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Obituaries for Aug. 7, 2013

Loree L. (Purcell) Bougher

June 18, 1921 — July 29, 2013

Sonora resident Loree L. (Purcell) Bougher died July 29 at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. She was 92. 

Mrs. Bougher was born in Clifton, Texas, to Cornelius Purcell and Lottie May (Lacy) Purcell. 

She married Carl Bougher in 1942 and spent her life as a homemaker. She moved with her family frequently because her husband’s career in the military. 

Mrs. Bougher lived in Sonora for the past 35 years, moving from Newbury Park. 

She enjoyed skydiving and her most recent jump was two years ago at the age of 90. It was her seventh jump.

Mrs. Bougher also enjoyed animals and cooking. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Carl Bougher, in 2009; and all of her siblings except Lacy “L.C.” Purcell, of Midland, Texas. 

She is also survived by her children and their spouses, Janice and Buster Moore, of Sonora, and Steve and Laura Bougher, of Copperopolis; and a grandson, Brian Bougher, of Clarksville, Tenn. 

Mrs. Bougher will be interred privately in Texas. 

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Roman Juarez 

Aug. 13, 1958 — July 28, 2013

Vallecito resident Roman Juarez died July 28 at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. He was 54. 

Mr. Juarez was born in San Francisco to Bonnie and Richard Juarez. The 

family moved to Hayward when he was 5.

He graduated from Tennyson High School in 1976, known as a star football quarterback all four years. 

He then worked at a Hayward golf course where his interest in plants, the outdoors and creating landscapes began. 

Mr. Juarez kept many of the same landscaping clients for more than 30 years in the Murphys and Angels Camp areas.

He enjoyed working outside and all kinds of music and was a fan of the San Francisco 49ers and other sports teams. 

Mr. Juarez was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his companion of, Linda Wyrsch, of Vallecito; and his mother, Bonnie Juarez, of Vallecito.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 15 at Foothill Community Church, 3710 Whittle Road, Angels Camp. The Rev. David Mattson will officiate. A reception will follow. 

Donations in his memory can be made to Hospice of the Sierra, 956 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, CA 95249; Murphys Senior Center, 65 Mitchler Ave., Murphys, CA 95247; or UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Communications Department, Box 0981, UCSF, San Francisco, CA 94143-0981

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. 

Robert Warren ‘Bob’ Roberson

March 7, 1947 — Aug. 2, 2013

Columbia resident Robert Warren “Bob” Roberson died Friday at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. He was 66.

Mr. Roberson was born in San Diego to Harry and Dorothy Roberson. 

He came to Tuolumne County with his family in 1956. Raised in Twain Harte, Mr. Roberson participated in Little League baseball and played tennis in high school. He graduated from Summerville High School in 1965, and then attended Modesto Junior College.

Mr. Roberson served in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps as a corpsman.

He owned Bob’s Togs, a children’s clothing store in Twain Harte. He also worked at Sierra Conservation Center for 28 years as senior medical technical assistant.

He was a member of Sierra Bible Church and took part in mission trips to Haiti, Ecuador and Mexico. As a young man, he was a leader in the 4-H and Boy Scouts programs.

Mr. Roberson enjoyed traveling, cooking, golf, cribbage and stamp collecting. 

He was a past president of the Tuolumne County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and chairman of the annual Sierra Apple Festival.

Mr. Roberson was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Roberson; twin brother, Bill Roberson; and his oldest son, Samuel Clayton.

He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Roberson, of Columbia; father, Harry Roberson, of Sonora; brothers, Jim Roberson and his wife Chris, of Sonora, and Gary Roberson and his wife, Shirley, of Tuolumne; two sons; and five grandchildren.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Mountain  Shadow Cemetery in Sonora. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Family Life Center at Sierra Bible Church, 15171 Tuolumne Road, Sonora.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, P.O. Box 4720, Sonora CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

Raif ‘Ray’ Zada

Nov. 28, 1948  — July 18, 2012

Sonora resident Raif “Ray” Zada died July 18 at home.  He was 64. 

Mr. Zada was born in Detroit. Mich., to Suzann and Thomas Zada. 

His family traveled to many countries before settling in Los Angeles, where he went to high school. 

He graduated from California State University, Northridge, in the early 1970s.

Mr. Zada worked as a teacher and pharmaceutical representative for a number of years before moving to Hawaii where he became an entrepreneur and started many franchise businesses.

He moved to Bend, Ore., where he opened another franchise.

He retired to Twain Harte in 2003 and then built a home in Sonora, with his partner, Patti Bowdler.

He enjoyed golfing and gardening. He also rescued many animals, which friends and family referred to as the “Zada Zoo.”

Mr. Zada is survived his sons and their spouses, Jason and Liz Zada, of Mill Valley, Bryan Zada, of San Diego, and Brandon Zada, of San Diego; two grandchildren, Milo Zada and Lula Zada, of Mill Valley; his siblings and their spouses, Ramy and Taylor Zada, Tina Zada, and Nikki Zada and her husband, Ian, of Carlsbad. 

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


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