ‘open mike’ music and poetry stage at the Truckee River Coffee Roast in 1994 and help local performing artists to have a stage,” said Truckee blues musician Jeff Shook.
Friends helped organize a benefit concert in April, which raised $1,135 to help support Josh while he was in rehabilitation therapy.
“He thanked everyone for their support,” Shook said. “We will miss his smile.”
Josh was born on Jan. 16, 1948 in Los Angeles. His father built homes in L.A. before relocating to Truckee approximately 25 years ago. He went to the L.A. School of Arts.
He lived in Truckee for 22 years, and worked as a comic strip author, artist, photographer, illustrator, musician, TV actor and carpenter.
He was preceded in death by his father and by his brother, Lee van Baalbergen, also a former Truckee resident.
He is survived by his three sons Chad, Dustin and Bryon van Baalbergen of Southern California; mother Helen van Baalbergen of Paradise, Calif.; brothers James, of Texas, and Roy van Baalbergen, of Nevada.
An inurnment will be held on Donner Summit at a later date.
Ted W. Knoff
Former Truckee resident
Ted W. Knoff, 85, of Coos Bay, Ore., died on Aug. 31.
Born on Oct. 22, 1914 in Ophir, Calif., he grew up in Santa Cruz and graduated from Santa Cruz High School in 1933. After graduating, he went to work in Fallon, Nev., doing road construction work. During World War II, he worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Panama and Okinawa as a heavy equipment operator. He was also a merchant marine and a member of the Seafarers Union and sailed on liberty ships.
On March 11, 1949, he married June, who was his wife for 51 years. They spent several years in Alaska on highway and airport construction jobs. In 1980, they moved to Coos Bay from Truckee.
He enjoyed being close to the ocean and rivers and was an avid fisherman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and two brothers.
He is survived by his wife, June; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Sept. 9 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Coos Bay. Interment will be held in Truckee.
Harold Glenn Sanders
Harold Glenn Sanders of Truckee died in his home on Aug. 18. He was 88.
Born in Rector, Ark., on March 4, 1912 to Orville Sanders and Gertrude Bell, he was raised and educated in Union City, Tenn. He graduated from Bryan University in Dayton, Tenn.
He was a Truckee resident for one year, coming from Humboldt and Palm Springs, Calif. He worked for Merchant’s Bank in Humboldt for 35 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Katherine.
He is survived by his son James Sanders of Truckee; sister Margaret Lubbers of Memphis, Tenn.; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Graveside services were held in Palm Springs.
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