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Obituaries for Aug. 8, 2014

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Vernon Roy DeValle

Sept. 11, 1932 — Aug. 4, 2014

Vernon Roy DeValle, 81, passed away peacefully at home in Angels Camp with his family by his side on Aug. 4. Vern was born to Tony and Babe DeValle in Niles, Calif., on Sept. 11, 1932. He was raised in Newark and worked with his parents on their dairy farm and served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth Gilmour, of Oakland, Calif.; his six children and their spouses, Guy and Angela DeValle, Susan and Bob Middleton, Julie and Jeff Brunson, Clay and Amanda DeValle, Adam and Julie DeValle and Holly and Perry Whittle; his sister, Charlotte and her husband, Ralph Sarmento; niece, Sandy and her husband, Steve Fields; and cousin, Randy DeValle and his wife, Wanda.

Vern and Beth moved to Angels Camp in 1973 where he was a partner in Elko Drywall, Tillery’s Drywall and DeValle and Sons Drywall and Insulation. They retired in 2001 where Vern remained active as a founding member of Calaveras County Livestock Boosters, 4-H, FFA, See’s Candy and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Vern’s passion was spending time with his family where he rarely missed his children, 16 grandchildren or two great-grandchildren’s activities. 

Vern will be remembered for his integrity, honesty, work ethic and million dollar smile. 

A viewing and Rosary were held Wednesday at Angels Memorial Chapel. 

A Funeral Mass was held Thursday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Angels Camp. A reception followed in the church hall.

Donations can be made to Friends of the Fair in Vern’s name at P.O. Box 565, Angels Camp, CA 95222.

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 Death Notices in The Union Democrat are published free of charge. They include the name, age and town of residence of the deceased, the date of death; service information; and memorial contribution information. The deadline is noon the day before publication.


COOPER — Fern Cooper, of Sonora, died July 28 at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

HANDY — Esther Handy, 102, of Tuolumne, died Thursday at Avalon Care Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

KRIZEK — Ruby Krizek, 92, of Sonora, died Tuesday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

SWANSON — Ruth Swanson, 89, of Sonora, died Wednesday at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

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