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Obituaries for July 20, 2009

Donald W. Anderson

May 28, 1920 — July 11, 2009

Donald W. Anderson, of Murphys, died July 11 at a San Andreas convalescent hospital. He was 89.

Mr. Anderson served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked for Los Angeles Power and Water Company for 30 years. His family said he loved being a pilot flying his own plane. Other interests included golf and traveling and being active in Sierra Bible Church in Murphys.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda.

He is survived by his sister, June Cain, of Vancouver, Wash.; his wife of 26 years, Marie Anderson, of Murphys; five children; 15 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. July 25 at Sierra Bible Church in Murphys. Angels Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Fred Huante

Feb. 2, 1925 — June 30, 2009

Former Tuolumne County resident Fred Huante died June 30 at a Gresham, Ore., hospital. He was 84.

Born in Rifle, Colo., Mr. Huante attended school in Sonora. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and retired after 30 years in the lumber industry.

When he reached his mid-40s, he settled in Oregon with his wife and two sons. His family said he was an avid golfer who was proud of having one score card with three holes in one on it.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anacleto and Marguerite Huante, a brother, Frank Huante, and a nephew, Joey Huante.   

He is survived by his wife, Billie, of Oregon; and five sons, Fred Huante Jr., of Sacramento; Rod Curtis Huante, of the Dalles, Ore.; stepsons, Jerry, of Alaska; Jack, of Elk Grove, and James, of Welches, Ore.; a brother, Joe Huante, of Sonora; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

A gathering was held on July 12 to scatter his ashes upon his favorite beach near his favorite gambling casino, his family said. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Pamela Sue Nichols

May 29, 1955 — July 4, 2009

Pamela Sue Nichols, of Valley Springs, died July 4 at a San Andreas hospital of a heart attack. She was 54.

A homemaker, she was a native of Pittsburg. Her family said she moved around a lot, but would always end up back in Antioch, where her family lived.

She is survived by three children, Shane Taylor, Charlie Watson, and Sandra Watson, all of Antioch; and two grandchildren.

No services are planned in Calaveras County. San Andreas Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

William Charles ‘Charlie’ Westmoreland

Oct. 13, 1911 — July 14, 2009

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Charlie Westmoreland died July 14 at a Sonora care center. He was 97.

He was born Oct. 13, 1911, in Walnut Springs, Texas, the oldest of 10 children, to Briney and Lela Westmoreland.

He moved to California in 1929, settling in the Dinuba area, where he farmed. He married June Gillen in 1932. In 1946, they moved to Greeley Hill with his brothers, John and Tom, and opened the Westmoreland Brothers Grocery Store. In 1949, he went to work for the U.S. Forest Service in Groveland.

In 1956, the grocery store was sold, and he transferred with the Forest Service to Sonora as Forest and Assistant Zone Fire Dispatcher. In 1965, he transferred to the Five Mile Job Corps Center.

He retired from the U.S. Forest Service in 1972. He continued to work at the Regional Training Center on Big Hill as liaison officer between the Fresno school district and the Forest Service for many years. He was also a boat tour guide on Lake Don Pedro and a tour guide for an elder hostel.

After his wife died, he was married in 1988 to Rhea Woosley, his childhood sweetheart from Texas.

His family said he enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors, but his passion was guns and gunsmithing. He traded, collected and worked on guns. He also enjoyed telling stories and talking to people, they said.

He was a lifetime member of the Mother Lode Gun Club, the National Rifle Association and the California Farmer. He was also a member of the Sonora Moose Lodge and a charter member of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Association.

Mr. Westmoreland was preceded in death by his daughter, Janice, in 1939; his wife, June, in 1986; and his wife, Rhea, in 2006. He was also preceded in death by brothers, John and Tom, and sisters, Stella, Ruby and Lela B.

He is survived by brothers, J.B. Westmoreland, of Dinuba, Joe Westmoreland, of Henderson, Nev., Paul Westmoreland, of Tujunga, and Arlo Westmoreland, of Dinuba; sons, William II, of Chester, LeeRoy, of Lake Isabella; daughter, Marian Hess, of Sonora; stepsons, Hiram Woosley, of Houston, Texas, Henry Woosley, of Meridian, Texas, and James K. Woosley, of Elm Mott, Texas; stepdaughter, Helen Horn, of Meridian, Texas; 12 grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 28 great-great-grandchildren; and his close friend, Victoria Harris.

Visitation was scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. today. A graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at Mountain Shadow Cemetery in Sonora. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Velora Edith Wilson

Feb. 5, 1911 — July 14, 2009

Velora Edith Wilson died July 14 at her Mokelumne Hill home. She was 98.

A native of San Francisco, she was a homemaker. She moved to Mokelumne Hill 19 years ago.

Mrs. Wilson is survived by her son, Jim Wilson, of Belmont; her daughter, Joyce Bogisich, of Mokelumne Hill; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be private with inurnment at Olivet Memorial Park in Colma, San Mateo County. San Andreas Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Notices

RAMIREZ — Russell Ramirez, 51, of Jamestown, died July 13 at a Modesto hospital. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sonora with burial following at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

THOMAS — Beverly Thomas, 88, of Sonora, died July 17 at a San Andreas convalescent hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

YOUNG — Wesley Young, 47, of Sonora, died July 16 at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


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