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Obituaries for July 14, 2003

Helmer R. Adler

Nov. 25, 1921 — July 7, 2003

Former longtime Tuolumne County resident Helmer Richard Adler of Oakdale died July 7 at his home. He was 81.

Mr. Adler was born in San Mateo. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 40 years and mother of his children, Jacqueline, who died in 1984. He married Dorothy Garcia of Oakdale in 1988.

A man of many interests and talents, his family said he dedicated his entire life to learning. He studied Spanish at Columbia College, and took it upon himself to learn the Bible, drafting, boat building, home improvements, auto repair, scuba diving and sailing. He taught nautilus at the Stanislaus County YMCA and numerous boating safety classes for the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Mr. Adler also was a skilled photographer who took school pictures for many years at Moccasin, Groveland and Elmore elementary schools.

After graduating from San Mateo High School in 1938, Mr. Adler joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and worked in Buck Meadows near Groveland. From August 1943 to August 1945, he served in the United States Merchant Marines. A veteran, Mr. Adler attended Officers Candidate School and was promoted to lieutenant commander. He held engineering licenses for both steam and motor vessels, any horsepower.

By profession, Mr. Adler was an electrical engineer and a manager. In 1983, he retired from the Hetch Hetchy Water and Power System in Moccasin after 33 years of public service. Starting in 1950 as a powerhouse operator on the Tuolumne in Early Intake, he worked his way up to become superintendent of operations.

Since 1975, Mr. Adler was an active member in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was a vessel inspection officer at Don Pedro Reservoir and on the Delta for many years, and held various offices, including commander of the Modesto Flotilla, division captain, president of the Past Captain's Association and 11th District patrol coordinator.

Mr. Adler also was a member of the Oakdale First Baptist Church, the Stockton Sailing Club, the Sonora Elks Club and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Mr. Adler is survived by his wife, Dorothy Adler of Oakdale; two sons and daughters-in-law, Barney and Mary Anne Adler of Media, Penn., and Jim and Sandy McAdler of Santa Rosa; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Paul Welch of Loomis; a sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Bill Bilskie of Abilene, Texas; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four step-children; seven step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

A celebration of Mr. Adler's life is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, 162 North 2nd St., in Oakdale.

Oakdale Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Memorial donations can be made to Community Hospice and the First Baptist Church.

Bradford Lavelle Davis

July 19, 1950 - July 6, 2003

Bradford Lavelle Davis of Avery died July 6 in Arnold. He was 52.

Mr. Davis, a carpenter and electrician, lived in Avery for the past 11 years. He was born in Lodi and grew up in San Andreas. He graduated from Calaveras High School in 1968.

Mr. Davis is survived by his longtime companion, Francine Reece of Avery; his daughter, Aimee Hoge of Ortig, Wash.; and his brother, Scott Davis of Murphys.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lavelle and Wilma Davis.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the San Andreas Memorial Chapel in San Andreas.

Burial will be at People's Cemetery in San Andreas.

Memorial donations can be made to the March of Dimes, 1787 Tribute Road Suite E, Sacramento, CA 95815.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


BAUMANN — Walter C. Baumann, 51, of Twain Harte died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

CARPENTIER — Harold Henry Carpentier, 83, of Sonora died this morning at a Modesto care home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

NORTHROP — Kathryn Northrop, 46, of Soulsbyville died this morning at her residence. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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