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Obituaries for Sept. 25, 2003

Richard Grady Brians

Sept. 10, 1954 — Sept. 18, 2003

Richard Grady Brians of Sonora died unexpectedly last Thursday while hiking in the mountains above Bishop. He was 49.

He was born in Modesto. He played games with his children and took them on outdoor treks, his family said.

He was a lifelong baseball fan and coached Little League baseball teams for several seasons. His family said he was so devoted to sports that he even tried coaching soccer one year. He enjoyed the mountains, hiking, fishing, and four-wheeling in his jeep.

Together with his wife, Ronda, he owned Baer's 1851 Antiques in Sonora, where he oversaw the antique toys and sports memorabilia section. His family said he had an impressive collection of his own at home.

He began working for Save Mart stores at age 16 as a bag boy in Modesto. He eventually became assistant manager at the Save Mart on Mono Way. As a manager, he earned his nickname "Animal" for his work ethic, his wife said.

He and his wife traveled to Civil War re-enactments, where he assumed the persona of a newspaper war reporter from a Milwaukee paper. He became a Columbia State Historic Park docent and took special pride in wearing an authentic outfit that included clothes actually worn during the period he portrayed.

Mr. Brians is survived by his wife, Ronda, of Sonora; three sons, Erik Brians of Sonora, Grant Whittington of Murphys and Keith Smith of Fresno; his mother, Frances Brians of San Diego; two sisters, Sandy Brians of San Diego and Phyllis Bennett of Reno, Nev.; his mother-in-law, Norma Frickey of Sonora; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Eagle Cotage in Columbia State Park.

Donations can be made at the service.

Brune and Buck Mortuary of Bishop is handling arrangements.

Olga Lumsden McReynolds

Dec. 4, 1913 — Sept. 22, 2003

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Olga Lumsden McReynolds died Monday at a Merced care home. She was 89.

She was born and raised in Buxton, N.D., and lived in Tuolumne County for 63 years.

She met her future husband, Howard, while working in an ice cream parlor in Knights Ferry. For many years, she and her husband worked the Lumsden Turkey Ranch in Groveland, and later moved to Sonora.

She was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church for many years and of the Senior Citizens Club.

Her family said she enjoyed being a homemaker and her children, grandchildren, yard, bingo and woodcrafting.

She is survived by her daughters, Donna Davis of Merced and Marcia Bennett of Sonora; four grandchildren, Tiffany Farley and Howard Judge, both of Sonora, Rhonda Trout of Twain Harte and Maureen Lindsay of Merced; four great-grandchildren, Thomas, Daylon, Margueritte and Tiffany; a niece, Jeannie; and a nephew, Allan.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Howard Lumsden, three brothers and a sister.

A funeral service was held today at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.

Donations can be made to Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370 or Hinds Hospice, P.O. Box 763, Merced, CA 95341.

Charles M. ‘Chuck' Gibson

Jan. 27, 1924 — Sept. 20, 2003

Charles M. "Chuck" Gibson of Sonora died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. He was 79.

He was born in Richmond, Ind., and moved to California when he was young.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy while attending high school in Livermore. Mr. Gibson was assigned to the Naval Air Wing Squadron VPB 111 and flew many missions in a B-24 Liberator in all three theaters of World War II. His many medals included three Air Medals and a Distinguished Flying Cross.

After the war, he returned to California, where he worked as a general contractor for 35 years in Ventura County. His family said he left his mark there in both residential and commercial construction.

He worked for Moorpark College in Southern California as director of maintenance for 20 years. One of his proudest achievements, his family said, was the design and construction of the football stadium at the college.

After retiring in 1986, he and his wife toured the United States in their motorhome for nine months before settling at Lake Tulloch for 13 years. He moved to Sonora Hills in 1999.

Mr. Gibson was a member of The Church of Christ on Tuolumne Road, the Sonora Elks Lodge, Sons in Retirement and the Mother Lode Rollers. He enjoyed driving his RV, water sports, hunting, fishing and woodworking in his shop, his family said. He designed and made hundreds of redwood rockers and furniture for friends and neighbors. His family said he was an active, happy man who enjoyed helping others and was happiest when he was working.

