Kenneth Richard Allen
Feb. 20, 1939 — Jan. 26, 2013
Wallace resident Kenneth Richard Allen died Jan. 26 at home. He was 73.
Mr. Allen, a third-generation Californian, was born in Stockton to Wanda Jamison and George Rex Allen. He and his family lived in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on the day of the attack in 1941.
After serving in the Philippines as a U.S. Navy SeaBee, he did various work in Alaska during the famed pipeline heyday and in Washington, D.C., to support labor relations — ending up on the front page of the Wall Street Journal because of his expertise in this area. He was a lifetime member of the Operating Engineers.
His family said he was hand-picked to be a participant in Harvard University’s Trade Union program.
Mr. Allen ended his career with the development of the Lincoln High School Engineering Construction Academy in Stockton, a program designed to help develop jobs and skilled labor within the building trades.
He was also a member of the Calaveras County Civil Grand Jury for 2009-10, and volunteered to teach his trade at the local schools.
Mr. Allen is survived by his wife of 23 years, Claireed Allen, of Wallace; sister, Barbara Byerly, of Gilroy; brother, Harold “Red” Allen, of Mountain Ranch; his children and their spouses, Kathryn and Jim Lorang, of Truckee, Karen and Mike Sigman, of San Jose, Kellie Allyn, of Watsonville, LaDonna Seeley, of Stockton, and Craig and Jayleyne Goltz, of Yorba Linda; his grandchildren, Barbara “Alex” Sigman, of Ireland, Elizabeth “Lacy” Sigman, of San Luis Obispo, Cassie Goltz, of Yorba Linda, Scott Midgley, of Porterville, and Joshua Morales, of Yorba Linda.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Good Samaritan Community Covenant Church, 4684 Baldwin St., Valley Springs.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Lincoln High Construction Academy at Habitat For Humanity of San Joaquin County, 1038 W. Fremont St., Stockton, CA 95203, or any charity of choice.
San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
Genevieve Ruth (Westrick) Gehon
Jan. 30, 1919 — Jan. 29, 2013
Sonora resident Genevieve Ruth Gehon died Jan. 29 at Avalon Care Center. She was 93.
Mrs. Gehon was born in Lapeer, Mich., o Florent and Mabel Westrick and moved to California with her family when she was a young adult. She lived in the Bay Area for many years, and moved to Sonora when her sister retired there.
She worked in retail and enjoyed walking.
She was preceded in death by all members of her immediate family, except her brother, Thomas Westrick, of Santa Fe, N.M.
Mrs. Gehon is also survived by nephews and their spouses, Norman Harris, of Santa Rosa, Donald and Barbara Harris, of San Diego, and John and Patricia Harris, of Rocklin; many grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.
A viewing will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home, 225 E. Rose St., Sonora, and a Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Church, 127 W. Jackson St., Sonora. Burial will be at Oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose.
Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
LaVahn (Burhmann) MacWillie
Sep. 23, 1913 — Feb. 2, 2013
San Andreas resident LaVahn MacWillie died Feb. 2 at her home. She was 99.
Mrs. Buhrmann was born in Lucca, N.D., and attended North Dakota State University and the University of California, Berkeley.
She moved to San Andreas in 1943 and the following year married John MacWillie Jr.
She was a teacher at Calaveras High School between 1943 and 1949 and again from 1962 to 1974.
She and her husband were early and active members of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, where she was the principal organist for many years. She was a member of American Association of University Women, the Episcopal Church Women, and the NDSU Alumni Association.
Mrs. MacWillie was preceded in death by her husband, John MacWillie Jr., in 1993.
She is survived by her son, John MacWillie, and his wife, Jan, of Berkeley; a daughter, Debbie Langford, of San Andreas; and grandchildren, Elizabeth MacWillie, of Cambridge, Mass., Devon Langford and his wife Amy, of Patterson, and Melissa Langford, of San Andreas.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 414 Oak St., San Andreas.
Donations in her memory may be made to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 414 Oak St., San Andreas, 95249.
San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
Reuben Bowline Moulton
Oct. 30, 1935 — Jan. 30, 2013
Twain Harte resident Reuben B. Moulton died Jan. 30 at his home. He was 77.
Born in Stockton, Mr. Moulton was raised in Hanford, where his musical education beganwith piano and clarinet.
