Obituary: Delbert Gerald Benjamin, 68

Delbert Gerald Benjamin died on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. He was born at the old Cachel Dehe Reservation in Colusa to Haston and Elsie Benjamin on April 21, 1954.

He was a member of the Cachil Dehe Rancheria. He attended Princeton Elementary and High School.

He had two passions in his life: his family and his baseball. His first passion was his family, spending time with them at the coast and camping in the mountains.

He enjoyed riding his Razor with Bevann down to the river and spending time with their dogs, Cooper and Jake. He loved his dogs. He always said a man’s best friend is his dog.

His second passion was playing baseball and softball for the Braves, LP-Louisiana Pacific and GIR. Every weekend, he was playing softball somewhere in or out of the county.

Delbert was an avid catcher for these teams. He loved his softball and playing throughout the years with the same team members. He regarded his teammates as his other family, always talked about them, the good times they had together and shared much laughter and an abundance of memories.

He worked as maintenance supervisor for the Cachil Dehe Rancheria for many years and retired from that current position in 2019 due to medical issues.

He was very proud of his community and took great pride in the upkeep of his community.

He is survived by his wife and the love of his life, Bevann; daughters Alison (Francisco), Amanda (David), and Aimee (Manuel); 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his tribal members, many of whom refer to him as Uncle Del.

He was preceded in death by his father, Haston Benjamin; mother Elsie Benjamin; brother Cecil Benjamin; and sister Cheryl Ann Raglan.

Delbert’s pallbearer is to be Carl Lavern Slaughter. Graveside services are planned for 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Maxwell Cemetery.

The services are to be officiated by Germaine Burrows. Following the services, a potluck celebration of Delbert’s life will be held at the Cachel Dehe Community Center at 3730 Highway 45, Colusa.

Obituary: Virginia Christine Northrop, 87

Virginia Christine Northrop died on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. She was born Angelina Rose Barrett on Feb. 2, 1935, in Colusa to Georgiana and Manuel Barrett. Her name was changed at her baptism to Virginia.

She was raised in Princeton and retired to Willows in 2016. She graduated from Princeton High School in 1952 and then attended Chico State.

She married and raised her six children in Southern California. She moved back to the Sacramento area in the mid-1980s, where she married and spent 28 years with her second husband, Dennis Northrop.

Upon retirement from the California Building Industry Association in downtown Sacramento, she spent her days reading novels and enjoying her favorite shows, “Jeopardy,” “Wheel of Fortune” and “Family Feud,” while doing a little gardening as well.

Her children are Virginia Garavito of Glendora, Vere Butler of Chatsworth, Valerie Edmond of Woodland Hills, Vint Butler of Wake Forrest, NC, and Vido Butler of Laguna Beach. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Northrop, who died on May 11, 2022; sisters Gloria Feeney and Elizabeth (Betty) Wilkins; and son Vaun Butler.

Graveside services are planned for 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, at the Willows Cemetery.