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Feb. 19, 1927 — May 25, 2014
Bill Scott was born on Feb. 19, 1927, and entered into rest on May 25, 2014, at the wise age of 87.
Born in San Francisco, he proudly enlisted into the U.S. Navy to serve our country in 1945 at age 17. His family moved to their ranch in Tuolumne in 1944. He married Shirley Rhinehart-Walsh on Nov. 5, 1960, and celebrated their 53rd anniversary this past November.
Bill always enjoyed being with his family and friends. He always looked forward to his annual RV trips to Canada to meet up with good friends and enjoy what he described as an outdoor wonderland created by God. He loved observing the mountains, wildlife, rivers and streams. The sheer beauty of it all.
Bill loved raising his pet Schnauzers, Jazz being his favorite. The one thing that he loved most was “driving.” He drove a truck for Standard Oil, June Lawrence Logging and Caltrans out of Long Barn until his retirement. After retirement, he drove long-haul trucks for Miller Trucking Co. for several years. While working for Caltrans, he operated heavy snow removal equipment, which required him to open Sonora Pass every year. He loved being the first one passing through the snow in the High Sierra.
His family will deeply miss the advice and wisdom that he shared. He could repair anything and always loved just tinkering out in the garage or working out in the yard. He was an all-around handyman.
Bill is survived by his wife, Shirley; children, Sharon and Vernon Stowe, Katrine and Joe Chipponeri and Jennifer Leingang; and his grandchildren, Logan and Whitney Stowe and Austin and Gabrielle Chipponeri.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Martha Scott.
A funeral service will not be held per his request. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Any donations may be made in his name to: Denise Dahlin Scholarship Foundation, care of Mother Lode Bank, 172 W. Stockton Road, Sonora, CA 95370 or Wounded Warriors, P.O, Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675
William ‘Bill’ Freeze
Feb. 20,1918 — May 25, 2014
Born on a Montana homestead to Henry and Juliana Freeze in Crow Rock, near Miles City, Bill attended grade school at U-ALL, a one-room prairie schoolhouse, then Custer County High School.
He enlisted in the Army in January 1941. During World War II, he served in the 5th Division in Europe, including combat in the Battle of the Bulge. Raised speaking German, he sometimes interpreted in interrogation of captured German officers. Being regular Army, when the war in Europe ended, he was shipped to the Philippines for the build-up to invade Japan. He spoke little of his wartime experiences, but he was proud of his service and it shaped his life.
While still a soldier, he wed “the love of his life,” Kathleen Kennelly, in San Francisco. By discharge he attained rank of Senior Warrant Officer, in part because he memorized the entire Uniform Code of Military Justice preparing for acceptance to Judge Advocate General’s School. Bill completed college in Spokane and San Francisco, becoming a Certified Public Accountant. He practiced in San Francisco and for more than 60 years in Sonora and Jamestown, serving longtime clients through the age of 95. He was also a well-known businessman and developer.
Bill was outgoing and friendly, often helping others with their careers. He had a clear, blue-eyed gaze and a terrific sense of humor with an infectious laugh. Faith, family, country, community … Bill cared about these most.
He was predeceased by his wife, Kathleen, in 1986; by son William Freeze Jr. in 2013; and by older brothers Otto and Reinhart.
His siblings Dan, Maggie, Ruth, Emma, Martha and Ben, along with 15 nieces and nephews survive him.
The family wishes to express its gratitude to Bill’s caregivers: Seniority Care of Sonora; and for their support and many visits, family friends Veda M. Gilman CPA, Kebra Stapp, Gary Smith, Mark Khoury and Monique and Gregg Foster; to the Yountville California Veterans Home staff, and to Hospice of Napa Valley: nurse Carolyn Craig and social worker Lynne Benatovich.
A graveside service for family and friends is scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, June 6, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Sonora. If so inclined, please consider donating to a veterans’ charity of your choice.
Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
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.
ALDRICH — Joyce Annette Aldrich, 79, of Sonora, died Sunday at her home. Neptune Society of Central California is handling arrangements.
BARENDREGT — Wilma Louise Barendregt, 94, of Jamestown, died Tuesday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
CLARK — Jean Clark, 94, of Sonora, died Tuesday at Avalon Care Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
MILLER — Rodney Miller, 61, of Coulterville, died May 29 at his home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
MARCH — Susannah “Sue” March, 103, of Sonora, died Tuesday at Avalon Care Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
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