He graduated from California Institute of Technology in 1957 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Spending his entire career with one company — Pacific Telephone, later Pacific Bell and then SBC — he served in management positions in various departments including product marketing and regulatory affairs.
He was drafted into the Army in 1958 and served his three years in the U.S. Army Chorus, stationed in Arlington, Va., where he sang for two presidents.
He continued his musical side career as a paid tenor in Southern California throughout the 1960s and 1970s and then in Northern California in the 1980s and 1990s, including several seasons with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus.
He also was an accomplished pianist and organist, playing professionally at various churches throughout his life, beginning as a teenager in Hanford, and most recently at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Sugar Pine.
Mr. Moulton married Beverly J. Hartsough in 1964 in Pasadena, and they had a daughter, Vicki, in 1965. They were married for 38 years.
Before Mrs. Moulton’s death in 2002, they traveled extensively, sang together in several choruses, and left the Bay Area for retirement in the Mother Lode in 1996, where the family had previously vacationed.
He enjoyed music, amateur radio, fly fishing, puns, frogs, science fiction, American history, travel and reading.
He is survived by daughter, Vicki Moulton, son-in-law Michael Cazier, and grandchildren, Jasmine and Leo Cazier, all of Oakland; sisters-in-law in Southern California and Oklahoma; and nieces, nephews and cousins in several states.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 24176 Pine Lake Drive, Sugar Pine.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Caltech Y, http://CaltechY.org.
Neptune Society of Northern California is handling arrangements.
Mary (Kemp) Munoz
Sep. 12, 1941 — Jan. 28, 2013
Jamestown resident Mary Munoz died Jan. 28 at Avalon Care Center. She was 71.
Mrs. Munoz was born in Sobol, Okla., to Marion and Ovie Belle Kemp.
She lived in Tuolumne County for 53 years, and worked as a chef at Kelly’s Kitchen in Sugar Pine for 30 of them.
Mrs. Munoz was a member of the Methodist Church and Western Cherokee Nation, a fan of the Oakland A’s and Raiders, and enjoyed bowling and baseball.
She is survived by daughters, Patricia Summers, of Riddle, Ore., and Mary Renner, of Columbia; sons, Joe Owens, of Devore in San Bernardino County, Clifford Owens, of El Paso, Texas, and Anthony Owens, of Columbia; brothers, Carl Kemp, of Missouri, Phillip Kemp, of Ridgefield, Wash., and Cliff Kemp, of Henderson, Nev.; sisters, Zenie Norgarrd and Fay Theriot, of Montgomery Creek in Shasta County; 18 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
A service has been held. Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.
William Stephen Sullivan
May 1, 1924 — Jan. 22, 2013
Jamestown resident William Stephen Sullivan died Jan. 22 at his home. He was 88.
Mr. Sullivan was born in Oakland to Joseph and Florence Sullivan. He worked as a meat cutter for 35 years in the Castro Valley area.
He moved to Jamestown about 35 years ago, as one of first shareholders of Rawhide Mobile Home Park.
Mr. Sullivan served as a radar operator in the U.S. Army Air Force, 596th Early Warning Squadron in the Asiatic-Pacific theater from 1941 to 1945.
He enjoyed racing and upgrading old cars, football games, NASCAR, old movies, general mechanics and home repair, helping his wife with her art, and water-skiing.
Mr. Sullivan is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Evelyn Sullivan, in 2009. He is survived by daughters, Jody Sullivan-Watson, of Jamestown, and Cindy Heilman, of Gresham, Ore.
A private memorial will be held at a later date.
Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
AUSTIN — Patricia Austin, 83, of Sonora, died Monday at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
GAMBOA — Raul C. Gamboa, 76, of Sonora, died Saturday at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. Visitation will be held 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday and a vigil at 7 p.m. Thursday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home, which is also handling arrangements. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick’s Parish, 127 W. Jackson St. Sonora.
WRIGHT — Dorothy Wright, 83, of Oakdale, a frequent visitor to Tuolumne County, died Saturday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Oaklawn Memorial Park, 421 N Sierra Ave., Oakdale, and a memorial service will be held 12:30 p.m. at Bethel Assembly of God, 105 E. G St., Oakdale.
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