The caravan started in Bieber, about 5 miles away from Lookout. The procession with the hearse carrying Robert Lee Pauley to the graveside services proceeded down highway 299 turning at Lookout Rd. at 30 miles per hour, finally to arrive at Lookout cemetery.
When a fireman passes away, it is traditional for departments nearby to send engines and personnel to the services. Robert was well respected in this area and many departments payed their last respects.
Lookout VFD (Volunteer Fire dept.,) Canby Fire, Modoc Medical Center
Life Support, Big Valley Life Support, Alturas Rural Fire, Fall River
Mills Fire, California Pines Fire, U.S. Dept of Forestry, Adin Fire,
California Division of Forestry (CDF) and Bieber VFD as well as units
from Lassen and Modoc Sheriff's Office had units participate in the
services. The helicopter from the local CDF station had a planned
flyover but was not available due to a fire call.
Because of his military service on board the U.S. submarine Baya, the Adin Veterans of Foreign Wars arranged for a 21 gun salute during the ceremony.
Robert was well known and respected in the Big Valley area. He served in the Lookout Fire Department for over 20 years and was chief until his retirement last month. Bob was also manager of the Big Valley electric co-generation plant. Bob's love was his community and he often expressed his desire to successfully bring back the operation of the electricity generating plant in Bieber for the purpose of hiring as many local people who had lost their jobs when the lumber mill and power plant went out of business a few years back. He successfully did so, bringing back the power plant to operation through a series of setbacks including the disastrous fire at the plant on April 7, 2005.
Fire personnel showed their last respects with a walk by the grave in uniform concluded by a lowering of the casket with a brand new fire hose from the Lookout Fire Department which was buried along with the casket.
The ceremony was followed by a potluck dinner sponsored by the
Lookout Ladies Auxiliary at Lookout Fire Hall which was attended by
about 100 people.
Bob moved to Lookout in 1976 and was lead man at Big Valley Power
Station in Bieber and was the former chief and now member of Lookout
Bob is survived by his son Aaron Pauley of Perth, Australia,
daughter Amy Allison from Arizona, companion Laurie LaHue, twin sister
Barbara Taylor-Bates from Redding, sisters Carla Duffy from Whitmore
and Linda Deacon from Martinez CA as well as four grandchildren, three
nephews, two nieces and three great nephews.
The family requests that any memorial contributions be made in Bob's
name to the Lookout Volunteer Fire Dept. P.O. Box 135, Lookout CA 96054.
Links to previous related stories:
The accident report , CLICK
The funeral announcement, CLICK