Dec. 22, 1931 May 19, 2003
Jack Hodgson, a longtime resident of Tuolumne County, died Monday morning at his residence surrounded by his family. He was 71.
He was born in Grand Island, Neb., and moved to Compton at the beginning of World War II. He attended Roosevelt High School in Compton. He began his apprenticeship at the age of 17 with the Southern
California Pipe Fitters Trade Union Local 494 in Long Beach. During his career, he held the position of foreman, superintendent and detailer on several buildings in and around the Los Angeles area, including the Kaiser Hospital, Los Angels Traffic Court, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the federal building. At the age of 42, he was distinguished for being the youngest man to retire from his local.
He and his wife of 52 years, Dorothy, were married in Lynwood and moved to Anaheim in 1955, where they raised two daughters. In 1975, they relocated to the Sonora area to begin a new venture as one of the original owners of Station 108 pizza parlor. He assisted in its design, construction and daily operations. He also was the architect and builder of their residence in the Phoenix Lake Country Club Estates. He worked for the Phoenix Lake Mutual Water Company as maintenance supervisor for the past 20 years.
Blessed with a love for life, he enjoyed his family, boating, master woodworking and camping, his family said. He was the biggest fan of his grandchildren at their sporting events. He had a great enthusiasm for vintage cars. Among his favorites were his Model T Roadster and his 1964 Thunderbird convertible. He also attended Calvary Chapel. He will be remembered for his unquestioning generosity, willingness to help and mischievous, fun-loving ways, his family said.
Mr. Hodgson is survived by his wife, Dorothy Hodgson of Sonora; two daughters and sons-in-law, Gina and Sid Gordon of Sonora and Valerie and Mike Martin of Soulsbyville; three granddaughters, Rachael Ramos, and her husband, Jose, of Redwood City, Audrey Kavanaugh, and her husband, Matt, of Port Hueneme, Ventura County, and Candace Gordon of Sonora; three grandsons, Dayn Martin, and wife, Trinka, of Arcata, and Chad and Brett Gordon, both of Sonora; two great-grandchildren, Justice Ramos and Avrey Kavanaugh; a sister, Janice Beardsley of Winnemuka, Nev.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Kathryn Hodgson, and a sister, Elaine Ramer.
A private viewing is planned. An outdoor celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the future site of Calvary Chapel of Sonora on Soulsbyville Road, Soulsbyville. Private burial will be held after the service.
Remembrances may be made to Calvary Chapel Building Fund at 19940 Soulsbyville Road, Soulsbyville, 95372. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Gerald 'Jerry' McBride
Oct. 3, 1925 May 17, 2003
Gerald "Jerry" McBride died Saturday at his residence in Sonora. He was 77.
Born in Bradford, Ohio, he relocated to Sonora in 1929 with his parents, Russell and Etoile, and brother, Carl. He attended elementary school in Standard and graduated from Sonora High School in 1943.
He served in the Marines during World War II as a "Raider" and marksman for two years. He was a survivor of Iwo Jima and watched the flag being raised there.
After moving to Sonora from Redding in 1957 with his wife and three sons, he worked in the logging industry for several years. He owned and operated a carpet-cleaning business before retiring from a long disability.
Mr. McBride is survived by his wife of 50 years, Bonita "Bonnie" McBride of Sonora; three sons, Morris McBride and Sam McBride, both of Sonora, and Rex McBride of Modesto; a daughter and son-in-law, Mariann and Justin Coyle of Sonora; a sister, Phyllis Mayfield of Fresno; two brothers, Robert McBride of Sonora, and Carl McBride of Easley, S.C.; and five grandchildren, Tanya and Tiffany McBride, both of Sonora, Rachel and Aubry McBride, and Heidi Elder and her husband, Nathan, all of St. George, Utah.
A graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at Mountain Shadow Cemetery. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame 94010, or Veterans of Foreign Wars, 9 N. Washington, Sonora 95370. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
SAVAGE Nancy Savage, 71, died yesterday at her residence in Jamestown. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
DAVIS Candy Davis, 68, a resident of Sonora, died yesterday in Sacramento. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
BELDING William Belding, 86, a resident of Jamestown, died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
BUSLER Earl Busler, 85, residence unknown, died yesterday at a Modesto hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
NELSON Ernest Nelson, 91, a resident of Twain Harte, died this morning at a care home in Sonora. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
GOODWIN Ila Goodwin, 82, died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.