Mr. Gibson is survived by his wife, Pat Gibson of Sonora; a son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Pam Gibson of Vacaville; a daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia Gibson-Owens and Michael Owens of Prescott, Ariz.; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Deborah Lauer of Glendale, Ariz.; a son and daughter-in-law, Bradley and Lisa Lauer of Fairfield; a brother and sister-in-law, Alan and Phyllis Gibson of Idaho; a sister and brother-in-law, Arlene and Albert Lorenz of Texas; a sister, Wanetia Siems of Texas; nine grandchildren, Lynnelle Wagner and Shelley Martin of Vacaville, Matt and Scott Lauer of Moorpark, Leanna Lauer of Vacaville, Jennifer Lauer of Big Bear Lake, Patrick and Andrew Lauer of Glendale, Ariz., and Noelle Holzapple of Fairfield; and one great-granddaughter, Raven Gibson of Vacaville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Thomas Gibson and Helen Martha Gibson, a baby brother, and a sister, Marilyn Urban.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sonora Hills Clubhouse.

Donations can be made to American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame, CA 94010 or American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto, CA 95350.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Herman ‘George' Arnold

Dec. 6, 1923 — Sept. 16, 2003

Herman "George" Arnold of Groveland died Sept. 16 at his home. He was 79.

He was born in San Francisco to Herman and Irene Arnold. He served in the Navy from 1941-46. He met and married Valerie Weems in 1947. He worked for PG&E before retiring to Pittsburg, Contra Costa County, in 1970. After numerous trips to Groveland, he and his wife moved there permanently in 1987.

He was an active elder at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Greeley Hill. His family said that anyone who had the opportunity to meet him instantly took a liking to him. No matter who you were, he always made you feel welcome and always put a smile on your face, they said.

Mr. Arnold is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Terri Arnold of Oakley and Robert and Wanda Arnold of Jamestown; grandson, Thomas Arnold of Oakley; granddaughters, Shanda Arnold-Eppers of Twin Falls, Idaho, Jamie Arnold of Shippensburg, Penn., and Kimberlee Arnold of Jamestown; step-granddaughters, Christina Schaffer and Jessica Van-Tassle, both of Sonora; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Valerie Arnold.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall in Greeley Hill.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Leslie F. Brown

April 29, 1913 — Sept. 18, 2003

Longtime Angels Camp resident Leslie F. Brown died last Thursday at a San Juan Capistrano care home. He was 90.

He was born in London, Ontario, Canada, to George and Ethel Brown. He was one of 11 children.

He found steady work in the gold mines of the area. He married Genevieve Evans of Nevada. He and his wife moved to Angels Camp in 1942. He continued to work at the copper mine through the end of the war. He worked for Calaveras Cement Company in San Andreas for 38 years. He retired in the early 1980s when Calaveras closed its San Andreas plant.

After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed visiting friends, daily shopping trips, spoiling their pets and visiting their son and grandchildren, his family said. They celebrated their 60th anniversary in May 2000. After his wife's death in late 2000, he moved to Laguna Woods in Southern California to be near his son and grandchildren.

His family said he enjoyed good food, his family and his dog, Melanie.

Mr. Brown is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Leslie and Lola Brown of San Juan Capistrano; a brother, Donald Brown of Erin, Ontario, Canada; a sister, Helen Hudson of Toronto, Canada; and two grandchildren, Charlotte and Leslie Brown of San Juan Capistrano.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve.

A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Angels Assembly of God in Angels Camp. Burial will be at Altaville Protestant Cemetery in Altaville.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Notices

KINSINGER — Sylvia Kinsinger, 78, of Twain Harte died yesterday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

SULLIVAN — A memorial service for Jess Sullivan Sr., 83, of Jamestown, who died Wednesday at his home, is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at Heuton Memorial Chapel. A reception will follow at Jamestown Community Hall. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.


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